CUTEST SWIM under $50!

I miss living near the ocean and justifying every reason to buy a new swimsuit. That’s the one thing Colorado unfortunately doesn’t have.. an ocean. Within the next 2-3 years I want to live near the ocean again.

Living vicariously through all you beach bums this summer!

I linked a few of my favorite suits below all under $50!


 

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How to Incorporate "Sustainability" in Your Shopping

Fashion is unfortunately an industry which contributes mass amounts of pollution to our Earth.

There is not a way to avoid the fashion industry or clothing as a whole..(at least not for me) but we can choose to be more of a conscious consumer.

I’ve listed a few ways I have found that are easy for me to use while still staying true to my personal style and buying taste.

Re-usable Shopping Bags or No Bags at All.

Get in the habit of saying “no” when the store cashier asks if you need a bag. Let’s all make a conscious effort to use reusable bags or no bags at all.

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Aim towards having a minimalistic closet. As I’ve gotten older I am able to pinpoint more and more of an exact style while still branching out and trying new trends. That being said I still have minimal pieces I wear at least every week. Invest in pieces that will last you a long time and can go with multiple outfits. For me that is denim and shoes.


Thrift shopping or second hand shopping. This one is a no brainer. But obviously it’s always good to incorporate “hand me down” or secondhand pieces in your closet. There are some GEMS I have found during my times at Goodwill.


Every time you buy something new get rid of something that is collecting “dust” in your closet.There are people out there that would put the clothing you don’t wear anymore to good use. This is an easy way to make sure you are using the majority of things in your closet and not overly buying things that either you already have or don’t really need. I keep a list on my phone of “wants”. These “wants” are items I feel like I need in my closet but that I have time to think about or wait til it goes on sale. This list helps me purchase less impulsively and ultimately save more money. My virtual closet is a way I also save and track upcoming purchases that I want to make. Shop my closet here.

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I hope you liked this post and that it inspired you in some way.

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let's chat: my story of anxiety

