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Top: first layer BCBG second layer Forever21 | Jeans: Guess | Shoes: Zara

One of my favorite trends right now is layering. I can remember being a kid in the 90’s and my mom buying pre-stitched layered tops and loving them.  Now as an adult I am reimagining some pieces in my wardrobe. I love anything flowy and romantic, so just when I thought I couldn’t wear these summer tops for another few months I suddenly saw them together. Paired with my new favorite guess jeans and these Zara flats I felt like the inner child in me was dancing with delight.

There is something incredibly romantic about the city at night from a view like the Brooklyn Brigde. It’s been a challenge for me to capture its radiance on camera because it just doesn’t do justice to what the human eye can see. It illuminates my mind, stimulates my thoughts and creativity and helps me to believe I can accomplish something, that must be what draws people here like moths to a flame. We are moths to a dream.

 

 

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Upstate Adventure

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It’s already mid-August and I want to drink every last drop of summer I possibly can.  This has been the hottest and most humid summer upstate New York has seen in a while.  And one thing I definitely struggle with is living in the moment, I feel like I’ve always got some kind of obligation holding me back from enjoying something wonderful.  It’s my nature to want to take a fraction of time and pause it long enough to gather my thoughts and take in the beauty around me.  The things I love most I need a lot of time for them such as, my family, my relationship, and my farm.  I wish it wasn’t as unacceptable to be open about it or to express that I require more time for that purpose. There’s this sense of competition amongst human beings such as: Who works harder? Who needs more rest? Oh you think you’ve got it bad? Take a look at my laundry list of responsibilities.  How do we actually break away from those behaviors and just be.

I love long drives and I love being at peace in nature, especially by a body of water. I walked along this stream and took in all its beauty.  I watched the sun light gleam onto the water, pour onto and through me.  Then I took a drive down a road I had never been before and saw this incredible view of mountains and fields.  Pasing a big cow farm, I stopped to take a picture of this particular cow because he looked so tranquil on top of his hill, and he looked directly at the camera.

What I’m wearing: Shoes: Target | Shorts: Guess | Shirt and Tank: F21 | Sunnies: RayBan

Cattails and Hidden Trails

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One great thing about living in upstate New York is that there are many hidden trails and secret spots where you can melt into the world.  I drove by this nature trail countless times and truly had no idea what was beyond the gravel parking lot and the large sign hidden in the shadows.  Then came a day where I was spontaneously invited onto its path and was completely enamored.  I loved the small wooden boardwalk which seemed lonely, but also warm and curious.  The cattails teetering in the wind pulled me down the trail and every corner I turned was new, yet familiar.

Another great thing is this dress.  I was in such a rush to find something light and summery, but also slightly sophisticated.  The long sleeves and the dainty florals are what grabbed me initially, and then the open back and the criss-cross detail completely sold me.  I love a great find when I least expect it.

Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Converse

 

 

Seven Ten

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And so the cycle of life continues, and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I am in disbelief as to how quickly the last year went by and I can definitely say twenty four was a big year for me.  As young as I am there is something quite fearful about aging, which has mostly been drilled into my brain through society’s norms and illusions. But what really gets me is the fact that every year I turn another year older and I don’t feel much different from the last. The subtle changes are barely noticable, however, being twenty five feels incredibly different from being nineteen, I can see and feel those differences in retrospect.  And as I become older, I hold more appreciation for the little things and the important things in life.

I woke up yesterday and I was twenty five. I can vividly remember many memories as if they happened yesterday which makes the process feel both insanely fast and surpisingly slow.  I like this year so far, I have a lot to learn and much to  experience.  Plus when you add two plus five it equals seven.  Lucky number seven.

Dress: Rachel Roy | Belt: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Forever 21

Walking it Off

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One of my favorite things to do, especially after a long day at work, is to go on a walk. My two favorite four-legged friends (Bronco and Baley) love to come with me and explore.  I think they loved it more than I did since the field had just been cut and baled for hay, it felt like new territory to them.

Top: Free People | Bottoms: some awsome no-name joggers from Macy’s | Shoes: F21 | Scarf: Portola