Ok, I love these photos so much. They are some of my favorite that we have shot for the blog so far. The bright red jacket and the red brick firehouse really work together I think. First of all it was freezing cold the morning we shot these. I had extra boots and socks in the car as well as a scarf and gloves. They were quickly put on after we finished getting what we needed. Detroit is really a lovely city. It has its blemishes and a sordid past that it needs to reckon with, but there are so many gems about town. It’s a city that defies expectations and builds its self up even when it feels forgotten.

The wheel of fortune turns around and around. Sometimes it is up and sometimes it is down. Much like cities who boom and bust, our lives experience the same. I never felt that more than in this present moment. I’ve noticed the goings on in my life since leaving college and can say I have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But neither the highs nor the lows stick around for every long until they cycle through. Even at my deepest depths, there was always a light shining through. One single action could put the wheel spinning back upward and onward.

At the present moment I feel like the wheel is stuck low but slowly creeping higher. There have been some major transitions in my life just as I was getting comfortable with what I had built here in Nashville. Friends moving away, creative struggle at work and the stressful process of finding a new living situation. But again I’m looking for new opportunities for personal growth. These are not easy endeavors, some of them harder than others. However, living outside of my comfort zone is going to be my major goal for the coming the year. I’m excited to try new things and do what makes me happy even when done on my own. Hopefully I’ll talk more about my goals for the new year but for now let’s leave it at that. I accept that the wheel of fortune turns but I’m going to always strive to keep it high even when it dips low.

When I packed for Detroit, I stuffed my small carry-on to the brim. Because I only brought a limited selection of clothes with me, I had to mix and match to create different outfits. That’s generally what I do every season. Only a handful of pieces from my wardrobe get worn over and over. I’ve been wearing these jeans so much. Cutting the hems off was the best thing I could have done for them. They are so comfortable and I feel like they make any outfit instantly cooler. This coat is so old, I have no idea where it’s from but it was my sister’s when she was in high school. Half the fun of visiting my parents house is going through our old closets and finding things that might have cycled back in style. But I think that a red pea coat is a classic so it never went out. I have been living in this beret. It is my go to. Also this is my second post where I’ve worn it for an outfit. I have other berets, you guys should see them, which just means I need to wear them.

I’m excited for some changes that are coming my way. A new perspective and a fresh outlook for 2018 is exactly what I need. I’m ready to shift some of my priorities and really throw myself into passion projects. I would love to know what you all are excited for gearing up for the new year. What goals are you setting for yourselves, what new adventures lie ahead? Leave a comment or send me an email on my contact page if you like! I would love to hear from you.

Photography: Robin Voisine

What I am Wearing

Coat (old similar) | Turtleneck | Jeans (old similar) | Shoes | Purse (vintage coach)

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