The blogging world is enormous. I'm talking MILLIONS of creators all over the internet trying to carve out thier own piece of creativity, and find success with it. And especially in the Fashion / Lifestyle / Beauty categories of blogging, competition can be fierce for followers, partnerships, and even stretches to who has the best designer handbag, or who is taking the most Instagram-able vacations...Read More
The months leading up to studying abroad can be so stressful. Trying to anticipate everything you'll need and what to do to prepare can bring up so much anxiety! Take a few deep breaths and relax, know that it will all be okay. There are lots of things you can't control, but there are also a few great things you can do to prepare!
I rounded up opinions from a bunch of people I studied abroad with, and here's the list we came up with on things you can do to prepare before you study abroad!Read More
Being a blogger and being an introvert are two things that don't really seem to go together. So why would someone introverted want (and love) being a blogger?
This is something I've thought a lot about lately. Personally, I'm a huge introvert, and I sometimes struggle with social anxiety. But a big part of being a blogger is attending events, networking, and connecting with other bloggers and brands.Read More
Knowing what to pack can be one of the hardest parts when studying abroad. How much to bring? What will you REALLY need? Well I asked about 15 people who have all studied abroad in the FIT Florence program what they thought were the most important things to bring, and what to leave at home. Here's what they said!Read More
I've been in my adorable little Brooklyn studio for about 4 months now, and it is honestly my favorite place I've ever lived. Yes, its pretty small. Yes, my gas oven takes at least 6 tries to turn on. But I love having this little, colorful, shoebox in the greatest city on earth that's all my own.Read More
I grew up in a small suburb where fashion was not important. Other than wearing a floral sundress and cork-wedges to church on Sunday, no one cared to put on more than a giant T-shirt and leggings every day.
And growing up, I was pretty shy. I didn't have the confidence to express myself in the way I wanted to, because I desperately wanted to fit in. So I followed the crowd.
I wore jeans and T-shirts to school, and then would come home and flip through Vogue and watch runways for HOURS. I would imagine myself dressed head-to-toe in Valentino, Saint Laurent, or whatever my favorite bloggers were wearing, but I was too afraid of ridicule dress how I really wanted to.
It wasn't until I moved to New York that I finally A. got the confidence, and B. changed my mindset. I started thinking about the way I dressed as a form of expression, and a way of showing the world who I am, not just throwing on whatever everyone else was wearing
"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe
Every day, when we get dressed, we can choose to be whatever version of ourselves we want. I can put on all black, pull my hair up in a tight bun, swipe on a red lip, and be an aloof, NYC 'cool girl', or I can put on a powder-pink pantsuit and sneakers and be fun, adventurous go-getter.
It's an expression of what's inside, just like painting, writing, or drawing. What you choose to dress yourself in tells the world who you are or who you want to be.
No matter the version we choose that day, I 100% believe in the psychology of "when you look good, you feel good", and I want to dress every day to be my most confident, best self.
This is actually pretty easy to do in a city of 8 million people. It's much harder back home in that same small suburb. Comments like "who are you dressing up for", "where are you going" etc...
Let's clear one thing up, I'm dressing up for ME, I'm expressing MYSELF, I'm not wearing a blue and white pinstripe, flare-leg jumpsuit for anyone but myself. Because I feel confident in it.
That's the one thing I would tell my younger self, and what I hope I can instill in anyone who may still be in that age / place / mindset. That you should be able to express you personality and creativity no matter what the opinions of others are. In whatever medium that creativity may be.
For me, that's fashion. Fashion is not "cute", fashion is not exclusive. Fashion is a channel of expressing what you feel on the inside, and a way of empowering you to be your best self.
So go for it. Wear whatever the hell you want, and don't let anyone stop you.
You're never too old for a sleepover with your BFF. The difference is now, instead of flipping through Tiger Beat and sipping on sprite, you can shake up fun cocktails and stay up as late as you want watching netflix! And as fun as it is to hit the town girl your girl-squad, sometime's it's more fun to just relax and spend some quality 1-on-1 time with your girl. Here are a few ways to make your next Girl's Night In perfect:Read More
After living in New York for almost three years, I've had a lot of brunch. I mean, A LOT. So I know my fair share of NYC brunch gems. When my blogger friend Tatum found this adorable West Village spot, I was immediately in love with the decor and the color scheme, and we came to find out that the food is even better!Read More
I'm definitely no stranger to flying. Between shuttling back and forth between Texas and New York, to my time studying abroad, hopping on flights every weekend, I've learned a thing or two about planes. Whether your flight is 2 hours or 12 hours, here are a few tips to make it a breeze:
What to Wear
I always say it's best to strike a balance between being comfortable, and not looking like a you just rolled out of bed (please people, stop wearing pajamas in airports) Most of the time, I opt for thick leggings, a soft t-shirt. Then, add a layering piece, like a chambray button down (because planes can get COLD!) Cute sneakers like these are perfect, and I ALWAYS bring a blanket scarf, because it's chic off the plane, and during the flight it can be a blanket or pillow!
What to Do
Whether the flight is 4 hours or 14 hours, you'll need something to do (especially if you're me and can't sleep at all on planes!) I usually bring a book or two, and download some podcasts, though I'm more of a movie girl on planes!
A lot of blog posts say to 'catch up on work' or 'tackle that inbox' while you're on a flight, but I'm of the notion that flights are a great chance to unplug, get into a good book, or lay back and listen to your favorite music and relax!
Another tip: do not wear makeup on planes. period. The dry cabin air is already bad enough, so go bare-faced and bring a moisturizer with you! If you have activities post-flight, bring your makeup bag on with a few multi-taskers, and do your makeup in the last hour of the flight.
You all know I love Glossier (and I'm a Rep!) so for the perfect 5-minute plane touch-up, I would grab Priming Moisturizer to start, pop a little Stretch Concealer where needed, swipe the lip color Crush across lips and cheeks (Leo also works as a contour on fairer skin!) and then a quick coat of mascara (loving this one) has you looking fresh for disembarkment!
The bitter cold that's still lingering in New York has made me want to wear nothing but giant sweaters and leggings everyday. But instead of dressing like a bum for work, I found the best dupe, wool pants that feel like pajamas, and look like a trendy trouser! For work, I usually pair them with a loafer to play on the masculine trend, but an off the shoulder sweater and silk scarf still keep it feminine.Read More
Even though it's still thirty degrees in NYC, I'm still willing the weather to get warmer, and what better than to prep the closet for spring weather! I've been noticing a lot of trends popping up from watching runways, bloggers, and even just people around my office and school (who are all very fashionable considering I work at a luxury designer and go to fashion school). So here are a few pieces to add to your closet for spring!Read More
Embarassing story time. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm extremely clumsy. One of my old roommates actually used to count how many times I tripped while we were out walking! Well, I was shooting this look with Laurel Creative on a cold morning after it had rained, and while we were shooting, I began to walk towards her, when of course, I slipped on a patch of ice and wiped-out on the concrete!! I ripped my jeans (fun fact: in the bottom photo, one leg is covering my ripped jeans and bleeding knee!) Even better, when we finally got into a bathroom so I could change outfits, neither of us had bandaids to cover the bleeding, so I had to stick a panty-liner to my knee and keep shooting!
But hey, all's well that ends well, right? I got a ton of cute photos (and in my glasses for the first time!) and I think this was my favorite look from the shoot! It's quirky and fun, and who wouldn't want to rock a furry blue tee over a mixed-stripe button down?? Throw these velvet booties in the mix and you're golden!