The weather is Charlottesville is supposed to be gross and rainy for the next week. I'm not looking forward to a week without sunshine at all! Although I'm not a big fan of continuous rainy days, it gives you the opportunity to whip out your rainy day apparel you don't always get to wear. Here is my shopping guide to taking on the rainy days like a Vogue model.
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This weekend Henri Bendel is offering $20 off all full-priced bracelets. This is one heck of a deal, especially if combined with another coupon code. I purchased this Jetsetter Padlock Bracelet this morning, and can't wait until it arrives! Here are my top ten favorite bracelets from +Henri Bendel.
This past Thursday kicked off the start of fashion month, however due to school, I still haven't had the opportunity to watch any of the shows. Thankfully I can keep up to date via Instagram and Vogue.com. Here are my favorite looks from Spring 2016 RTW so far... Altuzarra: I love the midi hemlines and the clean lines of the chic designs, and sophisticated dresses, from Altuzarra.
I've been following Christian Siriano's career since season four of Project Runway. The last four pieces of his collection however, took me off guard. Rather than following the color scheme of the rest of the show, Siriano opted for bright eye-catching colors.
Monique Lhuillier: Monique Lhuillier's designs make up my favorite collection so far at NYFW. These pieces are the perfect breath of fresh air for spring 2016. Lhuillier's collection as a whole flows flawlessly from piece to piece.
All pictures via Vogue.com
Stay posted! Public School is showing today at 11, followed by Derek Lam at 12, and then Rachel Zoe at 12:30.
As hard as it is to admit it, school is back in session. Just a couple weeks ago I started my senior year of high school (AHHH!). Although I'm dreading the college process, I'm excited to see what the future has in store for me. Back to school can be more fun than ever with these adorable backpacks from Madeline and Company. Today I'm so excited to share my interview with Madeline from Madeline and Company on the blog! I think young entrepreneurship is one of the most inspiring things, and Madeline was so much fun to work with.
I'm Madeline, and I'm a high school senior from the Midwest. I've always searched for a backpack that was cute yet functional, but I could never find the best of both worlds. I designed this bag so that it would hold all of my folders and binders plus my laptop. I included some of my favorite design details into each of the bags: color blocking, faux leather, stripes, and metallics.
Do you have any designers who influence you?
I love Kate Spade's whimsy, J. Crew's clean lines, and Lilly Pulitzer's colors!
What is your favorite part about having you own company?
Working with people across the country! It has been so fun to work with bloggers and YouTubers from both the East and West Coast; I would have never made these fabulous connections without Madeline & Company!
Also, it makes my day to read an email or comment or product review from a customer saying how much they like their backpack!
Do you have any advice for other young entrepreneurs out there?
Find a mentor! I have worked so closely with my Mom during this entire process. I never could have done it without her experience, expertise, and support. Your mentor doesn't have to be the CEO of a company or famous designer; it could be anybody that will support you and offer feedback.
What gave you the idea for the inspirational sayings found on each backpack?
Everybody can always use a little pick-me-up during the middle of the day! I think it such a fun idea to look down after a tough test or long class and see "laugh often" written on your backpack.
I saw on your website there was a section for clothing (!!) Can you give us a hint on what to expect?
Our goal is to launch that section around the holidays! I can't give too much away, but think party skirts and dresses– perfect for both school and holiday parties!
Want to keep up with all the amazing things Madeline has been up to? Follow her on Instagram: @madelinaandcompany.
I'm so excited to collaborate with one of my best friends today on the blog! Lauren and I met in New York City two summers ago, and not only is she an amazing makeup artist, but she's also an accomplished "youtuber." I'm currently obsessed with highlighting and contouring, and asked Lauren to make a "how to" video of how she contours and highlights. Make sure to subscribe to her Youtube channel here: Lauren Roberta.
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." - Marilyn Monroe
In this case I'm not referring to heels but rather tennis shoes. I can't be the only one ready to hit the gym after purchasing new workout clothes, right? Having new gear is the best motivation to keep up appearances at the gym. Because I'm beginning my senior year of high school, my stress levels are higher than ever. I have to almost force myself to get up and head to the gym for yoga. The gym is only a couple minutes from my house so I have no excuse to not go on the weekends.
I fell in love with vinyasa yoga after my first class at ACAC and didn't even think of it as a way to reduce stress in my life. My first class was during exam week my sophomore year of high school. My mom was trying to force me away from my books and out of the house to relax. I drove to a yoga class and left the studio a different person than when I entered. I was actually smiling when I left!
(Jumping for joy that my sister agreed to help me take these pictures without too much complaining.)