Weekly Highlights



What a fun week I've had! Well, it was stressful school wise, but NYC life wise, very fun. I think I'm going to start a new 'segment' on The Gold Dime highlighting some of my favorite things from the past week! I didn't want to do a 'week in the life' because honestly somedays just include class, homework, eat and sleep. So here's what went down this past week.

Tuesday
My roommate and I both don't have class on Tuesdays so we ventured out to a consignment shop downtown that one of our favorite bloggers (WeWoreWhat) sells all her clothes. It was called Fillmore & Fifth down in Soho and was such a cool place. They had Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Louboutins, and more higher end brands all super discounted. After that, we were starving so we went to Two Hands (which I have heard SO much about). We got some avo toast & acai bowls; literally the perfect lunch.


It was literally pouring rain this day, not so fun.


Friday
THE 1975 POP UP SHOP. This is such a fun but sad story to talk about. So if you didn't know,The 1975's new album came out this past Friday (INCREDIBLE go listen RIGHT NOW). They were in the city because Thursday they were on Fallon, so they decided to have a pop up shop in the Lower East Side to sell merch and literally just to hang out with fans all day. So my friend Gia, who's equally obsessed with them, and I met up around 11, downtown, to wait in line to see the band I've been obsessing over for over a year now. Long story short, we waited until about 3:30pm, in 35 degree weather (totally wasn't prepared), and we gave up because we still had 120ish people ahead of us and the boys were leaving at 4. It was really sad to not meet them but we still got to see the store which as SO aesthetic and had bright pink lights. I also loved talking to other people who really loved the band as much as me. So maybe some other time (their concert in May) I'll finally meet the one and only Matty Healy.



Sunday
My friend who I went to high school with, Carly, asked me to go to the Top of the Rock with her! She's been at FIT 4 years and had never gone, so I was the perfect person to tag along since I hadn't either. I have to say, it's something you must do if you're in the city. It's incredible and honestly hard to fathom just how huge this city is.
After that, my roommate Sydney and I met up with our future roommate, Desirae, for some late brunch. We headed down to (and got lost on the way) Soho to go to Two Hands again. This place really has the best 'trendy', delicious food and the most iconic decor.



I got avocado toast with an egg and their acai bowl, THE BEST.


Hope you guys enjoyed this kind of post highlighting all my exciting events from the week, let me know with a comment! 
Also if you want any Palmer's Coconut Oil lotion samples.. let me know (I have literally a life supply of them) I can send you some! xo.

Black & Gray

Wearing all black, or gray and black has been my go-to look as of recently (I blame living in Manhattan); I love adding little details here and there like I did with this outfit.



I'm soooo into bandanas lately, I blame Danielle from WeWoreWhat. She's been my style icon and inspo for the past few months! (also an FIT Alum!)


This is the gray turtleneck I talked about in my haul video.



Michael got me these jazzy Kate Spade earrings for Valentine's Day!



Hair flip is always necessary. 

S H O P

How I Style // Bandanas VIDEO


Hi readers! I'm back with another video! My latest obsession has been accessorizing with bandanas, thanks to one of my favorite bloggers (Danielle // WeWoreWhat.com). The sound of wearing bandanas might bring images of Rosie the Riveter, cowboys, or a biker gang (oh my) to mind. Today I'll show you how to avoid looking like those with a few looks and how I would typically style one.




Where do I get my bandanas? Michael's craft store, two bucks. Honestly.
Want higher quality? Shop below.


Rocksbox!

My very first Rocksbox came in the mail last week!



Rocksbox is, "a membership-based jewelry styling service. Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time."
from Rocksbox.com:
  • Rocksbox sets are curated for you based on your style profile.
  • You can keep and wear your Rocksbox pieces for as long as you like.
  • You can return your set anytime, as often as you like, and we’ll send out a new set of three right away.
  • You pay the same membership fee regardless of how often you exchange your box.
  • When you're ready to refresh your box, send back all the pieces you don't wish to purchase.
  • If you love a piece, keep it when you return your box and you'll be billed at the Insiders' Price shown on your packing list.

For my set of three this month I received a bracelet from Loren Hope, a gorgeous dainty necklace from Gorjana, and stunning studs from Margaret Elizabeth.


Loren Hope bracelet in 'Small Sarra Cuff in Crystal'

I LOVE this bracelet!!! If I had to keep one, it would be this. I've worn it almost everyday since I got my box. I like the fact it has some gold but some silver as well.. really matches easily with my brassy/gold toned rings and my silver ring I wear everyday.


Dainty necklace from Gorjana. 

