the life of a teenage fashionista

I will never get tired of this white peplum Romwe top because it is one of the few styles that works for work/play. I'm that person who will have a ton of unconnected events in one day (ex: office work, birthday party, blogger event, circling the mall for the thousandth time, etc.) and tries to find an outfit that will work for everything because constant outfit changes take major effort. 

There is less than a month until I am officially a New York City college person...whaaaat? You would think based on the amount of boxes and bags through the house that I'm U-Hauling myself across the globe into a ten-bedroom house, but instead I'm headed to my cute little dorm room in the city and the interior designer inside of me is alive. Dorm haul post, maybe?
xoxo Raquel


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Romwe and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
Am I the only person that doesn't know what to do because I have so much to do? I'm sitting here writing this post with an empty suitcase in the next room that needs to get packed for my NYC trip this week. Mind you it's 12:30pm and I have to leave the house in 30 minutes to head to a party and I am still in pajamas and in desperate need of a meal. Luckily, I do have a pretty good idea of what outfits I'm packing for my trip though! I wore this co-ord set recently with matching rings from Gamiss and I say it all the time, but co-ord's are the most genius thing ever. This is completely 100% random, but this set reminds me of one of those pretty china vases and I really like it. I love sets that take no thought to wear, are simple to pack, and can match pretty much any pair of sandals.

My main purpose for this trip is because this is my last year taking precollege courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology and I'm gonna miss it for sure, but I have learned so much over the years from their summer classes. I've done fashion journalism, personal branding & self promotion, and this year I am going for public relations in fashion. I'll miss those good ol' fashion related assignments and making friends from across the world (all the way from Colombia to Canada!) with the same interests. 

I've got a tooooon of stuff planned while I'm staying in the city for the week. Whenever I go anywhere, I have a thing for jamming my schedule completely. Relaxing vacations confuse me because you could have just stayed at home and done nothing, for free. On my agenda ranges from shooting collab looks to some five-star dining and a lot more in between. Make sure your following @raquelringgold on Insta to keep up with the daily summer adventures! xxx

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Gamiss and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 

Smiling because high school is over, in the past, dead and gone. Graduation is in a few days to seal the deal, but either way I am so glad that is over with. My eyes are glued on the future and what is to come. One thing I learned from high school teenagers is that everyone tries so hard to conform to who is around them. People have like twenty personalities depending on who they are around and don't even know which personality is actually authentic because they are always switching trying to please others. Maybe that is why me and my one personality never really fit in, but thank goodness for that or I would have never found my career and have been given these opportunities.

This sweater is pretty different if you ask me. It's all about perspective and stuff. If I say I'm going to put on a black sweater, that doesn't mean it can't have a twist. Always opt for what is a little special, a little different, like this bell sleeve sweater from Romwe. Only I can take a sweater and turn it into a lesson on life. Romwe makes me feel some type of I want to shop all day. 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Romwe and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
I am on such an online shopping high, it is bad. Between me constantly clicking "add to cart" and work packages-the mail carriers probably hate me. I've been working with Born Pretty Store for the longest (that promo code "MRYT10" comes in clutch for a discount) and always look forward to their goodies. From the cutest ear cuffs (check out this one and this one) to literally anything else. 

What can I say, shopping is the best stress reliever.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Born Pretty Store and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 

Earlier this month on May 5th was another successful (and glamorous) Marist Fashion showdown. This made my fourth consecutive year attending the Silver Needle Fashion Show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and I am not sure how they do it, but seriously it gets better and better each time. With a new creative runway layout, the designs were displayed longer on the stage as the models weaved through an intricate path allowing me to have extra time to droll over the beyond fabulous, phenomenal, intricate, I need to buy it all, designs on the runway.

I received this mint two-piece set from Amiclubwear the day before the show and knew I HAD to wear it. The color and texture is such a fun statement, so I had to bring something NYFW worthy to Poughkeepsie. It also happens to be ultra comfy...I mean the pants are stretchy! Doesn't get better than that. Amiclubwear has had my back for every occasion.

  On the runway I saw everything from off-the shoulder to plunges and everything in between. No designer was alike making each collection so very special in its own way. I found that unlike many things I see at fashion week, these designs can be worn as is without looking costume-y. I love looking at designs and being able to tell the story or get the gist of the theme immediately. There were a countless number of pieces I could picture myself buying off-the-rack and wearing just as the models did. Many garments had very memorable statements that are still stuck in my head, but that's 100% alright with me. Fashion on the brain 24/7. 
See some of my favorite looks below!

Thank you Marist Fashion for inviting me!
Featured senior designers: Bryn Gorberg, Katherine Janiszewski, Kyra Hawrysh,  Kersten Haff, Jenna Dickinson, Paige Yates, Corrin Bogart, Aubrey Nardone, Emma Collins, Camilla Bowden, Helena Walker, Cara Benevenia, Mary Vodola, Emma Gage, Eilis Kennedy, Kristen Wong

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