☆☾ I’m honored to welcome the amazing brand Friday I’m In Love XO back to the Wild & Free Blog for a few part series on their new collection Satellite of Love. For this first mini post, I’ve styled their stunning emerald blazer with their perfect scarf and a pair of shimmering boots by PSKaufman.
I’ve been enamored with Friday I’m In Love XO for years, ever since I first discovered the owner, Hayley, as a personal style blogger. Her fashion sense and eye for unique styling captivates me and it’s wonderful to see her new brand emerge with rockin’ styles like these.
thoughts & daydreams
Recently, I was listening to a podcast about how most people tend to live life from the outside in, gathering material possessions in hopes that it will ignite lasting happiness within. By now, it feels painstakingly evident that this practice fails with flying colors and the only true way to seek out true happiness starts from within and transforms life from the inside out.
I fully believe in this realization and it leaves me at a paradox when it comes to blogging and my intense love for fashion. How can I broadcast the importance of self love and straying away from excessive material possession while still sharing my romance with fashion? There’s a strange duality to finding a balance between the two worlds and I’ve struggled at times because it can feel as though the two cannot co-exist.
Yet, through my years of blogging, I’ve found another aspect of fashion that instead of supporting mass consumption and short term gratification, it fuels human connection and creative expression.
I’ve found this in supporting small, independent brands. When you connect with an individual, expressing their creativity through the fashion medium, it gives clothing a whole new meaning. Instead of wearing something to fill a void, you end up wearing something because you feel it resonates with self expression. Or, perhaps you met the designer and you two connected on such a level where you feel aligned and want to support them in the pursuit of their passion. Through this, suddenly, a genuine human element enters into an otherwise materialistic reality.
In this way I’ve connected with women around the world and we support and encourage one another on our creative paths.
This is why I am so in love with finding others who strive to bring a new face to fashion where small businesses can thrive and lean on one another. Hayley, from Friday I’m In Love XO is one of those individuals for me as I’ve always felt incredibly supported by her. When I can wear something she created, I feel like magic, and I know I will treasure the design forever. ♡
WHAT I’M WEARING
FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE XO – TAKE ME TO BREAKFAST VELVET JACKET
FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE XO – PERFECT DAY SCARF
PSKAUFMAN – FREEWAY CHELSEA BOOT IN AMARA
MERMAID BY HAND JEWELRY