Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #AD

November 8, 2018

Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #ad #reebok #solefury #streetfashion #streetstyle #athletisure #utilitysuit #falltrends #wintertrends #fashiontrends #athleisure #sneakers #neontrend #neon #valentino #rockstud #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #newyork #newyorkblogger #nycbloggers #newyorkinfluencer #newyorkstyle #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #falloutfit #winteroutfit #stylishoutfit This blog post is sponsored by Champs Reebok Sole Fury. All thoughts, ideas and styling are my own. See this page for full disclaimer. #ChampsSoleFury, #SplitFrom #sponsored @reebok @champssports #AD
Years ago, I was reminded of that saying, You Write Your Own Story, and it is still one that resonates so deeply within me. When I finished university, I immediately took a job offer from an old employer I’d worked for in the summer during my studies. I was so excited about being offered a full time position so quickly that I took the job, even though it wasn’t related to what I had studied. I chose what was comfortable instead of what wasn’t, and that in itself gave me an unsettling feeling. Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #ad #reebok #solefury #streetfashion #streetstyle #athletisure #utilitysuit #falltrends #wintertrends #fashiontrends #athleisure #sneakers #neontrend #neon #valentino #rockstud #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #newyork #newyorkblogger #nycbloggers #newyorkinfluencer #newyorkstyle #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #falloutfit #winteroutfit #stylishoutfit Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #ad #reebok #solefury #streetfashion #streetstyle #athletisure #utilitysuit #falltrends #wintertrends #fashiontrends #athleisure #sneakers #neontrend #neon #valentino #rockstud #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #newyork #newyorkblogger #nycbloggers #newyorkinfluencer #newyorkstyle #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #falloutfit #winteroutfit #stylishoutfit Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #ad #reebok #solefury #streetfashion #streetstyle #athletisure #utilitysuit #falltrends #wintertrends #fashiontrends #athleisure #sneakers #neontrend #neon #valentino #rockstud #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #newyork #newyorkblogger #nycbloggers #newyorkinfluencer #newyorkstyle #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #falloutfit #winteroutfit #stylishoutfit Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #ad #reebok #solefury #streetfashion #streetstyle #athletisure #utilitysuit #falltrends #wintertrends #fashiontrends #athleisure #sneakers #neontrend #neon #valentino #rockstud #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #newyork #newyorkblogger #nycbloggers #newyorkinfluencer #newyorkstyle #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #falloutfit #winteroutfit #stylishoutfit Defying Convention with Champs Reebok Sole Fury #ad #reebok #solefury #streetfashion #streetstyle #athletisure #utilitysuit #falltrends #wintertrends #fashiontrends #athleisure #sneakers #neontrend #neon #valentino #rockstud #fashionblogger #styleblogger #streetstyle #newyork #newyorkblogger #nycbloggers #newyorkinfluencer #newyorkstyle #outfitideas #outfitinspiration #falloutfit #winteroutfit #stylishoutfit I felt the thirst most new graduates felt when they first finished completing their university education. I wanted to put my education to the test. While I loved the people I worked with, I wasn’t passionate about the work, and it wasn’t the type of challenge or company I was looking for.
I felt myself fall behind everyone who I studied with, and while no one had put pressure on me, I was incredibly disappointed in myself. I don’t know about you, but when I get really stressed out, the only way it goes away is if I take action. That horrible feeling ate at me and changed my life. I tried a role that i thought would be a great fit afterwards, but failed horribly at it. I started to question myself, and needed to think very clearly of what it was I truly wanted to do, so after some soul searching, I decided to check one of the things off my bucket list while killing two birds with one stone. I applied for a Assistant Language Teacher role in Japan. This decision would me a chance to travel, live in a foreign country while directly impacting the lives of my students for the year. It also meant I could rediscover who I was and figure out what I really wanted. To this day, it remains the best decision I had every made in my entire life (next to marrying my husband!)

By the time I ended my contract, I felt a fire lit inside of me that was stronger than I remembered. That time away was exactly what I needed. I was unstoppable, and excited to chase after my dreams, but I knew with my experience and lack thereof, that I would have to defy convention and go the extra mile to do what others were unwilling to do. I was inclined to take ahold of the situation and push my boundaries. I felt Empowered. Strong. Unstoppable.
I set a 2-year goal of becoming a Marketing Manager in a fashion retail business. I started taking multiple short-term contracts with long hours learning various types of marketing positions in short periods of time. I was accepted as an inventory intern at a fashion jewelry business and decided to offer as much as I could in that role. I created extra work for myself outside of what was asked and built a marketing calendar for the business. I proactively asked my colleagues for additional work and spent extra time with my teammates to learn everyone’s responsibilities and even asked to help them with their work just so I could learn more. At the one year mark, I interviewed and accepted a unique marketing coordinator contract role with a lot of responsibility helping launch 2 new brands.
I was getting closer and closer to what I wanted.

There is nothing like feeling like you are getting close to achieving your goals. When you’re just so close, you look for new ideas and inspiration.

By the 18 month mark, I had taken on at least 3 or 4 marketing contract roles and had worked over 75 hours a week for almost non-stop. On my final step to reaching my initial goal, I landed an interview for a role, but wasn’t sure it would be the right fit. Even though I scoured the web to find information about the company and its brands, I found very little available to me because it distributed and designed, rather than retailed direct to consumer. My thought was, this could be the role I really want… but it also might not be. Regardless of how little I knew of the business, the truth was, I didn’t want to have any regrets in case it was the role of a lifetime. The job description requested that the applicant have 3-5 years of management experience and a portfolio of any marketing plans should be brought to the interview.

