From early on I like to believe I had an eye for style – from interior design to fashion to nearly all things in between, it was always clear to me what I liked and what I didn’t. As a child, I loved to read, but as I grew older, my love of books transformed itself into an obsession with blogs. I read it all: fashion blogs, travel blogs, food blogs, lifestyle blogs – anything and everything – you name it, and I followed it.
Although I loved them all, my tried and true favorites were always fashion based. To put it mildly, I was perfectly obsessed. Fashion had become my religion. Slowly I got a taste of the ‘finer’ clothes of life, and by the end of college I was completely hooked on the best of the best. I craved the best designers and the finest styles. Mimicking outfits was not an option – I only wanted the real deal.
Which brings us to the all at once part of the story. I was still in college but I had the mindset of a Real Housewife married to a professional athlete when it came to shopping. Unfortunately, my student wallet didn’t match my champagne taste. The reality was that the clothes of my dreams were not going to have a place in my closet for quite some time.
I took a step back and asked myself why I liked these clothes so passionately? Was it because bloggers were wearing them? Because they were trendy? Due to the quality? I repeatedly asked myself what it was that drove me to covet these articles of clothing so much. Time and time again the answer was always the same. It was everything about the clothes that I loved, but specifically, the quality of the high end pieces that I so desperately coveted.
Which is when I began to get crafty. Those of you who know me best know that this is like an art to me – an art that I am very passionate about and also the reason behind this creative endeavor.
To be completely truthful, my style of shopping is not conducive to blogging – it involves broken size runs, shopping seasons in advance, and a number of other obstacles that make it less than desirable at times, but I promise there is a method to the madness – a method I find very rewarding and a method I plan to articulate via this blog.
I wish I could say I fearlessly pursued and flawlessly created this blog from start to finish, but truthfully that is not how it all went down. If I’m being perfectly honest, I have to recognize the fear and the anxiety that go along with inviting the cyber world into my heart via a blog as I share my blog with the world tonight. I keep telling myself – as with all great achievements in life – vulnerability is instrumental and great successes come from doing the things that scare you most.
I know I won’t always get it right and that a certain degree of failure is simply part of the process, but I also recognize the value of building a life which is centered around the things I love most: fashion, photography, fitness, interior design, and writing – all things that point me here and to the creation of this blog.
St. Catherine of Sienna once said, ‘Be who you were created to be and you’ll set the world on fire.’ So here’s to doing just that – to the start of documenting a very full and versatile life to the beginning of style fueling the spark that keeps blogging alive.
In closing I would like to share my huge amount of gratitude and appreciation to each of you who is joining me on this adventure by reading my blog today. I can’t put into words how excited I am to begin this process. I can only hope the remainder of my posts are half as rewarding as this one has been today.