Lifestyle

Thoughts on Social Media and Authenticity

As I was drifting off to sleep the other night, I started thinking about authenticity and how using social media makes me feel. After a year of blogging, I can truly say that I understand why a lot of bloggers deal with anxiety and depression surrounding their work and social platforms. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts with you all, just in case anyone is having similar thoughts about the use of social media and how it affects us.

One thing I really was thinking about was how inauthentic I feel about a fair amount of my social media posts. I feel like I try so hard to choose a photo that people will like enough and to write captions that people will think are funny, to the point where I’m losing sight of the reason I’m posting in the first place. Of course, about half of my posts (specifically on instagram) are to promote my blog, which is the intention, but those are the posts I feel the most unsure of. I feel like I’m trying too hard to give my audience what they want, that I’m actually not giving them what they want.

Unfortunately, I am also extremely and easily influenced by the accounts I follow (and sometimes the ones I don’t follow, thanks Explore tab). I find myself scrolling for 45 minutes and feeling sad that I didn’t get to go on vacation there or buy that $500 dress. It makes me sad that it makes me feel sad. Social media platforms are such a blessing and have helped thousands of businesses grow in a way they could never have before, but sometimes we get swept up in all the exciting parts of everyone else’s lives in the process.

As far as in authenticity goes, because I’m so easily influenced, I feel like I don’t have a good grasp on what I really want out of these platforms that are available to me. I don’t have a solid idea of who I am and what I feel is most important to show. Sometimes I try too hard to be at the same level as people who have been doing this for a decade and I feel bad about where I am now and how far I’ve come. Being true to yourself is something that should be so simple, and yet I’m finding it very difficult.

To be honest, I’m not sure where this leaves me. Is it time for a break from social media? If so, what happens when I come back? How do I get comfortable posting only the things that make me feel best? How do I filter out all the stuff that doesn’t make me feel my best? There’s a lot left to think about, but I think these are thoughts that we tend to keep to ourselves, and we shouldn’t. Sometimes, it makes more sense to get these thoughts out and have that conversation.

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Fashion

What’s In My Cart: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Every blogger, fashionista, and instagrammer’s favorite time of year is finally upon us: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The sale is available for Nordstrom Cardholders to shop since July 12th and is open to everyone else starting July 19th. This annual sale gets you NEW arrivals at MARKED DOWN prices! It’s their best sale of the year and I thought I’d share a few items I have my eyes on for the upcoming fall season (too soon, I know). Everything is linked below for you to shop also but hurry because these items sell out SO QUICK!

Jackets/Coats

A few staples I’ve been looking at for the upcoming fall season is some great blazers, the perfect suede moto jacket, and a few tailored topper coats to wear for nicer occasions. Linked below are a few items I’ve got my eye on!

BlankNYC Next Level Suede Moto Jacket: This little beauty got away from me last year during this sale, so it’s definitely going in my cart this year.
Sam Edelman Rib Tweed Car Coat: This coat is just stunning and I’m obsessed with everything brown this coming season. Plus Sam Edelman is always excellent quality.

Sweaters

I’m big on sweaters as you all know so of course I have a lot of cute picks. As I mentioned before, brown is my new favorite color for the fall so I’m looking for all the coziest brown sweaters this year. I’m also really big on button up cardigans and comfy pullovers, so that’s definitely what most of my picks will be for the upcoming season. I have a few linked below for you!

Something Navy Flecked Crewneck Sweater: See what I said about the browns? SO cute and you all know Something Navy is one of my most favorite brands so I’m really excited they are participating in this sale! Plus this comes in a TON of colors!
Halogen Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan: I’m really loving cardigans that can be worn on their own as tops or opened up and worn over tanks or camis like this one! Plus the pink color is SO cute, but it comes in tons of other colors also.
Something Navy Cozy V-Neck Cardigan: What else do I really need to say here? This one comes in a few other colors also, I just really love brown!

Dresses

For dresses this coming season, I’m definitely looking for versatile dresses that I can wear to work and also transition day to night if I need to. I know that I’ll have a lot of opportunities to go from work to events in the evening where I need to look put together but still comfortable enough to run around all day long. I also have formal occasion dresses in mind because a lot of people ask me about where to get wedding guest dresses, so I’m linking a few of my picks here for you.

