Maybe I was becoming complacent with my neutrals and basics, but I somehow forgot how fun it is to prep up an outfit. Add a bow to the standard button-up with a leather jacket and you've got yourself an outfit that doesn't look effortless but can make you feel close to a million bucks. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! xo
Do you see this home? My jaw was dropping each minute while hanging here to learn more about the upcoming New Orleans Film Society Gala with its board member Paul Costello and his lovely, incredibly cool wife Sara Ruffin Costello. The pair are graciously hosting the gala here this Saturday, March 28th from 7PM until the party stops. I'm pretty excited to join this event to support the New Orleans Film Society's mission: to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film. You are probably familiar with their work as they host a slew of film festivals throughout the year. Every ticket purchased to the gala goes directly towards supporting this mission! And, this year they're offering discounted tickets for attendees under the age of 35. For $100 you'll get to get dressed up, enjoy delicious food from top chef Susan Spicer, take advantage of the open bar, and also witness Mad Men's Bryan Batt lead a live auction in this beautiful space.
What: The New Orleans Film Society Gala
When: Saturday, March 28th
Where: A quintessential Garden District dream home
Why: To support the arts!
How: Purchase tickets here
From Instagram and Pinterest to TEG career profiles and overnight success stories, there's a whole lot of noise out there. It could make us feel insecure about where we are compared to others, but there's some noise empowering us to do more. I've learned...
To take inspiration with a grain of salt. This protects your craft from being another run of the mill operation. I've witness talented people get bogged down by what other people are doing and try to replicate success instead of paving their own. Unless you want to end up as a Stepford brand, this will just leave you five steps behind; unsatisfied. Consistency is key in building trust with an audience. Pay attention to industry trends and determine what sets your work apart, then capitalize on it. When we were conceptualizing Montrose, I purposely un-followed and avoided brands that might have influenced the overall vision. This kept our concept organic and refreshing, and most importantly, kept our goals limitless. After a month and a half of being in business, I'm thrilled to see the brands who inspire us are also following our story. It shows we're gaining respect, but there's no question that what we're building is truly ours.
To only focus on constructive, warranted feedback aka 'how can I improve xyz so I can best serve the customer'. Both Montrose and Upperlyne & Co. garner their fair share of supporters and naysayers. For every congratulations I get, I am handed a larger serving of humble pie. I could easily be on cloud nine one moment and in pieces the next, but I've programmed myself to be numb to emotional feedback. To not give two shits either way. It's very Kanye of me, but it's the best way to protect your mental from falling into either deep ends. When you're focused on doing your best work, there's no need for a sea of praises. They'll come for sure, but so will the critics. It's the best kind of success when you don't need external validation because, at the end of every day, that success is already yours.
Before I can get to asking how is it already April?! I'm preparing for the busiest two weeks ahead. This week I'm off to Houston to shoot the first look book for Montrose directly followed by a visit to Idea Village's NOEW to speak on a panel about things I'm not quite sure I am qualified to (though very honored and excited!) and then right into prepping + styling a shoot for one of my favorite sites. We're going to end it all with a bang at the New Orleans Film Society Gala on Saturday, which I'll be sharing more about on Tuesday's post!
Same question, different week:
How was your week/end?