The Best Compliment I Ever Received

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

If you know me, you know how obsessed with Miley Cyrus I am. I don’t care how crazy she is, I love her. I have loved her since her Hannah Montana days (and yes at that time I was way too old to be watching the show) and will love her forevermore. When my friend Alyssa saw my outfit for the photo shoot, she said it “was very Miley”. I nearly cried with joy. And it wouldn’t have been that silent, “please don’t notice me” cry. It would have been the mascara-running, “are you even breathing?”, “where is all that snot coming from?” cry.  Lucky for Alyssa, I chose to keep my cool.

I had been on the lookout for a good pair of “mom jeans” after seeing them pop up on every website, even getting noticed by abc news. I wish I was lying when I said that, but sadly I am not.  Now the trend is coming to the masses with various articles educating those that don’t spend their time on the computer when they should be writing 2 papers, studying for a test and preparing to present at a business conference…not referring to anyone in particular of course.

Mom jeans are tough when it comes to outfitting (check out this post for some inspiration), but I promise you, you will thank me. They are more comfortable than anything, especially if you pick up a pair already worn in from a thrift shop, but unfortunately, Mackelmore lied, they won’t be 99 cents. I grabbed mine on sale at Salvation Army (yes, they even have sales!).  They were originally $4.99, but it was “Family Day”, so certain tags were half off, snagging these for $2.50.

Thrift away smilerz, cause this denim trend is here to stay…








Top: American Eagle Outfitters (if you have not gathered by now, I currently work there), similar here and here

Jeans: Salvation Army

Shoes: Amazon, this pair is also pretty cute here

Necklace: American Eagle Outfitters, similar here

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters


Happy Thrifting! xo


My Collah So Fly You Can Call Me 2Chainz : Fashion Challenge

Photography by Stephanie Olani Reyes

Thigh highs…check. Oxfords…check.  Silky goodness from a thrift shop…check. Although I wasn’t on my way to my private Catholic school from back in the day, I was still gettin’ my Catholic school girl on. So my friend picked out this gorgeous top,at $4.50, all silk ( I didn’t even realize until another fashion major pointed it out). She said she didn’t want to go “too hard” on me. Wutevah, I ain’t gon’ say no.


I wanted to keep this alteration simple since the top was so gorgeous on it’s own, even though it was a little (or a lot) oversized. I found this multiple chain silver beaded necklace at the thrift shop as well for only $1.97 and thought I could somehow use the two together. Initially I thought I was going to use the chained necklace along the placket (aka where you button the shirt for the non-fashion obsessed), and even though the collar trend has come and gone… I don’t really care, I decided to embellish the collar anyway being the big rebel that I am.  I wanted the chains to look a little tougher and messier to contrast with the sophistication of the shirt.  I simply detached the chains from the necklace with wire cutters and hand sewed them on.  With the extra chains, I detached the beads and sewed them on for some extra “bling bling” as my mom would say (hi, mom). I left some chain ends hanging, and left some areas looser and dangling between stitches to achieve this look.






Top: Goodwill (upcycled)

Skirt: Deb (And yes, sometimes you can find some good stuff there for super cheap! No judgements people.)

Socks: Forever 21

Shoes: Urban Outfitters, similar here

Spoiler Alert: Next week’s Fashion Challenge is one for the books. Take a sneak peak below!