I love this necklace because it gives a perfect amount of gold to an outfit. I also love that it's not super long, it's a great length to style.

Simple bejeweled studs from Margaret Elizabeth.

I've never been one for statement earrings but I gotta say these change my mind. They're bold enough to make a statement but subdued at the same time. 

I think the concept of Rocksbox is so great. It started because the creator was sick of buying jewelry that she only wore a few times! I definitely know that guilt/struggle. 
Thinking of joining Rocksbox? Sign up with this link here for your first month FREE!










30 Days in Chelsea


My last post regarding the city, 1st Week in Manhattan, was pretty successful and everyone seemed to love it. I thought I'd do my first month in NYC, a little differently than the recap post, but mainly just my thoughts.

Exploring 5th ave.

So I hadn't really had any classes yet when I wrote my last post, but I can tell you now that I'm obsessed with them. The professors at The Fashion Institute of Technology are incredible and so unbelievably interested in what you have to say, what you want to do one day, and how they can get you to that place. Every single staff member I have come in contact with (my advisor, the head of my department, all teachers) have been nothing but an amazing help and are really approachable, which I didn't get too much at Oneonta. I hate to 'bash' Oneonta... but the more I'm here at FIT, I realize how much Oneonta didn't provide the help or connections I needed to fully achieve what I wanted to do with my future. At Oneonta it was a hassle for anything regarding meetings with advisors, asking teachers for help, etc. I'm just really thankful to have professors now that truly make learning fun and are accessible when I need help. There have been classes that I don't want to end (and they're all already 3 hours long) because the teacher is so engaging and telling us the real deal about the industry.

Exploring the Flatiron District

Regarding the city itself, I can't get enough. Every errand I have to do is an adventure, I always see and interact with such interesting people - whether that be someone in a great outfit, or for instance the incredibly nice employee at the post office. On weekends I typically wake up and think 'what part of the city do I want to explore today'. Side note: I've also noticed that FIT is a very 'independent' school - everyone's doing their own thing and it's normal to do things by yourself. Sounds depressing, but it's so easy to do in a city and everyone has such different schedules. In Chelsea where I am, people aren't typically rushing to get places, so it's much more 'relaxed' if that's even possible in the city. I pass Madison Square Garden every morning and it's cool to see it lit up every time the Knicks play. Last time I wrote, I had NO idea how to navigate subways or walk around without using my maps app on my iPhone (talk about being obviously new to NY). The other day I got a little confused/dreadfully lost to the point where I walked around the same block about three times (ugh) but I found my way back to my dorm all the way from 5th and 57th, so talk about a hike. I later found out on the Health app for iPhone (thanks Quinn for showing me!) that I walked 9.4 miles... in 4 inch heels too by the way.

Don Antonio's

FOOD! I've been really good about not ordering food or going out for every meal (it's so easy to). I try to cook almost all my meals in my dorm. Typically if I'm buying food when I'm out it's just coffee. I've fallen in love with Just Salad/Fresh & Co. regarding salads/quinoa for lunch, and I've been to Friedman's for brunch. Pizza wise, I loved Don Antonio's on 50th, but I have yet to have the infamous $1 slices! One of my favorite foods is a bagel, and wow am I in the right place. I go to Brooklyn Bagel near school every Friday after my 8 am to treat myself. I plan to get to Brooklyn soon to try out the rainbow bagels I've been seeing all over the internet and I'm DYING to go to Dough Doughnuts! I also loved Bareburger, so many incredible options there - vegetarian ones as well.  I just tried Cafeteria yesterday and I can see what all the hype is about; it has jazzy lights that remind me of The 1975's music videos so obviously I was a fan.


So if you read all of this rambling on, first off thank you. Secondly if you take anything away from this post, it's if you don't like something in your life, you have the ability to change it. I'm not saying it'll be easy but if you feel strongly about something it doesn't hurt to at least try. I had no idea what to expect when I started to fill out my application to transfer, but I'm so glad I did. I almost gave up a few times (my transcripts didn't send, my acceptance letter came extremely late) but I'm so thankful I stuck through and stayed true to my decision. It was SO tough hearing people's opinions about it.. like why would I leave, what about Mike, 'I thought you liked Oneonta?' and so forth. I'd go through it again to see myself be as happy as I am right now.

A few weeks back I walked to Madison Square park and just sat there, huge smile on my face, because I was just happy I have that ability to go out into the city and explore. My boyfriend Mike even told me that I'm finally being who I really am without constantly worrying about what people think, like I did all the time in Oneonta. Here in the city I'm surrounded by the most creative, passionate people I've ever met. I'm complimented on my outfits rather than being asked 'why are you so dressed up?'. Everyone is so excited about their future and are genuinely happy to talk about fashion and what's going on in the city.

