Friday, March 15, 2019

So I moved to NYC

I'm finally back blogging!
I've had an exciting past few months and had to transition out of fashion blogging with everything going on but if you follow me on any form of social media you've probably seen the main reason for this is I'VE FINALLY MOVED TO NYC!!!!
!!!!!ahhhhh I've been waiting for this since I was 9 years old!!!!!



Last year I said I was moving, then unfortunately that didn't happen. With a combination of becoming extremely busy at home with my agency there, my mom making a move to South Carolina from my hometown, relationship changes, and traveling so much; it just wasn't the right timing for a big move. This 'not being the time for a move' thought process dragged on for at least 8 months :/ At the end of 2018, I had an offer to move at the beginning of the new year. I immediately thought 'wow thats so quick, I really just don't know if I'll be able to swing that and completely uproot my life.' Excuse. In reality, I was just scared. Scared of the unknown. Scared of starting over. The knowingness that if I did it everything changed and NYC would become my life, I would no longer be a kid, and I probably wouldn't ever live at home again. Long story short, after battling my insides, I came to one of my ultimate life decision making mottos--- IF NOT NOW, WHEN?


Photo by: Sara Shakeel

Anddd so everything changed. I initially moved up here with the idea I'd try it for a month and if it wasn't for me, I'd just head home. Spoiler alert: I underestimated my love for the city and I'm like Leo in Wolf of Wall Street.

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Since moving here, I have met the most amazing people, had my share of celebrity encounters, made friends with Victorias Secret models, ate food like no other, moved apartments once, went on dates, done broadway shows, almost stepped on a rat while crossing the street, paid over 40 dollars for laundry, added a job to my resume, experienced cryotherapy every time I walked out the door, argued with a homeless man for harassing people on the train (yes, everyone here calls the subway the train or the MTA), had Blair Waldorf moments, believed that I could actually smell spring in the air which they say only New Yorkers can do, and honestly...just had the time of my life!

Image result for In New York, they say, you're always looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment.

I'm looking forward to sharing all of my experiences with all of you and keeping everyone updated on my life here! For now,



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sephora Giveaway!

$800 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway

To make your Fall makeup shopping a little bit easier, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you
a chance to win an $800 Sephora Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 11th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Sephor.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

10 Reasons Why Mamma Mia! is the Best Thing That Has Graced Our Lives



Its been 10 years since the film adaption of Mamma Mia! (the 14 year standing Broadway play) first hit movies theaters and became a sensation across the country! It instantly became the go-to girls night movie and one of my absolute favorites of all time! That is why I am writing this now and so so so excited for all things Mamma Mia!

When the sequel was first announced I think I literally screamed in excitement. The first movie is such a feel good movie and will give every viewer 109 minutes of non-stop smiling even in the midst of this *somewhat* ridiculous story-line at times and now we get a second one!!! This is a gift we truly do not deserve! Or maybe its just what the world needs right now... either way bring on the sing alongs, happy tears, and bell bottoms! I AM HERE FOR IT!

And for this reason... I give you 10 DEFINITIVE REASONS MAMMA MIA IS THE BEST THING EVER AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BE GOING TO SEE THE NEW ONE IN THEATERS! 

1. Meryl Streep...do I really need to go on past this point???

For funzies I will but just so we get the picture. Meryl is a goddess and my hero and she should be yours too. She is perfect in all ways and any movie with her in it just jumps to the top of any list. Cam from Modern Family hits the nail on the head. 
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1a. Meryl sings on a yacht
yacht rock GIF

1b. Meryl plays an unapologetic woman who slept with three men around the same time and doesn't know who the father of her daughter is

Meryl Streep as an individual just makes your heart smile and to see her play such an empowered woman just makes us all grin a little harder. She has a past with various men and for the most part regrets none of them. She's a woman in a patriarchal world though, so obviously she has the occasional doubt but her friends and daughter are always there to remind her how many men (or women) you've slept with it 'ain't no thing.' Donna still comes out a winner in the end which is not typical for a movie from this time where women in the arts are "punished" in one way or another for having sex.


1c. Meryl wears ridiculous clothes

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Complete with both overalls and funky sleeves/ bell bottoms

1d. Meryl does a cannonball

mamma mia GIF

We all love fun Meryl! 

