OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 13 & 14}

Hieeeeeee!

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

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Pants: J.Crew

Sneaks: Puma

Part 14: Shopping

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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,

T

 

OOTDs: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 8, 9, 10, 11, 12}

I’m tired of writing so I’m not gonna fluff this up too much. I just wrote my life update so that has everything you need to know. On with the many missed OOTDs!

Part 8 07.03.16

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Jacket: J.Crew

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Puma

Part 9: Oscarshall Palace tour

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Sunnies: LeSpec

Pull-over: J.Crew

Maxi skirt: Vintage

Part 10: National Gallery Day

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Top: Weekday

Shorts: Leifsdottir

Shoes: Eurosoft

Part 11: Mathallen Food Market

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Top: Carlings

Skirt: Sanctuary

Shoes: Gaimo

Part 12: Gothenburg

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Top: Zara

Skirt: Gina Tricot

Shoes: Eurosoft

 

xoxo, T

Life Update 07.25.16

Hey everyone!

So much has happened since I last posted. Much like college, this program has really sped up connections and the process of settling in. So on the topic of friends and all, there’s not much to say other than I’ve met some of the most incredible people here. I will do a quick recap of the festivities.

The first weekend I was here I climbed the Besseggen Ridge in the Jotunheimen mountains. It was literally a 12 mile hike that lasted nearly 7 hours and, mind you, this was my first hike ever (basically…) Except for the night before, where at 11 PM, two friends and I decided to climb a mountain nearby. I was like, “oh no biggie, this’ll take max 30 minutes”. Wrong. It took nearly 2 hours. I was in a full body sweat and there was a part where I had a vertical climb next to what could have been a small glacier? Not sure but it was probably a good precursor to the next day’s monster of a hike. In short, I saw reindeer and waterfalls and views that brought tears to my eyes and I bonded with people from all around the world and ate Norwegian Kit-Kats as my legs dangled off a cliff.

The next weekend I went to Bergen. We made many stops along the way, one of which was a small coastal village in a fjord. This would have been cute except for the fact that, on my morning run, I was literally attacked by seagulls. I must have done something to ruffle their feathers (haha… I’m sorry) but they followed me (and one seagull in particular) for a good fifteen minutes, screaming, and kept making dive bombs for my head, while simultaneously dropping fecal matter around me from every direction which made me feel like I was in a war zone. I have never sprinted so hard in my life. The seagull found me again, thirty minutes later, and I have reason to believe that I survived the attack by a narrow margin. Bergen itself was amazing. Unfortunately/fortunately I had seen many of the things we did already, but I suppose it was nice to revisit them. I went antiquing and museum-hopping and cafe-sitting and the culture was so incredible. I actually purchased a 100 year old Norwegian oil painting from the antique shop that I basically paid a kidney and a lung for but #soworthit. I saw the Munch and Astrup exhibits along with the Norwegian National Romanticism sections within a handful of KODE museums. This was obviously extra special for me since I’m studying all of it:). I also met the designer of a famous menswear boutique and we had a lovely conversation, but yeah that’s a story for a different time…

And finally, as for this past weekend… it was multi-fold. First we went to a boat party on Wednesday. This was good, wholesome fun; Bonding with others from the program and I also got to know some locals🙂. Then my roommate and I went on a double date. Then we traveled to Gothenburg (Göteborg) and this was the fun part. It’s such a beautiful city that reminds me of both Spain and Italy, and also a hint of Boston in the suburbs. They have millions of cute cafes and boutiques, yet the locals tell me it’s so boring. Either way, this was probably the most ratchet week/weekend of my life. We went out partying (in some form or other…) 4 nights in a row. I don’t know about you but that’s like, 3 times too many. Every night we slept maximum 3.5 hours, I would say. One night I even got 30 minutes of sleep. That being said, it was also one of the best weekends of my life. There’s something about traveling independently, watching plans come to fruition and exploring a new city on your own time. There wasn’t much in the way of tourist attractions, and we had little time to do museums and such, so we basically just partied. And let me tell you: Europeans go hard. They stay out till way past the risen sun (hence why sleeping was minimal) and I don’t even understand how I made it to class today. It was so much fun. One night we went clubbing with 4 wonderful Norwegian boys and it felt like New Year’s Eve with sparklers and confetti and laughter and dancing. I had to stop to either pinch myself or soak it all in. It was like a slow-motion, real-life Great Gatsby scene.

