Well, this was one freezing photoshoot. But the fact that I found the exact same pair of pleather joggers from Forever21 at Plato's Closet after my original pair ripped is still so fantastic that it's still warming my soul as I type this.
No, there isn't just one feather print on this shirt. There are two. And they work in a fantastic harmony together.
I've decided to take up fencing. But not with a sword. With a stick. Thougths?
Top, Necklace, Earrings: Gladiola Girls
Pants: Forever21 (Plato's Closet)
Photographer: Abby West :)
Two months till warmer weather folks, let's gooooooooooooo
My parents surprised me one day when they went out and got this new painting. And I think it's absolutely fabulous.
I have such a great appreciation for the wonderful way the primary colors work together in our foyer rn. I also have such a great appreciation for the fact that i am no longer terrified of indoor lighting and that I can conveniently have a photoshoot right inside my own house.
Now I'm realizing that I kind of look like I'm dressed to match the owl. Hmmmmmm.... Interesting.... I wanted to use the white and silver combo as a somewhat neutral backdrop so that the vibrant red of the rug and vibrant yellow of the painting popped. But if i look like an owl too, then that's chill I guess.
Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings: My awesome and stylish Aunt Sue!!
Watch: Gifted by Fossil, Thank you!
Thank you to my patient Mom who always takes pictures of me. Here you go Mom. Thanks for not laughing at me when I wore this ridiculous lipstick for the first time in my entire life.
So my grandma redid her bedroom. And while it was 8:15 pm and the roast was still in the oven on Christmas, my cousin Allie and I decided to have a photoshoot. This wallpaper really inspired me. I am genuinely stoked to pick out the loudest orange wallpaper with tons of plants and birds all over it and put it in my kitchen. And spend the rest of my life forcing people to take trippy pictures of me in front of it. I don't have anything else to say here because the epic images you've just scrolled through completely communicate my vibe.
top: Banana Republic Outlet
Pants: Walter Green Boutique
Necklace & Earrings: My awesome Aunt Sue!!
Well, here we have me wearing an entirely thrifted outfit, as usual. Retro pink flare cords, a flowy skirt (as a top, of course), and this random necklace I got for $2 at a garage sale. This necklace is a work of art, let me tell you. It's so cool that I'm afraid to wear it because I feel like the feathers will fall off and then I'll be sad. This is the kind of thing that I'm going to hang in my house. Actually, maybe I'll take it back to my room in college and put it on the wall since literally every single one of my magazine page fashion photos fell off. Yep. That was a good idea. One day, I'm going to open my own art museum filled with cool pieces like this necklace. Just you wait.
But for now, I'll just keep going for walks with my best friend Parker and forcing him to take pictures of me and to pose for my photoshoots. This is the life of the flowerchild, and it is great.
I encourage you to visit City Walk Thrift Store and ManRepeller.com to find all the clothing and inspiration you need to recreate this outfit.
Last week, I watched the 1980s classic, Pretty in Pink. Molly Ringwald's character is so obsessed with the color pink, and it made me think, why don't I wear more pink?! Pink is so girly and quintessentially feminine and glamorous. I love it. That's why I love this coat.
The soft, yet structured fabric, the ruffle detail on the sleeves, the large silver snaps......Just the shape of this coat alone is amazing. When wearing it, I feel so totally glamorous.
I've always loved how certain garments have the power to evoke certain feelings when you wear them. This is what makes fashion fun. The pink color and feminine structure of this coat will always make me think of Molly Ringwald's character in Pretty in Pink. And believe me, I'm happy with any garment that helps me mentally transport myself to the 1980s, and I'm especially happy with a garment that makes me feel so glamorous on my journey.
Coat & Earrings - Gladiola Girls. Visit their boutique in downtown Lexington for more glamorous peices!!
Today I visited the funky Salvador Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL.
I've officially decided that the ~kimono~ is the perfect piece for traveling. Here's why.
