2018 BIRTHDAY CHRONICLES

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Good Morning Babes! 

Today marks the first official day of my BIRTHWEEK

It's pretty self explanatory, but that basically means that a week from today is my birthday, a week from today I will be TWENTY! That is so crazy to me. Two full decades, officially officially an adult... Real world here I come! Am I ready? I have no idea yet... 

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, or at least a year, you'll know that every year when my birthday comes around I do a series of posts called "The Birthday Chronicles

These chronicles consist of a post everyday, of me doing something that I love! Something that makes me happy to celebrate life, my life! It serves as a last minute bucket list of little things that I want to do before I turn whatever new age I'm going to be. 

Sometimes in the past I have done my entire birthmonth but being in school and everything, that can be tough... This year we are going to celebrate the week leading up to it! 
So, are you ready to know what I'll be up to this week?? Here we go!

1. Shoot in the studio
2. Eat my favorite avocado toast in Savannah
3. Take cute couple-y photos with Matt
4. Rock pink hair
5. Picnic on the beach
6. Sparklers at sunset
7. Celebrate my day surrounded by all my fave people in Savannah

Nothing too crazy, but I can't wait! This is going to be a fabulous week!! 
In addition to celebrating and having lots of fun fun fun, I'm going to spend the week reflecting on my teen years, mushy I know, but be on the look out for a more insightful post in the future as well. 

See ya tomorrow! xo, O
BIRTHWEEK COUNTDOWN:  7 DAYS

CRAZEY DAZEY

Thursday, January 18, 2018
glasses- Paper Source // overalls- Target // sweater- Thrifted // shoes- Vans

HELLO LOVES!

Happy almost weekend!! I hope you all have had a good week so far! It's been a weird one for me for sure, sort of all over the place! We didn't have classes on Monday due to MLK day, and then I don't have classes Tuesday or Thursdays, so I weirdly only had one day of classes this week. We have make up classes tomorrow from Monday, and I'm all out of sorts trying to organize my life over here! Haha.. It's weird how having one day off can throw your whole week off!

But, besides that, there are a few things that I'm LOVING lately!

1. These STARS! I found them on tumblr and am obsessed... I used them in my instagram photo that I posted this morning, and seriously cannot be stopped. They make any photo so much fun!

2. BØRNS new album!! It's been out for a few days now and I can't stop listening. My fave songs as of right now are Second Night of Summer and I Don't Want U Back. SOOO good. Give it a listen for SURE

3. My underrated crazy daisy sunglasses!! I always second guess wearing them out because they honestly do make me look like I'm super startled or something lol, but they are toooo much fun to pass up!

What are you loving lately??
Also, do you like the way the photos are laid out in this post? Do you prefer straight up photos, or more collage type posts? Let me know in the comments down below!! xo, O

LOVING HIM WAS RED

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Good afternoon chickideeees! 

Right now I'm sitting in my math class wearing the absolute most KILLER red high waisted pants and a red lined clear belt that I found this past weekend at Goodwill and could not feel better. You guys, when my outfit is a ten, my day is a ten, but that's a different story. 

As I'm sure you've noticed, and I am sort of late on talking about this trend, but monochromatic dressing is very in right now. Especially all red outfits! A monochromatic outfit is powerful! Especially in all red, to me red says, "hey, I'm in charge, I know what's going on, I'm confident. Get ready for me." I love that. Any outfit that has "Girlboss" written all over it is an outfit I can get behind, and this is IT! 

I'm working up a little outfit post for you all with some monochromatic outfits, so be on the lookout for that! I've been having some skin issues and haven't been able to shoot. Until then, here are some of my fave pieces that you can buy so you can build your own monochromatic outfit!

But serious pro tip: shop at Goodwill-- 1. because it's way cheaper and 2. everything is color coded! No need to spend years on looking, it's already all organized for you!

Happy shopping! xo, O
p.s. if you didn't pick up on it, the title of this post is a reference to a Taylor Swift song...

