Sunday, October 15, 2017

As If There's No Midnight

"Art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed... because people are changed by art - enriched, ennobled, encouraged - they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they behave, the way they think." 
-Leonard Bernstein |

My absolute favorite thing about fashion is how it enables people to be completely, abundantly, unapologetically themselves. The clothes we choose to wear are a strength given to us, something that allows us to communicate to the world who we are and what we love. I believe the two are interchangeable; our identity comes from what we love and what we choose to do with our love. Truthfully, personal style is no exception. Each choice someone makes when it comes to fashion is a statement to the world around them. And while some prefer not to place too much significance in style, I adore the fact that what I choose to wear can empower me and make me feel so incredibly more like myself. 

I think this is true of all art; creating art gives us a sense of self in a way nothing else can. The pictures I want to create for my blog go beyond just an outfit; they are about the outfit within a specific atmosphere, and the entire picture communicates a story. This shoot reminded me of quietly classic nights downtown, and seems almost cinematic to me. The innocence but quiet power about the look reminds me of the timeless stories we grew up listening to, such as Cinderella. It is a reminder that there is strength in gentleness.

| "You have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole body, and it has power." -Cinderella |

Stories such as Cinderella emphasize to us the importance of quiet strength and kindness. They encourage us to go after what we want and live for what we love- after all, we should be living as if there's no midnight.

The stunning dress I am wearing is from Missguided, and has already become one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. Its ruffle detailing around the shoulders and checked pattern are two of my favorite trends put together perfectly. I just had to pair it with my over the knee boots from Nature Breeze, because the combination is so effortlessly timeless and chic. The gorgeous bag is by Ted Baker, who is probably the love of my life. Small, structured, light pink, and with rose gold hardware- it has my heart. To lightly finish off the outfit, I added my beloved Return To Tiffany silver pendant necklace with rose gold detailing.

I find myself thinking often about how we should be living consistently in search of the things that fuel our souls. For me, that is always art. It's creating art and appreciating art, looking at beauty and watching others live for their passions. It's what brings energy and fire into my life.

| "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." -Georgia O'Keeffe |

xx Erin Nicole


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