Layer Up Tee from Free People – this is such a great layering piece for the fall! The Free People version has cuffed sleeves which adds just a little bit of detail & dimension to the shirt. The dupe for this shirt I found from Forever 21! Both long sleeved shirts have the slight v neckline detail, the FP version does have a curved hem & is more an off white while the F21 has a straight hem & is true white.
FP Queen of Hearts Oversized Tee – the FP version is sold out in every size but XS right now. I found a dupe on Buckle’s website for only $37 less than 1/2 the cost & it’s in stock in every single size!! The Buckle version seems like a cream shirt & a more distressed print while the FP version is a color they’re calling sand. Both have ‘Queen’ written down the sleeve.
Free People Dolman Jacket – this jacket was such a huge hit last year & it’s back again this year!! I linked a Forever 21 version that you guys loved so much, but it’s always sold out! Target just came out with one & I’m obsessed + it’s only $40! The FP version has 3 color options right now while the Target jacket has 8. Both have a quilted design with pockets & cinched elastic waist in the back. The main differences are the Target jacket has a hood & the pockets are on the outside of the jacket while the FP are inside & has more of a collar without a hood.
Free People Summer Daydream Buttondown – I found a great dupe for this buttondown on Amazon, almost 1/4 the price! These shirts are pretty dang identical, the Amazon version comes in 11 colors and the FP version comes in 9 colors.
The topic of authenticity and being genuine has been weighing on my mind a lot lately. Especially with so much content being put out onto the inter webs nowadays it’s become very superficial. You can never tell what is real and what is fake.
For me it is so important to remain true to myself.
Being a blogger in a world where there are literally hundreds of thousands of them. Posting outfits, articles, playlists, recipes and everything in between. The swipe uppers. The discount coders. Taking on sponsorships and collaborations just to get paid without even testing out products first. With me everything I post or recommend is something that I have purchased, tried, and loved MYSELF. I know I am small but even if companies were sending me things to test out, I will NEVER recommend something I haven’t honestly loved. I will never take advantage of this platform I have to talk and fill it with lies or photoshop. I will never fake the “my life is perfect” act because it isn’t. It’s far from it to be quite honest but it’s my life and I absolutely love every second of it.
There are tons of bloggers and people out there doing exactly what I am doing here, but I hope you feel my realness. I love fashion and beauty, but if you’ve been reading my blog lately it’s been much more than that. It’s given me a lot more confidence to continue to post good content that others can relate to. I love hearing peoples stories. I love connecting with people. Yes, I am going to still be posting beauty and fashion but this blog is becoming much more than I could have ever imagined. The people who have reached out to me telling me they’ve struggled with anxiety or that they love that I am willing to talk about such a touchy subject I APPRECIATE YOU! More than you know.
In a world of filters, editing, and photoshop there is a lack of realness. For all of us. I hope that I can help to bring it back. This isn’t a job for me and it never will be. It’s something I enjoy and love doing. I hope I can help others have the courage to do the same and be confident in what they do have and not worry about what they don’t. Everyone on social media whether you’re a blogger or not could use more raw authenticity. Don’t be afraid to be you. I’m here blogging, being the link in bio girl, putting myself out there and it is really scary and at times I feel silly. What difference can I make in the world? Why would people want to hear what I have to say when there’s so many already doing this same thing? Here I am still writing, still creating and I will never stop.