ASTR The Label Lace Midi Dress: This pretty little thing would be perfect for a summer wedding and it comes in TONS of colors, so it can fit everyone’s style. Plus it’s about 30% off, which makes it a major steal.
Eliza J Geo Print Belted Shirtdress: This dress is a perfect example of a work appropriate day to night outfit. The print is subdued, but still eye catching and the silhouette is flattering for every body type.

Jeans

The fall is always a good time to buy jeans so I love to add a few new styles during this time. So far, looser jeans are very popular and I’m all for it. I also love a classic dark wash jean for when you need to look more put together. I’m linking some of my favorite styles below for you.

Topshop Ripped High Waist Dad Jeans: This year, Dad Jeans are the new thing and I am so into it. The loose rugged fit is a good balance with a cute sandal and a feminine top. It’s very construction worker chic, right?
Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans: These are the most perfect wash of denim ever. They are the kind of classic jean that every girl should have in her wardrobe because they are great for your casual Fridays, date night, or just running errands on the weekend.

Shoes

Now I’m not desperately in need of new shoes, so I didn’t go scouring Nordstrom’s site for anything in particular, but I have been thinking of purchasing a new pair of black ankle boots. Those are always a staple for your wardrobe! Here’s the shoes I’ve got sitting in my cart right now, linked below.

Dolce Vita Coltyn Bootie: These are so cute and I love the croc print on them. They are just a classic ankle boot with a small heel, so they will be comfortable to wear all day long. And of course, Dolce Vita is widely trusted brand, so they’ll be sure to last you a while.
Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Toe Pump: This sale is a great time to stock up on classic styles like these pointed toe pumps. I have these in a few colors and I absolutely love them and find them comfortable to wear all day long. I’m definitely looking to purchase some more classic versions since they are about 30% off! These run a little small so I would size up half a size!
Charles by Charles David Burbank Bootie: These cute mid-calf booties are right up my alley and are high up on my list of things to purchase. The olive suede is very stylish yet the color is subtle enough that it can really go with anything. Plus this style is very flattering to wear with skirts and dresses.

That’s all I’ve got for you guys. This sale is absolutely insane and remember that sizes go very quickly and there’s little chance of restocking! If you want something, you have to grab it ASAP! I hope you enjoyed this and let me know what you guys are excited about for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! xx

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Fashion

High End Summer Fashion Wish List

This summer, I’ve been dreaming about some very beautiful and very high priced fashion items. However, I’ve got Saks dreams on a Forever 21 budget. The likelihood that I’ll buy these any time soon is slim to none, but I figured I’d share a few of the items that are on my wish list. If anyone has any occasions to help me justify these purchases, please let me know. Thanks.

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

Nicole Richie’s brand, House of Harlow 1960, is one of my favorite brands actually. She makes great quality, on trend pieces that satisfy my need for beautiful color and it’s not so far out of budget (especially when they go on sale!!). Below are a few of my wish list items from House of Harlow 1960:

Shopbop

Shopbop is one of my favorite sites to look at all the beautiful designer pieces and get inspiration so that I can go and find dupes or less expensive alternatives. I get almost all my style inspiration from very high end fashion, so shops like this one always give me the best ideas. Shopbop is great because they carry very high end brands such as Alexandre Birman, Zimmerman, and LOVESHACKFANCY and also lower end brands such as Levi’s, Madewell, and Free People, so it’s not completely unattainable. Here are some of my wish list picks from Shopbop:

FWRD by Elyse Walker

This is my favorite shop for ogling at all the beautiful high end designer items that I can never justify buying. This is one of my favorite shops for your standard designer pieces, such as Gucci, Chloe and Saint Laurent. It’s also a partner of Revolve, which means that the quality of service will always be top notch and they offer FREE 2 Day Shipping. Here are some of my FWRD by Elyse Walker wish list picks:

Thank you for reading! xx

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Fashion

OOTD: July 2019 Update

Howdy, Friends! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend! I wanted to stop by here today and give you all a little update on my life and also share an outfit post because this IS a fashion blog.

