Eliza Fletcher Running

Why We Should Never Forget Eliza Fletcher

This case polarized me from the morning of Friday, September 2nd when I first received the notification no my phone about a missing jogger. What happened to Eliza Fletcher is something that everyone has thought of being a possibility, something that all women and men need to be aware of, something that you really only read about, but never believed would actually happen.

In the early morning hours on Friday, September 2nd, Eliza Fletcher went on a run in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. She did this every morning, it was her routine. She didn’t know that this Friday morning would be different than all the other mornings. Eliza was met by evil in human form this Friday morning, his name should not get any notoriety so I won’t mention it, who violently attacked her after waiting for her to run by him and his car. These would be Eliza’s final moment. After her violent abduction, not long after, Eliza Fletcher was murdered and left at an abandoned help. Thanks to the Memphis Police Department, the University of Memphis, Good Samaritans and neighbors, the suspect was apprehended the next day. Eliza’s body was found on September 5th, and identified on September 6th.

This seemingly random, violent, stranger abduction raises so many questions, considering the suspect was previously arrested under violent kidnapping charges which he pleaded guilty too. This post is not for that or anything on criminal justice reform. This is for Eliza and why all runners, walkers, people who are outside, should remember her and this absolutely tragic event.

As runners and outdoor enthusiasts, we have all had nightmares of this situation.

Every morning, runners wake up to get their miles in, just like Eliza. They run for so many reasons – to escape thoughts, to stay in shape, to train for competition, but many see it as therapy. A simple act of self-care turned into a death sentence for this mother of 2 and now all runners will start their runs with a little extra awareness, a few more nerves, because of this tragic event. Even before the news of Eliza Fletcher’s violent kidnapping :

We play our music low or only wear one headphone so we can hear footsteps or people approaching around or behind us.

We carry pepper spray on our keychains for protection.

We were told to put our keys between our fingers and hold fists.

We share our locations at all times with our family and closest friends so they know where we are, when we are there, and if we are in the place we are supposed to be at.

We have disaster playbooks in our heads about how to handle people who cross our paths with bad intentions, so we have a plan if a terrible situation ever happens to us.

We make eye contact with some and avoid eye contact with others.

We make phone calls to trusted friends and family when we are alone and feel unsafe.

We touch trees, street light poles, walls, things on our path, so there is a physical trail of where we were and are headed.

As an active female, I have always been warned of the possibility of a terrible crime like what happened to Eliza. She could have been any of us. Whether it is in the morning, afternoon, or night, the fear of a random abduction has been warned. Yet, we all continue to do what we love – running, walking, hiking, etc. Eliza was outside running the morning she was senselessly murdered. The fear that we all have had did not stop Eliza.

Ways to Remember Eliza Fletcher

Share Her Story, Keep Her Name Alive.

The end of Eliza’s life is nightmare worthy, but it needs to be told. People need to know and change needs to be made. Women and men should not be afraid to go outside and ran by themselves. Share her story so others know that even though this appears to be a part of a horror movie script, it is indeed real life and was a real event that took place. We should not have to fear, but at the end of the day this is a very unfortunate reality that everyone should be aware of.

Keep Running for Eliza.

Continue pursuing your passions, your therapeutic activities, your marathon training, as she did regardless of the fears that she and many other women runners feel on a daily basis. Don’t stop running. Wake up every morning and run.

Stay Safe and Aware.

We should not have to worry about being abducted, but now more than ever we have to stay safe and aware. Do not let this story fade into the depths of the news and reporting and what’s the hot story – let Eliza’s story steer you into becoming an advocate for safety for women runners everywhere. Take the extra steps that may seem overboard – share your location, stay aware of your surroundings, carry a collapsable knife, carry pepper spray. I am sure that Eliza took precaution before her run, there is a reason why her case was solved so quickly.

Start a Community Watch Group

Keeping your community together and looking out for each other is important. Neighborhood Apps and Facebook Groups are create methods to stay in touch with your community. You never know what a small observation you make can have – many things that were reported by Good Samaritans and neighbors led to the arrest of Eliza’s killer and the discovery of Eliza’s body. If your community does not have one, start a watch group in Eliza’s honor.