1. It does not wrinkle in your suitcase.
2. It can be dressy or casual.
3. It is the quintessential layering device.
4. It works with almost every outfit, in every season.
5. It's fun to twirl in and makes for sweet pics.
My kimono and I had a great time exploring the Dali Museum. Together, we looked like the perfect art appreciator, the kind of person who totally knew what was going on in all of Dali's paintings.
I'll say that packing a suitcase efficiently and reasonably for a vacation is an art, and now that my kimono and I are a team here, I kind of feel like I've mastered the art of packing for travel. And I'm pretty proud of myself.
I found this awesome kimono in the sweeeeet vintage section of Gladiola Girls' Boutique, so I definitely encourage you to check out both the vintage section and the main shop floor where you can find yourself your own cool kimono friend to pack in your suitcase for your next adventure.
Turtleneck: City Walk Thrift Store
Kimono: Gladiola Girls
Pants: Forever 21
Yet again, we've time traveled to the 70s. The time travel would not be complete without some scungy carpet or this amazing tapestry. Flare jeans and flare sleeves baby. Keep scrolling for a really nice action shot of me quite literally falling out of my chair.
Thank you to photographer Darcy Olmstead.
For pics of another time I time traveled back to the 70s, click HERE.
This whole photoshoot was so extra. Incredibly so. But you loved it, and obviously so did I. Thank you to Darcy Olmstead for being my wonderful friend and photographer.
Top: City Walk Thrift Store
Coat: Oxfam (London)
Belt & Headband: ;-)
What a nice transition into fall. It's that perfect weather, the kind where you wake up and put on a jacket, knowing you will have the pleasure of taking it off come eleven o'clock when the sun shines on you.
Here we have the ultimate transitional outfit, a funky top complete with a neutral black skirt and colorful booties. Allow me to carry on about the fact that this skirt is, in fact, a tennis skirt. I love the versatility of vintage pleated tennis skirts even more than I love fall, unquestionably.
This top makes the perfect piece for fall because I could totally throw a grey turtleneck under it and not look like a dork. With a silver necklace and some silver hoops, you know it would look pretty cool. The crisp, structured make of this top is what makes it so great to layer. This would be for those days when we need the extra layer because it's ~windy~.
But for now, we'll be glad that it's still 70 degrees and keep it casual with some cool red boots. Stay tuned for a turtleneck styling when Lexington turns into Antarctica in a few weeks.
Top: Gladiola Girls
Two months ago, I thought I'd found the coolest hotel ever. But I was wrong.
The hotel my parents stayed at during parents' weekend, the Howard Johnson in Lexington, VA, has the most aesthetically pleasing architecture I have ever seen, inside and out. Orange is my favorite color. It's really rare that you see a place that takes a statement color like bright orange and totally makes it work as an integral part of the design. I felt only a statement outfit like this matching two piece patterned jumpsuit would do this hotel justice. So here we are....
Jumpsuit - Plato's closet.
So, I'm all for repurposing my high school tennis uniform. Aren't you?! If anyone has any tennis attire they don't want....I'm here........and I can't promise I won't wear it with some kind of weird turtleneck or sructured white blouse or something else totally not meant to be worn on a tennis court. But this is the new athleisure. This is about celebrating the comfort of elastic waistbands in every day life. This is about totally recreating the concept of an outfit so you don't have to pay for new clothes. This is about wearing stuff that you wouldn't think to put together and making it work with a pair of cool earrings. I think that last sentence just summarized my outlook on fashion.
Quite frankly, I wish they'd let us keep our soccer jerseys because i'd definitely wear those....with like some leather pants or something...
Skirt: Stella McCarntey for Adidas
Earrings: Elle Market
When getting dressed one should always choose her attire to please herself. But we must realize that our subconscious minds are always at work, telling us to dress in a way that makes us look attractive. There's nothing wrong with this.
But this dress isn't sexy. It is beautiful. And it is beautiful because it is modest. Its high neckline, loose shape, and long flowy skirt hide the female figure. The white lace details and the soft sheer fabric remind us of a conventional attractive quality of femininity, modesty.
