Most people travel to NH to ski, snowboard, and enjoy the outdoors.
Me? I go to NH to completely mess around while taking in Mother Nature's doings.
I briefly visited New Hampshire back in November as well as January to see some of my friends.
Here are my little moments.
I've always wanted to go to Keene, NH. I'm not sure why. Honestly...I really can't think of why I would want to go.
But, with that being said, I'm glad I came to Keene before it was buried in snow!
The area is adorable and quaint. Stores are closely tucked aside one another. Local businesses flourish throughout the area. It's cozy and the lack of cell phone service is both a bad thing, and a great thing.
Thinking of Robin Williams and Jumanji
While in Keene, my friends and I experienced nostalgia and bittersweet memories that encompass reflecting back on childhood. We saw some of the shooting locations for the 1995 classic, Jumanji starring the late and great Robin Williams.
There is something so beautiful, yet tragic, seeing portions of your personal pop culture history and realizing that time has truly passed and there is no way to return, yet through media like film and photos.
Rest in Peace Robin Williams. We miss you and thank you for bringing joy into the lives of people all over the globe.
Before returning back to campus to prepare to head North the following day, we visited a quiet and serene park and filled it with laughter. While exploring in the park, we found an abandoned shovel (which obviously calls for an impromptu photoshoot).
Moments like these makes me grateful for the friends and moments I'm able to share during my time on Earth.
Inhale the Imagery
Months, a season, and a hair change cut later - I returned to New Hampshire to visit my friends. This time around was focused mainly on taking in the beauty of the state.
My friends attend Franklin Pierce University, which resides in Rindge NH. Unlike the typical Boston campus, this campus has plenty of land to explore and enjoy...including a MOUNTAIN. A MOUNTAIN...
What do you do when you're faced with a beautiful, emotion-provoking, mountain?
I took my time and allowed myself to indulge in painting and creating a picture that I felt represented the peaceful emotions I experienced while sitting on the frozen lake outside of Franklin Pierce.
Yes, you read that correctly. The lake which faced the mountain was frozen solid...which clearly means go walk on water like you're Jesus before it thaws out!!!
Franklin Pierce's Hidden Get-Away
Before I left New Hampshire, my friends Ryan and Vic showed me a hidden gem on campus. On campus, there is a little cabin facing a former ski lift trail. Not only is the view spectacular, but the inside is even cooler!
Inside lies a pad to hang out, watch tv, and chill. In the basement of the cabin is even cooler. The university created an indoor rock-wall climbing experience for its students.
I was amazed by the effort and care the university took to assure its students were content and entertained. The campus is truly gorgeous and perhaps if I could travel back in time to when I enrolled in college, I would've attended here.
Special thanks to Ryan and Vic for hosting me and showing me around your beautiful school and neighborhood.
While driving down the East Coast on my November road trip, I spent some time with my Uncle Roger in South Carolina. Aside from going to the zoo and enjoying the beach, we took to the historic Brookgreen Gardens.
Brookgreen Gardens combines art, sculptures, gardens and a wildlife preserve together. Visitors are free to explore the gardens, observe wildlife, enjoy a picnic, and take in the beauty and relaxation of the Gardens.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, I had never heard of Brookgreen Gardens. I was only familiar of Myrtle Beach as a popular tourist destination.
Now, Brookgreen Gardens is my favorite destination in South Carolina and I cannot wait to explore the area again soon.
Nature and Art Combined
When I arrived onsite, I was nearly overwhelmed by how vast the property was and how much foot there was to cover.
My Uncle Roger and I decided to take on the sculpture area by foot then take his car to the wildlife preserve portion.
Every aspect of the property was filled with art of nature that captivated me. Every time I turned, there was a new thing to take in, observe, and appreciate.
Eurydice and Orpheus
One of my favorite stories of Greek Mythology is that of Eurydice and Orpheus. The play tells the tale of Eurydice who is killed and her husband, Orpheus, who attempts to bring her back from the dead by visiting the Underworld.
This story moved me while in high school, and I've never forgotten it since.
Therefore, I was thrilled to see the sculpture adaptation of Eurydice and Orpheus. I thought the presentation of these sculptures were almost as beautiful as the story itself.
Peace of Mind
One of the most spectacular aspects of Brookgreen Gardens is the sensation of peace of mind. The sense of calmness and serenity is undeniable.
To sit and collect my thoughts and feel deep appreciation for life felt necessary after the previous months of hurdles and issues regarding my personal life and illness.
How do these images make you feel? Do you feel at ease? Warm?
Are you impressed by the craftsmanship of these sculptures?
Nap Time for Adorable Animals
Enjoy these adorable photos I captured while visiting the wildlife refugee! Sleepy babies!!!
Feathers and Friends
I love these photos I captured while observing the animals.
Enjoy these critters!
Leaving the Garden
Before I left, I took a moment to appreciate the beauty and time I spent.
I realized I might not ever return to these beautiful and peaceful place.
I realized how blessed I was to have taken a chance, hit the road, and experienced the beauty of life outside my comfort zone.
Over a year ago, I went to Washington DC with other students from UMass Dartmouth. We boarded a shuttle bus and drove down to see the African American Culture and History museum, Howard University, the Frederick Douglass house, and have dinner at Bus Boys and Poets.
It was an incredible experience being surrounded by history, art, and culture. Ever since then, I've had a craving to return to DC and explore other aspects of the country's capitol.
***As a preface, I wanted to note that I've decided not to go heavy on the photos for this blog post. I photographed a lot at the Holocaust Memorial Museum but decided to include minimal photos. I believe that it's best to experience what I had experienced in DC for yourself, first-hand.
The Most Important Meal of the Day!
Before I left my Baltimore Airbnb, I decided to do a quick Yelp search of breakfast places in the area. One in particular caught my eye. "Lost in the 50's diner". Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE the style of the 50's (the clothes, the furniture, the music, the cars!) so I had to have breakfast before I explored DC for the day.
