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July 25, 2017

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

        My favorite black denim skirt: DSTLD

Good morning, babes! Two weeks ago, I finally caved in and purchased the checkerboard Vans slip-ons, which I have been eyeing for quite some time now. They are now my new beaters and I honestly have been wearing them almost everyday. At first, I was a bit hesitant because I never had shoes with such a loud pattern on them and thought it would be a challenge to find outfits to pair well. However, I realized it isn't a problem since they look so good with your average black and white outfit - which is something I wear most days to be quite honest, LOL.

This is one of my go-to outfits when it comes to wearing these checkerboard Vans. I paired it with a simple black and white men's graphic t-shirt (mine is originally from Fuct) and this mid-length pencil skirt with a trend, athletic white stripe running down both sides. My boyfriend's mom actually picked this out at thrift store for me for no less than $.50! My accessories include this Dancing Queen necklace and yellow-tinted sunglasses. I absolutely love this casual look and I think the checkerboard Vans are the perfect touch.


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??


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).


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!


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!



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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