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Photographs by @jakefrom412 
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Be Bold

I had to answer the typical "describe your style" question recently, and I was at a loss for words...

I ended up answering the question with a bunch of adjectives that don't go together (something like "edgy, classic, and retro"...huh?). Later this week, however, I was looking through the photographs that were taken of me by the extremely talented photographers at last Saturday's Pittsburgh Blogger Babe Meet-Up, and I realized that my outfits had something in common. They were bold. Like this one. I didn't bother breaking up the set or pairing them with neutrals. I wore them together. I took a risk, and they photographed great together. Of course my style is all those things I described it as (edgy, classic, and retro), but whatever part of that I'm feeling, it's always going to be bold, loud, and committed. I was reading from one of my biggest inspirations Alina Gonzalez, @thehyperbalist (get with her insta story if you haven't already), and something she said that resonated with me was "you like what you like.” Damn straight. So simple and so true. My style may be a lot of different things, but I commit to whatever it is I like---no refining. 

Special thank you to Ash & Tiff of @pittsburghbloggerbabes for hosting the meet-up. I'm still so grateful to have met so many inspiring and talented bloggers and photographers. Being a part of this community is a personal and professional game-changer for me. Visit their blogs! Ash does the prettiest flat-lays (ashliehipp.com) and I can't get enough of Tiff's outfits (breakfastattiffanymaries.com)

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Ann Taylor Skirt and Blouse (not on sale online anymore, you may be able to find it in store!), Vintage Flea Market Earrings, Kmart shoes (sold out)

What I've Been Rummaging For This Winter

I've been rummaging through sale bins, clothes racks, and boxes for unique things since I could walk. My grandmother and I always hit thrift shops together, and my parents and I go to flea markets and yard sales constantly. I always come away with some great finds. While I love Etsy, there's something extremely satisfying about physically looking for things, pushing past a bunch of stuff you would never consider to find something you can't live without. I definitely go in phases of what I keep my eye out for, which leads to having great collections. Here's what's been on my list to keep an eye out for recently, and some of what I've came away with!

  • Gloves- The weather has been terrible in Pittsburgh, and you can't get along without a pair of gloves. Lower end antique stores and flea markets typically have piles of them. Always remember to try them on! I have very small hands, but vintage gloves have often been way too tight for me. Generally, I keep my eye out for unique colors and textures. I have a pair of red leather ones and pink suede ones that I wear constantly. My most recent buy are the driving gloves with leather detailing pictured below. I purchased them for only $10. 
  • Hats- I have a huge vintage hat collection. I love hats, because they always take an outfit to the next level. I can't wait to style the red, white, and, blue striped beret I picked up for $10.
  • Scarves- I LOVE the smaller silk, satin, or chiffon neck scarves that were popular in 50s, 60s, and 70s. You can wear them close to a million ways. I prefer to wear them tied in simple knot at the side of my neck. I look for unique colors and prints, and I can't wait to style the printed one below that I found for $2. 
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  • Glassware- Can't say I'm a homeowner, but the adorable green mugs I got below are perfect catch-alls on my vanity at home. They're incredibly durable, and somehow, they don't look like I just left the dishes in my room. 
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A lot changes in a year...

Indeed. Just in this last year I've become a college graduate, held two different jobs, began teaching voice privately, covered my dream role in the operatic repertoire, started this blog, and performed two full recitals with dream programs. Not to mention a whole host of other experiences that left me feeling renewed. I learned a lot this year. Like how to put myself first. I've always understood the essential life fact of taking care of yourself before you take care of others, but it's not always easy to put that into practice. It's something I get better at with each decision. It's not about staying at home in a bubble bath, because you want to avoid putting yourself out there. It's also not about going out every night, because you're afraid of missing out. (Guess which problem I have.) It's about the wisdom to know what's best for yourself in each individual situation. I don't always innately want to do what's best for myself, but with the experiences of this year, I've found that I always know what's best for myself. It's about honesty. Honesty with others and honesty with yourself. So here's to more of that this year. 

Abercrombie sweater, Frye boots, Free people jeans (very similar here) P.S. The sweater and boots are now on sale!!

Abercrombie sweater, Frye boots, Free people jeans (very similar here)

P.S. The sweater and boots are now on sale!!

