Pretty in Pink (and White)

You know that happy dance you do when find good local coffee in a city that you’re traveling in? Yep, that’s how I felt at Barista Parlor when I wore my long flowy satin dress and ordered an iced bourbon vanilla latte. Scroll down to see and read!

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Both the skirt and the turtleneck crop top are from Zara, and I actually bought them in Florence, Italy! I wanted to take pictures in the outfit for my Instagram and blog in Italy, but I was too busy with exploring and taking my classes that I didn’t fit it into my schedule. So instead, I saved it for my trip to Nashville for the Delight Ministries conference. It It was actually better in a way because the organization’s signature color is pink, so it was incredibly convenient and fitting! A lot of girls asked where it was from, so I specifically would told them it was from Zara in Florence. It’s worth telling if it’s from Europe, even if it’s by a global brand!

When I saw the two pieces in the store, I thought they would look perfect together. I thought it would be such a cute European-like outfit to bring back home, although I was anxious while waiting for a dressing room and hoping it would actually look good on me. Thankfully, the Lord answered my prayer and it turned out to be so beautiful and unresistable! They were also both around $15-$30 euros … even more beautiful and resistible!

I’m INCREDIBLY in love with the satin hot pink skirt. I love the luster, the flowyness (perfect for twirling, as you can tell), and the asymmetrical hem. As for the top, I love the curvy details on the bottom and the turtleneck part. It makes it look very delicate for being a crop top. Besides this skirt, it would also look great with jeans, shorts, leggings, and other skirts as well. These two pieces combined are perfect for a fun night out during the summertime!

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SHOP THE LOOK

Top: Zara

Skirt: Zara

Shoes: Target

The New Year

As they say, new year = new me! Although, I am still pretty much the same person as of right now, and I hope to be forever more. 

I cannot believe we are already in 2017, time just flies by! It feels like yesterday was February of 2015 when I was almost done with my senior year in high school and I found out that Emma Watson was going to play Belle in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Since then, I have been anticipating for 2017 to come just so I could see the movie! Now it's already the middle of January this year and the movie comes out in less than sixty days!

Of course, I'm excited for much more this year than just one highly anticipated movie. I will be turning twenty-one in May, I'll finally be legally allowed to drink wine and that's something worth celebrating! My sister is also graduating college that same month, so I'm very excited to watch her receive her diploma and make success in the upcoming future. Plus, I finally got approval to start Malone University's first ever fashion club! I cannot wait to start planning meetings and cool events for the campus. It was also give me a great opportunity to prove myself as a leader! 

And on a little side note, Amine's song "Caroline" has over 68 million views on YouTube for its music video, so for me that's pretty cool to have my name in a song title popular worldwide!

But truly, my biggest goal for this new year is to become not only a better person but a better version of myself. I consider myself a kind person to begin with, but I want to work on being more giving and considerate of other people's feelings. I want to volunteer more, stand up for others more, and be an inspiring leader to others. I also want to take action this year by becoming more bold and overcoming my anxiety as well as helping other people who struggle with mental health issues. 

I know my anxiety will never go away fully, everyone lives with some extent of anxiety. But this year I want to make it my goal to worry less and to enjoy the moments that I am in before they pass. I become so emotionally exhausted when my anxiety level rises, and it makes it harder to confront people even if they are friends or relatives. I also compare myself with other people way too much. It's not good for mental health at all, especially since God is the one who made me in His image just the way He wants me to be. 

I also get so overwhelmed with time management, even when I'm not that busy. With anxiety, it feels like you have one thousand things to get done when in reality you only have two or three. It also always feels like you're forgetting something important, such as a big homework assignment or something you were supposed to pack for a trip. I believe that if I begin to let my anxiety go a little more, I won't feel like my life is constantly unbalanced. I do also want to work on my time management, that could be really beneficial!  

I really do believe that this can be the year that I control my anxiety and show off my bolder side. I often worry that I'm too much of a people-pleaser and it might make other people believe that I'm weak and will say yes to anything and anyone, but that is definitely not true. I have a voice and I can stand and speak what's on my mind. If you know me personally, you know how strong I am (and very sassy). My college friends have once referred to me as "spunky", and that honestly is one of my favorite words that I have ever heard someone use to describe me. I like being spunky because it means that I am a very confident and positive person, even though sometimes I don't feel that way. I want to continue to be spunky, as well as gain more spunk by the end of the year! 

Even though I know that I am a positive person on the outside and inside, I need to improve my positive attitude. There are many times when I am doubting myself and it feels like there is no hope left inside of me. I know God has big plans for me, and I need to trust Him.  Therefore when I put faith in Him, I need to be positive. I will begin to focus on seeing the glass half full rather than empty and not let any form of negativity bring me down. 

To sum up, my main resolution for this year is to be more mentally healthy and to give myself more freedom of choice. But of course I have many minor resolutions as well, such as travel to new places, eat healthier, do more meditation practices, make new friends, pray more, read more, help others, get better grades, work hard to make my blog grow, work hard in general, take time to relax, and to continue to follow my passions. I really do believe that many of my biggest dreams will be accomplished this year. All it takes is a little bit of faith and dedication! 

