Comfort Zone

Since we live in The Future, we've all read at least one fear-mongering think piece called "Social Media Will Bring About the End of Civilization" or "How Selfies are Ruining the Economy" or even "Millennials Suck: the Instagram Edition" but don't let that bother you - I'm here to offer you a great example of how the dreaded beast Instagram can actually lead you to some pretty fun adventures:

Back in the Stone Age, Niharika and I went to middle school together (quelle horreur!) and eventually started high school together...which lasted all of six months, which is when I moved. We lost touch, as you do when you're transitioning from high school to college, but we've always had one very close friend in common. Through her, we ended up following each other on Instagram. And since she uses Instagram to advertise her burgeoning photography business and I love dragging photographers out to coffee with me, we decided to reconnect.

We ended up grabbing coffee and catching up on our lives, school, and photography. It was so nice to see her again! I've never really posed for anyone except friends, so it was also great to shoot with someone I already knew. Niharika is a pro at giving direction - if you're thinking about booking a photographer for your special occasions, definitely send her a message!  

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I'm very awkward about being photographed, and it's something that I've been trying to work on. I don't want to be known as "Where's Ella?" because I'm constantly ducking out of group shots at parties (although I am always the one person who blinks when the flash goes off. Every time! Is there a name for this disorder? Chronic Awkward Pumpkin Syndrome?) so blogging has been a good way for me to practice getting out of my comfort zone. 

The outfit I wore to coffee is one that I remixed for most of January. Distressed jeans, over-the-knee boots, an oversized cardigan, and a long-sleeved crop top became my snowstorm uniform. Almost everything I wore has been a favorite for months, if not years - my Rag & Bone jeans, in particular, are the most well-worn item in my wardrobe, and I can't recommend them highly enough - since they're all soft, stretchy, and easy to dress down for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The only new item in this set is my alpaca sweater, and you'll be reading all about that when I get to my roundup of my January trip to Chile! I've linked everything down below, along with a few more affordable alternatives. 

Do you have a favorite item that you wear all the time? Or a lazy day uniform? Comment down below and don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter so you can stay up to date!