The Fall of Instagram?

Hey darlings! A little bit different a post than normal. I wanted to open up a little bit of a discussion to see what you guys are thinking about this new Instagram change.

The fall of Instagram?
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I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but for the past few weeks Instagram has been changing slowly. It seems as if every time I scroll on Instagram I’m seeing more and more advertisements and less content that I actually want to see.

I intern for Aubrey at The Coastal Confidence and she was explaining to me that since Instagram is owned by Facebook, that they’re trying to make the app more sponsor based. That means we’ll see more people promoting their pictures in order for them to be seen and less of your friend’s content.

My opinion… 

To me, it has been very frustrating seeing this big change. Instagram is something that has always been more of an intimate experience than other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I’m someone who does follow a significant amount of well-known bloggers, but I really enjoy seeing my friend’s content as well as less known bloggers. When I log onto Instagram now, it seems to be more of just the well-known bloggers instead of my friend’s and less known bloggers. I almost am getting to the point where I need to go through an insta-purge and really see who’s content I still enjoy.

However, one thing that makes me not stray far from Instagram is the newly added InstaStories. This addition seems like a more artsy version of snapchat. Plus, I find it really amusing seeing what some of my favorite bloggers are doing in the weekend. It’s a great way to hear their voices and see the way they react to things. Plus, I adore when they do big hauls. It’s something that I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do on Instagram but if this app stays relevant we’ll never know!

What do you think?

Have you noticed this Instagram change? Does it make you want to rethink who you’re actually following? Do you think there will be a new groundbreaking social media app? Let me know in the comments down below. I’d love to hear your opinions about this.

As always,

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I Guess We Clean Up Nicely 

Helly darling! This post is a little bit different from my typical blog post. I love when bloggers give me a little glimpse into their lives, so I figured I’d do the same for you guys. The other week my college put on a little shindig for English major, members of our college magazine and newspaper, and the online publication Her Campus. Since I’m an English major and part of Her Campus I decided to go with my lovely friends.

 

Sadly, the only details I have on dresses are my friend Courtney’s dress and my dress (pictured above). Courtney’s dress and shoes were found at Nordstrom Rack a day prior to this event. I’m obsessed with the beautiful floral pattern on her dress.

My bright red dress was found at Urban Outfitters in September. Sadly they do not sell it anymore. It has this funky strappy back that I feel head over heels for. I might be super annoying for even saying that because I don’t actually have a picture of that detail. The necklace is a J.Crew Factory classic. It is currently on sale for $24.50 so buy it while it is on sale! I’m also obsessed with this similar necklace that is also on sale. Last but not least, my adorable, eye-catching shoes are from Off Broadway. I ended up getting a size up (I’m normally a 7.5 but I got an 8) because they were a little snug. You’ll be seeing these shoes more as the senior events progress (I have a senior formal next week! Eeek. How time flies).

I hope you have a great rest of  your day! What is your favorite semi-formal look?

As always,

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5 Questions You Should Ask While Shopping

Hello darlings! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I wanted to make this post before we entered a new season. This past break I cleaned out my closet at home and went through items that I thought I was crazy for buying. Going through my closet made me realize something, I need to ponder more before I pull out my wallet. I’ve come up with a few questions that I’ll be starting to ask myself more and hopefully give you guys some advice before pulling out your wallet.

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Would you buy that item full price?

I love outlet shopping because of the great deals. However, I often have to stop and ask myself if I would still buy the item if it was full price. Would I shell out on this $40 graphic tee or am I only buying it because it is $10. I think we all love a good bargain but we should stop and ask ourselves if we really need an item.

What three outfits can you wear this with? Example: Suede Jacket

After you’re done with trying to figure out if you’d buy that coat for the full price, ask yourself if you can picture yourself actually wearing it. I’m guilty of buying items that I know will be great additions to trends and blog posts. However, in this upcoming year I’m trying to think of more ways I can wear items before I buy them. What color and style pants does this top go with? Do I own those pants? Do I really need another pair of black jeans?

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What is it made of? Will it last?

Did I pay a pretty penny for this jacket? Absolutely. But it has lasted me all throughout Italy, last winter, and this winter. Since it it made with great stitching and material, it was definitely worth the pretty penny. I will pay a pretty penny on American Eagle jeans because I know they’ll last forever. I’ve had a pair of Lululemon leggings from senior year of high school and they look brand new as I wear them my senior year of college. Although you’re spending a ton of money on a product you know that it will last forever. One pair of nice leggings is worth way more than 15 see through leggings. Same goes for jeans, shirts, and basic tees. Things you should splurge on for quality are things that you know that you’ll be wearing for a long time. Solid shirts, jeans, boots, and jackets. All are necessities that will be best if you pay a little bit more in order for them to last longer.

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Where is it made? Do you feel like you’re making a good global decision? 

I recently shopped at Tarte because I was looking for a new concealer. I was a little reluctant to buy the product but I quickly changed my mind when I heard the company was cruelty free.  There have been many scandals about how clothes are made and that may or may not make you feel better. If you want to look more into good global decision companies check out this post.

