Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone
Guys, let’s be real. Starting a blog and sharing your life with strangers on the internet is weird. Right? But what’s even weirder and more different for me is taking pictures in public and honestly, sharing the fact that I started a blog with people in real life. I mean, it feels like everyone is a “blogger” these days so I felt a little silly “jumping on the bandwagon.” I keep reminding myself, would I be embarrassed or feel weird if I was doing real estate right now? And the answer is no. That’s how I try to beat my out my embarrassment.
So What is a Blogger
Like what does it even mean to be a blogger? Some people think it’s having a massive following and being an influencer, and some people just blog as a creative outlet. Is “blogger” a title? Is it the idea of something?
Why I Blog
To me, blogging is something to focus on myself. I work in a job where I spend a lot of time caring about and for others and I can get easily enveloped and throw my whole self into it. I like being creative and writing, and design. This is a way to express that. My goal is to be as authentic as possible and share things about my life and my journey. As my good friend Noah says, don’t create, document.
I want to document my rediscovery of Phoenix and the reclaiming of a city I’ve been shunning for a long time. That sounds aggressive but it’s true. I want to show people that you can find a little magic even when you don’t feel like you can fit in. So yeah, I guess I’m a “blogger” now.
What is blogging to you? A job? A hobby? An outlet? Share in the comments!
I am fortunate to have a flexible job and we have a fairly lax dress code. It makes it so much easier to have fun with my outfits! I dress up on days that I have client meetings etc, but it’s not the norm.
The downside of an ultra casual office is the ability to get lax with my wardrobe. When you can wear sneakers every day, it’s easy to develop bad habits. I work pretty hard to keep myself dressing nicely and keeping a consistent wardrobe and look.
A couple of things I do to keep consistency in my style are small but significant.
Jewelry Can Pull a Look Together
I always make a point to put on jewelry, especially earrings and a watch with bracelets. I start my every day look with a gold or silver watch, and matching bracelets for a full “bracelet stack.” I like to change up the pieces within my stack but it’s always a watch as a base. I will usually then trade up the other bracelets based on what I am wearing, if it’s casual, maybe a rope bracelet, or for a more dressed up look something with pearls.
Grooming is Key
The other thing I force myself to do is always have a manicure. Now, I do NOT go and get weekly manicures out at the salon. I have worked really hard to learn how to do my own nails at home. I have a gel light and all the stuff to go with it. And I am a one trick pony here, I tend to stick to neutral pinks and nudes on my fingers unless it’s fall / winter, in which case I go for a dark maroony-purple color.
Make Up – Maybe
Here is where I struggle. My go-to look is the “no makeup makeup.” I don’t always do a full foundation or blush, but I do try to have mascara on. Also- eyebrows can really clean up your look. Before I had my brows micro bladed, I would always pluck and fill them. Every day. Micro blading has been such a timesaver. I will be sure to post a blog about micro blading and that process when I get my touch up done in October.
Overall, even when you wear jeans and a t-shirt, you can look effortless chic with some effort, but not as much. It’s really what makes off-duty models look so amazing in leggings and sneakers. Seriously guys. I just wanna look like an off duty model :D.
PS – I am loving this boxy “dad-shirt” vibe. The top I am wearing is linked here.
I find myself to be a fairly creative person, but like anyone, it’s easy to get burned out when you’re spread too thin. Over the last 6 months, I have really struggled creatively. Between my job and personal life, I have found it hard to feel inspired. And as many people in my personal life will attest, when I am tired, or busy, or whatever, I tend to withdraw. Everyone copes differently and that’s completely okay! And most of them don’t hold it against me (most of the time).
During this time I have spent a ton of time thinking about my goals, and where I want to be in life. I do not regret passing on the Boston job. Looking back though, I could have made it work, and could have put some more effort in to explore it. I recently heard a statement “Don’t hope you make the right choice, make it the right choice.” I could have made it the right choice and I think fear held me back. So now, I am feeling antsy creatively again. Real estate has fun and not-fun times, but I have grown as a designer and marketer a ton over the last 6 years and I am ready to make something the right decision. I am exploring more creative options and I am really excited to find where it could take me!
Now, on to Summer of Dresses. I love how light and airy this dress is, and it fits the bill of being more summery. One struggle I keep running into is having lightweight fabric and ironing, and then having wrinkles 2.5 seconds after walking out my front door. If anyone has any ideas here, let me know!