The Fashion Philosophy, is a personal style, beauty, and life(style) blog, written by Erica Lavelanet. She is a born 'n' raised, New Yorker and Wardrobe Stylist, currently chronicling this chapter from Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Teleporting home for the holiday's, with gifts and a bit of - extra - luggage isn't easy, except it was, thanks to Amazon Lockers. Since I’ve been on the road again, I had little to no time - or attention span - to holiday shop the way I’d ordinarily plan to. So, I experimented for the first time with online shopping for gifts to go home with, scheduling deliveries to arrive at the Amazon Lockers, conveniently located in my local Whole Foods Market. This concept especially came in handy when I managed to pick up a same-day Amazon delivery on my way to the train. Not only did I arrive to the train station early - a first! - I literally stopped to smell the roses and picked up fresh flowers and a kombucha for the ride. Showing up like Santa Claus herself, to Long Island.
Reflecting back on my holiday experience, I realize how relaxed and at ease everything felt. This isn't because every moment was perfect, there was tons of contrast leading up to Christmas, beyond my expectation. Just as I was about to devolve into some old ways of being, I remembered one thing - that everything is always working out for me. Every twist and turn I experienced on my way home for the holiday's was exactly what I needed in order to grow and expand more fully into the new levels of awareness I've been seeking since June. The lived-in comfort of knowing that when things don't go according to plan, it's not only alright, but necessary to still be glad and know that it is all for good reason.
Sometimes going to-and-from and back-toward home again is no easy feat, especially with (newly acquired adult) luggage filled with newly acquired adult baggage. Entering a new year and sorting through all the contrast, knowing more fully the things I don't want so I know what it is that I do want; excited about upcoming travel, I placed all my focus on gearing up for adventure, meeting people in a different city, seeing things my eyes had not yet seen before. I turned my attention from things that didn't feel good, to things that did. In hindsight, I have no doubt, that this shift in perception lead to a total shift in experience. We can call this the path of least resistance, but I committed to this way of thinking and it worked. Allowing happiness to return to me, despite of the conditions or what I did
or didn't have going on was the key that unlocked a much more satisfying, enriching experience.
Suddenly, happiness was everywhere. It wasn't everyone at Christmas dinner being on the same page and sadly, it involved the passing of a loved one, and heartbreak; loss, and so much gain. It was a small victory in learning to consider the possibility that there is always another way of looking at things. Dark clouds turned into pink skies, little moments that are big enough to snap you right back into the vortex. It looked a lot like seeing through the frost; three-generations drinking wine and playing Jenga together on Christmas, having a two hour discussion about perspective in the car with my sister and uncle, finding a mixed CD from high school; titled 'untitled', driving in circles first toward the bluff, then toward the mall. After hours, no-fog, late-night New York City views from the highest box in the sky. Wings, gin, jazz.
It feels like saying yes to adventure across the boarder and leaving it all behind me, #deliveringsmiles with a smile.
If there’s a past, I’ve forgotten it.
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Some time ago, I'd grown tired of feeling tired in New York City and I fled- West. I packed high-waisted blue jeans and a t-shirt, plus only my favorite belongings, leaving behind whatever it was that I no longer needed to carry. Clothes I could move around in, that fit like a second-skin. Books for the moments-in-between. Film and my journal so I'd remember. Denim and some dresses, mismatched. One, no two, pairs of shoes. Something to hike in, to wear as we watch the sunset over desert mountain-tops. A two-piece, little nothing, for swimming in the bungalow pool after dark. A soundtrack to keep me moving and feeling good through unfamiliar territory.
I left the city with so many questions and so much on my mind, knowing that I'd only find whatever it was I'd been looking for through sitting in stillness and remembering how-to breathe. To collect my thoughts enough to write them down and express them from heart-center. Ready-for-anything, really just means keeping your heart and mind open. Wide-open-spaces and unlimited blue-sky teaches a girl how-to surrender, to simplify, to smile again and again, then once more.
As always, a humble reminder through silence in nature, that every answer is inside of you.