Velvet Peplum

I hope everyone had a happy, healthy holiday! 

How gorgeous is this velvet peplum tank from J.Crew? The moment it hit the shelves I knew I had to have it, so I was thrilled to unwrap it this Christmas. I paired it with a tissue turtleneck (the most perfect turtle for layering) until the weather warms up. I like mixing fancy with casual, so I opted for a pair of ripped up denim (these are old J.Crew factory matchstick jeans that I cut up myself, I'll link similar ones below). I'm also really loving the look of a ton of vintage rings. Most of the ones I'm wearing were passed down to me from family, but I find the best sets of them at H&M.

What's your favorite item you got for Christmas? How do you plan to style it?


Classic Christmas Look

This look is perfect for the holidays - if you wear all black all the time like me. The cutouts in this dress from are super flattering and I love the floral design. I kept the look classic with a red lip and simple black pumps.

Dress / Heels similar / Lipstick in Hollywood

Casual Holiday Look

I wanted to share this simple, yet dressy holiday look in today's post. I paired this simple black slip dress from Tobi with my favorite turtleneck at the moment. has such an incredible selection for holiday dresses, especially NYE ones! I love having pieces, like this dress, that I can use to layer underneath (wear it in the summer, wear it in the winter!).  Finishing off the look with my Steve Madden booties and plain tights. 

Turtleneck Similar / Dress / Shoes / Lipstick in Stockholm

Year One

Long time no talk, friends. I can't even say I had a really hard finals week, seeing as I only had one normal, conventional test. The rest of my finals were either online, a presentation, or doing a few yoga poses. I'm finally going home tonight, and I'm excited to be home with my family for the holidays.

I wasn't going to do this post, simply because I didn't think it was worthwhile for anyone to read. But to be honest, it's worthwhile for me to write it.

I was accepted to transfer to FIT a year ago last week. I couldn't believe it when I read that it's only been a year. I feel like I've been here forever; even my friends think I have seeing as they all looked at me weird when I said this was my first Christmas season here. This past year has been the most incredible, uplifting, motivating, exciting year of my life. Before I got to New York City, if you told me all the things I've done since, I wouldn't believe you.

I wouldn't believe you if you told me I adore my professors, I've met some of the most interesting people, I've met all my favorite bloggers, so on and so forth. I really wouldn't believe you if you told me I would have finished my first in house internship with Rebecca Minkoff. Long story short, I've grown so much career and education wise. I've gotten the chance to attend so many CF events and be apart of some amazing campaigns. I've expanded my ideas, my network, and most importantly my closet. Being surrounded by such influential people on the streets, in class, and at my internship I've changed the way I see fashion and how I interpret basically everything. I'm so much more interested in my classes and the fashion industry as a whole. A year ago I barely knew what a creative director did, now I can name each one at my favorite brands and their influence on the company. I also think it goes without saying that the city has made me unafraid to try new outfits. Everyone's wearing something crazy, boring, or normal. No one will look twice at you if you're wearing a tutu or six inch heels at 12pm. That's what I love about this city, and that's why I came here.

The city itself has calmed me. I'm sure that makes no sense when you first read it, but it really has. I had crippling anxiety my freshman year of college, which carried over to the beginning of sophomore year. I was really scared to travel alone and I always worried about people around me and what they might do. The city is so loud, chaotic, and you see some really strange things. After a few weeks of living here I understood that there's always going to be someone within two feet of you, there's no such thing as personal space, and truly the city never sleeps. There's just something about the hustle and bustle that made me more confident in myself, I don't fear the things I used to fear while walking down the street at 10:30 at night, etc. The city might scare some people, but it's really not a scary place.  Penn Station during rush hour, now that's a scary place.

If there's anything I want readers to take away from this post it's that a year can really make a difference. You might think nothing will get better, or nothing will change, or you're stuck; but if you take the first step towards something you want, change can happen. Never feel like you can't make your life what you want it to be - baby steps still count in the grand scheme of things.

As for next semester, I don't plan to stop expanding and growing; I'm constantly setting new goals for myself. My plan for now is to work instead of intern, probably at Madewell or I was thinking maybe Urban Outfitters. If you haven't heard, I'm going to be returning to College Fashionista as a contributing beauty editor, so that'll take up quite a bit of my time. I'm excited to move forward and continue doing what I love. This past year has been nothing but amazing and I'm so thankful for everyone who believed in me when I planned to take on this huge endeavor.

Okay, done being mushy. Back to scheduled posts starting this week!

