Prep School

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I made it through my first week of classes, and now it’s on to the next. With only one class to go to in person, my schedule is much more open. Besides investing a large amount of time into my online classes, I hope to be more active. Not just exercising, but involving myself in more things. This means leaving the comforts of my dorm room and stepping out into the world.
We already had our first meeting of the year for Her Campus. I am beyond stoked to mention that I will not be in charge of writing for the style section of the Stout charter. Words can’t even describe how grateful I am. I look at this as practice for the future, a great learning opportunity to help better my writing skills.

Dress, Blouse: Forever21
Boots: H&M

Life Begins After Coffee

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The bangs are officially back and were greatly missed. They’ve become my signature look over the past few years, I felt a little naked without them. You may have also noticed my hair is much darker; a warm shade of chocolate. This was the color I was trying to achieve the last time I dyed it, but the bleach blonde was pretty hard to dye on top of. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a color so dark. I’ve found myself to be loving the color and think it brings out some of the blue in my gray eyes.

The new style was at the perfect timing. With only a few days before I make my way back to school, it’s a great time to embrace a new look. I’m not looking forward to small town life again, but I’m pretty pumped to get back to my classes. With a lot of online courses this semester, I’ll have plenty more time to blog.

Shirt: Aeropostale
Cardigan, Boots: H&M
Jeggings: Charlotte Russe
Hat: Forever21

Orla Kiely

A special part of my heart has long been dedicated to the lovely Orla Kiely. When I first discovered her unique and retro designs a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help but fall madly in love. Her use of vintage designs and interesting prints had caught my eye. Though her collections are a bit out of my price range at the moment, I can’t keep my eyes from twinkling as I see photos of her new collections.

While on my visit to New York, I couldn’t resist stopping by in one of her stores. It was exactly as I imagined it to be, as if one stepped into another world filled mid-century stylings and Orla’s signature stem print. If I could, I don’t think I ever would have left the store.
DSC_0642 Something that always amazed me about her style as a designer is her creative runways. Instead of using the plain catwalk, she creates her own imagery for the clothing. With some touches from the 60’s, her fashion shows create a sense of realness. To go along with her shows, she has created beautiful short films to present her clothes in a way that encase the true feelings and thoughts behind the design. As you watch each film, it’s hard not to want to adorn every outfit and own each piece.

If you guys are interested in seeing more of her beautiful work, you can find more videos here on here.

A Look Back on 2014

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So technically this post is a little bit late. I’d actually written it several days ago and wasn’t sure about putting it up. I’m never too sure how personal I want to get on here, but I also think it is important to share my feelings. Because how I feel does affect how I dress and how I write.

2014 was kind of a weird year for me. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t too special either. With a bad room-mate experience, having doubts about my major, and just questioning myself. Something I felt for the first time was that I always needed to be part of the crowd, and always participate. There was this constant feeling that always had to be participating in what the group was doing, because everyone was. I never felt like it was ok to just do my own thing.  I felt that people thought it was strange that I didn’t want to be a part of every group function. And because I was thinking this way, I felt my blog suffered some.

When I have to be honest, I’d much rather be spending my time typing away at my computer than go out partying. And I’m also loving my time as a single gal. This year I had a lot more people pressuring me with the question of “when am I going to get a boyfriend”. But at the moment I’m just not looking for one. I think I still have a lot of learning to do as an individual before I’ll be ready to be part of a relationship. I also love the freedom I have to focus on doing what makes me happy.

. Switching majors has really helped me to reevaluate my life and realize what I really want out of it. I love practicing my camera skills and editing my photos. I think it’s exciting practicing my writing and challenging my capabilities as a writer. i have also realized the time I’m out there being something I’m not, is time I could be chasing my dreams. It’s not that I don’t love my friends and hanging out, but I also love my blog and want to make it my priority at the moment.

I hope to make 2015 a much more positive year. After figuring some things out about myself, I’m approaching the new year with a new confidence. I have a better outlook and things to come and have been thinking of lots of ideas I want to bring to the blog. If you’ve made it to the end of this mush, you’re awesome! Thank you for reading, and here’s to a good year.

Wild Heart

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I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday yesterday. Sadly this year we were unable to travel to meet up with family for Christmas. But I am still thankful for the time I get to spend with my mom. With no snow on the ground, we just spent the day inside watching movies and opening our presents. I didn’t ask really for anything this year. So I was pleasantly surprised when my mom blessed me with a Crosley record player. Unfortunately my other record player broke last year and I’ve been unable to listen to the wonderful sound of vinyl.

I’m also glad to visiting Chicago again soon. Each time I go, I fall in love with the city a little bit more. There is something so exhilarating about the hustle and bustle of the streets. Until then, I will be working away and catching up with some friends.

Sweater/Jeggings/Blouse: Boston Store
Boots: Next
Snood: ASOS