you’re a girl after my own heart. I only own two pairs of knee high boots (out of, oh, three hundred pairs of overall shoes) and neither of them are traditional knee high boots: both are Chanel, one are insane biker boots with a huge metal plate in the front (I wear them on snowy days), the others are their trouser boots (similar to Givenchy’s this season). I *love* a flat ankle boot, however, and have about thirty pairs of them from Zara (white, studded) to Miu Miu (crystal-bedecked, suede). these Coach boots are my new obsession too! at the end of the day, don’t feel like you have to dress the same way as other girls—be yourself, be interesting, be chic!
whoever you met with is, pardon my language, a complete dingbat. a complete dingbat. he or she has no idea what they’re talking about. first of all, I am not blonde with blue eyes either. in fact, I’d easily say 95 percent of the fashion world is not. think of the editor in chief of, oh, every single major fashion magazine in the US. I can’t think of a single stylist I know who has that Gwyneth Paltrowy look. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: success is predicated on a) your work ethic b) your ideas c) your ability to fuse the two. whoever you spoke to was projecting their own insecurities or issues onto you. don’t let their negativity derail your dreams.
let me pose this question to you: is there anything worse than the feeling of chapped lips or hands… or grimy hands? ick! so, yes, a non-greasy hand lotion is definitely one of my handbag essentials. my favorite one is from Jurlique. it’s a splurge but it smells so good and works so well I think it’s worth it (that’s how I can justify anything, haha). other must-haves are hand sanitizer (I use Burt’s Bees) and lip balm (my absolute favorite is Dr. Hauschka). I do tend to carry my Smythson planner and my camera if there’s room. if not, those go by the wayside since, hello, I can use my phone as well. ps: if you find that your PS11 is too small for you, feel free to pass it my way! ;)
oh my darling—have you heard of a little power couple called the Olsens? what they lack in stature, they make up for in taste, power, and influence. I get asked questions all the time about height/weight/haircolor/personal style/schooling requirements to work in fashion and, call me idealistic, but I feel like the most important thing should be intelligence, passion, and work ethic. and I can say that many, many, many of the most brilliant girls I know in fashion are petite—5’3” and under. so go forth bravely, tall-ly (in personality, okay?), in the direction of your dreams