Ashville, N.C.

Many of my readers are from North Carolina and are most likely well acquainted with Ashville. If you’re not, it’s a trendy town in the mountains, a place where you might find a hipster or two in the abundance of vintage record stores. Lots of vegan restaurants, Subarus, and hippies–you get the picture.

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Last Friday, my friend and I dipped out of school early to drive up there. We wanted to go to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but after our two-hour car jam sesh, we saw it was closed. Instead, we found a side road next to a mountain and decided to go exploring.

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After exploring some backroads and almost getting kidnapped in the woods (long story), we drove to the hotel. We met up with her fam downtown and grabbed dinner at Red Ginger which was amazing. We ate dessert on this old double-decker bus that has been permanently parked next to some buildings in the city and converted into a coffee shop. Eventually, we went back to our hotel for some night swimming and deep talks.

IMG-1979.JPGThe next morning, we grabbed breakfast (though it looks more like dessert) at a restaurant that only serves biscuits! These are like donut holes except they’re the texture of biscuits. Delicious.

We headed to a skate park so I could ya know, ride my skateboard and stuff. Just kidding! We went there for my friend’s brother, but it ended up being such a serendipitous experience because there was all this beautiful graffiti covering the buildings. The art was so captivating; my favorite was this wall.

DSC05488.jpgI’m not going to lie: I feel like I look really silly in this picture, but it’s the best one of the wall I had.

 

Later, we went to downtown and shopped. That’s when I decided that it was a good idea to buy a forty dollar, 3 tier box of Valentine’s Day chocolates to eat myself. Turns out, it was not a good idea. Also, I dropped some money on a hat that’s not really appropriate to wear in public (unless you enjoy getting looks of disapproval from strangers). All in all, I think I made some really great decisions. We made a quick stop at the Grove Park Inn and then headed home.

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For only 1 1/2 days, we actually packed in a lot of activity. Happi Traveler 🙂

Until next time,

Morgan

 

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Emerging Artist: Jack Broadnax

Jack Broadnax is a nineteen-year-old fashion designer and founder of Her Children Paris. Broadnax’s brand is heavily influenced by Parisian art and culture. Though the label is only 5 or 6 months old, it has already attracted the attention of celebrities and gained Broadnax entrance to several exclusive events. Jack Broadnax is making a name for himself in high fashion, and it’s happening quickly. Don’t blink or you might miss it– here’s some more about Her Children and Broadnax from the designer himself.

Describe your vision for Her Children Paris. How do you want people to see your brand and who is your target audience?  “My vision definitely is to make it a high fashion brand: runway shows, magazines, billboards, like a general Parisian high fashion brand. I want [people] to see Her Children through high fashion influencers, like the 2 people I use now in my lookbook: Bloody Osiris and Sashadidntwakeup.”

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When and how did you get your idea to create Her Children? How has it evolved?  “I went to LA with my homie Parker Sharpe and we went to this trade show called Agenda and I saw all these up-and-coming streetwear brands and I thought I can do better. I flew back from LA to Charlotte and I made my brand that night. It’s evolved a lot actually, from just shooting random people to shooting people that style Kanye West. It has only been what? 5 or 6 months, so it’s still progressing. In another 6 months, it’s gonna be on a whole other level.”

Who has inspired you?  “Ya know, my brand is kinda different. I wanted to do something, and do it my own way, so I don’t really have anyone that ‘inspired’ me. I mean, I have brands I look up to like Midnight Studios, Off-White, Gosha, and Stone Island, but no one has inspired me really, just myself.”

Has this process unfolded in the way you thought it would, or has it surprised you?  “It has been exactly how I’ve wanted it to be, nothing has been wrong. I’ve had multiple people who have tried to help me obviously, and I’ve declined a lot of people who have been trying to help me because I want it to be my brand and my image. There’s a difference between fast money and real, hard-earned money.”

What city is your company currently based in? Do you plan on staying there or moving? Why?  “My company is currently based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, but I have some big plans to move it to a Parisian atmosphere, making everything cut and sewn in Paris. It’s definitely going to transform into a Parisian vibe very quickly, and I’m gonna be based out of Paris.”

So you told me earlier you’re going to New York pretty soon. Who are you seeing while you’re there?  “I’m going to New York to shoot one of my good friends, Lil Dallas. He models with Vogue and many other high fashion brands. I met him in Miami at Art Basel and I’m gonna be shooting him for my new collection. In my new collection, I have about ten pieces coming out that are high fashion and all polyester-based quality pieces.”

Do you have advice for people who are wanting to start a company? “My biggest advice is to just do it. I know that sounds cliche, but just be original and start a brand if you want to start a brand, and don’t be scared about what people think of it because it’s your brand and that’s all that matters. Even if you’re the only one that wears it, it’s still your brand.”

