thank you {haters}

apologies for the blogging hiatus!  a new job + less time is not the best recipe for a blogging gig.  but it’s truly what makes me happy and gives me my creative outlet.  it’s what allows me to meet new people and try new things.  it’s what makes the big apple feel smaller & like home.  so alas, i’m here, welcome.  and i’m here for a great cause!  #notsponsored but gifted upon begging my absolute favorite brand ever, six:02.  this collection, called *thank you haters*, is all about girl power.  in partnership with step up women’s network, they support programming that teaches girls to be strong, vocal leaders.  f is for female – we’re here to get up, kick butt & be amazing.  peep 2 items i’m wearing from the collection below.  obsessed!  actually just ordered another piece about 15 minutes ago that i absolutely had to have.  shop all items from the collection at the end of this post

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move your {lee} // the american dream denim

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it’s hard to truly explain in words how amazing this day was!  my bestie, amanda, and i woke up extra early to experience the first snow {of the day} in brooklyn.  it was beautiful so definitely worth it & we felt extra productive with the entire day ahead of us.  we grabbed cappuccinos, split an almond croissant and strolled through our favorite neighborhood.  these are the best kind of days.  even though my east coast fox & i were totally twinning, we actually have very different style.  and i love that!  but one thing we can always agree on is the necessity of a great pair of black jeans.  these “dream jeans” from lee honestly feel like cozy leggings on the inside, but they have enough durability to dress up any outfit.  we ended up spending the entire day in them, including alyssa‘s birthday party over 12 hours later.  i love something that can transition from day to night… it’s so important in new york since we’re always on the go!

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messy bun // {dressy} bun

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not many things make me feel like a princess [with the exception of my crown in my Indianapolis 500 Princess days!, #TBT].  however i have stumbled upon an accessory that allows me to kick it up to princess status on a regular basis.  when i saw the beautiful Becca Tilley effortlessly wearing a bun pin in her hair, i knew i had to have one.  stars, they’re just like us.  speaking of stars, i’m wearing the “beyond the stars” bun pin from my kitsch.  as you can see, it can also be a pony pin!  either way, it dresses up & is guaranteed to impress.

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{boho} in bushwick

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according to wikipedia [i know, i know – reliable source], boho-chic is a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences.  that, i totally agree with.  but for me, “boho” is more than a style of fashion, it’s an attitude.  when i wear a boho-chic dress, like this flowy beauty from h&m, i suddenly feel different.  much more relaxed, much more easy going & free spirited, and much more cool.  i’m all about outfits that release & attract those good vibes.

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elevated // {graffiti} diaries

don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love new york city.  but sometimes the city streets can be a scary place… filled with rats, old pizza, & cigarettes.  my recent shoe purchases provide a functional yet stylish solution: flatforms!  sandals or sneakers, i love the elevation & comfortability.  a little michael jackson sass goes a long way!

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{neutrals} are always in season

if there’s one thing i’ve learned about style since living in new york, it’s that a black ensemble always works.  but now that summer is upon us, it’s all about bright whites.  in my opinion, neutrals are always in season.  and neutrals can always be paired together.  my favorite way to wear monochrome is in different textures.  i think a white sweater knit + a sequin woven jogger + a nude patent leather pump creates interest without distracting.  this can be done in a variety of ways, but neutrals feel effortless.  happy viewing, let me know what you think!

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all that glitters // it’s all in the {details}

cutouts.  black & white.  gold.  what’s not to love?!  my thoughts exactly.  i picked up this crop top & skirt set without even a second thought.  it’s from my chic cousin Caroline [who I like to think of as my southern counterpart]’s online boutique.  i wore this for holiday festivities, as it worked well layering under tights as is pictured below.  but i look forward to also wearing it this spring.  i think the crop top would look so fresh n so clean clean with a pair of black jeans, white jeans, or even a flared skirt.  peep how i styled the outfit for cold weather weekends, as well as mix & match spring outfit inspo below!

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feathers + leathers

winter can take us into a slump.  whether it be our gym routines, social lives, or our wardrobes that suffer- it really takes a toll!  that’s why i’ve tried to snag a few out-of-the-ordinary pieces that i can wear in the winter.  pieces that bring back that fuzzy feeling (& even feel fuzzy!)  pieces that add a little fun back into the woes of winter.  i think it worked – see for yourself below.  i fully embrace the RBF all day, but sometimes you just can’t take yourself too seriously!

 

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twirl tuesday // a {bold} color becomes a cool accent

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on my tippy toes, can you tell i’m ready to twirl?!  i’m giving off all sorts of vibes – & my mischievousness can’t be hidden from the camera.

the bold red becomes a cool accent.  add the DIY bow belt & I’ve created a fresh take on a classic look.  as a New York City kitty, I can’t stress enough how much I love black.  black & white is about as classic as it comes.  but I have a penchant for adding just enough flair to make an ensemble my own. Continue reading