2. The Dancing Queen number


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Picture women breaking out of the shackles of their everyday routine and letting themselves be free. This is what this number is all about. The power of women and how to become the woman you don't have to give up the girl (wise words from Eleanor Waldorf in Gossip Girl). Every woman gets to be strong and beautiful and free here and theres something so powerful about that!

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3. Its set on a beautiful Greek island

The movie takes place on a beautiful but unfortunately fictitious Greek island of Kalokairi. The scenery in the movie is absolutely beautiful and fortunately for us we know that it was filmed on the REAL Greek island called Skopelos.  

4. The movie is about love BUT not necessarily romantic love

Chick flicks are usually known for the struggle throughout the movie with a man and in the end a fairytale ending kiss. Awww how sweet...blahhhh! Mamma Mia is about a mother and a daughters love with a little romance thrown in at the women's leisure. Donna and Sophie's love is so pure and it makes those watching it need to go love on their wonderful mammas!

5. If you didn't at least tear up a little during the "Slipping through my fingers" number you are basically heartless
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I can't wait for the day my mom helps me get ready for my wedding, there's such a special bonding moment during this time. This is the sweeeetest part.

6. The MUSIC all together

Seriously lets freaking go!!! With all this Abba music! Dancing Queen has always been one of my favorite songs but when so many more Abba hits and songs not as well known are the entirety of this production it just blew it right out of the park. And with the songs all being from one group you would think some just would not fit, but they are all so perfectly placed! It makes you want to get up and dance and do a complete sing along (but don't forget your feather boa or puffy sleeves!). 

7. Friendships we can all relate to 

This movie really highlights how important a woman's best friends are and how important it is to have them in your life. At the beginning of the movie Donna's two best friends come in to town all having led different lives but picking back up and loving each other like nothing had changed! It really made me look at my best friends and become so grateful wondering where our paths would lead but knowing our roads would always find a way back to each other! 

8. Watching these guys dance
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Spoiler alert: It gets no better in movie number 2

9. It is a feminist gem of a movie

All of the above man. Women empowerment. Different family dynamics. Strong women of all kinds. YGG!!!

10. The message

Though it is such a cheerful. upbeat, and somewhat goofy movie it has such a powerful message. Sophie feels like she's missing out on something because she has never had a father and thats why she goes looking for him. Though, in the end, she realizes all she's ever needed has been right by her side in her mom. Donna and Sophie see they have always had each other and that was enough, even though having 3 fathers in the end was a special cherry on top! Be thankful for what you have guys! :)
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Nordstrom Semi-Annual Sale Picks Fall 2018




Hey guys! Wanted to go ahead and post this now because the sale opens up to the public at 2am!!! Woooooo! 

What a week! I have been working non-stop and its seriously one of the biggest times of the year for sales. YIKES! *Cue the exhaustion* Between Prime Day this week on Amazon, the Nordstrom Semi-Annual Sale, and everyone else trying to keep up with them; if you need anything, now is the time to buy! Back to school is coming up ladies and wedding season is about to be in full force again as the weather begins to cool off (wipes sweat from brow and praises God).

I was planning on taking the first Nordstrom Semi- Annual Sale to watch how other bloggers performed with the giveaways, online and in-store shopping, and early access and going full force with the semi-annual sale for spring (since I am only about 3 weeks into blogging) but there is just wayyyy too much great stuff to not at least do a round up of my favorite items!

For those of you new to the sale (like myself) it is like no other semi-annual sale at other stores where all of the clearance items are just reduced further. This happens at Nordstrom as well but they ALSO have all of their new styles on sale! Meaning all of the best 2018 fall jackets and other styles will go back to normal price after the sale and some are knocked down in price over $100 RIGHT NOW! It is crazy and I was so blown away!