But anyway… fast forward through the ratchet-ness and now I’m back. Sitting in my bed both thankful that it’s all over and sad that it ended. You may notice that I only listed weekends… Yes, a lot happened in between. I don’t even remember them right now but it probably involved lots of food (per my Instagram) and lots of museums. Anyway, enough word-fluff, on with some relevant photos!

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Gothenburg

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OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Part 7}

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Hello everyone!

I know it’s been so long since I’ve last posted. I’ve seriously been so busy and frankly I haven’t really gotten internet until yesterday. I’m in Europe now and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s rained a lot but overall the culture and city is phenomenal.

I’ve had an unfortunate amount of work to do but (don’t tell anyone) I haven’t been doing it. I’m more concerned with getting settled and making my way around the city, exploring, shopping, and eating my way through it. I’ve eaten quite a few vaffels and kebabs, and I’ve stashed peanut butter in my room without utensils. So it’s safe to assume that I’m straight drinking the peanut butter.

Public transportation is super easy to use, and I’ve actually found that everything is very walkable (even though at times it seems like sooooo much walking). The culture is very laid-back, and it’s so easy to find something to do… whether that be going on a hike, visiting the lakes nearby, visiting the free museums and art galleries, finding a cute cafe, going to the markets in the suburbs, going to the movies…etc. The nightlife is a bit off, but I think we’re managing🙂 I actually (side bar) just got back from watching the Germany v. Italy soccer game at a public viewing in a park downtown. Unfortunately it was so rainy and cold that I headed back. But fun, nevertheless!

That wasn’t important. What is important is the fashion. The fashion here is incredible non-chalant and practically minimalist. Every article of clothing is a neutral or a pastel shade so that they all match or create a complimentary color palette, so everyone is fashionable and put-together no matter what they throw on. I realized upon coming here that I brought all the wrong stuff and nothing is trendy and it bothers me. Unfortunately I’ve spent a hefty sum at the local stores…

I got the long coat for roughly 30 American dollars a few days ago and literally have not taken it off since. It pulls every outfit together, matches everything and is perfect for this slightly chilly weather. I am trying to buy things that I think I’ll need, and therefore this was purchased because my only other coat options were a quilted J.Crew jacket, denim jacket or a puffer jacket. None of those quite fit the bill. So, alas, more excuses to go shopping.

Even though I’ve been inundated with work and drama (lol), last night I had a ball. The program had a huge party and seriously I haven’t had so much fun in a while. So much dancing with cool people, and then we had to walk back in the cold since the metro had stopped but it was fine because I was in good company. Plus, we got to roam the beautiful city in the moonlight. We had to ask the locals for directions. That was one of those rare times when I really felt like, “this is living”. I know that sounds cheesy but those moments are so hard to come by nowadays. I mean, where everything seems so perfect and fun and there isn’t a huge weight on your shoulders. When these are the moments you dream about even if they’ve never happened yet.

Anyway, enough blabber. I’m loving the European life and here’s my attempt at an adaptation of their style mixed with mine combined with the fact that I have severely limited resources (thank you, 50 pound weight limit on my suitcase…).

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Coat: Moda Only

Sweater: Banana Republic

Scarf: Zara

Sneakers: Puma

Sunnies: Mr. Boho

Bag: Longchamp

xoxo, T

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Part 6}+music

Hi again!

Given that this post comes very shortly after my “post-vacation” post, there is not a whole lot to say. Well, that’s actually kind of a lie. I have millions of things to say. But it’s all about choosing what’s really pertinent.

