Thursday, December 8, 2016

THIS SEASON MAG // ALWAYS EXTRA

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FEATURE





My friends down at This Season Magazine did an article on my questionable closet choices. I know many of the people who create content for TS and I even live with their social media manager. They are all such dedicated students, the fact that they find the time to produce a magazine on the side amazes me. At this very moment we are all bubbling in finals. No matter what your major, I feel your stress and anxiety. While I would very much like to tell you that I value my college education I would only be lying to myself. I believe we are all here at this money sucking university for a reason and it's not the signed paper at the end. We are here to find those with common interests, network for the future, and potentially meet that one professor who changes you perspective on everything. Anyone who only came to college to drink their 20's away and find a practical career path is already behind. Creation, this is the meaning of college. Self discovery doesn't often happen in the class room. One internship does not qualify as "experience" in this job market. You have to go out and make these experiences happen and meet the people who will make them possible. There is always something more you could be doing. I'm swimming in ideas that I will never make time for, unless their worth it, but this conscious effort to do more and be more is what will set those who work apart from those who wander.  I have the most respect for my peers at This Season for this reason. I am so proud of their start up and I know all these students will prosper.  Don't let anyone tell you there is something wrong with being extra!   


Much love, TS. 

M



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

21 WAYS TO FOCUS ON YOUR UNIVERSAL SELF

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OUTFIT

SWEATER  //  SHE IN
JEANS  //  UNIF
FISHNET TIGHTS  //  EBAY
O-RING COLLAR  //  EBAY
CREEPER PLATFORMS  //  T.U.K.
BACKPACK  //  TARGET


I am a turkey baby! Whether the holiday lands on my birthday or not, Thanksgiving seems to always consume my day. I am very grateful for my family and friends, but this year I'm taking back my birthday. No, working on my day. No more excuses for not celebrating, and no more pretending that pie is a substitute for a party. I'm to old for that shit and if no one wants to join I guess I'll just have to pop the champagne by myself.


Turning 21 presumably opens an amazing new world of adulthood. Although I don't feel that this coming of age will change me drastically, it will be nice to not be the only one in my circle who can't socialize after hours.  I have decided to sit back and embrace the crazy adventure that is 21. I want to be selfish and soak up all the love I can. I wish to give my friends something to look forward to that will bring us all closer together. And I'm ready to cash in all my 'Maddi in shining armor' points for a list of babysitters who will happily hold my hair back and drag my ass to bed when I get too drunk. There is something tempting about being a damsel in distress once in a while. In honor of my 21st birthday I have compiled  a list of ways to focus on you, because the first thing we should all be thankful for this year is existence and our universal self.


1. Treat your body with the respect before it's too late.

2. Never accept being treated less than you deserve by others. Know your worth.

3. Surround yourself with those who will positively impact your life and escalate your goals.

4. Wear what you want, when you want to. Crop top season is a myth.

5. Spread love and kindness to everyone, empathy is too scares these days.

6. Never take no for an answer. If you really want it you will find a way.

7. Create. Innovate. Progress.

8. Follow your dreams no matter how impossible.

9. Guide your peers and spread your knowledge.

10. Respect your elders. They have a wealth of experience to share.

11. Learn to lead. Never settle for the life of a sheep.

12. Find your own path and manifest what you need.

13. Never compare your grind to the highlight reel of others.

14. Fight for the rights of yourself and others, because we all matter.

15. Be exactly who you want, and accept what you cannot change.

16. See the world while you can, some things are more important than money.

17. Invest in your passions. Never fear the future.

18. Always trade up in all categories of life: relationships, jobs, goals, etc.

19.  Remember that everything is interconnected and cyclical.

20. Speak your mind and only hold your tongue at your own expense.

21. Embrace each day as you would a lifetime.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

LAZY GIRL'S GUIDE TO FALL // LOOKBOOK

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MADDI MCFARLAND

MODEL
JORDAN PATT

ASSISTANTS
JINEO SAITO
REGINA KHOO















I know I'm not the only one abusing my right to athleisure. It's ever so tempting when the temperature starts to drop to give up on style.  I personally cannot live with hoodies and leggings everyday of the week. I felt it was appropriate to style a Fall Lookbook with some cozy alternatives to the same old activewear. Staples and strategic accessories are key for chilly weather. And if you are anything like me, boots are essential because who has time for laces. Remember to layer so you can always stay warm, but be prepared to shed throughout the day. Paired with the right jacket or cardigan you can make your summer apparel last all year long. I have found thrift stores to be a treasure trove of outerwear and sweaters with huge markdown prices from the original retail.  Comfort is important but feeling confident trumps all!  SOOOO, I hope you all have a fabulous Fall!

