I’m a Barbie Girl

Two huge Barbie-centric things happened this week. So yes, you could say it’s a Barbie world.

First, 19-year-old model Barbie Ferreira has been cast as the newest face of Aerie. Why is this a big deal, you ask? Because Ferreira has – wait for it – curves! I know, crazy, right? Ha. While it’s frightening that casting anything but a size 0 model is still news in this day and age, it really is a big step for a brand like Aerie.

The brand left behind photo retouching in 2014 for their #AerieREAL campaign, in an attempt to celebrate the details of women’s bodies that have long since been referred to as ‘imperfections.’ As awesome as that is, the ads still featured the more ‘typical’ magazine body type.

Now, Aerie is taking another step forward in changing the game by featuring Barbie, who is referred to in the industry as a “curve model.”

Take a look at this teaser video the brand released. You’ll notice that Ferreira’s body even moves – gasp! It’s so refreshing to see a girl that so many of us can relate to rocking her swimsuit with full confidence – exactly as she (and we all) should.

I did my usual Instagram stalking on her (@barbienox) and fell even more in love. Beyond being absolutely gorgeous, Barbie is cheeky and sarcastic and isn’t afraid of a bold fashion statement. Sound familiar? 😉

As for the second piece of Barbie news, the infamous Mattel doll has been released in three new body types: curvy, petite, and tall.

The toy manufacturer has been under fire for years and years over the classic doll’s unrealistic appearance: caucasian with bright blonde hair, huge boobs and a barely-there waist. Now, the doll will be available in different sizes in addition to the variety of skin tones and hair types that Mattel had already released.

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Some people are upset because they think the curvy Barbie is still too small, but I think it’s important to recognize the most drastic change that the Mattel doll has undergone in over fifty years.

Is there still a long way to go in terms of representing different body types in the media and popular culture? Absolutely. But let’s praise the change we are finally seeing. This is only the beginning of great things to come. All we can hope for is that one day, our daughters and sons will laugh at the fact that this was ever even a conversation.

One small step for womankind, one giant leap for Barbie.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

Bingeworthy: My Netflix Picks

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If you’re anything like me, the onset of winter weather means one thing: hibernation. For those days and nights when you can’t even fathom opening the door to get the mail, Netflix is your salvation. Forget the stinging of the midwinter wind on your cheeks – instead, go for the stinging of your eyes as your brain melts from too much screen time.

One of the wonderful things about Netflix is that there is literally something for everyone. You want an animated kids show? Sure. You want a documentary about violent drug wars? You can have that too. All in the same place.

My family has long since marveled at my eclectic taste in TV and film. My media-critic brother, Matt, laughs at the fact that my favorite movies range from How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and Grease to Blow, American Gangster and Munich.

With that in mind, I think I’m pretty capable of giving Netflix recommendations to a wide range of personalities.

Without further ado, here are my top binge-worthy Netflix TV shows for every mood.

Shows to fall asleep to:

New Girl

It took me a long time to get on the New Girl train, but boy, am I glad I did. I watched the first four seasons this past summer, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for the current season to debut on Netflix ever since. Jess will have you embracing your own quirkiness, while roommate Nick will leave you wanting to embrace him.

Baby Daddy

This show is so awful that it’s great. It makes you feel like you can do anything you set your mind to if these people are getting paid to act. But the corny jokes and loud laugh track make this the perfect show for those mindless nights when you just want to veg out. Plus, one of the lead actors is a Type 1 diabetic in real life, just like me! Doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous, either.

Friends

I know. Obviously, right? But, I will admit that I never used to see the appeal. I would catch a few minutes of the reruns on TV late at night, but I never really got why it was so popular. I finally decided to watch from start to finish and realized that it’s pretty darn great. That, and that I need some “friends” of my own.

Shows to stay up late to:

Mad Men

I love immersing myself in decades gone by. The outfits, the slang, the social scene. Mad Men gives you a glimpse into the late fifties and the sixties – the good, the bad and the ugly. There are so many characters you’ll love to hate and hate to love. I’m lookin’ at you, Don Draper.

Chasing Life

I’ve dedicated an entire post to this one before. It has since been cancelled, which makes steam come out of my ears. As I tell anyone who will listen, this was one of the last good shows with a lesson. We have enough reality TV and all that crap. Why does every show with morals and a storyline get canceled?!