Holiday Looks 2017

The past few years of college, Christmas has snuck up on me. This year however, while I've had a lot of work and commitments on my plate, I've been aware of the approach of the season. It doesn't hurt that I'm working retail, of course. I've rounded up the looks I can't wait to show off at the festivities this year! 

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Hey Betty vintage skirt, Three Rivers Vintage top, Comfort Plus heels, vintage gloves at yard sale, Cape at yard sale

Hey Betty vintage skirt, Three Rivers Vintage top, Comfort Plus heels, vintage gloves at yard sale, Cape at yard sale

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Dress is old (don't even remember where I purchased!)

Dress is old (don't even remember where I purchased!)

Goodwill skirt, Body central crop sweater (old), Justin boots (old) 

Goodwill skirt, Body central crop sweater (old), Justin boots (old) 

What I've Learned Traveling Alone and Why I Love It

Just like a lot of professions, singing requires a lot of traveling. Auditions, programs, and gigs (someday!) can take place anywhere. So far I’ve been to Gallup, New Mexico, New York City, and Boston for singing activities solo or somewhat solo. Traveling alone is an invaluable experience. Simple as it may sound, I’ve learned so much about myself just from being alone in an unfamiliar place.

Flights I’ve never been a nervous flier, and I can only imagine the stress that may cause some people. However, having a routine helps keep me entertained and relaxed before and during flights. I always pick up a magazine in the airport or something light to read, and I read it before take off. During take off, I normally say a prayer and watch the whole thing through my window. I watch out my window for the first bit, and then I do score study and listen to music.  I also never avoid the person sitting next to me. Some brief, quiet small talk is not going to hurt anyone, and I’ve had some of the most memorable and sweet conversations with people next to me. During my last flight, I sat next to a former NHL player that had some great stories and recommendations for my time in Boston. Buses The megabus from Pittsburgh to New York is such a convenient and cheap option. My number one tip is to spend the extra $7 to reserve your seat. Extra leg room, a nicer view, and not fighting for a seat all make it way worth it. Since the bus ride is fairly long and much more boring than a flight, pack more snacks and reading material than you think you need.   Navigating and Public Transit I normally brief myself with the transit options or have a plan before leaving of how to get to the place I’m staying. In New York, I generally take a cab as soon as I get off the bus, because I’m way too tired to deal with the subway. In Boston, there is free public transit from the airport. It can take a while to get where you’re going, but it’s generally a comfortable ride. I always get a transit card wherever I go, because I love being able to get to other parts of the city quickly without having to think of how much I need for each ride or getting a cab. Navigating public transit has been a rollercoaster for me though. Boston is very confusing, and New York is really straightforward once you get the hang of it. However, in both places, locals are happy to help you. One day, I was extremely lost coming home from lunch in New York, and the fear of not being able to get home (what if my phone died?!), far outweighed the fear of simply asking someone. Sure enough, they were incredibly helpful, and taught me how to figure things out with a subway map in the future. Enjoying Yourself in a New Place When I went to Boston recently, I had an entire day in the city to myself. I thought about what I could do, and originally, I thought…shopping. I got to thinking though, and I could do that anywhere. I certainly did enough of it in New York last time I was there, and Boston had a lot more to offer than shopping. I ended up going on a tour of the freedom trail, eating at a famous local place, and exploring Little Italy. I couldn’t be happier that I spent my time and money having these experiences I couldn’t have had anywhere else. I learned so much on the Freedom Trail, and doing the tour gave me company, even if they were strangers. Eating alone at Beantown Pub and Modern Pastry in Boston gave me a chance to focus on the food (hello cannolis!) and be more in tune with my surroundings. No, I wasn’t eavesdropping on conversations, but I did people-watch and soak in the native accents. At Modern Pastry, the owners and employees were speaking in Italian. Of course, while traveling alone, you need to have your wits about you and be smart about a variety of things; but it’s always been a worthwhile experience for me. I’ve learned how to really enjoy myself, be self-reliant, and soak in everything around me for what it’s worth. There were honestly times throughout the day where I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.  

Flights

I’ve never been a nervous flier, and I can only imagine the stress that may cause some people. However, having a routine helps keep me entertained and relaxed before and during flights. I always pick up a magazine in the airport or something light to read, and I read it before take off. During take off, I normally say a prayer and watch the whole thing through my window. I watch out my window for the first bit, and then I do score study and listen to music.  I also never avoid the person sitting next to me. Some brief, quiet small talk is not going to hurt anyone, and I’ve had some of the most memorable and sweet conversations with people next to me. During my last flight, I sat next to a former NHL player that had some great stories and recommendations for my time in Boston.

