6 Styles I’m Digging Right Now

IMG_1328Somewhere between a fractured ankle, a time-consuming garden, creating 3 months worth of content, and ever fluctuating temperatures, we skated into fall. For quite some time, I’ve wanted to share my summer and my fall inspiration, but tbh, things have been moving so rapidly over here, that I can’t keep up with the changing seasons. So to get back into the swing of things, I’m sharing 6 styles I’m really digging right now.

  1. Sweaters

No surprise here, and not really a style, but I absolutely adore sweaters and fall temperatures. There’s just something so sweet about bundling up in a warm, cozy sweater and sipping coffee. Ahh, can’t you just smell the morning brew? This year, L.L. Bean has been diligently targeting me, and I’m shamelessly hooked. Another go-to as of late has been a retailer out in Utah, called Roolee. They have the cutest styles and they’re SO affordable! I’ve bought several pieces from Roolee and they’re very good quality, so I highly recommend.

2. Mules

I am absolutely obsessed with mules and slides. These babies are effortlessly chic. Seriously, throw on a black top with black pants and a pair of fabulous rose mules—you will be instantly transformed. You can wear them with virtually anything. Trust me, you can. I strongly believe that every woman needs a pair of these in her closet, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this strongly about any garment or accessory. That’s super serial, friends.

3. Millennial Pink

Can’t stop, won’t stop. I’m absolutely obsessed with dusty rose hues (or as YouTube calls it—millennial pink). I have begun a small collection of household items, as well as clothes and accessories in these delightful shades, and I can still use more of these colors in my life.

4. Athleisure

Can I just say, that I am so glad we live in a day and age where leggings and sweatshirts are socially acceptable in public? Athleisure is nothing new, but every year it seems to continue to grow and become more relevant and stylish—which I’m am absolutely onboard with. What I love about athleisure is that (at least for me) it inspires me to be more healthy, to get out and get moving. Plus, there’s the comfort factor. That my friends is a win-win.

5. Naturals

Perhaps it’s the people I follow, or perhaps it’s me easily falling victim to trends, but I am loving all the camel, chocolate, beige, natural color palettes. What I love most about the above styles is that they are modern renditions of timeless pieces, e.g. the trench (Casablanca, anyone?), high waisted trousers, turtlenecks, and of course, we mustn’t forget off the shoulder tops (thank you, 80’s). One of my favorite gals (Cella Jane Blog) really turned me on to this palette. But seriously, scroll through her IG feed and you’ll be hooked too. It’s just so warm and fabulous.

6. Trousers

Last spring I bought a pair of wide-leg trousers and I fell in love. What I love most about this style is the versatility. You can literally wear trousers year-round and keep your outfits fresh. Right now, I’m styling mine with booties, dark sweaters or turtlenecks, and a scarf. I love that these trousers can be styled up for the office, or dressed down for a weekend outing, brunch, or visit to the art museum. While these pants may not be for everyone, I do recommend giving them a try—you’d be surprised how well these pants work.

So there you have it—6 styles I’m really digging right now. What are some styles you’re into? Share in the comments below! Until next time, ✌️.

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Sweater Fever

Today, I wanted to talk about a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart: sweaters. It seems the past few years I’ve had an obsession for, traditionally, one category of either clothing, accessories, or shoes. Nevertheless, it seems to be a seasonal fix each year. Last year it was scarves, the year before coats, and before that booties. This year just so happens to be sweaters. I can probably point a lot of blame at a blogger or two, but we don’t need to get into the dirty details of influencer marketing.

As promised, I mentioned on the gram (give or take a week or five) that I would share a few from my own collection and some favorites that I have refrained myself from purchasing. So without further ado, here are my favorite sweaters this season, and links on where to snag em!

