This Is Not an Apology Post

Every time I don’t post on this blog for a while I find myself apologizing for it. I get on streaks of inspiration where I post a bunch of things for a while and then I give up, I run out of ideas or content that I consider “good enough.” I think my logic is that if I don’t post anything, then at least I can’t get mad at myself for it not being as perfect as I expect it to be.

My desire for perfection has always been one of my biggest motivators and also one of my biggest setbacks in my life. Anxiety has a lot to do with it; I feel the need to perfect many aspects of my life so that I don’t feel like everything is spiraling out of control away from me. I can’t function if my room isn’t clean, I can’t leave the house if my outfit isn’t exactly how I envisioned it, I can’t hand in a project if it’s not what I consider my best work.

Today in my Writing and Rhetoric class I got my first paper back for a grade. At the bottom, my professor wrote “You have a beautiful prose style… very reader friendly… I’d wager you end up in a writing intensive profession. Some of this reads like professional, magazine worthy, writing.” I started to tear up right there in class. I’ll admit when I handed it in, I thought I would do pretty well on the paper. I’d spent many hours editing little details, going into his office hours to ask him questions about it, making sure everything was perfect as I thought I could make it.

But the thing is, what I forgot until I got his comments back is that I actually do know how to write, and that I like to write. I’d been so caught up in the little details and trying to tweak the paper for a good grade that I forgot about something I couldn’t change even if I tried, my voice. And to hear that my professor admired my writing for my voice and my style meant so much to me. I don’t think he ever could have known that my ultimate dream goal is to write for a magazine, but he thought to comment that that was where I belong anyways. In the end, I can’t “perfect” being truly passionate about something, I can’t fake my voice, and not everything is about getting a good grade. The fact that my professor recognized from just my style of writing where I belong in this world made me realize so much about my life lately and made me want to start writing this blog post.

It’s easy for me to get caught up in what everyone else wants. In school, it’s what my professor wants so that I can get a good grade. With my blog, I worry about what all of you want to see too. I get worried that no one’s going to read what I write or care about what I have to say, so I put pretty photos because everyone responds well to that. I love photography and it’s an art form I’ve been learning about and becoming more interested in, but not everything I care about is having a nice Instagram feed. In the end, I love aesthetically pleasing things and fashion but what I truly love to do is write. Maybe this is why I never post on my blog, because even though a blog is supposed to be a platform for writing, it’s turned into a social media all in itself. All because of this, I feel bad about actually putting words onto my blog because I don’t want to annoy people with them. Isn’t that a little fucked up? All because I’m worried about what other people think of me, I’ve forgotten about my voice.

I obviously love social media and I love posting photos on Instagram, but it distracts everyone (including myself) from a lot of meaningful things in life. Posting on social media rewards us with immediate satisfaction, people like it and the likes pop up on our screen and they’re quantified by numbers, hundreds of likes that are supposed to determine the “worth” of this picture. But what’s it worth if we don’t really care about it? Even if no one reads what I write, I care more that I write something beautiful or meaningful than I care about those half-assed photos thrown up on my blog or Instagram because that’s what everyone else wants to see (mind you, some of my photos are not half-assed, they take a lot of creative effort, but certainly some of them are and a lot of things that other people post just for “likes” are).

In the same vein, I’ve truly been feeling down lately. Nothing has felt like it’s been going right in my life. It goes back to that feeling of anxiety; all of this bullshit has been happening around me that is out of my control and I let it get to me because I can’t do anything about it. I get so lost in this shit, this drama and negativity, but in perspective it’s all absolutely meaningless. Like a half-assed social media post, maybe everyone else cares about it or at least they act like they care about it, but I need to remind myself that it’s okay that I don’t. It’s when I let myself get caught up in these things that I feel the worst, because it means I’ve lost track of what’s important to me, and I forget all about my voice.

I know sometimes I see things differently than other people do. Colors speak to me in ways I sometimes can’t describe. Today I decided to take a minute to myself in the midst of this whole funk I’ve been in and I went out with one of my best friends to get breakfast. It was a strangely beautiful 80 degree October day, and when I looked around I saw all the colors around me in my life matching up with each other. I saw everything in a blue and yellow tint, my favorite colors together, everywhere I looked. I thought to myself, Wow everything looks pretty today maybe that’s a sign that everything is going to be better for me. I realize now that maybe everything seemed to match because I was finally, finally taking a second to remember what’s actually important to me. My entire perspective on life was so fucked because I had lost my own voice, been out of my own frame of mind, until I sorted things out and finally all the colors I saw were in harmony with each other.

I left my class after getting my paper back from my professor and started my walk back to my house. There’s a walkway I take lined with trees. At the moment, they’re all the most beautiful tint of yellow I’ve ever seen, juxtaposed next to the oddly bright blue October sky. And now I remember, they were the same color when I took the photos for my first blog post ever in front of them.
How nice it is to let the colors match up for once.

As I write this, I’m getting worried maybe there isn’t a point to what I’m saying. I’m encouraging myself to stop this worrying because maybe the point isn’t that there’s a point. The point is just that I’m writing. I’m doing what I love and expressing how I feel and remembering my voice, not because it’s what I think everyone else wants. So here I am, not apologizing for not posting on my blog enough. It won’t always be like this, but for now perfection isn’t on my mind. What’s on my mind is the blue and yellows.

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thrifting tips + tricks

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! Finally I’ve started my thrift shopping blog series. I originally was going to only make one post, but I love thrifting so much I’ve realized I have a LOT to say about it. Today I’m starting out with all of my insider tips and tricks for how I thrift shop! This post is a little more word heavy and informative, but up next I will be doing a thrifted lookbook with tons of photos of how I wear my thrifted/vintage clothes! I hope this is helpful for all of you wondering how I thrift shop!