What I'm trying to say is, big or small, you have the ability to make a change in your life. You can improve your life, whether it's simply working out each day or moving across the country to start a new life. Life is short, do what makes you happy. I'm living proof of that after the past month and I'm so thankful.

xoxo.

February Playlist

I'm back with another playlist for the month of February. I have been loving Troye Sivan this month, hence the playlist being majority of his songs. If I had to choose my favorite song from him it would be Suburbia. Don't forget to follow me on Spotify as well!


Enjoy. xo.

Q&A with Brooke Dinger



My friend and an amazing supporter of my blog, Brooke Dinger, wanted to ask me a few questions regarding blogging and branding for one of her classes at Clemson University. I decided to turn it into a blog post so you all can get a little insight on the behind the scenes aspects of my blog!

How would you describe your blogging style?
I like my blog to look very clean, clear-cut, simple. I don’t like bulking up my sidebar and adding a ton of graphics to the layout really because that’s not what the focus of the blog is. I like that it’s easy to navigate my site as well; nothing bugs me more than when a website isn’t set up really well.
As for what I post, I incorporate a little of everything. Fashion being my main topic, beauty next because I love it just as much, and also some lifestyle posts about things like college, living in NYC, and blogging itself. I like having topics other than fashion so it gives everyone a reason to visit The Gold Dime.

What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?
Tell people! Shamelessly self-promote! In person, on personal social media, etc. I always have a huge stack of business cards in my bag at all times just in case it comes up in conversation. I also believe in blogging networks such as HerCampus and TheShelfNetwork because they do all the busy work. Whether it’s campaigns, blogging ideas, things of that nature. I also connect with other bloggers. Having a blogging friend is great because you can both promote each other to your followers. Guest posts are also great, although I haven’t done any yet; they allow someone to visit your blog while visiting one they already love.

What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
I didn’t notice much of a following until I really put myself out there. Being personable and relatable in posts really helps. People like when there’s a voice in writing rather than just saying the basics. I also think consistence is key. When I first started my blog I only posted whenever I got around to finishing a post. Now I plan and post 3 times a week, which people look forward to and it becomes routine for readers and myself.

Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
I hope to continue to do what I’m doing now, but with a lot more interaction from readers. Not necessarily ‘famous’ (although isn’t that what everyone wants, ultimately?!), but to get more feedback on what people like, to know that I’m actually giving good advice, and also to know if people agree with my thoughts and love products just as much as I do.

What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
I started my blog when I was just finishing my finals week before summer. So I had a lot more free time to post and get it up and running. But once I went back in the fall, it was tough having to juggle posting three times a week with school. I also think that coming up with new content is a challenge in general. Sometimes I’m unmotivated or sometimes I don’t think a post is good enough to post; essentially fighting with myself to think what is good enough to put out onto the Internet is a constant battle.

What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
People who copy you. Whether it’s just a graphic design they use or a type of post they make, that really bugs me. I understand that fashion bloggers are all basically doing the same thing but that’s what makes it challenging to create original content.
As for technology, when pictures don’t come out great is an issue I run into. I also think it’s frustrating when I can’t find exact links to items I’m wearing, which isn’t a huge fault, but I like to be as authentic as possible when it comes to those things.

In the future where do you hope your blog will take you?
I’d love for it to help me be more prominent in the fashion industry, the field I am going into. I want it to continue to reflect my passion. To be able to attend exclusive fashion shows all across the world would be a dream. I also want The Gold Dime to be referred to when trying to make a style decision in daily life, such as how people use Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.

What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?
Well when you post as much as I do (and even more so for those who post everyday) it becomes apart of your routine or basically like a part time job. I put my blog post plans right next to my homework in my agenda. I also notice that more people text me or contact me for advice on outfits and makeup, which is fun! I really appreciate the fact people trust my opinion.

What takes up most of your space in your closet (articles of clothing wise)?
My closet consists of mainly sweaters, button down shirts, and skinny jeans!

What's the one wardrobe essential you can't live without?
Dark denim skinny jeans or a white tee. You can dress them up or down and they’re always in style.

When you can't think of anything to wear, what's your go-to outfit?
Recently it’s a black turtleneck, a pair of distressed jeans, black heeled booties, and some statement sunnies.

