Summer Trend: Blue & White

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For the past few years, my go-to outfit, at any point in the season, would be black and white. Stripes, solids, all black in the winter, all white in the summer… my outfits were more or less always a variation of black, white and sometimes grey. This spring, in spirit of my style resolution to wear more color, I experimented with adding more color and am hooked on the latest trend: blue and white. I feel like everywhere I look (blogs, fashion magazines, stores etc), people are wearing blue and white. One of the most popular variations I’ve seen is the classic blue and white stripes or gingham, but there are tons of other patterns and ways to style this trend. I’ve picked up a few blue and white items myself that I am looking forward to styling for the blog. For now, here’s some inspiration I found via Pinterest for the summer’s hottest trend.

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How are you styling blue and white this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Quick Trip to Georgetown

Popping in with a quick post recapping my trip to Georgetown. My sister was doing a precollege program at a university in DC, so my mom and I drove down the day before she needed to be picked up to 1) split up the driving and 2) have a fun girls’ night around DC! We walked to Georgetown, did some shopping and had dinner on the waterfront. It was so nice to explore a new place and spend time with my mom. Even though I’ve been home from college for almost a month now (time flies, guys), my mom and I hadn’t been able to spend a lot of time together and do something fun since we’ve both been working a lot.

This trip also gave me an excuse to whip out a new dress I bought at the local women’s clothing boutique where I work. I picked up this lavender number a few weeks ago and am so glad I did. It’s super versatile and I love how feminine and flirty it is, while still being very tasteful at the same time. I paired it with my new favorite necklace, also from the boutique, and a pair of black sandals.

The weather was pretty rainy most of the day, so I didn’t snap too many pictures but I managed to get a few in between stores when it cleared up for a bit! I was planning on doing a photo diary of the trip, but that didn’t quite work out. Instead, here are a few pictures of my outfit!

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Have you done any traveling lately? Tell me about it in the comments! 

Chambray Ruffle Sleeve Top

I felt like I was in such a fashion rut at the beginning of the summer. I was working almost every day and felt like I had nothing to wear! I hadn’t really done any shopping for spring or summer, so I decided to pick up a few things halfway into the season. One of my favorite outfits I’ve put together since is featuring two of my new purchases: my chambray ruffle sleeve top and my long beaded necklace. The top is super comfortable and versatile, which I love because I can wear it into the fall. As for the necklace, I have been seeing this trend all over Pinterest and Tumblr lately and have been looking for the perfect necklace with which to test it out.

My two lovely friends Lexie and Caroline (be sure to follow them!) headed into Princeton for some good old fashioned girl time featuring dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant, shooting blog pictures and lots of laughs. Spending time with “your people” is one of the best feelings in the world, and that’s how our entire night was!

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What new trends have you tried lately? Comment below! 

A Year in Philadelphia

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While I wasn’t as active on this blog as I had hoped during my first year living in Philadelphia, hopefully these pictures will give a good recap. For any new readers, I just finished my freshman year at Drexel University, located in the heart of University City, Philadelphia, studying Design & Merchandising. In short, I loved everything about it. My classes, my professors, my friends, the city…

I was going through my camera roll today to make a scrapbook/ journal of my year and decided what better way to get back into blogging than share the highlights of the last 9 months on here. These are just a few snapshots of my year in Philly. Looking forward to the next three!

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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
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Two Door Cinema Club at the Filmore
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Free People in Rittenhouse Square
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Coffee at One Shot in Northern Liberties
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Philadelphia Flower Show
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Brunch at Little Spoon
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Intro to Drawing Final inspired by @blairz
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Exploring Rittenhouse
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URBN Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Naval Yard for the Drexel Fashion Show

Cultivating Creativity

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I’ve spent the last year in what some would call art school. I’ve taken drawing, painting, design and computer imaging classes with some of the most creative, innovative, inspiring people I have ever met. Throughout my life, i have always admired “creative” people and wished I could be like them. Those who could be inspired by their surroundings and create something. I thought I never had that potential. I was creative, but in a different way. I could never make art. Sure, I could write a very well-written, thought-provoking piece on a topic that deeply interested me, style pictures and outfits and maintain a blog, but creating art, no way. Spending this last year taking many visual studies classes, I learned that I too am truly capable and creative, and anyone can be.

We live in a world dictated by results, wanting to do things the right way and following formulas. We have a set idea of results we need and do our best to get there as efficiently as possible. Instead of rushing through life to achieve results, I learned that the best results often come from creative exploration. Some of my best works were those where I had the most opportunity to play and experiment. There are no SparkNotes or short cuts for creatives.

I was so frustrated with my professor for giving us a final project in which our only instructions were to create a twelve panel mixed media work that “explored the motion of time through space” using the various techniques and styles with which we had worked throughout the term. What the heck is the exploration of motion through time and space?! And how the heck was I supposed to write an essay describing what I painted?! But I figured it out, and my work had a purpose. And I got that A+. Why? Because I was given creative freedom. I was given multiple weeks to explore and play around with various techniques, styles and ideas before settling on the final piece. I worked with my fellow students, got their advice and also critiqued their work and got inspired from them. And the work of my peers was so different than mine, but equally beautiful. Seeing how everyone took this confusing, vague prompt and created something expressive, meaningful and well crafted was inspiring in and of itself!

