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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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Bizness- tUne-yArDs

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so good at being in trouble

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IMG_7022wearing: Aeropostale dress and cardigan, Deena & Ozzy boots

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, 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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little grace

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boho 02wearing: top via len, American Apparel skirtJeffrey Campbell boots, H&M rings, Forever 21 necklace, bracelet via Farmer’s Market

Last weekend, we did a really fun shoot in the sunshine. While my Grandma was in town for a visit, we did a little shopping and I picked up this cute top at Len. I just love the crochet detail on the back. I decided to pair it with my maxi skirt and make the look a little Boho. Hanging out in the beautiful outdoors with a perfect breeze couldn’t make a better end of summer shoot.

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Little Grace- Hippo Campus

^^^ Check out this amazing local Twin Cities band that consists of some stellar guys, that I used to go to school with. Their music is very indie rock/pop and super catchy. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Bow and Arrow magazine is an online magazine started up by four Twin Cities ladies. It’s a great resource to local Minnesota businesses, fashion, and restaurants. They do such a great job capturing stories about photographers, bloggers, food and boutiques. I was recently asked to do a shoot with them for their August/September issue. Of course, I said yes and there were no regrets! My blogger friend, Chelsea and her sister, Elyse styled all of my outfits and they couldn’t have chosen cuter clothes! Cliche, Parc Boutique and SBG Designs. (all Minneapolis vendors) supplied all of the gorgeous pieces. The photos above are the pics that were chosen for the mag. The photographer, Gunnar, was an absolute pleasure to work with and he made the shoot such a blast! Check out my latest You Tube video for Behind the Scenes footage….

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all my friends

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IMG_4963wearing: Zara tee, Staring at Stars skirt, Forever 21 backpack, Shelly’s London shoes

Ah Mondays. Not my favorite day of the week. After a fun visit from my Grandma and having to go to school, this week doesn’t seem too appealing to me. It’s so hard to get out of bed, especially when it still feels like Summer and I should be on break. This outfit is easy to throw on and still feel comfy. This skirt has been in my closet for quite awhile, but it hasn’t been worn a ton. So I thought I’d get some use out of it before the cooler days arrive. Anyone else having a case of the Mondays?!

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All My Friends- LCD Soundsystem

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IMG_5499wearing: H&M denim, Madewell top, Jeffrey Campbell boots, thrifted backpack, Heartbreaker sunnies, Forever 21 rings

Another outfit that I put together for my latest video is this super casual ensemble that includes my latest score from Buffalo Exchange. I found these Jeffrey Campbell boots while doing a quick thrift shop and lucky me, they were just my size! They are perfect for the Fall and I can’t believe my luck. While the weather has been an uncomfortable humid torture chamber, I am itching for some cooler weather. So I have to settle for a balance of wearing jeans with a short sleeve top. But at least I can wear cute boots!

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Go Outside-Cults

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graceless

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IMG_4378wearing: H&M skirt, Topshop tank, Cotone sweatshirt, Forever 21 backpack, Shoedazzle boots

Well, Summer is coming to an end for me as I start school. this outfit was inspired as a part of my new Back to School Outfit Ideas video. It’s so hard to believe that it will soon be Fall. I pulled out this super comfy sweatshirt I was given from a friend. I just love the sporty vibe it has and I love it with a skirt and boots. It’s so fun to put an unexpected twist to finish off an outfit!

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 Graceless- The National

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lay your cards out

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IMG_3573wearing: Bitching & Junkfood Jumper, Aeropostale crop top and bag, Asos boots

Here’s another shoot I did as part of my You Tube video. I actually bought this jumper last Summer, but I still love it and thought it was a great plaid piece to feature. If you haven’t checked out my channel, do so! If there are any video requests, let me know what you’d like to see me style. Just comment below and I’ll do my best. Hope everyone is enjoying their last days of Summer…

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Lay Your Cards Out- Polica

 

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don’t you forget about me

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IMG_4073wearing: H&M Plaid shirt and denim jacket, Brandy Melville dress, Deena & Ozzy boots, Coach bag

This look is part of my 5Ways to Wear Plaid video on my You Tube channel. It is inspired by The Breakfast Club character, John Bender. If you’re familiar with this John Hughes film, you know Bender is the rebel, the badass. I wanted to channel a little edge, but by wearing my Brandy Melville dress, this outfit stays true to my style and is very me. I am so happy that it’s the weekend… Anyone else?

