When visiting my family in Hawaii, I tend to pack very minimal clothing--unlike me travelling anywhere else. There weren't many looks worth sharing this last trip, aside from this little number I threw together. I've had these two pieces for quite a while now, but only just realised they go together rather well. While this pleases my perfectionist little brain, I have had this strange desire to take a step back from my perfect matching and try and wear colours I normally wouldn't together, and mix patterns and all of that. Perhaps when I'm brave enough to try it or am satisfied with a result, I will share it on here with you. This does bring up a topic that has been on my mind for quite a while, however...
I've always had an interest in fashion, but over the past year, I've noticed it's fizzled away a bit, and I've been more focused on personal style than what's popular in the bigger fashion world. I think this is most likely due to the whole "hipster/don't like what's popular because that's lame" mentality that was abundant throughout my impressionable high school years. I'll admit, I was one, for a while, to think trends are lame and people should march to the beat of their own drum, and not worry about what's "in". In a sense, I do still feel that way, but at some point, I gained a profound respect for the fashion industry and what people far more experienced and knowledgeable had to say when it comes to how to dress--most likely due to binge watching Project Runway and America's Top Model, and reading fashion blogs. This, as well as seeing the film Super 8, prompted me to start my very first fashion-related blog, dedicated to the stylish and youthful Elle Fanning. Back then, I knew everything about the latest runway shows, and could tell who designed what by just a glance at the detailing. So what happened? Maybe it was attending art school, and becoming ever disgusted at the way I observed some fashion students treat others, or maybe it was becoming so consumed in my acting work that fashion took the back seat. Whatever it was, I somehow lost myself in an efforts to stay true to myself. No, I don't think in order to be stylish, you have to be able to know the top 10 designers currently in the industry, or even have any interest in what's on the runways at all--because let's be honest, not all of us can afford that, why bother torturing ourselves by looking? My aim in discussing this is more to emphasise that I had once had a true passion for something, that none of my friends or family really cared about, that wasn't taught to me in school, but that I discovered on my own, much like the career I've chosen to pursue. So recognising that I had at some point lost that passion, really was pretty upsetting. Thankfully, through some recent activities (let's face it... it's more Top Model binging), I've found that passion again, and can't wait to experiment and be inspired the way I used to be. It may very well be that my sort of "loss of self" feeling I've been writing about lately could have very much been due to that loss of fervour.
Long story short, I'm back to loving not just clothes and personal style, but fashion as a whole once again, which will hopefully bring back that drive I've been craving to have once again when it comes to blogging. Don't worry--you'll still be getting 100% me, just a more inspired version of myself.
Now that that's out of the way, let's return to this sunny and bright day, shall we?
One of the best parts of going home for the holidays, as always, is seeing my best friend in the world, Kitty! We are going on year 8 of our friendship, and despite only being able to see her one or two days a year, she is, and always has been, and always will be, the closest person in my life. We always know how to have a marvellous few hours together, with our typical routine of Italian food for lunch, shopping, and lots (and I mean lots) of selfies. This time around, we even through a joint hair appointment into the mix (as if it couldn't get any *~girlier). I love every single second I spend with this girl, and I cannot wait to travel on over to her side of the globe after we both graduate university this spring. See you soon, my love!
If I haven't lost you through all of that chatter, I am quite impressed! How goes your 2016 so far? I hope it's as wonderful as mine has been. Although I've enjoyed some time alone, I can't wait for my darling Jessie to return to me! How do you survive breaks from school? My winter break is always excruciatingly long (around 5-6 weeks), and I have been keeping busy, but I don't know how many more activities I'll be able to find before I lose it! Anyway. Until next time!
Stay sweet ♡
top: vintage tommy bahama | skirt: forever 21 | belt: vintage | sandals: old old navy