#WCW: Lindzi of The Trendy Sparrow

I first discovered Chicago-based  Lindzi of The Trendy Sparrow through her Etsy shop with the same name, and stuck around to check out her blog after I read about the origins of that name:

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother called me her “little sparrow”. Combine that with my love for fashion and other trends, you get “The Trendy Sparrow”. With a chic and vintage style, The Trendy Sparrow is often inspired by the girl who dances to her own beat, thinks outside the box, and isn’t afraid to try something new. I wanted to create something for those chic, unique, and quirky personalities that aren’t willing to stick to tradition. I want the emerging souls, the risk takers, the rule breakers, and polka dot wearers.

Welp, if that doesn’t sound like something I’d love, I don’t know what does! Some of you may know that I love lions. My grandma called me her CaroLion, and I’ve been collecting lions since I can remember. I’d like to think of Lindzi as a girlboss, blogging, soul sister, inspiration. She’s amazing, and has made her passion a full-time job! How awesome is that? Her blog is not just a blog, but an extension of the fabulous brand that she has created. (please note that I just had to go through that last paragraph and edit how many times I tried to use the word “amazing”.) Besides, she’s influenced by Blair Waldorf, one of my most favorite fictional characters of all time! I wanted to learn a little bit more about Lindzi, and I’m so glad she took the time to be my #WCW.

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10 songs for a perfect sound track
a. Hands Down – Dashboard Confessional
b. Stronger Than Me – Amy Winehouse
c. Mercy – Duffy
d. Bad Blood Remix – Taylor Swift
e. The Good Left Undone – Rise Against
f. Sittn’ On (The Dock of the Bay) cover – Sara Bareilles
g. The Mighty Fall – Fall Out Boy
h. So Impossible – Dashboard Confessional
i. The Mixed Tape – Jack’s Manniqun
j. Lights and Sounds – Yellowcard

9 words to describe you
a. Hard worker // Quirky // Passionate // Resilient // Creative // Chic // Strong
willed // Helpful // Loving

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Leopard Print and Plaid

8 reasons that you love your life
a. Knowing that items I made are being loved and used in homes across the
globe.
b. I get to set my own hours & work when I want
c. I’m my own boss, and get to be creative everyday
d. I get to spend all day with my sweet wonderful dog, Lilly.
e. I met the love of my life, and get to live with him.
f. I get to live in the fabulous city of Chicago!
g. I have some of the most loyal and loving friends anyone could ask for.
h. I have a family that is healthy and happy and believes in my dreams!

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without
a. My dog!
b. My family
c. My day planner
d. My numerous scrapbooks
e. The owl candle holder that belonged to my MeMe
f. All of my TTS products

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Burgundy Sweater and an Oversized Vest

5 people who have impacted your life
a. Andrew Phillips (my boyfriend and best friend)
b. Ricky Flinn (my closest and longest friend)
c. Patricia Brennan (my “gran” and inspiration behind the name “The Trendy Sparrow)
d. Blair Waldorf… yes I realize she isn’t a real person
e. My parents

4 places you’d like to visit
a. Paris
b. Florence
c. Greece
d. London

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Casual Green Fall Sweater

3 unpopular opinions you have
a. All of Nicolas Spark’s books & movies are horrible and I hate them. (I couldn’t agree with you more, girl)
b. We DO NOT have a national religion in this country regardless of what some politicians try and say.
c. Not every woman wants a family and/or kids. That’s okay.

2 things that scare you
a. Not succeeding at running my own company
b. Losing the ones I love

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Geometric Dress + A Long Black Vest

1 quote to live by
a.  “Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen
instead of making them happen.” – Blair Waldorf

Get social with Lindzi!

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/thetrendysparrow
BLOG: thetrendysparrowblog.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/thetrendysparrow
TWITTER: twitter.com/trendysparrow
PINTEREST: pinterest.com/trendysparrow

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In defense of The District

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I’m not entirely sure why I still even follow The Atlantic on Facebook anymore, as their articles are tedious to read and I often disagree with what they’re saying anyway, but I’m glad I do so that I could see the absurdity that was Why Women’s Fashion in Washington, D.C. Is So Terrible- And Patriarchal. Catchy title, right? As a budding fashion blogger, D.C. born and raised, it immediately grabbed my attention, although, it took me several tries to read the whole thing because it was so angrily and awkwardly written. I was brought back to a time in high school where I was graded on “actively reading,” as an assignment- taking notes and asking questions in the margins of books while reading. I never fully understood the concept, until reading this article. I had to take notes to understand the haphazardly insulting “political” piece. Ms. Cintra Wilson, the author, from what I understand, has lived in San Francisco, LA, and now, New York City. I wonder if she’s ever lived in D.C. I would venture to say no, as she clearly doesn’t understand the city that I know and love so well.