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Simple Minds-Don’t You Forget About Me

 

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i can change

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IMG_3771wearing: American Apparel crop top, Topshop skirt, Forever 21 sweater, H&M shoes, Soigne Fashion bag, Aeropostale necklace

This outfit is part of my latest You Tube video, “5 Ways to Wear Plaid”. If you haven’t checked out my channel, click here. I’ve been trying to expand my channel with more fashion and beauty tutorials and hauls, so subscribe to my channel to keep up to date with all my latest uploads!

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 LCD Soundsystem- I Can Change

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sunglasses at night

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IMG_4908wearing: Topshop leggings, H&M top and sweater, Shoedazzle shoes, bag from Marshalls, Burberry sunnies ℅ SmartBuyGlasses

I found a really cool graffiti wall and I had to do a shoot here. I am starting school soon and I have been purging my wardrobe, making way for some new Back to School things. So I decided to wear this ensemble that is perfect for a cooler day. I recently received a pair of Burberry sunnies from SmartBuyGlasses.com. They are this super rad eyewear company that carry tons of great designer glasses and contacts. Everything from YSL, Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger. I chose these Burberry glasses with the classic tortoise pattern. They fit perfectly and I know these will be worn in many of my upcoming posts!

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Corey Hart-Sunglasses at Night

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si tu vois ma mère

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maison 02wearing: ℅ Maison Jules dress, ℅ Soigne Fashion bag, Asos heels

I have been dreaming of visiting Paris for quite awhile now. My Parisian obsession has spilled into my taste in clothing, decor, music and movies. I have to admit, I do have my share of Eiffel Tower figurines and Paris inspired journals. So when Maison Jules gifted me with this lovely dress, I was over the moon. It is such a lovely and elegant piece of clothing that could make anyone feel classy and a bit flirty. Maison Jules is a brand sold at Macy’s and I just love their modern twist on Parisian street style clothing. Be sure to check out the Maison Jules section next time you’re in Macy’s. If you love simple and sophisticated, you’ll love their pieces!

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 Sydney Bechet-Si tu vois ma mère

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no rest for the wicked

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grunge 02wearing: H&M denim shorts, Aeropostale tank (similar), Eddie Bauer flannel, Aeropostale beanie, BDG backpack, American Apparel knee socks, Shelly’s London shoes (similar), Forever 21 rings

I was feeling a bit grunge this weekend. I threw this outfit together as part of a series I am filming for one of my upcoming You Tube videos. So stay tuned! Happy Monday lovely people.

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Lykke Li- No Rest For The Wicked

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IMG_2313wearing: Marc Jacobs moto jacket, H&M tank, Foreign Exchange shorts, Forever 21 backpack (similar), Report shoes

I have to admit that I am a little sad that August has arrived. It doesn’t even seem like we had a Summer here. I felt like throwing on some of my old favorites and hanging out on some steps. MY Marc Jacobs moto is seriously the comfiest and will fit right in perfectly with my Fall wardrobe. Happy Friday!

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The Black Keys-Lengths 

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escapade

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soigne dress 09wearing: ℅ Soigné Fashion dress and bag, Charles Jourdan heels, Francesca’s ring

I am always up for a pretty dress, especially in the Summer. This dress from Soigné Fashion is no exception. I just love the simple cut and jeweled collar. The cream hand bag and the bling-iest ring I own go perfectly for a nice dinner out. Now I just need to find that perfect date… Check out Soigné FashionIf you like to online shop, add this site to your list. I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing some Back to School shopping very soon.

Soigné Fashion has an exclusive offer for all Take A Lovely Look followers/readers! Visit www.soignefashion.com and add coupon code: TALL25 to get 25% OFF on your entire order! Also, Free Shipping on all US orders!

