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Nautical Nonsense

This past Friday was a pretty successful girl’s night out in my opinion.


Shirt: ModCloth

Pants: ModCloth

If you’ve been following me for awhile, it’s no surprise that I love anything and everything nautical related. I couldn’t resist pairing these two items together. With the current skirt collection I have, it just didn’t look good with any of them. Plus, if I threw a skirt on, I’d run the risk of looking like Sailor Moon – which I don’t think I have a full on problem with. Guess I’ve got a new reason to buy a pleated school girl-esque skirt now! I threw a sweater over my blouse during class in order to not look too costume-y. Again, I don’t think I really have any problems with looking like a cartoon character.



I got a VIP invite to the grand opening of Blush on Elmwood and had a lovely time. It was a great combination of everything I like: snacks, alcohol, and shopping. Why wouldn’t I attend this event?


Judging by this collection of quotes located in the store, I can tell I already like this place a ton.



Afterwards, I met up with some lady friends at Don Tequila for drinks and food. Nachos and quesedillas just taste better with margaritas. We ordered a pitcher full of raspberry margaritas. I hate tequila, I’ll only accept it in the form of a margarita. We ordered a pitcher of frozen margaritas too which were totes delish, from what I remember at least.

The following pictures were taken by Donald Schwartz. Go check out the rest of his stuff, I think his photos are pretty neat-o.


Seriously how cute is this boutique?!


My usual habitat at any party: the snack table.


Photographed with the fiercely dressed owner of Blush, Lexie!


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And We’ll Never Be Royals








I’ve finally adjusted to being back in school. My schedule is all over the place but I’m hanging in there. Also, I’m so done trying to figure out the weather. It’s been surprisingly hot out this week but I think it’s finally starting to cool down and stay that way.




Dress: Delia’s

Earrings: Vintage

This is one of my favorite dress for a million reasons. It’s in my favorite color, mint green, it’s got lace, the fit is really flattering on me, and I got it on sale! I still get plenty of lovely compliments whenever I wear it out. The earrings used to belong to my Mom.



Tights: Anthropologie

Shoes: Aldo

These ombre tights add a little bit of fun when combined with dresses and skirts. They only work with ankle boots or flats, anything a little higher defeats the purpose. These tights are also a constant reminder of how much I miss my discount. But I think I can finally say I’ve put the retail life behind me.


Watch: Fossil

Bag: Aldo

Leather goods from birthday presents past. I used to be nervous about mixing browns and blacks together but I think this works well together. This is definitely one of my favorite school bags. It perfectly fits everything I need and it’s adjustable too.



I’ve finally been able to visit all of my favorite local cafes this week. I had a study date with my friend Amber at Spot on Elmwood. I grabbed a pizza bagel, because they’re basically giant bagel bites. If you don’t enjoy bagel bites, I’m not sure if I can trust you. Amber bought me a belated birthday cupcake, how lovely! I picked out a pumpkin spice one.



My friend Samantha and I went over to Cafe Aroma because I had to do a people watching assignment for my acting class. Taking notes on people always makes me feel like such a creeper but it’s something I do on occasion while I’m out writing in public anyways. While being creeptastic,  I sipped on an iced vanilla coffee and of course got another cupcake, this one was vanilla.


Went on a bro-mantic date with Amber the following day and wound up at Cafe Aroma again. That’s the thing I love about that place, kills two birds with one stone. Grab coffee in the day time and then beers or wine at night. Autumn seasonal beers are the best in my opinion. This was a tasty little wheat pumpkin ale.


We ate at Towne in Allen afterwards. A bacon cheeseburger with fries for like $5, that barely exists anymore.


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Feelin’ 22

I turned 22 on September 9! My birthday fell on a Monday this year, so I celebrated all weekend of course. I’m surprised no one has tried to strangle me because I’ve been blasting 22 by Taylor Swift for several days.


Kicked off the birthday weekend by going out to sushi with my friend Matt (yes the one from my We Can’t Stop post) at Kuni’s. This photo was taken moments before a swarm of wasps attacked us. I had to abandon one piece of my tuna roll because a wasp decided to snuggle with it. *sigh* Shout out to our server for being lovely and helping us move inside. Luckily, it’s adorable, cozy, and insect free inside. This is my go-to sushi place when I’m feeling a little fancy but can’t spend too much. This is also the only place I know of so far in Buffalo that serves Koshu. If you’re into plum wine, give it a shot. And if you’re not, but like sweeter wines in general then you should try it too. It’s definitely my favorite one so far.


Shirt: Forever 21

Jeans: Modcloth

I came back to my suite with more wine waiting for me. My roomies get me obviously.




