Last week I was invited by Footlocker For Her & Puma to go on a really special trip to London with other girls around Europe. I didn’t know much about the event besides that it was a collaboration called “Do You” with Cara. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I go on so many trips these days and while on camera or behind the scenes most of them look like people are having fun, being genuine and getting along together that is not always the case. But this weekend in London was so special and surprised me in the best way. Which went a long great with the theme of the “DO YOU STORIES” and what it means to be a woman everyday… I learned a lot on this trip.
First we started out arriving to London, all the girls were coming from different countries so that was really cool. I traveled with Barbara (@malebitch) from Paris and we started the journey together. We checked into our hotels and all went out for dinner that night at a really bomb sushi spot in SOHO. I met all the girls then. Usually group trips honestly are hit and miss but this weekend was perfectly matched. Each girl was real, authentic and vulnerable.
We all slept at the beautiful Hoxton hotel and woke up quite early so the girls came into my room while we were getting ready/eating breakfast and then we went out to take photos before the event. Those were some of my favorite moments just hanging out. I got to do girl talk with the girls a lot from the heart and it really opened me up to some things and some attitudes I had prior about events and other influencer girls.
To be honest I’ve had a lot of problems being an expat and a stranger working in other countries. I’m kind of more friends with the food than the other girls at the events most times. Whether it’s insecurity, shyness, or just feeling bad vibes I always end up keeping to myself unless I have a friend somewhere. And sometimes I’m scared to even talk to people I don’t know or girls I think don’t like me. But on this trip I learned something new. 9 out of 10 times, the other girl feels just the same as you and you both are probably missing a possible good friendship if not a laugh with one another.
DO YOU STORIES followed the narrative of Cara traveling to different places speaking with different women along their journey. What inspired me so much is watching Cara herself also go through a journey whilst filming. Women just feel when another woman is going through something and when it really matters we know how to support one another because no one knows what it’s like to be a woman, besides for another woman.
Some of the guests included women, and younger women whose stories could never be forgotten. Yet there was something still so sincere and hopeful in the air. When women come together and share our stories of heartbreak, struggle, sadness, we turn tears into hope. I really believe that. I used to have a trust issue with women. I’ve been burned by many of them, but as I am getting older and am becoming more comfortable in who I am I am developing a pristine ability of being able to read someone’s vibe and how genuine they may or may not be. And even more over, I am able to appreciate and understand each character in my story even if they are not meant to stay or be close near me. I once too was in a place of growth and still am, and different stages of your journey will require different supporting characters.
I’m normally known to be a little more open lately via my social media channels and that’s because after 4 years of working in the industry I have felt often empty moments about what I was sharing or the pressure of being perfect. You see staged smiles, and women working so hard to make their lives appear a certain way. We take 50-60 images to get just the right one to post on instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I love posting and I love sharing, but I also as a growing woman who has felt very alone at times feel the responsibility to share my ups as well as my downs. For me behind everything I have become have been a lot of struggle moments. I’m always inspired when I hear about those who struggled and came back on top.
Only through sharing who I really was and not being afraid of that weakness and strength did I find other women coming to me sharing their stories. And I can’t lie! This is honestly what keeps me going. I feel in my purpose. So I challenge each person to consider what your influence is giving? What are you receiving?
I met Cara towards the end of the event and got to speak with her quick. Not only was she kind, she was normal. As normal as I could imagine myself in her shoes. She’s using her influence to help other women and remind us that we are all on the same page and we must support one another. These relationships only become even more vital as we age, and become mothers. It’s something that I am just starting to realize. The more genuine I am with myself, the more genuine I can be with others and that’s the only way I want to be.
The Puma Basket hearts, and special laces are currently on sale at your local Footlocker Europe. The proceeds from the laces go to help @refugees. You like me, can share how you DO YOU by uploading your video or story on instagram using the hashtag #DOYOUSTORIES.
photos by @maxlacome, merci @footlockereuforher & @puma