How have you decided to establish your Instagram aesthetic (color/theme/products/subject of picture)?
I honestly downloaded vsco cam, edited a picture how I liked it, then I copy and paste the edits each time I take a new photo! That’s what I recommend if you want to have all of your pictures kind of flow together, to have a ‘theme’ and make them all look similar. I also like to space out my fashion images from ‘thing’ images. I like to have a little of both so each picture isn’t just me promoting an outfit for the blog.

How would you describe your blogging style?
I like my blog to look very clean, clear-cut, simple. I don’t like bulking up my sidebar and adding a ton of graphics to the layout really because that’s not what the focus of the blog is. I like that it’s easy to navigate my site as well; nothing bugs me more than when a website isn’t set up really well.
As for what I post, I incorporate a little of everything. Fashion being my main topic, beauty next because I love it just as much, and also some lifestyle posts about things like college, living in NYC, and blogging itself. I like having topics other than fashion so it gives everyone a reason to visit The Gold Dime.

Hope you all enjoyed and got a little more insight of myself and The Gold Dime! And thank you to Brooke for being a great support and choosing me to ask these questions!



Flatiron District // Haul


Hi readers! Decided to do something a little different today, a clothing haul! I was exploring the Flatiron area over the weekend and decided to film what I got from that day. Watch below, but come back to this post to check out the links for things!



I really enjoyed making this for you all. If you want me to do a Q&A video, let me know in the comments below! 

xo.



Valentine's Day Gift Guide // #GalPalLinkup


Someone commented on my Instagram post that they wanted me to do a gift guide for Valentine's Day, but I honestly didn't think that was necessary. Then I figured there are so many people who don't want to just gift flowers and chocolates - so typical right? Where's the surprise there? So I decided to make this guide as creative as possible but still relevant. Whether it's for your single bestie, your boyfriend, or even for yourself I hope you find something perfect for the holiday. This post is also a part of the #GalPalLinkUp with Cristina, Cathleen, and Rachel!

SUCCULENTS
I'm completely serious when I say to get your significant other/best friend a succulent for V Day. These guys live forever and they're SO easy to take care of. You water them once a week! Succulents are super trendy these days, so you're bound to find a cute container to put them in. They'll last way longer than your dozen roses!


TECH
I'm very into gadgets lately (I'm eyeing an iPad as my new one). I know tons of girls who just adore Polaroid cameras and taking memorable photos. Girls also appreciate really unique and cute phone cases, so I listed one that's somewhat Valentine's Day oriented but also great for reminding that someone about you each day. Beats are always a go-to gift whatever the gift-giving occasion may be. I promise they will never let you down! Perfect for studying, walking down the street, traveling, etc.



DO IT YOURSELF

 Even before Mike and I were long distance, I always crafted cute things for him because he really appreciated those gifts more than the ones I could buy. Buy a really cute frame, 'nonchalantly' ask for their favorite picture of you both, and put it in the frame as a gift. If you're really feeling lovey, throw a note in the frame behind the picture and text them to open it; really a nice surprise, they'll love it. As for mason jars, ever heard of writing all your favorite memories with the person and throwing them in there? Tie a cute pink/red ribbon around it to make it more festive. Open it with them and read them all together! Letters are another favorite of mine. I use to make 'Open When' letters for Mike all the time. Buy some cheap letters and decorate them or some pre-decorated blank notecards. Do 'open when you miss me', 'open when I'm annoying you', 'open when you need to hear about my favorite memory with you', things of that nature. I never thought Mike would like them, but it's always nice receiving a text of a picture of a letter opened. 



MONTHLY GIFTS
Why not buy them something that will keep on giving? There's tons of monthly box subscriptions such as Birchbox (for him and her!), Ipsy, and Rocksbox. I also think Spotify is an awesome gift for someone because I don't know what I did without premium - so much more convenient. These gifts may not seem like much when you purchase them, but receiving a little gift each month is such a nice surprise. Thinking of Rocksbox? Sign up for your first month free, on me! 


 KATE SPADE GIFTS
Kate Spade is the perfect brand for shopping for your gal pals. Guys, this is great for you too because what girl wouldn't like all the cute sayings Kate Spade comes up with? Whether it's a cute tote she can take grocery shopping, a mug to have her morning caffeine fix, or a notebook to fill with all her great ideas, this is the brand to choose from. 