SHOP MY FAVE REDS



COOL GIRLS GUIDE TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Good Morning loves!

This past long weekend, my friends and I decided to take a last minute trip to Charleston, South Carolina. We want to make this quarter the best one yet by doing something fantastic every weekend. What a better way to kick that off by a mini road trip to Charleston! Very similar to Savannah, Charleston is the home of southern charm, "y'all", colorful old architecture, and bright green palm trees even when it's cold.

Naturally seeing as it was a long weekend and people tend to travel, it was pretty crowded, nothing too bad though. We got their in the morning just in time for brunch. We bopped in and around some shops, drank decadent hot chocolate and took loots of photos, most on film, which ended not even being in the film camera... practice makes perfect I guess though right? Right.

So as far as this guide goes, I'm going to highlight the places we went and talk a little bit about those, and then suggest some other places that we didn't make it to, but everyone and their mother seems to love according to other travel guides...
FOR THE EATS:
The Park Café: We arrived in Charleston and went straight here for brunch. Boy oh boy was it delicious. All five of us ordered different things and seriously everyone's food looked so so good.
The atmosphere was so so nice too. And what's brunch without nice atmosphere? Honestly... not worth it! lol But seriously, they had big big windows, plants everywhere, it was all so light and airy, a very pleasant brunch spot.

Butcher & Bee
The Macintosh
The Darling Oyster Bar
TREATS:
Black Tap: We drove to this adorable coffee shop after a while of walking off our delicious breakfasts. Seating is somewhat minimal, but we were able to make it work at the community table. And although slightly over priced, (but what coffee shop isn't these days...) it was well worth it. Be sure to try their banana nutella popover, seriously I wish I had a lifetime supply of these, it was SO good. It's a bright spot in a nice residential neighborhood, for sure give it a try.

Sugar Bake Shop: When walking around on Cannon Street, we stopped in here to see what it was all about. Cupcakes!! You're hit with a wonderfully sweet smell just walking by, so we had to go in. I wanted to try something new so I got a chocolate orange cupcake. To be honest I wasn't a fan, but I'm not knocking this spot entirely, it was adorable and would for sure go back and try another flavor of cupcake. 

SHOP 'TILL YOU DROP:
King Street: Looking to spend more money that you don't have? Head to King St. for all the boujiest of boujee stores, designer fashion stores, high end makeup boutiques, and local artists that spend a fraction on what they make for what they sell. BUT! Regardless, it's fun to pop into all the different stores! We did lots of window shopping, which is always fun.

Candlefish: Looking for something fragrant to spice up your home? Some fire hazards? Something to really set the mood? Yes? In that case... Candlefish is the place for you! This shop is the home for all the best smelling candles I've ever smelt in my entire life. Not only do they sell candles, but also other home decor type things. Be sure to stop in, it's right off King St.
Mac & Murphy: Mac & Murphy was like heaven if heaven were a tiny store for me. They sell all things paper. So greeting cards, stationary, notebooks, and then things related to that, so desk items, pens, pencil pouches, they've got it all! I fell in love with the lil spot, and hopefully you all will too!
Indigo & Cotton: Right across the street from Mac & Murphy, this is a higher end mens clothing boutique with really great stuff mostly made in the USA. Matt was able to snag some things that I think will seriously last him a long time. Gents, don't pass this spot up.
WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO SEE:

Bikes: we didn't take advantage of this due to the chilly weather, however, when I go back to Charleston, I will for sure take one of their bike share bikes out for a spin. I think this is such a great way to explore any new city! So fun, and the fact that their bikes are so so cute makes it even harder to resist!
Rainbow Row: If you've ever seen photos of Charleston, you've probably seen Rainbow Row. Right in the heart of downtown, these are the oldest standing connected row of their style houses in the south. Does that make sense? I think that's what I read on the placard... hahaha. You can read it when you visit! And take many photos there too...
Angel Oak Tree: You might think this is nerdy, but I kid you not it is amazing. This is one of the oldest largest trees, like... ever. Be sure to get there mid day though, because the hours are off on their sign and they will kick you out (lame) But there are little tables and such, so going there and having a picnic under the tree is not out of the question, in fact that is exactly what I plan to do next time!
Overall our trip was a LOT of fun. I'm so grateful to live near to many cool places that are only a short road trip away! I cannot wait to travel to more spots and share more travel guides! Do you guys like posts like this? Let me know! I'll have a video diary up on my YouTube soon too!! Stick around xo, O

INTERVIEW WITH NADYA OKAMOTO OF PERIOD. THE MENSTRUAL MOVEMENT

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
photo by: Sydney Claire Photography

Good Morning loves! 
During my time at the Teen Vogue Summit, I got the chance to meet some seriously incredible people. I made so many connections and am so incredibly grateful for that. One of the fabulous women I met was Nadya Okamoto. Today I'm sharing with you an interview I had with Nadya, the spectacularly strong, inspiring and empowering founder of Period, The Menstrual Movement. It's a must read... 

Nadya! You are an absolutely incredible woman, I’m endlessly inspired by all that you do and have done thus far just at the age of nineteen, that’s right y’all… NINETEEN! Just for some background for the readers, could you talk a little bit about yourself? What are some of your interests, favorite color, food, fun facts about you, anything! Let us get to know ya! Hi, I’m Nadya Okamoto I am nineteen years old and a sophomore at Harvard College I am the founder and executive director at Period the Menstrual Movement. Thank you so much for your kind words it really means a lot to me! Talk a little bit about me… Let’s see, in my spare time I love to dance, I’m on the competitive hip hop team at Harvard, it’s my favorite thing to do at school. My favorite color is red… duh. Red or purple, red is more bold and badass to me though. I love mac and cheese and Indian food, not together! But I love them separately. I have two younger sisters and a single mom and they are my everything.


Let’s talk about periods. You founded The Period Menstrual Movement back in 2014. What prompted the start of your organization? I founded Period the Menstrual Movement in December of 2014. My passion for periods comes from a really personal place, I founded it after my family experienced living without a home of our own. It was a monumental experience for me to regularly talk to homeless women who were in much worse living situations than I was during a time when my family was kind of really experiencing financial and housing instability. These were homeless woman that I would see regularly on my two hour commute to school on public transportation. I would talk to them and collect an anthology of hearing how they’d use toilet paper, socks, brown paper bags, and even cardboard to absorb their menstrual blood and I became obsessed with it. I started doing research on my own time. I had a hard time going to sleep at that time from PTSD of growing up with domestic abuse, and I was in a really abusive relationship when I was sixteen, so to distract myself I would just research. I learned that Periods are the number one reason that girls miss school in developing countries. It leads to girls dropping out of school, getting married early, under going social isolation. I think it was a combination of becoming so passionate about this and angered that it wasn’t being addressed yet, and that on a personal level I was really searching for a way to speak up, and get involved, and feel my self-worth from something beyond my body as a young girl. As soon as my family got our apartment back I was working on strategies on how to get involved and make a difference and founded Period a few weeks later. Now we are the largest youth run non-government organization in women's health, one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States, we address over 190,000 periods through product distribution, and registered over 150 campus chapters in universities and high schools around the US and abroad.  

Could you give some background on the mission of Period? We provide and celebrate menstrual health through service, education and advocacy, and through the global distribution of menstrual products to people in need by the engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters. The Menstrual Movement to us is really about pushing forward social and systemic change towards menstrual equity. So fighting for equitable access to menstrual hygiene and breaking down the stigma around periods.

What have been some success stories from your experience working on Period? I think a lot of success are the numbers you hear about what we are able to do in less than three years.