XO,
M


Thursday, September 29, 2016

DOWNTOWN GIRL

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   It's official, I am now a city dweller. I moved where the people are, Downtown. I spend more time on my feet than in a car and there is never a quiet moment. I couldn't be happier about the quaint apartment I share with my friend and fellow classmate Neo, and I think my house plants rather enjoy the large windows, too. I'm hoping that living within such close proximity to people my age will force me to be less socially awkward, but that might be pushing it. So much has changed in such a short period of time that I don't know how my anxious little heart is still beating. Even with all the crazy transitions I have realized one thing, Stoop Kid never leaves her stoop, but that doesn't stop the stoop from evolving. No matter where I reside I've always found tranquility outdoors. Melancholy memories of my old views, freshly cut hay bails on the plains and the noisy corner of 33rd Street with a couple of barking dogs, keep me from fully embracing my new home. But the scene of the sunset from my balcony is breathtaking enough to ease my thoughts. At eye level with the horizon there are no tall buildings penetrating the pink and violet gradients that frame the occasional cloud.  Surely someday I will have the privilege to look out onto sky scrapers and miss this view from the 4th floor. 



Thursday, September 1, 2016

SURVIVING SEPTEMBER // MERCURY IN RETROGRADE

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BAILEY ERNST

COLLABORATOR
BE YOURSELF BOUTIQUE


Shit got real. Here I am minding my own business when Mercury came along and butted into my life.  There is always something to be grateful for but that's not going to stop me from slumping in my room for the next three weeks. The planet Mercury is now retrograde in Virgo. This event causes Mercury to appear like it is moving in reverse in relation to Earth and the Sun. Beginning on August 30th, the retrograde will not end until September 22nd.  I am not an astrologist but like most romantics I do revere the zodiac. 

September is going to suck for this Sag. I've already been experiencing enough technological trails as is, this is really the last thing I needed. Tuesday the 30th I started my morning off strong with a cup of coffee and my new laptop ready to edit a mountain of photos, only to find that they had all mysteriously disappeared.  This seems to be the most reoccurring problem in my life but usually there is an explanation; a friend borrowing my SD card, breaking my laptop, etc.  NOPE. I would have been able to emotional handle the situation had my five-dollar coffee not tasted like asphalt. I am fully aware that the universe is teaching me lessons the hard way, but why always hit me where it hurts most? Right in the caffeine addiction! 

At this point I had realized that I needed mega spiritual guidance for today's solar eclipse and the upcoming lunar eclipse on the 16th of September. I know I'm not the only sign who will be struggling the next three weeks so I have decided to compile a list of practices that I will be following religiously until this energy shift all blows over. I hope that they can also help you!

1. GO WITH THE FLOW!

This is not the time to be making any important or life changing decisions. This includes starting big projects, new careers, new relationships, signing contracts, and making large purchases especially on electronics. Communication at this time is problematic and others opinions are subject to change after the retrograde. You may be experiencing self-doubt, so just feel it out and take it easy. 

2. TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND, BODY, AND SOUL.

This is very important, because you and everyone around you are under great stress due to each person’s personal development. Take good care of your hygiene and eat a balanced diet. Pamper yourself! I know I have been in need of a fresh hair style for quite some time. Whatever it is that makes you feel fresh, whether it be a mud mask or a pedicure, this is your opportunity to treat yourself. 

3. GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER. 

Spend some time alone so you can reflect on your Summer joys and prepare for Fall. For me this means organizing my home and donating some things that no longer serve a purpose in my life. I have just moved into an apartment and the retrograde couldn't have fallen on a more cluttered and chaotic transition.  Finding Feng Shui in your home is essential and the best way to do that is simply by cleaning. It sounds like a chore now, but you will feel so relaxed when everything is in order. 

4. BEWARE OF PROMISES.

The truth will all be revealed after the retrograde and thus a new chapter will be set in place. But for now everything is in such rapid change that predicting where any given person will be is basically impossible. You will most likely be given misleading information by others. For this reason you should also avoid promises, verbal agreements, and relying on the word of others. These people might not be trying to deceive you, they are also in their own position of change and may be unable to keep their promise. 