I’m leaving again soon. I can barely begin to explain how it feels. (Warning: The following written portion is heavier than usual). It’s worse than leaving for college, since this time I know absolutely no one and it’s a different country. I’m torn between a feeling of excitement for new adventures and of mourning for the missed time at home and the people I love most. I also feel I have unfinished business here… but I think I’d rather leave ends loose and have something to ponder (as backward as that may seem).

Yet again, packing is a nightmare. But this really is nothing new and no longer something particularly riveting to write about… now it’s mainly redundant!

I also started listening to the Beatles due to our in-depth Beatles tour in Liverpool. I wish I could say I was one of those Beatle babies… as in, a child who rolled out of the womb with such an affinity for the band that it had memorized every word to every album in its primal and fresh state of infancy. I did grow up with them; my whole family was obsessed. And sure, I did hear the songs playing occasionally. But I had a few well-intentioned reasons for avoiding them. The first being that music meant nothing to me up until high school. I actually felt weird for not ever listening to anything (this may partially explain why I kind of disliked the band so much). But then I must have gone through a rough time or something, and it escalated to the point where I couldn’t ever be not listening to music. I leaned (and still do lean) more heavily on the alternative/rock end of bands such as The Killers, Keane, Secondhand Serenade and Panic! at the Disco, among many others. The second reason (another can of worms that I will briefly glaze over), is that I was scared I’d become obsessed with them, and it turns out that my fears were coming to life. These types of obsessions stress me out a ton. However, I think I am forever changed. So I went through my iTunes library of over 2,000 songs and hand-selected over 600 to delete to make space and reflect this new world I am entering. Many of which are silly pop songs or movie soundtracks like West Side Story (including Beyonce, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Phoenix, indie rockers, – no disrespect to any of them, though).

But on to the outfits.

The first outfit was a 5-minute, running-out-the-door-type of outfit. I knew I wanted to wear my new espadrille wedges, I just grabbed the shorts and then found a top that was fun and relatively form-fitting. No rhyme or reason here but I liked the way it turned out.

The second outfit was more planned. It was very chilly outside, so I opted to wear the new sweater I had purchased, and I needed some fun, summery pants (of which I have very few). It was either the stripes or white jeans and I picked the former, liking the look of them with the sweater. The Repetto flats are a fave, plus they matched the stripes. My mom actually protested the sunnies as there was no pink in my outfit to match them. But life is too short to match everything perfectly and frankly, as Polyvore has begun to show me, some of the best outfit combinations are those that are initially unexpected.

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Top: ASOS

Shorts: J.Crew

Espadrilles: Gaimo

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Sunnies: ASOS

Sweater: Rhodina

Pants: Zara

Flats: Repetto

Purse: Louis Vuitton

xoxo, T

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {part 5}

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Hey everyone!

If you follow my Instagram, you may know that I spent the last couple of weeks in Europe. We traveled around the British Isles and let me tell you: quite the culture shock! I had been to London before and it didn’t seem that different to me than, say, New York. (Other than, of course, the architecture and accent thing). But this time was so much different. The city seemed cleaner and prettier and smaller than I remember. I think that happens as we age: the world becomes less big and less scary and we begin to appreciate smaller things more.

By this, of course, I mean food, fashion and interpersonal behavior🙂. I didn’t have my computer so I could not blog about my outfits and such (which explains why all of my Instagrams happened to be of food lol). Even though my sensitive stomach protested, I naively took up the attitude of When in Rome! Naturally this did not go well for me. It seemed that every location we visited (notably: Ireland) specialized in some form of beverage so I tried all of those, but the ones that really got me were the traditional dishes in Scotland. I was told that “haggis, neeps and tatties” was a very-Scottish dish so I gave it a go. (Let’s just keep it PG for those that are faint-of-stomach and define it with the words “sheep’s pluck”). It actually wasn’t that bad… dare I even say slightly appetizing, but I couldn’t manage to put mind over matter and eat more than a quarter of it. Hours later, naturally, I was curled up in the fetal position begging for more ginger ale. This was met with little surprise. From this experience I learned to maybe go only so far as variations of what I’ve eaten before? Idk but that’s certainly no fun at all. Therefore, in Ireland, when I got the “Full Irish Breakfast” I ate everything aside from the black pudding (white pudding mixed with Pig’s Blood).

