spring trends that I hate to love


No matter how cutting-edge and trendy fashionista you might be, everyone has those trends that you really just can’t get behind. Personally, I always am open to trying out the newest thing in fashion, and I definitely wear a lot of those trends that the average person would often find questionable. But even for me, there are some trends that took some time to grow on me– often I had to see them styled really well over and over again or a specific version of the style that made me start to like the trend. Generally, I feel like a lot of these trends are the same things I wore back in elementary school, so as a way of rejecting any memory of those times, I’ve avoided them like the plague. However, everything comes back around again eventually (hopefully not awkward elementary school me, though). So, here’s my take on some of the most questionable spring 2019 trends that I hate to love.


Cowboy Boots

This is actually the trend that made me think to start writing this post. My whole entire life I swear I would rather die than be seen in anything cowboy/western inspired. I’m too much of a city-style girl for that type of look, so it was really never my thing. But….. I’ve honestly been coming across cowboy boots styled in some really cute outfits and I can’t help but want a pair for myself now. I think a huge thing is that I really prefer the boots in black or white and a patent leather style look. I think this makes them much more sleek and modern than actual brown cowboy boots you would wear on a farm. Styling these boots is absolutely key, I think the best way is to avoid anything else in your look remotely western-inspired and keep it completely modern/city/even grungey to counteract the cowboy vibes. Below are some examples of what I think are good ways to style these boots. Also, if anyone comes across black patent-leather cowboy boots like these, please send them my way because these ones are sold out online and I’m obsessed with them!


Bike/Bermuda Shorts

Okay yes, I know I pretty much shit all over bike shorts in my last blog post, but that’s how quickly I can change my mind on things (well, unless they’re neon bike shorts, then I’m still not down for it). I was very resistant to the trend when it popped up last summer because I initially thought the bermuda style was super unflattering, and once again, reminded me of the ones I wore in elementary school. However, I’ve been seeing them styled again more and more lately and I think they’re going to be an unavoidably big trend for spring 2019. Also, we must not forget that Princess Diana was the original queen of bike shorts, so if she wore them, they must be okay. So, I caved and bought a cheap pair of like $4 bike shorts from Forever 21 the other day just to test out the trend, and I honestly don’t regret it at all. They’re super comfy and basically are like wearing leggings with a more fashionable twist, which is especially ideal when it’s hot out. I think the best way to style these is to keep them in neutral colors (basically black or denim are my favorite) and then add pieces to really dress them up. I love it when people style them with a blazer or button down to make it more sophisticated, or I also love the look of adding a belt bag over the top to make them look less plain. I also love Kendall Jenner’s vintage Levi-looking bermuda shorts, and will def be trying to DIY some for myself.

Rhinestone Belts

Not that this trend is particularly ugly or anything, but I think in the past I would have really thought that a rhinestone belt was unwearable or super tacky. However, I’ve been seeing these sparkly beauts everywhere and have fallen in love with them. Definitely the best way to wear a belt like this is with a very casual outfit, like light wash jeans and a white tee, to make them wearable for every day (although dressing them up for going out would also be super fab). You may have noticed from my Instagram that I actually treated myself and bought one of these, however I got it cheap off of Amazon and it fell apart in about a day 🙁 I’m not sure if all of them do this, or it would be best to invest in a more expensive one if you really love the trend. I will admit that they’re probably more suited to smaller-waisted girls because mine had a hard time laying right and not digging into my stomach, and I’m not super into a non-inclusive look like that, so I’m feeling mixed love/hate emotions for these belts right now.