Buses

The megabus from Pittsburgh to New York is such a convenient and cheap option. My number one tip is to spend the extra $7 to reserve your seat. Extra leg room, a nicer view, and not fighting for a seat all make it way worth it. Since the bus ride is fairly long and much more boring than a flight, pack more snacks and reading material than you think you need.  

Navigating and Public Transit

I normally brief myself with the transit options or have a plan before leaving of how to get to the place I’m staying. In New York, I generally take a cab as soon as I get off the bus, because I’m way too tired to deal with the subway. In Boston, there is free public transit from the airport. It can take a while to get where you’re going, but it’s generally a comfortable ride. I always get a transit card wherever I go, because I love being able to get to other parts of the city quickly without having to think of how much I need for each ride or getting a cab. Navigating public transit has been a rollercoaster for me though. Boston is very confusing, and New York is really straightforward once you get the hang of it. However, in both places, locals are happy to help you. One day, I was extremely lost coming home from lunch in New York, and the fear of not being able to get home (what if my phone died?!), far outweighed the fear of simply asking someone. Sure enough, they were incredibly helpful, and taught me how to figure things out with a subway map in the future.

Enjoying Yourself in a New Place

When I went to Boston recently, I had an entire day in the city to myself. I thought about what I could do, and originally, I thought…shopping. I got to thinking though, and I could do that anywhere. I certainly did enough of it in New York last time I was there, and Boston had a lot more to offer than shopping. I ended up going on a tour of the freedom trail, eating at a famous local place, and exploring Little Italy. I couldn’t be happier that I spent my time and money having these experiences I couldn’t have had anywhere else. I learned so much on the Freedom Trail, and doing the tour gave me company, even if they were strangers. Eating alone at Beantown Pub and Modern Pastry in Boston gave me a chance to focus on the food (hello cannolis!) and be more in tune with my surroundings. No, I wasn’t eavesdropping on conversations, but I did people-watch and soak in the native accents. At Modern Pastry, the owners and employees were speaking in Italian.

Of course, while traveling alone, you need to have your wits about you and be smart about a variety of things; but it’s always been a worthwhile experience for me. I’ve learned how to really enjoy myself, be self-reliant, and soak in everything around me for what it’s worth. There were honestly times throughout the day where I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

 

P.S. If you’re in Boston checkout Modern Pastry, Beantown Pub, The Freedom Trail, and Haymarket for sure!

P.S. If you’re in Boston checkout Modern Pastry, Beantown Pub, The Freedom Trail, and Haymarket for sure!

Virgins on the Verge

Here are some photos my talented friend Tristan, of Impression Lasting, took to promote my upcoming song recital, Virgins on the Verge. The program will feature songs exploring the psyches of women such as Ophelia, Mirabai, and the Virgin Mary. Highlights of the program are Strauss's Ophelia Lieder, John Harbison's Mirabai Songs with a full chamber orchestra, and Purcell's The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation. I tried my best to emulate Ophelia in this shoot. We shot at Schenley Lake, and I still can't believe I got in that water... 

The link to check out the event on Facebook can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1932847853398707/

Check out more of Tristan's work on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Implaspho/

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Rare Vintage

Wearing vintage is rewarding in so many ways. It's affordable, often more durable than clothes these days, and it's unique. When you wear vintage, you never have to worry about someone showing up with the exact same piece. Of course there've been times when I've been uncomfortable, because people are staring at my outfit. Sometimes nearly two seconds later, though, I get a genuine compliment.

Finding rare pieces of vintage in unexpected places is a huge thrill for me. I got this dress in an antique store that hardly carried any clothing at all. The dress and vest I'm wearing here were a set. The shoes are a $2.99 Goodwill find (I also got an identical pair in pink satin!) 

P.S. I shot this outfit on the last wooden street in Pittsburgh. Mhmm, that's right...wood. The street is made of wooden pavers, and it has landmark status. If you're in Shadyside, it's a must-see. It's called Roslyn Place and is only 5 minute walk off Walnut Street. 

Summer Vacation

Now that I'm home from New York, I've been taking it a lot more slowly. I've been spending the majority of my time with my best friend. It's starting to feel like a "summer vacation" to me in truest sense of the phrase. Our time and days off have been occupied with pool days and sleeping over one another's place.  And just like best friends & sisters... we share clothes. In fact, almost my entire outfit here belongs to her. She took some pics, and I thought the dress was too pretty not to share! 

