The Perfect "Business Casual" Look

Lately, a few readers have sent messages my way asking to share more professional/business casual outfits on the blog. As I have been interviewing for a variety of jobs here in New York City to find the perfect fit, I have come to understand how important it is to dress for the job you want. I've had some interviewers tell me to come dressed business casual and some request business formal, but whatever the dress situation is, I always dread getting ready for interviews. I'm already anxious about meeting a potential employer, so it's daunting for me to put myself together and look polished for the first meeting. 

Decorating Small Spaces

Right now, my apartment is a mess–– we barely have furniture, my room is practically a blank slate, and my indecisive self cannot decide how to fill the white canvas that is surrounding me. New York apartments are notoriously small, and that lack of space means it's harder to decorate in a cute way while also storing everything that belongs to you. Here is some inspiration I'm currently using while configuring my room setup.

Photo via 99 Architecture
I am currently loving the minimalistic approach to bedroom decorating, and although the bedroom above isn't exactly my style, it has the right idea–– Keeping the bed simple, a small piece of art above, a plant in the corner for color, and a mirror. I still need a solid mirror in my room and some art, but I have already kept my bed simple and my nightstand goes beside it perfectly.

Photo via Damsel in Dior
I absolutely love everything about Jacey's bedroom–– I fell in love with the nightstands that she used in her space, and found a very similar one for under $150! I'll share details when I post my bedroom later, but I just appreciate how fresh and clean her room seems. I recommend going on her blog and looking at her house tour–– it's decadent.

Image via Instagram
Lately, I have been infatuated with organized shelves. I love how easy it is to use them to display books and plants without having to take up too much space. I have a wall in my room that I have no idea what to do with, and I plan on using shelves in some manner to take up space.

Image via One King's Lane
Ok so this is totally not going to happen at all, and this whole apartment design probably would bankrupt me, but you can't not love Rebecca Minkoff's apartment. I adore how she has so much color incorporated, but it's not in your face. The whole space looks so welcoming and cozy!

Final Days of Summer

I am having the most bittersweet feelings that summer is coming to a close. On one hand, I'm sick of the heat here in the city, and every subway platform feels like an oven on broil. On another hand, summer is my favorite time of year, and I'll be sad to trade my cutoff shorts in for bulky sweaters. I decided to wear my white Michael Kors capris and my favorite H&M blouse (only $25) to lunch on the water today. 

Seeing (Or Not Seeing) The Sun While Wearing Stars

It was nearly possible to find glasses to view the solar eclipse with here in the city–– they were giving them out for free in Madison Square park, but of course, they were gone in seconds. I dressed for the occasion, putting every celestially themed garment on that I own. I kept my outfit comfy and I decided to go makeup-free because I was trying out a laser facial at Skin Laundry afterwards–– the first one is complimentary (with no catch, I didn't purchase a package after). This is not sponsored, but the laser facial made my face feel amazing! 

Once In A Blue Moon

Silk Bandana | Similar Tee | Shoes | Similar Bag | Jeans | Sunglasses

On Monday, my friend and I headed to SoHo to do some errands. While we were in the area, we decided to shoot this look on Greene street and were surprised with a great view of the solar eclipse. While NYC was not in the path of totality, it was still a crazy cool event to see–– so many people crowded in the streets to watch! You can see in the second picture tons of people behind me with their fancy cameras trying to get time lapses of it. Here's my best shot that I took on my iPhone:

10 Pieces of Advice I Wish I Had Known During Freshman Year

A ton of my readers either started their freshman year in college today or they are starting next Monday and wow, it feels like that was forever ago for me. I remember that time in my life perfectly, and while my freshman year was most definitely not ideal (and led to me transferring schools), I grew so much in that year and really changed a lot as a person. My brother starts his freshman year at Ole Miss today, and although he doesn't really read the blog, these are ten pieces of advice that I would love him and every other incoming freshman to read.

  1. Try to make friends early. No, the friends you make on the first day might not be your friends in a semester, but it's good to make connections as soon as possible. Try to take advantage of new opportunities and say "yes" as much as possible within the first days of being on campus. It might get exhausting, but you'll be thankful for those memories and new friends later.
  2. Call your parents. The newfound sense of freedom is amazing, but remember how you got there. Your parents are going through a weird time and are probably missing the hell out of you, so try to call them at least twice a week. I called my mom every single day, and it was nice to have a familiar voice to talk to.
  3. Do not take rush too seriously. It might seem like a HUGE deal, especially at some of the southern state schools (I'm looking at you Alabama, Ole Miss, and UGA), but rush week doesn't define you forever. If it goes well for you, that's amazing! You'll have new friends that will (hopefully) last a lifetime. If it doesn't, move on and don't dwell on the negative situation. There are plenty of amazing people in and out of greek life, I promise.
  4. Don't eat every meal at the dining hall, and try to implement working out into your routine early on. A lot of people do gain a ton of weight during freshman year, and this will prevent this but most importantly, you'll just feel better overall! You won't be lethargic, and you will have more bounce to your step–– I swear.
  5. Show your professors that you really care early on. Are you taking statistics first semester and you know you're terrible at math? Go in for help before your grade starts to suffer. If you show that you care, it will make a huge difference when they are grading you at the end. Take advantage of your campus' free tutoring services because they are there for a reason!

New Home

Living in New York so far has been an absolute dream! I still have a lot of settling in and unpacking to do, but I have truly enjoyed every minute of being here (besides my skin breaking out from the city–– does that ever go away?). Even though I have visited the city a ton, this is the first blog post I have actually ever done here–– in the past, I have used my trips to New York as a vacation instead of shooting opportunities, but now that the Flatiron building is basically in my backyard, I am so excited to just get out and create new content for the blog.

101 Things In 1001 Days, Volume II

One of my most popular posts to date on my blog is my first 101 things in 1001 days post. A little bit of background on this type of post: these have been popular for a few years, and essentially, it's a list of 101 things you want to accomplish over the course of 1001 days.

These 101 things can be practical or total #goals moments–– really it's whatever you're wanting to do within roughly the next 2.75 years of your life. The time frame for my first list was supposed to end on October 11 of this year, but I have changed so much since penning the first list, and my goals and aspirations have changed too. For this reason, I have decided to reset the clock early. Some of the things that I want to do from the last list will carry over, but the things I no longer have an interest in or have outgrown will not be on the new list. In round one, I completed 50 out of 101 items. A good chunk of these tasks were accomplished within the last few months, especially when I was in Tanzania. Most of them I coincidentally completed in Africa without trying–– sleeping under the stars, going a day (or six) without my phone/computer, etc...

I know that a lot of huge changes are coming in my life within the next few months, and I cannot wait to attempt to complete as many of these goals as possible!

Start Date: August 4, 2017
End Date: May 1, 2020