How to Style Masculine Accessories + Five Shoes Under $100

The day has finally arrived. I can finally wear my chunky knits and be appropriately dressed for the weather. Woo-freaking-hoo. You might have actually recognized this sweater (one of my favorites) from one of my favorite winter posts from last year, How to Make a Dress Warm for Date Night. Instead of the feminine approach, I decided to go out and try to make it a tad bit more masculine. So I picked out an army jacket, a fierce pair of shoes, and a loud necklace.

Army Green Vest and Leopard Shoes

Add traditional masculine textiles such as army jackets, dog tag necklaces, and oxfords on top of neutral clothes for the biggest impact.

Now, I admit… no matter what I do I’m never going to look masculine. Although I prefer dressing more feminine, I’m a sucker for incorporating different styles into my outfits. I normally style this cable knit sweater in a feminine way due to the fabric’s woven texture. However, the sweater can fit in well with masculine items when paired correctly. This army vest covers up most of the cable knit’s texture so only a little amount of the woven texture is peaking out. This necklace also resembles a dog tag traditionally worn in the army, thus adding another masculine element. The inclusion of multiple masculine elements creates a cohesive look.

To create a more masculine style stick to darker, neutral colors in your outfit.

Color to fashion is like water to the Long Island Sound… it is beyond necessary. When I’m styling an outfit, I focus on one item and then build the rest of the outfit around that color. These shoes are pretty hard to pair with many colors so I typically throw in a few neutral, dark colors such as army green, black, navy, camel, and white. If I’m feeling brave, I’ll throw on something red.

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If you’re scared of wearing a masculine element make sure it incorporates something you feel comfortable with.. aka leopard print. 

Thankfully, not a lick of snow has fallen so I’m still proudly wearing these adorable, Steve Madden shoes (currently on sale for $49.98). Since I purchased them, I’ve literally been wearing them nonstop. It’s something about the fun, bold print mixed with a masculine styled shoe that gives me all the feels. Plus, they look fantastic with a pair of black jeans so it has been super easy to get dressed in the morning. If you’re fearful of styling leopard, play it safe by pairing the pattern with colors you’d normally see in nature. Last year I talked about 5 Reasons Why You Need Leopard Print in Your Closet. Check out that post some leopard print motivation.

For my jewelry, I’ve been wearing a Half United necklace I picked up a month ago. I rave about this company in this post. The idea behind Half United is that customers are doing their half by uniting together to make a lasting change in children’s lives. Each product has seven meals built into the cost. These meals go to children in the USA, Haiti, Fiji, and Cambodia. After every three months, Half United divides the funds into four charity partners. This necklace is made out of a recycled bullet casing to show a physical symbol for the fight against hunger.

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If you think you or your friend is bold enough to try a statement shoe here are five bold shoe ideas for the holiday season. Bonus: They’re all under $100.

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What do you think about incorporating masculine accessories in your style? What would you add and how would you wear it? What do you think about bold, masculine shoes? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Aromatherapy: Bath and Body Works Haul

My name is Logan Porter… and I have a problem. I’m addicted to Bath and Body Works candles. Addicted isn’t even the right word… I’m obsessed. I have over 30 different candles from Bath and Body works, and I have no intention to stop buying them. With that said, I have never fallen harder for the two candles I’m about to share. I literally can’t stop shoving my nose in their paths. I’m intrusive, rude, and above all in love with these scents.

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Rosewater and Ivy

Fragrance Notes: Soft Rose Petals, English Ivy, Soft Musk… happy tears from angels.

What it Smells Like: Coming home from a long day of work to find fresh cut flowers on your clean, kitchen table. You then go upstairs to take a long bubble bath and melt away every trouble that has ever entered your mind.

I fully admit that the reason I picked up this candle was because of it’s beautiful “marble” casing. I loved the soft pink on the granite and the beautiful label. No judgment, I already admitted I had issues. After cramming my nose in the white wax, I fell hard. I crawled up the candle in my tired, shopped-out arms and carried on to find an equally great candle. And that is when it happened…

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Comfort: Vanilla and Patchouli with Natural Essential Oils

Fragrance Notes: Vanilla Absolute and Patchouli Oil

What it Smells Like: Being embraced by a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time. You then wrap up in an enormous, fuzzy blanket and watch your favorite Netflix show for the next four hours.