Long Satin Skirts/Dresses

Midi skirts are a trend that have gotten more accepted in the past few years, but I honestly wasn’t big on them until these silky flowy looks started coming out. I’ve noticed a major thing about a lot of these trends I’m talking about is that fashion is moving away from less “conventionally flattering” silhouettes, aka moving towards bermuda shorts instead of buttcheek-showing Daisy Dukes, and towards midi skirts instead of mini skirts. I think embracing new silhouettes and styles is something really cool about the changing fashion trends over the years. I used to think long skirts were for old ladies, but now I’ve been getting into these longer styles. Honestly, they’re also just super comfortable and flowy and feel like a breeze on your bod. I don’t own a silky skirt or dress yet, but I definitely want to find a good staple one that I can style all kinds of different ways for spring, I’ve been checking thrift stores whenever I go to try to find one! I love how these can be dressed up or down, and I especially love the look of a silky dress layered over a t-shirt or turtleneck with sneakers. Super easy but cute!

Clear Plastic Purses

This is one of those trends where initially even I was like, okay who the hell would actually want to buy that? But, as I’ve been seeing more and more uber-aesthetically pleasing pictures of clear plastic bags, they’ve really grown on me. Although this might be super unreasonable for those messy-purse gals, if you usually don’t carry too many things with you (or just everything you own is really pretty?) then this is a super cool look. I like how it can really match anything and you can kind of completely change the style of the purse based on what you put inside it. Also, if you just have a super cute wallet, compact or sunglasses that normally would get hidden inside your purse, here’s the chance to show them off! If you like the modern clear look but don’t want people seeing your stuff, there’s also some styles with mini-bags inside of them to hold your belongings while still maintaining the same style. My Vogue-mind just also has me picturing a clear purse in an editorial shoot with cool stuff like flowers or something inside of it.

Little hoop earrings

I honestly don’t know why I was so against little hoops in the past, but now they’re becoming really trendy and I’ve fallen in love with them. I especially love them all layered together if you have a lot of piercings down your ear and I think it’s a super cool-girl look. I also love the ones with little charms on them… like how cute is that?! Also, not gonna lie, I think these can look kind of hot on guys too… maybe a hot take but I’m into it. Either way, this trend is making me wanna get more piercings so I can stack my ear up with these cute guys like it’s a frickin charm bracelet.

Vintage Light Green

I don’t really know if this is a trend, but I’ve been seeing this super earthy/light green tone everywhere and I’m just in love with it. Even though I have a lot of neutral black and white pieces, I really can’t live without some color in my life. I’ve never been attracted to green much at all, but I think this particular tone is super beautiful and calm and neutral enough to be wearable. I’ve actually loved throwing a pop of color on my eyes lately, so a light green has been my go-to, which I think goes super well with my dark hair and brings out some of the green hints in my eyes.


Multicolor Nails

I recently wrote an article about spring nail trends over at Her Campus, but I left out the multicolor look because I honestly wasn’t a fan of it at first. I feel like painting each nail a different color is something I would’ve thought was cool when I was 5, but at the same time, why not get a little fun and youthful with our nail looks? I think the key to pulling off this look is twofold: 1) keeping the length of your nails short and natural, and 2) making sure the colors are pastel/more neutral and they go together well. I think that it’s easy for this style to look too little kiddish/easter-egg like, so really making sure the colors you use are sophisticated and subdued is the best way to do it. I’m not sure if I’d actually try this trend out or not, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

What do you think of all of these “questionable” spring trends for 2019? I know it seems like a lot of these might just be super in-the-moment and will go away quickly, but then again chunky dad shoes are kind of still kickin’ it so who knows how long they’ll stick around. Comment below or on my Instagram to let me know which of these trends you’d try, and which you think deserve to be out of style soon enough!



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my go-to hairstyles for short(ish) hair


I recently got my hair trimmed and it rebirthed my love for my short(ish) hair. My whole life, I’ve always had super long hair, to the point where it grew all the way down to my butt and I was lowkey known amongst friends as “Emma with the good hair” in high school. Back then, I was always doing something with my hair to style it, like curling it, braiding it, and doing all kinds of updos with it. I ended up chopping my hair right around graduation from high school and it kind of created a new identity for me. Below is a side-by-side of awkward high school me with that super long hair compared to me now, honestly just to appreciate the glow-up I went through… like literally WHOM’ST is she?

