five last minute halloween costumes

FIFTEEN DAYS till the spookiest day of the year...are you ready!? If not... have no fear! Today I'm sharing some of my past costumes to give you some Halloween inspiration.

1: ZOEY 101
Last year, my friend Anna and I dressed up as Zoey and Quinn from everyone's favorite 2006 TV show. The essentials for Zoey? Blix, a Pear laptop, a key necklace, and a PCA shirt I made with an iron-on transfer.

For my school's turnabout dance this year, the theme was "around the world." My boyfriend, Greg, and I chose to put on our best Parisian look and go as France. The baguettes are mandatory, and you'll also need a beret, neck scarf, and striped shirt. I completed my look with New Balances (restocked!) and a button denim skirt. 

I wore this look to a Grease Father-Daughter Dance at school. It was so fun twirling around in my poodle skirt! To look like you're straight out of Grease, you'll need a white short sleeve oxford, or any t-shirt, a poodle skirt (I got mine off Amazon), neck scarf (for your neck or around your ponytail), sneakers, and ankle socks.
For last year's turnabout, which was decades themed, Greg and I channeled our inner Daisy and Gatsby to pull off a twenties outfit. I wore a flapper dress from Amazon, bow flats, costume pearls, and a black floral headband.

If you haven't caught on yet... I go to a lot of themed dances. My school is pretty much obsessed with them, and I love it. The theme for our spring dance last year was "out of this world." So, I went as an alien and Greg wore a NASA shirt. Copy my outfit: iridescent choker ($4), silver sequin skirt ($13), black lace up top ($20), and platform sneakers. Don't forget to paint your face and wear two high buns!

Halloween season is definitely one of the most fun times of the year, and I can't wait to see everyone's costumes. As for me...I have no idea what I'm being. Very uncharacteristic of me, I know, but if you have any ideas please leave them in the comments!

stay sunny (and spooky!),


sunflowers & sunset

Every year around Labor Day weekend, a field by my house starts springing up sunflowers. I love it because I'm partial to anything sun-related, and sunflowers are my favorite flower. My friend Anna and I, armed with our iPhones, decided to stop by the field and take some pretty snaps. As each minute passed, the sun sank further and the color of the sky changed-- it was a breathtaking backdrop for our photos and we both probably looked like the heart eyes emoji.
I wore my favorite transitional summer-to-fall outfit: a light skirt, tank, and denim jacket. I picked this skirt up from the Madewell sale, and it's so easy to style. Gingham has by far been my favorite trend of summer, and I intend to carry it into fall!

As a proud outfit repeater, I wore the same thing to a John Mayer concert last month :-)

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reclaim your self care

With cross country in full swing and school consuming most of my day, I'm already lacking in the self care department. When homework and activities begin to demand more of my energy, my window for "me time" is slim to nonexistent. And that's scary, because I love taking care of me-- I've learned that it's vital. That's why I decided to reclaim my self care by working it into my daily routine. Self care doesn't have to be an afternoon at the spa or taking a day off, it can be a lot of little moments that you take to appreciate your mind and body.

For me, taking a shower is a great "reset button." Try taking your shower up a notch by adding essential oils to fit your mood! Put a few drops on a wet washcloth under the stream of your shower, or try these fizzies. If you shower before bed/are stressed, I recommend using lavender to relax you. If you shower in the morning and need a wake up call, try eucalyptus, mint, or citrus!

Recently I've been treating myself to this Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner, and I am obsessed with it. No one's like you, so your shampoo doesn't have to be like anyone else's! You get to select your hair goals, such as "straighten" or "thermal protection," your scent of choice (I got essential oils and it's amazing), and your color. It even comes with your name on the bottle, how cute is that? Use this link for $5 off.

Mix 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of coconut oil to make your own scrub. Use it when you shower, and it's like a mini spa treatment!

Chances are, you spend a lot more time at your desk than you'd like to. You might as well make it a cozy, relaxing, and refreshing place to be. Try getting some plants and candles for your desk, and a fluffy blanket for your desk chair.

Ten minutes of sleep won't really make a difference on how awake you feel. However, waking up ten minutes early in the morning can impact your entire mood! You can use this time for yourself-- get a cup of coffee, journal, listen to music, or meditate.

Little moments for yourself add up, I promise!

Stay Sunny,


homecoming dress guide 2017

It's that time of the year again! When you look up in class and every girl's computer screen is flashing with homecoming dresses as they search for the perfect one. Lucky for you, I compiled all the cutest ones right here :-) and the best part is that a ton of them are on sale for this Labor Day weekend! If you're unsure about sizing, I recommend ordering two sizes and returning the one that doesn't fit, because most of the retailers I chose offer free returns. Happy shopping, and happy almost homecoming! 
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tacos, jewelry, and girlbosses

As some of her bracelets famously spell out, Nano Anderson of Cuffed by Nano is a BOSS BABE. That's why I was so hyped when I found out her business was local to me, and that I was able to collaborate with her! Cuffed by Nano started when Nano was working a corporate fashion retail job and started designing jewelry on the side as just a way to stay creative and energized outside of work.  Nano says she had no idea it would bloom into what has become Cuffed by Nano, but she kept pushing herself to expand as the brand started to grow.  She took a big leap a year ago and quit her full time job to pursue it full time, and I'm so glad she did!
just one of the cheeky phrases available on Cuffed by Nano
I discovered the brand when it appeared on my "explore" page on Instagram (follow @cuffedbynano) and I thought the chokers in the photo were too cute and unlike any I had ever seen. Let's face it, chokers can get a reputation for being a little too...early 2000's Britney. But these were fun, subtle, and dainty enough for every day wear. Nano ended up sending me a custom choker which I had "MEG" put on. I love it because it adds a personal touch to any outfit, can be layered with other necklaces, and is just really high-quality.

