Top: Wet Seal | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: c/o Wet Seal

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

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When I got my Thanksgiving itinerary from my parents and saw that day 1 in Las Vegas said “helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon” I didn’t know what to do with myself. I mean, it’s a once in a lifetime, bucket list type activity. And then I remembered that I don’t love things that make my stomach drop or give entail weird motion sensations. Rollercoasters are pretty much my worst enemy, next to cruise ships on big oceans and glass bottom boats. Needless to say I was shaking in my boots slip on sneaks all morning just thinking about what the trip was going to be like. It. Was. Incredible. On the way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, my stomach only dropped a few times, which was enough to get me to say that I wanted to sit in the front on the way back.

I’m not sure if I enjoyed flying through the canyon or when we landed in the canyon most. While flying through I really got a feel for how large the Grand Canyon is and I got to see a lot of bodies of water (including the Hoover Dam), which we couldn’t see from inside the canyon. But when we landed and got to actually walk around, see the cacti, go as close as we wanted to the edge of the cliff, and get a real feel for the sheer height of the rocks. It was all just incredible. It’s too bad this wasn’t on my bucket list to start off with, because it’s quite an exciting one to cross off.

On another note, I am very grateful for the clothes that my family so kindly stuffed in their suitcases to bring to me. I packed maybe two sweaters for college and have been missing my cozy shirts and long-sleeved items. Thanks, fam, for keeping me warm.


Because her AMA’s performance of this song was A++++ – “Focus” Ariana Grande

Peace n Blessings




Dress: Everly via Poshmark | Blazer: H&M | Flats: Old Navy | Padfolio: Amazon | Business Cards: Moo

(Photography by Brooke Helstrom)

In my first week of college, I heard the word “padfolio” a concerning amount of times. A padfolio, as I quickly came to know, is a notebook with a pocket for resumés and business cards and a notepad for taking notes during interviews. It’s a business thing. USC even has special ones in the book store with each school’s name or the USC logo engraved on the front. Fancy stuff. I wanted to be cool and hip and fashionable and go for a color other than black or brown so I bought one off amazon that looked like more of a pantone caramel, orange-tinted-brown-color-that-you-can-wear-with-black-or-navy colored padfolio, which ended up being just lighter brown. So now this here cork padfolio (eco friendly might I add!!) has made its way onto my Christmas list. I also have been way too excited about my business cards. I bought both of mine on Moo: a professional set, and a set for blog functions. I’m utterly (get it – moo) obsessed with the front of them which say “Hello, my name is Megan and you should check out my blog”. Not only are they funny, but they have rounded corners, they fit all my bloggy information, and they come in 5 different colors!!! This, folks, is what happens to you when you become a business student.

You also get real comfortable wearing flats and blazers. For one of my classes I have to wear a suit every Friday morning. Yes, you read that correctly. So business professional I have down pat. Business casual, on the other hand, has always been more of a struggle for me. I wore this to my first recruiter reception, one for fashion brands and companies through the fashion industry association club on campus. So wearing a fun printed dress was acceptable, however the lines when it comes to business casual in the fashion world are even more blurred. I am a fan of over dressing rather than under dressing, so I wore a blazer and flats to keep it as profesh as I could while still showing some personality. Most people wore shift dresses with small heels (something I need to invest in) or pants and a nice top. The reception was really nice but totally overwhelming. In a sea of Juniors and Seniors vying for jobs, I, a wee Freshman trying to be professional and interesting at the same time, felt like a tiny fish in an ocean. It was good getting out there, though. Onwards and upwards!


Honestly, all I have been listening to lately is Made In The A.M., so this one’s an oldie from my Pandora list of liked songs – “Last Breath” by the Plain White Tees.

Peace n Blessings


Made In The A.M.

If the fact that I am still obsessed with One Direction is a surprise to you, do you even know me? No. The answer to that is no. Made In The A.M. came out today and of course I’ve been listening to it all day, so here’s the low down on every song on the Deluxe album.


“Hey Angel” – A good opener for the album – it’s kind of trance-y, like there’s a lot of oOoooOoOo’s and big harmonies and a slow drum beat in the background, but the lyrics are a bit too repetitive for my liking. 6.5/10.

“Drag Me Down” / “Perfect” – If you haven’t heard these songs where have you been. They’re both more mature from their past songs and have different (good) vibes. 7.5/10 / 8.5/10. 

