Atlantic-Pacific is a personal style and fashion blog of Blair Eadie. Blair is a lover of all things colorful, chic, preppy and printed.I look forward to continuing to share my fashion and digital evolution with you – and hope to inspire you to do the same with me.
I get asked quite often how I edit my images. To start, I edit them myself, and try to keep each image as natural as possible. Thankfully, I will typically shoot in favorable lighting conditions. so I am able to keep the editing to a minimal. With Atlantic-Pacific being so heavily focused on fashion, I want the colors of the photos to be as natural as possible so I can accurately representing the colors, prints, and patterns of the clothing that I am wearing! I’ve found images that are too warm or too grainy simply don’t accurately portray the clothing and accessories that well, and at the end of the day, that’s what I am here for! I always edit in Photoshop, and below I am sharing just a few of the techniques and tools I use most!
SPOT HEALING BRUSH // I am shooting a lot in cities, which can be challenging when it comes to people in the background, trash on the street, and general clutter in the frame! I use the spot healing brush to clean up a lot of that mess and occasionally to smooth out a wrinkle or even erase a stain on my clothing (I am messy). Again, I try not to change anything to the point of it being unrealistic – I don’t alter my own body or drastically alter environments – but I will erase gum on the sidewalk, spray paint on buildings, and anything else that may distract from the photo!
In Photoshop the brush is super simple to use and is a tool shortcut on the side bar. You can change the size and hardness of the application depending on how big or small of an area you are editing. Photoshop does ‘guess’ as to what you want to replace the space as, but nine times out of ten, it works just fine. You can also use the clone stamp tool to achieve some of the same results, but I have found the spot healing brush to be a bit easier to use. Once you choose the size and hardness, simply draw over the area in the background layer. You can see in the below shot how I removed a lot of the people in the background (this is probably the largest crowd I have ever edited). I will note that I try to shoot at dawn, and therefore most of my original photos do not have people in the background, but in famous locations such as the below, it is simply unavoidable. This shot was taken at 6:15 am and there was still a small crowd!
BRIGHTENING AN IMAGE // While I always try to shoot in ideal lighting, it doesn’t always work out that way as things can change quite unexpectedly. When the lighting in an image isn’t ideal, I typically start in the background layer and alter the levels of shadows and highlights (IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > SHADOWS/HIGHLIGHTS). Next, I add a layer and alter the amount of brightness and contrast (LAYER > NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER > BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST). If I have to choose, I typically shoot on the darker side versus the lighter side. I have found it to be easier to brighten an image in post production versus attempting to darken one. If you shoot an image that is over exposed or blown out, it is almost impossible to pull out the details in post production. See below for a typical example of slightly decreasing the shadows and increasing the brightness! P.S. – big hats produce lots of shadows!
COLOR BALANCE // It is quite hard to tell when you are shooting whether the tone of the image will be too blue, too yellow, too red, etc. Many times once I have uploaded an image, I will notice the color tones to be slightly off and I’ll need to alter them just a bit in Photoshop. This happens a lot in more cozy environments like the West Village in NYC. The sun might shift and bounce off a neighboring red brick wall, and BAM, all of your images now have a reddish tint. The winter can also be a challenge, as photos will tend look drab and on the blue-ish side, so I’ll add more yellow on the blue/yellow scale. Little adjustments can make a world of difference. I use color balance to correct all of this (LAYER > NEW ADJUSTMENT LAYER > COLOR BALANCE). The below shot was taken in Cartagena! The trim and door on this house are white, but there was a yellow wall across the street that reflected and caused it to appear more yellow, so I just brought bumped up the blue scale!
I’m on a boat! Recently I checked out Pilot in Brooklyn, the sister ship to Grand Banks (and from the same owners of Island Oyster) and it did not disappoint. There is nothing like finding a spot in NYC that simply doesn’t feel like NYC. I obviously dressed like Goldie Hawn in Overboard/the boat captain because, well, if you don’t wear boat attire, were you even on a boat? Shop my full look below!
