Photos by Nick Smith
If I had to choose the greatest benefit to me about having a personal style blog it would definitely be having the ability to go back through time (in a sense) and look at what I was wearing a week ago, or a month ago, or even a year ago. The emotional benefit of this is that it quells my urge to impulse shop, especially at times when I see other (and I will call them fortunate) bloggers and editors displaying their new, and frankly expensive, goods almost daily. I share in the excitement, sure, because as a fashion fan I'd still like to see how those $1,000 shoes get styled. But at some point I start disconnecting when it all seems so new all the time. It reminds me that a large reason I started my blog is because I wanted to document my love of fashion and how I would evolve my personal style as a regular gal: I work in an office, pay my rent, save my money, but aspire for the $3,000 quilted leather icon. You know, real life.
Fashion at large won't change, and I don't expect it to. What makes it so interesting to me, though, is when I see people take a very sophisticated love of this stubborn and exclusive industry and distill it into reality. It's not just about styling, it's also about how and why you bought the $1,000 shoes and show me how you subsequently wear them over time.
Just about the only thing I love more than being inspired by fashion, design, and occasionally acquiring something new for myself, is the endless possibilities of how I will wear it beyond this season. In short, this outfit in these pictures is a year old, and I'm liking how these "same old things" in my closet can feel brand new again.