One thing about me is that I absolutely love birthdays. My birthday, my friend’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, a complete stranger’s birthday, you get the picture. Your birthday is the one day that your friends, family, work, gather round and try to make your day special. Not because of anything you did or anything you accomplished. Just for being alive. You did not do anything to deserve that celebration. All you did was exist long enough so that you could make it to another year. As simple as that sounds, it is the truth, and it is beautiful.READ MORE
Attention readers! The day has finally come and gone. After months and months of anticipation and weekend after weekend of staying in, I turned 21.
The existential landmark in every young American’s life and I finally overcame it.
Living in the United States, 21 is not simple another birthday. Instead, it is a rite of passage. 21 grants all of the privileges being a full blown adult. You can drive, vote, see R rated movies, and drink alcohol. Granted, you still can’t rent a car, but given my recent experience with car rental companies, consider it a blessing. Also if you’re ever in Las Vegas, avoid Fox Rent a Car at all costs.
21 is going out to the bar with your friends.
21 is being allowed to rent a hotel room on your own.
21 is being let into the casino.
But 21 is more than that.
21 is the separation between seniors and freshmen.
21 is the declaration that you are now mature enough to handle all of the things you have been taught your entire life were bad.
So here I am. 21. Despite this newfound responsibility I have been granted by the U.S. of A, I don’ t feel any different. Aside from a multitude of people wishing me a happy birthday, my day was completely normal day.
A beam of light did not shine through the clouds. Scales didn’t fall from my eyes.
I woke up the same and I went to bed the same, except that I didn’t.
My life is now dramatically different than it was before and that is just because of one birthday. I mean I don’t know anything about wine. Normally I just take a sip from what my parents have to drink and call it a day. How am I supposed to know what all these French words mean? Forget about what they mean, how am I supposed to know to pronounce them?
21 is accompanied with delusions of grandeur, delusions so pervasive they compelled me to look the waiter in the eye and ask “Can we have a bottle of the Pinot Noir?” all without realizing I had murdered the French “r” with what I thought was only a subtle Midwestern accent.
Wait you mean to tell me turning 21 doesn’t automatically grant you with the grace of Audrey Hepburn and the charm of Sarah Jessica Parker? The answer: Sadly no.
21 is ordering a martini, wanting to look refined but not realizing how disgusting a martini actually is.
21 is pretending you know what you’re doing when really you’re copying those around you.
21 is glancing at your dad for help when the waiter asks you to sample the wine.
21 is not knowing what you’re doing, but doing it anyway.
The secret is out. The ankle boot is the Beyonce of fall footwear. Unfortunately, we all do not have the bank of Beyonce funding our fall wardrobe. If you do, well then continue to work girl. The rest of us wish we could waltz into Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Stuart Weiztman to stock up for season’s latest trends, but as of today, that is not a reality. Never fear, you don’t have to break the bank trying to get banging booties. Lucky for us, this list reveals 11 fabulous fall finds for the girl with a heart for Hermes but a wallet for Walmart.
Really? 30 dollars? I should have to convince you no further.
2. Henry Ferrera Saj 200 Bootie TJ MAXXCost-$34.99
Yes you read that correctly. $34.99. Also give TJ Maxx a round of applause for consistently doing amazing things in the world like bringing us these shoes for less than $40.
3. Rocket Dog Camilla Chelsea Boot DSW Cost-$54.95
Of course you cannot make a list of budget shoes without mentioning DSW. Discount designer shoes? Sign me up.
4. Unisa Thayer Chelsea Boot DSW Cost-$44.95
Again DSW comes through for the fashionista on a budget. *insert lifted hands emoji here*
5. Forever 21 Buckle Zipped BootieCost-$39.90
Forever 21 has an army of trendy, frugal customers, and these shoes make us realize why.
6. Forever 21 Faux Suede Ankle Booties Cost- $39.90
Aside from offering bargain basement prices, Forever 21 styles are anything but boring and in this shade of tan, so yassssssss.
When style and practicality come together, that is a beautiful thing. This boot is a marriage of both those elements and is only $50. Well done Steve Madden, well done.
This bootie once again proving that adding fringe is never a bad idea.
9. Aldo Zelisa
Slay bootie slay.
Congrats if you pay $50 dollars you will owe a shoe that matches everything.
So this one just barely makes the cut, but the website offers 20% off to new customers. Just like that this shoe is $20 cheaper. You’re welcome.
#GIRLBOSS, a New York Times best seller, the go to guide for female entrepreneur anything, and a staple on the fashion blogger book shelf. Because of these credentials, I figured it was time I hopped on the bandwagon and saw for myself what all of the hype was about.
Sophia Amoruso overcame all odds by building up the brand NastyGal amidst the cutthroat industry that is retail. Aside from this astonishing feat, what makes Amoruso’s story worth reading is that her journey to the top is an accidental Cinderella story.
Basically, if you knew this girl in high school, you would think she would be the worst CEO ever. She got bad grades, didn’t go to college, serial-quit a variety of odd jobs, and spent a brief stint as a shoplifter. By all standards, Amoruso was headed to the breadline much faster than she was headed to the boardroom.
But don’t let that description fool you. This woman is fierce. Despite her zero credit, zero recommendations, and zero cash, through determination, low expectations, and listening, she grew NastyGal from an online Ebay store to a globally recognized brand. She never expected that her random hobby she did because she didn’t like anything else could turn into a multimillion dollar endeavor.
Amboruso uses a series of anecdotes from her past to communicate how excuses aren’t valid ever. Period. She less than gently reminds readers that dreams do not come about form from dreaming. They come about form hard work resilience and then more hard work and resilence.
At points, the book relies a little too heavily on the “American Dream” narrative (Anyone can do anything if they work hard because this is America and that’s what happens here). However, in Amboruso’s defense, NastyGal is alive because of the American Dream.
Amboruso is at her best when she is at her toughest. When she transforms from an author to your big sister tell you to quit feeling sorry for yourself and do something for goodness sake. When she reminds her readers that being a “GIRLBOSS” is not about successfully avoiding work but about successfully doing work.
Her upbeat, no nonsense tone allows this genre, often saturated with clichés, to exhale a breath of fresh air.
#GIRLBOSS deserves the Pick of the Week because it reminded me that things worth having are things worth working for and if you are not willing to do the work, then you better not be expecting the return. Or, in the spirit of Sophia “Know that there is now finish line. Fortune favors action.
Who says you can’t wear sweaters in the summer? I certainly do not. If there is one article of clothing I love, it would be a sweater. Unfortunately my sweater collection becomes extremely limited in the summer, because well, they make you sweat. Summer heat makes layering and traditional outfit diversification much more difficult. That is why I LOVE this tank top sweater. It provides the sophistication of a traditional sweater without making you feel as though you are melting. Enjoy!