This is a special post. A milestone, if you will. It’s my biggest collaboration ever with … Coach! Yes, the Coach. I’m now the proud owner of a little orange bag that’s going to make anything I wear with it pop.
With blogging you don’t get performance reviews or anything, so when someone big takes notice it’s hard not to get excited. It gives me that ‘I must be doing something right’ feeling. Sometimes I get doubts. Blogs are time-consuming, hard to grow, and the industry is competitive. Having your hard work recognized makes it all worth it, whether it’s by a brand or by you, my lovely readers.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want you to think I’m only in it for the collabs. That’s the last thing I want, though I know some people think all bloggers are freebie-obsessed narcissists. They’re definitely a perk, but they’re not everything. I see them as creative opportunities. Something to make a story from. In the beginning I’d randomly pick out locations and outfits but lately I’ve been trying to really plan my shoots.
Before blogging I tried getting into styling. I worked as an assistant on a few shoots and even did one on my own. I soon decided it wasn’t worth it. The days were long, unpaid, doing returns was a bitch, and I never got access to the photos. That’s why blogging appealed to me. It’s all the styling with much less hassle, plus interacting with great people. IMHO it’s pretty amazing that there are girls & guys out there making fashion magazine-worthy editorials without the huge team and million dollar budget. Not saying that my photos are, but that’s the goal.
I wanted to make my outfit like the bag: simple but eye-catching. I upgraded a classic leather jacket/white tee/ripped jeans look with the bright bag and corset belt. I’m glad corsets are back. My belt’s been sitting in my closet for ages because I was in a style rut with it. Wearing it casually is the perfect way to add subtle romance for those spring walks under the cherry blossoms.
Photos by Kirill Tukayev
BAG & WATCH: COACH