In Washington, D.C., there is an excruciatingly narrow margin for acceptable female dress; all women, no matter how attractive or plain, no matter how many postgraduate degrees they have, or how well they fly fighter planes, walk an inescapable fashion tightrope. Their style will fall into the binary categories of either “dowdy” or “slutty”; there are virtually no fashion grey areas.

As my roommate, a journalist for the navy, pointed out, “If you fly a fighter plane you wear a goddamn uniform to work.” This is true. And like the women who fly fighter planes, those of us who work at law firms or for the government or in most office situations are expected to present ourselves in a professional manner. There is a bit of a uniform mentality, but I can’t say that I, or anyone I know, leave the house looking “dowdy” or “slutty”. Which brings me to her next point:

The default answer to this no-win fashion conundrum, for an alarming amount of working women, is to buy their wardrobes at Ann Taylor…

K. What’s your point? Most of what I wear is from Ann Taylor, or its slightly trendier little sister store, LOFT. The clothes there are fairly timeless, in classic silhouettes that last forever. I see nothing wrong with that. Ms. Wilson goes onto describe the kind of girl that I, and all of my friends, allegedly are:

…single girl in her late twenties whose self-esteem has been almost beaten to death by the beauty-industrial complex, and whose decent education has been punished with a thanklessly demanding office job. She’s a can-do Cinderella who has always had to change the oil in her own pumpkin and is too overworked to have a healthy social life outside the workplace. Her outfits must therefore be corporate-respectable, yet body-conscious enough to attract a nice tax-attorney husband.

Well that was harsh. And untrue. While I am not where I want to be quite yet carrier-wise, I quite enjoy my firm and the people I’m surrounded by there. Too overworked for a healthy social life? Please. Last week, I had a date on Tuesday, a concert Wednesday, and was at Landmark Music Festival all weekend, and I’m currently planning a  party with my roommate at our place for mid-October. I think my social life is pretty healthy. And-oh- I have no interest in finding a tax attorney husband, and I wouldn’t need a short skirt to do it if that was what I wanted. She then goes on to really hate on the older crowd:

Washington’s permaclass of wealthy Georgetown-establishment socialites has always ruled the roost on D.C.’s domestic front. The older rich ladies are the keepers of the social rulebooks—and the keepers of all the best HUMINT (human intelligence) and RUMINT (rumor-based intelligence) in town. These are the Mean Girls who make or break political aspirations, who get to wear big hats at polo matches, make disparaging comments about social climbers, and police the actions and/or styles of younger, more fertile women.

I have seen about zero evidence of this. If anything, I am in awe of the ladies of my generation who work full time, sit on the boards of charities, pursue side hustles, and still have time for brunch on Sundays. We are carving our own place in this city, but I don’t see anyone even trying to stop us or hold us back. She continues by critiquing the old-fashioned style of these imaginary older socialites that hate us so much. But you know what? If their style is old-fashioned, that makes sense. Because why would these old socialites be dressing like the young sluts in the office getting their tax attorney husbands? She goes on and on about republicans ruining fashion and women dressing like babies (but dowdy babies) and this is what reeeeally gets to me:

All the high heels seemed to evaporate from department stores in favor of quiet little ballet shoes that might enable a wife to tiptoe out of the dining room so that the men, freshly cigared, could talk like grownups.

Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of heels. I’m starting to wear them more though, in the office. When I’m wearing flats, it’s not about being demure. It’s about hustling. I have to get somewhere or do something fast and without wobbling or worrying about my feet hurting. Try again, Ms. Wilson. I’m running around this beautiful city living my very full life. Her last paragraph had me seeing red, after describing her first visit to an Oscar de la Renta boutique:

Clothing this advanced just might guarantee a lady the center of attention, in most rooms—even if she lacks charm, looks, and substance. It is the haberdashery equivalent of a Maserati; people are likely to be a bit hypnotized, no matter how unspectacular the driver may be.

