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New Experiences

Hello everyone and welcome to my newest post. I was looking through my pictures and found an outfit I was really excited about. Lately I’ve been trying to be more perceptive about my surroundings, trying to find a diamond in the rough.

I was hanging out with my friend and I really wanted a crepe, so we went to an antique store that has a gelato shop in the front part. Sadly, there were no crepes, but there was an opportunity to try some gelato for the first time. The gelato was really good, and was much thinner than ice cream so I had to eat it quickly, which is difficult for someone who eats as slowly as me.

We walked through the store, and was drawn to the highly decorated walls, full of art from all places of the world. I was mentally figuring out where I wanted to take pictures holding my ice cream, and went to sit where the art was being hung, making sure I got a good picture with both my dress and the art hanging behind me.

My town of Salem, Oregon has a couple of antique stores, and this was one I had never been to before. There was so many different things to look at, from desks and books to their own collection of gift cards. Being a history major, I was like a kid in a candy store. I found items dating back to the 60’s, that were conserved so well over time. As time goes on I’ve noticed how historic my city is, being the capital of Oregon has led to antique stores, travel areas and more modern cafes and restaurants, which make great backgrounds for outfit pictures. IMG_7145IMG_7159 (1)IMG_7189IMG_7163IMG_7183 (1)IMG_7168

Free People find

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I am excited to talk about this outfit, especially because it is the first item of clothing I’ve ever been given to from my older sister. She went shopping and the shirt was too small so she gave it to me. I am so glad she did because it made me reevaluate how I looked at my sense of style.

This shirt is far more risqué than what I am used to wearing. This shirt is meant to be worn without a bra, which is already a step away from what I usually wear. The back is open, with a tie on both the top and bottom. Nonetheless, I love the way they shirt has the ruffles below the sheer lace, it acts as a divider between sheer and dark fabric. The flower details are my favorite, they make the shirt so much more feminine. The straps are rather long at the end of the sleeves, but they are a nice addition.

I wore this shirt with shorts and vans, since I wanted this to be the focal point. I always tend to figure out one piece to wear and create my outfit around that, most of the time it is the shirt. I wear a shirt I like, and I figure out what would look stylish in terms of shoes and jeans.

With this outfit, It was soooo hot out that I knew I had to wear shorts no matter what. These are shorts I dont usually wear, so I chose these. The vans always make my outfits feel more casual, even with such a top like this. I like that there was something very casual such as the shoes, but also something very intricate by wearing the shirt. I used an ascot as a hair tie, and wore my go to tiny sunglasses to make this outfit cooler. When in doubt, wear tiny sunglasses.

 

Let me know what you think of this outfit, and if you like my shirt from free people. Have a great day

Basic outfits

Good morning everyone! I hope you all are well and had an amazing weekend!

Today’s post is talking about my style. I am a self proclaimed fashion blogger, and have thought about how I can talk about my personal style, but also make it interesting to you all. I wanted to share an outfit that I feel comfortable in, but one that is very simple.

Every single person has their personal style, and I hope that I can give you even a simple idea of what that means to me and how I hope you can start to figure out what you like to wear.

This outfit is very basic, it consists of a cropped shirt, shorts and sneakers. These are my favorite pair of shoes, classic all white adidas that I was too scared to wear. I thought they would always get dirty, but I did not see the point of having shoes in their boxes and only wearing them twice a year. I love wearing white shoes, it elevated the outfit into something more confident, it was the main focus of the outfit. I suggest wearing an outfit with an accessory or piece of clothing that pops, something unexpected that allows you to try something different when wearing an outfit. That may be a larger earring than you would usually have, a belt, a bright sweater or skirt over an outfit consisting of white/blue/gray and maybe even black.

I wore the longline thin cardigan I use constantly. I liked how it looked when it was on, and when it was dangling from my shoulders a bit. I love wearing sweatshirts and jackets off the shoulders or around my arms, it makes the outfits more laid back, and not feel as suffocated when I wear them for long periods of time.

