“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
-Coco Chanel

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Posted on: Sunday, June 22, 2014


Glitter

Posted on: Monday, June 16, 2014

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Summer has been killin' it for me! I've been loving these past few rainy days among the notably hot days. Life has been been super busy with: friends, my internship at Deux Hommes (check out my last post here), making hella' drinks at Starbucks, and struggling through microeconomics. I guess I'm not complaining minus the last part, micro is the worst!

Last week my fabulous friend Katie Campbell (who has also been killing it at CollegeFashionista) took some pictures of me wearing my favourite new dress. When I got home from college I was so stressed out upon not having ample space in my closet. So I decided to give in and sell a few pieces of mine on Vinted. Thus far it has been pretty successful! You have the option to swap or sell and I've been swapping a whole lot! Oops! Do you want to know what I swapped for this Anna Sui dress? A gold clutch I used once for prom last year! Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Well I am wearing an Anna Sui dress, my beloved silver birkenstocks, and Sephora's "Escape to Rio" lipstick in Neon Rouge Bikini (I'm obsessed). Hope summer is treating all of you! What are you spending your summer doing? I found out pretty recently I'll be going back home to NYC for a week and spending some time in the Poconos!
{Always wearing these birkenstocks, yes}

Photos C/O Katherine Campbell Photography
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Sheezus

Posted on: Monday, May 26, 2014

If you saw my last post you may have noticed that I was asked to be featured in a blogger spread by CHICSA Magazine recently! So I decided to give my take on fringes & frills for the summer/fall trend. Have you heard? Fringe is the new peplum! Similar to my last post, I am not going to share the entire post for you since it'll be in the issue but I wanted to give y'all another preview. (;

I have been dying to wear this intimately embroidered button front slip from Free People since I bought it months ago. It is singlehandedly one of the loveliest things in my closet. I just wish I knew how to wear it more. Luckily, I've styled this look a few different ways for my CHICSA article.

Personally, I like making this slip more Fleetwood Mac-esque and wearing it in the day time. I think another perfect way to wear this would be with a white maxi or with shorts and a nice tank. In all honesty I think we tend to overcomplicate pieces like these, so do what feels natural to you. Whether it be rocking it late at night, out shopping, or sleeping in it! Putting this piece over a maxi dress is ultimately what felt natural to me. Katie and I had so much fun taking these photos.

My hat is from target, maxi dress from Forever 21, intimately embroidered button front slip from Free People, and silver birkenstocks from Target.

Thanks again to the lovely Katie Campbell at Katherine Campbell photography these shots are incredible =')

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Lady Lavender

Posted on: Saturday, May 24, 2014

I never wear lavender. At all. When I was in fourth grade my mother insisted on making me wear a lavender dress for a photoshoot, and I've detested the colour ever since. Now, I can't seem to get enough. Lavender nails, lavender toes, even Lady Lavender in Clue! I've also heard lavender lipstick is the new red? So when I recently tucked this lavender Free People dress as my second item on Bib and Tuck I realized I was turning over a new leaf, a lavender leaf. If y'all don't remember I posted a little about Bib & Tuck over Thanksgiving break, check out my post here. Essentially I got this lovely lavender dress for putting up some old shoes I didn't wear anymore. Pretty neat huh?

I was asked to be featured in a blogger spread by CHICSA Magazine recently! Among 5-6 other bloggers I was given the opportunity to give the readers a new spin on a popular summer/fall trend. I chose fringes & frills as my summer/fall trend. I was asked to recreate the look in five to six different ways. Obviously I'm not going to share the whole post with you because you'll see it in the magazine (; but I thought I'd share with you my first look.

I am perpetually amazed with bloggers who can keep a leather jacket strewn on their shoulders. It's a lot more difficult than it seems. Man, I could barely keep this jacket on my shoulders while running across the street. In my hands I have my near and dear first generation kindle in an orange Marc by Marc Jacobs kindle case. For the kindle being first generation these Marc cases are pretty pricey, luckily I got this one for $25.99 on eBay. I'm slowly learning to keep my friends close and my kindle even closer. I am also wearing a lavender lace dress from Free People which I tucked on Bib & Tuck, leather jacket from Aeropostale, shoes Tommy Hilfiger.

