OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 7}



I am gonna make this quick for everyone’s convenience. I went to Salem today and we visited the Salem Witch Museum, got a psychic reading, got apple cider, went to the Witch Dungeon museum, got food (bad Yelp review) and then walked around and went back.

Would I go again? Good question. I am going to say yes but only 1) at night, and 2) for a Pub Crawl or something. There’s seriously not a whole lot to do during the day but it’s definitely a bucket list item. If you’ve ever been to an amusement park around Halloween time, you’ll know what Salem is like then. Basically just a ton of people in costume walking around and a lot of decorations. Honestly, it was super cute but I pretty much saw most everything in the one day that I was there walking around.

The psychic reading, however, was the highlight of the experience. I initially swore off psychic readings forever, because I believe too much in fate and didn’t want to know if something bad was going to happen. However, I figured, if there’s ever a time to get a psychic reading, it is today, here in Salem (basically the capital of Halloween?). I won’t go into detail but she was basically spot-on with knowing things about me, to the point where it was frightening. I therefore trusted the things she said. A few unsettling predictions about my life but overall it was just a mind-blowing experience.

Here was my outfit. High 50s and mostly sunny, minimal breeze. I planned my whole outfit around the pants and jacket. The others just fell into place.





Sunnies: Gucci

Neck Scarf: ASOS

Top: J.Crew

Jacket: Banana Republic (old)

Pants: Larry Levine

Booties: Marc Fisher

Have you been to Salem? Tell me what you did there in the comments!

xoxo, T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 6}


Hello again!

It’s been a rough and busy week for sure. I went to Cape Cod this past weekend. It was pretty wild. Fortunately for us, the weather was spectacular! (Except for Sunday when Hurricane Matthew hit). On Sunday we decided to go to a museum and then out to eat. I think it was like a “Category 1 hurricane” by the time it got to Mass or something, but it was nevertheless pretty forceful. Trying to get lunch was difficult. I distinctly remember trudging through a parking lot, all of us, ill-equipped, barely able to walk because the winds were so strong and getting completely pounded with rain. It was out of a movie!

Overall the weekend was awesome. A lot of good bonding and a lot of very New England things. Super cozy.

Yesterday, I met Madison downtown and we wandered around Boston, specifically Beacon Hill, one of the most charming areas. You’re definitely correct in thinking that I must get no work done, considering I do this stuff all the time, haha. But anyways, we set out on a mission to find the famous Acorn Street! Haven’t heard of it? According to Instagram, this is the most photographed street in America (although, I don’t know how much I believe that considering it’s practically hidden). It’s this cute, steep, cobblestone-studded street with red bricks, vines, lanterns, and a Revolutionary-type American Flag hanging in the middle. It’s positively adorable! All of the doors to the homes are each a different color with shuddered windows, intricate door knockers and pretty ornaments. When we got there, there were at least 3 couples taking engagement photos. Ugh. So adorable, but still. So thus I decided to take blog photos here.

Here was my outfit from yesterday. I knew I wanted to wear the skirt so I planned around that. I figured, since it’s not scorching hot, I should do long sleeved. I put this on but could not perfect the tuck. I think, in the end, it turned out pretty decent. Then I put on the booties because it seemed more fall. That was about it, haha. I love this top so much and it means a lot to me. Not only does it go with just about everything, but I actually bought it at a store called Carlings in Norway. Every time I look at it, I think and dream of my time in Norway all over again. But anyway, on to the outfit. Also, keep scrolling to get a closer look at the jewelry, most of which I’ve gotten in Cape Cod and also appeared on my Instagram.






Top: STAY: Scandinavian Esthetic – Carlings

Skirt: Parker

Booties: Marc Fisher


Bracelets: The Silver Seahorse

Shell and Fish rings: The Silver Seahorse

Thin stackables: from an Art Fair, unknown jeweler

*Note: The Silver Seahorse is a local jeweler located in Hyannis that offers many varieties of New England-style jewelry, such as the ones I have shown. They’re either Sterling Silver or 14k Solid Gold. On top of this, their prices are super reasonable. This is not an ad nor a sponsored post, I am just very fond of them and that’s why I have so many of their pieces. You will most likely see them in many of my future posts :)*

Let me know what you think in the comments!


OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 5}

Hi everyone,

Something strange is happening with WordPress right now so I hope this post isn’t all wonky. Anyway, I don’t have anything new to say really except for that I have an exciting vacation planned for this weekend that I will get to after-the-fact. Oh also I got my hair cut. I couldn’t decide if I wanted bangs or not so I erred on the side of caution. I don’t know what it will look like air-dried but I love the length and mini layers!!!

Here’s today’s outfit. I woke up an actual zombie that was void of all signs of life so I didn’t wear a skirt as planned for a lovely day like today. I know I can always count on my trusty suede jacket! I’ll explain the bizarre process that led to this outfit.

It was supposed to be cold in the morning so I put these black pants on since they’re thin and stretchy. My white t-shirt was in the hamper so I had to pick this collared one, but then I realized I kind of looked like a waitress. So I had to throw a scarf on to fix that, because they’re big enough to distract and could hide this second collar. I couldn’t do a neck scarf bow because that clashed with the double collar going on. So I decided I’d put it in my hair but then I looked like a waitress but in doll form… smh. So many issues with this scarf, am I right?

I pulled it down around my neck to untie it but then I realized that I liked the way it looked Western/Bandana style. Plus, it hid the first collar!



Scarf: Vintage

Sunnies: Gucci

Jacket: Aldo

Top: Zara

Pants: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Eurosoft


#PortraitMeet with Can Ahtam



This is the much anticipated (at least for me haha) post about the photography tour, as I like to call it. I had the privilege of accompanying the very talented Can (John) Ahtam (@canahtam) around Boston with a bunch of other talented photographers to take portraits and pictures of buildings.

I honestly had no idea what to expect going in. I distinctly remember sitting on the T beforehand, starting to panic a little bit. What am I doing? I thought. I know next to nothing about photography. I just happen to have a decent camera (which, I’ve discovered, is fine but not actually that great in comparison). Because of this I almost didn’t go. Like I literally almost got off the train to turn around. But I didn’t. I pushed myself to go. And boy am I glad I did!

(Get ready for so much cheese you’d think this was a fondue party). I couldn’t believe how cool the people I met were. They hailed from every corner of the urban area just to shoot some photos. They do all kinds of cool jobs, and most have almost nothing in common with each other but still know each other from other events and bond over photography, the only connection, which honestly seems cooler to me. On top of that, they were all so talented! A lot of us exchanged Instagrams and they have the kinds of feeds you scroll past on the Explore page and just completely drool over.

We all chatted and walked around, each jumping at the opportunity to snap some portraits of the “models” who came along. Initially I was expecting to stop people on the street, as John normally does (apparently), but fortunately we didn’t. I don’t know that I’m that bold enough yet:/. Regardless, it was still super exciting to learn from the pros and see how they work.

Honestly the whole thing made me realize that I need to up my photography skills. It’s such an amazing hobby and I hope I can explore it a little further. I was particularly mesmerized by one of the photographer’s (Rob: @rbbyl) ability to play with and manipulate light. He had these little fairy lights and placed them all around me to create the coolest bokeh-type effects. Then he led me to a cool sign in Primark (which you may have seen on my Instagram) and took tons of reflection photos. His creative vision is extraordinary. I couldn’t believe the pictures he produced and how it seemed like he always knew exactly what he wanted and what he would get out of it.

Anyway, I left with a bunch of cool friends and connections in the area, a great memory, and some new photography skills. Here are my favorite pictures that I took. I took many more but these are my favorites (also, some were taken with my phone). Really, though, they pale in comparison to what the others took!


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Let me know what you guys think!


OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 4}


Happy fall everyone!

