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What's in my College Backpack + Free Glasses

inside my college backpack

Some of you may recognize this backpack from my haul from a few months ago. I am still in love with this Everlane backpack because of its minimal design. I really appreciate that the brand is not plastered on the front of the bag. Although I shared this bag on the blog a few months ago, I thought I should show you guys what I actually carry inside of my backpack for college.

Watch the video below:

Inside my College Backpack:
| * = Thrifted |

Items you May Want to Carry:
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • TI‑83 Graphing Calculator
  • Post It Notes
  • Mini Stapler
  • Mechanical Pencils w/ extra led
  • Scantrons (usually can get for free from your school's library)
  • Expandable Folder
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Phone Charger
  • Portable Charger
  • Gum
  • Headphones 
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Ties
  • Makeup Pouch

What are your three must have items for your backpack?

Overalls in Winter

denim overalls and sweater

I live for denim. Denim jeans, denim skirts, denim shirts... pretty much anything denim. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. I'll go ahead and say denim makes my world go round.

With my deep passion for denim, I was surprised to find these overalls (purchased four years ago) tucked away in a pile of items to be sold. I immediately pulled them out, because what was I thinking? I must have had a temporary lapse in judgement because not only are overalls trending, but they are also a great layering piece for the winter.

mount charleston snow outfit

I'm glad I decided to give these bad boys a second chance at life. I decided to throw a pair of tights underneath to keep me warm. I also paired them with this giant wool sweater I scored from the Saver's Clearance Center for less than $1.

(Photos by: Lucky's Camera)

Outfit Details
** Tights -  Target 
  * Sweater - Gap
     Overalls  - Hotties World
     Beanie - Forever 21

| * = Thrifted |
| ** = Sale |

Snapshots from Provo, Utah

I just returned from a quick trip to Provo, Utah for my friend's wedding. Here are some snapshots from my trip.

Payson Temple
My friend got married at the Payson Temple in Utah last Saturday. The temple was so beautiful, especially in the snow!

Snowy mountains in Payson Utah
Speaking of beauty, how gorgeous are these mountains? Utah's scenery is jaw-dropping.

My friends and I had to take advantage of the amazing overcast lighting.
Side Note: My scarf & coat were thrifted from Savers. 

Wise men say only fools rush in wedding decor
This is one of my favorite pieces of decor from the wedding reception.
Some may say my friend and her husband "rushed into" marriage,
but it is so obvious they were meant for each other.

10 Signs You're Addicted To Thrifting

I am not ashamed to admit my thrift shopping addiction. Are you also addicted to thrifting? There are 10 ways to tell whether or not you have a thrifting addiction.

Watch the video below to find out:

What are some other signs of a thrifting addiction?

The Curl Files - Feat. Dominique

Everyone meet Dominique, a fashionable design student, with a heart of gold! After being natural for a few years, Dominique decided to shave off all of her hair. Read more to see how she learned to have fun with her natural hair.

January 2016
1) Please introduce yourself.
My name is Dominique Smith! I'm 18, and currently live in Las Vegas until I take off to NYC! You can see my journey on my Instagram: @ABlackMoon or Snapchat: @DomMaries

2) How long have you been natural?
About three years now

3) What made you decide to go natural?
I shaved the side of my head, and loved the way my natural curls looked with the style! Ever since then I have been wearing my curls.

4) Did you do the big chop or did you transition?
Initially it was a transition, but more recently I have done the big chop and am 2 months into growing it back out.

5) What was the hardest part of going natural in the beginning?
Maintaining it above anything. I really had to educate myself on the proper way to care for my specific hair type, and once I finally learned what the was, it was a matter of getting up everyday to do twist outs or braid outs.

February 2016

6) Did you care what others would think about your hair? Do you still care?
No, I loved it and others did too. It was great to hear such positive feedback, but I think that's due to the confidence I wore with it! Now that I'm growing back my hair, I'm more self conscious of what it looks like and what others think, but I just remember that it's temporary and it'll grow back!

7) How did others react to your hair in the beginning? How do they react now?
People were really positive, some a little too touchy, but learned to not do so.

8) Have you faced any struggles from being natural in school or in the workplace?
It's never caused me a problem, and it shouldn't ever cause a problem!

9) What is your current hair regimen?
Shampoo once every 2-3 weeks, co wash every week, and moisturize with coconut oil

10) What products do you love?
Head and Shoulders shampoo, Mane 'n Tail conditioner, and Spectrum coconut oil

11) What is your favorite hairstyle?
Twist Outs were my go to when I had hair. Now I just wake up, wet my hair, and go!

July 2016

12) What is your hair motto?
Have fun with it, it'll grow back!

13) What's the best part about being natural? What is the hardest part?
Not having to deal with flat irons, hot combs, and other straightening products is the best for me. The worst would be it's a lot more maintenance than you'd think!

14) What tips or advice would you give others that are starting their journey or thinking about starting?
Have fun, experiment, and learn about your hair type. So many products claim to work for your curls, but it's important to know that everyone's hair is different, what works for someone else may not work for you!

15) What would you tell your younger self about your natural hair?
It's beautiful and you should embrace it, even before you shaved your head!

16) How has wearing your natural hair changed/influenced your style?
I'm more carefree for sure. I let my style reflect me and all I want to share with the world!

What part of Dominique's hair journey inspired you the most?


Today I am sharing photos from the collaborative gallery, "HER". This photo series, directed by photographers Jasmine Leon and David Zhsu, was designed to "celebrate the raw, authentic moments that makes our insecurities imperfectly, perfect." On December 30, 2016, this gallery opened at Fruition, an upscale clothing retailer in Las Vegas, NV.

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a model for this project. I can honestly say I have never been a part of something so eye-opening. This project forced me to acknowledge and accept my insecurities. It also led me to question when, where, and how my insecurities were formed. Was I always insecure... or did society lead me to develop a false sense of beauty?

All of the photos were printed in black and white. They also remained unedited.

Don't let society morph you into something that feels unnatural.

I think Alicia Keys said it best, "All women are naturally badass!"

The Perfect Poncho

thrifted layered winter outfittwist outthrifted layered look

Over the years I've learned that layering clothes automatically makes you look more fashionable and keeps you warm. If it were up to me, I would hibernate in my cozy room all winter, but that isn't a responsible option for me. Thankfully, when I do have to endure the cold, I can do it without freezing my butt off. This layered look did a decent job at keeping me stylish and snug. I give all the credit to this little red poncho I scored for $1 at Buffalo Exchange's Earth Day Sale.

Outfit Details
** Black Scarf -  Cotton On 
  * Red Poncho - Forever 21
  * Black Jeans - Arizona Jeans
     Black Boots - My mom's closet

| * = Thrifted |
| ** = Sale |

Natural Hair Journey

Today I am celebrating the 4th year of my natural hair journey. I am not going to lie, the journey was not the easiest, but it was well worth it in the end. Not only did I develop a new love for my hair, but I also developed a new love for myself. If you are interested in reading more about my journey, check out my Curl File. Now let's reminisce.

Watch the video below:

What is the worst thing you've ever done to your hair?

Goals for 2017

I know there have been a lot of memes going around, making fun of the 'new year, new me' motto we tell ourselves each year. Although the memes are funny, I don't think there's anything wrong with setting a few goals for yourself. I personally prefer to set goals for myself. When I have a clear cut goal, I know exactly where I need to focus my time and energy. And let me tell you, if I don't have a clear goal set, I become a hot mess (which may explain why I'm on my 5th year of college, jk). But seriously, goals are great. Stop giving them a bad rep!

My goals for 2017:

  1. Be more intentional with my purchases
    • Last year, my thrifting was out of hand! I was thrift shopping, twice a week every week, which resulted in piles and piles of clothes. When I realized my thrifting was I problem I tried to reduce those piles of clothes. As a result, I donated so many items that I had never even worn. This year, I am going to create a shopping list and stick to only the items on that list... well, I'll try my hardest.

  2. Stop Shopping Fast Fashion
    • For those of you who haven't seen the Netflix documentary, "The True Cost" be sure to check it out. The documentary is extremely eye opening. It explores how fast fashion companies such as Forever 21, H&M, and Zara are creating clothing at such large quantities that it is destroying our environment. It also discusses the poor working conditions of factory workers. 

    • We all know fast-fashion companies create inexpensive copies of high-end products, which I'm not totally upset about. But the thing that bothers me is fast-fashion companies have also been known to rip off small, independent designers (read the story here & here)

    • If it were up to me I would have a completely thrifted wardrobe...well maybe a 95% thrifted wardrobe, because I'm not down to thrift used panties. If I have to buy an item, such as underwear or something I can't score at the thrift store, I am aiming to shop ethically and/or shop small. (There's a meme going around that claims when you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance). I am 100% down to support a solo dance party.

  3. Consume Less, Create More
    • At first I created this goal in regards to social media, because my social media use is out of control! But I am going to apply this goal to every aspect of my life. I am going to draw more, write more, create more content, and maybe even do some thrifted DIY projects. No matter what I do, I am going to create something new every day (overly ambitious? Maybe. But totally possible!)

What are your goals for 2017?

December 2016 Thrift Haul

December 2016 Thrift Haul
Happy New Year! I rounded up my thrift finds from the month of December to share with you all. My favorite find in this haul is the Moschino high waisted pants! I hope 2017 brings me more amazing bargains.

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Which item was your favorite?