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Friday, November 03, 2017

Top: Vintage (Kiliwatch Paris) // Pants: Macy's // Gold Chain Belt: Topshop
Gold Elephant Belt: Vintage (Peek-a-Boo Vintage) // Earrings: Robert Lee Morris // Simple Gold Ring: Vintage // Gold Flower Ring: Tory Burch // Heels: Forever 21 // Sunnies: Ray Ban

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          Today I am officially 23 years old!  22 was a year of revelation and revival for me, so with a renewed creative vision and restless motivation I am excited to see what 23 has in store for me.  When I thought about an image to represent me at this moment in time, I instantly thought about this photo shoot I did when I returned home from my trip in September.  For the past five years, I felt as if I were a bold print that never quite fit in with a crowd of classic stripes (metaphorically speaking).  Events in my life guided me on an unconventional path and I had a really difficult time digesting that.  Although I accepted the fact that my life was not like most of my classmates, I refused to embrace it.  
          When I attended the Vogue Forces of Fashion Conference in New York in October, I felt as if something just "clicked."  I couldn't help but be inspired by the incredibly talented designers who shared their stories, or maybe for the first time in a long time, I felt as if I was exactly where I am supposed to be in life.  Right there, sitting in the conference with my eyes wide open and my brain like a sponge, I was truly grateful for all the experiences that led me to that moment.  For the first time in five years, I felt as if I embraced the choices I made, and in a way, I finally embraced who I am.  As cliché and cheesy as that sounds, it's the honest truth.   
          So, today I present to you an unapologetically bold outfit that perfectly sums up me at 23.  It's a little bit of vintage, a touch of glam, and a whole lot of print with a healthy serving of sass!  Since a lot of these pieces are no longer available, I've linked similar items above that will look just as amazing.  Before I end this post, I just want to say a HUGE "Thank you!" to those of you who have been supporting me and my blog.  It makes me so happy to know that there are people out there who enjoy the content I create.  Thank you, again, and as always, I am sending you all lots of love from my heart to yours!

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"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, "I've lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.'" -Eleanor Roosevelt

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