Create or Join a Running Club or Group

The fear should not stop you from running or doing any activities solo – but in wake of Eliza Fletcher’s murder, it may not be the first thing on your to do list. Join a run club or create a run club to ensure that you are traveling with a group of people during your exercise. Whether it is a group of 3 or a group of 30, get people out and running and do so in Eliza FLetcher’s memory.

Eliza Fletcher Could Have Been Any of Us.

Eliza Fletcher’s case resonated a little extra to me and I know it struck a cord with many others. There’s been many times that I felt unsafe – the multiples times I called my father scared that a man was following me when I was walking home, or the car that followed me into my neighborhood when I walked home from school, or making eye-contact with someone who is uncomfortably watching me so that they know I see them and are aware of what is happening around me. The list goes on and it really is terrifying.

We cannot let this case slip beneath the rug and fade from our memories. Eliza Fletcher’s story must stay alive and everyone needs to understand the fear and the dangerous reality that we are battled every single day.

The fear is real.

The nightmare can be a reality.

We can’t let it stop us and dictate or lives. All we can do is prepare, stay vigilant, and plan for the worst. If we pretend the fear is not real then we are allowing ourselves to live in a false reality. Terrible things happen, we must acknowledge it, prepare for it, but try to not let it dictate the rest of our lives.

Rest in Peace Eliza Fletcher.


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Friday Five My Favorite Things

Friday Five | My Favorite Things From the Week

Happy Friday!! The weekend is finally here and we can all finally shut our laptops and relax for a little bit. This week has been an absolutely hectic one. Last weekend I played in a Beach Volleyball Tournament in Long Beach on Saturday and went to Fire Island on Sunday, had my club lacrosse team’s tryouts, Beach Volleyball on Wednesday, plus a full work week. A very beach filled Long Island Summer weekend/weel… This weekend is a little different with a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday and a wedding on Sunday. Just as hectic, but a little less beach…

Let’s get into my 5 favorite things from this week!


1. David Rio Tiger Spice Chai Mix

My boyfriend is an angel sent from heaven and makes me the most delicious Chai Lattes every morning. I’ve been trying to cut coffee from my diet because I really have been relying too much on it to wake up and focus. So, chai was the natural alternative! I have tried in the past, and nothing compares to the Chai Lattes I get from my local coffee shop. This Chai mix that he uses is the best I’ve ever had. It is amazing on its own or mixed with a shot of espresso. I’m super thankful for my boyfriend and he’s always in my top 5, but this Chai mix is Number 1 this week!

You can buy some here – I highly recommend this brand and trying it out. It’s also super cost effective!

2. NA-KD

“Where’d you get your jeans?” – If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that questions I’d be rich. I swear by NA-KD. They’re a great price and great quality. Why is NA-KD number 2? Well they had a ridiculous sale and I got 7 pairs of jeans for $200. Yes, you heard me. Around $30 per pair. These are typically $70-$90 jeans, so this price was tough to turn down.

I got great casually wide leg ripped jeans and some more classic khaki, black, and denim that can be worn to work. The only thing that’s annoying is sizing, and not all the jeans fit even though they are the same size… I guess it’s part of the game when you order from online boutiques. It’s also motivation to get in shape since they really do fit, I just wish 1of the pairs was looser!

3. Electric Tea Pot

I added a cup of tea into my nightly routine a few years ago. I’ve always relied on a classic tea pot to boil water… Oh has my life changed with the electric teapot. Prep time is cut in half, and some, and I get to relax and drink my tea sooner! Check out the one I bought here.

4. Bungalow West (LBNY)

I’ve been between my place and my boyfriend’s all week. It just hasn’t made sense to go grocery shopping because I would end up wasting most of the food. Bungalow West has been my go-to for lunch and dinner when I’ve been in Long Beach. Wait times are short, food is great, and it’s just a short walk from my house! Thanks for keeping me fed and happy Bungalow.

