Tybee Island, Georgia

BEACH BABE

Thursday, October 19, 2017

suit- Flagpole // grey sweater- Kendall and Kylie // red sweater- Zara

Good morning babes!
Yesterday Cassie and I woke up at the crack o' dawn to catch the sunrise at Tybee Island, and although it was FREEZING at first, it was so much fun!! I had some strawberry milk before hand, so I couldn't really complain... Surprisingly enough, being in the water was better than just standing on the beach, it was so wildly windy and only 50some degrees, it made the water feel warm which was oh oh oh so nice. Then of course... being in that wind after being in the water..? Not fun.

I'm so happy I finally got the chance to shoot in my Flagpole suits. They are so stylish and comfortable. When it comes to swimwear I'm either a one piece, or high-waisted kind of gal. I find these to just work better for my body, more flattering and what not. BUT I always struggle when trying to find high-waisted bottoms, having them just go around my hips, and never really hugging my waist in the right way, always falling right below my belly button, being more of a high rise, not high-waisted. Not this one though, never have I had a better fitting suit!! Fits like a glove, AND actually covers my belly button and waist. VERY satisfied by the quality of Flagpole's suits y'all, very satisfied. Seriously, give Flagpole a look, you won't regret it!

I'm headed home today for the weekend and I could not be more excited. Hopefully I'll be able to get some posts up from ol' RVA, so be on the look out for those :) Until then! xo, O
 

New York, NY, USA

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: FLAGPOLE SWIM

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Hump Day y'all! Today I'm starting a new feature called "Getting to Know You", where I'll go behind the scenes and introduce you to cool new companies, designers, artists etc. As you remember, when I was in New York City this past summer I met up with the oh so incredible gals of Flagpole, where we hung out, shot nerf guns, talked swimwear and SCAD. As always, any visit with Jaime and Megan is a good one.

But okay okay, let me back up for a bit, basically I was first introduced to the bomb swimwear company Flagpole two summers ago when I went on a fashion trip to NYC with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts after winning in the Teen Stylin' Fashion Show. (*breath* run on sentence I know, but bare with me) It was the Summer after my senior year and I was headed to SCAD for the first time that fall. Turns out, one of the stellar co-founders and designers and just all around superstars of Flagpole, Jaime, also went to SCAD! So we got chatting... flash forward a year to last Summer, I was headed to New York and knew I wanted to stop in, take some pics, and say hi. I thought it was about time y'all got to know Flagpole too. AND what a better time than now, because TODAY they've launched their Summer 2018 collection!! Super duper exciting, be sure to check that out too :)
FLAGPOLE THEN:
For Jaime, her first job was working in a factory that produced swimwear. However, she realized that what she wanted didn't exist. She wanted something that looked cool, was easy to move in, and was built well. Feeling like that niche was missing, she realized she could start her own. Everything all made sense at once, the idea for Flagpole came so naturally, everything was there and just waiting for her to run with it. So, in 2011 Jaime and Megan got together and explored the idea of Flagpole, then to be launched in 2014.
FLAGPOLE NOW:
Wondering where the name came from? Well, co-founders Jaime and Megan actually grew up together near a beach in Florida, on that beach there was a flagpole... enough said.

Flagpole is proud to be a brand that is made in the USA. They are a small brand where everything is all in one place (NYC Fashion District) This way, it is much easier to maintain quality control of the products, which is SO important, especially when producing such high quality goods.

Flagpole stands for function first, and then fashion. When creating the suits, the first priority is to make sure you aren't limited. The suits are both highly sturdy and highly fashionable, so even the most athletic women can look fabulous. Trust me when I say this, I have a few suits and they are the most comfortable, durable, and all around 100% best suits I've ever owned.
THE FUTURE OF FLAGPOLE:
While Flagpole started as a swimwear company, they are evolving into a lifestyle brand. Slowly building out the next steps for a woman who can outfit her whole vacation, and maybe even her whole family! Today, Flagpole launched their first ever line of men's suits! 
Flagpole also plans to branch out to beauty.
THE FACES BEHIND FLAGPOLE:
Jaime Barker and Megan Balch were best friends growing up, they went to high school together, split off for college, but joined forces to start Flagpole in 2011 (launched in 2014). They always knew they wanted to work together, being that they are both very entrepreneurial, passionate and have the same taste. These (barely 30 years old) ((like, WHAT!)) boss babes work so well together, they rarely disagree and if they do it's for the best, they've got the same goal and work to push each other towards greatness. Talk about sisterhood y'all, I'm seriously jealous.
Overall, Flagpole is an incredible brand, built by women, for women, and made in the USA too?! What's not to love!? Be sure to browse their suits and more online, here.

