It’s My Birthday, Should I Freak if I Want To? 5 Things Birthdays Make You Feel After 21

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Everything and every birthday until you’re 21 is a waiting game. Everything after is a game against time. That’s not to say you can’t do anything at any age its just natural to worry about time itself… It’s that time again! My birthday happened Friday and so far I have laughed, cried, and eaten an exorbitant amount of brownies and ice cream and I loved it all. 

This year I’ve grown not only older but more in tune with myself and with other people, at least I hope so, and I certainly feel more satisfied with what’s gone down this year than I did last year.

Found on pinart.com

AIt was also my last day at my most current job and it was one the most bittersweet days I’ve ever lived. I had to say goodbye to people who taught me so much and leave a positive thing to jump to an even better one, and yet my life is nothing like I envisioned it as a kid. 

I mean out all fairness to my inner child, being a full time artist, fashion designer, and ballerina would be pretty awesome though. I helped international students / teenagers at my last job who are learning English and I saw myself in each of them. They taught me a lot about my inner patience and strength and I hope I taught them to not be afraid to go after difficult things like learning English. 

They wrote me so many notes of encouragement and thanks and being the softy that I am I cried a lot and had a tough time with the whole thing. Sometimes leaving makes you realize how appreciated you really are though. 
This year I’ve witnessed the humanity, the “good”  side, of people and it never ceases to amaze me, because you can find it almost anywhere. We all just want to live and be loved, some of us want to leave our mark on the world, some are content just to live. 

Illustration by Sam Ballardini

Most of us are trying to get through the same kind of dilemmas though. “How am I going to get through this day, pay my rent, find my path? Should I buy groceries or a new purse? we think, collectively. 
I’ve seen people my age live through a Snapchat filter and a haze of shots, but I love them anyway because I’ve been there. I’ve grown apart from friends who moved away to work in labs and be teachers. Some have husbands, kids, and mortgages. 

The ebbing flow of friendships is something I’ve barely come to terms with. Some friends like me, are barely scaling out of the hole that is credit card debt and student loans. Your twenties are anything but boring and I think a lot of us forget how much we’ve really done by the time by the time another birthday rolls around.
Without fail, our birthdays after 21 always make us think… 

1. Was I supposed to do more by now? 

No. You are where you are because of the choices you’ve made but that’s not a bad thing. You can’t time travel back to your college days and slap your lazy self into doing what you should’ve been. You can’t keep yourself from doing things you had no business doing. All you have is the opportunity to use your mistakes to your advantage and learn from them.

Image from bestself.co

2. Should I tell people or keep it to myself? 

Do what makes you happy. If it comes up great and you feel like doing something with your friends that’s fine. That doesnt make you needy or narcissistic. If people don’t remember don’t take it as a personal assault on your personhood period. Unless it’s your significant other don’t bring it up. With smartphones, a million planning tools,  and social media in our arsenals, there’s basically no excuse for this. Everyone wants to feel special. If you’re single, that’s no reason not to o have fun. Make it happen and don’t feel bad about it. 

3. Have I learned and growun into a better version of myself compared to last year? 

You’re only a year older not a decade. Don’t be so hard on yourself for not winning a Nobel Peace Prize by now. If you’re anything like me this is an incredibly difficult task but a necessary one. Don’t focus on your failures, emphasize the importance of your accomplishments and decide to improve areas you think you need growth. Write things down specifically and purposefully. Journals work. 

4. Am I acting my age? 

As long as you don’t live in booty shorts and on Tindr and honestly even if you do, who cares if you’re happy? Though no one is sin free, people are more interested in throwing stones than taking an honest look in the mirror because it’s easier.  In terms of being judgy, not much has changed since Jesus’ time. 

5. Should I broadcast every hour of my birthday? Any of it? 

Social media is great for augmenting your negative feelings regarding yourself and that includes any lurking birthday related guilt. If you’re not feeling like divulging the fact that you sat on your couch and fell asleep to a Netflix binge on your birthday or where and when you went out with your friends, don’t.

Image from thekitchn.com.

If you want to broadcast a play by play, go ahead, just maybe don’t bore people with irrelevant details. Overall remember you’re not obligated to do anything or please anyone. It’s the anniversary of YOU, being born after all so celebrate and post whatever you see fit. 

The easy thing to do would be to freak out because I’m 27. Would I really rather be 15, 18, or 21 though? Honestly… No. Fifteen was a blurred mess of trying to balance cystic acne and covering it, a desire to assert my originality, an unwillingness to fit in but wanting nothing more than just that, and trying to figure out how to say “I like you” to a boy, which I never did out of fear. 