The diner was absolutely precious. It seemed like it was locked in time. Everything from the decor, to the furniture, even the prices were seemingly from the 50's. I started my day with chocolate milk, grits, toast, and a poached egg. I was full and energized for less than $10 and I was ready to explore DC!
After parking my car for the day, I decided to hit the gift shop first. Every state I explore, I pick up a pin or button for my collection. The last time I was in DC, President Obama was still in office.
So...I was a little surprised to see the gift shop looking like...well...this.
I really don't know what else to say besides I can't believe this is real life...still. I don't like to get political but...geez.
Engulfed in History
The first time I've truly traveled alone was during this road trip. I had never been to a museum alone or really spent significant time in my own company.
Walking around DC, reading and observing monuments, taking my time and allowing new knowledge to find me was such a beautiful and powerful experience. I spent hours walking around DC, reading and taking in whatever I could.
I thought about the history and the footsteps that were here before me. The fights for equality. The battles for the US. The elections, the movements, the justices and injustices.
I thought about the people who died for this country. The people who died for women's rights and for African American rights. I thought about all the wrongs in today's country and thought about how I could participate in helping to create a better tomorrow.
I want to help participate in a better tomorrow.
Little (Monumental) Moments
Although it was a cloudy day exploring DC, it was beautiful. Those who were also out seemed so thrilled to be in the capitol. It was beautiful to see people of all ages and backgrounds being captivated by the history and culture among us.
History and politics can push us so far away, but can also bring us together. It can be so painful and devastating to see...but also so beautiful and powerful.
I felt so emotionally moved. I wanted these moments to last forever.
Monuments Up Close (Aka, Meeting Celebrities)
When I went to DC the first time, we didn't have enough time to visit any of the monuments outside of the agenda. The travel time and time waiting for seats at restaurants led to us having no extra time to explore.
To me, seeing parts of history is like meeting a celebrity. When I traveled to the Jersey Shore and walked the boardwalk, it was like meeting a celebrity. It sounds cheesy but it feels so monumental to me. It feels so powerful and beautiful to step into parts of history and out of the places you know so well and to explore what you've heard about but have never seen before.
Therefore, FINALLY seeing the monuments up close was MONUMENTAL to me! Spending 20 years seeing images in books, clips on tv, hearing stories from friends...I was so ready to see history in person. I felt like a kid in a candy store or Disney World. It was so thrilling to see the monuments in real life.
But, it also made me think deeply. Monuments are supposed to honor aspects of history that led to positive change and sacrifices. Then why are there still monuments of historic figures that should NOT be honored? Historic figures that led to minorities experiences suffering and mistreatment?
The Holocaust Museum
This day. This day was about learning. About opening up my mind and heart and allowing myself to be emotionally moved.
So I did. I allowed my mind and heart to be open.
When I visited the African American Culture and History museum, I allowed my mind and heart to open. I allowed tears to flow, and questions to be raised. I learned that seeing and experiencing a museum in person triumphs what is learned in the classroom.
With that being said, I've included some images from the Holocaust museum. I've decided to not include all images or my thoughts. I believe museums like this and the African American Culture and History Museum should be experienced in person individually.
Whether you watched Jersey Shore or not, I bet once upon a time you wanted to visit the shore and see the guidos get down. I wasn't a die-hard fan of the show...but...who didn't tune in when Ronny and Sam fought? Or when Snooki got clocked in the face?
While in NJ for a photoshoot, I decided to take a trip to the Shore and see what I've been missing.
Ghost Town on the Boardwalk
After spending my entire life picturing the Jersey Shore as this wild and rambunctious travel destination, I felt a little surprised by what I discovered when I arrived to the Shore. I sort-of forgot about how seasonal the Jersey Shore is; it's like The Cape meaning tourists flock all summer long but then it's quiet the moment the chill sets in.
It was a really unique experience walking down the boardwalk alone, seeing the occasional jogger. It seemed like a scary movie. One of those films about the young adults that go to some carnival or amusement park and some demonic force swings in.
In a way, it was beautiful to see the boardwalk in this light. Boarded up buildings lined the walk that once boomed with tourists.
Check, Check, Check Off the Bucketlist
Do I need to say much? I went to the Shore house from the Jersey Shore show. No, I didn't go inside or on the tour. No I didn't meet Snooki. But hey I saw THE house from the Jersey Shore show about people stuck inside a house together.
Fist bump, bro!
Mindfulness at the Shore
As I walked up and down the beach, I felt multiple emotions.
The peacefulness of the ocean waves lightly crashing on the shore. The stillness of the air. The lack of others on the beach as I was there. The shift of the day slowly coming to a close.
I felt so much admiration. This shore has seen millions of people yet keeps such a unique and seemingly everlasting beauty.
I felt so empty yet full of inner-peace at the same time. I felt fortunate to be here, in this moment, breathing in the shore's air. I felt so accomplished. I had never been to New Jersey...or to New Jersey alone for that matter. I made it. I conquered an obstacle. I made it to a new place.
I quietly admired the beach to myself before I left to find dinner. Darkness approached and it was time to seek out an Airbnb and choose the next state to head to.
Bites Before I Drive
Before I hit the road to the next leg on my road trip, I went to Aqua Blu for dinner. I had a 3 course meal of fried calamari, stuffed shells, and tiramisu. The bread and oil was a great snack after a long day of travel. The restaurant had great service and even better food.
I finished the meal with a shot of espresso, booked my Airbnb in Philly, and hit the road!
If I was to describe Philly in one word, it would be haunting. While in Philly, I felt an unshakable sense of dark, looming grief. Every where I looked, I saw signs of the emotions I felt. Was it the weather that brought on these sensations or is there something dark lingering in the city of Philly?
I arrived in Philly after a fantastic day of exploring New Jersey. I booked an Aibnb and I was kindly greeted by the host.
