Summer Style Staples

Summer Style Staples

With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe! Below I have compiled six of my favorite clothing pieces and accessories for summer. All of these items can be mixed and matched, and they are versatile for whatever occasion you may be dressing for.

Denim shorts. I consider these a must-have in my wardrobe for day-to-day summer wear, and I’m sure many of you do too. I prefer the high-waisted option, but even if you appreciate the low-rise trend, denim shorts look cute with most things. I have found many of my favorites from my local Goodwill.

White Tennies. These go with just about everything. I’ve gotten so much use out of my Pumas lately, and I consider them another must-have. They pair nicely with many outfits, and they are actually functional (unlike some of my sandals).

Cute Totes. I have found myself using my totes just as much as my purses lately. It’s so convenient to just throw your wallet and a few other necessities in a tote to go. The tote pictured is from one of my favorite brands, Copina Co.

Knit Tanks. I know it may sound counterintuitive to have a knit tank top in summer but trust me. Knits are in, and they are adorable. If you do a bit of searching, you definitely can find knit tanks that are soft and breathable. Pictured is a knit tank that I thrifted, and it has not caused me to break a sweat.

Silky Scarves. These are very versatile accessories. You can wear a scarf in your hair, you can tie it on your bag, or you can even tie it as a top! I scored my scarf from Ragstock.

Bucket Hats. These come in handy for rainy days or even bad hair days! They are perfect for many cute and casual looks.

What are some of your summer style staples? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

On-Air with the Millennial Girls

On-Air with the Millennial Girls

Racquel Goldy and Natasha Salehi are the entertaining and relatable duo known as the Millennial Girls. On their podcast, they share personal stories and behind-the-scenes fun from their experiences as Miami radio personalities. I am excited to have them on the blog to share their opinions and insights as millennials and women who work in media.

I asked them questions all about podcasting, millennial stereotypes, working in radio, and personal branding. We also discussed the topic of imposter syndrome. I hope you can learn something from my Q&A with the Millennial Girls; I know I did!

Let’s get into it, and let me introduce you to Racquel and Natasha!

About the Girls

Racquel hosted the afternoon drive-time radio show for Revolution 93.5 FM. In addition, she has covered red carpets as a correspondent for events like the Billboard Music Awards, iHeart Fiesta, and the Creative Arts Emmys. Her second passion project is creating Kpop Reaction Videos on YouTube.

Natasha graduated with a BA in Advertising. She started out managing social media for Revolution 93.5 FM. Then, she moved into a co-host spot on the morning show. Most recently, she was in the solo midday slot. Her second passion project is cooking live and sharing recipes on Instagram.

Q: Why did you start a podcast together?

A: Both being radio personalities in Miami, magic would happen when we would do things together, like getting featured in Billboard for our exclusive with Martin Garrix. We considered starting our own podcast on the side to “keep the dream alive”, so to speak, then the pandemic hit and we were let go from our jobs. We really had no other option but to create our own brand! 

With the podcast world booming, we felt this was the right place to keep ourselves relevant but also niche. As a radio personality, you are really only showing 20% of your “real” personality on-air. We knew this was a place to not take ourselves so seriously, and we wanted to be as real and relatable as possible.

We’re both experienced in public speaking, Natasha is the master editor for all things video/audio/social, and Racquel is the Queen of PR. So what better partnership right? That’s how the Millennial Girls Podcast was born.

Q: What inspired you to choose the name “Millennial Girls”?

A: Natasha woke up in the middle of her sleep one night at 3 am and texted Racquel “MILLENNIAL GIRLS”. Both being millennials, we felt it was broad enough to create a brand name as well as title our community made up of millennial females.

Q: What millennial stereotypes do you disagree with?

A: People think our generation is lazy and entitled, but in reality, we bust our butts to do what makes us happy, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a large paycheck! Not to mention we are the guinea pigs of social media which leads us to comparison culture.

Q: What millennial stereotypes do you agree with?

A: Having the confidence to question authority, achievement-oriented, and obsessed with technology. I mean we did create social media… Mark Zuckerberg, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger are all millennials.

Q: What has been your favorite opportunity that you’ve had through working in media?

A: Our greatest accomplishment was when we were given the opportunity to interview Martin Garrix shortly before Ultra and Miami Music Week. Our goal was to get an exclusive, and we did! The interview went viral on all EDM platforms including Billboard. 

Q: How do you view social media and personal branding in your field?

A: Social media and personal branding are part of your resume. Especially being in entertainment and radio, everything is based on how much engagement and how many followers you have across all platforms from YouTube to TikTok. If you don’t post on all platforms or don’t consistently post, unfortunately, you become “irrelevant”.

