Feeling Glad | Inspired by Man Repeller Partnered with Gladiola Girls

The Glad Life(style): (n.)

“A way of intentional living. A celebration of individual style, respect toward the world, and appreciation for quality and timeless character. Choose thoughtfully. Live divinely.”

There is nothing I love more than waking up on a Saturday morning and heading down to my favorite local shops. One gem in particular that I have become totally obsessed with over the past few months is a local boutique in Lynchburg called Gladiola Girls. Known for repping the “Glad Lifestyle,” this hidden treasure in my hometown has become the hot spot for the most amazing finds. Whether it be carefully and brilliantly curated vintage pieces, or the latest and greatest denim, I find something new that I love every time I step into this store.

Whilst scrolling through my Instagram feed, chock full of posts from my favorite bloggers, I spotted a trend that I’m slightly in love with, and by slightly, I mean head over (kitten) heels. The 2000’s dress-over-jeans phenomenon is back with a vengeance, everyone. My favorite blogger, Leandra Medine Cohen, the genius behind blog “Man Repeller”, has been rocking this look like a queen, and I couldn’t help myself from taking a shot at it.

I teamed up with Gladiola Girls to bring you my very own rendition of the dress-over jeans look for Spring. This look is one that took my heart absolutely by storm; it is every bit of feminine and edgy that I need in a look to still maintain my dainty (yet still hypebeast) Paris Fashion Week-esque thing I have going on. Here’s how I styled my pieces!



I styled this beautiful Free People “Sweet Sunny Day” tunic with my favorite pair of DL denim, and Sam Edelman’s classic Ludlow kitten heel in the perfect shade of nude. I absolutely love how the Free People tunic hangs on the body, and how the skirt catches the wind to give the dreamiest effect. Not to mention these jeans by DL Denim; a mega-comfy high rise (my personal favorite) with effortless distressing to give a laid-back look. I just had to pair everything with these kitten heels, for one because I love a good kitten heel, and because they are quite possibly the most versatile shoe. Kitten heels are a great way to amp up any outfit while still maintaining comfort and wearability. You can stop in at Gladiola Girls to check out all of these items! Try them on for yourself and you’ll see what I mean (meaning you’ll become instantly obsessed, no doubt.)

Photographed by Tanner Henvey

A huge thanks to Gladiola Girls for constantly giving me endless inspo! Make sure you head to Gladiola Girls to check out these pieces!

4925 Boonsboro Road Suite F Lynchburg, VA 24503
Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM
Sundays 1 – 5 PM




Yes, that’s right, pants.

I never paid any mind to the bottom half of an outfit. For me, it was always a nice, medium to dark wash skinny jean, and that was that. That is…until I started thrifting. I know I talk all the time about thrifting and how ah-mazing it is. And it is! Not only is it extremely eco-friendly, but you can find some really phenomenal and rare pieces for, often times, pennies. When I first started thrifting, I only had eyes for that coveted pair of vintage Levi’s; trousers were ~outdated~ and completely out of the question. Well, I found my Levi’s, but along the way there actually were some trousers that caught my eye. I remember the first pair I ever picked up: high-rise, straight leg, blue and white pinstripe Brandy Melville look-a-likes. Little did I know that I would actually kind of become a little bit obsessed with thrifted trousers; the louder and funkier, the better. As I was packing up my dorm to go home for winter break, I realized that I had somewhere over 40 pairs of pants, all except for maybe my Reformation jeans were thrifted. As I’ve been sort of coming into my own and learning what my style actually is, I realized how much power is in a pair of pants. In this post, I’m going to share my favorite pairs of trousers that I have picked up over first semester, and how I style them!

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With 2017 coming to an end, it’s time to start planning for everything to come in the new year! There’s been some amazing LEWKS and you know what they say, everything gets better with time, so 2018 is about to take the game to the next level. To bring in the new year and new season, I’ve pulled together a compilation of some trends that I’m currently loving, and that I also believe we’ll be seeing plenty of in 2018.


Lately I have been totally obsessed with everything Asian-inspired. From the high mock-neck dresses and buttons, to the wild colors and prints, I have totally fallen in love. Not only am I obsessed, but it seems the rest of the blogosphere is, as well. Brands, starting at H&M and all the way up to Gucci are starting to usher in a new wave of culture influenced pieces.