Having just finished a contract role of 6 months replacing 2 brand managers who were each away for school and maternity leave, I didn’t want to know that I hadn’t tried my very best for what could potentially be a dream role, so I cancelled all my plans that weekend and I used my education and experience to create a mock up marketing plan for one of the brands I assumed I would be the Marketing Manager for. That Monday, I walked into the interview with that 17 page plan tailored for the business feeling confident. I was the underdog, but I was thirsty to succeed and had no regrets for doing the everything I could for the role.
They were impressed, and appreciated how direct I was in addressing concerns about my experience and background. In the end, I landed the job. This was the start to everything that I am now.

I choose to defy what’s common.
So, if you ever want something so badly you would go the extra mile, where there is a will, there is a way. Put the time in, and your efforts will not go unnoticed. If you want to travel and have very little money, you absolutely can. If you want to learn a language but have little time, you can make it happen. In life, everything you do is a choice, even when you feel you have none. You define your terms.
This is how I relate to Champ’s Reebok Sole Fury, which encourages us to be daring and defy convention. The Champs Reebok Sole Fury sneakers I’m wearing uses a modernized Split Cushioning from their 90’s shoe. It is incredibly comfortable, and also highlights the neon trend, and pairs perfectly with the utility / boiler suit this season.
Tell me… what is your way of defying convention?

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  • The Fashion Folks November 8, 2018 at 10:08 am

    This was such an inspiring post to read Miki! Yay for the encouragement of being in control over your own life and dare to go ahead after what you really want. Love “you write your own story”! As for the shoes, the colorful mix is so pretty. Love how wearable they are with the jumpsuit, such an interesting match! Xx

  • Daniel November 8, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Love the pop of colour of the shoes!

    Daniel x

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  • Mica November 8, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    What an amazing story you have! I’m glad you pushed for what you wanted and even though it took a little longer than you hoped you got the job you wanted in the end.

    Those shoes are so fun and a great pop with your outfit too 🙂

    Hope that you are having a good week so far 🙂

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  • Allie Mackin November 8, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Such an interesting and inspiring post. Wow. Yes when one knows what they want barring healthy problems and severe financial issues people can achieve quite a bit in life. These sneakers are fun with the two different colors and so eye catching. And love the utility suit goes perfect with the Reeboks.

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  • Click here November 8, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Great post. There are few secreats to looking great every day. Your closet is huge patterns, colors, textures and trends. Which can be preety daunting morning when you are heading to work.

  • Federica Di Nardo November 9, 2018 at 3:59 am

    You look fabulous!


  • Lovely Amusan November 9, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Loving the pop of colour Miki, they really do make a statement.


  • Vanessa November 9, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Wow! You styled your Reebok’s to perfection! You look on fire, babe!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Lara November 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Your pictures are so good! I like your outfit too!

  • Yuliya Oleynykova November 9, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I love this casual outfit on you, you look very stylish xx

  • DEMELER November 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    the perfect causal outfit!!! love love

  • Kate November 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    You pull these off so well, girl!
    -Kate //

  • Shannon November 11, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Love the bad ass look and the read! You’ve achieved so much. We need to find inspiration to light that fire every now and then. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  • yuka November 11, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    those sneakers are sooo cute! omg Love the neon color!

  • Nina November 12, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Love this casual look on you ! Great styling!

    Much love!

  • DEMELER November 12, 2018 at 11:21 am

    love these shoes! Perfect little splash of color

  • Mira Tolvanen November 12, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Looks absolutely stunning!

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  • Filipa November 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Girl you are so seriously cool

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  • Mercy November 12, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Super cool looking sneakers, I like the pop of neon. Nice to know your empowering story babe.

  • Jessica November 13, 2018 at 1:35 am

    That’s a really cool-looking sneakers dear. Looks so durable, and comfy. Love the color too, so fresh.

    Jessica |

  • Nicole November 13, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I love how you styled them! ‘

    Have a blessed week ahead.

  • Kelsey Bang November 13, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    great photos! you rock those sneakers!

  • Yasmin November 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Wow I may have to call you sometime for some advice on switching careers. I think it’s so fascinating because it’s one of the hardest things to do. I’ve tried it a few times in my life. Sometimes things just fall into your lap and other times no matter how hard you struggle, it just doesn’t work out. And then sometimes you hit the sweet spot. I’m in transition and would love to chat sometime about your drive, ambition, and clarifying your path.

    xx Yasmin

  • Nina Nguyen November 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Loving the pop of color!! Such cute sneakers!
    xx- Nina

  • Naya November 14, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Omg you’re so inspiring! Gorgeous Reeboks aside, I needed to read this today (especially the very last paragraph). Thank you. You look amazing! xx


  • Nina November 14, 2018 at 11:48 am

    This is such a inspirational post, . You look amazing.

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  • Ashley November 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Omg these Reeboks are giving me life!!! so so chic! Love how you styled them babe!



  • Sharon Wu November 14, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I have been especially into sneakers lately since I started working out consistently and would love to add a pair like this! Loving the pop of color and how you styled it! xo, sharon

  • Sophie November 15, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Loving the outfit.Your shoes are so cool and I really love the earrings.

  • Nikki Hall November 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Man girl, I always love hearing your stories because you are such a bad ass and you inspire me so much!! I am so glad we met and that I get to call you a friend. You are who I want to be when I grow up hehe. xoxo

  • May November 16, 2018 at 2:51 am

    OMG Miki! What an incredible story! It’s super inspiring hearing about how you went for your dreams and that you tried for your dream job even though you didn’t have their minimum requirements. It just goes to show you if you want something bad enough, it can happen with a little bit of extra work. 😀

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  • Radi November 16, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    You’re so right everything is our own choice even when sometimes we feel like we don’t have one.
    Love these cool, bright kicks!

  • Nesli November 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Your story is amazing and very inspirational. It gives me the motivation to chase my dream job even more!!