Destination New York | OOTD Video

Happy Tuesday:

It’s my last day in New York City!

What better way to spend my last day then with an NYC themed OOTD video. This one was filmed by one of my good friends, Kendrin; also known as Koid24 on Instagram. Filming is his thing and I am so happy we manage to get a little collaboration video in before I left permanently.

The vision was most definitely in sync: I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Kae and I were treated to a lil’ bowling date by Kendrin & his bae a few weeks ago. Just sit back, relax, and relive a NYC night with me.

Thank you so much for stopping by & watching!

Mad love, forever & always.

GC xo

Top 8 Thrifting Tips From Your Friendly Native New Yorker.

So you want to start thrifting, ay’? I am a believer that everyone should become part of the #thriftsquad – not only is it budget friendly, but in a world where mass production is the norm, thrifting is one of the easiest ways to help promote recycling. To help with your new vintage venture, or to expand your strategy of thrifting, here a few of my favorite thrifting tips:

SLOW & STEADY ALWAYS WIN.

Patience is a virtue. It may seem weird that I have patience as the first tip for thrifting, but in order to find those gems your friends are always flaunting, you need to be okay with committing a chunk of time to browse and shop. The best pieces are always the ones that are hidden. Be ready to spend a few hours, a full afternoon or evening, dedicated to searching through used clothes. It’s totally worth it, promise. 

DIGGIN’ DAYS AREN’T OVER.

When thrifting, it’s okay to check every single hanger from every single section. This is a part of the equation in finding those gem pieces. That funky little boys graphic can totally work as your new go-to crop. & Those men tees are PERFECT for the latest oversized-tee-as-dresses trend. The whole store is your playground, go ahead and dig for days.

ENERGY TIP.

If you’re like me, you are extremely dedicated to making sure you are never hangry, ever. Going thrifting is no excuse to ditch breakfast or lunch. This is actually the perfect opportunity to catch up with your home girl who you haven’t seen in almost a year. Brunch date & thrifting? Yes and yes. Oh, and of course keeping snacks in your bag is a MUST. Nuts and granola are my go-to snacks, they always provide that little boost of energy.

BASIC IS OKAY WHEN THRIFTING.

I hate feeling basic, especially when it comes to my outfit choices. However, when dressing basic, it is easier to try things on over your clothes. My typical go-to outfit is tights and a cami/fitted top. Feel free to add a spunky outerwear piece to keep you from crying about the basic look; trust me though, it’ll definitely be easier for those thrift shops that have no fitting rooms. Thank you, Salvation Army. 

WILL WE MEET AGAIN?

Try to imagine if you’re really going rock that dress, top or pants more than once. This is a general shopping tip, but it’s one that I love to emphasize when thrifting because when something’s only a buck or two, it’s easy to say “Why not?” I’m guilty of this too and it’s something I’m still trying to work on. If you can’t imagine at least 3 different ways to style one piece, say no!

I CAVED: BUT IT WAS ONLY A DOLLAR!

One of my favorite things to do when I realize that I haven’t worn a piece of clothing at all is posting it up on the selling app Poshmark. Here, you can swap or sell your clothes with fellow gals who are also dealing with overflowing closets. #thestruggleisreal It’s a great way to join the revolution on recycling your clothes, and the extra cash never hurts. There are a few other apps, too: depop and vinted are a few other popular ones. If you think your pieces are vintage shop worthy – you can even create an entire Etsy page dedicated to your one-of-a-kind vintage finds. The possibilities are truly endless.

TRADING LOCALLY.

If you have a great group of gal pals, feel free to trade amongst each other. You never know the treasures that are hiding in your besties closet.

DIY.

One of my favorite ways to force myself to wear a random piece that I have yet to rock is definitely customizing it to my liking. Distressing denim, cropping tees, adding patches and bleaching can really make you want to show off that one-of-a-kind piece all the time. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE rocking DIY’ed clothing – it’s one of the coolest ways to rock your personality.

