“Quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again.” – Joan Didion
THE LOOK | white tank, grey sweater, leopard coat, ponte pants, black booties (similar), black handbag (similar), slouchy beanie, cat eye sunglasses
A love affair with New York City is a love affair like no other. Every year, I find myself writing about my love for the city that I was raised in (most recently here). I know for a fact that I am the way I am because of the city I’m from.
It wasn’t until I went to college that I realized just how cool it was to be from New York. And just how lucky I was. When most people graduated and couldn’t find a way to pay to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, I was able to go back home. I was able to relax for two weeks and begin my career.
That’s something I will never take for granted.
Being a fashion blogger in New York City is also something special. Not only do I get to take pictures at some of the most iconic places, but I also get to attend so many fun events and network face-to-face with amazing companies and brands. In a way, being a fashion blogger in New York is “easier”. Of course, there’s a lot of competition since there are a lot of us, but there are plenty of opportunities for us to go around! I’ve also met such great girls through NYC network events, so I am definitely not complaining.
And again, this is something I will never take for granted.
Every day I wake up and head out into the city that some people call overwhelming, brutal, crowded, among other words. But at the end of the day, this city is the place where people’s dreams come true. The place where I’ve built my career, met some of the most amazing people, and the place I will never ever ever ever leave again.
New York City is my home, and for whatever reason, I’ve recently been taking the time to just simply look up. And around me for that matter. Just last week, I was on my way home and walking towards the new Q line. I was pretty annoyed because that means I’d have to walk through Times Square. When I was stopped on a corner, I just looked up. And I immediately felt a sense of happiness. Just a few days before that, there were TWO MILLION people where I was standing, ready to usher in the new year.
So as I looked up at that 2017 sign lit up, I told myself 2017 was going to be THE year for me. And the year I do more and more in New York. There’s just so much to see and do in this city, so I’m excited to really take advantage of being a tourist in my own city (except skipping all of the actual touristy things).
For now, I’ll be running around town in my favorite leopard coat, taking in the beautiful place I call home.
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