Exciting News!

Hello beauties, it’s been far too long. I’m so sorry about my absence, but the truth of the matter is that my life has completely caught up with me in ways that I never expected. I made a goal to dedicate more time to my blog over winter break, but I had so much fun with my boyfriend Glynn and best friend Anna coming to visit that I hardly updated you at all. And as soon as the spring semester started my life took a new turn. So here’s my big news…

I just landed my first internship! I’m an editorial intern at Surface Magazine, a contemporary design magazine featuring art and fashion, based in New York City. Last Monday was my first day on the job, and I felt so inspired to be taking the train in to work, sitting at my own desk with my own computer, and meeting the editor of the publication, Spencer Bailey– who also writes for the New York Times. While I understand that being a dancer and a full-time student juggling a long-distance relationship and an internship in New York City makes me a bit of a workaholic, I’m appreciating every second of this opportunity.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve wanted to share this post for over a week now. But something was tugging at me, pulling me back, making me wait. I’ve come to realize that I was thoroughly embarrassed for my lack of blog posts, and I couldn’t bring myself to stare at my computer screen, contemplating a way to explain my lack of internet presence to you lovely readers. But that’s just it–I’ve had a complete lack of a presence on my blog. And that’s okay, because I’ve been keeping busy fostering new friendships, working hard for my classes, and beginning my internship. But somehow, I felt a twang of guilt anytime a friend mentioned my blog or posting something online. I felt entirely out of the loop, like all of my blogger friends had forgotten about me; like I had turned into dust and vanished into thin air; like I would pour my heart out and write this post about my internship just to find that nobody wrote me a single comment, all because I’ve been so inactive on my blog.

Obviously I realize now how silly and irrational these thoughts are, and I’ve mustered up the energy to write to you today. And I have to admit that I feel much more complete and confident knowing that I’ve finally shared some of my thoughts with you, instead of hiding from my internet presence. Have any of you ever felt like you’ve distanced yourself so much from social media for a temporary amount of time that once you’ve returned, nobody will pay attention to you?

Just some thoughts on my mind. I’d love to hear what you’ve all experienced in terms of being active/inactive in social media. And I promise to update my blog much more regularly!

Sweater- J Crew. Earrings- Kenneth Jay Lane. Bracelet- Vince Camuto.

Minimalism

I’ve been a very neglectful fashion blogger, I know. Life has been whirling and spinning and dancing all around me and I’ve been having so much fun that at times, it’s difficult for me to close my eyes and just absorb the sweet memories that I’m making. My boyfriend Glynn and best friend Anna came to visit for two weeks, and we had a marvelous time exploring New York City… eating gelato in Little Italy, going to jazz clubs, taking photos in Times Square, ice skating in Central Park, and running around the city in the rain.

I’ve also spent much of my winter break learning about art and design, and visiting marvelous exhibits in New York. I was incredibly inspired by Sol LeWitt’s famous wall drawings at the Dia Beacon, and the large fashion profile of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum–which included rare sketches and polaroids of Madonna in the famous Gaultier cone bra. Oh, and I’m finally reading for pleasure! I’m currently obsessing over Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton, which tracks many different aspects of the art world in New York as well as identifying skills needed for certain careers–such as art collectors, dealers, and gallery owners. And for you fashion-savvy girls out there, Art/Fashion in the 21st Century by Mitchell Oakley Smith and Alison Kubler is extremely visually appealing and inspiring. It features gorgeous photos of contemporary runway collections and art pieces, focusing on the sometimes unrecognized yet vast influence that fashion has on art creation, and vice versa.

Although my life has been full of constant adventures, I’m becoming quite attracted to minimalism. I love Proenza Schouler’s minimalist collection for Spring 2014; Donald Judd’s minimalist art (especially his giant rose-gold stacks); Surface Magazine’s glamorous images of contemporary art and appealing usage of white space; and clean, leather iPhone cases in minimal shapes likes this one. There’s something so wonderful about appreciating the well-crafted, simple details in life, whether that may be a clean edge of a coffee cup or a new pair of black suede booties.

Do you appreciate minimalism? Let me know!

Second photo- Jacket- Juicy Couture. Pants- Brandy Melville. Shoes- Converse.

Third photo- Jeans- Levi’s. Jacket- J Crew. Shoes- Vans.

Last photo- Pants- Saturday/Sunday. Shoes- Matt Bernson.