Photos by Katherine Campbell Photography!
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May Day

Posted on: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Katherine Campbell and I were recently united and had the grandest time may I add! I hadn't seen her since Christmas break so catching up and working on another project which I'll air soon (; was too much fun. Later in the day I wore this outfit to a graduation party! How do you feel about my birkenstocks? I'm obsessed with these shoes and guess where they're from?! Target! They are essentially Giambattista Valli's Grommet embellished leather sandal + Rachel Zoe or J-Crew's silver birkenstocks! The difference is that I got them for ten times less. I'm ready to get back into the blogging groove, hope you're ready!

I am wearing a floral dress that my roommate gave me, leather jacket from Aeropostale, sunglasses from Target, satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Co., and birkenstocks from Target.
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Arkins Q + A

Posted on: Tuesday, May 6, 2014


So I have a bit of a problem. I am kinda, sorta, mildly obsessed with supporting and surfing Kickstarters. I always loved Kickstarter but not until recently have I really started, to love Kickstarter. I stumbled upon this incredible brand named Arkins. A company based in New York and made in Manhattan. They focus on practices such as: sustainability, well-made garments, dedicated craftsmanship, and avoiding mass-market trends. I couldn't help but immediately fall in love with them. Their garments were so simple, clean, and timeless. I wanted every piece from their collection. I had to reach out to them for an interview.


How was Arkins born?

G: We just went for it. My goal at a young age was to start clothing line, so when we moved to New York, we quickly started to meet people in all parts of the industry while starting designs for our first collection. We always had Arkins in mind, but once we had figured out all the moving parts, Arkins was truly real.


Why “Arkins”?

G: My grandmother’s maiden name was Arkins. She had been a seamstress in her day among other honorable things. I’ll never forget the way her eyes lit up when she learned that I had intuitively picked up sewing as a hobby.  After she passed, that happiness and connectedness progressed onto our mutual hobby. The name just seemed perfectly fitting, not to mention she was the epitome of an Arkins girl in her day: fearless, empathetic, driven.


Can you tell me more about the Arkins girl?

G: I love Arkins girls because they know exactly what they want and go get it. She is interesting, creative, and highly educated and concerned about their environment and fellow mankind. She is self sufficient and fearless. I think she is a very modern, current woman.

Did you both intend on going into the fashion industry?

G: I certainly did. I had created my first clothing line by 8th grade, started selling clothes by high school, and had my business plan written by the time I was 18. Niki always wanted to start and build something from the ground up too, but he definitely never thought it was going to be in the fashion industry. He was actually only supposed to build the website but slowly got more involved as he learned more about the industry.
Who are your personal style influences and how do they relate and influence your brand?

G: My personal style influences are the brave people of New York City who daily bare their souls via wardrobe decisions. I’m constantly inspired by their confidence and self-assurance and I try to bring that to each Arkins piece.


How do you think Arkins can help influence the fashion industry to promote sustainability?

G: Producing in Manhattan has always been an idea that was the foundation of our business. The ability to check into our factory anytime and be certain that workers are consistently well taken care of is the only way I could ever run a business and sleep at night. I read the news nearly obsessively and there are too many tragic stories to turn a blind eye just to make an extra buck. I think education, awareness and empathy for human rights and the environment are things that not only the fashion industry, but all industries and especially the end consumers should care deeply about. I truly believe the best way to influence all industries is not in my control, or any brands control, but in the power of the consumers to make educated decisions and to realize impact their purchases make on the world around them.


Is Kickstarter truly as nerve wrecking as it seems?

G: It’s definitely an intimidating situation at first but now that we’re more than halfway to our stretch goal it’s not nerve wrecking anymore! It’s actually been quite exciting to connect with people who buy into more than just clothing, but all of the motives and messages behind the brand that made the clothing. There have been some really generous people whose support adds such an intensity to our desire to make this big. It’s been a really fun way to expand our Arkins family.


Once fully funded what are you going to do that you couldn’t do before?

G: By reaching our goal, we will be able to order high quality, sustainable fabrics and produce our collection in a great factory in NYC’s Garment District. Producing in a reputable factory, our quality will rival top brands and our styles can have more practical details like hidden pockets, zippers and clasps.


What makes good design in your eyes?

G:  Niki and I were viewing abstract art earlier and I kept saying how I like the paintings better after I know what the subject is. The full awareness of what you’re really looking at changes your perspective and gives you a different appreciation. Good design is a garment that is both comfortable and practical and makes me feel good to be in my skin. But it’s so much more than just great proportions, exquisite textiles and fun, practical detailing. The process of production must also be “good” for a product to be genuinely good in my eyes.


Thanks again to Arkins! I am so excited to see where Arkins goes and to be apart of the family!

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