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  1. keep an open mind
    I had to put this tip first because it is by far the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to start thrifting. I will sometimes bring a friend thrifting for their first time and they will get really frustrated/disappointed very quickly because they don’t find something amazing right away. I think many people go into a thrift shop thinking they’re going to pull out some high quality, perfect condition, designer item right off the bat. The truth is you most likely won’t, and pieces like that only come every once and a while. You will have much better luck if you aren’t looking for perfect off-the-rack looking items and instead be open to some different/unique pieces that you maybe normally wouldn’t go for. An open and creative mindset is key, but at the same time thrifting isn’t everyone’s style and it may just not be your thing. You won’t know until you try!
  2. have an idea of what you’re looking for
    This might sound like a bit of a contradiction to my last tip, but you do need to go into the thrift shop with some idea of what you’re looking for. This doesn’t mean you should have a super specific perfect item in mind, because you are more than likely not going to find it– you’d be better off hitting the mall. But some thrift shops are HUGE and have tons of random stuff in them, so in order to not get overwhelmed, you need to narrow it down for yourself somehow. What I mean is you should have some general ideas to help focus your search. Have in mind some colors or patterns you really like– maybe you’re loving red right now and you also dig the polka dot trend– so these items will pop out at you right away. You can also narrow by style: I’ve been looking for a lot of vintage high waisted jeans to cut into shorts for summer, so I’ve been spending more time in the jean section lately. You also could just have in mind that you could use some more t-shirts or a cool jacket and that will help your search a bit.
  3.  get a cart
    I can’t stress this enough– if you want to be a legit thrifter, you need to get yourself a shopping cart right off the bat. This doesn’t mean you’re going to buy everything in your cart, not even close. I always recommend pulling out a ton of items and stacking them up in your cart, even throwing in some things you’re iffy about. You never know what might work out, so just go for anything that catches your eye and put it in there. Don’t worry about size quite yet, unless it just looks ridiculously small or large. I’ll go into trying things on/narrowing down your cart later.
  4. check every section
    Ladies, NEVER EVER skip the men’s section!!! If you’re going thrifting, you really have to be open to wearing both men’s and women’s clothing. Some of the best items I find are in the men’s section– specifically sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets and tshirts. I spend basically equal amount of time in the men’s and women’s section at the thrift. I love me some androgynous clothing and also men’s things are just comfier sometimes! Aside from the men’s section, I would also quickly check over the little boy’s and girls sections, because sometimes the sizing works for adults too or things get mixed in there that actually aren’t even for kids. Also, definitely don’t forget to look at the shoes, bags, and belts because sometimes you can find really nice accessories at the thrift too.
  5. get creative
    A LOT the time when I buy something at the thrift, I don’t wear it the way it was probably originally intended to be worn. Sometimes you have to think of unique ways to style certain pieces or ways to rework them to work for you. For example, a ton of the tops I buy I will simply crop so that they work better for my style/look more trendy. I also buy a lot of button up shirts, but I never wear them buttoned all the way, I’ll usually tie them up at the bottom or wear them off the shoulder. Sometimes jeans I find are too big so I have to make them work in a paperbag style with a belt, or I decide to cut them off into shorts or rip them up. One time I accidentally bought a fuzzy coat with ears (not joking, like weird teddy bear ears) on the hood, but instead of trashing it I realized I could simply just cut the ears off. Also, if you have something that just fits a little odd and might need a bit of a hem or to be taken in slightly, these are easy alterations anyone who knows basic sewing should be able to do for you and can be really worthwhile changes. Knowing how to rework items is a HUGE part of thrifting and makes it more fun too.
  6. don’t look at every single item or dwell too long
    Please please please don’t stare at every single shirt on every single rack one by one when you go thrifting. You will quite literally go insane if you try to look at every item. There’s a couple ways I do this, depending on my mood. I’ve seen some thrifters speed-check the racks, where they flip super super quickly through the items and only stop every once and a while if something really catches their eye. This way you kind of see everything but you don’t look too closely at all, also flipping through super fast makes you feel really cool when you get good at it. Secondly, once you get really thrifty, you might even be able to spot good things just by scanning the rack with your eyes. Never do I actually flip through the jeans anymore, I’ve literally trained myself to spot some nice vintage Levi’s literally just by looking at the rack. On the same note, don’t spend too much time in one section. Sometimes you start to go crazy looking at all of the dang t-shirts because they all start to look the same, and that’s when you should just accept defeat for the time being and move onto the next section.
  7. do your research
    Obviously this is a little more advanced, but the reason I know so much about thrifting is honestly because I watch thrifting videos/shop for vintage items constantly. Knowing what type of vintage items are worth the money and are being resold for a lot is very helpful. You may not be looking to resell, but if you find the same item that you see people reselling for 10 times what you’d be buying it for then you know it’s probably a good find. It’s also good to do your research on brands. For example, the brand Kappa is super huge in vintage clothes right now. I would never know this if I didn’t watch YouTube or go on Depop, but if I found a Kappa item at my thrift shop, it’d be worth a pretty penny. Knowing what brands are worth a little more money is super helpful, as well as doing some research on how to spot fake vs. real designer items could also definitely come in handy one day in case you happen to find something designer.
  8. looking for vintage
    Going along with the tip above, it may be helpful to be able to spot what vintage items look like. I personally like finding vintage items because some of them are very rare and unique and aren’t easy to find anywhere else, which makes them special to me. Not everything at a thrift shop is vintage– a lot of the things there will be newer items that people just decided to get rid of. I’ll admit, some vintage things can just be old and gross and crappy. Just because it’s “vintage” doesn’t make it cool, and it really depends on your style sometimes too. I’ve found it helpful to look at tags on things to figure out how old it is. For example, more papery tags are definitely a sign of vintage clothes! (This is a little hard for me to explain so I recommend doing some research on this on your own/looking on YouTube for a better idea of what I’m talking about).
  9. trying things on
    When you go thrifting, you absolutely must be prepared to try things on. First of all, you cannot trust size tags. The sizing on vintage items was totally different back in the day compared to how sizes work now. Items that have been washed and worn will also shrink/stretch so you can’t even really trust modern labels either. I know for a fact that in older jeans I need to sometimes size up 3 or 4 sizes even when the waist measurement marked on the jean doesn’t match my actual waist, especially because they often have no stretch to them. Secondly, some items are just going to fit really weird and there’s no way to know how they’ll look until you try them on. You literally never know until you try. Also, if you have a heaping cart, trying things on will probably cut your pile in half if not more. Don’t feel upset or bad if things don’t fit, they honestly just might be weird fits or styles and it just wasn’t meant to be.
  10. narrowing down your pile/ is it worth it?
    After the dressing rooms, you’ll most likely need to make some final cuts for what you want to buy. If you had a budget in mind going into the thrifting trip, keep that in mind. I’ve learned over time to pass on some pretty nice items just because I can tell they’re overpriced/ not worth the money. I can tell when some things are just bad quality and will fall apart on me, or if I might be able to find something really similar another time for a better price. I tend to hold onto and buy the more unique items that I know will be tough to find again and pass on generic ones I can find anytime. Another thing to consider is just if you will ever actually wear the item. Of course you have to do this when you buy anything, but think about where/when/what outfits you can wear the items with. If you don’t see yourself wearing it much, it might not be worth it. Also, always check for holes/stains/obvious issues– typically if I see one of these things I just pass on the item because it usually isn’t worth the repair. I’m pretty brutal when I’m narrowing down my final choices. I only get things when I really, really like them. If I’m iffy about it at all, I most often just put it back.
  11. bringing a friend
    There’s a lot of pros and cons when it comes to bringing friends thrifting. I personally find it to be a lot more fun to be able to chat with friends when you’re looking through the racks, and being able to pick things out and show them to each other and joke about some of the hideous/funny things you find while you’re looking. Sometimes my friends find awesome things that I would normally miss and I find things for them, which is also super helpful. At the same time, going alone is also good to help you go at your own pace, focus better, relax, and pick things out without other opinions. Friends can be both good and bad for judgments– sometimes friends don’t totally get your style or might make you feel bad about something you really like which could ruin it for you. But sometimes they can give you honest and helpful advice about whether something is cool/worth buying or not. Also, I haven’t experienced this, but I would be wary about possibly fighting over super dope items with friends. If both of you spot a really amazing designer handbag at the very same time, you could be screwed… try not to lose friendships at the thrift shop.
  12. wash it when you get home
    This may seem painfully obvious, but I’m pretty sure a shit ton of people never wash their thrifted clothes before wearing them (I had a conversation with my local Salvation Army worker about this the other day and I guess it happens a lot). I used to be grossed out even just walking in a thrift shop because I felt dirty, but I got over that and realized it really isn’t that bad and most of the items are obviously quite clean. Still, please go home and wash your finds before you wear them out, just to be sure!
  13. practice makes perfect
    If you haven’t noticed throughout this post, it’s pretty clear that a lot of what I know about thrifting can’t just be taught but took a lot of practice and learning from experience. Not that I’m proud of it, but at one point this semester I was going thrift shopping at least once sometimes twice a week every week, so I’ve had my practice. I think it’s really important to realize not every thrift trip will  be a great one. You have to go in pretty relaxed with no expectations, because sometimes you will find a ton and it’s really nice but other times you just need to accept that you didn’t find anything that day. Going a lot of different times and to different locations is the best way to be successful at thrifting. The best part about it (and in my opinion what makes it addictive) is that thrifting is kind of like betting– you never know when you’re really going to get lucky!