Dress: Nasty Gal

Shoes: Forever 21

I love this dress to death! The last time I wore it was to a wedding last year. It’s gorgeous but I don’t have too many opportunities to wear it out. I figured a birthday outing was a perfect occasion. The only thing I hate about it is that I have to wear a bandeau underneath. As pretty as the lace is, it’s quite revealing. The first time I wore it I tried fashion tape and a black backless bra. It was uncomfortable and I was checking for wardrobe malfunctions every two seconds.

I recently learned how to do beehives. They’re incredibly easy to do and make any outfit look instantly vintage. Unfortunately, my hair did not remain this cute the entire night. I literally had to run to catch a bus. I gave up and threw it up into a bun. I sacrificed my hair for an extra half hour worth of drinking. If running in heels were an olympic sport, I’d make the American team without a doubt.


Cantina Loco was the meeting spot because it’s right across from the bus stop and my legs still felt like death after running. I refused to walk any further until I had a drink. I should have stuck to with go-to, amaretto sours, because this drink right here was deceiving. You’d think something called a cactus berry (or was it berry cactus?) would be sweet and fruity but this just tasted like tequila. I am emotionally damaged thanks to tequila. I’d rather not talk about that night ever again. However I do appreciate this adorable cactus glass. I eventually washed it down with some Southern Tier Pumpking beer. Which reminds me, I need to go stock up on that stuff. I wish I could remember what else I had to drink that night, I hope I made good choices. That can also be said for whatever sort of shenanigans I got myself into. I have lovely friends who were good sports and dealt with my weirdness all night. It helped that they were probably entertained by it as well. I don’t think it’s possible for me to have a normal night out whenever I’m around Allen.




Dress: Forever 21

Boots: Aldo

Believe it or not, Jonathan actually picked this dress out for me! It was part of my anniversary present in July. Embellished collar and floral print, he’s been paying close attention for the past year. The next day was full of recovery and food with more friends. We some how wound up at Panera and Matt was lovely enough to let me pick out a pastry. I got a seasonal apple flavored one. I should drop out of school to pursue a career as a muffin model.


I wanted to do a birthday dinner at first, buuut remembered that I’m broke. So I went out for some frozen yogurt with a few friends instead. We went to White Rabbit on Elmwood. It was my first time in there. The upstairs seating area is adorable and surprisingly spacious. Read the frozen yogurt facts posted on the wall, they’re educational and a little funny. I had the birthday cake flavor. I went a little crazy and piled on lots of nutella, m&ms, rainbow sprinkles, and mochi. I’m not sure if any of these flavors compliment each other but it tasted awesome. Much love to my friend Rishaya for being a doll and paying for my froyo masterpiece!




Sweater: Thrifted, Amvets

Top: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: Thrifted, Amvets

Boots: Aldo

At last, the actual birthday outfit. I got so many lovely compliments on it throughout the day, which made it that much better. This sweater was much baggier and looser until I stuck it in the dryer. I never get upset when my clothes shrink while I do laundry because they usually end up fitting me better. I didn’t have to adjust the hemline of this skirt at all either. Finding maxis already at a perfect length is a shorty struggle. It’s a little loose at the waist which made my crop top a little obvious at times. Give me a break, an occasional bare midriff plus a blanket sweater and a maxi skirt should be acceptable, right? My hair was much cuter when I first did it that morning. It’s difficult for my hair to hold curls for a very long time since it is pin straight and fine.


Proof my hair was adorable at some point on my birthday! Anyone who follows me on Instagram (and if you don’t, the photos under “click, flash” should lead you to my account) knows that I abuse the A Beautiful Mess app. I can’t help myself, it’s beyond adorable! I’m also an avid reader of the blog.


Right after my first class ended, I received an adorable flower arrangement from Jonathan! Out of all of the one’s he has sent me, this one takes the cake. It doesn’t get more precious than a bouquet in a tea cup.


My friends are fully aware of my love for cats. My friends are also fully aware of my love for writing. I’ve received so many pretty journals throughout the years. And yes, I do use them!


Aside from my birthday falling on a buzzkilling weekday, Mondays are also my busiest school days. I thought about getting a cupcake from Firefly all day. I went with their ‘nilla birthday cake flavor, for obvious reasons. And then I decided I couldn’t devour this without wine. I was on the hunt for the girliest pinkest wine. Would any of you honestly expect anything else from me? An employee handed Barefoot Refresh, Perfectly Pink to me because I told her I was a fan of their pink moscato (which they were unfortunately sold out of) It tastes pretty similar, but it’s a little bubbly. Party cake ice cream has been a favorite of mine since high school. It has birthday cake batter flavored ice cream, cake bits, and frosting swirls. I can be extremely childish when it comes to my dessert choices sometimes.

