This past Saturday, Her Campus hosted their very first College Fashion Week in LA. I had the pleasure to attend with Foray Collective and loved supporting this great cause. Her Campus’s mission is to empower college women, and LA College Fashion Week was the perfect outlet to do so.
It was amazing to see a site that I’ve followed since my college days hosting such an incredible event. Her Campus co-founder and President, Windsor Hanger Western (TOTAL #girlboss!) said: “College Fashion Week is about celebrating real women’s bodies and highlighting fashion as a form of self-expression.”
The models in the show were all real college women that had never modeled before. It was incredible watching these girls walk the runway for the very first time, but what was even more incredible was how supportive and enthusiastic all of the attendees were! The girls were cheering on the models and so excited to be there. It’s always so uplifting to see young women supporting and empowering one another – something we should all do!
Foray sponsored a fun festival themed segment of the show with LA based brand Delacy – the brand I’m wearing here.
I had a blast hanging with Tiana, Kaitlyn, and Kelsey of Foray Collective, and Evelina. I’ve followed these girls for a while and each of them is a girl boss in her own way!
Happy Fridayy! We’re in a bit of a heat wave at the moment, so the jackets have been on pause this week. But in the spirit of fall, I wanted to quickly share a brand that I’ve been loving lately – Band of Gypsies. This line is a must for anyone who loves bohemian inspired pieces. Taking inspiration from icons such as Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, and Janis Joplin, Band of Gypsies carries amazing prints and textures that are total wardrobe must-haves, and the best part is hardly anything is over $100.
A huge highlight of blogging has been building relationships with brands, especially ones that I wore and loved for years before I ever even considered starting a blog, Band of Gypsies being one of them! The new fall/winter line is cuuuute and I’ve linked some of my faves below.
Also if you’re in LA, let’s hang! This weekend Her Campus, the number one new-media brand for the empowered college woman, is hosting its first ever LA College Fashion Week. For those of you who don’t know, College Fashion Week is about celebrating real women’s bodies and highlighting fashion as a form of self-expression.
I’m really excited to support this empowering experience that leaves college women feeling confident and inspired. I know myself and many other women suffered from body image issues in high school and college, so I’m proud to attend this event with Her Campus. If you’re in the LA area and also interested in supporting this incredible program, details are below. And a BIG thank you to the event sponsors: Foray Collective, Delacy, DryBar, Rebecca Minkoff, Vince Camuto, Fitbit, Bertha Watches, and Perfumania.
What: LA College Fashion Week
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 6-9pm Tickets Here
Hi loves! As you may have seen on my Instagram, I had the opportunity to attend Create + Cultivate in Atlanta last weekend as Bebe’s brand ambassador. The weekend was a TOTAL whirlwind, and I finally had the chance to sit down and collect my thoughts on the conference. If you haven’t attended Create + Cultivate before, I would recommend going at some point if you can. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the experience left me feeling incredibly uplifted, rejuvenated, and inspired to continue my journey as a content creator.
I took a red-eye to Atlanta Friday night, landed at 5am, took a quick nap at my Airbnb, and then got ready for the conference. Physically, I was exhausted, but mentally I was stimulated and completely awake the second I got to Create + Cultivate. Immediately you are surrounded by almost 500 women that share a common interest and goal: creating. You can instantly feel the energy in the room. The day is jam packed with speakers and panels, but you can take it at whatever pace you like.
The conference was a well oiled machine – practically every little detail imaginable was thought out. The entire space is a Pinterest lover’s dream, and every corner is Instagram-able. I loved the beauty lounge (for makeup and hair touches throughout the day, as well as free mini massages and manicures!) and the snack/refreshment stations that were set up around the building.
One of the highlights of the conference was definitely the mentor session – small group sessions with an influencer who acts as your “mentor” and answers all of your burning questions. These sessions alone are incredibly valuable and worth attending for! I know for me, it’s much less intimidating to ask questions in a small group than in a large crowd. The intimate settings allow you to get to know your mentor and some other girls better than you would be able to otherwise. I will say that meeting Jessi Malay of My White T was one of the highlights of the day – she is truly as talented, savvy, and beautiful IRL as she is online!
I won’t go into the details of every panel I sat in, but I will summarize the two main themes I heard over and over again throughout the day.
Focus on yourself.
This came up so many times.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
“You have to just do you.”
“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”
It all comes down to the same message: focus on yourself, not what other people are doing.
Nicole Richie was asked about the difference between being competitive and ambitious. Her response? No one should ever be competitive. Because being competitive means that you are inherently comparing yourself to someone else. Be ambitious – strive for more, but not at the expense of comparing yourself to someone else.
I couldn’t agree more. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, but if there’s one lesson I’ve learned in my almost 1 year of blogging, it’s to focus on yourself and not what others are doing. Spending your precious time and energy thinking about other people and what they’re doing will only hold you back. You’re the only one that can live your life, so make the most of it. Take your journey at your own pace, and make sure to celebrate small victories along the way.
Find your people.
Every single speaker attributed some part of her success to the people that have supported them. When you have a solid support network, it makes a journey that can feel overwhelming and scary that much easier. I’m not saying surround people that only tell you you’re the shit, I’m saying surround yourself with people that care about you, will listen to you, and support you through the ups and downs. These are the people that matter – always make time for them. Blogging can be incredibly time consuming, but I will always make time for the people that matter most – my family, boyfriend, and close friends. They’re the ones that have believed in me and supported me, the least I could do in return is give them my love, support, and time.