5. Crocs

Ya girl got crocs! Not the first time I’ve owned them, I technically have 3 other pairs… But they are from high school and my mom successfully took them in as her own, so I haven’t had a pair in years.

While we were in Pittsburgh two weekends ago, we went to the Croc outlet and I picked out my very own crocs and jibbitz. Don’t worry, I am judging myself too. They are so comfortable and perfect for running errands or just running out of the house quick to take out the trash or grab something from my car. They’re a big time game-changer, especially since my tried and true Kith slides just broke and needed to be retired on Monday.


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Best Captions for Instagram

Where to Find the Best Captions for Instagram

There’s a ton of places you can find inspiration for the best captions for Instagram, but sometimes it becomes more of process figuring out what to make a caption than to pick the actual picture itself. As a blanket statement, I think some people put way too much effort into posting on Social Media, and maybe writing this piece is playing into that. I’m hoping that those who think and care way too much about what other people think of them, find this blog post and then hopefully find a caption quickly as well. That way they can get back to enjoying real-life and not stressing over fake Instagram life. 🙂

Here are some places to get inspiration from to find the best caption for Instagram.


Where to find the best captions for Instagram

1. Other Instagrams

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery right? Go to your favorite celebrity or influencers page and steal a clever caption!

2. Song Lyrics

It’s easy to forget every lyric to every song when you’re thinking of a caption. Search your favorite artist or song and copy and paste your favorite lines! Maybe there’s one that relates to the place, people, or situation that you are posting about.

3. Instagram Quote Accounts

There’s TONS, really tons, of quote accounts on Instagram. You can find athletic quote accounts, fitness quote accounts, love quote accounts, spiritual quote accounts, and so many more. Check out those accounts for a lot of options in one place.

4. Use Emojis

Someone of few words? Just throw an emoji up that relates (or doesn’t).

5. Movie Quotes

Everyone has a favorite movie that they know every single line too… Chances are you know some funny lines, serious lines, random weird lines, and every one in between. Pick your favorite and bonus points if it relates to the picture or reel you’re posting.

6. Leave it Blank

Let’s be real chances are people don’t even read your caption anyways…


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Tech layoffs, Best job Hunting Sites

Navigating the Tech Layoffs | Best Job Hunting Sites

Working in tech is part of being in a special sub-culture. You simply say “tech” because if you actually described what your company did, people would either be concerned or extremely confused unable to wrap their head’s around it. The tech industry recently got a lot of notoriety during the pandemic. It’s known for its casual work culture and great employee benefits, including high pay.

A lot of these tech companies went into a ‘hyper-growth’ period mid pandemic, while lots of job seekers wanted to get into the field because of the common ‘work from home’ benefit. This meant lots of hiring, lots more company overhead, and a lot of new heads in tech companies. With the recession upon us and lots of companies and individuals not spending as much, B2B and B2C tech companies took a hit, and continue to take hits, on their revenue. This is obviously a generalized statement, some tech companies have been and continue to reach/exceed goals despite the recession.

Because of this, tech companies are cutting jobs and even rescinding job offers. I’ve seen many past co-workers who are incredibly talented fall victim to this and it’s so disheartening. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the tech world right now, but that should’t take away from how amazing the industry is. If anything this highlights what to look for in your next job – cash in/cash out, growth plans, tech debt. With companies like Shopify and OpenSea cutting hundreds if not thousands of employees, the job seeker pool continues to grow.

Being in a digital word, here are some of the best job hunting sites and some tips and tricks to make the most of them


Best Job Hunting Sites

Linkedin

LinkedIn has a job posting feature where you can browse hundred of job postings, but that’s not even the most beneficial way to use the platform.

Creating a profile on LinkedIn and highlighting your previous employment puts you in from of thousands of recruiters who are actively trying to fill spots for their own companies or their clients. Flipping the button “actively seeking job opportunities” on your profile means that recruiters will be notified of you and can see if you profile matches the job they have to fill.

