Night time transition. Swap flats for fun heels, cross body for clutch and casual coat for embellished jacket.
DAY | BLACK TURTLENECK | STRIPED TURTLENECK | COAT (OLD) SIMILAR STEAL HERE | LEATHER CAP (WEST VILLAGE BOUTIQUE) | BARBARA BUI SHOES (OLD) SIMILAR HERE
NIGHT | JACKET (OLD) | JIMMY CHOO CLUTCH (OLD) SIMILAR HERE | TOP SHOP SHOES (OLD) SIMILAR HERE
Last week I sat down with Philly Magazine and chatted with Assistant Editor, Lauren McGrath. We spoke about my careers (Yes, I still work as a part time RN, while juggling styling) and what my daily life entails. We spoke about my life as a nurse and stylist.
My work as a RN includes an outpatient cardiology lab where I administer stress tests. When I’m not working there, I also work as a private duty nurse. Yes, as the article revealed I work for a royal family member. This job has its perks including private jets, working in Europe and staying at some of the best luxury resorts. Like every job, it also has its pit-falls like being away from home and not seeing L. And if you have been sick or know someone that has been sick, life as a nurse is far from glamorous. The best part of my last trip was seeing how much my patient had improved. There’s also a tight group of nurses that make the job worth coming back to.
My work as a stylist is a constant hustle. I spent a summer in NYC and styled for The Fader Magazine, I worked in commercial styling and more recently styled Diane Guerrero and Jackie Cruz from Orange Is The New Black. What does that include? Trekking to NYC at 5am, visiting showrooms for pulls, lugging around heavy garments (once I weighed the bags I carried all day, they were embellished gowns weighing over 40 pounds!) and of course styling the clients. Followed by the returns, more pulls if the previous batch of garments did not work and when there is downtime, I research new designers and reach out to them.
I hope what readers took away from the article (read full article here) is how much work goes behind everything that I do. I read somewhere that success is 80% hard work and 20% luck and I could not agree more. Though my life on social media appears to be all rainbows and unicorns, most of the time I’m working and simply snapping and sharing the best part of my day, in the most creative way I know how. I, myself was lost for a while in the pressure of only sharing the most glamorous part of life and never speaking about the hard work that goes behind it. I hated being misunderstood and placed in the “lucky” category when I work my tail off to be where I am.
As an aunty of 10 and hopefully a mother in the future, this is a remind to myself and to anyone pursuing this career path or any other, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become successful at what you love. Don’t let the glamour of the social media façade fool you. Social media only features part of a person’s life. Besides do you really want to see the unglamorous side of nursing, I highly doubt it?
Finally, I also have my creative love | hate blog, (see previous post) MAI STYLE PAGES. Lauren snapped a few pictures of me before I took off to Boston. I hadn’t realized she wanted a few outfits. Since I was already packed for Boston, I told her we could do a few quick accessory changes to transition the turtleneck and collette pants into a nighttime look.