Dress: Maggie Marilyn, I wore this coat last season! (I love all of Maggie’s designs as well as her brand ethos. She is a champion of sustainable fashion and her business is centered around fair pay and decreasing her environmental footprint!). Shoes: G.H Bass (I own them in both pebbled and patent leather as well as in multiple colors – hands down favorite classic loafers.). Sunglasses: Saint Laurent, also in red. Bag: Mark Cross (found on The Real Real. There are so many amazing Mark Cross bags available right now like this one, this one, this one and this one!).
I am always on the lookout for new designers and labels to add to my closet. This Stine Goya dress and Lele Sadoughi headband are two new additions that have me totally smitten. Below, I decided to round up some of my current favorite new-to-me designers and what I am eyeing and buying from each.
Lele Sadoughi // Lisa and I actually worked together at Tory Burch and she has an impressive and extensive background in jewelry design. When I saw her namesake line, particularly these drop earrings, I fell head over heels. Recently she launched these chic headbands that make for the perfect summer accessory.
Stine Goya // Feminine, yet colorful and quirky, this line is right up my alley. The Copenhagen based designer always serves up an amazing mixture of colors, prints, and voluminous silhouettes. This dress is my personal favorite from SS18, but I can’t wait to get my hands on this pink peplum top from Fall 18!
LHD // Laure is the mastermind behind one of my favorite stores, The Webster, and also runs an impressively chic clothing line, LHD. The silhouettes are all timeless, but interesting, and her use of prints is #goals. I love this shirtdress silhouette, as well as this fruit print bodysuit! Keep an eye out as I will be wearing one her designs very soon here on Atlantic-Pacific.
1901 // I tend to gravitate towards statement pieces, so I have to remind myself each season to make sure I am picking up a few more versatile, basic pieces to ground my closet. 1901, Nordstrom’s newest private label brand, has recently been a favorite of mine for simple sweaters, easy summer shirt-dresses, and ruffle tops (to wear back to denim on the weekends). You can see a few of my favorites here, here and here.
PARAVEL // Made in durable canvas that can be easily folded and packed away, this accessories brand makes truly great luggage, as well as handbags. Lately, I have been buying less designer handbags and opting for more interesting and differentiated brands at better price points. Staud, Cult Gaia, and Simon Miller are just a few that come to mind, and I am now adding Paravel to that list!
This week I did a little Q&A on instagram stories and I got quite a few questions about what I wear on the weekends or what casual looks I love. Truth be told I am not a huge denim fan. I have a few pairs I love, such as these jeans that are currently on sale, but it is rare to find me in jeans and a tee. Instead, I opt for an outfit like this one! A casual shirtdress with easy flats or sneakers. I feel completely comfortable, yet put together. Shop the full look below!
The Nordstrom Anniversary sale has started! The selection is always really amazing, but it is also enormous! I’ve combed through everything and highlighted my top 16 apparel picks this year. I don’t usually use the sale to stock up on basics, but rather for investing in a few fall forward pieces from my favorite brands like Veronica Beard, Sea, 1901, and Madewell. Below are all the items I am eyeing and buying – happy shopping! one // This cozy, teddy bear jacket is the perfect shade of lilac meets blush. The shape immediately reminded me of the Topshop boucle jacket I have lived in for years. It is perfectly relaxed for layering, yet tailored enough to avoid feeling sloppy.
two // This two in one trench is an unbelievable steal. A quilted vest and perfectly preppy trench – such a great price at just $112!
three // From the oversized collar, to the sweet swing shape, to the perfect shade of red, this coat quickly found its way into my cart.
four // Veronica Beard is one of my favorite brands and they make the. best. blazers. I immediately bought this jacket and know it will be worn again and again this fall. one // I bought a version of this dress in last year’s sale and it quickly became my go to airport outfit. Throw on this dress, a utility jacket, and sneakers, and you had a comfortable, yet adorable on-the-go look.
two // 1901 has quickly become one of my favorite Nordstrom private label brands. Everything is preppy with modern twists. I ended up purchasing this dress in red and plaid!
three // While many things in the sale are fall forward, this dress is the perfect wear now piece!
