Saturday, April 18, 2015

Red Sox Game



As a Boston University student, I live right down the street from Fenway Park. I've gone for
College Day, pass by it multiple times a day on my way to class, and even heard the noisy street celebrations when the Red Sox won the World Series freshman year (my room was up 15 stories), but I've never been to a single Red Sox Game! Now that the weather is finally warm (62 degrees #blessed), my friend David and I decided it was finally time to see the Red Sox play ball! While I'm not a huge sports fan by any means, I loved being immersed in a stadium full of passionate Bostonians.







Sweet Caroline Boston, good times never seemed so good...



Thursday, April 16, 2015

All Aboard with Indigo

Spring is finally here and I am reveling in the sunshine, a flowing, unfrozen Charles River, and the renewed pop of colors everywhere. From fresh blooms along the sidewalk, to window panes, and even beautifully covered books, I've been completely smitten with the color indigo lately. 













As I was scrolling through my iPhone yesterday, I noticed indigo was present throughout my photo library within the past few weeks. Personally, I'm all aboard with this in-between shade of blue and violet and feel it is the perfect little summer inspiration!

Here are some wish list indigo items I've been coveting lately...







Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Links

It's been awhile since my last blog post! 
I've been busy, but unfortunately my absence was due to a water bottle that spilled 
all over my laptop... it definitely felt like part of my body was missing for a week. 
I'll be back to more posts soon, but here's some weekly links I've been bookmarking lately.

via my instagram @bigcitytyro

but I just discovered it and can't stop laughing.






A guide to what they are/which ones to buy 

It's finally, finally spring! The boast are out, the grass is turning green, and some 
flowers are finally in bloom!
#blessed

Happy Monday!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Herb Ritts at the MFA



"I like form and shape and strength in pictures." ~Herb Ritts (1952-2002)
As a Millennial, I admit I wasn't truly aware of the trailblazing work set by American photographer, Herb Ritts. Famous for his iconic black and white photographs of celebrities and supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, and Cindy Crawford, Ritts is forever intertwined with '90s pop culture. From Vogue, to Polo Ralph Lauren, Rolling Stones, and Valentino, Ritts became a master of fashion and commercial photography, yet his work transcended that of magazine covers and advertisements. Ritts became influential for his music videos and commercials in the late '80s and went on to direct over 13 music videos and 500 commercials throughout his lifetime. His igneous eye for clean lines, bold forms, abstract textures, and striking shadows didn't end at human bodies though; Ritts also enjoyed capturing the rich textures and forms of the environment in its simplest and purest states of beauty. California was often his destination of choice, and his favorite locations in Malibu, L.A., and Point Dume helped make California's dusty, sunny terrains the prime location for fashion advertisements and editorials of the '90s.


An openly gay man, Ritts died of pneumonia in 2002 from a weakened immune system due to AIDS. 
His death has been a true loss to the intersecting fashion, commercial, and entertainment worlds of pop culture, but the spirit of his work lives on in museum exhibitions across the globe. Currently, the Museum of Fine Arts has an exhibit solely dedicated to Ritts that explores every aspect of his career. Almost twenty years after the MFA hosted a wildly successful 1996 exhibit celebrating Ritts, the Ritts Foundation has honored the MFA with gifts that allow 248 of his photographs to be on display from now until November. The largest museum holdings of Ritts photographs, the exhibit showcases some of his most iconic photographs including Madonna, Tokyo, Tatjana Veiled Head, Tight View, and my favorite, the Versace Dress, Back View. I was truly mesmerized by the magical way Ritts seems to capture the raw beauty and inner spirit of his subjects in a powerful yet unostentatious light. 
I highly recommend visiting the MFA exhibit from now until November 8th.








Special thank you to the MFA for inviting me to visit this exhibit.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Prom Season

April is fast approaching, which naturally means formal/prom shopping season is upon us! 
While I'm a bit past my prom days, I've realized there are still plenty of excuses to go shopping for a new party dress in college. Whether it be a sorority formal, senior grad party, or a charity gala, 
JJ Dress has every type of dress you could possibly imagine. I never actually went to prom, but I would have been overwhelmed choosing just one dress for the night.;-) 

From short and flirty, to classic and sophisticated, or glittery and bold, here are some of my favorites.









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Shop more at JJDress.com!


This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wedding Wednesday

While it's still cold in Boston right now, spring is slowly but surely starting to bloom. 
Even though there's still snow on the ground, wedding and prom season are right around the corner. 8Wd Shop has some beautiful prom, wedding, and special occasion dresses for every theme and destination you could imagine. 