But wait, I thought she was just describing us as boring? Or slutty? Now she’s saying the clothes are advanced and we only wear them to mask our being unspectacular? Pick a thesis and stick to it. Here’s mine:

The women in this city are incredible. We’re smart, charming, driven, and fashionable. We know how to dress for work, and it has nothing to do with impressing or kowtowing to our male counterparts. We may stick to classic shapes like the powerful pencil skirt, but dammit if we don’t rock it. If you need me to share some amazing young fashionistas from the city with you, please let me know. I’d love to introduce you to some of my friends.

I was warned that I might get some backlash for writing this piece, and that’s ok. I just hope I made my opinion known in a clear and concise way. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. What do you think about the fashion in DC?

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Lunchtime play date

I am SUH ESSITED that spring time has arrived(ish) and I can abolish the tights and bust out the little dresses. Admittedly, it was much colder on this day that I had anticipated and with the wind I was just about a walking Popsicle. But at least I got to finally meet up with my Nicole and play around in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House. And can I talk about how this is officially my favorite outfit right now? I think of that jacket as my own personal tour jacket- I got it made when I was 14. Paired with the comfiest little dress (for under $15!!) and shoes + my backpack… easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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Very Perry

I seriously adore Dana. Since she started commenting on my blog and I started following her’s, I’ve just become more and more impressed with her. I love her style and the fact that she’s working in an industry that she loves at such a young age. Plus, she as in love with her city as I am mine. And she went to school with people I know. So basically, this long distance friendship was meant to be. While some of my blogger friends were enjoying #NYFW, Dana was working it! The timeless but definitely not boring looks featured by Perry Ellis really caught my eye… along with some of the models ;), and I wanted to know more! Thankfully, I had Dana to give me the insider scoop!
1. How was the Perry Ellis brand born? Who were the key players and what was their inspiration?
Wow. Where do I begin? I could seriously be here all day and night talking about the history of Perry Ellis. First, Perry Ellis (the man/designer) started as a womenswear designer. After his passing, Supreme International bought the rights to the brand, changed the corporation to Perry Ellis International and transitioned the brand while incorporating Perry’s legacy into each and every piece! It’s truly such an interesting history – here’s a fun video to help tell more about Perry Ellis: The Man, The Designer, The Legacy.
 
Fun fact: Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi both worked for Perry Ellis!
 
2. How would you describe the Perry Ellis brand in 3 words?
Very. Freakin’. Perry 😉 See what I did there? Hmm. It’s hard to describe a company that literally has so much history attached to the name. Some key words for our Spring ’15 campaign are: Memorably, Impeccably, and Simply. Those are definitely three words that easily describe what we create here at Perry Ellis.
 
3. What’s your personal favorite Perry Ellis piece of all time?
If we’re talking about old school Perry Ellis, I’d have to say these sweaters that was actually created when Marc Jacobs worked for Perry Ellis  (um look at those colors)!pexmj
If we’re talking about since I’ve been with the company – it definitely needs to be a look from our Spring ’15 runway show – I was backstage dressing (I know, I’m a lucky girl) and I couldn’t take my eyes off this look!
pespring15runway Our Creative Director, Michael Maccari, and our team of designers are so unbelievably talented. It’s amazing to watch them come up with fresh (that’s a BIG word we use almost every 5 minutes in our office) ideas each season.
 
4. Have there been any big names spotted in Perry Ellis? If so, who?
Welllllll…at our fashion show Victor Cruz of the NY Giants, Patrick from @aguynamedpatrick and Joe Jonas were spotted wearing Perry Ellis in the front row! Also, Adam Gallagher from @iamgalla has worn Perry Ellis in his blog posts!
 
5. We’ve joked about Harry Styles looking great in Perry Ellis, but who would you love to see rock it?
My god, that would be amazing! HA! I would love to see Justin Timberlake (that’s a given) wearing Perry. A girl could only dream…but hmm, James Marsden and Bradley Cooper would look amazing in Perry Ellis Collection. They both have such tasteful and classic styles, but can easily step out of the box and wear something cool. That’s what we’re about at Perry Ellis: staying true to ourselves and our style but finding new, innovative ways to incorporate trends into our looks.
 
6. Are there any exciting trends in menswear we should be looking out for?
Hmm, based on what I’ve seen…definitely look out for: Workwear-inspired pieces, a great layering coat, textured everything, dark shades, and tonal colors.
 
