I like good outfits every day, but there is something about planning looks for a vacation that really just makes my heart flutter. As much as I love my solid, cap-sleeved work dresses and trouser pants with bright tops, I was ecstatic to put together a week's worth of outfits for a vacation with my mom.
School may be back in session, but (especially here in Central Alabama) the summer temperatures are still ramping up. That means there is still PLENTY of time for you to flaunt around in bright colors, strappy sandals, rompers and dreamy maxi dresses. SoCo & Company really came through with the summer looks, and (as always) each piece has a scripture-based meaning behind it.
Dress: Gabrielle Union for New York & Company (similar here) | Boots: Steve Madden|
Purse: Steve Madden | Sunnies: Target
I want to get better about sharing my style ideas and inspirations, especially when it comes to work outfits. As a TV news reporter, sometimes my plans for the day can be all over the place. Black suede booties are not a good choice for spending your day on a dirt road in rural Alabama, and wading through flood waters will never call for a cute shift dress. However, some days are more chill than others, most of you have jobs/situations that 10/10 call for normal clothes and (regardless) we all spend way too much time at work to not be cute and fabulous about it.
When I lived in Missouri for college, the first few weeks of fall meant snatching the sweaters out of their summer hibernation storage, swapping out my soft pink lippie for deep purple and the clicking of heeled suede booties on the tile of my apartment as I rushed out the door to get to class. Now that I live in Alabama, the first few weeks of fall are actually just an extension of summer: disrespectfully hot, oppressively humid and irrationally sweaty. However, friends, sweaty edges and heavy air are not strong enough to keep me from adding fabulous pieces to my closet for the new season, and they shouldn't stop you either (shout out to all the babes who are doing life in the South).
I was recently asked to be a brand ambassador for a faith-based online boutique called SoCo & Company, by one of the company's co-founders. I dabbled in the brand ambassador sphere a couple of times in college, but I was never able to attach myself to something I really loved or overwhelmingly believed in. I am a huge proponent of being intentional with your time, effort, image and representation. While you will always be more than the tidbits you choose to broadcast to the world on social media, the clothes you wear and the way you look- I do believe you have the right (and should) be intentional and authentic with all of those things. I think they all have the potential to inspire others, change the game for some and bring forth a whole lot of joy. Plus, it can be really cute, and that's fabulous.
There are about five top questions/statements I get from people I meet when I tell them I’m a news reporter. Some are less offensive than others, but probably the most common among that list is the question of whether or not “this” is what I’ve always wanted to do. Small talk with an interview source or the guy next to me on the airplane more often than not leads to the “was this your dream when you wore pigtails and had no doubt in the world that you could be absolutely anything?” (Not in those exact words, but you get the point.)
At the delicate age of 20, there are a lot of things about life that I admittedly just don't know. However, shopping isn't one of them. I, Morgan Elizabeth Young, consider myself to be an expert shopper.
Why? Mostly because I've done a ton of it, messed it up a bunch and learned from a handful of silly mistakes. From buying a ridiculous sequenced skirt from Express because it was 12 dollars, and then never ever wearing it because it was, well, ridiculous; to frantically sprinting down the aisles of Macy's the night before a homecoming dance to find the perfect dress- I know the ins, outs, ups and downs (like realllllly far downs) of shopping.
These are my go-to tips for getting a bang for your buck while always loving your outfit, and never ever having to say, "I have nothing to wear"...even though, let's face it, when you're obsessed with clothes even the fullest closet still isn't enough.