good luck and happy thrifting!
Let me know if you guys take this advice and try it out yourself! Tell me what you thought of this post, comment/ask questions, and let me know if you would like to see more thrifting posts as well!

xoxo,

emma

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something a lil different

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photographed by Brian Harat

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outfit details:
shirt – stolen from my brother’s closet
jeans – thrifted levi 501’s
shoes – checkerboard vans

I decided to do something a little different for this post– photos first this time. I do a lot of really cool photoshoots with different photographers and friends I know just for fun but I barely ever make full blog posts out of it, so no one ever gets to see all of the photos except me. I met up with my friend Brian for these shots at Peck’s Arcade in Troy and I just love how they turned out! Usually I try to have a concept for a photoshoot going into it, but this time we kind of decided to walk around Troy and see what happened. This location was amazing and inspired me so much, and I think the photos show it!

I usually wear darker and more edgy styles, but with summer coming around I’ve been really into light colors, neutrals, and more natural textures and settings. It’s not what I normally go for but I’m really liking the change. You may be seeing me switch around my Instagram to more things going along with this style! Also, mad props to the amazing natural lighting in these photos– not kidding they barely needed to be edited at all. They don’t look overdone or like we tried too hard and that’s what I love about it.

During this shoot, Brian and I were talking about why he likes to take photos/ why I like both taking them and being in them. We both agree that it’s not about the Instagram likes or the money or anything like that, it’s about happiness. Brian said the best thing about taking photos of his friends is seeing them be happy with the result and feeling really good about themselves when they see the final product. I couldn’t agree more. The main reason I work on my blog, write, make art, and take photos is because I genuinely love being creative and it makes me so happy to do all of these things. It truly is my main passion in life.

That being said, it hasn’t been easy for me to stay happy lately. Only my closest friends know that I got in a pretty bad car accident about a week ago and it’s been extremely tough for me. I am very lucky to come out of it with only a few bruises and everyone is okay, but any accident is scary and takes a mental toll on you. I’ve found it very difficult to stay positive at all these past few days. My friends have reminded me to try to focus on all the good things in my life, and I remembered that those things include blogging and fashion and creating. I’ve decided to make it a priority to keep myself genuinely happy by doing these things. I’ve been so inspired talking to my friends about creative ideas and concepts we have, so I’m really excited to start working on them.

I’ve been collecting quite a few more thrifted items, so expect my thrift shopping post up next! Also, if you guys like seeing all of the photos from my photoshoots, please let me know and I can post more like this.

xoxo,

emma

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nyc streetwear-inspired spring trends

A few days ago I took a short trip to New York City. After walking around all the shops in Soho all day, I was sooo inspired by all the new spring trends I noticed in the stores and people wearing on the streets. Here’s a list of 10 of my favorite trends and where to find them!

1. Wicker/Straw Basket Bags
I just want to take one of these on a picnic! They’re so freakin’ cute. I’m not kidding when I say I saw these in literally every store in NYC, they’re going to be so huge for spring! I love how there’s so many different shapes and styles of them to pick from. I also noticed a ton of straw hats like floppy hats and visors in the stores too! This is also the perfect trend to try to look for in thrift/vintage shops, I see them there a lot!

Free People – I love the oval shape & clasp on this one!
Forever 21 – The perfect small & affordable option, if you’re iffy about this trend and don’t want to invest too much in it, this style is great for you!
Topshop – This one is literally just like a lil basket! So cute.
Urban Outfitters – The large tote size and circular shape of this one is awesome! So perfect for the beach.