I styled and wore it to a taco truck festival with Rachel, who took all of these photos for me!

Lastly, I got to ask Nano what advice she would give to young girls interested in starting a business. She said:
Be sure to check out Cuffed on their website and Instagram.
And... keep an eye out for a giveaway on my Instagram!

stay sunny,


what to wear for senior photos

I'm not gonna lie...picking out outfits for my senior pictures was STRESSFUL. I mean, these outfits are going to be memorialized in my pictures forever, and that seems like a lot of pressure! 

One thing that helped lessen that pressure for me was that I thought no matter what I wear, it's going to be out of style someday. I'll probably laugh at it as an adult, and if my kids are cool they'll want those outfits to wear as vintage pieces. Just saying. 

I ended up not being set on my outfits until  an hour before my pictures, but I'm happy with how they turned out! So, I thought I'd put together some tips for you upcoming seniors and juniors :-) 

Whoever said you have to wear neutral colors for pictures has probably never posed in front of a camera wearing a bright dress. It's SO fun. One of my favorite colors is orange, so I wore a red-orange broderie style dress that ended up being great in photos. Wear the color you love.

You've probably heard to wear a pants outfit, a skirt outfit, a dress, and so on. I say wear what you like! For me, pants are not my favorite things to wear. So, I didn't wear them and packed denim shorts and lots of dresses instead. If you wear something you love, your confidence will show in pictures. 

For some of my pictures, I wore my cross country jersey. Running has been a big part of my high school career, and I wanted the photos to reflect that! If you are passionate about a sport or activity, consider wearing something from it. 

When I was talking with my mom about potential outfits, she told me I should wear something the same color as my homecoming dress. So, I decided to just wear my homecoming dress! It's the perfect way to get another use out of a dress I wore once but feel happy in. I just toned it down with simple pearl studs and sandals/bare feet. 

Remember, senior pictures are about YOU! They show off all the things you've accomplished in high school and are basically a celebration of how cute and awesome you are. So enjoy and be yourself!

Some items I think would look great in pictures...

stay sunny, 

PS: if you're in the Dayton area and need a photographer... hit up my girl Kate Skardon. She took all of my photos and made the process super easy! Tell her I sent ya :-)


how i declutter

One of the reasons I look forward to summer is because I finally have time to declutter (organization NERD hello). These first few weeks of summer act as a little "reset" for me: time to take a breath, practice some self-care, and spend lots of time in the sun. My "reset" also includes a whole lot of organization. However, I don't want to spend TOO much time organizing, and I want my results to last, so I have a specific way I tidy up. For this post, I've chronicled my best tips for organization, sorted by type of space!

To start off your organization spree, make your bed and get everything off your floor. This way, you'll have space to lay things out on while you organize. This will reduce frustration and cut down on time it takes you to declutter.

Start by taking all of your clothes out of your closet and laying them on your bed. You are going to be sorting into four piles: warm weather clothes to keep, cold weather clothes to keep, donate/hand-me-down, and recycle (I'll get to the how to recycle later).

Pick up each item of clothing and think about if it's really you (wear what you are!), if it brings you joy, if it is in good condition, and, the big question: if you were in a store would you buy this right now? If you answer yes to those questions, put it in the pile for its weather type. If you decide to part with it but it's still in good condition, put it in your donate/hand-me-down pile. And if it's something that no one will want, put it in the recycle pile. Do this with all of the clothing.

Put the clothes you decide to keep back in your closet, with the current season's clothes most accessible. Here's the catch: put the hangers backwards. When you wear something, put the hanger the correct way. At the end of the year or season, if the hanger is still backwards then it's probably time to part with that piece of clothing since you haven't found time to wear it (unless it's like a Dior ball gown, def keep that).
Donate/Give Away:
Find these clothes loving homes. Whether it's making a Goodwill drop off, sending them home with friends, giving them to your younger neighbor, or even selling them on Poshmark, make sure these don't hang around in your room for much longer.
Take these to your local H&M. You'll get 15% off and they'll recycle them, so it's a win-win! Some Levi's, American Eagle, Madewell, and North Face stores do this too for various rewards. Get rewarded for rewarding YOURSELF by decluttering and for rewarding THE EARTH by recycling. Win-win-win-win.

As for your dresser, do the same "four pile" method as above. Additionally, fold your tshirts like how I did below and invest in small bins for undies and socks.

I know for me, this is the place that takes the biggest hit from clutter. Before you start to tidy, think about yourself and your study habits. This will help you know what to save so that you can refer to it later. For me, I only save my notebooks from Spanish because everything else I can easily look up on Google or in my virtual notebooks. I gather old course materials from throughout the year and recycle them. I try to save binders and folders for future use if they're in good shape!

Then, go through your supplies like pencils and sort out anything that you have too many of. Donate those to a local school supply drive if they're use-able. Anything that's broken should be recycled or thrown it away. Lastly, put together a pencil bag of things to use next year so you know what you'll need to buy!

One of my biggest solutions for bathroom clutter was getting a small bin for things I use every day. It has my foundation and brush, eyelash curler, mascara, cleanser, and moisturizer. I take it out from the cabinet, use the items, then put it away. This also helps set apart what you really use, and what you can throw away.

Go through your makeup and toss what's past its prime/dried out/has been replaced. Throw away samples you won't use and empty bottles. If you have an awesome product that you love, like a great mascara, then throw away all other mascaras. 


I hope these tips will help you clear your clutter, and therefore clear your mind! I've also been pinning some awesome minimalist interior design inspo and organization tips on this Pinterest board.

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