“Perfect” – Again, if you haven’t heard this song where have you been. It’s more mature and definitely not geared towards the 13 year old crowd their previous albums have been marketed to. Good stuff. 8.5/10.

“Infinity” – Like “Hey Angel”, this song is trance-like until you get to the chorus, which is more raw. It’s quite a sad song but I really like it. Favorite lyric: “How many nights does it take to count the stars? / That’s the time it would take to fix my heart”. 8/10.

“End Of The Day” – I absolutely love the opening of this song, but the chorus is too different beat wise and lyric wise from the other verses that it bothers me quite a bit. Favorite lyric: “I told her that I loved her, was not sure if she heard / The roof was pretty windy and she didn’t say a word”. Also “Just me, her and the moon”. 6.5/10. 

“If I Could Fly” – This one made me cry. It may have been the late hour at which I first heard it, or maybe the strings, or the harmonies, or the lyrics, or the speed, or everything. Favorite lyric: “Pay attention, I hope that you listen cause I let my guard down”. 10/10.

“Long Way Down” – Also super obsessed with this one. The lyrics are incredible and very creative, and it’s paired with raspy Harry and acoustic guitar and I love it. Favorite lyric: “We found an island / But we got stranded”. 9.8/10.

“Never Enough” – This song starts off sounding like a cappella and I love it. It also weirdly makes me think of people in a rainforest, living a tribal life of some kind … i don’t know, just listen. 9/10.

“Olivia” Unbelievably catchy (even Brooke says so!!!) and it reminds me of Take Me Home One Direction (tbt to “Rock Me”). Also a great shower/elevator song, just ask the people on my floor… 10/10.

“What A Feeling” – Lots of harmonies and the beat is (surprise!) catchy. 8/10.

“Love You Goodbye” – Seriously so heartfelt – a really sad breakup ballad and it strums on my heart strings. 9.5/10.

“I Want To Write You A Song” – The only word I can think of to describe this is cute – it reminds me of something a high school boyfriend would write his girlfriend, cute guitar plucking and everything. Gotta love it. 9.5/10.

“History” – Hands down my favorite song – I’m a sucker for clapping in unison. Favorite lyric: “No they don’t teach you this in school / Now my hearts breaking and I don’t know what to do“. Overall the lyrics are a bit repetitive, which is why it’s a 9.9999/10. 

“Temporary Fix” – Definitely a more mature song (and definitely not for teeny bopper fans). Reminds me of a 90’s band and I love it. 9/10. 

“Walking In The Wind” – One of my favorites – it has incredible lyrics and a guitar riff that will forever be stuck in my head. It’s incredibly heartbreaking, though. Favorite lyric: “If you’re lost, just look for me / You’ll find me in the region of the summer stars”. 10/10.

“Wolves” – This song has these wolf-ish sounding OooOOoOoO’s but it’s tasteful and not totally overwhelming and there are also a lot of harmonies and it’s just great. 8.5/10.

“A.M.” – FIRST THINGS FIRST – THEY CURSE IN THIS SONG! I was honestly shocked when I heard this for the first time, but I feel like this song really sums up this album for the boys. They are turning a new leaf – one without Zayn, with a new audience in mind, and new and raw life experiences – and I really like it. It’s completely and utterly raw, and this song is absolutely beautiful. Favorite lyric: “We’re just swimming round in our glasses / And talking out of our asses / Like we’re all gonna make it (yeah, yeah)“. So! Grown! Up! 10/10.

Peace n Fangirl Blessings


All Wrapped Up


Top: American Apparel Factory Flea Market | Jacket: thrifted | Skort: Lily White (Brooke) | Sandals: ALDO (Brooke)

(photography by Brooke Helstrom) 

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I’ll tell ya, the School of Cinematic Arts is gorgeous. There are plenty of fountains, large iron gates and tiled wall decoration things. Oh, and don’t forget about the cool arched outdoor hallways. Those are pretty cool, too. I know lately I’ve been complaining about the weather being too cold for my liking, but today was a dream of a day weather wise. Calculus was not so much of a dream, but that’s another story. I spent the day in shorts, sandals, a shirt and a jacket and was completely comfortable. Raise the temperature a few more degrees and you would get my idea of Los Angeles weather – consistent high 70’s, constant sun, and sandal weather all year round. I guess I was on track with constant sun (there have only been a few days with clouds and one – yes, one – rainy day), but the high 70’s and a never ending sandal season not so much.