Personally, I love my short hair because it makes me feel more edgy and stylish and it also just feels a lot more like my personality. In the past I definitely hid behind my hair a bit and being known to have long hair, but it’s not like my hair was actually that important to me. Now, every time my hair starts to get longer, I start to feel less and less like myself and immediately want a chop. I’ve had it even shorter than it is now, bangs, all kinds of different looks, but I really do think the way it is now is the best length for me. However, it is quite short, which means that I’ve had to adapt my hairstyles a lot from what I did back when I had super long hair. This has taken a lot of practice and learning, but I’ve narrowed down to some go-to looks and accessories in my hair that quickly and easily style my short look.

Side note: I thought it would be a cute aesthetic to do an all-natural makeup look and wear a tube top when shooting these pics, but honestly I feel like I kind of look strange without liquid liner and I definitely look naked in these, so my apologies for that. Promise I am not naked.

Sleek and Straight

This is the most straightforward look (lol no pun intended) but I really do think that a short, blunt haircut looks fantastic when it’s slicked down and pin straight. Some people may just have short hair naturally, but my hair is wavy and naturally flips at the bottom so it’s a little more difficult to get it super straight. I really love the classy look up parting your hair down the middle and spraying it down flat to tuck behind your ears, it’s just super sleek and stylish (especially with a glam look and a red lip!).


This is a super trendy hair look that I’ve totally jumped on already. Big barrettes and clips are all the rage to add a 2000’s-style accent to any simple hair look. I haven’t seen these clips since like 2nd grade, but I just picked these really cute ones up at Michael’s and I’m obsessed with wearing them, especially if I don’t know what to do with my hair or my outfit needs an extra pizazz. These clips work with straight hair, curly hair, side and middle parts, or with your hair slicked back in a low bun or pony like I did in my last blog post!

Low Messy Pony/Bun

This is by far my most-worn hairstyle out of all of these. Honestly, I’m more likely to wear my hair in a low bun or pony than to wear it down. This is my go-to look when I’m having a bad hair day, or I just want to get my hair out of my face for work. High pony’s and buns are kind of out of the question when you have short hair, but I’ve really grown to love this look. I always pull strands out in the front to frame my face and give it a little bit of interest rather than having it super slicked back. This look totally works with straight, wavy, or just totally messy hair and only takes a couple seconds.


This is probably my number one tip for accessories for girls with short hair to invest in. I have so many different kinds of scarves that I just love to play around with and style in different ways in my hair. This cheetah one is one of my favorites, but I have tons of other ones like silk scarves or little polka dotted ones too. I like to tie them as a headband, tie them in a bow underneath my hair (this looks cute with a bun), tie a bow on top of my head, or tie it to hang down loose around my ponytail. The possibilities are endless, so I think this is a must-have piece for girls with short hair (and honestly long too). I also love how a colored or patterned scarf can add a whole level of interest to an otherwise boring outfit.


This is definitely no surprise to any of you, but of course I had to throw in my favorite kind of hat to this post. I absolutely love wearing cabbie hats, like everyday, because I think they’re the perfect stylish way to get away with a bad hair day. They look cute with long hair, but I especially love how they look with short hair to be honest. I’ve also been getting super into wearing beanies, and berets are also a type of hat that are super on-trend right now. I will throw them on with my natural hair sometimes, but I personally like to straighten the ends a bit if I have the time so that the bottoms don’t flip up too much.

Hopefully this post gave you a little bit of hairspiration if you have short hair but are feeling stuck on how to style it… or maybe if you have long hair you’re now feeling tempted to do the chop 😈 (if you’re considering it, I personally highly recommend). I know these looks aren’t mind-blowing innovative and I’m not a beauty guru or anything, but I thought this would be something a little different to post about. If you liked these looks let me know in the comments or on my new fashion-themed Twitter or on Instagram!



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do’s and don’ts for wearing the neon trend

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s in for the upcoming spring season, you might already know that neon is going to be HUGE. I think it’s going to be one of those trends where you either love it or you really hate it– personally it’s growing on me. I bought a couple versatile neon yellow/green pieces like this turtleneck tank from Zara (which also comes in a gorgeous neon purple that I love) and my newly beloved Carhartt beanie, and they’ve honestly been a lot of fun to style.

