Gird Your Loins

It’s here.

Where were you on September 1st? I remember that I was in my bed, scrolling through my Instagram feed when it happened… I scrolled by a sponsored Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte post.

My eyes shot out my head, and then started to melt and wilt from my sockets when I climbed out of bed and felt the cool breeze coming through my window. The temperature? 60 degrees. It was official. Fall had arrived.

Now don’t get me wrong, fall is pretty fantastic. I mean, the fashion, the cool weather, Halloween? And most importantly, my birthday? I just feel that some people can take it too goddamn far. Don’t believe me?

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Our nation is in the midst of a crisis, don’t deny it.

Never fear, my readers! Here are some handy tips for surviving (and pleasantly enjoying) this autumn:

If you see a Starbucks, run the other way.

Yes, Starbucks is the heart of the monster. The heart is known to attract its minions (mainly my kind, 15 to 20 something year old white women) in flock to drink its pumpkin spiced potion. My solution? Visit a local coffee shop! It will not only give you a chance to explore your neighborhood, you are also in for better coffee than whatever crap Starbucks whips out on a daily basis. I have made it a personal mission of mine to avoid going to Starbucks out of desperation, and so far, it’s working. If ya girl can do it, than my God, so can you.

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You don’t ALWAYS have to leave your phone behind when you go apple picking, but it might help sometimes.

In reference to my earlier point, Starbucks minions (sorry, I mean 15 to 20 something year old white women) tend to be one of the leading forefronts of fall activities. The other forefront, in case you’re wondering, goes by the name of Anna Wintour. Anyway, it almost seems required in this day and age to document all fall activities on your smartphone, which isn’t inherently a bad thing, but can be taken too far when the activity is mainly centered around taking photos in the first place. Ladies, if you ever find yourself carving pumpkins because your girl gang wants to stage a photo opp for Instagram, than that’s probably your cue to leave your phone behind and actually indulge in the activity you’re partaking in. I am so guilty of it too, which is why this blog is as therapeutic for me as I hope it is for you.

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However, if you have successfully put together an outfit with mixed patterns AND you come across an ivy wall, then you better damn well take a photo!

Don’t feel the need to conform to whatever Halloween costume(s) your friends want you to wear.

Hey, if a group costume theme or a couple costume theme is in mutual agreement, than by all means, go for it! I am merely addressing the fact that peer pressure can take the weirdest forms, and can even affect one innocent girl who wants to dress as Trinity from The Matrix for Halloween when her Starbucks minion gang wants the group to go as Bratz dolls.

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God help us, these Starbucks minions are going to kill us all…

But who am I to dictate what you should be doing this fall? Enjoy yourself! It’s sweater weather, so have fun with it. Speaking of which…

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I’d like to give a special shoutout to esteemed fashion blogger Luanna for selling me this gorgeous sweater on Depop. I haven’t stopped wearing it, I’m seriously obsessed.

Happy fall, my lovelies! Over and out.

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Nature Queen Beauty

I’m not going to lie, as a woman with a blog and a full time job, I feel that I am constantly running around the city of Chicago with no time to relax, or frankly, even take care of myself. I also have always put dressing myself first before makeup and hair. Priorities, right? And yes, in case you suspected, this post is about taking proper care of my hair.

I never have had loyalty to any shampoo or conditioner brand, or any kind of hair product for that matter. However, that all changed when I tried shampoo and conditioner from Nature Queen Beauty.

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I have always wanted my hair to look good and turn heads, but I never considered that in order to achieve that effect, you have to find healthy products for your hair. This shampoo and conditioner was the first herbal kind that I have ever tried, and after my experience, I don’t think that I can ever go back to generic drug store brands!

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Sorry Pantene…

Ever since trying these products from Nature Queen Beauty, my hair has felt softer and more lightweight. I have also noticed that my split ends aren’t as prominent because my hair just has a healthier appearance, and that’s all that matters! Don’t believe me? I took a photo a day or two after using the shampoo and conditioner for the first time, and I was totally feeling myself:

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I like how sleek my hair looks as well, and overall, I just didn’t even have to try. Click here to try it for yourself and actually see it to believe it. I especially recommend this product to anyone living in a city, because there’s nothing like having clean hair after walking around in a grimy, sooty downtown atmosphere. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to stare at my perfect hair in the mirror a little longer…

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Much love from your favorite Cher Horowitz wannabe, over and out.

All Set For A 70s Summer

As August hits us and summer is starting to wrap up, it’s important to enter the season transition with a bang. This summer had a strong 70s vibe, so I am going to share with you, my readers, some similar items and looks (all courtesy of Nordstrom) that I have rounded up to nail that laid back 70s funk look that everyone has been dying to get this summer.

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Nothing screams looking more put together than a chic blouse half tucked into jeans and a cute pair of flats. I love this bottle pattern on this Equipment blouse so much that I feel like a walking happy hour every time I wear it out and about! This blouse is currently out of stock, but never fear! Click here for more eclectic Equipment selections.

