Sweetest Devotion + Contest Finalist?!

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Wearing:// Sweater: Madewell, Skirt: Zara, Shoes: Steve Madden, Lips: Ruby Woo


     My Valentine's day at home started like any other day away from school-- with dream-like breakfast sandwiches and steaming, seemingly bottomless cups of coffee. I practically sprung out of bed and put on this outfit in anticipation of a breakfast date with friends, especially eager to see and chat with my cronies. We went to a local café and sat for about an hour or two, as my best friend Allison explained her dinner plans with her boyfriend while I passed off my evening out with my parents as equally as enticing (just kidding, love you 'rents). Anyway, the day felt even more in the spirit of delicate things and love and whatnot because I was wearing my new favorite tie-up shoes from Steve Madden. Despite chanting "beauty is pain!" in my head most times I've worn them, they are too cute to just reside in my closet. Although the intricate detailing of the shoes (or the "complexity", as my math teacher said) is better appreciated without tights, I like how they created a streamlined appearance for this outfit. I also recently went for the chop out of a need for change, and I really like the contrast of my black turtleneck against my shorter 'do, paired with the subtle pattern on my skirt. How did you guys spend Valentine's day? xoxo Isabelle 

If you couldn't tell from my "wild" weekend at home, things have been pretty stagnant in my life with school and such...not that that's necessarily a bad thing. I'm glad to see that February is also over, though, as just last week I was beginning to think that it would never end. 

I do have one exciting announcement, however; I was recently notified that I am a finalist in the 2016 National Geographic Student Expeditions Photo Contest! My parents and I had to sign some fancy legal release form and now I can't stop using the "but I'm a Nat Geo finalist" plug with my parents in any and all situations. I'm such a nuisance sometimes, haha.

In addition to the final round of judging, which will determine the top three grand-prize winners, I will now move on to the People's Choice social media contest. The Nat Geo rep will be letting me know once the People's Choice contest is live and organized, and if you guys like my picture as well, I hope you'll vote for me! I'll let you know when it is up and running. Thanks for your continued support. 

UPDATE: The "People's Choice" element of the contest is now live! Go vote for my image by clicking here, pressing the "People's Choice" side-bar button, scrolling down a little and voting for "Dolls". You can vote everyday until the end of the month on different devices. Thanks everyone!! 





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Wynwood Vibes

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Wearing:// Top: LF Sale, Skirt: LF Sale, Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Sunnies: Céline 
     To those who know me, I rarely sport sweat pants or sweatshirts outside of the house/dorm-- it's just not in my DNA. That's not to say that I shun anyone who dresses comfortably, but I am always trying to find comfort in the "fashionable". During my long weekend in Miami, I stopped by the LF sale and dug my hands into the depths of the clothing piles, leaving with a few key pieces. For some reason, I have always been in NYC or Miami during LF's sale season; I really do wonder what it must look like during the normal, most likely slower times. Anyway, I scored this ribbed stripe top and leather skirt, which I paired with my new Adidas Stan Smith sneakers for our day trip to the Wynwood walls. I initially had hoped to find a white-out outfit in spirit of the colorful and beautiful murals, however I quite liked how the patterns contrast against each other. Walking around the Wynwood Art Districts in the Miami Heat, I felt extremely comfortable in this outfit, whilst keeping up with the Miami style scene. Standing in front of these walls, posing and admiring the artistry, I was reminded of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, where I visited around this time last year. There's something about this publicly displayed creativity, alike pop-up museums and art, which makes me so serendipitous each time I see it. 
I have gotten questions on Tumblr recently asking me about how the college process is going and everything-- I have gotten a couple of acceptances but am still waiting on the majority of decisions, which I will be getting late March early April. I will be sure to update you guys once I actually know where I'll be next year...I'm also rather curious as to where that'll be! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I'm not sure when new content will be rolling out, but look forward to coverage from my spring break trip to San Francisco early March! xoxo Isabelle
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Long Weekend in Miami

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For the first time in a week, I can walk around outside and not trudge through snow, and I have never felt better. This winter long weekend, my mom and I ventured to Miami for the sun, shopping, and lots of adventuring. Although we have been to Miami several times, we discovered a new area that we had never before explored-- the Wynwood Art District. I have seen pictures of the Wynwood Walls on Instagram, and as a blogger and photography obsessed person, I told my mom that we had to take a visit. In addition to the closed off mural area, we walked around and saw a variety of murals expressing different messages and featuring many recognizable depictions. My favorite was probably that of the "Stop Wars" mural, featuring Yoda. After taking pictures for about an hour and strolling into boutiques, we ate lunch at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink as recommended by my sister, which features tapas style cuisine. Brunch was absolutely scrumptious! Today, we went to Aventura Mall for a little as it was raining, and we plan on hitting the beach tomorrow to relax. I hope you guys are doing well! xx Isabelle 
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