My name is Kayla and I’m a public relations student at the University of Oklahoma. (Boomer!) Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! Here, I share everything from- you guessed it- selfies of my #OOTD, to lifestyle pieces, my opinions, and more.
My POD is shipped and my one-way flight is purchased… I’m ready to make the move to The Big Apple next week! My roommate and I are renting an apartment in the West Village, and I’m super excited to make New York City my home.
While the apartment search was a struggle, I couldn’t be happier with the apartment we ended up with- especially because of the neighborhood it is in! I’m looking forward to being able to share more NYC content with you all once I’m all moved in next week, but for now enjoy some pictures I took of the area when I was apartment hunting in early July.
Exciting changes coming in early August… can’t wait to bring you all along for the ride!
Can you believe that in the entirety of my blogging career, I’ve never done a Gossip Girl or Blair Waldorf-inspired look? If you know me IRL, that’s probably super surprising- I was surprised too! But in the spirit of our favorite UES Queen B, that drought ends today. Today’s look is completely inspired by Blair Waldorf herself!
Ever since I first watched Gossip Girl in 2014, Blair Waldorf has been such a style (and well, LIFEstyle) icon for me. Her headband and winter coat collections were to die for, and it would be a lie to say that my taste hasn’t been impacted by BCW. Today I decided to have a self-care day (something I haven’t truly committed to in a long time, especially with the end of my school year finishing up recently) and use Blair Waldorf as an inspiration. Some things on the agenda? Macchiatos, macarons, and museums, of course!
No Blair outfit is complete without florals, a headband, and a killer pair of heels. While I could usually pass on a floral motif, I decided to really lean into it today as part of the theme. I’m glad I did- this dress is so pretty, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to wear it!
Today’s blog post is sponsored by Dillard’s, in honor of their new Born on Fifth for Antonio Melani collection hitting the shelves this week! I’ll be showing you my 4 favorite pieces from the collection and hopefully give you some inspo on how you could style these pieces yourself.
I’m absolutely obsessed with this dress– everything from the square neckline to the puffed sleeves were just calling my name. If you can’t go to Greece, the next best thing is to bring Greece to you with this dress!
You can shop the Camille Tile Print Puffed Sleeve Bow-Back Babydoll Dress here.
2. Alizee Long Sleeve Floral Print Cut-Out Back Midi Dress
I’ve never been much of a maxi dress person (my 5’5″ self seems to always look shorter in them,) but this dress made me realize I should be going for midi dresses instead! I love how it cuts off mid-calf so it can be paired with some white booties. This is THE DRESS for spring!
You can shop the Alizee Long Sleeve Floral Print Cut-Out Back Midi Dress here.
I love a good lightweight, flowy top for spring and this blouse is perfect! The eyelet detailing is so cute, and it’s perfect to pair with your favorite pair of jeans and sandals.
You can shop the Constance Embroidered Eyelet Puff Sleeve Blouse here.
4. Hanna Floral Poplin Maxi Skirt
This maxi skirt is so flattering! I’m obsessed with just how high-waisted it is, along with the blue china print covering the entire thing. It looks so great paired with a denim jacket and simple white sandals.
You can shop the Hanna Floral Poplin Maxi Skirt here.
If you’re local to Norman, you can shop this entire collection in-store at the Dillard’s in Sooner Mall! Otherwise, you can always shop online using the links above.
Today is officially two years since the launch of my blog! I have grown so much as a blogger and content creator over these past 730 days, and I wanted to celebrate with a super fun blog shoot to commemorate the occasion. I did a blog shoot with a number one balloon last year for my first anniversary, and I wanted to bring that back for year two!
This amazing white fringe dress has been sitting in my closet since the start of the pandemic, and I thought that my blog anniversary would be the perfect excuse to bring it out. February is frigid in Norman (and getting colder over the next week!) so I had to pair it with my favorite fluffy blue coat. While these are both statement pieces and could easily carry the outfit on their own, I thought they would be even more fun together. And I was right!
Margot Robbie, especially in this shoot on the set of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, has always been major hair and style inspo for me. While the perfect at-home blowout still eludes me, I realized that I could probably come pretty close to emulating this iconic look thanks to my latest impulse purchase: white go-go boots (which are on sale right now for just $22, by the way!)
I love this outfit so much and can’t wait to incorporate it into my regular outfit cycle (although note to self: wait until it’s warmer than 32 degrees next time!)
