Pick it up | Your Anti-bad day Playlist

Even when you’re playing all your cards right; even when you have somehow found a balance of working and a social life; even when you find a coupon for two free Doritos locos tacos on the ground; you are still 100% capable of having a bad day, or even a streak of them.

Yesterday was my bad day. Even though life is crazy awesome right now and even though I couldn’t be feeling more thrilled about things to come, I had a day yesterday where I felt like my dreams could be oh-so-easily crumpled like a used gum wrapper and alley-ooped into the trashcan. I felt like a flat tire whose positivity had leaked out.

I needed a pick-me-up and I needed it quick so I did what I do best: surfed the internet. I found images that made me happy and focused on why they made me happy, and then vowed to employ bits them in my life this week. Here’s a few of the images that got me on the road to recovery:

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So, what are some things you can do to get out from under your self deprecating (d)rain cloud? Here are some ideas:

  1. Exercise. Much to my surprise, I’ve transformed into a person who has decided going to the gym is a good way to push myself of out whatever funk I’ve found myself in. After a good while of sulking in the darkness of my room I reluctantly changed into my Nikes and made my way the squat rack. Spoiler alert: I’m glad I did. Endorphins are a hell of a thing!
  2. Laugh. Just LAUGH. Whatever it takes.
  3. Gain and retain an understanding that even Beyonce has bad days.
  4. Convince yourself about how much you rule (I know it sounds cheesy, but it works).
  5. Speaking of cheesy…pizza? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  6. Listen to this playlist (and dance, no matter how badly) for at least 15 minutes:

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Speak to you soon!

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Glasshouse | Seattle

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Volunteer park conservatory is in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It was built in 1912, is modeled after London’s Crystal Palace and is home to a wide variety of plants from around the world (including a room full of palms–so trendy right now).

For me, visiting conservatories is always a reminder that taking a break from the screen (phone, emails, Netflix binges)  to focus on the green (nature, of course) is a welcome and necessary break from the static of being constantly on-the-grid.I spend so many hours pounding out emails and double tapping photos of sunsets that sometimes I’m guilty of losing focus on experiencing the majesty of the beautiful place I live. It’s earth day weekend. What are you doing to celebrate?

Silver Lining | Personal Style

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Ever since turning 24 in February I’ve been rewriting my life mantras. I’ve been learning a lot about myself and establishing what matters most to me in this world then separating those from what I think might be toxic. For example:

Things that are toxic: Neglecting to purchase something that you’re personally drawn to because you think other people won’t respond to them the same way you do. I struggled with this for a long time. I was constantly asking myself “What if people think I look weird?” and then hesitantly putting that pair of metallic harem pants back on the rack.

Things that are not toxic: Allowing yourself to buy whatever the hell you want because you’re an independent person who doesn’t just follow trends, but instead sets them. Trends like METALLIC SILVER PLATFORMED SHOES.

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced love at first sight in the way that I did when I sleepily stumbled across these babies on Shopbop one night around my birthday.

I’d been feeling very blasé about many of the styles I’d been scrolling through, but these oxfords by Opening Ceremony could not have made me feel any more alive. I was in love. I constantly admired and talked about them for two weeks before my friends got tired of hearing me obsess over them and urged me to buy them…so I did.

They’re grungy. They’re minimal. They’re shiny. They’re PERFECT. One small step for my closet, one giant step for me serving Xenon: Girl of the 21st Century realness.


New Life Mantra #2: Do you. Wear whatever you want because YOU like it. Be fearless. Feel flawless.

Buying these shoes wasn’t just a sporadic chasse into my spring wardrobe, but a step deeper into my identity. Every time I wear them I feel fiercely confident and undeniably myself. Who cares if people like them or not? They aren’t wearing the shoes – I am.

Speak to you soon!

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Consume | Austin•TX (Food + Drinks Want-To-Do List)

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If I let my mind wander to Austin it skips the plane ride completely and instead takes a shortcut right through my insatiable appetite for all things Tex-Mex. I imagine the types of Taco-centric lunches I’d indulge in; what kind of spicy mimosa I might stumble across on a brunch menu; and how long my eyes would be closed during my first bite of Texas BBQ.