7. What should every stylish man have in their closet? 
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#WCW: Lemon Stripes

striped-dress-2I am so. freaking. excited. to bring you this week’s WCW, Julia of Lemon Stripes. I love her preppy, bright sense of style, but I knew I loved her as a person when this post came up on my bloglovin’ feed. Girl, I feel ya on all accounts and my uncle Matt thought it was hilare that the little tattoo on my ankle hurt more than the giant chest piece he got at the same time. She just made the opposite of my big move- moving out of New York City and into the ‘burbs. She’s braver than I am about mixing patterns, but pretty consistently I feel like I could wear whatever it is she’s making fabulous for the day. Her style is accessible, clean, and fun. Plus, she understands that leggings can be pants if styled appropriately, which is a battle I will fight until my dying day. I look forward too seeing more of her layered styles as it gets rapidly colder. She’s definitely a blogger to keep your eye on for chic ways to stay cozy.

10 songs for your perfect sound track?

Blackbird- The Beatles

The Best is Yet to Come- Frank Sinatra (my wedding song!)

Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight- Amos Lee

Shake it Off- Taylor Swift

You can Close Your Eyes- James Taylor

Danny’s Song- Kenny Loggins

Knee Deep- Zac Brown Band

Tom Ford- Jay Z

Oh!- Eric Hutchinson

Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles

White-Shirt-19 words to describe you?

Preppy

Smiley

Generous

Anxious

Empathetic

Caring

Controlling (just slightly!)

Hard-working

Emotional

ON-38 reasons you love life?

My husband

I love my job as Marketing Director at Nourish Snacks

I recently moved out of NYC to Connecticut- I LOVE having space, peace, and quiet!

I have the most loving and supportive family on the planet

My 4-year old brother, Jackson

The life experiences I’ve had

My friends

Being a blogger!


7 essential items in your closet?

Navy school-boy blazer

The perfect pair of skinny jeans

Over the knee Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots

Louis Vuitton never-full with my monogram

White cashmere crew-neck sweater

Gold coin necklace

Blue and white striped oxford


LE36 non-electronic things you can’t live without?

My wedding ring

My collection of blanket scarves

Manicures

Ray Ban aviators

Gold coin pendant necklace

King-sized tempurpedic bed


5 people who have impacted your life?

My mom

My dad

My sister

My husband

My grandfather


LH-64 places you’d like to visit?

Machu Picchu

Dalmatian Coast

South of France

Sicily


3 unpopular opinions that you have?

No one should have kids before the age of 30

People should never eat cow’s milk. It’s unnatural!

Microwaves are evil


2 things that scare you?

The dark (Seriously I’m terrified of being alone in the dark!)

Spiders


1 One Quote to Live By:

“When life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold!” (Saw that on Pinterest once…)

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#WCW: @hillarygrove of The Closet Party

Here’s a little fun fact about me that some of you may or may not know: I am currently the Social Media Director of G.L.A.M. (Giving Lables A Meaning) which, for now, basically means interacting with fabulous local bloggers and boutiques- there will be lots more to come as we get closer to our event, but I love it. Last week, I commented on an instragram from Hillary Greenwald of The Closet Party about her red/ leather/ leopard combo and we became Twitter buddies because she used the term “bad-assery” and that is just perfect. After checking out her blog, I loved her even more. Selfies and action shots and really fun, gorgeous fashion. I also loved the way she answered her #wcw Top Ten Questions because I found myself reading them in my own voice- as in, she writes like I do!

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10 songs for your perfect sound track?

I had to give myself a time limit because I’d gave 100 songs instead of 10! While usually so mood dependent, here are the 10 I’ve had on constant repeat lately–

  1. The Man- Aloe Blacc
  2. Classic- MKTO
  3. Stay the night- Zedd
  4. Hey brother- Avicii
  5. Dark Horse- Katy Perry
  6. Every and any every song by ‘Girl Talk’
  7. Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo
  8. Timber- Pitbull
  9. Ships in the Night- Matt Kearney
  10. My Baby Just Cares for Me- Nina Simone

9 words to describe you?

loyal, passionate, creative, sarcastic, perfectionist (trying to work on that!), thoughtful, imaginative

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 8 reasons you love life?

laying on a sunny beach, running outside, relaxing with my family, great times with girlfriends, warm weather, over the top fashion and art, travel

7 essentials in your closet?

again, had to give myself a time limit since I can’t possibly choose…. leather motorcycle jacket, over the knee boots, Equipment blouses, statement earrings and necklaces, sunglasses (lately all Karen Walker), denim cut offs, full skirts

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6 non-electronic things you can’t live without?

sunshine, super soft sheets, chocolate, lists, contact lenses, coffee

5 people who have impacted your life

mom and dad, my sister, my oldest best friend, current best friends, the group I spent 5 weeks in France with in high school for a language trip (aka when I fell in love with France and finally stopped being deathly shy)

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In Paris- Her “Magic City”

4 places you’d like to visit?