Eighteen was about my ever changing lofty goals after high school vs. my increasing interest in friends who experimented with drugs, alcohol, and just about anything except good grades. It took me a lot of heartache to get to twenty seven but it made my heart swell with love too. I learned so much and I wouldn’t trade it in to shave off a few years.

What do you feel about birthdays?
Happy birthday to all my Aquarius babies! Do you. We sure do it well.

💕💕💕🌌🌌🌌🎂🎂🎂

Pining for Cooler Days

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I wish it was fall already. Not only do I love living in layers, fall fashion, and fall tones, but I’ve always found fall to be a source of new beginnings for me.

I love everything pumpkin too. 🎃🎃🎃 Halloween has pretty much always been my excuse to dress out of my comfort zone and try something off the wall. Thanksgiving just warms the heart, period. Fall, hurry up. 🍂🍂🍁🍁 What’s your favorite season?

5 Outfit Ideas for a Summer Wedding to Not Upstage a Bride and Still Look Hot in the Process

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Hi lovely readers! Wedding season is well underway, and while it may have some of you shook with excitement as shown below, like me:

It may have some of you wanting to crawl into the nearest hole and die due to not having an outfit, being a bridesmaid, not having a date, not being in a relationship, being in close proximity to a bff turned a bridezilla…etc. As someone who has been in four quinceaneras and one wedding (not that many of my friends are married, but if anyone needs a bridesmaid hmu) I am here to make wedding season a little easier! The key? Looking hot without upstaging the bride on her day. 

Think elegant and sexy; no bodycons or crop tops, unless they’re paired with culottes. See below.

Truth be told, I am a sucker for weddings and a mild wedding crasher. I will cry at them all and will jump at the chance to attend them, whether my friendship with the bride and groom (or groom & groom, bride & bride) is questionable or not. I just love being around love. 💕

Here are my 5 outfit ideas:

1. Midi dresss with tasteful slits

From Tobi.com

This gorgeous one is from the brand Tobi. You will look hot without trying too hard. This cut is is ideal because it exposes just the right amount of skin.

A choker, block heels, a clutch, and a kimono for when night falls are the perfect accessories.

From Target.

From Asos.com.

From Nasty Gal

By the way, right now everything is 50% off Nasty Gal’s website with code Get50. 😩

2.Drop Waist Dress with Pop of Color

By Tommy Hilfiger. On Macys.com

The same hemline makes it possible to show some leg in an appropriate way. This color is so summery and gorgeous too.

Pair the dress a clear, nude, gold, or floral encrusted clutch, strappy heels to elongate your legs and a coral lip for an additional complementary pop of color

From simmi.com

From lightinthebox.com

3. Off the Shoulder or One Shoulder Jumpsuit 

From Forever 21.

A lot of people forget shoulder cleavage can be sexy. It’s not all about legs or actual cleavage.

From H&M

Lace up sandals or mules are a perfect shoe choice.

From DSW.

By Jeffrey Campbell. Sold at Urban Outfitters.

4. High Waisted Culottes & Crop Top

Found on Pinterest.com.

Crop tops can be classy when paired with culottes and dressy accessories. I think this is my favorite outfit out of this list. 💕

These pairs are good culotte options:

From Asos.

Set from Forever 21.

5. Tuxedo Dress

From Tobi.com

Though this dress is certainly sexy, the long sleeves and tuxedo vibe make it dressy enough for a wedding. Gold accessories and a gold clutch would match the luxe vibe.

From Nordstrom.

From weddinghigh.com

Those are my suggestions & what I’d wear to summer weddings if I had been invited to to any. (Hint) Get married people! I need to wear these outfits!

If you are a bridesmaid and do not like your dress my suggestion is to customize your accessories to match your personality as much as possible so you’ll at least feel somewhat comfortable with the outfit. If you don’t have a date, wear a cute outfit & find one at the wedding!

Love you all!

❤❤❤

New (Spring) Beginnings

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I’m wishing you all & myself a week full of new beginnings and wonderful things this spring. I feel like I need a fresh start. This app I’m trying out, Paint Joy is actually pretty fun and easy to work with. ( This is not a sponsored post!) I just like it. I’ve tried a lot of similar apps, believe me, but I won’t quit until I find the ideal one for drawing on the go. I’m in love with that idea. I’m also in love with wispy feminine dresses right now. What are you loving at the moment?
❤❤❤

Maggie in the Moon

What Clothes Do for Your Mood; Pros & Cons

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Obviously, I love fashion. That goes without saying. Recently though, I’ve been pondering, what is it about buying clothes and fashion itself that I like? Is it the act of shopping itself? Yes, but it goes deeper than that. I think for most women who love fashion, style is a means to express oneself. Your body is your canvas and you can say whatever you want with it.