I thought this week was gonna be decent and pretty chill after last week’s rodeo of a test, but unfortunately I was mistaken. I had to go to the Museum of Fine Arts for one of my classes… obviously a very pleasant experience but it took forever to get there. I was also super rushed so I couldn’t really absorb what I was looking at since I was running to find one specific painting with 4 minutes until closing time. I’m sure you can imagine me, by myself, sprinting from one wing to the other, books falling from my arms, sweating with my hair all over my face… That’s exactly what happened. There were a few moments where I wasted time peeking into random rooms that I didn’t need to look into. I don’t mean to get cheesy or emotional but I just kinda sat there and closed my eyes to take a deep breath of that museum smell. The last time I smelled that smell and felt that feeling of awe and curiosity I was standing in Oslo’s Nasjonalmuseet and it made me sad. Why didn’t I know? Why didn’t I hold onto Norway as long as I could? Naturally I feel more emotional because I’m listening to Barbara’s Mon Enfance and Ma Plus Belle Histoire D’Amour. But on that topic, I’m just still trying to reconcile that life and this life. I’m just nostalgic, that’s all. Please ignore my annoying and constant ramblings about feelings and Oslo (but if you’re annoyed, remember that it was you who decided to read this post soo0 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

But anyway, I somehow found time to browse the gift shop and picked up these wicked cool enamel pins (see what I did there? shoutout to MA). I’ve seen these in pictures recently and I think they’re so cool. I’ve never actually felt like I could incorporate them into my own style and I also didn’t know where to put them. But I found out how, as you can probably tell from the photos, and I will elaborate more on this later.

So to discuss this outfit a little bit… It was supposed to be cold today. I normally like to wear these cargo-y pants on crisp days so I went from there. I knew I needed to wear a longer top because that’s what generally looks better on me with these pants, so that’s where this side-slit tee comes in. Then I obvi needed a jacket of sorts and the J.Crew denim jacket matched the more masculine tones and muted colors. For a necklace I just threw on the choker; I really could have picked any but I grabbed this one for some reason, probably because it filled the weird negative space on my chest due to the V-cut. That’s basically how this outfit was formed, I find that I don’t normally put as much thought into the outfits as I do when I reflect and blog about them later which seems odd, I guess.

Anyway, back to the pins. I was sitting in the middle of my Poli Sci class and it occurred to me that these pins were collecting dust in my bag. I whipped ’em out and, to cure my boredom, pinned them to random spots on my jacket and kinda loved it. So here they are… Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh the Postman. Yes it’s kinda basic but I also like the freedom it offers me to customize an outfit I guess? I think I may purchase more pins from things that I like and hold dear to my heart (hence why I placed these pins on the left side of my chest🙂 ).






Choker: ASOS

Jacket: J.Crew


Pins: MFA?

Pants: J Brand

Shoes: Report

xoxo, T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 3}


Happy Sunday,

I just got back from brunch with Dennis downtown. We went to my new favorite place: the South End!! The restaurant was called Stephi’s on Tremont. I had Eggs Benedict with avocado and we split a CINNAMON BUN. You know I’ve been on the hunt for Boston’s best cinnamon roll. To be honest, I have not found it yet, though Stephis‘ was definitely a step in the right direction. I think my next stop will be Flour since I’ve heard sooooo much about it.

Since my last post, about a week ago, I’ve been so busy with school. I had my first test this week which was kind of a rodeo to say the least. I’ve been desperately trying to get my ducks in a row. Really the whole week was a blur preparing for that test.

But anyway, this is my outfit from Friday night’s dinner with Robyn and Michelle! I’ve been dying to wear this vintage suede jacket. I tried to not mix metals with this outfit so you can see that the zipper matches the details on the jacket. I loved the extra details added with the clutch, and I kept the shoes minimal but matching with these new mule sandals I purchased from ASOS. They’re faux-suede which I felt was probably acceptable to pair with another color suede since it’s so small? Idk I liked it so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . Since the jacket was pretty bulky, I tried to keep the top minimal so as to not distract from the major pieces.

Sorry for the word-vomit. On to the outfit!





see? the zipper matches lol


Jacket: Aldo

Top: Zara

Skirt: MiH

Shoes: Truffle Collection (via ASOS)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

What do you think? Know where I can find a good cinnamon roll? Let me know in the comments🙂


OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 2}



This morning Francine and I went to Cambridge to have brunch. In deciding where to go I told her that all I needed was a good cinnamon roll. She knew the perfect place!! Alden & Harlow’s the name; in Harvard Square. Lovely setting… kind of rustic mixed with industrial that reminds me of Minneapolis a bit. The skillet roll that came out looked so lovely… perfect for Instagram. I realize that’s probably the most annoying sentence ever but oh well! I’m gonna be honest, I took like 50 aerial shots of the food before I got the one I posted. Francine and I joked about how stupid it was, even the people next to us were giving us major side-eye, kinda like the “suspicious dog” from the Simpsons. Apparently the restaurant’s menu is meant as shareables, so we shared three additional dishes that were corn pancakes, maple-glazed pork on cheesy grits and eggs on quinoa. I forget the names now but I HIGHLY recommend the restaurant as a whole. Stellar. I wish we had more restaurants like that close to my campus!!