I made my second trip to the American Apparel Factory Flea Market store this past weekend with Norah, my dear old pal from high school who came to visit. It was just as great as it was the first time I visited. I ended up with this black wrap shirt and a turquoise muscle tank that is incredibly soft and was $2. I couldn’t pass it up. With the sudden change in the weather, I felt lost without my long sleeve shirts that are just chilling in my closet across the country. I decided having one three-quarter length shirt was not enough for this winter that is upon us, so when I came across this extremely soft, wrap shirt that is brand new in stores for a lower price, I could not let it go. I can already tell that I will wear this shirt too often, but I guess that just means I made a good purchase. In other news, Brooke and I now wear each others’ clothing more than we wear our own. This outfit here is 50% Brooke, and her outfit for dinner tonight was 35% me. It’s great for the blog and it’s great for the wallet.


I will spare you from another One Direction song as the song of the day (because there will be a lengthy post on Friday with the release of the nEw AlBuM), so here’s some Ingrid Michaelson to calm your soul : “Keep Breathing“. Another genius Pandora find. Bless Pandora.

Peace n Blessings



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Sweater: Project Social T | Skirt: MINKPINK | Shoes: Old Navy | Necklace: my grand big ☽

(photography by Brooke Helstrom)


When I started the college application process, I brought out a map and drew three lines. One was above North Carolina – I was not going anywhere cold. I just can’t do New England winters anymore. The second line was below North Carolina – I’m not a Southern girl. Sweet tea, Jack Rogers and Lilly Pulitzer dresses do not excite me. The third line was right along the border of California – because California is everything. I’ve now been in California for three months, I’ve survived the unbearable heat, and now the cold is hitting. It has been around 65º for the past few days. If I were still in New York, I would undoubtedly be wearing shorts. Or a tank top. Or maybe even both. But since I’ve been here for three months, at 65º, I had to go out and buy a sweater.

There was a MINKPINK/Project Social T/Obey sample sale on campus (another great thing about California and Los Angeles!!!!) and it was freezing. This red, incredibly soft sweater was exactly what I needed. I also went a little wild and bought this skirt, which is just fueling my leather mini skirt obsession, which all started with the famous rose gold number. I find it insane that I have adjusted to the weather so quickly. It reached a frigid 56º the other night and I broke out my sweatpants, sweatshirt, and fuzzy socks. And I slept under all of my covers!! It’s like the apocalypse!! I came to USC in part because of the beautiful weather year-round, however I’ve been frozen for the past few days. It’s insane, and I miss all of my big sweaters that are currently hanging in my closet at home. I’ll see you at Christmastime, sweaters. You are greatly missed. xoxo.


In honor of a big event happening next Friday (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), this is a big ‘ole throwback to fetus One Direction, when Zayn was still in the band and Harry was still considered a “weak” singer – “Truly, Madly, Deeply“, quite possibly one of the most underrated One Direction songs in the history of One Direction songs.

Peace n Blessings


Style Fashion Week LA // 10/18


Top: Aritzia | Skirt: Missguided via Poshmark | Shoes: ASOS

(photography by Brooke Helstrom) 

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I really love art and I really love fashion and I really, really love my ASOS flatforms (in case you couldn’t tell). And don’t even get me started on my rose gold leather skirt… I wrote about it in one of my college papers. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. The last night of fashion week was one big love fest for me. There was an art exhibit where the trade show had been in previous days, I wore my skirt and my shoes, and it was fashion week. How could you not love that? The Los Angeles heart piece and the eyes painting were my favorites, although there was also a painting collage thing of Karl Lagerfeld which was quite epic. Again, shoutout to Brooke who lent me more (yes, more) of her clothes from Aritzia. I lent her my skirt and top, too, so I guess we’re even now. Biggest piece of college advice thus far: find a roommate you can share clothes with. And if you can share shoes, room with that person forever.

Aside from my outfit situation, the fashion on night four was incredible. There was an entire swim series, which made me completely thankful to be in a place where I can go to the beach year-round. Although it got down to a whopping 75 degrees this week and I saw a concerning amount of North Face jackets and Uggs… I was wearing a tank dress. I guess my New Yorker was showing. Almost everything on night four was printed. One of my favorite shows, Sun & Seeds, was full of gold and yellow tribal/floral prints. There also was an epic sunflower printed mini dress complete with platform wedges and an umbrella. It just screamed tropical princess and I loved it.


