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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
HELLO FROM HIGHLANDS

HELLO FROM HIGHLANDS

Howdy! As most of you know, this past week I packed everything up and headed down to Savannah for my final year at SCAD! I was nervous, but ready, so so ready to get started. But what happened? What happened like it ALWAYS DOES?! A hurricane...

Hello Hurricane Dorian, welcome to my world, I didn't want you here, but now that you are I just have to suck it up and accept it. In doing that, we had a mandatory evacuation from Savannah, forcing us to seek shelter somewhere dry.

SOMEHOW we wound up in Highlands, North Carolina. The most beautiful, wonderful, magical part of the world, and just because I went to camp here for ten years doesn't mean I'm biased...

This is actually where my roommate Ana did most of her growing up as well. We are staying in her grandparents old house where she spent her summers. It's wild to think that we had so many similar experiences as children and didn't meet until college.
This is the view from the back porch at the house... no big deal or anything, it's like, not even that pretty.
Yesterday we went on a hike on Whiteside Mountain, a pretty simple, fun hike that I used to do every year before camp with my dad. It was just as beautiful as I remembered. Being here now, after Labor Day is really the perfect time, the weather is perfection, cool in the mornings and just warm enough in the day. It's not too crowded, and things are still green and lush, this hurri-cation if you will, is the perfect last taste of summer I didn't know I needed.
As the night came to a close, we drove up to Sunset rock to well, you can guess... watch the sunset...
It was stunning, the way the colors kiss the tops of the blue ridge mountains gets me in my ~*feels*~ this place is so special to me. 

I also got a film camera and have been taking lots of photos on that, cannot wait to see how they'll turn out, hopefully they capture the moment. As ready as I am for school to start, I want to stay here forever, I want to soak in the crisp mountain air and avoid responsibility at ALL COSTS!! 

We don't know how long we will be here, no news from SCAD, and Dorian isn't supposed to hit until this morning, so we will see, hopefully Savannah will stay safe and in tact, I know many have already been hurt by this hurricane and worse... More updates on all of that soon. 

Until then, enjoy these last extra bits of summer!
xo, O
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
BACK TO SCHOOL INTENTIONS

BACK TO SCHOOL INTENTIONS

All clothes from Tori Radday's Depop

How?! HOW is it that TOMORROW I drive down to Savannah to begin my senior year?! In one bound to fly by week, I will be waking up early to embark on my LAST first day of school, like, ever. That is if I don't completely fail out of SCAD at the last possible moment, yikes, that would be bad. Let's not put that out into the universe, okay? Okay.

OKAY! so, senior year.
Holy crapola. Even though I still have a week or so before classes actually start, I thought it would be good to set some back to school intentions to start the year off with the right foot forward, no not the left foot, the right one, of course... Let's begin!
1. IT'S OKAY TO SAY NO after my freshman year I told myself to say, "yes" to everything. The result of that? Making lots of new friends, connections, and having cool and different experiences, the real outcome? Total burnout. I even made a video about it. Do I agree with that now? No.

I genuinely need to learn how to say, "no" to people. More often than not I find myself spreading myself MUCH too thin for the sake of others. I already know I am going to be busy, I need to... (transition)

2. PUT MYSELF FIRST going off of my last intention, I need to put myself first, seriously! My grades, health, both mental and physical, happiness come FIRST this year! I need to quit pulling so many all nighters, I need to begin taking steps back when self care is necessary. Speaking of, it's currently 3am and my eyelids feel like they have weights on them, SLEEP!
3. GROWTH IS NOT LINEAR I am prepared for this year to be full of ups and downs. I know I am aiming towards to goal of graduation in the spring and job in the summer to kick off my future career. But I need to remind myself that the path towards that will not be a straight new paved road, but perhaps a rocky passageway through a shaded wood, something more mysterious and dangerous, what's life without a little bit of danger, right? It may take a lot to get to where I'm going but I know that I will eventually wind up where I am meant to be.

4. APPLY YOURSELF And with that, I want to do everything I can to achieve my goals. I want to really push myself forward to creating the best work I can this year, being my best self, and making sure I am doing all that I can to get to where I want to be. With out pushing myself too hard of course...
Okay, now I really need to get packing. Let's get this thing going! Here's to new opportunities, new experiences, adventures, joys, highs and lows, and GROWTH! I could not be more excited for this journey to begin. I want to enjoy every last minute, and I want you to enjoy it with me every step of the way! Here we go! xo, O
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
AM I A FASHION BLOGGER?

AM I A FASHION BLOGGER?