Now, as much as I love a good street-ready outfit, sometimes it’s just impossible to convince myself to roll out of bed and put on a fresh change of clothes. Well, readers, in 2018 you won’t have to! Kidding, but there is some truth to that to an extent. The biggest way we’ll be seeing this trend in the new year is in simple silhouettes, silky fabrics, and probably half tucked into a sick pair of matching trousers.








And by that, I mean a literal statement. Off-White has made wearable words the new black, and I have a strong feeling that this trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon in 2018, so break out your best vocabulary-clad pieces and hit the streets in style.








I don’t know if it’s just because everyone is longing for the Spring/Summer season to roll around, or if we’re all just now realizing that florals are SO underrated, but this pattern is coming back into fashion with a vengeance. I’ve seen loads of street style shots featuring loud florals, clashing colors and prints, and playing with pushing the limit, and we’d better get used to it.

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This is probably the trend that I’ve been rocking the most recently, and the trend that I think will lead us head-on into the new year without a trace of hesitancy. This trend is fearless, empowering, and it turns masculine structures into an exoskeleton of hard core girl power. Look out for blazers, yes, WITH the shoulder-pads, and tailored suits.







I hope you all enjoyed digging into the future of street-style just as much as I did! Make sure you leave a comment with what trends you think we’ll be seeing in 2018. See you all in the new year xx





I have been so inspired by extreme streetwear brands, one in particular being Off-White by Virgil Abloh. Off-White is a super industrial, everyday-items-into-fashion type of brand, and I am absolutely obsessed. I love where streetwear is going because there is so much room for experimentation, creativity, and it’s okay to rock clashing primary colors. Bolder is better, and it looks super hard core. For this look, I really channeled my inner hypebeast and threw my own twist into it (denim on denim, it’s classic). I paired a matching beanie and long sleeve crewneck tee from J. Crew with this massively oversized Lee’s denim jacket that I thrifted, and my go-to high rise cigarette jeans from Reformation. To accessorize, I cinched the waist of my jacket with this super cool colorblocked D-ring belt, classic Chanel sunglasses, and this beautiful bright yellow leather bag that I picked up from J. Crew. The key to colorblocking with monochromatic colors like electric blue and bright yellow is to keep it concise. I tied in the shirt with the beanie, the bag with the belt, and brought the whole look back down to earth with staple pieces, such as high rise jeans and a denim jacket.


the details

  • J. Crew Men’s Acrylic Solid Winter Beanie – (similar here)
  • J. Crew Long Sleeve Crew Neck – (here)
  • Reformation Camille High Cigarette Jean – (here)
  • Thrifted Lee’s Denim Jacket – (similar here)
  • J. Crew Parker Crossbody Bag – (here)
  • J. Crew Colorblock D-Ring Belt – (similar here)



HAPPY THANKSGIVING | 100 Things to be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving, readers!

This is my third holiday season with this blog, and sharing my life with you, and for THAT I am thankful. Today is a day that is commonly associated with turkey, stuffing, and football, and trust me, I’m not mad about any of those things, but I am a firm believer in taking a moment to step back and acknowledge how many things that we have been blessed with in this life. In this season of my life, I have been focusing on #PositivitySeeking, and filling my heart and mind with things that are uplifting rather than things that worsen anxiety or cause unnecessary feelings of negativity. This life is far too short and far to rare to be spent worrying. So, in celebration of this Thanksgiving and to continue seeking positivity, I am going to share 100 things on my heart that I am thankful for, and I encourage you to do the same!