Am I only buying it because it looks good on the model? Will it actually look good on me?

Whenever I online shop I usually end up with a billion items I don’t need in the shopping card. I swear it always looks like this:

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I think it is totally okay to carry on this unhealthy obsession of adding things to your shopping bag. However, before you click the wonderful “Check Out Now” button ask yourself if you’re only buying it because it looks good on the model. I think it is something we’re all guilty of. I mean it’s great advertising and the models do get paid to make sure that we want the item. I tend neck lines and shirt sleeves before I buy things. I know that I don’t look good in thick straps but look good in thin strap tops. So although it may look phenomenal on the model, I try to stay away from that. If you don’t know what you look good in and don’t look good in off the top of your head, look at your closet now. Do you have more of one style rather than another? It’s probably because you’re either drawn to that style of you look best in it.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions we should asks ourselves before we pull out our wallets. Do you already ask some of these questions before you buy something?

As always,

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What Is In My Fall Bag?

Hello darling! You might have seen this bag in my earlier Lark Fest post. I’m in love with this earthy color. I’m so glad I decided to get this rich green instead of the matte black. They also had a white and black combo one. This bag is redicously perfect for fall because of its rich color and dipped texture.

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I love following the “What’s in my bag” tag on WordPress! Some of the things people lug around is so fascinating to me. I’m just obsessed with finding out what people carry around in their purses… is that weird? The anticipation of finding out if they carry around a knife or a small rodent is thrilling. Okay, sadly I don’t carry around either of those things. I’m actually pretty boring when it comes to what I carry. But I figured I’d give you an update on what I’ve been lugging around because my last “What’s in my bag” was in May of 2015.

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  • Pen: This pen is embarrassingly from the Saratoga Race Track. I needed to purchase a pen in order to write on one of the race books… this pen cost me $6. I’m not proud of this super expensive purchase, but now I always carry around a pen!
  • Sunglasses: These are from this random shop in New Jersey. I love the cat eye frame on my face. I feel like I’m traveling back in time when i wear them.
  • Hand sanitizer: I always purchase a bunch of these every year from Bath and Body Works. It is something you always should carry around in my opinion. This scent is one of my favorite and is called Apple Wreath.
  • Headphones: I feel like this is always a necessity. I love listening to songza so I have my headphones scattered around like a mad man.
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate sea salt caramel: these are literally my weakness. When I eat this, I get the same feeling I get when I see puppies; this gooey feeling inside my heart.
  • As for these lip stains I love the pigment and this plum color for fall. This particular style of matte lipstick smells like a candy store. It isn’t very matte when you swatch it but it is matte when you apply it to your lips.
  • Nivea is my go to chapstick! I usually go for peppermint chapstick but recently fell in love with this one. I do apply this very often thought the day. I wish it lasted longer on my lips.

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It wouldn’t be a purse without a few pieces of gum and a wallet! I recently have been trying to ween myself off of chewing gum and replacing them with mints. I still have this case of gum though. After I finish it, I’ll have to get a little can of Altoid mints. As for the wallet, this is from my summer bag but wanted to carry it over.

What do you carry around in your bag? I’d love to find out if you carry around something funky. Link your blog post in the comments or just let me know!

As always,

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Lark Fest: OOTD

Hello darling! Did you do anything fun this past weekend? I went to the 35th annual Lark Fest in Albany. Lark Fest is this magical day that tens of thousands of people go to. Albany closes down Lark street and creates the best atmosphere for anyone to enjoy. There are all of these funky, little vendors that sell crafts, food, handmade jewelry, and clothing. Almost everyone was out this past Saturday day celebrating the idea of Lark Fest.

I made an outfit post for Her Campus last week before the event, but I wanted to show all of my lovely readers what I actually wore. If you want to check out my post on Her Campus click here. If you have never heard of Her Campus I would definitely check it out (and especially Siena College’s chapter). Girls from colleges all over the world write for this one site.

Okay, okay enough of my Her Campus promo. I finally decided to show off the off the shoulder trend. I’m in love with this little number. I’m obsessed with the way the lace scallops on my shoulders and at at the bottom of the shirt. I think it gives the shirt and extra feminine look.

Since the top is actually a crop top, I wanted to be a little bit more modest and pair it with my favorite high-waisted Mango jeans. If you don’t own a pair of Mango jeans I highly recommend it. They’re the comfiest pair of jeans I own and they stretch like a rubber band. I purchased this particular pair when I was abroad last fall. They might have other pairs that are similar to it online or in stores.

You’ve seen these shoes again and again and I can’t stop wearing them! They’re so comfy and they add another texture to any outfit. Plus, they add a fall vibe to this otherwise summery outfit.

 

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Keeping up with adding fall elements, I decided to finally break out my fall bag! I got this radiant green bag from Kate Spade before I went back to school. I don’t think I’ve fallen in love more with a bag. I was between getting it in black or this green. I’m so happy with my decision. It’s the type of green that can go with almost everything and it still smells like beautiful leather. Yum!

