Thursday, March 29, 2012


ode to man repeller; pushing the limits.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

If You Have to Cry

A few days ago, I finished one of my new favorite books: If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone.

The back cover: Kelly Cutrone has long ben mentoring women on how to make it in one of the most competitive industries in the world. In her trademark, no-bullshit style, she combines personal and professional stories to share her secrets for success without selling out. Raw, hilarious, shocking, but always the honest truth, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside calls upon you to gather up your courage like an armful of clothes at a McQueen sample sale and follow your soul where it takes you. Whether you're just starting out in the world or looking to reinvent yourself, this book will be the spark you need to figure out what you have to say and the world- and how you're going to say it.

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was witty but informative, shocking but inspiring. If anyone knows me, I'm all about quotes, so I wanted to share a few lines that spoke to me while reading.

"After all, you can't truly be happy if you've never known pain. You can't truly feel joy if you've never felt heartbreak. You can't really know what it's like to be filled unless you've been empty. And here's the other thing: sometimes in life seasons don't come in order; instead of fall, winter spring, summer, we get three winters in a row. But that doesn't mean spring won't come eventually"

"I'm not saying you shouldn't chase the things I chased [...] but I am saying they are ultimately worthless, regardless of their price, without a knowledge and love of yourself and a firm belief in something greater than yourself."

"If you don't have faith in yourself, and if you want to take this world at face value, you're going to have a f***ing nasty ride."

"if you ask yourself often enough, Is this the voice of God? the answer usually becomes obvious. A voice tell you that you suck, that you're not important, that you're heading toward impending doom of some kind or another, is probably not the voice of your soul, or the Divine, or the Goddess. But if there is an important message to be found in your thought, you must take positive action immediately in order to glean it."

If you're looking for some inspiration, a new start, or just a fresh look on life, I would DEFINITELY recommend this book. It really spoke to me personally and also provided some sound advice for success in the fashion industry.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012


hola chicas/chicos!

I'm gonna brag for two seconds.... I'm writing this from West Palm Beach, Florida. Been here since Saturday and am in blissssssssss. Took this pic on my first morning here!
Shout out to my fabulous friends Kirby, Kelsey, and Shannon with me on this wonderful vacation! Anyways, the point of this post is to tell you a little more about what I discovered while I was is New York City!

Because I was up there with my retail class, we had a list of store suggested for us to visit. My first stop All Saints. I had heard of AS but didn't know much about their brand. There store in Soho BLEW ME AWAY. Like unbelievable. I'm gonna attach some of the pics and tell you more about it below:

Now, I took pictures mostly of the setup and decor in the store, which as you can tell, was insane!!!!! I was obsessed. Everything complimented the clothes so perfectly. They were organic and wearable and beautifully crafted. The detailing on some of the skirts and dresses... i die/ I'm so annoyed I didn't take a picture! Wait. I'll find one online :)
enough said. Everything in the store had an authentic feel. Sound so dumb, but I just felt very inspired every corner I turned. Though original, they were definitely in the know with technology. There were iPads throughout the store for you to learn more about the items and even order them online if they didn't have your size. We had discussed this concept in my retail class so it was very interesting to see it in action!

When I take the time to actually post, you can tell it's a bit stream of consciousness: from NYC, to random fashion pics, to fashion week, to inspiration quotes. It's a bit disjointed but I hope it keeps you on your toes and I can share some of my inspirations!

Please comment below! What spring trend are you most looking forward to? I'll post some tips or good finds based on your comments!

Peace, love, sunshine and waves :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

procrastination and inspiration






elin kling...check those chloe boots

Friday, March 9, 2012


Long time no see! Since I last posted I have been to my favorite place evaaaaaa: New York City. While there will be many posts to come, I wanted to first post about my "alma mater" if you will, Joe's Jeans. The summer after my freshman year, I interned with Joe's in NYC. It was the greatest first summer working in fashion. I worked with some unbelievable women and still keep in contact with many of them. Betsy, in particular, was the showroom assistant at the time and I got a chance to visit her when I was up there this week! We had a little wine date at her apartment in Brooklyn and caught up on pretty much everything! She is now an account executive for Joe's mens! While we were chatting, I found out that Joe's opened a retail store in Manhattan! So exciting!

So on my last day in the big apple, I ventured down to Soho and went to the Joe's store (off Mercer, if you happen to be in the city). I was so excited to see so much of their new line and new designs! Joe's was the first to truly expand the colored denim phenomenon with their 55 color denim line. It's pretty fab....which is why I included some wonderful pics!

I know I'm a bit biased, but Joe's are truly my favorite premium denim jeans. They are SO comfortable, and what most people don't know, is that they have different styles to match different shapes. So if you're in the city check out the Joe's store in Soho, and if you're in Knoxville, come to Mary Boutique to pick up a pair today! Feel free to comment if you have any more questions regarding Joe's!