Mock Necks

Lucky Brand Mock Neck

The mock neck is sort of in-between a full-on turtleneck and a crew neck, and is probably one of my favorite trends this season. And while the mock neck has been around (here) for much of 2017, the style definitely dominated the sweater category this past fall and I’m so glad it did. My favorite mock neck sweater pictured above, was a steal from a Lucky Brand outlet store in Colorado. But you can find similar items here:

 

  1. White Nep Pullover – Target
  2. Button Side Tunic Sweater – Target
  3. Donegal Northfield Mockneck – Madewell 
  4. Cropped Turtleneck – Target
  5. Knit Sweater – H&M

More favorites here:

 

  1. Let’s Link Up Cable Pullover – Free People
  2. Patchwork Mock Neck Sweater – Nordstrom
  3. Knit Wool-Blend Sweater – H&M
  4. Links Links Mock Neck – Free People
  5. Cuddle Up Pullover – Free People
  6. Ottoman Slouchy Tunic – Free People

Power Sleeves

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Ah, the power sleeve. Not an official style title, just my own personal feeling about them. They are big, they are bold, and you sort of have to have a bit of confidence when you’re wearing such ridiculously large, ballooned-sleeves, amiright? But let’s be honest, all I think about when it comes to a power sleeve is Jerry. But if you’re bold enough to flaunt the power sleeve, more power to you.

 

  1. Ruffle Sweatshirt – Lucky Brand
  2. Wrap Sweater – Treasure and Bond x Something Navy
  3. Cocoon Sleeve Oversized Crew Neck – Target
  4. Wide Sleeve Sweater – Nordstrom
  5. Her Turtleneck – Free People
  6. Park City Pullover

Ok, to be fair, none of these options are too much power puff—maybe except you green.


Colorful Knits

 

  1. Dundee Fringe Cardigan- Anthropologie
  2. Kaylee Pullover – Anthropologie
  3. Marled Wool Blend Turtleneck – J. Crew
  4. Shelley Pullover – Free People
  5. Castles In The Sky Sweater – Free People
  6. Knit Sweater – H&M

There seemed to be no shortage of spectacularly embellished, bright and colorful sweaters this season, and I can’t say I hate it. Just pure awesomeness. In a closet full of mostly black and grey, I could seriously use a pop of color. I had loads of candidates for this category that unsurprisingly, sold out. 😦


Over-The-Shoulder

image2I tried to find one of the sweaters pictured below in-store at Free People, but the St. Louis store has a lame buyer—sorry, not sorry—I did, however, find this gem at a fraction of the cost of the sweater I initially wanted to buy. You win some, you lose some.

 

  1. Off The Shoulder Sweater – Target
  2. Cold Shoulder Chenille Sweater – Lucky Brand
  3. Off Shoulder Sweater – Lucky Brand
  4. Alluring Sands Pullover – Free People
Turtle Neck

Fear not of the traditional turtleneck. Albeit, a popular and modest style for 80s-90s moms, and classicly paired with a jumper, the turtleneck has made a big and cozy comeback with sweaters this season. No undershirt necessary.

 

  1. Flecked Turtleneck – Madewell
  2. Knit Your Love Turtleneck – Chic Wish
  3. Grid Turtleneck Sweater – Chic Wish
  4. She’s All That Knit Turtleneck – Free People
  5. Heart and Soul Patched Knit Sweater – Chic Wish
Cardigans

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A staple necessary for everyone’s wardrobe if not only for their cozy, casual, and cocoon-like qualities. Here are some of my favorites:

 


That wraps up some of my favorite sweaters this season! Any favorites you can’t stop wearing this winter? Share em with me in the comments below or tag me on the gram! Thanks for peeking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Trend Forecast

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Guys, the 90’s are back and so are all these Backstreet Boys songs that I fondly replay in my mind while Josh atrociously sings, Goodies. Yes, the Ciara song. Lot’s of throwbacks in the house tonight…ANYWAY, I know what you’re thinking, Caitlin the 90’s have been back, like duhh. True, but at last, they’re back in a good way. Almost. Besides 90’s inspiration for fall trends we’ll take a look at some fashion fixations that I’m certainly looking forward to. Here we go!

  1. Stirrup Pants

Meeeoooww. As the ever-growing trend of athleisure continues to flourish, so begins this throwback. If you haven’t seen them in your yoga class, you will soon. I was skeptical at first, and then I bought these bad boys and my doubts diminished. Unlike the 90’s, 2016 will probably save you from massive camel toes, and thank heavens, the leotard-over-leggings-look hasn’t made a comeback. Plus, 2016 stirrup pants are fitted, unlike the 90’s when we had this awkward flabby fabric sitting at the ankle. I’m a proponent for athleisure, and you can totally make minimal effort look fabulous. I wear my stirrup leggings every single week. Seriously. I’m obsessed with them. Not only are the fantastically comfortable, they’re functional, and SUPA cute.

