My Collaboration with “Fairly Local Apparel”

Hi my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! Hello, my name is Alyssa and I completely apologize if I have been MIA lately, a lot has been happening over the past month! I have been working nonstop, and I am learning how to balance work and blogging altogether. I promise I will be back into my normal blogging routine again soon! I just have to get a  routine down pat and stick to it, which I am still trying to figure out. The weather also has not been the greatest for taking pictures, unfortunately! Also, I am now limited to take my photographs on the weekends now as opposed to throughout the week like I used to do. I am now living in my hometown out in the country and not living in Hamilton anymore. I love it out in the country, it is so peaceful and I get to see all my family members out here which is awesome. I want to take the time to thank companies I have recently been collaborating with for their patience and understanding, you guys are amazing and bless you! I hope you guys have been doing well and everything! I miss you all so much and can not wait to show you the companies I have been working with lately. One company that caught my attention a while back on Instagram was a company called, “Fairly Local Apparel”. I found and came across this company while browsing on Instagram one day, and what caught my attention was their clothing and t-shirts. I am a very simple girl, I do not like over the top t-shirts at all, I love ones that are stylish, simple, and ones that you can style in many different ways. I decided to reach out to this wonderful company, inquiring about a potential collaboration. They were more than happy to collaborate with me, and I was stoked!

Fairly Local Apparel’s goal for their company is to design a brand that fits your style which I adore. They are urban fashion, with unique and an artistic make to their clothing. They are a small local company founded in 2016 and is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. They always strive for the best quality, customer service and they guarantee 100% satisfaction.

I could not wait to receive my package in the mail and see my t-shirt! When the package came in, the material of the shirt was excellent quality, and I absolutely loved the colour red, made the shirt really stand out. I received the “Red Striped Tee” which retails for $15.99. I absolutely love my shirt, it is super comfortable, and I literally wear it to work all the time. I have worn this shirt with leggings, jean shorts, ripped jeans and my jean skirt which can be seen in the pictures on this page. There are so many other clothing pieces that you can purchase as well which are adorable!

I want to personally take the time to thank Fairly Local Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with their amazing company, you guys are awesome and it was an absolute pleasure working with you guys! Again thank you for your patience! I absolutely love my shirt and wear it ALL the time. If you guys have not checked out their Instagram page I highly recommend checking them out! Their Instagram page is “fairlylocalclothing”, be sure to come spread some love! Also, check out their website over at http://www.fairlylocalapparel.com“. Also be sure to check out my social media pages located on my homepage for more blog posts to come in the near future! Take care have a great week and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Most Girls Apparel”

Good morning my beauts, and happy Saturday! I hope you all had a wonderful Friday, and are having a great start to your weekend!  I know I had a great start to my weekend bringing in some wine and hopefully having a little more over the weekend! If one thing is for sure, I absolutely love my wine! Anything from red, white, sparkling, you name it, I love it. I came across this awesome new clothing company over who were looking for influencers and bloggers for their company. I jumped right on this opportunity and messaged the company because I adored their page, website and clothing line so much!  The company who I reached out to is called, “Most Girls Apparel“, and they were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, which I was stoked about. Not going to lie, what caught my attention on their page was the wine sweatshirts, t-shirts and tote bags, they were super adorable. I don’t really own any wine shirts, so I for sure needed to start!

Most Girls Apparel is a sassy and funny clothing line for most girls. The company is like most girls; funny, irreverent, and not at all serious about anything. They make comfy and funny sweatshirts and tees for wearing to work, yoga, playgroup… the list goes on! Overall if your shirt says what you think, you don’t have to talk much and I absolutely love that. While looking at the site, two sweatshirts, in particular, stood out to me and I had to get them! The one is an adorable wine shirt that says, “ red & white & rose & orange & sparkling“, it retails for $55.00, and I absolutely love it to pieces. The caption of the shirts is the best! This one states, “HAHAHA It’s so funny because it’s true: LADIES LOVE WINE. Don’t pretend you don’t like wine because you do. You love that it goes down easy and that you can get kinda buzzed while holding an elegant big old glass of happy juice. Pay homage to all the types of yourfavourite beverage and stay cozy while you sip your troubles away”. Friggen love it.