This scent is the reason I thought it was the utmost importance that I shared this little haul with you. After lighting the candle for a quick hour, I started putting the entire line in my online shopping cart (a habit I am too accustomed to doing).

I’m obsessed with this beautiful, rich smell that makes my crazy mind feel at ease. The point of these two fragrances being added together is because the vanilla is supposed to bring a calming to the mind to encourage relaxation while the patchouli oil creates a sense of harmony. They really were not kidding when they said that “comfort” was going to enter your home with this candle. I feel like I’m being hugged by God himself.

As for the body scrub… I’m typically not the biggest fan of body scrubs just because most tend to be too harsh on my skin. After trying this scrub, I take it all back. I’m a huge fan… call me a fangirl if you must. The scrub is made of walnut shells and vitamin E to smooth and soften your skin and it smells like a dream come true. The best part about it is it doesn’t leave that sticky-just-washed skin feeling. Instead, your skin feels like silk that has just been spun. The smell itself is actually the reason I spent the past hour looking for perfumes that smell like this. Sadly, until Bath and Body Works makes a perfume I’m ‘stuck’ with their lotions, creams, scrubs, soaps, and more. Fingers crossed that they hear my cry.

P.S. if you’re looking for a fantastic quick gift they make a gift set of Comfort’s lotion and body wash. Trying my hardest not to buy it for myself right now. 

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What is your favorite scent from Bath and Body Works? Have you tried anything from their aromatherapy collection yet? Let me know in the comments down below.

By the way, do yourself a favor and check out Comfort… it’s worth it I promise.

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Half United: Sustainable Fashion that Gives Back

I hope your day is going wonderfully. The holiday season has been on my mind all week. I even filmed a holiday video for work on Tuesday. With that said, I wanted to talk about a great gift that not only is cute but gives back. The last time I was in Albany, I stumbled upon La Luce Boutique. It was an adorable shop filled with sustainable fashion projects and they even had products from few companies I talked about last year. I was thrilled to find a Half United necklace hanging in all its glory. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it.

The idea behind Half United is that customers are doing their half by uniting together to make a lasting change in children’s lives. Each product has seven meals built into the cost. These meals go to children in the USA, Haiti, Fiji, and Cambodia. After every three months, Half United divides the funds into four charity partners.

The partners and locations explained in more detail:

USA: Helps implement farming programs into schools. This allows meals to be packed for the hungry, food to be planted, and community gardens maintained. Half United works with the local communities to help improve daily lives.

Haiti: Each beaded item from Half United is supporting the livelihood and well being of artisans in Haiti. Each beaded item is created by men and women in Papillon. The beaded item is then hand-signed and completely unique.

Fiji: The funds sent to Fiji go towards supporting sustainable, thriving feeding projects at the “NCTC” primary school. Half United has funded sweet potato farms, student garden projects, honeybee farms, chicken coops, and more.

Cambodia: Half United has teamed up with the EAI orphanage in Phnom, Penh Cambodia. EAI focuses on empowering children emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Half United sells different products ranging from slogan tees to jewelry. One item they sell the most is the necklace I’m picturing in this post. The necklace is made out of a recycled bullet casing to represent the fight against hunger. Every time a customer purchases a ‘Fighting Hunter’ necklace, they are peacefully fighting hunger all over the world by providing seven meals to a child in need. Personally, I love this idea of using something that is usually aggressive and harsh and showing it used in a way that can help others. Plus, Half United is recycling metal that would otherwise be thrown away.

This holiday season, when you’re filling up your bellies and dragging yourself out to the madness of Black Friday, think about how you could help others with your gifts. Be on the lookout next week for a full list of sustainable fashion that gives back to communities in need. Afterall, isn’t part of the holiday season helping others? I’ll also be showing how I style this necklace soon.

What do you think about Half United? What do you think about wearing a bullet casing? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Is November 13 too early to put up Christmas decorations? If you said no you wouldn’t be surprised walking into my house. Over the weekend, my mother put all six of our Christmas trees up. Yes, you read that right, six Christmas trees. We currently have four large trees and two small. We’re actually missing a tree because we threw one out last year. Our large trees consist of a folk art tree, antique tree, snowman tree, family tree, and animal tree. The two small trees have baby ornaments and cardinals. Be sure to be on the lookout for the Christmas spirit on my Instagram Stories.

