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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shopaholic Tag

Hi guys welcome back to my channel!
...just kidding hahaha.

I need a new line to say in the beginning of my videos, I'M even getting annoyed with myself! 

If you have not checked out my latest video, here it is! I love watching tag videos! I think it makes the Youtubers more personable and they're fun to watch :)

This is definitely an old tag but I decided to do it anyway, since I don't have many tag videos on my channel. I hope you enjoy it! I love feedback, so leave me a comment either on here or my YT channel, thanks!!! :)

I have also tagged some other youtubers and bloggers, so check out the comments section of my video to see who I've tagged!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

OOTD and My Camera Bag!











When I first bought my DSLR back in December, I knew I wanted a really nice bag to carry it in. I remembered hearing about Jo Totes from another blogger's website and I decided to check it out! I'm glad I did because I am STILL in love with my bag. They do not make this exact model anymore because they actually updated it to be more spacious. I'm constantly getting compliments on my 'purse'. The material is so well made - the exterior is water proof and I'm able to adjust the velcro compartments inside to be exactly how I want it. I also store my camera in the bag when I'm not using it, so I always know it's protected and I always know exactly where it's at when I need it. 

Check out my outfit details below, and don't forget to watch my Youtube video! :)
HUGE thank you to my friend, Alex, for taking these pictures and helping me record my video. Here are her links - try and find me in some of her albums ;) 
https://www.facebook.com/MarquardtPhotography
http://marquardtphotography.tumblr.com


http://www.jototes.com
https://www.facebook.com/jototes
http://instagram.com/jototes

Outfit Details
Dress - Old Navy
Sandals - Old Navy
Sunglasses - AE for Marshall's
Watch - Target




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Virtual Blog Tour



I love making friends via social media, and a new friend I've made is Becky from Made In The Shade Blog! Becky is participating in a giveaway that I've planned with my friend Kylie from Dress In Sparkles (oops not a secret anymore ;)) Becky has tagged Kylie and I to do the Virtual Blog Tour Tag! Woohoo!!!

Before I jump into the tag, you can see Becky's post here
She also has an Etsy shop filled with adorable paper goods for weddings and other occasions! Visit her shop here

This is a fun tag going around that lets you get to know the writers behind the blogs! :) Here we go!

What am I currently working on?
-Right now I am working on expanding my blog and Youtube channel. I've had a lot of positive feedback on my Youtube channel this past year, so lately I've been working on bettering my videos, but alas my Final Cut Pro free trial has ended (tear). I've been thinking of new content for my videos and new ways to edit and brand myself.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?
I think what makes my blog different is that I also have a Youtube channel of videos that go with many of my blog posts. I also think my content is different because a lot of my outfits are extremely affordable, since I am a broke college student ;). Many people are surprised at where I get my clothes or for the price that I get them for and I love sharing that with people. You definitely don't need to have a lot of money to dress well.

Why do I write what I do?
Before I had my blog I had my Youtube channel. Many people don't know that. I made my channel as a creative outlet because at the time I was OBSESSED with makeup (that phase ended quickly). I also created my channel out of complete boredom because all of my friends had gone away for school and I went to our community college. I mostly stopped making those types of videos because my passion wasn't there anymore. I don't wear many different types of makeup because of skin allergies and I also like how I look without a lot of makeup on anyway. I still know a lot about makeup, but I have decided to focus my channel on what I'm really interested in - clothes. I've always been the one friend in the group to always dress up even when everyone is sitting around. When I look good I feel good, and I also dress up because I am a full time nanny for many different families, so I don't wear my best clothes when I work. Any opportunity I have to dress up and get out of the house, I take. I love to share good deals on clothes and inspire people to dress up at any chance they get. I think your clothes are a reflection of yourself and I definitely channel that with the clothes in my wardrobe. 

How does my writing process work?
Hmm.. yea.. don't have one. ;)
Since I nanny all day, I don't necessarily have time to take blog post pictures before I leave the house. I usually dedicate a day or two out of the week to take some pictures of an outfit that I've worn the same week or plan on wearing. On rare occasions I will force my brother to take my pictures before I head out, but I mostly just grab my tripod and head to some local places to record a quick video or two. I do plan on having some type of schedule for my videos and blog posts in the next month, so keep an eye out for changes that will be made ;)
I can't wait until classes start again in the fall so that I have another excuse to dress up! :)

WHEW that took forever.. sorry ;) 
If you've made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for reading! haha!