Where you can find them:

Alo Yoga, Target, Express, Nordstrom, and Google if you have no luck with all 4 of those.

2. Wrap Necklaces

I’m not a super fan of chokers, but I’m loving these. They’re simple, sexy, and have that southwest swagger (which I LOVE). I contested the cost of these necklaces; I mean seriously, it’s a string with tassels, so I opted to make them myself. I spent a solid $23 on several yards of black, brown, and beige suede, and faux leather string. In addition I found these itty-bitty clasps that I fashioned into tassels. It legit took me all of 10 minutes to make 2 necklaces, so if you’d like that how-to insider information, hit a sister up. Otherwise, you can purchase these lovelies here:

Urban Outfitters, Lulu’s, Etsy.

3. Flannel, Plaid, Gingham, you got it!

 

Everyone knows flannel is a fall favorite, but this year is all about the twist- literally, around your waist. Oh yes, this practical 90’s hack is on-trend. Not only should you expect flannel, plaid, and gingham derrière, you may notice it in “new” fashions including, trenches, vests, of course, blanket scarfs (still my favorite accessory), skirts, jumpers, et cetera.

Get your flannel fix here:

Target, Zara, Shabby Apple, Nordstom, Nordstrom again, and Urban Outfitters.

4. Over-the-knee boots and oversized sweaters.

Supa, supa, supa, supa stoked to rock these boots with oversized sweaters this fall! I just have no words. Chunky sweaters are the best and over-the-knee boots are simply sexy. I got my boots here, but you can also find them here:

Asos, Famous Footwear, Nordstrom, Nordstrom again, and Steve Madden.

Speaking of oversized sweaters, look out for oversized tops this fall, like this one (don’t mind scary model).

5. Half pony.

Another 90’s favorite, the half pony is back (hehe) and my go-to for the office. Keep it bohemian chic or make it pop like Ariana Grande. Her hair is a little too extreme (or maybe too juvenile) for my tastes, but that seems to be the bees knees with many. Expect more top knots, and the man buns aren’t over yet.

6. Metallics.

I’m having flashbacks to the millennium all over again; what with Met Gala’s Manus x Machina. Technology advancements, digital interwebs, and the future of fashion; it’s all so shiny! I’ve never understood why futuristic fashion is always metallic. Surely, we will wear something less luminous. That is unless we’re collecting energy with our wearables, or something of that nature. Whether you’re fearless of flash, or just want to add a little sparkle to your OOTD, here are some places you can find some shine:

Zara, Zara,  Zara, Zara, Zara everything, these incredibly beautiful velvet over-the-knee boots, Nordstrom,  and Asos.

(I am an alliteration-animal.)

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So there you have it; my fall trends forecast. Nothing but 90’s, shiny, oversized shirts, chokers, velvet, pleats, and seasonably fit, flannel.

Now let’s hear it. What fall trends are you looking forward to?

Work Wear Tips to Break Business Casual

Oh guys. This has been a long time coming. The next time I have the bright idea to pick up an eight week volunteer program, and freelance writing gig, someone just slap me. So, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity and great experience to get involved and do free advertising for non-profits in St. Louis, and then in the midst of that opportunity, take on a freelance copywriting project that needed to be complete in oh, a week. No, not a great experience. Let’s try, most awful experience. Needless to say, I’ve been slacking on my blog, and I do apologize…again.

Now let’s move on to the actual purpose of this post: office attire!

So business casual and I don’t really get along all too well. Being one of two female employees under the age of 30, I’d say I’m the most “adventurous” when it comes to work wear. But like I’ve said a hundred times before, balance is everything. If you’re like me and strive to stretch the definition of business causal, make sure you damn well find a balance, otherwise you’re going to find yourself in a rather uncomfortable conversation with your supervisor.

So how does one achieve balance between business causal and fashion forward? With an exceptionally high credit card limit!

Just kidding. I create balance utilizing accessories, semi-casual tops, layers, shoes, hair styling, and of course, the loose/fit rule.