The other sweatshirt that I adored was called, “Literally like most girls”, and this too retails for $55.00. The caption of this item states, “Has a man ever told you that you’re not like most girls and meant it as a compliment? But then you were like is this guy shading my entire gender whilst simultaneously trying to compliment me? And then you were like screw this guy I’m more like most girls than this idiot and I’m pretty proud of that fact? If any of the above applies to you then this shirt captures that feeling. Literally. You’re like most girls”.

I highly recommend checking out their website and the other clothing pieces and items they have! The company recently released a new shirt that is super cute! This is a sweatshirt called, “Will you accept this rosé?“, and this retails for $55.00 as well. The caption of this one is bomb as well, and states, “If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Some puppy-eyed looking square-jawed dudes handing out roses to a bunch of skinny ladies with perfect makeup and fake nails. We love it, we hate it, we love to hate it. But imagine if instead of handing out roses, they handed out bottles of rosé and curled up on the couch to watch reality TV? THAT would be a love journey closer that’s more real than the fantasy suite. For watching everyone’s favourite beautiful people go on fake dates, the WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSÉ sweatshirt is here for you”.

I want to take the time to personally thank Most Girls Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with them! They were so friendly and awesome people to talk to which was fantastic. I absolutely adore their clothing line and I know that you beauts will too! Come spread some love over on their Instagram at @mostgirlsapparel.  Or come visit their website at http://www.mostgirlsapparel.com!  The company has a sale going on for all of May which is 15% off, simply use discount code “HEYGIRL” at checkout! Also be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts and upcoming posts in the near future. Stay positive beauts, and have a wonderful weekend! Take care and much love xo.

My Collaboration with “Swagear Fashion”

Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new, I want to personally say thank you so much for stopping by! I love when new visitors and faces come and pop by, it means so much to me! Can we talk about this beautiful weather we have been getting lately!? Like, come on. This weather just makes me in such a fantastic mood, and we recently bought a new patio set, so I can enjoy my coffee or tea out on the balcony! I love hitting up Starbucks and grabbing my “Iced Venti non-fat chai latte with light ice“, oh my goodness so yummy! If you beauts have not tried this drink yet, I highly recommend it! Literally tastes like Christmas in a cup! It’s amazing, and it’s my go-to drink that’s for sure. So with this beautiful weather calls for photo shoots outside! As you beauts know I absolutely love my pictures, especially taking pictures outside. This weekend, I had to take advantage of the beautiful weather and take some shots outside. My photographer is my boyfriend Dayten, and I can not thank him enough for taking my pictures for me, he’s amazing. Love him!

I recently collaborated with a rad clothing company called, “Swagear Fashion“. I am hooked on graphic tees and shirts that have unique quotes, I think they are perfect for the spring and summer. I reached out to this awesome clothing company because I was hooked on their t-shirts and the different sayings. I asked if the company was interested in a collaboration with me and they were more than happy to, stating they are always on the lookout for fashion bloggers to review their products.  I was drawn to pretty much their whole clothing line, digging the different quotes on the shirts!  The clothing line is made in the USA, and features so many hot and trendy designs. These shirts are perfect to showcase your character. I absolutely love slogan tees and find that they really show off who I am, and are super cute to wear. There were so many different shirts to look at and choose from!  One shirt that really grabbed my attention was a coffee shirt! I absolutely love my coffee and anything that promotes coffee. The slogan on the shirt read, “Coffee doesn’t ask silly questions, coffee understands“. Love it. Of course, I had to take pictures featuring the love of my life… Starbucks. This shirt retails for $24.95 in store which is great!  One thing I noticed right away when I received my shirt in the mail was how comfortable the material was. Sometimes when I order graphic tees, the material of the shirt is so uncomfortable, and rough and just does not feel good on your body. I was so shocked and amazed at how comfortable the shirt was! I was really excited about the quality of the shirt! I absolutely love the quote on the shirt as well! For sure a shirt that is going to be worn numerous times. I simply paired my shirt with a pair of ripped jeans, sunnies, and converse. What I also love about this site is that there are different categories of shirts; casual, trendy and humour.

