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9 Black & White Heels You Need - $110 and Under

July 17, 2017
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I have been looking for a pair of comfortable, yet classic heels that I can easily transition from summer to fall. Naturally, I gravitated towards all black and white pairs because it's just so easy to throw on with any outfit. I compiled a short collection of nine pairs of heels I found recently on TopShop. They are all $110 and under, so definitely within a reasonable budget! In addition, all of them (except the lace up pair) has a relatively short heel so it is not too uncomfortable for everyday wear.

These particular shoes also stood out to me because they are fairly minimal. A few have buckles or studded embellishments, but otherwise they are relatively plain in design, but structurally unique.  I have been really loving pointed toes and kitten heels as of lately! Which pair would you go for??

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Yay, another fresh start to a new week! What were you guys up to this weekend? Mine was rather relaxing. On Saturday, my boyfriend and I attended Doylestown at Dusk, an annual classic car show featuring more than 500 different cars. We saw some pretty dope ones and I finally got to see the Civic Type R in person (yes, it's beautiful).

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In addition, we watched Okja Saturday night and it was so good. It was directed by Bong Joon Ho, a Korean director. Okja is about a lab-produced superpig that was created with the idea of providing the world with more meat. The company behind these new animals is Mirando (which "coincidently" sounds similar to Monsanto, no?) and they propose a contest in which 26 farmers will raise a superpig and the healthiest one will be crowned champion. In the mountains of Seoul, an old Korean farmer and his granddaughter, Mija, have raised their superpig, Okja. Mija has a special bond with Okja and when she finds out she is being sent to America to be paraded around as a new trophy to the meat industry, Mija goes on a wild, dangerous pursuit to bring Okja home.

It is such a good film and best believe I cried my eyes out. It definitely makes you consider the consequences of the meat industry and the type of animal abuse that goes on behind-the-scenes. It's a harsh reality and although I don't think I could become vegetarian anytime soon, it did shed a new light on this industry. I am going to try and be more susceptible of what I'm eating. I highly recommend checking out Okja if you have not already!



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Location: Sea Isle City, NJ

July 12, 2017

I enjoyed a long weekend trip to Sea Isle City, NJ with my family - our annual vacation spot. My family is still there, but I only spent a couple of days there so I could come back to work. Nonetheless, we tried to jam pack as much relaxation into the three days we spent there together. Of course this included several rendezvouses at the beach and indulging in food - one meal a simple hot sauce smothered hot dog and the other an extensive sea food dinner enjoyed right next to the dock.






Personally, I wouldn't choose to keep going to Sea Isle every year, simply because I enjoy exploring a new place, but my parents absolutely love it here and it's not hard to see why. It's only a 2 hour drive away from home and it is indeed a real ideal place to getaway for a few days. Not only do you have the beach, but there's plenty of good restaurants and little activities to keep yourself occupied. The nightlife at Sea Isle is also pretty poppin too. Plus, it's just a short drive away from Atlantic City, Ocean City, and Wildwood - some other popular New Jersey beach cities. Above all, it was really nice to spend some time with my family. I hope you all had an amazing weekend as well!




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DSTLD

July 7, 2017




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Happy Monday, my loves! Today's post features DSTLD - a brand that was just recently introduced to me and I could not be more grateful because of it. I absolutely fell head over heels for their collection go minimal, yet timeless pieces. Each item is a wardrobe basic that every girl should have in their closet. I seriously never knew my closet was in dire need of a plain white t-shirt until now.

In this post, I am wearing their slim crew neck which is slightly translucent so you can see just a peak of the white silk bralette I layered underneath. Lastly, I wore this chic, faded black denim skirt to complete the whole outfit. My favorite thing about all three of these pieces, is the fact that they can be  the foundation of so many other outfits - together or separate.

Now let's talk quality. I was quite impressed with the durability of these DSTLD items. Since I have received them in the mail, I have worn all three multiple times and have thrown them into the wash. The tee is still soft as ever, the bralette comfortable as it first came out of the package, and the skirt still its' true color. Although, the latter is slightly big on my (if you're typically an XXS like me, a 24 is a little big around the waist), however the addition of my favorite thrifted belt resolved this problem in a jiffy.

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My Best Thrift Find Yet & How to Thrift like a Pro

July 3, 2017

For those of you who are new to my blog, I have a thing for thrifting and I think I have come across my best find thus far. Previously, I have managed to find a pair of Cole Haan loafers, a Theory t-shirt, and the perfect leather belt. However, this past week I have managed to hit the jackpot. In the boutique section of one of my local thrift stores, I came across this little number - a vintage Giorgio Armani silk blouse that happened to fit almost perfectly. It was priced for $50, but since I went on a Monday, items with a red tag were half off and I went home with this Armani top for $25. A typical silk Armani shirt is easily over $1,000. Naturally, I think it is pretty safe to say this is my best find yet!





Now that I have been frequenting my local thrift stores for years now, I thought I would share some of the tips I have learned when it comes to getting lucky:

1. Keep an open mind

I know a lot of people say that you should go into a thrift store with a general idea of what you are looking for. This is never the case for me. I tend to go in with no set agenda and I just let the thrifting surprise me. Although, some days you will come out empty handed, going in with an open mind does lessen the disappointment if you do not have too high of expectations. Remember, thrifting is all hit and miss.

2. Never go on a time crunch

A thorough thrift store search takes a good amount of time. Generally, things can be pretty cluttered at your local store, so it is best to go when you know you are not in any rush to be somewhere. This allows you to relax and search through each rack as thoroughly as possible.

3. Check all the sections

Do not limit yourself to just the women's section. When I hit up Goodwill, I always start at women's, but make sure to hit the other departments too. You never know where the treasure will be hidden. Sometimes you can snag a cool graphic tee from the men's section or a pair of mom jeans from the boys section (true story). I always make sure to check out the home goods section as well. One of my favorite things to thrift are coffee mugs!

4. Size doesn't matter

I feel like when I go shopping at a regular clothing store, I stick to the size that I usually wear. However, when I go thrifting, I am more open to all sizes. In fact, most of my thrifted clothing purchases are not my correct size. A lot of times I managed to find a really nice top in a large size and find unique ways to wear them, such as knotting it, cuffing it, hacking off the ends. The opportunities are honestly endless in a thrift store.

5. Always try it on

As far as the aforementioned tip, it is important to try everything on at thrift just in case you do not like the fit! Also, be sure to visualize how you would wear the piece. To avoid purchasing something I would only wear once, I try to see how many outfits I can create with the piece in question.

These are just a few of my thrifting tips! I highly encourage you guys to check out your local thrift stores. It is a great way to find unique fashion at an unbeatable price,

What has been your best thrift find?



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