Friday, February 21, 2014

the 10 things you learn when living in NYC

After living in the big city for a week in order to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I have attained significant street smarts.  So here it is, friends:

The 10 Things You Learn When Living in NYC for a Week

1. Stressing about transportation will take years off of your life.  F the F-train.

2. People who can afford to wear YSL, Chanel, and Prada do, in fact, exist.

3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn is nauseatingly hipster, and all residents have probably worked at Urban Outfitters at some point in their lives then realized it was too corporate/mainstream for them.

4. 24-hour bagel shops are the best thing ever invented, and the employees will eventually know you.

5. If you are a coffee addict like myself and the rest of New York City, you will spill coffee on your coat, so don't wear a white one. I learned this from experience. 

6. The alternative playlist that you imagine would be the soundtrack of your NYC dream life is indeed playing in every restaurant/bar/coffee shop.  Think: MGMT, Radiohead, Peter Bjorn and John, The Neighborhood, etc.

7. The city is the only place where you can look like a complete and utter diva and not be judged. 

8. Multiple caffeinated beverages and/or 12 hours of sleep per night is required, because living in the city is exhausting.

9. Do not let the snow on the streets fool you. What may look like solid pavement with a coating of snow/ice is actually a frosty puddle.  If you do not want wet feet go around, not through.

10. Making your dog wear little boots/socks is not a bad idea even though it looks absolutely ridiculous.  Would you want to go barefoot in NYC in the winter? I don't think so.

That conclude's my handful of NYC knowledge.  Do what you will with it.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

the most bootiful time of the year

I need a hefty dose of boots in my life.
and when I say hefty, I mean chunky.

what kind of boots are you looking for this season?


Thursday, October 24, 2013

the great debate: leggings as pants?

leggings & top x cotton on
boots x seychelles
jacket x urban outfitters

The legging - awful or tasteful.  To say my take on it is the right one would not be appropriate in this case; you all can be the judge of that (see above).  I remember the first day I rocked the legging and Abercrombie & Fitch jean skirt look; I thought I was hot shit.  However, the legging trend has evolved quite a bit since then.  By evolved, I mean people lost the jean skirt and are now wearing just the leggings.  Everywhere I look around grounds all I see are black leggings, some sort of brown boot, and some sort of top.  The top is the key to the legging equation: does it cover the butt, or does it not?  This is the great debate: do leggings take the place of pants, or are they just another form of tights underneath a long jumper or some sort of dress? 

My opinion: If your intentions are to put emphasis on your rear, then wear flattering jeans or yoga pants.  Leggings are for the long sweaters, the long flowy shirts, and the bouncy skirts.  If the leggings are supposed to imitate pants in their design and they don't look like leggings - go for it - wear them with whatever suits your fancy.  All I am saying is: no one, except for the occasional male gawker, wants to see tight leggings that hit at the hips and a short t-shirt bearing the midriff.  


Monday, October 14, 2013


crop top x goodwill 
kitty skirt x H&M
 flats x F21

so turns out I am somewhat of a typical girl - I'm catty.
no, I'm not a cat lady.  catty as in "I have sass".  if that wasn't evident in my past two posts then I have no idea what is clear anymore.  all I know is, my sass is here to stay...along with my never ending love for buying and wearing clothes.  so here you are folks, the first of many more outfit posts.  if I'm unhappy where I am in life right now, then I might as well turn that energy into something worthwhile, which turns out to be this blog.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

"the best time of your life"

sometimes I wonder why some people say college is "the best time of your life".  is it really that good?  is it really that much more fun compared to other times in your life?  I don't know about those people, because I personally am not even close to experiencing the best time of my life.  is it fun to remember all those times that you don't remember anything because you were too drunk?  or is it the fact that you don't have any other responsibilities except for school work?  I don't know.  I guess you could say the people that think college is the best time of their lives need to live a little more outside of college.  I feel like if you peg the best time of your life at such a young age, then all your expectations for the future are shot.  you will end up saying "well, this isn't as fun as college", but I've got news for you, it won't be college.  college is to get an education and, yes, to have fun, but it isn't the end all be all.  believe it or not, college is just a stepping stone to the - most dreaded word any young adult will hear - "real world".

maybe I am just a boring person to say that college isn't the best time of my life.  call me boring, call me whatever you want, I don't really care.  some people have the best time in college because they are in an environment were they feel comfortable and can be themselves without judgement (also known as having fun).  however, I don't have that experience, or not yet anyways.  at this stage in my college experience I would rather be somewhere else. maybe another university?  I don't know.  It's a decision that I have to make as a student - graduate from a prestigious institution such as the University of Virginia, or go somewhere where I am, god forbid, happy?  sure, I realize that the future is an important thing to consider (my first paragraph says it all), but I believe happiness is a key to success.  if I am not happy, will I have the motivation to achieve anything?  am I in an environment where I can thrive?

questions, questions, questions.
it's all a matter of me answering these questions as time goes on.

advice to those who haven't applied to college yet: do your homework.  find out where you will thrive and succeed and be happy.  it is truly worth the effort in the end.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

another year, another fashion week, another discount code

for some reason, starting a new school year is always difficult.  
I am either stressed out, sad, nostalgic, unable to adjust, or bored.  or all the above.  I have finally settled into my new apartment - which, if I do say myself, is darling - and I am feeling like an adult.  however, I've been in the throws of nostalgia, sadness, stress, boredom, and adjustment all at the same damn time.  it's hard when you are a GDI (god damn independent), like myself, and don't have a readily available group of sisters to hang out with.  I could take the easy way out and go against all my beliefs on greek life and just join a sorority, but I'd rather challenge myself.  I want to make friends that I am responsible for making, not because I am merely associated with them, but through *cringing* natural socialization...?  is that even a thing anymore?

well I will keep you updated on my happenings, but let's take a little detour and talk about FASHION WEEEEEK!
see more at Vogue

I die at the sight of those skirts, and I adore the polka dots.

your favorite show so far?

ONE MORE THING: all my readers get 20% off of any purchase at with the discount code of Secretdoors !  Go get yourself some awesome graphic tees!


Monday, August 19, 2013

from June with love

I move into my very first apartment on Wednesday.  I am so unbelievably excited. 
no rules.
no curfew.
no worries.

but on the other hand before I enter worry-free paradise, I do have one concern I need to address -- the fact that you all have not yet seen pictures from the Andrea G Design photo shoot that I did in June.  am I lousy or am I lousy?

without further ado, here are bits and pieces of the shoot from June, with love..

photo cred to the amazing Hannah Hale !