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Valentine’s Day Video 

Whether you love or hate the holiday I hope you enjoy this little video I threw together. It is a skit on a fictional character from my imagination. I am by no means a beauty guru/ make up expert and all the products and clothing featured here were scavanged from my house and the whole set was made in my bathroom, so dont judge it too hard. 

I hope you get the mesages I was trying to convey with my character and you enjoyed this strange excerpt! 2017, I warned you guys is going to be a year of experimentation and growth haha let the games begin.

Like comment subscribe it keeps me motivated! I would love to hear everyones thoughts on this new style!!! What do you want to see more of?

With love, 

Anna B

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OOTD: Silhouettes


The winter and fall months are arguably the best months for fashion. Because allows people to express their sense of style through coats lots of layers hats scarves various types of shoes and just seems to offer more diversity for a person’s closet. Of course there’s ways to express your style in the summer but I always find myself hoping for the winter months where I can show off my layering expertise.

While the winter months may be a great for layering it’s also a time where a lot of people struggle to stay inspired due to the freezing cold temperatures and super dark mornings that make it feel like you’ll never wake up. The past few weeks I’ve definitely fallen victim to winter sucking the inspiration out of me but with this outfit I’ve tried to come back and be more creative. 


The two main focuses of this outfit were to keep a light color scheme and interesting silhouettes. I started with a crisp white button down from Gap. A boxy fit, I gave it a feminine figure by layering a ribbed beige cropped tank top over it. The buttons on this shirt aligned perfectly with the button down. My pants for the day were some exaggerated light wash flare bottoms with an exposed hem. The flat denim and the button downs shape being modified by the tight fitting crop too both create an interesting silhouette for the eye to follow. 


Picking up the browns in the crop too I wore my favorite Free Bird ankle boots with scrappy cut outs on the side and a beaded layered choker that followed the light brown scheme. 

Keeping the official look channeled through the buttondown I scraped my hair into a low ponytail.

Don’t let winter squash your creativity loves!

-Anna B

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Progress NOT Perfection!

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Happy Monday! (I frantically type, hoping to get this post published before the clock strikes 12 and I have to admit defeat, that it is finally Tuesday…)

I am definitely having one of those weeks people. I cannot seem to get out of my own way, which is extremely frustrating to someone who is normally very productive.

As this morning dawned it looked promising, a bright sunny day, I did not go to school, a good nights rest, my coffee was perfect…yet…every single time I sat down to do something, it went awry. My camera was out of batteries, my sister needed ride from school, my sewing machine named, etc.

The end of last week was a scramble for me as well and resulted in me not posting on my blog or my blog Instagram for 4 days. I guess that counts as my first real mental block of 2017. Atlas I made it about a month in before that happened, right? Let’s not make this a habit!

Every Sunday night I sit down, and I write a to do list for the next day. The to do list is always very ambitious but the idea of having a whole new week ahead of me is too enticing to be entirely practical. The list usually amounts to 15 tasks, with 9 being very easy and simple (such as folding laundry, running a few errands), 3 are medium level tasks or tasks I will have to focus for (writing blog posts, editing videos, taking photos, sewing), and there’s inevitably about 3 tasks that will spill into Tuesday. This week however, I am looking at more than half my to do list for Monday spilling into my Tuesday.

Progress not perfection. Progress not perfection. Progress not perfection. I chant this to myself; it was basically my anthem for the day. Although I was definitely les productive then I would have liked, I completed a few tasks from my list. Sometimes we have off days. To have error is to be human. I’m trying to remember that just because I had a bad day (or 4), it does not have to set the tone for my Tuesday, or the rest of my week for that matter.

Today I did what I could, and tomorrow I will hopefully be more inspired, and more focused on task. Forcing myself to write this post, no matter how late in the day it is, represents me realigning and recommitting to my goals of staying balanced and determined in 2017.

One little off day will not take away from all I have accomplished and all the plans I have to accomplish.

Progress not perfection people!!! Even the smallest progress is better than none at all.

With love,

Anna B

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2017 Trend Forecast Video

Happy humpday people!!! 

If you remember, earlier this month I made a 2017 Trend Forecast post (found here). In that post I mentioned I was planning to make a YouTube video to go with it so here it is!

I made the video in the beginning of January but editing room a back seat as I was trying to wrestle with the new year. Never the less, here it is. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more immediate updates on those videos! 

This year I plan to upload more to YouTube because I think it’s such a unique platform to communicate with people on. 

Let me know what you think of the video and the initial post either here or in the YouTube comments!!!

Have a fantastic day lovers!!!

With love,

Anna B 

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OOTD: Plaid and Beige

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unnamed-55.jpgYou all know by now that the number one way I survive the fridgid cold of the winter months is with layers upon layers. The biggest challenge with layering is avoiding looking like the abominable snowman. Today, my base layer is a cream colored ribbed turtle neck from Ammerican Apparel layered under a long muscle tee styled shirt.

This shirt is definitely an interesting piece to have. The pattern, a warm toned flannel, and button up with collar style definitely lend themselves to fall and winter fashion while the light weight materiel, huge slits up the side, and sleeveless cut make it feel ready for sunshine. Because it has lighter colors I could definitely see myself using this piece to the spring time however, I made it appropriate for cold weather by layering it.

