Just a Hello!

Hey guys!!

I just wanted to take the time to say a few things to everyone who follows my blog and takes the time to read, like and comment on my posts – you have no idea how amazing you are and how much I appreciate you!!!! I had only realized a few days ago when editing my page and adding an email subscription count that I had above 600 of you and I cannot thank you enough!!! I am so so incredibly honored and grateful.

A few more things:

Someone said to me recently out of the blue, “How many poets does it take to change a lightbulb? None! Poets can write from the darkest places”

Whatever that means to you, I took it the nonliteral way. My writing does tend to be a bit dark and somewhat depressing – this has been the case with the majority of everything I’ve ever written, from poem to song, since I was a freshman in high school. Sorry to be the debby-downer of the poetry world! :) Also, I don’t want anyone to think that I live a depressed, horrible life, because I don’t and I love every person in it. I just hope my writing can touch your soul in some way, and even if you’ve never experienced anything that I’m writing about, I hope it can make you feel a way you never have before. Simply put, I hope you enjoy it :)

XOXO·A

From Bad to Fab :)

So I have quite a funny story for you –

At the end of last winter, I bought an on sale, gorgeous oversized (I bought a medium so it purposely would be too big) sweater from J.Crew. I had only worn it a few times, when having left it on the wash, someone else put it in the dryer for me and it shrunk :( It was at such an awkward size, it looked like an 8 year olds sweater! I saved it anyway, in hopes I could give it a stretch or give it away to a little kid. When pulling out my winter clothes yesterday, I threw it in the wash with a pile of other clothes, and being forgetful Alex, I threw it in the dryer AGAIN. Now, It’s SO small, I thought I could probably pull it off as a crop top!

So therefore, with a few fixes, a sad and wasteful (of money that is) situation turned out not so bad!

Before:

My shrunken sweater and I, sad :(

My shrunken sweater and I, sad :(

After:

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The shorts are Express :)

A·xo

The Best I Could Be

I tried the best I could

To be the best I could

For even the worst of you

Just so you could be the best you could to me.

But the best I could wasn’t good enough

To make you the best you could be to me.

 

And even when I see the sun shining from your eyes

And flowers sprouting

With every step that rises from the dirt

I trail behind

Dragging weeds

Because that’s the best I can be.

A tiny weed

Scattered through your flowers

Because what you see of me

Is what I have come to be

And the best I will ever be

Is as great as you make me.

 

I see the best in you

But you don’t see the best in me

And therefore we can never be.

 

Even though this is the truth

I will stay and admire you

Until the weeds have eaten all your flowers away

And you ask me to leave.

 

But until then

I will be the best that I can be

For even the worst of you.

 

·A

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UGG-spiration

Hey guys!

So, winter/cold weather is quickly arriving and that gets me excited particularly for gorgeous boots and scarves!! But there always comes a fashion dilemma – UGGs. They have been shunned in the fashion world, yet are still a must-have (in my books). Well, sorry fashion gurus, but UGGs are amazing in the winter – super warm and unbelievably comfortable.

Now yes – they’re not upperclass fashion world, but they’re a great go-to and my first choice for some simple yet chic, quick, street style. Believe it or not, even designers like Michael Kors, Coach, River Island, Stella McCartney, make their own ugg-type boots, but not even the top designers can compare.

There are even tons of celebrities rocking UGGs on the streets!

Blake Lively – Kim Kardashian – Hillary Duff – Miley Cyrus – Mila Kunis – Jennifer Aniston – Penelope Cruz – Elle Macpherson -Gwen Stefani – Megan Fox – Vanessa Hudgens 

AND so many more!!

Even the iconic Sarah Jessica Parker wears them about, as well as Leighton Meester and her fashion obsessed character Blair Waldorff who wears them on screen!

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Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Enjoy :)

XO·A

White After Labor Day

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(Grey Crop Top – Garage , Plaid Button Down – J.Crew , White Skort – H&M , Solid Gold Ring – Forever 21 , Black Heels – Aldo , Necklaces – Francesca’s)

Labor Day has just passed and that usually means no white… right!? Well, sorry society – I don’t quite follow that rule. I love this combination. It’s a good transition to fall outfit with the touch of plaid and grays. I don’t know about you, but here in VA it’s still 90°!! Yup, I’m back to taking my own pics :/ my lovely friend is moving to Florida. Will miss him much xo.

Enjoy what’s left of the sun :)

XO·A

Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

Here are the main fall fashion trends that were seen in this years Pre-Fall fashion shows: 

1. Fur

Fur has always been a great piece for fall & winter, but this year it’s coming in full swing. There wasn’t a designer who didn’t show off their expertise work with an enormous piece of fur. From shearling, to intricate patchwork and colors, here are some fall looks straight off the runway.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Marni

Marni

Prada

Prada

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Erdem

Erdem

2. Cobalt blue

This is the color of the season and is making a statement. Check out these runway looks –>

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto

Reed Karkoff

Reed Karkoff

3. Prints

Prints is very broad, I know. But this seasons prints are particularly focusing on dark florals and geometric prints.

