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I went through my Pinterest boards this week and made them super organized – I feel like all is right in the world. While I was browsing through my edits and recent “likes” I noticed a little pattern… I must be loving whimsical images and fonts right now. I created a board called “Heavenly Creatures” filled with ethereal women, soft-lit backgrounds and tints of rose, lilac, and mint green. My favorite editorial designs were made up of whimsical serif fonts and handwritten quotes. It inspired me to make a little mood board. Maybe in an alternate universe this board molded the identity of a wonderfully, whimsical new fashion brand a-la-Ellery meets Miu Miu.
I saw this quote today and it really resonated with me. I’m a self proclaimed loner and I used to spend a lot of time feeling bad about it. Most people don’t understand my need for quiet time. Over the years I’ve come to understand that I’m an introvert. Contrary to popular belief this doesn’t mean that I’m a shy, socially awkward “dont-make-eye-contact” kind of person. I’m actually quite confident. I speak my mind and a take part in office gossip. When I’m around a group of people I’m totally normal. I just don’t prefer to be around people all of the time. It’s mentally exhausting. This past year I read a book called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” , and it really helped me understand myself and feel comfortable in my own skin. If you’re dealing with the same issues, I really recommend getting your hands on this book. It’ll free you. When I came across this Karl Lagerfeld quote it struck another chord — not only am I an introvert, but I am a deeply creative person.
When 6:30 rolls around at the office the only thing I want to do is go home and process everything in hopes that I can create something out of it. Sometimes I go home and process for hours, other times I go home a create for hours. The need to do this is so strong that it overrides anything else — including any and all social activities.
It’s sort of sad that my personality and creative needs trump the desire for human connection. Sad because people don’t understand why. I do a lot of explaining. I’ve had friends in the past assume that I didn’t really like them and boyfriends get really angry with me for not wanting to see them every waking moment of the day. I don’t learn anything valuable from chit-chat, it feels like a waste of time. Now if you’d like to sit down a get really cerebral with me then I’m totally game, but talking about reality television and high school days just doesn’t do it for me. Stimulation for me is not external, it’s internal. That’s where all of my excitement happens — through concepts and ideas.
What’s also sad is that society rewards the extrovert ideal. The Type A, agressive people who speak without a filter, enjoy small talk and gain energy as the party goes on. Society doesn’t reward the reflective people —the observers and thinkers of the world. We are by nature, more efficient, better decision makers. We’re rational and calculated. It might take us longer to come to a conclusion, but when we do the answer is well thought out and precise. Yet the man who is stepping out in front of me, waving his hands and yelling out his answer — to which he’s given little thought — is the man who is more respected in the western world.
Western society is constantly trying to mold and shape our younger generations ino extraverts.
But the truth is, not all of us are built to function this way. Society believes that the more agressive, outspoken types are typically the winners or even the survivors of the world. And on that note – when it comes to evolution, if extraverts are really more successful than introverts than wouldn’t introverts be a dying breed? Not the case at all. Susan Cains book, Quiet opens with a paragraph telling her readers that 1/3 of the population is made up of introverts. Better yet, a recent article published in Psychology Today claims to have collected data proving that the population is, in fact, about 50/50 — half introverts, half extraverts. Which is proof enough for me that we’re winners too. We win in our own way — the quiet, uber-calculated, slightly anti-social, read-the-email-draft-5-times way – and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Obsessing over the Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 Couture Show! See the entire show here. x
A few items that have landed on my Pinterest wishlist board this month. Really looking for a pair of trousers to wear on nights out when I just can’t bring myself to put on a dress and a pair of tights. I’ve also been eyeing these headphones since Christmas. The studded bag that looks like it may have been inspired by Alexander Wangs’ Rocco is only $58 at NastyGal and It’s actually a backpack… obsessed. Only wish the opening was wide enough to fit my Macbook!
Loving these two looks from Mother of Pearl. Quirky tassle raglan + the midi skirt with flats – so good. Even though this is coming from a London designer it looks like an awesome west coast take on menswear for women. The rest of the collection was full of wild patterns, but they reminded me too much of zebra print which I had a tiny obsession with back in ’08 and holy mother-of-Africa I can’t put it back in my wardrobe for at least 5 years (nothing against MOP, it was a personal error and total lapse in judgment!).
P.S. This layout was totally inspired by my ELLERY Editorial post. I did end up creating a PS collage template. I love the skewed edges. I also added little doodles and a nice sans serif. Gosh I love a good sans serif! x