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Escapade- Janet Jackson

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awake

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TALL aero 07wearing: ℅ Aeropostale top and skirt, Topshop shoes, Madewell bag, Forever 21 necklace and rings

The Summer is just passing by so quick. I recently picked up a ton of new pieces at Aeropostale and I’ll be showcasing them in a new video on my YouTube channel. If you haven’t already- check out my videos, as I am adding makeup tutorials, hauls and ootd uploads. In other exciting news… I am hosting my first event tomorrow at the Mall of America Aeropostale. So if you’re in the area, stop by and shop with me. Aero is launching their new Back to School collections along with their new #AERONOW look. The store will have a fun photo booth, a DJ and refreshments. Come on in to shop from 4-6PM, and shop the after party at 6PM. I’d love to meet every one of you!

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half about being a woman

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TALL firmoo 05wearing: ℅ Firmoo eyewear, H&M romper, Aeropostale sweater, F21 necklace

If there is one thing I could wish for, it would be perfect eyesight. I have been a contact lens wearer for about 5 years now. And I have to say, I am sick of the hassle of the lenses. My eyes need a break every once in awhile. So when I received an email from Firmoo.com  offering to send me a pair of eye glasses, I couldn’t pass it up! I chose the cutest clear lenses with a tortoise pattern. I absolutely love them!! These glasses fit me perfectly and I can wear them with any outfit and still feel stylish. I normally dread having to wear my glasses, but I have to admit, I have been wearing these lenses ever since I received them in the mail. And by the way, they arrived in my mailbox in less than a week after I ordered them. And they came in a pretty world map patterned case, which I love. Check out Firmoo- a very inexpensive eyewear company for super cute glasses! They’re currently running a promo for first time customers. Check it out here.

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Half About Being a Woman-Caroline Smith

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past is prologue

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IMG_0534wearing: ℅ Aeropostale blazer, H&M blouse, Tommy Hilfiger jumper, and Dolce Vita boots

Finding unique and inventive ways to utilize and style my vintage clothing always gives me such a sense of satisfaction. I’ve had this super retro Tommy Girl denim jumper for a while now and have kind of put them on the back burner. I’ve always worn them for sheer lounge and comfort. When I was trying to find a way to wear this Aeropostale striped blazer, my mum suggested I try styling it with the jumper, I fell in love. It was a crazy genius idea and I love mixing the preppy, chic, and tom boyish looks together. The peter pan collared blouse added that touch of girly and adds a business chic vibe. I would definitely wear this on any occasion.

On another note, I’m excited and very proud that I’ve uploaded my first beauty Youtube video. It’s my everyday makeup tutorial and this is just the beginning! I plan on becoming a full time “youtuber” and posting quite frequently with all kinds of videos; tutorials, DIYs, monthly favorites, etc. So stay tuned and subscribe to be the first to know about the latest uploads!

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Past is Prologue- Tycho

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summer with hollister

This is a sponsored post for Socialstars and Crowdtap with apparel from Hollister Co. #HCOstylist and #jeans

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wearing: jeans, crop top, Marina Park kimono  ℅ Hollister

I recently partnered up with Hollister to style an outfit with a pair of their jeans of my choice! I gravitated to these dark charcoal high waisted jeans, and boy did I pick the right pair! I usually don’t opt for jeans, but I honestly have never owned a comfier pair of denim. I wear them with anything and everything -they’re perfect everyday wear. When shopping around Hollister for items to compliment the jeans, I immediately ran to this amazingly gorgeous kimono. The print was so subtle and eye catching, I knew it would make for the perfect sexy, casual, and classy outwear. Who doesn’t like a bit of fringe?! All that was needed to finish the look was a simple top to wear underneath and I opted for a cute white one for some color contrast. I’m so honored to be working with this amazing brand that brings such a classic and timeless take on summer attire. Shop this look at here and use code: 31073 for their jeans promotion. The promotion will discount the jeans to $20.