LinkedIn is a great tool for networking. Find 3-5 people with the job title that you would ultimately want, this could be senior leadership or c-suite level. Ask them to connect for five minutes to discuss what they do, how they got to where they are. This gets your name on their radar but also helps you figure out exactly what career that you want to pursue. Try this but picking companies you would love to work at, it could lead to plenty of job opportunities

Indeed

Indeed is a tried and true favorite. It’s easy to navigate and search for jobs. They’re recently added features where you can search by job perks, like remote working.

When searching on Indeed, try not to be super specific. Try searching broader search terms opposed from a very specific job title like, ‘Senior Manager, Financial Strategy for Mid Market.’ Chances of something hitting to that search are slim to none. Plus indeed has a great search algorithm, so putting in “financial strategy” and “senior level”, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something that’s right up your alley.

Facebook

You probably didn’t see this one coming.

Facebook has a large community, and groups that are actively trying to help that community. There are groups for individuals that work in all different fields, industries, demographics, job titles. You can search anything in groups and I’m sure you’ll find one that you can join. Once in a group, you’ll see tons of posts. Some of those could be job postings. You can even post that you are looking for work and get ready for your inbox to get flooded with messages.

Facebook Groups are a great way to find potential career opportunities, but also another great platform for networking. You can meet some very intelligent people, some who can help right away and others who might be a long-term connection who can help you 5 even 10 years down the road. Facebook is a great place to put your name out there, and it is not as competitive as LinkedIn because Facebook is not known as the go-to website for job hunting.

Glassdoor

Glassdoor does have a job search/posting section, which can be helpful. But that is not where Glassdoor’s strengths lie.

There is anonymous feedback and company ratings, provided by past and current employees on Glassdoor. If a recruiter reaches out to you on a job, or you see a posting that interests you, double check it on Glassdoor. The website gives a great neutral look into what certain companies are like, and what it’s like to work for them. Do the employees approve on the CEO? How is the work/life balance? What is the managerial style? All of these questions and more can be answered on Glassdoor. This should be a website to keep close when you are job hunting!


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Funny Advice for Newlyweds

It’s full blown wedding season, we are 100% in it right now. Which means Engagement Parties, Bachelorettes, and Bridal Showers every single weekend. And all those events mean, fun corny games and activities where you need to know everything about the bride to be, know how to count how many kisses are in a jar, and most importantly know the best advice to give to newlyweds.

If you’re anything like me, the chronically single friend who shouldn’t be giving relationship advice to anyone, then you want to give the newlyweds some funny advice. You know they are reading all the “never go to sleep angry” responses and the “always make time for date nights,” so why not shake it up with something that will make your friends laugh?


Funny Advice for Newlyweds

Never leave the toilet seat up

Always have at least 5 bottles of wine at the house

Prank each other often, start a prank war

The wife is always right

Get a king size bed, you won’t want to be near each other after a while

Don’t try to be a mindreader, or do and see if you’re right

Always be your weird selves

Never check each other’s phones, unless you want to start a fight which is fun sometimes

Don’t forget to put your ring on every day

A glass of wine solves all problems

Never run out of toilet paper

Always blame your partner even if you messed up

Never clean up after your partner, make them learn how to be repsonsible

Laugh at each others jokes even when they aren’t funny

Lie occasionally and see if your partner notices, keep them on their toes


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My Friday Five, My Favorite Things From the Week - Girl dancing in a grass field during the sunset

Friday Five | My Favorite Things From the Week

Friday Five is Back!!!!

I really do love doing these weekly recaps and sharing all my favorites with you. It’s really been great to be back int he swing of things with blogging, especially more posts like this where you can all really get to know me and what I’m currently doing! I think we’re almost on a two week streak of daily posting – I’m pretty impressed with myself honestly.

This week has been a crazy one, between work being very busy, going on 3 weekends straight of traveling, and trying to enjoy every last minute of summer possible, it’s been tough to just relax. Regardless, I really can’t complain. Even though I’ve been incredibly busy, I am so grateful for even having the opportunity to do all the things I do every single day.