  1. First and foremost, I am thankful for everything that the Lord has done in my life. When I think about everything that I have encountered in my life, every trial, every high, every low, there is no way to deny the existence of an amazing, loving God.
  2. I am thankful for my family. My mom, who has denied herself a thousand times to put myself and my sisters first; my sisters, who have been by my side no matter what. I am thankful for my girl gang that I get to call my family, and the unwavering support that they have shown me.
  3. I am thankful for my friends, my very best friend in the whole world, Gillian, and for all the support and laughter that she brings me. Gil, you’re my twisted sister for life, my funky thrifting partner, and I am so thankful that God gave me a fourth sister! And to everyone that I have become close with in this season in my life, I am so grateful for the impact that each and every one of you have had on my heart.
  4. I am thankful for my silly roommate, and the fun and liveliness that she brings to our little room! Bails, you are literally the best ever and I am so happy that I get to live with you!
  5. I am thankful for my school, and the opportunity that I have to get an education in something that I am extremely passionate about.
  6. I am thankful for coming home over Thanksgiving break and being able to curl up on the couch on a weekday morning and watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
  7. I am thankful for my mushy little cat, Perry, whom many of you have without a doubt seen on my Instagram stories.
  8. I am thankful for creativity and being able to express myself through different mediums, and the community that creativity builds.
  9. I am thankful for thrift shopping. Are you kidding me? Heck yeah, I am thankful for thrift shopping. I have found some of my most treasured pieces while thrifting.
  10. I am thankful for reality television. It may be insanely staged, but hot dang, it is so nice to come home at the end of the day and veg out with my sisters with some Bravo.
  11. I am thankful for this stage of my life and how much I have been able to grow, learn, and work towards becoming the best version of myself.
  12. I am thankful for the next stage of my life, and the next, and the next.
  13. I am thankful for the smell of cooking a bangin’ Thanksgiving meal, and the atmosphere that Thanksgiving brings.
  14. I am thankful for late nights at college with my friends, and endless laughter.
  15. I am thankful for pulling a Grey’s Anatomy and “dancing it out” in a messy dorm room to relieve stress.
  16. I am thankful for all of the opportunities that I have been given, most recently with Mogul and College Fashionista. It is a major blessing and honor to be able to partner with such incredible companies.
  17. I am thankful for my health and my family’s health.
  18. I am thankful for having Christmas decorations up early!
  19. I am thankful for trips to the Humane Society, and being able to go play with some kittens and puppies in our free time.
  20. I am thankful for makeup, and for how much fun it is to be able to express myself through makeup.
  21. I am thankful for days when I get to sit in my pajamas all day and relax.
  22. I am thankful for busy days when I feel productive and I am able to get loads of things done (homework, homework, and more homework).
  23. I am thankful for forgiveness.
  24. I am thankful for everyone that I have not met yet, and for the impact that they will have on my life and in my heart.
  25. I am thankful for my future family, and for the fun that we will have together.
  26. I am thankful for inspiration and the sources I get inspiration from.
  27. I am HECKA thankful for music!
  28. I am thankful for technology and the resources that we have today (especially as a blogger).
  29. I am thankful for second chances.
  30. I am thankful for EPIC chances! Take epic chances, people. You never know what could come of it.
  31. I am thankful for playing it safe, and taking risks.
  32. I am thankful for blonde hair (hehe).
  33. I am thankful for HIGH WAISTED PANTS!
  34. I am thankful for travel, and for all of the beautiful places there are to go on this earth.
  35. I am thankful for making mistakes and learning from them.
  36. I am thankful for being at a horrible creativity block, and then having a huge “Eureka!” moment.
  37. I am thankful for rainy days and thunderstorms (as long as the power doesn’t go out, but sometimes that can also be a blessing in disguise).
  38. I am thankful for sunshine and the warmth that the sun rays give off.
  39. I am thankful for BABIES! There is nothing better than getting to hold a tiny human.
  40. I am thankful for sneakers.
  41. I am thankful for weddings. Everyone loves weddings.
  42. I am thankful for Netflix binge-watching.
  43. I am thankful for Chipotle.
  44. I am thankful for Chinese take-out.
  45. I am thankful for airports and the hustle and bustle and excitement that flows through them.
  46. I am thankful for New York City, my birthplace, future home, and forever my favorite place to be.
  47. I am thankful for my passion for the fashion industry, social media marketing and studies, and for the path that is being paved for my career.
  48. I am thankful for people who are willing to invest in me. Whether it be in life, or my career, I couldn’t do any of it alone.
  49. I am thankful for fuzzy blankets and sweatpants.
  50. I am thankful for the gift that is macaroni & cheese.
  51. I am thankful for candles.
  52. I am thankful for how pretty Fall is and the changing of the leaves.
  53. I am thankful for people who are willing to take blog pictures for me. Sometimes it’s a real pain, but I appreciate it so much.
  54. I am thankful for companies and brands who are willing to collaborate with me. There is power in numbers, teams, and networking and it is always an honor to be considered!
  55. I am thankful for #FPWriteThisDown (peep my twitter feed).
  56. I am thankful for extra long phone chargers.
  57. I am thankful for brownies.
  58. I am thankful for Instagram stories.
  59. I am thankful for the ability to communicate with someone from the opposite side of the Earth in real time.
  60. I am thankful for learning from my own mistakes and successes.
  61. I am thankful for warm showers.
  62. I am thankful for pedicures.
  63. I am thankful for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
  64. I am thankful for YouTube makeup tutorials.
  65. I am thankful for my camera (I swear I’ll make more YouTube videos! Pinky promise!).
  66. I am thankful for living in a place that experiences all four seasons.
  67. I am thankful for the beach.
  68. I am thankful for off-roading in the mountains.
  69. I am thankful for Saturday mornings downtown with my mom exploring beautiful little local shops and eating crepes for breakfast.
  70. I am thankful for late nights in the library that just turn into goofing off instead of doing homework.
  71. I am thankful for grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.
  72. I am thankful for Chick-Fil-A.
  73. I am thankful for wifi.
  74. I am thankful for my dog, Louisa. She’s not very nice, but she has her moments.
  75. I am thankful for the way the air smells after it rains.
  76. I am thankful for the way the light hits glass sometimes and makes a rainbow.
  77. I am thankful for rainbows in general.
  78. I am thankful for microwaves.
  79. I am thankful for road trips.
  80. I am thankful for spontaneous road trips with friends to New York City.
  81. I am thankful for happy accidents.
  82. I am thankful for fireplaces.
  83. I am thankful for bonfires and s’mores.
  84. I am thankful for friends who let you borrow their clothes and who borrow your clothes.
  85. I am thankful for drives all by yourself and screaming to your favorite songs.
  86. I am thankful for going somewhere that you’ve never been before and finding your new favorite spot.
  87. I am thankful for blazers.
  88. I am thankful for people who stop to let you pet their dog.
  89. I am thankful for Pinterest.
  90. I am thankful for splurging on a pair of shoes that you’ve wanted for forever.
  91. I am thankful for people who keep their promises.
  92. I am thankful for Wendy’s chocolate frosties and french fries. Together. Like, you dip the fries in the frosty.
  93. I am thankful for Spotify.
  94. I am thankful for people who aren’t actually your family but are your family at the same time.
  95. I am thankful for knowledge, and how one can never have enough.
  96. I am thankful for healthy competition.
  97. I am thankful for everything that I have learned in my life thus far.
  98. I am thankful for everything that I will learn in my life from this moment forward.
  99. I am thankful for The Stella Files.
  100. I am thankful for my readers. For every person that has ever told me that they liked something that I wrote, that they liked an outfit that I posted, that one of my “Real Talk” posts really hit home for them and made them feel less alone. For every single person who has ever clicked on the link in my Instagram bio, for every single person who has ever told another person about my blog, I am so beyond thankful. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.