Is there any last thing you’d like to say?  “Follow me on Instagram @jackbroadnax and stay updated.”

Better get the pieces while you can still afford them! Luckily for me, Jack hooked me up with a free cozy sweatshirt (more travel savings for me!). I’m obsessed with it. Buy one at Her Children and we can trend set together.

Until next time,

Morgan

Instagram: @morganspangler_

Dress Up

So, I’ve been in LA for 2 weeks and it has made me realize how negligent I’ve been towards my style lately. Living in the south, it is totally acceptable, even normal, to be rocking the trends from 3-5 years ago. In LA, it’s a little different. I’ve been inspired to get back in my groove, so I did some research to catch up with these fashionistas. Here’s a list I’ve compiled on trends I’ve observed and noted from anywhere from Vogue and Who What Where to Olivia Culpo and Emily Ratajkowski’s Instagrams.

Denim

It Never goes out of style.

Feathers

I just bought a blush feather over the shoulder bag from Steve Madden and I’m in love with it. If you do incorporate this summer trend into your outfits, make sure to not make it excessive– a little goes a long way.

Red 

Ok, this one is easy enough. You may not even have to go out and buy something new! Here are some red things I found on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I bought the shirts! Also, to be honest, I probably would have sucked in and smiled in these pictures if I had known at the time that they would end up on my blog, but since I thought they were just going to my mom, this is what you get 🙂 I wore the first shirt for the 4th of July!

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Tinted Lensed Sunglasses

Block out these haters and the UV rays all in one! Also, you can see the world in a shade for every mood.

Feeling blue? Here ya go:

Want to see the world with rose-colored glasses on? Be my guest. By the way, Sophia Richie has been photographed wearing these exact glasses.

 

The Black Belts

Gucci’s got moves.

Only $12!

Wow.

Loafers

I saw this very chic girl at USC wearing them and then I started noticing them pop up everywhere! They’re very A$AP Rocky/Kendall Jenner vibe. I want to buy a pair of the black studded ones on the far left or the black ones on the right. They’re like flip flops for  refined people.

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Steve Madden

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Across the Body and Mini Bags

All the celebs have been spotted wearing J.W. Anderson bags.

 Asymmetrical Shirts

Suggested by Who What Wear.

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Neon Swimwear

Spotted on Hailey Baldwin, Kylie Jenner, and Elsa Hosk, all who I follow on Instagram. My Cali friends make fun of me because they think I follow more celebrities and clothing companies than people I actually know. Whoops! Grab your bright swimwear on Revolve, they have plenty!

Purchase Prediction: Expect to fill your closet with velvet this fall. It’s supposed to be a total craze.

Ok this is gonna be real mushy, but bear with me. I feel like this is important to tell you guys.

Though trends are fun, your personal sense of style is the most important one to follow. Don’t just wear something because everyone famous is wearing it. Your style is a way to demonstrate your personality and vision to other people, and if you only wear trends the vision can’t break through. Personally, I buy things when I feel emotions from them. When I tried on a dress from NBD the other day, I knew I should buy it because I felt happy in it. It was a simple black dress with a slit, but it was really flattering, and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt proud of my body, something that most of the time I feel insecure about. My clothing made me feel good about myself, and that’s what yours should do too.

One reason clothing is so powerful is that you can transform your persona using it. If you want to look serious and powerful as a woman, you can wear a suit and slick back your hair to look badass. The next day, if you want to look innocent, you can wear a loose knee-length dress with a swirly pattern and a clip in your hair. In the span of two days, you were two different people to the people around you, and that is remarkable! This applies to makeup too. You can communicate with the world by my makeup. I’ll use myself as an example. If I’m wearing glittery eyeshadow, I’m feeling confident and spontaneous and ready to live in the moment. If I’m wearing eyeliner and blush with a full face of makeup, I’m trying to look pulled together and mature. If I’m wearing natural makeup, I’m feeling pretty down to earth and honest. This is my look most of the time. If I’m wearing no makeup, you’re either really close to me or I don’t care about you at all. Just kidding! (kind of). Anyways, remember clothing and makeup are more than just stuff to put on your body, they are an outward demonstration of your identity. Dress accordingly.

Love you always, Morgan

SERVING: LOOKS

I’ve always been a fan of For Love and Lemons, and recently I followed them on Instagram. They’re summer  look book is amazing, I love how the metallics contrast with the soft, dreamy colors. Also, I’d like to call attention to the makeup artist of this shoot; You, my friend, are serving looks. Here are my favorite photos from this shoot.