Still not satisfied? I know people hate giving gift cards because they think there's no thought involved in doing so. I personally LOVE gift cards. I get so happy knowing I don't have to spend my own money (sounds mean but it's true when you're broke living in Manhattan). Whether it's Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, or Sephora, a gift card is another one of those gifts that keep on giving. 
I also thought about all of those who cannot be with their significant other on Valentine's Day; you and your gal pal or your boy/girlfriend. Pick up a free box from your local Post Office, stuff it with their favorite candy, LOTS of letters and cute notes as if you were there, maybe a movie, and a gift that I listed from this blog post. It'll be nice to know you're still thinking of them even though you're not there. Put in a movie that you both have, call each other on FaceTime, and watch it together!
And lastly, when all else fails, jewelry. I know that I'm always like, 
"Oh hey Mike I just ADORE this Cartier bracelet. It's really nice. I like it a lot."
Yeah he'll roll his eyes and think I'm crazy but I still let him know for the future. What I'm trying to say is, if you've heard them talking about some sort of jewelry (or anything really) and you know they won't buy it for themselves, surprise them with it!

I hope everyone has an amazing Valentine's Day! If not, hit up the candy sales on Monday. 
Let me know if you guys liked this gift guide and if you plan to do any of these! I'd love to know! Even Tweet me a picture! 
xoxo.

Stripes & Sunnies









SHOP


Friday Faves 1.5


B A S E B A L L   H A T

I've been really into baseball hats lately, maybe because I love this one and my school, but that's beside the point. I love wearing them when maybe I haven't washed my hair in a few days and I just want to throw it up. My favorite way to style it is with a sweatshirt or a plain long sleeve tee, a leather jacket, some dark wash jeans/leggings, and some sneakers whether they be Converse or Stan Smith's. It's the perfect outfit for running errands or just going to class.


S U A V E   S E A   S A L T  SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER *

I have to say, these rock, and especially for the price. I love the smell of them because they're sea salt 'infused' and they leave my hair silky with a ton of volume. I also have afro hair if I let it air dry, but with these products it gives my hair pretty curls when fully dried. I highly recommend because of the price point!


S U N G L A S S E S   S E T  U P

I've been loving how I store my sunglasses lately! I used two command hooks, some striped string (I used two pieces of it and tied them together to make it sturdier) and that's about it! I also threw my delicate necklaces up there too. I love this because to me, sunnies are a great accessory, and by having them displayed I can pick the best one for my look. 


 A F R I C A N   B L A C K   S O A P    SHEA MOISTURE SKINCARE

I haven't mentioned it lately but I've been loving my skincare routine. I decided to go more 'natural' product wise so I started to use African blacks soap since it's known to help acne and breakouts. I first start with the toner then take a cotton round to get off excess grease/dirt. Next I go in with the moisturizer afterwards. I love the fact the moisturizer works AMAZING under makeup! I do this morning and night, but if I want to do a mask I'll do that beforehand. The mask isn't the typical kind that makes it so you can't talk or smile, it feels more like a thick cream. It washes off so easily too so I don't have to scrub my face like I usually do with most masks. I highly recommend this line if you have oily/acne prone skin like me - it helped SO much! Also, reasonable prices (!!!)



 B E D / S T R I N G   L I G H T S

I never hung lights in my dorm until this semester and I have to say, I love them. When I'm laying in bed at night it's so nice to have them on. Whether I'm reading, watching Netflix, eating a midnight snack (happens a lot), it's nice having them on and they don't bother my roommate like the overhead light would. I also love how cozy they make my little corner look and feel. 
Oh and since The 1975 sign is in the pic, and if you didn't see on Snapchat (@shelbyshowell) I'M SEEING THEM IN MAY! I found a good seat so I had to get it. It'll be a perfect end-of-semester gift to myself. 


 C O A C H  CARD HOLDER

 For FIT, you have a TON of IDs. One for your room, one for laundry, school ID, and you gotta have credit cards/cash with you almost at all times in the city. I didn't want to have to constantly pull out a big wallet every time I need to show my ID and get into my buildings. This little guy (equipped with some pepper spray of course) is SO helpful. It's great to just grab and go when I want to grab groceries or a quick coffee down the street.


It has a key ring holder if you want to add to it. It has a clear front ID holder, plenty of card slots, and a part inside that also holds some cards and cash. 

 L O U I S   V U I T T O N  SPEEDY 30

This bag is essentially like my first born child. I don't use it all the time, but when I do, I fall in love with it. Why I'm mentioning it now is because if you live or if you're just visiting the city, this type of bag is perfect to carry around. It's small and you can hold it on your elbow or just in your hand. I like it because it's not an easy one to just put your hand in (aka people on the street) and keeps your stuff secure inside.

I tried really hard to start taking my own pictures for posts, hope you all enjoyed it!

* I received these products complementary of Influenster to test and review, all opinions are my own.