International Women’s Day: Who Run the World?

 

Happy International Women’s day babes! I think today presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate women as well as shed some light on the importance of women supporting women. We live in a generation where females are absolutely killing it. We are choosing not to follow society’s rules, breaking out of the mold’s that were made for us, making career and life choices for ourselves by ourselves. Idk about the rest of you but, that to me deserves to be acknowledged.

It’s days like today that should remind us all that we shouldn’t have to compete, judge, or tear down one-another down. Instead, we should uplift, empower, encourage and support our fellow females, which is precisely what I’m here to do today. It’s mind-boggling that in 2019 women are STILL fighting for equality, gender pay gaps, and battling everyday sexism. But, the reality is, we are. So, instead of the daily girl-on-girl drama(over stuff that is dumb and in 10 years we’ll forget), we should stand as one and fight for each other.

When you feel like you need a little more persuading, here are some of my favorite quotes & once again celebrate being a woman, today and everyday!

Autumn To Do List

 

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It’s officially my favorite month of the whole year and autumn is in full swing here in Milwaukee; So, of course in typical blogger fashion, be ready for TON’S of fall themed post’s and reading about all the things I’ll be doing to keep busy this season. These options are some of the thing’s going on locally that I’ll definitely be attending but, adjust as you please.

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Baby You’re A Firework

Independence day is tomorrow so, I figured I’d give you guys some last minute inspiration to get you excited and into the festive mood! I came up with three different outfits; Whether you’re celebrating at the beach, at a BBQ, or at a classy brunch spot, I’ve got you covered on what to wear.

As a bonus, since I have my own Fourth of July tradition, I figured I’d add in how I make my “Flag cake” in hope’s that you make it a new tradition for your family too!

If I’m going to the beach, my biggest concern is making sure I’m wearing something that is comfortable and breathable, the last thing I want to happen when I’m sitting in the heat is to be wearing something that’s going to make me feel sticky and hot. So, for look number one, I went for a cotton wrap romper.

I loved this romper because it’s a wrap style piece; It’s my FAVORITE style of skirt, dress, or romper. I’m a curvy girl so if an article of clothing is going to help define my waist and not make me look like a box, sign me up!

The romper wasn’t super obnoxious with fourth of July colors, and that was a bonus. It was a navy romper with white lines and the smallest red details. You can wear this for the fourth, but you can also wear it on a casual outing with friends. Never buy something you cant use more than once! Every time I go shopping I ask myself ‘will I be able to wear this more than once?’ I always try and find the biggest bang for my buck.

For shoes, I paired the outfit with my white Birkenstock’s, and it made the white lines on the romper pop! My mindset with this look was intended for the beach which is why I kept this look very minimal.

My BBQ look is something that’s SO easy to recreate; I’d be surprised if you didn’t have similar pieces in your closet already.

Nothing say’s all American girl quite like a pair of daisy dukes, right? So, that’s what I went for with this look. I got these high waisted shorts for $28 at Charlotte Russe, and they fit like a glove. Honestly, these have been my go-to shorts since I bought them! The wash on these short’s match with any and everything.

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I’ve been obsessing over the color red since the start of this year, and clearly, it hasn’t died down. This red bodysuit has been in rotation for about a month now, and I can’t get over how brave I feel in such a bold color. I’ve talked about it before but being “plus sized” I used to be terrified of wearing anything that was going to make me stand out or be too form-fitting on my tummy area but, I’ve learned that it’s not about the size you wear instead, how you wear your size. If you tell yourself you feel confident or that you look good, I genuinely believe confidence will radiate out of you. The more you love yourself, and your whole body for what it is, the less you will seek validation and praise from others.

I’ve saved in my opinion, the best outfit for last. My “brunch/ classy” fourth of July look was my favorite of them all mostly because it’s not a BAM in your face festive look. It’s pretty subtle, I played up the accessories in this look, and I think that’s made the look a little more festive.

Again, I focused in on the red but, you could easily wear nude accessories, and it’ll be perfect for any occasion. If you changed out the heels for gladiator sandals to make it more casual, that would work.

When you wear heels, I swear your legs become 10x more attractive! I’ve never been drawn to high, high heels, so my preferred choice has always been small blocked pumps. They still give off the illusion of longer more toned legs without giving you the extra height.

Let me know in the comments below which look was your favorite!