four // I live for a built in collar so I was immediately drawn to this dress. This is an easy to wear stand alone piece, but I also would love to try layering one of my favorite summer striped midi skirts over the top! one // At $50, I think these jeans are the best value for the price in the entire sale. I love a great cropped flare and the rise on these is simply perfect.
two // Sea makes an incredible pair of high-waisted cropped pants, so I was thrilled to see they created a plaid option for the sale. I am going to wear these back to this blazer.
three // MY FAVORITE JEANS. If you follow me you know I don’t wear denim often, but when I do, it is typically these Madewell high rise button front beauties…and now you can get them on sale!
four // I started wearing Spanx after my girlfriends raved about them on a trip 2 years ago. Now I don’t know how I survived all these years without them (dramatic I know). These tuxedo striped ones were purchased this morning and I am already envisioning them back to a striped sweater tunic.
one // When I saw the catalogue, this piece was number one on my list. Everything from the lilac shade, the sweet shape, and the cashmere yarns had me falling in love. This was more of an investment purchase, but will be totally worth it!
two // Fellow stripe lovers, this sweater was made for you. It reminds me of the H&M stripe sweater I bought earlier this year. It is a favorite, but unfortunately sold out in the first week. Now is your chance!
three // As mentioned, I don’t usually buy super simple things in the sale, but between the color and the button back detail, this pretty piece was picked up.
four // A great short sleeve transition sweater in a classic black and white stripe.
Each season, I will switch up my beauty routine ever so slightly. I still stick to my tried and true face lotion and serum, as well as many of my other timeless products, but I’ll look for new items and seasonal items to add into my daily routine. Below are a few of my top summer beauty picks – the new-to-me products that I am loving this season…
one // I have used Dr. Dennis Gross glow pads for years, and based on glowing reviews (no pun intended), was curious to try these tan-luxe products. I add just a drop or two to my body lotion and face serum and have seen awesome results. I will admit that the first time I used the face drops, I put about five drops directly on my face, and ended up with a not-so-chic Magda from There’s Something About Mary complexion. So, my advice if you are using these, or any self tanner for the first time, is to take it easy! It’s not a bad idea to try it daily on a small piece of skin (that is not visible) just to see how your skin takes the product. Also, quick tip, self tanners always work best after exfoliation or dry brushing, and they lasts longest if you keep up with daily moisturizing.
two // Earlier this year I started using Moroccan Oil Color Complete products and have loved the results. You can read a bit more about them here! Overall, they have helped to keep my hair healthier and my color more vibrant. Oftentimes, I have a fairly hectic travel schedule, and it is nice knowing that I can also go a bit longer between color appointments when needed!
three // I have a few different scents that I love to wear – like this one and this one – but when summer rolls around I’m always looking for a lighter, more refreshing option. This new Jo Malone perfume has been one of my favorite summer beauty picks of the season! It is packed with citrus notes and something about it just reminds me of sitting on the beach!
four // Nail polish has always been one of my favorite beauty products, and each season I add at least four or five new shades to my cabinet. This season’s pick is Essies ‘Avant-Garment’ (coming in stock soon!). It is part of their gel couture 2-step collection, which has been created for long lasting wear. Even if you are not a fan of yellow you should check out the other colors in the line. It has been one of the polishes of mine that lasts and lasts!
five // Nars knows how to make a great highlighter, and I recently tried out – and loved – ‘Fort De France‘. I still love my Charlotte Tillbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ but as I get more tan in the summer months, I don’t need as much of the darker sculpting powder, and prefer a more simple highlighter! And, if you are looking for a highlighter/primer that totally RULES, this one is the best on the market.
six // When I am looking for some extra hydrating serum, I have started turning to this product. It is anti-aging (I could use all the anti-aging things right now) and I apply it in the morning before putting on my face lotion, and at night before bed. I love the smooth texture and have noticed such a huge difference in my skin! I have always had skin that is on the drier side of the spectrum and am constantly hunting for products that boost hydration.
seven // Recently, I decided to switch to natural deodorant and am never going back. I use Megababe Rosy Pits, and as you may have guessed by the name, it smells just like roses. Heavenly! The application is completely clear, and while I do have to reapply once during the day, it is totally worth it in order to cut out the harmful toxins from traditional deodorants!
eight // Unpopular thought I know, but I typically hate face masks. I don’t mind the ones that don’t require rinsing off, such as this one, but most are just too cumbersome. This mask however, as strange as it may sound, is really fun to use – and works! It is a pink color, with a marshmallow-like texture, and feels cool when applied. It is so much easier to rinse off compared to the charcoal masks that I have. Maybe I am just a marketers dream come true (sucker alert), but this mask is one I have been using over and over again. In fact, I am already on my third tub!