The color I’m most attracted to out of Pantone’s picks for spring is definitely Pale Dogwood.

Clothes can heighten yoir your mood. Yes, shopping can be therapy. To me, scrolling through eBay and spring lookbooks is honestly relaxing and I can say 100℅ therapeutic after a long day. Nonetheless, recently I’ve had to ask myself, “Am I relying on shopping for a stress reliever instead of really dealing with my problems?” Recently, the answer is yes. As a result, I’m currently on a #nobuychallenge. I’ve seriously done some damage while seriously upping my spring/summer & work wardrobe game. 

I blame Free People & pictures like this on Free People’s website for making me want every oversized cute cotton sweater I can get my hands on. I’m always cold & they’re so flattering! Love these colors too. 💜😩

Yes, I needed a small upgrade, but I think letting yourself get into the habit of overspending as a quick pick me up is dangerous. Maybe these are first world problems, but in a world where stress levels are so high that we find ourselves shopping ourselves out of them, I think there’s a need to readjust. I don’t know about you, but I thought I was a smart shopper for a good while. It turns out, I was just fooling myself.

Anna Sui S/S 2017 Resort Collection. Anna Sui is one of my OG faves. She never dissapoints with her cute quirky style. 💕

I checked my bank account, and this past month I spent a third on clothes and a whole lot on food for lunch at work. I need to start packing a lunch.
 It’s fine if you’re an heiress or some impossibly chic and successful woman who made her own way…I don’t know about you but I’m working on so many goals right now, I can’t afford to waste precious time or hard earned dollars on anything other than essentials. Going back to the pros of being addicted to clothing, they can empower you & make you feel like a whole new woman. Once in a while, they can even turn you into a boss lady.

Rumi Neely.  Fashion Toast was the first blog I was obsessed with. 💗 I don’t know if anyone can look as chic in a slip dress as she can.

Yes, I’m going to keep shopping…with limits.
What do you lovely readers think?

Women’s Day // Spring on the Horizon

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Today and every day we should be whoever we want to be and do whatever we want to do, to paraphrase Coco Chanel. Love all the inspiring women in my life & those who’ve come before us. Let’s inspire girls to be the innovators & leaders of tomorrow. 

Happy Women’s Day ❤🙌

Finding Yourself in a World of Options (Fashion & Otherwise) // Shoes I Can’t Wait to Wear This Spring

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Kick-ass Chloe boots from a few seasons ago. Hands down one of my favorite fashion companies ever.

Finding yourself can be like finding the right shoes; oftentimes long-winded and at least a little painful. It can take years.

It’s always worth it though. There’s nothing like stepping into the right pair of shoes or knowing who you are and what you want. In light of yesterday’s holiday, dedicated to womankind, this post is dedicated to why and how you should pursue whatever you want.

Jeffrey Cambell x Anthropologie. I need these in my life.

It took me years to realize it’s okay and cute to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love my towering sexy heels as much as the next fashion-junkie girl. I love my Vikky Soft Pumas maybe just as much though. 

Heaven on your feet & equally cute. Obsessed with this color.

I spent my high school years thinking I had to wear flats or Converse or inexplicably painful sandals almost every day and have the blister scars to prove it. On the other days I’d wear Keds or Vans. Thank God, otherwise the bone on my foot which protrudes would probably be worse off.

If you forgot to get me a birthday present, I’ll take these in an 8 or 8.5 please.

I feel like we as women put ourselves through the hoops to be some better version of ourselves and will stop at nothing. In high school we need to fit into a specific category and be zitless and never boyfriendless. At least that’s how I felt. In college we drink ourselves into oblivion and forge friendships based on shared goals of pushing the boundaries of whatever we couldn’t do in high school. At least, that’s what I did, in addition to really liking college and my classes. (Honestly). After that, we still try to emulate Instagram makeup and hold ourselves to some degree of presentability if we want to retain any hope of making a living and being a contributing member of society.

Free People. Presentable for work yet cute enough to go out.

At every stage in our lives as women we must find our way amongst categories and expectations, career-wise, socially, and yes, even within the realm of fashion. As a teenager, I looked ridiculous some days, and others I could pass for a model in some cool zine. I don’t regret looking ridiculous though. I was finding my voice, my identity, and my fashion sense.

Erdem. Seriously? How can you not be a shoe addict with so many gorgeous options?

I have realized that I need creativity and freedom in my life and I also need comfortable sneakers. To paraphrase Eva Longoria, in college I didn’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I knew what kind of woman I wanted to be. This interesting article/interview is about why Eva decided to get a degree in Chicana/o Studies at CSUN while doing Desperate Housewives. Loved it. That’s my alma mater.

I feel as though fashion gives us the liberty to be whoever we want. Especially during spring, anything goes. One day you can be a futuristic moon dweller, another an austere modern lady in a monochrome utilitarian outfit, and the next an ethereal bohemian princess. I love that. It lets us find play around with who we want to be until we want, and one day we discover who that person was all along. So never stop playing dress up girls. It’s more important than the world thinks. 😉

Love you all,

Maggie

Valentine’s Day Musings & A Timeless Gift for My Valentine; A Jord Wood Watches Timepiece

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I’m gifting a Jord wood watch but of course I had to try one on for size too. 😉⌚💕

I’ve always liked the idea of a timeless gift, and I’ve decided on gifting a gorgeous men’s watch for Valentine’s Day. Even though relationships seem harder to maintain as  we go forward into the 21st century, I’m still a firm believer in the timeless art of romance. It isn’t easy, don’t get me wrong, but I still believe in soulmates despite the easiness of Netflix and the aftermath of “chilling” and Tinder. Yes, Valentine’s Day and most holidays and special occasions have been over commercialized beyond belief. That doesn’t mean you can’t use that day as an excuse to say or show or tell your love how you really feel. 

From Love AActually

Sitcoms, Disney, and rom-coms have taught us to wait around for Prince Charming (I still love you Disney and good job for recent attempts at changing the old fairytale narrative), but it’s okay to take charge and make big romantic gestures ladies! Honestly, yes I want to experience a big romantic gesture like the one shown above, once or twice in my life, but I know I can make one too.

This year I’ve been obsessed with watches, and they’ve quickly become my go to accessory. When Jord asked me to partner with them for a winter campaign I thought, “how appropriate; I genuinely love watches and classic accesories”. The days of watch fobs, overcoats, and fedoras are not over in my opinion. I’m lucky enough to love someone who sees eye to eye with me on this sentiment. I knew then, I’d gift him a gorgeous unique wood watch for Valentine’s Day.

If you’d like to purchase this watch or for any more info on it go here.

Jord is a completely unique company in that they only make luxury, quality, gorgeous wood watches, and they do so better than anyone else. I wouldn’t have written that if I didn’t believe it. The care and dedication to their craft is obvious, which I respect.

Obviously presents aren’t everything in relationships, but as a very visual person who loves fashion, I can’t say I won’t be happy with getting pretty things. I like to do the same for others, because the look on someone’s face when you get them something special is priceless and never gets old.

Also, it’s just fun to have an excuse to go all out sometimes. Think hair did, glam makeup, impeccable ootd.

When I want to go all out, Adriana is my muse.

Love and relationships will never be perfect. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pursue big things or be afraid to show how we feel. If you ask me, romance is not dead. Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is not all about romantic love, but love for your friends, family, neighbor, cat, whoever. As you probably know, we could all use a little extra love sometimes.

I for one, love you all.

Jord was awesome enough to create a contest for all my readers and social media followers! So excited!! All you have to do is enter and you will automatically receive a $25 e-gift card. 😁 Go enter now! Thank you for reading!

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Maggie

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Love is In the Air

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Even though the world as we know it has been turned a little on its side as we go forward into a new year and a controversial (to say the least) presidency, I’m trying to remain grateful and feel the love that remains. Today I felt loved after receiving so many birthday wishes. I truly appreciate each one and think it’s time to plant some seeds of hope. 

I’ve been feeling a bit disenchanted the past few days. (Lack of sleep didn’t help). I started thinking of all the things I love today, including this blog, and my readers, and realized, when some things suck, you can always turn a new page. You can choose to look at things differently. That’s what I’m doing today, on my birthday.

I made this illustration to illustrate a dress a feminine, slightly kitschy retro dress I envisioned for Valentine’s Day.

Have a lovely day! 💕

Maggie

Vlogger You Should Be Following On YouTube; Christian / OneTrueBoy

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My friend, vlogger, actor, and all-around fabulous person Christian, who I’m interviewing for this post.

Hi loves! I’m so excited for this post! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post due to work & getting a stomach virus. I’ve made it my personal goal this year to really make blogging and myself top priorities. I think it’s easy to make everything and everyone around you a priority and neglect yourself. Don’t! Love yourself. 

I have to say, no matter how I’m feeling, YouTube is always there for me. Last year, I found myself getting more and more into fashion, beauty, and lifestyle vloggers, especially to learn new makeup techniques. (RIP my wallet)

 When I was sick last week, my old fave KathleenLights & new fave OneTrueBoy got me through it. (Trust me, you need to go watch: Youtube.com/OneTrueBoy) His rant about having to help sour customers in retail (as both of us do) had me in tears. 😂 

My makeup collection after watching YouTube makeup vloggers. Jk, I wish I was this organized.

I’ve decided to interview my friend and coworker, Christian/OneTrueBoy because he’s funny, talented, and simply put, you just can’t stop watching him. Whether he’s talking about his skin care routine, his weekend outings with his boyfriend, run ins with ignorant homophobic loudmouths, or just life itself he’s always uplifting and inspiring.

His channel is about beauty, fashion, advice, gay topics, and honestly, it feels like you’re chatting with a friend when watching his videos.

Here are the questions I asked him;

1. What inspired you to start your own Youtube channel and do tutorials?

I think what inspired me most to start my YouTube channel was the fact that I love talking about everything!  Especially about beauty, make-up and dating. I want to have a ton of best friends and what’s better than having best friends from all over the world through YouTube. 

That’s awesome! YouTube is truly amazing in that we’re all connected now through our shared passions, be it beauty, music, fashion, anything.

2. Who or what is your muse / Who or what makes you feel creative?

My muse is not necessarily a person but more of a feeling of seduction, passion and beauty. Everyone wants to feel beautiful and I try to inspire beauty upon everyone. 

I start to feel most creative when I plan my outfits for the type of video I’m going to create.

I love that! That same feeling inspires me. I want to help everyone who reads my blog feel empowered and beautiful. Planning my outfits in general is one of my favorite pastimes! 

 3. What are 3 Youtube channels you’re obsessed with/watch every week?

Three youtubers I watch religiously are …

HRH Collection, Raiden Quinn,  And Wendy Williams backstage ❤

Love Wendy! Nobody does a talk show as real and funny as she can. Need to check out HRH Collection & Raiden Quinn. New things to watch, yay!

4. Who are your top 3 fashion/style influences?

 My top 3 fashion influencers happen to be all women. I just find these women to be very seductive and beautiful. Olivia Palermo, influences me because of her sophisticated personality. LANA DEL REY!  One of my favorites because of her pure passion for experiencing love intensely. And Beyonce of course for her fierceness. I like to think I own or share some personality traits with them lol.

I would say, you absolutely do my dear!

Can Lana get any more glamorous and beautiful? 😩❤

Olivia’s effortless style is timelessly chic.

When I think of fierce, I think Beyonce.

 5. I know you’re pursuing acting. If you could work with any actor, who would it be?

There are sooo many actors I’d love to work with but I have to pick Meryl Streep solely for the reason of looking exactly like my grandmother who passed away of breast cancer. How cool would it be to fulfill my dream with a look alike of my biggest role model and the biggest actress in Hollywood.

That would be amazing! I’m so sorry about your grandmother. I miss my Grandma so much. Meryl Streep is so elegant, and I admire her versatility as an actress. I’m sure your grandma is proud of the steps you’re taking to making your dream come true!

 6. What would you tell someone who is starting a Youtube & what would you tell your younger self if you could?

 I would tell anyone who is just starting YouTube to first get comfortable looking and hearing yourself on camera. Love who you are and celebrate the beauty you posses because everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way. 

I would tell my younger self, Everything gets better after high school. Fu** all the haters! 

When I need to be confident, I think of Meryl Streep.

I couldn’t agree more…😁😂❤

I relate to Christian’s outlook on life and his love of having a creative outlet like YouTube so much. We both want to express ourselves and make our goals happen. We oroginally originally bonded over fashion, makeup, and our job. Life is funny that way, you can meet the best people in places that can really be the worst! 😉

Follow Christian;

Instagram: Onetrueboy

Twitter: Onetrueboyy

Snapchat: Onetrueboy

Tumblr: Onetrueboy

His blog: OneTrueBoy.com

Thanks for reading! 

Love you all!

Maggie