To hear such successful and creative women say the same things over and over was truly empowering. Whether you’re a new blogger or have been at the game for years, Create + Cultivate is an event that sparks a fire within.
If I had to sum up the experience in one word: inspiring.
It was so inspiring to see these women that have built brands and communities out of nothing. To hear them talk candidly about their successes and failures.
It’s so crazy how an entire industry has evolved over the past decade, and the digital space continues to grow.
And of course, a huge thank you to Bebe for bringing me on as their brand ambassador for the weekend. It was an honor working with a brand that I grew up with, and one that I’m more than happy to become reacquainted with. Their new collection is stunning, and this top and embellished skirt combo was the perfect outfit for a long day in Atlanta.
Thanks for following along! My mind is totally buzzing now thinking of what to do and where to go next. And if there’s ever anything you’d love to see or hear more of, let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email/Instagram DM/Snapchat/etc. I love hearing from you guys : ).
As many of you know already know, I work full-time in addition to running my blog. I started my blog as a way to learn about the digital space, express myself creatively (although I hate the overused term “creative outlet”), and connect with like-minded individuals through this incredible community. It’s become a hobby that I genuinely enjoy and have learned an immense amount from. As my blog has evolved over the past year, I’ve begun to take on more projects and collaborations. Somewhere along the way, what used to be a passion project started to toe the line of feeling like extra work, and I had to re-evaluate my relationship with blogging and learn how to prioritize. It’s so easy to build up stress and negativity in our minds, that something I often tell myself is to take a step back when things begin to feel like too much to handle. Because remember, stress is bad, bad, BAD.
There really are only so many hours in a day (you have as many hours in a day as Beyonce ; )) and I often get asked how I’m able to blog as much and as consistently as I do. The truth is, it’s all about prioritization, which truthfully means sacrifice. You can’t have it all, so pick and choose what matters. Lately, I’ve been all about giving fewer f*cks and only giving one when it matters. This book has been a recent favorite, and there is MUCH more to come on the many gems inside.
Basically, we all have limited time and energy to spend and give. Figuring out what matters to YOU and how to prioritize how you spend your time is everything. It took a long time to really figure out what was most important to me. Here’s what I’ve learned to prioritize:
I feel my best when I get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise consistently. When one of these things falls out of sync, I feel sluggish and weak – and get sick way more easily. I function best mentally, physically, and emotionally if I’m well rested – because of this, I do my best to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I really think getting enough sleep is one of the best things we can do for our bodies, and something many people neglect to do.
As far as diet goes, I don’t do anything crazy, but I do notice a difference in my energy levels and mood when I stick to clean, unprocessed foods – think lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (AVOCADO, eggs, salmon, nuts), lean proteins, and whole grains. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sugar fiend and love eating out, but in moderation. I also try to stay away from alcohol when I can, because if there’s a major productivity killer, it’s booze.
Finally, exercise. I haven’t always loved to exercise and for a long time avoided the gym like the plague. Over the years I’ve come to love being active and when I’m having a bad day or feeling stressed, nothing boosts my mood more than a good workout (current faves: Barry’s Bootcamp and yoga at Y7).
How you spend your time.
Time is money. I’m still trying to figure out how to prioritize daily tasks and commitments – my main goal is always to work smarter, not harder. I think it’s totally okay to outsource tasks if they take up time that would be better spent elsewhere. For example, if you absolutely hate cleaning, see if you can make room in your budget for a maid. If doing your hair takes hours every week, get a blowout and use that time to work. Make a list of to-do’s and rank them in order of urgency and importance. Figure out how to make time for the ones that matter. Doing this made me realize how many the things that were making me “so busy” were actually pointless errands that I could outsource, streamline, or batch into a couple hours over a weekend to be more efficient.
And as my fellow bloggers know, there is so much time and hard work that goes into blogging – with limited time, what is the best thing to focus on?? Since I only have so many hours to dedicate to my blog after work, I’ve made a point to shift my focus to shoots and content creation on the weekend, and networking during the week when I can. I don’t make it to every event and that’s fine, there will always be another one : ).
Just as important as how you spend your time, is who you spend your time with. It’s important to surround yourself with people that not only support you and lift you up but also aren’t afraid to keep it real with you. I think we can all agree that toxic and negative relationships are harmful and we’d be better off without them. Stop wasting your time and energy on people that bring you down and give more to those that are there for you and believe in you – it’ll make a world of a difference.
I noticed myself feeling a bit of negativity lately and had to remind myself on the importance of keeping a positive perspective and not complaining. At the end of the day, a lot of our problems are “first world problems” that really are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. It’s hard to keep that in mind when we’re constantly swimming in social media and images of how perfect other people’s lives are, but the truth is NO ONE is perfect and EVERYONE has problems. You’d be amazed at how people with seemingly perfect lives can be incredibly unhappy with their situation.
It seems like everyone is so busy these days, so I’d love to hear your thoughts – how do you prioritize and stay afloat?
Hi babes! Happy Fri-yayy! So excited to announce that I will be going to Create + Cultivate this weekend! It’ll be my first time attending the conference and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve partnered with Bebe and will be attending as their ambassador – if you’re going and see me, please say hi! Hope to see you all there : ).
I’ll be providing a full recap next week, so stay tuned for all the deets!
Have you been to Create + Cultivate before? How was your experience? Any tips for a first timer?