I introduced a new daily section on my site this year, Notepad. It’s a place for me to answer reader questions and hopefully allows you to get to know me a bit better. Now that we are half way through the year, and having completed 100+ Notepads posts, I though I would round up the most asked questions – all answered below!
Question: How would you describe your personal style in a few sentences?
Answer: The way to think of yourself or describe yourself is not always the most accurate , but I’ll try my best. I would describe my personal style as quirky, yet elegant, and almost always colorful! Even in a minimalist cycle I still believe more is more and always encourage layering and risk taking.
Question: Do you mind me asking how tall you are and what sizes you typically wear in your favorite brands?
Answer: I am 5’7″ and wear the following: XS/0 J.Crew, size 4 ASOS (sometimes a size 6), size 25 in almost all denim, Madewell included, size 0 in tibi, size S/2 in Zara and size 8 or 10 in almost all UK brands (self portrait).
Question: Do you really wear all of the outfits you post?
Answer: Yes! My fashion career, with very few work wardrobe rules, has always allowed me to dress as I please. I have also been so fortunate over the years to be invited to some amazing events that afford me the right to wear some of my kookier/more over the top looks. I do walk A LOT living in NYC, so while I may wear some crazy heels at an event or in the office, I typically always have a pair of flats with me! And, with some of the outfits I post during the winter months, you may not see the second bulkier coat I am wearing over my look, chunky scarf, or gloves as oftentimes I ditch them for the photos (but not always)!
Question: What hair tools do you use, specifically your curling iron and blow dryer?
Answer: For a curling iron, I use the T3 interchangeable styling wand with the 1.5” curling barrel. I love this wand because it heats quickly and has auto turn off, which saves me a lot of worry! And for a blow dryer, I use the GHD Air Professional blow dryer. It delivers high heat and enough air pressure to dry my hair in about 3-5 minutes, which save me a lot of time!
Question: What are your views on trends and when to embrace or not embrace a new one?
Answer: Fast fashion, the internet, and ‘wear now, buy now’ marketing tactics have all dramatically accelerated the trend cycle. I believe the amount of trend you choose to embrace largely depends on how adventurous you are with your wardrobe, practicality, and, of course, your clothing budget. When I was in my 20’s I was more willing to try new trends each season as I was continuing to search for what worked for me. As I have gotten older, I’ve shaped and defined my personal style largely by increasing my confidence and providing a more edited point of view. With that being said, I still have what I would describe as a wide range of fashion interests, and do embrace trends more so than say the super chic minimalist woman who may be known for a killer ‘uniform’. Embracing trends is simply a personal take on what is right for you. Fashion is about being and feeling creative through expression! So, if there is something about a trend you find intriguing, I say go for it. You may look back and regret a trend or two that you tried out (I certainly have), but oftentimes the road to finding your fashion voice is more shaped through discovering what doesn’t work for you versus already knowing what does.
Question: What type of camera do you use and any tips on how to take better photos?
Answer: I currently use a Canon 5D mark iv camera with 50mm f/1.2 and 35 mm f/1.4 lenses. I have always used Canon and have been very happy with the results. I typically only buy Canon lenses but have also used Sigma in the past. I am no photography expert, but my advice is to learn as much as you can by watching and reading the many high quality, free tutorials available online. Anytime I can’t quite figure something out I describe the problem or the shot I want and 9 times out of 10 I find what I am looking for on the web. It’s really that simple. When learning, it is also crucial t to practice, practice, practice – both the technical side and the creative side on photography. Try and do this during the best lighting, which is normally in the mornings or a few hours before sunset. Also, recognize that a lot of the amazing shots you may see on IG or on your favorite sites have either been altered, or a filter has been used. Post editing is really important when trying to create amazing photos – but I will save that for another day!
