A Love Note to Myself

A Love Note to Myself

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A little late post for Valentines Day but it’s never too late to write a little love note to yourself. I don’t like the idea of Valentines Day too much but I’ve felt more self love lately. As trying to improve my Instagram and get more involved with the fashion community I’ve chosen to incorporate myself into more of my photos.

Ironically I HATE photos of myself and have a huge lack of ability to pose (thanks mom) but it would be great eventually to work with brands I’m a fan of. Luckily, I have friends who are actual models and coach me on how to pose. It only takes one photo out of a hundred to get a decent shot. The spike in followers after London Fashion Week and following posting more portraits of myself has given me a confidence boost.

Where as I’ve been told that posting photos of yourself can be seen as egotistical, it feels freeing for someone who would absolutely cringe at any photo shown of themselves, let a lone be on the other side of the camera. Always was the photographer, never the subject. I can’t take myself seriously anyways, so I’m usually laughing at myself in them.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to get a good shot. London has a ton of gorgeous floral facades outside every store to lure in customers and Instagram savvy photographers. With a few tricks given from my model friends we quickly can shoot in front of these lovely locations each other with out too much embarrassment.

Visit Peggy Porschen’s seasonally decked out cafe in Kensington, London.


Follow them on Instagram: @peggyporschenofficial

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Anyways, in the love letter written to myself I start with cheers. Here’s to me, excepting to love myself a bit more. To enjoy my silliness, my love of all things visually pleasing and passion for seeing the beautiful corners of the world, photographing and sharing them with like minded others.

My sister reminded me that when I left for London 6 months ago I wanted to achieve all the things I’ve currently have. She told me “Victoria, it happened so fast. You got everything you wanted.” And she’s right.






I’ve gotten to live in my favorite city, go to London Fashion Week, slowly grow my Instagram, make new friends and blossom as a woman. Self Love, here we are. Crazy how I’ve been able to achieve those things seemingly overnight in the London pressure cooker. I look forward to what the future brings. A key lesson in life is to start the love with yourself and then it will naturally flow into other aspects in your life.

Happy belated Valentines Day to myself  xx


Self Reflection

Self Reflection

With the year coming to the end I wanted to write a brief post reflecting on 2017 and my favorite moments of this year.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom:  First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third, by experience, which is bitterest.”

– Confucius

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David Zwirner Gallery
Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Light
525 and 533 West 19th Street
New York, New York 10011

Website: https://www.davidzwirner.com

Kusama’s work has transcended some of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century, including Pop art and Minimalism. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, she briefly studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York City in the late 1950s. She began her large-scale infinity net paintings during this decade, and went on to apply their obsessive, hallucinatory qualities to three-dimensional work. In a unique style that is both sensory and utopian, Kusama’s work—which spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures—possesses a highly personal character, yet one that has connected profoundly with large audiences around the globe. Throughout her career she has been able to break down traditional barriers between work, artist, and spectator.


Now, going to the best moments of 2017 for me…

  1. Working for a fashion tech startup in Soho, NYC after 2 long years of doing sales and being miserable at a large company.
  2. Getting more creative… whether it be developing one site to the next, my creative juices were reawakened.
  3. Being let go and having time off to breathe, and mainly travel to my favorite places in the world.  London and Paris.
  4. Taking a solo trip and knowing I can see the world all by myself if I put my mind to it, it’s not as complicated as it seems.
  5. Getting over my fear of flying, or at least doing the act of flying.  Especially flying alone for the first time.
  6. Changing a career to working with early childhood, the love I have for those cutie pies is enormous.
  7. Becoming more confident sans-makeup.
  8. Overcoming and continually dealing with a random, long-lasting wave of anxiety and depression.
  9. Stop worrying about dating (after many dates, boys, tears, dinners, walks, drinks and couple of months “togetherness” with multiple wrong ones) I’m happy to be single, free, dateless and not active on dating apps either.  When the right one comes, it’ll just happen.
  10. Getting my travel bug back, and to making many more adventures in 2018.


Hope you enjoyed my top ten 2017 moments, I know there are plenty more.  Check out my next post to my 2018 goals and future plans.

Have a great New Year!