Hat: Topshop (similar) // Vest: Jimmy Choo for H&M (similar here and here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Gloves: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Pants: J Brand // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Gift
“Hold onto your hats” – it’s an expression that I’ve never used before, and quite frankly was a title more inspired by literally trying to make sure my hat didn’t get blown off of my head while taking these photos. Metaphorically though, life is getting even more chaotic than I ever thought possible: in between taking a break from writing runway and presentation reviews from Toronto Fashion Week, multiple papers and final exams loom in the not-so-distant future. I will also be leaving Montreal for a few months this summer to work in Toronto, a career move that now has me scrambling to transplant my life temporarily to a new city.
After months of deliberating over whether to take the risk of abandoning my beloved Montreal, I’m grateful to have finally made a decision and have the next four months of my life relatively planned out now. I say relatively because within the last year, I have learned a very important lesson: there is very little in life that we have control over. Opportunities come up that you never thought would come to fruition, some of those long, arduous nights of working and studying pay off, and sometimes your gut reaction scares and startles you so much that you just know you will make a grievous mistake, should you ignore it. As a thrill seeker and a perfectionist, two qualities of mine that are often at odds with each other, stagnation scares me. Maybe Montreal will have something to offer me once I return in September, without the chains of this undergraduate degree confining my ability to get more into the industry, but for now, it’s time to “hold onto your hats” and see what happens in this next chapter of my life.