August Popsugar Must Have || Gingham Top & Pointy Slides

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I can’t believe summer is rolling to an end. It’s true. It’s only August but I see leaves turning orange already.
I, however, don’t mind the golden trees. This transitional season period motivates to write. I’ve been MIA with my writing but with me turning a year older and with life happening, I’m slowly getting back into writing. I’m pushing myself to get out of the unmotivated state I’ve been in.
But I guess I needed to feel that. I needed to know where I like to be and where I don’t.
With that said, I’m excited for this new age! And I’m also happy to celebrate it in partnership with Popsugar Must Have.

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Popsugar Must Have turns 5 this August (I, on the other hand, turned 26 last month). If you don’t know what Popsugar Must Have is, it is a monthly lifestyle subscription box that brings you a mixture of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. There are 5-6 items that are typically full-size or deluxe sample sizes. I’ve been a partner of Popsugar for a long time. (You can watch my unboxing’s on my YouTube channel). READ MORE

A New Age || Striped Top & Floral Skirt

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Happy last day of July! I can’t believe we are half way through the year. I also can’t believe I am now officially a year older! I turned 26 and….yeah, I’m now 26. If you’re also 26 (or in your 20’s) here’s a virtual HIGH-FIVE!!! for being the same age.

I’m excited for this new age. I definitely feel older. One thing I’ve learned, about turning 26, is that I am both young and old LOL. Anyone know what I mean? People reminding you how young you are but at the same time how old you’re getting. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for being a full year older and hopeful for the new year to come!

Even as I’m getting older and “wiser” I still find inspiration from my younger self. This striped top (similar here) and floral skirt (similar here) was inspired by the grade-school me. Yup. It’s true. I found an old photo of me (was probably 6 or 7) in a striped top tucked inside a pink and purple floral skirt. (I’m 99.9% sure my mom didn’t dress me either, that’s not particularly her style). I’m also sure I had no clue about mixing print, I probably just liked the colors. Either way, I thought it was still pretty cool.

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Believe in Yourself || Graphic Tee & Slip-On Mules

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I hope you are doing well. With July coming to a close, it is only natural to start talking about school. I am no longer in school, I graduated from college a few years ago. I am, however, a student at heart. I enjoy learning and love an inspiring and empowering environment.

When I saw this shirt on folded on the shelf, I knew I had to get it. The words on this graphic t-shirt are words I want to encourage you with. (This shirt, however, is no longer available. I got it from Rue21 when they were having their closing sale). But other inspiring quote tshirts I like: here, here, and here.

The first line on the tshirt says believe in yourself. Yes, believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it. Believe that you can achieve it. Believe that you are capable of learning, of changing, of inspiring.

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Fashion Blogger Feature: Hey Pretty Thing

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I’ve been receiving questions on how I got started with my fashion blog and how someone can start his/her own fashion blog. Rather than just having these conversations on the side, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips with you. I’ve also interviewed some of my favorite fashion bloggers to provide inspiration for you. These bloggers are the ones who have personally inspired me to start and continue my blog. I hope you enjoy this fashion blogger feature series. Thank you.

Today’s fashion blogger feature is Carolyn from Hey Pretty Thing. I found her blog a year or two ago. I love the style of her photos, her personal style, and all her travel endeavors she shares on her blog.

Could you describe your blog & tell us how long you’ve been blogging.
My blog Hey Pretty Thing is mostly about personal style, beauty, and travel. I grew up on the internet and was an OG blogger (I’m talking back in the days of LiveJournal, Xanga, Angelfire, Geocities, etc.!) so I feel like I’ve been blogging forever! As for HPT, I’ve had that for about 5 years.

Why did you start fashion blogging and how did you get started.

My blog celebrates the “pretty things” in life. The idea came years ago when I was talking with friends about the value of beauty. I thought things that existed only to be beautiful seemed frivolous, and sometimes I got too serious and utilitarian about life. So I created a blog that reminded me to slow down, enjoy life, and pursue beauty – whether that comes in the form of wearing a fun top, being engrossed in a good conversation, or traveling to a new city.

What has been a challenge for you in maintaining your blog.
Finding time for everything — I’m a high school English teacher and I blog at night and weekends. I do work all the time, but I love everything I do!

What keeps you motivated, and how do you find inspiration for your posts.

Traveling and new experiences re-energize me in creating new content. I also follow a lot of blogs so that constantly inspires me.

What would you say to someone who wants to start a fashion blog
(Or, do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a fashion blog)
Be consistent! Most people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into writing a blog, but growth will happen if you create quality content, post regularly, and plan your editorial calendar ahead of time.


Carolyn: Blog || Instagram || Facebook || Twitter

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this inspirational and helpful. I know I certainly did. I want to thank Carolyn for saying yes to this short interview. If you haven’t already, check out her blog and follow her on social!

Don’t forget to sign-up for our e-letter to stay updated on the latest news! Check out our FREE Fashion guide. And if you missed the first part of this series, read it here. I interview Adriana from Fake Leather.

As always, I wish you the best =)

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 || My Summer to Fall Fashion Picks

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I’m sure many of you may know by now but TODAY the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 is open for Public Access! That means if you are not a Nordstrom cardholder (like myself), you can finally take advantage of the infamous sale. This is the first year I will be participating in this sale. I am looking for any great summer to fall transitional pieces, anything I may need for my wardrobe, any unique or great fall pieces.

I thought it’s only appropriate to share a few of my current favorite picks. Click the photo for details!!

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