#SummerStyle

It’s Summertime!

Happy 3rd day of Summer everyone. I am sure that already you’ve overheard the phrase, “is it hot enough for ya?”

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It’s been in the high 80s and up in Baltimore these past few days so of course it was time to break out the sunglasses and breezy summer dresses.

To bring in summer the right way I chose a floral bodycon dress, my neutral shades, and lace Toms. The dress is comfortable and very flattering similar shape to dress I wore in my last post.

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And Toms are great shoes especially for heavy walking or standing during the day. And the money used to purchase them gives a child in need a pair of shoes as well.

Remember to stay hydrated in this extreme heat, wear the proper sun protection, and stay as cool as possible with airy, comfy clothes.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Francesca’s Fun Floral Display – Embrace the Creativity Around You

Happy May everyone!

I hope that you are having a great week so far. For an assignment for my Parsons x Teen Vogue fashion class, I had to take a shot of  window display at a retail store that I thought was pretty interesting.

I went to my local mall, also the mall I currently work at and looked around at numerous displays. The one shown below at Francesca’s caught my eye because it epitomizes spring.

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. The store had beautiful potted plants along the base of the mannequins possibly representing flowers blossoming in the springtime. The colors were varying shades of pinks, blues, and whites.

My favorite outfit displayed was the pink choker top with the blue shorts. In the background you can also see that throughout some of the store the visual merchandising team kept up with the floral and pastel colors and potted plants theme displayed in the window.

I think that this is a great example of a creative and informative window display. Every once in a while I think that you should go to a place you never been or a place you don’t frequent often and just take in your surroundings.

A lot of creative statues, buildings, parks, and people are right in your hometown or neighborhood. Try to meet some of those creative people and visit some of those beautiful places, because you will never know what will inspire you.

Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies, you will be hearing from me again soon! ❤

Parsons x Teen Vogue Assignment: Bracelet DIY!

For almost a full year now I have been taking an online fashion course ran by Parsons- The New School for Design and Teen Vogue! One of my assignments was to design a possible product and calculate the cost to make it, profit, and the retail value for it.

My design:  Updated bracelet

I decided to take my old pearl bracelet and give it a modern twist. I wrapped ribbon around the bracelet in a slightly overlapping pattern and then sealed the ribbon around the bracelet using glue. I didn’t realize that my product was slightly expensive to make!

Original Ribbon Bracelet Idea

One roll of ribbon $3.00
Bracelet $5.00
Superglue $4.25
.5 @ $10 $5.00
Total Production Cost $17.25
20% profit $3.45
Total Cost Plus Profit $20.70
Estimated Retail Price $24.00

Improved Ribbon Bracelet Idea

One roll of ribbon (from Amazon) $1.50
Bracelet (cheaper material such as plastic band) $2.50
Krazy Glue $3.00
.33 @ $10 $3.30
Total Production Cost $10.30
20% profit $2.06
Total Cost Plus Profit $12.36
Estimated Retail Price $24.00

I never was a big fan of math in school, but learning how to calculate product costs and my profit was interesting and fun.Now, I can say I know how to calculate those details if I decide to start my own business or assist friends and family members with their ideas. I also liked trying to figure out how to cut costs in order to save money, but still profit! Using a different type of glue and using a different product underneath the ribbon cut the cost dramatically.

Try it out with your own DIY products! Tell me in the comments all about your item, the cost, and any additional info you would like to share 🙂

Happy New Year! 2017 is here!

Good morning and Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of 2017 and I know that this year is going to be amazing.

This year, I have more trips I want to take, new activities I want to try, and definitely a few goals I will be reaching.

I hope everyone had a safe transition into the new year whether you were with friends, family, your significant other, etc.

Here’s a little peek at my outfit from last night:

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Cheers to the first day of 2017! Enjoy it!

Highlights from Hawaii

From the title you can clearly see that my boyfriend and I went to Hawaii on our vacation!
The specific island we went to was Kauai, also known as The Garden Isle because it is know for all of its beautiful natural sights such as waterfalls, canyons, mountains, and more.
Kauai, Hawaii is so beautiful! Below you will see a timeline of all of the exciting activities we did. Enjoy!

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Thursday:

We landed around 2 pm at Lihue Airport. From there we went to our little hotel entitled Kauai Inn.

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Next we ate at one of Kauai’s most popular restaurants, Duke’s!