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Madonna, Prince, Jerry Seinfeld?

I was pleasantly surprised to get so much versatility out of this top, wearing as a v-neck crossover, and as pictured, button-up crew neck. However, every time I wear this top this way; although I act confident in my style decision, I still feel like Jerry Seinfeld in ‘puffy shirt.’

Tip #1: Wear pieces with versatility.

I bought this top specifically for work and while I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at the time of purchase, I found several ways to wear this top; even coming up with a few new outfits. Whether you’re rummaging through your closet for something to wear or shopping around, think about what ways you can wear an item differently. Can you wear it with pants? Shorts? A skirt? Can you wear it outside of work? Would you want to wear it outside of work? Does it look good as is? Does it look better tucked in?

Think about the added benefit, besides it just being really effing cute.

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Tip #2: Give your traditional work wear a twist.

Making simple styling changes to your  traditional styles can really add some wow to your work wear. E.g. Instead of just tucking in (or instead of not tucking in at all), try tucking in the front of the button-up and leaving the tail out. It’s simple, subtle, and totally hip in my opinion. Jazz-up your outfits with different heels, booties, and accessories for fresh looks (when you don’t want to buy clothes for work, you have to get creative to refresh an outfit).

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Tip #3: Let loose.

If traditional collared-shirts don’t tickle your fancy, try flannels, plaids, or patterns and prints. I also do this style with long t’s when I’m feeling extra casual (which, let’s be honest, is everyday).

Side Story:

At the time of this shoot, I wasn’t feeling very enthused or excited. So when Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ came on, I started to forget concern with what looks good and just groove. All of the sudden this shoot didn’t seem so staged, and I was happier with just being myself. Hence, the ‘what-the-hell-is-she-doing?’ pose.

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Tip #4: Layer

I will never forget my discussion with my mentor about women’s “fashion” (quotes because he doesn’t understand fashion, especially women’s, but I digress). He said, “The older women get, the baggier their clothing becomes.” I shot him my skeptical brow and he countered, “It’s true, just wait, you’ll be wearing baggy shawls too.” I hate to admit that he was right, because it was much sooner than I would have expected, although not for the same reasons as he explained. Perhaps it’s because of a long-standing trend, like the skinny jean phenomenon; but I am totally drawn to loose fitting, flowy, comfortable tops, paired with skinny jeans or leggings. And it’s not because I can’t wear the tiny, tight-fit, “young” clothes anymore; like yeah, I’ll still rock that shit. But what I’m attracted to is the harmony and the balance between the loose and the fit. I love layering these tops and I love creating different looks with them.

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Tip #5: Let loose part two.

You know the scenario, you see something on Instagram, in the store, on some 16 year old, and you think, I could never wear that. And then you move one. But I say experiment. Even if you think it’s going to be funky, just give it a try. This dress, I saw it and I was like omg, that’s really cute. But I also worried, will that look terrible on me? Will I get shit because I’m wearing a dress with massive roses on it? And I did, Pete called me Jezebel for the better half of the evening that I first wore this dress. But then something happened. I started receiving compliments from co-workers about my dress, and even though I loved the way the dress looked, it was just that extra support that really made me happy that I made the purchase and took the risk. Anytime there’s a new trend, or a style I’m just not really sure about, I try it out, because why not? There’s only one of two outcomes. You’ll either confirm that a look is totally ghastly or surprisingly on-point. Not only does this mentality apply to your style senses; the same is true for life. We’re so confined to what we know and what we’re used to and comfortable with. Try just to see what happens, experiment, let loose, and learn.

#lifelessons y’all.

Side Story Two: I ordered a ton of clothes that I’m super stoked about wearing to work these days, however, I received them post photo shoot, so I will just post  those outfits on Instagram as they come along. Holler if you see something you like!

 

5 Easter Sunday Looks

Ah, I adore spring! So happy, refreshing, and renewing. Easter Sunday has always been a special occasion for me, particularly in the dress department. Growing up, even though we weren’t very religious, we always dressed for the occasion. At least, that’s how my mom would have it (then again, maybe that’s just the way I had it). Since then, it has just sort of stuck with me. In spirit of all of this wonderful spring weather, finding inspiration from my favorite Instagramer’s and of course the almighty, Pinterest; I’ve come up with a few outfit ideas for Easter to share with you.