The space was perfect for my stay in the area. The room had space to put my belongings, a very comfortable bed, and even water and a light snack. I also appreciated how the bathroom included shampoo, body wash, and a hair dryer. I was also able to put my medication safely in a fridge downstairs along with my leftovers from NJ.
I rested up, had my leftovers for breakfast, and got ready to hit the road to explore the state for the day!
Paintings and Pain
As I drove throughout Philly, I noticed an extreme contrast throughout the area. One corner would be full of retail shops, colorful murals, and attractions flocking with tourists. Another corner would be full of decomposing buildings, homeless residents, and vandalized homes. There was something so somber yet poetic about the intersecting streets of Philly.
Fog added to the general eeriness of the city.
Murals brought life and an uplifting sense to the dark streets.
I loved the little quirky touches throughout the city.
Before there were modern marvels like "It" and "The Shining"...even way before Hitchcock... Poe made hearts race and bodies tremble in utter fear.
I recall being fascinated by the poet and short story master when I was younger. I was driving around, I took a corner and stumbled across his property. I hastily parked my car and hurried to the property. Let down, I found the property closed on the day I visited. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to be outside the historic site of the famous Edgar Allen Poe.
As I rounded the building, I couldn't help to feel the chills. Fog and Poe? Now that's a site to experience!
I knew long before I started my road trip adventures that I would someday land at Paddy's. To fans of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", this is a must seen while visiting PA. I stepped in the bar and admired the pictures and familiar faces in the pictures.
Cheesin' while mentally checking off another box on the bucket list!
I Like Big Bells and I Cannot Lie
Did you really visit Philly if you didn't see the Liberty Bell?
After circling streets for nearly 20 minutes, I finally found a spot diagonal to the massive piece of history. After getting through what looked like a mini TSA, I briskly read a bit about the history of the bell before checking it out.
Is it dumb if I saw I didn't expect it to be so massive?
Abnormalities and Medical Mysteries
When I was little, I used to spook myself out and watch the creepy TV shows on the Travel Network and the Discovery Network. I remember, so clearly, when I saw the Mutter Museum featured on one of my freaky shows. Bulging face tumors, Siamese twins preserved in casts, a giant colon the size of a couch! Everything bizarre and stomach-turning has residency at the Mutter Museum.
Unfortunately, photography is prohibited. In my opinion, this is one of the best museums I have ever been to. It is interesting and memorable, and you'll surely learn something new.
FYI - there is a student discount, too ;)
Last Stop is a Spooky One!
Towards the end of my little East Coast road trip, I slept in Pennsylvania on my last night. I had been driving up North from South Carolina and I decided to stay in PA. I always try to experience unique and memorable places...
Sleeping Above A Bar
As I drove further away from South Carolina, the winter beast showed its teeth! I decided to stay in an Airbnb above a bar in PA. I thought this was super unique and bizarre opportunity and I enjoyed myself (minus the chill in the room!).
How many people do I know that have spontaneously slept above a bar?
Chilly + Creepy = Peace Out, PA!
As I continued on my last leg of my road trip, the fog from a week prior changed into snow. The more I drove, the more graveyards and grey buildings I saw. If I wasn't so anxious to get home, I would have explored this creepy part of the state. I did enjoy my time in the state and look forward to the next time I return!
11/18/17 and 11/19/17
The holidays are here which means so is gift giving. A stocking full of clunky, dollar store toys and candy are a thing of the past!
Making sure stockings are filled with little wonders will make the holidays extra special!
Today, I am giving you some ideas that'll be perfect for your friends or family that are BA's, travel lovers, or models in the making!
Posh Lip Scrubs
Posh Lip Scrubs are a product created by Michelle Oliva. They are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and paraben free and gluten free. They smell irresistible and they truly are!
The three I have are Matcha (tea), Lemon Drop, and Rose Mint.
These goodies make the perfect stocking stuffer because the brutal winter weather will cause lips to be chapped. Posh Lip Scrubs are the solution to the problem of chapped lips.
Make sure your loved ones avoid painful, unsightly, chapped lips this winter season. Check out Posh Lip Scrubs!
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Doctor Plotka's MouthWatcher's
Candy canes and gingerbread calls for cavities this time of year! Protect yourself, and the ones you love, from vicious tooth aches and repeat dentist appointments.
Dr Plotka's MouthWatcher's are made with long-lasting polyester bristles which gently brush away food and plaque. Created by Dr. Ronald Plotka, these brushes will revolutionize the toothbrush industry.
Dr. Plotka has an incredibly successful Boston-based practice and Mouth Watcher's are made in Swampscott, MA!
Get your Mouth Watcher's by visiting mouthwatchers.com
Savvy Travelers Travel Kit
As a girl on the go, Savvy Travelers' kits are a necessity for me and they make the PERFECT addition to any busy girl's life. Therefore, they're on my Stocking Stuffers Must-Haves list!
Each kit comes with six packs of goodies that don't require water. They slip easy in any purse or car glove compartment. The six packs are...
-IN THE KLEAR – Brilliantly Flawless Lens, Screen & Camera Lens Cleaner (Grey).
-SPEAK EAZY – Ridiculously Refreshing Teeth, Lip & Mouth Cleanser (Red)
-TAKE OFFZ – Fabulously Fast Facial Cleanser, Toner & Moisturizing Wipe (Purple)
-KLEAN OFFZ – Extremely Free Surface Cleaner Wipe (Green)
-KLEAN UPZ – Super Sanitizing Antibacterial Hand & Body Wipe (Yellow)
-NO SWEAT – Positively Powerful Antiperspirant & Deodorant Wipe (Blue)
Whether you've smudged your lipstick on the way to a date or you need to take your makeup off after a long day, you'll LOVE Savvy Travelers!
Visit https://www.savvytravelers.com/ to purchase yours!