However, after looking at some neon outfit inspiration on Pinterest, I can see why the neon trend is a tough one to pull off– even some fashion bloggers make questionable choices with their neon looks. In this post I’ll go through my personal do’s and don’ts for making the neon trend work.

Disclaimer: I am a strong believer that you can wear literally anything you want to wear. I am not saying that any of these bloggers have poor style at ALL. This is just my personal advice on what I find the best ways to style the neon trend and how to make it more wearable. Always go ahead and rock your clothes whatever way you like! ♥

  • DO: try a neon turtleneck

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I’ve noticed that by far the most common way to wear neon is in turtleneck form. I think this is the perfect piece to buy if you want to try out the trend. It’s very easy to pair a fitted, colorful top like this with an otherwise plain outfit to jazz it up a bit.


  • DON’T: wear too many neon pieces at once

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I do think there is a little too much neon sometimes. Neon colors are hard to match and if they don’t all go together perfectly, it can be a little mismatched. If you want to wear more than one neon piece at once, I would try ones that either match absolutely perfectly, or ones made to go together in a set.


  • DO: pair it with a blazer

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I absolutely love the look of pairing neon with a blazer (you can see from my own photo I’ve done it too). The blazer helps to cover a lot of the neon so it functions only as an accent rather than overwhelming the whole outfit. I also think the more structured, businessy style of a blazer helps offset how casual neon can look sometimes.


  • DON’T: do this whole motocross thing

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I saw this concept several times in my neon research, and frankly I just think it is too much. If you’re going to do the whole motocross pants look, doing so with more wearable colors can work, but I think that adding in neon just makes it way too literal. If you can pull this look off, power to you, but most of us can’t step out in public in something like this.


  • DO: pair it with all black

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I think the most fool-proof way to wear neon is to pair it with everything black in the rest of the outfit. This helps balance out the bright color and makes the outfit look very modern and clean. Once again, both these looks show a blazer paired with the neon which I think makes it look much more sophisticated. Also, I think those neon pants are fab and I would totally wear them.


  • DON’T: neon sportswear and bike shorts

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Okay, bike shorts are hard enough to wear in the first place, so why make it harder for yourself and make them neon too? Although this girl’s bod looks great and she could probably pull off a plastic bag, I just think the neon bike shorts are too much, especially paired with the fanny pack and sports bra. Going too sporty with neon will make it look like you’re getting dressed for softball practice in middle school instead of going out for lunch.


  • DO: pair it with denim

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I actually think that neon pairs really well with light wash denim (and black denim top of course). This is a good way to make your neon look casual but not too sporty. A relaxed neon t-shirt and some vintage high waisted jeans is the way to go, just keep the rest of your look simple and clean to make sure you still look put together.


  • DON’T: do neon & checkers

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Okay, this outfit just pulls in all of my neon outfit pet-peeves like the biker shorts and mismatched colors. I kind of thought checkers were going out of style, but I do see them in a ton of different variations in the new f/w 2019 shows. So, if you decide to keep rocking checkers I would advise you to do so cautiously when pairing it with neon. In my opinion this look is a little too cheesy and brings in too many racecar/skater/street sign references to be taken seriously. Also, my theme here might just be that I really can’t get behind biker shorts.


  • DO: make the neon subtle

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I think that both of these looks do a very great job of subtly integrating neon into their outfits in very different ways. In the look on the left, I love how neon pairs under grey and the little peep of green socks above her booties that ties it all together. In the look on the right, I love how she made a bold statement by pairing the cheetah jacket with the neon top, but it works because the colors in the jacket are neutral and the rest of her outfit is quite basic. Both looks exemplify how neon should be an accent to your look, but not overpower it.


So… what do you think of the neon trend? Will you try out some of my tips on how to rock it or have I just officially scared you away? Let me know in the comments below or on my Instagram!