I hope you find that your next thrift trip is successful after reading this list of tips. Do you have any tips not listed here? Feel free to list them in the comment section down below! I’m always down with trying out new tricks at the thrift shop!
Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Thrifting!

GC xo

Dark Paradise.

One of my YouTube babes & I worked on a collaboration together; we both styled an outfit around the theme of ‘Boho Grunge.’

Check it out & let me know what you think.

GC xo

Lucky Ones.

pic2Happy Hump Day!

Just to make things clear, I haven’t yet figured out a schedule for my posts. I’m thinking 3 days a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
This is how it’s gon’ be broken down:

Monday: Written post.
Wednesday: Outfit/Photography post.
Friday: Video post.

I’m super stoked to use this blog as a form of expression. I honestly feel like this time, my blog WILL grow with me. I can’t wait to embark on this adventure & hope to make tons of new friends along the way.

I was speaking to Darien [my boo thang] about planning & figuring out where I should take this blog & he recommended that I should have a variety of photos, writings & videos.

I’d love to write more, both for my blog & in my free time. I have a few reasons why: Mainly, I NEED to write more. I use to love writing in high school. It was one of my favorite things to do during my free time. But as I got older, I don’t know what happened, but, my interest just disappeared. Reading & writing is one of the most magical forms of expression, I think. These two things can keep your imagination soaring – that’s amazing. I’d also love to share my experiences as a young momma in this blog. It’d be great to even have discussions about momma life with y’all! If you have any suggestions on what I should write for any future posts, please, let me know.

Fashion is my niche. Hump Day = Best day of the week. It just works.

I will forever love Youtube. I’ve thought about quitting but the love between us is too strong. So expect videos from me. Mostly fashion videos, but don’t worry, there will be some variety in content.

I don’t want this intro to be super long so I’m going to end it here. I promise, next written post is GOING TO BE a proper INTRODUCTION; all about who I am and why I’m here, posting. Stay tuned.

Back to the outfit:

To be honest, there were 2 other outfit posts that were suppose to go up today, but with the circumstances that is called my life, I had to work around distractions.

There were a few things Darien & I had to get done on Sunday, so I had to rush, quickly put an outfit together, and head out. My completed look:

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Don’t mind the fact that it’s the ending of June & I’m fully covered. It was pretty chilly in the a.m. due to the rain.

My main tip for this look: black is always the new black. TIP: When in doubt, black it out. No one can ever go wrong with wearing black. I don’t own a black t-shirt [I desperately need to change that], so I decided to add a bit of color with this burgundy/red boyfriend tee. Boyfriend tee’s are my favorite, they just fall in the right places. It was chilly, as I stated earlier, so I covered up with my knit cardi from Brandy Melville.** TIP: When wearing the same color, spice things up with some texture.

I’m so happy that I’ve managed to loose enough weight to pick up a few pair of jeans – these black high waisted skinnies from AE were such a great pick up. I’ve already worn the hell out of them! They match everything, fit me nicely, & are high waisted so food babies can easily be covered.

Shoes & Bag**: I’ve had both of these pieces for over 2 years now, and they are both two of my favorite pieces to rock. Remember my last post? I still stand by fringe being equivalent to my life. The shoes: it’s been a while since I’ve rocked these, but wearing them reminded me of why I loved them so much. Expect to see these again this summer.

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pic4For jewelry I kept it super simple with one necklace. I’m wearing the Onyx necklace from my Etsy shop. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately – it’s my current favorite go-to-piece.

This was a super simple, quick look, but is an outfit that really reflects who I am. There’s nothing wrong with being simple sometimes. It’s actually pretty refreshing.

TIP: Sit back, relax & enjoy the simple things.

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Outfit Details:

Knit Cardi: Brandy Melville

Tee: Urban Outfitters

Bag: Brandy Melville

Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters

Shoes: Jeffery Campbells

Necklace: DeadGypsie Original

‘Till Friday.
GC xo

**Statement Piece: Quality > Quantity

Fashion Fairy.