I absolutely love my new shirt! I highly recommend coming and checking out their Instagram page and website! Come check out their Instagram page over at, “swagearfasion” and their website at http://www.swagearshop.com.  I want to take the time to personally thank Swagear Fashion for allowing me to collaborate with their company, you guys are awesome and have such a great clothing line! Love it! Be sure to come spread some love over on their page! Also be sure to follow my social media sites for upcoming blogs and collaborations in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Kaeraz”

Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel! I have been super busy lately working on some upcoming collaborations which I am very excited to show you guys when they are all completed so keep an eye out! Also be sure to go check out my blogs over on Chase and Hunter at chaseandhunter.com. Some are up and I would like to know your beauts feedback as to how you like them or can relate. I have been still working on some collaborations with other companies from around the word on Instagram such as clothing and jewellery companies.

There was a gorgeous company that I reached out to on Instagram called, “Kaeraz“. What grabbed my attention right away was the bright orange profile picture which is so vibrant and that is what you need to capture one’s attention! Also, her page on Instagram was to die for, I was in love. Right away in her bio it states, “for the lady weirdo inside us all”. Right then and there, I knew I had to reach out to her and acknowledge her beautiful clothing line, and see if she was interested in collaborating with me! I was so excited when she agreed to collaborate with me, so we got chatting right away about her products! I absolutely love her clothing line, it is adorable, and I would wear everything in a heartbeat. Her Instagram page is so unique, fun, and chic all at the same time. When I was scrolling through her page and checked out her website, I wanted to keep scrolling down, everything was so stylish! I love anything that screams unique.

Let me tell you beauts a little bit about the company. I was speaking to Kaeli Day who is the owner of Kaeraz! She was honestly such a sweetheart talking to, I loved every second speaking with her! She is a lover of tiny things and a designer of lady-centric tees. She also lives in the desert with her husband and two cats. She is from Phoenix, Arizona which is amazing! I have been there once visiting my cousin and her family when she lived there years ago, and it is absolutely beautiful there, would go back in a heartbeat! I highly recommend coming to check out her beautiful page, she is rocking it!

“…stay weird, babes”- Kaeli Day

I honestly absolutely love this tee shirt, it is so adorable and so chic. I had to pick it right away and could not wait for it to come in the mail, I was literally counting down the days! This shirt is so fun! It retails for $27.00 and is called, “Psychic Love Inspector Tee”.  I am also excited to share and announce that I am a Brand Ambassador for this company and could not be more proud of Kaeli! I can offer you guys a special discount if you are interested in purchasing an item from her store! Please use the discount code, “ALYSSA10″ at checkout when you are finished shopping! Who doesn’t love discounts?!

I want to personally take the time to thank Kaeli for allowing me to collaborate and represent her brand, I am honoured! I absolutely love my tee shirt, I think it is super adorable and I am getting so many compliments on it! Be sure to come check out her wonderful selection of tee shirts, and be sure to use my discount code! Keep up the great work Kaeli you are doing fantastic and I am so blessed to have met such a beautiful soul such as yourself! Be sure to come spread some love on her Instagram page over at, “Kaeraz“, and check out her amazing website, you won’t be disappointed! I hope you beauts have a wonderful week, and stay positive!

“…Tees n’ thank you!”

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“The Blonde Closet” featuring Melissa Ashburn

“The Blonde Closet” featuring Melissa Ashburn

Hey beauts, I hope you are all having a very relaxing Sunday so far! My dog woke me up around 7 today which was just lovely. So I thought, well why not work on a blog post if I can’t go back to bed!  So we have the makeup down pat for spring as there are so many beautiful looks we can create, but what about spring fashion, let alone fashion in general? I have always loved looking my best whenever I go out anywhere. Would I say that I have the best fashion in the world… probably not. I always look up on Pinterest different outfit ideas for whatever event it may be, and it always seems to be on par. There is, however, one individual whose fashion sense is always right on point, that would be the gorgeous Melissa Ashburn. I know Melissa and have met Melissa before through my cousin, and she is honestly such a sweet girl. One of the first things that stood out to me about her was indeed her fashion. You know how certain things become second nature to us? That was exactly how I felt and I was so jealous how someone can look so good all the time! I had the amazing opportunity to do a collaboration with Melissa Ashburn on her journey through her blogging site, modelling experience, and strong passion towards fashion!

