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

We Need a Revolution

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Those low points in life – they’re forever causing stress, heartache, maybe even slight depression. And no matter how hard you try to overcome your obstacle, you find yourself worse than before.

That’s okay. 

You’re allowed to feel down. Allowed to feel like there’s no hope. You should always permit yourself the time to feel. Even when the feelings aren’t great. You’re human, and you’re meant to handle rough roads. How else are you suppose to grow? Get stronger? Find YOU?

Give yourself the green-light to get lost for a bit. Once you find the path in that dark, dim world that is your thoughts, the directions to yourself will follow.

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Necklace: Dead Gypsy & Co.

Top:Stussy

Denim: American Apparel 

Sneakers: Vans

Mad love,

GC

“Sometimes on the way to a dream, you get lost and find a better one.”

Fur-Ever Girls.

Happy Wednesday:

Nothing feels more amazing than watching your dreams become your reality. I was not planning on having another shoot with Kaelynn for another few months but baby girl was ready to take photos with mommy. #blessed

This was definitely not expected – but it’s totally something I am extremely happy about. My obsession with the Mom & Daughter Blogger Duo is real and I cannot wait to start heading in that same direction with my own blog.

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I was teaching the munchkin how to cross her legs and her attempts were beyond adorable to watch. And she totally got the hang of it after a while! The fact that she is totally open to trying new things makes my heart so warm; there’s really nothing else I can ask for as a mama.

Working on getting detailed shots is the next thing we’re going to tackle next time I include baby girl. She’s getting the hang of it and that means everything.

My little forever girl. ❤

Outfit Details:

Glendaly:

Headscarf & Scarf: Thrifted

Jumper: Thrifted

Jacket: Unif x Urban Outfitters

Tights: H&M

Bag: Urban Outfitters

Sneakers: Vans

 

Kaelynn:

Head Band: Forever 21

Coat: Thrifted

Dress: Flea Market

Tights: Carters

Sneakers: Converse

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you enjoy seeing Kaelynn on the blog? I would love to know your thoughts!

Until next week,

GC xo

Parsons x Teen Vogue | Visual Merchandising

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H&M Styling.

Styling & Visual Merchandising

Happy Sunday:

Today’s post is dedicated to yet another Parsons x Teen Vogue aassigment. The focus on this one is visual merchandising and the science behind making it visually appealing for customers to shop in ‘your store.’

I had the opportunity to work as a Visual Merchandiser at Old Navy for a few months earlier this year – It was a totally new experience for me, but was one that has since stuck with my interests. There’s just something about styling that makes me happy. Though I don’t rock H&M often, every time I walk in there, I’m always impressed with how they style their merchandise. It’s why I decided to go into their store and highlight what they do to offer a better shopping experience for their customers.

This location is in Manhattan, New York. It’s a newer location – and the vibe of it rules.

As far as the actual store design goes: let’s face it, there’s just something about a white, crisp, store. Add mirrors to that, and you’d have an ‘infinite feeling’ experience while the chandeliers only add to the ‘runway-meets-streetstyle’ atmosphere. The store totally feels open and ready to take you on a fashion closet ride.

One thing that I found interesting was the placement of the sales item; they were placed where customers walked to most – the escalators and the fitting rooms. Speaking on the actual placement of the non-sale garments: I immediately noticed that they were properly styled. Dresses would be next to coats while tops and bottoms were together in color coordination. It’s an eye appealing set-up.

I still have a huge interest in Visual Styling & Merchandising, so this is definitely a field I plan to continue to expand my knowledge and experience. Especially since I plan to open up my own store – these are skills I will be using for years to come.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sending my love! Forever & always. ❤

GC xo

New York Fairy.

“…She had the soul of a gypsy, the heart of a hippie, the spirit of a fairy…”

I am a proud Taurus. I know some folks aren’t into their horoscopes but I am a total horoscope junkie – I love to read them on the daily! One of the many known traits of Taurus’s is the fact that we are Earth signs – we love all things nature, and green. I totally have a connection with mother Earth and wanted to dedicate an entire post to all of her glory:

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The dress is from H&M: I am in love with how delicate and dainty I feel in it; it’s totally spot on as far as capturing the ‘bohemian’ vibes I’m constantly yearning for.

The earrings are from a local jewelry designer here in Bushwick who I happened to meet at my last Flea Market vending event; these are definitely my current go-to accessory. To check out her Instagram click here.

Both my shoes and clutch were thrifted. I will forever be a promoter of thrifting and recycling clothing. For my top 8 tips on thrifting, be sure to click here.

I’m also thinking about dedicating a post/video to the issues of Fast Fashion and how fashion really does feed off of our consumerist culture. This is something that I have personally been affected by and want to try to make a positive change in. Please let me know if anyone is interested in learning more about fast fashion and its effects on our planet!

As always thank you for stopping by!

Till next time,

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

1 Year Blogiversary. | La Mama Hada

Happy Monday:

My blog’s officially turning the big 1.

It’s actual birthday is on Wednesday, but since I already have a post schedule for then, today is just gon’ have to do!

To celebrate, I decided to dedicate this post to some of my favorite shots from this past year. I have experienced so much growth on so many different aspects of my life since starting my blog – I’m super excited to see where this next year will take me.

Thank you so much for stopping by, & reading!

Seriously thankful beyond words!

‘Till Wedensday,
GC xo

Bad Boyfriend.

Happy Friday:

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Top: Old Navy.

Off-the-shoulder is definitely one of my favorite trends this season. It’s literally all over the runaways and street style blogs. There’s just something inevitably delicate about exposed shoulders – it’s dreamy.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on a perfect off-the-shoulder top to style endlessly this spring/summer season. I found this one at my job for less than 20 bucks! I love how dainty white can be & with the added ruffle, it has the ultimate boho vibe.