Friday Night Lights

Let’s pretend that the last 1.5 seasons don’t exist. Once you get rid of those monstrosities, you can truly enjoy the goodness that is FNL. High school in Texas – football, relationships, bad decisions, Tim Riggins… what more could you ask for in a show? The answer is nothing.

Shows to have nightmares from:

Narcos

As I revealed above, I love a good drug show. I’ll just blame it on growing up with two older brothers, even though in reality I appreciate a drug drama more than they do. Narcos is dark, violent, and based on the true story of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian drug cartel. Grab the popcorn.

Breaking Bad

Oh. Em. Gee. I just finished binging this one. I finished all five seasons in less than a month. Let’s just say I didn’t get a lot of sleep. I’ll admit that the beginning didn’t totally grip me, but as the show went on I felt myself bursting with emotion. This show isn’t for the faint of heart – or the anxiety-ridden, but I broke that rule. By the end of the last season I was feeling pretty unstable. Get ready to combust.

Orange is the New Black

If you haven’t started OITNB by now, you’ve got some serious issues. Throw on your orange onesie and get ready to serve some time. I promise your time behind bars (uh, the screen?) will fly by, though. Relish it.

Have any must-binge recommendations for me? Let me know! And as my brother always reminds me when I get too wrapped up in TV, don’t forget to go outside and get some air.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

Photo cred to Pinterest, not me!

Photo cred to Pinterest, not me!

I’m normally more of a fiction gal, but lately I’ve been into reading some non-fiction, business-centered books.

I’ve been feeling more entrepreneurial than ever before. I obviously run this blog myself and try to keep up with it – I would love for my follower and content bases both to expand. I also have two jobs…and counting. I say and counting because I have the opportunity to take on another two roles in my field, and lately I’m in a “yes” state of mind.

However, I recently sat down with my parents and explained to them this new overwhelming feeling I’ve been experiencing. I explained that although my jobs are part time, they are full time mentally. For example, running the various social media accounts and website of a store while simultaneously running my blog’s social media accounts and website and my personal social media accounts sometimes makes me feel like I have to be three different people at once. And one of my latest opportunities would require adding a fourth persona into that mix. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way sending out “whoa is me” vibes. I’m lucky to genuinely enjoy the things I’m doing.

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Super cool art from the pages of #GIRLBOSS

I just sometimes get frustrated with the fact that just because I don’t have a 9-to-5 desk job, people think I don’t work hard. The thing with most desk jobs, though, is that at the end of the day, you can leave the desk and shut off that section of your mind. You can’t do that when you essentially ARE a brand.

That’s why I finally felt the need to read Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS. I had definitely been interested in the bestseller when it hit shelves in 2014, but lately the desire to read Amoruso’s perspective on a creative, fashion-centric career seemed more relevant than ever.

For those that aren’t familiar, Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal, a huge online fashion retailer. (At the time the book was published, she had also been the only CEO of the company. She has since stepped down to focus more of her energy on the creative side of the company, ironically enough.) Amoruso went from digging through garbage for her next meal to sitting in the boardroom of a wildly successful retailer.

#GIRLBOSS is part success story, part advice-giver, and part tough-lover. The book wasn’t exactly what I expected, but I loved it anyway – or maybe because of that. After I finished the book (in one sitting) I started looking at course catalogues of fashion schools. Needless to say my parents laughed and told me that I better make my 2.5 jobs into 8 if that’s my plan. Oops.girlboss

But regardless of what my future actually holds (probably not school, to be honest), my point is that #GIRLBOSS got me off my butt and into action mode.

Rather than reiterate all the lessons that Amoruso shares in the book, I’ve compiled my favorite quotes from the novel. Enjoy, girlbosses!

  • “You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it.”
  • “Fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”
  • “The more you know what you want, the less you’re willing to put up with what you don’t.”
  • “While I truly believe that you must have intentions to fulfill your dreams, I also think you have to leave room for the universe to have its way and play around a bit. Don’t get so focused on one particular opportunity that you’re blind to the other ones that come up. If you think about one thing, and talk about it all the time, you’re being too obsessive. You might ruin it. If you let yourself meander a bit, then the right things and the right people fall into place.”
  • “You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you didn’t want them to be there.”
  • “Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility.”
  • “When you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way.”
  • “You can have a ton of money and buy yourself all the designer goods you can stuff into the trunk of your Mercedes-Benz, but no amount of money can buy you style.”
  • “Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle the world. When you choose your clothing right, it feels good. And there’s nothing shallow about feeling good.”