MODE FILLE FRANÇAISE | How to Rock French Girl Fashion

MODE FILLE FRANÇAISE | How to Rock French Girl Fashion

If you’ve seen my “Recently Listened To” on Spotify, you’d see the Marie Antoinette (directed by Sophia Coppola) movie soundtrack, and that soundtrack has me feeling all kinds of ways. I tend to dress like what I listen to, and recently it’s been “Moi Je Joue” by Brigitte Bardot on repeat, and I’m totally not mad about it. The “it-girl” French fashion trend has us all wanting to glamorously stroll down the street to pick up a fresh baguette at a local café while rocking a beret and a neck scarf, but sometimes you have to make do with what you have! This weekend my city had a J. Crew warehouse sale, and after digging and digging through boxes of sample clothing from past catalog shoots, returned clothing, and random partnership pieces, I stumbled upon this glorious Millennial pink wool beret. To say my heart stopped beating is an understatement of just how excited I was to have found this treasure. To add to the excitement, it was only $8.00! The inner French girl in me was absolutely beaming at this find, and instantly I knew that I would be sporting this piece way more than I should.

I wanted to incorporate this gem into a wearable look, not just for an editorial shoot or for my annual holiday lookbook (which is coming up, by the way, so keep an eye out for the theme!), but something that I could wear to class and out in everyday life…because a non-French French girl has to be authentic, right? I paired this beautiful wool beret with a silk navy and white wide-leg jumpsuit with an amazing star pattern all over it, and layered the jumpsuit over a black turtleneck (because it wouldn’t be a LEWK without my “second skin”), and these amazing La Canadienne leather boots that I thrifted!

(And YES, I am blonde now! If you want to read all about it and see how I care for my blonde locks, read it here!)