2016 was by far the best year of my life, despite many people saying that it was a terrible year. Honestly, I have to disagree. I'm also pretty sure that 1665 was a lot worse when everyone caught the plague and died. Just saying.

The way I see it is that as I grow older, I think the years get better. So many memories and accomplishments are made and the upcoming years offer even more exciting opportunities to look forward to. I am determined that 2017 will be an amazing year with plenty of new chances, accomplishments, memories, and a great opportunity to start becoming a better person and to live a happier and more healthy life.

Just remember to live in the moment as much as possible this year will fly by, and I'm serious! I couldn't believe how fast 2016 was! When you take time to appreciate every wonderful new day that God has gifted you with, you will start to live life to the fullest. I believe that is what everyone's new years resolution should be. 

Pictures: Courtesy of Juliana Cole Photography

Shirt: Zara

Jeans: Anthropologie

Shoes:  DSW similar shoes

Scarf: Anthropologie

Coat: Zara similar coat

Professional Fashion

Though summer is the best time of the year to take a break from practically the world, there is still work to keep busy with and to make money. This summer, I am working as an intern at Gojo Industries, Inc. It is a private headquarters in which they manufacture hand hygiene and skin care products, including their bestseller Purell. This is my second summer working there, and I am glad to be an intern again! about it! My dad is a sales manager for the company, so a lot of the people I will be working with know me very well and are flexible with my work hours and such. I will only be working three times each week, so that's a bonus, too! An internship is extremely valuable to future reference, and one of my major keys to doing the job right is dressing for success!

Pleather Weather

I believe pleather/leather material in outfits look very professional. They may not be the comfiest, but they sure make a job well-done! One of my main outfits that I have planned to wear for some of my work days is this brown pleather pencil skirt that I bought from Ann Taylor (for a very good deal!) I am very happy because this may be my most professional-looking one that I can easily pull of for both work and parties. The material is really good too, and I love the dark brown color. It goes with pretty much everything, heck wear a big lazy T-shirt and rock any occasion! 

For the top part, I have a black pocket shell tank from the LOFT. I managed to get it on sale, and it's perfect for this summer. I love the soft, loose material and the V-neck line. It can literally match anything, including pants, shorts, and skirts. I think I saw Anna Kendrick wear a very similar shirt in Pitch Perfect 2

Brown and black make a good color combo, so it's a smart idea to make your shoes the same color. Here I am wearing my infamous yet classic black pumps from J. Crew. They are a pain in the A-word to walk in, but they sure make any outfit a 10/10! 

Finally for accessories, I think it's best to keep this outfit simple with some of my favorite Alex and Ani gold bracelets and a cute gold initial bar pendant necklace from Urban Outfitters. Less is more!

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Shirt: LOFT

Skirt: Ann Taylor similar skirt 

Shoes: J. Crew 

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

"Checked" 

I may have only put this on this blog as an excuse to wear it, but it can be revenant for business fashion, too! I am absolutely obsessed with this check-print maxi dress that I bought from Zara during my trip to New York City. Zara is one of my mom, sister, and I's favorite stores to shop at. It has the most classiest and fashionable clothes ever. It's actually where Kate Middleton shops, so we it's awesome to know that we have the same taste in style! I love this dress because it's very comfy, I love the pattern, and I think the cut-out part on the right bottom is very chic. It's a perfect long dress that you can wear for almost anything, even church! 

For shoes, I again choose my classic black pumps from J. Crew. WARNING: If you are planning to work somewhere that involves a lot of walking around, these shoes may not be the best comfort option! 

For the final touch, I choose to wear my long gold necklace with a stick-like thing. My cousin bought it for me from Francesca's, I think, for Christmas and I wear it all the time. I also have on blue teardrop earrings from Francesca's also. They kind of remind me of Princess Peach's earrings!  

Dress: Zara 

Shoes: J. Crew

Necklace: Francesca's similar necklace

Earrings: Francesca's

 Summer Lovin' 

My last outfit choice fits very well for both work and summer. I love wearing black and white clothes the most because they go with everything. You could wear sparkly technicolor shoes with large diamonds and they still would look good! I just bought this contrast-trim dress from New York & Company, which was on sale for only twenty or thirty dollars. This is one of my favorite purchases I have ever made for the summer, and I'm so excited to wear it for my internship and other fun events! I recommend wearing a black or colorful belt with this, it makes it look even more dandy.

I couldn't tell you how long I've ha these big sunglasses for, but they're still in good shape! I bought these cat eye frames from Ann Taylor a few years ago. I am planning on getting new sunglasses for the summer, but I still really like this pair. The bigger the better! 

These red and black heels actually belong to Natalie, and luckily we wear the same size shoe! They are from Michael Kors, and they are a great combination of classic and professional! 

Finally, my bag is from Harrods, an upmarket department store located in London (as you can tell by the design). This is not on of my best purses for work use, but I haven't used it in a while and I thought it would look really good with the dress. It's nice because it's a fun purse full of color, a fancy design, and a fun theme. Who doesn't like London?!   

And of course, I couldn't leave out my one and only snazzy watch from Fossil, best accessory for any job! 

Dress: New York & Company

Shoes: Michael Kors similar shoes 

Purse: Harrods

Sunglasses: Ann Taylor similar frames

Watch: Macy's