~~SPRING ESSENTIALS~~

Heels: Cole Haan, White V-Neck: J.Crew Location: NYFW

Heels: Cole Haan, White V-Neck: J.Crew Location: NYFW

Essentially Spring

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When embarking outside once again after a harsh long winter into a highly anticipated spring, you need to transition fully and flawlessly. Meaning, don't be boring. We get it. Winter was hard on all of us - but please let's not dwell on it any longer than need be. Catalogues, though many of you might see them as outdated, are actually a great place to start looking for inspiration. 

White + Cropped

Color, some can't live with them, I certainly can't live without them. Whether you want it to or not, the colors you adorn yourself in say a profound amount about you. Especially whites. I have never been able to be the girl that can wear white without spilling on it. HOW DO YOU PEOPLE DO IT? White pants parade!

Shimmery Metallics

Does anything reflect the skin better than a good metallic? I think not. In fact I cannot seem to get enough of metallics. No need to only accessorize with them, spread them around! Take this opportunity to make a massive metallic statement, let's do it! This is for the boys and the ladies. No gendered dressing allowed here!

Tote-ally Spring

If you don't change your bag when transitioning from winter to spring then you are DOING IT WRONG. 

Are You Really Happy? or Just Comfortable? [Dia&Co]

Comfortability, happiness, to many people these terms are seen as synonymous - but are they really? Being comfortable, despite being wonderful, can be a dangerous thing. When you get comfortable you take things for granted without realizing and often get stuck in ruts unable to figure out why. In my experience, the most comfortable people are often the most unhappy. 

This unhappiness is apparent to me in the clothing that people wear, or don't wear. A lot of times our choice in clothing is on auto-pilot and we can find ourselves saying things like, "I could never pull that off," or "Is this really me?" I'm going to tell you all a secret: anyone can pull anything off. It's about silencing that voice in your head that tells you, "Is this too much? Will people get it? What will people think about me since I'm wearing this? Will I come off a certain way?" We all have these thoughts from time to time, yes, even me! 

If you're not familiar with the company, Dia&Co it's time to get familiar. Dia&Co is an online personal styling service exclusively for plus size women styling 12-32. Though not being plus size myself, I deeply admire a company that inspires women of different body types to step outside their heads and the shameful words the fashion industry inflicts on us. "If you're heavy, don't wear horizontal stripes, wear black only it's slimming, never show your stomach unless it's perfectly flat, wear clothes that don't attract attention to your body." We've all heard it, and I for one am OVER it. 

Spotted: kellmenow wearing articles of clothing she was previously afraid of

1) Flares. I used to believe they were only for 5th graders and disco dancers from the 70s. Here I am wearing them. On 2 separate occasions!

2) Crop tops. I used to think by wearing them I would send the message that I was too "full of myself," and everyone would think I was showing off. Now IDGAF what people think.

2) Crop tops. I used to think by wearing them I would send the message that I was too "full of myself," and everyone would think I was showing off. Now IDGAF what people think.

3) I used to think pairing opposite items, a Nordic Christmas sweater + dominatrix necklace was ghastly. Now I think it's dope!

3) I used to think pairing opposite items, a Nordic Christmas sweater + dominatrix necklace was ghastly. Now I think it's dope!

Inspired by this I decided to try an outfit that I've never worn before. Aren't those the most fun? Before moving to New York, I NEVER wore tights. In fact, I hated them. I thought they accentuated me in all of the wrong places and couldn't be bothered to wear them. For this post I decided to buy a pair of gray tights with a fun pattern from Nordstrom Rock, a pair it with a $20 Burberry skirt I got thrifting, a furry black vest I received interning at Diesel and my favorite shoe to wear around New York, Doc Martens. At first, wearing tights felt weird. I thought everyone could tell I was self conscious in them, but  all of a sudden this weird thing started happening - I started receiving compliments. Shocking? Not really. Your mind is the only thing holding you back - this is applicable to literally everything in life. The only limitations you have are the ones you place on yourself.

Dia&Co has inspired this post in many ways because not only are they a styling service, they are a brand that focuses on a rather underserved market of fashion. Fashion is not just for skinny minis! For $20, Dia&Co sends you five clothing items that you can either send back or choose to purchase, and they exclusively serve plus size women. You can choose your style: edgy, boho, preppy, prints and colors you interested, or perhaps not so interested in. There are a plethora of pricing categories to select and you are able to easily choose one that fits your budget. Each box comes complete with an encouraging note to step outside your comfort zone and, be a little scandalous! 

My encouragement to all of you: Wear an outfit you've never worn. Put something together you've always been nervous to do, and send it to me! I'd love to see.

Bye self restricting thoughts! Get lost! I am working these tights!

Bye self restricting thoughts! Get lost! I am working these tights!

XOXO kellygirl 

Wild Spirit

Cap: BCBG, Sunglasses: Nordstrom, Necklace: J.Crew, Mesh Black Tee: American Apparel, Pleather Leggings: HUE, Boots: Doc Marten Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn; Photos by: Victoria Kass

Cap: BCBG, Sunglasses: Nordstrom, Necklace: J.Crew, Mesh Black Tee: American Apparel, Pleather Leggings: HUE, Boots: Doc Marten

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn; Photos by: Victoria Kass

She was a gypsy, as soon as you unravelled the many layers to her wild spirit she was on her next quest to discover her magic. She was relentless like that, the woman didn't need anybody but an open road, a pen and a couple of sunsets.

The World Shimmers, But Not Everyone Can See It

Sunglasses: Prada; Necklace: Stone (Mexico), Coat: Calvin Klein via Goodwill, Legging Pants: BCBG, Sweater: All Saints, Backpack: Vince Camuto, Socks: The Spare Room, Los Angeles, Booties: Jeffrey Campbell Photo Cred: Becca Aguilera, Location: West Village, New York

Sunglasses: Prada; Necklace: Stone (Mexico), Coat: Calvin Klein via Goodwill, Legging Pants: BCBG, Sweater: All Saints, Backpack: Vince Camuto, Socks: The Spare Room, Los Angeles, Booties: Jeffrey Campbell

Photo Cred: Becca Aguilera, Location: West Village, New York

What is true strength? Forgiveness. A topic that has been penetrating my thoughts for the past 2 years. I always believed that true strength came from walking away and letting go. Sometimes it still does. What's harder than that? Forgiving someone. How much better has my life been since I learned this? Exponentially.. 

Just watch. I dare you to look up at the night sky tonight, and every night. In fact, do it as often as you can. Time stops in these moments and you are allowed a beautiful glimpse of eternity. None of us really know where we are or what is going on here. We are all floating in space and anything is possible. I have found that love is a state of mind. Fall deeply in love with yourself. This is the surest way to fall in love with someone else, and with the rest of existence..

If you pay close enough attention your mind is expanding with each passing moment. So is the universe. So follow your bliss. Your happiness, true happiness, matters more than anything. So figure out what it is that makes your soul flow and spend your life dwelling in it. 

I hesitate to use the word "bad" because I feel that most everything in the world has both bad and good elements. That being said, negative things may have happened to you but that doesn't mean the world is negative. Let the flowers, crystals, music, trees, dragonflies, stars, memories and dreams remind you of the magic that inherits the earth. There are no mistakes here. Everything is as it should be. Your reality will transform once you realize this. Trust the universe. The waves are headed in one direction only to be pushed back by the shore. Be like the waves and trust the process without judgement, without resistance. Nature is embedded with an infinite amount of wisdom..