Top Five

Blacksmith’s Bread

Website https://www.blacksmithsbreads.com/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/blacksmithsbreads/

This is my spot. Nothing makes my morning complete like the walk to Blacksmiths to get my coffee. They have saved me quite a few mornings this week when I just couldn’t get our of my own way and needed coffee to live. Not to mention their food menu is absolutely insane and the bakery items are all made fresh daily. If you go and don’t try the Morning Bun, you’re doing it wrong. Shoutout to the team there who decided to stay open til 4pm and not 2pm in the summer! Afternoon coffees just got so much better.

AirPod Pros

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/3A9D61s

I feel like I mention these in all my Friday Fives, but I really do rely on these daily and they make my week so incredibly enjoyable. If I need to zone out and focus at work, AirPods. Going on my daily bike ride, AirPods. Lions Gate Meditation on 8/8, yup, AirPods. This week has been very hectic, from roadtrip planning to cramming my all my tasks into this work-week, having my AirPods and being able to zone out really improved my productivity level and thats why their a fav for this week!

Tommy Bahamas Beach Chair

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Between the Beach Volleyball Tourney I played in on the weekend and the Beach Volleyball League on Wednesdays, my Tommy Bahamas chair was the real MVP. It’s super lightweight and the backpack straps make it so easy to carry while I ride my bike to the beach. If I didn’t have this chair, my butt would be in the sand and I would be so uncomfortable in between volleyball games.

TJ Maxx

Websitehttps://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/index.jsp

TJ Maxx was a lifesaver this week. For the life of me I could not find a dress for the party in Pittsburgh this weekend. Not even exaggerating, I spend countless hours looking thorough maybe 15 stores websites, only to come up empty handed each time. I went to TJ Maxx on a whim to get pillow cases and low and behold I found the most perfect summer dress for the party. Not to mention it was only $16. So thank you for being so amazing TJ Maxx.

My Job

This week, more so than others, I was reminded about how amazing the company that I work for is. They really value work culture and our mission is a pretty remarkable one that is going to change how people access data and use it to the benefit. Having a fully flexible workplace means that I can work from where I want, when I want. A perk that has made all these busy weekends and plans that much more enjoyable. I’m also lucky to do working on a team doing a job that I love, where I’m encouraged to grow and take on new projects. I really love what I do and am so thankful for it!


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Designer Fashion on Amazon

Luxury Designers on Amazon | Summer / Fall 2022

I think by now we all know how much I use Amazon. Yes, I support local businesses frequently, but the ease of use and my last minute tendencies to need things, mixed with my insanely busy schedule means Amazon (specifically Prime) makes my like 1000x easier.

Being the designer snob that I am, I was shocked to find out that Amazon has an extensive luxury designer offering! I spent way too much time getting lost in the spiral of Amazon Fashion but could not get over how many amazing pieces were listed. Granted the closest mall is about 45 minutes from me, being able to order adorable dresses and outfits for date nights, weddings, or any event just became so much more convenient.

Check out some of my favorite designer pieces that are on Amazon right now!


Luxury Fashion on Amazon

Oscar De La Renta on Amazon

Baguette Crystal Hoop Earrings

Multi Color Floral Poplin Jumpsuit

V-Neck Tank Dress

Leather Mini TRO Bag

Alexandre Birman on Amazon

Vicky 90 Leather

Soft Clarita Flat

Clarita

Missoni on Amazon

Long Sleeve Turtle Neck Dress

Short Sleeve Crew Neck

Sleeveless Dress

Elie Saab on Amazon

Cady Bralette

Printed Popeline Long Skirt

Crepe Pants

Gabardin Pants

Jennifer Meyer on Amazon

18k Gold Inlay Short Bar Bracelet

18k Gold Thin Ruby Ring

18k Gold Bar Stud Earrings

18k Gold Wishbone Bracelet


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Life Lessons I Learned In My Twenties

It’s starting to hit me that I am really in my 30s. But if we’re being honest, not much has changed from my 20’s. Butttt my 20’s were really a wild decade, from college to now it is hard to believe that so much time has gone by.