Luxe by SPIbelt
Whether you're going for a jog or you're like me (one of those girls who wear pants without pockets), Luxe might become your newest favorite fashion accessory!
Luxe belts are a slim and modern play on the fanny pack. They great if you need a space to slip some cash during a concert or need to tote your phone during work.
Luxe will make your life a little easier. They're also incredibly trendy and unique, too!
Available in several different styles, you can grab yours on spibelt.com !
I hope my post gave you some ideas for stocking stuffing! Happy holidays from Dress to Express!
My favorite element of fashion is bringing vintage pieces together with my own twist. I love 60's and 70's fashion all the way to modern. Transforming a look with unique pieces is how to make a fashion statement and I'm so excited to introduce you to my newest favorite online shop, Predisposed Vintage.
What is 'Predisposed Vintage'?
Bringing Nostalgia and style together, this online store brings you one-of-a-kind t's directly to you. No need to raid the shelves of your local thrift shop; Predisposed Vintage brings the vintage to you.
Creator and owner, Scott Randall, took his hobby and made it into a business. He spends his days rescuing t's that scream out memories and nostalgia from decades ago.
Why not shop small and support a business based on passion and utter enjoyment for nostalgia?
Just In Time for the Holidays
More and more, I hear from adults "I should have saved my ___ because the style is back"! They're right. Fashion is a revolving door and styles from decades ago are back. High-waisted jeans and bell bottoms, hippie dresses with bell sleeves, big fur coats.
Give the gift that keeps on giving. Millennials are bringing back fashion statements from decades ago. Rather than buying a T that looks like a remake from a retailer, why not buy an ACTUAL T from decades ago instead of a remake? Authentic and stylish, what's not to love?
Get My Look!
I'm rocking my canary yellow New York Predisposed Vintage T with some modern and vintage elements.
For jeans, I've thrown on my Momma Jeans from Saver's. LL Beans from the '90s. No matter the modern retailer, nothing can beat my '90s LL Beans.
To add a modern twist, I've added my sweater heels from DSW's clearance section. The heel is high but chunky, so you can maneuver throughout the city in a breeze. Soft felt hugs the outside leading your toes to be warm all season long!
I topped off my look with adding orange lips and eyes (Wet and Wild cosmetics) as well as throwing my hair in a Beehive (lots and lots of Eco hair gel).
Check Out Predisposed Vintage
Look your best and buy your own one-of-a-kind t-shirt! You will LOVE you Predisposed Vintage shirt. Maybe you'll start a collection of your own ;)
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Huge Thank You - Michaela Salvo
A huge thank you to Michaela Salvo of Msalvo Photography for assisting me with this blog post. Mickey is an incredible photographer who can capture amazing images. Check out the rest of her work and reach out to her for services.
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Special Thanks - Brattle Books
Special thank you to Brattle Books for allowing us to shoot there. We LOVED your outdoor (and indoor) bookstore and we hope the best for sales this holiday season! We appreciate your hospitality.
A Week of Thanks: Visiting a Giant Rock, T-Day Style Guide, Black Friday Shopping, and Time Traveling
Thanksgiving. A holiday only Americans recognize. A day to proclaim you are grateful by partaking in hedonism. We dress up in our best to sit in the house and to engorge in food until we’re stuffed beyond words.
Then, (if you’re insane or a thrill seeker), we rise like the Mayflower over the raging waves and we ‘venture off to our mall to terrorize minimum wage paid employees by raiding the shelves of our consumeristic society.
Who doesn’t like to give thanks and then throw those values out the window to shop, shop, shop, and shop some more?
For me, this time of year is one of my favorites. As you may know, I am currently not enrolled in college due to my lil’ Lupus procedure. Therefore, holidays are the BEST because I’m no longer the only millennial stranded in town. I finally get to see friends and catch up before they ship back off to school.
Visiting The Rock (No...Not Dwayne)
I am so grateful for the friendships I have and the people who have came into my life. From high school to now, I feel as if I’ve lost people but also gained so many genuine, kind friends.
To start off the fabulous week of Thanksgiving festivities, friends Ryan and Lauren and I traveled to Plymouth Rock to see the rock in all its glory!
Not really sure what else to say...it's a rock surrounded by an enclosure. It's like the Lincoln Memorial besides this makes no sense at all...really a spectacle to be seen.
Not sure if I'm really overwhelmed by it or really underwhelmed. All I know is that I dressed up to MATCH a ROCK.
Turkey Time & Style Guide
Given the opportunity to slay, you know I will. Taking my style guide from my previous post, I implemented it in my T-Day look.
I may look like something off the menu (at Mcdonald's) but I'm rocking my ketchup dress, mustard legs, and patty brown clog heels. I even have a Victorian figure ring in orange to match.
Looking ready for the autumn season.
Here are some moments from my Thanksgiving.. from my family to yours!
Cutting the turkey with a turkey hat...snapping my shoes during a game of Heads Up.. the usual holiday spectacles.
Black Friday (aka, Black Cryday)
Finally...for the first time ever, I adventure and live the Black Friday adventures with friends, Ryan and Vic.
Are you smart enough to NOT Black Friday shop? If so, I covered my other-worldly experience while shopping.
Round One: 10:30-3 am
Here...in my prime. Thinking Black Friday shopping was a good idea. Oh, how very wrong I was.
Here is a moment I captured. A moment where everything would change forever. Minions at the mall to market ANOTHER minion movie. STOP. MAKING. MINION. MOVIES. GOD DAMMIT.
Here...in all its glory. Chaos at the mall.
As the time passed at the mall...all of my senses were lost. Why am I here? Where am I? Will there be leftovers left in the fridge by the time I get out of this hell hole?
Look at all these lines. For what? All these deals are available online. But here I am. One with the chaos. I am chaos.
The chaos has set in. I am laughing at nothing. What time is it? Did I leave my wax melt burning? I should buy more wax melts.
