two years strong

In October of 2012, I decided to start the blog. I can’t believe it’s been two years that I have been documenting my outfits and running around doing photo shoots. I have to say, writing this blog has been life changing and I couldn’t be happier that I took the chance and just decided to go for it.

It’s a really big commitment and I can’t say that there have been challenges. Being a teen blogger has been great in so many ways. But there also have been some hard times and road blocks, being a younger fashion blogger. Having to decline magazine shoots (due to my age) has probably been the biggest disappointment, but one of the highest points was being featured in Teen Vogue in the Summer of 2013.

Here is my longest post, highlighting a photo from each month I’ve been blogging. (along with a few celebrity sightings!) So have fun scrolling through and as you can see my photos and outfits have really evolved….

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IMG_4762wearing: Kimchi Blue romper, American Apparel top, Sam & Libby boots, Forever 21 necklace

This week has been the chilliest and I have to say, not enjoyable. I braved the blustery winds for a few minutes to do the quickest shoot possible. I am loving my new chiffon shirt I scooped up at American Apparel the other day. I layered it over a mini polka dotted romper I bought at Urban outfitters. As you can see, I’m sort of in denial of the Winter temps and I am still wearing leg baring outfits.

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Little Dragon-Ritual Union

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i need you

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IMG_4028wearing: American Apparel top, Mossimo pants, Forever 21 shoes, H&M necklace, thrifted bag

Sometimes browsing around Target is dangerous for me and my mum. Mainly because Target has everything you need and everything you don’t. Whilst on one of latest grocery runs, I wandered into the clothing section and found these amazing palazzo pants. Pretty much had to have them. Basically they’re everything. From the patterns to the comfort level of these stretchy rayon/spandex pants, you really can’t go wrong. And I have to say, they turn heads. Get them for only $18 here.

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I Need You-M83

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and the boys

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IMG_4101wearing: Forever 21 dress + necklace, Brandy Melville sweater, DV8 by Dolce Vita boots ℅ Aeropostale

I had to get in one more time wearing my Forever 21 boho dress before the snow hits the ground. I bought this a little while ago and I’m just able to shoot it in the crunchy Fall leaves. It was a little chilly, so throwing on my good ol’ Brandy Melville sweater helped with the goose bumps. These Dolce Vita boots were a smart pick from the Aeropostale website. Yep, that’s right- they sell other brands too! Check ‘em out here.

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And The Boys-Angus & Julia Stone

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IMG_3838wearing: Forever 21 top + coat + shoes, Tobi skirt

Coming home to new clothes is always a treat. I recently purchased this new suede coat from Forever 21. I can easily admit, I love having a variety of outerwear to choose from. Especially with the way Minnesota temps fluctuate. My new shoes are also an exciting new addition to the closet and they’re not disappointing!

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 M83-Wait

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video girl

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IMG_3622wearing: H&M jumper + shoes, Forever 21 top + jacket

The weather is now requiring me to put a jacket on. But I haven’t gotten on board with the hosiery yet. I guess I will when it’s very necessary. But I will enjoy any bit of sun and warmer weather we get until the snowy days ahead. This black jumper just got added to my wardrobe last weekend when I was out shopping with friends. My new H&M boots have been on repeat. But I can happily say, I just got two new pairs of shoes in the mail today, so that’s always good. I do love new shoes…

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Video Girl- FKA twigs

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love lulus part deux

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IMG_2932wearing: dress ℅ Lulu*s, Mossimo shoes, vintage purse

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile now, you know I have a very eclectic style. One day-boho, the next day- preppy. But whatever the style, I am always somewhat girly. I love dressing up. So when Lulu*s sent me this LBD, I knew it was going to be a favorite. I love this midi length and the curvy silhouette. I normally don’t show off much décolletage, but for this dress I made an exception. Lulus.com has the best selection of dresses for any occasion. This Skirt So Good Black Midi Dress is perfect for an evening out. Good thing it’s Friday and I have dinner plans.