DIY Gallery Wall

I've been addicted to Pinterest lately and came across so many cute gallery walls. I've also been really loving black & white photography because of the mood it gives off and how easy it is to decorate with. So I put two and two together and I thought hey I can make that.


I scoured the internet, specifically Pinterest and Tumblr, for my favorite graphics. Even if I found a graphic I liked that was in color, it's simple to switch it to black & white, which makes this particular gallery wall so simple to achieve.

Once I found them, I uploaded them to in the dimensions of my picture frames. I purchased the frames after I made the sizes of my photos, but I suggest buying the frames first so you know the exact dimensions to make your pictures. I added a thin border around mine to make cutting easier!


Simple as that, just cut out your graphics after you print them out. I'm not jazzy and I just used printer paper, but I think glossy photo paper would be awesome. When I went to put a few in the frame, I had to snip some of the sides still so don't get nervous if they're too big. It's also easy to keep trimming the sides if you picked prints that are mostly white, like mine. Again, this is what makes this DIY so easy.


I couldn't decide how I wanted to layout my frames, and this part was a bit difficult since I didn't have an even amount of frames. Once you get it how you like it, snap a pic on your phone to reference while you're hanging them!


Every time I've seen posts just like this one, I see that people 'map' out where the frames will go. I wasn't going to do this because #lazy, but I figured it would make visualizing where to put the frames easier and more precise. I used the pieces of paper that came with the frame, but if you use those in the back of your photos for a background, use Post-Its or cut out similar pieces.


After that, being the college student that I am, I opted for command strips. I trimmed them down a bit so I could still pull them off at the end of the year while still being pretty much unnoticeable. I actually lifted up the pieces of paper I used to map out my design and stuck the frame right where the paper ended on the wall, so I still had it for reference and didn't have to completely remove the map (which would make it worthless). 


You now have your own customized gallery wall! For mine I included a dark photo of the moon, 44 because it's my aunt's lucky number, the grid map of Manhattan, some jazzy ferns, and of course, my favorite photo of Matty Healy. The best part about this is that if I'm sick of the pictures, I can easily swap them out. I also might add some more frames, since it's so easy to do.

I hope you loved this DIY post! I absolutely love how it turned out. If you try this please tweet me or tag me in a photo!

Social Media Guilt

This post pretty much doesn't correlate with fashion or beauty at all, but because of the social media obsessed world we are in, I thought I'd share what I've been thinking about lately. I'm addressing the addiction I have to social media and it's effects on my everyday life (I'm sure none of you find that hard to believešŸ˜‰). This past weekend I had not one plan. My friends were busy, some were away for the weekend, some people didn't text me back, I didn't feel like going to a club, etc. Some of you might be thinking, why is that so wrong?

Well to me, I feel this pressure that I constantly have to be doing something at all times, and even more so because I live in such an incredible city. If I don't post something to my Snapchat story ... am I even doing anything? I feel this odd 'guilt' that if I'm not doing something worthy enough to put on my story, then I'm boring. That pressure is even worse when combined with the fact it's almost impossible to be sitting around doing nothing in such a busy, chaotic city. That, combined with the fact I do consider myself a blogger, where I feel I need to be showing my outfit, the latest products I'm loving, things like that.

I find myself making my life look more exciting than it actually might be simply for the sake of a quick Snap. Of course I'm incredibly thankful for this city and all the fun stuff I do get to do. But the days where I'm just laying in bed all day watching Netflix or the nights where I don't go out, I feel like I'm missing out, consider it FOMO even.

Social media is great, if used correctly and when you understand that it's not real life. I always tell myself that Instagram only shows the highlights of people's everyday lives. You don't see them at their worst when you're scrolling through your timeline; that's why it's said that social media causes depression. It makes you think everyone has this perfect life, when in reality you're only seeing bits and pieces of it.

So to conclude this post, I can't say I'm going to change my social media habits per se (hello, I love a great photo op), but I won't feel the same way I've been feeling. I think due to the amount that I do post online, I've developed that 'guilt' I was talking about. If you feel the same as me just know you're not the only one staying in on a Saturday night. You're not boring because you're not snapping fun brunch pics with your gals. Social media should be a fun outlet, not stressful and harmful to your thoughts.

What are your thoughts on social media consumption?

Simple Chic

Never underestimate the power of a statement piece - like this tulle skirt. I've been loving the midi-skirt trend, but I wanted to tone down the effect of the tulle skirt with a simple black turtleneck. 

