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Fashion Friday: 2018 Tony Awards Red Carpet Favorites

I watched the Tony Awards for the first time this past Sunday, and before the show began I was eagerly scrolling social media to see what some of the biggest Broadway stars were wearing to Broadway's biggest night. I instantly loved the first dress I saw and continued to see wonderful dresses on the red carpet at in Radio City Music Hall. After seeing what two of my Broadway favorites were wearing, I knew I wanted to share all of my favorite Tonys outfits in this week's Fashion Friday post.

Stephanie Styles

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I just absolutely adore Stephanie Styles! I actually featured her in a previous Fashion Friday post as one of my style icons. The very first Tonys red carpet picture I saw from this year was actually of her. I was just on Facebook scrolling through my news feed, and there was literally a post of just her picture on the red carpet. I saw it and was in awe: of the dress and of the fact Facebook apparently knows me so well that it knew I wanted to see was Stephanie was wearing.

I love the light pink color and the delicate, little floral appliques all over the dress. It's so pretty and fits Stephanie so well. I know she loves flowers. Plus, it complements the beautiful floral backdrop (that I wish I could have in my room) without being floral overload. Her Marchesa gown was definitely my favorite of the whole night.

My May Favorites

I know I probably say this a lot, but I really mean it this time. How is it already June?! I can hardly believe it because I don't really feel like I've been out of school for over a year. Anyway, I got caught up and a bit busy last week, but I finally got around to working on my May favorites.

Steve Madden purse from Marshalls

Sometime in the past six months or so, I've realized that most of the purses I have and use often are either quite big or quite small. I don't own a lot of medium sized purses, which is a problem when I don't have a lot of stuff I want to or need to carry but it doesn't fit in my small crossbody bags. I also don't have a brown purse, so this bag solved both of those problems.

It's Steve Madden, which I love. Most of my purses are either Steve Madden or Kate Spade. It has a little pocket in the front, as you can see it the picture as well as a zipper compartment at the front. The inside is lined with hot pink fabric, which I adore, and then there's a leather divider so everything inside doesn't get jumbled around.

Youth feat. Khalid - Shawn Mendes

This song and this performance are so moving and so powerful. I love the lyrics and the message and find it so inspiring.

Smallcakes chocolate cookie cheesecake cupcake

Doesn't a chocolate cookie cheesecake cupcake just sound delicious? Well it was. This cupcake was nice and decadent with nice chocolate flavor and a touch of cheesecake. Nothing was too sweet, and the Oreos on top added a nice crunch.

Disney x Target mermaid Minnie water bottle

Mickey Mouse & Friends Minnie Mouse Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This water bottle is part of Disney and Target's new collab collection, which is full of fun stuff for Disney fans of all ages. This is a smaller water bottle since it only holds 12 oz, but it's great for when I don't want to carry a lot of stuff with me. I love the mermaid Minnie graphic! It's so cute and perfect for summer. The pink and sea foamy green are an adorable color combo, and the gradient background is a nice touch. The best part of this water bottle is that it keeps my water cold since it's stainless steel.

One Year Post-Grad Reflections of a Patient Alumna

So it's officially been a year (and a few days) since I've graduated from college, and it's still hard to believe it's already been that long. A lot's happened in the last 12 months.

I met my favorite gymnast, Nastia Liukin. I went to New York for the first time. I saw my first show on Broadway. I watched a lot of TV shows and movies for the first time. I saw the yearbook that I helped make and lead the creation of come to life and held it in my hands, experiencing the most rewarding feeling. I reunited with my best friend since sixth grade for the first time in four years. I traveled to San Francisco and met relatives I've never met before. I met Chloe Lukasiak from Dance Moms. I went to a club gymnastics meet for the first time. I saw Leslie Odom, Jr. sing live. I went to my first job interview. I got my first job offer. I declined my first job offer.

Like I said, a lot's happened in a year. But notice the absence of "I started my first adult job." That's definitely not what I expected or planned.

Fashion Friday: OOTD: Spring Into April

It's been a while since I last did an outfit compilation post because I hadn't been going out consistently enough to have outfits to take photos of, but now that the weather's nicer, I think they'll be more frequent again!

April 8

Garage cropped sweater | Hollister skinny jeans | Keds from Nordstrom Rack | Kate Spade purse
Even though this was from the beginning of April, it was a bit chilly for this time of year, so I opted for a light sweater. It wasn't like winter cold, but not quite the nice spring temperatures you'd expect from early April. I paired the sweater with some light wash distressed denim because it felt more spring-like, and if it didn't feel like spring outside, at least I could bring some spring vibes to my outfit?