Looking back at my 20’s, it really was a decade of self growth and discovering my own self worth. I’ve always struggled trusting myself and dealt with more confidence issues than you can imagine. In the past decade, I’ve played Division 1 and 2 lacrosse, coached collegiate lacrosse, started my sales and marketing career, moved to Boston and lived their for over 5 years, bought 3 cars, made a bagillion and 1 mistakes, became a Nationally Qualified NPC Bikini Competitor, coached youth lacrosse, most recently became a varsity lacrosse coach, all while trying to keep my anxiety at bay and getting through every day!

Even though I feel like I am the same person from 10 years ago, I really have grown so much. I have learned a lot, and I’m looking forward to learning even more in my 30s. But no matter where life takes me, I will be taking these life lessons from my twenties with me wherever I go!

Trust Your Gut

If you have a feeling that something is either really right or really wrong, run with it.  Your instinct is always correct.

Put Yourself First

At the end of the day you have yourself to rely on, that’s it.  You’re stuck with you forever. Take care of yourself.  If you don’t like the situation that you are in, change it.  Your job isn’t cutting it, get a new one.  Someone is adding stress to your life, move on.  It really is ok to be selfish, on occasion, and make sure you are doing what’s right for you.

Trust Your Gut Even More

Seriously – don’t doubt yourself.  Whether it is a person, place, or thing, you’ll know if it’s meant for you or if it isn’t. Don’t ignore those butterflies in your stomach or aches in your heart, they are there for a reason.  Trust them.

Lean On Your Friends

If you’re lucky enough to have a group of friends that love you, lean on them. You don’t need to go through your issues and life alone. A true friend will let you vent, will help you solve your problems, and will not judge you at all. Don’t be afraid of opening up to your best friends, they are your best friends for a reason and will be there be your side through it all.

Don’t Spend Money On Stupid Things

Yes, money comes and money goes but do not throw your money away.  If you need something, buy it, but don’t spend all your money on one trip or something you will use once just to say you have it – live within your means.  I’ve seen way to many friends bury themselves in unnecessary debt for no other reason than crazy spending habits.   

Invest Early and Often

Want to know what’s amazing? Compound Interest. Let your money work for you. Talk to a financial advisor as soon as possible to get yourself on the right track. Does your company offer a 401k match? Do it. Are you young enough to really benefit from a ROTH 401k? Do it. The later you start, the less growth potential but at the end of the day it’s NEVER to late to start. Invest what you can and forget about it. Yes taking money out of your paycheck stings, but years down the road you’ll revisit the account and be oh so pleasantly surprised with the bag you’ve managed to secure.

Looking for a quick, easy, and effective way to start investing money? Check out Acorns.  One of my favorite investment apps. You’ll get $5 in free stock when you sign up.

It’s Okay If Your Friend Circle Gets Smaller

Quality over Quantity. Your life will change, so will your friends and family. People will move away from you, and people will move near you. Your group will change, grow, and shrink. If your circle gets smaller, it’s okay. People have a time and place in your life, trust the universe and everything happening for a reason.

People Will Let Your Down

Not everything will be sunshine and rainbows, and that’s not a problem. People will let you down and it will feel like the end of the world. You might go through all the feels, but you will come out on top at the end of the day. You will learn lessons and you will grow. You will learn who is worth your time and who is not. Someone very close to me once said, energy is replenish-able so use it frivolously, time is not re-useable so use it wisely. Value your time and the people you let in your life.

Hang Onto What Makes Your Happy

Everything you do should be something that brings you happiness or takes you on a road to happiness. Don’t give something up that makes you happy. Don’t spend your time trying to chase something new in hopes of happiness if you already are living your best life.

It’s Okay To Let Go Of People You Once Loved

Many people will come and go from your life, some are harder to let go of than others. Some might take longer to let go of than others, but when someone no longer serves a purpose in your life its best to let them go and move forward. There’s always better things ahead.