Q: Do you ever deal with imposter syndrome or comparison? How do you overcome it?

A: All the time. When you know you have to continuously post on social media, not only post, but also post great content, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of insecurity and comparison culture.

We overcome it by not concerning ourselves with other people and “cleaning out our social media closet” by unfollowing profiles that don’t motivate or inspire us. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we compare our own content to our past content and ask ourselves if it’s better and more creative. If it’s not, we go back to the drawing board and improve ourselves.

Q: What advice would you give to others who want to start a podcast?

A: Starting a podcast that you want to ultimately build as a brand on your own is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. First and foremost, the podcast has to be entertaining and bring value.

You have to have the right equipment, acoustics, editing software/tools, decide where to host your podcast, outreach to potential sponsors, outreach to potential guests, get your audience to share, consistent social media promotion, weekly episodes, keep your numbers up and growing, find ways to start making an income whether it be through retail sales or collabs… it’s not easy.

If you’re in it for the long haul, have patience, are consistent, and are ok with not being an overnight success, then get on that microphone and start podcasting!

Q: Where can we keep up with you?

A: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Apple Podcasts, and on our website.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

A: Sharing, following, liking, commenting, reviewing, and subscribing are all ways you can support our podcast! We know it’s a lot to ask, but it’s a simple click, right?

May Highlights ’21

May Highlights ’21

We have a lot to catch up on.

First things first, I graduated college in May! It still feels a bit unreal that I don’t have to check Canvas every day, but it feels good. Having a bit of extra free time without coursework has allowed me to recharge and re-energize. I look forward to using some of my newfound time to work on the blog and other projects.

Right after graduating in mid-May, I started a new job in the marketing/communications field! It was a goal of mine to get hired before graduation, and I met it just a week before walking in the ceremony. The job search was a challenging process, but I am grateful that I ended up in the position that I did. I feel like the saying “rejection is redirection” rings true.

In May, I also decided that it’s time to move! I’ve lived in the apartment I’m currently at for about two years now, so I’m craving a change of scenery. My new place will still be in Green Bay, but I’m hoping to upgrade a bit. Stay tuned for some new apartment and decor content in a few months!

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

At-Home Coffee Recipe: Reishi Maple Cold Brew

At-Home Coffee Recipe: Reishi Maple Cold Brew

Who knew that mushrooms and coffee could mix? I didn’t believe it until I tried the Reishi Maple Cold Brew from one of my favorite local shops, Bona Fide Juicery.

Upon the first sip, the drink was extremely smooth and delicious. It was the perfect mix of cold brew, coconut creamer, maple syrup, reishi powder, and cinnamon. If you are in the area, I highly recommend going to Bona Fide and trying it out! It has become one of my go-to orders there.

If you are not in the area or if you want an at-home option, this drink is pretty easy to replicate. All you need are a few ingredients and a touch of barista technique. A hand frother is also very helpful to have, but in a pinch, a whisk can work too.

To get started on my at-home Reishi Maple Cold Brew, I collected my pre-made Krum cold brew, Om Mushroom hot chocolate blend, Nut Pods original creamer, store-brand cinnamon powder, store-brand sugar-free maple syrup, and ice.

I used some Om Mushroom hot chocolate blend instead of reishi powder to give it a mocha taste. If you prefer, you can definitely use regular reishi powder!

The first step is to combine the reishi powder, creamer, cinnamon, and maple syrup. How much of each ingredient you use is really up to you and your taste buds. Personally, I used about a teaspoon of reishi powder, two tablespoons of creamer, a couple of shakes of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of maple syrup. I used my hand frother to mix everything up until I had a nice amount of froth and dissolved powders.

The next step is just adding your ice and cold brew to the mug you used to combine everything. If you want to get a little fancy you can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, but that’s optional.

Last step: enjoy!

What did your taste buds think of this drink? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My College Experience

My College Experience

I officially graduated with my bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay! It took 4-years and a bottomless cup of coffee to do it, but I made it.

When I first started my college education, I was not sure where it would take me. I knew that I enjoyed the communication field, but I did not know much else. To get started, I decided to go to a 2-year university and pursue my associate’s degree. I liked the idea of smaller classroom sizes, and I wanted an affordable option.

Looking back, attending UW-Waukesha was one of the best decisions I made. The university became a second home to me. I ended up working on campus in the main office and the tutoring center. I got involved in student government. I even became the Milwaukee Bucks brand ambassador on the UW-Waukesha campus. While I did not live on campus, it almost felt like I did. And, the connections I made there feel like family.

You may be wondering how I ended up graduating from UW-Green Bay then? Well, after completing my associate’s degree, I was able to transfer into a 4-year university. I knew that I wanted to continue my education, so I made the choice to attend UW-Green Bay.