Here are a few relevant photos from the trip in the way of food, fun and fashion. Also before I proceed, I think it’s worth mentioning that I have just figured out Polyvore and am completely obsessed. Toss me a follow (bee-and-reed) for my outfit creations🙂 Some have recently been posted to Instagram. In fact, this is shifting my view of the direction I want to send my blog so stay tuned for updates on that.

PS: I also, at one point, said I would do a college series. I have since lost interest in doing this, especially since the last time I publicly advertised a college-related blog post I was met with ridicule (well-intentioned, I think, but a bit disheartening nonetheless).

Anyway, hope you enjoy these trip photos! Email me or comment below with any questions. Unfortunately this is not all-encompassing but I put in only those that seemed relevant to my blog.

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Tea Time

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Fashion

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Irish Wool

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Scottish styles

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Outfits – Daytime and Dinner

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Sandals: Eurosoft

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Pants and Jacket: J.Crew // Sunnies: Westward Leaning

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Heels: Lulu’s

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Sweater: J.Crew

 

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Sunnies: Derek Lam // Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg

 

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Earrings: J.Crew // Bracelet: the Silver Seahorse

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Rain Jacket: J.Crew // Rainboots: J.Crew

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Shawl: scottish cashmere // Cardigan: Tory Burch // Sunnies: Gucci

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Scarf: Zara // Skirt: Sanctuary // Sandals: Chloe

xoxo, T

OOTD: summer 16 edition {part 4}

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Hey everyone!!

I think I’m finally emerging from the funk I’ve been in for the past few days. I think a large part of this stemmed from having cleaned my room… as silly as that may sound (I know, my life is so exciting). It’s been terribly rainy and gloomy lately, but that won’t stop me and my OOTDs! I actually was super proud of myself for putting on actual clothes… Most of my summer has been spent in workout gear since that’s all I’ve been doing/had the motivation to put on my body.

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I suppose I don’t have much to say as far as life updates/word-fluff goes. Not too much has been going on… I’ve become a little bit too pensive and reflective with all this free time. To be honest, this is never a good thing so I’ve been frantic to find things to occupy myself.

I hope you all enjoy this outfit. It was like 75ºF and rainy but I wasn’t feeling a rain jacket nor waterproof boots. I actually had a  vintage suede crop top on initially but it felt too Western for Minnesota… and also kind of clashes with the rain. So I threw on this top instead, and I loved the way it looked with the skirt. Then I picked out the shoes since the hardware matched the buttons on the skirt. Next came the belt. This belt was picked simply because the color of the leather matched the clogs the closest but I ended up loving the look.

Make sure to follow me (blog, vsco, insta) for more outfits and to leave comments!

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Top: Zara

Skirt: Sanctuary

Belt: Streets Ahead

Purse: Vintage Coach

Clogs: Lucky Brand

Lipstick: MAC Velvet Teddy

xoxo, T

Travel Tips: Comfy & Stylish Summer Shoes

So the other day I woke up at 5 AM and couldn’t fall back asleep. This was kind of concerning because I never really have trouble sleeping, only unless I take like 5 naps in a day (which is an exaggeration and has never happened, I promise). I attribute it to the craziness of my life lately… but that’s a different can of worms…

Anyway, what does one do at absurd hours of the morning to kill time? If you answered, “Read a book?”, you’re wrong. The answer is: Go online shopping! [Are you surprised?]

I chose to look for cute walking shoes that are good for traveling, because maybe you’re like me and you’re feeling like you need to move on from your Sperrys or your Stan Smiths. I’m going to Europe soon and I have no shoes that are versatile-enough for multiple outfits and can be walked-in for long periods of time.

