A Fond Farewell

kk1To my Fashion Speech readers, cheerleaders, family and friends:

I have thought about writing this post for most of the summer… procrastinating this like no other thing in my 23 years. And for those of you who follow me on Instagram, you already know what this post is about. (Or the title already gave it away?)

It’s bittersweet to write this here, but it’s time for me to say goodbye to theFashionSpeech.com.

Fashion Speech has been an absolutely amazing creative outlet for me over the past four-plus years. When I started this blog, I was a sophomore in college with a love for fashion and style, and an even greater love for writing – expressing my thoughts and outlook on life through the lens of fashion. At first.

My blog has evolved over the years, and in the past year or two—especially—I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with other bloggers, writers, creatives and brands who have truly great missions. I’m also grateful for the opportunities Fashion Speech has provided for honing my design and photography skills – aspects I didn’t focus much attention on in Fashion Speech’s early stages.

This space has helped me grow as a writer, make connections and build friendships with so many awesome creatives, land internships, and learn even more about myself as an individual.

While I am still growing, learning and experiencing new things, it’s time for me to move on and pursue my passions – for style, health and wellness, DIY artsiness, faith, social media and writing – in new ways. I don’t have all the details figured out, nor do I know exactly what is ahead. But I hope you’ll join me as I blaze a new trail for myself in 2016 and beyond.

I’ll soon be sharing my new business co-venture and website with you all, and I encourage you to continue following my adventures – professional, personal and otherwise – on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn (or whichever you fancy).

It’s hard for me to leave Fashion Speech and end a chapter that has been such a huge part of who I am and how I define myself. But it’s time for something new – something different.

If you’ve never blogged, but have daydreamt about it – start now. A blog is the best kind of diary because it’s both entirely private and entirely public at the same time. Really.

Fashion Speech has been a space for my some of my inner most thoughts – ramblings and opinions about life, fashion, family, love and so on – that I may have never said aloud. But I shared these thoughts on the internet for the world to read if they so chose. A blog can become the best therapy, the best cleanse, the best kind of honesty, and the best form of self-expression.

This is the fondest farewell of any. And as the sun sets on this site, I feel at peace and an almost-relief about it all. It’s over; it’s done. And that’s how I know it is time to leave Fashion Speech be.

So thank you all for your likes, your follows, your kind words, your friendship, your time, your presence, and for being you. Because without you, this space would never exist. And I would never be who I am in this moment, in this time, in this life.

“Fortune favors the bold.”

Be bold. Be you.



Sun & Shade

0617161This week I had my annual eye exam. As I prepared for the appointment (glasses: check; contacts: check; solution: check; case: check…) it got me thinking about the importance of protecting our eyes from the sun. Wearing a pair of sunnies to the beach in June is about more than making a fashion statement.

In fact, according to the folks at espf.com:

  • 90 percent of visible premature aging around the eyes is caused by UV damage
  • 5 to 10 percent of skin cancer occurs on the eyelids
  • Our eyes are the only internal tissue exposed directly to UV light

… yikes. So to protect your vision from harsh sunlight, this week’s posts includes shades of several styles. I’ve got my shades for the sun. Do you?

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1. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Acetate Sunglasses • Ray-Ban • $150
2. Givenchy Square Sunglasses, 58mm • Givenchy • $295
3. Ray-Ban The Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses • Ray-Ban • $155
4. Quay Australia ‘Eclipse’ 49mm Cat Eye Sunglasses • Quay • $55
5. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses with Blue Mirror Lens, Havana • Ray-Ban • $175
6. Quay Australia ‘About Last Night’ 59mm Retro Sunglasses • Quay • $50
7. Ray-Ban Aviator Mirrored Sunglasses, Brown/Pink • Ray-Ban • $175
8. See Concept, Paris Shape #D Round Sunglasses, Blue Tortoise • $59
9. Ray-Ban Mirrored Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses • Ray-Ban • $175
10. Sun Buddies Brown Type 05 Sunglasses • Sun Buddies • $82
11. Women’s SWG N9498 – Brown Leopard Sunglasses • Cat Eye • $25.95
12. Kate Spade New York Square Oversize Sunglasses, Pink/Brown • Kate Spade • $67.50

Not exactly sure what shape is the right fit for your face? Click here to use Sunglass Hut’s Shop by Face Shape tool.