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Friday:

Our first day of actual activities was very exciting. We booked a tour with Rainbow Tours to see Secret Falls. To get to the waterfall we had to kayak on the Wailua River and hike through a rainforest. Secret falls is 125 feet tall and beautiful. The journey was definitely as exciting as it sounds!

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Saturday:

We were tired from the kayaking and hiking the night before but we still wanted to get out of the hotel and do something fun. We went to Coconut Marketplace to explore the unique shops.

We also decided to go get a couples massage at a quaint shop called Spa by the Sea which were amazing!

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Sunday:

We went snorkeling at Poipu Beach! This was super scary at first because, unlike my boyfriend who is an excellent swimmer, I cannot swim at all. Luckily, our tour guide from Zodiac/Z-Tours gave me a life vest so I could snorkel properly. This was both of our first times snorkeling which was pretty exciting. It was amazing to look underwater and see all the different fish, urchins, and corals.

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Monday:

Our last day in Kauai 😦 But it was still a very awesome day because I rode a horse for the first time! We went to CJM Stables where we had the chance to hop on horses and see parts of Kauai some natives have never seen. I had a lovely and very hungry horse named Dutch.
We rode our horses all over the magnificent South Shore. We rode on the beach and past gorgeous valleys and saw amazing mountain ranges. It was definitely a perfect way to end our trip!

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Honorable Mention Aspects:

Seeing chickens everywhere

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Exploring the shops at Kukui’ula

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Getting delicious shaved ice

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Seeing Spouting Horn

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This was a very special vacation because it was our first couple trip and our first time on a plane together. You definitely must visit Kauai, you won’t regret it ❤

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How to plan an amazing trip!

I am excited to announce that tomorrow my boyfriend and I will be leaving for a 5 day vacation! I will reveal the place within the next few blog posts, with pictures of course!

Planning a vacation can be time consuming and stressful, no matter how long or short the trip…but it doesn’t have to be! Take a look at the tips below to learn how to plan an amazing, stress free, and fun vacation.

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#1 Decide where you want to go
This is obviously one of the main hurdles you have to leap over when planning your trip. Deciding whether you want to go abroad or stay closer to home will help you pick the perfect location.

#2 Research the place you picked
Don’t just choose a place because your friends think the hotels are nice. You have to do your own research and decide if the place suits your needs and wants for your time away from home.

#3 Book your trip
This is where it gets exciting! After you decide on your place and research it to make sure you really want to travel there, it is time to purchase your flight and hotel. I personally prefer purchasing the flight and hotel together in a package through an airlines site, but booking both parts separately works as well!

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Of course you don’t have to pack the minute after you booked your trip, but within the week of your trip you definitely should start brainstorming what you plan on bringing with you. A list will help you make sure that you have all of your essentials.

#5 Think of activities to do
You don’t to get to your vacation spot and have no idea what to do. Your entire trip doesn’t have to be planned out, but having three big activities you would definitely like to do while you are away is a great start.

#6 Start packing
Read over your list and grab your suitcase because its finally time to start packing! Make sure to not over stuff your bags and suitcases and bring one or two extra items that you didn’t have on your list just in case but no more than that!

#7 Head to the airport for your flight
The day has come to finally board your plane. Make sure you arrive to the airport an hour before you flight to get through security, check in, and be standing by your gate when it’s time for your flight to leave.

#8 Enjoy your vacation
This tip is self explanatory…have fun!

Hope these tips helped you if you are struggling with planning a vacation currently or if you plan on going on vacation in the near future!

Also, can you guess where we are going on vacation?? Hint: it’s a tropical location..I know it’s so many tropical places to choose from, but I am sure someone will guess correctly!

Leave a comment below saying what you think about my list and with you guess of where my vacation is!

Talk to you all when I get back home,
Love Tati ❤

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Jersey Bomber Jacket

At heart, I am a total preppy, dressy, girly-girl, but every once in a while I like to step outside of the box and wear something a little more sporty.

I recently invested in a jersey bomber jacket which I love! It is a gorgeous cream color with white and black stripes on the bottom, collar, and sleeves.

I purchased this lovely jacket from a cute store called Charlotte Russe. I paired the jacket with black Calvin Klein jeans and rainbow converses…those shoes are amazing!

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What do you think of my sporty look? Leave a like and comment below to tell me ❤