Monday, June 13, 2016

We Will Not Let Hate Break Us


We've all heard about the terrorist attacks that happened in Paris and Boston and Brussels. It's heartbreaking that the list just seems to grow as the months go by. For each of these heart shattering attacks I remember turning on the news, and seeing these catastrophic events fold out on the TV before me. It is of course heartbreaking to hear about the tragedies, and to see it be played out on national television. 

But it's a very different and utterly eery feeling that comes over you when the same sort incident takes place in your own city. 


It's still surreal to me, and to so many others in Central Florida I'm sure, that this disgusting attack really took place less than 48 hours ago. You never think something bad is going to happen to you, or to your city, until sadly, it does. The truth is, this sort of incident could have happened anywhere. It's terrible that our world has gotten to such a dark place where, like I previously mentioned, major attacks keep occurring one after another.  
But let it be know that our city has not let it defeat us.


Amazingly, instead of crumbling in defeat, Orlando as a city - and as a family - has united as one. There is so much love being spread throughout Central Florida.
The response from the city and the country following the shooting has been incredibly powerful. 

We will not let hate overcome us, we will stand strong with one another, and lean on each other, to heal our beloved city. 
As my dear friend Lane wrote in her outstanding article earlier today, "people tried to make [the attack] political immediately after it happened. I'm writing to beg you to stop. Give the families time to mourn. Give the city time to grow stronger and more unified before ripping it apart with a political agenda."
Our city needs just that, time to heal, time to mourn those who lost their lives. Miraculously, Orlando is doing just that. Coming together with love and lending a hand wherever it is needed. 


Just yesterday over 1,500 units of blood were donated in Central Florida to heal the victims. 
On the day of the shooting, a local Chik-Fil-A cooked hundreds of chicken sandwiches and made gallons of sweet tea for the heroic people waiting in line for over 6 hours to donate blood. 
Even the company I work for, Rifle Paper Co., created an art print where all of the proceeds will go to helping the victims and their families. 
These are only a few examples of how the city has taken action to help and heal.

In a time filled with such sorrow and heartbreak; I am in awe over the way Orlando is uniting, loving, and caring for each other.
Although more than anything I wish this attack would have never happened. 
It is beautiful to see the city beautiful come together in this desperate time of need. 
We will not let hate break us. #OrlandoStrong

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Freshman Year? Check!


Wow, let me start by saying that I cannot believe that I'm done with my first, not semester, but YEAR of college. Honestly, I'm sad that the first year is over, I want the next 3 years to crawl by. It's all going by too fast! But I will say that it's been the best 8 months of my life and I'm the happiest I have ever been. My college BFFs and I fit in SO much during our first year of college and that's something I am so grateful for. One of the best pieces of advice I got before heading to school was from my fabulous Aunt Lynn who told me to just say YES to new experiences and opportunities (within reason of course). So when people would invite me to do things such as attend events, or to join new clubs, or to even just go for a walk, I just went for it without hesitation! This is a piece of advice I have begun to live by. By following this advice it opened the doors to so many opportunities. Such as St. Augustine Fashion Week, which then led to an internship! It's incredible what can happen when you step out of your comfort zone and just say yes. 



These are only a handful of the many photos I took this past year at school. It was an incredible first year filled with so many great new memories such as St. Augustine Fashion Week, an internship, being featured in the St. Augustine Old City Life magazine, a mini trip to Palm Coast, a weekend away at Seaworld, meeting a clown, camping at Anna Maria Island, lots & lots of beach days, two trips to Charleston (one of my new fav places!), attending the Little Big Town Concert, jumping in fountains, worshiping the Lord at Sub30, lots of dancing (duh), and so much more that I couldn't even fit into this one post. 

Words cannot describe how thankful I am for Flagler and for the unforgettable people I've met throughout this past year. 
A special shoutout to the best friends I made over the past year Avery, Lane, Chloe, and Stephanie. Y'all mean the world to me!
And a shoutout to my parents for everything they have done and continually do to help and support me to chase my dreams at Flagler. I love you guys.

I for one am counting down the days until my sophomore year begins this fall! 
Here's to the many new memories to come.

xo
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Farfetch Red Carpet Looks

You all know what time of year it is, it's awards season! If you're like me, you have every show already penciled into your planner - and don't forget the red carpet before each show as well! That's honestly the best part of all, am I right? In honor of the awards season I've collaborated with Farfetch to create a few looks for all different styles. Farfetch is an incredible company that reached out to me to join in on this neat opportunity. Farfetch is a website that encompasses 400 boutiques located around the globe, and you're able to shop from all of them with this one convienent website. How could it get any better? Check out the red carpet looks I created below, all using beautiful items from the Farfetch website.

LOOK ONE: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11

LOOK TWO: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 


LOOK THREE: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9



LOOK FOUR: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10




LOOK FIVE: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 



I hope you enjoyed these red carpet looks! Now it's time to set the DVR for the Grammy's airing tomorrow night at 5 pm!
Farfetch, thank you for reaching out to me! It was so fun collaborating with such an incredible company. 
xoxo
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