BonLook sells amazing glasses for only $99 and sunglasses for $79! They are of good quality and make it easy to switch up your look whenever you want. Before I found BonLook, I was spending anywhere from $300-$500 on glasses... but no, not anymore. I am absolutely stoked about this company.
Shopping online is made easy by allowing you to shop by style, gender, and/or face shape; you can even virtually try on the glasses you like. And if they aren't the glasses for you, you can send them back within 30 days to get the perfect pair.
Mornings are for mimosas and awesome local brands! Royalty Rags is an Arizona based brand, ran by two very lovely people who put "bits of their heart, soul, and passion" into their tees. This tank is one of the softest shirts I own and is highly breathable and comfy. Be prepared to want to sleep, eat, and live in these tanks. Also, they come with cheeky sayings that are relatable to just about anyone.
Isn't it funny how things come back in style? I'm not talking about middle parts and flared jeans.
My grandfather came to visit this past weekend from Oregon and we got to talking about how my generation likes to have tangible objects and experiences we can feel. How we like to feel the book in our hand rather than purchase an ebook, smell the pages worn down from years being leafed through and dogeared. How we now long to collect vinyls that were once traded out for tapes and then CDs and later files that could be downloaded from iTunes or pirated online. But now we love the crackly sound, heavy with white noise and complete with the shaky breaths taken between notes. How we want polaroids the size of our palms to stick to our walls or put in match tins to pull out later at social gatherings and show what you chose to take a photo of for a dollar per frame.
It's funny how we have this nostalgia for a time we weren't even there for. How we want everything in bulk and real rather than one dimensional. I know I love sitting late at night when I can't sleep and looking over my book collection and rearranging them into my favorites, the classics, and my stack of books to read next. I love the act of flipping my vinyl over to play side B. And I love waiting for my picture to develop before my eyes brightening from black.
So why is it that my generation has this nostalgia?
I always find it interesting going back through my instagram posts from this month and seeing which photos are my follower's favorites versus my favorites. As far as my favorites go, I enjoy the pictures of me and my boyfriend and the photos that are taken by professional photographers, rather than selfies. But, my following always seems to respond more to a selfie than a professional photo and I think I have figured out why!
Your followers like to know that you are a real person. They want to see you as obtainable, and if all you do is post professional photos that have gone through editing and most likely hair and makeup, then it isn't the true you that people see you as day-to-day. My selfies, however, are taken that same day and posted after adding a filter using VSCO cam and is a more accurate representation of who I am and what I look like in real life.
So these are my top posts this month on instagram... with the selfie being #1.
Summer is slowly fading and I took my last swim this past weekend. Dog sitting for a family with a pool means I take full advantage of it before I go back to my community pool at my apartment complex, one that I do not dare step foot in. Well, this beautiful pool made for the perfect opportunity to shoot some cool pictures in my new swimsuit from Killer Swimwear, made from Neoprene and meant to stick to you rather than fly off or ride up when taking a dip. This suit also comes in a blue color, just so you know!
Top from left to right: Kennedy (me), Ashley, Alyssa
Bottom: Lauren, Mary-Sanford, Betsy
Gregory and I right after we cut my hair
City Hall in Philadelphia
Gypsy James and me
One of the last nights with friends
From left to right: David, Kennedy (me), Mary-Sanford, Ashley
Reunion with my love after two months
My dad in Philadelphia
One of the cutest buildings I had ever seen in Philadelphia
My dad, Ashley, and I at the Magic Gardens
Quick FPme shot
Some of the best sushi I've had at Fat Salmon
Kitty and me
Dad and I on the Fourth of July
Gypsy James at five weeks old
Brieana when she came to visit for two weeks
Just a selfie in URBN inc. bathrooms
Love Wins everywhere!!
Dad at brunch in Brooklyn
Taken at the MoMA
Ashley and me reading before work in the magazine library
Me, Betsy, and Lauren at Jharoka before work
My new tattoo
Elijah and I in NYC
Ashley before work at the Koi pond
Well I have been back from my internship for a little over a month now and it has got to be the most memorable summer in my twenty years of life, from moving to Philadelphia and in with five strangers, starting an internship that most girls would kill for, cutting off my hair, visiting New York, getting a new tattoo, adopting a cat, being an adult for the first time and paying rent, and meeting the most amazing people. I would say that the summer of 2015 was hands down the best.
I cannot believe how fast three months flew by. It feels like yesterday that I was standing in the Phoenix airport crying (yes you read that right, crying) my goodbyes to my family and friends. But then I was there and adjusting and making friends within the week. Only being two hours away from NYC was a huge bonus; I spent nearly every other weekend with my dad in the city and got to experience a whole new side of the city apart from the tourist attractions.
I worked a 9-6 hour internship in the photostudio under the stylists. I learned so much about the backside of the fashion industry, the good, the bad, and the ugly; meanwhile, my own style improved watching the best of the best style out amazing outfits. I was told that I became a valuable team member in my three months working in the studio and I firmly believe that. I met stunning models from all over the world, with amazing stories to tell, and yes, I did get to tie their shoes. Working next to an incredible photography intern, we created killer portfolios that I plan on sharing within the month. I beat the odds and I got there. I was one of the lucky ones.
The friends I made while in Philadelphia will be in my life till death. They have made a tremendous impact on my life and I look forward to reunited with them all soon.
Is it just me, or as Urban Outfitters stepped up their game lately? We all knew that UO was the trendy, cheaper younger sister to Free People (the Boho, hippie sister) and Anthropologie (the refined, professional sister), but now I feel that UO has grown up and has stocked their shelves with better quality pieces. For instance, this dress. I absolutely love this dress; the minute I saw it, I knew I would get a ton of wear out of it and I had to have it. It was great quality and was the same price as a plain t-shirt I had just purchased from Free People. Now, to me, that's a score!
Oh, and this sneakers with dresses trend? I'm all for it.