Now, onto the sweets. Every year since I was about 13 I’ve made my famous ‘Flag cake’ it’s super festive and easy to make, and my family LOVES my cakes so, of course, this is the must-have every fourth. (You’ll get praised left and right for this one)

What you’ll need:

  • Betty Crocker cake mix (Any flavor works)
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • Cool Whip
  • Baking pan

Instructions:

  • For the cake itself, follow the instructions step by step on the back of the box. (quick tip: To get a moist cake, turn off your cake maybe 5-8 minutes earlier than box and let it sit in the oven for that extra time with the left overheat! I swear the cake comes out so much better.)
  • Wash fruit’s
  • Cut the crown of the strawberry and then again in half
  • Let the cake cool outside of the fridge for about 30-45 minutes
  • Put a decent layer of Cool Whip as the frosting (The Cool Whip makes the cake a lot more refreshing and light instead of a heavy frosting)
  • Aligning the fruit is all personal preference, you can put more “stars” and less “stripes” or vice-versa.
  • Let cool in the fridge for an hour
  • Then, EAT UP!

This recipe is so simple and delicious! You’ll be the talk of any gathering if you show up with this festive cake!

Last but not least, stay safe and have a Happy Fourth of July💥!

What I’ve Learned This Far

It’s been a little over a month now that I’ve put out my blog (v proud of myself) but, throughout this month I’ve thought a lot about the positives and the negatives that are attached when you are or are trying to be a creator/creative person.

If you are a person that brings something into existence, you know there’s quite a bit of both; But, I’m going to focus a little more on the positives because, I want people that want to share their creativity and passions to do so, rather than scare them away. That’s what I’ve realized I want to pursue. Inspiring people to step out their comfort zones and be confident in a lot of different ways.

First on my list of pro’s, is being able to share your passions and talents with as many people in the world as you can reach and then some. Social media is such a fantastic tool (for better or for worse) to help share whatever it is you are putting out into the world. I want to inspire as many people as I can, whether it be in fashion or with lifestyle, I know it’d be harder to do so without social media. I haven’t finished college yet, but so much of my learning is done here online. It’s not a piece of paper, but it’s still useful. Society drills the thought that ‘the only way you can succeed is by finishing college’ and while I’m still a student, I don’t think my life would be in shambles without the validation of a degree. You can be and do anything you want to do.

On the opposing side of media, it gives more people access to you and your life. I’ve learned you need a thick skin when it comes to this. You cannot focus on what other’s are doing around you, monitor the time you’re spending behind the screen because that’s just as exhausting. I’ve realized, not everyone is going to love what you do, or support your decisions but, you learn to filter out whatever you don’t want to share and keep some things personal as well as filter out the people that weight you down and focus on the people that make you better.

Which leads me to the people you meet. For one, if you knew me two year’s ago, you would know I wasn’t at all the person I am now. I’ve come out of my basement (for those of you who know, know LOL.) and am a member of society. I never used to talk about my “creative” side because when I would, people thought it was weird or didn’t see the point in it. I remember wanting to have a blog and talking about it, but never really acted on it until the launch of FOUR THE CITY. Man, I’m so lucky I’ve found people that match my hunger to create. We’re a force to be reckoned with, collectively and within our niche. We motivate, inspire, and show love to one another. That’s a team. We create waves, not ride them. You’ll stumble across people trying to overshadow you, dull your shine, and plain out not give you credit for the ideas you put out when they take them, but if you find people that genuinely support you and are loyal to you, you have nothing to worry about. Your craft will speak for you, focus on that. Shout out the team! Extra big thanks to Patrick for alway’s doing work behind the lens & risking our safety. But that’s part of it, trying new thing’s, meeting new people, discovering yourself in new ways. I spend a lot of time writing about myself and my views that I’m learning thing’s I never really knew before about myself and my style.

 

Side note: As some of you know FOUR THE CITY teamed up with The Hunger Task Force to donate $4 from every tee sold to help feed kid’s this summer. I hope that if you haven’t ordered a tee yet, you take the time out to help us make a difference. We’re trying something entirely new because to us it’s more than just a t-shirt brand.

Lastly, you learn to better manage your time and energy. For those of you who don’t know yes, I work a regular 9-5 job. For me, that means I don’t always have time to sit and write, but I’ve realized that’s where my heart lies. I find myself constantly drafting ideas in my spare time and looking for new way’s to keep my passion for creating alive. I’m learning to give my time and energy to things that will help me do that.

My best advice to anyone trying to do the same is, never give up and surround yourself with people and things that make you hungry for life and nourish yourself enough to find your path. You have to work hard to achieve what’s in your head and make it a reality.