    So I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now..but haven’t., mainly because “anxiety” seems like a trend now and I feel like everyone and their mother has it and frequently mentions it. Which yes is TRUE, everyone has some form of anxiety. We are human. But honestly my type of anxiety was pretty damn severe. I tried for YEARS to control it different ways through meditation, therapy, yoga, natural vitamins, breathing techniques etc.. but over the years and nothing working it finally became something I needed to take meds for because I couldn’t shut my mind off and it was consuming my life. 
   Flashback to middle school, 7th grade Maggie. I started a new middle school in 7th grade. Which, is one of the ballsiest things a 12 year old tween could do. I remember being so nervous on the first day of who I was going to sit with at lunch. I knew two girls that went to the same public school from my neighborhood.. but..they were the “cool girls” at middle school and definitely didn't want to be seen with me. So, I’m sitting in 3rd period on my first day wondering who I was going to sit with at lunch, when the bell rings and the cutest brown haired, freckled girl comes up to me and asks if I want to sit with her and her friends at lunch. Hannah, I am forever grateful for you. After that, middle school wasn’t even that bad. I had friends and got invited places. But yet.. I still had crippling anxiety mostly about the past or future. I remember always being scared when I heard a plane from my room because I was convinced it would crash into my house. When my brothers would play x box in the other room, my ears literally couldn’t take the tiny noise I would scream STOP CLICKING. Literally WTF. Max, Charles you were so patient with me and probably thought I was insane in the membrane at the time. Which I was. I remember hyperventilating frequently during class that teachers would see me, recognize it and immediately send me to the nurse. It was bad. 
   High School comes, and honestly the anxiety is better. Some family problems settled themselves and life was good. I was so busy with school, my classes and dance team that I didn't have time for anxiety and irrational thoughts. I must say though.. I wasn't the most confident or coolest in high school and just kind of did my own thing. Anxiety came once in a while but not as frequent. Senior year of high school I was torn to go in state for college or out of state to my dream college on the beach. Instead of letting my anxiety getting in the way and choosing the “safer” option I chose to take the leap and attend Eckerd College in St. Pete, FL. Which may I add, I will later discover was the best thing that ever happened to me. 
   Freshman year of college was a FUN time and I was SO happy at Eckerd. But there were SO many times my anxiety got in the way of my true happiness.I really knew deep down that I was happy and my anxiety was just trying to ruin my life. I literally couldn’t shut my mind off no matter how hard I tried. Finally, after continuous panic attacks at night in my dorm second semester of freshman year, my parents suggested I see a physcartrist to get on anxiety/anti depression meds. And boy oh boy did this change my entire life. I’m not kidding.
 I am now on 100mg of Zoloft which is pretty high. I started at 25mg and the doctors pushed me up to 100mg. These numbers might give you an idea how bad my anxiety is. I’ve been on Zoloft for 3.5 years now and I’m a happy, anxiety free camper. I still have anxiety but it is manageable and more logical. I’ve never had my mind feel so clear. I’ve never been able to live in the present like I can now. It’s a beautiful thing really for my mind to be healthy and well again. I don’t see a therapist anymore and see my physiatrist once every three months for a “head check.” She asks me how I’ve been feeling, makes sure the dosage is still the right dosage, writes the script to Walgreens, and I get on with my life. 
 There you have it folks. That’s the story of my anxiety. Will I be on meds my whole life? If need be. hell yes. But if I don’t, that’s a hell yes too. Whatever it is I know there are ways out there to treat anxiety and that life doesn’t need to be so stressful and anxiety filled. Are meds the answer for everyone? No. I am no doctor and will never be. I don’t know what personally works for everyone. All I do know is that it IS a curable thing. 
  Hope you guys enjoyed this read and if you’ve read this far I love you and I’m sorry if there are spelling or grammar errors. I said earlier I’ll never be doctor. I will also never be a English teacher or a grammar police. But never say never..
   This isn’t an Oscar speech lol, but I do feel inclined to say thank you to my family who has helped (and still loved) me at my worst and best states, as well as all my friends in my life who make me so incredibly happy. You all are the GOATS.
xx
Mags
 

staying motivated, inspired and learning to "disconnect"

Staying motivated and inspired can be one of the biggest challenges. It’s so easy to want to sit on your butt for an entire day and do absolutely nothing. Do you ever feel you are scrolling on social media and see what others are doing rather than taking care of yourself and find yourself some what “wasting” a day? I know I’ve had days like that. We all do. And although it’s okay to vege out and aimlessly scroll once in a while.. we are only on this Earth once.. so why not make the most of every day and not get caught up in what everyone else is doing? Below, I’ve listed four things that help me disconnect and stay motivated to MY aspirations and goals.


Turn the Phone Off

Alright, I have a love hate relationship with our digital world. I love it because it is an incredible way to connect with friends, businesses other creatives etc.. life is a lot easier with technology let’s be honest. But.. I hate it because we have all become incredibly reliant on our phones. Next time you are at a restaurant, at an airport or even walking to work notice how many people are staring at their phones. It almost seems like a security blanket at times for people…this. fricken. stresses. me. out. Soooo… a way I control this and relieve my anxiety from this digital attachment we all have adapted, I turn off or silence my phone for a minimum of 2 hours a night. It feels so good to disconnect and not give two f’s what people are doing (I mean that in the nicest way possible). :-)

Poetry

I love love love reading poetry. I honestly found a lot of the poetry that I love online. I’ll put on a good playlist and read some of my favorite poetry to calm my mind. My go-to, favorite poets are Alex Elle, Atticus , Morgan Harper Nichols and Rupi Kaur. People who can create art using words truly amaze me.



Face masks

My friends and I refer to our night “to do” lists constantly. We consider a night “to do” list essentially the long unwritten list or routine you do every night before bed. Mine always includes washing my face and putting on a face mask almost every night. I’ve become a face mask connoisseur! Below are some of my favorite facemasks.


