My up and coming fall must haves

By:Alexis

Leather jacket-  This is honestly a closet staple! Its so easy to throw on over any outfit or layer with other pieces. My pick All Saints.
T shirt dress- They are so easy to wear and just throw on and go making this item a must have for me! My pick Reformation.

Tights- For me these are great to throw on with dresses and skirts(which might be like duh!). But for fall these are a must have. I love layer them with socks and boots as well. My pick Hue.

Ankle boots- The new eternal closet staple in everyones wardrobe. They’re so easy to throw on with any outfit. Heeled or flat, suede or leather, they’re perfect in whatever style you prefer. My pick Target.

Basic jeans- Another basic that would probably make you say duh, but one that can be easily neglected and hard to find the perfect pair. I would also recommend finding a nicer pair that will last you a life time and keeping these pair clean cut and simple. Which means no distressing or elaborate details! My pick Re/done.

T shirt- These in a verity of cuts and colors help make layering and putting together outfits a breeze. I would recommend looking at Brandy Melville and Reformation for them. My pick Brandy Melville.

Cashmere sweater- For me this is a must. I have really sensitive skin so most sweaters are really irritating for me to wear alone. Thats why I always love to find a good cashmere sweater, especially on sale! My Pick Zadig and Voltaire.

Sweet romantic dress- I love how these dress look all the time but especially in fall. They add the perfect amount of drama and girliness to fall. My pick Free People.

Alexis’s Favorite Things Of The Moment 

  • Peonies
  • Shimmery eye lids(Ive been using these ones lately 1,2)
  • Dress that make you look like a doll(These are super cute options from two brands i love 1,2)
  • Edgy boots(Im currently lusting over these two1,2)
  • ALEXACHUNGS new fashion line(I cant wait to get my hands on these two pieces 1,2)
  • How to marry a millionaire
  • Love in the afternoon
  • Iced mochas (top two places to get them are Whole Foods and Alfreds)
  • Dantiy jewelry (These two brands make amamzing jewlery 1,2)
  • Impromptu photo shoots

Things I wish I knew when I first started dealing with panic attacks and depression 

By: Alexis💕

These are some things I wish I knew when I started to deal with panic attacks and depression. Hopefully this helps you.

  • You are not alone. This may sound obvious, but it really isn’t. I often feel alone in so many different ways. I used to feel like no one understood what I was going through, that no one else could possibly be going through the same thing as me, and that no one cared either.
  • Things will get better. It doesn't seem like it will ever get better while you're dealing with a panic attack, but these difficult feelings will always go away. You will eventually end up feeling better. Overcoming depression is a not easy, but you should know that you will some day.
  • You have to find things to do that will make you happy, even if they are small.
  • You're family loves you and cares about you, even if it doesn't always seem like it. I constantly felt alone and that no one cared about me, especially my mom I didn’t feel the substantial love that most people should feel from their mother. The reality was: even if I didn't feel that she cared for me, it was just my depression making me think that she didn’t.
  • You'll make great friendships. I seriously used to have no friends who understood what I was going through. They were often not kind to me as a result. But you will soon find that people like this don’t deserve to be in your life. And you will eventually connect with people who are understanding of your situation and deserve to be a part of your life.

My Story Of Dealing With Depression & Panic Attacks 

By: Alexis

Since it’s National Mental Health Awareness month I thought I’d share my story about dealing with both anxiety and depression. So if this something that will have a negative effect on you please don’t read any further. I’ve been dealing with both of these mental health issues for a long time, close to 10 years. The reality is when I was a kid and as I was growing up, I dealt with things that can be difficult to handle. But for me it didn’t stop when I was a kid continued until I was a preteen and into my teenage years. I would talk to my mom about what bothered, me but I still couldn’t quite tell her what was wrong with me. I was never really taught about depression. I didn’t know what was considered the symptoms of being depressed or the symptoms of what a panic attack disorder was. Because of this I didn’t know how to deal with it or that it was ok to tell my mom or friends about how i was feeling. I was scared they would think I was making it up or blame that they would themselves for my issues. So I came to the decision that it would just be easier to not tell anyone. But not telling anyone hurt me even more and tore me apart inside. During my senior year of high school I ended up having a mental breakdown. I couldn’t focus on anything, my grades began to drop, eating became difficult and my life felt even more lonely and worse then it did before. I however got through it because, luckily, I had a best friend. Thankfully we still are best friends to this day. (Hi Maria!) She would help me get though my episodes along with my mom. At first she didn’t completely get it because she didn’t go through any of these problems herself, but when she saw how much I was suffering she tried her best to help. I want you to know that, even though it seems like is doesn’t and, it will get better. I still have my days where it seems like I’m stagnant. But then I remember that I have my family, my friends, and my dog Pluto with for me. While the world around me may seem to be falling apart, I’ll always have them with me to help pull me up and make that things aren’t always as bad as they seem. If you want to hear some of the things that I do that help with my anxiety let me know.

Alexis’s Summer Book Reads 

I know a lot of people don’t read books anymore unless they have to or they are taking a flight somewhere and need a distraction. I, however, still love reading books. Not books that are on a Kindle, but books with pages I can physically turn.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s                                                                                                             This is a book based off of the famous Audrey Hepburn movie, which i love and I am always excited to watch. The movie makes me excited to read the book. This book is actually quite short but some of the copies come with other short stories by the author.
  • I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts                                                   This book, written by Larry Wilmore (who by the way is a super funny guy), is a good read whenever I’m looking for a laugh. The book talks about topics in the black community in a funny way.
  • Valley of the Dolls                                                                                                                      Ah yes, another book based off of a classic film. I’ve already read this book but it’s so good I can’t wait to read it again. It’s about three girls who try to make it in New York. The book is very different from the movie, so if you’ve already seen the movie I’d recommend the book.
  • The Empress of Fashion                                                                                                        This book is about the legendary Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland. I previously watched a movie about her called The Eye Has to Travel which was amazing and showed how eccentric of a women she can be. Which is what excited me to read this book about her.
  • It                                                                                                                                                This book by Alexa Chung gives me major inspiration for everything. With her new fashion line coming out soon, it’s the perfect time to reread her book and get more inspiration for how I’m going to wear the clothes from the line.
  • Anna Karenina                                                                                                                          This book is a classic, it focuses on a Russian socialite. While, yes, this book is lengthy and might not be everyone’s cup of coffee; I’m still really excited to read it. What is really funny is, while I want to read this over the summer, my younger brother is also really excited to read the author’s other book War and Peace. I might just have to borrow after him.
  • Luella’s Guide To English Style                                                                                               I happened to find this book on one of my trips to Book Marc, Marc Jacob’s book store which I would definitely recommend anyone to visit. It’s about English style. English women, when it comes to style, are a totally different breed their own. Even though I’m not English, I’m still excited to read another fashion book. I’ll admit it: I’m an addict.