I love Vermont in the summertime. Working as a camp counselor is one of the most rewarding jobs and I wouldn’t want to spend eight weeks anywhere else. Earlier this week I had my first day off and it was filled with laser tag, non-camp food and a hike up Mt. Philo. The day was originally supposed to be rainy so I brought my new favorite raincoat along. It’s clear (so you can see my outfit) and I wear it all the time. It’s definitely one of the best amazon prime purchases I’ve ever made. The day turned out to be a bit cloudy, but it cleared up and got quite sunny once we reached the top of the “mountain” (it was more like a hill). We ate lunch at the top and hung out for a while. Overall, my first day off was a success. I’m back to normal campy things today and will be on a two day hike starting tomorrow! I’ll continue to be pretty active on my social medias and there will be another post next weekend.
Top: Romwe | Jeans: American Eagle | Sandals: Marshalls
(photography by Kathryn McSherry)
I am obsessed with this top. There’s just something about the longer short sleeves and the bric-a-brac trim on the asymmetrical hem that strums my heart strings. I also love these jeans – I definitely don’t wear them often enough. Seams on jeans make an outfit 100x cooler but 10000000x more uncomfortable. I usually go for my mom jeans or my super high rise jeggings for the comfort factor, but sometimes I make the sacrifice and wear real jeans. #DoItForTheBlog, am I right? Any who, American Eagle has their stuff together with these jeans; they know what they’re doing.
By now I’ve turned 18 and I’ve spent two weeks in the woods of Vermont. Not the actual woods, but you know. I spent half of my summer at camp last year (and blogged from there, too) but this summer I’ll be rocking camp clothes for eight whole weeks. Woo!!!! I’ve stocked up some scheduled posts to keep the blog up and running while I’m up and running around in Vermont, but there will be some new posts up as soon as I can get to it! This post was the last one my sister shot before I headed off for camp without her. This old bust stop on Church Street in Burlington was the perfect spot for a last minute post. I hope you’re all having a great summer, I know I am.
It’s been a while since the brick wall of my house has made an appearance on the blog – March 30th, 2014 was the last time I made the whole blog photographer thing easy for my sister. It’s also been a while since I’ve sported a ponytail. I loved having short hair for approximately six days, and ever since then I’ve hated it. As a past lover of french pigtail braids and high ponytails, a lob was perhaps the worst possible hairstyle I could have gone with. It’s definitely growing (thank God) but it’s still not long enough for one ponytail, so I’ve resorted to the double ponytail trick. You pull half of your hair into a ponytail higher up on your head and then secure the rest of the hair with another ponytail right underneath. When you look at it from the back, my hair looks so much longer than it actually is, and when you see it from the side it slightly resembles a faux-hawk. This will definitely be my go-to hair style this summer.
Also speaking of go-to’s, if you’re a blogger you know what I mean when I say blogging can be quite awkward. Standing in front of a camera is weird enough, so when other people (passerby’s or worse, family) stop to look, it reaches a whole new level of awkward. When I feel uncomfortable in from to f a camera my go-to pose is a jump or a really awkward contortion of my body, which I guess my father has seen me do before. He wanted to show off his blogging skills, so I let him run wild. The last photo is what happened. Shoutout to the fathers out there (and happy fathers day, dad).
Top: PST Los Angeles via Nordstrom BP | Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: Madewell via my friend Landy | Sunnies: Street Stand
(photography by Kathryn McSherry)
If I could, I would wear this every day. It has the perfect amount of that “this is a casual outfit but it looks uber put together and chic”thing that I know I aim for (and miss) a lot. These flatforms were actually my prom shoes, and not only were they cuter and edgier than your typical prom shoe, but they were also comfortable. I wore them all night – through dancing and everything. I know you’ve seen these mom jeans before, but I can’t stop wearing them. I spent two good years searching for the perfect high waisted boyfriend jeans and I guess I’m still stuck in the honeymoon phase after a few months with these bad boys. I had seen tops with an asymmetrical hem and a slit before from Brandy Melville but I just thought they looked weird. I saw this one on the sale rack at Nordstrom and I laughed until I felt it. It’s like butter. So here it is, in my closet and on the blog. And now for this clutch; It’s my first week of summer and I have been soaking it all in: literally and figuratively. My friend Landy (shoutout to you, Landy) got me this as an early birthday present and I’m utterly obsessed. It just makes me feel happy and calm and excited about next year in palm tree filled LA.
