2016 is the year that has introduced me to Paris – firstly in April with Jamie for our one year anniversary and again, this month, with The Apartment and Villa M.

 

The Apartment whisked us away for 72 hours in the beautiful capital – attending the fashion buyers show Who’s Next and Premiere Classe. We acted as buyers for the weekend, curating our own store front window via mood boards, taking inspiration from the new designers pieces, with the chance of winning a trip to Tokyo to make the mood board a reality. Pretty nifty, non? (I didn’t win, but I have rekindled a love for scrap-booking and was introduced to some pretty stunning designers, so we’re all winners here right?)

We all know that Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and this trip saw me not only fall more in love with fashion but I also fell head over heels for someone new…

Girlfriends.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times before – blogging has seen the beginning of so many wonderful friendships for me and each and every time one begins to bloom I can’t quite fathom how lucky I am to be surrounded by such inspiring, incredible women.

 

Of course, it’s not always that simple, and there have been times where I’ve been left stung by behaviour in this community – but coming out the other side of it only reaffirms how amazing the good ones really are.

Trips away with other bloggers can be an intense environment, especially for those of us who are particularly anxious; and I’ve had a few comments over on Twitter lately that other bloggers would love to meet new people but are just too frightened of rejection.

Well I can tell you one thing for sure – what it does do is force your hand – you have to embrace it, be accepting of people and allow yourself to relax in to the unknown. It’s scary, but I can pretty much guarantee it will be worth the initial worry. Everyone is in the same boat and everyone wants to feel liked, appreciated and accepted – much like blogging itself funnily enough. Whether it’s a bloggers press event or even a school trip, it doesn’t matter, people are people and you are you. And you are good enough. 

Putting yourself out there and saying ‘I’m worth giving a shot’ is really difficult. It takes balls and maybe you won’t always be greeted with open arms, but then maybe you will – and maybe you’ll meet some of the best people you’ve ever met.

Maybe, if you allow yourself to push your own boundaries, say yes to opportunities that scare you, with new people you don’t know yet, you could be left surprised – and perhaps with a few extra buddies, too.For the ones you’re most apprehensive to meet, may be the ones you turn to in the future, for the next big scary thing.

And so here’s to The Apartment and here’s to Paris, for bringing more amazing ladies in to my life.

‘When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can’t do’. – Abel Morales

Lovely ladies in this blog post:

Lindsey | Zoe | Hayleigh 

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SKIRT | TOP | SHOES (similar)

Photography by Kris Atomic