Chanel

Chanel

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Valentino

Valentino

Hermes

Hermes

Prada

Prada

Chanel

Chanel

4. Leopard

This was a previous trend, but has been looked at in a new, more drastic way. Here are some looks from the runway.

Balmain

Balmain

Celine

Celine

Gucci

Gucci

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

5. Silver/Metallic

Chanel

Chanel

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

6. 60s

I absolutely LOVE the 60s!! So glad this trend is coming back. High knee boots and everything, this style is to die for. 

Gucci

Gucci

Valentino

Valentino

Versace

Versace

7. Knit

Oversized knit pieces, head to toe, are the look! 

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

The Row

The Row

Sources: http://www.harpersbazaar.com , http://www.elle.com 

-A xo

VMA Style You DON’T Want to Miss

The VMA’s are always a night that tends to be filled with celebrity drama — I mean, what award show doesn’t have some drama? But these celebrity red carpet looks are the type you definitely don’t want to miss; from the major NO-NO’s to the ultra rad looks that will never be forgotten, and some sexy attire that has hit the trend meter, check them out here:

Lets start off with Riff Raff & Katy Perry. This is a look the pair will certainly be remembered for throughout style history, as was Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s infamous look from the 2001 American Music Awards. They pulled off the look quite well, and even got Britney’s approval.

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This next look is one that I definitely feel could have been pulled off a bit better with someone who has a little more height. Kim Kardashian in this short, beaded dress looks too much like an oompah oomph (no offense Kim!). The dress itself is gorgeous, but she was showing too much cleavage and almost drowned in the largeness of the sleeves. She is already a very short, small woman as it is and this dress didn’t help, especially paired with the high ankle heels, which resulted in her legs looking even shorter.

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Jennifer Lopez looked absolutely stunning in her revealing Charbel Zoe gown. Looking younger than ever, she is in amazing shape and has no worry showing off a bit of skin!

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Kendall Jenner looking amazing, as usual, in this Alon Livne mesh top and high waisted pant. Fabulous style is her second nature!

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I was very impressed in Nick Jonas’s unique suit, and of course had to add him into this post simply because of his fabulous Rhode Islander girlfriend, Olivia Culpo. Who couldn’t love her!?

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Ariana Grande channelled her inner sexy side in this tiny, leather Moschino dress (well, she is tiny) and her signature thigh high boots. She still looks adorable! (Don’t forget to check out her new album My Everything, which just came out last night! Get it here –> http://smarturl.it/ArianaMyEvrythnDlxDA …   It’s just as amazing as her xo)

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Sarah Hyland looked unbelievably STUNNING in this Kaufmanfranco dress. This was absolutely my favorite look of the night.

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To be honest, I didn’t know Charli XCX was wearing a onesie or an outfit for a build-a-bear. Not impressed with this look at all, and don’t expect many of you with fashion taste to love this look either.

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Another look that had me gasping “No – no really, WHY” is Amber Rose. This is just way too revealing in the worst ways. She looks like a stripper, ready for the best performance of her life.

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Solange Knowles looking gorgeous in H&M. From hair-to-toe, she rocks this look amazingly.

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Both Jourdan Dunn and Victoria Justice (and the little bow ties on her heels- so cute!), wearing crop top pieces and long skirts, looked stunning in their ensembles. jourdan-dunn-mtv-vma-20141 victoria-justice-amber-rose-mtv-vma-2014

 

Although the entire night did seem like the Beyonce Music Awards, I give the woman some credit on her Press gown. She looked amazing (as usual).

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A few moments of the night that can’t be forgotten:

Nicki Minaj humping the floor with dancers to her new song, “Anaconda.” If you haven’t seen it yet, youtube it. It won’t be hard to find.

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Another moment created by the infamous Nicki Minaj was during her performance with Usher, as he knelt down and bumped his head against her butt during their performance.

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And lets not forget about her wardrobe malfunction during her performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, where the zipper to the front of her dress broke and she had to hold it together the entire time.

Another memorable moment was made by Miley Cyrus. The crazy artist had her award accepted by a homeless artists by the name of Jesse, who made a speech about the numerous homeless teens and young people in LA who are aspiring artists, and encourage viewers to donate to giving them better lives.

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See more pics from the night on Hollywood Life here.

 

-A·xo

Dear Love

Dear Love,
I find you in my mind
In my morning
My night
My dreams
My strolls
Through the park.
You’re everywhere I go
Even when
You’re standing
At someone else’s
Door.