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  • italian wool beret – j. crew (here)
  • tissue turtleneck – j. crew (here)
  • petite tie-back jumpsuit in star print – j. crew (here)
  • solana booties – la canadienne (here)



Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

So I’ve been planning on going back to blonde for about a year now (If you creep way, way, way back on my Instagram, you’ll find it), but like many of us, I was coming up with reasons why I should put it off. Mostly it was a bit of PTSD from the last time I went blonde which was an absolute disaster. I originally wanted silvery grey hair, so I went in to get it done and the hairdresser ended up just completely botching it up. There were spots with red in it, spots with my natural, mousy-brown hair color showing through, lavender, and even blue patches. After a bit of a panic attack, I went back in to get my hair corrected. It took about five hours and I still walked out with an odd-shade of silver. I was sort of happy with it…until I washed my hair and the toner washed out in the shower. Then I was left with an odd cluster of blonde highlights. From there I just kept lightening my hair and ended up trying to bleach my own roots (they turned about the same shade as a brand new penny), and finally just threw in my towel, raised the white flag, called it quits and dyed my hair back to brown. It’s been brown ever since…up until Saturday.

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My impulsiveness showed itself once again! My mom and little sister had a hair appointment Saturday afternoon, and I woke up that morning with the urge to just go ahead and go blonde that day. It all worked out and I was able to squeeze in an appointment with my miracle-worker hairdresser. It took about three hours in a salon chair, to the sink, back to the salon chair, back to the sink, and a hair treatment worn home. In the end, I am ridiculously happy with how my hair turned out, and I am so excited to continue in the lightening process (aka my roots). Now, with going from brunette to straight blonde, there are some things that could go very, very wrong. Thankfully, I didn’t have too much trouble, but there are of course things that I wish I knew or things that I learned after going blonde.

I normally only ever wash my hair once a week, because my hair is naturally curly, very fine in texture, and I use heat on it every single day. Before bleaching your hair, if your hair texture is anything like mine, I would recommend going at least five days without washing your hair or using any sort of heat on it.  And of course…DO. YOUR. DANG. RESEARCH! Find a colorist that knows your hair type like the back of his/her hand. Thankfully, my colorist (Jessica at Anthony’s & Co.) is an actual genius and made sure to study my hair and really sit down with me before beginning the process to be sure that there was no miscommunication. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that you and your colorist have a good understanding of the end goal, especially when it’s something as drastic as going from deep brunette to blonde in a matter of three hours.

Obviously, your hair isn’t going to get out scratch-free when you bleach it, so here are some of my favorite products to use when dealing with the aftermath of drastic lightening:

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generic value products conditioning purple shampoo

The Generic purple shampoo is honestly a gift from God Himself. The name brand purple shampoo is half the size of this bottle and twice as expensive, but it does the exact same thing. You can get this from your local Sally’s Beauty Supply store and it’s just under $7.00! I use this to combat any brassiness or yellow tones that could be in my hair. When I use this, I run my hair under luke-warm water (avoiding heat damage at all costs now) and *GENTLY lather into my bleached locks. I do this after washing my face and body as to avoid any of it rinsing out. Then, I chill in my bathroom for about 7-10 minutes while the purple tones my hair! Once time is up, I rinse, towel dry, and THEN run conditioner throughout my hair. I know, I know, I put conditioner in my hair AFTER I get out of the shower? Yes, and I leave it in overnight. Shockingly, it’s almost completely soaked into my hair and there is no greasiness.

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ogx nourishing coconut milk anti-breakage serum

Again, this is an extremely affordable product (under $10.00!) and can be found at your local Target! When dealing with post-bleached hair, the second main concern after brassiness is breakage. I love this product because it’s specifically for fighting breakage, it’s lightweight, and it smells freaking GOOD. But seriously, this serum is great for concentrating on certain spots of the hair, specifically towards the ends. I use this on the little wispy bits that hang down when I pull my hair back, the ends of my hair, and the hairs framing my face. These are the sections that took the biggest hit and this serum has honestly made the world of a difference in the health and look of my hair.

For real though, I absolutely LOVE my hair and I am so thrilled with how it turned out! A huge thanks to my insanely talented hairdresser/colorist for making my locks slay the dang game! If you’re ever in Lynchburg and you’re looking for someone to step up your hair game, she’s the one to visit.