LIFE UPDATES AND WARDROBE CURATION

It’s been almost a year since my last post and I wanted to update you all on my life and make more of an effort to post regularly on here. If you read my last post you know that I moved to New York for graduate school in August. Being in school feels like a magnificent dream that I’m not totally sure I want to wake up from.  I just turned 26 at the end of February and am happy to say that for the first time I am actually happy with where I am in my life. For a long time after completing my undergraduate degree I felt completely lost. I was working in environments where I felt completely unfulfilled and often questioned where I was going with my life and if I would ever amount to anything as a person. I often wondered “is this what the rest of my life is really going to be like?!” Needless to say going to graduate school has always been a goal of mine and I still can’t believe that I have the opportunity to make this particular dream come true. I feel like I am living out a total fantasy and am determined to graduate with my Master of Arts degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons the New School for Design next spring. One thing that I’ve learned over the last few years is that hard work definitely pays off. It may not seem like it in the moment but if you are willing to work hard there is no reason why all of your dreams can’t come true.  I love being in school and am constantly inspired by my classmates and this amazing city that has become my second home.

One thing that I have been working on outside of completing my school work is pairing down my wardrobe so that it only consists of key essential pieces and things that I truly love. This means only buying things that I really like. That might seem obvious, but I have a tendency to buy things on a whim since I find retail therapy extremely relaxing (before the stress from working out my credit card sets in.) My new goal is to really think about what I’m buying and to get away from paying so much attention to brands and focusing more on the garment itself. Is it love at first sight? Will it work with other pieces I already have in my wardrobe? Will I want to wear it five years from now?  I hate to admit this but for awhile I thought that in order to look good I needed to buy strictly designer pieces. While I can’t ignore the fact that I have a weakness for designer bags and coats being a student has made me recognize that while some things may be worth splurging on, other things aren’t and that what you buy should be about how much you love the piece and how well it’s made rather than the label in it. I’m not saying I wouldn’t love to have a wardrobe filled with Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin and Celine…but I also recognize that at this point in my life that’s not always possible. As a result, my new goal is to focus on only buying things I really like (and can afford) and saving up money for those really special pieces. Hopefully that way I will be able to build a more timeless and sustainable wardrobe.

So here’s to a New Year of continuously working towards my goals both on an academic and personal level and looking chic while doing it.

xx

Caroline

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