I read that Paris is also known as the City of Light because it was the first European city to illuminate their streets at night with gas lamps. However, I had a very different mindset when I first arrived to Paris and witnessed the beautiful sunlight while walking around Place de la Concorde on a breezy evening. It almost felt surreal to be in New York City one day and then standing on the Port Alexandre III bridge, admiring the Seine River the next day.
Starting Citizen Couture was indubitably the best thing that I could’ve done, being able to meet so many amazing people during my journey and always curious who I’d meet the next day. But while I love photographing fashion, one thing I’ve learn is the difficulty in making such a huge leap from accounting to fashion, especially having to sacrifice so much. I’m not referring to giving up luxury goods or earning six-figure salaries, but affording necessities such as health insurance, rent, and food. It’s especially difficult for me because staying mentally strong for someone who underwent glaucoma surgery and living partially blind is important. I can still do everything normally, but I’ve missed so many important doctors’ appointment that I’m starting to worry how susceptible I am if something does really happen.
It’s certainly in my best interest to continue with Citizen Couture and I still plan to go forth with Fashion Week this September for New York, London, Milan, and Paris, among other events. But I currently need to reassess my situation and find something that meets these necessities before I can pursue my goal on a larger scale. I will definitely still update, but it may not be as often so I hope you understand my situation.