c'est la belle vie, for a while. Either way, welcome to West Coast Whimsy, a new endeavor and adventure! I'm so glad you're here!
Why am I starting over?
I started c'est la belle vie in February 2010, just a few months into my freshman year of college. It started out as a journal of college life, then slowly evolved into a fashion blog, which then evolved into a lifestyle blog. I've loved blogging since then, but for the last year I found blogging to be a stressful, frustrating thing that wasn't life-giving anymore. When I sat down and thought about why, I realized it was because I was constantly comparing it to blogs I loved and admired--and constantly falling short. Because of that, nothing I created was good enough which, made me fall into the temptation to imitate bloggers I loved, which meant that I wasn't creating things that I loved. Rather, I was attempting to fit into trends or styles that weren't my own. SO. West Coast Whimsy is about starting fresh! I want to create things that come solely from me, and that bring me joy. I want to document my life just the way it is, not how I want it to look.
Why 'West Coast Whimsy'?
As a western Washington native relocating to southern California, I love the west (best) coast. I also love the idea of whimsy, of loving the silly, simple, strange little parts of life...of things that are unnecessary and perhaps frivolous, that serve only to bring joy and oddity to life. After weeks of combining words and ideas I love, the title 'West Coast Whimsy' was born!
While having mostly the same content as c'est la belle vie, this blog will be just straight up better. I'll still focus on style, photography, recipes, and other lifestyle pieces--but I am coming at it with better quality, more original ideas, and a newly formed perspective on life. I've grown immensely as a person in the last year, and I can't wait to share that with you. Also, I am moving to SoCal which will bring all sorts of new things!
So, thank you for being here. I'm so stoked to start fresh and share what brings me life; what is me. Thanks for following along!
ps: a big shoutout + thank you to my wonderful boyfriend for helping me design the header & more for this blog! he's da best.