Question: Do you think it is too late to start a fashion blog or fashion instagram handle? I feel like the market is oversaturated and there isn’t room for new talent.
Answer: While I wouldn’t disagree the market is a very crowded place right now, I don’t think it is ever too late to start something you are truly passionate about. You’ll also need to ask yourself why you are starting it in the first place. Is it because you truly enjoy it and want to share your passion with the world? Is it for monetary gain and popularity? Starting a blog or instagram handle for monetary gain is very difficult and I wouldn’t recommend starting a creative endeavor with money being your end goal. With that being said, I don’t think the influencers who are popular now, or have amazing content and engaged audiences, are going to be the last influencers to exist. There will always be an influx of new talent. I think there is room for everyone and in two or three years from now there will be influencers owning niches within the market who just got started with their accounts this year!
Question: When starting your blog and instagram account what types of goals did you set? What advice do you have around goal setting for people starting now?
Answer: When I first started my site I did set a number of goals. All of my goals were around consistency in posting, differentiated content, and learning news skills. At the time, I was trying to tackle how to set up and code a website template, learn more about photography, and simply just get in the habit of posting regularly while still working 55+ hours a week! While I think it is great to set goals that may be tied to traffic, followers, or monetary gain, those are all hard to predict and difficult to control. I believe the most productive and actionable goals when starting out should be about you, your content, and your learning – pushing yourself to think differently and try new things.
Question: How do you choose who to partner with on Atlantic-Pacific?
Answer: I typically filter partnerships through the following criteria – the brand, the creative, the timing, and the message. Is this a brand that I love and admire? It may be a brand I have worn or used again and again, but sometimes it can be a new-to-me product that I have fallen for. Will the brand allow me putting my own creative spin on the product and/or message to make the creative more unique to my style and aesthetic? Does the timing make sense? Does it work within my schedule with travel commitments and the existing partnerships I have committed to? I always want to strike a balance on Atlantic-Pacific between thoughtful sponsored content and my own point of view. How many other influencers will be pushing this product or message at the same time? I want to feel as though you do not come to my site and see ‘all the same things’ that you may see elsewhere on the web or your social channels. While I do take on a very select number of thoughtfully considered lifestyle, beauty, and spirit sponsors, the message of fashion and style always needs resonate first and foremost. That is the cornerstone of Atlantic-Pacific and always has been. I have been so unbelievably fortunate to establish lasting and trusting relationships with many of my incredible brand partners and cherish the collaborative effort to continue creating content together. I hope that gives you a little insight!
Question: How do you deal with negative comments?
Answer: I have been very fortunate that most of my readers and followers are incredibly kind, thoughtful people. Here and there I may get a negative comment. I have always tried to spend time responding to and thanking those who leave positive comments. I feel responding only to a negative comment when there are a disproportionate number of positive ones sends a bad message. I typically never delete comments (I have deleted a handful that have either been threatening, or so far off base that they are extremely offensive not only to me, but to my family, friends or fellow readers). As I mentioned, with a very bland negative comment such as ‘I hate that outfit’, I simply scroll on by. If a comment is being critical, yet thoughtful, I do spend time responding as I do think I can grow from feedback that is constructive and do enjoy dialogue with readers even when the conversation is tough. A negative or critical comment can sting – badly – but over time, and as I have matured, I take very few things personally and rather try to see where the reader is coming and how I can grow from the feedback. I try to be extremely mindful when approaching my response to negative comments to respond, not to react (the two are very, very different). Everyone will not like everything that I say or do, so I set realistic expectations for myself. If I need to take a step back, or feel myself getting worked up, I just walk around the block and cool off. I recognize that in putting myself out there I will be exposed to both positive and negative comments (I wish it could all be rainbows and butterflies). While I don’t think anyone on the internet should be subject to cyber bullying or hate speech, negative feedback comes with the territory.
Question: What did you do working at Tory Burch? What did you study in school?