Lines...lines...lines...lines to where? We will never find out.
Lines to NO WHERE
Here we are. Vic, Ryan, and I waiting in line for the Target deals. Excited. Enthralled. Ready to get the deals unlike any other customer has ever before.
But then...disaster struck. We noticed Target didn't open until 6 am. People waiting in line scrambled. Children jumped the gate. And we turned around solemnly and left the mall.
Round 2 - 10:30 am-5 pm
After sleeping for a bit, I felt ready to return to the alternate universe we call Black Friday. Juice box in hand, tears in my eyes, I was ready to make like a bald man and get out of hair.
And we're off...
Like the western cowboys on the frontier land, we set out for more deals. Kohls, the Apple Store, the world wasn't prepared for our deal craving selves.
Was I prepared to set out for more deals? The answer is no, probably not.
The PEAK of the Day
At one point, we ended up at the holy land. Toys R Us. Not only did I get through the Christmas check list I had made, I was overpowered by nostalgia and pure joy.
Vic and I found Fur-Real-Friends (I used to have the cat) and we found plenty of claw machines and gumball machines. Vic even won a puppy at the claw machine!
It was all fun and games until we arrived at IHop.
Dear God, why. Why was this IHop established? Why were we brought here?
We should've went to Friendly's...
This was haunting. Dear God...I will forever be traumatized. This IHop had no music. No customers. We could hear the employees fighting in the back. I felt bad for the server.
If I didn't take photos, I would have thought I dreamt this...
I'm going to suppress it again now.
Ready for Bed
Did this day even happen? I needed sleep. But what is sleep? Have I ever slept before?
Even the signs at the Hanover mall were asleep. At least I made a new friend named Ryan's cat.
Time Travelin' To Plymouth
We slept. We recovered. Ryan and I were ready to take on the newest adventure.
We took to the streets of Plymouth to enjoy the day. First stop, Crabby shack. Why not fuel up on delicious seafood?!
We arrived to Plimouth Plantation on the LAST DAY it was opened.
It was like the pilgrims of the past whispered,"...go, my child...".
All I have to say is "Fudge yeah" to free fudge at the plantation.
We made it through the ripples of time to meet Native Americans before the pilgrims settled.
Before traveling to the settlers' land, we took a pit stop and saw pottery being made and cranberries being prepped for dinner. Yummy, yummy.
Ahhh... the beauty of the pilgrims' land,
We went into pilgrims' homes. We saw relics from the past. And, a pilgrim made Ryan help him bring a pail of water up a hill. Just call us Jack and Jill!
Finally! We bought a house together. Best friends forever and we've finally got a house together!!!
Who wants an invitation to our Christmas party?
Aww, we're all moved in and we just adopted some new goats for pets! The neighbors are lovely and just peachy!
It was a great Thanksgiving week! I hope you had a great T-Day as well!
The bitter frost of winter is fast approaching. Temperatures drop and flip flops hit the back of the closet. We’re getting ready to bare the worst. Just stepping out the front door seems like a battle, and I’m not ready to break out the armor!
Winter fashion is usually composed of unsightly parkas and bulky snow pants. Style and fashion fly out the window. But, with NY Chula, you can stay warm with some fashion sense still attached!
Pink Poms on the Job
Ny Chula's line of hats come in two colors: black and white (Cookies and Cream). The aspect of the hats that set them apart from its competitors is the ability to change up the style!
I decided to rock the pink pom with an Intern inspired look. Taking a simple black outfit and popping it with the Breast Cancer awareness pom makes for a look that'll receive tons of compliments while walking into the office!
With both Cookies and Cream hats, the pom-poms dis-attach and can be reattached in order to match your look and add some flair!
I put together a trendy yet rugged look for going out! I matched a deep red top with light jeans to add contrast. Adding the Cookies hat with black heels tones down the look but compliments it.
Bonus round: Complete the look by adding a Chula pom and a flannel!
Take a Hike!
The chill is here, which means the "Mountain Man" look is on the rise! I personally love the look and think you can make it glam, too!!!
Instead of simply wearing black leggings and a hoodie, I wanted to SPICE it up! Rue 21 deer top? Check. Oversized thrifty flannel? Double check. Dad boots? Check, check, check!
Adding my NY Chula Cookies hat with the black pom adds the touch of glam I crave. Who says you can't look fabulous while enjoying nature?
Pass the Potatoes
Holidays are here...which means we have to get all dressed up just to sit around a table and spill food on ourselves and be a hot mess and make ourselves stuffed! (Too honest?).
With that being said, I wanted to put together a look that is physically comfy yet looks pretty fancy.
Keeping the deep red autumn/winter look in mind, I took my favorite red dress (which sort of looks like a Pilgrim dress) and added comfy shoes to match. The red dress is stretchy and comfortable but due to the sleeves and fabric, it comes off as fancy!
For shoes, I took my Doc Martens and paired them with the dress. The intense and expressive "Secret Garden" edition shoes makes for a bold look, but feels like you're wearing slippers.
Matching my kicks, I took the Cream Chula hat and the brown pom. It adds a rustic and seasonally fitting look.
Check Out Chula
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Special Thanks to Allison Burns
As always, THANK YOU SO MUCH to Ally Burns for shooting this series.
Allison Burns is a student at the New England School of Photography. I modeled for Allison for her assignments for school as well as our own creative collaborations.
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““Cooking runs more in my grandmother's side of the family, and passes more through the women. I love cooking to express myself, and I think I love making fudge so much because I can incorporate my love of art into it. “”
Jess Merritt is serving up something sweet. She’s not your typical chick selling boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Forget that! She doesn’t have a catalog of chocolates to sell either.
Jess Merritt is taking on the art of homemade fudge and she’s throwing her own twist on it. How many teens do you know that can whip up a batch of fudge?
