Apprehension, Fear, and Intimidation

The best feeling in the world is defeating an intimidating task. When an intimidating task is wrapped inside something that you love, approaching it can be difficult. 
When my high school drama department announced that they would be putting on Anything Goes this spring, my heart skipped a beat. 
Anything Goes is my favorite musical of all time. Naturally, one would expect me to audition without any hesitation. 
I took a break from acting during my junior year. I had a lot going on and theatre, a huge time commitment, was the first thing to go. 
In the summer leading up to my senior year, I had specifically responded to any inquiries regarding my future in theatre with, "I'll only audition for the musical if it's Anything Goes."

Imagine my surprise when the show was announced. It felt like a sign from the heavens that I needed to return to the stage one last time. I missed performing but my life had moved on. I didn't feel like I could return to theatre after ta…

Unapologetic Ambition

Lately I've been bombarded with people projecting their personal ideas onto me of what they think my life should be like after high school.

I believe that these people don't think I'm capable of thinking for myself.

Maybe they believe that I have not thought extensively about my career path and which college I'm going to attend.

Maybe they are under the impression that I don't have the ability to reach my goals. 

Maybe they don't realize how incredibly rude they are being when they assume that I have not come to the right decision for my future.

I've grown up surrounded by small minded people who try to convince a girl with big ideas to diminish her ambition and settle.

I refuse to settle.

I've dreamed of working in the fashion industry since I was little and I'll be damned if I don't at least try to reach my dream job. 

"Why are you going out of state for college?" 

"Why are you studying journalism? Do you think you're actually going…

Is Leopard Print the New Black?

My laundry pile has transformed into something out of Tarzan.

That's a bit of an over statement, but lately, I've been wearing leopard print every chance I get.

I picked up on the leopard trend when Kate Spade released their collab collection with Man Repeller, "LEOPARD LEOPARD LEOPARD". They held a pop up shop in NYC and even had adoptable domestic kittens on site. The Instagram coverage was fantastic and got the idea into my head that I should give leopard a second chance. In the past, I scorned leopard; yet, I wore it anyways.

Also, if you aren't familiar with Man Repeller, it's a fashion blog that's worth a scroll through. Their tagline is "Where an interest in fashion never minimizes one's intellect" and I think that's beautiful. 
The question is, "Is Leopard Print the New Black?". I've managed to translate this trend into a fall uniform, pairing leopard with almost anything. My favorite combination by far is golden rod an…

Illusions of Elegance takes National Bridal Market Chicago

Amidst all of the fashion month posts on social media, I found myself posting my own front row shots of runway shows two weekends ago...  No! I wasn't at New York Fashion Week but I was at the National Bridal Market in Chicago!   You may recall, I've been working as a sales consultant at my local bridal boutique for almost two years (delve into the archives and read 5 Things I've Learned As A Dress Consultant). I've made wedding dress dreams come true and I've created some really killer window displays but something I hadn't experienced was the process of choosing dresses and other products for our store... in person.    This year my boss took (almost) all of the staff to the National Bridal Market in Chicago for two days of buying. Let me tell you, it. was. a. lot.
  My coworkers and I stopped at a few costume jewelry stores the night before we went to the bridal market. A pair of earrings that would be seen as being too large or heavy for our costumer base lo…

Never Hesitate to do the Right Thing

Never Hesitate to do the Right Thing  It baffles me how much people let themselves get walked over. Whether someone treats them wrongly or they see someone do something flat out wrong... a large percentage of people just don't do anything about it!
  When I was a freshman in high school, I had an issue with a guy who would touch my butt during class. It was very bizarre and for the sake of time I'll just say that it took me some time to figure out what was going on behind me. I asked around ---That sounds way too chill. I was not chill about this.--- I sent out a mass Instagram message to a bunch of girls from varying social groups in my grade asking them if they had any experiences with this guy being a 'booty hunter'. I got some responses and I started formulating a written report of what happened. One girl had repeated incidents with this guy who would purposely sit behind her in class, take pictures of her butt, etc. and yet, she never said anything to a teacher. Ot…

Confessions from Someone with Clothing Commitment Issues

It's Not You, It's Me
  I go through clothes quickly and not in the sense that my clothes wear out after five or six wears... I fall out of love with recently purchased pieces after five weeks. 
  It's a terrible feeling when you begin hating a piece that you once loved on the racks. Your mind travels back to the happy beginning, falling in love, dropping every preconceived idea of what you were wearing the next week just so you could wear the new piece. Then suddenly, you realize you've worn the new piece five times and it's starting to lose it's luster. It's starting to feel old. It's starting to feel *gasp* over worn
  Then I'll find something I hate about the dress or the pair of pants and I'll dread making the mistake of deciding to wear it. 

The neckline is awful. The waist is too big and the legs scrunch up when I walk. This top reveals my bra straps too easily. 
  It's a nightmare! I have commitment issues with my clothes. I find mysel…

Thoughts from the Twice-Over New Girl

As an only child, my mother realized how it important it was for me to be around kids my age as much as possible. She made sure to take me to reading time at the library, Sunday school, dance class, soccer, and T-ball. She'd set up play dates and make friends with other parents, and voila! My mom's friend's kid was now my friend. I would go on play dates with Alaina, Claire, Emily, and Gracie, kids who were in my preschool class. Since that bond was established so early on, I would always have these friends, even if we weren't in the same class. I think that if I hadn't moved away from St. Croix Falls, I would still be friends with these girls because they're honestly really nice people. 
I still follow Alaina on Instagram. She's one of my oldest friends and I think that it's so cool to see her prom photos and photos with her little sister. Technology is amazing.
Unfortunately, I've had to go through this moving process one too many times. I had spe…