With the drop of temperature and cheerful Christmas tunes blasting on the radio, I decided to pull out my favorite green scarf and lacy, sweater dress.  There is something about a huge oversized scarf can instantly pull an outfit together. It doesn’t matter if you have a food baby or if you accidentally spill something on yourself… a big scarf is there for you.

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Thanksgiving is actually a holiday my family never really celebrated the “traditional” way. My mom usually recruits field hockey players so she has never been around for a Thanksgiving. Normally, my father usually just smokes fish or grills steaks instead of cooking a traditional turkey. Some years we all picked a favorite dish and made that. Mine is always mashed potatoes (yumm)! Last year, was the first time we celebrated it the “traditional” way at my brother’s house.

This year, I’ll be traveling to my brother’s house again and I’ll be rocking this outfit. This outfit is perfect for Thanksgiving because its chic and will be able to hide my massive food baby. Plus, if I accidentally spill some cranberry sauce on myself I’ll be in the perfect position to hide it. Gotta love big chunky scarves! If you’re still thinking about your Thanksgiving outfit consider a big, chunky scarf like this one. It’ll hide your food belly, cover your spills, and add the perfect amount of color to your outfit.

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What do you traditionally do for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite food? What do you plan on wearing for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments down below.

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The Giving Keys

Hello friend! Hope your week is going well! I had a busy weekend in Boston. Tomorrow will be traveling to New York City for a Copywriter’s workshop. I’m very excited to see what kind of skills they will be highlighting.

Packing for New York City got me thinking about the necklace I constantly put on. You may have noticed this dainty necklace in many of my outfit of the day posts. For example, here are four of my most recent outfits where I wore this necklace:

 

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This necklace is from The Giving Keys, a small company based in Los Angeles. The Giving Keys is a pay it forward company that employees people who are transitioning out of homelessness. They live with a three-word philosophy: dream, create, and inspire.

Each key is labeled with words such as, “dream”, “believe”, “brave”, “hope”, “let go”, and “love.” These words are meant to be a reminder that you can carry with you throughout your daily life. Personally, I decided to pick a small, tiny necklace that reads “dream.” I picked this word because I believe that one day I will be able to make an impact in this world whether that be through my words or my actions. I want to dream of endless opportunities and situations where I can achieve that goal. Wearing this necklace is a constant reminder to make an impact on today, tomorrow, and all the days to come. It’s a touch of inspiration every day.

They have many necklaces and some are a little bit more of an eye-catching statement. I personally want a big silver necklace like the necklace one or the exact same necklace I have in silver. Some of my personal favorites that I’ve been eyeing are the following:

 

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As you may have noticed, I’m starting to write more about pay it forward companies that help other people in their daily lives. I recently did a post on socially conscious tees and want to continue bringing this idea into the fashion world. Fashion can be so much deeper than a pretty pair of clothes or jewelry. With the right plan or idea you can help so many different people just as The Giving Keys. I hope to take you on my journey of finding more and more products that help give people opportunities to thrive in this world.

What is your opinion on companies that pay it forward? Do you know any companies in mind I should look into? Let me know in the comments down below.

P.S. Dream on.

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October Favorites 2017

October has been full of fun birthdays, last minute costumes, awkwardly hot weather, and fun experimentations with fashion. What has been rocking my world and been keeping me very busy is deciding to write more blog posts. I’ve decided to step up to the challenge and post twice a week. To some fashion bloggers that might not seem like a lot, but I decided I have to post more than my normal weekly post. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally be able to start a “Friday Finds” series.

As for my favorites…

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My friend, Courtney, had the brilliant idea of going to Watermark for her birthday. Watermark was hosting their annual Octoberfest filled with tons of beer and $18 pretzels. It was a day filled with good views and even better company. What is not to love  about an event like that?

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Favorite Post: “Camouflage: The Most Underrated Pattern in Fashion

I oddly love finding out the history of fashion and how certain styles come to be. For this post, I decided to look into the history of camouflage. Weirdly enough, I found out that camouflage first made its way into the fashion scene because of Vogue. Did you know that there are more than 19 different patterns of camouflage? Yeah, me either.