Answer: I attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and studied Political Science and Business. I’ve always had an interest in fashion and retail, but at the time, was not quite sure of how to make a career out of it. During my senior year of college, on a hunch, I applied to Gap Inc.’s Retail Management Program. After a very long interview process I was awarded a spot and soon after moved to San Francisco. I spent a year rotating through the program, doing hands on training to learn product development/production, inventory management/planning, and merchandising. Upon completion of the program, I went on to hold various positions within Old Navy HQ in merchandising. In 2012, I move to NYC and took a similar role at Tory Burch working in ready-to-wear. I ultimately became the Director of Merchandising for Accessories at Tory Burch and also later consulted with the Digital teams.
Question: What made you make the leap and leave corporate fashion and merchandising?
Answer: There were a lot of different factors in play when it came to making the difficult decision to leave the corporate world. For over the ten years, I had built up my career in merchandising, and I felt that there would be a place for me if I wanted to go back. That was certainly reassuring. On the other hand, doing my own thing felt like something that was an opportunity right now, but may not necessarily be in the future. I had reached a point where I was no longer able to focus on both to the degree that I wanted to, and due to that, I was only disappointing myself in both merchandising and blogging. I needed to focus and make a choice. I saw blogging, and building opportunities around and outside of that, as something new and independent, but knew it may not last forever. After thinking seriously about my long term goals, I made the leap and left the corporate world!
Question: Is there are reason you do not share much about your personal life? Or don’t share more lifestyle/everyday content? I feel like I have followed you for years and know so little about you!
Answer: I started Atlantic-Pacific with the very clear vision of it being a fashion destination. Sure, there have been many moments along the way where I felt compelled to do the next ‘big thing’ in content, be it beauty, home, lifestyle etc., but I simply did not want to become everything to everyone (I have talked about this in the past on Notepad). When it comes to opening up on social media I am quite hesitant. I feel that next to time, privacy is one of the most precious things we have. I hold my personal relationships very near and dear, and would never inadvertently subject anyone to any social media criticism or unwanted commentary. Those relationships will always come before my content. With that being said, I do recognize that within this space, nearly every platform content creators use seem to be moving in the opposite direction that I am. The emphasis appears to be on more overt sharing, with a preference for grittier ‘of-the-moment’ iphone photos and more realtime video, over well curated and crafted stories. People are now looking to connect online with an influencer by getting to know their family life, their struggles, and their thoughts on current events, versus simply looking at pretty photos for inspiration or styling cues. While the format is changing and evolving, I still believe there is a space for everyone, particularly those with a clear point of view, and hopefully that means Atlantic-Pacific is still relevant to those who love fashion and style!
Question: I know you started Atlantic-Pacific in San Francisco (where I live!). Do you ever miss it or do you think you will move back west at some point?
Answer: I did start Atlantic-Pacific in San Francisco – hence the coast to coast reference! I lived in SF for nearly five years from 2007-2012. There were so many things that I loved about the city – the incredible views, the architecture, how forward thinking the people are, and all the dear friends that I made. I also fell in love, perhaps more so, with the areas surrounding the city – Napa and Sonoma Valley, Point Reyes, Monterey Bay, Lake Tahoe – there was always endless activity. I still love and admire SF, a city where I have so many found memories. It is where I met my fiancé, made lifelong friends, and had my first corporate job! I actually made a point to pass by my first apartment (in Nob Hill) during a visit last spring and couldn’t help but get emotional remembering how equally scared and excited I was to move 3,000 miles away despite not knowing a single person. The city will always have a special place in my heart. All of that being said, despite how many things I enjoyed about being out west, it never truly felt like home. Originally being from Virginia, going to school in Florida, and having all my family on the east coast, moving back felt more like a homecoming. Plus, NYC is really hard to beat. Will I ever move back west? Never say never, but I believe that I am an east coaster from here on out!
Question: What did you find to be the hardest thing about moving to NYC?