How about failures? How did you learn from these and what did you do next? It’s exhausting. I’m lucky to say that we don’t have any major failures but I think that we’ve learned. We’ve learned the importance of self-care as a team because this is addicting work because we are so passionate about it and you could just drive yourself to the ground always feeling like you could be doing more. In junior year [of high school] I was hospitalized for exhaustion because I didn’t know self-care. I am always trying to push myself to be more careful about that.

Could you talk about the importance of gender equity when it comes to periods and The Period Menstrual Movement? We are actually a very gender inclusive organization so you’ll notice that I don’t say feminine hygiene I say menstrual hygiene, same thing with feminine products that kind of thing. It’s not only women who menstruate, but also people who may identify as a man and be transgender or people who are nonbianary as well. We do a lot of work around body positivity, and being comfortable with bodies, and celebrating bodies, and what our bodies do.  

The Period Menstrual Movement is a nonprofit that from what I understand relies on donations and support from others, what is the most common demographic of donors? It would be interesting to know if it’s mainly women? You’re a youth organization, are most donors young adults? Can you even tell? We rely on donations, yes, we are a nonprofit. Donors range from young to old, poor to rich… Our donations are anywhere from five dollars to larger ones from individuals and grants as well. We don’t have mainly women donating, it is pretty equal, actually our bigger donors are men which is interesting. We are a young organization but most of our donors are adults.

This past year you hosted the first ever Period Con [if this isn’t the first just say so and I’ll edit it accordingly] Could you discuss a little bit about the organization of that, the event itself and then what came of it? Last year Period Con was amazing!! It was November 18th, 2017. We were the worlds first youth activist con for menstruation which was really cool. It was basically a full day of programing, we have 130 campus chapters have reps who were coming in to talk to us about periods and the work they do, why they care about The Menstrual Movement and to learn and be empowered to go back to their communities and take what they learned to keep pushing the menstrual movement in their areas.

Now, more than ever we need to speak up and let our voices be heard through advocating if we want to see any kind of change. What is the importance in advocating about periods? A lot of what has held back our progress is just the stigma around periods and the fear of talking about it and the discomfort that comes with menstruation. SO a big part of what we do is say “period” just say “period” it’s not a bad word. Don’t be like “I’m on my *in a whispered voice* period” just say that you are, don’t be afraid to say it, break the stigma. That’s why it’s important, because those conversations are really holding us back from global development and other issues as well.

How can I get involved? You can always just go the website to learn more. We have summer and fall intern programs, we are always talking student associates, we are always looking for new staff members, and always recruiting. So you get involved by reaching out just literally emailing us. Follow me on Instagram, or don’t follow me just send me a message and tell me you’re interested! Reach out! This is a movement and we need all hands on deck.


Aside from The Period Menstrual Movement, I have one other question for you, Nadya. You ran for OFFICE! Please, speak about that. What were your experiences being a young woman stepping out of the “norm” running for office? What were some struggles, some successes, and anything else you’d like to speak on? Basically I just want to show the blogosphere just how fantastic you are, so please brag. When I was running for office I didn’t really know what to expect… It was one of the most terrifying and exhausting experience of my life, I think it was a time when I was constantly being questioned, on my abilities, on my identity, my qualifications. It was a time when I was canvasing four to six hours every day, and just trying my best on what I could tell would maybe be the right thing on Google. I had an amazing campaign team during the summer. I think what I learned is that politics is a lot more personal than political, and because you have so many people criticizing you the only thing you can do is just be unapologetically yourself. We didn’t win, but we made historic waves with the student turn out and double the student turn out at MIT, and on those campuses and that is enough for me to celebrate. Now just figuring out the ways to best channel my efforts to support the efforts of young women who are running for office now! My big thing that I am working on right now is that I am writing a book and it’s coming out fall 2018, it’s going to be a manifesto for The Menstrual Movement, and I just signed with Simon and Schuster!

