June 21, 2018

My Thoughts on Tattoos

(pic by Nat)

As some of you may know, I have a few tattoos. If you didn't know I talk you through what I have and where in this recent blog post. Within this post I mentioned that I am starting the process of getting a sleeve this summer and boy did I receive some kick back about it. So, the purpose of this post is hopefully let you see my perspective on tattoos. But most importantly my tips how to overcome peoples judgement around your self expression, wether that be piercings, tattoos, hair color, etc. So grab some popcorn and lets get to talking. 

Why get a tattoo? Why I got my tattoos?
For me, I grew up in a household where both of my parents have one tattoo each. That did not shape my opinion or drive me to get one. Neither did the fad of being tattooed when you turn 18. I waited until I had a steady idea for 2 years to finally go under the gun and get it done. All my friends and classmates had tattoos and yes, at times I did feel left out but I waited until I loved my idea for 2 years before permanently putting it on my body at the age of 19 almost 20. 

Tattooing is a form of art.
When choosing my artists I put a lot of research and thought into who's going to be tattooing me. My first tattoos (my swallows) were done by Danny Reed out of Hot Stuff Tattoo in Asheville. I had my appointment booked months in advance and I drove over 8 hours round trip to see him; he was well worth it. 

I find tattoos the most expressive form of art for not only the artist but the person who wears them on their skin. Any other form of art such as a painting or statue can in a sense be destroyed but a well done tattoo is a form of art that is permanent. Yes, tattoos be removed but that is beside the point. 

Some, if not most tattoos do have a meaning to the person who wears them but that isn't a reason to have one. I saw this quote once and it stuck, "If my body is a temple, why not decorate the walls?" I don't know who said it but I stand behind it. If you have a deep connection with a verse, quote, animal, symbol,  or anything else then there is no reason for you not to commemorate that on your body. If there is a flower that you love but has no relevance or meaning other than you find it beautiful why not have that beauty upon your skin?

I think you get the point and I've stated why I think tattooing is an art form.

There are always going to be people trying to change you, but here is what I tell them:

  • First and foremost, you are the one who will have this tattoo on you, not them and therefore they really don't have grounds to stand on (unless you're under 18 and need their signature to get the tattoo and in that case I really don't know how to help you). 
  • If a job you want won't hire you because of your tattoos, why do you want to work under someone who won't let you express yourself? Your resume/portfolio should speak for itself, not your tattoos. 
  • There are worse things you can be doing instead of getting a tattoo, just saying.
  • It is a way to express yourself and a conversation starter. You never really know what you'll learn or who you'll meet because of your tattoos and the conversations they can start.
  • Tattoos to some people mean you are immature, I completely disagree. Tattoos are at the pinnacle of dedication to something, you seriously have this on your skin forever, what shows dedication to something more than that? If anything employers should consider that as a positive. 

So, if you made it this far I applaud you. I appreciate you for letting me rant and let out pent up feelings. I am starting my sleeve with a floral piece on July 12 with Kelsey Moore out of Awaken Tattoo & Gallery in Chicago and I couldn't be more excited. All in all, there will always be people who judge you, or people who want to change you but you only live once as cliche as that is. Get that tattoo, dye your hair a crazy color, get that piercing, do what makes you happy because that is what truly matters.

If you are looking for some tattoo inspiration or to get a closer look at my style of tattoos I gravitate towards take a look at my Pinterest board.

June 10, 2018

3 Ways: How To Style a Wrap Dress

Upon moving to Chicago I immediately went on a hunt for local boutiques. After stumbling upon Tribeca Boutique  I knew I had to reach out. They were gracious enough to let me style this amazing wrap dress for you guys. Versus showing you my normal outfit posts I decided to amp it up a notch and give you 3 different ways you can style and wear your wrap dresses.


For this look I wanted something I could throw on to run errands. I think the play on patterns with the stripes and floral is funky and I dig it. You can totally recreate this look with a graphic or basic tee, a pair of jean shorts, and sandals. Super easy yet still eye catching and plays on the kimono trend thats all over.

Shop the Look: 
Dress   Shorts    Tee   Boots

Beachin' It: 

I love finding how to use pieces in an unconventional way. So, instead of your large oversized tee you would normally toss on to head to the pool or beach take it up a notch, turn some heads and wear your dress as your cover up. 

Shop the Look: 
Dress   Suit  Bag

Date Night: 

This is pretty self explanatory. For this look I wore the dress how it was meant to be worn. I styled it with this box bag I am obsessed with and this amazing jade-esque necklace both from Tribeca Boutique (sorry I don't have links for you guys but shoot them a DM on instagram and see if they have them in stock!)

Shop the Look:

Thanks again to Tribeca Boutique for this amazing dress, bag, and necklace. Check out their insta their stuff is so cute and who doesn't love supporting local businesses? Let me know your fav look!    

June 2, 2018

May Favorites

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Tee    Pants (similar)    Shoes   Belt      Bag (similar)   Hat

Hey you guys! Long time no talk... I apologize I know I promised to post 1 blog post a week and I fell behind like a full month almost. Here's a little life recap and why I have MIA:

I MOVED TO CHICAGO! (for the summer) I have been dealing with moving logistics ranging from moving my furniture to a storage until and out of my current apartment in East Lansing to packing up a uHaul and driving 5 hours to my new little studio in Chicago that I share with my honey and kitten. This morning I'm writing from my temporary home and sipping some coffee, god bless the Keurig.

So, I apologize again for being so absent in the last few weeks but I'm back and in a new city that is inspiring me like crazy. If you don't follow me on Instagram you're gonna miss out on some stuff, follow me here.

Here is what I loved in May:

Target Sandals: Recently target did a 40% off sandals sale and I new that was my chance to stock up. I picked these 3. Something a little dressy (red), something a little more casual (woven tan) and something to kick on with leggings and a t-shirt (furry). I also picked up these.

Chloe Dupe: This purse has been in my cart for months and I finally jumped on it when it went on sale. I was skeptical to order from Shein to say the lease but this bag had great reviews. Not to mention its a Chloe dupe... It has backpack straps and a normal strap. I can fit everything from my vlog camera to my wallet in there and its great quality for $12.

Canon EOS M100: I recently bought this bad boy to start vlogging since my life may be kind of interning in Chicago this summer so stay on the look out for those coming soon!

Target Pillow: I originally saw this on Aspyn Ovard's story when she went to Target and I immediately went to grab it. I looks like it came from Anthropology and for the price I know I couldn't not have it.

Graphic Tees: This one specifically is from Urban outfitters, see how I styled it here. I have been loving these just to toss on with a fun shoe, jean jacket and shorts and a statement back. Cant have enough tees.

As always here is what music I had on repeat during May! Give it a listen if ya want!

What were you obsessed with in May? Let a sista know! 

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