the pressure for the new

Rediscovering my favorites.

Photos by  Zedd Pratt

Photos by Zedd Pratt

Here's the thing about this look: every piece has been in my closet for about a year or more, and well-loved during that time. A year isn't that long; but it certainly seems so, with fashion constantly changing.

When I started my blog in 2015, I did not expect it to be where it is now. True, it still has a smaller audience; but I never thought I would have the opportunity to collaborate brands and fellow creators, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

However, working as an "influencer" — and I use that term loosely — means that I am using social media more than ever before. I didn't even begin to use Instagram regularly until 2015, my sophomore year of college, which was when I started the blog. So, I was very, very late to the social media party. These days, it often feels like there is pressure to always be posting something new: new content, new clothes, new outfit, new designer bag, new body, new travels, new significant other, new new new. It turns social media and creativity into competition for popular content, and can also create a negative environment of comparison. I know I'm guilty of this, and have definitely been sucked into a vortex of feeling inadequate because I'm not on the same chapter as someone else.

In the last week or so, I've been taking a step back from social media and focusing more on what's in front of me. This is partly due to transitions in both my job and my current living situation; it's been rather crazy, but it's also been a necessary detox. Putting this look together two weeks ago was refreshing; it helped me rediscover old pieces that I love, while being rid of the pressure for having something new.

Photography by Zedd Pratt

Outfit details: Zara leather jacket, Splendid t-shirt (gifted), Free People pants, Converse sneakers, Fossil crossbody bag (gifted), Genevieve Sweeney tote (gifted), Ray-Ban sunglasses.