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IMG_3107wearing: American Apparel top, Asos skirt, Deena & Ozzy boots, Brandy Melville jacket, Contempo Casuals suspenders

Sometimes I do an impromptu quick shoot after school if there’s time. I wore this American Apparel off-shoulder top yesterday with my suspenders and this Asos skirt I got awhile back. I’m always up for a black and pink outfit, especially when it’s comfy. So here’s me doing a little casual biker chic. Is that a thing?

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Behind The Wheel-Depeche Mode

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wearing: East & Lo dress, Broner hat, Deena & Ozzy boots, Nordstrom necklace

The weather here in Minnesota has really been cooperating with us and I am stoked about it. Being able to wear bare arms and dresses as long as possible is a plus. My new East & Lo maxi was perfect to wear over the weekend. East & Lo is a new company that offers great pieces under $100. They have tons of items available for Fall, including denim currently on sale.  Check out their Instagram for their latest looks. Hope everyone is starting out the week with a beautiful Monday!

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love lulus

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TALL Lulu Floral 10wearing: dress + necklace ℅ Lulus, Jeffrey Campbell boots

There’s nothing better than a bold print. Especially if it’s as gorgeous as this floral pattern on my new Lulu*s dress. Lulus.com is a brand that I have been loving for several years now and I was so happy to receive a few pieces from them to style. This Just A Twirl dress is also available in other patterns and colors. It’s so comfy and fun to wear. And yes, I tested out the twirl factor as I did a bit of dancing and spinning around during my shoot.  The gold crystal necklace is such a beautiful added touch that makes this ensemble very me as I am in love with everything crystals and stones. Check out the latest at Lulu*s here and follow them on Instagram for fashion inspiration.

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image-4wearing: American Apparel dress, H&M top, Shelly’s London shoes

Hello! The weekend is over, but this one was a good one for me. I got to spend a lot of time with my friends and I did a few shoots, including a collaboration with Lulus that I’m really excited about. I also put a little time at my first official job. Oh, I didn’t tell you? I’m now an employee of American Apparel. Working in retail sure does teach you a lot… and fast. It’s fun because I get to work with one of my best friends and I enjoy working with clothing and accessories- of course! This nylon Tricot Figure Skater Dress is my latest purchase from AA. I just adore this dress and I hope you enjoy this simple look.

FKA Twigs has been on repeat on my iPod for the last two weeks. So, if you haven’t listened to this goddess of a woman, go do it!

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Pendulum- FKA Twigs

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my baby shot me down

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IMG_0732wearing: Forever 21 dress + necklace, Jason Wu clutch, Asos boots, long Nordstrom necklace 

There’s nothing better than going all black. I just fell in love with this pleated black dress with the lace bottom at Forever 21. I snatched it up and knew that pairing it with my Jason Wu clutch (that my mum and I were so lucky to get back in 2012 at Target) was the perfect match. Lace, black + gold = yes! Anyone else agree??

Happy Friday everyone!

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Bang Bang-My Baby Shot Me Down-Nancy Sinatra

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taking chances

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IMG_0509wearing: Forever 21 dress + necklace, American Apparel socks, Deena & Ozzy boots, thrifted bag, Broner hat

There’s nothing like those prime bohemian fall vibes. This peasant dress is one of the many treasures I picked up on my latest shopping excursion. And boy is it a head turner… the vibrant blues & simplicity of the floral is a statement. Pairing it with all black items breaks that “fashion rule” of no black & blue. It felt rebellious yet, instinctive. Adding the floppy hat & fringe bag added those boho touches. What do you think of this look?

I saw Gone Girl this weekend and my mind is convoluted. The plot twists and detailed plans throughout the film had my eyes glued to the screen. And what Ben Affleck does wrong, I will never know? Unless you count his relationship with J.LO, but hey I don’t judge. Haha… anyways, I guess that was my recommendation to go see the movie!

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you know what i mean

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IMG_0363wearing: American Apparel skirt, Brandy Melville top, Contempo Casuals suspenders, Shelly’s London shoes

So it’s a new week, a new day. I’m starting out this week excited to have a few new pieces to wear. I trekked out to the Mall of America on Saturday and picked up some rad dresses and skirts. Who doesn’t love a fresh outfit to wear? My most recent obsessions: fringe and lace. Over the weekend, my mum shot me in my new American Apparel skirt and I added her “vintage” Contempo Casuals suspenders, in keeping with my 90’s school girl uniform look. Stay tuned this week for upcoming posts when I showcase some new silhouettes and colors to my wardrobe.