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Hello!
I'm writing this to you from my unmade bed in my unkempt, half packed room wearing two, (two?) ((yes, two)) bathrobes, trying to think of some type of useful information to share with you all at 12:39 am that is worth your time...

That's the thing with blogging I've realized lately, I am constantly torn between the age old quality over quantity argument. You see, part of me has been lead to believe that it's quantity that is better for a blog, it boosts engagement, it increases my views and clickthroughs, especially if I'm consistent with the quantity of my posting, posting on a regular schedule and what not.

But then the other part of me thinks that quality is much more valuable. I want people to see me as more than, "hey guys, I've really been loving this new sweater lately! Here's the link to buy it, use my 20% off code in checkout! Bye!" partially because that gets old pretty quickly, but mainly because I am so much more than that.
There are so many sides of me, of course blogging, fashion blogging in particular, is deep in there at the core of things, but my roots are infinite and I stretch and grow much further than my core. There are stormy parts, sunny parts, hurricanes, rainbows, all the weather patterns you can tie to an analogy, I've got it.

I don't post much on here anymore, I'm not going to deny that. Does that mean that I can no longer take the title of "fashion blogger?" If you sell paintings for a living, and then don't sell one for three years, are you still a painter? I think so, right?
My point is, I'm growing, changing, trying to figure out just exactly what it is I want to do in this world. I graduate this (school) year. My future is a head of me. Will I be a stylist? Creative director? Influencer? Content Creator? Social Media Manager? Popstar?! That last one is sort of far off, but you NEVER KNOW!

I am starting to question my place as a blogger in this world where there are so many larger problems at hand. Our president is insane, the Amazon is on Fire, women STILL aren't being payed equally to men, people are dying EVERYDAY from shootings, racism is alive and thriving fueled by hate. The world is a mess, how can I sit over here and simply discuss discounts and designer?
I try to use my platform and voice in a positive way, but it can be defeating when there is little to no change in the numbers, in fact, LESS people than ever are reading my blog, looking at my Instagram, and watching my YouTube videos... way less. It's discouraging, ESPECIALLY when I have opinions, thoughts on change, ways to help, move, plan, and create! 

What's the use in trying to show the other sides of me and trying to make change or an impact when I feel so small? Every time I post on here I post with intention to do it again and again and again, today, tomorrow, the next day, and the next and the next. But I get distracted, I want to post about fashion, but I feel selfish and self-righteous when posting about handbags and headbands when there are people dying in the world. What do you think?

xo, O 

Don't get me wrong, I read lots of fashion blogs and do have LOTs of respect for fashion bloggers, this is just my personal opinion about myself.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Hey RVA!

Hey RVA!

pants- Buffalo Exchange // top- Trunk Up Boutique // glasses- Oui Fresh //

I'm HOME?! Hey, I'm just as surprised as you are! It feels like just yesterday I was announcing my move to France. This year has been one full of moving, changing, learning and growing and it's not even close to over.

New York was absolutely fantastic. There were highs and lows, but I felt so inspired there and ready to take on the world! Being surrounded by so many people constantly on their own hustle made me want to go go go!
For now, I have a few weeks back home before I begin my next adventure of senior year. Typically I would be going straight to Savannah so I could get started right away on that adventure, but due to family and transportation, I've got to stay here for a little longer than expected. But perhaps it's for the best.

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves, or even force ourselves, to take a step back and rest. As creatives we, at least I, often feel the need to constantly be producing, working, and creating, but sometimes it can be a bit draining. It is important to listen to yourself and know when to slow down and just spend time on yourself, whether that be at home, or some place new.

While I'm home for these next few weeks, although I do feel like I have a lot to do (of course) I am going to make a conscious effort to relax and take time to really reset before I go back to school so I'm ready to take it on.
So I'm home, but you didn't think I could leave New York with out doing some thrifting did you? These pants are my new FAVORITES! They came from the Buffalo Exchange in NoHo in New York City! As you all know, Buffalo Exchange is one of my favorite stores. They offer a giant variety of recycled fashion, it's sustainable and stylish! What's more to love?

Buffalo Exchange has MANY locations so no matter where you are, check it out and go get your shop on! AND be sure to check out my thrift with me video to get a taste of some of the fun you'll get from shopping there!

SO! Happy shopping and relaxing, retail therapy is a thing right ;)
Xo, O

Friday, August 2, 2019
Do You Like or Like Like Me?

Do You Like or Like Like Me?