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NYFW trends – faux fur & leather look

All Photo Credits to Chloe Aviza

Watching, admiring, and studying all of the amazing fashion shows and even the street style at NYFW has had me feeling extremely inspired the past couple of weeks. Even though the shows are supposed to be for fall, luckily (well, I guess?) it’s still cold enough in upstate NY for me in to wear what I saw on the runway right now. One of my favorite shows I saw was Sally LaPointe’s Fall 2019 RTW. Her luxurious silky jumpsuits and scarves, head-to-toe leather, snakeskin, sequins, and fur accents just had me in an absolute dream! Also, you know all I am REVELING in the fact that the cabbie/newsboy hats will clearly still be in for next year, so my obsession will be able to continue on through 2019.


I pulled together today’s outfit after finding this gorgeous vintage chocolate brown faux fur bomber jacket at my local thrift shop. If you saw my Instagram story the other day, you know I saw it there and actually left the store without buying it, but then I was panicking as soon as I left the parking lot that someone else would take it so I had to go back for it right away (typical Emma things). I don’t regret going back for it at all, it’s just an absolutely gorgeous piece and it’s so so warm and cozy! I especially love the knit details on it and its oversized look which makes it a little more casual.


While this outfit was heavily inspired by the Sally Lapointe show with the head-to-toe leather and turtleneck look, I also pulled in some other accents that I think will also be super trendy in 2019. Yes, I think belt bags will keep on rockin’ through the year, which I noticed in both the Zimmerman Fall RTW and Fendi Spring RTW 2019 shows. I’ve also been seeing lots of 2000’s inspiration especially in street style lately, such as the layered clips I’m wearing in my hair.


It was so much fun to get together with the fabulous Chloe Aviza (here’s her Instagram and Website) and shoot these outfit photos, she did such an amazing job and I’m in love with how they turned out! Scroll down to see the rest of the shots and my outfit details.


Outfit Details:

Jacket: thrifted vintage faux fur – designer is Saxton Hall
Pants: Windsor
Leather Jacket: Forever 21
Turtleneck: American Eagle
Belt Bag: Target (older style)
Shoes: DSW (older style)
Hair Clips: Michael’s

I hope you all loved this look and the photos, I’m seriously obsessed! Who knows, maybe next year I’ll be blog posting that I’m actually at NYFW… Feel free to share this post, comment your thoughts, and take outfit inspo♥



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bella hadid street style inspired lookbook


Recently I was scrolling on Pinterest and went into a deep dark hole of pinning every single one of Bella Hadid’s outfits to my “outfit inspo” board. I never really noticed her fashion before, but I quickly realized that she has super similar style to me and we own a lot of the same type of pieces (well hers are designer versions of course, but close enough). Since Bella lives in NYC, her street style is absolutely amazing and many of her looks are actually super wearable for colder weather days in college. I decided to put together some of my favorites of her street style looks and recreate them for myself! I ended up being able to use pretty much all items I already owned (I put where they’re all from but didn’t link because many are older styles), so the outfits aren’t perfect copies but definitely inspired by her looks!

All photos of me were taken by my friend Sid Chaturvedi- @thesiddhantc on Instagram and www.thesiddhantc.com. He’s amazing so please go check out his work!

  • Look #1: Menswear + Grunge

This look was surprisingly easy to recreate because I literally owned all of the perfect pieces for it already! I can vouch that this outfit is super wearable because I actually wore it to class the other day (I just unbuttoned the shirt for a more laid-back look).

Outfit #1 Details:

white button up shirt: stole from my dad (lol) would be easy to thrift though!
grey plaid pants: H&M
combat boots: H&M
belt bag: Target
lil sunglasses: Target

  • Look #2: Bella in all Black

I loved how cool and edgy this look is while still being comfortable and warm. Once again, I can vouch that this outfit is super wearable because I actually wore it to class too! I wish I had been able to add the safety pins to my sweatshirt, but I didn’t have any on hand. If you want to recreate her shirt though, it would be so so simple to just put some safety pins onto a cropped hoodie, no need to buy a fancy custom one online!