I love the variety of prom dresses 8Wd has, but I also love their selection of wedding dresses. While I'm far from my own wedding day, a girl can't help but look.;) They offer cheaper wedding dress options, but without sacrificing their range of options. Depending on the occasion and your taste, you can search by hemline, fabric, neckline, and even body shape. 

Here are some of my favorite dresses below!






Visit 8wdshop.com to see more styles!


*This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Power of Kindness // Teen Vogue Fashion U 2015







During Spring Break, I had the opportunity to attend Teen Vogue’s 2015 Fashion University in New York City. In partnership with the CFDA, the conference is hosted for young women and men ages 16-24 who are working towards a career within the fashion industry in business, design, or styling. For two days, I was surrounded by a group of smart, driven, and hard working peers from around the world who I am both honored and lucky enough to be entering the fashion industry with in the next coming years.

 The conference had invaluable networking opportunities with accomplished Teen Vogue staff such as Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer, Jason Wagenheim, and Editor in Chief, Amy Astley, not to mention industry icons including Zac Posen, Jessica Simpson, Rebecca Minkoff, Michelle Phan, and Leandra Medine who provided advice on how to draft a standout resume, to crafting your personal brand, and finding confidence within yourself. Needless to say, I collected many pearls of wisdom from Fashion U, but the most inspiring piece of advice was the power of kindness.

Kindness has been on my radar quite a lot recently. For some reason, I feel as if I have been witness to a lot of unkindness lately. On campus, stress levels have been increasingly high with midterm season, summer internship planning, study abroad applications, and graduation all up in the air. In the city, it seems like everyone has been in a weird funk with this neverending snow. I admit this negative energy floating around has been slowly wearing me down; this conference certainly could not have arrived at a better time...

The minute I set foot in New York City, I felt this wave of kindness set into motion. I was a bit lost taking the subway and asked a young woman for guidance. As fate would have it, we were traveling to the same place and after a few polite moments of chatter, we quickly bonded over our current struggles with jobs and internships. She was struggling as a recent college graduate to find a job she was passionate about while I explained my struggle to secure an internship this summer. She sympathized with my desire to find work I was passionate about and with a company who's values I admired. She gave me some tips on how to search for internship opportunities, but most importantly her kindness, encouragement, and ceaseless positivity boosted my current disposition. While this exchange lasted no more than thirty minutes, I don’t think I will ever forget how her kindness not only saved me from being lost, but brought together two strangers with mirroring stories.

The next morning, I met with an old friend who recently graduated college and now works in the city. It was great to catch up, but it was refreshing to see a fellow peer get out into the real world and thrive. Everyday, I wake up and go to bed worrying about my future career. I don't necessarily worry about being "successful", but finding a future job that makes me feel happy and satisfied. As Millennials, I truly believe my generation is more passionate about working for a company that alines with our career goals and ethical values. Over this past year, I have found myself in situations where I didn't feel my personal values matched the values of my environment. The stars didn't necessarily aline for my friend at first, but after some negative experiences, she found the “right job”. She experienced firsthand how the power of kindness within the office or your environment can make a difference in your sense of worth, work, and overall happiness.

During Fashion U, I gained a lot of knowledge about the business behind fashion that often gets lost behind the swaths of beautiful clothing within our industry; however, the most reoccurring piece of advice was the power of being kind to others. Many of the speakers addressed the importance of working hard and being kind to others to not only “make it in the industry”, but make it with your personal dignity in tact. Any job industry is competitive, but the fashion industry often gets a bad rap for backstabbing and toe stepping. It was refreshing to hear these successful women reaffirm that you don’t need to climb over others and be unkind in order to be successful. If anything you should help be kind enough to support others around you, and powerful women should especially be more mindful to help empower other women.

 My career management class recently learned about building personal brands. My professor discussed how each person's unique characteristics create their individual brand, but he urged us to understand the importance of kindness as a valuable and powerful facet of anyone's brand. Ironically, I went to see Disney’s new Cinderella movie that night (as a Fashion U sponsor I saw a replica of her glass slippers at the conference), and was again reminded by the movie's main theme to "have courage and be kind". While there has been some negative critiques about this mantra in regards to feminism, I think this simple quote is actually quite powerful no matter the gender, time, place, or occasion.

Kindness is powerful, free, and contagious. These small, but powerful acts of kindness I experienced recently were just the kind of boost I needed for my soul. Even when faced with recent episodes of unkindness, I have realized that being kind in spite of the most frustrating, ugly, and hurtful situations requires a lot of courage. Being kind isn't limited to stereotypical warmth and friendliness but finding the power and courage to be nonjudgmental, forgiving, and encouraging to others in spite of everything.

"Have courage and be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."