Valentine’s Day Got Me Like

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Styling by: @reeka_22

We have finally made it through January, which seemed to drag on forever, only to come out on the other side in a jungle of heart, flowers, and fuzzy pink things! If you are like me, I have never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I am madly in love with someone. In the past if I was single, it just helped me rationalize my irrational fear that my personality was too big to be in a relationship. If I was in a relationship I felt an irrational pressure to make everything perfect, then overwhelming anxiety when I couldn’t afford it because I was a student or things didn’t go as planned.

During this month, I think I am going to focus on taking a step back and letting myself breath. Holidays should be fun and simple, but we have a habit as a society to let ourselves get swept away in all the fuss to the point where we start dreading these celebrations. I am challenging myself to focus on other types of love this month in the spirit of Valentine’s Day!

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♡ Philia Love: I have so many incredible friends in my life, but as adults working towards careers, we don’t always prioritize spending time with each other. This month I want to make sure I am putting more effort into showing my friends that I love and care about them, even if it’s just writing on their Instagram post or shooting them a text.

Then for actual Valentine’s Day a couple friends and I are going to get all dressed up, go to Chick-fil-a, and see a movie!

♡ Storage/ Familiar Love: My sister moved to Montana and I am not always great at calling her to check in. So another goal for me this month is to make sure I am calling family members, who are not close enough to see, to check in on how they are doing. Everyone likes to know that they have family and friends who care about their wellbeing and I never want my loved ones to feel alone because I was too wrapped up in my life to pick up the phone.

♡ Philautia Love: Self-love! This is the most important type of love and should be given the most attention, especially in a month where people tend to be a little less nice to themselves. I am going to make sure I get enough sleep this month and that I do things that I love. I am going to take bubble baths and not answer texts when it feels overwhelming. I am not going to let other’s walk on me or let myself think bad things. So wear the pretty dress! Exercise! Go dancing! Eat the cake! Figure out what it is that you love and make it a priority!

It probably sounds cheesy, but being alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely, especially on a holiday! Make fun and simple plans with your friends on Valentine’s Day. Maybe buy yourself that shirt you keep eyeballing or those gorgeous flowers you passed in the grocery store to reward yourself for all the amazing things that you do. Don’t forget, you’re doing great!


Shoes: Aldo
Jacket: Amazon
Bodysuit: Marshalls/ Sophie B
 Sunnies: Charming Charlie
Letter Board: Target Dollar Section in store ! Similar Online
Rosé: Rosatello
Socks: Target 
Fuzzy Pink Pillow Case: Amazon
Faux fur Throw Blanket: Target

Jump(suit) Into Spring

Photographer: Liquid Lights Studio 

All of these random warm days have me day dreaming of bright colors! One trend that I think is here to stay and will continue into the rest of 2018 is the jumpsuit. Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, a jumpsuit is adorable and comfortable! This jumpsuit is a perfect transition piece to have in your closet as we move towards those warm Spring days most of us have been waiting for. As the weather begins to warm up, you can pair it with a trendy faux fur jacket or a neautral color faux leather jacket, if you want to tone down the colors.

Want to know the best part? The jumpsuit is only TEN dollars and eligible for prime! The jacket is also budget friendly at $24, though sadly isn’t eligible for prime. I will say that I personally am very happy with the look and quality of the jacket, especially when comparing the price to others that I’ve seem.

What trends to you plan on carrying over into the Spring with you? I know I am going to keep rocking the space buns and chokers for far too long, but I can’t help it, I love both of those trends!

Winter is Here

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Fashion is funny because it’s constantly moving forward and looking to the future. So right now the fashion world is already focused on Spring, while we’re still here shivering our way through winter in this Game of Thrones level storm!

With that being said I wanted to share a wonderful new discovery of mine: fleece lined faux leather pants— with POCKETS!! If you are like me, most of the time you are more concerned with looking good, than staying warm. That is until you’re actually out in the weather and completing regretting all the life decisions that led you to standing outside waiting for your Uber in negative degree weather in a mini dress and a fake leather jacket that does nothing, but hold in the cold. Plus the whole, being 26 and off my parent’s health insurance, has me more concerned on dressing weather appropriate, than I have been in the past.

Faux leather pants and thigh high boots are two of my favorite trends right now, because not only do both items make an outfit, but they also keep you warm! Faux leather pants keep you covered, but also make it look like you put a lot of effort into your outfit, even when you pair it with an over-sized and overly comfy sweater. While thigh high boots have the sex appeal that you want on a Saturday night, but still covers a good portion on your legs. Not to mention that there multiple things that you can wear under your boots to help keep you warm and stylist, such as tights and holey jeans!

Hope everyone is staying warm and fashionable during this snow storm!

Top: Target

Pants: Amazon

Scarf: Banana Republic

Boots: Gabriel Brothers

A Fairytale at Your Fingertips

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Need an affordable gown for a night out with your prince? Or you know a cost efficient bridesmaid dress that you won’t want to shove in your closet and never look at again? Well, whether it’s to celebrate your own love, someone else’s love, or just the love of yourself in a gorgeous dress- here is the perfect option! 

This Amazon steal comes in silver, black, burgundy, ivory, navy, pearl pink, red, and dusty pink! The dress is made of quality material and the lace embellishing really makes for a magic feel. The material also holds up when put it the test- it’s even Pittsburgh river tested and approved (as pictured above)!

I was able to spend a magical night twirling around the dance floor in this gown at a charity ball recently and loved the way the tulle moved. I fully support any excuse to wear a ballgown, so please share your photos with me if you decide to purchase this gown for an event or just to sit around your house feeling like royalty for a day!

Photographer for featured image: Jeremy Matthews