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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Until recently, I've prided myself on refusing to take a break from blogging since this site was launched. On multiple occasions I would carry my backpack home to Jersey for just a day to take several weeks' worth of photos in preparation. 

If you've been following along on Instagram, you'll know I just returned from a month of backpacking through Europe shortly following a few weeks in Asia. Needless to say this kind of travel does not quite accommodate blogging, so I finally took my first slight break in 2.5 years. And you know what? It was worth it.



Coat: Zara (similar here) | Scarf: Zara | Jeans: ASOS (similar here)
Hat: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

As much as I love creating content for this site, it was a nice change to not have a plan. I didn't prepare posts for the time I was away or spend every night in my hostels trying to publish from my phone. For the first time in a while, I traveled as everyone should -- with my mind focused on the present experience.

Because of this I have returned feeling refreshed and newly inspired. People always need breaks from their consistencies; it's the reason for PTO and holiday closings. Not only do these diversions support relaxation, but they also provide room for starting anew. One of the things I love most about travel in particular is the opportunity to become educated and inspired and thus change the pace of daily life back home. 

Work hard, but don't be afraid to step back once in a while. It's been proven that a simple walk outside during your typical lunch break refuels your creative thinking. Let's just say I've returned from quite a long walk, and I'm ready to take on this blog again with full force.

24 comments

  1. Taking breaks from blogging is always worth it. I took a few breaks this year to focus on my education and future, and I don't regret it. In the long run, it was the best thing to do. Blogging is great but breaks are great too.

    Love your outfit by the way! The coat is gorgeous <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin'

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    1. I'm glad you agree! It's nice to hear that they worked for you as well. :)

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  2. You look amazing!
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  3. beautiful layering christina! absolutely in love with this style. and great to hear you're back refreshed as ever :) we all need that little getaway.

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  4. back with a stylish vengeance!! love the layering here!! so nice to hear you had a grand time with your travels!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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  5. Such a cute casual look! Nothing better than topping off the outfit with a hat :)

    Erica
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  6. I'm so glad you enjoyed your break, it sounds like a very well deserved and well spent time. The lighting in these photos are phenomenal, love your outfit too!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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  7. This outfit is so beautiful! Im loving that super cute handbag :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  8. That's crazy that you never took a break until now! I feel like I'm always taking a break and being off and on hehehe, especially during vacation and after the holidays. It was seriously so cool following you along on your month long trip! It looked amazing and I can't wait to see more photos!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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    1. Aw thank you Tina! You're always so sweet :) Hope all is going well!

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  9. Such lovely layering dear
    I'm so in love with this look

    Hope you had a great backpacking adventure
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  10. Awesome! I absolutely had fun reading this. Have a fun-filled day!

    xoxo;
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  11. Such a great look!I am so in love with your shoes
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  12. These look take the crown, love how you style everything.
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  13. The lightning really makes your outfit look somehow angelic, really nice :D Also, I love how the colours compliment each other!

    Love, xx
    WONDERWALLFLOWER

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