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Bag: Brandy Melville. 
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Necklace: DeadGypsy & Co. ; Earrings: Thrifted ; Headscarf: Local Store. 
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Denim: Target.

To style this top, I decided to pair it with boyfriend jeans. I honestly love being able to flaunt feminine vibes with loose fitting clothing. There’s just something so powerful about being able to feel beautiful in non-fitting clothing. Am I the only one who feels that way?

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Wedges: Steve Madden

I wore my Steve Madden wedges to give my outfit a more clean feel. With all of the bagginess going on, the contrast from the shoes is what ties the look together. I added casual accessories to keep my outfit brunch date appropriate – beaded jewelry is always my go to! I simply love how sassy jewelry can make you feel: it’s the world of sassy self expression! Headscarves have been really fun to incorporate into my outfits, too. I need to pick up a few more and start playing around with different designs. This headscarf game is real. 

How would you style this off-the-shoulder top? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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I have been wanting to style my boyfriend jeans in a blogpost for the longest and since June is denim month over on my blog, I couldn’t help but go for it!

‘Till next week,

GC xo

February ’16 Collage & Wishlist.

Happy Friday:

My goal was to get this post up on Monday, February 29th, but with the way my life is set up at the moment, I can no longer have a set schedule for my blog or YouTube. Life’s just way to hectic.

I recently got hired as a wardrobe assistant for the costume shop at my University, so I am officially out and about 5 days a week. I’m seriously trying to work on my time managing this month. Do you have any tips you don’t mind sharing? Help a girl out & leave them down below!

Back to the point of this post: 

Even though I am a few days late, committing to monthly collage’s & wish lists are still in the plan of things.

Day Dreamer:

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February’s collage was inspired by my love for bohemian and sporty vibes.  I’ll forever be an urban child, especially being born & raised in Brooklyn, New York, the city life is my life. I channeled my inner Urban Queen for an assignment from my Parson’s x Teen Vogue Fashion Essentials online course, so the love for them vibes is real. Expect an outfit post next week on the assignment. Also in February, I came across an opportunity to work as a wardrobe assistant in the Theater Department’s costume shop at my University, and I officially started this week. I couldn’t be more happier with this job & am excited to learn more about handling clothes. I can definitely see myself using my gained experience  outside of work & into my personal & professional life. In mid-February,  I  attended a fashion show & a presale showcase during NYFW, which were both super lovely. Shoutout to my fellow fashion blogger, Sheismelrose for the invite. My next post will be dedicated to both events – stay tuned! This month has been extremely fashion filled, and I couldn’t be happier. 

 

Welcome to the Good Life: 

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There’s definitely a theme happening in this post. I’ve been seeing pastel dusters everywhere lately & the struggle of wanting one is serious. Anyone else digging the pastels on outerwear? Since shaving bald, I find that I love wearing tighter silhouette’s to really flatter my figure & I’m totally digging it. It’s why I decided to add this choker/off-the-shoulder top. As far as jewelry goes, I’m all for the silver and black diamonds. Always have been, always will be. Last, but certainly not least, for make-up, all I want is lots and lots of lashes. In 2015, I got really into fresh & simple make-up looks, so I basically stopped doing my eyeliner. 2016 has been no different; since this year has started, I’ve only worn eyeliner twice – and to be honest, I don’t plan on rocking it any time soon.

  • Soho Girl: High Waisted Distressed Skinnies. $40
  • Pixie Market: Grey Chocker Off-The-Shoulder Top $65
  • Miss Selfridge: Blush Duster Coat $91
  • Alexander Wang: Mini Rockie Black Bag $644
  • Nike: Roshe One Sneakers $73
  • Billy The Tree: .24ctw Black Diamond Heart Earrings $115

 

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy Weekend!

GC xo

1,000 Ways to Love.

 

Happy Monday:

 

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As soon as Bonnie & I met up, Bonnie, who is my college bestie, immediately noticed that I was dolled up and asked me if I brought my camera to document my outfit – she seriously knows me and that makes me so happy. Bonnie was my photographer during my pre-pregnancy days; she was the one who helped me with my photos when I started my first legitimate blog a few years back!

We met up in Williamsburg last week to talk business on a collaboration we’re currently working on. I don’t want to release too many details, but just know that we are taking handmade jewelry to a whole ‘nother level, and I couldn’t be more stoked. *Side Note: I do make handmade jewelry & sell it on my Etsy shop hereI also saw this lunch date as the perfect opportunity to get dolled up & style this Gypsy Mirina Necklace  I received.

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Gypsy Necklace.
I am obsessed with this statement necklace – I feel like a bohemian princess whenever I wear it. That’s literally what I aim for every day whenever I am getting dressed. The details on the coins are simply lovely & adds the perfect amount of mystical meets gypsy vibes to the necklace.
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I wanted the necklace to be the star of this outfit, so I decided to wear my thrifted, men’s red jumper as a sweater dress. To keep warm, I threw on a pair of plain tights & over that, added a pair of simple, lightly detailed, cute socks. As far as accessories go: I wore my fringe crossbody for that added bohemian vibe, & it’s literally my favorite bag at the moment, my faux-fur hat for that added fierce, and my black booties with the white soals. The color block on the socks and shoes adds the perfect amount of funk.

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Outfit Details: 

Hat: F21

Necklace: Mirina

Scarf: Gift

Coat: F21

Jumper: Thrifted, Men’s

Tights: H&M

Socks: Target

Booties: JustFab

Bag: UO

 

What are your favorite ways to rock a statement necklace?

‘Till next time,

GC xo