I realized that when I take outfit pictures I never know what to do with my hands, so I made sure that I was holding something, which ended up being a watering can I found in my backyard, that we haven’t used in sometime. I liked that my hands were busy, but I did not realize how big the watering can was, and it ended up covering my shorts.

Whatever style you go for, make sure you are comfortable. Whether it is a skirt, a dress or a cropped top and jeans, wear it with confidence.

My blogging journey

Good morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today I wanted to post about my journey with this blog of mine. I got the inspiration from a fellow blogger, Francisca. You can find her blog here. She spoke of her journey throughout the years she has had her blog, I wanted to do the same.

I started my blog when I was in high school, in December of 2013, when I was a junior in high school. I made it because I wanted to have a place to keep all my outfit pictures, to look back on them and see how my style has evolved.

I would simply post pictures, and move on with my day. As time went on, I realized people would not simply want to look at pictures but get some back story. I started posting captions along with the blog posts, stating where my clothes is from and why I decided to wear that outfit.

I wanted to plan outfits, so  I would use the website polyvore, which is sadly no longer an active site. I would make outfits I would want to wear in the future, with clothes I wanted similar version of and post those on my blog to still have some content posted over time, even if it wasn’t my personal style.

With life, came a lot of changes. When I moved to a different city for my freshman year of college, I did not update my blog as much. I was focused on classes, making friends and adjusting to being away from home. Luckily my second year, I was able to navigate my time a little more and was updating my Instagram and blog on a more regular basis, which allowed for me to connect with others more than ever before.

I also never thought about making an Instagram or twitter account until later on. About two years after making my blog I realized how vital Instagram would be, that I could connect with more bloggers and see who all was sharing their personal style. The first account I ever made was huesofstylex, which was my old blog name. I made it and decided I hated the pictures I posted so I deleted it when I had 600 followers.

I then made the one I have know, onewithboots that has nearly 1,300 followers. My Instagram growth has not been as positive as I wanted it to be, but I have learned a lot over the years. That is:

interacting with other bloggers is key

be genuine when talking to other bloggers

don’t be afraid to be honest about different parts of your life, there is so much more behind a pretty picture than what is said

Social media has been vital to my blog, I recently reached 100 followers on my twitter account (thank you very much) after having it for 2 years now.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who have read my blog, it means so much. Let me know a bit about your blogging journey in the comments below.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello everyone! I wanted to start this blog post by thanking Jamie, who nominated me for this amazing award. It honestly means the world to me to have such amazing support like hers. Lets get these questions answered below:

Who is your biggest inspiration in the blogging world? 

My biggest inspiration is Danielle Bernstein from the amazing style blog known as weworewhat. I found her Instagram and website years ago, she inspired me to share my outfits with other fashionistas via the internet, and really made me want to create a blog that would be as interesting and varied as hers.

When you’re feeling down what is one thing that is guaranteed to make you smile? My family. No matter what, they can make me laugh even if all I do is wanna be mad at them for some small reason that doesn’t really matter.
Summer or Winter? Why?

I’ve always loved winter, in Oregon that’s mainly what we have throughout the year. The cold and rainy weather is what we’re used to, so wearing shorts/skirts/dresses is rare for me. I love laying in bed, reading a book or watching a movie while the rain hits my window.  Drinking hot chocolate and tea at a coffee shop is one of my favorite things, I love that time of year.

What are 3 things you have learnt from blogging?

Stop trying to be other people, find what works for you. People will like your blog if you are solely you, not trying to act like some other person because they are popular.

Don’t force yourself to write if you are not inspired, the result will not be good compared to being excited to share something with your readers.

Success has different time frames for everyone, so you might be disappointed if you haven’t had a blog post in the first 6 months of your blog being created. I’ve had mine since 2013, and only know thought about what I should of been doing all along to have some organic readers, it takes time but it will be so worth it.