Nutella French Toast

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve & you’re starting to address your goals for 2014! I’ve kicked off the new year by cooking a lot more, and I was so proud of myself for creating this delicious Nutella French Toast recipe. While Nutella isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, sometimes we all need a sweet little pick-me-up in the beginning of the morning to get our day started! And I kept the rest of the recipe as healthy as possible :)

What you’ll need for 1 serving-

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

A bit of honey

A bit of cinnamon

2 tablespoons of Nutella

Your own combination of butter/margarine

1 slice of thick whole grain bread, toasted lightly

Your own toppings (I used sliced strawberries, powdered sugar & maple syrup)

And here’s the recipe! It’s quite simple really. You just crack 1 egg in a shallow bowl, beating it and adding the milk, a squirt of honey and a bit of cinnamon. Then cut your 1 slice of bread in half and dip both halves into the egg/honey/cinnamon mixture. Let each half sit for 30 seconds, then flip to the other sides. Once both sides of the bread are covered, add butter/oil to a frying pan and let that melt. Then slather 1 tablespoon of Nutella over each slice of bread and put your pieces in the frying pan! Cook each side for 2 minutes, then put one half of bread on top of the other to create a sort of sandwich, with the Nutella touching. Use a spatula to press the sandwich down, and once it’s fully cooked, add your own concoction of toppings! I added organic maple syrup, powdered sugar, & strawberry slices!

Enjoy!

Bundled Up

Well, I’ve been bundling up like mad in order to showcase a few of my warm Christmas goodies! I’m in love with my tan wool coat and matching scarf, and these super-soft cashmere gloves keep me so cozy. I hope you all celebrated a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and got everything on your lists!

While I love to receive gifts, it brings me so much joy to buy presents for close friends and see the looks on their faces when they open them up. My boyfriend Glynn and best friend Anna just came to visit me in New Jersey, and they’ll be here for another two weeks. I felt even more excited watching them opening their presents than when I opened mine… I guess that’s a sign that I’m growing up! And of course eating delicious food and spending time with your loved ones are even more special than the gift-giving aspect of holidays.

I can’t wait to make some wonderful memories with Glynn and Anna in the next two weeks. Anna has never been to New York before so we’re planning on taking the train to Manhattan quite a lot to show her the sights! January will be filled with lots of new adventures!

Much love as always!

Coat- J Crew. Scarf- J Crew. Gloves- Portolano.

Winter Break

Hello darlings, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted! The two weeks after Thanksgiving were a blur of final papers, and I’m happy to announce that after turning in 50 pages of writing, I’ve finished my first semester of college! Over the past four months I’ve danced approximately 150 hours, blogged for SLC Speaks and College Fashion, costumed two major theater productions on campus, discovered the beauty of Manhattan, learned how to be in a long distance relationship, and made some friendships that I already know will last a lifetime.

Now it’s time for me to enjoy some R&R with my family in Princeton, New Jersey. I have many goals for my month-long break, including watching new movies, reading books for pleasure, making a Pinterest, and cooking delicious, healthy meals. I’m also hoping to catch up on some fashion news–yesterday I watched a wonderful 40-minute BBC documentary called The Secret World of Haute Couture (you can watch it here!) and I’ve found some great articles from Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and GQ that are just waiting to be read!

On the topic of fashion, let’s talk about this beautiful BCBG skirt. I totally splurged on it–but it keeps me oh-so warm in this frigid winter weather. It’s made of wool and cashmere and the pattern reminds me of butterfly wings! I’ve always found that well-made cashmere pieces are worth the money, and will last for many years.

What do you splurge on in the winter? Boots? Outerwear? Cashmere? Let me know!

Blazer- Topshop. Top- Kate Spade Saturday. Skirt- BCBG. Tights- Wolford. Booties- Dolce Vita.

Bliss by the Water

Jagged rocks. Sandy hands. Gleaming sun. Boisterous waves. Barefoot feet. Frigid waters.

It’s been a while since I’ve appreciated the true bliss of being by the water.

Back in Georgia, Glynn held me in his arms as we kicked off our shoes and situated ourselves on some large boulders by the beach. We had goosebumps. We grabbed hands. We were mesmerized. We were at peace. I find that being in a long distance relationship has strengthened my feelings for him, and yet each time we see each other there’s an initial shyness–a sort of I cant’t believe you’re here in the flesh feeling that we both experience. But sitting together on that beach, we both felt perfectly connected.

Our little reunions mean the world to me. I try to cherish each moment without questioning its meaning, and to love deeply without over-thinking my actions. This vacation reminded me that even when life gets stressful, I know there’s somebody back home who loves me unconditionally.

If you’re lucky enough to live near your loved one, make sure you open your heart to him. Appreciate his madness. Accept him as a source of happiness in your life. And above all, find a way to love his flaws, because those can be the most beautiful of all.

Top- Kate Spade Saturday. Scarf- Anthropologie. Skirt- T by Alexander Wang. Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs. Bangles- Kenneth Jay Lane & Juicy Couture.