Monday, June 19, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
I mentioned in my last post about potentially moving. I found out in the beginning of June I got into grad school in Toronto! It was a confusing situation because I called them a while ago not thinking I got in and then come to find out I did! So, the past two weeks have been spent making pro/con list after list figuring out if I should move to Canada or not.
Packing up and moving seems pretty daunting right now. I finally found a really great group of friends here, my job is relatively easy, and I live by myself, which are all really good things. And really hard things to leave behind right now. I spent hours discussing it with friends, alumni of the program, etc.
This decision was especially difficult because this program sounds absolutely amazing. It would potentially help jumpstart a career into the art world. But do I have enough time to move to Canada? Do I want to leave just yet? Am I ready to commit myself to this career?
So, I decided I will not be heading to graduate school right now. I was talking to a good friend of mine on Friday and they suggested I just use the next year to have fun. So, I'm going to do just that. I'm going to explore some other interests. I'm going to continue blogging and making videos (they're coming... I promise!). I am also going to take a sign language class at the end of the month! I am really excited about that. I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that maybe my job doesn't have to do with art. I can still pursue it in my free time.
Onto the outfit...
This is another dress that was so kindly gifted to me by the people at Tobi. Y'all know I love a good shift dress and this one is pretty great! It is a little big on me so I might end up getting it taken in but I still really liked it. The actual dress is mesh and it comes with a slip on the inside, which you can wear with other things. So win-win! I paired it with one of my favorite thrifted denim jackets (even though it was too hot that morning to wear it!) and my trusty white slip-ons. I really need to find a new pair....
Dress: c/o Tobi
Jacket: Thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Target (Similar)
Have you had to make any major life decisions lately?
Let me know in the comments!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I thought it might be fun to look at the goals I set for myself back in January. But while writing this post I realized how little I've done to accomplish my goals for the year. So I guess I'll recap on how I've been failing miserably?
1. Set aside time each day to write
I've been writing more but I haven't been doing it daily. I've written a few poems this year so I'm doing better than before! But I need to start writing again.
2. Unplug and read more books
I haven't been doing this as much.... I'm having a hard time focusing lately. I did read some short stories by Dave Eggers while in Canada. I'm finding short stories easier to digest than a larger novel.
3. Write more letters
Nope, I haven't done that....
4. Figure out where I want to move
I'm currently in the process of figuring this one out. I'll have it figured out by the 16th of this month but who knows what is going to happen! My life is very much up in the air right now and it is stressing me out.
5. Run a marathon or start training for one
I am not running a marathon soon but I will be running a 25k in July! (17ish miles). I've still been pretty sick the past few weeks so I haven't been able to train like I want. But I think I may have finally found a solution to my mystery illness!
6. Get back into blogging
I have done this! Whew! Maybe not as much as before but I am glad to be back writing and taking photos when I can. To be honest, I haven't been feeling creative lately (as seen by my lack of posts) but hopefully, I'll start to feel better mentally and physically soon.
On a happier note, I am in love with this dress! The wonderful folks over at Tobi sent me some pieces recently and I can't wait to show them to you all! But I think this linen wrap dress is my favorite! I've wanted a wrap dress for a while now and this one fits all my needs! It's a little big in the chest area (surprise, surprise) but overall, I still love it.
Do you have any goals you're trying to accomplish?
Let me know in the comments!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
So, apparently, there is now a fad called Millennial Pink. And I guess you could say, I really dig it. I didn't really realize it was such a popular color until I was reading a blog and they mentioned it. I've had this shirt for around three years and I'd say it's a perfect example of millennial pink. I'm actually pretty surprised this shirt has held up the last three years. It's originally from Primark but I thrifted it while living in Ireland.
Does this mean that most millennials like this color? I don't really get the point of millennial pink but I guess since I am a millennial and I do like this color, I am part of the fad? or trend? whatever. I mean just look at my blog theme! Covered in the color and I didn't even realize it was a thing up until last week!
I wouldn't even consider myself a really girly person, especially right now. It's weird because whenever I look at my dresses (or wear them!) they don't fee like me? At least right now. I'm sure that will change but I've been pretty much living in pants the past few months.