P.S. A full travel journal of my last two weeks in New York is to come! 

 

 

Altar'd State dress, Altar'd State shoes, Coach purse (not available anymore), Kate Spade watch, Claire's Earrings

Altar'd State dress, Altar'd State shoes, Coach purse (not available anymore), Kate Spade watch, Claire's Earrings

Week Two in Manhattan

It's hard to know the best way to take advantage of your free time. This week I was often caught between wanting to get out there and see the sights or simply sleeping until I couldn't anymore. As a result, I ended up getting out there at the very beginning of the week and then also exploring on the weekend. Rehearsals have been a blast, and we start full runs this upcoming week! This week I visited Chelsea Market, Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, and Central Park West. It seems like a lot, but my visits were very brief! 

There was a section within Chelsea Market dedicated to local artisans and resale of vintage.

There was a section within Chelsea Market dedicated to local artisans and resale of vintage.

I happened over this Seed + Mill Halva in Chelsea Market, and when I learned it was dairy free, I knew I had to try it! I bought the cacao nib and salted caramel flavor, which didn't disappoint. Halva is made primarily of tahini, which gives it a nutty edge. The texture is flaky and delicate. I have to come back to try their goat-milk ice cream soon! 

I happened over this Seed + Mill Halva in Chelsea Market, and when I learned it was dairy free, I knew I had to try it! I bought the cacao nib and salted caramel flavor, which didn't disappoint. Halva is made primarily of tahini, which gives it a nutty edge. The texture is flaky and delicate. I have to come back to try their goat-milk ice cream soon! 

After our masterclass on Saturday, my friend and I hunted down some ice cream. We traveled Chinatown to get Taiyaki. I got my first cone and it began to melt almost immediately. As soon as I travelled outside my entire mountain of soft-serve fell off my cone. Turns out the fish cones, while utterly adorable, delicious, and instagrammable, are not very practical. They're filled with custard or red bean and are very shallow. However, they were so kind and remade mine. My friend promptly snapped a pic and I put it in a cup. 

After our masterclass on Saturday, my friend and I hunted down some ice cream. We traveled Chinatown to get Taiyaki. I got my first cone and it began to melt almost immediately. As soon as I travelled outside my entire mountain of soft-serve fell off my cone. Turns out the fish cones, while utterly adorable, delicious, and instagrammable, are not very practical. They're filled with custard or red bean and are very shallow. However, they were so kind and remade mine. My friend promptly snapped a pic and I put it in a cup. 

Little Italy is definitely reminiscent of Italy. The hosts stand out in the street to invite you to try their restaurant, and nearly every restaurant had outdoor seating. 

Little Italy is definitely reminiscent of Italy. The hosts stand out in the street to invite you to try their restaurant, and nearly every restaurant had outdoor seating. 

Our picnic haul from Trader Joe's this Sunday 

Our picnic haul from Trader Joe's this Sunday 

Top: mustard seed (bought consignment from Buffalo Exchange), Shorts: Gilded Intent at Buckle 

Top: mustard seed (bought consignment from Buffalo Exchange), Shorts: Gilded Intent at Buckle 

Week One in Manhattan

I got to Manhattan around a week and a half ago for a summer program. The biggest and hardest adjustment was (and well... still is) traveling. I have a huge reliance on trip planner apps, but slowly and surely I'm figuring out how to read a subway map! There's never a shortage of things to see here, and I know I'm only going to be able to get to 0.5% of it while here. If I'm lucky. Here's a roundup of some of the wonderful things I've been experiencing here so far. 

I walk past this beaut in awe almost every night. 

I walk past this beaut in awe almost every night. 

Connor and I had an amazing first day in the city! We got to see a Broadway show, rented a studio and practiced for a couple hours, and then had an amazing dinner and dessert. The dinner isn't pictured, but check out Foragers Table in Chelsea if you're looking for something upscale, fresh, and delicious!  

Connor and I had an amazing first day in the city! We got to see a Broadway show, rented a studio and practiced for a couple hours, and then had an amazing dinner and dessert. The dinner isn't pictured, but check out Foragers Table in Chelsea if you're looking for something upscale, fresh, and delicious!  

