Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Let's Catch Up: NYC (Photo Recap)

As I mentioned in my first “Let’s Catch Up” post, my semester was a bit challenging. I was neck deep swimming drowning in an ocean of emotions. About halfway through October, when life started pelting me from all directions, I decided I needed a way out. I needed to get away from everyone and everything that was causing me to feel like I was losing grip of what I knew I could so easily be in control of.

I booked a plane ticket to NYC in the beginning of November and I immediately began to feel my problems drift out of focus with each passing day.

December 16 came around and I was off. Onto a plane and then off again about an hour and a half later. Suddenly I was a young, pre-heroin, Macaulay Culkin, alone in the city. It was just me, Manhattan, and a few million other people.

I shopped, ate appropriately priced (not reasonably priced) amazing food, and met up with friends who just happened to be in the same place at the same time.

My trip was amazing and definitely one I will remember for the rest of my life so there is quite literally too much to write about it. Here’s a few shots from what my camera roll deems important:

NYC shopping haul coming soon!

-morning exploring in central park-

-shopping in SOHO-

-entirely vegan dinner at the butcher's daughter-

-immunity shots at the bar after dinner-

-using another reflective surface as a mirror in SOHO-

-found my friends in central park-
bit of a pick me up

-more shopping in SOHO-

-walk through the park before meeting friends for shopping-

-skyline view before brunch at sarabeth's-

-more shopping-

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Let's Catch Up

I’m back! It's been about 6+ months since my last post and I figured it's about time I create/publish some content. Over the past months I have written a few things, scrapped them, and started them over again, but I haven’t created anything I’ve been terribly proud of. Nothing seemed right because I didn’t seem right.

I started my sophomore year at CofC and all the pieces of my world were in place. I was in a relationship, I had my head on straight, and I was excited for classes to start, then everything got really real, really quickly. By now, approaching my second semester as a sophomore, I’m single, a little battered, and somehow feeling somewhat refreshed. 

Semester one was hell, but I’m putting it behind me. I made good grades, learned a few lessons and was surrounded by amazing friends, what more could I ask for? 

Enough of this sappy stuff. 

I’m writing again because I’m feeling more inspired than ever. I’ve begun to collect people in my life who are doing amazing things, being creative, and pushing themselves on a daily basis, and looking at them makes me want to have that for myself. I’m craving expression.

Fashion, music, food, life, and adventure are just a few things my heart is chasing right now, and I can’t wait to write about them as I find them along my way.

I’m jumping back in and I’d love for you to jump with me.

Peace & blessings friends,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shopping Experience: Common Projects

Recently I made a purchase that I am very satisfied with. I did something I normally don’t do. I ordered shoes online without trying them on. This recent purchase was for the Common Projects Original Achilles in the Light Grey color. I picked them up from an online shop based out of Beverly Hills that is known to sell specifically Italian luxury goods. The store is called Italist and seems to work like how the American Farfetch shopping experience works. Products are bought through the website and sold from boutiques affiliated with the program. This means stock in sizes and colors varies day to day and sales are based on each individual boutique’s pricing. This may seem inconvient in some cases, but when you get lucky, you get really lucky. 

In the United States the Common Projects I bought retail for $410. I purchased my Common Projects Original Achilles in the Light Grey color for only 247 which converts to only $274.55. That’s an insane $135.45 savings. No coupon code. No special sale. Just and average purchase on some shoes that were marked down because there were only a few left. Shipping was free and they showed up at my door from Milan in only 3 days. Saying I was excited about the buy would be a extreme understatement. They are the best purchase I’ve made in a long time and I encourage everyone interested in Italian luxury goods and the Common Projects line to check out the site.

There are plenty of shoes left in different colors, sizes, and styles so move quick!
A full review on the shoes should be up on the blog in a few days time! Happy shopping!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Comfy Casual

If you’re like me, picking out clothes in the morning can be the most fun and yet annoying part of the day. Do you start with the shoes, the shirt, the pants, or the accessories? I tend to find one item, whatever it may be, and work my entire outfit around that piece.  Today I felt the need to be comfy, but instead of letting myself indulge in the sin of throwing on sweats and a tee, I made myself put on actual clothes.

I started with my focus piece, a classic grey crewneck sweatshirt from J.Crew, this being the little amount of comfort I allotted myself, and took the outfit from there. Like I mentioned earlier, dressing down was not an option, so I paired the sweatshirt with a blue button down with a white collar, a J.Crew item as well.

My new Gap slim fit jeans worked perfectly for what I was going for. They have about 1-2% elasticity in them so they hold their fit throughout the day, yet they have a great classic denim feel. No bagging and sagging, but still a comfy addition to the wardrobe and this outfit in particular!

Dune London black Chelsea boots to finish things up, and my Daniel Wellington to bring it all together.

Comfy yet casual, and never at the expense of a well-put together look!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Well, Well, Wellies

Wellies, originally a boot meant for British soldiers on the front line, have become a functional fashion must-have for a large portion of the female population. Men and women both took advantage of these boots for quite some time, but recently we tend to only see them in female wardrobes. Why should men be ashamed to also take part in the functional trend? I'm stumped as well.

Perfect for rainy days, muddy paths, and everything in between, the Hunter Wellies are a necessity and just happen to look swell too.

Charleston seems to flood every time it even drizzles and I’ve found myself almost swimming to class in the high waters. Quality boots with a functional purpose. I needed them and I got them, the Original Wellies to be exact. A great buy!

Enjoy puddle hopping!



Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter Dawns

Some of you may still have snow on the ground and temperatures are probably rising slower than you might like, but here in Charleston, spring is already creeping in on us. Regardless of what the groundhog sees or doesn’t see tomorrow, it was 74° today and the sun was out and brighter than ever.

With warmer days we leave behind our warmer clothes. We pack away our thick coats and winter hats and hope that the wind chill doesn’t make us regret it the second we walk out the front door.

Pants are always an option, but why not wear warmer weather items when you have the chance? I promise myself every winter that the first day the thermometer inches over 70°, I’ll dig deep into my drawers and withdraw the first pair of shorts I see. After months of hibernation, my legs are finally getting to see the light of day.

This morning I went for a February 1st appropriate color scheme. Sticking to my cooler colors, I chose my navy blue short sleeve button-down from Brooks Brothers paired with charcoal 7” inseam Stanton shorts from J.Crew. Nike Killshot 2 sneakers for kicks and Daniel Wellington and KJP for wrist candy.

Here’s hoping for lot of warmer days soon!