Anyway, here’s the outfit I wore. You may recall from my last post that I talked about some guy on campus wearing green loafers and Lennon-style sunnies. The significance of that blurb is that the sight of him kind of jolted my existence (dramatic, I know). His outfit was so cool and he looked so original that I questioned literally everything I do. Why do I dress the way I do? Do I dress for me or for others? How do I feel when I wear these clothes? Am I doing activities because I enjoy them or because they look good on a resume? The last question has been especially important to me recently because I’ve tried to re-orient my life in such a way as it is perfectly crafted from my own heart and spirit and not for some other reason. I want my personality and being to be reflected in the way I live my life. I had noticed that my style was slowly slipping into the normcore trends and, as stylish as they may be, I couldn’t stand it! It wasn’t me. Frankly, I realized I was only picking them out because I wanted to blend in. I wanted to impress those around me. But I wasn’t impressing myself and that’s the most important part. I didn’t feel like myself when I wore, say, a choker. I actually kind of like chokers but it’s just not entirely my style (which has yet to be defined. As of right now it has many facets). So anyway, this guy in the loafers basically inspired me to start living the way I want to live instead of just dreaming about it.

This outfit deviates from most of my posts because of the color. I don’t normally wear lots of color even though I wish I did. I love this dress, even though I recognize that it’s not the most flattering for my body shape but hey, next to nothing flatters my body shape. I loved the sleeves and the colors go with anything! I had just purchased these oversized sunnies and am OBSESSED. I love pale/pastel pinks and I felt like they kind of fit the retro theme. It seemed very summer/fall transition to me, given that it was like 80ºF today. This outfit, though it may not be perfect, is a fairly good representation of where I want to start heading in terms of expressing my personality.





Sunnies: SEE eyewear

Dress: H&M

Bag: Louise et Cie

Shoes: Forever 21

Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss

OOTD: College Year 2 Edition {Part 1}



Two words: Party. Hair.

Gotta bounce off to barre (sheds tear) so this will be a quick post.

Also, Im trying to find the guy with the Lennon sunnies and the green loafers on campus. If you know who he is, let me know right away cause I need his friendship & guidance.



Sunnies: Westward Leaning

Top: STAY (Scandinavian Esthetics)

Shorts: Leifsdottir

Sandals: Eurosoft



OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 14 & 15} + Dragonfruit smoothie recipe

Hey everyone!!

I know it’s been sooo long since I last posted. I actually had to open a new tab to go to my page and see when it was that I had last posted (over a month ago…) and it just saddens me to read it. I talked about how sad I was to start packing to go home, and how I was going swimming that day…. Which, by the way, turned into cliff jumping. CLIFF JUMPING. Into a FJORD. What?! Those are the best kinds of days though. The ones full of spontaneity and adventure. And I was with nearly all of my best friends (minus two) and we were accompanied by these random Norwegian men. And then we finished our day by grilling pølse and eating hjerte vafler while tanning on the beach.

Here was my outfit from that day. Not super practical, I am aware.



Sunnies: Mr. Boho

Top: Zara

Skirt: Sanctuary

Bag: Longchamp

Shoes: Eurosoft

One of my last days there, maybe August 3, we went to the Astrup-Fearnley museum which was SO cool. I’m not usually a fan of abstract, contemporary art but it really jolted my perspective. Here was my outfit🙂 I had just purchased the top and culottes for DIRT CHEAP. Like, they are real suede culottes for the equivalent of $17. My British friend George absolutely hated them but I figured, A) this is a steal, and B) I kinda love them… and therefore I will wear them (I kinda find that empowering… to ignore every external force and do what feels right). But yeah the outfit just kinda came together on its own… the shoes are very European in trend and luckily matched the top perfectly.



