#NYFW2015 in review

In the unfortunate event that you somehow managed to miss every bit of New York Fashion Week coverage within the past ten days or so, The New York Times has quite a comprehensive review awaiting you here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/inside-fashion-week/fall-2015.

In true spirit of the Times, this piece includes accurate content, an appropriate text to image ratio, and does not include frivolous “news” regarding baby meltdowns in the front row. If you’re looking for a source to sum up what you’ve missed, the Times is truly it for this year’s NYFW coverage.

My only reading tip: enjoy in peace and quiet with morning coffee.


Fab finds for Valentine’s Day

Fourteen fabulous finds for February 14th! No matter how you choose to spend next Saturday—or who you may be spending it with—here are a few fun items to treat yourself, show some V-Day pride and spread the love. Add a little red, white and various shades of pink to your Valentine’s Day with these fab finds…

Fab finds. (Lands' End Canvas, Ralph Lauren, Victoria's Secret Pink, H&M,  Got2B, Sally Hansen, EOS and adidas)

Fab finds. (Lands’ End Canvas, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret Pink, H&M, Got2B, Sally Hansen, EOS, adidas and CoverGirl)



My current obsession… The Bachelor

I am currently obsessing over ABC’s The Bachelor (as per usual this time of year)…

Monday nights have begun to consist of wine, junk food, and two intense hours of group dates, one-on-one’s, roses, relentless women and a farmer from Iowa – all complete with vocabulary that consists of “amazing,” “awesome,” and “like.” 

So what will Season 19 have in store for viewers? Most likely nothing that deviates too far from the usual drama and romance expected… Why else would we keep watching?! America can’t seem to get enough, myself included, and we don’t even care to deny it.

I have fond memories of sitting in my parents’ living room while growing up and watching the show with my mom and sister. Then, discussing the show play-by-play the following day over lunch at school with girlfriends. Although I now discuss the show via social media, texts and phone calls as I watch from the comfort of my cozy apartment’s couch, not much has changed about The Bachelor, and that is what makes the show great.

So whether you’re rolling your eyes at this post or joining me as I indulge in this guilty pleasure until the season finale, a tiny part of you and me hopes for the best. (Admit it!) To quote Ed Sheeran, “People fall in love in mysterious ways,” and maybe this show is a part of Chris Soules’ plan…

Best of luck to all the bachelorettes this season. I’ve already made my top picks for Chris; have you?


All that glitters

Glitter gear. (Tribal sequence tank top and infinity scarf - Express, eye shadow - CoverGirl)

Glitter gear. (Tribal sequence tank top and infinity scarf – Express; Eye shadow – CoverGirl)

Ring in 2015 with some sparkle and shine!

For Wednesday night’s NYE celebration go out in a glittery, shimmery look – a fashion tradition meant to be unbroken.

So say so-long to 2014 in style, and may you all look forward to a fabulous ’15. Cheers!


Pumps and circumstance

It’s here, and this is it…

In three short days I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in communication. I can honestly say I will take nothing away but great memories from the three-and-a-half years I spent at this university and in the community of Stevens Point, which I have come to call my home.Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 11.29.38 PM

UWSP helped me grow in so many ways, especially during my final semester. So much has changed in me and in my life during my time here, and I will forever be thankful for all that I’ve had the opportunity to experience.

I feel so incredibly blessed in my life as I look back on my time here. I’ve met some truly great and unique people, learned something from everyone I crossed paths with, and made life-long friends in the process. Every experience was an opportunity to grow and learn, and I did just that in my time here.

UWSP gave me beautiful friendships, brought me back to my faith, challenged my relationships for the better, and pushed me to pursue my professional passions. At the age of 21, I admit I have so much more to learn in life, yet I feel so wise about who I am in the world.

I have found me in UWSP…

I know with certainty what I want to do professionally, I am happy in my friendships, my heart is in a good place, and I feel a sense of peace about where I am as I approach the end of my undergraduate career.

With a grateful heart, there is no way I can write this without declaring my thankfulness and appreciation for the beautiful family I have been so blessed to have the support of. My family has been and always will be a source for advice and support, and I realize that not every individual has such a strong family unit as a guide through life. Through my uncertainties, mistakes and achievements, my family is there for me. I am humbled to have their attention, support and love.

As I look forward to 2015, I am so positive about my future and the future of those I surround myself with. I have not settled, but am content in this moment.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 I will don a black gown, cap and heels as I take part in UWSP’s commencement ceremony. There are many thoughts that run through my mind as I attempt to imagine how everything will unfold. I feel… apprehensive? No.

… I feel ready. I feel accomplished and ready to work towards my next goal.


Winter in Wisco

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 12.52.43 PMIt’s Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and winter in Wisconsin has officially begun. Here’s to the beginning of the end of 2014 with a beautiful blue sky, crisp white snow and an icy atmosphere.



Beauty on a budget: Mascara

A great lash is key to a carefree, everyday look. Simple and tastefully defined lashes can transform.

Enhance your look this month for $10 USD or less with just one or a combination of these best-budget mascaras

Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear

Maybelline Great Lash

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies

Neutrogena Healthy Volume

Neutrogena Healthy Lengths

Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast


Now trending… House of DVF on E!

Last Sunday House of DVF premiered on E! The new reality series features fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg and her search for a brand ambassador to represent her famous fashion house around the world.

In a word, DVF is fierce. She is sixty-something years young, and her confidence and strength in style shine. DVF is all about living life to the fullest, and she is an inspiration and role model to many women in the fashion industry.

No one is quite like the one-and-only DVF. She remains humble through her success and epitomizes a true power-woman. In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted To Be, Diane Von Furstenberg exposes herself discussing health, aging and love.

I am eagerly looking forward to the next episode of House of DVF. The series gives viewers an opportunity to live vicariously and get to know DVF along with her young ambassador applicants. DVF is a wealth of knowledge, and I believe she will offer her applicants and viewers rare bits of advice.

This fall DVF is poised to teach young women, share her personal story, and give some tough love… because there ain’t no cryin’ in the House of DVF.

Stay tuned, fashionistas.


Remembering de la Renta

Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was and is an inspiring designer.

De la Renta was an artist who dressed and designed for women of all ages and shapes including Hillary Clinton and Rihanna. A simple Google-search yields oodles of articles, videos and photo collages paying tribute to the beloved designer. Below are a few selections I’d like to share…

1. Remembering Oscar de la Renta by André Leon Talley, Vogue

2. Oscar de la Renta Was About Making Women Look And Feel Their Best via NPR

3. Oscar de la Renta: American Icon via Oscar de la Renta TV

I hope you will join me in remembering fashion designer Oscar de la Renta who will continue to live on through the legacy of his art.


Think Pink!

October is not only a time for enjoying PSLs, finding that perfect Halloween costume and carving pumpkins; It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. During the month of October show your support for breast health in style with these three items…

1. Essie’s Breast Cancer Awareness Collection – Polishes that support a great cause and look great on your nails.

2. Sonia Kashuk “Proudly Pink” brush set – These five brushes come with a travel case and can be purchased at your local Target. A portion of your purchase will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

3. Rag & Bone “Key to the Cure” T-shirt – This simply chic shirt is sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue for a cool $35 USD. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

Check out other ways you can show your support here, and think pink this month.