You may have noticed a small change on the blog this morning- a new name! I have been thinking long and hard about a new name for my blog, because truth be told I wasn’t in love with the old one. It was hard to remember, hard to pronounce, and I had really only picked it because I was feeling pressured to come up with something cute. This name came from one of my pinterest boards called "Wish I Was Wearing", where I saved outfit after outfit that I loved. (Wouldn't it be magical if we could just pin something and then automatically own it. #iwish.) After running the name by a few friends, I felt like it was the perfect name for my blog for a few reasons! 1. It's easy to pronounce! My last blog name elicited a lot of confusion. Hopefully this one will be easier to remember and say! 2. It's easy to tell what the blog is about- fashion! 3. It feels original and genuine to me. 4. It's relatable. I think we've all had that feeling of "I wish I was wearing that!" so hopefully this new name will be something to connect over.
One blog idea I've been thinking about for a long time has been to spotlight a new and upcoming designer each month and to talk about their clothes and why I love them! As much as I love talking about the stores I frequent at the mall on a regular basis (ahem, Anthropologie), I think it's equally important to shed light on the newer designer names in the industry and to stay informed on the goings-on in the fashion world. One of my intentions for this blog is that it becomes a place to learn about everything from high-end designers to that J.Crew top we just all had to have last month.
A note about my intentions for this blog-- The thing I've realized I miss most about blogging was the sense of community I had. I wouldn't even have my job that I have today if it weren't for that community and friendship. One reason I think blogging has lead me to my career path is because I've found people who care as much as I do about blogging, or new brands, or the latest Gucci loafer, or simply a pretty Instagram picture. That connection has served me in so many ways and this year my intention is to cultivate a community by writing and sharing and connecting here. (Sorry for the sob story, I've clearly listened to one too many Oprah podcasts today.) But truly, my hope is that this blog will become a community that cultivates a love for style and design.
So without further ado...this month I am so excited to feature one my favorite designers that I found over the last year- Nour Hammour. They make some of the coolest, most covetable leather jackets on the market. What originally started as a luxury label specializing in made-to-order leather jackets has turned into a full-blown fashion phenomenon. There's no other brand on the market that is making jackets the way designers are making handbags and shoes, Hammour has been quoted saying. Except for her. While the "it" jackets are trendy statement-makers, they're equally beloved for being livelong wardrobe staples, something I can always get behind. I had the opportunity to meet Nour earlier last year and I can genuinely say she is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Below are some of my favorite pieces from her collection (all handmade in Paris, mind you). I'll take one of each, please!
Shop them all here!
I love the fresh start that comes with a new year. A shiny, brand new year is one of my favorite things. No matter how bad you screwed up the last one, you always get a brand new one to start all over. An opportunity for a fresh start, a clear mind, and to look forward. I've been inspired by some of my favorite bloggers to start setting goals and keeping track of them each month. I love the idea that at the end of the year, I'll be able to look back at everything I accomplished, even if they're small goals. So without further ado...
January + 2018 Goals
-Research workout options. I've been significantly lacking in exercise the last few years and I'm looking for some new options!
-Research language classes. One of my goals for a long time has been to learn another language. While it may be an ambitious year to start, I know I'll at least started researching a class - and decide on a language. I'm in between French and Italian.
-Find new podcasts to listen to. I recently started listening to Cherry Bombe radio- it's all about women and food and I love it. I also started listening to Super Soul by Oprah and it's become one of my favorites! (I've actually listened to the Brene Brown episodes seveal times over- they are that powerful)
-Start planning our trips for the year. One thing we did over Christmas break was go through all the states we've been to and another list of the ones we haven't. On our list for this year: New York City, Utah, either Nashville or Charlotte, and Hawaii (which has been on my list for a long time and I'm determined to make it happen this year)
-Redesign the blog! I've got big plans for the blog in 2018, and one of them has been a redesign. I feel really strong about what I want to create and how I want to brand, so I want to make sure the blog reflects that
-Plan out editorial calendar for the blog - already started but still working on it!
-Research photography classes - one of my goals has been to become a better photographer! Since I'm entirely self-taught and want to put more into the blog this year, I feel like it's time to invest in learning from someone else!
-Blog twice a week, consistently