It was a frigid 40-some-odd degree day again in NYC today, (what else is new) but I am just going to go ahead and go all out with my spring wardrobe because I can’t take the winter dreariness anymore. New York is truly one of the most exciting, exuberant, and inspiring places to me…but its weather can certainly detract from how amazing it is otherwise. According to the calendar, spring arrived about two weeks ago, but the weather just hasn’t seemed to get the memo. That being said, you can still dress like you are going to a cooler-weather-Coachella if you layer up a little bit. I played matchy-matchy with this blue and orange ensemble (Go Gators!) and had fun with a springy boho vibe that reminded me of Coachella, but also kept my legs warm.
I ran downtown after work today to meet another fellow southerner, former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman. I never really watched the show until her season, but something about her magnetically genuine attitude drew me in. It was such a treat to meet her, as we lamented the cold air and chatted about our fave NYC restaurants (check out my votes here). She also reminded me of some super important stuff. I have been a lot less personal on the blog than I used to be. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I wasn’t particularly pleased with my personal life (I went through a break up late last year), and furthermore, my professional life was in such a transient state that The Stylephile was a place for me to forget about this and just enjoy my favorite hobby (fashion). I made myself a promise when I started this blog to maintain a genuine voice and strive to be continually personal. My favorite bloggers always seem to be able to make friends through their keyboards and their photos, and I wanted to adopt this. It’s not that I was not being genuine–per say, but more that I was glossing over my day to day life in an effort to shy away from anything unrelated to fashion.
Meeting Andi reminded me that the most likable people are those who truly make you feel welcomed into their lives while being classy yet unapologetic about who they are. This has always been the vision I had for my blog, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Anyway, the point of all this is just to recommit myself to my vision for this space. It is a place where I talk about fashion and brag about my ridiculous thrift finds, obviously; but it is also a representation of a community of women putting their lives on the internet and connecting through a shared interest that makes us all feel better about ourselves. Thusly, The Stylephile will be getting a bit of a makeover. I’ll always have my outfit posts and the occasional recipe bit, but I want to get a little more personal. In the coming weeks I will be discussing the struggles of building a personal brand and a budding business in such a competitive and self-driven market. I also want to be open about what its like being 24, single, and living alone in New York (crazy, hilarious, uplifting and simultaneously soul-crushing, etc.).
A pending physical makeover is in the works as well, as I really felt like this little corner of the web could use a facelift. Anyway, for as long as you’ve been following, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me feel like such a part of a community that I love so much. I hope y’all stay tuned!
From Head to Toe:
Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Jacked: AE, Bag: Francesca’s, Top: Boutique (Similar), Jeans: Zara, Shoes: Thrift
Photos by Anabella V Photography