This was one of my BFFs Adelaide. Isn’t she so cool? I’m still so obsessed with her outfit


Necklace: J.Crew

Top: Mango

Culottes: Bik Bok

Shoes: Gaimo


Another super hip BFF, Tori

On a completely unrelated note, I’m back at school now. The short amount of time between getting home and going back to school was relatively normal. Although, by the time I got back most of my friends were going back to school already so I didn’t get to see many people. Regardless, I quickly slipped into that zone of comfort where it is difficult to climb out of. Still can’t decide whether being comfortable is a good thing or not. I was quickly uprooted but I didn’t find the transition to school to be that difficult. It was nice to see everyone again, almost as if we never left. But I assume it was just because, since I was bouncing around all summer, I never got the chance to really settle and wallow about missing someone or something.

Our room has a kitchenette so we are constantly making things, mostly smoothies. Check out this dragonfruit smoothie bowl I made the other day!! Here’s the recipe…super easy.

Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl

1 full Dragonfruit

5 Strawberries

A handful of ice cubes

1-1.15 cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

A big spoonful of Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 squirt Honey

Toppings: Almond Butter, Raw Cocoa Nibs, Goji Berries, Pumpkin & Flax Granola

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That’s about all I have. Until next time🙂


OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 13 & 14}


I’m beginning the arduous and anxiety-inducing process of packing up the last 6 weeks of my life to bring back to the States. I specifically recall my mother telling me at the airport, “Now Taylor, don’t purchase much while you’re over there”. I definitely kept this in mind, but you know that I can find justifications for just about any purchase, as much as I would like not to…

So I’m scared of the weight of my suitcase, and also scared of how everything is even going to fit in the first place. But this is probably the least of my emotionally-relevant concerns. I have to say goodbye to this wonderful place that I’ve called home for the summer! And even worse, I have to say goodbye to the lifelong relationships I’ve formed in the short time I’ve been here. This isn’t like college where most of these people are from the US. Some of my friends here live all over the world and I may not see them again, or at least for a very long time. Thank goodness for social media (one of the only times you’ll hear me say that). But I guess, such is life. Or, so it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

Speaking of Mr. Vonnegut, another of his quotes is terribly relevant here. It goes, “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and to exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is'”. This is a very important message that I’ve tried to channel this entire summer. There is such a stark contrast between the anxiety I feel when cramming for a test in the dark corner of a library in a place that can, at times, feel more like an enclosure than a blissful college campus and the liberation/serenity that comes from standing on top of huge mountains gazing at the world’s most incredible views or dancing and laughing with people from every corner of the earth. (Excuse the run-on sentence please, there was too much to say.) My point is this: I’ve tried with every bone in my body to relish every breath of the fresh Norwegian air and let the laughter warm me like champagne and to hold on to these moments, so that they may carry me gracefully back into college life where I’ll need them most.

Today I’m going swimming… which I don’t actually enjoy doing that much but I figured that I probably need to cross that off my bucket list. I should be studying for finals cause I haven’t really done much work for my class at all but I feel like those can wait?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah:/

On to the most recent outfits. The first is a very plain outfit, but comfortable, that I wore to visit Ekebergparken for my art class to admire the sculptures. I don’t really have more to say about it because it was a last-minute, no-effort look since I was lazy.

The next outfit I wore on one of the few lovely days to go shopping and cute-café-hunting with my roommate. It actually had spaghetti-straps but I tucked them in since they were bothering me and it looked cuter showing a little shoulda🙂. The shoes are terribly beat up since I’ve worn them out so much but I love the olive green mixed with the browns and gold tones. The necklace I added was simple-enough to compliment (as opposed to overshadow) the ruffle and the lipstick choice was also a warm tone to fit that theme. My makeup was meant to be dewy to go with the shoes and match, again, the warm, sun-kissed feel of the outfit as a whole. So basically I put more thought into this outfit over the other one lol.

Part 13: Ekebergparken







Pants: J.Crew

Sneaks: Puma

Part 14: Shopping






Dress: H&M

Necklace: J.Crew

Shoes: Chloé

Sunnies: LeSpecs

Bag: Longchamp

I am not sure yet if I will be able to post this week, so this may have to suffice until I get home. I tried not to get too “in the feels” but yeah.

TTYL and xoxo,