Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
As I write this, I am sitting at a local coffee shop by my University. A coffee shop I really like, actually. It has gorgeous art on the wall and the coffee is exceptionally well made, and I love some exceptionally well made coffee.
A couple of days ago I made the incredibly difficult decision to withdraw from my Uni for the year. Going to college was always something I couldn’t wait for as a kid, but as the move-in day started coming closer, I got less and less excited. It was your typical college move-in day—hot, stressful, sad. I mean, I cried for the rest of the night after my mom left, haha. I met my roommate for the first time in person, and we had things in common: both vegan, both studious, both Harry Potter fanatics. The “welcome week” back to college went really well; I made friends with people around campus and the other people in my dorm. I was really excited for my classes to start up.
Then, classes actually started, and I have never felt more stressed. I didn’t want to be at college, I didn’t want to study, I decided I needed a break from the world of academia. After being in school for about 15 years in a row, a person needs a break.
I talked to my parents about it (my mom understands, my dad not so much). Ultimately, I made my decision. I was going to withdraw my enrollment for the time being. I had no idea what I wanted to study, or do with my life, and that was something that terrified me.
As for now my future is unclear, but I have a general idea of the things I want to do. Firstly, I’m going to have to work in order to have money for the things I want to do. I want to travel (either to California, New York, or London), and volunteer abroad (South Africa, Laos, or Thailand). I want to follow my heart for once, and do something that I genuinely am excited about.
Diane von Furstenberg once said, “I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” At this moment in my life, this is a quote I agree with 100 percent.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you can see can inspire you.” Grace Coddington
Fashion exists everywhere, and we don’t always have to look far to find inspiration. Of course, there are the obvious places to look for inspiration: street style, fashion blogs, magazines, films, other cultures, and television. However, if you look a little harder, you can find fashion inspiration in other places: books, nature, music, art, and history. I look for inspiration in a variety of places; when you expand your horizons you can find inspiration in almost anything.
I think street style is a great place to find fashion inspiration. Most of the time, street style incorporates elements of high fashion into daily wear, and I have a bunch of different folders and documents that consist of street style that I like. There are so many street style blogs out there, some of my favorites are: stylebythemodels, noiretblancmaisrouge, vogue-always, viederue, walkonvogue, streetstyl-ish, and what-id-wear.
Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Larissa Hofmann, Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Cara Delevingne, Brigitte Bardot, Stevie Nicks, Florence Welch, Ali MacGraw, and Miranda Kerr all have such fab style, in my opinion.
In addition to looking to people for inspiration, different cities have an incredible sense of style. My personal favorites are Berlin and London. The fashion found in Paris, Milan, New York, Sweden, Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Seoul is also wonderful.
London street style
Milan street style
Photoshoots from magazines are another source of inspiration. Vogue, Porter, Nylon, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W...the list goes on. Now, I’m not saying you have to match your outfit exactly to the ones found in the magazine, but you can incorporate certain elements into your own looks.
Teen Vogue photoshoot
Films and television shows are two obvious places to look for style inspiration. Most of the time it is very easy to replicate an outfit that you have seen on television, since the pieces can be easy to find. I have found inspiration from movies such as, The Big Lebowski (I know, I know, but it’s my favorite movie and I absolutely love the Dude’s outfits.), Love Story, Pretty in Pink, Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Annie Hall.
Pretty in Pink
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Fashion inspiration can be found in a variety of places, all you have to do is look.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Last weekend I did a little shopping and bought some pretty rad articles of clothing. I also bought a book titled These Things Hidden , which I am sooooo excited to read. I recommend you check it out! Anyway, on to the clothes...
The gorgeous midi skirt. Oh. My. Word. I saw this at the thrift store I was at (Playto's Closet), and I fell head-over-heels in love. Since I'm petite (5'3") I cannot really wear maxi skirts without looking like I'm being swallowed whole by them--so midi skirts are my lifesaver. This particular one is from a brand called "Blue Rain."
The shorts. Now, when I bought these I wasn't 100% sure on if they were a swimsuit type of shorts or a "wear-whenever-you-feel-like" type of shorts. I'm going to wear them as the latter. I've been looking for a pair of shorts that have a sort of fringe on the bottom and I found them! They are from a brand called "Steezyer."