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IMG_9820wearing: H&M shirt & shoes, American Apparel skirt, Coach Duffle bag

I dug out this adorably classic boyfriend button down from my mum’s closet and scolded her for hiding this treasure. I’m forever loving the basics. I haven’t really taken it off since I’ve found it… not only is it comfortable, but it serves as the best preppy school girl look. And we all know how my everyday outfit usually resembles a prep school girl’s uniform. I stopped in Buffalo Exchange a few days ago, to find three brand new American Apparel skirts for $15 each. Like… what?! That kind of stuff never happens. I often have a hard time justifying buying full price expensive items. Even though, I have my fair share of skirts from AA. So therefore, this was a total win. I opted for my vintage coach bucket bag and my platform sandals with a clean pair of socks to compliment my button down. Happy Thursday! My super exciting collaboration will be on the blog tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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Holy Roller- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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rescue me

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IMG_007wearing: H&M dress, bag + bracelet, Asos boots, Nordstrom watch

I have been so busy lately doing so much with the blog. Summer is just passing by so quick and I know school will be starting sooner than I want. I have an exciting addition, that I had mentioned before to the blog. And I can’t wait to share it with you! Recently, I shopped at H&M and picked up this bag for about $8, so I thought I’d pair it with my dress that I got at the Soho H&M. I did wear it in NY and to my Aeropostale visit. Speaking of Aeropostale, I am so honored to be featured on their blog here. They have been such a great partner and I couldn’t be happier with my feature with them. Stay tuned for my next collaboration and fun post!

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Rescue Me- Mr. Little Jeans

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tennis 08wearing: Forever 21 top + backpack, thrifted tennis skirt, American Apparel knee socks, Adidas shoes

My love for tennis skirts goes very deep. I could wear one every day. I wish I had one in every color of the rainbow. I wore this ensemble to school one day awhile back, but I never did a shoot. So we headed to the courts to match the somewhat sporty vibe I had going on. Too bad the lighting did not cooperate with us.

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Lorde-Tennis Court 

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dance yrself clean

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IMG_8718wearing: Old Navy jacket, Pins & Needles dress, Merona shoes, and ℅ Aeropostale bag

I’m the type of girl who loves dressing up for any occasion, whether it’s for an event, a shoot, or just trying fancy clothes on and twirling around in front of mirror. It’s no secret that dresses are a huge portion of my wardrobe. But, if there’s one thing I love more than wearing dresses, it would be finding comfortable ways to wear dresses! An army green jacket should be in every girl’s wardrobe, no matter what your style. They are the holy grail when one is opting for keeping it casual but also trendy and urban. They go with just about anything. They made this normally girly dress, a more balanced look. And swinging my Aeropostale bag next to my side, added even more depth to the ensemble. Happy Saturday!

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Dance Yrself Clean- LCD Soundsystem

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new summer

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Something that I’ve learned as a fashion blogger is that it’s important to stay completely true to yourself. It sounds a bit “well duh?”, but there’s a lot of pressure and stress about creating quality content and such. And for me, I’m a complete perfectionist when it comes to my own work and what I put out in the world. So, I’ve had urges to not re-wear outfits on my blog, but I’ve learned to make my outfit posts completely realistic. Like… yeah I’m gonna wear that dress more than once. Or like… yeah sometimes I wear the same thing two or three days in a row. Having a blog is so fun and none of it should be taken so seriously. I live by this rule everyday, and so should you! I’m wearing this Motel Rocks dress that I wore when I first started my blog. Whew, this bad boy is so beautiful. The print is so killer, and it has freakin’ shoulder pads!! I felt totally retro, with a sweet/badass twist. That’s always how I love to feel with my clothes. Dynamic is so important with your outfits, I feel. But also, I mean these Topshop heeled boots that I thrifted last summer never seem to disappoint. And they really make this outfit. Hope you like this look!

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New Summer- Young Galaxy

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elephant

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Tuesday seemed like it was going to be a super non productive and lazy day, until I got a burst of energy! I decided I wanted to do a photo-shoot with my new Aeropostale elephant tank in Uptown. I also came up with the idea of doing my first vlog, and that documenting my day in Uptown would be totally rad. So, instead of me telling you what I did, head to my video down below. Thanks guys!

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Elephant- Tame Impala

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