My Story: Chic Meets West

My Story

Introducing: Krista Wakefield

At 37, I am still defining my style. I worked so hard in my 20’s at trying to perfect a look instead of perfecting my look. Am I bright and preppy, dark and trendy or flowy and bohemian? I struggled at times shopping at my favorite stores because I loved so many things that I thought “just weren’t me.” It wasn’t until I got into my mid 30’s that I realized style isn’t a specific look or trend. It’s a way to express yourself. I’ve realized that, like many things in life - if you let it - style comes naturally when you‘re at peace with yourself. Loving who you are is incredibly beautiful.

Your individual “style” has the ability to help define who you are on the inside, but most importantly, gives you the confidence to do anything you want.

My interest in fashion started very early in life. I always loved playing dress up, picking out the perfect outfit for the first day of school, finding the ultimate head-turning prom dress. It eventually led me to an internship at London’s iconic department store, Liberty, where I realized that style goes way beyond what is hanging on the racks. Your individual “style” has the ability to help define who you are on the inside, but most importantly, gives you the confidence to do anything you want.  You can mix leather pants with a classic trench, rock two plaid prints at once or go monochromatic in yellow! It’s not about what you wear, but how you pull it together and how you wear it ... which should always be done with a cool, confident smile (and a little bit of sass.)

I started this blog as a way to give women and young moms confidence in their personal style, but also in their imperfections. It’s so easy as a woman – especially a mom – to feel the need to be perfect. Perfect outfit, perfect body, perfect children, perfect marriage. While I center my posts around fashion and beauty, it goes way beyond splurging on a timeless handbag or putting the right fabrics together. As a type A female who paused her career to start a family, I have struggled with who I am and often forced myself to be someone I am not. It even translated into my wardrobe at times. Life changes and constant chaos lead me down some dark roads that, thanks to an amazing support system, I’ve managed to find the brighter path again. I want this blog to be about finding and trusting your individual style, which goes hand in hand with having the inner strength to be proud of who you are and who you ultimately decide to be … - xx