Answer: I had already lived in San Francisco for about five years so I was pretty accustom to ‘city life’. Making new friends, seasons (read winter), and the amount of visitors, were all overwhelming. At 28, I wasn’t going out as much, and didn’t have a network in NYC when I arrived, so meeting new people was, well, work. I needed to put in a lot more effort to make and foster connections to create real, meaning relationships. I loved my first few months in NYC, heading into summer and experiencing the fall bliss! When winter came I wasn’t prepared for how annoying it was to get around at times (an 8 block walk to the subway felt life threatening) and the overall lack of activity. Lastly, living in San Francisco, I rarely got visitors, but being back on the east coast, I was shocked (SHOCKED) at how many people I knew who were coming in and out of NYC for business trips, quick weekends, and weddings/events. The first year I felt excited, yet obligated, each time an old friend reached out to say they would be in town for 2 days. ‘Let’s grab drink!’, or ‘Do you have time for a quick lunch?’ became almost daily requests. Of course I wanted to, but when it was happening so often, I started to get burnt out! I was so happy to have the opportunity to see more friends who did not live in the city, but I needed to completely recharge after those first few months!
Question: What is some of the best advice you have ever received?
Answer: I have been so fortunate in my life to have incredible bosses, amazing friends, supportive family members, and so many more humans who have challenged me, guided me, and also given me much needed reality checks from time to time. I think one of the most important pieces of advice I have ever received is quite simple: until you believe in yourself, no one else will. I have a tricky relationship with confidence, and at times I don’t believe I am worthy, good enough, or am simply afraid of overselling myself. I think humility is an extremely important trait, but I also know that if you truly believe in yourself, and there is something specific that you want to do, you absolutely need to believe it. If you don’t, no one else will.
Question: How do you stay motivated being self-employed?
Answer: At times, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Coming from a corporate background, I knew that becoming self-employed would be a huge change. I structure my weekdays as if I am in an office, complete with a Monday morning meeting to set goals, and a Friday check-in on the status of all projects. Having structure and a schedule certainly allows me to focus, but I also carve out breaks in each day to walk and get coffee and step away from the computer and re-set. I also take time to celebrate hitting milestones or completing big projects. These serve as moments in time when I can reflect on what has been accomplished – I think that is so important in any work environment. I also find a lot of motivation in the meetings I keep with likeminded friends. It helps a lot to get outside yourself and connect with others to discuss work challenges and opportunities. I think the biggest shock to my new way of working was how isolated I felt, so allowing myself to connect with people throughout the week has been crucial to my success.
There are absolutely times I don’t feel motivated or am downright discouraged (getting passed over for a big partnership, feeling like I am not progressing, being misunderstood), but it’s critical for me to remember that it isn’t all about me and my individual accomplishments- there is a bigger picture. If an annoying email or tech issue puts me in a tough mood (and I can get put in a MOOD), I try to re-focus and put out the energy that I would want to get back. So if someone or something gets me down, I try to do the opposite for someone else: being super friendly to a waiter or waitress, writing a nice review for someone who helped me in a store, complimenting a stranger, or finding time to volunteer in the community. In the end you have good days and bad days, but remembering that you can create someone’s good day or bad day is huge. Stepping outside myself and finding the bigger picture always helps me to re-focus and gain the confidence and motivation that I need to move forward.
I lived in this outfit ALL weekend! I have always had my eye on Rhode Resort as a brand, but since most of their dresses are mini length, I wasn’t quite convinced they were for me. Just recently I spotted this amazing midi length style and knew I had to grab it. It is the perfect flowy, comfortable, tent-like sundress for summer. I paired it back to these espadrilles that have proven to be comfortable enough to wear all day exploring the city. Shop the full look below:
So if you have followed Atlantic-Pacific for some time, you know that my days back in S.F. forced me to learn the art of layering and how to put together a solid rain look. A feminine, yet practical rain outfit is probably one of my favorite ensembles to pull together. After staggering heat, NYC was finally hit with some rain this week, so I pulled out my Joules striped rain boots (last seen here) and pink Stutterheim rain jacket (last seen here) to celebrate.
When I was about to publish this post, I took a little walk down memory lane and decided to highlight some of my all-time favorite rain looks from the past eight years. For preppy, more fall forward rain inspiration check out this post. Looking for this jacket re-styled? Click right here. For the cutest rain BFF moment revisit this post! And last but not least, for a serious throwback, visit this post from 2013. As always you can find all my rain looks in one place here.