I started my bucket list three and a half years ago when I started my blog, and ever since day one, going to a music festival has been number two on the list. Saturday, I crossed that off my list. I veni, vidi and vici-ed at Governors Ball and I loved every second of it. My friends Leah, Norah and Landy and I started off with HOLYCHILD, the most amazing group in the history of music. They were so fun and energetic and I love that they’ve created a whole new genre (brat pop). We got to meet them after their performance and they were seriously the nicest people. They were so genuinely interested in talking to everyone who came out to get their album signed and were so excited to meet their fans. My favorites from their set include “Money All Around“, “U Make Me Sick”, and “Happy With Me“. Next we headed off to see Marina & The Diamonds who was amazing as always. The crowd by the time she performed was exponentially greater; we went from being front row at HOLYCHILD to being lost in the back in the matter of an hour. After that we wandered around the food trucks and head-bobbed to some Kiesza in the background. Then we sat and listened to Angus & Julia Stone. I didn’t know much of their music, but the vibe was so relaxing and their vocals were so raw. We ended the night (after more food, of course) with Conor Oberst. I had never heard his music before, but my dad and my friend, Landy, were big fans. We left before all the Deadmau5 madness (#1 because 18,000 EDM fans and me and my three friends just don’t mix, and #2 we were graduating the next day) so Conor was the last act we saw. He was so calming yet fun at the same time it was the perfect way to end the night.
Speaking of food, the food was unreal. I had Korean BBQ short rib tacos with red cabbage and parsley for lunch (with a free slurpee sample on the side), I had 16 Handles and I drank milk out of a coconut. There was an entire food truck dedicated to grilled cheeses, and another with just vegan ice cream. Along with the food there were also a bunch of amazing art installments. Gov Ball wasn’t just about the music, it was about the experience. Half of the day was spent solely standing in crowds or sitting in the non-muddy parts of the grass listening to fantastic music, and the other half was filled with food eating, people-watching, art enjoying and picture taking. If you ever get the chance, please please pLeAsE go to Governors Ball! It was an unreal experience and I hope to be back on Randall’s Island next spring.
Dress: Etsy | Shoes: ASOS | Necklace: Michael Kors | Earrings: Forever 21 | Ear Cuff: Claire’s
(photography by Kathryn McSherry)
Oh, prom: the “quintessential event in a high schooler’s life”. A night spent getting all dressed up and dancing in uncomfortable shoes, dresses and suits to hit or miss music. I learned my lesson about prom shoes after last year’s prom… who needs sky-high heels when flatforms exist?! Nobody, that’s who. As for a dress, I bought this dress last year on Etsy and planned on wearing it to my Junior Prom until Teen Vogue stepped in. I still loved it as much as I did last year so I spared myself prom dress drama and wore it to my Senior Prom. My favorite part is definitely the back – I love low backs and this is possibly the most extravagant low backed dress I have ever worn. I also love that it had straps; strapless dresses and dougie-ing just don’t mix.
I loved spending one last night with my senior s15ters and I can’t believe we’re graduating on Sunday! But before then I am headed off to Governor’s Ball for my birthday to cross off number 2 on my bucket list. I also apologize for being MIA on the blog (again), there will be a Gov Ball post up soon and lots of summer posts in the future!
“When will you ever wear a gold faux-leather skirt?” they asked. I didn’t know, but it was $12 and I had to have it. Poshmark can be dangerous like that. I could see myself wearing this skirt out and about in LA with white converse high-tops and a cropped tank or dressing it up with a black cowl neck sweater, tights and booties for the holidays. Apparently I could also see myself wearing it today, a semi-cold Saturday where I had a paper to write and a nap or two to take. I also felt like wearing my prom shoes from last year was a good idea, but all it did was remind me why my feet hurt for approximately 11 days after prom night… ouch.
I’m sorry for not having my stuff together last week – I was going crazy with school ending and work wrapping up, I had negative down time. But any who I’m back and there are a few posts coming this week to make up for it!