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The line for Dō, Cookie Dough Confections was shut off by the time we arrived, so we headed to Frost Factory instead. I'm so glad we did! It was absolutely delicious, and very light. They had vegan options as well! 

The line for Dō, Cookie Dough Confections was shut off by the time we arrived, so we headed to Frost Factory instead. I'm so glad we did! It was absolutely delicious, and very light. They had vegan options as well! 

Applejack Diner, while it can be expensive, is one of my favorite spots in the city so far! If you find yourself near Columbus Circle at night, you can grab a seat outside under their awning...and a massive slice of pie. 

Applejack Diner, while it can be expensive, is one of my favorite spots in the city so far! If you find yourself near Columbus Circle at night, you can grab a seat outside under their awning...and a massive slice of pie. 

My amazing meal at Ammos Estiatorio.

My amazing meal at Ammos Estiatorio.

Hell's Kitchen and cash only. Go.

Hell's Kitchen and cash only. Go.

A.G. Kitchen

A.G. Kitchen

'Nuff said

'Nuff said

Dairy-Free Ice Cream Guide

For a plethora of reasons, I try to stay away from dairy altogether. Normally, I don't even crave it. Until Memorial Day. There's something about the start of summer that sends my craving into overdrive. This year I called four ice cream stores to see if they had dairy-free ice cream. Four "no"s. Did you know most sherbet has dairy in it too?! Yeah me either. Since, I can't get dairy-free ice cream at a traditional stand (Ben & Jerry's downtown is the only place I've found carrying dairy-free ice cream in the 'burgh), I scour local grocery stores to see what they have. Here's a round up of the brands I've tried and my favorite flavors in them!

NadaMoo! in Lotta Mint Chip: My standing favorite as of now. I was very hesitant to try ice cream made from coconut milk, because generally I don't like coconut milk or water; I was afraid the flavor would be overpowering in ice cream. NadaMoo! proved me wrong. It may be because the mint cuts through the coconut flavor. It almost tastes like real mint chocolate-chip ice cream. Almost. The texture is definitely creamy, but not quite as thick as real hard ice cream. It's also a healthy option---ringing in at only 140 calories per serving.     

NadaMoo! in Lotta Mint Chip: My standing favorite as of now. I was very hesitant to try ice cream made from coconut milk, because generally I don't like coconut milk or water; I was afraid the flavor would be overpowering in ice cream. NadaMoo! proved me wrong. It may be because the mint cuts through the coconut flavor. It almost tastes like real mint chocolate-chip ice cream. Almost. The texture is definitely creamy, but not quite as thick as real hard ice cream. It's also a healthy option---ringing in at only 140 calories per serving. 

 

 

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert in P.B. & Cookies: The texture of this one is definitely the closest to real ice cream. It's creamy, thick, and indulgent. You can definitely taste the almond milk in this one, though. However, in this flavor it compliments the peanut butter quite well. This ice cream was not made for diets! It has 290 calories in just one serving.   

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert in P.B. & Cookies: The texture of this one is definitely the closest to real ice cream. It's creamy, thick, and indulgent. You can definitely taste the almond milk in this one, though. However, in this flavor it compliments the peanut butter quite well. This ice cream was not made for diets! It has 290 calories in just one serving. 

 

Trader Joe's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert made with coconut milk in Chocolate: The texture of this dessert is definitely thicker and creamier than the NadaMoo! but not quite as thick as the Ben & Jerry's. The flavor of the coconut milk comes through quite strong, and I was not as turned off by it as I expected. It's definitely a treat I would have to be in the mood for though. Each serving has 180 calories. 

Trader Joe's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert made with coconut milk in Chocolate: The texture of this dessert is definitely thicker and creamier than the NadaMoo! but not quite as thick as the Ben & Jerry's. The flavor of the coconut milk comes through quite strong, and I was not as turned off by it as I expected. It's definitely a treat I would have to be in the mood for though. Each serving has 180 calories. 