Classic Stripes

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Feeling like Jackie O with a bad hair day, mmm but I love that jacket!

Alteration of a Favorite

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I wore this skirt on Easter last year, and it is truly a favorite, so I had no issue recycling it with a different top. I’ll admit, I felt pretty house-wifey, and I do recommend not using an over-sized polo. You can basically wear any sort of top with this skirt and my go-to last year was a black crop top.

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Deets n’ such.

So the romper is, well, how should we put this? A little risqué. However, I think it’s a classic and wonderfully comfortable, albeit revealing, hence the light trench. This romper also pairs well with a blazer. I only have a white blazer, so I killed the photo because it was a little much, but the couple were great.

Casual Chic

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At the time of this photo, I was really regretting throwing out my iron when I moved. I wanted to include my bohemian spirit and something that was simple and comfortable. Kimonos + loose tops + skinnies = yes.

Free Flowin’

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Again, the damn iron [insert emoji with face-in-palm]. It turns out I can fit into my size 2 pants, however, I seriously don’t know how that’s possible. Originally, I was going to pair these with a tight-fit v-neck tee, but I just had the thought to try out my green tube top and BAM! Magic happened and I am obsessed with this look. Seriously, I cannot wait to wear this like every weekend…or so. I usually hold onto clothes for a very very long time, like years, and it’s because of reasons like this. Recycle magic. The best.

So there you have it, 5 Easter Sunday looks to get your style senses tingling! Thanks for peeking!

Spring [Fashion] Forward

Hello everybody!

My goodness, it’s been awhile. I do apologize for the loss of time; I just moved into my new apartment last month and since then have been making it a point to spruce up the place and get my life together. But finally, and thankfully I have returned to my blog with a lot of plans for my future posts, and a whole lot of fashion ;).

It just sort of worked out perfectly that I wanted to write about spring fashion, and only days ago we set our clocks forward for spring! Yay daylight!

Here is a carefully curated collection of spring styles I’m looking forward to:

Note: WordPress is being a jerk right now and sorting my photos with every edit, so I do apologize if you follow a link to a different item. Hopefully, you can determine which item you’re looking for by my eloquent descriptions listed in the, “details.” I apologize for the inconvenience. Cheers! 

Dresses+Jumpers

Details [Top]: H&M Jumper, Anthropologie Slip DressUO Trapeze [Bottom] Free People KaftanH&M Open-Shoulder,  UO Off-the-Shoulder

Clearly, I’m attracted to flowy, loose, comfortable, off-the-shoulder trends this season. In  the early spring, I like to keep my colors muted neutrals, during this transition from winter to spring. Of course, you can always make it pop with your accessories. I will definitely get more into patterns, florals, and brighter colors the warmer it gets, and also around Easter.

Tops + Sweaters

Details [Top]: H&M Embroidered BlouseZara Embroidered BlouseH&M Knit Sweater [Bottom] Zara Knit PonchoZara Silver TH&M Long Linen T

So here’s the deal with my choice on tops, following along with the neutrals, I’ve thrown in some knits + sweaters. Now with normal St. Louis weather [ha!], it would probably be snowing today, and reach temperatures of 93° by tomorrow night. But, since this year just can’t stop being weird, we’ve been having some seasonably pleasant + mild weather. Spring in St. Louis is normally cooler until May, although I could be proven wrong this year, that’s why I think it’s important to include some cozy cover-ups. I’ve been following Summer Albarcha on Instagram for the past several months, and she has been a HUGE inspiration and influence on my personal style. She is fabulous! Again, I’m really into loose, comfy, [lots and LOTS of over-sized] tops with some skinnies, paired with a bootie or a slipper.