There were a few reasons why I made this decision. First, they have a great communication program, and I knew a few people that could vouch for it. Second, I am from Green Bay, so I thought it would be nice to return home. Also, when I thought about my future and where I saw myself, I saw living and working in Green Bay as a good possibility.

This decision was also a pretty good one if I do say so myself. I think the biggest highlight was getting involved with UW-Green Bay’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. It offered great networking opportunities, and it helped me to get more involved in the communication program. I got to know more students, and I got to know my professors better. As a transfer student, it can be tricky to navigate a new campus. Getting involved definitely helps!

I truly believe that your college experience is what you make it. You can choose to be involved or not. You can choose where you go to some extent. You can also choose who you surround yourself with. Being involved, going to UW-Waukesha as well as UW-Green Bay, and connecting with the people I did is what made my college experience. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

Are you a current college student, or have you graduated? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Last year, around this same time, I posted my first vision board blog. I didn’t realize that when I created a new vision board the other day. I guess something about spring makes me want to refresh and reset.

The major themes of my previous board included self-care, chasing dreams, and wanting to adopt a cat. Some of those themes have definitely carried over to my latest vision board, yet in a new way with a different aesthetic. Personally, it has been interesting to compare them and see the development in my goals and style.

If you vision board too, I recommend reflecting on old boards after you create new ones. It’s interesting to see your creative process over time. It’s also interesting to see what mattered to you then and what matters to you now.

But, without further ado, I want to show you my new vision board and point out some highlights.

First, I want to chat about some of the words on the board. The big three are confidence, creativity, and joyful. When I feel these three things, I feel my best. Of course, I can not be confident, creative, and joyful 24/7. But, the board serves as a reminder to make choices that help me to be confident, creative, and joyful.

Second, let’s address the cute cat image. Due to everything that has been going on in the world, I haven’t moved yet. So, I haven’t been able to adopt a cat yet. But, a move is coming soon! I hope that the next time I show you my vision board, a cat is sitting right next to me.

Third, I want to talk about the ear on my vision board. It may look a bit random, but if you look closer it is very pierced. I have quite a few piercings, but I want to dress up my ears some more. Also, I want to visit my favorite piercing shop again. My goal is to make an appointment for this summer.

Lastly, you may notice some roller skates and plants on the board. I want to learn how to keep plants alive first, and then I would like to add some more greenery to my home. The roller skates represent getting back on my rollerblades. It’s a hobby that I’ve had a very on-again and off-again relationship with. It would be great to reconnect.

I tried to keep the mood of the board fresh, minimal-ish, and cohesive. I really enjoy how it turned out, and I’m excited to work towards the things on it! I am most skeptical of gaining a green thumb, but I will try.

What’s on your vision board? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

If you’ve been following along for a while, you already know that I adore pre-loved fashion. In fact, many of my fashion blog posts feature items that I got from my local Goodwill.

There are so many reasons why I’m a proponent of thrift shopping, so I wanted to share a few of them with you. I hope that this resonates with you or motivates you to give thrifting a try.

I love thrift shopping because:

It’s fun. Simply put, I enjoy the hunt. I love looking through the racks and finding new favorites.

It’s affordable. The price of brand-name items is significantly less at the thrift store. In fact, I’ve found full outfits thrifting for the same price as one piece of clothing from the mall.

It’s better for the environment. Thrifting keeps items out of landfills and gives them a new life! We’ve all been hearing how bad fast fashion is for the environment, so thrifting is a better alternative.

It supports great causes. When I shop at Goodwill, I know that my dollars are going towards job training and opportunities. I also know that what I spend stays in my community, and that feels good.

It allows me to experiment with my style. When I thrift, I find cute pieces that I would’ve never even thought to look for. Thrifting helps me to learn more about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to my personal style. It has helped me to curate a functional and unique wardrobe.

Overall, second hand is grand!

What do you love about thrift shopping? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

April Highlights ’21

April Highlights ’21

May is here! Let’s chat about April.

During the month, I tried to switch up my typical coffee runs. Of course, I still enjoy Starbucks and Dunkin’, but there are some great local cafes downtown Green Bay that I could visit more. There are also some great tea shops.

While exploring my own city I stumbled upon Pink Guava for a midday pick-me-up. It was absolutely delicious, and I will be returning. I want to continue to challenge myself to shop local when I can and try out new places.

In April, I also joined the Very Important EatStreeters crew! I actually used to intern with EatStreet, so it has been great to reconnect with the brand in a new way and see some familiar faces.

For some background, EatStreet is a food delivery service that started in Wisconsin. They partner with a lot of local businesses (and even Kwik Trip). EatStreet has been my go-to delivery app for a while now, so I’m looking forward to creating more content with them in May.