Dear Love,
You’ve torn out my heart
And left it
Yet I still come back
For more.
You’ve shackled it
To the floor
And kept it.
And that’s okay
Because I’m yours
Forevermore.

Dear Love,
There’s no going back
To the start
Our ‘new leaves’
Have fallen
Oh so far.
Winter is coming
It’ll be too cold
Out here
For a lonely heart.
I am destined to freeze
I am falling apart.

So dear Love,
Remember me
As your heart
And soul.
Remember me
As your love
That never grew old.
Remember me
When I am not around
Because maybe
I will mean more then
Than I have now.

Newport – Block Island, RI

The view from our bedroom window – Newport, RI

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Roof top view – Newport, RI

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Rooftop view – Newport, RI

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Rooftop view – Newport, RI

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Rooftop view – Newport, RI

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Me looking out from the rooftop – Newport, RI

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Laying on Newport 1st beach – Newport, RI

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Thew view from our restaurant table – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Going along a path to a more hidden beach – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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“God Bless, Go Fish” – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Walking the beach – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Sunset from our room – Newport, RI

 

 

I went to visit home last week due to an unfortunate loss in the family, but luckily that week my mom had a timeshare in Newport, RI. I’ve been there many times, it only being about 35-45 minutes away from my house, but not enough to enjoy it. It was just so relaxing and inspiring to wake up there every day. Bristol, my home town, isn’t a much different environment, but there was much about Newport that I hadn’t explored. It hit me, very quickly and as hard as a brick, that a place so beautiful that has been 35 minutes down the road in my home state was one that I was unfamiliar with. As I walked around every day exploring shops and enjoying smoothies from the lines of shacks, I noticed all of the people around me. Many, many tourists and many young high schoolers around hanging about with their friends. This suddenly made me regret not exploring more when I was younger. Now I live in a completely different state and environment 8 hours away, which is most likely the reason I realized I took the beauty of my home for granted.
Block Island is another part of Rhode Island that is about a $20 ferry ride away and is amazing. I had only been there one other time besides this past week.
I’ve personally always been the type to let the environment around me inspire me and touch my soul, so I was truly disappointed in the lack of adventure and appreciation I had during my growing up years. I had been truly blessed to live in a place so beautiful, surrounded by the open sea and salt for so many years. I hope that this beauty can inspire you a bit too.

-XO·A

 

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Kindness, or Naivety?

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Sometimes, too many times, I find myself deeply disappointed with humanity. And I know, that’s such a bold statement, right? And what qualifies me to feel this way? Well, I’m not completely sure either but based on a few experiences this is my opinion –
Yes, I’ve heard the saying a thousand times (something along the lines of): ‘To see a change you alone must make change in yourself first’.
But even in a case such as the one I experienced, with the amount of people around me, I really felt no sense of hope or kindness from a single one of them…
I had went to visit home last week and had to take a bus there (10 hours – crazy, right?). While on a ‘layover’ where I was waiting for another bus is NYC, in a line of 25+ people, a man with a pile of cash in his hand came over and said he needed just $4 to get his bus ticket; “Even $1, $2 or $3 will help me out, please,” he said. I suddenly felt a strong feeling of not only guilt, because of the amount of cash I had in my purse, but sadness because everyone around me either looked away or simply stood starring. Now yes, of course I need my money. I’m a broke, 20 year old college student. In this day and age, who doesn’t need their money? But $4? All I could think was he needed that $4 more than I did. After waiting 5 minutes, seeing if maybe someone else would spare him the change, they didn’t and I pulled open my purse and gave him $5.
I was shocked that not a single person before me couldn’t spare not even a single dollar. As soon as I gave him the money he went straight to the nearest ticket booth. Whether anyone had an suspicion that he might be using the money for other, illegal reasons, even if he really were to use the money for something other than a ticket, did all of those people there really have no hope that maybe he really did just need help? And $5, really, what will that buy you? 2 waters?
I just really couldn’t believe it. There had to be some kind of hope and kindness among those people to spare even a dollar, but there wasn’t. A family member could have passed in his old home town, he could be separated from his child and their birthday was coming up; All because he was (most likely) poor and looked as though he was under bad circumstances didn’t mean that he wasn’t a human being who for $4 needed the help and human decency of other people.
Truly shameful and sad that out of all of those people I was the only person who could be a bit optimistic and spare $4 for a person in need.
I told a few family members about the situation when I arrived home and they all laughed, thinking I was so silly and naive: “I bet all the money he had in his hand that that was not going to a bus ticket. We’ve all made the mistake before but now you’ve learned. All those other people knew better not to give him a dime.”
But is that really right? Am I really that wrong in sparing $4 to a person in need?

Optimism can often be misleading, but lending kindness to a stranger in need should never be second guessed.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

-A xo