Birthday Musings

IMG_9627.JPGWith it being my birthday, one year older and all that jazz, I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and what being in the world of fashion and blogging means to me and to others. So this post will generally be my musings and goals for this year.

I’m constantly excited to learn new information, tips and tricks and interact with other bloggers while sharing my sense of personal style. I have so many things I want to research and learn about, and so little time in the day. I’m just discovering sites like Chictopia and Lookbook.nu. Pair that with an Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and the glorious blog in itself and it’s a LOT of work. I’m learning about photography, different senses of style and new makeup tips and tricks galore. I’ve been working and learning for almost a year now and I voraciously attack any article or message board I can get my hands teaching how to improve while building readership. (Any advice on this end would be taken into thoughtful account and greatly appreciated!) I obsess over new magazines and trends, and especially (my weakness) what bag is that actress or super accomplished blogger sporting?  One day I want to share all of the advice I’ve garnered into a well-written, helpful blog post for new bloggers. But I’m just so excited about all of this that I wanted to share it with my readers.

I’m trying to find new, creative ways to incorporate history into my posts, though I’m not one to half-do anything so those are typically the most difficult posts because I put in legitimate research. I’m thinking perhaps of sharing a fun history fact related to the clothing or style I’m wearing in each post. I’m also incredibly interested in different designers, and coming from a very small town I never had the opportunity to learn about brands like Moschino or Tatanaka. I plan to research established and new designers, give my honest opinion of their lines, and try to incorporate either one of their pieces in the post or model after their style.

Ultimately, this started because I’ve always loved clothes and style and makeup and hair and I wanted to find some way to incorporate that love in my life more fully and I wanted to share it with others. Yes, of course it’s nice to get the hype and it can be an ego boost or a negative addiction for some, but that truly isn’t what blogging is about. It’s about pursuing your passion, whatever type of blogger you may be. Now one year older, I’m realizing that if you love something then why hold yourself back and not try to do/get involved with what you have passion for? People always stay at an arm’s length because they are scared of rejection, or getting told that’s a stupid idea, being judged, or that it’s just a pipe dream. But it isn’t, and you shouldn’t let what anyone else thinks affect how you conduct yourself. Be you, and go after what you love. That’s all for now, but have a great one!

| Top- Thrifted @ Buffalo Exchange | Shoes- Kathy Van Zeeland (out of stock)  Similar | Shorts- Loft (Just sold out!) Similar | Watch- Michael Kors | Bag- Kate Spade (similar) |

 

Cinnamon Java

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You may know this about me if you have followed along with my blog, Instagram or Twitter very much (Check it out, SK_Ontherun), I have a slight obsession with cinnamon iced coffee. Be it Dunkin, Starbucks or Caribou, that’s my jam. Here are two fun facts about getting more reasonably priced beverages. I used to only purchase iced cinnamon dolce lattes from Starbucks, until I recently discovered that you can purchase just a plain cinnamon iced coffee and it tastes exactly the same for literally half the price (I’m not sure why I didn’t realize you could get cinnamon dolce syrup in an iced coffee?) So if you love it as much as I, it’s a great money saving go-to. Also, if you love chai tea lattes, (this only works with hot) you can order a misto with a chai tea bag in it, also half the price. I’ll leave you with these glorious tips.


| Skirt– Ann Taylor | Top– Anthropologie | Bag– Tory Burch | Necklace– Vintage | Shoes– Julianne Hough | Beverage– Cinnamon Iced Coffee |

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

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Brett and I Tree

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Last weekend was a pretty spectacular time spent visiting the national Christmas tree at the White House, visiting The W Hotel lounge, and finishing off Sunday night at the most novel of events, Zoo Lights. Zoo Lights was by far my favorite part of the weekend, though it was quite chilly. While there I was able to see several cute (and bizarre) creatures, such as the two above. And yes, the owl is real! The little guys next to him are Malagasay Giant Jumping Rats from Madagascar! (That’s a mouthful, eh?) Overall, I had a wonderful times visiting all the beautiful sights and creatures and having a great time with some of my best friends and Brett!