So here’s the thing.
I love to write. I love clothes, jewelry, accessories, art, plants, food, music, long walks on the beach, design, home décor, books, people… I just love life. And that’s what I hope is communicated here on Sand & City. However, it can become increasingly difficult to walk the line between living “in the world” and not “of the world” (see Eternal Thoughts tab) when you have the deep-seeded, and inescapably internal flair for the aesthetically pleasing (if you have it, you know what I’m talking about, because you’ve had it all your life). Since, in case you hadn’t noticed, love, kindness, selflessness, integrity, personality, etc. don’t really get highlighted by street style photos or on the runways of fashion week. Truthfully, they don’t really ever get highlighted in the mainstream style industry. Unless, they’re featured in a small Vogue article, squeezed between two full page ads and easy to miss. Even then it usually feels out of context and doesn’t fit. I do, however, find it interesting that almost any style and trend-based publication, feels the need to slip in some depth here and there, with a philanthropic or “hometown hero” themed article. Which reminds me (finally) of my point: I feel the exact same way.
I use and will use the majority of space on this blog to discuss the fun, eternally insignificant stuff like style or art, because it excites me and I think that much of my personality and thoughts can still be portrayed through talking about/sharing such things, but there will be times when the lifestyle aspect of this blog comes to the surface. Simply because it needs to. I would be a fool to portray myself as a shallow, material-obsessed blogger, when there is much more beyond that for me to share (although I should note that since I’m self-promoting, I’m obviously thinking super highly of myself and the “more” I’m referring to could, in fact, be super lame). So, I compromise. I’ll feed you small essays (such as this) and crafted intros to each post in an attempt to give you a window into the “me” behind the screen. I have a real life, with a real husband and real friends and real conversations—all of which take precedent to any of the super cool things I post about on my blog or share on instagram. That’s just how it is. But I enjoy writing and creating for this blog and I enjoy searching for new pieces of art, home tours, style inspiration, or even local restaurants to feature here. As Leandra Medine’s shirt once said, “All blogs post the same stuff.” It’s the truth. However, I feel that the importance and significance of each blog can and should be found in the voice of the writer behind it. So what, we’re all looking at the same pair of boots this week! It’s the why behind the boots that really matters, anyway.
Let’s recap, for the sake of your probable headache (which resulted, no doubt, from attempting to read the crude mélange that is this post) :
I want this blog to be fairly light on the reader. I’m not looking to provoke too much earth-shaking thought or conviction, BUT I do want you to look at things you haven’t seen or provide a fresh perspective on the things you’ve seen too much. And given that this is a lifestyle blog, I want this to be a place where we can celebrate art, in whatever form it may be—style, décor, architecture, photography—and to leave this website feeling excited about it. There will be depth and thought provoking here and there (Seriously…you should check out my Eternal Thoughts page) because I don’t think that I could continue to produce blog posts without it, but for the most part, it is my hope that you will enjoy and get excited by the things I discover and have fallen in love with. Creating the material for Sand & City truly is the most exciting and purposeful thing I can imagine doing, and I look forward to people like you, digesting and responding to the content. So, laugh, cry, whatevz at my writing skills and let’s just have fun.