Monday, October 31, 2016

Changemakers

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Driving change. 

Growing up, it takes courage to stay different. At the heart of it, I think all of us are uniquely different and all of us have the ability to be standouts. But growing up, a lot of what makes each of us different is made dull by those around us, until much of what sets us apart is pushed away and compartmentalized. Growing up, most of us work to fit in with the crowd rather than stand out from our peers. It isn't until we are older that we realize how important our individuality is, and we begin to dig - to find our truest self again. Because the ones who manage to stay the most individual are the ones who create the greatest genius.

Besos,
RC




Madewell Top || T by Alexander Wang Dress - also here || Chanel 'Le Boy' Bag || Prada Sunnies

Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Paths

“It's worth making time to find the things that really stir your soul. That’s what makes you really feel alive. You have to say ‘no’ to other things you’re used to, and do it with all your heart.”

Paving new paths.

Like taking the road less traveled, it's hard to try new things. Our comfort zone is our easy zone - it's easy to get into a routine and convince yourself it's best to stay in that routine. Things are comfortable, they're reliable, and they're expected. There are few things left unforeseen and sometimes that seems better than the struggles we know we may face if we turn towards a new path: one that hasn't been paved, one that will requires hours of work. If the routine you've set for yourself is full of tasks that do not stir your soul, that don't make you feel that combination of being alive while also giving you a sense of being at home in your skin, then maybe it's time to start paving new paths and saying no to the easy and yes to the unknown.

Besos,
RC








Bagatelle Suede Jacket - similar here || Madewell Dress || Via Spiga Shoes - similar here || Chanel Bag || Covry Sunnies

Monday, October 24, 2016

From Within

“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.” 

Within thyself.

I think people often forget to look within their own self when seeking happiness. They look at the world and search for happiness in the things that bring others joy. Happiness becomes defined by quantifiable things - the number of possessions you own, the amount of money you make, the cost of the things you purchase, the size of the house you live in, the distance of the places you travel. The list could go on endlessly, making happiness an impossible thing to chase. It's the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side: that someone else's life is probably better, or that your own life would be better if those quantifiable things could also be yours. But the honest truth is, happiness comes from within. It starts with understanding that material things don't bring happiness because happiness is not a pecuniary thing. I like nice things, but my happiness is not defined by possessions. My happiness is knowing that I've treated others kindly and that I've been a good person; my happiness is my family, my friends, and God; my happiness is also waking up each morning to good health and a job that I enjoy. I've never placed my happiness in the hands of others, and I think the first place where people go wrong when pursuing happiness is looking at other people. The most important thing is to find happiness within yourself -- you don't need to look anywhere else.

Besos,
RC









Free People Sweater - similar here || Kate Spade Skirt - similar here and here || Veja Sneakers - low top version here || Chanel WOC || Covry Sunnies

Thursday, October 20, 2016

First of Fall

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” 

New again.

There is a certain kind of comfort and novelty in traditions. For me, the first of fall is apple picking in upstate New York with my family. We go on the same weekend every year to the same orchard in New Paltz. We pick the same kinds of apples in the same parts of the orchards, and then we treat ourselves to their delicious homemade apple crisp afterwards no matter how hot or cold it may be that year. But every year we go, it never loses its novelty. We find new things to laugh about, new beauty to appreciate, and new things to add to our yearly tradition. The view is the same every year, but it never gets old and it never seems less beautiful. It makes me think that I'll miss the day when the year comes around that our trip up north ceases to be a yearly tradition, because as time passes and we grow older traditions change and traditions end. It makes each year here that much sweeter.

Besos,
RC










Vintage Cape - similar here || Abercrombie & Fitch Turtleneck - similar here || Joe's Jeans Pants || Coach Rain Boots || Club Monaco Scarf

Monday, October 17, 2016

Yellow

"Look at the stars, look how they shine for you, and everything you do. 
Do you know, you know I love you so, you know I love you so."

Yellow.

The color of happiness and joy, warmth and optimism, sunshine and stars. When my grandmother was younger, she knitted hundreds of sweaters - for her kids, her grandkids, and her friends. I still have sweaters from when I was a little girl that she made for me, and I refuse to let them go because of their sentiment. I hope to one day pass them on to my own kids and tell them that their great grandmother knit them many years ago and I wore them myself when I was a little girl. My mother also received a number of sweaters from my grandmother, and a few of those have end up in my possession like this yellow one. I put this sweater on the other day because I was thinking of my grandma. I still think of her often and the light and warmth that she brought into all of our lives. In her 90+ years on this earth, she brought all of us so much joy and happiness...she was our color yellow.

Besos,
RC





Sweater {handmade} || J.Crew Skirt - similar here || Vintage Shoes || Bag {Greece}

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pieces

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” 

All the pieces.

Our life is a garden - constantly growing, constantly changing with the seasons, and requiring attention and nurturing in order to bloom into something beautiful. The things that grow in our garden are all the things that color our lives...the people who plant themselves in our hearts. We meet so many people in our walk of life: some who stay and some who go. Like flowers, they are perennial, biannual, and annual. Through all the points of our lives our garden bears blooms of all different varieties. While they bloom the flowers are beautiful, but not all flowers are meant to last. However, the ones that do - the ones that continue to grow - are the ones that bloom for the people in our lives who have deeply rooted themselves in our entire being. They become part of our essence...the aroma of our souls.

Besos,
RC







Hayden Cardigan via Bluefly || J.Crew Camisole || Madewell Skirt {old} || Renvy Shoes || Chanel 'Le Boy' Bag || Covry Sunnies || Izod Belt {old}