Blogging

Some of you guys may know Melissa as “theblondecloset“, where she posts all her daily fashion blogs and keeps us up to date with the latest trends. Melissa is a 24-year-old fashion and beauty blogger. She has been blogging since April 2014 and states, “the first two years of my blog were kept very quiet. I never really told anyone about (including most of my friends) until last year”.  I began right away asking Melissa what had inspired her to create , “theblondecloset”. Melissa explains, “for me, it played back to my modelling days a lot. My favourite part about modelling was being in front of the camera on photo shoots, but unfortunately, because of my height (I’m extremely tall) I got booked for mostly runway – which I hated. So I wanted to create a place where I could be in front of the camera as much as I wanted and because I was so into fashion I thought I had a purpose to do so. I worked at a clothing store at the time and I saw how so many women struggled with putting full outfits together, and always asked for help. So I figured if I can help them in person, why couldn’t I do the same online? And that’s how it all started!”. That is so interesting! For sure I believe Melissa was driven towards creating her own blog and I love how her height didn’t stop her. Not being able to do something you want to do often brings people down, but in this case, it geared her towards another successful direction and path.  Discussing her blog, Melissa blogs three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. So be sure to expect a new blog coming shortly! 


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Often I find it helps when you are following certain people on social media who inspire you and help you think of ideas for your blogs. Melissa states, “I’m obsessed with Caitlyn Covington and Emily Ann Gemma, their styles are very similar to my own so I tend to love everything they wear”.  Following this discussion, I was extremely excited to actually get into the topic of Fashion. I know I have a lot to learn, so the more help the better, thank goodness for Melissa!

When did you first develop an interest towards fashion? “I have always had a love for fashion, when I was a kid I would cut up the old clothes that I was bored of and make them into other things. I turned jeans into purses, and t-shirts into shrugs… I would even embroider beads onto my “designs” all by hand!” WOW! I wish I was that talented to do that! I probably still could not even do that at this age! I am literally so mind blown that a child could think of this, leave it up to Melissa!

Has working at a clothing store influenced your fashion sense and inspiration for your blogs? “It has definitely influenced my fashion sense, but I think more so when I first started 5 years ago(I was 19) than now. The store I work at is a little more elevated so my style definitely matured a lot faster than other people my age, at the time”.

I was also highly interested in what Melissa’s favourite go-to outfit for day time and night time looks were. Melissa explains, ” my favourite go-to outfit would have to be my high-waist dark wash denim, a drapey tee and a leather jacket. At night I would just swap out the tee for a silk cami and throw on some red lipstick and I’m good to go!” You can’t go wrong with that! I love how simple and easy it is to just switch certain articles of clothing depending on if it is a daytime or nighttime look.

Piece of advice you would give someone just starting out with fashion? “The three piece rule! In order for any outfit to look put together, it must have three pieces. For example,  your pants are one piece, your shirt is one piece and then you need to add either a jacket/blazer as your third piece OR it can be a bold accessory (dainty accessories don’t count). So a scarf, belt or statement necklace could also act as your third piece to complete the outfit”.

