On Taking Risks

Friday, May 22, 2015

& the crop top

Recently I've been reading Living in Style by one of my biggest sources of inspiration, Rachel Zoe. Rachel got me thinking about my own personal style. She loosely uses the term "highly allergic" to refer to anything that someone doesn't particularly like style-wise in reference to a color or silhouette.

I've been highly allergic to crop tops, and I can't really explain why.  I think they can be done tastefully, but I think I'm just scared of showing my midriff. Despite being a skinny girl I've always been self conscious of my stomach, and although I've become stiffer about hopping on to new trends, my fear has been one of the reasons as to why I've never adopted this particular trend.

Rachel says, "Fashion should be thrilling and unpredictable and fun." & "Once you have found your fashion comfort zone, take a risk." I've been playing it safe lately, and buying this top was definitely risky for me (even with this skirt). I even bought a crop top with strawberries on it! Many of my loved ones know I have an obsession with fruit prints.

So I'm accepting Rachel's dare ("And be sure to take a risk every now and again. Go ahead I dare you.") and, taking a risk with this crop top and maybe a couple more, who knows? I paired this Urban Outfitters crop top with this beautiful, Carrie Bradshaw-esque Bloom Skirt from Shabby Apple.

What are you allergic to? Photos by Liz. <3

Wearing: top - Silence + Noise Vivian top, skirt - Bloom Skirt c/o Shabby Apple, shoes - Harajuku Lovers,  satchel - 13' Cambridge Satchel, lipstick - Sephora Escape to Rio Collection in Fuschia


Sweet May

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Update + Firmoo Review

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mic check! Check 1 - check - check - check? Anyone there?

Hi friends! It's so nice to be back on the blog and I hope to be posting more frequently by the end of May. Luckily I met Dannie from Dannie Dan-Irabor Photography over Spring Break, and we teamed up to bring you this post featuring glasses from Firmoo and what's new with Chanel.

I feel like it's been forever, and I guess it has been so where do I start? Well, how was my Spring break for starters? It was relaxing and nice overall. I made some Caramel Flan lattes, chauffeured my NYC family, watched my fair share of The Middle,  I created a brand merchandising and marketing package for JMC/updated the site, and I finally had some time to review these glasses Firmoo sent me ages ago.

What else? Well other than the brand merchandising package I created, which I will share on the site soon- I've been obsessed with Kintsugi by Death Cab For Cutie. I'll also be 20 in two weeks which is kind of scary but exciting. I've been so blessed with so many exciting new things for Je M'appelle Chanel. It's crazy to think how much it has grown in the past year- I was recently invited and accepted into the Vogue Influencer Network!

Today I'm excited to be reviewing glasses that Firmoo sent me. I remember last January I finally got my first pair of glasses and for some reason, it was such a difficult process. I knew what frames I wanted, but I wanted the pair to have longevity so I was focused on a designer and a style I'd like for my college years (I went with MBMJ in case you were curious). However, when Firmoo reached out to me and asked me to choose a pair the decision couldn't have been any easier. Cat eye glasses were calling my name which is why I chose this pair.
Although I wish the bridge was a bit larger/longer on the glasses and they had a gloss finish instead of a matte finish I really love this pair. The glasses also came with a vintage looking hard case. I am the champion of breaking Ray-Bans so this was a major plus for me. I use the hard case for my glasses which I keep in my backpack. Overall, I really like the look of these I think they make me look quite bookish in a vintage way. What do you think? Is there a formula for finding glasses that I don't know about?
To offset my "bookish" look I had to finally wear one of these Rag & Bone-esque v-neck varsity sweaters. I really love the clean aesthetic and simplicity. I think the sweater really fits into my day to day look. I really like that the sweater is a chic statement on its own, you can keep everything else simple.

Anyways, I hope y'all have a fantastic April and celebrate each day as it gets warmer and warmer with iced coffees and confetti in your hair! I'll see you in May ;)

Photos c/o of Dannie Dan-Irabor, check out Dannie's instagram!


Leaders Cosmetics Review

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life lessons on imperfection and a review on face masks from Leaders Cosmetics.

Black & Yellow

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The hard part about college and often life is that you have to say goodbye to those you love most. However there is almost always an upside to goodbyes. For me the upside is traveling, and seeing the incredible places the world has to offer with the ones whom I love most.
No one mentally prepares you for saying goodbye to your best friends before you leave for college.  If there is a book I could recommend I certainly would, but I just read the Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz...Truth be told it's pretty hard to say goodbyes to people who make your life brighter and bolder (Which I'm sure many of you know too well, I certainly do). Luckily I am a firm believer in the saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" (Cliche, but definitely true). I spent the past few days in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania specifically at the University of Pittsburgh with one of my best pals Stephanie. Seeing Stephanie's integration and college life in this fascinating and diverse town has been such a blessing. Although her Christmas break was short, I got to start my 2015 with a new location and one of the best people I truly know.
Postcards/ Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History/ Cathedral of Learning/ A Real Warhol!/ Decorative Art & Design/ Stephanie in Starbucks/ Hello Bistro Salad/ Austrian Room @ the Cathedral of Learning/ Me in the Austrian Room/ Waffallonia <3/ Crazy Mocha/ Steph in Crazy Mocha/ PPG Place/ Andy Warhol Bridge/ Me at the bridge/ Artsty photo of Steph at the Bridge/ Artsy photo of me/ Necessary Selfie/ Neutral Milk Hotel Quote/ Mick Jagger Screen Print Made at the Warhol Museum/ Me @ Mt. Washington/ Steph & I @ Mt. Washington/ Nicky's Thai Kitchen/ My First Pad Thai!/ Schenley Park Bridge/ Phipps Conservatory/ Steph & I @ Phipps

We did so much in Pittsburgh. Ventured out into new places, saw incredible art museums, ate at great restaurants, screamed at each other while playing Mario Kart 8, and endured the brutal Pittsburgh weather together. My photo diary skills are still getting there, how did I do? Fortunately I was introduced to the beautiful Sanjana Dayananda who took some insanely stellar photos of me at the Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History in some of my favourite spots. Pittsburgh was such a treat I cannot wait to visit again!

Hey 2015!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I'm taking strides into 2015 with a big, grateful, open heart. 2014 was too good to me. Although I wish I had pushed myself to write more blog posts, take more Instax photos, and get more cups of coffee with the people I love most- I truly am content. 2014 was a great year, and towards the end it became pretty busy.

Finals week was crazy and I had a short amount of time to deliver Christmas presents and as soon as I knew it I was on my way to D.C. to visit Rick (my dad) with my brother. We spent four days in Herndon, Virginia/ D.C. and spent a lot of time shopping, dining out, and meeting Rick's friends. I've realized that I'm not very good at the whole "Photo Diary" thing, so I apologize for the lack of photos. Luckily I am currently in Pittsburgh so I'll try to improve! I'm also back on the underrated barista grind a couple days a week alongside that. You can find me in Lacoste polos muttering curse words and hiding behind an espresso machine.
My parents spoiled me rotten for Christmas. Amongst many lovely things I got a Michael Kors canvas bag (I gave in, ok? I need a big purse!), gnarly Chelsea boots, and we switched cell phone carriers so I got the iPhone 6 which has killer battery life I might add!

Anyways hope y'all had a lovely holidays and had some time to relax with your family and eat lots of yummy sweets! I have some exciting stuff to share with JMC in 2015 ;) ! Cheers!
Photos c/o Storm Fritz, check out Storm's Instagram!