Clothing Piece I’ve Been Levitating Towards: Embroidered Jeans

If you couldn’t tell from my last post or my most recent Instagram… I’m hooked. It took me one pair of these magical jeans and I already want to order 12 more. I literally want to order this same pair in black. What is wrong with me? Please, someone convince me to buy something else so that my jean drawer still has the ability to close.

Audiobooks I’ve been loving: “#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso and “Leave Your Mark Land Your Dream Job, Kill it in Your Career, Rock Social Media,” by Aliza Licht. 

As some of you may know, I commute and hour to and from work every day. Besides the fact that you could probably see stress wrinkles already forming on my young, twenty-year-old body, you would never know how much I drive every week. That is because I’ve found the magical app “audible” from Amazon. No, I’m not sponsored but I should be at this point. This brilliant app allows me to download all of these fantastic books. This month I was focusing on self improvement so I downloaded Sophia Amoruso and Alizia Licht’s books. Unlike most self-help books, these two authors know how to write helpful information while packing the books filled with funny, personal stories. I hope that by listening to these two books that my inner Girl Boss will break free… a girl can only hope.

Favorite Instagram Stories: Honeygrow in Hoboken, NJ and Wednesday’s Table in Southold, NY.

I’m usually not one to say a picture says a thousand words, but in this case it totally does. Just looking back and these photos is making me hungry. Honeygrow is a build-it-yourself salad or stir fry place. Wednesday’s Table is a restaurant that isn’t open on Wednesday’s and serves delicious scones, sandwiches, gyros, and wraps. Ugh, my stomach is grumbling.

Favorite Quote of the Month: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” Dr. Seuss.

What was your favorite part about October? What are you looking forward to this November? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Why You Should Own Embroidered Jeans

Hello friend! I hope your Halloween was spooky and weird. Hopefully, many children came to your house and screamed “trick or treat” at you. Weirdly enough, we didn’t have that many trick or treaters this year. When I was little, we used to have a plethora of children running around our street. Children from other neighborhoods would come to my street on hayrides. I really hope that the trick or treating spirit isn’t dying but instead the children in my area have grown up.

Speaking of childhood, these pants brought me back to a weird memory of being tormented by my brothers and cousins. You see, I’ve always loved funky pants. I remember being tormented by my brothers and cousins because of this one pair of pants I would wear. They were awesome. They had this funky, abstract print and were made out of this mauve, pink color. “Logan Pink Pants Porter” still rings in my ears to this day. As you can tell, that chant or slight harassment didn’t deter me away from styling these awesome pants. IMG_4890.jpgStudded pants have been all the rage last year and they continue to dip into fall. Amal Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Bella Hadid are just a handful of celebrities that have supported this major trend. Now, I’m not one to always jump on the trend bandwagon, but I couldn’t help but listen to my inner child when I saw this pair of pants. Not only were they studded but they also had these beautifully embroidered flowers. If that wasn’t enough for me to yank on the pair and drag them up to the cashier… they were also on sale. It’s like the pant-Gods were throwing lightning bolts at my feet. I just had to get them. IMG_4888.jpg

IMG_4896.jpgSo are embroidered jeans worth picking up? I think yes, yes, and double yes. This trend dates back to the 60’s and 70’s where embroidered jeans were all the rage. Artists and hippies decided to give life to their causal jeans and design them with colorful threads, patches, and textiles. Flowers, like the ones I’m wearing, were often placed on jeans to go alongside the bohemian and Woodstock influence. Although the patches and studs weren’t as carefully placed as they are in this 2017 trend, the embroidery still has a similar objective: to allow expression into your everyday style.

A few reasons why you should jump on this trend:

  • Embroidery is a great way to express your personal style. There are political and movement patches you can incorporate.
  • These pants allow you to experiment with another style. If you remember this post, you know I’m big on experimenting with fashion.
  • Adds another texture to your outfit, which adds dimension to your outfit.
  • Allows an opportunity to start a conversation.
  • Opportunity to wear neutrals without thinking twice about it.