To carry on this tag, I am asking my friend Darcy from A Memory of Us to share her blogging experience! Head on over to her blog to see her latest posts :)


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Triangle/Origami Skort







I have been loving the origami skort trend! I've seen these all over social media and couldn't find them in stores anywhere until I ended up searching them on Ebay. If you are obsessed as I am, good news - I've found a very similar pair in 3 different colors from Forever21! The link is below :) I think this skort can definitely be dressed up to be more feminine or dressed to be more edgy. For this post I opted for more of a dark look with black shoes and a black top. The next time I wear this skort I think I'll play it up to be more feminine :) Keep an eye out for that post ;)

Outfit Details
Origami Skort (similar) - Mine was purchased off of ebay, but I was able to find an incredible dupe for only $20 at Forever21! 
Blouse (similar) - H&M
Shoes (similar) - JCPenney
Sunglasses (similar) - AE for Marshall's


Here is my outfit video from my Youtube channel



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Out To Lunch






On Sunday I went out for lunch with some of my girlfriends! I've styled these Catch Bliss Boutique shorts in previous posts, but today I decided to bring out the blue/purple tone in the shorts by wearing it with this blue peplum top from JCPenney. Although they are not the exact same color, I think they definitely work together and I'm all about mixing shades of colors :) I've been stepping out of my comfort zone and wearing many bright colored pieces this season as I usually stick to my neutral tones and I have to stay I am LOVING IT! I definitely feel in a much better mood throughout the day and I feel that it compliments my skin tone much better. You can find links to all my pieces, or at least something similar, below:

Outfit Details
Top - JCPenney
Shorts - Catch Bliss Boutique
Rings - Forever21
Sunglasses (similar) - AE for Marshalls
Sandals - Target


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Haul

Have you seen my latest haul video? Watch it below!

In this haul video I feature a lot of great pieces that are easy to layer. The thank tops from target, the vests from Maurice's, etc. They can definitely be worn throughout all seasons with a long sleeved shirt or sweater. I can't believe I got such a good deal on those boots from Maurice's (*cabbage patch*)!!! I can't wait to start styling them for the fall season. They've literally been sitting on my bedroom floor because they're too beautiful to be stored into the closet yet (haha!)

Let me know YOUR favorite item that you've purchased this summer :)


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fields of Gold







I have been wanting an army green vest for MONTHS now. I spied one at target and waited a little too long for it to go on sale - of course they didn't have any smalls left! -_- 
I recently stopped into Maurice's on a whim because I have a friend working there and I could not pass up this amazing vest. In a previous Instagram post I wore it with a B&W striped tank top and black shorts. Here I am styling them a little differently. Check out all my outfit details below 

Click on the item name to take you to the website
Vest - Maurice's
Tank top (similar)  - Plato's Closet find, tag is missing
Shorts - Also from Plato's but is from Forever21
Necklace (similar) - Target
Watch - Target
Sandals - Target

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Scallops Forever









This is definitely one of my favorite outfits for summer - I love these scalloped shorts TO DEATH and this L'amour by Nanette Lepore top is so breezy and light, perfect for the summer heat! Here are the outfit details

Top (similar) - JCPenney
Shorts (similar) - Plato's Closet (Jessica Simpson)
Shoes (similar)- Marshall's (Tommy Hilfiger)
Clutch - Charming Charlie's

Watch my OOTD video here


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, America










If you live in the States, Happy 4th of July!!! Here is an outfit I wore yesterday morning to run some errands. I bought this scarf from Charming Charlie's about a year or two ago and they have brought it back in stores! I love wearing this scarf year-round with a sweater and leggings or tied into an infinity scarf over a button down. I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July! Here are the outfit details:

Scarf - Charming Charlie's
Jeans - Old Navy
Shoes - Old Navy
Tank top - Target
Belt (similar)- Target
Bag (old)- Steve Madden


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blue Maxi Skirt








I hope the maxi skirt trend doesn't go out of style anytime soon because I find them to be SO comfortable. This skirt is from Old Navy - it also comes in black, I believe. I had a hard time finding what to wear with it because it's so versatile. I will definitely be living in this skirt for the next couple of warm months ;)

Outfit Details
Tank top - Target
Necklace - Charming Charlie's
Skirt - Old Navy
Sunglasses -AE for Marshall's
Shoes - Tommy Hilfiger
Watch - Target

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