Happy Friday Babes!! 
I'm going to get right into this, word on the street is Instagram has plans to disable the like feature to be viewed by users other than oneself. I wanted to write a little blurb about that and get your thoughts! 

Instagram has built a world where we often find ourselves basing our worth off of something intangible, likes. Of COURSE I am guilty of this, the more likes I get, the better I feel not only about my content, but myself! Posting a photo of something I'm super proud of and it doesn't get that many likes? I'll take things personally and go as far as feeling offended. What about posting a photo of mySELF?! A flood of likes? MEGA CONFIDENCE BOOST! Little to no likes?! INSTANT HURT! 
Naturally, taking away likes would possibly take away the comparative toll it takes on our mental health, but that serious topic aside, what about how it will effect content creators and influencers? Some think it will be a big issue and hurt a lot of brands and bloggers. My opinion? It's the best thing Instagram could ever do.

As a small creator I am constantly frustrated by numbers because I KNOW my content is good, and yet somehow I am not getting the likes to represent that. Taking away likes levels the playing field for all content creators. I get denied from working with companies all the time because I don't get enough likes when in reality, to totally toot my own horn, my work in my own not-so-humble opinion is just as, if not BETTER than a lot of the influencers who pose with products in front of a white brick wall and deem that as good content while I'm spending hours on stop motion animations and full on videos or photoshoots?

no shade, but like.........................shade.
Leading our lives surrounded by likes that define our worth is toxic and unfortunately something undeniably addictive. Perhaps my opinion is unpopular, but I want to start a conversation about this! Bigger blogger babes what do you think? Aspiring content creation creators what do YOU think?

For the longest time I admitted to caring about likes for the sole reason being the ability to grow, collaborate, be seen by the algorithm, and literally EVERYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN that has to do with being a blogger. It has been TOUGH, growing is HARD, making content that wants to be seen is FRUSTRATING! This begs the question how the algorithm will change, perhaps it will be chronological again? I hope!!
This post was more of a quick little rant than anything, but it's sort of me just putting my thoughts out there and I want to hear yours!! DM me on Instagram to keep the conversation going! 
Xo, O
Saturday, July 27, 2019
A Letter To New York City

A Letter To New York City

Dear New York, 

This summer has flown by, it wasn't until about last weekend when I escaped home for a bit of a detox that I realized how fleeting my time here is. A lot is scheduled to change in my life soon, I'm starting my senior year of college and then entering the "real world" shortly there after. 

I was unsure about you, New York. In the beginning I was go, go, go, and constantly trying new things, going to new places, and being little Miss Explorer everyday. But then things got busy, I got so caught up in my work, I got stressed and soon the hustle and bustle became less inspiring and a bit more daunting. 
Waking up in a windowless room after barely getting four to five hours of sleep each day I was constantly exhausted. Overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do for myself, and "had" is a strong word. Should I rephrase it and say that I was overwhelmed by the amount of work I wanted to do for myself. The videos I wanted to make, the photos I wanted to take, I wanted to do it all, and yet there never felt like there was enough time in the world to do it.

Bogged down by stress and time, I was feeling at a loss so I ran home! I thought that going home for some time with family, friends and real nature, not city planned greenery, would make me come back feeling recharged, renewed, and refreshed.

The entire train ride back to the city I was feeling good, granted I was watching Stranger Things and eating fresh baked cookies, feeling good was inevitable. But the second, the SECOND I walked off of the train and on to the Penn Station platform I was bombarded with humidity, people shoulder to shoulder, and immediate frustration. I did not want to be back, I wanted to be floating on the river, ears full of water, skin dappled by a mild sunburn from a setting sun like I was the day prior.
For about a day or so this feeling persisted. It wasn't until I was talking to my friend who reminded me that, "tomorrow is a new day." It was Wednesday and something just clicked. All of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, I had a great burst of inspiration. I realized that I'm only here for 19 more days, I have to really fill each of those days, and begin them with set intentions and a purpose without being too hard on myself if I don't get things done.

I want to give New York another chance. I had been saying, "maybe it's not for me, maybe I should try San Fransisco or LA after college," but at the same time I don't want to give up. I'm not someone who just gives up. Yes it can be frustrating feeling as though I work, work, work, and see little progress or growth, but that's what sets me apart, and what can set anyone apart too. Working hard. 

New York, you are a place that has made me realize my potential. You are a place where I am eager to return to and get my gears moving and grooving. Although there may never feel as though there is enough time to do all that I want to do, I am feeling positive about doing the most for myself. I do what I do because I love it. Even when I take breaks I cant stay away from creating, because it's what I love to do!
New York, maybe you and I are simply meant to be. Perhaps this high strung, humid summer is just what I needed from you to motivate me, that's what a change of scenery should do after all, right? 

