Just a quick update to end the weekend with. And because a dash of studs and patent leather never hurt anybody, did it? I actually would have rocked this look back during my junior and senior years of high school. I did have phase where I only wanted to wear mini skirts, and matching jackets. Some trends come and go. Others stick around for life 🙂 The best thing is that it’s up to you which ones those are.
Hello Tuesday. My Monday was started off busily with emails and back to back content shoots that already I’m swept back into the groove of things. And thank goodness I’m back in the groove. There is A LOT to do this week. My calendar is bursting at the seems, but it leaves me feeling so accomplished to check things off my list throughout the day. Luckily, at the same time, I still have not at all lost my Palm Springs groove. So much reminiscing going on in the back of my mind from those much warmer desert days. It’s pretty dramatic how much my perspective of this hot, hot city has changed since I was a kid. My parents use to take Natalie and I on family road trips on the weekend to Palm Springs, and I always abhorred the idea. The drive was long, the ride was cramped, Nat was annoying the heck out of me in the backseat, and once we got there, all there was to see was open space, lots of tan colored buildings, fast food and elderly people walking around and sitting in the casinos. It didn’t excite me in the least. I just remember only complaining of the heat and wanting to go home every time we went. Oh man, did my parents have to put up with a whole heck of a lot with me during my childhood. Apparently back then, I didn’t have an appreciation for architectural design or the vividness that could be painted in ones mind because of an abundance of open space. I guess I didn’t notice how the palm trees glowed against the sunset peaking from behind the mountains. Or that many doors were orange or trimmed with turquoise. My childhood eyes must have missed those things. But someway, somehow, as I got older, they became things I lusted over and found beauty in. Maybe it just took a little time to grow to love the desert for the simpleness of what it is. It’s elements and tonal range all very compact. When you get older, simple starts to feel a whole lot suitable. And one finally recognizes the worth of things as time goes on . . . it all gets better with age. For me, Palm Springs got better with age. It’s a place that is old but today feel’s fresh. It’s a place where I feel the need to throw a kimono on that matches the sunsets. Where I can drive with the window down and be fine with just the sound of the wind. Dip my toes in the pool first thing in the morning even before a cup of coffee. Where the past feels modern, and I’m inspired to pull creativity from what came before. Palm Springs, you are the greatest escape. Be back soon again I hope 🙂
I’m so proud to be the DKNYBe Delicious fragrance ambassador for the United States, and super excited to give you all a peek into my life through this partnership. The fragrance’s name, Be Delicious, is refreshing and motivating, bold and energetic. That mindset, and work approach is something that I try to incorporate into my daily routine. It’s all the things that I try to get across with this blog, and have been trying to do since the day I started it way back in 2009. Of course, it’s not always possible to keep this sort of Be Delicious mindset up 24/7. I know that I am a human being, and I know you readers are, too. I know that you guys have come to really like the rawness I throw into this blog; the more personal aspects. So I want to say that being delicious doesn’t mean being perfect. It means being present in the moment, and positively so. Be Delicious is a reminder for me to do that, and that is why I share my process with you all. Going forward, I make a vow to TAKE A BITE OUT OF LIFE, meaning facing whatever life throws at me and turning it into something substantially worthwhile. It’s these sort of unexpected moments that test us the most, and resonate with us the most. I encourage you all to do the same, no matter what your path in life may be.
Many of you have followed my adventure from starting my blog to working full time jobs in different parts of the industry to finally making the dedicated decision to pursue my blog full time. It’s been an invigorating experience, full of ups and downs, but so well worth the challenge. And I’m so happy with where my path has brought me to be. I know many of you are career ladies because I get a lot of questions about how to get started in the right direction when it comes to finding a career path, or even more importantly, finding a balance between career and passion. This balance is such an important aspect for us City Girls in the word. Being a girl boss is a true state of mind that just happens to align with the Be Delicious fragrance. No matter what you may be in your career. Maybe you are creative, or maybe you are completely technological and numbers driven instead. Maybe you are just a student or working an odd job until you find something that is your true calling. Being aware of your path, your goals for the future, and being open to the possible changes that will in the long term take you strides ahead, is true dedication in my eyes. Even making sure you get downtime from work is an important part of being a City Girl. A City Girl is healthy in her mind, body and soul. Her environment is a strong component of who she is, and she makes sure to build it from scratch so that she can be in the zone and on top of her game as much as she can.
And so, this brings me to the main topic of this post . . . my work space! It’s always changing, mostly because I am inspired by different things at different times. And I like my work space to reflect that. A mood board in constant rotation of collages and personal photos is the foundation of my desk, surrounding the screen of my laptop with colors and textures and environments that showcase my biggest inspirations. In actuality, I work from a lot of places . . . makeshift desks during my travels, in my living room, at my sister’s apartment, sporadically out of a coffee shop and hey, even from the comforts of my own bed. But out of all of them, there’s no place that gives me the most motivational setting than at my desk, basking in the late morning light coming through the windows of my bedroom nook. My work space is full of candles, some flowers in a color scheme that reflects my mood and a lamp that I like lit up during my evening days at work as Cat Power plays in the background. This is usually the time when I write the most and at my best. Today, alongside my camera gear, external hard drive, and vase full of fresh cut flowers, is my Be Delicious fragrance. It allows for an easy mid-work pick me up . . . a whiff of it from behind my ears or on the pulse point of my wrists is even known to cure the annoyingly curious event of writer’s block, which hits at the most inconvenient of times I must say! And like the flickering candles, magazine tears and nostalgic snaps of my childhood and friends, it’s scent not only inspires me creatively when it comes to storytelling, but helps me unwind for a few moments. I’m trying to put breaks to destress and relax higher up on the list of City Girl guidelines, obviously. Be Delicious is the ultimate reminder that stopping to pay attention to one’s senses is just as important to one’s success as answering all the unread emails in your inbox by 10:30am.