First, for the outfit, I’ve had these pieces for a while and never really got to wear them so I thought I would wear them together because they look pretty cute. Remember when I was obsessed with this bright green color in the spring? It’s still a thing and it’s happening right now in this outfit. It’s just so pretty and I feel like green is unexpected. My top and shorts are both from Zara and my sandals are from Steve Madden and were featured in my Spring Shoe blog post, linked here.

Moving on, I have some thoughts to share with you all. First, as of June 2019, I’ve officially been writing my blog for one full year and I am so proud to say that. It has been such a crazy year I’ve had with all kinds of ups and downs. I’ve traveled and lost relationships and friends, built new relationships and friendships, drank a bunch of coffee and read a TON of books and it’s brought me full circle to now.

When I started this blog last year, I had no idea where it would take me or if I would even commit to writing it. I wanted to use it as a diary to track what I did and how far I’ve come while also combining my love of fashion into it. I started out having literally no idea what I was doing and zero followers to now having a better idea of what I’m doing and nearly 150 followers! I am really proud of how far I’ve come with this and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds. It really truly feels like it’s going to be the biggest year of growth yet and I am so excited to share this journey with you all. I would never have gotten here without all of your support! Thank you for everything! xx

Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden

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Lifestyle

Things To Do This Summer 2019

Now that summer is in full swing, I thought I would share a few things I love to do during the summer and a few things I’m looking forward to doing this summer. I’m hoping to inspire you to try some new things and enjoy your summer to the fullest!

1. Beach/Pool

This one is obvious, but it’s important. My absolute favorite thing to do in the summer is spend a day at the beach or pool, preferably with a drink in hand and the sun shinning. Here in New York, we’re lucky to be surrounded by lots of water so I always prefer the beach, personally. But, at least in New York City, there’s also the option to visit rooftop pools at various hotels all over the city!

2. Festival/Concert

Summer is festival season all over the world. It basically starts with Coachella in the spring and runs all the way through to September/October. Although a few big festivals have already passed, such as Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, there’s still a bunch coming up, such as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits (tickets are available for both still). In NYC, there’s also all kinds of free/cheap concerts in Central Park and at various music venues all over the city.

3. Weekend Trip

Specifically in New York, there are lots of cute and inexpensive destinations that you can head out to for 3 day weekend. Because so many places are within driving distance, these are really great, quick and easy trips to take. Like I’ve mentioned before upstate New York is a great place to go! My New Paltz, NY blog and my Lake Placid, NY blogs are linked here and here for you respectively. Aside from New York, there’s also so many destinations within driving distance, such as Philadelphia, PA or the Jersey Shore/Atlantic City, even Boston, MA!

4. Movies in the Park

In Central Park specifically, there are always movies showing in the summer every week. Usually, it’s older, feel good movies which is a lot of fun anyway. You can grab some snacks, a blanket and lay out on the lawn for a good movie! However, lots of parks all over the country do this also so you can find one in your state too!

5. Sunset Boat Cruise

This is something I’ve always been a little interested in doing because it’s a good way to get away without going too far. It’s a great date night or birthday dinner idea also! You can usually book groups for these boat cruises. It’s really romantic and usually drinks and dinner are included in the price (depending on the company) so it’s a good deal also. They have these all over New York City and in most other destinations that are on the water.

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Lifestyle

June 2019 Favorites

June has been a very eventful month for me and there were a lot of new things happening so I’ve got some good favorites this month. I think it really set me up for a good start to the summer and I’m looking forward to the next few months of warm weather

Mykonos

As I mentioned in my Greece vacation blog post, Mykonos was my favorite island that we visited while in Greece. It was just beautiful in every way. I felt safe, the people were so nice, the beaches were absolutely stunning and relaxing. If you go anywhere in Greece, Mykonos is always going to be my top recommendation.

Fujifilm QuickSnap Disposable Cameras

It’s really trendy to use film for photos these days, especially because you can get your film printed or digital to post directly to your social media. I used these Fujifilm disposable cameras on my trip to Greece and I loved them. You got 27 film exposures in each camera and it comes in a pack of 3, so that’s almost 90 exposures. This is a great deal! Plus film looks so cool and they were super easy to use. It was a very retro experience and I loved every second.

