Life Update: My Plans For the Summer & Where I'll Be Next Year!


     
       Summer has just begun and my life has been packed with new and exciting change! But, before I fill you in, let's talk about this adorable, summer outfit! This light-weight, cool top is from Hello Dobson, who I've been following on Instragram for quite a while. Although this is not a sponsored post, I just had to share it with you for many reasons. First, I love supporting small businesses and Hello Dobson is a great company to get behind. I'm also a big fan of summer prints and Hello Dobson offers amazing, stylish prints that are a nice change from the classic Lilly Pulitzer I normally don during the summer. Finally, anyone looking to brighten their summer wardrobe is certain to find just the right wardrobe addition at Hello Dobson.

     But I digress! Living in the northeast can be quite hot and this top is the perfect mate for either shorts or pants, when trying to beat the summer heat! You can clearly see the white jeans accompaning this outfit, but it could also easily be paired with a light-weight demin or chambray pant or even better yet, a fabulous pair of navy shorts!

       The other amazing addition to my wardrobe is this purse! You may recognize it from J. Mclaughlin; the only difference between theirs and mine, the price! As a student, I can justify spending $200 on a leather purse that can be used all year round, but my budget definitely isn't prepared to take a $200 hit for a seasonal, summer purse. That being said, I found this replica on Amazon for only $20! My other outfit accessories include my Ray Bans, and Kendra Scott earrings. Finally, the icing on the cake, my fabulously, versatile Tieks. I find great comfort and style in these comfortable shoes, wheather I choose to drees up or opt for the more casual approach.


   
      Okay, now it's time for me to catch you up on everything! I've got a busy summer ahead of me (what's new?!) and some even more exciting things happening in the fall. First up, I got an internship for this summer! For those of you that live in the Albany, NY area and would know what it is, I'm interning at Circles in Stuyvesant Plaza. I'm going to be learning all about marketing, merchandising and everything that goes into running your own fashion & beauty store. For those of you that don't know fashion marketing and advertising is my major so this is the perfect fit for me.
       My internship is only 20 hours a week so on top of that, I also have two other jobs. I'm going to continue to lifeguard this summer (I just got recertified!) and also a retail job. This is my third summer lifeguarding and I'm going to guard at the apartment complex that I worked at last year too. My retail job is at the cutest preppy boutique that you should follow on Instagram (@gracieslatham)!

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       My favorite news above everything else is the major change happening this fall. This past year I completed my freshman year at SUNY Oneonta which has a 3 + 1 program with the Fashion Insitute of Technology. After weighing a lot of pros and cons it ended up making the most sense for me to transfer early to FIT. So this August I will be moving down to New York City to attend FIT! It was truly bittersweet saying goodbye to Oneonta but I really really can't wait to live in the city.

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       This new chapter in my life has me super excited for a couple of reasons. 1. Amazing blog content! This past year I used to go home on breaks, and every once in a while between breaks if it was a long stretch. When I was at home I would be shooting about 5 different outfits so I could have blog content for the next month. This kinda made going home a little bit of a tiring process and the content wasn't as fresh as I would like it to be when I published the post. Fast fashion is crazy right now and most stores have new styles coming in every couple of weeks. This meant for me a lot of times by the time I posted an outfit it was already low in stock in several of the sizes. I did my best to post similar pieces when this happened but other than that there really wasn't much I could do.

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       2. Classes taught by teachers with experience in the fashion industry. My teachers at Oneonta obviously had experience but most don't have the experience to the extent of the FIT professors. A lot of the teachers work part-time in the fashion industry and also teach at the college. This sounds like the best way to make connections and soak up as much valuable information as possible.

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       3. Endless things to do in the city. Despite living 2.5 hours North of New York City I still feel like I have a mile long list of things I want to do in the city. I've never been to the statue of liberty, Brooklyn bridge, the 9/11 museum, etc. Oneonta is pretty much in the middle of nowhere which caused me to be bored constantly. Of course, you can go out at night but during the day the library was pretty much the only option.

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       Thank you all for following along on the past year and a half with me! There's no way to make this not sound super cheesy, but I know this is really just the beginning in terms of my blog and career in the fashion industry. As always, I'll keep you all in the loop in terms of my summer and this upcoming school year.
       Don't forget to check out the Hello Dobson website and everything else I'm wearing in this post! Send me a DM if you order anything, I'd love to know!

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