Let me preface this post by saying I feel extremely lucky that I have ever been or continue to be invited to New York Fashion Week. It had always been a bucket list item and after attending for three seasons I definitely had my fair share of pinch me moments. However, I also realized that the grind of NYFW is not for me.
I didn’t start blogging to be a fashion blogger. I wanted to share my personal style, fashion that interested me, photos of my life in Chicago, favorite local spots, etc. It never dawned on me that it would become a business and I would be given opportunities to fly to New York to attend runway shows, events, meet with brands – the entire thing is pretty special. I started blogging because I enjoyed it, made a connection with my readers, without even imagining it would eventually be a business. This was before social media, before so much more information was shared, and before it felt as competitive as it has become.
My priorities have shifted in the past year. Being a mom has become my main job and my website has sadly taken a back seat. I don’t get dressed every day, the reality of my life is not a fashion show and to be honest, being in the fashion week environment always made me feel homesick. Since having Charlie I have turned down a lot of opportunities that don’t feel authentic to who I am anymore. If I am going to dedicate time it is going to be quality over quantity and I want everything to come from a positive place. Being at NYFW, for me, never made me feel very positive about myself. Yes it is so much fun to see friends, catch up, grab dinner, etc. but otherwise it brought on a lot of comparison. Most likely self induced and my own fault, but not an environment I enjoy.
I feel extremely lucky that I get to work with brands that I love and YOU love. Brands that I get to build relationships with and specifically create content that I know you all can relate to. It’s really important to me that this site always inspires you and comes from a place that is attainable. NYFW is an amazing opportunity (and don’t get me wrong, I am for sure stalking all of my friends that will be there!) but just not me scene.
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream about what I would wear if I were attending the shows and catching up with friends! Let’s just oooh and aaaah at these outfits, k?
Shop the post: Chloe Sunglasses // See by Chloe Dress // Gucci Bag // Loeffler Randall Heels // Elizabeth Cole Earrings // Bobbi Brown Gloss in Tangerine // Topshop Top // Red Valentino Pants // Scalloped Flats