Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 - New Years Resolutions + a {late} Holiday outfit


A few days late, but better late than never, right? For me, 2014 was definitely a year of growth.There were some really good times, and also some pretty bad times, but those are all a part of growing up I suppose. I can't quite remember the last time I made New Year resolutions, other than the generic resolutions the mass population makes of "going to the gym more, eating healthier, not being so lazy, etc." but I've had some time to myself the last few days, and wanted to put some of my thoughts in writing.
To start, I've never been an open person, as in, I'm not one to share my thoughts and emotions or 'how I'm really feeling' to anyone. I'm typically one to keep them bottled up inside me, and then vent to one of my very close (those are very few) friends, whom I'm forever grateful for. Being in the PR/ Social Media field, you'd think I'd communicate my feelings a lot more than I do/ should, but that's far from true. I'm a very private person. Although I share what I wear on this blog, and my day-to-day on my Instagram, you don't see anything but the good - because who really wants to see photos of unappetizing meals, a messy desk, and a terrible selfie after a long day of work? Not me. Anyway, let's start here. On the very top of my resolutions is to be more open about my feelings.

Communicate my real feelings:I won't be complaining/ venting too much here on the blog, but it's quite refreshing when bloggers do "keep it real" because no one's life is perfect. It's so easy to curate that perfect life on social media with the help of perfect lighting, a new accessory & great angles, but let's be real, life isn't always so pretty. This is more for me to be able to open up to my friends & family, instead of always saying "I'm great, how are you?" Because my life isn't always great. Vulnerability is a scary thought. #yikes.

Be more responsible with my finances:
This year was the first year in my life that I'm 100% financially independent from my parents (it only took me 25 years .... love you mom&dad!), and I'm proud to be able to say that I can pay for my own rent and all, but damn you credit card (such a love/hate relationship). Also, I want to pay off all of my student loans by the time I'm 30 (so I guess I have until 2019 for this one) + have no credit card debt. So this means no impulse purchases... because I can fall real hard for a luxe handbag and a pretty pair of shoes.


Spend more time with my family:
In 2014, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I went home to see my parents. Living in NYC, and my parent's in Philly, the travel isn't that far - seriously, only 2 hours, and yet I've probably gone home about 5 times this last year. Not to say that I don't talk to them everyday because I text my mom everyday (she's my best friend) and we talk on the phone multiple times a week. But seeing them in person and spending time with them is different. As I've gotten older, I've really started to appreciate and cherish the times I get to spend with my parents and I want to do it more often. 

Stop comparing myself with others:
Um maybe I need to deactivate Facebook and delete my Instagram account (#justkidding) but seriously, it's hard not to compare yourself to others when everyone's life is on public display. It seems as though ALL of my girlfriends are in some serious relationships/ getting engaged, where as I'm still single. And for awhile I was okay with being single, but recently I've started to feel more pressure to find a SO. And don't get me wrong, I've done my share of dating, but none felt organic - there were some not-so-great dates, but also some good ones, but there just wasn't any chemistry. And I'm not ready to settle just yet.
Besides boys + dating, it's hard not to compare myself to other bloggers, instagrammers, people of the internet, etc. We all do it, and know it's not healthy, but damn you IG, justkidding, I love you. So this year, I want to really focus on myself, and my personal goals without being blinded by what others are doing/ have achieved, because your time will come. 


Blog more:
As simple as that & finally to make the move from Blogger to Wordpress.

AND to end, here's a super late Christmas-y outfit - my take on red + tartan :)
Red, oversized turtleneck // (old) Zara tartan trousers // (old) Zara pumps // Prada Sunnies // Shanaz Designs purse


Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend/ break and are having a wonderful start to 2015. I want to hear about your resolutions too! <3





Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Black + Sparkle for NYE


In two days it'll be 2015... crazy. If you're still in need of some NYE outfit inspo, I've got 2 for you today! Both in black and gold, in fun textures and sparkle. Who doesn't love feathers and sequins for the holidays, right?

Prada sunnies //  gold Zara knit (old, similar HERE) // black feather skirt (obsessed with THIS one too - get an extra 40% OFF sale!! code: CHEERS) // Loren Hope bracelet // Clare V leopard clutch // Schutz pony hair pumps


Outfit #1 photos by: Courtney Quinn

Black, fuzzy crop sweater (similiar HERE - obsessed with the stripes!) // (old Threadsence) scalloped sequin skirt (Similar HERE + HERE) // Loren Hope bracelet // Schutz pony hair pumps



Outfit #2 photos by: my brother, David
Both outfits are so me. Keeping my accessories pretty simple (aka wearing my new FAVORITE bracelet), and wearing the same black, pony hair pumps that go with everything. What are your NYE plans? Or better yet, what are you wearing for NYE?


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Girls' Brunch

A weekend isn't a weekend unless you've had brunch. Well in this case, a late brunch, which I suppose is a lunch. I got to spend some time with some of my favorite girls I've met through Instagram, and yes, they're my real life friends now. Crazy how social media brings people with common interest together. Anyway, since we do live busy lives, some of us working and others still in school, we try to make time once a month to grab brunch together. And of course, when it's the 4 of us, it's a lot of photo taking, rearranging, editing and of course 'gramming. Thank god we all get each other. 