S E E   I T   A G A I N

S H O P   S I M I L A R

Friday Faves 11.25

Happy Black Friday! I'm currently working an 9 hour shift at J.Crew, because where else would I be other than the mall when I'm home for break? I don't have much to show for this week's Friday Faves but I still wanted to get a post up for this week.

F R E A K S  &  G E E K S 

Last week I was incredibly bored and had a lull in my schoolwork so I had no obligations for the week. I was over watching The Office reruns, so I happened to find Freaks & Geeks and I gave it a shot. Ok, I'm obsessed. It's essentially the life of high school teens in the 80's. It has Jason Segel, James Franco, and Seth Rogen in it. The series only has one season because it didn't do well when it came out in the 90's, but it took off after it was cancelled. I have one more episode left and I'm putting it off because I never want it to end.

R E C E N T   G L O S S I E R   P U R C H A S E S

Last week I happened to check my Glossier credit and saw I had a decent amount and wanted to ~treat myself~. I haven't purchased any skincare from Glossier until I tried this mask, and I'm obsessed. It makes my skin look bright and refreshed after and it just feels like moisturizer on your skin, rather than tight, uncomfortable masks. As for the stretch concealer, I'm so pleasantly surprised. You don't need a lot because it's so pigmented, so you never need to cake it on. I get asked a lot if Glossier is worth the hype, and yes, yes it is. Next I want to try the serums once they're fully back in stock! Use my promo code here for 20% off your first purchase.


After strolling into the Rockefeller store, I've been really loving the vibe of Anthropologie lately. It's whimsical, trendy, and perfectly antiqued. I wish I had an apartment to fill with all the elegant velvet sofas and fun decor. As for the jewelry, I love the mystical, astrology pieces. (I guess I have a thing for outer space lately). I haven't purchased anything from Anthropologie recently, but I find myself pinning so many of their pieces to my 'wants' board on Pinterest and getting super inspired by the aesthetic.

shop my picks

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Friday Faves 11.4
Friday Faves 10.14
Friday Faves 9.16

What're you loving lately? What sales are you shopping this Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving week! Unfortunately, I'm not heading home until late Wednesday afternoon (I'm flying for the first time... yes, you read that right, the first airplane I'll ever be on). I have so much to be thankful for this year -- my family's good health, my incredible internship, my friends, and just getting to go home is always a treat.

I did a post like this last year, and looking back, my style has changed SO MUCH. Anyway here's my take on some cute outfits appropriate for stuffing your face with turkey, but also catching up with your grandparents and maybe avoiding the topic of politics.

I know with my family we all end up wearing something really comfy and relaxed. Being the diva that I am, I still like to look nice, so I'll wear something like a nice top and some jeans. Like last year's post, I did a casual look, a more dressed up one, and a trendy yet comfortable look.


I love nothing more than a nice turtleneck + jeans combo.

 D R E S S Y

I really haven't gotten into the thigh-high boots trend, but I really loved them with this look. Wearing a shirt dress looks cute, but it's still comfy.

T R E N D Y  +  R E L A X E D

A peasant top hides your 'food baby' but still allows you to look dressed up.

I hope you eat lots of turkey this Thursday, xo.

What's In My Bag?

I thought it'd be fun to show you all the ~things~ I keep in my bag day to day. I'm always curious to see what other's keep in their bag, so I like to do posts like this when I get a new bag. I got this particular one at the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale, which I spoke a bit about a few weeks ago.


I love this one because it's perfect for holding all your cards and allows you to easily show your school ID when necessary.

To get rid of coffee breath, of course.

Obsessed with the smell and how long it lasts on my lips.

My hands get so dry when it's cold out and it's great for your cuticles too. Doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy either!

I cannot live without these. They're such a great investment. You have to listen to Spotify somehow.

My go-to shades are Athens and Stockholm. Favorite lip color formula of all time.

I stock up on these, 5 for $6, at Bath & Body.

Seriously, read up on Cora. Such an incredible mission and I love what they stand for. I of course love that these are organic cotton, but also they give back to such an incredible cause. I love Cora and believe you will too! Use my code 'SHELBYTWENTY4416' for 20% off your purchase through December 6th.

Raw sugar is the only kind I use in my coffee, so I hoard them just in case.
The business card is from the Christmas Village in Bryant Park, where I went last weekend with Gia.
Change, cause where else does it go other than the bottom of your bag.
I love keeping the strap that comes with this bag in the bag at all times - just in case I want to change it up.

What's the most random thing in your bag?