I want to go back to doing my Friday favorites so here is the first one in a while! I will be doing these every week again. This is also an area where it is really just my opinion on what I like this week: anywhere from books, to articles, to fashion, to movies, anything really.
Right now I am working really hard to stay positive, as I discussed in my latest Instagram post. So this 5 Friday favorites are all what I am keeping in mind/ inspiring to stay positive. I feel like this is a basic tumblr self care post, but that’s okay. This is my Friday favorites or mood.
- Megan Crean’s blog post on having a happy list. I had never considered doing this before and so far this week it has been really really helping me stay positive. A cute example of a happy list and things to remember when life gets sad. (credit)
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson- I have mentioned this book before. I read this book about a year ago and it fundamentally changed my life and outlook. Jenny Lawson compiles this amazing book about mixing mental illness with humor and facing everyday. I pick up this book every time I am feeling down, it helps put everything in perspective and helps get through everything.
- Radical Transformation Project blog post on setting daily intentions. Since reading her posts, it is something I have been working on daily and has been really helping.
- This blog post about dealing with bad days. Sad days happen, how do you deal with it though and not get off track? This is a really good summary of things to do to help that way you do not get overwhelmed. When bad things happen, the further you fall behind the worse it gets (as I have learned with school.)
- This unsolicited advice planner by AdamJk. I love this planner, every week there is a new quote or passage about getting through it. It is not false positivity though, Adam is like this is awful, but you will get through it, every week.
Bonus- while researching my favorite posts and inspiration I stumbled on Zany Lady’s review on Thank u, next album by Ariana Grande. I personally LOVED this new album and Zany Lady’s interpretation and break down of the songs are amazing.
Hopefully this helps.
Until Next Time,
Karl Lagerfeld was a fashion institution. He has for many years directed Chanel with his creative genius. Some of his signature styles: detachable collars, monochrome, and the double C we will forever be associated with Chanel. A lot of my personal style today was influenced by Karl Lagerfeld. I do not own sweatpants because of him. I spent a lot of teenage nights looking at his latest releases and overall being inspired by his monochromatic yet creative genius.
He was also a raging misogynist and fat phobic.
On multiple occasions, Karl Lagerfeld has made it known that his view of the fashion world is not inclusive to average or plus sized women. He referred to Adele as being “too fat” and Heidi Klum as being “too heavy for the runway” (1.) He has pushed for this exclusive fashion world with models not above the standard slender size. He even included himself in this ridiculous standard by losing 92 lbs in one year in order to be able fit into the slender suits made by various high end designers. Rather than pushing for inclusion, he pushed himself to conform to those standards, despite his influence to change them. It was not that he felt the modeling world would not support him in pushing for change, he avidly believed and fought for these unhealthy ideals.
He also pushed for the suppression of the #metoo movement, criticizing women for their reluctance to speak out sooner and on accusations against fellow designers, saying that models who do not want to be touched should join nunneries.
Lagerfeld had addressed his controversial statements as well, offering a half apology to Adele at one point. But also going as far as saying, that he himself is controversy. That he is larger than life and a caricature in which the Carnival of Venice never ends. Displaying his inflated ego and commitment to a falsified show. He is personifying an internet troll without himself being on the internet or even more so the counterproductive devil’s advocate.
Karl Lagerfeld’s influence on the fashion world is undeniable. He was a force of change and revolutionized the fashion world, but also continued the status quo of exclusionary policies and marginalizing the normal women. His affect’s on the fashion world are long lasting, but how much did he hinder the progress on the fashion world?
Until Next Time,
Top, Pants, Shoes
I talked about my newfound love for Rent the Runway on a recent post (if you missed it, it is tagged as Rent the Runway and you can search!)
I absolutely adore Rent the Runway, as I discussed. This outfit in particular was amazing. The first time I put it on, I felt so confident! This is a more professional/ workplace outfit was well, which was really helpful because I do not own enough clothing for work. I also have never had a pair of pants that I loved. These pants were the first ones that ever worked for me. The tweed top was also the perfect pattern for winter, or Georgia’s version of winter.
This outfit reminded me why I love fashion. I have been feeling really self conscious lately and have not had the energy to dress how I like, which is a never ending negative cycle. Looking bad makes you feel bad and continuing forever. But the power of clothes! This outfit made me feel so much better about just everything.
So here’s to breaking that cycle and putting in the energy to look nice, because it affects your entire outlook.
Until Next Time,
Similar Coat 1, Similar Coat 2, Similar Coat 3
I have been really feeling the oversized coat style lately. I’m also never one to mix patterns, so wearing two different grid patterns is a big deal for me.