2. Wide Leg Jeans/ Bell Bottoms
The whole time I was in the city, the one thing I was determined to buy was a pair of HUGE bell bottoms! Just when I was about to give up, I found the perfect pair at Urban Outfitters and I’m in LOVE with them. They’re a little out there, but that’s my style of course. If you want to try out this trend but do something a little more wearable, you can try wide leg jeans, more subtle flares, or a little kick flare! You can find these jeans just about anywhere, but here’s a few places I saw them.

Urban Outfitters – These are the jeans I ended up getting! They’re super dramatic but they’re so much fun. Totally my new favorite piece of clothing!
Forever 21 – These ones are also a little more out there, but I think they’re super cute and casual and an easy way to spice up a normal outfit with a tshirt!
Free People – By far I saw the most flare/ wide leg styles at Free People. These ones are your classic low-rise flare jeans. I saw a ton of people just walking around the streets wearing this style of jeans!
Topshop – Cropped kick flares are also super on-trend right now. They’re a little more wearable than huge flares so they’re a perfect option for anyone!

3. Dark Denim with Contrast Stitching
I love how versatile this trend is! I saw dark denim with contrast stitching on all kinds of clothing pieces, from jackets to jeans to dresses. With the super dark denim, it’s easy to either dress it up or down depending on the occasion!

Urban Outfitters – This jacket is a subtle way to integrate this trend into your wardrobe! This is a much cleaner look than the typical lighter-washed, distressed denim jackets that most people are wearing now. I also feel like my Barbie owned this at some point in the 90’s and I’m here for it.
Dolls Kill – The cool thing about this trend is it can easily be dressed up or down! I came across this bustier style dress on Dolls Kill and I’m OBSESSED! The white stitching is such a cool and flattering detail.
Forever 21 – If you dig the cargo pants trend and want to mix it in with contrast stitching, these Dickies pants are pretty sick! These are definitely a statement piece.
Topshop –  This skirt is so cute with the belt on it! This is a great piece to wear casually with a white top, or you could find a matching top to make it a dressier set.

4. Boiler Suits
This trend definitely is NOT for everyone (I honestly don’t even know if I could pull it off for everyday) but I think it’s really unique and fun! I’ve seen some girls wearing these on Instagram and they’re an amazing look, especially for a photoshoot or something more dramatic like that! But you know if I could pull off wearing this to class, I would. If I find an affordable one somewhere, then maybe I’ll do it, who knows.

I.Am.Gia – I saw a girl wearing this on Instagram and I became seriously obsessed! I love the all-red look, I would loooove to own this unique piece!
ASOS – If you can rock this without looking ridiculous, mad props. I feel like it needs a good belt to go with it though!
Urban Outfitters – I guess this all-denim look could be the most wearable way to try out this trend?
The Vintage Twin – This is a shop in Soho that I saw a TON of vintage boiler suits at (although I can’t find any online)! Some of them were super cool because they were like actual work suits that I assume utility crews wore working for airlines, etc. They often had an airline logo embroidered on the back and a name on the front, so that was a really interesting detail. I feel like you could definitely find one of these at a thrift shop if you look hard enough!

5. Berets & Cabbie/Lieutenant Hats
If you follow my Instagram, you know I looove wearing my black cabbie hat with literally every single outfit (I got mine on sale at H&M for $5 but I don’t think they have it anymore, this one’s similar)! I think cabbie/lieutenant/baker boy hats (there’s like 20 names for them) and berets are a super easy way to dress up anything and make yourself look more put together. You can get them in black to go with everything, or in brighter colors or different fabrics like suede, corduroy, or leather as a fun accent!

Free People – I saw this hat in the store and fell in love with it! I love the embroidered ribbon around it with the twisted cord detail and the corduroy fabric. It’s also called the ‘Albany’ style which is where I live, so I think it’s meant to be. If you’re looking for a good quality hat in this style, I would definitely go check out Free People because they have so many of them in different materials and colors!
Topshop – I think a denim hat with a vintage tee would be so so cute!
Berets – You can find these literally anywhere for cheap right now– Forever 21, H&M, Amazon, Urban, FP, etc! I love them in different colors like red or lavender to add a pop to an outfit.

6. Trench Coats
You really can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat for spring. My favorite version of this trend is actually wearing one as a dress!

ASOS – They have soooo many good ones here I just linked the whole page!
Long Trench layered with a hoodie – I think this is the best example of how you can dress a trench coat down and dress a hoodie up! It’s a super easy and casual look to throw a longline trench coat over a hoodie, but it still looks really put together when you’re just running around to the store or to class. I love the monochrome style of this outfit with all the light neutrals.
Vinyl Trench – Also from ASOS, this vinyl look is another huge trend right now! I think this is a more fancy/dressy way to wear a trench and the material adds a lot of interest to a normal style.

7. Belt Bags/ Fanny Packs
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect belt bag forever! I know they might seem kind of silly or weird, I think they’re actually super practical and cool for street style. I love how you can easily wear them either on your waist or over your shoulder across your chest.

Gucci – This is the classic belt bag that got me obsessed with this trend. I love everything about these… I’ve been looking for a good vintage one forever! I especially like how the style is more flat so it doesn’t stick out from your body too much, giving it a lower profile and less of a nerdy “fanny pack” vibe.
Quilted – I love how the Chanel bag that Kendall Jenner is wearing here is an actual belt! I think this style is super cute. You can easily find tons of dupes for the smaller quilted belt bags like this one from Steve Madden.
Classic Fanny Pack – This is a good example of how you can wear the more bulky fanny pack style! I love the idea of throwing it over your shoulder so it lies on your chest like this. I think it looks super cool and it also is way more practical than carrying around a purse, especially if you’re doing something like shopping where you’d like to be hands-free.

8. Cargo & Army pants
This is another one of those trends that definitely isn’t for everyone– cargo/army style pants. Everywhere I went I saw pants like this. Sometimes the trend was toned down a little, like skinny jeans with camo print or more classic pants with the big cargo style pockets on the side, but I also saw a ton of the full-on huge vintage camo print pants as well!