Now, if you’ve ever looked up “cute walking shoes” on Google, you’ve probably been severely disappointed. For a while, I was convinced that “cute walking shoes” must have been an oxymoron. But let me enlighten you: It is not. They do exist, and you can look farther than J.Crew’s New Balance section. I’m totally not trying to sound like a grouch or a diva but I was so mad because I read like a million different posts and articles about the cutest shoes for travel and all I found was literal dumpster-fire. You know what I mean… the type of shoes that are very conspicuously designed for comfort but that are more geared toward like, mountain climbing… #nothanks.

These are a few examples. Yes, I understand that these may be the most comfortable shoes on the planet. And I also understand that maybe these are great for climbing rocks or waterfalls or even for scaling skyscrapers, for that matter. But that’s not what I’m looking for right now, Pinterest.

Sorry about the long rant. But basically, if you’re looking for comfortable shoes that SERIOUSLY do not sacrifice style/aesthetics, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find my brand picks that I would have purchased for my upcoming trip (but didn’t cause I already found some in store).

*Note: Some of these shoes are probably not the absolute best for walking but that’s the price you pay for cute shoes*

*Another note: This is not an all-encompassing list! I actually found way more shoes than those that I bothered to put on this list but these were some of my faves, and you’ll probably see a theme, and hopefully this directs you towards the websites that are the most helpful*

Brands

  1. Bussola: Sandals/wedges

2. Sam Edelman: Sandals & sneakers

3. Dr. Marten’s: Sandals

4. Toms: You can’t go wrong with these

5. Frye: Sneakers and Slip-ons

6. Anthropologie: Sandals and more

7. Dr. Scholl’s: Flats, Sneakers and Sandals (actually looks similar to the ones I just purchased)

8. kensie: Sandals

9. Fitflops: Flip flops or sandals

10. Clarks: Sandals

11. Kenneth Cole: Sandals

12. Kelly and Katie for DSW: Flats

13. Easy Spirit: Ballet flats and Wedges

(I’ve actually tried these on and they were the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever bestowed upon my feet)

14. Tod’s: Driving shoes

From the looks of it, I’m big into sandals. I hope this helped all you fashionistas in your search for the perfect travel and walking shoes, or at least that it guided you in the direction to finding them. Do let me know if you have any questions or (nice) comments either by commenting below or emailing me at beeandreed@gmail.com .

xoxo, T

 

OOTD: summer 16 edition {part 3}

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Hey again,

Today it’s super gross and rainy, but I’m laying in my big, comfy bed with a book so all is well🙂

I went to dinner with my friend Lizzy a few nights ago and she suggested we walk through Barnes & Noble afterwards. I warned her that it was a terrible idea, yet I obviously didn’t put up much of a fight. I’m not even a big reader to begin with but I’m sure everyone knows the feeling I’m trying to describe. You walk in, you’re bombarded with signs about “deals” and “best-sellers” and “classics” and all of a sudden you’ve left the store toting multiple bags and with your credit card crying. I managed to restrain myself a little bit but I impulsively bought three books: The Picture of Dorian Gray (cause it’s a classic!?), Selected Poems – Robert Frost (….why), and In a Dark, Dark Wood (upon Lizzy’s recommendation). Needless to say these purchases were highly unnecessary but I defend them on the grounds that I’m “expanding my mind”.

I also went to the gym with my brother yesterday. As you all may know (or not), I’m big into running outside and have recently started going to Pure Barre to do more strength stuff as opposed to (my novice method of) just the same cardio every day. Well now that I have more time on my hands, I figured I’d mix it up even more and finally start going to an actual gym (Another thing you should all know about me: I hate gyms/any type of public exercise and/or have a mild fear of them). Naturally, I saw at least 10 people I knew/recognized there so I tried my best to look like I knew what I was doing. Blake and I worked on “chest, arms and back” with machines with cables (Strings? Ropes?) and weights and bells (Dumbbells? I’m not sure) and I also went on the elliptical which was actually super hard and I did not enjoy it. Long story short, now I’m sore but I’ve gotten roped into going back again today.