New York, I'd label our relationship as complicated, something that drives me crazy, but I just can't stay away, sounds a whole lot like love, or at least how it is in the movies. 

New York, I hate to leave you so soon, but don't worry, I'll be back. 

Yours,
Olivia 
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
COME WITH ME TO THE COLOR FACTORY

COME WITH ME TO THE COLOR FACTORY

Dress- Flagpole

HELLO! I've been busy, busy, BUSY lately!! But no use in making excuses, I'm here blogging now and that's all that matters! SO HI! How are you, how's your dog? How's your grandma? How's your pinky toe? Mine? I've got a blister from walking so gosh darn much in this city, but other than that it's all good!

Today I got the AWESOME opportunity to go to The Color Factory with Flagpole (where I'm interning this summer) with the other interns and we had the ABSOLUTE BEST TIME! It was SO much fun, and me being the color queen that I am, I was having a total field day in there. I didn't realize it would be as guided as it was but it was surprisingly very organized and for how many people were there, it wasn't terribly congested, we even got some rooms to ourselves!
The experience started off with rainbow macaroons, which of course I could NOT resist! I had a BLUE vanilla one! They were so delicious, I'm an absolute sucker for macaroons, I can never get them to rise correctly when I bake them though, any tips?
Each room was either sponsored by a company or inspired by an artist, this room had to do with the study of sound and I want to say synesthesia? Correct me if I'm wrong Color Factory goers, but I'm pretty sure that was the deal. Very cool! The cacophony of sound was somewhat overwhelming but somehow sounded good together, regardless if it was a reckless child banging on the little chimes, or someone actually jamming out a beat. It was fun!
This room was COOL! It was basically a color personality quiz that you can see in my video once I publish that, didn't get any photos, and then you were led into a dark room where then a flash took your photo and your color personality was revealed! No surprise I got this pinky purple :-) As you can see from the photo I was SHOCKED by the flash! haha!! My reaction is in the photo, I literally screeched!
THE DANCING QUEEN ROOM! We had SO much fun in here, we were basically alone, except for when Emily accidentally got in the back of someones photo and she got yelled at in Russian... yikes, just tryna have fun here... Dancing around on this floor was amazing, where are the clubs like this? I need to live out my Lorde, Green Light fantasy for reals!!
Love this!
Something else cool that they do, we each got little QR Code cards where we could scan, take group photos, and then they would be emailed to us! They really thought of everything here!
RIP my stollen bike, I hope this is what bike heaven looks like and she's there thriving, being her best little bike angel self. Love you buddy
THE BALL PIT! What the Color Factory is pretty much known for I'd say, it was GIANT and SO fun! There were moments where we literally could not stand up just because you know, balls, but it was such a blast, we were in there for so long just jumping around, having a BALL! :-) Also apparently they clean it ball by ball with a fancy ball vacuum so germaphobes calm yourselves, it was clean (ish)
The intern crew! Dana and Emily :-)
This installation was right at the entrance, SO pretty, SO many colors and made out of paper too! I would love something like this in my house or at my wedding one day! TOO cool!
We love a blurry photo almost as much as we love Dana and Emily! I seriously lucked out with having these gals on my team, they're the sweetest ever! Dana actually also went to SCAD and just graduated, we have a lot of mutual friends, what a small world!!
And that's it! There were many more rooms not pictured here, you've just got to go to see them for yourself! Overall, today was SUCH a blast! I'm so grateful for this job and all the fun opportunities it has brought me like this! Thank you Flagpole and THANK YOU Color Factory for such a spectacular day!

I will do my best to post on here more, I have been work work working so much since being here it feels like time is just flying by! I am only in New York for about three weeks more, not even! Where has the summer gone? Anyway, thanks for hanging out! I'll see y'all soon I promise ;-)

xo, O
Sunday, June 16, 2019
I MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY! video

I MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY! video

HELLO! Surprise! I've moved to New York City! Tomorrow marks one week here and I could not be more happy! I'm so excited for everything that is yet to come!

I am interning with Flagpole swim here in Brooklyn and working on trying to find either another internship or a job job because ya girl needs some kind of money. I'll be editing videos weekly, some for me, some for The Sorry Girls in addition to taking an online class. Ya girl's doing the most!

This is a short sweet post but be sure to check out the vlog below to see my adventure getting here!
MORE SOON! XO!