Middle Distance Runner” by Sea Wolf is another one of my Pandora finds. It’s a total slight head-bumping, catchy but not too-catchy homework jam. 10/10 recommend.

Peace n Blessings


Style Fashion Week LA // 10/17


Dress: Aritzia | Necklace: c/o roomie Brooke | Shoes: Sperry Topsider Outlet | Earrings: Forever 21

(photography by Brooke Helstrom, runway photos by me)

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Before class even started out here in sunny Southern California, I bought a succulent. A collection of succulents, actually: some that grow tall, some that are short and round, and one that looks like an ivy plant but in succulent form, all together in a little pot. Her name is Karl (yes, she, and yes, Karl with a K). The best thing about having a succulent in college is that if you don’t have to water it every day. Missing a few days (or even a week) of watering is actually necessary for the plant to survive. When Brooke and I were walking into the Style Fashion Week LA venue and saw this massive wall of succulents, we had to stop. In my future home, I will have wall like so, except maybe with more succulents. In my future home, I also will have a closet full of clothing from Aritzia. For now, I have Brooke, who’s closet is quite full of Aritzia. It’s a good thing we’re the same size, or else we both would suffer from daily clothing crises.

This plum/grape/some-kind-of-dark-purple colored dress is beautiful. It’s much nicer than most of the Forever 21 and H&M stuff that fills my closet, and wearing it made me feel like a million bucks (ok, maybe a million minus one bucks when standing next to people at LA fashion week, drenched in Céline bags and designer leather jackets). So thanks Brooke! And thanks for the necklace, too. (See, this is becoming a trend…)

The designs on night three of Style Fashion Week LA were nothing short of fabulous. It was full of more formal fashion, including full length gowns, suits, and crowns. There was an entire show of young boys and men in loud printed and bright solid colored suits. It was fantastic. There also was an entire show of very medieval inspired formal dresses (in the last runway photos), full of intricate lace, veils and huge crowns. The pieces shown on the third night were some of the most practical pieces I saw throughout all of Style Fashion Week. While sweat-pant maxi skirt/sweatshirt combo’s make a strong statement about comfort, I just can’t see myself strutting a grout-fit sweat-fit around at any event. These gowns could actually be worn to a black tie event, and the suits would be perfect for, well, anything. I’m a big advocate for printed suits: they can be worn all year round, at all times of the day, to all kinds of events. They are truly underrated.


I have created this master study playlist on Pandora, starting with Alex & Sierra and now ranging from The Weepies to X Ambassadors to Angus And Julia Stone to Ron Pope to Ingrid Michelson. It’s killer, and I find myself wanting to listen to it while I’m not studying, too. It’s that good. One of my most recent favorites is “Our July In The Rain (Stripped)” by He is We. I had never heard it before and I instantly fell in love. It’s so raw. Such a masterpiece.

Peace n Blessings


Style Fashion Week LA // 10/16


Dress (worn underneath): American Apparel | Top: Nordstrom | Boots: c/o Wet Seal | Bag: Florence, Italy | Necklace: c/o Brooke (roommate #1)

(photography by Paxton Lambright, other photos by me)

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Day two of Style Fashion Week was definitely one of my favorite days. There was ample opportunity to sit in the front row (and yes, I took advantage of it) and the designs looked incredible. One of my favorite shows was the Uwi Twins show. The Uwi Twins, Rwandan genocide survivors, also showed a collection at New York Fashion Week. I studied the history of the Rwandan genocide in high school, so watching a collection so deeply inspired by a tragedy I knew the background of was incredible. The show began with a performance (shown in the last photo) and was impressive from start to finish. Two extremely similar looking women walked down the runway and were not off by a beat when they stopped, posed and turned around. It was so well choreographed the crowd just about fell off their chairs. Some of the other shows included Foxbait, Soul Star Clothing and Seize & Desist. The finale of the Seize & Desist collection was definitely memorable: an incredibly tall male model on a mini-segway taking a selfie in the center of the runway. Definitely not your average finale.