The Sweet Taste of Sustainability
Miss Merritt is 18 years old and finishing up her Senior year of high school. She resides on the south shore and finds herself passionate about art and animal care. Combining her love for food and animals, she aspires to own her own farm and use her own organic produce and ingredients from her farm in her future meals.
Hearing from Jess, it was so invigorating to see someone who wants to live a life of self-sustainability through farming, agriculture, and cooking.
A Yummy Year
Jess first heard the fudge calling this summer. She began working at a fudge stand at the Marshfield fair. Curiosity called and she began her first batch at home. She found cooking it to be calming and therapeutic.
Since then, she found her favorite type of fudge to make is mint chocolate because it comes out a shade of green that reminds her of Christmas. She also enjoys the process of swirling in the chocolate on top. Her favorite fudge to eat is the cookies and cream flavor because it’s her favorite flavor for any sweet treat!
The Fudge Process:
Testing out the Shampoo: Initial Thoughts
Packaging: Unique, it's a twist cap rather. The packaging shows how luxurious the product is.
Application: Easy to scrub in and scrub out. Rinsed out of my hair easily after a minute.
Testing out the Conditioner: Initial Thoughts
Packaging: When I took the cap off, the top became stuck which was annoying. But, I like how the conditioner is a pump rather than a twist.You rarely see hair care products that are a pump (which is easier in my opinion).
Application: Easy to scrub in. Let it set in my hair for about 6 minutes. Easy to rinse out, as well.
Time to Dry...
My Look for Date Night!
Eyeshadow: Naked 2 palette (Bootycall, Half Baked, Chopper. and Verve)
Lipstick: Color Sensational Electric Orange (880)
Jumpsuit: Marshall's, AUW
Heels: Payless, Comfort Plus
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I was thrilled to have received the STUNNING Smoothie Blue Peacock Harem Pants from One Tribe Apparel. Using a few different articles of clothing, I created a bunch of looks you can reuse and play with again and again!
The Bohemian Babe
Tip: Pair your pants and flowy top with wedges for a night on the town or throw down some sandals for a look that works for nature trails and evenings by the fire.
Comfy and color, your friends wont hesitate to ask "where did you get those pants?"
Tip: I paired my red heels with my red sweater but you can pair booties as well.
Accessorize: Toss on a scarf and you're ready to deal with whatever winter throws at you.
Music Festival Fanatic
I grabbed my over-sized, thrift-shop vest and sandals for this look. But, you can pair sneakers or simply go barefoot!
Tip: Combine modern flair with thrift-shop tops for a classic and current look. Bring on those hippie-dippy vibes!
The Boyfriend Shirt
Toss on your Boyfriend button down and bring the pants to a whole new level. Perfect look for those at home, take-out pizza, rainy days.
Do Me A Solid
I threw on a simple grey t-shirt and my black top. Quick and painless and both looks brought the pants to another level!
Accessorize: Grab your over-sized, gaudy bangles and match the pants' colors!
Tip: Too hot for a t? Layer tank tops to create a new look while keeping cool!
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About the Photographer - Karlen Photography
Karlen Photography is a professional photographer located in Metrowest Massachusetts.
His photography spans from Sports to Portraiture to covering Life Events. He provides both in studio and on location photography services.
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About the Hair Stylist - Taylor McCarthy
I was approached to check out a skincare product I've never heard about prior. CellULogic. "Cell-U-Logic?", I asked myself. I was excited to try this product and I'm ready to report back my thoughts.
Good for You, Good for the Planet
For me, I don't like using products loaded with chemicals or unnatural ingredients. Therefore, I was excited to check out CelluLogic
CellULogic also proudly defines itself as being GREEN. The products are eco-friendly, sustainable, and chemical-free. What's good for Mother Earth is what's good for me!
Green Coffee and Seaweed Detox Scrub
The Cellulogic Scrub focuses on exfoliating and detoxing the skin. It removes dead cells and promotes cell turnover and circulation. It combats rough patches and eliminates toxins.
For photography sake, I used the product outside and without water but the scrub is meant to be used in the bath. I loved the smell of the scrub, it reminded me of a lime hard-candy. It's a really peaceful scent and product.
Anti-Aging Body Repair Cream
I tried the cream and I cannot guarantee it'll make you look younger but I can say it'll give you a glow. Like the scrub, it smells really nice - like a calming spa. The cream comes out a little quick (watch out!). When I tried it, I noticed it hydrated my skin.
The recommended use is to massage the cream twice a day for 30-60 seconds in order to improve skin elasticity, enhance circulation and reduce inflammation.
Green Coffee Slimming Gel
As I'm writing this post, I've only used the product for about a week so I cannot say from experience that it is improving my dimpled skin but I will report back after longer use!
They're refreshing and the scent is comforting. It smells great and it's natural as well. I plan to use these products regularly when I'm having personal spa days as well as share these products with my mother and aunts.
For me, I don't need the anti-aging products due to my own age but I'm glad to share these products with you or anyone who may be interested in preventative anti-aging measures or using anti-aging products! I'm excited to continue spreading the word of Cellulogic and using the products myself, mostly during these dry summer days!
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I genuinely believe dressing to Express is critical in business professional settings. If you're looking to make an impression on others, standing out is critical. You don't want to blend in and be another person in a crowded room. Today, I will be filling you in on one of the trickiest tasks of fashion.
Traditional with a Twist and Plenty of Tips
I recommend going to a local consignment shop for slacks. You can find name brand, expensive, and quality slacks for pennies when you check out consignment shops. Plus, it's green! Reuse and save some dough.
Have Designated Business Professional Items
- Nude Bra
- White Bra
- Black Bra
- Black flats
- Black heels
- Black slacks
- White blouse
- Black belt
- Travel deodorant
- Mints (don't swallow your gum!)
- Clutch or purse designated for these circumstances
Got the basics down? Time to twist it!