That pretty much wraps the first ever edition of Getting To Know You! Let me know what you guys think about this feature! I think it will be cool to go around and meet some designers, local boutique owners, or really even just some dope people and introduce y'all to them through the blog :)

Thank you so much Jaime and Megan for letting me come hang out with you guys!!
xo, O

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144 HOURS VLOG

Monday, October 16, 2017



Happy Monday Everybody!!

I know it's a day late, BUT! This weeks video is a 144 hour vlog, and no, the video itself is not 144 hours long... I just filmed over the course of 144 hours, so Monday-Sunday. I really like how it turned out! This week was a seriously crazy one, I didn't have many clips of me doing work in here, just to save you from eternal boredom, but I kid you not it was a week of writing papers, building sets, dying way too much fabric and long, long, longggg nights. Life at SCAD is crazy like that, but it's nothing I can't handle! Let me know what you think, be sure to comment below :)
Have a wonderful week, xo, O 

TEN THINGS TUESDAY- Self Affirmations

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hello everyone, happy Tuesday :)
I've really come to love doing Ten Things Tuesday here for you guys, and I'm especially excited to share THIS one with y'all! I realize I always say that... but I'm serious. 

Today is world Mental Health Day (mental health awareness day?) ((something like that)) So I thought I would share some self affirmations. When it comes to mental health, the best way to care for yourself and make sure you are in the right mindset is to know that YOU come first, that YOU are loved and so so important! SO these ten things are things I believe you should say to yourself every now and then, (everyday even!!) to remind yourself how wonderful you are! Let's get into it!
1. My personality exudes confidence. I am bold and outgoing
2. My world is a peaceful, loving, and joy-filled place to live
3. I am unique. I feel good about being alive and being me
4. I approve of myself and love myself deeply and completely
5. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil
6. I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring
7. Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy
8. My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity
9. I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day
10. I radiate beauty, charm, and grace

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That's all for today, I hope these bring some peace to your world when you feel like you're struggling. Remember, you are the creator of your own life and you decide who and what to be! SO you might as well be wonderful :) Stay beautiful, strong, and passionate, never loose your spark! xo, O

Photos taken by Ethan Guice
floral edits by me
Savannah, GA, USA

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: searching for the B to my V

Monday, October 9, 2017

top- H+M similar
skirt- Forever 21
shoes- Miz Mooz

Happy Monday Chickadees!
Okay I realize I said I'd be posting everyday, but just hang in there with me, I'm trying, I really am. Life is just getting the best of me here in Savannah! I'm so busy with all the work I have, and just constant things to be done and do, I often find myself in bed at night, desperately in need of sleep realizing, "Oh... yeah, I totally didn't blog today." For that I do sincerely apologize, but just wait, I have things to post I really do!! Good things are coming!! Hang in there!!

As for these photos!!!! I'm obsessed. My friend Robin and I went out to a diner that's stuck in the 50s to get some retro shots, complete of course with strawberry milkshakes and waffles! Riverdale comes out again this week (any fans out there??) for season 2 and I'm beyond excited! Another one of my friends, Savannah, and I are having a lil viewing party, which will be so much fun! But yeah... These photos are giving me total Pop's vibes and I'm loving it! So as the title of this post says, I'm seeking a Betty, I feel like I'm more of a Veronica than anything, and what's a Veronica without her Betty!? So come on y'all, fill out your applications, I'm on the hunt. xo

CUSTOM PHONE CASE GIVEAWAY WITH CASE APP!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE!! I'm super excited to share this giveaway with y'all, and hope that it'll lift you out of that midday funk! I've partnered up with CaseApp, an online store where you can make custom cases and skins for all your tech goodies! I'm obsessed with my CaseApp cases, they are perfect for me!!! With a phone being everyone's #1 accessory, it's important to make sure you have a case that is stylish and personal to YOU! They're super affordable and shipping is quick and easy every time! But lucky for you, you don't even have to worry about the cost if you enter for the chance to win a case for FREE!! So what are you waiting for?! Enter!!!

