Flirting With Summer

I look at summer in admiration. It is a season so free from routine and expectation under the sun and the breeze surrounded only in the here and the now. The words spontaneity and adventure are so linked to this season yet I find myself immersed in words that mean the complete opposite. When weeks begin on a Friday and weekends fall in the middle of the week, this is how my long holiday weekend is shaping up to be: a nightly rest of a whopping four hours of sleep, juggling my focus on two totally different kinds of managing work (because surprise, surprise, Street Style Teller is not all that I do) while trying to keep up with the lightbulbs turning on and off inside my head.

As much as I want to only live in the here and the now and the present moment, I'm reminiscing back to the beginning of summer when I hopped on an early bus ride with a couple of my friends and spontaneously ventured (there are those words linked to summer) to the less traveled parts of Philadelphia for a day where iPads and tourists did not exist and Philly cheesesteaks were not on the agenda. Although I'm not sure if I would
wear this ensemble to a July 4th barbecue, I believe this is how my long holiday weekend should look and feel – With the hair imperfectly tousled by the wind and a wardrobe choice of layering two off-the-shoulder tops tucked into a skirt matched with gold booties made complete sense. 


Caught In Ruffled Reverie


It's June. Whenever I reach this particular month of the year, my mind wonders off to two simple thoughts: never-ending sunny happy days and a million miles of blue skies above me and checked off boxes on my laundry list of resolutions written in the beginning of the year.

But while expectations sky rocket and daydreams of said never-ending happy sunshine days commence, the sound of New York City rain hitting my umbrella breaks my reverie. This gloom is in fact our current reality.

Every new month poses the same mentality: new month, new possibilities. Whether it's one month or six months into the new year, there is always room for change and progress if you aren't afraid to let it happen. With that said, how are your New Year's resolutions going? For me, my list consisted a lot of DOING AND BEING MORE IN 2017. From traveling more to reading more and being present more to simply being myself more;

I am still working on it. 


Wearing Contast Embroidered Mesh Yoke Ruffle Sleeve Top
by She In.

Photography by Jason Payas.

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Cheers to Monday and The Company You Keep


Over the years, life has taught me what kind of people to surround myself with because I know these beings will mold me to the kind of person I want to be. Ask me who I am and I'll tell you who my friends are and I hope you'll see the answer.


Whether it's a simple coffee date or a trip to a new city, the company you keep is detrimental to your experience. I learned how to appreciate simple conversations about the day and deeper conversations beyond the surface of the human I am facing. I learned how important it is to surround myself with people that will lift me up and celebrate my wins and losses as I would theirs. I learned that life is sweet but it's sweeter with the genuine people.


Recently, we've been reminded how short and unpredictable life can be. If only we are more designed to speak of great things we see in people rather than the things we disliked about them. If only we didn't wait until their birthdays to wish them a good life or their wedding days to give them our blessings. 


Tomorrow is never promised but we always have today, so say what you really mean, make every interaction count and leave your loved ones better than you met them.

New week, new opportunities.