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NEW BLOGGER ALERT: Well, I’m not super new. I’ve had a few blogs before this one. Typical, right? It’s always fun thinking up & physically starting a new bog, but the challenge definitely lies in the consistency of posting & engaging.

I’d like to take a moment, right now, to thank the Universe for all of the life events I have experienced thus far: I’m convinced the Universe has been teaching me the ways of success the past few years. & I’m here today to say “Universe, thank you for all of your lessons. I’m ready to leave my mark.” I haven’t properly introduce myself on this blog, so don’t mind the story above this. We’re about to get into the real point of this post.

I know this outfit post may seem a bit irrelevant, but I’ll be honest, I really liked the outfit I wore on Father’s Day. I loved my outfit, actually. For many reasons: I felt beautiful. I felt fierce. I felt like I could take over the world, given the opportunity. This is how I love to feel when walking the concrete jungles of NYC.

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The base of this outfit is definitely the Romper. I love this thing – mainly because I only spent 5 bucks on it at the thrift store. TIP: Thrift stores are bomb. Want pieces no one else has? Shop there. I’m convinced after wearing this piece that having a romper, at least one, is a necessity in every girls closet. It’s the perfect piece to just throw on & style according to your mood. I can see myself styling this one piece in many different ways. That’s, in my book, an essential in my closet. I didn’t take any photos of just the romper, but just so y’all know, it’s pretty short & has spaghetti straps, so there’s a lot of skin showing.

Even though I am a momma to a beautiful 10 month old baby girl, I believe that there’s nothing wrong with showing SOME skin. Key word, some. TIP: TOP or BOTTOM? If I want to show lots of leg, I always cover up on top. & vice versa. I happen to love my legs, so I show them off, a lot. Covering up on top is usually the way I go, but the choice, my friend, is yours. I decided to cover up with my floral kimono.

I know it might seem scary mixing prints, but it’s literally one of my favorite things to do with fashion. The key? Finding a common color. TIP: Mixing prints is super easy, just make sure that all of the prints you are using has a common color. This tip is my favorite fashion tip I’ve ever learned. You’re welcome.

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Another essential in your closet: comfortable, cute black booties. I know this is a given, but if you DO NOT own a pair of black, ankle booties, do yourself a favor & buy a pair. You’re life will change forever, I promise. Black literally matches with everything, the small, thick heel makes walking easy, and your outfit will instantly become more dressier. Can’t forget that if you happen to have really nice legs, your calves will thank you. TIP: Treat yo self. In more ways than one.

Statement Bag: this is definitely another essential. I’m not saying that you need to buy this specific bag, but INVEST in a bag that represents your style completely. Bags are a tad bit on the pricier side. But with this fashion piece, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with investing your money. TIP: QUALITY > QUANTITY. This bag is going to be the perfect summer bag for me because fringe is equivalent to what my life represent.

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I apologize for the lack of jewelry photos on this post. I’m slowly, but surely, embracing my love for jewelry. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with these types of accessories; I never found pieces that ‘fit’ me. It makes sense why I started making my own jewelry.

Earrings are my latest obsession jewelry wise. I love wearing them only in my left ear. I usually like to wear a pair of earrings, sometimes one depending on my mood, in that ear. It’s my thing. Don’t ask.

Earring & Brown Cord Necklace: Gift from the home girl Aly Ryan. Check out her youtube channel here: Its AlyRyan

Sterling Silver Moonstone Necklace: DeadGypsie Original.

Outfit Details:

Kimono: Forever 21

Romper: Thrifted; Originally H&M

Shoes: Baker’s

Bag: Urban Outfitters

Thank you if you’ve managed to get this far. YOU are appreciate in so many ways.

‘Till next time, ladies & gents.

Wishing you all a happy & healthy Hump Day.

GC xo