5. STUDY YOUR SUN SIGN.

Since we are all so different it is unrealistic for me to tell you what lies ahead. I have faith that you will be able to survive this September and come out a bolder and brighter person. Astrological events can be vexing, but they serve a valuable purpose in our own self-actualization. When the mist clears from our eyes our relationships, entrepreneurial efforts, intentions, purpose, and hidden truths will become transparent. It is also important to work diligently during this retrograde so you can soon be rewarded. I recommend you read more in-depth about your zodiac sign, so you can prepare for the weeks ahead. I wish you all the best and hope you prosper this September!

XO,
M




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SKINNY DIPPING

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MADDI MCFARLAND

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I chose this dress for midnight strolls on the beach, and summer love affairs.  I became the cover of a romance novel in this drawstring wrap dress.  Below are retrieved photos from a drunken night with one of my greatest friends, Bailey. Neither of us had ever been skinny dipping before, so it seemed we needed each other in order to document bucket list activities.  Thanks to SheIn I now have evidence of mermaids. 

Please click the link below and check out SheIn, they really are very affordable and have so many different styles. Promise it will be worth your time because it was well worth mine. 

Stay positive,
M


Thursday, July 28, 2016

HOW TO MAKE THEM STARE // DEZZAL

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I had the privilege of working with DEZZAL recently. To be honest, I already had a dress addiction and they are not helping! Thank you for feeding into my bad habits. XO

In this post you will see the two dresses they sent me, one designed by AZURE SHEN and the other by AFONDI. It was extremely hard to choose, their selection is SO my style it hurts.  They have everything from 'the clothes you wear to the family reunion' to 'DAMN!!!THAT FIT FIRE!' I went with the only approach I know, practicality and eccentricity....

The silk printed sun dress by AFONDI is my new go-to during the brutal summer heat waves.  Every time I wear it out I am guaranteed a compliment on my dress. Hands down.  I love the childish scribbles, its light-hearted and grungy all in the same respect.

OUTFIT 

PRINTED DRESS  //  AFONDI
WHITE FLOUNCE DRESS  //  AZURE SHEN

It wouldn't be a Maddi haul without something ridiculously inappropriate for the weather.  This second outfit by AZURE SHEN is made of 100% polyester.  It is a U-neck dress and flounce top combo.  I feel like a spectacle in this outfit, people WILL stare.  The cutouts are slightly itchy, but we all must make sacrifices for fashion.  DEZZAL happens to be the best shop I have collaborated with thus far, and I would never forgive you if you didn't check them out.  Although, I will always love you for reading.  CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW!!!

XO,
M





Thursday, June 16, 2016

MOTHER'S VINTAGE // OOTD TBT


OUTFIT

Long Brim Fedora  //  Free People

Lace Button Up  //  Vintage 

Salem Bra  //  UNIF

Stripe Detail Trousers  //  Free People

Quartz Crystal Necklace  //  Hand Made

Fringe Rucksack  //  Target

Sandals  //  F21


   Summer is here and the humidity is as unforgiving as ever. While I can't wait to get outside and shoot, I will be missing my over sized outerwear and turtlenecks. Bikini season is sneaking up on me too quickly and I did not eat my vegetables this winter.  In my utter lack of focus, I forgot about these photos taken almost a year ago. I might not be timely but at least I'm predictable. And just look at all that hair RIP...



   I still love this outfit, so I'm sure it's not yet irrelevant.  I get tired keeping up with fashion trends anyway. WHO HAS THAT KIND OF TIME? Not me. This is my mother's shirt, from her collegiate days working at The Brass Buckle, which you may know better as The Buckle.  If you are from my home state, Nebraska then you have to know exactly which store I'm talking about.  I loath this store, the irony.  I am the anti. I don't mean to offend, but coming from a small town with a handful of stores it is emotionally taxing for anyone trying to form a personal style.  I certainly don't aspire to dress like the masses. 


   Now it seems that I am also a hypocrite, there is no denying.  In my defense it is vintage. When my grandmother handed down my mother's dusty high school closet to me I went into a clothing comma and still haven't quite recovered. I wear her clothes from time to time. Without her consent, of course. Giving her weird nostalgia is one of the few ways I am able to seek revenge for years of torment. Something she refers to as 'parenting.'

For my Mom, 
M