Through Iris Colored Glasses

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“Color is so important. I mean, color can raise the dead.” — Iris Apfel

If you don’t know who Iris Apfel is, you are seriously missing out.

I’ll admit that until recently, I wasn’t quite sure who she was. I recognized her from her signature round, oversized glasses and white hair. I knew she had something to do with the fashion world. But I wasn’t exactly sure what that ‘something’ was.

Thank heavens for Netflix.

I recently came across Iris, a 2014 documentary about Apfel shot by the late legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, on the streaming site. I always thought Ms. Apfel looked cool in photos, and of course I can appreciate a bold eyeglass frame. I decided to give the documentary a try – I could always switch to something mindless if it didn’t keep my interest.

Fast-forward to the end of the documentary, and I found myself Googling “Iris Apfel mailing address” so I could express my intense appreciation for her in writing.

While I didn’t find an address, I thought sharing the greatness that is Iris in blog form would be the next best thing.

“I don’t give a damn about going to the party or being at the party, it’s getting dressed FOR the party. And there’s truth and poetry in that.” — Iris Apfel

Through my supplementary research, I learned that the now 94-year-old has been interested in fashion since she was eight years old. Iris attended NYU and the University of Wisconsin. She even worked as a ‘copy girl’ at Women’s Wear Daily in the 1940’s. She worked for interior designer Elinor Johnson as well as illustrator Robert Goodman.

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The documentary went on to inform me that Apfel and her husband Carl opened a textile firm in 1950 called Old World Weavers. The couple created custom textiles for wealthy clients, and with continued success they went on to travel the world in search of inspiration. Iris recalls scouring souks and markets for unique, worldly pieces. The pair was even hired by nine presidents to complete restorations in the White House. In 1992, they received an offer they couldn’t refuse, and sold Old World Weavers.

Iris’s worldwide inspiration didn’t end there, though. The documentary follows the icon as she barters in African shops in Harlem and sifts through thrift store merchandise. In one flea market scene, Iris buys a bright red, studded flat brim hat for Carl – who is 100-years-old at the time of filming.

Iris’ sense of style is unlike anything I’ve seen, particularly for a woman of her age. She carries herself with such confidence and self-assuredness that people can’t help but take her seriously, even in the craziest of ensembles. She knows what she wants and does not take no for an answer. Iris recalls being one of the first women to wear jeans in the 1940’s. It was deemed inappropriate for a female to wear jeans at that time, but Iris haunted a shop owner for six weeks until he made her a pair to get her off his back.

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Iris in a Spring 2015 Kate Spade ad alongside Karlie Kloss

However, despite her strong will, Iris is anything but curmudgeonly. In one scene, she stops the procession of the red carpet to invite an old friend to dinner at her place. She ignores the flashbulbs of the cameras to bend down and affectionately rub the head of her husband, seated in a wheelchair beside her. In another scene, as she poses in front of an artistic rendering of herself, she reaches out and holds the hand of her doorman, inviting him into the frame.

When Iris meets Kanye West, she tells him that she is a big fan of his. When he tells her she looks great, she blushes. Later, when she meets Jenna Lyons, Iris talks about how impressed she is by the J.Crew Creative Director and President, although Lyons insists it is the other way around.

Part of what launched the cult-like fame around Apfel was an exhibition at the renowned Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. When the Institute’s original exhibit fell through, Iris was approached and asked if she would be willing to show off her collection of couture costume jewelry – one of the two largest collections in the country. The curators decided it would make more of an impact if they also showed some full outfits alongside the jewels to show the power of transformation in accessories. It snowballed into an unforgettable and whimsical exhibit.

And whimsical she is. The documentary peeks inside the Apfel’s Palm Beach, Florida apartment. Every inch of the space is filled with games, stuffed animals, and trippy trinkets. In anyone else’s home it would look kitschy – in Iris’, it looks high fashion. The home has a toy store feel, which alludes to the childlike personalities of both Iris and Carl – in the best way possible. The couple leaves the Christmas lights and decorations up for eight months out of the year.