Weekender

Fill-a-Bag sale vintage dress and jacket, Ray Ban suglasses, Coach purse (sold out), Kmart shoes (similar here)   I've never been Black Friday shopping in my life, and I honestly don't ever plan on it. Traffic stresses me out, and I don't have trouble finding deals regularly. That being said, I think the Fill-a-Bag sale that I mentioned last week is the closest I will come to Black Friday. The event was even bigger than last year, because Highway Robbery, Three Rivers, Clothes Minded, Black Lodge, Royal Pittsburgh, and Kitschtopia collaborated to put it on. Early Bird was at 10 am on Friday, and there was a $10 cover charge. I decided that with all the other stores collaborating as well, the cover was likely worth it. My mom and I got up early, and headed down to Southside to meet two of my other friends. We arrived at 9:45 and the line was already super long! Thankfully, they got us in quickly, but it was crazy! There were huge piles of clothes to root through, and people were nearly running at first. All of the excitement was well worth it. Between my mom and I, we came away with three full bags ($10) of dresses, leather jackets, tops, and skirts. I was so excited about all of the finds that I washed one of the dresses and wore it with one of the jackets that night. I wore the jacket again that Sunday. It's perfect for late spring nights and dreary 60 degree days that you're hiding in a coffee shop.     

Fill-a-Bag sale vintage dress and jacket, Ray Ban suglasses, Coach purse (sold out), Kmart shoes (similar here)

 

I've never been Black Friday shopping in my life, and I honestly don't ever plan on it. Traffic stresses me out, and I don't have trouble finding deals regularly. That being said, I think the Fill-a-Bag sale that I mentioned last week is the closest I will come to Black Friday. The event was even bigger than last year, because Highway Robbery, Three Rivers, Clothes Minded, Black Lodge, Royal Pittsburgh, and Kitschtopia collaborated to put it on. Early Bird was at 10 am on Friday, and there was a $10 cover charge. I decided that with all the other stores collaborating as well, the cover was likely worth it. My mom and I got up early, and headed down to Southside to meet two of my other friends. We arrived at 9:45 and the line was already super long! Thankfully, they got us in quickly, but it was crazy! There were huge piles of clothes to root through, and people were nearly running at first. All of the excitement was well worth it. Between my mom and I, we came away with three full bags ($10) of dresses, leather jackets, tops, and skirts. I was so excited about all of the finds that I washed one of the dresses and wore it with one of the jackets that night. I wore the jacket again that Sunday. It's perfect for late spring nights and dreary 60 degree days that you're hiding in a coffee shop. 

 

 

Gap top (sold out), American Eagle jeans (similar here), Altar'd State shoes (similar here)

Gap top (sold out), American Eagle jeans (similar here), Altar'd State shoes (similar here)

Happy Memorial Day

 

My dad owns a 1943 Willy's MB, and we have the opportunity to ride in our community parade. We reenact allied forces from World War II to honor the sacrifices of The Greatest Generation. Today, my mom dressed as a civilian, I wore an original WAVE seersucker work uniform, and my dad wore army summer khakis with the 8th service command patch. For four years now, I have had the honor of singing the national anthem at the ceremony following the parade. I hope you celebrate this day with your community and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom.   

My dad owns a 1943 Willy's MB, and we have the opportunity to ride in our community parade. We reenact allied forces from World War II to honor the sacrifices of The Greatest Generation. Today, my mom dressed as a civilian, I wore an original WAVE seersucker work uniform, and my dad wore army summer khakis with the 8th service command patch. For four years now, I have had the honor of singing the national anthem at the ceremony following the parade. I hope you celebrate this day with your community and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom.   

Southwest Reminiscences

Highway Robbery Vintage Top, American Eagle Jeans (similar here), Justin boots (out of stock), Claire's earrings   Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to study voice in Gallup, New Mexico in a summer program. I had the time of my life there and truly grew as an artist and a person. This outfit includes two pieces that were staples in my wardrobe while there (the shirt and the boots)! I found the shirt at Highway Robbery Vintage's annual "Fill a Bag" sale which is coming up this weekend, and if you're in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend checking it out! You get to fill a shopping bag with items of your choice for only $10. While I couldn't find the exact boots on Justin anymore, I will attest to their quality, as I've had them for at least seven years. 

Highway Robbery Vintage Top, American Eagle Jeans (similar here), Justin boots (out of stock), Claire's earrings

 

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to study voice in Gallup, New Mexico in a summer program. I had the time of my life there and truly grew as an artist and a person. This outfit includes two pieces that were staples in my wardrobe while there (the shirt and the boots)! I found the shirt at Highway Robbery Vintage's annual "Fill a Bag" sale which is coming up this weekend, and if you're in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend checking it out! You get to fill a shopping bag with items of your choice for only $10. While I couldn't find the exact boots on Justin anymore, I will attest to their quality, as I've had them for at least seven years.