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You Know What I Mean – Cults

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two weeks

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IMG_0137wearing: Forever 21 jacket, ℅ Hollister jeans, Coach bag, Asos boots

It’s Friday and I couldn’t be happier about it. As the wind and blustery weather has set in, I am prepared in my new plaid jacket from Forever 21. Whenever I am wondering about in a clothing store (particularly the warehouse sized Forever 21 in the MOA), I always end up with my fingers gripping the only plaid pieces in sight. I think it’s because I have subconsciously made plaid my favorite pattern, whoa. Plaid is just so timeless and usually resides on the most unforgettable clothing items. Also, it helps me get into the “festive” mindset, meaning fall themed everything, all the time. I try and embrace every second of Autumn, I’m afraid it will pass before my eyes. So, I stare at the vibrant and warm trees long enough that I can examine each unique leaf. I might even take one to glue into my journal for keepsake. Spending times with friends during this season feels right. Making memories during my favorite time of year. So, I am able to reminisce in the fond flashbacks. Consuming copious amounts of cider, salted caramel & pumpkin spice anything is a must. Do it twice a day if you can. Oh, and how can I forget! Listen to good music that sets the tone for the day. If you’re ever in the mood for a killer playlist, let me know, I can share mine. Forecasts say we’re in for snow tonight. Not exactly what I had in mind for my Friday night. But I think it may be perfect for a night in with my friend, Lucy.

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Two Weeks- FKA twigs

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when i’m small

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IMG_0043wearing: Forever 21 skirt, tee + necklace, Marc Jacobs moto, thrifted bag, Deena & Ozzy boots

Well, October has arrived and we have started the month out with a grey rainy morning. As much as I love the cooler Fall weather, I know I’ll miss the warmer temps where I can don bare legs. Knee highs are a staple item in my wardrobe and I will take advantage of any day that I can wear them until the snow falls. Happy October 1st everyone!

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When I’m Small- Phantogram

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maple leaves

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IMG_9766wearing: Forever 21 dress + backpack, Ralph Lauren plaid, Shoedazzle boots

Last night my mum and I had dinner at one of favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. Before we ate, we did a quick shoot because the sun was shining in the most perfect way. I’m wearing my new Off to Paris dress that I recently purchased with my favorite vintage plaid that my Grandmother handed down to me. I’m looking forward to a rad weekend with great weather and chilling with friends. Anyone else loving these perfect Fall temps in Minnesota?

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Maple Leaves- Jens Lekman

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stay gold

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IMG_9507wearing: Levis shorts, Tobi top, Forever 21 jacket, ℅ Julie Vos necklace

If you saw my last post you read that I was sent some lovely jewelry from NYC-based jewelry designer, Julie Vos. This statement necklace is so bold and adds so much to any outfit. I decided to be daring and wear it with my super casual look . Don’t forget to use  the code: lovelylook and receive a 20% discount when you make an online purchase at julievos.com

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IMG_8963wearing: Forever 21 dress, ℅ Julie Vos gold jewelry, DIY Hansa choker, Michael Kors watch, Tory Burch boots, thrifted bag

Recently I was sent the most incredible jewels from NYC-based jewelry designer, Julie Vos. She has recently launched a new website and I am offering my readers a 20% discount to celebrate! Just use the code: lovelylook and you will receive this rad discount on your purchase. Julie Vos has some of the most beautiful pieces like the baroque pendant that you can see me wearing. I also love this baroque wrap ring that I literally obsessed with. Lately, I’ve been so into stones and gems and there are many pieces yet to be a part of my life. I can’t wait to get my hands on this ring next.   Check out julievos.com and consider an online purchase because the exquisite pieces are to die for!