Every figurine tells a story, and each is artfully placed. As she shows us around the space, she stops to say hello to a stuffed Kermit the Frog, seated atop the ostrich-statue-turned-bar. “Kermit decided he’d love to live here, and he’s become a terrible lush. See how tipsy he is?” It’s impossible not to fall in love with her wit. She shows us a large dog statue and explains how it took her years to find the right statement necklace to fit both the dog’s ceramic neck as well as his personality.

Apfel was asked to decorate one of the world-renowned Bergdorf Goodman window displays. She painstakingly styled each mannequin with layers of baubles. Nothing was an accident – she took control of everything down to the way her feather boa sat in a mannequin’s hand. Each mannequin’s face remained empty except for an oversized pair of spectacles.

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Iris and Carl

Perhaps the most poignant aspect of Iris is the relationship between Iris and her husband, Carl. The pair has a silly, dry rapport. Although Iris often pretends to roll her eyes at Carl, the camera repeatedly pans down to their wrinkled, pale hands intertwined. As wheelchair-bound Carl watches Iris try on clothes in a vintage shop, he sings out of tune: “That’s where my money goes, to buy my baby’s clothes!” The love between the two is palpable. He later remarks how lucky he is to have such a talented wife – “I think I’ll keep her,” he jokes. Towards the end of the film, Iris admits that she has just had surgery but kept it a secret from her husband. He is “so devoted to me,” she reveals, with sadness in her eyes. She didn’t want to worry him. Heartbreakingly, Carl passed away on August 1st, a few days shy of his 101st birthday.

After I watched Iris, I gushed to my TV-and-film-critic brother about how the documentary – and the person – had instantly become my new favorite thing. He replied: “She’s so you. Old lady who’s super cute, sassy, and stylish. I.e. you in 65 years.” I’ve never been so flattered – I told him that if I am 1/100th as amazing as she is, my work will be done. But I won’t argue the similarities. She unapologetically says she likes “big, bold, and lots of pizzazz…[because] life is gray and dull, and you might as well have a little fun when you dress.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, sister.

“That’s what life is about – if you’re just gonna sit there and do the same damn thing all the time, you may as well jump into the box yourself.” — Iris Apfel

Head to Netflix to check out Iris and let me know what you think! I hope you love it as much as I do.

The LC Runway Collection

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It’s no secret that I adore Lauren Conrad. In fact, I wrote all about my love for her a month or two ago on this very blog. I entered (and won!) a contest on her site. And when my friend referred to LC as my “spirit animal” just the other day, I basically squealed.

So it comes as no surprise that I was psyched to find out that Lauren was premiering her newest Kohl’s collection on the runway at New York Fashion Week. However, I’ll admit to being a bit underwhelmed by the LC/Kohl’s collabs in the past, so I didn’t get my hopes up too high.

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.

I am in love with the LC Runway Collection. It is ethereal, soft, feminine, and reminiscent of a woodland fairytale. The color palette is full of toned down neutrals and pastels. This is definitely outside of my comfort zone, as I tend to go for bold, bright colors, (duh) but it works so well here. The photos of Lauren herself in the collection actually glow. I’ve never had such a desire to be outdoors! Ha.

After making a mental ‘favorites’ list on the Kohl’s website, I couldn’t wait to get to my local store and see the items in the flesh.

Unfortunately, but not shockingly, my local Kohl’s had an extremely limited selection of LC Runway items. Regardless, it was nice to see the items in person – I was very impressed with the quality of each one I tried on.

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But…

I hate that there’s a but. Lauren is my girl. BUT I promised that my reviews would be honest and uncolored.

First of all, the price point is a little wacko for Kohl’s. I understand that Lauren is a legitimate designer and this is an awesome collaboration, but at the end of the day, we’re still talking about Kohl’s. The store needs to pander to its demographic. Full disclosure: if I’m going to spend $230 on a backpack or $120 on a little jacket, it’s probably not going to be at Kohl’s.