Yesterday I also biked to a lake and sat picnic-style with another friend, Kaia, in the grass. For a while I journaled in one of those “one line a day for five years”-type journals (I had to catch up since I hadn’t done it for a month, go figure). Speaking of journaling, I think the world is telling me to not do it. All throughout high school I used an online one, thinking that typing would make it go faster. Naturally, my entire senior year deleted so now I don’t know what to do (don’t be fooled by my seemingly indifferent tone, I actually thought I was suffocating for a good few months after I lost them). Then I started a written journal my freshman year of college, and now I’ve managed to misplace that as well. I’m assuming it’s somewhere in my house but I don’t recall unpacking it from my bag. Anyway, that loss seems to be the more dangerous of the two and I’m trying not to freak out. I don’t even know what I’ve written in there soooooo that can’t be good. So basically no more catharsis for me.

So now on to this outfit. Yesterday it was sunny and low-mid 80’s so I chose to spend lots of time outside, since I didn’t really have any other commitments. I created this outfit primarily because I knew I wanted to wear the pants, and it has just occurred to me that these pants have a limited life-span during the year (therefore, must wear them while I can). Everything else just kinda fell into place off of the color of the stripes. Last time I wore this outfit, I was in Naples and paired the pants with a navy top. While it was an easy choice, I can’t say I’d do that again because it wasn’t super fun, nor was it very flattering, so hopefully the lighter color of this top takes the emphasis away from certain areas. Plus, I like the neck line a lot. Also, I’d been looking for a pair of earrings like these for quite some time. All vintage/thrift/consignment stores only had clip-ons, but then life showed me that I had been looking in the wrong place the whole time! My mom cleaned out her closet and literally just unearthed them and casually asked if I wanted them. Note to self (and others): Check mom’s and grandma’s closet first… they have hidden gems.

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Earrings: Vintage (mother’s)

Sunnies: Crosby Derek Lam

Lipstick: Nars Juliette

Top: Ella Moss

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Repetto

Bag: Paco Lobo

Leave any questions/comments below pleaseeeeeee🙂

xoxo, T

 

OOTD: summer 16 edition {part 2}

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Hiieeee,

If you don’t follow my InstaBlog, here’s the latest on me: I’ve had so much smurfin’ time on my hands that I’ve been working out a lot, eating out a lot (a LOT… hence why I have to work out so much lol) and hanging with a different mix of homies. Nothing especially new to report.

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Look at that behemoth of a donut on the right!!! *Cue Kool Aid Man* OH YEAH!!!

Basically trying to bask in the wonderful world that is Minnesota in the summer. Seriously, the sunshine is like liquid gold and the scenery is either A) lakes of tiny diamonds, or B) foliage of green ribbons. High-fiveing myself for those vivid and colorful comparisons.

Now on to the outfit. I like how it had a ’60s vibe to it, since I went to a retro diner for lunch. Granted, the diner was more ’50s-style but who caressssssss. Anywho, if anyone would like me to do a post about where I go to get all this food in Minneapolis and/or Boston, let me know by email or in the comments. This is a fashion and lifestyle blog, but I generally only talk about fashion in my posts. So idk I just wanna know what to do cause I’m not very good at this whole blogging thing.

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seriously this photo doesn’t even do it justice

If you’re curious as to how I concocted the outfit, it was pretty dang easy. I wanted to wear the co-ord set, so that wasn’t hard. I grabbed the neck scarf because I jump at every opportunity to wear it. The shoes matched a single stripe on the scarf, so yay. Then the purse just killed two birds with one stone: vintage AND a neutral to match. Scoreeeeeee

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All of a sudden acutely aware of my shortness.

Co-ord set: Zara

Neck scarf: Zara

Purse: Vintage Coach

Shoes: Repetto

Sunnies: Crosby Derek Lam

xoxo, T