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kimono sleeve dress

If you told me I was gonna buy a dress that had kimono cold shoulder sleeves plus a lace bodice and burnout white lace pattern all over, I would die of disbelief. But it happened so now I can’t say anything about anything.

creative makers: lauren friday

Boy, it’s getting harder and harder to write introductions that do my subjects justice. I’m surrounded by so many creators in my life, amazing women who conquer fears every single day and inspire every person they know. I don’t want to start sounding repetitive but there are just not enough words. Not enough words. This particular darling of a gem is someone I’ve admired from the day I met her; she has always had a fearlessness about her (although I’m sure she’d argue otherwise), a confidence that was so evident yet still humble. She’s just one of those people who loves people and you can see it radiate in how genuinely she presents herself. I strive for that sort of graceful transparency, and I couldn’t do it without role models like Lauren.

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I currently work for a brand new educational business named The Callback Company. It is a company focused on training students of any age how to audition well based on their own skills. We provide Broadway masterclasses, seminars, cabaret performances, local showcases and NYC showcases to help broaden our students horizons and give them the skills needed to succeed in the professional world. We also help high school students prepare for their college auditions so they have an even bigger shot at getting into their dream program. It has been an amazingly fulfilling experience.

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So what’s your average day look like?

To be truthful, I don’t feel like I have an “average day”. Since I have so many different projects, it’s all about prioritizing and multitasking. Every day begins the same, however, with a bountiful amount of coffee.

What inspires you? How do you stay motivated?

I have to find the tiny joys within each day. The small victories often lead to giant ones. I also have an amazing support system that surrounds me. I try to fill my life with the most creative and positive people there are and gain strength and motivation from their encouragement and talents of their own. Inspiration is all around me, I think. I can be inspired by commotion or stillness. The challenge I face most often when it comes to inspiration is being in the correct mindset to see it. I feel like as an artist living in this world as it is today, it is hard to take yourself out of the daily grind long enough to truly experience your surroundings. This is something I am working on. The tactic that works the best for me is changing my scenery and other elements in my environment. 

ode to a maxi

There comes a time every season when you see a dress and you just HAVE to have it. This irrepressible feeling is the measure by which you judge all your purchases. Say hello to the one that did it for me.

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I would never call myself trendy, but this dress is undeniably “Boho Chic” which, let’s face it, is a trend that never goes away. I keep reading that the fashion world is at such a point of saturation that there are no huge trends anymore; buying is all over the place and everything that was once old is new again.

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Don’t know when it happened, but I no longer flaunt my legs so midi dresses and maxi dresses are now my dress silhouette staples. I guess I’m just tryin’ to keep it classy and comfortable. The uneven hem on this particular floral maxi dress has the perfect amount of flirt, revealing just a little skin as I walk.

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As a woman in her late 20s, my style is starting to settle into its true form. It’s more pared down than it used to be, with an emphasis on quality over quantity (predictably so) while still retaining an openness to the avant garde. I love a great pattern, but neutrals are my thing too. I love the classics – a chambray shirt, a pencil skirt, a turtleneck sweater – but I also crave modernity with some twists to keep things interesting.

sunset scout

Some days I try to dress cool. This was one of those days.

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dress / free people
jacket / anthropologie
purse / neva opet
hat / anthropologie
sunglasses / urban outfitters
rings / free people and urban outfitters
necklace / anthropologie
boots / steve madden

$200 free people giveaway

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Today, I have a special treat for you: a chance to win $200 of Free People goodies! Oh, I know you want this. Free People, the free-spirited and bohemian sister to Anthropologie is the perfect go-to brand for all your festival crop top and flowy skirt needs. Not to mention they have a ridiculously good selection of shoes too! Here are some of my favorite FP items for this summer below. And on a side note, did you know most of their sunglasses are only $18?! Score.

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Enter below for your chance to win! You can enter every day over the next two weeks and earn bonus entries by sharing this giveaway with your friends on social media. Super easy, right? 🙂 Also, be sure to visit some of the other awesome bloggers hosting this giveaway with me!

GIVEAWAY

Prizes: $200 Free People Gift Card

Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Co-hosts: StushiGal Style ♥ To Be Bright ♥ Diary of a Chic Mommy ♥ Livin Like Larz ♥ Fresh Fit N Healthy ♥ By Sarah Halstead ♥ Lush to Blush ♥ Loser Girl Wins ♥ Just Peachy Blog ♥Tide & Bloom ♥ Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog ♥ She Wears What

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/18 and is open worldwide.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS FP GIVEAWAY!

emily green designs

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I’m totally feelin’ on these psychedelic designs by Melbourne based artist Emily Green. Watercolor patterns are all the rage these days, but hers seem especially fresh, straightforward with a lovely clarity of color and shape. emily-green-print-strength_in_numbers_collage_one