Secondly, the sizing was bizarre. I had to keep grabbing larger and larger sizes of the faux-suede motorcycle jacket – the item I wanted to see most. I finally felt comfortable in the size 12 – WTF? But although the body fit in that size, the arms were much too loose. Ugh. Next, I tried the scuba skirt in a size bigger than my usual. Still too small! The bow sweater that I tried was a cute and normal fit, but I’d be reticent when ordering online. I’m so tempted to order some of the items that I couldn’t find in stores, but I’m not sure how far up to go in size.

Anyway, odd sizing aside, the collection is just as gorgeous in person as it is on the website – and that’s not something you run into often. Hopefully I can get to another (fully stocked) location and try on some of the other items I’m lusting after.

Speaking of lust, I’ve chosen my favorite items from the LC Runway Collection below:

  1. Faux-suede motorcycle jacketI wish this had fit my body type better, because I’m obsessed. Girly and edgy – my two personalities in one item. The pale pink was amazing, but I’d love to see the deep green in person too!
  2. High Waist Soft Pants: I think I need these in my life. I’m not sure what I like best. That crepe? That blush tone? That sash? Ahhhh!
  3. Floral Scuba Skirt:  This skirt is thick and flattering. The sweet, feminine style and print would pair perfectly with the edginess of the motorcycle jacket, in either color!
  4. Tiered Fringe Crop Top: Daisy Buchanan, is that you? Oh, no – it’s just me looking fierce and flappery in my [currently imaginary] fringe crop.
  5. Tulle Maxi Skirt:  I’ve been hunting for the perfect tulle skirt for so long. Now someone invite me somewhere so I can buy this!
  6. Sequin Ombre Midi Skirt: Sequins + ombre + pink = a dream come true.
  7. Faux-Fur Collar Peacoat:  Don’t ask me how it even got into my head, but I’ve been wanting a pastel winter coat for the past couple of years. Hello, beautiful.
  8. Lace-Up High Heels: These are the ideal mix of classy and sexy. They’re so versatile, yet they’re reminiscent of a fairy princess. The perfect tie-in to the rest of the collection!

You may think I just listed most of the collection, but I promise this is an extremely narrowed down list. The collection is BIG. So much to choose from…so few money trees in my backyard. 😉

Keep my sizing comments in mind, but don’t let that stop you from shopping!

Support my spirit animal Lauren Conrad and channel your inner woodland fashionista while you’re at it. Time for your very own fairy tale!

VMAs: Red Carpet Recap

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One of my strongest dislikes may surprise you.

It’s watching award shows.

Obviously I’d love nothing more than to walk a red carpet and to be up front and personal with the glitterati that comes with it, but there are few things I find as boring as watching it from home. No knock on the nominees in the least, but if I’m really dying to know who won, I can use Google for that.

Which is precisely what I do for the red carpet fashions.

A simple search of “VMA Red Carpet 2016” gave me tons of hits before the actual show had even started. Instagram is helpful for this critical research as well.

Aside from the outfits, there was one thing I needed to see at this year’s VMAs: Taylor Swift’s new music video for Wildest Dreams. It did not disappoint. I’m not ashamed to say it gave me butterflies… and not just because Taylor got to make out with Scoot Eastwood (swoon).

At the risk of sounding like one of those emo kids that brags about liking bands before they’re cool, I’ve been a Taylor fan since eighth grade. Like many other girls, Taylor got me through every crush, heartache, friend drama, and low self esteem issue from middle school onwards. And her songs still resonate with me as strongly today. Being around the same age as the superstar, my friends and I have essentially grown up with Taylor. Our struggles and celebrations have often mirrored hers. (On a bit of a smaller scale maybe, but similar timing and feelings nonetheless.) And there’s something about that connection that gives you goosebumps.

The Wildest Dreams video showed Taylor in a more grown up, even sexual, light than we’ve seen her before. The video was aesthetically beautiful as much as it was emotionally relevant. Another thing that gives me butterflies besides Scott Eastwood and songs about coming of age? Old Hollywood glamour. Guess what? Taylor brought that too.

Anyway, enough sappy talk. Let’s get to the clothes!