SOTD: “Golden” – the Vamps. It’s quite old and I’ve been listening to it for a few months now, but it’s way too catchy not to share. Also the title matched my skirt, and I’m a sucker for when things like that work out.
Top: Madewell | Skirt: ASOS via Poshmark | Sandals: Marshalls | Bag & Sunnies: thrifted
(photography by Kathryn McSherry)
While wandering around a little park in my town with my sister/photographer extraordinaire we came across this weeping willow tree. There was a sliver of an opening on the side and and underneath was a mossy, green wonderland. It was the perfect background for my fruity (or should I say frooty) shirt and my new denim skirt. I’m obsessed with the flare at the bottom and the details on the front and sides. It was also perfect for the weather – the denim is really thin and stretchy so it’s really comfortable for humid days and the Madewell top is light and airy.
SOTD: I’ve been a fan of Marina and the Diamonds for as long as I can remember. She was the opening act at my first concert (Katy Perry) and her music has gotten better and better since then. Her newest album FROOT is like Electra Heart on steroids – but a good kind of steroids. The vocals are amazing like always but the lyrics are a million times more amazing. They’re so raw but so real. My favorites off the album are “Froot“, “Blue” and “Forget“. Go listen!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there (especially my mom – you rock). You’re all amazing.
There are these magnolia trees in my backyard that are green/bare for 48 weeks of the year, but for about 4 weeks their blooms are magnificent. They bloomed almost a month late this year, which was sad, but it has made early May so much happier – especially the mornings. My sister took these photos one morning before I went to school (yes, no more school uniform for me!!!) and the combination of the petals on the ground and the sunlight was A+. I took my second AP exam today, a three hour english exam where I basically wrote for two hours straight, so I’m very surprised that I came home exhausted, wanting to write a blog post. Maybe it’s the freedom from annoying prompts or the lack of time constraints that appealed to me and my basically dead right hand…
Yes, I’m still talking about my Urban Outfitters order from way back when. I loved the tiny print on this skirt. From far away it looks like tiny little polka dots. Maroon and coral is also a great color combo, especially in this pattern. The print is small enough that you could pair it with a big print in neutral colors on top or throw a chambray button down over a white crop top. I’ll definitely be wearing this a lot this spring and summer (and next year in warm and sunny California!!). It’s so easy to throw on and dress up or dress down!
SOTD: I also downloaded a bunch of new music today, but I’ve already l listened to this one 15 times… oops? Do your ears a favor and listen to “Get Out” by Casey Abrams.
Peace n Blessings (and for those of you taking APs I send good vibes your way)
Ah, May 1. Decision day, college day, deposit day, whatever you choose to call it: if you are a high school senior you have come to hatelove know this date very well. For those of you who who aren’t high school seniors, May first is the day high school seniors officially decide where they will be attending school for the next four years. It is a very exciting day and it gives seniors the perfect excuse to get all decked out in their school gear and colors!
I am absolutely ecstatic to announce that I will be attending the University of Southern California for the next four years! I honestly can’t believe I am going to be living and fighting on** in southern California; I cannot wait. I will be majoring in Business Administration at the Marshall School of Business and I’m so ready to start taking real business classes at such a great University. The spirit of the Trojan Family is absolutely infectious and it’s literally everywhere – even in New York. I am so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to see where my education takes me!
**BTW: “Fight On” at USC is a huge deal. No it’s not a peace sign, it’s a V for Victory. And to quote the USC website, “it’s not a number 2 because we’re always number one. It’s hello. It’s goodbye. It’s good luck. It’s a form of communication that every Trojan understands”. Basically it’s a secret handshake, minus the secret part.**
On this fine Decision Day I sported a vintage USC shirt layered over a striped dress. For some reason I can’t seem to pull off the whole t-shirt and jean look… I guess that’s something I’ll have to learn in So-Cal. Colleges must make bank on school gear because it’s expensive. I scored this vintage USC shirt for $5 on ebay (or should I say ebae) and sure it’s not brand new and sure it’s a little small, but it has more character than a shirt with big block letters across the front. This is just a taste of my trojan-ness to come, so if you want to stay up to date with my college happenings make sure you follow along on instagram!
And what would a college post be without a high school musical jump?