I still cannot believe that Thanksgiving has already passed, and the end of the 2017 is right around the corner. This feeling of “woah” is one we all keep getting used to having and reliving over and over again around this time. It’s almost unbelievable feeling, know just how much time has already passed and all the things we were able to fit in just 12 months time. It sounds like ages, but also like the most compact amount of time there is.
One of the most important aspects of the holiday season is time. There never seems to be enough of it. We work hard to cram in as much family time, friend time, work time, task time, me time, as we can at the end of the year. It can be a bit overwhelming. Well, actually way more than just a bit. My deadlines are crazy around this time, I’ve almost forgot about the parties I have on my calendar this month. That’s when the ease of multi-tasking dressing comes into play. An outfit that works all day, and parties through the night. Banana Republic‘s clothing is made for the working woman who also likes to have a life beyond the office. And especially the holiday collection. I don’t necessarily work out of an office, but I understand that need for balance very much so. Different aspects of my life overlap in so many ways, and there are only so many hours in the day. Wearing something that you can work from the morning to night is important. Juggling gifts in between that all, well that’s another thing, but hey . . . not having to change outfits somewhere along the line saves just the right amount of that much needed extra time. Time is everything right now. Let’s hang on to as much of it as we can. Banana Republic gets that. 2018 is getting closer, but let’s make as much as we can of what we have left of 2017. Now go, go go!
2017 is right around the corner. A few blog posts ago I talked about learning how to embrace changes and fear them less. To talk openly about them more and how they affect the paths we take in the future. But more importantly, how we view the present. Changes occur on the daily; tiny little changes over time that maybe in a year we only start to take notice. Some occur over years of development and self exploration. And even then, we still can’t completely figured out the process of it. Just seeing the physical and mental changes I have gone through in the lifespan of this blog is a perfect example of that. Just the other day I was thinking about how someone described my style and mannerisms as elegant. Funny, because I’ve always been kind of a klutz ever since I was a kid, despite being a dancer. I would never use the word elegant to describe myself. But there I was, with someone who thought that I was exactly that. Funny to think about how the perspective of ourselves change as soon as we hear the perspective of others. And it got me thinking, maybe I have been growing into that sort of a human being . . . one that is slightly verging on elegant. And I didn’t even realize it until now.
So here I am, in a dress that I probably wouldn’t have worn 4 years ago if someone tried to shove it down my throat. And a jacket that is fluffier than ever. A kind of fluffiness that I normally stray from. I never considered myself the overly girlish, princess type. I don’t care about tea parties. I’d rather drink a beer. And I normally have runs in my tights. Usually not on purpose. But today, the runs in my tights are scarce. For some reason, the adult part of me knows its smart to have more than one pair, and I pay more for my tights now. And I quite like the chic modesty of this dress and how it makes me feel put together even when I’m feeling borderline chaotic. The feathered jacket? A very impractical item of clothing that serves no purpose other than existing as a delicious indulgence (similar to that of eating an second slice of chocolate cake). But impractical as it is, it suits my state of mind right now. It makes me feel like a woman. It makes me feel sassy. It makes me feel like the life of the party. And I don’t even have to be at a party at all. I could be hanging at home butt naked with only this jacket on, and it would make me feel sexy and unconquerable AF. I don’t know how or why these feelings came about, they just did. It’s a normal part of growing up I assume.
A lot has changed since the beginning of this blog. Fashionable and unfashionable phases. Things that I hated at some point in time may have found me at a later time where it felt right to love them. And I know that somethings that I love now I won’t feel the same way about later on down the rode. This may or may not be. As each year turns over into a new one, surprises and changes are inevitable. And we won’t know until they happen, and maybe we won’t know until far, far after the fact. But the point is that whenever we do finally realize them, we must hold onto them knowing that they are a part of life. They make us what we are, and what we are is ever changing. It’s a scary thing to think that we are each so capable of turning over new leaves at the snap of our fingers, leaving things and places and people behind without knowing exactly the road ahead, and taking chances without expectations. If you think about, these parts of life, as much as they seem like road bumps (they are for sure), they are also very bold and powerful maneuvers. They are something we cannot help but give into when life throws us curveballs. Curveballs are the greatest tests of our strengths, and the changes we go through are just reflections of those strengths.
So this 2017, don’t go against the current of change. Let them come and run through you. That will give you all the more reason to party it up in the new year.
Makeup by Givenchy Beauty, available at Sephora
Lately my beauty routine has shifted towards one where less is more. The perfect beauty look to me is one that doesn’t cover up my skin, but enhances it. Instead, showing it off in its best light and illuminated at all the right angles. Just in time for the holidays, when I like to look like my best natural self, I discovered Givenchy Beauty’s Le Prisme Visage Perfecting Face Powder and Rouge Interdit Vinyl Lipstick, both available at Sephora. Moisturizer, a beauty balm and a little concealer where I need it is how I start my day. Givenchy Beauty just took my day to a whole new level of highlighted elegance. I think that I’ve finally found the key to keeping that glow far past just the holidays. I’m using the Le Prisme Visage Perfecting Face Powder in the shade Soie Abricot (shade #5). It comes with a square of four different but complementary tones. The top left color illuminates, the bottom two defines, and together the colors can be used for general mattifying and unifying. The effect creates a smooth and healthy look and feel thanks to silk proteins. I felt the difference in my skin immediately.
On my lips, I have the Rouge Interdit Vinyl Lipstickin Noir Révélateur. This lip product is literally a masterpiece, and my lips feel like one right after an application. Its formula contains rare black rose oil for moisture and protection, and silicone resin to give a shiny, smooth and fuller look. The color is sheer and reacts to the Ph levels of your lips to create custom color, different on everyone. What more could a girl ask for out of her holiday beauty look? I’m hooked and ready to get festive.
I recently visited the brand new BCollection by Bobeau Collective Co-Op in NYC’s Meatpacking District. It was full of holiday wonders for my mom and girlfriends, like this velvet blazer and these pleated palazzo pants. I love the brand’s affordability, effortless nature and super cozy fabrics that give us even more reason to stay in and relax. Everything drapes casually, but still feels feminine and sophisticated. And with the right touch, anything can be escalated for a night out on the time. Another amazing aspect is that the brand creates their own fabrics, so you can be sure that everything feels extra special to the touch. I brought a little of my own personality to my B Collection look with a red lip, some mesh and a little sneaker action.
Make sure to check out the Collective Co-Op at 410 W. 14th Street in NYC.