Eating and trying new things is a part of traveling that really deepens the experience, and while I’ve never been to Austin before you better believe that I have a list that I’ve started compiling for when I get the chance to go. It covers all the bases from morning to night and even a little snacking in between. Check it out:

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And after all that I’m just here at a coffee bar eating a cold chocolate pastry and dreaming of doughnuts…

If you have any suggestions for Austin please let me know in a comment or email!

Speak to you soon,

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All Saints | Spring 2015

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I saw the All Saints Spring 2015 lookbook and was practically drooling over the muted color palette, variety of textures and flawless styling that was employed the perfect unexpected layering combinations and boots for days. This spring collection of classic separates was shot perfectly against the backdrop of an old airport hangar which added some editorial edge. Fringe details and selvaged necklines hit the nail on the head of my hard v soft aesthetic that I’m normally drawn towards, and the introduction of prints and lace offered that pop of femininity that I take on the side of my more andro tendencies.

When I see a shoot like this that I’m super inspired by I try and brainstorm how I can manipulate my closet into ensembles that give a similar look and feel. Playing with proportion will be key; not to mention giving stripes on stripes another shot. Maybe a an outfit that stacks a longer spring coat over a short short, or one of my more oversized tops over a lace skirt.

Playing with pattern and proportion can be weird at first, but to me those are some of the most interesting outfits out there.

To view the rest of the collection click here

Speak to you soon!

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AUSTIN•TX | 6 dreamy AirBNBs

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As I mentioned before, SXSW is this week and, boy, do I have Austin on the brain. Dying for an adventure and craving to see a new place; all I can think of are taco trucks, sunny patios and thick, boisterous accents from some of our nation’s loudest and proudest (Texans, I’m looking at you).

While I haven’t been to Austin before I do have a whole to do list dreamed up complete with places to stay, things to eat and destinations to see. This trendy city in central Texas has stolen a little bit of my heart and I haven’t even been there yet. Figures.


When I start planning a trip I typically start with where I’ll be spending my nights and instagramming my morning coffee–my accommodations, or more specifically my AirBNB. As I’ve mentioned before AirBNB is my jam; it offers you, the traveler, a chance to stay in a place with character, conveniences past those of a hotel and (sometimes) free cookies.

So, naturally, I’ve scoped out my favorite digs in Austin. I picked places with charm, lots of natural light and plenty of potential for that #vscogood shot.

Click the photos for links to the accomodations! (They vary in price, size and location).

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Lookout on Larry | Cherry Wood: I didn’t have any further questions after I saw the honey-colored wood paneling, the exposed beams and the minimal decor that was saturated with sunshine. 10/10 would sit in that rocking chair with a neat whiskey in my hand and bad jokes pouring out of my mouth.

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Modern Loft | Downtown: Don’t tell me you’re not enticed by this contemporary, industrial haven. Take a look at that light fixture; that very nappable, sophisticated sectional; and those skyline window views! If you think Austin looks good from the window, then you’re in for a real treat when you see it from the roof.

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Garden Cottage | East Austin: Cute, quaint, cozy and complete with a tiny pig running around in the backyard; this backyard bungalow has me dying over it’s eclectic pieces and map lined walls. If I could go on a solo adventure tomorrow I would inquire about this place on the immediate.

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Hip Central Eastside Bungalow: They had me at complimentary bottle of wine or 6 pack of local brews…and maybe the clawfoot tub, Franklin stove and the “perfect back porch for BBQs” had a little something to do with it, too.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

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Stay tuned for my Austin to do list coming up later this week. You probably shouldn’t raise your expectations to extend past fried foods, coffee and places to see the cutest puppies.

Speak to you soon!

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SXSW 2015 | Ultimate Playlist

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It’s a rainy Sunday in Seattle so, naturally,  I’m picking the raisins out of my leftover hiking granola and making every excuse not to go outside. Luckily I’ve been able to bide my time pretty effectively because SXSW started on Friday and I had a lot of music to dive into.

South by Southwest is a festival that happens every year in March in Austin, Texas. It plays host to music, film, and interactive components giving festival goers the opportunity to experience hundreds of artists and experts from all over the world. It’s the gateway to festival season and a festival that is (and has been) on my to-do list for ASAP.