I'd say this outfit is one of my most typical for work these days. I've actually had these trousers for a pretty long time but I've never featured them on the blog! They are really comfortable so, that is awesome for work! And I know, I know. I've featured this black vest about a million times. But it goes with everything!!
What do you think about Millennial pink?
Let me know in the comments!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
So, the first thing I noticed when editing these photos is "wow, I have a lot of hair," which might sound a bit weird. I don't know why my hair is so poofy in these photos but wow! It's a little out of control, huh? This past year was the first time I've decided to grow out my hair in a long time and I'm not gonna lie - I kind of love it. I thought I really liked having short hair but turns out, I have really thick, nice hair! Who knew?? Ha.
As for this outfit, it's been my spring go-to. It's not really a typical spring outfit but I've been living in it. I picked up this shirt at H&M in Montreal and I pretty much haven't taken it off since. I don't even remember the last time I bought something that wasn't second-hand but I decided to treat myself while I was on vacation!
It's pretty lightweight and I really like how baggy it is. It makes it a lot breezier! I don't know how I'm going to style it for the hot Arkansas summer but I'm going to try. I'm also going to try and wear jeans for as long as possible until I just can't anymore.
I'm planning on posting a travel guide to Quebec city soon, hopefully! I will definitely have a video in the next few weeks.
Jeans: Urban outfitters (old)
shoes: Target (old)
What's been your go-to spring outfit?
Sunday, April 30, 2017
(this photo has no relevance but WHATEVER)
I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before but in my downtime, I love making some spare cash. From selling clothes online to taking online surveys, I’ve found quite a few ways to make a little extra pocket change for myself. And most of them can be done while you’re just hanging out at home watching TV or something. Taking online surveys can be quite tedious and frustrating but I think I’ve found a new way to make a little extra cash….
LET’S FIND OUT
When the folks over at Dealspotr contacted me, I knew I had to check it out for myself. At first, I didn’t even realize you could earn money from it. Dealspotr is a coupon sharing website but it’s pretty cool because all the coupons are submitted and validated by real people! But the best part? When you validate various deals – you get rewarded!!
Let’s start with the coupon aspect of Dealspotr though. I’ve tried some other coupon websites (or even searching for coupons through google…) and none of them are as accurate as Dealspotr. Real people are checking these deals to see if they work and for how long they last. It’s pretty awesome! It’s also really easy to validate deals but I’ll touch on that in a bit.
How do you make money from this website you might be wondering?
So, when you sign up you have a daily checklist of things to accomplish. Most of them don’t take much time so it can be really easy to accumulate points pretty quickly. Most of the time it’s about validating deals. All you need to do is if you’re shopping online, you can take a screenshot of the deal you’ve used to validate it. You can also leave helpful tips about entering the code, which I found really useful. Sometimes online deals can be tricky to deal with.
So, once you accumulate a certain amount of points you can redeem them for Amazon gift cards, which I think is pretty awesome. And I find it a lot easier than using Online survey websites. With those, most of the time you answer at least 20 questions and then you don’t even qualify for the survey!!! It can be so frustrating. But with dealspotr, you always qualify so you always earn points!
The other cool thing is that yes, this is a coupon site but it’s also the only coupon site that you don’t have to spend any money to reap the benefits. I’m all about that haha. I also didn’t think I was much of an online shopper but they have a huge variety of sites – not just fashion. They post airline deals to beauty, etc. It’s awesome!
One thing I do find a little tedious is trying to post a deal. I find someone else has already beaten me to it… pretty much always. It can be frustrating to try and post a deal and not get anything in reward. It’s the one thing I haven’t quite mastered on the site.
When I was first using the site, I found it a little difficult to find where things were (for example, how many points I had or how to validate a deal) but it just takes some time to explore the site. It’s also supposed to be a social platform but honestly, I don’t see myself using it in that regard. But overall, I'm a big fan.
Have you ever used a site like this?
Let me know in the comments!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I've talked about it a few times but I've been in quite the fashion rut, which is one of the reasons I took a blogging break. Perhaps it's because I'm hanging out with people who dress very casually. Perhaps it's because I've got other things that were filling the void I used to use fashion for but alas, I think I'm getting out of my rut.
