Club Monaco coat & clutch, H&M booties, dress c/o Boutique Onze,
I feel like the past 6 months or so, I've been so focused on getting this task done or that email sent or this post up etc, etc that I've forgotten to take some time to lift my gaze up and just look around. Before I started blogging and for the first couple years of being involved in the community, I was compulsively searching for inspiration everywhere, absorbing it all like a sponge. Once momentum picked up in certain other areas of my life, it seemed like the whole time investment that goes into being an active observer was not as much of a priority as other more immediate things, and so I let it slip.
Anyway, over the past week or so, I've been trying to dedicate more time to just looking around...flipping through more magazines, popping onto Pinterest more often, taking a couple hours to browse through street style sites. It's brought so much more to my quality of life, right down to my revamped relationship with my closet. What's more, it served as a really great reminder that that time should be just as much a priority as catching up on emails or doing other work. I don't know about you, but for me, the days of sitting down with a book for an afternoon or relaxing into an hours-long movie marathon are non-existent. I'll probably broadcast my 2013 goals as it is (I was a Psych student and motivational psych was my passion - if you want to stick to your goals, announce them in a public forum!), and I can already guarantee that taking more completely guilt-free, relaxing moments will be right at the top of the goal list.
One thing I have been inspired by lately? As always, Françoise Hardy and her effortless French style. This striped dress from Boutique Onze's house brand Tatiana & Natouchi fits perfectly into that easy chic aesthetic: classic stripes, a lovely femme cut and a super comfortable fit. True to my new goal, I'll definitely be scouring Pinterest for some more stripe inspo over the coming week!
Hope you all have a fabulous Monday! A special shout-out for my older sister Natasha, who's ringing in her birthday today...happy birthday Vladimir (don't ask), I love you!