Summer

R.I.P Summer 2014 :(

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Yet another summer is almost gone. I’m enjoying what limited time is left in my favorite season, by wearing white after Labor Day.

Every year, I hear people talk about how much they love fall, and I always feel like the only one not getting excited. Fall itself isn’t bad, it’s the fact that it means a long winter is coming up. As pretty as yellow and red leaves are, thinking about the bare dead-looking winter trees always ruins it for me. I love my bikinis and local lake beach about as much as I dislike Pumpkin Spice stuff. Now that I’m not going back to school for the first time in my life, the only thing I have to get excited about this fall is Halloween, but it gets so cold here that it’s hard to create a quality costume that will also keep me warm. At least I was able to stock up on stylish winter clothing while working a seasonal holiday job at Macy’s last winter. That might make this winter more tolerable.

I love you Minnesota, but please take it easy on me this winter.

-Sun hat: Target

-Brown sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-White dress: New York and Company

-Gold bag: Nine West

-Gold sandals: Macy’s

Escape Plan

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I’ll make it soon enough.

Job-hunting is a pain though. It sucks to spend two hours pouring my heart into an awesome cover letter, only to get nothing back, over and over again. It sucks to have a resume that I’m damn proud of, only to have no one else believe in me because I’m not the CEO’s daughter. #sorrynotsorry.

Enough of that though. Complaining is only useful for about two seconds. I’m a big believer in that if I work hard enough to master the process, something will work out, even when the odds are against me. It sucks to be at rock bottom right now, but I don’t think it’s truly rock bottom if I have an escape plan.

-Black sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-Black blazer: Macy’s

-Black dress: New York and Company

-Black bag: Guess

-Blue pumps: Nine West

City Girl

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I’ve never felt more at home.

This last weekend was the six-month anniversary of my moving day to Minneapolis from my childhood home in small-town North Dakota, which took place on Martin Luther King weekend in January. After six months, I feel like I can comfortably say I’ve assimilated into the local culture. I don’t feel like a somewhat foreigner anymore. I’ve gotten to a point where I actually love telling people where I’m from (it’s almost like we’re “legendary” or something), because even though North Dakota is a border state and my hometown is only a five-hour drive from here, the amount of fellow North Dakotans I’ve met so far is surprisingly low.

Actually, it’s not that surprising, considering the vast majority of my high school classmates are still living in our hometown and seem to have no plans to change that; at least that’s what it looks like on Facebook. I always knew I would leave though. There’s only so much room for one to grow in a small rural town. My life may not be perfect, but damn if it doesn’t feel amazing to be living in a place full of opportunities I didn’t have back home.

-Red lipstick: Estee Lauder

-White t-shirt: Fashion’s Night Out official shirt, 2009

-Black bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction

-Black sequined shorts: Venus.com

-Gray fishnet tights: Hot Topic

-Red sneakers: Converse

Whatever Floats Her Boat

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It’s sometimes not easy, but I try not to judge others. Unless their behavior is purposefully hurting someone else, I believe they should do whatever floats their boat, whatever makes them happy. This mindset has especially affected me as a female, constantly hearing how I should and shouldn’t behave if I want to be taken seriously and protect myself from certain men.

I’m a girly girl. That should be obvious, considering I run a fashion blog. I love pretty clothes and fun makeup. I put a lot of effort into skin and hair care, eat very healthy and work out six days a week. Believe it or not, I actually enjoy doing all of the above, and I don’t consider any of it a chore unless I’m super tired. I sometimes model bikinis, because again, it’s fun and it makes me feel confident. I don’t do it to impress men, although that is a nice side effect. While I’ve gotten a lot of support regarding my modeling endeavors, I’ve also received some backlash about how modeling could potentially overshadow my brain and invite men to take advantage of me, and how girls in the industry are setting back the feminist movement.

There seems to be a code of conduct within the movement; unwritten rules saying that to be a proper feminist, I must shun things that are traditionally “girly” to have a successful career and avoid giving men power over me. There’s also a stereotype that females can only be pretty or smart, but not both, which feeds into the statistic saying that pretty girls are more likely to get raped. While I can understand wanting to liberate oneself from stressful beauty standards, it’s like some people can’t grasp the idea that a female can actually enjoy pretty clothes and fun makeup, and feel confident rather than degraded while posing in a bikini.

I don’t like this. I believe feminism should be about supporting your fellow females, no matter what they decide to do. I don’t care if she wants to be a prostitute or a nun, if she’s happy, then I’ll support her. No matter how terrible I may find her decision, her decision is none of my business unless she says it’s hurting her. Unless her decision is purposefully hurting me, then whatever floats her boat.