Here is a collection of my favorite items and what I consider the best buys!
The sale is open to the public July 20th- August 5th

Xx with love from the girl who is buying her heart out







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Red, White, and Blue all summer long



Hey guys! I've been a little off on posting trying to figure out the best times to post, when to work on things between modeling, etc. and definitely didn't forget this 4th of July outfit just wanted to see the best way to go about posting it ;)
What I wanted to talk about today was something a little more serious. As I went around celebrating Independence Day a couple of weeks ago now, I was having a great time and enjoying the holiday. Unfortunately, what I heard and saw was anything but cheerful from many people. There were posts and mean sayings from those I follow referring to how much they hated their country and honestly it hurt my heart. Everyone is very much entitled to their own opinion, but I think we are all so very very blessed to be here today and enjoy the freedoms that America offers. Those of you who have been following me for a while know I went abroad for about 6 months last year living among locals and other foreigners. During this time, I really began to appreciate these states so much more. 
When people say they hate America now, I know they mean they hate the politics right now, I completely understand to the fullest extent. Things are scary! We see every day something else that makes us question our loyalty. One day its children being pulled from their parents, another its the threat of war. However, this is victim blaming our country. 
America's history is a complete history of crimes against humanity. Slavery. Racism. Genocidal assaults on Native Americans. Sexism. Homophobia. The list goes on and on. 
But what makes America an envy of the rest of the world is our willingness to try to fix things and make them better (paraphrased from Martin Luther King), encompassing everyone in "We the People."
Things might look very bad right now; in the media, in our politics, and when we look at our leaders; but progress was made in much darker times than today. Progress is made by people who LOVED America enough to fight injustice. 
In America, we still have the power to fight back. We have the power to protest, to demand change, and to vote. These freedoms are always something to love and to never turn your back on.
Lets not lose faith in progress, lets band together to work towards it!

In honor of this longer and slightly political post I wanted to share my 4th outfit with everyone! Its a little after just to show its not just one day we need to be celebrating and doing better by our country. 
The entire outfit is from PacSun (which reposted the photo, eeeek so exciting) with their entire line out right now of red and navy right next to their Tommy Hilfiger line #swoon
xx with love as always! 



















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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Fashion Trend: Somewhere Over the Rainbow



When thinking of fashion in the past most are known to embrace the saying, “when in doubt, wear black!” That has never been farther from the reality this summer. In a “rare moment of optimism” says Harpers Bazaar, designers are embracing all the colors of the rainbow- all together- all at once!
*me a bright and colorful person cheering in the background* Because seriously why pick one color when you can have the whole rainbow??? This summer’s fashion trend for 2018 is bright and colorful and downright cheerful! Nothing shows positivity quite like wearing the rainbow and the fact that it has been chosen as the symbol of the LGBTQ movement (and pride month in June killed it) only proves its symbol of love and inclusion in the fashion industry and an outward sign to the world. Needless to say I am buying everything rainbow all summer and hoping it gives everyone a smile!

Its true when you are wearing something bright and colorful you naturally just smile more and y’all I saw this dress at Vestique and immediately started glowing! It is the comfiest, most lightweight, and beautiful summer maxi you could find and will be an instant sell out! It comes down in a deep v in the front and an even deeper one in the back. ALSO MAJOR POINT: IT HAS POCKETS!!! Pair it with some flat sandals and literally any color earring or purse (oh the joy of rainbow) and head out to brunch or a fun event! You will most certainly light up any room you walk into!

Shop my look from the scroll bar below plus a few more rainbow go-to’s for the summer! Heres to hoping this trend never leaves us!



























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Sunday, July 1, 2018

True Friends Will Be There For You When Needed

 


I'm writing this post so inspired right now by the love that has been outpouring from my friends recently. I'll be honest with you guys, I have had a REALLY tough week. I won't get too deep into personal things but every girl reading this knows that feeling of just needing their girlfriends and to have a girls day/night. Whether its something not so pleasant thats brought you together like heartache, being scared about the future, or (just as heartbreaking) your favorite character on a show you are binge watching leaving the show OR, on the brighter end, you got a promotion at work, you're engaged or dating someone new, and/or the "girlfriend, we've been tagging each other in memes for weeks but I haven't seen you, lets catch up!" GIRL TIME IS SERIOUSLY SO SO IMPORTANT! And let me tell you, mine seriously came through this week! On Wednesday, we went to Build-A-Bear, went on quite a bit of a shopping spree, ate at Panda Express (which is where the post title came from- it was written on the inside of a fortune cookie, so freaking perfect), and then purchased ourselves a couple of bottles of wine to top the day off! I needed them and they dropped everything just to be there for me; I could not ask for more amazing people in my life! So in honor of that...I am attaching a list of relatively cheap/ girls night wines after asking for everyones recommendations via my Instagram stories! Be sure to check it out at the bottom of this post for all of your summery fun nights with your besties!