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I adore the white starry dress on the far right. This image doesn’t show its length, but it hits at mid to high thigh and could be worn for various occasions. Depending on the way you manipulate the outfit with jewlery, shoes, makeup, and hair style, you could wear this to a casual or dressy event. The color contributes to the versatility. SUMMER-17-RTW

If you haven’t already, check them out at For Love and Lemons!

xoxo, Morgan

Dolce & Gabbana

Here are some of my favorite runway looks from Dolce & Gabbana’s spring summer fashion show. Flowers, crowns, embellishments, lace detailing, what’s not to love?

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If you thought these pictures were compelling, let me take you backstage. The images focus in on the details of every piece and the true craftsmanship with which these articles were produced.

The essence of D&G style is more than just vibrant, eye-catching details; the intricate clothing projects a mood, lifestyle, and most importantly a kaleidoscopic perception of the world.

Stay fashionable my friends.

xx, Morgan

Eternal Prom

Well hello again my trusted friends!

I am here, in the flesh, through a laptop, cyberspace, and a whole bunch of coded numbers and letters and special characters to report to you, my dear reader, the events of PROM! It was so fun, it’s always fun, it’s prom!

#1: The Dress

If you read my last posts, there were some dresses I was between wearing and I ordered one of them. It became a debacle when the company sent me a size too small in the dress I ordered and AFTER I sent it back, they told me they were out of my size. This happened on Monday and I had prom on Saturday. Luckily my mother is quite fashionable and I wore a Neiman Marcus gown she already owned.

#2: Hair

My BFF and hair stylist, Ben, really pulled through on this one. I decided the night before that I wanted to get my hair done (though I usually always do my own hair for events). I texted Ben and he happily complied he could style my hair, which was amazing because usually salons are booked around prom. He curled it and pinned it half-up and half-down with a little poof on top, which sounds totally 80s but it was not at all. unfortunately I didn’t have long enough arms to get a pic of the back of my head 😉

#3: Makeup

I was really proud of my makeup, which as always, I do myself. I often do my friends’ makeup for events, and if you live in my area contact me anytime if you want someone to do your makeup! I went for a really dramatic look here with silvery-blue undertones in the eyeshadow.

#4: Photos

My lil’ gang came over to my house for pictures, and we took pictures on the grass area in my neighborhood.  My friends are photogenic, what can I say?

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#5: Dinner and Dance

Dinner was delish and the dance was sensational. Our dance was at a night club with a dj, confetti, strobe lights, and all. I’m at a loss for words to describe how phenomenal it was. I could dance all night, every night, for the rest of my life. Willingly, I would do this. More than willingly actually– I want to dance in that environment all the time every day. I didn’t want to leave, and when my friends dragged me out of there I was dripping in sweat. A disgusting detail maybe, but it enhances the mental image. Why would anyone not want to dance all day everyday? I think you get it, I LOVE dancing.

#6: After Party

The after party is like a deep breath, relaxing with just your friends after a crowded night bumping into people from here and there and Timbuctoo. I didn’t really need to put that in here, I just wanted to say Timbuctoo.

#7: After After Party

If this is not the definition of eternal prom I don’t know what is. The next day, my friends and I went to my date’s house. It was so elegant yet contemporary, it looked like you had just stepped into a Veranda Magazine house.  We hung out in the pool and jacuzzi and around the outdoor fire place, conversing, playing pool basketball, and tanning. A spa couldn’t have been any better.

Prom should be every weekend. I’m starting a petition.

xx, Morgan

Covet Fashion

I’m not a huge fan of games. I’m talking game apps. While they’re generally fun, I usually find them time wasters and I prefer to spend my time working towards a goal or being productive with my time. But, (there’s always a but) I found an exception to the rule (there is always an exception). Time after time, I keep going back to the app store to get my fix. Since it’s release in 2013, I’ve downloaded the app about 7 times, never creating a personal account, starting from scratch each time. This time I’ve decided I’m there to stay and made a username and such because the game is just so fun! Here’s a breakdown: you begin with a set amount of money and diamonds with which you purchase clothing. Then, you enter themed contests which require some item such as a piece of jewelry by a certain designer or from a certain year and season. If you obtain a certain number of stars (usually 4 or higher), you win a prize of diamonds or a piece of clothing. After increasing your closet value to x amount of dollars, you then “level up” and win money/diamonds and unlock new hair and makeup styles. You can also join a house, and I have yet to do this, but I think the idea is you can borrow clothing from other users in that house, which would allow you to level up faster (by having more options to use to enter contests) and expand your wardrobe (if others allow you to borrow from their closets). I’m on level two right now, but since I downloaded it last night and have played it for about four hours, I expect to climb up these levels pretty fast hahaha. Moderation is key 😉 These are some of the outfits I’ve created so far:

Try it out sometime, you won’t regret it!

xoxo, Morgan