I have also found more fun items to achieve that fresh 70s look for the upcoming season transition (as well as sitting under the air conditioner at work). Without further ado, shop below!

Looking for the perfect boot cut jeans? Click here.

Looking for the perfect 70s silk blouse? Click here.

Looking for the perfect striped tee? Click here.

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Get out there and enjoy the rest of this funky summer! Over and out.

Today, On Depop Finds…

Hello friends! As you can probably tell from the title, I have indeed hopped on the Depop train. I would love to share with you, my readers, my first two purchases, plus a tip or two on how to find an amazing item for your closet!

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My first purchase from Depop were these amazing Izabella Rue snake heels. I found them through one of my favorite fashion bloggers Louise Roe, who had advertised on her Instagram that she was selling certain items from her closet on Depop. Which brings me to my first tip! Always be sure to keep up to date with your favorite fashion bloggers and influencers and if they are using apps like Depop. You can even find them on the Explore page! Plus, it was extra cool messaging one of my favorite bloggers and then seeing them comment on my Instagram photo. She knows who I am!

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Me too, Jon! Me too.

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My second and most recent Depop find was this vintage Fendi top that is (and I cannot emphasize this enough) the BEST quality. The seller is not well known like Louise, but she was sweet to interact with and has some fantastic items! Which brings me to my next tip: if you are not sure what you want to purchase while you’re browsing, but you know what designers you’re into, then filter your search by typing in what designers you like! The best part about Depop is that you meet and interact with new people who have amazing style like yourself, so by all means, there is no need to only follow well known users! That, and you can get some great deals and good prices on normally expensive items. This Fendi top still had a bit of a hefty price, but it was a way better deal then what you normally find in a store.

Until next time! I will certainly keep you all updated on what I find on this amazing app. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more outfits to photograph for Instagram. Because, you know, I totally have a life.

To Break The Bank Or Not To Break The Bank?

So who had the best 4th of July outfit ever? This gal!

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Not to brag (I’m totally bragging anyway), but I found this amazing Rag and Bone dress right before it was about to be boxed away at my job! I had to get my hands on it, which I promptly did after learning it had been discounted $300 from its original price.

As someone who prides themselves on getting free items and other items at a majorly good price, I will admit that there was still a tug at my heartstrings as I was handing over my credit card, even though I knew I was getting the best deal I could get for the dress. Because too be honest, that dress was a lot of money. Which leads me to openly wonder when IS the best time to splurge, and on what?

As a lover of quality and style, I always make it a rule to spend a good amount of money when I know I’m going to wear the item a lot. I didn’t think twice when I dropped money on my designer jeans because, well, I know I’m going to get a good use out of them! I knew I was going to wear the dress a lot as well, but my mind still bugged me with the question, “How often?”

I bought the dress a little after mid June, and so far, I’ve worn it three times. I even surprised myself with the use I was getting out of it! It is hanging in my closet right now because the soft knit fabric of the dress is no match for the July heat that has been kicking in. However, I am pleased with the quality, and I am glad that I kept my self made promise of splurging when I know it’s right. Now if you will all excuse me, I have a cold shower to take and a glass of sangria to sip. This heat is showing no mercy!

What’s This Stigma With Mirror Selfies?

I mean, what is it? From the outside looking in, mirror selfies can seem very vain and self centered. Then again, as referenced by a lot of Facebook memes, societal opinion dictates that we should feel this way about selfies in general.

However, there’s always the counter argument that features one keyword: empowerment. It does make some sort of sense though! What if you felt good about the way you looked at work one day, so you seek out a well lit mirror to document it? I recently did this at work a few days ago because I was pleased with how I styled a top my sister gave me, and frankly, it turned out way more Instagram worthy than I expected:

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I would just like to propose this: can we all just admit that this practice is more than a guilty pleasure for a lot of us? It’s easy to go with the crowd and voice disdain for the practice of mirror selfies, but let’s face it, a good amount of what we’re expressing is a lie. I think we can add mirror selfies to the list of practices that people voice disdain for but actually partake in, like picking your nose and actually keeping up with what the Kardashians are doing.

While I may not post a lot of mirror selfies (and for good reason: I’m usually pretty terrible at taking them), I will say this: I can understand general outside annoyance at an Instagram profile filled with nothing but selfies, but we’re not honestly ones to talk ourselves about our own posts. I see you posted another photo of a truck, how enthralling, Craig! And wow, what mouth watering avocado toast, Kelly! If we’re going to be judging Instagram photos based purely on the quality of the content, then I give National Geographic the prize. However, until the day arrives where we have nothing but nice things to say about each other’s posts, then let’s sit back and let influencers like Sarah Snyder fill up our feed with photos of themselves.

Happy Tuesday! Over and out.

