High-Waisted Flared Jeans + Leather Jacket

    Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog

    Top: Old Navy (this gray version is just $4!) | Jeans: Old Navy | Jacket: Nordstrom (similar) | Bag: Express (love this one) | Shoes: Target (very similar)| Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)

    I’ve been slacking on the blog front, and I feel like I’ve told you this more times than I’d like to admit…

    The truth is, creative funks happen. A lot (this post is a nice little reminder of what to do when that time comes). Lately, I’ve been thinking about where I want this blog to go, and I have a few ideas that I’m really excited about. I love when inspiration randomly strikes. You know that feeling? It’s refreshing.

    By the way, how’s your week going so far? Can you believe we’re halfway through October already?

    Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog

    October is hands-down my favorite month of the year. It’s crisp enough for a leather jacket and jeans, but not quite POLAR VORTEX 2.0 cold just yet (we can all pray that holds off a little longer). I love fall for so many reasons. Fashion being high on the list.

    And speaking of fashion — remember these jeans? I talked about them recently on the blog and I’ve been wearing them A LOT offline, too. They’re so flattering, and I can’t believe they’re under $20. If you’re on the hunt for a pair, these are an amazing, affordable option (it looks like they only have one size left, but these are a great alternative). Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog

    Hope you have a great week! Fritz and I will be heading to Louisville this weekend for a friend’s wedding and we can’t wait. Weddings are always great excuses to have reunions with friends from all over the country. Follow along on Instagram for more behind the scenes adventures! Flare jeans and leather jacket | | Fashion blog

    Photos by Erika Gene Clark

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    Real Life

    7 Ways to Make New Friends in your Twenties


    I’m a contributor for Gen Twenty, and this post originally appeared on

    Let’s face it – making new friends when you’re younger is relatively easy. For most of your childhood and adolescent life, you’re surrounded by people your own age. On the playground, in the classroom and at football games on Friday nights. You sat next to the same group of people in your math and English classes, walked home from school with your best friend and shared a cabin with a group of girls at sleep away camp.

    Years later, you went off to college, where you were one of many nervous freshmen, open to meeting as many new people as possible. Everyone was essentially in the same boat. You crammed for finals with your classmates, went grocery shopping with your roommates on Sundays and walked to parties with the girls who lived in your hall.

    In grade school, high school and college, friendships were generally valued in terms of quantity, not necessarily quality.

    Then you graduate, move to a different city and start a brand new job. In the real world, you’re in an office, working alongside your coworkers who are all in different stages of their lives  – some are married, some have families and some even have grandchildren.

    You’re no longer in the same setting you were in prior to graduation, and meeting people in the same place as you suddenly isn’t as easy as it once was.

    So, what’s next? How do you meet new people? Where do all the twenty-somethings hang out?

    Making new friends after college can be challenging. But, it’s not impossible.

    Here are seven ways to make new friends in your twenties:

    1. Discover your passions first.

    Before making new friends, it’s important to get to know yourself on a deeper level. Life after college is completely unpredictable, but it’s the perfect opportunity for a little self discovery.

    Ask yourself, what are you really interested in? What drives and motivates you every day?

    If you love running, getting involved with a local running club is a great place to start. If you’re like me and have a blog, connect with other bloggers in your area. Doing things you love makes it easier to connect with others who share the same hobbies as you, and will help you form more meaningful friendships.

    2. Reach out to those with similar interests.

    Once you figure out what it is you really love to do, reach out to others with similar interests. Instagram is a growing community, and as far as social media goes, it’s one of the best tools out there for meeting and connecting with like-minded people in your area.

    Maybe you’re interested in pursuing photography and are really inspired by a local photographer you follow on Instagram. Send her a private message and see if you can meet up for coffee or lunch. Not only will this help you grow your professional network and give you the opportunity to grow your skill set, but it will also open the door to new friendships, too.

    3. Connect with mutual friends.

    Grab drinks with your friend and her co-worker she’s been wanting you to meet for months. Connecting with mutual friends will help you ease into meeting new people, without the fear of things getting awkward.

    Because you share a mutual friend, it’s a little easier to break the ice, and it’s more likely you’ll hang out again in the future.

    4. Join a co-ed sports team.

    Even if you’re not the most athletic person around (yes, I’m totally referring to myself), joining an intramural co-ed sports team is a fun way to let loose after work and meet new people at the same time.