Zumiez – These ones are actually a really great and relatively affordable find, if I was gonna get on this trend (who knows maybe I will) I would definitely buy these ones! They are that classic oversized vintage style and they come in all different colors, including the classic green camo!
I.Am.Gia – This photo is a good example of how you can wear pants like this! They’re super easy to pair with some sneakers and a tee for a casual look or with a crop top and heeled booties for a more dressed-up look. I’m in love with these red ones from I.Am.Gia!
Urban Outfitters – This is a more simple way to integrate this look into your wardrobe, with a classic pair of cargo pants!

9. Neckerchiefs/Silk Scarves
I’ve been wearing neckerchiefs for years now, but this is a trend I’ve seen become increasingly popular lately! I highly recommend investing in a little silk scarf to add a pop to your outfits because they’re really versatile and can be worn in so many ways! I love looking for unique ones at flea markets/ thrift/ vintage shops.

Bandannas – Chances are you already have one of these lying around your house, and if not you can go pick one up at Walmart or the craft store for like a dollar each! Wearing these around your neck is a super cute touch to any outfit, I love throwing one on when I’m just wearing a hoodie or t-shirt to add something to my look!
Forever 21 – Since this trend is becoming so much more popular now, you can easily find tons of these little silk scarves at places like Forever 21! Look for ones in trendy patterns like stripes or polka dots or unique colors! You can look for smaller ones for a more subtle look, or fold up a bigger style and let the ends hang down.
Silk Scarf in Hair – I think this is a super cute look! I saw a bunch of silk scrunchies at Free People but you could also easily use any vintage scarf or one you find at a store and wrap it around your pony, bun, or wear it as a headband.

10. Chunky Dad Sneakers
Ya’ll know I had to save the best for last! I alwaysss joke about this trend on my Twitter/Snapchat and threaten my friends that I’m going to buy a pair of super chunky dad sneakers (will I actually do it??? stay tuned). Even though everyone seems to hate on me for them, there’s no doubt these sneakers are a huge trend right now and people are definitely wearing them, so much that even Skechers are making a comeback!

Chanel – Not that I can afford them, but if I had to get a pair of these sneakers and my wallet supported it, I would definitely get these ones. I like how they have a more slim look, but I’m sure it would be easy to find knockoffs of this style at places like H&M or Zara.
Skechers – Now I did some research, and it looks to me like the Skechers that all the cool kids are wearing are the D’Lites style, which comes in all sorts of colors but if you’re gonna buy them I think you need to go for the full-on all white Dad style. The fact that these are selling for $65 is literally insane to me when people wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole a year ago, but I’m proud of Skechers for making a comeback. I think my mom might have an old pair of these lying around somewhere though so I might go searching for them and if I find them I promise you’ll catch me wearing them. Pair them with jeans and I’m set!
Balenciaga – This is the exact pair that made this trend huge! These ones are pretty cool but of course their price tag is not, plus it seems like they’re sold out everywhere! I do like how this girl paired them with a dress and leather jacket for a more dressy look!

 

Thank you guys so much for reading! I put a TON of work into this blog post (not kidding, it almost took me two full days) so please give me some love and share it/let me know what you think! I was thinking of doing a thrifting spring trends post, spring outfit ideas, or a fishnets lookbook next– let me know what you want to see!

xoxo,

emma

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beat shop street style

Today I got hit with some major blog inspiration and headed to Troy for a photoshoot with my friend Brian (insta: @brianharat). We stopped in at the River Street Beat Shop and got some really dope photos. The shop is so amazingly retro and colorful, so I had a really fun time playing around with colors/grain etc. when editing these photos to create a really cool theme for this post. I hope you love how these turned out like I do. Scroll to the end of the post for outfit details!

7Ok this photo is my favorite, like WOW sorry I’m just so excited about it… like how the floors match the checkers in my sweatshirt and how it reflects in my sunglasses, and how the colors turned out. So so happy with this!

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42Today’s look has been my go-to outfit lately for a lazy day, with a high fashion/street style spin! Even though it’s super comfortable, it still looks so put together and like I put in a ton of effort. You all know pops of red are my favorite, so of course that’s what I did with this outfit. I took major inspo from New York Fashion Week the past couple weeks, and I can definitely attribute this one to Christian Cowan’s Fall/Winter 2018 RTW. I’ve been loving the checkered pattern lately!

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Outfit details:

Sweatshirt: Forever 21 – easily my best purchase ever, I wear this literally all the time. Men’s sweatshirts are too nice.
Pants: Adidas
Jacket: American Eagle – no longer available but this one from Urban is very similar
Shoes: H&M – I got these on super clearance for like $10 but here are some similar ones
Sunglasses: Amazon – how extra are these??? I love them!
Bag: Vintage Gucci from my mama’s closet (this purse is my literal CHILD I love it so much)

Hope you all enjoyed today’s photos! If you have any posts you’d like to see me do soon, feel free to make some requests! I was thinking a how to wear fishnets lookbook up next, and upcoming spring fashion trends too! I love feedback, so let me know what you guys are liking and what you want to see.

xoxo,

emma

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a year in mirror pics

oh hi there! long time no see (because I suck at posting)

[if you only care to see my mirror pics, feel free to skip reading this, I won’t be mad. I’m an English major and I can’t shut up once I start typing something.]

I decided I would finally try to get back into posting on my blog. I’ve honestly found it’s really hard for me to do things completely for myself (like posting on my blog) anymore. Between school, Her Campus, work, trying to have a social life, sleeping, maybe attempting to maintain my sanity, etc., there’s basically no time for blog posting or being creative at all. A New Years resolution of mine is definitely to try to take some time for myself, and do more creative things, including posting on my blog. I find that being creative keeps me balanced and I feel more happy when I’m making art, so I’d like to strive towards that more often.

That being said, a huge issue I have with my blog is photos. If you know me in real life, I basically dress to the nines every single day. Whether I’m going out and doing things or just going to class, my outfits basically always look blog-worthy. But it’s hard to find the time to take out my nice camera, ask one of my friends to plan a time to take photos, and go out and actually shoot some nice photos for a blog post. I’m also a perfectionist and expect a lot from myself, so I also want to make sure all of these photos look all cohesive and Vogue-worthy and won’t post them if they aren’t edited properly or look perfect. I would love to find a friend on campus who could take photos like this of me more frequently (if that’s you, hmu).