Prada sunnies // J.Crew navy coat (currently 30% OFF!) // 525 fur vest // Burgundy faux fur scarf // classic Prada Saffiano Medium (#treatyoself) // Zara leather shorts // Rag & Bone ankle boots // Loren Hope bracelets (never taking these off) 


Photos by: Van Le

And of course when you're waiting to be seated for brunch, it's the perfect time to take outfit photos. And spending the day with bloggers/Instagrammers = good pics all day. Not even kidding, you have to check these girls out on Instagram - KeenVan & Casey. PS. those are real candids, other than the detail shots. #baecaughtmegrammin (in case you don't get that, please check our @BrosBeingBasic on IG. It's my new favorite account.)




Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Cyber Monday!

Happy (Cyber) Monday + December! Can't believe Thanksgiving weekend is already over (see what I did here on Instagram) and it's December #majorWTF anyway, back to the real world and NYC. Being home in Philly this weekend really put a lot of things in perspective for me. And I loved every minute of it. Anyway, if you haven't already shopped till you dropped on Black Friday, here are some amazing deals for Cyber Monday. I personally love Cyber Monday, and am not much of a Black Friday shopper.. I prefer to click that 'add to cart' button in the comfort of my own bed. Also, another outfit post below. Getting the hang of taking photos I suppose.. :)

Prada sunnies // Jarin K. pearl earrings (super affordable option here) // Blush pink turtleneck sweater (now on super sale!!) // Grey pencil skirt (now 50% off) // Clare V clutch (get 25% off!) // Rag & Bone ankle boots

Thanks to my brother for taking these photos for me! The sun is deceiving because it was actually about 35 degrees, and yes, I was freezing. #bloggerprobs This was his first time taking my photos, and these are my first set of pictures with my new lens!


I'm obsessed with this blush turtleneck sweater, and it's slightly cropped- making the perfect length to tuck into a skirt. (and it's on super sale right now at Piperlime!) Everyone always talks about juxtaposition, and I think the best way to wear an oversized knit is paired with a pencil skirt. The pencil skirt shows off your figure and balances out the bulkiness of your top. And of course, paired with your favorite ankle boots, it makes for the perfect fall/winter outfit. I've been wearing my Rag & Bone Stanton Chelsea boots - they were a bit of an investment, but I know I'll be wearing them all season long, and definitely next year as well.
 


And of course, you wouldn't be a "fashion blogger" without this Clare V. clutch, right? ;) I lovee this one too- might be my next purchase :)

And now for some Cyber Monday deals from my favorites stores:
- Piperlime - 30% off with code: CYBERSALE
- ASOS - 30% off with code: ILOVEMONDAYS
- West Elm - up to 25% off with code: SUPERSALE
- Club Monaco - 30% off with code: CYBERMONDAY
- J. Crew - 30% off with code: MONDAY
- Shopbop - up to 25% off with code: GOBIG14
- Parker - 30% off with code: HOLIDAZE30
- Joie - 25% off with code: THANKS


Happy Shopping! xx

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Little Holiday Sparkle + GIVEAWAY (OVER)

Happy Monday! Look who's back.... (I'm pretty sure I open every post with a "look who's back" statement..) sorry for my hiatus once again... But today I'm super excited to be bringing you my first outfit post on & Pretty Things along with a giveaway with some amazing girls!
Zara Emerald Midi Skirt (love this ASOS version) // Zara Black Basic Long Sleeve // old UO Faux Fur Vest (obsessed with this color & THIS one is on my want list), Schutz Pony Hair Pumps (now on sale!!) // Marc Jacobs x Target Gold Clutch (similar here) // Single Pearl Bracelet (similar here & here) // Stella & Dot necklace (c/o)

First of all, can we talk about how uncomfortable I am in front of the camera? How do all your fashion bloggers do this without feeling awkward? Tips please! Anyway, I digress.. so this weekend myself and 4 blogger friends got together to shoot for this giveaway.. and please don't be fooled by the smiles and bare legs.. it was probably in the 30s and freezing this weekend in NYC... #MAJORbloggerprobs - kudos to everyone and their fab outfit posts during the winter months..


Anyway, as we were planning to get together for this shoot, we were told to dress in holiday attire, incorporating jewel tones and sparkle the night before, but lets be real, I woke up at 9:50 when we had to meet at 11AM, and was in panic mode. I definitely didn't have my outfit planned out, but I'm not too disappointed in what I was able to put together in 5 minutes. When in doubt, black pointy pumps, and a good fur vest will pull your outfit together ;)

Now let's just get to the giveaway.. with the holiday season just around the corner (how the heck is November already coming to an end?! #majorWTF), I partnered with 4 other NYC bloggers to give away this awesome Stella & Dot necklace to one of your lucky readers! The best part? This necklace can be worn 5 different ways! Don't believe me? Check out the other girls' blogs to see all the ways you can wear this gem!
Photography by: Claire Eliza
To enter, you just have to follow all of our Instagram accounts and record your entries in the Rafflecopter below :)
Courtney @ColorMeCourtney
yours truly @DaisyO_

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends Sunday at Midnight and the winner will be announced on all of our blogs.
Now head on over to see how my girl, Elena styled his necklace! <3
Special Thanks to…  Stella and Dot, Elena Michelle of a New York love Affair, Courtney Quinn of Color Me CourtneyLex Dieck of Lexicon of Style, and Lisa Rosado of Lisa Rosado dot com for partnering on this post, and big thanks to Claire Eliza of ClaireEliza.com for providing the photography. 

*If you are interested in becoming a Stella & Dot stylist, please email abithos@gmail.com for details!