I Guess I’m (Hashtag) Blessed

The title of this post is not meant to sound ungrateful, but rather, it’s me using the term “blessed” with much hesitation because I hate how basic it sounds.

Hi guys! This past month has been insane, so sorry I haven’t posted for a while. I just want to fill you in on what I’ve been up to!

I landed a stylist position at Trunk Club at the beginning of May, and I absolutely love it. I can’t emphasize how busy this job is keeping me, but I can tell you its perks: I have a glamorous career in my field, and I have a sick Nordstrom discount!

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Isn’t this Topshop duster coat gorgeous? It’s so comfortable, and the fabric is velvet!

Anyway, I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Psassy, an up and coming fashion app that is gaining a lot of popularity. You can read my interview about fashion and style with them here.

Also, remember Glamoutfit? They upgraded me to a premium user on their app, and it’s incredible!! They style me once a day with clothing items in their inventory, and the best part is that you can access any of their items and purchase them on the app!

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I feel like I’ve been truly spoiled.

Overall, this month has been such a privilege, from starting my new job at Trunk Club to doing a vintage photoshoot and interacting with the genius minds behind new fashion technology. I really can’t ask for better! So rather than saying that I’m sooo blessed, I’ll instead say that I am grateful. Beyond grateful.

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Over and out.

Dead Girls Vintage

I woke up one Saturday morning and mentally prepared myself to model a vintage clothing photoshoot. What I didn’t expect was spending the afternoon playing with three grey kitties and twirling around in the prettiest dresses!

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Follow Dead Girls Vintage on Instagram to look at some of the best vintage pieces in the city of Chicago. If you’re looking for cute summer items, you better act fast! This cute vintage business is moving to New Orleans in a few months, so make sure you grab your vintage pieces while you can. Trust me, these one of a kind vintage items will have you feeling like this:

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Signing off.

The Perfect Detail Shot

Tips to getting the perfect detail shot:

Know your angle!

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Depending on your outfit that you want to showcase in the photo, you may have to contort yourself (and the camera) in weird positions and angles to get a perfectly symmetrical shot. It’s all worth it in the end though!

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Make sure that the details you want captured are actually IN the shot.

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Need I say more?

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Natural light is the way to go!

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On one too many girl’s night outs have I stumbled upon a drunk girl in the bathroom trying to get a closeup of her outfit in the awful fluorescent lighting. Just be advised, the best detail shots come about when they are snapped right by a window.

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When feet are involved, make sure there are two things in the shot: cute shoes and a textured ground.

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Cute pedicures are usually advised too, but if you don’t happen to have one, don’t sweat it! Just make sure that your nails and feet are clean and go with the cute shoes before snapping the shot. A good amount of people tend to like the natural look as well ☺️

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And last but not least, make sure the hair looks good!

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If you happen to have long hair, then flaunt it! It can also add a perfect amount of proportion to a really good shot. Once again, need I say more?

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Final tip? Have fun with it. Signing off, love y’all.

Homegrown

Not too many people know this, but I grew up in a suburb right outside of Philadelphia, with a farm field right behind my backyard.  It’s not too often I get to visit my childhood home, but when I get the chance, I happily hop on it.

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There are plenty of worthwhile things to keep you occupied in the surrounding suburbs of Philadelphia.  I know that may surprise you, so I’ll add a disclaimer: a lot of it has to do with the outdoors.  I grew up right by two vast nature parks, Tyler State Park (pictured above) and Core Creek Park, which is home to the biggest lake in our local area, Lake Luxembourg.  I remember one of my grade school classmates swearing that he saw a dead body in there one time, but let’s not get into the perplexing pettiness of the Catholic grade school I attended.

Anyway, these nature parks have a lot going for them, including the locals going on long walks through the forests, or fishing in the nearby creeks (which is what my twin brother and I totally did this past Easter Sunday).  Aside from the outdoorsy activities, I can’t forget to mention the cute little towns of Newtown and New Hope that many people flock to, especially in the warm weather.  There’s even a (dare I say it) hipster coffee and ice cream shop in Newtown by the name of The Zebra Striped Whale that I absolutely love going to and picking up an iced latte when I get the chance.  On the other side of the coin, New Hope has too many hipster stores and restaurants to even count, which is why it is worth seeing this gem of a town for yourself.  Don’t act like I didn’t give you the heads up!

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I’m the girl who’s truly homegrown.

Even though I may be that one chick who grew up with a farm field in her backyard, I took creativity with me everywhere I went.  Whether I was running through the farm fields flying airplanes with my brothers, or going through racks of vintage gems at Night Bird Vintage Clothing in New Hope, I knew that one day, I would end up in a big city pursuing the things that I love.  So I made sure I kept my vision alive and bright, and my creativity on a constant flow.

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I may be a city girl, but that damn farm field will always be close to my heart.

Signing off.