If Someone Opens The Door to Leave, Let Them

For any reason, if someone of some thing decides to leave your life, let them. Do not force anyone or any situation you are in to stay if it chooses to leave you. The right person will stay. The right job will work out. The right friends will stay. You owe it to yourself to surround yourself with people who want to be with you. You owe it to yourself to be in a situation that works for you! If someone wants to leave, let them.

It’s Easy To Make Money

Don’t be scared of money. Making money is easy. There are a million and one ways to make a living, most of which you probably haven’t thought of yet and guess what, they aren’t illegal. Don’t be scared to try and start something of your own or a side hustle!

Don’t Compare Your Life to Someone Else’s Life

We are all living our lives on different paths. Your 20’s is a wild time where people are getting married, having babies, divorcing, getting jobs, starting companies, losing jobs, losing money, making insane amounts of money.. There’s so much change happening because everyone is figuring out their own lives. Don’t look at someone else and wish you have what they have. If you focus on other people’s lives more than your own, you’ll miss out on the amazing things that you are doing and the life that you are building for yourself.

Never Stop Loving Yourself

It will get rocky at times, but never forget how incredible of a person you are. Don’t let a person make you think you aren’t worthy. Don’t let a social media app make you think you aren’t beautiful. Don’t let one failure define you. You’ve made it this far and there’s so much ahead of you waiting!

If you’re currently in your twenties, enjoy it. I sure did.


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Amazon Necklace Stacking, Cute Necklaces

Cute Necklaces on Amazon For Under $15

Who loves stacking necklaces? This girl!

I have to say, I typically never order jewelry from Amazon, but have recently started to explore some of the accessories. Most of the necklaces that I wear are passed down from my Mother or Grandmother. They are some very beautiful items that carry tons of sentimental value. I would be devastated if I ever lost or damaged these incredible jewelry pieces. So that’s why we’re here with Amazon! Always.

In an effort to not wear some of the family heirlooms as often as I have been, I recently ordered some adorable necklaces from Amazon that stand on their own or look great being stacked with chains of different lengths. Check out these bargains – they are great to use as going-out pieces or for gifts!


Angel Number Necklace – $8.99

I am the proud owner of 444 and 1111. These necklaces not only have a great meaning but are the perfect stacking piece. With an adjustable clasp, these necklaces can be worn short or long. These fall at the perfect length to be the top necklace or the middle piece in a necklace stack depending on where you set the clasp. These are great quality for a 9 dollar necklace!

Gold Beaded Choker – $11.95

These simple chokers are adorable! There are multiple styles – from single strand all the way to triple. There are also varying bead patterns to choose from, with options in both silver and gold. These are so simple that they can be worn with many different outfits at all different ocassions.

Gold Bar Necklace – $7.58

A Gold Bar Necklace is a staple. No explanation is needed.

Birth Month Flower Necklace – $12.05

Not ready to fully commit to being an astrology girl and wear your sign? Wearing your birth flower is a fun way to highlight you astrology-ways without screaming it in everyone’s faces – We know there’s some judgement on it. These simple necklaces with a round pendant are understated and unique. But don’t worry this link also has the astrology signs on necklaces incase you want to show it off!

Gold Letter Pendant Necklace – $12.99

I thought these were so cheesy for a while, but they really grew on me – so much that I had to get one of my own. They are super shiny and stand out – I have to say this necklace gets the most questions when I wear it. It looks great as the longest necklace in a stack if you are layering.


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Reasons to Thrift, Thrifting Tips, Thrift Shopping Tips, Long Island, Long Island Fashion

5 Reasons Why I Started Thrifting

A self proclaimed fast-fashion shopaholic to a thrift store queen – how did that happen?

