HOLIDAY SEASON PARTY LOOKS

 
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I’ll admit, I don’t usually have many parties to attend during the Christmas season, and that probably has to do with my environment. I feel like I haven’t made it to adulthood yet, and adults are the ones who have the parties, right? While I try to navigate my “post-grad, pre-grown-up” life I will fake it until I make it - because that’s what I do best. Even though my friends and I live far from each other we found the perfect time to have a holiday party. Classy Christmas, meaning you have to dress up. I, of course, went too fancy, but as Oscar Wilde said, “you can never be overdressed or overeducated.” And since I would classify my education level as ‘under-qualified’ I should at least look good. Christmas doesn’t know how extra I can be.

 
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You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
— Oscar Wilde
 

I’ve put together some ideas for outfits and accessories that I think are perfect for the holidays. If your goal is to look like you’re going to a 1920’s gala then I got you covered. I am the queen of good outfit intentions but terrible at reading the room.

 
 
 

I hope you enjoy your holidays! I am ready to tackle the new year and excited about what’s to come.

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THE POP OF COLOR BACKPACK

 

Summer is here and I'm obsessing over bags. And who isn't? It seems like summer is the time to express yourself through your accessories, however odd that may sound, and I'm doing it!

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I've been wanting to get a chic, stylish backpack in my post-grad life and I found this lovely yellow one from Zara. So cute! Thank goodness I finally graduated and don't have to break my back with a bag full of books and supplies. This one is small, but not too small, and my back can now rest easy.

The black and white outfit is really key in this look. Summer is usually all about color, but since I typically wear a monochromatic color palette I like to continue that through the hotter seasons. For this outfit, this is what makes the backpack POP.

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What do you think of the bright backpack style? Here are some favorites for you to complete your pop of color look. 

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HOW TEEN VOGUE CHANGED MY LIFE

 
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I have been through many phases in my life contemplating the thought, what do I want to be when I grow up? Admittedly, as a child I constantly followed my older sister's lead when it came to pursuing my interests. I spent my summers participating in theatre camps, and while I loved it at the time, I think if I could go back and start embracing visual art sooner I would. Once my sister and I got a bit older and we didn't participate in every activity together, I started to embrace my interest in art and fashion. I discovered the world of magazines and bloggers and became enthralled with this fabulous universe that I didn't understand but desperately wanted to be part of. I figured fashion design was it for me. I even started a little "clothing line" which was actually just little sketches and a mock-up business plan. I had big ambitions from a young age.

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Fast forward through a few entrepreneurial endeavors and I was about to start high school seriously thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. That's when The Teen Vogue Handbook was published. I remember getting this book and poring over the pages. Suddenly the fashion world seemed attainable. It was like this book was written just for me to discover what I wanted to do as a career. I read the section for fashion designers, but suddenly that didn't feel right. I continued reading and reached a section about a woman who had the job title, "Creative Director." I had never heard of this! It was as if everything clicked, and I saw myself doing everything the book said: layout design, photoshoot direction, and creating the entire feel of a fashion magazine. In reading about the women who did this type of job I realized that they all had something in common. They studied Graphic Design. Everything fell into place from there. Through studying graphic design I have found so much more that I am interested in outside of the fashion world, but that just proves to me that this is my true calling. I sometimes feel like that kid who is dreaming of being a 'grown up,' but Teen Vogue is the reason I found a path to follow.