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The best part about these jeans is that you can create them yourself. You could simply grab patches and start sewing or ironing them on. But, if you want the easy way out I found a few similar pairs:

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1 ($59.99), 2 ($119.50), 3 ($47), 4 ($92), 5 ($32)

What is your opinion on the embroidered jean? Would you rock a pair of embroidered jeans? Let me know in the comments down below.

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8 Bloggers to Get Style Inspiration From

If this post doesn’t give you serious outfit inspiration, I don’t know what will! There is this weird thing in the blogging world where bloggers tend not to talk about other bloggers’ blogs. I want to change that drastically. I tend to look towards bloggers instead of celebrities for my favorite style inspiration. I know what you’re thinking, how millennial. Oh, whatever, I’m a millennial and I’ll accept it. Without further ado, here are my favorite fashion bloggers of the moment.

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The Chriselle Factor: The Girl Who Got Me Interested in Style

I figure I’d start this epic list with the blogger that started it all for me. I started watching Chriselle Lim’s YouTube videos when I was in high school. I grew up watching her success grow greater and greater. I saw her styling shirts a million different ways to sitting by the hottest runways. Goodness, she is a style queen. I love her high fashion looks with a passion and hope one day I can pull off one of her epic looks.

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The Coastal Confidence: The Girl I Learned The Most From

My senior year of college, I interned for Aubrey at The Coastal Confidence. I was and still am a huge fan of her passion for everything New England. Like Aubrey, I grew up in Connecticut and got a good ole’ taste of what it is like to be a New Englander… and boy, is it great. Aubrey has a craft of writing style posts while showing different things you can do in New England. For example, she just did a post on 6 different orchards you can visit in New England. If you live in New England or you simply just love New England fashion, this blog should definitely be on your radar.

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Something Navy: The Mom Who Can Do it All

Last year, I found Arielle’s blog via Instagram and I couldn’t be happier that I did. She has by far the cutest little baby and often styles her in equally cute clothes. If you got to her blog, you’ll see a perfectly laid out website. It is literally set up like a blogger’s dream. Her Instagram is always my favorite thing to watch and my favorite style inspiration to see. She also has some killer dance moves!

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If you’re a super girly-girl you need to go visit this blog. No, seriously, click that link. Out of all of the bloggers I follow, she by far has the most feminine look. Her outfits consist of incredible silhouettes in beautiful, light colors. Plus, her and her husband are the cutest couple on all of Instagram (I’m convinced). They even have matching glasses.

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The College Prepster: The Preppy Girl

I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s hard finding a blogger my age that I love. I’m not the preppiest person, but I love seeing Carly’s carefully planned out outfits. She seems to encapsulate the bold, New England style with a young person’s touch. In my opinion, her best posts are during fall so check them out now!

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Mumu and Macaroons: The Upbeat Girl

Every time I see Katy Harrell post on Instagram I cannot help but go visit her page. She just has the best attitude about life. Upbeat, happy, and all around an insightful person. She recently posted two blog posts about her tips and tricks to blogging. If you’re as obsessed with blogging as I am, go check it out.

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All Things Blush: Bohemian Goals

Every post Rachel Baumann seems to post are major bohemian fashion goals. I mean just look at these three looks! She seems to always be one step ahead of the game and post these creative, innovative looks. Whenever I’m looking for bohemian inspiration, I go straight to her page. Plus, the pictures she takes with her friends are friend g-o-a-l-s.

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Margo and Me: The Ultimate High Fashion Boss

Margo and Me, written by Jenny Cipoletti, is a new blog to me. Like Chriselle, I found her stumbling across the vast void of YouTube. Her videos are extremely elegant and feminine ranging from posh hairstyles to dream vacations. If I were to define the word “high fashion” her name would be inserted right into the definition. Plus, she probably has the cutest french bulldog known to man.

Depending on how each and every one of you responds this type of post, I might start featuring different bloggers I’m loving on my monthly recaps. more and more. After all, we need to start calling out the girlbosses of the world (insert voice of Sophia Amoruso) and start celebrating them.

Who is your favorite fashion blogger? Let me know in the comments down below!

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5 Graphic Tees that Give Back

Disclaimer: Running for Rescues contacted me to review their organization. They personally sent me this graphic tee. Every thought and opinion expressed on Peculiar Porter are entirely mine alone and do not reflect the views or opinions of Running for Rescues. 