Here comes the sun! ☀️



Swim Season Styles

With Victoria’s Secret no longer offering its swimsuit line *sadface* and ~ s t e a m i n g ~ hot temps today – surprisingly in Wisco! – it’s time to explore some new styles for beach attire this summer.

A couple weeks ago I did  a little shopping for myself after cleaning out my wardrobe for the third time since January. I purged and donated nearly every piece of swim and beach clothing I owned. (Sounds crazy, I know.) Downsizing felt good then and still feels good now. Also, adding a few fresh pieces for the warm months ahead is never a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon. (Am I right?!) Cue the online shopping …

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→ Beach Bum ←

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1. Rip Curl ‘Hari’ Short Brim Sun Hat • Rip Curl • $29.50
2. Polo Ralph Lauren Floral Scoop-Back One-Piece • Polo Ralph Lauren • $127
3. Scoopneck Tee – “Island Air Salty Hair” Graphic • $12
4. Sam Edelman ‘Oliver’ Flip Flop (Women) • Sam Edelman • $27.90
5. Lack of Color ‘The Straw Big’ Wide Brim Straw Hat • Sold Out
6. Blush by Profile ‘Peacock’ Underwire Bustier Bikini Top • $84
7. Amuse Society Beach Vida T-Shirt • Amuse Society • $20
8. TKEES Foundations Flip Flops • TKEES • $50

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Memorial Day Style

Not quite sure what to wear over the three-day weekend? Fashion Speech has your Memorial Day style inspo covered…

– Shop Memorial Day Looks –

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1. Converse Chuck Taylor ® Low Top Sneaker (Women) • Converse • $49.95
2. AG ‘The Legging’ Super Skinny Jeans (8-Year Wash) • AG Jeans • $220
3. Glamorous Easy Baby Ringer Tee • Glamorous • $38

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Beauty on a Budget: Bath Essentials

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Bathtimes aren’t just for rubber ducks and babies anymore. This week, you can shop for budget-friendly bath essentials – perfect pairings to enjoy a relaxing bubble bath on a Friday night in.😉 (Even if your bathroom’s tub doesn’t look as ahhmazing as this marbled, spa-like space from our trip to Seattle… #GOALS.)  Continue reading

Let’s Eat: Summer Smoothies


With summer right around the corner, I feel a breakfast smoothie craze coming on.🙂

To get in the summer smoothie spirit, check out these awesome – not to mention delicious – recipes from Real Simple, here: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/healthy-meals/heathy-breakfast-smoothies. Continue reading

Fashion Forward: Denim

56161If you’ve been following my Insta lately, you know I’m obsessed with denim right now. (Jackets, jackets, jackets.) Needless to say, for May’s edition of Fashion Forward, I thought it’d be an opportune time to let y’all in on the fun. Introducing, my top picks for denim must-haves perfect for transitioning from spring to summer.

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 → Jackets ←

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1. Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Relaxed Trucker Jacket • Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren • $145
2. Mavi Jeans ‘Samantha’ Denim Jacket • Mavi Jeans • $118
3. Levi’s® Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, Sunshine Indigo Wash • Levi’s • $69.50
4. Topshop Moto ‘Tilda’ Denim Jacket • Topshop • $75
5. Madewell Cotton Jean Jacket (Pinter Wash) • Madewell • $118
6. Tommy Hilfiger Denim Medium Wash Jacket • Tommy Hilfiger • $49.99

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Signs of Spring

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Stevens Point, Wis. – April 2016 www.thefashionspeech.com

In Central Wisconsin it is finally spring – you can feel it, hear it, see it, taste it and smell it – and this is why: Continue reading