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To add a horizontal element and give this look some shape I secured my western styled H belt from ASOS around my waist. As far as pants go, went for texture wearing high waisted distressed denim from Carmar.

 

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Picking up the color pallet of my outfit, I of course finished the look off with a pair of my favorite Free Bird cut out ankle booties from Free People and some sparkly ankle socks.

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In regards to my hair, I thought I would try something different then the standard ponytail or bun associated with the half up do and I adapted the style with some chic, root baring, pig tails.

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I call this low quality selfie: “using my turtle neck to hide from overwhelming amount of work.”

What do you think of this look?

With love,

Anna B

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Beauty Standards [Photo Series]

The following post/ photo series is a guest post written by my good friend and up and coming videographer/photographer, Casey Naranjo. Her other work is linked at the bottom. I am simply a model or an empty canvas who was happy to be the subject matter of such a beautiful concept and topic. Shattering beauty standards and supporting self love are two of the top priorities in my books, so please sit back and enjoy Casey’s work:

“My adaptation of the Greek Aphrodite myth was centered in the 21st century, exploring the standards of beauty the era has fostered in young women. While the Goddess has been known to fit into the “pretty, mean girl” archetype of story-telling through time, this photo series aimed to shed light on perhaps the parts of beauty that often goes overlooked. In essence, the “behind the scenes” that people face parralled with the Goddess of beauty’s story. Through eight photos, I captured the journey of Aphrodite’s creation to her realization of the world around her.

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In the first image, BIRTH, Aphrodite is seen emerging from water as she had in her original creation myth. The water and flowers represent her symbols of lust, love, and desire through the elegant and beautiful creation she presents.
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The second image, IMAGE, Aphrodite enters the world of social media––  with a photo representing the typical view of Aphrodite–– image-obsessed and seeking attention. As many individuals have done since social media has become the new norm, she is posing for an image she will post online. To her, the amount of views, favorites, and comments is ultimately the determinant of her worth.
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The third image, BODY, explores the physical standards of women of today. Small, thin bodies are often praised in society, while curves or stretch-marks are scolded. In order to gain the respect of her peers, she feels as though she must fit into the predetermined size “of a real woman.”
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By image four, FACE, Aphrodite battles with the image of her facial features. In an age of plastic surgery overload, many believe perfection only comes at the end of a surgeon’s knife.
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Image five called LIPS demonstrates the gradual breaking point of Aphrodite and her descent to realization of the fragility of beauty. By this point, Aphrodite is no longer “perfect,” instead she is erasing the image of her face.
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Image six, entitled BARE, is considered Aphrodite’s final stage of grief. By here, the concept of beauty seems completely foreign to her. As a woman who is supposed to epitomize beauty, lust, and love, she feels as if she has failed to fit in the molds of the 21st century.
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The final two images, MASK and REBIRTH, work together to reveal Aphrodite’s revival. The first of the duo shows Aphrodite in the same state she was in the very first image of the series. A mask of water covers her face as she washes away the suffering she has faced. As she dips down and re-emerges she is quite literally reborn, now holding red flowers with white baby’s breath to match. Now, as a woman who has gone through and beat the trials and tribulations of societal standards, Aphrodite loves herself unapologetically. While still remaining an icon for lust, this image features her only image of happiness, proving she has learned to love and be loved all the same.” {Written/ Photographed by: Casey Naranjo/ Modeled by: Anna Butler}
For more Casey: WEBSITEYOUTUBE 
Casey is energetic, open to working with your vision and executing every project to perfection. If y’all remember, she managed the production of the look book for my fall clothing line, “Faulted”. Support her, hire her, love her because her talent knows no bounds. While yes I am friends with her, I am promoting her because her work and website speak for themselves; quite simply she’s going to be a big deal.
With love and positive vibes,
Anna B
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OOTD: GYPSY LOVIN


On Saturday, the Greater NYC area ex-perienced the most wonderfully beautiful gift of a sweet warm spell. I took complete advantage of this uncharacteristic weather by suiting up in a long, semi sheer white maxie skirt. The reason I adore this skirt is because of the form fitting black belted waist with the lace up corset detailing. It’s super flattering not to mention completely on trend. To give the flowy skirt some shape, I gather the bottom and tie it into a casual knot which enhances the bohemian vibes.


For my shirt I layered an American Eagle, red, star adorned bralette under a black lace crop top with quarter length sleeves and a scalloped hem. I finished the look off with a light weight vegan leather jacket (not pictured)!

On my head I covered my messy hair with an adorable red knit beanie hat complete with an oversized dramatic pom pom. Meanwhile, I slipped my feet into my favored copper penny colored platform oxfords.


Of course, a girl on the go has got to have her coffee in hand! I loved how my travel mug from Starbucks perfectly matched the red of my bralette and my red hat. I’ll be blogging about the significance of the color red later this week, so get excited for that! The warm weather was accompanied by rays of sunshine giving me the opportunity to wear my cat eye sunglasses!

Wearing: Hat/Free People | Skirt/LF | Shirt/Garage | Bralette/American Eagle | Shoes/Jeffry Campbell | Dunglasses/Urban Outfitters

With love,

Anna B

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