Blue and Gold (+a question or two!)

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Sweater: Everlane // Jeans: Madewell // Shoes: Madewell (similar) // Bandana: Madewell // Coat: Everlane

I just want to start off by saying how much I miss sharing outfit posts regularly on here. The past few weeks I've put together various outfits that I wish I had the time to photograph! I wore this a week or two ago to brunch with my friend Maddie and she's the best because she's always willing to help with blog photos and she knows my best angles. I'm crossing my fingers that I have the chance to shoot more once it gets warm again. 

Everything I'm wearing is pretty new, and the fact that it all works together so well is a good sign in my book that I'm being a smart shopper. 

My love for navy has reared its head again and I'm not mad at it. After looking at this sweater online for months I finally decided to add it to my cart and I'm mad that I didn't buy it sooner! Believe me when I say that I want to wear this sweater every day. It's the right amount of oversized in a way that feels cool and easy-going instead of unflattering and messy. It's made of cotton, so while it's not as warm as my wool sweaters in the winter time, it's easy to wash and I know I can always slip a layer under it if I need the extra warmth. I'm contemplating on getting this sweater in cream or black because it's just that good. I'm leaning towards it in cream because the cream sweater I got a few months ago from Madewell isn't looking so hot anymore (which is a damn shame because I love it so much). 

For the first time I was able to find my size of jeans available at a Madewell store (I went all the way to Brooklyn for them, #dedicated) and it feels amazing to finally have a pair of high waisted jeans that fit like they're supposed to. 

I finished it off with my usual chelsea boots, a gold bandana from Madewell for a bit of color and fun, and topped it all off with my very warm puffer jacket that I picked up from Everlane during their Choose What to Pay Event that was an actual dream come true. I feel like winter hasn't been as bad as it could have been, but there's definitely been some cold and wet days and this jacket has kept me warm and toasty. 

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Off The Shoulder

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Bodysuit: Madewell (similar) // Jeans: Gap // Shoes: Madewell // Blazer: J.Crew // Bandana: Madewell

I've said this a million times before on here but i'll say it again, I'm not one for crazy prints or colors, so instead I like to focus on simple details to make an outfit feel fresh and fun. This off the shoulder bodysuit is right up my alley for being simple, but not totally boring. Bodysuits are quickly becoming my jam because they're so easy to wear tucked into things and fit so well.

I added my favorite bandana which I was recently reunited with after accidentally leaving it at home this summer and my sweater blazer that I can't get enough of. This blazer is the right balance of put together and casual, and because it's 100% wool, it's a great layer for days when there's a bit of a chill in the air. 


Thoughts on 2017

Leave it to me to write a 2017 reflection post almost three weeks into the new year. 

Every year seems to go by faster than the last and 2017 felt like it went by exceptionally fast. SO much happened! So many big and crazy and wonderful and interesting things happened and it'd be a shame if i didn't take a moment to sit and try to write some of it down.

The biggest thing, that I still can't believe happened was me studying abroad for almost five months. It marked my first solo international trip, and I got to visit 10 new countries and about 14 new cities. I've already written enough about my time abroad, but I am so grateful that I had that opportunity and I am already itching for my next big adventure. 

This year was also my first summer spent in the city which was a goal I set for myself in 2016 and didn't think would actually come true. I interned at NYU in a position that was created only a few weeks before I left Prague and I am so happy that I was able to enjoy New York in the summer and work with my closest friends. I got to live alone in a studio in Union Square, I had my first retail job at Madewell and spent too much money on clothes, we went to Coney Island for the Fourth of July and I spent my 20th birthday picnicking in Central Park with my favorite gals. New York in the summertime is surprisingly a lot quieter with more people vacationing elsewhere and it was great to feel like I had the city all to myself.

Come fall time I started classes that I actually enjoyed and I quit retail to work for a small branding agency doing their social media. I've learned a lot so far (like the fact that I definitely prefer brand/social strategy over actually managing social media channels), and I feel more secure in my ability to secure a job haha.

