This is my first gift guide ever! I always find myself struggling to find the perfect gift for the people in my life, but the joy of finding an exact match and wrapping it beautifully and seeing the look in someone's eyes when they open it is incomparable. My family actually isn't doing gifts this year (which I'm very excited about because nobody will be stressed about shopping and just focus on living in the moment), but here's a curation of some of my favorite finds lately that you should consider giving to the cute people in your life. STYLE brooklyn river boots house of fluff coat hansel from basel socks j crew sweater woll earrings BEAUTY fur oil pharmacia fragrance dr. jart mask schmidt's deodorant populum cbd lotion milk mascara HOME marshall speaker gantri lamp package free brush food52 cart diptyque candle READS design bloggers at home how to not always be working -- If you want to see more things like this from me, leave a comment below or shoot me

There’s a quote that goes like this: “I used to think it might be fun to be Anyone else but me I thought that it would be a pleasant surprise To wake up as a couple of other guys But now that I've found you I've changed my point of view And now I wouldn't give a dime to be Anyone else but me” From a duet between Bill Evans and Tony Bennett (two of my faves, I’ll add), I used to think this song was about finding love in another person. I interpreted this song as any other romantic jazz tune — feeling only a sliver of oneself until a perfect other comes along that makes them feel complete. As I’ve grown and evolved and changed, I began to see this song in a different light: I find it represents finding confidence and self-compassion, and in that, realizing I am “Lucky to be Me.” It’s about finding yourself

I firmly believe that my passion for personal style began in a Goodwill. Almost every day after school when I was a teenager, my best friend and I would walk a few blocks over and comb through the racks. We were awestruck by the different colors and textures and cuts of vintage dresses that appeared untouched for years before making its way onto a discount rack, the smell of dust stale and stagnant in the air around it. The inspiration just waiting to meet my eager hands was seemingly endless. Vintage already had a very important role in my life too, as my mom has always collected amazing furniture and homewares from estate sales and antique shops (or, as we called it, “the treasure store”). Fast-forward to nowadays, and the majority of my closet is vintage that I’ve collected over the years. I always receive such sweet messages from y’all on

Here's some visual inspiration I shared on my Pinterest this week! I actually love Pinterest a lot and use it almost every day, but I have no idea how to use it from a blogging standpoint! I love curating my boards and adding things that inspire me -- especially in interior design. My dream is to be a home & lifestyle writer someday, and it's extremely obvious when you look at what I pin. With what I shared above, I just really loved the particular clean, yet cozy vibe of everything. There's an injection of a warm fall atmosphere without compromising visual appeal. I'm a sucker for variations in warm brown tones (obviously), and the corduroy in the first photo just really stood out to me, along with the intricate frames and variation in textures throughout the little moodboard I created here. Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 I've

Growing up, one of my biggest anxieties was (and still is) the detriment humans cause to the planet. Between deforestation, climate change, pollution, and a slew of other damages we are causing to our home, I used to be kept up at night worrying and wondering how I could make a difference. Not all of us can do everything, but here are a few small changes that are a great place to start.   1.Reusable produce bags My roommate and I love finding small changes to eliminate plastic in our home, so we picked up a stack of these reusable produce bags from a local shop that sells waste-eliminating products. Nothing feels worse than individually bagging every vegetable you pick up at the grocery store in those plastic bags, and this way you can make a small difference that adds up. Bonus: they’re also super cute. 2. Switch to natural and sustainable products I’m currently so

Here's a quick little micropost for y'all! Long story short, I put on my Instagram this morning that I was feeling really low, something that's been happening often lately. I opened up the floor to all of y'all for your best suggestions on how to take care of yourself, and the response was so overwhelming, I wanted to share all of your answers here! Okay, here we go! "I go for a walk or drive, treat myself to some ice cream, and listen to a podcast!" "A lil cry, tea, Netflix" "A shower or bath and walk and if possible a friend date." "Watch cat videos and/or a series/movie I love." "Netflix." "Get out of the house. [My husband] Nathan always makes me and it helps. #distractions" "Crying always helps me! And then getting super fucking high." "Work out or read a book!" "A bubble bath, ginger tea, binge watch parks and rec :)" "I rewatch my favourite films and reread

I am excited to finally kick off posting all of the blogs that you all requested on my Instagram! Just a refresher for everyone: a couple of months ago, I made a post asking for everyone to comment blog post requests and that, no matter what the topic, I would follow through and do them! It has been a fun challenge to take on, and I will be sharing these for a while because there were so many! So, for starters, here is my post on how I keep up my vintage-y style. 1. Buy actual vintage! My favorite, FAVORITE hobby is going to different thrift stores, estate sales, and vintage markets to collect things that inspire me without the distraction of trends or fast fashion. This helps me decide what I truly love, rather than buy things on impulse because that is what is perceived as "on trend" at the time. I

This post is full of a whole lot of treats for you! I have a little outfit moodboard, a relaxing playlist, and some little outtakes from what I've been up to lately! Let's jump in. It has been so warm and sunny in nyc and I love going to the park to sprawl out for some good ol' people watching and soaking up sunshine. Here is a little moodboard showing a cute lil look I wish I could wear out in this weather. I also had a lot of fun this past week at Pride last Sunday (I made the sign!) and then the following Friday I went to a rollerskating rink near my apartment in Brooklyn and I plan to go every Friday night for roller disco. :) And, of course, as promised, here is a little playlist of some chill and relaxing music to hopefully ease you through this

Anxiety can be the loneliest experience on earth. Even surrounded by a support system, it can feel like you're completely isolated in your own thoughts. Being alone with yourself is no longer solace from the chaos of social interactions, but a prison for circular thoughts and feeling completely incapable of being "normal." At the end of the day, we have to face a difficult reality: the only person who can help us in times of anxiety is ourselves. Sure, we can have people who are there to comfort us and we can see therapists and go to support groups full of people who know exactly what we are going through, and they're wonderful! But, when you're alone and and you feel like there isn't anyone to help, or if you're someone who needs to be alone when you're having an episode, you have you. (THROWBACK PHOTO OMG) I had the idea to

my struggle with being pansexual and a blogger There are a lot of firsts in life. The first time you ride a bike, the first time your parents let you sleep over at a friend’s house. Your first kiss. The first time you see your parents fight. It’s endless, but every memory lives vividly in your mind as time goes on. I remember the first time I was bullied for being gay. I was a sophomore in high school and had only been out of the closet for about a year, but word hadn’t spread very far at my school that I liked girls. I was going out with a girl at my high school who I liked a lot. She was very androgynous and was a hockey player, and, due to us both having cropped Justin Bieber haircuts (LOL) it was, ahem, very obvious that we were not straight.  I can still hear