For my outfit, I really just wanted to show off something that you could wear to a cute wine bar on a Saturday night with your girlfriends! I normally drink wine in my PJs while also watching a rom-com buttttt... for those nights you want to get out this look is so cute and super simple! I love a bright top during the summer with an open back (Vestique also sells a fantastic pair of stickies so you can wear tops like this!) and a white skirt always shows off your tan really well and goes with literally anything! Links aren't clickable yet unfortunately but copy and paste them into your browser to shop my look! 

Skirt: Vestique 
https://www.vestique.com/zeppelin-on-repeat-skirt

Shirt: Charlotte Russe found on SALE $9.99 RACK
Not online but similar: 
https://www.charlotterusse.com/satin-tie-back-bell-sleeve-top-302496778.html?dwvar_302496778_color=397#q=blue%2Bsatin&lang=default&start=3

https://www.freepeople.com/shop/thats-a-wrap-solid-top/?adpos=2o16&color=030&creative=192303458836&device=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwsdfZBRAkEiwAh2z65tNnNWdeR0NVUQPCuViNeX8ruYP3D0FLym3FHaKmdCM9BNEXDz738hoCL98QAvD_BwE&matchtype=&mrkgadid=3204916682&mrkgcl=720&network=g&product_id=44165819&size=S&utm_campaign=rkg_plas_Non-Brand_us&utm_content=Tops&utm_term=44165819

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/branded-shop/2000295415

http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-design-satin-batwing-wrap-top/prd/8935257?clr=black&SearchQuery=satin%20wrap%20top&gridcolumn=2&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=13

Purse: Coach, Coach 1941 Rogue 25, Color-Oxblood/Black Copper
 https://www.coach.com/coach-rogue-25/54536.html
Rogue 25 in Leopard- https://www.coach.com/coach-rogue-25-with-embellished-leopard-print/32872.html?cgid=women-handbags-rogue&dwvar_color=BPNSH
Rogue 25 with Roses- https://www.coach.com/coach-rogue-25-with-rose-applique/32876.html?cgid=women-handbags-rogue&dwvar_color=B4%2FHA#searchkeyword=rogue&cgid=women-handbags-rogue&start=2

Earrings: Forever 21
https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/acc_jewelry-earrings-hoop/1000290863
Similar: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/acc_jewelry-earrings-
hoop/1000298644
https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/acc_jewelry-earrings-hoop/1000280391


Lipstick: Fenty Beauty, color- PMS/Moody Brown
https://www.fentybeauty.com/mattemoiselle/plush-matte-lipstick/FB40005.html?dwvar_FB40005_color=FB4023

https://www.sephora.com/product/mattemoiselle-plush-matte-lipstick-P45874456

Shoes: Marc Fisher- last season, similar this season:
http://www.marcfisherfootwear.com/shop/shoes/rosie-espadrille-sandal-1
http://www.marcfisherfootwear.com/shop/shoes/alida-espadrille-wedge-sandal-8
http://www.marcfisherfootwear.com/shop/shoes/karyna-wedge-sandal-1


















Andddd for what everyone has actually been waiting for *drumroll*
THE WINE LIST! 
This list was compiled by asking all of my followers their favorite everyday or cheap grocery store wines and I've added everything I have received to this list, they are in no specific order, just how they rolled in! Hope you enjoy and try them all!
  • Josh
  • Dark Horse
  • Apothic Red (sent in 3 times)
  • Barefoot Riesling
  • Primal Roots Red Blend
  • Carnivor
  • Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon (wins for my favorite bottle with the lion on the front)
  • Roots (brand by Target!)
  • Rhiannon
  • 19 Crimes
  • Stella Rosa
  • Decoy
  • New Age 
  • Orbit- Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gen 5 Merlot
  • Purple Moon Shiraz (exclusive to Trader Joes)
  • Freak Show
  • Seven Daughter Moscato
  • Lucky Duck Malbec
  • Moscata D'Asti
Andddd someone sent in Barefoot Pink Moscato and I can not in good conscious add this wine to this lovely list hahahaha I am sorry y'all I just can't do it! If I've missed one you love, feel free to add a comment! 


Special thanks to my best friends Lydia Orange, Taylor Lunsford, Olivia O'Murphy, McKenna Childress, and Emily Hogan for your inspiration and being the best friends I could ever ask for! 












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