Valfré always has the cutest clothes. From my experience, sadly, they can run a bit small, so it can be difficult for me to find pieces that fit (I’m somewhere between a true medium and large).
Miraculously, this dress was on super sale and I was able to snag one in my size before they sold out *sobs* The dress is made of a stretchy material (good for busty girls like myself), although I will say it is VERY short, so I decided to pair with some tights just in case 😉
One of my goals for the blog is to do more editorial shoots as opposed to standard outfit photos. What I love most about editorials is that I can be a little more creative in my approach, and let’s be honest, standard outfit posts can get really boring. Read More
I’m back with part two of my outfit photo session with Lindsay Thomaston. I had an absolute blast hanging out with her in Atlanta (be sure to go to Java Cats next time you’re in the city, that place is magical!), it was so wonderful to meet a like-minded fashion blogger who is as ultra feminist and authentic as I am. It’s back to work again, so I’ll be keeping this post short and sweet. Read More
I know I talk about this a lot (or maybe not enough??), but anxiety is a bitch. Even with Adavan I still feel like I’m struggling to be a normal, functioning human being on certain days. Having anxiety when you are in a field like fashion or blogging where you’re expected to be a ~people person~ makes it incredibly difficult to find the willpower to network. (Also, does anybody else feel like “network” is such a dirty word?? Like, meeting people for the sole purpose of working together, it seems like such a bizarre social construct and sort of a nauseating byproduct of capitalism??)
I am SO excited to announce my recent collaboration with Dandy Boutique, a quirky clothing and accessories store based in downtown Charleston. I met owner Holly recently, and she suggested that I stop by the store to pick out some outfits to feature on my blog. Dandy Boutique carries amazing independent brands such as Sugarhill Boutique, Dear Creatures, and BC Footwear, so I leapt at the opportunity for a partnership!
So it’s come to my attention that ass is, like, all the rage these days. Whether it’s because of that iconic Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine cover or simply because more people are proudly showing off their bodies, I’m pretty glad that it happened, and this amazing Koulture Collective jumpsuit made of stretch denim really hugs my curves (yes, all of them) in the best possible way. I’d like to give a shoutout to Stephanie Stein Photography for making my butt look as luxurious as ever, even if it does mean creepers are coming out of the woodwork on Facebook.
Since I first started experiencing symptoms of depression a few years back, my body has been through several dramatic transformations.
At my worst bouts, I was using food as a tool to cope with my feelings of worthlessness, emptiness, sadness, lethargy, and suicide. I went from a size 2 to a size 8 and gained 40 pounds, and for a long time I felt like my dramatic shift in weight was an inside joke among my peers. Fast forward to years later as I’m experiencing a period of peak anxiety, and the 40 pounds I gained falls off at a rapid pace–only, my body still wasn’t what it was before I put on the weight. Even worse, people were complimenting me on losing weight in such an unhealthy and mentally exhausting way, I felt horrible about myself and my body, and it’s part of what kept me from blogging for close to a year (the other part being a sheer lack of funds–isn’t it great being a millennial?)
Now that I’m taking an antidepressant, seeing a therapist regularly, and striving to make better choices for both my physical and mental health, I’m starting to see my body differently. Instead of seeing a bloated gut (FYI: I have endometriosis and no amount of exercise will make that go away), thick thighs, and an uneven reddened skin tone speckled with acne, I’m instead starting to see a healthy, enlightened young woman who feels confident in her patchy Irish skin and is proud of her juicy, round bottom while making great strides in various aspects of her life, having come a long, LONG way from where she was a year ago.
Every day, women are told they aren’t beautiful enough, they aren’t smart enough, they aren’t thin enough, they aren’t cool enough–and quite frankly, I don’t want to add to that conversation. I want to support my fellow women in whatever ways possible; if me flaunting a booty-hugging bodysuit empowers my readers in some way and makes them feel less self-conscious about the bod they’re rocking, then HELL YEAH! I’m all for it. Like RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else? (CAN I GET AN AMEN??!!)”
Denim Jumpsuit – Koulture Collective
*PSA: I’m only 5’3″ so my mom had to hem this jumpsuit for me.* Heeled Boots – Urban Outfitters Chandelier Earrings – H&M Cold Bitch Brew iPhone 6S Plus case – Valfré Gold Beaded Clutch – Vintage (It was a gift from a friend when she was living in Austin ♥)
At this point, it’s pretty obvious that my style errs on the vintage side, likely due to the resurgence of period TV series like That 70s Show, Mad Men, and newcomer Stranger Things (still in my queue, by the way!) I received this floral print off-shoulder dress in from ASOS, and like clockwork my mom immediately began reminiscing about how she used to wear dresses like this one when she was a teenager. She started to get a little wistful and my eyes started to glaze over, so I calmly backed away until I was safely out of her line of sight. (Kidding, of course; I live for old stories. Not saying my mom is old…this isn’t going well.)
I’ve got a little stowaway in my pocket today 😉 I’m still deciding on what to name him. He looks a lot like my cat Mr. Mittens, only much thinner (Kittums has become quite the chubster).
It’s been an incredibly eventful week for me, and those of you who know me in real life, there’s big news. My computer was on the fritz, seeing as how it had OVER 1,000 VIRUSES–I didn’t even realize that was possible?!–but Geek Squad managed to fix the problem at no cost to me (thank goodness). And, the best part of the week, I got a full-time job I can use my degree for. I start at the end of the month, which means I can finally afford to move out of my parents’ house and in with Jordan! I’m glad to finally have a place of my own to decorate and where the kitties can roam to their hearts’ content.
As much as I hate living in Summerville, the aesthetics are unbeatable. I tried to capture a few shots of the Azaleas, but they were halfway dead by the time I got around to taking photos. Easy come, easy go, I suppose. I’m still trying to figure out my best poses and how to work my camera, but these photos turned out quite nice aside from the contorted expressions on my face.
At one point, a professional photographer saw me struggling(?) and offered to take pictures. I was a bit taken aback, and I got extremely uncomfortable; I only let him take a shot or two before I scurried away. Leave it to me to have such a random encounter. The up-close of my face is the one he took; I like the pose, but, again, I’m a creature of habit, and I prefer doing things on my own.
I’m on my way to setting up an editorial calendar for the blog, and I’ve been scribbling down ideas left and right. Once I start my big-girl job, then I’ll be on a set schedule to make these posts happen. Huzzah!