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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!
Thursday, May 23, 2019
LACOSTE TRAVEL JOURNAL

LACOSTE TRAVEL JOURNAL


Thursday, May 9, 2019
PARIS PART ONE

PARIS PART ONE

HELLO! Good Morning! It's been a few weeks now since Paris, but I am FINALLY ready to share it all with you! I just have so many photos that I think it's best to split it up into two parts, one of the weekend before our school trip that I spent with Saunders, and then the second part of the week with my school! It was a jam packed trip, I had a fantastic time and seriously need to get back soon!! Let's get into it.
We started our weekend with a classic french petit dejeurner, or breakfast. It was SO good. All the breads, all the coffees, all the eggs, yes PLEASE! The café we went to was so cool too, the ceiling was covered with dried flowers. I wish I got a better photos of it, but you'll just have to take my word for it.
We next went to the Rodin Museum which I loved. All of Rodin's sculpture are so beautiful, so passionate and lovely. Big fan here, big fan. We also got the chance to sit in the sculpture out back where I did some sketching. That has been one of my favorite things since being here, the ability to really slow down and just sit and sketch. Something I'm excited to being back with me once I'm home.
We scootered to the Eiffel Tower!! Riding around on the Lime scooters has to be one of my favorite things that we did in Paris. We scooted for a very long time until we would up at the Eiffel Tower. It was even more beautiful in person!
Next Saunders and I went to this SUPER cool artist collective colony type place called 59 Rivoli, where artists with all different styles, working in every medium imaginable had their own open studio space free for spectators to walk through and gather inspiration! It was a chaotic space, but every corner was full of art, most definitely gathered heaps of inspiration while there.
We next took the metro to Bellview where we were able to get a good view of Paris from pretty high up! We got a bunch of Haribo gummies that we got at a self service Haribo stand, believe it or not, yes that does exist, and yes, you can have too much of a good thing... We ate Haribos until we felt sick, I don't recommend that. But! I do recommend sitting in the sun and watercoloring the beautiful flowers around us. The park was really so beautiful
We ended off the day with sitting along the Seine sipping rosé at sunset, it doesn't get much Parisian than that. Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle for the first time was so magical. Something that Saunders said never gets old, I believe it!
It's day two! We watched the marathon first thing while eating croissants and fritters, seeing all the runners while indulging did feel a little backwards hahaha. We then walked all the way to Pigalle which felt like something like an hour to get to Pink Mamma. There happened to be a long long line but by the power of just being a party of two and also devilishly beautiful we got a table right away! Hooray! This truffle pasta, dear god, so good. 10/10 recommend going to Pink Mamma if you're in Paris!
We next walked up the street to the Pigalle Courts where I intended on getting some photos for a post but wasn't able to due to the intense basketball playing! People actually playing basketball on a basketball court?! The audacity of some people, ugh!
We walked up to Sacré Coeur which is actually the highest point in all of Paris, there was a beautiful view, but unfortunately it was just SO packed, we shuffled through the streets like sardines, it just wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been. Nonetheless, Sacré Coeur was still beautiful.
We went home for a little break and then went out to see the Notre-Dame. We went to the back where it was less crowded. There was a guitarist playing a somewhat spooky tune. The moment was still, the music was eery and beautiful, and that was one of the last times I saw the Notre-Dame before it burned down. I'll never forget this moment.
After that we went to The Mosque for some pastries and such before heading to dinner at La Félicita  which was SO good! This space was unlike anywhere I've ever been, so much neon, great music and decor, the food was fantastic, all around good vibes. Go here if you get the chance!

After dinner we thought it would be a fun idea to go see a french film and just try to guess what was going on. Even though Saunders and I know some french, (Saunders more than I do) but neither of us understood a thing and the movie was just not good! We wound up bopping in and out of four or five different movies, all were weird or just confusing. So much for that!
The next morning was my last before I met up with SCAD. We went to Parc des Buttes Chaumont which was so beautiful, it's so pleasant walking through such lush parks right in the middle of the bustling city. A sweet escape for sure. That morning we went into twelve, yes TWELVE different restaurants and cafés before deciding on a place to stay for breakfast. 

After the park and the hunt for breakfast, it was time for me to pack up my things and meet up with the group at our hotel. The weekend with Saunders was so much fun. I'm so grateful that I'm close with my brother, he's a really great travel companion! I look forward to more of our adventures in the future! 

This wraps up part one of my Paris trip! Be on the look out for part two! And check out the vlog ;-) xo