I’ve already talked about my love of the preppy style resurgence once on the blog, but today I’m focusing on a different preppy style trend: sweater vests! I made many trips to local thrift stores before finding one to add to my collection. I’ve found that they key to styling sweater vests is making sure they have v-neck neckline. I’m usually against v-necks, but they work so well with this style and adding a collared shirt underneath!
When styling your own sweater vest, you could also pair it with a pleated or flared skirt, but I chose to style mine with jeans since it was a crisp 38 degrees when doing this shoot. I also think the jeans make it so wearable and cute for day-to-day activities! To really play up the preppy vibe, I added a pearl choker and green marble hair clip.
One of my favorite trends from 2020 has been adding elements of street style into my wardrobe. It used to intimidate me, but as I experimented more I realized how easy it is to put together an effortlessly-chic streetwear look. I love these outfits for days when I’m out running errands or just lounging around at home. They are super versatile and work for a lot of different situations!
When I first start styling a street style outfit, I like to stick to items in a black and white color scheme. This is easy, as many of my trendier pieces tend to lean black and white anyways. For my own personal take on street style, I always choose a more “athletic” piece as the staple. For today’s look, it was my biker shorts. I’ve been living in these lately and I knew they would be the perfect foundation for this outfit. I then chose my black puffer jacket and paired it with a white turtleneck for some contrast. To tie everything together, I accessorized with my chic gold hoops, nylon crossbody, and chunky Filas. Casual, cute, and so comfortable!
If you saw my college apartment bedroom reveal for this school year, then you probably saw the vision board that I have mounted on the wall above my desk. I find that my vision board is a great way to keep me focused on my goals throughout the year and helps me keep the big picture in mind when I’m faced with difficult tasks or challenging work. Today, I’m going to share some tips for creating your own vision board and walk you through the process I used!
1. Decide if your board is going to be physical or virtual
My vision board is this linen bulletin board from U Brands, as I prefer my vision boards to be physical. However, you can easily follow the same steps and combine them into a virtual collage (such as for a desktop background) at the end.
2. Reflect on your ultimate goals and aspirations
Once you’ve decided how you will be presenting your finished product, it’s time to reflect on the goals and aspirations you want your vision board to represent. I wanted my board to reflect themes such as the city I want to live in, dream employers or brands I would love to work with, ideas for my dream home, etc.
3. Collect your visuals
Pinterest is my favorite avenue for actually collecting images, but any website you choose to use is fine. At this stage, it’s important to only choose images or quotes that you feel strongly drawn towards. This ensures that what you’re choosing actually represents your greatest dreams and ambitions.
4. Print and arrange your photos or Combine them into a virtual collage
Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve collected, it’s time to put it all together. Canva is a great option for virtual vision boards, but I stuck with printing mine on photo paper and arranging them by hand. Rearrange until you’re happy with how it looks, then pin them down! Once that’s done, you’re ready to hang.
I love my vision board and I’m actually a little sad I’m home for the holidays and don’t get to see it every day. It will be waiting for me when I return in the spring, though!
November is almost over and Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means winter is officially on the way! I’m home in Texas for the holidays which means I’m getting slightly warmer weather than I would back in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t getting cold here, too. After several days of 70-degree weather, this morning I was able to add a sweater to my #OOTD and start bundling up a little more.
Sweaters (especially turtleneck sweaters) are my fave during the winter. I paired my classic white turtleneck sweater with jeans, booties, and a velvet newsboy cap for a super easy winter look. I also appreciate that the hat helps to keep my ears warm when the wind starts picking up!
I can’t believe the holidays are already almost here! I’m looking forward to shopping for my friends and family and picking out fun holiday gifts. If you have any winter content you want me to consider making, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can make it happen!
I feel like I had been hunting for secondhand corset tops forever and finally found this one while shopping at Uptown Frisco a few weeks ago! I absolutely love the brown for fall and it pairs perfectly with my leopard skirt. Outfit made in thrifted heaven!
Even though the skirt has white in it as well, I chose to accessorize with black to give it more of a fall look. I feel like the gold accents on my accessories really pull everything together, especially my belt and shoes.
I’m going to have to get creative if I want to keep wearing this outfit once it gets cold- it’s not exactly winter weather-friendly! Luckily, if you’re just now hopping on the corset train you can keep wearing it through to spring with some creative layering. My next challenge for myself is to style the corset with a turtleneck underneath. I’m not going to let some cold weather cramp my style!
If you own a corset top (or two, or three) where did you get them from? I’m looking to expand my collection to include a black one or white one and I don’t know the best place to shop. Any recommendations are welcomed and appreciated!