On a personal, personal level, 2017 was the year that I actually started to like myself. And I know that sounds wild to say, but I think up until this point I relied a lot on other people's opinion of me and while I have wonderful friends and people in my corner, I never felt comfortable owning who I am and all the things that make me a pretty great human being. I still have a long ways to go, but I have more security in who I am and am learning more and more to be vulnerable and to own that. I opened up to more people, and some of those encounters resulted in funny stories to tell friends, others in frustration and disappointment, but none of them destroyed me as they might have in 2016. I'm still a person who's often thinking up, down, sideways, and 10 years in the future, but the voice inside my head that says "things are really good right now, let's enjoy right now" is getting a little bit louder and it really helping me savor the highs and find some comfort in the lows. 

I think that's enough sappy emotions for one blog post! I hope that 2017 saw more personal wins than losses and that 2018 is the year that we all kill it. 


What I Wished I Packed When Studying Abroad in Prague

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It's crazy to think that this time last year I was getting ready for my four month adventure in Prague. How has an entire year gone by already? I miss those four months abroad looking back there's so many things I would have done differently and one of those would be packing. Packing up a suitcase to move to a new country for a semester is no easy feat, and while I was able to bring everything I needed there and back in two suitcases (and my carry ons) I wish I had been a bit more simplistic with what I brought. There's some items I wish I could have brought back from abroad (like the most beautiful cookbook that was $5 euros in Paris) but I was unsure if i'd be able to make everything fit once the semester ended. There's plenty of items that we're definitely superfluous, and in reality if there was anything I forgot or realized I wanted I could have easily popped into an H&M or Zara to fill the need. This is what I wish I would have packed instead. 


Shoes

I know, only three, maybe four pairs of shoes! This was an area where I definitely brought too much and considering how heavy shoes often are, it's not worth the space or weight. Bring a pair of shoes that work for gross weather conditions, a cute pair of sneakers you can wear everyday but also for more adventurous activities, and a nicer pair of shoes that you can wear out, but that are still easy to wear everyday. I brought two pairs of sneakers, a pair of flats, heeled ankle boots, and my bean boots and only really wore one pair of sneakers and the bean boots. My running sneakers were hardly worn, my flats offered no support and weren't comfortable, and my heeled ankle boots wanted to break my damn ankles as I walked on the cobblestone streets. 


Bottoms

I'm not a person who needs a large variety of pant options. I am a skinny jean girl through and through and am not really enticed by different prints or colors. I think I brought what I have listed plus another pair of shorts. It was too cold for majority of the semester so I could have easily left that pair of shorts at home. Black ponte pants are a godsend for traveling because they look very put together but still allow you to get comfortable on an eight-hour bus or a plane ride. 

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Tops

Figuring out how many tops to bring is quite tricky and I would recommend packing tops last and editing ruthlessly. I have no shame in wearing my favorite items over and over again and don't necessarily need a ton of variety. Layering is your best friend in this situation to keep things feeling fresh without packing too much. A nice tank top can be worn as is with jeans for a night out or can be paired under a cropped sweater. Sweaters can be easily put over a dress, a long sleeve can go under a dress depending on the fit, it might take a bit of creativity, but mix and match is the way to go when it comes to packing lightly.  I did a 10x10 challenge before I went to Prague which has some great ideas for layering!


Outerwear

Outerwear is another beast because you have to be practical about the weather you're dealing with to know what to pack, and it's often big and bulky. Again layers are your best friend in this situation! My thinking was a jacket for the worst of the worst weather (something with a hood, waterproof, the whole shebang), a layer that's a bit nicer, but still warm, a mid-weight layer like a denim or utility jacket, and something that you can wear on it's own or with the other layers for additional warmth like a puffer vest or light weight puffer jacket. 


Accessories

Accessories are the best way to diversify your outfits without taking up much space. In terms of jewelry bring whatever you wear everyday and I'm sure you'll find plenty of affordable and fun pieces as you go through the semester to spice things up. I'm not much of a jewelry person, but I loved having little bandanas to add some color.  While it's very American, I loved having my baseball cap with me for sunny days and as a little reminder of home. You'll need winter essentials, like a hat, gloves, and a scarf or two. In terms of bags I used my backpack and duffle as my carry on and for travel throughout the semester. My tote bag was also great for traveling since I was never gone for more than five days and I could use it in whatever city I was in for the day. 

