the blonded.

Blonded.

In September of 2013, I started a blog. Looking for a creative outlet for my innate earnestness to enter the fashion world, TheClosetCraze served as the perfect platform. And for over 3 years (can you believe it?) it has fulfilled its duties and been what I needed it to be, when I needed it. I’ve experienced times of intense motivation to create content, and just as much I’ve left it alone to focus on other life experiences.

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TheClosetCraze was an idea birthed from my 16-turned-17-year-old mind. Wrapped up in a world flooded with like-minded teenage girls just trying to “make their mark” on the fashion world and worshipping Danielle Bernstein, I naturally fell into step with the rest. As any unseasoned young girl, a little too scared to wear what she really wanted to wear and act how she really wanted to act, it was easy to think what I was doing was right when everybody else was doing it too.

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By no means am I discrediting what TheClosetCraze has done for me – it has helped me to blossom and flourish in so many ways. On my journey since its inception, it has not only enabled me to trace where my style has gone as its surface purpose prescribes, but it has provided the much needed encouragement to ride the wave of my imagination rather than chase it.

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But it’s clear to me, and hopefully to you as well, that I am not the same self that I was when I was 16. And it seems to me that running a blog that no longer reflects where I am in life – creatively, intellectually, and otherwise – doesn’t make much sense. 

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So I present to you, the blonded. 

the blonded is just a blog. No more, no less. It’s the portal through which I will toss my thoughts and feelings into the black hole of the internet. Fashion still plays the primary inspiration in the blonded universe, but by removing the confines of definition, I feel that whatever my content will be, will be unreservedly me. 

Welcome to the blonded.

6 States, 6 Days: Part IV

I’m realizing that maybe having ten parts to a blog series but be a little excessive – so here I’ve combined a photo diary and outfit post from our next destination: Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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Jackson Hole exceeded my expectations by almost 2000%. While I imagined it would be beautiful, I couldn’t have prepared for what I experienced while adventuring through the mountains.

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I was not expecting four moose sightings, wide open expanses of fields filled with grazing animals, or mountain peaks painted different shades of purple and blue.

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I completely underestimated Jackson Hole – which says a lot, because I did expect it to be a life changing destination.  Processed with VSCO with kk2 preset Processed with VSCO with kk2 preset

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Blazer, Topshop (similar) / Jacket, Earl’s Jeans (similar) / Turtleneck, Brandy Melville / Skirt, Forever 21 / Vans Sneakers

I’ve been eying these sneakers for a while now and when they went on sale I just couldn’t pass them up. To me, Vans scream California – they’re iconic to the area – and I know I’ll be get a ton of wear out of them this summer! This blazer is also a new favorite purchase of mine. It’s light and loose, and adds the perfect amount of polish to practically any outfit. It’s one of those things wear you just throw it over whatever you’re wearing without even thinking about it – I love those kinds of pieces!

I’m so lucky that I got to get out of the cold for a bit. It really allowed me to start gathering inspiration for spring and summer, and this outfit shows just that!

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Liebster Award!

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I’m very excited to announce that theClosetCraze has been nominated for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is an award that is given to new, up and coming bloggers, by other bloggers!

So it was very much an honor to be nominated by Sheyanne from http://theretrorenegade.blogspot.com. Definitely go check out her blog! Thank you Sheyanne!

Here are the rules:

1. Make a post about the Liebster award and thank the blogger that nominated you.

2. State 11 interesting facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

4. Nominate 5-11 new bloggers!

5. Write 11 new questions for your nominees!

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11 Facts About Me:

1. I live in San Francicso.

2. But I’m actually from Vancouver, Canada!

3. This past summer I went on a life changing trip around Europe (above picture is from the Lenon Wall in Prague)

4. Next year I will be attending University (not sure which one yet, though).

5. I plan on moving to London after graduating University.

6. I’ve been interested in fashion since I was little!

7. I’m a bit of a math geek.

8. Coincidentally, many of my favorite music artists come from England! (The 1975, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, London Grammar, the Rolling Stones, and a certain British Pop boy band which I’ll let you figure out)

9. I have a Cocker Spaniel named Tucker who I’m absolutely obsessed with.

10. I’ve just started Pride and Prejudice as the beginning of a mission to read all the literary classics.

11. Give me Mac n’ Cheese and we can be friends.

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Sheyanne’s Questions!

1. What is your signature look?
Probably high waisted jeans, a tee-shirt, some cool booties and a leather jacket!
2. Who is your fashion icon?
This one’s really a hard question for me! I have different icons for different occasions. But if I had to narrow it down, it’d most likely be Danielle Bernstein from WeWoreWhat!
3. If you could live in any fashion capital, which city would it be?
London!
4. What is the quote you live by?
“If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.” (The source of this quote is highly debated).
5. Why are you interested in fashion?
I love that fashion is a way to express yourself without actually talking. And you’re handed the ability to change your look every day when you get dressed in the morning!
6. What is your biggest fear?
I have more than one, of which I will not bore you guys with.
7. What is the make up product you SWEAR by?
Liquid eye liner! It changed my life.
8. What is your favorite trend?
I’m not even sure if you could call a leather jacket a trend, because they’ve always been around, but it’s the one thing I could never live without!
9. Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to showcase my passion for style, and it seemed like the perfect outlet to achieve that!
10. If you could become a member of any television series, which one would you pick and why?
Ah this is a toughy! Maybe the Carrie Diaries, because it’s just so fabulous?
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My Nominees!
Devi from postandprints.blogspot.com
Hayley from thebeautifulcrushbyhayley.blogspot.com
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(this is my extremely stunned smile after seeing the legendary Anna Wintour at the Balthazar Restaurant in NYC)
My Questions:
1. Where is your dream place to live?
2. How do you feel about Denim on Denim?
3. Favorite stores to shop at?
4. If you could go to any show at New York Fashion week, which show would it have been?
5. Dream job?
6. Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
7. Favorite blog?
8. Favorite magazine?
9. If you could meet anybody, who would it be?
10. Biggest fashion regret?
11. Favorite look at New York Fashion Week?