But for the mean time, I’m known to take a ton of mirror selfies. If you have me on Instagram or Snapchat, you definitely know this, because I post them on my stories regularly. Half the time these don’t even show my face, I’m just showing off my outfit if I like it. I spend a lot of time putting together my outfits, so I enjoy sharing them with people, even if it’s just a quick snap on my phone. Just think of me like Cher from Clueless, who takes a Polaroid of her outfit everyday.

I also love saving all of my Snap Stories so I can go back and watch them. Since the New Year just started, I thought it’d be fun to go back through all of my stories from 2017 and see what I did this year. As I clicked through, I noticed all of these mirror pics, and was like hey, maybe that’s blog worthy? I started saving every mirror pic from my stories to my computer and soon realized this was quite the task. It took me several hours, and there was about… 130… of them. So after many hours later, here they all are, dated, sorted, and I’ve added cute little comments on them.

There’s a lot of these photos, so they aren’t meant to be looked at too carefully, just scrolled through quickly like a fashion slideshow of my year. All of these photos tell a little story about me– what I was doing, where on Earth I was, how I was feeling. Some of them are just normal outfits, some feature my friends, some are a little more funny.

Today I just found a journal of mine from like 2008. Inside I made a “back to school shopping list” which had some pretty funny and wild clothing pieces– zebra ballet flats, graffiti leggings, plaid shorts, boyfriend chinos, star scarf, etc. I’ve always been a pretty fashionable kid and I paid close attention and detail to clothing trends and runway shows and all that. No doubt I thought these clothing pieces were the height of my fashion aesthetic at the time. On the side of the page, I wrote “in for fall” and made a list of fashion trends I’d probably seen in magazines or online. Below it there was an “in for me” list which was all of the things I was wearing at the time.
I couldn’t help but laugh because it’s still so relevant to myself ten years later; you can tell from all of my 2017 mirror pics that I’m usually dressing to what’s “in for me.”

Another resolution of mine is to stop caring so much what other people want/think/tell me to do. Sometimes I hold back with my clothing or feel uncomfortable because I feel like people are staring at me or judging what I wear. I get upset when my friends tell me clothing I like is ugly. I’ve decided this year I’ll keep dressing for what’s “in for me,” not what’s “in” for everyone else.
I originally felt hesitant to post all of these mirror selfies because they’re truly a raw look into my life and a really unpolished glimpse at how I look all the time. I thought about people judging me for it and how that would make me feel so upset if people hated it because that would mean they hate what’s essentially me– how I look and express myself and live my life.
But then I remembered, I don’t really need to care what people think of me.

Take these mirror pics as you’d like to. Outfit inspiration, a story of my life, a diary. Here’s a glimpse into my life in 2017, unedited, without the fancy camera. Enjoy!

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a pop of red – fall lookbook

HI EVERYONE!!! Here I finally am with a new blog post for you. Summer was a whirlwind of fun (and work), but it went by way too fast and I never got myself out to take photos for a blog post… for some reason being back at school makes me more inspired to wear cute outfits and put together lookbooks to take pictures of. Or maybe that’s just because I’m actually forced to get dressed and look presentable to see my fellow student population every day– well, most days… even I’m guilty of looking homeless sometimes.
It’s actually so crazy to look at my last blog post (that was in February? Embarrassing…) and think about how much I’ve changed even since then. My life is totally different, my fashion sense, everything. I like to think I’m even a better writer now (hopefully that English degree is paying off). I love to see myself growing as a person and hopefully you people who have read my blog since the beginning– that was a year ago by the way– love seeing it too!

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I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten a LOT more daring with my fashion recently, which definitely results in some stares when you go to a college where practically everyone wears athletic clothes all the time. Lately, I’ve been super into an obnoxious shade of red, which I’ve learned will definitely get you some head-turns in the dining hall. Everything I’ve been buying is this bright red color, like my new Michael Kors wallet I got for my birthday and the pants I wore in this post. I went out to my favorite photoshoot location (River Street in Troy) and put together a couple fun, street-style outfits for you to show you how I integrate pops of red into everyday outfits. I can’t wait to get back to doing more shoots and even more artistic concepts for my upcoming blog posts… I have a whole list of ideas already!

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The amazing culotte pants that I’m wearing for this outfit are from Copper Fox Boutique (@copperfoxshop_troy on Instagram) in Troy. Since they had a half off rack last week, I got them for a great deal for only $25. Copper Fox has been one of my all-time favorite shops since it opened about a year ago, with super adorable unique clothing and a fun bohemian vibe. It’s one of my favorite best-kept Troy secrets. These pants are also super comfy with a lightweight material and elastic waistband, I couldn’t pass them up.

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My top is a super simple striped crop top from Forever 21 that I’ve had for a couple of years, but I’m sure there’s tons of similar ones all over the place. When you’re wearing a statement piece like these pants, it’s best to keep everything else super simple and neutral. I like pairing black & white with red the best, and the pattern on the top really helps to break everything up with the huge solid block of red in the pants. If I’m wearing flowy pants like this, I always like to wear a tight, short shirt on top to balance it out so I don’t look too frumpy.

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For my shoes, I also got these for a great deal (like 10 bucks, literally) on the clearance rack at Target this summer. They match the pants so perfectly I couldn’t help but wear them together. I’ve been super into the espadrille style all summer, so I wanted to put them to good use before it gets too cold out! They’re all sold out now, but these wedges from Target are very similar if you want the same kind of look.

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By the way, if you’ve never been to the River Street Beat Shop, I highly recommend. 10/10 super cool record shop and photo shoot location.

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My next outfit is something I actually wore to class the other day and just threw back on again to put into this lookbook. I’ve been loving a more streetwear-inspired look lately, and this outfit definitely shows that. I mixed together some more casual and edgy aspects to achieve the perfect balance. The faux leather jacket I’m wearing is a must-have from Forever 21, I got it about a year ago but they definitely still have tons of similar, well-priced ones there right now.

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My super comfy black harem pants from H&M are one of my new favorite wardrobe staples, another great deal I got for only $17.99 (it looks like they’re sold out online, but they definitely still have them at my local store in Crossgates). I kept the comfy look going with my favorite pair of black high-top Vans — mine are the Slim style because I like the lower profile. I highly recommend investing in either a pair of black Vans or Converse (I have both) since I wear mine to death.

