CROPPED BUTTON DOWN

TOP button front cropped shirt | MOM JEANS cool classic mom jean (wearing a size two) | SNEAKERS old skool vans | FANNY PACK universal thread

More often than not, I am always wearing these mom jeans. They are so comfortable and can be styled so many different ways. I ended up buying this cropped button down from Goodwill a few weeks back, but it is originally from Topshop. I swore to myself that I would never hop on the fanny pack bandwagon but here I am. I was hoping to get this fanny pack in black but Target only had it in this taupe color and brown but I am kind of digging this taupe color. Honestly, I just am obsessed with how this look came together. I have recently been changing up my style a little bit and feel so much happier with my overall look. Back in high school and even middle school, I was always into the skater look. You never ever saw me in pink or bows haha! Although my mom and grandma would of preferred it.

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LEOPARD MIDI SKIRT

T SHIRT rolling stones tee (wearing a small) | SKIRT leopard front slit midi skirt (wearing a two) | SNEAKERS old skool vans (wearing a seven) | JACKET leather jacket (wearing a small)

Hi babes! Happy Monday. As you can probably tell, the format has changed quite a bit on here. I have been trying out a bunch of new designs and formatting to see what works better for me and of course you. This will be my new format for all of my fashion related posts from here on out. I hope this makes it easier for you to navigate links as well as more in depth descriptions. That being said, I am so excited to share this leopard skirt that I picked up a few weeks ago at the No 14 Boutique Galentines Event. Every time I see a band tee paired with a skirt I just become more obsessed! I paired it with my black vans but hope to purchase a pair of Doc Martens here shortly in which I would also pair with this look. One nice thing about this skirt is it can be worn in he summer with sandals but also in the winter with boots or sneakers so it is a great piece to have in your closet!

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SHEIN HAUL + REVIEW

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I have seen Shein advertised so many times but I was always afraid to actually go through with a order up until last week. After browsing their website and seeing all of the many five star reviews, I decided to make my first purchase. First and foremost, this is not a sponsored post nor did I get sent any of these items. This was just a really good haul so I wanted to share it with you! The most asked question I received was…..is it worth it? My answer is 100% yes. For $113, I was able to buy nine items. Below, I have a picture with each item styled, my sizing, the price and my overall thoughts on each piece. I purchased everything on February 6 and received everything on the 11th. I would of had it by the 10th but the package needed to be signed for. Since it is shipped with DHL, you can actually sign online so I now know for future purchases. Feel free to send me any of your questions and I will gladly try to answer them!

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Dalmatian Elastic Waist A-Line Skirt

I was very impressed with the overall quality of this skirt. I ordered a small and it was true to size. It does have a zipper so it is easy to get on and off and the material is thick so it is not see-through. I found a similar one at Forever21 for double the price and the quality was just as good as this one!

Contrast Puff Sleeve Frill Trim Square Neck Top

This top is my favorite item from the haul! The puff balloon sleeve trend is going to be in full force over the next couple of months. Since it is becoming so popular some stores have them for over $50!! I prefer not to spend a lot of money on trendy items because usually they go out of style at some point. This top is really good quality and even washes up well! I ordered a small and it is true to size.

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Waterfall Collar Solid Longline Coat

I wanted a long coat like this to travel to Savannah in but they were all over $100. After reading the reviews, I decided to go for it and I am so glad that I did. The overall quality is great for the price but it isn’t something that will last forever but I am okay with that. I ordered a size small and it is true to size. I did wash it but I hung it to dry.

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Button Front Leopard Smock Dress

Again, this dress is very good quality and the material is not see-through. I ordered a small because of the length but could of definitely fit into an extra small pending how long it would fall. It washed up well but I again hung it to dry. I do not recommend drying in a dryer.

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Notched Floral Print Smock Dress

I wasn’t that big of a fan of the print but it is slowly growing on me. The quality is okay to wear a few times but I don’t think this is something that would last you years. Again, hang to dry. I ordered a size small and it is true to size.

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Ditsy Floral Shirred Cami Dress

I really wanted to like this but this but this was my least favorite.I just don’t like how the top part fits and I am not the biggest fan of the print. It is good quality but I don’t recommend.

