Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a panel during Montreal’s Mural Festival. Being the proud owner of some pretty bad social anxiety the notion public speaking is not my fave, so I’m ashamed to say I often turn down these kind of opportunities, but after hearing the topic we would be discussing I knew I needed to push myself to be a part of it. Titled Digital Girl in a Digital World, the panel was going to be all about digital entrepreneurism through the feminist lens. Being that both topics are things I love to discuss, I looked forward to the day where I could share my little story, and hear what others had experienced trying to make it as females on the world wide web.
The panel itself was a breath of fresh empowered air. I was ready to talk numbers, engagement, and brand adjacency and diversification, but was pleasantly surprised when the discussion turned to self introspection/expression, personal experience, and the art behind the madness that is social media. I know I was invited to the panel to share some kind of knowledge or wisdom I’ve learned along the way, but most days I feel like I’m figuring it out all over again myself. That being said, here are some things I know for sure…the Cliffs Notes anyway.
The power of collaboration when using social media’s as a business or branding tool, should serve as number one goal. Competition is omnipresent in every field, but it doesn’t mean that working with others that share similar aspirations is off limits. It should be encouraged, especially as women, who since the beginning of time have been pitted against one another when attempting to reach personal and professional desires. Here’s the secret. Never compare yourself to anyone else, cherish what makes you unique, and different instead. Stay humble and hard working and you’ll never need to step on others to get where you’re tying to go. Most of all keep being kind to one another and supporting each other. Especially for the little ladies that will join us on the internet one day. Let’s change the cycle, so they grow up feeling empowered and encouraged by little ladies everywhere…Pardon my cheese.
Celine sunnies, Gucci matching separates and bag, and Nike Air Force Ones.
New York, New York
What’s wrong with playing tourist once in a while right? No matter how often I’ve had the pleasure of visiting New York, the playground that is Time Square always feels like a return to childhood. Actually maybe that’s just me, because I do hear a lot of folks complaining about naked cowboys and pick pockets…in any case I find it all enchanting. During our trip to the big apple for fashion week, we lived very close to the mega screen hub and took the time to give it a visit. We went with one very specific purpose in mind, being to ride the indoor ferry wheel at Toys’R’Us. To my dismay the world’s biggest toy store had shut its doors, and been replaced with a GAP billboard. You think thats disappointing to hear now, imagine my sad face after walking around the same 3 blocks for 45 minutes looking for it, like a set of keys I had misplaced…I swear it was right here!?!
All was fine with the world after we found the quarter life equivalent for the beloved toy store, you might have heard of it, it’s commonly referred to as Sephora. Just like that all the heartache and grief triggered by the loss of the giant stuffed animal section had been erased. I also spent all my money on bottom eyelash mascara and a sheet mask made of eggs…maybe I should go back to shopping in the Barbie section…feels like a better long term investment. Time Square also has a Hard Rock and a Disney Store, so you know its a sure thing in the good time department. We had a beautifully touristy day followed by the Georgine show, and a night on the town. It may have hurt the next day, but you know it was all worth it of course. What can I say there’s just no city like New York kids.
Don’t forget to check out our NYFW adventures on YouTube by clicking HERE!
“You got buns with that coffee!”…Just one of the many charming comments you may hear while strolling through Time Square
Bottega Venetta sunnies, vintage Helmut Lang jacket, Adidas sweatshirt, Topshop dress, Dior bag, and Nike “Air Force Ones”.
Midway through our trip in beautiful Santorini, Peter and I decided to take a little roadtrip around the island. The weather hadn’t been very kind to us and the beautiful tan I had worked so very hard on for our wedding, had officially gone MIA. I was see-through. Mix that up with some uncontrollable “top down” winded hair and this is what you get. A Sebastian Bach look-a-like. A total hot mess…but not so hot, kinda pale, and kinda pissed about it.
Man I feel like a woman
Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses (similar), Unif crochet top, Nadia Safti shorts, Jacquie Aiche BODY CHAIN, Aurelie Bidermann rose and feather bangle, ELA RAE HAND CHAIN, TAI MULTI STRAND, Nordstrom and Cartier bracelets and watch, Nike fuelband, and Chanel bag and shoes.
So as many of you may already know Canada is made up of 10 provinces, one of which is Quebec, where french is employed as a native tongue. I am French Canadian. This means I get ridiculed by the likes of television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and have a nice french twang that the the French from France say they find charming then mock. It’s been hard for me you know…ok not really. After I caught on to this whole anglophone thing all was pie, AND I get to say I am bilingual, which apparently gets my some street cred in the professional world (yet to be experienced btw). Anyway, the capital of our great province, is unimaginatively named the same thing as the state itself, therefore last week I was in Quebec, Quebec visiting my family. I took advantage of this opportunity to showcase my francophone roots, pose next to some white and blue Fleur-de-lis flags, and hit up some souvenir stores for some prideful swag. That’s right all, I now own a T-shirt that says “J’men Calise!”. You curious?..Look it up!
C moié le boss
Undefeated Boss snapback, Blaque Label blazer (similar), All Saints necklace (similar), Zara dress, Bracelets, watch, and rings from Nasty Gal, Cartier (similar), David Yurman (similar), Hermes, Sydney Evans, Nike, and Tiffany & Co., Celine Phantom Bag, and Christian Louboutin Intern flats.