    Most young professional organizations have opportunities to join teams, from softball to sand volleyball, so keep an eye out for what’s going on in your area. If it will make you feel more comfortable, bring a friend with you to help calm your nerves.

    5. Find your school’s local alumni group.

    Every city is filled with alumni groups, and joining one is a great way to meet people who went to the same school as you.

    Even if you move across the country, chances are there is a local alumni group that gets together for trivia, game nights, etc.

    Reach out and make new connections. Cheering on your school over chips, queso and margs is an surefire way to form new friendships.

    6. Get tech savvy.

    Chances are, you know people who have met their boyfriends and girlfriends on apps like Tinder and Bumble. We live in a digital age. There’s no reason why you can’t meet new friends the same way.

    If you’re overwhelmed with your new work schedule and don’t feel like you have the time to dedicate to joining every club out there, sign up for apps like Meetup and Bumble BFF.

    They are great resources, and can help connect you with people in your area. 

    7. Don’t be afraid to make the first move.

    Making friends is a lot like dating. It’s actually hilarious how similar the two are. And while it would be nice for people to always approach you at every networking event, remember that sometimes, it’s up to you to make the first move.

    Be brave and put yourself out there. Go to networking events and proactively introduce yourself to people there.

    It might take some creative thinking and a little extra effort, but you will make new friends in your twenties, thirties, and beyond.

    Just remember, most people are going through the same things you are. You just haven’t met them yet.

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    Wine Colored Romper

    Frill Like Dancing Off-shoulder Romper in Wine from ChicWish |

    Think of that one thing you own that makes you feel like a million bucks when you put it on. Maybe it’s a pair of vintage Levis or a chunky knit sweater. Or, maybe it’s that little black dress you bring out for special occasions. For me, it’s this wine-colored romper. I’m so, so into it.

    It’s easy and comfortable and classy. Basically, everything I want a fancy outfit to be. And the best part? I’ve fooled various guests at all the weddings I’ve been to into thinking I’m wearing a dress, when really, I’m wearing an oversized romper that might as well be pajamas.

    If you’re like me and have several weddings to attend this month, this little number won’t let you down. The off-the-shoulder silhouette and flowy sleeves are both perfect for dancing the night away with all of your closest friends. Frill Like Dancing Off-shoulder Romper in Wine from ChicWish |

    Romper: Chicwish (there’s only a few left!) | Shoes: JustFab | Bag: Coach | Earrings: Banana Republic

    Outfit talk aside, how’s your week going so far? I have so many exciting things coming up this weekend, and I can’t wait to share more of them on the blog soon.

    One of the main things on my to-do list is to get out and explore Columbus. I’ve been here for a year and a half now and I feel like there are still so many bars, restaurants and boutiques I have yet to visit. If you’re local, I’d love to hear some of your recommendations!

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    Photography by Erika Clark

    Real Life

    Feeling Lost? The Simple Quiz That Will Help You Figure Out “What You Want to do with Your Life”

    Feeling stuck in your career? Learn more about how to find your passion |

    What would you tell your 21-year-old self? I’d tell her to wear sunscreen, drink more water before she goes out for the night and spend less money on clothes. And while there are other life lessons I’m sure she’d benefit from, one of the biggest pieces of wisdom I’ve learned is this — it’s okay to not have everything figured out on graduation day, or even four years later. It’s okay to feel like your next big adventure has yet to be discovered.

    I’m creative by nature. I’m disorganized and visual and always conjuring up big ideas in my head. Sitting at a desk all day never felt right, and some days, I know I’m meant to do so much more. But, what is it? What am I supposed to be doing? How can I find my passion and make a career out of it?

    If you’ve had any these thoughts, you’re certainly not alone.

    A dear friend of mine (hi, Sarah!) recently introduced me to Clarity on Fire, a blog written by career coaches, Rachel East and Kristen Walker. The dynamic duo writes for millenials who “know what they don’t want, but have no idea what they’d rather be doing.” Sounds familiar, right?

    Their blog content is designed to help you find your passion. Because let’s be honest, we all want our careers to bring us joy, fulfillment and ignite our creativity. But, it’s nearly impossible to get there without truly knowing yourself first.


    Clarity on Fire’s Passion Profile quiz will help you identify your natural strengths, characteristics and challenges.

    There are four possible outcomes, and depending on your results, you could fall into one of the following categories: Firestarter, Tribe Member, Side Hustler, or Thriver.