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Stay High-Tove Lo

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IMG_7744wearing: Forever 21 dress + necklace, thrifted backpack, Vanel boots, sunnies

I am so happy that Friday has finally arrived. Weekends are pretty much the best thing ever to me. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my friends and catching a good movie. Although I did catch The Maze Runner last night….Dylan O’Brien was perfect!

So in this shoot, I am wearing an outfit from my latest Youtube video, End of Summer Outfits. Fall is just around the corner and so is the end of wearing sleeveless dresses.

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Someone Great- LCD Soundsystem

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my blood

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IMG_8081wearing: Asos tank, Forever 21 skirt, Topshop boots, Henri Bendel bag, Michael Kors watch, Broner hat

As you may have noticed by now, I have recently started a You Tube channel. My goal is to have a variety of videos, including: fashion, beauty, hauls, blogs and even some of singing. It’s been pretty hard launching my channel and getting subscribers. Like blogging, it all takes time. This outfit, is part of my latest video I have just uploaded. I am hoping to balance both my blog and my channel, but I need your support. Check out my videos and subscribe to my channel to stay up to date with all of my latest uploads. As if life isn’t busy enough, I am adding more to my plate. Pray for my sanity.

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My Blood-Ellie Goulding

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teen angst

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IMG_8240wearing: Gap shirt, vintage skirt, Shelly’s London boots, and Mango backpack

Friday is finally here and I can already feel Fall comin’ on. It’s crazy how bipolar Minnesota is, one day it’s humid and 80 degrees and then next thing you know, you’re pulling out the heavy coats. I’m always looking for easy ways to be comfortable, chic, and grungy. Mostly for school purposes and this look achieves that perfectly.

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Teen Angst- M83

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bizness

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IMG_7450wearing: Vintage skirt from the 90’s, LA Hearts sweater,  Deena & Ozzy boots, Mango backpack, Xhiliration hat, Forever 21 necklace

My mom worked in retail back in the 90’s. And luckily she still has some pieces that she wore back in that Clueless era. I can’t believe she worked at Contempo Casuals during the exact time that they filmed the movie. She even had many of the pieces the girls wore in the film. I dug out this metallic grey skirt out her “vintage” pile of clothes. So I guess if anyone says, “Oh my God, I love your skirt! Where did you get it?” I can respond with: “Thanks it was my mom’s in the 90’s.”

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so good at being in trouble

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Ah, Friday has arrived. While I wish I was headed to NYC for #NYFW, I am looking forward to some good relaxation this weekend too. This Bethany Mota Big Roses dress would be perfect to wear out to dinner or an a fun date. Anyone want to join me?

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra- So Good at Being in Trouble

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warby parker

Warby Parker is a really great eyewear company that is a perfect alternative to a lot of the big companies that charge an arm and a leg for glasses. I love that their mission is to help those who cannot afford eyewear, they help out. They partner with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. And they’re green! Warby Parker is one of the only carbon-neutral eyewear brands in the world.

They are launching their Fall 2014 line and can I just say I am in love with so many of their frames? Glasses are such a fun accessory that can change your outfit vibe so easily. Here are some of my faves:

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Nash  ||  Baxter maple ||  Baxter Whiskey Tortoise

I just love these Hardy frames too!WP hardy favesStriped Pacific  ||  Striped Olive

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imagine

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IMG_6741wearing: ℅ Compassion Brands tank, Foreign Exchange shorts, ℅ Compassion Brands necklace and bracelet, Asos boots, Xhiliration hat

Today so many kids are headed back to school. So I thought it was the perfect time to post about Compassion Brandsa fun line that includes positive messaging for the antibullying movement and donates proceeds to the cause. Compassion is on a mission to help end bullying by designing  jewelry with the universal symbol for “NO”, signifying the brands goal of putting an end to bullying forever. As someone who has experienced being bullied, I can really get behind this cause. So many kids, teens and even adults experience such negativity from others that can have such a lasting effect in their lives. From being made fun of (for just about every reason out there) to just being left out in school, kids are feeling so much pain and sadness and it has such an effect on one’s day. I just love the message that my cute tank has. Doesn’t being kind to everyone sound better than being bully?

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Imagine- John Lennon

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