Modesty is attractive because it leaves more to the imagination. Dressing modestly shows that a woman wishes to be judged for her personality and intellect before her curves.
I was drawn to this dress because wearing it made me feel beautiful. Because it drapes over my figure, it forces those who interact with me to focus on the thoughts i articulate, rather than on objectifying my body. I feel beautiful because beauty is about more than looks; it's about what's inside a person that drives her thoughts , behaviors, and actions.
Dress & Earrings: Gladiola Girls
Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post.
What are you going to be wearing in 2084?
What am I going to be wearing in 2023?
Let's speculate. Let's use the fact that I'm currently wearing a 70's sheer psychedelic printed top with a pair of Nike running shorts as our base for contriving funky futuristic outfits composed of pieces we would think would never go together (but do, in fact). Coming up with far out, unanticipated combinations is what keeps fashion fresh. This is what FASHION FROM THE FUTURE is all about.
Two years ago, if you were to tell me that last winter I would've worn my soccer sweatpants from sixth grade with red zara ankle booties, i would've laughed at you. (that outfit did in fact happen; if you don't believe me, click here.) And certainly if you were to tell me that I was going to wear my aquamarine running shorts out and about with a funky top, i'd've called you a liar....
Well, here we are....
In my opinion, fashion from the future cannot be complete without borrowing from the past. Using this epic retro 70s top as a base is great for any ensemble, and it becomes ~futuristic~ when you pair it with other clothing/accessories that no one else would think to pair it with.
Fashion shouldn't be about always running out to buy new stuff all of the time. (HAAAAaaaaa! read about how I trained myself to fight my materialistic tendencies here). Instead, it should be about using your creativity to use the clothing you already have in your closet to create fresh pairings and ensembles that make you feel confident and special.
And scoring yourself some classic vintage or statement pieces that you can style in a multitude of fresh, unexpected ways is what everyone's goal should be. And who knows? Maybe you'll still be wearing some of these pieces in 2084 with a space suit and sandals or something.........
For more ~futuristic~ ensembles featuring gym shorts paired with regular clothes, check out Harling Ross's article on the blog Man Repeller.
Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post. (www.gladiolagirls.com)
Top: Gladiola Girls
Necklace: my mom
Sunnies: random store in Apalachicola, FL.
I couldn't not take pictures in this hotel. I've been to so many Marriotts in my life, and I have never seen a hallway with a color scheme that i vibe with as much as this one. The golden wallpaper..........The blue and brown geometric print carpet that would've been on a stretchy polyester/neoprene blend business style tank from 2001..........The fact that I forced my cousin to take these photos of me at 12 am after we got back from my other cousin's graduation party...........The fact that I don't look good in any of these photos and my mom actually told me not to post any of them on here........WELL, HERE WE GOOOOOO.
This silver chain that I stole from my mom in sixth grade finally broke so I started playing with it.
Also, as anyone who knows me would know, this dress has such an epic psychedelic paisley print, and I got it from this thrift store in North Carolina four years ago for $2. I've worn it to three formal events in the past year and am totally going to bring it back for homecoming weekend in September. Get excited.
Today, my cousin took pictures of me being a tourist in Apalachicola, FL. He actually wanted to; I didn't even have to force him. I wore my wrap around crop top that I sewed out of an old sheet and one of my vintage tennis skirts from the thrift store. I also took the fish necklaces for an outing because I'm really into layering them rn. That's pretty much all I have to say about this.
Photos: Ben Suber
We went to Yellowstone out west this summer, and when you get that close to the Idaho hometown of your favorite hero, you just have to go by and take photos inserting yourself into all of the best scenes of the movie that you memorized in middle school.
Just so we all know, I can still quote just about every single scene word for word. Try me.
1. "Hey Summer, you wanna play me ?!"
Notice the same swing set in the background of both photos...
2. "Ever take it off any sweet jumps?"
Notice how much the tree on the left grew...
3. "What are you going to do today Napolean?"