So take some time to just explore. Whether that is going somewhere by yourself to get some clarity or just sitting down with some pen and paper, exploring and playing are good for the mind and the soul. If you want to learn to paint, go to Michael’s, buy some paint and paper and experiment. I am certain you will create something you never thought possible. It may even lead to a bigger, better idea. If I learned one thing in college this year, it is that the best things happen unexpectedly.

I have made it a priority in my life to take time to create and think, whether it is writing, drawing, collaging or painting in my sketchbook. Sometimes, that process means taking time to read, watch and admire others’ work. Everyone’s creative process is different, but that’s what makes it fun. Buy a cheap journal and just play. Collage, paint, draw, write, sew, doodle, finger paint… just create something for the sake of creating something. Step out of the mindset of following a specific plan for specific results. Take a step away to explore, experiment, discover and play and you too will be creative.

 

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New Year’s Style Resolutions

With the New Year, there is so much talk about resolutions and how to use the next 365 days to make yourself a better you. I love the idea of the clean, fresh slate that a New Year brings. I always make a few resolutions or goals that I try to work on throughout the year. A few days after New Year’s Day, I was sitting at home starting to pack up to go back to school for my winter term when I realized literally all of my clothes are black, white, grey or occasionally blush or olive. While often times a muted or all black look can be super chic and trendy, it also gets a little boring. So, I decided to make a New Year’s style resolution… to bring some color back into my life! Here’s some of my inspiration:

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Do you have any style resolutions this year? Comment below!

January Favorites

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It’s crazy that the first month of the year is almost over! I started the month in Puerto Rico, wrapped up my winter break, then started my second term of my freshman year. It’s going well so far, but definitely much busier than last term. But, to an extent, I thrive on being busy, so it’s going well so far. Thanks to Christmas gifts and finally giving in to buying some things I’ve been eyeing for a while, I’ve tried a lot of new products in the past month, so I put together a favorites post.

S’well Bottle: I got this white marble (medium) S’well bottle for Christmas and I could not be more obsessed. I have always been a big water drinker, but this bottle is game changing. The one thing I hated about carrying a water bottle everywhere was that either A) it “sweat” on everything if I put ice in it or B) the water got room temperature after an hour. S’well solves these problems and it seriously does keep cold drinks cool for 24 hours (it also keeps hot drinks warm for 12 hours!). I recommend a S’well to anyone whose New Year’s Resolution is to drink more water.

FitBit Alta: Also in the athleisure trend category, I got a FitBit for Christmas and have been loving it. As just a watch, I love how thin it is (compared to the Apple Watch) and that I get texts on the device. I also of course love the fact that I can count my steps and have been enjoying pushing myself to get 10k+ each day.

HelloKaty on YouTube: This has been a favorite of the past few months, but I’ve been loving Katy’s content lately. She hasn’t posted a ton, but everything she has posted has been really high quality. Also- her Instagrams are beautiful, especially the ones with the typography on them! If you don’t follow her, check out her YouTube and Instagram.

Mario Badescu Skincare Regimen: In the fall, about a month or two after moving to Philadelphia (for school), I noticed a lot more breakouts and overall much worse looking skin. I had been using Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser, but it just wasn’t enough to combat the high stress of college combined with the grimy city air. I switched to Mario Badescu, a skincare brand that I actually used in middle school when I had acne, and have been loving the results. I use the Acne Facial Cleanser, Special Cucumber Lotion (toner) and oil-free moisturizer in the morning and at night. At night, I also use the drying cream for any blemishes. Also, I should note that sometimes I use the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser in the shower to take off my makeup, in addition to the morning and nighttime MB routine. I couldn’t recommend this skincare routine more- please let me know if you’d like a more detailed post about it.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story: After reading 3 books in my 6 days in Puerto Rico, I decided one of the things I wanted to work on this year was to read more. I’ve been reading almost every night before bed instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, and it has been amazing. I go to sleep so much easier and I really did miss reading. Right now, I’m about halfway through It’s Kind of a Funny Story and I am really enjoying it so far.

Five Year Journal: My mom got my sister and I these five year journals as one of our Christmas gifts and I just love the concept. Every day, there is a random prompt and a few lines for each year. So, each year on the same day, you answer the same question and over time, can see how your habits/ likes/ mindset etc. has grown! The questions range from “one thing I’m looking forward to is…” to “my favorite song on my playlist right now is…” and 364 more 😉

New planner (mine is white, not pink): By now, many of you guys know that I am obsessed with planners. I got this one for Christmas and have been loving the layout and colors of it. This isn’t my only 2017 planner, but there is something completely refreshing about filling in a blank planner and getting super organized at the beginning of the year (and at the beginning of the term!).

Sheet Masks: I bought a couple of these from Urban Outfitters, actually, and have been loving them. Especially living in a dorm with communal bathrooms, it can be inconvenient to do a “traditional” face mask, so I love how easy these sheet masks are. I love the moisturizing one, but I just bought a variety 10-pack on Amazon, so I can’t wait to try them all.

So, accidentally, a lot of these favorites ended up being things I got for Christmas, so I guess that means that my family and friends did well at picking out gifts that I would like 😉. What are your January favorites? Leave me a comment below– I always love finding new products!