Modelling

Now beauts, we are going to be moving on to the topic of modelling. I have known that Melissa was involved in modelling, but did not know the ins and outs of it. I thought it would be neat to ask her a few questions in regards to her modelling. Melissa has been modelling for 4 years now, but unfortunately decided this was not the route for her. Melissa explains, “it depends on the person but for me, there were some major cons that outweighed the pros when it came to modelling. Models don’t get paid for 3 months after completing jobs, and the jobs aren’t consistent so I needed to have a part-time job (working retail) in order to have a steady paycheck. However, agents don’t like when you have another job because then you can’t be as flexible with your time, and I never heard the end of it”. Oh jeez, I never really knew that but it is good to know! I can see your frustration in that Melissa, as I would be very frustrated too. That would be extremely hard to keep a steady paycheck only relying on modelling at the time. Although there are some cons when it comes to modelling, there are always some pros. Melissa states, “the pros from me was photoshoot days, and the awesome people you get to meet. Being a fashion lover it was amazing seeing the behind the scenes of fashion shows, and highend events. Also, having my hair and makeup done all the time wasn’t so bad either!”. I would honestly not mind my hair and makeup being done, I would be in absolute heaven that is for sure. It’s interesting because I always saw the pros of modelling and considered them, but never really thought about the cons. It is always nice to have that insight on these things.

What type of modelling did you do? “Runway, editorial, commercial, and events”.

I was very curious to know how Melissa go involved with modelling, I mean, who doesn’t want to know that! Melissa shares, “my whole life I was told by my family, friends, and may strangers (lol!) that I should be a model because of my height. And I was so in love with fashion that I thought it would be a step in the right direction for my hopeful career in the fashion industry”. 

Have you guys ever wondered what models are allowed to eat or if they have a restrictive diet? I thought this would be beneficial to ask Melissa if she was put on a diet and so forth. Melissa states, “I was, but at the time it wasn’t so much of a diet as it was a lifestyle. I ate clean and worked out almost every day, and because of that my body just stopped craving all the bad foods, so I wasn’t really ever tempted by them”.  I can see this happening for sure. I heard this a lot of times that sometimes you stop craving bad foods when you are so used to not having them. This goes the same way for me when it comes to pop. I used to drink pop every single day, and now since not having it for a long time, I do not crave it anymore. So interesting how that works!

How much time did this consume out of your day? week? “Modelling consumed a lot of time but mostly because all of my jobs and castings were an hour away from where I lived. So a quick 10-minute casting ended up taking me 2 hours and 10 minutes, and you don’t get paid for that!”. I can only imagine how much time modelling is, and I am not even a model. Wow, you do not even get paid? That’s crazy! You got to do what you got to do sometimes, and that is just what Melissa did.

When I had reached out to Melissa, I thought that she was still involved in modelling, but I was unaware that she had quit. I was curious to find out what had happened and what made her change her mind about modelling. Melissa explains, “I quit modelling because it got to a point where I needed to decide if I was willing to move to Toronto and take it serious, or just quit. The commuting was taking up too much of my time on top of everything else. I ultimately decided I would quit since I didn’t enjoy doing runway, and that’s what I was getting booked for the most. I then started my blog to incorporate everything I loved about editorial modelling and my love for fashion into one passion project!” You have to do what is best for yourselves, and I am very proud of Melissa for taking the time to notice that she was unhappy. You have to listen to your mind and body. Although Melissa quit modelling, she has numerous year of experience that she was involved in which is amazing and admiring!

Best piece of advice someone has given you in regards to fashion/modelling/blogging? “My best piece of advice for modelling would be to take a course before you get into it for the first time. I gained so much self-confidence just from taking a course, that people in my life noticed a drastic change in me after I graduated it. I built some really great friendships and learned some amazing things that I will take with me through life even without modelling”. 

I want to personally thank Melissa Ashburn for taking the time out of her day to collaborate with me and answer these questions I was curious about. I found this blog rather fascinating and extremely informative in regards to the fashion industry. There are a lot of pointers that Melissa shared in which I am going to take note of! Thanks for the collaboration Melissa! I highly recommend you beauts checking out her blogging channel which is “theblondecloset”. Her blog is amazing, her photographs are phenom, and her outfits are gorgeous! You don’t want to miss out! You can also follow her Instagram page at : Melissaashburn

I really hope you beauts enjoyed this post! I had a fun time putting it together and learning new information all at the same time. Be sure to check out my other social media sites located on my main page at the very top! (New format, way too stoked for life).Now I don’t have to type it out every single time…goals.