Call a Supportive Friend or Sibling

Sometimes when I’m feeling down it just feels nice to talk it out with someone who knows me well. Someone who can offer advice but also can be a good listener. I talk a lot on the phone with my older brother Max or best guy friend Spencer. Max and I are both kind of on a similar path and both striving for careers in the entertainment industry. Me in fashion and Max in acting. I saw a psychic once and she told me Max and I are twin flames. And I fully feel that. Whenever him and I talk on the phone it’s very refreshing because we both support each other indefinitely. No matter in distance how far someone is from you.. they are always just a phone call away!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’m no expert in this category whatsoever.. but these are different methods that have worked for me!

xx- Maggie 

5 Favorite Places I've Traveled to In My 20's

    I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many places in the last two years, that have been on my bucket list for years now. Traveling is very therapeutic to me and something I never want to stop doing. There are SO many cool places I that want to see and photograph. I find I like to spend my money more on life experiences than material items. 
I’ve listed 5 of my (recent) favorite places in no particular order. 

San Francisco

   I traveled to San Francisco for my 21st golden bday with my fam. San Fran is eclectic and I loved every minute there! Some of my fave places we went to were: the Golden Gate Bridge, Height Street and the Painted Ladies (the Full House houses). View the San Fran photo collection here. 

Canggu,Bali

   I traveled to Bali last January with three of my best friends. (Morgan, Paige and Spencer). We had a trip of a lifetime that consisted of sunshine, açaí bowls and surfing. We “stumbled” upon a small beach town called Canggu and couldn’t leave! It’s was the town for us and we were living in a dream. We didn’t want to leave.. I mean could you resist $15 massages, $5 surfing days and $3 poke bowls?! Sign me up. FOREVER. View my Bali photo collection here. 

France

   My cute mama and I traveled to France for my graduation present this summer. 
   We traveled to Paris, Lyon and Nice. We had lots of wine and the trip of a lifetime. Paris is one of my absolute favorite cities in the world and I would love to live there someday even if it’s just for a year. 
   Nice, France is right on the French Rivera and has amazing Italian influence.. as well as the best gelato and people dressed to the tens. My mom and I decided we MUST go back.. like this summer mom?? View the France photo collection here. 

NYC

   NYC might seem like a no brainer but man am I in LOVE with this city. Again another place I’d like to live someday.. Traveled to NYC twice with my bff Paige/fave travel buddy. She is just as obsessed with photography and fashion as I am and we couldn’t stop taking photos in NYC. 

LA/Santa Monica

      LA is a place of fashion, sunshine, dreamers and hard workers & I’m obsessed. View the whole LA post here with recs and places to go! 
 

5 Pieces You NEED To Spice Up Your Closet

Since graduating college and transitioning into the professional world, I’ve decided to INVEST in my wardrobe. This means purchasing pieces I know will only accentuate my style and that I’ll be able to wear for years. It’s amazing because now that I’ve invested in pieces like these, I find myself purchasing less and less clothing items each month! I’ve also found that I am more thoughtful with my purchases and always try to look for the best deal.

Below, I’ve listed 5 Wardrobe Pieces that I believe everyone needs to spice up their closet, as well as some of my fave picks!!

A versatile jacket

cute n comfy pair of kicks

the perfect pair of shades

A stylish hat for those bad hair days

everyday jewelry


 

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5 Brands to Love That Don't Kick the Planet

  1. Reformation

  2. Revice Denim

  3. Prana

  4. & Again Denim

  5. Free Bella Swim

Being trendy doesn’t have to kick the planet. The problem is, fashion is the world’s third largest polluting industry in the world. The truth is, society as a whole isn't just going to stop shopping and stop with fashion entirely, but.. we can choose to be more of a conscious consumer. Check out my five favorite brands that I love not only because they are sustainable and use fair practices, but have the cutest stuff too!!






above: wearing Free Bella Swim and thrifted denim