  • A beanie
  • A baseball cap
  • Gloves
  • 1-2 scarfs
  • Sunglasses
  • A backpack
  • A tote bag with a closure
  • A duffle bag

Miscellaneous 

  • plenty of socks and underwear
  • Pj's
  • Swimsuit
  • makeup basics
  • skincare products
  • contacts or backup glasses
  • small toiltries
  • prescription medicine
  • preferred medicines
  • laptop
  • laptop charger
  • external hard drive
  • headphones
  • camera
  • camera charger + batteries
  • SD or CF cards for camera
  • portable phone charger (with cords)
  • adapter(s) (i love this one)
  • combination lock (for hostels)

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I know this post is quite a doozy, but hopefully it's helpful for anyone going abroad or on a long term trip. This list is geared towards Prague/Europe in the winter going into the spring. If you're going abroad for the summer going into fall then you will want to swap out some of the heavy winter items for more transitional items. And if you find your self abroad for the summer, then you can use this post as a reference in terms of how many items to pack. I'd love to answer any questions about studying abroad, and feel free to check out some more of the posts I made about my time in Europe. 


Don't Call it a Resolution

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I am not one to follow through with resolutions or monthly goals. I know, it sounds terrible, but I've decided to stop with the 'new year, new me' mentality and just try to be a bit better everyday ya know? Instead of setting goals for myself or resolutions for the upcoming year, I've decided to create some friendly reminders to keep in the back of my head as I make my way through 2018 and beyond. 

respond to the damn email

I am really bad at emails. I hate to admit it, especially because there once was a time when I was #inboxzeroqueen, but I am the absolute worst at responding to emails in a timely manner. I think a lot of it stems from overthinking the right response, or being scared of what the other person might reply. Either way email isn't going anywhere and the sooner I can respond or send my message the sooner the other person can reply and totally shut me down— or respond exactly how I wanted them to. 

eat out less / eat out better

With a busier schedule I've found myself eating out more often than usual. It's gotten to the point where the people at Potbelly's by my office know my name and my order (grilled cheese with bacon and a cup of tomato soup plz). I'll have to be smart with my planning to make sure that I have time to make something at home to take to work or campus when my classes run late, but I want to do less Chipotle and Potbelly runs so I can use that money towards nicer meals or trying out places that are new to me. This goal isn't really bout saving money or necessarily eating healthier (although both are things I would love to accomplish) but more about making eating out more of a special occasion and enjoying the meals I have when I'm out. 

shop smarter; less impulse, more thought

After my few months of working in retail, my impulse shopping has reared its ugly head again. Before working retail I was quite proud of my ability to curb my shopping habits and consumption. Blame it on my limited income and me still trying to find my style in college, but I really put in thought to what I was buying before I headed to the register and this is a mindset I'd like to regain this year. I think I'll work on making a list of items I know I've been wanting for awhile or items that need to be added to my closet to round it out, and then make small seasonal lists with items I have my eye on and seeing how they play into my wardrobe. Think of it like shopping for a capsule wardrobe without having a focus on numbers or anything like that. Would y'all be interested in posts around this topic? Let me know!

over document life

I don't have enough pictures of me with my friends and it sucks. Like really sucks. Do you know how hard is it to make a birthday instagram post for a friend when you can't find any pictures together? As someone who loves photography I am the worst at documenting the fun years that are college. I'm all for living in the moment, but I want to try to capture more of those moments to have for years to come. I didn't spend all this money on a fancy iPhone for nothing, and  I'm planning on upgrading my camera gear in the next few months so hopefully that'll put a pep in my photo-taking step. 

Did you set resolutions/goals/intentions for the new year? I'd love to hear them! Let's keep each other accountable friends. 

photo by Becca Gerbino

 

Need a New Show to Binge Watch in a Day?

A New Netflix Show to binge-The End of the F***ing World

I'm really not one to binge watch an entire show, but once I saw the trailer for The End of the F***ing World on Netflix, I couldn't help but start the first episode. The entire season is under three hours and you better believe that I watched it all in one go. It has a story plot and dialogue that's so weird and often uncomfortable, but I couldn't stop watching. You need to have a dark (or pitch black as all the reviews accurately call it) and dry sense of humor to really appreciate it, and I will definitely warn that there's a lot of content that could be triggering to some, but my brother and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this wild story unfold in front of our eyes. I'm crossing my fingers for a season two, although I'm not sure what exactly that might look like. 

This show is incredibly well done, and if you don't believe me, you can check out its 100% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes for proof. 

Have you watched it, or at least the trailer? What did you think of it? Can there be a season two?????