I have always been one to be on trends and follow big brands and fast fashion companies to stay on top of the latest style. There’s something about ordering clothes and getting them in 2-3 days that really feeds this instant gratification world that we live in. The more I bought, the more I noticed how many clothes I just bought for the sake of having and not to wear. We’re talking hundreds of dollars on clothes that I maybe wore only once? The amount of clothes I’ve donated that were brand new with tags is disgusting. Leading us to here –

This girl thrifts and she absolutely love it. Here’s a little more into the nitty gritty on why I started thrifting :

Full Disclaimer – I still shop at some fast fashion brands and designers, thrifting is my way of supplementing my existing wardrobe

Cost Effectiveness

You’d be surprised the amount of money that you save when you thrift. Just last weekend, I bought a brand new tan colored trench coat (very on season), vintage Polo Ralph Lauren Pants, and no-name high waisted slacks that appear to be from the 80’s for under $30 dollars. Yes, every trip is different and you will most likely strike out a few times, but that’s what makes it fun! That same haul of 2 pairs of pants and trenchcoat would easily topple over $150 dollars – much higher than that if you are looking to name brands!

It’s Unique

You know what’s annoying? Going out and seeing someone else is the same outfit as you, – whether it’s the skirt, top, or jacket you are wearing – it’s always strange seeing someone in your clothes. But let’s think about it here, You’re buying clothes from Zara, Vici, Shein, whatever fast fashion site you choose – those companies are pumping out clothes left and right. You are bound to bump into someone with the same pieces as you!

Thrifting is pretty much the exact opposite. It is easy to find one of a kind pieces or even find a piece and make it your own! You’re only spending a few dollars on it so why not try cropping that blazer? Or buying that long dated dress and making it cute and summery! When you thrift you are able to express yourself more through clothes. I recently found an amazing suede shacket – most likely from the 70’s – that is a staple piece in my wardrobe. People as me all the time where I found it and I proudly say Savers!

You’re bound to find pieces that you have never seen before when you go thrift shopping. You also will always find new items at every store or every day you go. It is fun to really piece together your wardrobe and make unique outfits that are not only on style, but so insanely you and unique that other’s can’t help but wonder where you go it. It’s not like they can search the item on Google and find it anyways!

Condensing My Wardobe

Hi I’m Tina and I have too much clothes. Hi Tina. Yes. It was a real problem.

These fast fashion brands fed to my addiction to need new pieces because they’re so cute and I had to have them! I would picture one outfit with a top and that was it. When I started thrifting, I had a similar mindset. The prices were so cheap I could get so much more for my money! No, Tina. Wrong. You’re going to have too much stuff you can’t even store all of it. True

Now when I thrift, I follow the 10 outfit rule – it’s changed my life. When I find a piece that I love, I have to think of 10 ways I could wear it with the clothes that I currently (that’s a big keyword) have. If I can’t wear it in 10 different outfits, it is not worth the space in my closet. Thrifting has forced me to re-evaluate how I dress and what I spend my money on. I guess this one is more of a life lesson learned through thrifting then why I started thrifting. Sorry about the tangent, but we’re back.

It’s a Creative Outlet

I never viewed fashion as a form of expression until recently. I started thrifting with hopes of being about to express myself through clothing and not blend in with everyone else. Through colors, patterns, and new cuts, I’ve been able to put together an incredible closet of one of a kind pieces – that when I style together form amazing cohesive outfits.

Searching for new items is such a rush – I genuinely enjoy combing through racks and bins to find my next vintage piece! I’ve learned so much about clothing, the years items were made, locations where the clothes were made, etc. It really is a science and it’s fun to be so creative but also learn a lot about the past. Thrifting is just one massive learning experience and allows you to harness tons of creativity!

Sick of Terrible Clothing Quality

You know what really makes me made? Seeing an article of clothing on a website be one color or look a certain way, and when it gets to your door step is completely and utterly different? Yea, I was getting tired of that happening. No more sheer white shirts and pants, dresses that your whole katush hangs out of, sizing that’s different for every item. That’s gone and in the past.

You can really find very good quality items – I know thrifting gets a bad rap sometimes, but it really is a goldmine! That trench coat I mentioned before, you should see the stitching on that! It’s beautiful. I’ve found plenty of designer items with non-designer prices, like Fendi, Gucci, and more!

Jumping in the thrifting world has been really fun for me. I’m excited for all. my hauls to come and all the amazing pieces I stumble upon to add to my closet!


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