So, let’s re-cap birthday weekend round 1 with some of the lyrics from 22:

– It was indeed a perfect night to dress up like hipsters. I don’t think that I dressed like one, but there were plenty of hipsters spottings around Allen. No surprises there.

– At least one ex was made fun of.

– I wish I had breakfast at midnight. No one wanted to take me to Denny’s to get my free grand slam.

– After enough drinks I was happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.

– Places did get too crowded due to too many cool kids trying to get their drink on.

– Everything was alright if you were right next to me or kept dancing like you were 22. ooh-ooh

– If you didn’t already know, I am definitely feeling 22.

Thank you to everyone who made my weekend and birthday extra special. I absolutely love each and every single one of you. Cheers to another year of being a twenty-something!

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Camera Obscura


I went down to the waterfront to watch the sunset and take pictures for my final photography assignment. We ran into each other and this mini last minute photo shoot happened.


Top – H&M

Skirt- Urban outfitters

Necklace – H&M

Purse – Kate Spade

Shoes – Aldo

I guess there’s just something about me wearing peplums to the waterfront. I know I said I didn’t plan on buying more peplum-related items but it was on sale and fits well. Also, flats and sand are an awful combination. I’m still shaking sand out of them.


Stuff I took pictures of that day that better turn out nice:

– The lighthouse

– Awkward couples

– A boat passing by

– Teenagers walking their cat on a leash

– And obviously the sunset

Photo credit: Erik Wahlstrom


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Sailor’s Mouth



Took pictures around the waterfront in downtown on that ridiculously hot day last week. I still have sand in my shoes. How is this even possible?


Top: Urban Outfitters

Pants: H&M

Shoes: Aldo 

Watch: Fossil

I should have waited to buy that top, it’s currently on sale for $9.99. Patience is a virtue. But I really wanted to give this whole peplum thing a try. I’ll admit, this one in particular is cute and flatters my body well. But I don’t think I’m going to stock up on millions of peplum any time soon. It’s impossible to tell from the photo, but I’m wearing high wasted pants, which by some lucky chance cost $10 a pair. 


Being a sassy sailor, as always. 

Photo credit: Erik Wahlstrom 

P.S. – Since I’m still broke/DSLR-less I’m looking for a photographer in Syracuse to help out with my blog while I’m home for the summer until I get my own camera. I might be able to pay you in some way and you’re welcome to use pictures of me for your portfolio if you’re happy with them. Leave a comment or go to my contact page to get a hold of me if you’re interested!

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Save The Princess


Frolicked around Delaware Park last Thursday before class. Someone running over the bridge saw us taking pictures and screamed “you look like a princess”.

I’m glad the world is finally starting to accept that I am indeed a princess.




Cardigan – Delia’s

Lace camisole – Forever 21

Skirt – Target

Tights – Anthropologie

Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell


One of my pointless trips to Target ended up being a total success. Sure I didn’t need a lavender maxi skirt, a sock bun, or fuchsia barbie pink lipstick but now I can’t live without any of them. Campus is windy (as always) and my new skirt was dramatically flowing behind me all day. High-low maxi skirts = capes for your legs. Also, why did it take me this long to use a sock bun? I don’t think I do it correctly every time I use it but my hair usually turns out pretty nice.







Oh and before I forget these photos and the photos from my last post, Fluorescent Adolescent,were taken by, Erik Wahlstrom. Go check out his other work and hire him. I promise he’s awesome.

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Fluorescent Adolecent


Ok so technically spring break ended a few days ago, but I’m dedicating the next two posts to it anyways.

I stuck around Buffalo for a few extra days because of work. I met up with some friends from my photography class at Spot Coffee on Delaware and Chippewa.  The plan was to mosey around downtown to do our photo assignment (we had to take pictures of people we knew/didn’t know. Typical intro to photo stuff I’m sure)

Luckily one of my friends had their DSLR camera on them and was happy to take a few pictures of me.


This happens to be my camera 🙂




And this is me getting my picture taken while derpin’ around Spot


Blazer: H&M

Corset: Urban Outfitters

Pants: H&M

Shoes: Aldo

Necklace: H&M

I remember when I was having dinner with my friends a few weeks ago they all told me that they’re so used to seeing me in mostly black with a pop or two of color. They hit the nail on the head for one of my reliable go-to’s ha ha ha.


It was spring break. I wanted it to be spring. If I wear bright colors and disregard outerwear that means it’ll get warmer right?




Hair tip that everyone probably knows – dirty hair is the easiest thing to curl and looks fabulous.




Close ups because why not


Right before this was taken, I was walking around Shea’s on that really rocky gravely street that’s under construction. I lost my balance and fell flat on my ass. Typical Celina move.

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