Style can do so many great things for your confidence, but it can also help others in need. Running for Rescues, a local Connecticut organization, recently reached out to me and asked if they could send me one of their shirts. Since I’m a huge animal lover, I immediately said yes.

Running for Rescues is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that raises money through races, donations, and products to help rescue animals from high-kill shelters. Runners from across the country can pick a race they want to run and fundraise independently for Running for Rescues. This money then goes to small organizations that help fun the rescuing animals and the associated costs.

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As some of you may already know, I’m that obnoxious person who talks in baby voices to dogs. I know, it’s embarrassing and I cannot help it in the slightest. With that said, I don’t know what I would do without my two dogs. Butch and Daisy are like weird, goofy humans. They both have their own personalities compact with weird poses, obsessive habits, and funky sounds. We picked up my dogs from a farm in the middle of a huge blizzard. With that said, Butch and Daisy were not rescued from a kill-shelter. However, I can only imagine what it would be like if my dogs were behind bars, constantly waiting for a warm home, hugs, kisses, and above all… love. No animal should be put down just because they simply exist. If you have the ability to run, donate, or purchase a shirt from Running for Rescues, I’m sure each and every dog and cat would be thankful with warm, slobbery kisses.

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Buying socially conscious goods opens an opportunity to start conversations and develop awareness to values you believe in. It is one thing to be stylish and another thing to be able to convey messages you’re passionate about. By wearing a t-shirt that captures the values you believe in, you can create a conversation that wouldn’t have been able to happen otherwise. Plus, you’ll look good doing so.

Graphic tees are incredibly easy to style with any outfit. You can throw on a fun skirt like I did in this post or put on a bold pair of colored pants like I did in these pictures. Lately, I’ve been really into trying the graphic tee into a knot and rolling up the sleeves. Just throw a fun jacket over this look and bam a whole new look. You’re making an impact while having an incredible outfit.

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I admit it is pretty hard to find socially conscious t-shirts unless you look hard for them. That is why I developed a little list of five companies you can buy shirts from. You can buy a Running for Rescue shirt here or you can buy one from these four other companies:

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  1. Feed Shirt ($16.50). For every purchase from Feed, a portion of the money goes to school meals. This particular shirt provides 10 school meals to children in need. Feed has a wide selection of bags and accessories. I’ve been saving for one of their beautiful, leather bags.
  2. Arm the Animals ($21.99). Similar to the company I’m sporting in this post, tArm the Animals’ mission is to spread the word about animal welfare. They have a long list of witty t-shirts that bring awareness to neglected animals.
  3. Krochet Kids ($48). Every product that is made from Krochet Kids is hand signed by the person who made it. They do this in an effort to make you realize where your products come from. This particular shirt states “Wear for Hope.” Their business is established on the principle that people in developing countries should be paired fairly and equality.
  4. Serengetee ($32). Serenge Tee supports 32 different causes ranging from education to ending sex trafficking. Each shirt comes with a different pattern that is linked to a specific cause. If you want to incorporate abstract patterns in your every day look while helping out great causes look at this company.

What do you think about graphic tees that give back? Do you think we’ll be seeing it more in fashion? Do you know of any similar companies? Let me know in the comments down below.

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12 Netflix Shows You Need to Watch This Fall

It is finally that perfect time of the year where you can crawl underneath the covers and no one will judge you. Okay, maybe they will but I certainly won’t. After I get home from work I do one of three things… I go to the gym, work on my blog, or I watch Netflix. I’m a junky when it comes to a good, mindless show. With that said, I’m a notorious binge watcher so if you have any other shows for me to watch let me know in the comments down below. For now, these are my top 12 Netflix shows.

Drama

Instead of just listing my favorite episodes I figured I’d give them a rating for the plot, characters, and style. The ranking is from 1-10, 10 being the best score.

Scandal: Plot 10, characters 9, style 10.  

If political drama with a strong woman is your thing… this show is definitely for you. My brother’s girlfriend and I would DVR the episodes and watch them together when we both had time. Olivia Pope is a strong character who fixes political scandals from top political.  This insane show will make you think about how corrupt politics can be.