I’m also looking forward to my graduation in May! On the 15th, I will officially have my bachelor’s in communication. It will feel so good to be done with online classes and celebrate.

What were your highlights? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Elevate Your Look with Curtain Bangs: My Before and After

Elevate Your Look with Curtain Bangs: My Before and After

This 70’s hairstyle is making a major comeback. Vogue UK has even declared the curtain fringe as the biggest hair trend for summer 2021. I cannot tell you how many curtain bang TikTok tutorials tempted me before I booked my hair appointment. I am happy that I went to a local salon, Bloom Collaborative, to get the look.

It was my first hair appointment in a while, so I was excited to finally treat myself. I booked a cut as I typically do, but I also came ready with some inspiration photos on my phone. I described the length of bangs I wanted as “down to my smile.” I didn’t want them too short or too long. I figured this would be the perfect length to frame my face, as well as a good length to style.

For my trim, I asked for all of my dead ends to be chopped off. I trusted whatever length my hairstylist thought would be healthiest. As I said, it had been a while, so a few inches off seemed appropriate.

I took a selfie before my hair appointment and a selfie a couple of days after my appointment for comparison. I’m purposely not showing you my fresh out of the salon look since I am not able to recreate that on a regular basis. Instead, I want to give you a realistic and everyday view.

I absolutely love how the curtain bangs turned out. It’s a subtle change, but it’s just the change I wanted. I appreciate how the bangs work with my face shape and how they work with my naturally wavy hair.

If you are considering curtain bangs, I’d recommend looking at lots of photos for inspiration. There are quite a few variations and options, so it’s important to get specific about what you want. You and a stylist can create a look that works best for you!

Currently, I’m having fun learning all the styling tips and tricks for my new bangs. TikTok has been a great source of inspiration once again. As I figure out the hacks that work and create some of my own, I will keep you posted!

Do you have curtain bangs? Would you try the style? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Steal That Look: TK’s Juicy Style

Steal That Look: TK’s Juicy Style

In case you don’t already know who TK a.k.a. Taylor King is, let me introduce you. She’s a content creator and content producer based in Los Angeles, California. She has a fun and bold style, and she loves anything that she proclaims to be “juicy.”

For a while, I have admired her aesthetic and attitude on Instagram. Her content is always eye-catching and fresh. She finds ways to elevate simple outfits, with bold accessories and unique pieces.

I decided to give her style a shot by first recreating some of her Instagram in-feed fits. Then, I created a few juicy looks of my own.

First up, I went for one of her sporty looks. In the Instagram post, she’s wearing a reworked jersey/windbreaker by @thereal_o_g. I felt inspired to make one with a Milwaukee Bucks jersey and windbreaker that were sitting in my closet. Next time I go to a game, I’m definitely wearing it.

Second, I went for a comfy option. The outfit is nice and cozy, but what I really liked about this post is the posing. As a content creator, I’m always looking for ways to add variation to my feed. A pose like this is extremely simple, yet it has depth. It’s more eye-catching than just another selfie.

Lastly, I tried a dressed-up look. I just happened to have a black one-piece similar to hers as well as a neon jacket already in my closet. I never thought about pairing the pieces together before, but it works! In the future, I’ll have to play around with adding neon to dark outfits. It adds vibrance.

Recreating these in-feed looks helped me to jump outside of my comfort zone. The outfits forced me to look at items in my closet in a different way. Her posts also forced me to think outside of the box in terms of styling and posing. Most notably, recreating TK’s looks forced me to rock her classic red lip.

Feeling inspired, I put some of my own outfits together that I think TK would approve of. I leaned into the red and black color palette that is present in TK’s Instagram feed and brand.

I am obsessed with how this first self-styled look came together. I put on my favorite little black dress, fun sunnies, and my boyfriend’s varsity jacket. The pops of red throughout the outfit scream juicy! If you have a dress, jacket, and statement sunglasses, you can easily recreate this look with your own flair.

Next, I knew I had to break out my red velour Juicy Couture jacket for this blog post. I mean, it says juicy right on the arm! I paired the jacket with a black top underneath and dark wash denim pants. The cherry on top is a bright red scrunchie to hold my hair in a high pony.

In my final look, I kept on the same black shirt and put a leather top over it (it’s a Harley Davidson top that I found at a thrift store!). I also brought back the same sunnies from earlier to add another pop of red. This outfit made me feel like Sandra Dee at the end of Grease.

Emulating TK’s aesthetic and style was, in short, fun! Her typical outfits vary quite a bit from my typical fits, but I can still appreciate the juicy energy. If you ever see a style or a trend that you like, try it! You never know what it may help you learn about your personal style.

What was your favorite outfit? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!