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I’m a huge fan of Demi Lovato. She openly talks about her struggles with body image, which is something so many of us can relate to. Her unbelievable (and relatively newfound) confidence has been showing through so much lately, and there is no better accessory than that. She rocks everything she wears. Especially this detailed pink number. The geometric cutouts are unique and intricate. The long sleeves provide some modesty, while the tight fit highlights Demi’s amazing figure. Keep killin’ it, girl.

Obviously I’ve made it clear how I feel about Taylor Swift. Along with just ‘getting’ me, she slays the outfit game time after time. In fact, I can’t think of an outfit of hers that I didn’t like. Crop top, pants, sequins, sleeves, slicked hair, and fierce heels. Tay was doing it all last night. Talk about Wildest Dreams.

Hailee Steinfeld is part of Taylor’s famous girl gang, but she certainly knows how to shine on her own. The crisp white color of this jumpsuit allows us to focus on the daring culotte-style legs and caped top. I can’t stop jamming out to Hailee’s new song, Love Myself, and it’s clear why she does. Her name is pretty great too!

Boho queen Vanessa Hudgens stayed true to herself with a flowy, feminine frock. If the texture on this dress photographs this well, I can’t imagine how gorgeous it is in person. She styled it with some cool, long necklaces and signature boho hair. The shape of Vanessa’s dress is what every girl dreams of donning if (or when) she gets invited to the red carpet.

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You know those people that try so hard to be different that it actually makes it seem like they have no mind of their own? That’s how I feel about Miley CyrusYou know what would be interesting and surprising, Miley? If you wore an outfit that didn’t look like it came straight from a trippy porno. I’m all about freedom of expression and all that, but I’m pretty bored of Miley’s schtick.

Karlie Kloss is obviously beautiful, but she played it far too safe last night. The color of her dress and the studded detail are great starts, but the shapeless maxi and boring sandals look more dinner-on-vacation appropriate than red-carpet-ready.

I’m a longtime fan of JoJoand I totally support her new music, but this dress was not exactly the comeback I was hoping for. For starters, it’s way too short. Too Little, Too Late is pretty spot on here. Trust me, I’m no prude, but this length doesn’t look flattering or even comfortable. And I’m biased against that tapestry look, so the material isn’t working for me, either.

It physically pains me to put Selena Gomez on the worst dressed list, but honesty is important to me. Selena is one of my top girl crushes ever, but this blah black number does nothing for her! As you can tell from some of my best dressed picks, I’m all for modesty. But how ’bout modesty in a bright color or interesting pattern? Ugh, Sel, this dress is not Good for You. 

Teenage Dream

CelebQuotes_LaurenAs with many of my peers, an embarrassingly large chunk of my adolescent life was spent watching, discussing, and idolizing the teens on MTV’s Laguna Beach. I was so obsessed that I somehow suckered my parents into driving me to Laguna Beach while we were visiting my brother, Matt, at school in L.A. I traipsed around the seaside town and took pictures at the boutiques and landmarks that the show’s stars frequented.

When the show’s first narrator, Lauren Conrad, went on to star in The Hills, I watched her foray into the respective jungles that are the fashion industry and female friendship. She has inspired me with haircuts, outfits, and relationship advice. It sounds silly, but my friends and I essentially
grew up with LC.

Fast forward several years and she is still as relevant as ever. With a blog, multiple clothing lines, several books, and a new online marketplace, Conrad is an excellent role model for the girls of my generation.

That’s why when my friend Hadley alerted me to a contest on www.LaurenConrad.com, I didn’t think twice. It seemed like fate: the blog was seeking to feature a reader decked out in Fabletics gear. I had just written a blog post about the activewear company a couple of weeks before! My friend Katie agreed to photograph me, and we had a blast on our mini shoot. I first did some yoga poses in her backyard, and later that day I mixed my Fabletics top with some trendy clothing as we strolled around downtown Andover. I didn’t hear anything from the contest, so I had assumed they had picked someone else. Then, I was randomly checking out the site today and found myself! I was chosen along with two other girls as the “Chic of the Week” on Lauren Conrad’s blog. I’m super excited! Check out the post here:

http://www.laurenconrad.com/blog/2015/07/chic-of-the-week-robin-haley-and-laurens-cute-cute-workout-wear/

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A snapshot from LaurenConrad.com

I will post all of the photos from our little shoot this week so you can get a detailed look at how I took my workout gear from stretching to strutting! Stay tuned!