Outfit #2 Details:

turtleneck: American Eagle
cropped hoodie: DIY crop job on a Walmart hoodie
jeans: thrifted oversized Levi’s (I saw a ton of cargo pants like hers at Forever 21 the other day though!)
belt: Marshall’s
boots: H&M again – would have been fun to replace the laces with red ones like hers!
purse: Target
gold hoops: Fancy Schmancy (where I work, they’re all over though)

  • Look #3: Neutral in NYC

Okay, I’m pretty proud of how spot on this look is. It’s kind of scary how I already owned all of these pieces that were exactly like hers (many of them were thrifted too)! I also have worn this look to class before, but I would probably switch out the heels with my white Air Force 1s so it’s easier to walk around in.

outfit #3 details:

white turtleneck: thrifted & DIY cropped
jacket: thrifted brown corduroy & shearling collar Timberland, DIY crop (this was a great thrift find but I’m glad I cropped it to give it more shape and a more modern look. I need to sew the hem though so that the lining matches up with the outside!)
pants: thrifted & DIY cropped (I pulled out the thread at the bottom to make them more shredded looking)
sock boots: DSW
fuzzy scrunchie: Free People
purse (Target), belt (marshall’s), and sunglasses (Target) are same from past looks

  • Look #4: Crop Tops + Coffee

Okay I’m sorry I included the coffee mug as an accessory but I had to because I think I’m hilarious. Also I really wouldn’t hold it against myself to carry a coffee mug to class at this point. I’m missing a mans by my side and Bella’s killer abs but we can’t have it all can we?

Outfit #4 Details:

black turtleneck: same one from American Eagle – to give it the cropped effect I fold it up underneath and actually tuck it into my bra so it stays. I do this all the time and it works perfectly so I don’t have to cut my shirts!
track pants: Adidas (although I’ve been seeing Bella’s warmup style pants everywhere like Forever 21, and I’m sure you could easily thrift some too)
sneakers: Air Force 1’s
puffer coat: Columbia (I like how this look made it possible to make a black puffer look less basic and more fashionable!)
small silver hoops: Fancy Schmancy
sunglasses: Target (these really are a Bella staple)
coffee mug: lol JK

  • Look #5: Cardi w some Cheetah

First of all, I just love how these photos Sid took of me turned out! The lighting, outfit, and location pulled together so nicely. I’m far from a street setting on my campus, but I still think street style is so easy to wear when walking from class to class! With this outfit I used a slightly different, longer cardigan but I really like how it looks in both outfits! It was a good way to wear a cardigan that I don’t normally use in a different way.

Outfit #5 Details:

cardigan: Forever 21 (although a cardigan like Bella’s would be so so easy to thrift)
jeans: thrifted & DIY cropped
belt: Target – I just bought this for this look but I love the thing to death already, having a printed belt is a great way to add a pop to any outfit!
combat boots (H&M), sunglasses (Target), and hoops (Fancy) are same from past looks!


I hope you guys loved this lookbook as much as I loved putting it together. I’m really proud of how this came out and this is really the quality of content I would love to keep making for this blog! If you’d like to keep seeing more lookbooks/celebrity inspired fashion like this, please let me know and I’ll keep making it! Also, if you had a favorite outfit, comment it below or on my Instagram because I’d love to know!❤️



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december disposables

Getting a disposable camera is something I’ve wanted to do for so long but never got around to it. I happened to be on a little trip to NYC this December with Sofie when I decided to finally stop into a corner drugstore and buy one. The photos I got are mostly from that week but some are random shots from the weeks following. Although they took about 4 weeks to get developed, I think it was worth the wait. To me, no digital photo will ever compare to film photos. Sure, they came out a little grainy and the lighting isn’t right in many of them, but I think that’s the magic of a disposable camera– the lack of control over how the images are going to come out. There’s kind of a beauty in having only one shot at it, whether it turns out exactly how you pictured or not doesn’t really matter because at least you captured the moment. I believe that these photos have more originality, emotion, and energy than any photo I could have gotten on my phone, so that’s why I’m so thankful to have them to keep and share.