My April Favorites

Even though I had a pretty busy April, I didn't have a lot of things to include in this post. I actually had a rather difficult time coming up with stuff to put in this post, so this is a pretty short favorites post that is being published later than I'd like. But if you like fashion and shopping, this is a good favorites post to check out.

Monteau Los Angeles striped jumpsuit from Marshalls

I'd seen this jumpsuit in multiple Marshalls stores and wanted it the second I saw it, but I could never find it in my size. I eventually found it in my size, tried it on, and decided to buy it. Despite how much I liked it when I saw it in stores, I didn't fall head over heels for it until I went out and actually wore it.

I wore it to my first in-person job interview, which was to work at a fashion retail store's headquarters, so I knew I wanted to show my knowledge and love for fashion with my outfit. If I was going to interview for a fashion job, I needed to dress like it. I didn't just want to wear nice pants and a blazer, so this jumpsuit was the perfect piece for me to get.

It's really comfy and trendy, as stripes and jumpsuits are big this season. I love the colors, and it can easily be dressed up or down.

 Riley Rose

I first heard of this store (which is actually Forever 21's beauty/gifts store) on Facebook when I saw a video featuring Riley Rose. It looked so pretty and fun in the video, and the Chicago Water Tower Place location is exactly that. There's a ton of makeup products for sale in addition to a cute little counter complete with tablets and mirrors to help you try out certain looks. And if you're not super into makeup, there are lots of other fun items there as well from hair and beauty accessories to snacks to stationery and home decor. Riley Rose has such adorable decor with white tile walls and neon pink quote lights. Every location also has a little selfie/photo wall (pictured above), which I absolutely love.

Chloe Lukasiak's Brandon Maxwell prom dress

Chloe has such good taste in fashion! This dress is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors and the design. The pink straps for the halter around the neck and at the waist add a nice contrast and cute details. The dress is flowy and has a little train going on but isn't your typical prom dress. This is the kind of dress you'd see at a red carpet event rather than a prom, but I think it's a good choice for Chloe. It's more mature but still age appropriate. I'm not even upset there aren't any rhinestones on it because it doesn't need any. I'm actually getting Grecian goddess vibes from this dress, and I love it!

Rose Gold Metallic Diamond Popsocket

I needed to get a new Popsocket after I accidentally messed up my other one. I unknowingly forcibly moved it twice trying to put my phone in my arm sleeve before running, and that's not how you're supposed to move Popsockets. So after getting annoyed with trying to stick it back on a bunch of times, I just got a new one. I love the color and design of this one as it's rose gold and looks like a diamond. I love rose gold, and the design of it is simple yet chic.

I was worried it would scratch rather easily since it has a smooth aluminum like finish, but it hasn't scratched once. I've been relatively careful with it to prevent scratches, but there were occasions I forgot about its finish and did something where I thought it might get scratched, but it still looks like I just got it!

What were some highlights or favorites from last month?

Fashion Friday: Style Icons: Stephanie Styles

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Last weekend I was thoroughly entertained by watching Stephanie Styles's Instagram story of her being the happiest person ever when she was at Disneyland. I vicariously lived through her and just enjoyed watching her be super happy and adorable at Disneyland. After watching that, I would definitely say I adore her.

She's most famous for being the first person to play Katherine in the first national tour of Disney's Newsies (the live musical, not the movie from the 1990s.), which is my favorite Broadway musical. I've only seen the professionally recorded version of the musical that was in theaters, which you can now find on Netflix or Amazon, and she actually wasn't it that one, but I started following her on Instagram several months ago just because I really like Newsies. Now I'm just a big fan of her even though I've never seen anything she's in.

Obviously she's a great singer. She's a huge Disney fan (I could probably do an entire post about my favorite Disney outfits of hers), and she can do amazing impressions of different Disney characters (including singing just like Snow White, which blows my mind!). Her hair always looks so pretty, and she can rock red lipstick like no one else, and I just love her and her style. So I wanted to feature her as one of my style icons. After all, her last name is Styles!

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What a pretty and perfectly springy Easter outfit! I love the different textures from the top and the skirt (I honestly don't know if this is a dress?) and how they contrast. The skirt reminds me very much of a flowy ballerina skirt considering the tulle-like material and how it looks in that slo-mo, and I love it! Knowing Stephanie loves Disney, this outfit definitely makes me think of Cinderella. The nude accessories go well with the color palette and keep it clean and soft.