Pants + Trousers

Details [Top]: H&M Harem Pants, H&M White Slim Fit Pants, H&M Ripped Denims, H&M Fringe Shorts [Bottom] Zara Floral Trousers, H&M Twill Shorts

Here I go, talking about subtle neutrals in the early days of spring, and then I throw, arguably the loudest item, floral printed trousers, at you. So to be completely honest, I was attracted to these pants from the moment I laid my enormous eyeballs on them. I have a pair of white linen trousers that I long to wear but cannot because I am no longer a size 2 and I may or may have not ruined the hems. Lot’s of drunken literally-tripping-over-my-own-pants nights, but those are minor details and I digress. So when I saw these, I had to include them because one; they brought me back to my fond memories of my white linens, and two; although covered in pretties, the pastels are quite reasonable and light, you know, subtle. The nice thing about these pants  is, you can wear them all spring and summer. During the spring, match with a denim jacket, a comfy deep v-neck t or a tank with a super cute bandeau or bralette. And in the summer, a sweet crop top and wedges. I adore the harem pants from H&M. These kind of pants were all over Thailand and I now have like 3 pairs. I like to rock these with a, you’ve guessed it, loose tank + bralette. Word of caution, the H&M harem pants in particular, shrink like no other, so be sure to do a cold rinse cycle and air dry.

Jackets + Vests

Details [Top]: Target Duster, Anthropologie Stripe Jacket, Free People Embroidered Vest, [Bottom] H&M Cargo Jacket, Anthropologie Shawled Vest, UO Jacket Kimono

I am really into vests right now; like serious. I have so many ideas to create my own because you know there’s always something missing, but these, I thought were perfect. My favorite is the Free People embroidered vest which denotes my absolute adoration for the desert. I’m a super southwest state-of-mind girl living and dreaming in the mid-west. I cannot wait to incorporate more vests into my wardrobe. The H&M cargo jacket I realize is certainly not revolutionary and semi-outdated (at least as far as fashion trends go) but I love this style and for the price; yes, please.

Boots + Bags

Details [Top]: Target Fringe PumpRebecca Minkoff Clutch, Zara Slippers, [Mid] Target Ballet Flats, Freyrs Cat Eye Sunglasses,   Sam Edelman Mini,  Target Black Bootie, [Bottom] Sam Edelman Thong Zara Bucket Bag, Target Rain Boots

Oh how I love accessories. My shoe addiction is unnatural. Thankfully, I have student loans and a credit card to pay off…said no one ever. Thank you, younger Caitlin for ruining current Caitlin’s spending privileges. Not going to lie, I’m actually shocked fringe is still so hot. Don’t get me wrong, I love fringe, like really love it. But I’m surprised the fashion industry hasn’t ditched this for shall we say, mesh? I believe fringe works best in the accessories category, hence, the reason I’ve limited myself to fringe accessories. Target has really been killing it with their shoes so that’s why most of my selections are from Target. I wanted to incorporate a collection that would work well with the garments I included above and also work well with office + weekend wear. Of course, I had to include rain boots given the time of year, and I love puppies so that’s reason enough. The Freyrs sunnies are just spectacular. I recently purchase these and they are fab-u-lous. Note, I did find almost the exact same pair of glasses at Zero UV for nearly a 1/4 of the cost.

So there you have it, my spring favorites can now be yours as well. I want to hear from you! What are your favorite trends right now? Where are your favorite places to shop?

Up next, my Easter attire inspiration!

Thanks for peeking!

Where the Magic Happens

This is my place. My creative place. My inspiration. My drive. My force and my fire. This place here, is where the magic happens.

It’s important to have a place to retreat when you’re at a creative roadblock. Somewhere that motivates and inspires you; anywhere from a park bench to a busy coffee house. My place happens to be conveniently tucked away inside my apartment; complete with my very own handmade desk (with tremendous help from my boyfriend) and wall of distractions—ehem, inspiration. Or as I like to call it, the original Pinterest board.

I find it necessary, if not mandatory for the sake of your eye wellness, to take your focus off the screen and let your eyes wander for a moment. In my case, it’s a must. Not only does this relieve my sensitive eyes, but it’s quite pleasing to observe my collage. The collection and mixture of different styles, colors, and trends give me inspiration (along with wardrobe envy) and serve as a constant reminder of why I want to get into this business.

For me this place is more than an office; it’s more than just a place to write. I imagine this place is where the beginning of my journey begins. Where all the research will be gathered, where all the questions will be answered, where communications and relationships will be developed, and where my dreams will become tangible. This is where the magic happens.