To learn more about SXSW, click here

To learn more about SXSW, click here

For the last two years when SXSW has rolled around I’ve scoped out their artist lineup and found SO many new bands to obsess about (and to stalk tour schedules for when they’ll hit the city I’m in). This year…I may have gone a little crazy with my playlist, but I couldn’t help myself because there were SO many good musicians on the roster.

I present to you my Ultimate SXSW 2015 playlist–I literally scoured every genre and alphabetized breakdown list of who was performing which resulted in nearly 20 hours of music. Oops?

Live vicariously through this playlist with me! (Even if it doesn’t come with food trucks dishing out aromatic BBQ or tacos.)
 
 

 
 
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Insta catchup + Playlist | 2.23

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The last few months have absolutely whizzed by so I thought now would be a good time to do a catch up of some of the haps that I’ve shared on Instagram. My feed has turned into a constant stream of interiors, outfits and anything else that inspires me; this includes, but is not limited to, brunch, coffee and maybe a flower or sixteen. Be sure to check out my profile at instagram.com/lacunningham.

In the mean time…this week’s playlist! Exciting news ahead. Stay tuned.

Speak to you soon!

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Spring Mood 2015 | Fashion Inspo

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Regardless of the fact that much of the US is quite under the weather right now (pun intended), Seattle is in one of the few regions that’s experiencing super pleasant weather (complete with peeks of sun). This not only means that I have been experiencing HIGH amounts of energy and outputting major positivity, but also that I’ve started preemptively planning my spring wardrobe.

Developing wardrobes for seasons is new for me; it’s something that’s come as a result of having a really solidified aesthetic for my personal style. Before I get into the thick of developing the capsule (new vocab word for me) I try to envision what I want my closet to embody for the next few months and what kinds of pieces I’ll need to be able to maximize its potential. A big help for doing this? A mood board. A collection of images, colors, textures, and shapes that will sway the purchases I make into becoming a cohesive collection of pieces.

Define some goals for yourself to get started. This spring my fashion goals are:

  • To utilize texture in order to create interest in outfits, not only physical texture but graphic texture as well.
  • To collect pieces in a minimal/neutral color palette so the shapes can speak for themselves
  • To find a pleasing balance of tomboy and feminine
  • Heavy contrast in color and feel (soft vs hard)
  • To look like Alexa Chung as often as possible.

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Developing a capsule wardrobe for a season can be a tough task, luckily Caroline from Unfancy has some pretty sick tips for getting started.

To see more of my aesthetic check out my tumblr and my Pinterest.

Good luck!

Speak to you soon,

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Remix | Playlist

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Typically after a long pause in postings I have a predictable spiel about being “too busy” or “priorities having to shift”; I politely beg for internet forgiveness and say small silent prayers pleading with the karma Lords to pull me out of the range of internet irrelevance caused by my absence.

…okay it’s absolutely not that dramatic, but whatever; you get it. (Also I’m still recovering from Bey being cheated last week at the Grammys, but that’s neither here nor there)

My most recent hiatus was brought on because I needed to regroup and rediscover why I felt like this blog was important; I needed to spend time truly considering what my perspective in this over saturated internet culture is and how I can contribute positively rather than just being another monotonous voice among millions.

I tried to reflect on what I am attracted to read; what content evokes genuine responses from me; what I feel like I can share with people that is something that truly stems from me and isn’t solely feeding off of the work of others or repeating what 100 other people have already said.

I think I’ve figured it out.

I want this blog to be a hub for positivity–body positivity, self/mental positivity, goal/future positivity. A lot of the time I feel like we have a habit of choosing to think about things that are wrong and jading ourselves with those, and often that causes us to neglect to think about what is right. I want to encourage people, help people and provoke people to shift their way of thinking. I want to be a catalyst for joy being a gut reaction and not a rarity.

I still want to focus on fashion and music and travel and food and living and being stupidly sassy and using terrible puns, but I want to do it with a different approach. I want to try and make it count.

Let me also take this opportunity to say that I am FAR from being positive all the time; ask anyone. I’m not trying to claim that I am some beam of light or some angel that has come down to bless everyone who’s heart I touch. I just know that if I’m encouraging people to choose joy, then I am more likely to be reminded and choose joy myself.

I want a remix of mindset.

Cue Monday playlist–a collection of remixes and music that is getting me amped for this week and these new goals. As of last week I’m 24 and I’m ready to make this year count.

Speak to you soon,

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