Pick a Color, Now Pop
Here's an example: I had my basic black blouse on for a business conference. I wanted to make a statement. I grabbed my yellow blazer and heels and paired them to stand out but also fit the business professional standards.
Bonus round: Using the same blouse, heels, and blazer I skipped my traditional black slacks and paired plaid printed pants with the same yellow streak.
Best part: This outfit did not break the bank! The blazer was $11 (thrift), blouse was $10 (thrift), hat was $3 (Rue 21 closing sale), heels were $15 (Payless), and slacks were $12 (thrift). (Luggage is vintage PanAm luggage from my Aunt).
Patterns and Prints, Please!
I took the same black blouse from the previous look and twisted it! Grabbing a black and white polka dotted blazer and matching heels with a similar look, I created a bold but business professional outfit. The look took the traditional black and white styles but gave it a twist with the pop of purple and polka dot pattern.
Bonus round: Out of the business setting and on the go? Swap heels for bold flats and drop the blazer. Add a statement necklace (like my Fork Squid) to the look.
That kick, that nudge, and that shove was in a form that I did not expect.
Serving with a Smile, Despite The Pain
Fast forward, it's March 28th. My pains had grown so vicious, I could no longer walk and talk at the same time, pay attention in class, couldn't stay awake, and couldn't lay down without feeling like I'm DROWING. The university health services, who saw me twice, were convinced it was Cajun food until a urine test seemed strange.
Long story getting longer, I hit the ER and they find that the sack around my heart is filled with 3 cups of fluid (rather than the 1 tablespoon you're supposed to have). I roll into surgery, am sliced open, and spend over a week in 2 different hospitals.
So What's the Deal?
I swear, everyone told me it wasn't lupus. I heard "autoimmune hepatitis" and "acid reflux" on loop. "It's never lupus". It can't be lupus...
And here I am, with Lupus.
Certainty in Uncertainty
And with all that being said..
I have something with me that wasn't there before. Something so rare, so precious, no monetary value can be attached.
I have this newfound and unfathomable appreciation for life and a sense of acceptance for all that comes my way. I had a thumb war with death and disease and I refused to back down.
I will never be able to turn back to the life I led before this procedure. There is no more normalcy. BUT... was there ever in my life?
So...Here's the Deal
I will continue to live so freely and without borders that I will continue to baffle my family and doctors. I have learned that my only border is myself. As long as I am healthy, I will continue to challenge myself daily and seek out all I crave in life.
I will strive to empower women and men to embrace their individualism through style and fashion. I will continue to hopefully motivate others to BE THEMSELVES and to live FULFILLED. I personally would've been pissed if I died from the fluid buildup in my heart and if I did die, I would've died unfulfilled. Now everyday I make sure my life is undoubtedly adventurous and fulfilled. I hope to move others to live passionately and unapologetically.
I hope to show others that even though a person is sick, they can conquer anything and do whatever they damn well please.
I have Lupus but my Lupus doesn't have me.
I bring you the return of Dress to Express
Hanging at the Hospital
Fashion Show Rehearsal -
3 Days After Being Released From The Hospital
9 Days After Being Released From The Hospital
Relaunch Party at Alba Boutique
My new favorite online store is Tobi, a clothing company based in California that brings high fashion trends to the table at affordable prices. Prices that even a college student like me can afford! Tobi covers everything from casual-wear, elegant and formal looks, beach day necessities, and even accessories that add the finishing touches to any look. Tobi is aware of what's in style, and what isn't, and provides its customers with high quality clothing and styles to die for!
As spring rolls around, I know everyone will break out their floral looks (complete with pink, yellow, and blue flowers). But what about breaking the norm and embracing Pantone’s color of the year? Winter isn’t the only time for green and red.
It’s time to break the tradition of dark colors in the winter and light colors in the spring. It’s time to be bold.
The Madi Green Maxi Dress
My Madi Green Maxi Dress is the outfit my closet was missing. With a simple change in shoes, this dress can go from a casual outfit of hanging out in the yard or an elegant gown for an evening on the town. Switching from a pair of flats to nude wedges enhances your look and brings you from afternoon lunch to late night celebration.
At a first glance, you'll think this gown is straight to the floor. In reality, the straps, high-low, and slit brings the dress to an elegance that only Tobi can deliver.
Simple yet intricate, how can you not feel like a Hollywood star?
Step, no, strut, into spring with the daring darkness of green. Feel sexy, empowered, and gorgeous. What's a better way to embrace the color of the year, break the tradition of spring floral looks, and keep up with the most stylish trends?
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Playful and Precious:
The Lexa Mint Sequin Skater Dress
Well, if you're ready to make a statement and be the Cinderella of any event, the Lexa Mint Sequin Skater Dress will be the dress that captures any room's attention.
Mint is an absolutely underrated color and how many times do you see sequin outfits that fit your age? Sequin outfits can be hard to pull off, sometimes they look too childish. But, Tobi brings flirtation and sequin together to create an unforgettable look.
Some ideas I've had? Matching a white cardigan and white sandals for an Easter look or even an outfit for when attending a wedding as a guest! Better yet, ditch the cardigan, show off the back, and head into the city for a night with your best friends or your significant other! This dress can be transformed and played with in so many ways
(trust me, I even broke out my roller-skates to complete the look!)
When I first put on my Lexa Mint Sequin Skater Dress, I felt playful and precious in it due to the sequin, light color, length, and waistline. Then after a glance in the mirror, I felt sexy and flirty due to the cut of the front of the dress and the dress's back.
Can you say you have an outfit that makes you feel playful, precious, sexy, and flirty all at the same time?
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Passion and High Fashion:
Kehlani Wine Two Piece Romper Set
Take a step back and loosen your grip on your wallet because Tobi brings affordable high fashion to your life. Unappreciated colors like cranberry and wine are making an appearance and with spring around the corner, ditching light pink for wine is a bold move.
