Selena Gomez x Coach

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Hi beauties!  Today I want to share THIS article I read on vogue.com last week about Selena Gomez’s collaboration with Coach.  First, I just want to say how much I love everything that she has been doing lately.  Her song Fetish is one of my favorite songs this Summer, and while this isn’t totally recent, I really enjoyed watching season one of Thirteen Reasons Why (I was already a huge fan of the book and I think they did an amazing job bringing the heart of the story to life).  Her emphasis on mental health through her platform to reach millions of people is so admirable.  It is even evident in her collaboration with Coach, with the words Love yourself first printed on the bags.

I would love to hear in the comment section what you think about the collaboration!  I am going to settle in now and watch If I Stay before going to bed.  Thanks for stopping by,

Carly xx

For Love & Lemons

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Happy Sunday beauties!  One thing I am becoming more and more sure of is quality vs. quantity, especially after I have been noticing that a few pieces of mine are falling apart! With that being said, I am saving my pennies to invest in For Love & Lemons.  I have never said this before about a label, but I would wear every single piece they have ever made.  I love soft prints and lace, and For Love & Lemons creates the most beautiful silhouettes out of them.  What I love most about their clothes is how the designs are ultra feminine, sexy, and can go from day to night.  Versatility and quality are the two things I look for the most in a brand.  I saw on Instagram this morning that they are getting ready to release their Fall campaign and I cannot wait to see it.  Also, if you are going to shop directly from their website be sure to sign up for UNiDAYS so that you can receive 15% off!

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I am constantly keeping an eye out for their pieces to go on sale.  It is that time of year where I am purchasing new bras, and I happened to find a bralette of theirs for $40!  Yay!!  I am sharing more on the clothes side of For Love & Lemons today, but they are just as known for there skivvies as they are for their dresses.

I would love to know what your favorite brand is in the comment section!  As always, thank you so much for reading.

Much love,

Carly xx

A Note On Style

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Hi beauties!  These are just a few photos that I have pinned recently for style inspiration. It isn’t surprising that my style is really changing given that I just finished my first year of college.  Isn’t college the time where we grow into who we are?  We often times follow the path of who we think we should be, rather than who we could be (or are meant to be).  But, we can choose to let our authenticity and uniqueness shine through!

I love the color palette of each of these outfits: summery, yet the pieces are versatile and can be styled according to any season.  Selena Gomez, Elsa Hosk, and Leonie of Ohh Couture are some of my favorite style icons.  And speaking of icons, I am putting a post together all about Brigitte Bardot (style, hair, spirit, etc.), and I would love to know if any of you have anything interesting to share?

As always, thank you so much for reading and please leave your thoughts in the comment section!

Much love,

Carly xx

Ethereal Light

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Hello beauties!  A couple nights ago I attended Esther Boller’s fashion show, where she showcased her senior collection (which is something I will do when I make it to senior year here at SCAD!).  I am not sure how to put the collection or the experience of her show into words.  I had chills the entire time, and by the end, I was tearing up.  Both photos included in this post are from her Instagram, @estherboller, and there you can see more photos of her collection entitled “Ethereal Light”, as well as the process behind the stunning pieces.  I also got to meet Esther, and she was so kind, humble, and down to Earth.  I really look up to her now as both a fashion designer and a person.

On Thursday, my freshman year of college will come to a close.  I get to go home for the Summer, and will be moving out of my dorm this upcoming Friday.  It has been a great year, filled with highs and lows that have all managed to teach me important lessons about myself and others.  I have made close friends, and have lost friends.  I have made mistakes, and in the process, have come out of my shell just a little bit more.  When I came to SCAD, I was afraid that I wouldn’t love fashion as much as I thought I did.  In the beginning, I was having a difficult time imagining myself as a fashion designer.  The fashion crowd seemed like a clique, one that I didn’t fit into.  I think that fashion is like that sometimes, the artistry of the industry becoming lost in a sea of blogs and photos that do not tell the truth.  But despite all of this, I have met so many inspiring people that have made me realize how passionate I am about fashion.  I am finishing up my first fashion class right now, Fashion Technology, which is an introductory sewing class.  My professor is the sweetest lady, but she pushes me, and I am so grateful for that because I’ve really fallen in love with sewing.  It is my meditation, and I am so excited to spend the next three years learning and creating.

Seeing Esther Boller’s senior collection on Friday reminded me why I fell in love with clothing in the first place.  The way clothing on our skin can make us feel connected to something bigger than us, as well as ourselves, is truly special.  Seeing her collection brought on a wave of emotions for me.  Ethereal Light, the name of her collection, was so fitting as I felt connected and grounded to something greater as I watched all of the models seemingly float through the twinkling lights that made up the runway.

I cannot remember if I have talked about my anxiety on GGS before, or whether or not I downplayed how bad it once was.  My senior year of high school, I had panic attacks several times a week.  I would leave school early, and my grades plummeted.  My anxiety disorder controlled me, and knowing that I had to grow up really fast was scary for me.  I had my heart set on leaving home for college, and I didn’t want to let my anxiety or fear of the unknown hold me back.  On my first night here at SCAD, I wanted to go home.  I remember feeling stupid for thinking that I could do this, and then all at once I realized that I had to make the choice to either work through my fears or succumb to them.  While I am continuing to work through all of my fears, remembering that there is light all around me is comforting.  Not light from the Sun, but the energy that surrounds us.  Like Esther’s concept for her collection, we are connected to the stars and the wind (this was something spelled out for us at the fashion show, and I really, really loved it).

If you are struggling with something or are overwhelmed by fear, know that you are supported and are strong enough to work through it.  Not a lot of people read my blog (although, I pretend there are), and I doubt she will read this, but thank you Esther for your  beautiful collection and touching concept.  I am so grateful to have been able to experience it.

Much love,

Carly xx