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Cheetah Print Shirred Bodice Knotted Cami Dress

This dress is another favorite. The material is thick and the overall fit is just great. I like the stars but I recommend having someone help you because I was on the struggle bus lol! I highly recommend this dress! I am wearing a size small and it is true to size.

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Snakeskin Lace-Up Back Top With High Waist Bikini

I have tried swimsuits off of Zaful before so I figured that this would be very similar but this swimsuit is a 10/10 for me unlike the ones from Zaful. I was very impressed with the overall quality and the fit in general. I am definitely going to be purchasing more! Since they are high waisted bottoms, I ordered a small so it sucked me in a little. The bottoms are not very cheeky but the fit would depend on the style of swimsuit you choose. This one is by far one of my favorite suits that I own!

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GALENTINE’S DAY + BRIDAL SHOOT COLLABORATION

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In honor of Valentines Day… here are some pictures of one of the best photo shoots to date! A few weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to be apart of a Galentines/Bridal shoot over at The Loveliest in Sewickley so you know, I of course said yes. And as always, I had the best time! If you are ever looking for anything event related or a bomb a** instagramable boutique/coffee shop….check out all of the details below!

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Bloggers: Anna, Leilani, Crystal

Hair:  Katherine Russin – The Lavender Loft

Makeup: Amanda and Rachel – Glam To Go

Bridal Gown: Luna Boutique

Photographer: Photos By Molly M

Charcuterie: Olive & Brie

Heart Cookies: Harper + Honey Bakery

Coffee Cookies: Marissa Lyn Baking

Piñata: Hey Kayty Studio

Event Planner/Florist: Hannah Di Cicco – Sip & Celebrate

Planning, Studio, Coffee: Kathryn Richardson – The Loveliest Co

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NETWORKING IN THE BLOGGER WORLD TIPS + TRICKS

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This has been an on-going topic in my dms so I wanted to talk about it on here. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the most recent photo shoot that I did with a bunch of local girl bosses. A few people messaged me on how I was able to be apart of that as well as the shoot that I did a few months back. So I am here to talk about all things blog related from how I got started and how I got into networking. First and foremost, I am a very small blogger compared to other women but to me it is not about the number of followers or the likes I get on a picture. For me, it is all about helping others. I don’t need a paycheck. I don’t need to be insta famous and quit honestly, I don’t ever want to be. But one thing I do want, is for people to not only be inspired but to truly get something out of my posts. I want you to walk away with confidence and a smile and maybe some outfit inspo or a lifestyle tip + trick or most recently, a health and wellness remedy.

How I Got Started

I started blogging back in middle school when tumblr was a big thing. I never was serious about it but I did gain a significant amount of followers. Fashion has just always been a passion of mine, I was even planning on going to IUP for fashion merchandising prior to my health problems.  When Instagram became bigger and bigger, I then decided to make a website and start sharing my outfits on there. I started with just a free version of WordPress for a few years and then after realizing this was something I really wanted to dive into, I bought my current website.

How I Gained A Loyal Following

For starters, if you’re looking on starting a blog thinking you’re going to get a paycheck, try something else haha. Because that is more than likely not going to happen for a very LONG TIME. I have been blogging full time for over two years and have just recently began making money but it is not even close to something that I can live off of. As for my followers, I don’t really pay attention to the number, but I have recently been gaining a decent amount and all I can say is, it is because I am genuine and just post the things that I love. I used to always worry about what everyone else was doing and tried copying them and I hated myself for that and my content showed. You can tell when someone is not being true to themselves. If you’re not being yourself your followers will take note to that. You are your brand so remember to find your niche and run with it.

Networking in the Blogger World

As for networking, this past year has been my first time focusing on meeting other bloggers and getting my name out there. Oddly enough, I tend to be an introvert, but I have met so many AMAZING women from stepping out of my comfort zone. I did a blogger bash at The Lovliest in Sewickley a few months ago which is where I started realizing how important networking really was. It was a free event that had speakers, food, coffee, and all things pink. All of us girls got our hair done and it was just the best time. But I wasn’t going to go. I had just got my IUD put in not even 48 hours prior and if I am being honest I was petrified. I was going an hour away to a place I have never been to be in a room full of gorgeous women that I have never met. But guess what, I went and I had the best freaking time. Within minutes of walking in, I met two girls who are now both some of my fav blogger friends in Pittsburgh. Not only did I meet new friends but I networked and met so many amazing girl bosses and I was overall so inspired. In a room full of absolutely gorgeous boss babes not once did I feel out of place. I felt confident and just overall so thankful for the opportunity.  A few weeks after that event, Katherine the owner of the Loveliest, reached back out about a Galentines/Bridal shoot that her and a few other girl bosses were putting together. If I would of never went to the prior event, I would of never had the opportunity. So of course I said yes and eight hours later, I drove home with a smile on my face because I once again, had the best time. I met more boss babes and even drove with one of the girls I met at the prior event hey Crystal hey! How funny is it that she literally lives not even five minutes from me. So shout out to Crystal from Crystal June Blog! As for the other boss babes…I met the photographer who was so sweet and who is truly a gem in the photography world, Molly. Check her website out here. I met the planner + florist Hannah from Sip and Celebrate who absolutely KILLED it. I highly recommend her if you are local. Amanda who was my makeup artist from Glam to Go … I have never had my makeup done before because I actually was a freelance makeup artist for four years so I was always the one doing the makeup but even through my fidgeting she nailed it. And lastly, Kat who did our hair from Lavender Loft Hair Studio. As you can tell from the pictures, she is a hair fairy! Everyone was so incredibly nice. I shot with three other bloggers, Crystal, Anna from annahinkle.com  who is the absolute sweetest ( I briefly met her at the blogger bash) and I met another local blogger babe Leilani from The Cole Journal who was also super sweet. So basically what I am trying to say is get out of your comfort zone and do your thing. Because deciding to go that day was the best thing I have ever done.

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GALENTINE’S DAY WITH NO 14 BOUTIQUE + OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Sunday afternoon, my best friend and I headed to No 14 Boutique in Lawrenceville for their annual Galentines Party! This was the first time that I went and it did not disappoint! I’ve talked about No 14 before on here as it is one of my favorite boutiques in the Burgh. I always love supporting local small businesses and it is a bonus when they are the definition of a girl boss. This boutique is so unique and always has the cutest pieces. If you’re not local, they do ship, so you can head to their instagram to check out their new pieces.

If  you haven’t noticed, I rarely ever wear pink as I am a neutral kinda gal. Since this was a Valentines themed event, I accessorized with my pearl headband and pearl shoes. I am not able to link my sweater and headband because I bought them at No 14 a few months back but I did link a few similar ones on my like to know it. I bought these velvet pants from TJ Maxx but they are made by JCrew. Again, I couldn’t link the exact pair but I did link a few similar ones. Lastly, meet my new beauty…Gucci Dionysus wallet from The RealReal. Review to come in the near future!

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STYLING OUTFITS WITH GOODWILL + JANUARY 31 HAUL

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I have recently been completely and utterly obsessed with going to Goodwill to the point where I think I go at least once a week haha! For the most part, I find amazing things that are priced very reasonably but there is times that I walk out with empty handed. That being said, the past two weeks I have found an endless amount of pieces that I am in love with. Since I have received so many messages and questions and now that this has become a hobby of mine, I wanted to start sharing my finds with y’all. I am planning on doing one Goodwill post a month if everything goes as planned. I am also going to by diving into the home department as well so I will be sharing all of the things from accessories, clothes and home decor. I will be selling some of my finds on Poshmark so if you would be interested in a certain item feel free to send me an email. Lastly, most of these outfits are linked on my like to know it so if you have questions about any look, I suggest checking that out first!

Express Suede Tank

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Pittsburgh Penguins Tee

American Eagle Tee

Vintage Hockey Crew

Tie Dye Band Tee

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Hollister Flannel

Loft Blouse

Eddie Bauer Henley & Lucky Brand Vest

John Galt Cropped Tank

Hollister Lace Tank

Zara Long Sleeve Top

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