Greek isles, Spain (Barcelona and Madrid to name a few…), Italy (Florence, Milan etc…), Egyptian pyramids, Morocco

3 unpopular opinions that you have?

this was harder than I expected, but here goes nothing!

-Love Actually is not the best holiday movie
-breakfast can and should be eaten for every meal (and is the only meal I can really cook)
-You’re never too old to wear a giant tutu skirt

2 things that scare you?

never finding out what I want to do with my life, not pushing myself enough

1 One Quote to Live By:

Don’t save things for a special occasion, every day of your life is a special occasion– Thomas s Monson

 

10 [Fashion] Commandments

I will be completely honest here. When I think about “rules” for fashion, my brain does this:

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because who are you to tell me what I can and cannot wear? Case in point, Saturday, I basically wore a black tutu with little abstract kittycats on it. I once broke up with a guy for criticizing a tutu/ band shirt/ rainbow Uggs combo that I was super proud of in high school.* I do, however, firmly believe in setting your own rules so that you can be comfortable in your own fashion choices. I have certain rules I will not break. Agree/ disagree/ pick and choose which one’s you like but these are my choices and I stick by them:

  1. I will not wear white pants or seersucker between Labor Day and Easter. Note: Easter. Not Memorial Day.
  2. It is totally acceptable to mix textures. Fur boots with a wool plaid skirt and heavy cable knit sweater? Why not.
  3. I can’t mix any animal prints, even if they are supposed to be the same animal. I’m so, SO picky about this. Not even my leopard print bow is accepted if I have a stitch of any other leopard. Honestly, I have a problem mixing any patterns at all. I may have just not gotten there yet but I’m pretty sure the way I was raised is so ingrained it just won’t happen.
  4. Leggings can be pants as long as there’s no muffin topping… or other unseemly silhouettes.
  5. I’ve said this before- it’s easier to dress if you pick a muse. That’s not to say it always has to be the same one. Like, I’ll just be channeling Reese Witherspoon one day and Avril Lavigne the next.
  6. Have a guy friend who will tell you honestly what you should and should not wear. Not a boyfriend. A guy who is a friend.
  7. Know when to wear what. Tulle- not ok for work. Heels- not practical for concerts.
  8. I will never wear jeans to church. Same with strapless dresses. Although I do believe it is more important to be there than to be dressed up, I would feel so disrespectful.
  9. Too many accessories spoil an outfit? Nah. Pile ’em on baby.
  10. Pick brands that make you happy and invest. You know what you’re comfortable in and what you can rock. You don’t need the most popular names if that doesn’t make your feel your best. Ralph Lauren, Loft, Betsey- take all my dollars and make me cute.

Let me know what you think of my rules and share some of your own!

x0x0 Caroline

 

 

 

*Not super proud of that outfit anymore.

#WCW: @QueSeraSahra

cafe-12I met Sahra at the CapFABB event a couple weeks ago. She was wearing the most fierce skirt and we hit it off immediately- talking about cats, wine, modeling, working in retail, and everything in between! After a few glasses of wine and a lot of random chit-chat, we were insta-bffs that I’m convinced would have hung out multiple times if this dang weather would get its act together already! I appreciate her sense of style and sense of adventure.

You should definetely follow her blog, Que Sera, Sahra:

From her blog: Sahra is an entrepreneur, at her core and in her mind. This blog (formerly called “EffortlessCool”) was the start; from there and her ties in the NYC industry and her educational background (Fashion merchandising), she was able to test out the waters in various corporate fashion positions. She fell in love with writing and editing, and corresponded on behalf of other start up websites. After moving to The District for the love of her life, she began work in PR and more writing projects, which brings her to where she is today; a dedicated lover of fashion and media with up to 4 projects at once.

Sahra has a unique mind and style; eclectic and versatile she’s relatable to a broad range of readers. She grew up on pop-punk in suburban Massachusetts before moving to the hustle and bustle of the most versatile and accepting city in the world, and then landing in the land of conservative dressing and suit sets. With street style, magazines, and web inspirations, Sahra is able to keep her style unique and fresh.