The trousers. I actually bought these awhile back, but I haven't had the chance to wear them yet. I really like the simple daisy-esque design, and they are very comfortable. I can't wait to style these once it gets warmer here! They are from Target.
THE KIMONO. *Insert Shannon Stewart voice* OH MY WORD. I saw this on the website for Romwe and just about flung myself through my laptop screen I loved it so much. I honestly don't even know what to say about it; it is perfection. I know the picture doesn't really do it justice, but if you are looking for a really cheap and wonderful kimono, BUY THIS ONE!
Friday, March 4, 2016
These past couple of months have been...difficult in a sense for me. I’ve been very stressed with school and my upcoming high school graduation (I seem to always be saying I’m stressed, but hey-- I’m pretty much always stressed. I’ve also been struggling with my body. This is my first time actually saying this, but I’ve become unhealthy in the past couple of months (very, very unhealthy), and I acknowledged that it was time to make a change and get my body healthy again. I wanted to make a change and I thought to the vegan lifestyle. I’ve been doing research/ looking into the vegan/ vegetarian lifestyle for awhile now, and I eventually decided (last weekend actually) that it would be a good change in order for me to become healthy and save the environment and animals in the process.
Now, to tell you the truth, it has been hard so far. Since I am coming from a past of severe calorie restriction it’s difficult for me to stop listening to those thoughts and eat the right amount of food for my body. I know the food I am putting into my body is incredibly good and healthy for me and will only provide my body with energy. I am slowly starting to have a good relationship with food again.
The most common question I’ve been asked since informing my family of my decision is, “Where will you get your protein?” News flash people: PROTEIN DOES NOT ONLY COME FROM ANIMAL PRODUCTS!! People have been misinformed about the amount of protein you need in a day and in fact, too much protein can actually be harmful to your health. Some great sources of protein for vegans are:
- beans (kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas/ garbanzo beans)
- greens (spinach, kale, spirulina, broccoli)
- whole grains
- rice/ quinoa
- peanut butter/ pb2/ nut butters
I’ll link some videos/ posts I’ve read that have helped me in my decision to become vegan or that have given me information about the vegan lifestyle/ I encourage everyone to become vegan! You will have so much more energy and save the lives of innocent animals in the process.
FORKS OVER KNIVES
101 REASONS TO BE VEGAN
If you have any questions on being vegan or the vegan lifestyle, feel free to ask me questions!
Sunday, January 17, 2016
I was sitting in my living room today and I thought, "Why not make a shoe wishlist?" I'm kind of in need of new shoes. Actually, not really. I just really want some new ones. I'm drooling over my laptop as I post this (kidding, heh..). I love every single one of these shoes, and it is taking a lot of self-control on my part not to add them to "my cart." I'm going to be keeping my eye on these bad boys until they go on sale (or I'm able to afford them without hurting my wallet!).
Monday, January 4, 2016
* Bath and Body Works
* Marc Jacobs
* = Christmas present
(Links to pieces are under picture)
Long time no see! I know its been forever since I've made a post. I'm so sorry! I really don't have an excuse, but I'm going to start posting more often. I hope you all had a good Christmas, I know I did. The photos marked with an "*" are all gifts I received for Christmas. I really love the diamond and popsicle print blouses that I got from my mother. I usually don't wear pieces that have that much pattern on them, but they caught my eye while I was online shopping so I added them to my list!
My favorite presents I got this year are my Marc Jacobs wallet, the Harry Potter mug, and the Star Wars bracelet. My mom completely surprised me with these three things and I absolutely love them. The Harry Potter mug is totally unique; when you add any hot liquid to it the text changed to "Mischief Managed." I am a huuuuuuuge HP fan, so this was the perfect gift. I also love my SW bracelet. am a massive fan SW fan (I love too many things haha) and was pleasantly surprised to see this. It's a charm bracelet, so you can buy different charms to put on it. My mom bought the charm that says "May the force be with you" and the next day I went out and bought the blue, R2-D2 looking one. Right now i have my eye on the Darth Vader one and I'm pretty sure there's a BB-8 one out there somewhere.
Hope you are all having a lovely winter!