    I’m a Firestarter, which according to Clarity on Fire, means I am “driven by an internal fire, a deep craving to create, transform and shake things up.”

    I’m attracted to flexibility, rebellion, independence, leadership and freedom. I don’t like to follow the rules (who said rules were fun, anyway?) and I can’t help but challenge the way things are.

    And while I learned about my key strengths, the quiz also helped me identify some challenges. For example, I learned I’m often distracted, impatient, not easily satisfied and overwhelmed by the amount of ideas I have (ha, truth).

    This Passion Profile quiz has been called “scarily accurate” and for good reason. If you are struggling with identifying where your passions lie, take a few minutes out of your day and answer 11 questions. Remember to be honest! Don’t pick an answer because it’s the “cooler” one. Go with your gut for the best results. I promise you won’t regret it.

    Which Passion Profile are you?


    Navy Shirt Dress and Lace Up Heels


    Hi, there. How’s your week going?


    My aunt and uncle, cousin and his boyfriend and my cousin and her adorable baby boy flew to Cincinnati from Florida and the whole gang is staying at my parents’ house. I can’t wait (like, times 100) to join everyone tonight and play tour guide for the weekend. I haven’t been home in awhile, and with everything new going on in Cincy (the streetcar, Oktoberfest, this amazing new restaurant), I know it will be a nice little visit.


    Alright, let’s talk about this outfit…

    There’s just something about lace up heels. And whatever that “something” is, I can’t get enough of it. I was hunting for a pair for what felt like forever, and when I spotted these (and their 75% off discount I got as a new customer), it was a no-brainer.

    My office errs on the traditional side in terms of dress code, so while I wouldn’t wear these to work, I would definitely swap out my classic pumps for these babies after hours. Happy hour is the best hour, so why not have fun shoes to match? Every girl needs a pair(s) of shoes that make her feel like a million bucks.

    I styled my new favorite shoes with a classic shirt dress. And let me just say, if you are looking to add something to your closet, go for the shirt dress. It’s a staple that can be dressed up, dressed down, or styled to fit your mood.

    Want to go preppy? Add a printed blazer and some wedges. Edgy? Grab a leather jacket and black booties. Sporty? Slide on some sneakers and put on your favorite baseball cap. Sexy? Keep the accessories simple and grab your favorite sleek pumps or lace up heels (of course).


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    Dress: Forever 21 (similar) | Heels: JustFab | Bag: Express (similar) | Necklace: Emma Jane Designs c/o

    Photography by Erika Gene Clark


    ’70s Style: The Denim Jumpsuit


    Jumpsuit: Old Navy (under $50!) | Headband: Anthropologie (love this one) | Bag: Coach | Sandals: Topshop | Necklace and Earrings: Emma Jane Designs c/o

    Never in a million years did I think I’d be waltzing around town in a denim jumpsuit. I tried the overalls trend once, but when I looked in the mirror, I got flashbacks to the time I dressed up as a farmer’s daughter for Halloween (it wasn’t a good look). Some people can really rock them, but I just didn’t feel like myself.

    But when I spotted this denim jumpsuit at Old Navy, I grabbed it and made a b-line for the dressing room. Farmer’s daughter in this thing? No way.

    I fell in love, instantly. It hugs my curves in all the right places, is super comfortable to wear and is unlike anything else I own. Bingo. Into the cart it went.
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    I kept the look casual with a messy ponytail (complete with a pretty headband, of course), dainty accessories, my trusty sandals and a crossbody bag.

    And while this look was perfect for the weekend, this jumpsuit is so versatile. I’m already planning on how I can wear it to the office. I think this blouse would look perfect underneath.

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    Photography by my girl, Erika Gene Clark

    Real Life

    Career Chat: 6 Tips to Help You Network Like a Boss

    Networking Tips |

    Alright, friend. Let’s talk about networking for a second. Does the word bring on sudden waves of anxiety? Does the thought of shaking hands with random strangers make you want to crawl into a hole instead (believe me, I’ve been there)?

    The whole process can be really intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

    With the right attitude and approach, even the most introverted people can excel at building and maintaining strong professional relationships. And an added bonus? Some connections might even blossom into friendships.

    Today, I’m sharing six tips for networking success on GenTwenty, a site that provides twenty-somethings with support and reassurance through all aspects of life (I’m a contributor now, so be sure to follow along!). Pop on over to read the full list.

    I’ll see you there :)

    What are some of your tried and true networking tips?