The rules are simple:
1. Follow my Instagram + CaseApp
2. Like my CaseApp photo (it will be one of the photos seen here)
3. Tag a friend who you think would also love to have a personalized case!!
             (the more comments/friends you tag, the more entries you get = higher chances of winning!!)

Giveaway closes Friday at noon EST

GO GO GO!!!!

Best of luck :) xo, O

Ten Things Tuesday- September Faves

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Tuesday!! As I'm writing this I'm sitting in my bed, with the lights off, wondering how the heck I'm going to be able to blog everyday. Everyday I get swamped with new assignments and a heavier work load, honestly it's crazy...

BUT! I'm here, and I'm READY to share with you my ten things for this week, and in honor of the new month, I thought I'd look back on September and give you my top ten September faves!

So what are you waiting for? Let's get into this!!
1. Curly Bangs
Before I get that text from my best friend Ally saying, "DO NOT CUT BANGS" when she reads this, please note that I am not cutting bangs any time soon, or ever again... BUT I am obsessed with the look of a short hair cut with curly top bangs, it's soooo flirty and fun.
2. Confetti Balloons
Just you wait... I've purchased some on Etsy, it's all happening... get excited.

3. The Diplomat
I plan on going and doing a full Savannah Spotlight on this spot, but until then... It's a tiny lil sandwich shop that just opened two weeks ago and I kid you NOT has the best avocado toast ever. I never thought I'd be into the combination of pickled radishes, dill, and pumpkin seeds... but oh man, oh man oh man it's delicious. More to come on that soon.
4. Old Photos
I was recently stalking my mom on Facebook (hi mama) as one does... and I never realized how many cute old photos she had on there of my siblings and me when we were young! It's funny because I didn't even know this photo existed, yet once seeing it I'm taken back to that exact moment at the beach. I love that!
5. Starry Eyes
Stars have been very trendy lately, and for a good reason, they are stellar! I want to get permanent star makeup installed on my face so I always shine... Seems legit, right?

6. Lucy Moon's 168 Hours
Lucy Moon is the oh so adorable, very British Youtuber who sometimes vlogs here and there, and let me tell you, they are my favorite. I really just love her so much, and then her edits and everything, it's great. Give her a watch for sure.
7. My Dorm
A few weeks ago I moved into a new dorm with a complete stranger and a closed mind. But after almost three weeks of living here, lemme update you: I absolutely LOVE living here. I live in Oglethorpe House, which is SO centrally located, my roommate is super duper nice and everything is fabulous! Everything seriously worked out for the best :)





8. Yellow for Fall
I've always loved yellow, so naturally I'm LOVING the yellow for fall trend that's happening right now. Above are links to some yellow pieces I'm currently coveting, shop your lil heart out!! Yellow is IN!
9. My New Kicks
I got these shoes right before I went off to school and I'm seriously in LOVE! I get so many complements on them whenever I wear em out. You can't really tell in this photo, but they are SPARKLY! Like seriously so sparkly, the perfect personality shoe (is that even a thing? well it is now)

10. Lana Del Rey
If you know me, you know I've always been a lil obsessed with my mama Lana. WELL! Earlier this week tickets for her 2018 US tour went on sale, so naturally I'd been listening to her new and old albums and everything else in between, leading up to the sale and then ever since then, and totally jiving. And yes, I DID get tickets to see her and I'm beyOND EXCITED!!!!!!

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Alright kookie cats, that pretty much sums up everything I've been into this month! I'll see y'all tomorrow with a GIVEAWAY!! So stay tuned... you know you're going to want this one... I'm sure of it! Until then chickies, sleep well! xo, O

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