My five tips for getting out of a style rut
1. Clean out your closet
I didn't realize this was a step I was taking to get out of my rut but it was integral in figuring out what I want my wardrobe to look like. It helped me figure out the gaps in my wardrobe (that I'm still trying to fill...), what I needed to get rid of, and what I still really loved. I got rid of a lot of clothing I never wore, was too big/small, or I just didn't feel like was 'me' anymore. So, when I looked at my newly organized closet I started to feel more inspired.
2. Read magazines
I bet as a blogger you weren't expecting this tip to come from me! But I have a special place in my heart for reading magazines. I love curling up on the couch with a nice magazine for an afternoon/evening of relaxation. While I don't think magazines are as relatable as bloggers, there is something nice about flipping through the pages once and a while.
3. Make a style inspiration folder on your phone, computer, etc
I've been doing this for a few months and it's been helping a lot. Like I mentioned above, I love reading magazines but sometimes you just need some good street style inspiration. I save pictures from instagram, blogs, pinterest, etc onto my computer or phone and look at them when I need some inspiration.
4. Try out unexpected combinations
I like to try out different combinations by randomly picking pieces from my wardrobe. A lot of times it doesn't work but when it goes, ohhh boy do you get an awesome new outfit! Sometimes I'll spend an afternoon or an evening trying out different looks from my closet.
5. Switch up your beauty routine
If I'm feeling "blah" about my wardrobe I like to experiment with my beauty routine. I'll throw on a fun eyeshadow or lipstick, try a new blush, whatever! Sometimes just throwing a new shade on my face gives me ideas of how to coordinate my outfit. Plus, it takes a little of the pressure off if I feel like I'm wearing a particularly boring outfit.
All Items in this post are thrifted.
So there you have it!
How do you get out of a style rut?
Let me know in the comments!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Please forgive me that my posts are so sporadic since I've been back. Sunday used to be my blogging and thrifting day. On Sunday, sometimes I would get two photo shoots done, write some posts, and be able to make it to goodwill! That isn't really the case anymore. I've been going to brunch with some really great people and then going to my running club, which has been taking up my entire day.... woops! So, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to manage my time and get back into blogging.
I did manage to hit goodwill this weekend, which was really nice. I donated a big bag of clothes that just aren't my style anymore/don't fit and picked up some new gems including these awesome boots!! I'm so obsessed with them. I've been looking for some new black boots and these fit the bill perfectly.
I was really inspired by my pal Devinne from Mox and Socks to start culling down my wardrobe. I've been noticing some shifts in my wardrobe lately i.e mostly wearing pants! But on this particular day, I felt like wearing a skirt on the weekend, which is pretty rare for me these days!
I don't know why but I've been feeling more self-conscious in my wardrobe choices lately. I used to be okay with wearing really outlandish things or dressing up while others were so casually dressed but lately, I've been wanting to blend in. Does this happen to anyone else? I'm not entirely sure how to overcome this.
Skirt: forever 21 (old)
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Since I've been away from the blogging world for a bit, I've been binge-reading some of my favorite blogs that I haven't been reading the past few months. One of those being the always sassy Hannah Gale. I was reading one of her recent fashion posts about how gingham and pink are huge this spring. So, I thought I'd try out both of them in one post!
Like I mentioned in my last post, I haven't been thrifting much. I went a few times in the past few months to try and find a green dress for something I was attending this past weekend but I never really found anything else that caught my eye... except these shoes! Aren't they awesome? They were brand new from Old Navy when I found them.
This outfit is a little too feminine for my style right now. I *probably* wouldn't wear this outfit (at least not the lipstick!) out yet but it's fun to experiment in my apartment, right? I don't know what it is about spring but it does make me want to try new styles, especially outfits that are more feminine.
I've been dressing really casually as of late so it was fun to dress up a little bit. I realized over the past few months I kind of... forgot about fashion? I wasn't really paying attention to what I was wearing and just threw on something really casual and easy. I think it's because everyone I hang out with dresses really casually so I feel the need to as well. I've also noticed I've been wearing a lot of monochrome outfits, which are great but I do miss wearing bright colors! Hopefully, the beautiful spring weather will perk up my style choices as well.
*Everything in this outfit is thrifted!*
Have you been experimenting with your style choices lately?
Let me know in the comments!