No Pants No Problem

How many times have you avoided starting something because you knew you couldn’t do it perfectly? I almost didn’t write this post because I couldn’t think of a title. Think Pink? No, cheesy. Something…about fall? Come on, Hannah, you’ve exhausted every possible fall quote.

I think most of you who read this blog know me personally, but sometimes strangers reach out and let me know they follow along on here or Instagram (hiiii Internet friends! Keep it coming! Words of affirmation is my love language!). I’m always worried that my sense of humor doesn’t translate through the screen and people are left thinking Is this girl for real???

Because I’m a frustrated perfectionist, I often will scrap a whole project before it even begins if I don’t think I can complete it exactly how I envision it in my mind. Or I’ll let my room become a complete mess if I can’t find a place for a single pair of shoes. Why even bother if it isn’t ever good enough?

So for my fellow perfectionists, I thought I would share a few things that encouraged me today:

You improve through daily practice, not by leaps and bounds. Natural talents and gifts are a blessing, but they can work against you if you grew up not having to work hard at anything to do well. Sometimes things don’t come naturally, and success is incremental. This is especially true with things like working out: we all want a six-pack and toned calves after our first day at the gym, but rarely are we willing to put in the work, little by little, every day.

Failure isn’t the end of the world and is a valuable learning tool. Trust me, I’m saying this for me as much as you. I am so afraid of failing that sometimes I won’t even try. But failure is feedback, and it helps you figure out what to do differently next time to succeed.

You are more valuable than the sum of your achievements. This reminder comes from an article I read by psychotherapist Katherine Schafler on Thrive Global. She says that “people connect most to the ordinary things about you,” like the way you can’t decide what to order at a restaurant, the long-winded voicemails you leave, or the way you play with your hair when you’re bored. In contrast, she says during therapy sessions something that people never say are things like “I miss the way he got a 3.8 GPA in college.” We’re proud of the accomplishments of our friends, lovers, and children, but when we really start to list the reasons we love them, those reasons have little to do with success.

So here I am, in an outfit that doesn’t look exactly how I pictured in my head. I couldn’t find a skirt or a pair of pants to go with this shirt-dress/sweater combo, so…I nixed the pants. No pants, no problem. ✌🏻

Sweater: Madewell // Shirt-dress: Zara (last season, similar dress at ASOS // Tights: Forever 21 // Earrings: Madewell (sold out, similar also from Madewell)

Sweater Weather

New York in the fall continues to dazzle me, even after 6 years. The leaves in Central Park, Prospect Park, and all over the city turn bright yellow, vivid red, and dusty orange for just a few weeks before winter weather hits. One of my favorite spots for beautiful leaves in Eastern Parkway in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, where my roommate Avery took these pictures.

A quote I’ve been seeing a lot lately on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook is “the leaves are about to show us how beautiful it can be to let dead things go.” Really cheesy, sure, but true! There is something about the visual representation of letting go that makes me want to apply it to my life. I’ve been working on getting rid of old clothes that don’t fit and bad habits I don’t want (does anyone else get home from work and eat an entire bag of discounted Halloween candy for dinner? Help). It’s a tough but rewarding season.

But hello, my favorite part of fall is and always will be the clothes. I am so happy to be past shorts season and onto ~sweater weather~!

Shop the look:

Sweater: Forever 21 // Skirt: LC for Kohl’s from last year; similar here // Tights: Forever 21

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Life update and outfit post

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m writing on my phone (RIP laptop charger). I have some exciting news: I’m moving back to New York! 

It’s been in the works for some time now, but I hate to mention things before they are finalized. I am always worried that by getting excited prematurely I’ll “jinx” myself. But everything is falling into place and I’ll be moving into my tiny new apartment this weekend in beautiful Brooklyn. 

I know several people are unaware that I ever left the city (even though I wrote a post about it back in December, ahem) so this news might be a bit anticlimactic for some of you! But I’m very excited and wanted to let you know. 

So onto the outfit: this is the result of trying to wear clothes I haven’t worn lately to see if they’ll make it into my capsule wardrobe and/or survive the paring that happens naturally when moving. I absolutely love this velvet crop top for cooler weather. I like the pattern and I love wearing velvet in the fall and winter to add some texture to whatever I’m wearing, especially since it often happens to be all black. But I’m not sure if it’s versatile enough to wear with several different skirts, dresses, and pants, which is why I’ve been testing it out. 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you’re in the city and want to get coffee, please leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram! 

Sunglasses: Old Navy // Top, skirt, and choker: Forever 21 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Spring 2016 Fashion Forecast

Fashion week has come and gone in New York, and now we all know what to wear this coming spring 2016 (and it’s probably nothing from future presidential candidate Kanye West’s collection).  For once it’s not florals on top of florals, and instead, for what I suspect is the first time in history, the fashion forecast and the weather forecast are the same: blue skies and puffy, white clouds.

Yes, friends, my time has finally come.  Those of you who know me or follow my Instagram know I really, really love clouds.  I love wearing clothes with cloud patterns or even just in white and blue colors that resemble the sky.  This is a trend that has yet to catch on and makes me seem a little eccentric.  But while I was in Paris this spring, I spotted a dress in a boutique that was covered in a cloud print, and I knew it was only a matter of time before New York picked up on it.

And here we are.  The Mara Hoffman Ready-To-Wear Spring 2016 collection is the stuff of my dreams.   In addition to flowy, white dresses and psychedelic rainbow patterns, the designer dressed many of her models – and even her adorable family! – in head-to-toe cloud print. I love everything about this collection and can’t wait until I can get my hands on it!

Photo Credit: Mara Hoffman

I’m not going to say I started this trend, but . . . here I am at fashion week last year in September 2014. 😉

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xoxo,

– Hannah