my fashion icon.

how many times are you flipping through a catalog or scrolling through your Instagram feed when you come across an outfit you would die to own? in my life this happens quite frequently and many times the clothing is found on famous celebrities. I’m talking actual fashion, with key components, lovely textures, varied colors, and the unique touches of fashionable minds.
the girl at the top of my celebrity style list, someone who has no fashion fear, who wears every article of clothing with confidence, the one and only, Carrie Bradshaw (aka Annasophia Robb). no matter what patterns or colors she chooses to pair together, they never fail to look amazing. even though she is only exactly five feet tall she nearly pulls off every outfit she wears, the reason being, she knows what looks good on her figure (which is very important in the fashion world). many times during the tv series she wore form-fitting dresses and skirts, accentuating her bottom half, causing her waist to look even tinier than normal.

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she wore many peplum blazers and shirts which also made the same effect. since the show was set in the 80’s, Carrie sported loads of geometric print, polka dots, and neon colors. another one of her staple pieces were poofy (made that way with tooling) circle skirts.

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she loves styling ‘print on print’, in which case most people cannot pull off, but she’s Carrie Bradshaw. I notice she pulls a lot of different textures into her outfits, making them more pleasing and intricate to the eye. you can tell she is very creative because you will never see her wear the same outfit pairing more than once (but it is a tv show). her hair adds to the dimension of her look, it’s how she is known and recognized, the iconic, blonde ringlets that frame her face so well. her makeup is never too heavy, causing her face to look youthful and glowy. all in all, Miss Bradshaw never disappoints and will forever be my fashion icon. she brings life to dull clothing and wears it like a modest, elegant woman who isn’t afraid of the world. My dream is to one day meet and interview the original interviewer for Interview Magazine.

p.s. if you have never watched the show, you have never experienced the feeling of connections with wonderful characters, love of 80’s fashion, or the one and only heartthrob, Sebastian Kid. there are so many amazing elements and emotions to be felt when watching the best series ever made. if you are just starting (or thinking now about starting) to delve into the episodes, I am beyond jealous because I have already finished both seasons that have been released. but please enjoy and tell me your fantastic opinions of it!
this post is dedicated to the beautiful Carrie. you do everything right, girl.

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surprises.

I love surprises. ever since I was very young I have gotten mad at anyone who tries to ruin surprises for me. many children would rather know what the secret is, but I always took joy in the element of surprise.
you must be thinking ‘what do surprises have to do with anything, Maddie’ well to answer your question and tie my rambling together here’s what occurred a few days prior.
on Wednesday I attended school like any normal day. when it was over I got coffee with my cousin and sister. after, when my sister was driving me home, and we approached my house I could see a car that was unfamiliar to me. I thought one of my parents cars might have had to have some work done on it, causing them to drive a rental car home (basically, I didn’t put much thought into it). I removed my bags from the car and made my way to the house. my back door (the primarily used door to our house) opens into the mud room where all of our shoes are stored. I began to take of my shoes when my eyes landed on the shoes off my best friend (who recently moved to panama). you could imagine how fast my brain was trying to process everything.
after my realization I quickly made my way towards the voices I heard in the kitchen. my assumptions had proven correct when I first saw my best friend’s mom and then her.
the time was unforgettable, I was overjoyed with happiness and almost could not believe it was real. I could not help myself from crying.

surprises make life better. especially when many people put time and effort into something for your benefit. I am truly beyond grateful to be reunited with my best friend. God is working in my life.
(here are a few photos from a shoot we did in the beautiful valley and mountainous terrain of a place both me and her call home, Oregon)

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oversized.

when I woke up, all I wanted to was to stay in bed all day, but sadly, school prevented me from doing so. why not wear a giant, warm, cozy fall sweater instead? I mean, it’s just like staying cuddled up in bed, right? right. so I did. the chunky knit sweater made a nice duo with my straight leg, light wash denim. I wore my tribal printed Toms booties with the outfit. My hair was in a half braided updo. this look gave a warm welcome to fall without telling it to blow it’s coldness full force just yet. you can still be stylish while being warm and comfortable.

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topped off.

i paired vintage stripes with a chic, black bodycon skirt. I wore knockoff Doc Martens to dress the look down a bit, and topped of the outfit with a half topknot. my shirt is oversized so I opted for the tied side to give myself more of a silhouette. my school bag is from Flying Tomato, i liked it because it added mixed prints. when I walked out of my room this morning my mom said “how Kardashian of you” which I assume was a compliment. yay. one problem I had was that my hair is so long, my topknot coiled 2 times instead of one, making it stick up taller on the top of my head. but all is well and I enjoyed dressing up a little.
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sweet street style.

with this outfit I was going for a laid back look, wearing a beachy muscle tank, tied flannel and cuffed jeans. again I paired this duo with my sky blue converse (which need to be put to rest very soon) and a long statement necklace. I left my hair natural. the apple was a nice touch and it sure tasted delicious so why not include it in my picture, right? right. I could have gone for an even beachier look by wearing light wash jeans instead of dark, but I felt they added more of a chic side. I like how the colors pop in the flannel and sneakers, bringing in Fall, yet still holding the last drops of summer close.

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cozy florals.

with this look I matched a black floral, tiered skirt with a textured, crime colored sweater. since the sweater was oversized I went for a laid back, yet girly style. i paired the outfit with my sky blue converse to dress the skirt down and make it more casual and wearable.
I threw my hair in a messy topknot and wore square diamond earrings to pull everything together. my makeup was simple. i like wearing outfits like this, because they are out of the box and do a good job of expressing my style.

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beginner.

my name is madeline grace, but i’ve always gone by just maddie. ever since i emerged out of my “awkward stage” where, by solely looking at my style, it was hard to tell what gender i was, i have loved every aspect of the fashion forward world. looking back, my mom has never been the type to pick my outfits out for me or stop me from wearing what i wanted, probably because she likes her fashion freedom just like me. i think i was in the fifth grade when my favorite hobby became picking out tommorows’ outfit all by myself. i will say i had a unique style, i was experimenting with different patterns, textures and colors which sometimes didn’t turn out as planned (don’t be fooled, this still happens today). i will never overcome the thrill of piecing together the perfect duo for as long as i live.

fashion is liberating. nothing can make a woman feel as outspoken and vibrant as clothing. in my opinion, someone’s style can make or brake my first impression of them. there are so many different aspects of fashion, never to be fully understood by the average girl. i don’t particularly like the idea of having one “style” that your whole wardrobe follows, why not be spontaneous and not go by the rules? why not wear whatever you want whenever you want? i might be crazy, but this is america and we have the right to express ourselves through our clothing. you don’t have to be rich to by stylish. you don’t have to be an expert. just let your style reflect your personality and make it all your own.

i’m not a blogger, but i take joy in writing. so this is where my journey begins. from now on i am going to blog through each day and bring each post to life with pictures. if you’re interested in an average girl with big dreams and a creative mind, you can follow me on my journey…