My Kehlani Wine Two Piece Romper blows the traditional one-piece romper out of the water. The shorts and top's cut is incredibly unique when combined with the rarely used wine color.
Adding a floral pair of heels or patterned sneakers breaks up the outfit, but a sharp pair of black flats or black glossy heels is also a great way to top off the look!
I plan to wear my Kehlani Wine Two Piece Romper to a fashion show as I attend as a guest during the warmer weather (this outfit IS fashion show fierce). I can't wait to hit the boardwalk in my favorite beach wedges and show off a romper that slays every other romper in the fashion game!
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-Discovering Magic In Pixels
Amanda Leeland is a 22 year old photographer and creator of Discovering Magic In Pixels. She is a junior studying photography at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her portfolio of work can be viewed on her Facebook page.
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This brand empowers women by allowing them to embrace their bodies and their own personality. If you check out the social media of Amiclubwear, you will feel ecstatic to see women of many shapes, sizes, and races. This brand is inclusive, empowering, fierce, and fabulous and allows women to feel sexy and confident. Whether you're slaying and Amiclubwear dress, top, or accessories; you will feel like an absolute queen.
I'm so excited to show you all my amazing Amiclubwear Red Faux Fur Heels!
Your Feet Makes The Look Complete
Three Looks For Three Date Nights
Whether you're single, in a relationship, or just chillin'; I'm bringing you three date looks for how to style your Faux Fur Red Heels. These looks are perfect for dating, going out with friends, and for spending time with the family.
Daily Date Look
For my daily date look, I combine a vibrant, crazy printed pair of pants with a contrasting T-Shirt. The shirt is a quieter look than the pants and the shirt highlights a color in the print. Like the shirt, I highlight a color in the printed pants by adding the Faux Fur Red Heels. The shirt and pants are casual and comfy and my Amiclubwear heels make the casual look, more upscale.
Pants: Savers Thrift Shop
Shirt: From my service trip
Shoes: Amiclubwear Sexy Red Shaggy Faux Fur Open Toe Platform High Heels Faux Suede Leather
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Dinner Date Look
Taking a dress that appears to be neutral (black, grey, white, etc) and adding a pop of color through the heels will make a dazzling look. I took my favorite gold and black dress and added my Amiclubwear heels. I think the contrast is beautiful and will make heads turn!
Protip: Use red lipstick or red eyeshadow to tie the look together!
Shoes: Amiclubwear Sexy Red Shaggy Faux Fur Open Toe Platform High Heels Faux Suede Leather
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Out On The Town Look
For this look, grab your favorite maxi-skirt or pencil skirt and combine it with a crop top. I chose a skirt that had a wild pattern and mixed it with a top with a more subtle look. (Feel free to reverse this and use a patterned top and a subtle skirt). Highlighting a color in the look, I took the red heels and emphasized the red in the skirt. Let go of your stressful week and get down!
Shoes: Amiclubwear Sexy Red Shaggy Faux Fur Open Toe Platform High Heels Faux Suede Leather
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Light Painters is a photography company with extensive years of experience. Located in Bangladesh, the company focuses on wedding and fashion photography.
Keep an eye out! Very soon, they are going to open a new branch in USA with all kind of photography and videography solutions.
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You make it to the call and the air is filled with fierceness and the desire to be casted. Girls and guys line the room, some shorter and some taller than you. You don’t want to be another applicant; you want to be one of the lucky ones who make it through. With the abundance of wannabe models, how can you make it?
Dress for Success
Some girls and guys you may see during the casting may be dressed to the nines. Dresses, jackets, hats, jewelry, so on! This is all wrong. As a model, you are a mannequin. Your body must fit the articles of clothing. You as an individual don’t matter on the runway, you as a body matters. The casting director must be able to visualize you as a model on the runway wearing the casted designers’ lines.
Coming in skinny jeans, preferably dark in color, is the ideal. Some instances may ask for you to come in leggings. Baggy pants or flowy pants are not recommended. The casting director must see your figure and how you walk.
In addition, don’t come in layers. No flashy accessories or jewelry. No scarfs, no cardigans. Come in a fitted tank top or shirt. As previously mentioned, you must be dressed basic so you can be visualized in the designers’ clothing.
Bring the heels you feel most comfortable in. The taller the better. But, if you’re an unsteady pony in stilettos, come in kitten heels. Whatever heels brings you the confidence to strut yourself, wear those. You are marketing yourself as a necessary model for the show. A shaky and shy model who trips will be cut.
Like sneakers and moccasins, don’t wear wedges and avoid heeled boots. They’re trendy and cute for a daily look but they don’t work for a call. The casting director will question your sanity and your ability to model walk if you don’t come in the appropriate heels
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I keep my mind to the mission of being casted but I personally try to make connections. Some girls come into a call with one objective; being casted. They keep quiet, they keep to themselves, and they come in and out like a ghost. They are serious and locked on target. I’m not like that.
I like to walk around, introduce myself to the backstage team (people who take measurements, give directions, so on). I like to chit-chat with the models, see where they’re from, and see if we could have crossed paths previously. I like to lighten the serious mood, compliment the other girls, and leave an overall positive impression.
This is my method to casting calls. This is often discouraged due to how cut-throat the industry is. The way I see it, whether I’m casted or not, I’m Samantha separate from a sometimes toxic industry. Being nice and genuine will leave a good taste in everyone’s mouths and you never know what connections you can make and where an audition will lead.
Don’t put yourself on a pedestal. Be self-critical. Tear your walk apart and improve. Practice, practice, practice. It’s crucial in order to be prepared. Know your street walk, your cat walk, your Clydesdale and your elegant walk. Know how to walk to the beat and to the offbeat.
Don’t EVER do a kick with your first step down the runway. This isn’t the movies and you look ridiculous. Always step first with your foot in front. Practice your poses and have ones down (you go-to’s).
*** Your Walk Pro Tip
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