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I'm Nora Ephron, Bitch!

October 10, 2017
"When are you just gonna admit you wanna work in fashion?" "Everybody wants to work in fashion. It requires this little magical thing called talent."

For those of you who don't know, I've been struggling to decide what I want to do with my life, and, after making some semblance of a decision, struggling to figure out how to achieve my dreams given my circumstances. Long story short, I am on track to graduate early as a math major, which...doesn't exactly align with my goals. However, switching majors would mean transferring and not graduating early, two things I'm not particularly fond of for multiple reasons. So, how can I make this work in spite of my major? And am I even good enough to do what I want to do?

Sutton Brady says yes. Sutton is one of three leading ladies on The Bold Type. At the beginning of the series, Jane and Kat, her best friends and coworkers at Scarlet magazine, find themselves moving up in their careers, whereas ever-dependable Sutton has been in the same assistant job for years. I would venture to compare her to Jane from 27 Dresses, except Sutton isn't staying in her job because she has a crush on her boss. She decides to make a change, which leads her to interview for a job in advertisement sales. As a business/economics major, she feels like this job is a good fit for her, even though she's not particularly thrilled about it. Her boss commends her for being practical and realistic, which convinces her even further that she should seriously considering working on the business side of the magazine. She receives a job offer, but she doesn't take it. Instead, she decides to go after an assistant job in the fashion department, which rather conveniently opens up right after she rejects the other job offer. She works her ass off for her potential new boss, Oliver, but she also lies to him in the process by letting him wrongly assume she went to FIT. In the end, he figures it out, and, in a last-ditch effort to redeem herself, she gives him this speech:

“I didn’t go to FIT. I’m sorry. I should have told you. I went to Penn State, and I lived at home, ‘cause it was the only thing I could afford. I have no fashion background at all. I never even worked in a mall. But I’ve devoured fashion magazines since I was a kid, and I have impeccable taste. I want this more than I’ve wanted anything in my entire life, and I would work my ass off for you.”

She bags the job, but the salary he offers her is much lower than she expects it to be. She tries to negotiate with him, but he says he can't offer her any more money. Her friends tell her she needs to try again and tell him that she's prepared to walk away if he can't give her a better offer. However, while she cannot afford to live on the wage he's offering her, she also cannot afford to lose this job. This leads to one of my favorite moments in the series - Kat and Jane telling Sutton that they are her safety net. Kat says that if Oliver does not give Sutton what she deserves, Sutton can move in with her, rent-free, until she finds a new job. Of course, though, he does, and Sutton takes the job at Scarlet. At the end of the fifth episode, she shows Jane her signed contract and says, "I'm Nora Ephron, bitch," a reference to an earlier conversation they had about Nora Ephron demanding due credit at Newsweek.

Obviously, life never works out as perfectly as it does on TV, but what I love about television is that when it's done right, it provides us with some level of hope when we have none. It reminds us of the fundamental truths we often forget when we're busying worrying about the practicality of it all. It influences us to be the best versions of ourselves. So, I'm going to try to be a little more like Sutton Brady today, and I hope you will all watch The Bold Type - it just got renewed for two more seasons!

Photo credit: Sarah Murray

Outfit details: Forever 21 blouse, Alice + Olivia shorts, Unique Vintage hat, Laurel Black Over the Knee Heeled Boots

The Good Daughter

October 20, 2016
Anyone who knows me knows that The Good Wife is my favorite show of all time, which is why I absolutely died when I found this top on Ebay for $62. Makenzie Vega, who portrays Grace Florrick, wore this top in season seven, episode two of The Good Wife, and I have been longing for it ever since. Furthermore, Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), two of my favorite television characters, both wore the long-sleeved version of this sweater, AND it's a product of my favorite brand, Alice and Olivia. So, yeah, I was pretty psyched. But I digress.

Grace Florrick has grown so much over the past seven seasons, and I truly admire her strong will, faith, feistiness, and compassion. I have always identified with Alicia Florrick, but her daughter, Grace, has so many honorable qualities of her own that often go overlooked. It was so much fun recreating her outfit from Innocents (featuring some Kalinda-style boots much like the ones Grace sports later on in "Iowa").

Photo credit: Carina Gold

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Dreaming in White Lace

October 11, 2016
I just found out that I'll be going to Paris and Milan next spring, and what better way to celebrate than by wearing a knock-off version of the beautiful dress Jenny Cipoletti wore in her Bastille Day post! This dress isn't one that I would normally pick out on my own, but it looked so gorgeous on her, and a 92 percent discount was too good to pass up. I have to say that I am very happy with the dress and have gotten so many compliments on it. It is no longer available on Romwe, which is the website I purchased it from, but if you google "Spaghetti Strap Back Zipper Hollow Dress," you will find it on other websites.

Outfit details:
Spaghetti Strap Back Zipper Hollow Dress by Romwe (sold out), sunglasses from The Clothing Warehouse in Little Five Points, heels by Jessica Simpson

Photo credit: Carina Gold


Girls Just Wanna Go To New York Fashion Week

September 14, 2016
"With everything that's going on in the world thank God we have Fashion Week to remind us what's really important" (Gary Janetti).

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Photo credit: Carina Gold









A Is For Autumn

September 6, 2016
and Alison DiLaurentis is dead... Right?

I hate fall fashion. Blasphemous, I know, but I wear cardigans because I'm cold, not because they're trendy, and something about the 1970s color scheme just doesn't appeal to me. (Please, leave the brown and orange in your wood-panelled basement). Not to mention the fact that I ditched scarves about as quickly as I got into them, and I wouldn't be caught dead wearing leggings. Of course, I have never been one to follow the rules when it comes to fashion. I'll wear white after labor day if I want to, and no matter how much people seem to like those corduroy, a-line skirts with the buttons down the front, I will never own one. So, what am I planning to wear this autumn?
  1. Over-the-knee Boots: I recently purchased a pair of black, heeled, over-the-knee boots, and I can't wait for their debut. I usually go for knee-high socks, so they will be a nice change of pace.
  2. Jumpsuits: Admittedly, I only own one jumpsuit at this point in time, but it's not for lack of want.
  3. Collars: I tried to narrow this down, but I've never met a collared shirt I didn't like. In particular, I'd like to give a shoutout to those short-sleeved sweaters that are super cute but can only be worn like, two weeks out of the year. So pretty much Stacey Bendet's entire fall collection. (Someone get me the Vanetta Pintuck Shirt).
P.S. I feel silly pretending I know anything about anything, and the pictures have absolutely nothing to do with this post, except maybe the fact that I refuse to say goodbye to my summer wardrobe. It's still 90 degrees in Georgia, anyway.

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Photo credit: Carina Gold




Persephone

August 28, 2016
"Persephone is the goddess of flowers and is adorable and smart and she probably only wears pastels and at the same time she’s the queen of hell and if that’s not life goals I don’t know what is" (Source).

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Photo credit: Carina Gold