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My pop of red comes from my tube top, which I actually DIY’d by cutting the top off of a red spaghetti-strap tank top from the kid’s section of Walmart. I mean, you’d never know right…? Works for me.
I pulled the red together even more with my red lips and topped it off with my favorite pair of silver hoop earrings (I’m telling you, hoops are back in action). When I’m wearing a busy outfit like this one, I always like to throw my hair into a top knot bun to keep it out of the way. Plus, it works really well when I hopped out of shower 10 minutes before class so I don’t have to use a hairdryer.

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My last outfit features some of my favorite vintage clothes that I got at the Troy Flea Market (I swear I don’t get everything I own in Troy, I don’t know what’s wrong with me). I got these amazing vintage Levi jeans from La Relance Clothing (@la_relance on Instagram). They fit me like they were made for me and my friends make fun of me for wearing them too much. My scarf is vintage 13 Rue Cambon Paris Chanel, which is one of my most prized possessions.

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Since my shoes and the scarf coordinated together perfectly in bright red obnoxious harmony, I made sure once again to keep the rest of my outfit super neutral with the plain jeans, a simple black belt, and a white tank top from Forever 21.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with acai bowls, specifically Liza’s (@lizasoftroy on Instagram). I would be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t frequent there at least once a week.

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If you know me you also know I’m obsessed with Psychedellicatessen. I just got a tie-dye shirt there last week and I’m super excited about it.

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Thank you to everyone who made it all the way through this lookbook and read all of my fun commentary. If you liked this post, please let me know and give me some luv! I’m so happy to be getting back to blogging again and I can’t wait for what I have in store.

xoxo,

emma

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rompers? for winter? groundbreaking.

ppetmpdupHi everyone! I’m really excited to finally be getting back into posting fashion on my blog. For today, I just decided to do a short and sweet OOTD post. Coming up soon, I’d love to try to put together a lookbook to share even more fashion inspiration and ideas with you all!ppetmpdupProbably a lot of people think I’m crazy for wearing a romper in freezing cold upstate NY weather. But I’m usually just as warm (and a lot more comfortable) wearing a romper or skirt or dress with tights than if I were wearing pants. So, most of the time I opt against the pants. Obviously, I would normally be wearing my thick puffer parka anytime I’m outside (plus sometimes a hat and gloves), but for the purposes of the photos, I took that off.

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Today, I was just in the mood to wear a romper. When I woke up, I was wishing that the sun would come out all the snow would melt and finally it would be spring, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s in my immediate future here in upstate NY. I went for the romper anyways, because who says you can’t wear rompers in winter?

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Here’s my best advice for how to pull off a romper/skirt/dress even in the coldest of weather:

1) LAYERS!
It may be obvious, but if you want to stay warm, layering is key. I actually ended up wearing a long-sleeved off the shoulder bodysuit under my romper. It’s a huge trend right now to layer even a basic tee or turtleneck underneath a tank top or anything with spaghetti straps, so try to get creative with it. I’m always trying out layering things that you normally wouldn’t think to put together, and sometimes the results are really nice.
2) Tights/Leggings
To keep your legs warm, tights and leggings underneath whatever you’re wearing is ideal. I just have like 5 pairs of black tights that I wear all the time, but you can get funky with this too. Sometimes I will wear fishnets, and there are all kinds of funky colored and designed (like lace) tights that you can try out too.
3) Jackets/Cardigans
Another obvious way to stay warm is to throw a jacket or cardigan over your dress. I could easily have paired this outfit with a nice leather jacket or chunky sweater for warmth. There are tons of options for jackets/coats/sweaters etc that you can layer on top of any outfit. Like I said, I almost always wear my parka puffer jacket when I’m walking around campus. It may not be the cutest thing, but it’s super practical and I take it off as soon as I get indoors anyways.
4) Warm Accessories
I’m super into using accessories that are practical and cute. My go-to is over the knee socks like the ones I’m wearing in this outfit. I have tons of them in different colors and textures, and they just add the perfect extra touch to an outfit. I also love popping on a hat/beanie, scarf, or bandanna around my neck for something extra, and they keep you warm too.
5) Boots
Especially in the weather lately (if you didn’t know, NY has been hit with some nasty snow storms in the past couple weeks), boots are a must. I practically always wear my Hunter boots when it’s snowing because they keep me warm, and allow me to trudge through the snow even when it’s piled up to my knees. If it’s not snowing, I’ll wear either riding boots or suede over the knee boots, and if it’s a little warmer, I’ll even throw on some booties or Converse hi-tops too.

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Over the Knee Socks: Forever 21
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Bodysuit: Forever 21

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I wanted to throw in the close- up pictures of the brick wall because I think it looks so cool. This wall is right outside my dorm building, so of course whenever I walk by it the blogger nerd in me always thinks about how I really want to take an OOTD in front of this cool ugly wall. So I did.

Hope you guys liked today’s OOTD! If you really like these types of posts, please let me know and I’ll do more!
s/o to my roommate Allie for standing in the cold to take pictures of my outfit!!

xoxo,

emma

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meet me in miami

Hi everyone! FINALLY I am getting around to posting all of my photos from my trip to Florida in January. As one does on a vacation, I took way too many photos and therefore it took me a really long time to sort through all of them, edit them, and get them organized so that I could put this post together. I’m really happy with how a lot of these photos turned out, and I think this is probably the most colorful and happy (and probably longest) blog post I’ll ever put up. Hope you enjoy!

january 11, 6:30 am. warwick, ny.
I was lucky enough that my best friend Ariel invited me on this trip and that her grandparents let us stay with them for the time we were there. Even though it was a short 3 day trip, it was super fun and unforgettable. I drove to Ariel’s hometown the day before our trip (and we went on a super cool hike, but that will be a whole other blog post).  Her mom dropped us off at the airport in New Jersey and we were off, and luckily we caught a nice sunrise on the way.ppetmpdup

8:00 am. newark liberty international airport, new jersey.
We had to wake up super early to catch our plane, but we didn’t mind so much to be going from the frosty 30 degree mountain winds to warm and sunny 80 degree Florida. This was a super fun experience for me because it was my first plane ride. I loved going on the plane and I can’t wait to travel by air some more as soon as possible!

3:30 pm. hollywood beach, florida
Obviously there’s a little break in time here where I didn’t take any photos that involved us flying, frantically catching multiple ubers, and eventually finding our way to the beach. We decided to rent some cute bikes and ride up and down the boardwalk to the various shops and restaurants. You can tell from these photos that it was super windy and wearing skirts to go bike riding probably wasn’t our best idea. ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup

january 12th. 12 pm. fort lauderdale, florida
The next day, we decided to make ourselves breakfast then head off to Miami for the beach.

