BERGEN

Life has been crazy lately. I got married several weeks ago and last weekend, my husband and I moved to a new apartment. #adulting

Hopefully, we’ll get all of our wedding photos soon, so I can post them here for you all to see! In the meantime, I’ll be featuring another Christy Dawn dress — the Bergen.

I’m in love with Christy Dawn’s designs and in October, I’m going back to California and I’ll finally be able to visit her store in Venice!! I’m not one to get super excited about celebrities, but if I meet Christy Dawn I will totally freak out. Actually, if she’s in her store, I’ll probably just walk out because I’ll be too nervous. Ahhh!

If you’re not familiar with Christy’s designs, everything is made from deadstock materials (unused material left over by other designers or fashion houses.) Her focus used to be solely dresses, but now she makes jumpsuits too and I’m in heaven. I could live in jumpsuits!

This dress is the Bergen and it is the most perfect wrap dress! It is a tad shear, but that can easily be fixed with a slip or a seamless romper from Free People. The fabric is actually the same that Flynn Skye had used in some of her more recent designs. I love this dress so much that I actually just got another one. Christy is always killing my bank account, but if I’m truly honest with myself…I really don’t mind. 🙂

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Dress — Christy Dawn

Shoes — Nine West (similar here)

EVERYTHING IS ROSEY

I don’t own much red — it’s just not a color I wear very often. But when I saw this sweater on the Free People website, I knew I had to have it! It was just so beautiful with the mock turtleneck and rose details, but it was out of my price range…that is until it went on sale!! If there’s something I’m interested in getting, I’ll check the website where it’s being sold at least once a day. I do this for two reasons:

1) To see if the item is still available in my size

2) To see if there are any specials or sales going on

I checked Free People’s website on Christmas day and guess what?! They were having a sale! I was able to get the sweater for 25% off. While it was still a little pricey, I didn’t feel as guilty about making the purchase.

Today I decided to layer the sweater over my black lace-trim tank top and black jeans. I also added my ASOS black wedge booties for some added height!

** The sweater is currently unavailable, but keep checking because you never know when someone may make a return or if Free People will bring the item back!

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Sweater — Free People

Tanks (worn under sweater) — LF

Jeans — Zara (similar here and here)

Shoes — ASOS

METAMORPHOSIS

The transformation from an immature form to an adult form is known as metamorphosis. Just as a butterfly begins it’s life as a caterpillar, I have evolved from an awkward-hair-straightener-loving teen to a more mature and naturally “beautiful” woman. I put beautiful in quotes because I would never use that word to describe myself. Not because I don’t think I’m beautiful, but because it just seems odd to label myself as such. Just as most young women do, I struggle with my appearance. Some days, I look in the mirror and love what I see and other days I can’t stand to look at myself. My boyfriend always tells me that my face never changes and while I know that to be true, there are just some days where my face seems more Shrek-like than human. Hehe! (It’s not really that bad, but I think you get the point.)

Throughout high school, I straightened my hair — a very time-consuming task I might add. That’s what everyone did, so I did it too. I always thought I liked my hair straight, but as I’ve gotten older I have fallen more in love with my curls. I also know how to better style them now which probably helps! No more crunchy gel-filled hair for me!!

Although I have reached my adult form, I am still transforming, becoming a better version of myself each and every day.

Everyone goes through changes, and if you’re lucky, you learn to appreciate and accept yourself for who you are. You learn to accept your inner and outer beauty and you choose to be happy! There are still parts of myself that I wish I could change (i.e. my height) but I try to remind myself to choose happiness.

“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.”

— Ralph Marston

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Such a long and deep story built solely from the butterfly print on my shirt. It just felt right. But as for my outfit — I just got the shirt on Friday from the Zara store in Tyson’s Corner. I had never actually been in a Zara store before so I was really excited!! And almost everything was on sale! I ended up getting this top and a mustard-colored skirt with a floral print (of course!). I decided to pair the printed top with my black textured pants because I like experimenting and mixing different colors, prints and textures. I didn’t even add accessories to this look because I felt like there was enough going on with the butterfly print and rosette-ish textured black pant! I know the gap between where my pants stop and my shoes begin may seem a little odd, but I am all for it. Let me know what you think!

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Shirt — Zara

Pants — Donna Ricco via Cheap Frills at Building Character in Lancaster, PA

Belt — Vintage

Boots — Qupid via PacSun  (similar here and here)

WINTER BLUES

Lately, I’ve been really obsessed with my height. I’m nearly 5’6″ which is pretty average, but I’ve just been feeling so tiny lately. It’s probably all in my head, and the fact that I have a 6’5″ boyfriend doesn’t help either – hehe! But since I can’t make myself grow, I decided to make myself look taller with the clothing I wear.

Today, I opted for a lightweight pair of overalls and my Jeffrey Campbell boots. The overalls fall slightly below my feet, so with the addition of the boots (and their two-inch heel) it gives off the appearance of longer limbs.

I decided to add the floral top underneath the overalls because I love mixing prints, and flowers and palm trees go together, right? Guess you can tell by my ensemble and choice of prints that I’m lusting after warmer weather!

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Overalls — Sugarhill Boutique (similar here)

Top — Mind Code

Boots — Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)

Watch — Vintage

Necklace — Sundance Jewelry

DISNEY PHOTO DIARY — DAYS TWO & THREE

Yesterday was a Hollywood Studios day. My mom and I always like to ride the Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, but we were only able to ride the Tower of Terror. The roller coaster ended up being closed, but the funny thing is I wasn’t that disappointed. I usually love roller coasters, but lately they’ve been making me a little dizzy and nauseous. Guess I’m getting old. I can’t handle all the twists and turns anymore, hehe.

I also had one of the best veggie burgers ever at the park. That’s one thing Disney parks do well — food! It had fried onions, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles and this special spicy sauce. Mmmmmm good!

Today, we went to Universal Studios with our main goal being to visit the Diagon Alley addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Man, was it great! There was a fire-breathing dragon and Gringotts goblins — who looked lifelike. Oh, and the new Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride was amazing. It had 3D elements and holograms and hills. That was probably my favorite ride of the day! Once we got off, we took the Hogwarts Express to the other Universal park to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey — that one made me a bit nauseous. Like I said, I’m getting old! And of course, we couldn’t leave without having some Butter Beer.

Universal Studios was great, but my legs and feet were dying by the end of the day! The bus we took to the park left at 7:20 and pick-up was scheduled for 7:45. But as you can probably figure – since this post will be up before 7:45 – we didn’t wait for the bus. We just took a taxi back. I’ll probably be asleep by 7:45!

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Outfit 1 Details:

Dress — Brandy Melville

Shoes — Soludos (available here and here)

 

Outfit 2 Details:

Shirt — Free People (similar here)

Jean Shirt — Forever 21

Leggings — Black Milk Clothing (similar here and here)

Shoes — Sam & Libby via Target