Life, Now.

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photo by: erica garlieb with my best friend in the world

I owe you all an explanation. It has been nearly a solid month since I blogged consistently. Truthfully, you guys are my friends, my readers, the people I feel most comfortable speaking candidly to and sharing myself with, and yet in the last month of uncertainty I pulled away. Allow me to explain.

Have you ever felt like everything in your life was inconsistent? Like you had no comfort, no continuity, and it paralyzed you? That is precisely how i’ve been feeling for quite some time now. In the last 75 days my whole world has shifted. Albeit for the better, I have moved apartments (into a gorgeous one, I might add), gotten a new roommate (whom i’m obsessed with), changed jobs (that has been more fulfilling than I could ever imagine), and ended a 4 year relationship that spanned my most formative years. Nothing has felt safe or comforting. I wake up somewhere that still doesn’t feel like home, walk a neighborhood that doesn’t feel like mine, and come home from a new office each day. Blogging was always my comfort. It was where I was able to express myself, dance around in front of a camera and show my true colors. But in the last few months it has felt scary. It has reminded me of a time that feels like so long ago. It felt exhausting, draining, like too much.

Frankly, the thought of sitting down and sharing myself with you guys when I felt so unstable was not something I could stand. Until now. I finally feel like I am under control, and i’ve accepted that while everything in my life changed at exactly the same time, that isn’t a bad thing. I’m strong, I can handle the change, and am very fortunate that every one was only for the better.

So, in short, i’m back! I don’t know what schedule I will be keeping just yet but I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. Thank you for all of your kind words, your emails/tweets/comments have meant so much.

Alexander McQueen Zip Around Tote

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Alexander McQueen Tote Bag

Well, i’ve added another member to the Purse Family. He’s a gorgeous McQueen zip around tote and i’m in love. I made this impulse purchase to celebrate quite a few things in life: a new apartment, new job, a birthday. Generally just to welcome this new chapter in my life. I’ve never done something like this for myself before, honestly. Purchased something spur of the moment. Every major purchase has been coldly calculated, saved for, and thought through. But to be completely transparent, it felt amazing to be able to do this for myself. And I couldn’t be happier.

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Also newly added to the wardrobe: these Nike tennis shoes!

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My 24th Year

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Do you ever think back to years in your life that were tough? A lot happened, there were a ton of changes, and you’re left invigorated to be a year older and wiser? That’s pretty much where i’m sitting right at this very moment. Sunday is my 24th birthday, and I couldn’t be more ready to enter into a new year. For me, birthdays mark more transition than a new calendar year. It’s a time to evaluate what you have accomplished the last 12 months, what you hope to change, and to appreciate the opportunity for the months to come.

My beautiful friend Erica was kind enough to style and shoot some birthday pictures to mark this special time. We bought a few balloons, some cupcakes, and galavanted through the Presidio, just documenting. It was magical and I couldn’t be more grateful to have these pictures. Images that show exactly how i’m feeling at this moment, in this age: happy, peaceful, grateful.

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Tibi Peplum & Erica Garlieb Photography

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Tibi Peplum, Nordstrom x Topshop skirt (similar), Sam Edelman sandals (old, but these are amazing), J.Crew bracelet, Clinique lipstick in “Roundest Raspberry” 

Yesterday’s post was all about styling this top casually for weekend wear, but today’s takes this gorgeous peplum out for evening. I paired it with my favorite bold skirt and classic heels, and kept the other accessories to a minimum. I really wanted my hair and lip color to accent the top, which is the true focal point of the outfit. Likewise, on this particular day I had the amazing opportunity to shoot with Erica Garlieb, a sensational SF-based photographer. Her talent is seriously unmatched and I couldn’t be more grateful for the chance, and thrilled with the results.

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All smiles.

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Thank you again Erica for these amazing photos. And i’d love to know from you guys, which outfit style is your favorite for this top?

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