Here’s a little look at my life when I’ve only got one shot.

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I’m excited to get another disposable and get some more shots of my life like these ones. Hopefully you enjoyed scrolling through them, I sure enjoyed living them.



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fall/winter music mood

Sharing music has always been one of my favorite things to do. Anyone who has me on Instagram or Snapchat knows that I post multiple songs I’m listening to every day. Music is so important to me because in the end it’s just another form of writing and art, except maybe it’s even more prominent because I use music to fill up every quiet moment of my life, reflecting and taking place of my own thoughts. The type of music we listen to says something about our personalities, our moods, what’s going on in our lives. I don’t just share songs because I think they sound good, I share them because they mean something to me or they relate to my life. In the past I used to rely completely on other people to share music with me, but lately I’ve been really interested in finding my own music and liking songs for my own interpretation of them. Songs are no longer facets of other people to me, they are little pieces of myself. If you listen to the songs I post all the time, maybe you know a little bit about me. Here’s a list of some of the music I’ve been obsessed with lately and how it makes me feel.


Delta – Mumford and Sons


This album probably couldn’t have been released at a better day, minute, or second of my life. The Friday morning after the first snow of the year, way too hungover, I lay in bed honestly feeling like shit about myself. I had gotten too drunk the night before as a result of holding off and suppressing too many things that were bothering me; like an intoxicated stupor was the only way to face them. So that morning, the snow reflected my mood– I was stuck, frozen in place, snowed in by my own misery.

For some reason, I always remember the first snow of every year being particularly tumultuous days in my life. I could have lied in bed all day, but then I got a notification on my phone that this album was available– I had forgotten about pre-downloading it, didn’t even know what day it was being released. But at that notification, I knew it was time for me to get up, get in the shower and stop feeling fucking sorry for myself. So I packed my bags and I left. I put this album on repeat and got on 88 and I drove two hours in the on-and-off sleet to visit my best friend in Oneonta.

Listening to Mumford and Sons has always been nostalgic for me, I’ve listened to them as long as I can remember listening to music at all. I saw them live a couple years ago at SPAC, a much more blissful kind of drunk, banjo-strumming summer memory with the same best friend, and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. Their previous album Wilder Mind gives me memories of this concert, of road trips and mountain views and happy times. As I drove down 88, the hills and bumps and sleet and the constant beating of my windshield wipers made it feel like I was being pushed back, like I could so easily pull over and give up, but I didn’t. The faint view of snow-covered mountains all around me and the new album blasting promised me that there would be always be new songs and new memories to come if I just kept driving. So I did.

I’m obsessed with basically every song on this album, but my current favorites include: Delta, October Sky, Picture You, and The Wild.


Moodna, Once with Grace – Gus Dapperton


Gus Dapperton’s music makes me feel nostalgic in a much different way. His music brings me backward to a time before I was alive, giving me a strange sense of homesickness for a place I’ve never even been. I remember when I first heard Gus Dapperton: my brother was driving me to work over the summer because I didn’t have a car, and he told me he had to show me this guy’s music because he knew I’d like it. Turns out, he was right, and I’ve been listening to Gus’s music on REPEAT ever since. Even stranger, I ended up Google searching him, and it turns out he’s actually from Warwick NY where a couple of my good friends are from and he literally graduated high school with them. In a lot of Gus’s interviews, he talks about how where he grew up affected the way he creates his music, so I feel like having visited Warwick and knowing the exact little town he’s from I can understand his music a little more.

I’ve been really into old movies lately since I’ve been taking a Hitchcock class, and I feel like something about old movies is what Gus’s music makes you feel– it’s a strange sort of comfort being brought back into the past. Gus’s newest song World Class Cinema kind of plays exactly into this idea.