Colourpop SuperShock Blushes

I used a few of these to do my makeup in Greece and they are my new favorite cream blushes! They some in tons of colors, are super creamy and very easy to use. They last all day long when set with a little bit of translucent powder too so very good for the summer when you don’t want to wear a full face of makeup. Another great thing about these blushes is that at only $8, they are SUPER affordable! I talked about these in my Greece Vacation Makeup blog post, linked here.

@maggiemacdonald on Instagram

I have been following Maggie MacDonald on Instagram for a little while on and off but recently, I have just been down right obsessed with her. I watch her vlogs every week because I find her really relatable in general, but I also love that she promotes a healthy lifestyle. She follows food combining for her diet, which is a concept I find really interesting. She also posts fashion and beauty, which is obviously a high priority for me as a blogger. If you’re interested in fashion/beauty or a healthy lifestyle, I would definitely recommend checking her out!

Britney Spears

Britney and I are having a moment and I have been listening to her really old music non-stop. Like Baby, One More Time old music because it was so good and real! Plus, it’s always fun to go back and listen to songs you loved as a child. Oh, the good ‘ole days…

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Travel

Traveling to Greece: Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos

Over the last few weeks I went on one of the biggest vacations I’ve been on in a few years. This was a trip that I had been looking forward to for the last 6 months so it was really exciting once it finally came. I went to Greece for the first time ever and visited some really beautiful places in the process. I’m very thankful for such a wonderful experience and I’m looking forward to possibly going back someday.

Athens

Our first stop on this trip was in Athens which was a good experience but definitely not the best. As for the ruins, they were absolutely beautiful and it was so interesting seeing history right in front of my face. It’s truly amazing what the ancient Greeks were able to do and the lasting culture they built. We saw the Acropolis which includes the Parthenon. We also saw the original Olympic stadium and explored the rest of the city. This was also where I had my first authentic Greek salad! It wonderful seeing all the ancient ruins, but unfortunately, it was city that I couldn’t feel very safe in. I constantly felt like I had to watch my back everywhere I went, which made it a bit unpleasant. With that being said, it was still a wonderful part of the trip, but I would do my best not to return to Athens.

View from The Acropolis
View from The Acropolis
View from The Acropolis
View from The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Parthenon
Original Olympic Stadium
Gate to the Temple of Zeus
Streets of Athens
Streets of Athens
Streets of Athens
My authentic Greek salad

Mykonos

I’m the kind of person that is happiest laying on the beach, under a beach umbrella, with a drink in my hand and alternating napping and swimming in the ocean. So naturally, Mykonos was my favorite place. We sort of took a break here and just relaxed. We did a little bit of exploring but mainly stayed at the pool and the beach which is exactly what I needed, personally. This island is so beautiful and I highly recommend going here if you can! It was the best experience.

Ocean View
Ocean View
View from the hotel
First night dinner outfit
Exploring the town
Ocean View
Bathroom Tiles
Pool Day
View from the Hotel
Second night dinner outfit
View from the beach
Beach Day
Ocean View
Last night dinner outfit
Final dinner in Mykonos – Grilled Salmon and Veggies

Santorini (Thira)

Santorini was another really beautiful island and I would definitely go back here. Similarly to Athens, it was a place where I felt I had to be much more cautious but not to the same extent as in Athens. One thing I loved about Santorini was that you can see the ocean no matter where you are on the island. The history of the island was also interesting, considering the little cities are built surrounding an active volcano! We explored all over the island, from the famous Fira and Oia to the vineyards for a wine tasting and back to the red and black sand beaches. It was absolutely beautiful and I would highly recommend this island to anyone who wants to take a trip to Greece!

View outside Hotel
First night of dinner outfit
First night of dinner outfit ft. mom
First day of exploring outfit
Exploring Oia
Exploring Fira
Exploring Oia
Exploring Oia
Exploring Oia
Exploring Oia
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Exploring Megalochori
Wine tasting
View from the highest point on the island
Red sand beach
Dinner for the last night – super fresh sushi!
Mojito made with sake
Last night dinner outfit

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