Color Splash

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Since I spend most of my days and nights working on my blog, visiting my favorite fashion blogs, reading about the latest trends, and of course online shopping, my style is constantly changing. I have been inspired to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with different styles, patterns, and colors.

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Enter this bright, colorful dress. Before we say goodbye to summer and we start dressing in more dark colors, I decided to find a fun, colorful summer dress. Thanks to this spaghetti strapped tie-dye print dress from the online store Zaful, I was able to capture more of summer before the fall months begin.

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Zaful is your one-stop online shop offering a huge selection of stylish dresses, rompers, tops, sweaters, jeans, and the list goes on. It’s the perfect online shop for fashionistas to find affordable and stylish clothes, allowing them to keep up with the latest trends. I love how Zaful sells quality clothing, shoes, and accessories from up and coming designers so everyone can find something that is unique to their style.

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Certainly, my dress makes a colorful statement, so I did not need many accessories. I paired this dress with a light colored denim vest from Forever 21. I always like to wear a vest, jacket, or sweater with a summer dress to complete the look. Plus, I am always cold, so an extra layer is a must for me. My summer time dress could easily be styled with sandals, but for a more casual, sporty look I wore my slip on white Converse. I finished off my look with a long charm necklace with inspiring words, my LOFT sunglasses, and my hair in a braid to keep it out of my face. This look proves that sometimes the simplest outfits make the biggest statement.

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         On another note, I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. I have been so busy preparing for my junior year of college and creating new content for my blog. Let me know in the comments below how all of you are spending the last few weeks of summer?

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Dress: Zaful (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Vest: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse | Sunglasses: The LOFT (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Local Boutique (SIMILAR)

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My Life As A Boy Meets Girl® Intern

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Beep, beep, beep my alarm goes off at 6:40 am. Rub my sleepy eyes. Another day in the city. Wash my face. Brush my teeth. Dress in the outfit I picked out the night before. Apply my usual, quick makeup routine. Pack my bag. Double check I have everything. I’m out the door. Board a crowded train. Squeeze into a sit in between business men. A 45-minute train ride feels like four hours when you haven’t had your coffee yet. Arrive at Grand Central. Trek through the streets of NYC. Finally arrive at Starbucks for a much needed venti iced coffee. Finally, I feel more awake. Arrive at the office. Jump on the elevator to the 17th floor. My day of being a summer intern begins.

That’s been my routine three days a week since the first of June. I would be lying if I said I was not mentally and physically drained. Some days were harder than others trying to get out of bed. Many days I felt like my legs were going to collapse due to all my walking and fatigue. But somehow I survived until the end. Now, I don’t rely on my phone to help me navigate through the city, and I have become a regular at my favorite Starbucks store. I guess you can say I have evolved into a real city girl.

On my last day of my internship, it was a bittersweet feeling. I was sad to leave, but was so proud of myself and everything I learned. However, I was ready to spend my last few weeks of August getting ready to school and just relaxing.

I was fortunate to work with Stacy Igel, the founder and creator of Boy Meets Girl®. She has been my mentor for the last four years. I actually met Stacy, my senior year of high school. It was during that year that Stacy discovered me through my YouTube channel and saw my passion for fashion. One day, during my spring break, Stacy invited me to the Boy Meets Girl® office to chat with her and I eventually become a brand ambassador for Boy Meets Girl® (check out the video here).

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Ever since that day, Stacy has had confidence in my dreams and most importantly, me. She even invited me to help her with Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week. At only a freshman in college, I was backstage at New York Fashion Week, such an incredible experience (check out the video here). Stacy’s faith in me since a young age has allowed me to continue to take risks and do what I love. Now a rising junior in college, I had the privilege to be her intern and catch a glimpse of the behind the scenes of a successful brand.

During my internship, I learned how to be more of a team player. I discovered how to be more patient and flexible. By the end of my internship I gained the confidence to trust myself to make decisions. A few of my favorite things about my internship were working on some of the Boy Meets Girl® social media platforms. I also loved researching different tech companies and learning how they could enhance a brand. However, my all time favorite thing to do was working with different bloggers to organize photo-shoots with them to promote the Boy Meets Girl® AW/HOL 2015 clothing line coming soon to Nordstrom! It brought back memories because just a couple years ago I was that blogger featured in blogger campaigns for Boy Meets Girl®, but now I was organizing these collaborations.

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Working for the company, I have gained more appreciation for fashion and the business side of a company. I realized that it takes a team of talented and motivated people to build a successful business, which are all good things to remember when I eventually start my own business and create my brand.

         After writing this post and reflecting on my summer internship experience, I realized that my summer was extremely productive. I can’t wait to share more about the new Boy Meets Girl® AW/HOL 2015 collection. Since I was in the middle of working on this collection launch, I am even more excited to let the blogging world be part of this new line.

         Only a few more days of summer left and a few more days of being at home until my next adventure begins…my junior year of college.

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Key to Happiness

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We think of a key as an instrument of openings and closings. This small object, usually made of metal, can also symbolize mystery and curiosity. The key introduced in this post isn’t used to open my car, or my house, or any door for that matter, but instead it’s used to accessorize one of my favorite outfits.

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Recently, I connected with Deena Saracino, who created the brand La Cle (which means Key in French). I love supporting fellow entrepreneurs and La Cle’s motto “look good, feel good, and do good with one single piece of jewelry” is a powerful phrase that speaks volumes.

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         La Cle uses repurposed vintage keys, making each necklace unique. I chose a bronze key, not only because I love bronze jewelry but also because it signifies strength and energy. I wear this necklace every chance I get, not only because it’s a trendy piece but over time the color of your key fades, symbolizing the positive energy you absorb from the key.

For me, this necklace is not just a chain with a key; it represents strength and energy that I believe is the key to happiness (no pun intended).

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As for the rest of my outfit, my colorful embroidered fringed kimono is from LF. I rarely shop at this store because it is just way to expensive. And though I love their unique and trendy clothes, I can’t justify spending over $200 for one item. Maybe if I win the lottery I can stock my closet with LF, but for right now the only time I shop at LF is during their yearly sidewalk sales. Their sidewalk sales never fail to impress with dresses, sweaters, jeans, shorts, and kimonos all under $50. This fringed number caught my eye. I love trying out new styles and this kimono totally channeled my inner “wild child”.

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For this outfit all eyes are on my necklace and kimono. So I kept it simple with a black shift dress from Target. This dress has been getting a lot of use this summer because it’s so easy to style and looks great, especially with kimonos or statement necklaces.

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Finally, I found myself a pair of platform shoes. I have been eyeing a platform styled shoe for quite a while now, but didn’t want to spend big bucks on a pair of shoes I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the look. Luckily, during a recent trip to Target I found these platform inspired shoes on sale for only $12. The only good thing about the end of summer is the end of season clearance sections at most stores. These shoes totally added more of that free spirit style to my look.

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Since, I took these photos in the middle of the afternoon the summer sun was high in the sky, so of course I needed a pair of sunglasses. Today, I am featuring a new pair from The Loft that adds just the right pop of color.

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Back to the title of my post. What’s my key to happiness? For me, my key to happiness is the love and support from family and friends, my doggie Griffin, my blog, my love of fashion, and this fabulous necklace and kimono.

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Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: LF (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: The Loft (SIMILAR)

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