I have had the American Apparel ponte dress in light blue on my wish list for, well, ever. About three summers ago I tried it on in the store on one of my days off and went to buy it, thinking it was on sale. Alas, it was one of the few full-price, new items in the store. Fast forward to three years later, on my first big driving outing to the fashion district, to my trip to the American Apparel Factory Store. It was $35 instead of $70 something and my knees just about snapped in half right then and there. You can’t really tell but the dress is quite low on the sides and the back, making the situation quite risqué. I did not want to have to worry all night, so I threw my trusty side-slit top over it and then brought along my leather jacket. Also shoutout to roommates who give you their clothes/jewelry when you have clothing crises before fashion week. Clap clap you rock, Brooke.



Peace n Blessings


Style Fashion Week LA // 10/15

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Dress: Aritzia | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: Urban Outfitters via Poshmark

(photography by Paxton Lambright, runway photos by me)

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Runway shows hold a special place in my heart. No matter how familiar you are with a designer and their aesthetic, whatever comes down the runway will have a new twist and a new vibe. I got to watch an insane amount of runway shows last week at Style Fashion Week LA, and it was quite exciting. I got to cross a few things off my bucket list (54, 73) and I got to take in all the fashion. Not too shabby. Above are some of my favorite looks and designers from the October 15th shows. Nina B Roze is famous for creating athletic wear with a heart-shaped seam on the butt of their leggings. The show was filled with muted prints and mesh panels. The next show was Anjé, a New York designer, and the show was incredible. Her show was probably only one of a few shows where I could actually see myself wearing some of the things that were being shown on the runway. The last show, by designer Maggie Barry, was probably the most eccentric show of the night. A majority of the show had two models walk down the runway together, which was something I had never seen before. The clothes were fun and full of this light blue face-print. The shoes were killer, too.

As for me, I borrowed clothes from my roommate (which became a trend throughout Style Fashion Week LA, as you will see). This dress is from Aritzia and I’m obsessed with it. I’m always wary of midi-length dresses and skirts, but I think I loved the back of this dress and the color so much that I forgot about the length. It also helped that I was wearing my trusty ASOS flatforms, which made me look just that much taller and just that much more able to pull off a midi-length dress.


Perfect” – One Direction, because who doesn’t need a little 1D in their life?

Peace n Blessings


Volunteering at LA Fashion Week: A Look Backstage

(all photos are mine)


Two weeks ago I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer backstage at La Fashion Week. As a native New Yorker, I had very low expectations of La Fashion Week. When I first arrived at Union Station train station in downtown LA, though, my expectations quickly changed. While there was only one runway as opposed to an entire tent at New York Fashion Week, the space was impeccably set up with huge floral arrangements, gold leather couches and tons of seats along the runway. I also had low expectations because I had no idea what jobs I would be doing. There was a chance I could be backstage, there was a chance I could be working front of the house, or even ushering – it was all up in the air. Once I got there and I was placed backstage, I was excited but terrified. It was my first big job in the fashion world!!! Big things were happening and I was just a lowly freshman with no experience!!!

Working six and a half hour shifts was tiring, especially backstage. I dressed models, helped with quick changes if needed, and supported the designers in any way that I could. The first three days on the job I helped with every show, getting the models prepared to walk down the runway. I always knew the production side of fashion shows  were hectic, but there is absolutely no way to describe how much crazy activity went on in the shoebox of a space that we had backstage. Working six and a half hour shifts of straight backstage work was also rewarding. Being able to see photos of models on the runway in the clothes you dressed them in in under 90 seconds is just so cool. I spent last week as a guest at Style Fashion Week LA and just watching models walk down the runway, no matter how stunning the pieces were, is nowhere near as cool as getting them to that point. Ok, sitting front row was quite cool, but actually being able to touch the garments and watch them super super up close was just a tiny bit cooler. Like a fraction of a centimeter. My favorite day on the job was the final day. I worked backstage for a few hours with designer Eeshaal Niranjan of Model Citizen, helping him with everything from organizing his space to quick changing models to finding extra shoes for the show to protecting his white garments from makeup stains. Being able to stay with one designer and brand for most of the day was definitely a highlight of my overall experience. I also had plenty of time to fall in love with a sweatshirt… it was white and neoprene and had blue to grey ombre embroidered “model citizen” in a rectangle (and it looked a little like this but even better) – I would 10/10 wear it every day of my life if it I could. It was that great.

Overall, this was a great experience and I have to give a big thanks to Miro Door to making it all possible. All the hours and the ensuing cold was worth it in the end.


Here are some of the songs I heard being played during seating, between shows and during shows: “Slowly” – Dropout, “Stand By You” – Rachel Platten and “Blue Monday” by New Order.

Peace n Blessings