My Style

Travel

Study Abroad

Win A Trip To Paris!



Do you want to win a trip to Paris? Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't! One of my favorite tour companies in Paris, Fat Tire Tours, is giving away a FREE TRIP TO PARIS!

This is Fat Tire Tour's fourth annual giveaway. And the grand prize includes two 1,000 euro Air France vouchers, airport transfer, five nights of accommodation, VIP access to their amazing Creative Rendezvous, and unlimited Fat Tire tours from June 18-24, 2017!

Even if you don't win the grand prize, you should still consider attending their Creative Rendezvous. It is a week of social activities and workshops geared towards creatives. Sign me up for the floral arranging lesson and pastry baking!

You can enter below and you can find learn more about Fat Tire Tours here and more about the giveaway here.

Bonne chance!

Free Trip to Fat Tire Paris Rendezvous


90s Chick








look one: hat // sunnies (via Ditto) // choker // dress // bag (old, similar) // mules
look two: sunnies // dress // bag // wedges (old, similar)

Ok, what year is it? Chokers are back in style, Juicy Couture velour tracksuits are trending (or so they say), and Abercrombie & Fitch is cool again? I am having serious flashbacks.

Abercrombie & Fitch! Oh how I spent much of my youth saving up for (or begging for) their clothing. Everyone I knew coveted it. I remember my grandfather explaining to me one Christmas when I got the shirt I wanted that he used to shop at Abercrombie (it was a mail order sporting/leisure brand then). Needless to say the company has quite the fascinating history.

I also vividly remember the company I loved transforming into something awful. The clothes went from plaid preppy essentials to overly-sexual, ridiculously small (they refused to sell anything over a size 10), and trashy over-priced sweats, shorts, and tees. The transition was slow, but by the early 2000s the company, headed by Michael Jeffries, was espousing a pretty horrible misogynistic and racist brand in an attempt to be "cool and exclusive."

Thank goodness Americans began rejecting this brand, teens wised up, and the company's sales began nose-diving by 2010. I think we all thought it was just a matter of time before Abercrombie & Fitch closed its doors for good. If you want to read more about Abercrombie's rise and fall, this is a great article.

Fast forward to last week. I was sitting on my couch with Brittany watching the Olympics and reading Buzzfeed. Britt chuckled when she read an article about how 2016 is really just 1996 because track suits are back and Abercrombie is cool again. When she question if Abercrombie was indeed cool again, I responded that I had recently seen one of my favorite bloggers, Mary Orton, wearing an Abercrombie dress that was actually cute. Intrigued, we decided to take a look online. We were shocked to find an array of cute, non-skimpy clothing. I was even more shocked by the prices. Within 10 minutes I had two dresses in my cart. I didn't, however, want to support the company of recent memory, so we did a little detective work.

Apparently, while no one was paying attention, Abercrombie ousted its controversial CEO, Michael Jeffries, in early 2015. Since then it appears that the brand has undergone a transformation. Instead of focusing on nearly-nude male models drenched in cologne in front of stores, the company is focused on the clothing, bringing in new designers to class things up. My teenage self is so happy to see Abercrombie turning things around. So, I decided to take the plunge and give them a chance.

The verdict? I love my new dresses! Bonus, the price was ridiculously good. With discount code and promotion, I paid a total of $52 for both. I was pleasantly surprised by the fit and quality of the dresses. Although, I did size up one size (I figured they probably still ran a little small, both of these dresses are mediums).

What do you think of the Abercrombie and Fitch reboot?


SHOP THE POST:

PhD Chic





skirt // top (short sleeve version) // sunnies via Ditto // bag (old) // wedges (similar)

Well, this week marked the start of my 24th year of school... yikes! And this year will probably be the most important and stress-filled of my academic career. Especially the next couple of months. I have to finish 3 chapter drafts, apply for grants and post docs, and assist with an online course all while traveling to California for a fellowship and attempting to have a life. I would be lying if I said I was not freaking out as I face, what could potentially be, my last year of school.

Best case scenario I will receive a dissertation grant for next year and I will be able to relax a bit and not have to scramble to finish writing. Worse case scenario, and the scenario I have to prepare for, is I will have to finish writing and defend next summer, oh and find time to apply for jobs. No problem? I pretty much feel anxious about this year and next all of the time.

Honestly, it felt like I would be in school forever. I never really thought about the finishing line, since it always felt so far away. You would think it would be exciting. But, nope. It is terrifying. All I can do is put myself in overdrive for the next couple of months and try to write as much as I can! Of course, I want to write without giving up my life, friends, and any sort of fun.

Since returning from Italy, I have spent most of my days in pjs writing away. So it was nice to put on this Kate Spade skirt and leave the house lol. I like this skirt because it is so easy to wear but still feels very chic. You can dress it up with a blouse for work or down with a t-shirt, a denim jacket, and sandals. I don't have to be on campus much this semester, so the latter will likely be worn more. Finally, how amazing are these new Karen Walker shades? I love them. It was really nice to restart my sunglasses subscription when I got home (you can learn more about Ditto's Endless Eyewear program here).

Anyone else facing school-related anxiety?


SHOP THE POST: