10 Instagram Accounts You Need to Be Following

Instagram is definitely my favorite Social Media platform. It’s a tiny world full of VSCO-edited images tailored however you like, like a glimpse into that person’s brain. Here are 10 of my favorite Instagram accounts that you should for sure be following.

Pop Culture Died in 2009

From Britney’s iconic 2007 meltdown to Paris shutting down Kitson, this brilliant account brings back all of those moments we hold near and dear to our heart. Makes me want to break out my Von Dutch hat. Memories.

Masha Reva

Hands down one of my favorite designers, line and form are her forte and I love every aspect of it.

Texts From Your Existentialist

An account truly out to win my heart, this account makes me forget the crushing weight of being alive if even for 5 minutes. Tag your existentialist bae <3

Maria Andrew

The cutest little illustrations ever that simultaneously hit too close to home. I look forward to her daily posts.

Barbie Ferriera

Other than the fact that she is fighting social injustice, she’s a BEAUTY and an inspiration. Also everything I will never be. Love her AND her heart shaped shades.

Alexa Chung

The woman that taught me how to dress myself decently and that crying into a bowl of granola is o.k. sometimes.

Overheard LA

Not sure who I was before I discovered this account, filled with things heard in the City of Angels itself. “I love Martin Luther King’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ speech.”

Matthew Healy

Emo Lord indeed, my favorite sad boy fills my Instagram feed with pretentious pictures that sing my heart song. Legend.

Hot Dudes Reading

Self explanatory, really.

Valfre

Everything this girl creates is beautiful. Her illustrations not only make my bedroom a better place but also my feed.

 

Make sure to give these accounts some love as well as mine (please?) Be sure to tell me some of your favorites on Instagram down below! As always, thank you for reading!

Books I Adore (My Favorites)

I admit, I am a self-proclaimed bookworm. So I thought today I would share my all-time favorites with you. When I have the time, I do try to read a lot SO expect posts about my book favorites somewhat often.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I swear this book not only changed my life but also created my never-ending love for books. I read this the summer before I started high school and it was just as good then as it is reading it now. This book is a giant cliche of the “Coming of Age” high school story but it’s the weird kids’ cliche, and it’s fantastic. There are so many beautiful scenes in this book and it handles the story of mental illness almost flawlessly.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I truly believe Maya Angelou’s words have single-handedly made this world a better place. This book plays on all of your emotions, it’s raw, honest and, heavy. It grips you from start to finish and as a privileged white woman, it moved me that much more to fight for justice.

I’m With The Band; Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres

This is a fun one, I LOVE this damn book. It has everything inside that you would expect and puts you right into the world of rock.  It is absolutely brilliant and I loved every second of it. Des Barres was a young girl living comfortably in the middle-class world and took the most unexpected but amazing, girl-power fueled turn. I feel like I now know Jim Morrison. What a legend.

 

It by Alexa Chung

Speaking of girl power, Alexa Chung (the woman of my dreams) has created this wonderful piece of art that helped me grow into the young woman I am now. It’s comedic, helpful, and effortlessly beautiful (but my coffee stains aren’t) This is a great read and describes girlhood seamlessly.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Now listen, I love Hamilton already (really, really love) but challenged myself to read the book that started it all, this book being the reason the musical even arised. Now I know why because holy shit who knew a founding father could have so many layers to him. Hamilton must’ve been the most interesting human being known to man other than Jesus (because what was that all about) This was a long, yet intriguing read and I highly recommend it to EVERYONE.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I never thought it was possible to put mental illness perfectly in words until I read this book. Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite writers and I always find myself reaching for this book again and again. Whenever I read it it’s almost as if my heart is in sync with Esther’s.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

I don’t have much to say other than that this is a damn fine piece of stagecraft and I loved every second.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Wilde is a genius, as is this play. It’s outrageous, hilarious, and I can’t believe it was written ages ago instead of  yesterday.

 

 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Classic, this book starts out awfully slow and then I became hooked. You get so much out of this book except oh my gosh Dickens demands so much concentration while reading.

 

So that’s it. If you’re interested here’s my Goodreads account and as always thank you for reading. Let me know what your favorites are so I can figure out what I’m reading next.

Taking a Gap Year

It’s not something I normally advertise but it’s something I find to be important to talk about. After I graduated high school in June of 2016, my plans weren’t clear, I was undecided on many things and hadn’t even had a proper job yet. Though vague, I knew I needed to enroll in Community College for September. That never happened, and neither did enrolling for January. I decided for myself that I would be taking a “Gap Year”, a year off in between graduating high school and starting college.

 

Making it through high school wasn’t as easy for me as everyone else and talking about my mental health isn’t something I necessarily like to do or feel comfortable with but it came down to this; high school felt like 4 continuous years of treading water. That’s purely because of the fact that I had held myself down all 4 years, it was an ongoing struggle that I would never wish upon anyone (though I know many have experienced the same). Fortunately, between then and now, many things have changed. Lots of things successfully factored into me finding and understanding myself, with that I knew I was not ready to start school. Consequently, I had the desire to not stop there, I wanted to fully explore myself and what I was capable of.

 

However, this post isn’t about my sob story and my struggles (that’s for another day). This post is to delete the stigma that taking a year off makes you lazy or incompetent. I can happily say this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. In the past 6 months I have learned more about myself than I ever have. I have a job that’s helping me become strong and confident in myself and I’ve learned a tremendous amount of things about the fashion industry that I otherwise wouldn’t have learned. From that, i’ve confidently decided that fashion is indeed what I want to do with my life. I keep myself productive and determined. The most important thing of all (people who know me will understand how big of a deal this is), I’ve created a plan, it’s generalized but still a plan nonetheless.

 

I’m now more excited and eager than ever to start school in the Fall, things have finally become clear for me. I’ve realized what I love to do, I’ve picked up most of the pieces. Many will argue that a year off isn’t for everyone and I can certainly agree with that. Some people are totally confident in what they’re doing and they don’t feel they want to or need to. That just wasn’t for me. I’m on my own  adventure, one that’s not time-specific, one that works for me.