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I could talk to Nadya and continue asking questions for days, but for the sake of this blog that pretty much wraps it all up! Thank you so so much Nadya for your time spent answering these questions and thank you for all that you do! Seriously guys, reach out to Nadya, speak up and be a part of this highly necessary incredible movement. What are you waiting for?

FACING FASHION FEARS

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Entire outfit thrifted
Photos by Stephanie Whitman

Howdy Folks!
Let's be real... this outfit is to die for. But let's talk about it a bit. I have had these pants for years, but have NEVER really found the right outfit for it. I've been sort of self conscious in them or who knows what, I just haven't had the guts to whip em out. I always will style an outfit with them, and then just second guess myself!! But I've decided to face my fashion fears and just GO FOR IT! And let me tell you, I felt so fierce in this outfit. I was sort of channeling my inner Billie Eilish, and loving it. I got so many complements on my whole outfit and felt like a total ten!

Here's the thing, why don't we all face our fashion fears? It's a new year, which is the perfect time for starting fresh and trying new things!! Dare to break free from the norms and wear what makes you happy rather than just playing it safe all the time! At Dia&Co. they strive to make women feel comfortable in what their wearing, while still stepping out of their comfort zone.

Dia&Co is an online clothing retailer geared towards plus sized women that helps customize the perfect wardrobe for YOU! All you have to do is take a quick survey, and they'll set you up for fashion greatness! Although I'm not plus sized, It's important for women of all shapes and sizes to be able to feel comfortable in something that they want to wear!! Check it out and let me know what you think! xo, O

Blue Moon

Friday, January 5, 2018
top- Target // earrings- Free People

Happy Friday loves!!

Today I was informed by a customer that the next blue moon is this month!! How exciting is that! Basically for those of you that don't know, a blue moon is when there are two full moons in one month, which is very very rare! Hence the saying "once in a blue moon", meaning very rarely... or if you're Google, "1.16699016 x10^-8 hertz" or whatever that means... 
The point of all this blue moon talk is not to connect it to some deeper meaning about life, but to simply inform you that I learned that today. That's all! Hahahaha!
ANYWAY! I absolutely LOVE this outfit! Something that I struggle with as a broke fashion blogger is that I hardly EVER get to shop for new clothes, thus having to make up new outfits with the clothes I already have. Trust me, when you're spending all your money on art supplies and text books, your priorities don't lie in new clothes (thrifting is another story though). 

It can be tough because I don't want to show you guys the same things over and over again, yet I cannot afford to shop out the wazoo. You catch my drift? Basically what I'm trying to get at here is that I seriously love this outfit because even though I've owned all these articles of clothing for freaking EVER I was able to create a new outfit that I seriously have never worn and totally love! I guess I'm just patting myself on the back because I'm happy with my styling... lol. 

How do you like to restyle old pieces to fit with new trends? xo, O

MY FAVORITE COLOR

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
jacket + glasses- Forever 21 // dress- Junk Mode // shoes- Hidden Fashion

Good Morning! If you didn't already know this, pink is my favorite color. I take every chance I can to deck out in it. So hooray! Look at me rolling into 2018 doing things I love! Go me!! But in all realness, I got together with my friend Stephanie of She Saw Style yesterday and she took the most stellar photos of me! No joke, they're all super duper dope. OH! And if that isn't enough for it to be the best shoot ever, we also saw irrelevant yet still AMAZING star Frankie Muniz, so just let that sink in, be jealous, it's okay. We are basically celebrities now by association. NBD.

This is a pretty quick post I know, and I apologize, but I've just been so busy (cut to me irl making pasta listening to the same only okay Harry Styles song on repeat complaining about how bored I am) I've got things to do y'all. Like watch 13 Reasons Why and take baths and stuff. REAL HARD WORK!

BUT regardless of all my nonhardhard work I have to do, seriously be on the lookout for more photos from my shoot yesterday with Stephanie bc they are great! Will be up on the blog in the next few days :) xo, O