A bunch of my other favorites by Gus include: Moodna Once with Grace, I’m Just Snacking, Gum Toe and Sole, Faceless, Amadelle with Love, and Miss Glum & The Pursuit of Falling


Business – Catfish and the Bottlemen


Okay, yes. We all know that Catfish is my favorite band every damn day of the year and I beg them to release new music on all forms of social media quite often. But the thing about Catfish that makes them so special to me is that in my mind they’re all my own. I don’t really know many people who listen to them nor do I often share their songs with my friends. But to me this is because this band is so authentically me; no other music really says “Emma” like Catfish does. I truly found Catfish all on my own; I happened to be playing EQX radio a couple years ago when “Kathleen” came on and I thought it sounded kind of cool so I went back on their website later to see what the name of the song they were playing was. I looked up some more of their songs and became immediately obsessed.

In the months after my discovery of this band, I would watch live videos of them at music festivals and concerts and dream of seeing them one day, but I thought it was super unlikely they’d be near me anytime soon. So, probably one of the happiest moments of my life was when they announced their tour and that they’d be coming to my own hometown. It was so crazy to see this band that I love come all the way from England and stop into the shitty little concert hall 10 minutes from my house. I selfishly felt like they were doing it all for me. I sang every damn lyric at the top of my lungs as if me and Van McCann were doing a personal duet and no one else was in the room at all. Man, does that feel good.

I think the way that listening to Catfish makes me feel is how you feel when you’re at the bar and it’s a little too cold out but you need to get some air so you go outside and maybe you smoke a cigarette or you talk to someone you recognize. Or maybe you’re outside all alone and suddenly you feel hyper-aware of your loneliness when the cold makes your nose start to go numb. Kind of like you’re in limbo. I feel like a lot of their songs are about being in limbo, about being lost in life or in relationships and trying to figure shit out the best you can but you don’t know where you’re really supposed to go next. I was just talking to a friend the other day about how college kind of feels like being in limbo in this sense. There’s not much you’re really supposed to be doing, but lots of things you could be doing, so the result is just a whole fuck ton of confusion from everyone. I feel like Catfish’s music does a good job of embodying this feeling of my college years, of some strange space of unavailability between youth and adulthood.

I ridiculously love literally every Catfish song, but some of my die-hard favorites include: Business (this is #1 by far wow), Cocoon, Sidewinder, 7, and Fallout.


First Time – Seven Lions


Those who know me well know that for a while now I’ve been super into EDM music. Before, I always stuck to alternative, indie, and some pop punk, so EDM was entirely new to me when my friend Katelyn introduced me to it. She always told me about music festivals she would go to, and how the music would just make her feel so ridiculously happy whenever she listened to it. The more I’ve gotten into EDM, I completely understand her. What I love the most about it is while some of the songs have some amazing vocals, some of the other ones don’t at all. It’s just the music you feel and you aren’t being told by words what you’re supposed to think or feel about it, you just come up with its meaning all on your own. I think there’s something pretty blissful in that, not being told how you’re supposed to feel.

Katelyn and I had planned to go to my first EDM show, Seven Lions, in November. She ended up not being able to go, but I figured I would go anyways with a couple other friends. I’d been listening to his songs on repeat for a couple of weeks, but what was amazing about the show was it didn’t even matter that I knew the songs. We ended up getting right near the front since it was a pretty small crowd (wild because Seven Lions sells out venues like Red Rocks), and I don’t think I’ve ever let my body go so loose before in my life. It was a really energetic yet very calming feeling being there and letting it all go. I remembered tearing up a little bit because the feeling of being at a show like that is truly unbelievable. I texted Katelyn afterward and told her my life was changed a little bit that night. I think what it meant to me most was that in a world of stress, anxiety, and negativity, moments of pure bliss can still exist. Listening to EDM just makes me feel more positive all the time because it gives me reminders of those little moments of true happiness.

My all-time favorite song by Seven Lions is First Time, but I also love Strangers, Don’t Leave, and Where I Won’t Be Found.


If you liked this post or u dig any of the same music as me let me know, we can be friends 😉



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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!


  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!



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something a lil different


photographed by Brian Harat








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.



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