 

Forever 21 Summer Haul 2016

Forever 21 Summer Haul 2016

Hello my beauts, I hope you are all doing well and dandy! I have been super busy lately with work and actually trying to decide what to blog about next. I came up with a few good ideas recently as I have gone on several shopping sprees! Normally, I would not really do any fashion hauls or try-on hauls, just because it’s not my forte. I went to the mall not too long ago and decided to go into one of my favourite stores, Forever 21. I honestly love going into this store, and have found quite a few nice things recently. I used to think that Forever 21 was either a hit or a miss, sometimes they have really weird and “out there” clothing. When I recently went there, I found so much nice clothing pieces that I literally could’ve kept on spending and spending if I didn’t cut myself off.  I decided to share the clothing that I purchased with you beauts, just to give you guys an idea what Forever 21 has right now, and what sorts of outfits I have been loving for the summer time.

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I absolutely love how big the Forever 21 is in Limeridge mall,  there is just so much to look at and I could spend hours in there just browsing! The first outfit that I decided to try on and purchase was this super cute Casual and Comfy skirt and top. I absolutely love the design on the skirt, and the material is super comfy. I also love the belt that comes attached to the skirt, it helps compliment the outfit. I paired the skirt with a plain and simple stretchy black crop top. This style of top came in a bunch of different colours, but I thought that you could pair black with anything, what is one more black top, am I right?!

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The next outfit that I am going to share with you guys is super cute! I absolutely love the look of dress shorts, and really did not own a pair of my own! I saw that a lot of people all over Pinterest were wearing shorts of this style and was so happy when I came across a pair at Forever 21. I personally do not know if they are meant to be high waisted but I decided to pull them up anyways! You can pair this with basically any crop top. I decided to use this super cute knot tie crop top that I had purchased from Forever 21 as well.

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I also decided to try this dress shorts with a plain white crop top that I had purchased from Forever 21 too. I love how there are buttons going down the front, so cute!

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The next outfit I decided to go for a more girly & flirty look! I decided to go a bit out of my comfort zone and purchase some floral loose shorts. I absolutely love how comfy these are and how nice they are high waisted. There are many different colours that you can choose from when it comes to matching the flowers in these shorts.

 

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I love love love this crochet crop top! I was so happy when I had found it, and decided that I needed to purchase it right away. This looks unreal with the shorts, and adds extra definition to the whole outfit. Like I said, you can wear other colour tops with these high waisted shorts, I decided to go with the beautiful tie knot crop top that I had mentioned earlier.

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(I also love the cute pompoms on the end of the shorts that I forgot to mention!)

The next outfit I decided to go for a more casual look with the high waisted retro shorts.Unfortunately I did not purchase these shorts however from Forever 21, but I did go the same shopping day and found these on sale at Garage. I absolutely love the salmon colour on anything, and knew that I had to get these right away. I love the way the navy blue looks on these shorts, and luckily I had bought two navy blue crop tops from Forever 21 that matched perfectly.

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How cute is this crop top? It ties on both shoulders into a knot and looks super classy!

I also paired these  high waisted retro shorts with the crochet crop top in navy blue that I had purchased and discussed earlier.

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When I was browsing through Forever 21, I had noticed this really cute oversized sweater just chilling on the rack. I am pretty sure it was in the wrong spot as there was only one there, but I had to get it! How cute is the back? You can pair these with some jean shorts and voila you are all set to go! I absolutely love the colour of this sweater as well.

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I was also playing around with different outfits that I could put together with some of the crop tops that I had purchased and came across this casual one. If you do not own any of these kinds of pants, I highly highly recommend it. They are super comfy and literally look amazing with crop tops or even just a plain t shirt. I am a daycare teacher and always get compliments when wearing these pants. I purchased mine at Garage for $30.00 each and bought one in black and the other in olive green. I decided to pair the olive green pants with the black stretchy crop top that I had purchased from Forever 21.

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Well my beauts, that sums it up for my Forever 21 summer haul. I really hope you enjoyed this blog and found it entertaining as well as interesting. I highly recommend checking out your nearest Forever 21 for beautiful summer clothes! Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more blog posts yet to come for the summer! Please be sure to follow my site as well as my other social media accounts:

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Much love xo.

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