What are your 3 favourite things about yourself?

I try to see things in a positive way, to see the bright side of situations and come up with helpful solutions.

I make people genuinely laugh just by being myself, which I always am taken aback by, because I do not find myself to be a funny person at all.

I am observant, just because I am not talking does not mean I do not notice what is going on around me. I am taking everything in.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Dogs all the way! Sorry cat lovers.
What is your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memory is when I went to Mexico and California to visit my mom’s side of the family. We ended up spending time with my grandma before she died. My mom would let us go to the corner store by ourselves to buy snacks, and we would dance for hours with all our family, not caring about anything but the dance moves being right.
If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite 5 people, dead or alive, who would you invite? 

Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandi and Winston Churchill.
And what would you cook for them?

Something vegetarian for Gandi, a simple dish. Something like turkey for the rest.
What would your top tip be for practising self love?

Focus on your goals, and how you want to achieve them. If you want to reach one, think if it is for your own tranquility or because outside sources are influencing you. Listen to yourself, not others.
What are your goals for the rest of 2018 and how can we help you smash them? 

I want to have my first sponsored blog post, go self hosted and see how close to 2,000 followers I can get on Instagram.

Here are my 11 questions:

What is your favorite fruit?

If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

What are your favorite personality traits about yourself?

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Who are your favorite authors?

What music do you like more: country and rock?

Is there anything you wish you knew when you started blogging?

How did you come up with your blog name?

Why did you decide to start your blog?

What hardships have you had to overcome while being a part of the blogging community?

What is the greatest achievement your blog has had thus far?

I am nominating Yossy, Bailey, Phoebe, Becca, Natonya, Soph, Faiza, and Sophie

Underground

Happy Friday everyone! I just wanted to start this post by saying thank you!

Thank you for liking my posts, following me on my social media accounts and giving me so many compliments. Its been a long time since I felt so much support for my blog, and it means so much. Knowing that you all enjoy my content is such an amazing feeling, and it makes me feel so inspired to keep on growing my blog to its full potential.

This blog post is inspired by something my sister said: “you’re really into underground” which refers to music. I was gushing about how excited I am to finally go to see one of my favorite bands in concert, Twenty One Pilots. I am actually wearing one of their shirts as I type this. I discovered their music when I was in high school, in 2014. 

I have loved their music since the beginning, when they would get maybe 200,000 views on their videos, back when their songs were far from being on movie soundtracks or radio stations.  When the only albums they had were their self titled debut, and Vessel. It is so amazing to know how a group can succeed so quickly, from unknowns to winning grammys.

They are approaching their third album, and when I listen to their albums I feel a sense of nostalgia, an image of me studying as a senior coming back to my head. I would send my friends their songs. hoping they would listen to the music and agree with me that their music was so unique, so inspirational and poignant, especially when we were teenagers. Tyler and Josh spoke of real life issues, of mental health and how life is not always perfect, their are issues that need to be addressed, and they continue to address them throughout their music, always growing and learning more about life.

There is another artist that I discovered early one, a young teenage girl by the name of Billie Ellish. Her music was infectious, constantly in head, even thought she had only released two songs. I found her music on youtube, listening to different playlists and landing on the song, “She’s broken” which is still one of my favorites from her.

Let me know if you have loved bands before they got mainstream, or any bands you’d like me to listen to.

Celebrating

Happy Wednesday everyone, and welcome to my third day of straight blogging. Doing this has been kind of difficult, especially since I don’t come up with topics very easily.

I want to talk about these photos. These were taken after I went to my old roommates graduation. She was graduating with a bachelor of psychology, and I am so proud of her. She is such a strong, beautiful, independent, smart woman that has achieved so much. Being there to support her was such an amazing feeling, even if we didn’t see her in her cap and gown because of the large amount of people attending.

Luckily we were able to see her at her party, finally meeting her family and celebrating all her accomplishments.