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3 pm. south beach, florida
One of the fun little stops we made was this super cute smoothie/ acai bowl cafe in Miami called Under the Mango Tree. The smoothie bowls were delicious and very photogenic.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupAfter that, we hit the beach for some sun. ppetmpdupppetmpdup

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5:30 pm. miami, florida.
We wanted to take a walk around South Beach and check out some more shops and restaurants. We accidentally ended up spending way too much money on a fancy drink at The Sugar Factory.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup

january 13th. 11:30 am. fort lauderdale, florida.
This day, we took a really cool boat tour around the Fort Lauderdale waterfront. There’s tons of beautiful houses around there, so it was cool to see.ppetmpdupppetmpdup3:00 pm. coconut creek, florida.
I think this was my favorite part of the entire trip, or at least the part that I found most photo-worthy, as you can see. We went to Butterfly World, which is this beautiful enclosed garden full of amazing butterflies. It’s like a little fantasy world, and it was just a wonderful and fun experience. I’ve always loved butterflies, so second grade me was dying a little inside. Also, I hadn’t seen pretty flowers like this in months, so it was nice in comparison to the frigid New York setting I’d gotten used to. 6243751952_IMG_0964ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup6243751952_IMG_0939The garden had a beautiful little waterfall and stone bridge with water spraying from it, which looked absolutely amazing in the sunlight.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup6243751952_IMG_09846174565056_IMG_09886243751952_IMG_0962Outside of the garden was this really beautiful pool with fountains and a suspension bridge over it.ppetmpdupppetmpdupThese parrots were really chill.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdupAriel also got to feed some cute tropical birds.ppetmpdupppetmpdupppetmpdup

february 9. 7:15 pm. loudonville, ny.

Ironically, I got to finally finish this blog post because we had a snow day and classes were cancelled. I’m snuggled up in bed avoiding the frigid winter winds and three feet of snow outside that all of New York is currently covered with. And avoiding the essays I should be writing. And wishing I could be back at the beach in 80 degree sunshine.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, it was really fun for me to make and look at all of the photos I took while I was there! I hope you liked how I put it together, I was trying out a different kind of writing style too!
More posts (especially fashion ones) coming soon!

xoxo,

emma

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the tang

Hi everyone! FINALLY I am going to be back doing regular blog posts again!!! For today’s post, I’ll be going back in time a couple of weeks to a rainy day I spent with my friend Erin at the Tang Museum in Saratoga. I have a lot of photos I took over winter break that will be perfect for many upcoming blog posts, so it’s just a matter of organizing, editing, and compiling them into the posts. Now that I am back at school, I feel a lot more inspired to get working on my blog. Which doesn’t seem to make much sense because now I have other homework assignments to do on top of it, but time crunches work for me so I’m just gonna go with it.

I’m super excited because these are really the first photos from my brand new camera (Canon Rebel T6) that I will be posting on my blog. Mind you, these are not amazing because I still have a lot to learn about photography and editing. I am currently taking a Digital Photography class so I will be learning a lot more about photography from that class and also just from practice, so I think it will be cool to see how my photos/blog posts improve over time.

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If you live in the Albany/Saratoga area, I highly recommend checking out The Tang. It’s a pretty small museum located at Skidmore College, but it’s always a fun quick trip for a cold rainy day (plus it’s free). Erin and I really wanted to check out this new exhibit, which features this really awesome chalkboard-wall piece called Drawing Memory by artist Victor Ekpuk. A bunch of the walls inside the exhibit were painted with black chalkboard paint, and then the artist drew all these complex designs all along them in chalk.

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This exhibit is called Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science, so all of the pieces are inspired by scientific, mathematic, and technological principals. With my own background in studying Biochemistry (and just my overall fascination with science), I found this exhibit to be extremely interesting because I personally also like to integrate scientific ideas and principals into my own creative writing and art. Seeing these connections throughout all of these pieces made the experience of the exhibit really intriguing, and I think a lot of people would enjoy the exhibit whether they are more artistically or scientifically minded, because it’s a good mix of both.

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(this one was my favorite, I love how the light play worked with the mirrors/metallic surface and how new designs are made from the reflections and shadows of the piece. so cool)

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I think my favorite part about the exhibit is kind of the “perfection” of it. If you’re the type of perfectionist who likes to always have things symmetrically organized into patterns, measured out perfectly, and balanced, then I imagine you would appreciate this type of art. A lot of people probably look at patterns in art and think of them as basic or boring, but there is a lot more that goes into a pattern or perfectly symmetrical design than you would probably think. The complexity yet perfection of such designs and art pieces is very intriguing to me. I find it to be extremely calming and satisfying to look at this type of art, and psychologically it’s kind of nice to have a sense of order inside this isolated space among a world of chaos.

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Also, if you do go check out The Tang, I highly recommend going in the elevator (sorry I don’t have any good pictures of it). The building is only 2 stories high so it may seem really unnecessary, but there’s funky music and bean bags in there so you might even end up going up and down a couple extra times just for fun like we did.

Also s/o to Erin for the fun day and also for taking some of these fabulous photos for me… you know we really worked the aesthetic. If anyone is curious what I am wearing:

black turtleneck: idk
(fake) leather jacket: Forever 21
grey bodycon tank dress: Forever 21
fishnets: Forever 21
over the knee socks: Forever 21
shoes: Payless
(wow I honestly didn’t mean to wear that much Forever 21, # not sponsored but like if you wanna sponsor me I’d be down)

Song of the day: Verona by Geographer
I decided I want to add in a “song of the day” that I think is appropriate to go along with the blog post for whatever reason, because I love music and integrating it into all parts of my life, and also being able to share my favorite music with others. For today’s post I thought of this song mostly because the album cover is all geometric and symmetrical looking so it made me think of the art at The Tang, and the sound just kind of reminds me of technological, science-y kind of things. And it’s also just one of my faves.

I can’t wait to get some more blog posts up very soon! I will probably keep working on them today before I start really getting bombarded with the school work. I hope everyone else who is going back to school this week has a great syllabus week too!

xoxo,

emma

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