Rant over, now look at my pretty clothes! Haha 😛

-Black sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-Lavender t-shirt: Victoria’s Secret

-White bag: Macy’s

-Black polka-dot skirt: Urban Outfitters

-Silver ballet flats: New York and Company

Summer Blues

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I wish summer lasted longer in Minnesota. The Fourth of July was almost a week ago and soon it will be August. This will also be my first time not going back to school in the fall, so I feel like I don’t have much to look forward to anymore.

There’s a part of me that wants to move to a warmer city, like Miami or LA so I can have an almost endless summer but I feel very safe in Minneapolis. The Twin Cities has the lowest unemployment rate in the country for major metro areas, plus a pretty low cost of living and crime rate. Those were big factors in why I chose to move here after finishing school in my home state of North Dakota. I feel like I’m very well-off here and I might not be able to pull that off anywhere else. I’ll probably feel differently in the winter though, when sitting at the Lake Nokomis beach near my house is no longer comfortable.

-Brown sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-Necklaces: Forever 21

-Blue and green dress: Express

-Green bag: Kate Spade

-Brown flip-flops: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Seventeen (Twenty-Three)

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This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind, so I apologize for not posting sooner. I want to post much more often but I am still figuring out how to fit it into my schedule. I got back from the Launch Showcase late Sunday night, leaving decently proud with my performance. Apparently, I look about six years younger than I really am. I somewhat thought that already after having a few liquor store clerks falsely accuse me of using a fake ID, but hearing that I look like I’m 17  from nearly every agent I met with confirmed this theory officially. Thankfully, modeling is one of the only jobs where that can be hugely beneficial. It also makes me wonder if I would’ve gotten better results if I would’ve lied about my age. Well, oh well.

After another awesome photo shoot at Twin Cities Photography tonight, I just need to get through work and then I can finally squeeze in a proper 23rd birthday celebration with one of my best college friends, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday on Monday. We will probably be getting very drunk off a shared of UV Cake, because it’s not a proper birthday without “cake.”

-Black sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-Red lipstick: Estee Lauder

-Black jacket: H&M

-Black rhinestone t-shirt: Victoria’s Secret PINK

-Silver bag: Nine West

-Teal miniskirt: Express

-Gray sandals: Macy’s

Three More Days!

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So it’s a bit crazy to think I have two milestones in my life coming up this Friday, June 20. Not only will I be flying out to Chicago at 6 am for the Launch Showcase–which may or may not change my life, it’s unpredictable–but it will also be my 23rd birthday, a.k.a. the two-year anniversary of that day I could start drinking legally, haha.

I’m not sure if I’m ready to be 23 yet. I don’t feel like I’m as mature as I should be right now, at least in certain areas of my life. I’m grateful for the increased confidence and financial independence I’ve gotten as a result of growing up, but I don’t want to ever let myself become boring, and I like to think it won’t happen anytime soon. I can still party pretty hard and I still enjoy many of the same activities I liked as a child and during college. I find it sad when people my age complain that they’re too old for certain things. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m too old for things I enjoy.

-Black sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-Purple leopard-print top: H&M

-Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction

-Gray leggings: Macy’s

-Black shoes: TOMS

Hot Pink Tye-Dye

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Hey! First of all, I apologize for my lack of posting in the last approximately two weeks. Work and life has gotten way too in the way. In positive news though, I finally have a job I enjoy and that pays well and I just moved into my own one-bedroom apartment! I love now having the freedom to do whatever I want at home; I can sit on the toilet naked with the door open or bring over a different guy every night if I wanted to, and no one will be bothered by it!

This dress is one of my favorite go-to summer pieces. I can just throw it on and feel instantly awesome, no matter how lazy I was with my hair and makeup. Pink, gold and white also happens to be one of my favorite color combos 🙂

-Brown sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-Pink dress: Farmer’s market item

-Gold bag: Nine West

-Gold sandals: Macy’s

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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I’ve been so happy with the warm and sunny weather here lately! Summer is always my favorite time of the year, especially in the beginning when I know have a lot to look forward to! My favorite things include swimming outside, bright green trees and grass, the peachy cotton candy-colored sunsets and the light and airy clothing I get to wear every day. I also am lucky enough to live right by the beautiful Lake Nokomis, which has a beach and a sidewalk track around it. I especially love that I can see the downtown Minneapolis skyline from the lake; it’s a reminder that I get the best of both worlds 🙂

-Brown sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

-White floral tank top: Abercrombie and Fitch

-Brown necklace: Vintage item

-Beige bag: Forever 21

-Blue skirt: Urban Outfitters

-Brown flip-flops: Kenneth Cole Reaction