As for the jewelry, I kept it pretty basic. I threw on my favorite gemstone necklace from Toyshop. I thought it went perfectly with the top because of where it hit. It it hit a little bit higher I don’t think the outfit would have flowed as nicely. I also threw on my Chole & Isabel feather bracelet (pictured here) and my  Francesca’s earrings (picture here). You may be able to see a small bit of the two rings I am wearing. I am sporting this adorable little shop in downtown Troy. I’ll have to do another post and talk about them because I have fallen very hard for their jewelry.

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If you ever come to Albany you’ll need to check out Lark fest. It’s a once in a life time opportunity filled with fun. Does your hometown do anything fun like Lark fest? Could I possibly be missing out on fun events? Let me know in the commends down below.

As always,

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Saratoga Race Track

Hello darlings! This past weekend, I went to the Saratoga Race Track with some of my college friends. It was my first time ever going to a horse race and I thought it was such a thrilling experience.

We arrived to the track around 11 and made a big circle out of lawn chairs, coolers, and my lovely Siena blanket (I can’t go anywhere without that thing). After we set up shop, we decided to walk around and check out where everything is. In a weird way, it almost looks like it was set up like a classier warp tour. There are all these random concession stands everywhere and people scattered about.

While we were walking around, we got to see some jockeys walk by with their horses. I was shocked how close you could get to them. At other sporting events, you would be triple the length away from them and have to spend oodles of money in order to get that close.

 

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I decided to go all out and get a hat for the track. Some women wore these crazy elaborate hats that could be spotted from a mile away. Clearly, they loved going to the track. I was actually really surprised that not many women wore hats. I’m still glad I spent a solid $12 at Target on my hat.

As for the dress, I decided to get this navy, lace dress. Abercrombie and Fitch is actually having a sale on the dress. It’s $24, in stores, and it is such an easy dress to just throw on and do whatever in it. I would love wearing this dress to brunch or even to date night with some red heels. I’m in love with the lace detailing and the cut out on the back. I was actually wishing I was going to get a tan on my back from the weird cutout. Unfortunately, the day we went was a little cloudy. Maybe next time.

The earrings are from J.Crew and I fall head over heels for them every time I wear them. I think they add just the perfect about of color to this otherwise neutral outfit.

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Micky, Courtney, Sam, and I decided to all get matching camp chairs at Walmart. We want to iron patches all over them.

At the end of the day, I won $4 and lost about $10. The whole time I was there I was thinking about the betting as if I was at a concert. You would normally pay $60+ for a good concert. I only made dollar bets, but if I wanted to get risky I could have tried betting $10-$15. There were 11 races and I bet on 8 of them. I loved picking which horse was going to win. Trust me, it’s exciting when your horse actually wins.

As for my first time betting on something, I say it was a marvelous time. Have you ever went to a horse race? What is your opinion on horse races?

As always,

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Barn Weddings & Farmer’s Markets

Hello darlings! Some of you may know that I have family in a small town in New York. This past weekend, I decided to take the two hour drive and see my cousins. I haven’t seen some of my cousins since I was in high school! It was an incredible time filled with catching up and laughs.

Saturday morning, my cousin, Emily, and I got up early and decided to check out a barn wedding and a farmer’s market. She made me this delicious smoothie bowl and we were on our way. Honestly, she should sell these things they’re so good!

So for those of you who saw last year’s post, you know that my cioci (aunt) runs barn weddings. Emily and I were able to sneak into the barn and see all of the gorgeous decorations for a wedding later on in the day. I loved how warm the whole environment felt. The simple flowers and the little banners that were added to little nooks and crannies really tied the whole place together. Also, the flower girls were running around in these adorable, cream dresses. There wasn’t a hair out of place.

After we checked out the wedding decorations, we hurried our butts to the market. Everything at the market was amazing. Some of my family members were selling flowers and blueberries at their own stand. The flowers they create are some of the most beautiful creations I have every seen. Since my cousin started this flower business, I’ve become more aware of the different types of flowers. I’ve come to love wildflowers even more than I already had before. The pictures below are of their stand.

The following pictures are of other stands in the farmer’s market.

Later that evening, my cousins and I headed out to see a drive in movie. We watched Pets and the new Ghostbusters movie. I thought Pets was adorable. Every child should watch it before they try to convince their parents to get a pet. Ghostbusters was funny… well, for the part I was awake. I admit, I’ve been going to bed pretty early lately so staying up till 1 a.m. hasn’t been in my clock schedule.

There was one more thing I did Saturday, but I’ll leave you hanging until my next post…

The next morning, we slept in a little bit. When we finally woke up, we went fishing in one of the ponds my family owns. I ended up catching two bass.

That was my lovely weekend away. Sometimes it is just so refreshing seeing family you haven’t seen in a very long time. It was almost weird seeing my cousin’s who I haven’t seen since high school. It’s been so long and we’ve all grown up so much in those three years. Time may pass and we may change, but family is always family.

As always,

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