Sunday, June 26, 2016

Off to Camp

Happy Sunday! I'm feverishly finishing up some last minute packing in preparation for heading off to camp today. I'm so excited to spend two weeks at camp as a crew member! Unfortunately the phone and computer, as well as wifi and cell service, are staying at home. So there will not be any new posts until I get back in two weeks. With that being said, I have a couple exciting posts scheduled for when I get back! In the meantime, I heard the sad news last night via The New York Times that the incredible photographer, Bill Cunningham, passed away. I'll be watching his documentary the second I get back home from camp.

One of my favorite memories of spending the summer in New York City, was seeing Bill Cunningham riding around on his bicycle. It was such an incredible experience to see him in his element, it's something I'll never forget. 

His fashion spreads for the New York Times will be greatly missed. 

“Once people own you,” he would say, “they can tell you what to do. So don’t let ’em.” -Bill Cunningham 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

College Bound

As I'm getting prepared to head off to college in just two months, reality is beginning to set in! I am actually leaving home and starting a new chapter in my life. My favorite motto whenever I'm leaving my comfort zone is, "Fake it until you make it." Although this motto helps me out 99% of the time, I know in college there will be so many new things that I'll need to be prepared for. One of those new experiences is learning to be responsible for my own finances. In the words of my Dad, "The bank of Mom and Dad ends after college."

Picture taken when I decided I wanted to attend VT!

Dorm room inspiration via Pinterest 


My new comforter via Target - Muted tones so we don't overpower our tiny dorm room! Here are some of my dorm room necessities from Target... (Cartwheel will be your best friend!)

(I have this hamper and LOVE it! More than likely going to be carrying around the mesh laundry bag however.) 

As I'm picking out new dorm room decor, I'm starting to realize how quickly things begin to add up! In order to not break the bank on items I need for college, I'm being sure to bargain shop. Thankfully I've always been a bargain shopper and love getting a good deal! Target makes it so easy to get a good deal with Cartwheel. With the Target credit card not only do I get 5% off every order, but I also get free shipping on every order! There are a lot of perks to this card when it's used responsibly.

When I began driving my parents co-signed my name to a credit card so I could pay for gas. I never really thought too much about my credit card; I just knew I had to use it for only the necessities. Little did I know how much trouble college students can get into with credit cards. (Oh boy!) I'm so glad I was able to do a little research with Credit Card Insider to get the facts about students credit cards. If you're heading off to college like I am, be sure to learn the facts! Although I can barely contain my excitement, I know I have to enjoy my time and not rush into things. I'm trying to enjoy being a kid and not stress about finances for as long as possible! However, even for students, credit is important

This post was inspired by Credit Card Insider and in collaboration with ShopStyle

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kate Moss X Equipment

My go-to outfit combination for fall has always been a cute blouse, my +Banana Republic jeans, boots or booties. Simple, classic, and comfortable... Nothing too fancy. If you dress like me, maybe you'd agree that Kate Moss hit the nail right on the head with her capsule collection. I can honestly see every single top from this collection as a part of my fall wardrobe.

I'm sharing my loves from the Kate Moss for Equipment capsule collection below! Especially love the London checked brushed-cotton shirt and the Lake washed-silk shirt.

Reese printed washed-silk shirt Lake leopard-print washed-silk pajama shirt & pajama pants 

What do you think? Comment below!

Brought to you by ShopStyle 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth

As you may or may not know, I am obsessed with taming my frizzy, curly hair. (Remember my post on the Dora Keratherapy Treatment from Moxie Salon?) I love the curl, but the frizz and I don't get along too well. My mom came across the TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth at Target and suggested we give it a try. Verdict? I love it! This treatment is a few super easy steps, and my hair looks almost as good as if I just left the salon.

The best part? All three steps only cost $16 in total and lasts up to 3 washes! 

The Steps:
1. Shampoo and condition hair with the TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Towel dry hair 
3. Divide hair in equal sections (number of sections depend on length and thickness of hair) 
4. Apply two pumps of the heat activated treatment to each section
5. Comb the treatment though hair from root to tip 
6. Blow dry hair until dry
7. Flat iron hair to activate the treatment 

In honor of full disclosure I'll admit I'm terrible with hair. It took me years to learn how to do anything more than just put it up in a bun. However, this TRESemmé treatment makes the process so easy and painless! After finishing these steps my hair had zero frizz and was relatively straight for the first day. Because I don't have the luxury of waiting every couple days to wash my hair, I was worried to see how it would look after one wash. I was pleasantly surprised! After one wash, my curls returned and they were soft, frizz-free, and had no "puffiness." I definitely recommend anyone with hair like mine to give this product a try!

If you have any questions about this product feel free to email me! I'd love to answer any of your questions. 

Thank you ShopStyle for sponsoring this post 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Beach Bum

The Carolina beaches are my favorite place to relax and rewind to start the summer. This summer I got to spend two weeks down at the beach; the first week in Carova and the second in Emerald Isle.


Corova beaches are absolutely stunning! Wild mustangs roam around (supposedly abandoned by Spanish explorers) and miles and miles of sand. These rental properties are only accessible by 4X4 beach access and are completely surrounded by sand. Although this might sound overly secluded, getting away from the unpaved roads made it feel like you were worlds away from Duck, North Carolina. 

So thankful that Carova is primarily sand, because I lost my flip flops two days into our trip and went barefoot for the rest of the time. (Oops!)

Although we were in our own little piece of paradise, we did have to travel into town for groceries (and an inexpensive pair of flip flops). We came across these adorable shops in Duck on the way back to the house and found Cabernet, Merlot, and Mimosa cotton candy. Too funny!  

I loved having the ability to have a car on the beach. We drove along the coast with music playing and the windows rolled down. 

Emerald Isle

After a week in Carova, I joined my family in Emerald Isle. My family has been coming down to Emerald Isle for over 20 years. It's always been the first trip to kick off the summer, and is always a trip filled with laughter, card games, and long walks on the beach. 

Can you tell us apart?

If you're in the Emerald Isle area, you must try the honey butter croissants from Rucker Johns, and the house fried potato chips with homemade blue cheese dip from Amos Mosquito's.

Wearing: +H&M crop top ~ Wrap pants (similar, similar) ~ Sperry flip flips

Monday, June 13, 2016


Guys... I made it! I graduated high school last week. I'm sorry for the lack of posts since then, I've been at the beach with friends de-stressing and never got around to finishing this post. (Make sure to follow me on Instagram for picture updates!) Here is a quick photo round of graduation pictures...

Apparently my siblings weren't amused... 

Sam's Club sheet cakes are my favorite, they're so sweet and sugary! 

Alumnus Chris Long was our graduation speaker. The highlight of my day was definitely getting to shake his hand after being handed my diploma! 

My dad is the best! For my graduation present he put together pictures he had taken from my four years on the runway. Probably one of the most amazing gifts I've every received.