10 songs for your perfect sound track?
Well, this is hard; I love such a fast range of music and am always posting faves to my blog! But here goes;

  1. Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball
  2. Katy Perry: Last Friday Night
  3. Katy Perry: Unconditional
  4. Oasis: Wonderwall
  5. Cartel: Wasted
  6. Taylor Swift: Trouble
  7. Cartel:Burn this city
  8. Meghan and Lucas: Make Believe
  9. Beyonce: XO
  10. HAIM: Falling
My consensus is that I’m a hopelessly in love party girl; cool!
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9 words to describe you?
  1. organized
  2. personable
  3. creative
  4. lover
  5. optimistic
  6. driven
  7. edgy
  8. punk
  9. Fashionable, duh.
8 reasons you love life?
  1. my cat
  2. my boyfriend ornament 3
  3. cities
  4. fashion
  5. cultures
  6. family
  7. ability to travel
  8. Freedom!
7 essentials in your closet?
  1. vintage traveler bag
  2. black blazer
  3. uggs (for winter, don’t judge me)
  4. cotton maxi dress
  5. wide brim hat
  6. oversized sunniescrystals
  7. cross body bag
6 non-electronic things you can’t live without?
  1. my cat, MavenIMG_5182
  2. chapstick
  3. Neutrogena Acne Wash
  4. my passport
  5. food
  6. a journal
5 people who have impacted your life
  1. my mother
  2. my best friend, Chantelle
  3. My boyfriend
  4. my cat
  5. my dad!

4 places you’d like to visit?

  1. Mexico City (3 weeks!)
  2. Germany
  3. Taj Mahal
  4. Okinawa, Japan
3 unpopular opinions that you have?
  1. that nobody should have excuses for being overweight
  2. you can meet the closest friends via the internet
  3. high school is NOT the best 4 years of your life
2 things that scare you?
  1. Failure
  2. never ending tickle fights
1 One Quote to Live By:
“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”

~Eve Ensler

Kiss me it’s my birthday month!

It is absolutely no secret that 1. I love holidays and 2. I am a princess. I was born (almost) 25 years ago the day before St. Patrick’s Day. I consider myself a lucky birthday baby and any excuse to party is a good one. This year, my birthday month includes 2 concerts (if the one on Sunday isn’t canceled due to this effing snow), a birthday brunch & a St. Patty’s Day bar crawl on the 15th, Hibachi with my wonderful parents, and I’m taking St. Patrick’s Day off because YOLO I’m the birthday princess. I’ve decided to make a faux birthday wish list to feature some goodies I’ve been craving.

Disclaimer: I am in no way thinking that I am getting all these things, but a girl can look, yes? 

It’s a way to show off some more of my own personal style and companies that I love.  Plus, if you happen to be on the list of people wondering what to get this very thankful girl who already has everything she could ever need, this might give you a helpful hint. Basically, I’m trying to write this without looking spoiled and bratty AF.

Happy birthday to me!

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Blair Ritchey Lulu Foldover (in mint, which is sadly sold out)//E. Kammeyer Holographic Leather Triple Wrap Tassel Bracelet//Sunshine- Demeter Fragrance Library//Kate Spade Studs in Fluorescent Pink//Jordan 5 Retro//GW Vineyard Vines Tote//Marshmallow Cereal Crop Top//Quinn Printed Layered Dress//Rose Gold Monogram Necklace

Style Muse: @ZooeyDeschanel (as Summer)

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I find that it’s much easier to dress if you’re channeling (or Deschaneling ha.) someone who’s style you admire. For my business casual office attire, I often find that that person for me is Summer, played by the gorgeous and quirky Zooey Deschanel. She’s ladylike, without being overly girly. Her pieces are basic and her accessories minimal. Plus she normally has a little bow in her hair. I can totally work with all of that. I especially like rocking pretty skirts and dresses now that I don’t have to dress for climbing ladders and moving furniture (thnx Pier 1 for two years of that workout!) Below are some of my favorite pieces that make me feel very Summer, even during this nasty, long Winter.

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Bow Sweater from Loft//Reed Krakoff black and bone snake embossed leather cap toe ballet flats//Black jacquard skater skirt//Black jacquard skater skirt//Ralph Lauren Blue Label Tussah Silk Cable-Knit Sweater//White Belt Collarless Seven’s Sleeve Lace Dress

Who is your style muse for work?

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