Thigh highs are also awesome to wear in winter so I was really excited to be able to find a situation to wear them. H&M thigh highs don’t sleep down as well which is nice.
And then of course my typical heeled boots that I wear. Heeled boots are perfect for winter (if you don’t live in a place with snow.)
Until Next Time,
“Clothes won’t change the world, the women who wear them will.” -Anne Klein
There have been a lot of strong women recently elected to congress. One of my personal favorites is Kyrsten Sinema. She was elected to the Senate as a representative of Arizona. She is the first openly bisexual women to be elected to congress. Not only did she make history because of that, but she is also a really accomplished women. She graduated high school as valedictorian at the age of 16. She got her B.A. from Brigham Young at 18. She also got her masters, J.D., and Ph.D.
The focus of this article is on her style though, which is interesting how that gets so much attention when she is such an educated and accomplished women. All of that is true, but she is making a statement with her choice in clothes. (And also this is primarily a fashion blog.)
Here she is channeling both Elle Woods and Jackie O, some strong feminine icons, on her first day of congress.
Clothing is used to send a message. Most of the time we see politicians wearing dull colors and suites because that is what we expect of them and the colors do not raise attention or any flags. We associate this aesthetic with power.
Women being elected is a newer development. Women being elected into this position are expected to dress conservatively, neat, and overwhelmingly dull.
What we see here is a women being openly feminine while serving in what has historically been considered a man’s job. Rather than adapting who she is and how she dresses to the position, she forces her colleagues and the public to adjust their point of view: that a women can be feminine and wear pink while also being a strong educated women to be taken seriously. We are seeing how the public perceives power changing and developing as more women take office. With this development, we will see colors, dresses, and more feminine clothing enter the political arena.
I will be featuring more women that are changing how we perceive fashion. This is part 1.
Until Next Time,
I recently started my rent the runway unlimited subscription. I cannot recommend this enough. It has completely replaced my clothes shopping. You pay a certain amount each month, which can be tough on a college student budget but you do not have to shop for clothes ever and you can pause or cancel at anytime. You keep a steady rotation of 4 designer clothes or accessories with your subscription. This has been really good for me because I am not someone who likes to repeat outfits. That is such a waste of clothing. With Rent the Runway I do not have to waste and I send them back and get new ones while the clothes also get to be worn by others! It is also perfect for switching your wardrobe up. I do not have a lot of professional clothes and so rather than having to buy a whole new closet, I rent profession clothes and keep my work life stylish.
I was able to rent this gorgeous coat from Rent the Runway on my last order. It is the best coat I have ever worn (well duh it is designer.) Very warm while also fashionable. Cannot recommend it enough. Also houndstooth is the perfect design for winter chic fashion.
I bought these heeled boots from H&M last week. I love these boots. They are high heeled but comfortable. I could wear them all day. They’re perfect to make any winter outfit automatically stylish with little effort. Heeled boots make people think that you tried.
The interesting thing about this outfit is that it is so simple. I work a black turtleneck, black skirt, black tights, black boots, and a coat. This is such an easy outfit to do with clothes you already own. The statement piece of this outfit is the coat. Everything else is simple to not overpower this huge coat. It is chic in the simplicity of it.
I also just really love this outfit and hopefully you do as well.
Until Next Time,
I am 100% a planner person. I look forward to buying a new planner every January to start the New Year off. I also write down everything in my planner, even my work schedule that never changes. I see planners as an investment. You have to spend some money to get the one that is right for you, but in the end it is so helpful. So I rounded up 8 of my favorites for you to check out. (There’s a lot of black and gold on here.)
I adore this planner. This is the one I bought to start the new year. It is spiraled bound which is amazing for planners. There are quotes at the beginning of each month, a overview calendar, and then a breakdown by day each month. It is the perfect planner.
I am a big fan of polka dots if you can’t tell, but I am also a fan of nice quotes. What better way to plan your year then reading the words best day ever every time you open it.
Rifle Paper Co is such an amazing company; I love their products. This 2019 planner is 17 months as well and so it will last for a year and a half! It also comes with stickers.
Another Rifle Paper Co planner! This one is floral all the way around which is adorable. And they also have stickers in this one!
This planner offers the simple black and gold design that I love. Also another spiral bound which makes it so easy to flip pages.
A far too relatable planner. The pale color scheme is also very calming when you’re freaking out about planning.
A nice combination of the gold I love and some gorgeous florals.
It doesn’t show but this is also spiraled. But also, this comes in black and gold if you’re as obsessed with it as me.
Until next time,