First Date

May 18, 2016

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I've been in a relationship for so long that I don't think I can even clearly recall my first date. I can't even imagine how awkward I would be if I had to go on one, like, tomorrow. Maybe a bag like this would be a great ice breaker?

They say that the early stage of a blossoming relationship is usually the best, and I guess after being through that, after so long, I can see why. Not to say that long-term relationships grow boring, but there is just something quite addicting about someone when you first start to fall for them. They begin to take up ALL of your thoughts and without realizing how gross you act around them, you just can't seem to act "normal" at all. It was also around this stage that I began wearing dresses more often than the time my mother would simultaneously change me in and out of 10 daily when I was 5 years old.

With that being said, I might not clearly remember all of the details of my first date, but I do remember exactly how I felt when my (now) boyfriend leaned in for a kiss at my doorsteps and I went for a hug instead that night. I definitely would do the same now if I had to go back and do it all over again, and yes, I'll keep my sneakers with my dresses too.

The fleeting feeling of being in love is one that I am lucky enough to constantly associate with on this topic -- but everyone experiences love differently. This handbag that I'm wearing is from ParisaNYC's Handbag Collection titled "The Love Affair." Contrary to its' unique design and fun versatility - this bag is part of a series of 5 bags that each represents a different stage of love and was actually inspired by a heartbroken relationship. More than just a line of bags, "each handcrafted handbag is meant to serve as a symbol of independence found through a sense of belonging and empowerment." It is a community that I'm excited to be a part of, either being in love or out of love because self-love is always first and foremost.

The ParisaNYC Handbag Collection is launching on Kickstarter today and I invite you to celebrate love, independence, and growth through your stories with me. If you have a moment, I would appreciate it if you could check out Parisa's story with me!


Photos by Christina L.