Thirteen Reasons Why: Plot 10, characters 10, style 6.

When I was in high school, I wrote a book report on Thirteen Reasons Why. I was reluctant to watch the series because I was worried they were going to misconstrue the idea of suicide. Luckily, the screenwriters did an incredible job that pointed out all of the different layers that come with suicide. This show should definitely be watched with hesitation for some, but it can be an extreme eyeopener for others.

How to Get Away with Murder: Plot 10, characters 9, style 7.

If you guys read my podcast post then you probably predicted murder coming up on this list. The plot of this show keeps you on your toes with every twist and turn. This extremely intense college course pushes five college students to their breaking point. The series shows the twisted idea that anyone can be turned in to a villain.

Gossip Girl: Plot 10, characters 10, style 10.

I’m not someone who watches shows more than once because it will not hold my attention long enough. With that said, I’ve watched this series three times. That is how brilliant this show is. The series shows a dramatic hierarchy the elite classes in New York City. Each character has an insane personality that has many, many layers. The screenwriters, cast, and costume designers did an incredible job creating a series that captivates the audience with every plot.

Grey’s Anatomy: Plot 9, characters 9, style 4 (doesn’t apply).

You best believe a Shonda Rhymes series is on here three times. I grew up watching Grey’s Anatomy with my mom on Thursday nights. That was when I was in fifth grade. Looking back, some of the content was probably not suitable for a fifth grader, but nonetheless, I loved watching this epic, medical drama. The only reason I did not give the character section a perfect score is because my favorite characters keep dying. I’m a little bitter about that. Warning: this show will make you ball your eyes out.

The 100: Plot 9, characters 10, style/costumes 10.

Out of every show listed on this list, this is by far my favorite. I usually like shows where I can mindlessly look and listen to while I play on my phone. With that said, this show is definitely not one where you can play on your phone during the episodes. Every episode that comes out I’m on the edge of my seat. The characters in this show are put into situations where I don’t even know how I would react. For people who like Game of Thrones, I think you would fall hard for this sci-fi drama.

Vampire Diaries: Plot 8, characters 10, style/costumes 8.

Who doesn’t love a weird, sci-fi movie? This show is definitely intended for high school students during the Twilight movie craze. Regardless, I somehow was sucked into this world recently. I’m on the second season and I like it so far. I oddly like the different plot line. Plus, this show is getting me in the festive mood for Halloween.

Comedy

Comedy isn’t my favorite thing to watch only because I weirdly like crying when I watch shows. With that said, I’m going to include the category “comedy” to show how funny the jokes are.

Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce: Plot 8, comedy 9, characters 9, style 10.

I’ve never felt so uncomfortable watching a main character. This is probably the only show where you can find me cringing at how awkward and selfish the main character acts. However, I love the friend dynamic in this show because the girls really pull each other up during difficult times. I’ve never been in a divorce but I could still relate to the characters’ struggles.

Shameless: Plot 10, comedy 9, characters 10, style 3.

If you had to watch one show on this comedy list, watch this one. You’ll be glued to the screen. The humor is pretty vulgar but if you can get past that you’ll love this show. The characters are so honest and true that you can’t help but love them. Plus, there are some crazy plot twists in this show.

Friends from College: Plot 7, comedy 9, characters 10, style 10.

I really liked this show in the beginning but towards the end the plot was very repetitive. It has characters like Keegan-Michael Key and Cobie Smulders so you know each joke is delivered perfectly. This show is perfect for a great laugh but not perfect for a good plot.

Parks and Rec: Plot 9, comedy 10, characters 10, style 7.

The dynamic of characters in this show is fantastic. Leslie Knope always tries to brighten up everyone’s day with her weird mix of words and happy attitude. If I had to transform into any character it would be Leslie because of how optimistic and persistent she is. Watch this show and you’ll be blissfully happy.

Orange is the New Black: Plot 10, comedy 8, characters 10, style (doesn’t apply).

Like Shameless, this show is a little vulgar. The jokes are pretty cruel but the characters are so great that you’ll forget. I particularly liked this show because it is set in a different scenery than other shows. Even though the characters are criminals you can’t help but love them and feel bad for them. The screen writers did a fantastic job making the characters relatable.

What show on Netflix is your favorite? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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