Storytelling and lockets

Before I get to what I really want to talk about in this post, I want to quickly mention how much I love this top. I bought it over the summer and, because of the surprising thickness of it, I completely forgot about it until now. Now that heat is no longer an issue, you can expect to much more often. I do realize that finding old garments and wearing them to death is a common theme with me.

What I really want to talk about, however, is this week. On Wednesday, I'll be leaving for a four-day trip to Chicago for a journalism conference and I couldn't be more excited. Starting tomorrow (when I'll be busy putting a newspaper together and packing), I'll be having guest posts from some of my favorite bloggers and Flock Together girls. Since I'll be spending the week discussing stories, I thought it would be fun for the girls to share an outfit or item with a story behind it and figured I'd start the week off by doing the same.

I've spoken briefly about this necklace before, but never in-depth. My freshman year, I started a short virtual internship with an online fashion magazine that never really took off. I submitted leads each week and was assigned stories with a fashion-focus. The very first story I was assigned was on a small designer, Alyson Fox, who I had found and was asked to interview her. I conducted a phone interview with her which marked my very first interview- ever. I had just declared a journalism minor that semester and had yet to learn anything about interviewing, quotes, story structure, etc. Surprisingly, the interview went well and the story turned out better than expected. I was giddy with excitement to not only interview someone, but to talk to someone whose work I so admired. That Christmas, my parents surprised me with a locket I had mentioned loving from Fox's collaboration with Varabel. Not only do I still love the locket, but every time I wear it, it reminds me of my start in journalism.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoys the guest posts I have line up! I'll be back on Sunday or Monday with stories of seminars, shopping, and Starbucks. If you aren't already, make sure to follow me on Instagram (@room334) to feel like you're there with me!

Shirt: H&M, via Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Vena Cava for Aqua, via Ebay
Boots: Target
Jacket: Old Navy
Necklace: Alyson Fox + Verabel


  1. What a great story! I love hearing the stories behind pieces. Imagining them is one of my favorite things about vintage shopping!
    I love the locket and the shirt. You look great!


  2. love your bloouse and boots!!!
    Hugs, LonA

  3. that skirt is adorbs!

    xx. Hybrid Hunter

    follow each other?

  4. This kind of top are quite useful you can use them anytime and any season and always look great.

  5. OOOO! I love your necklace and your shirt - so adorbs.


  6. loveee your top! :) the lace is so beautiful :)

  7. Oh, what a great story behind that locket!

    That shirt is lovely and very unique looking!

  8. That top is gorgeous and I love the layers you have going in this look. Gotta love stories like that, pieces that remind you of great memories!

    xo Jenny

  9. You look so lovely! I adore this outfit.


  10. I love love love your lace top! and how you paired it with that skirt. You look great!

  11. Very cute- I love the lacy top paired with the boots! Have fun at your conference! P.S. You have the best smile :)

  12. Love that skirt. I'm crazy for pleats! And can you stop being so cute?! I hope you have a great time in Chicago and I can't wait to see what the girls have in store for your blog <3



    Southern (California) Belle

  13. Love the story behind it, have fun!!

  14. thank you for sharing your story about your locket. I'm so jealous that you know exactly what you want to do, and you are such a talented beautiful young lady! :) can't wait for you to do more interviews and publish lots and lots of stories!


  15. I love that skirt soooo much! The green is so gorgeous. Have fun at your conference!

  16. 1. You are fantastic and adorable. Love that pleated skirt-so perfect for fall!
    2. Loved reading that story about the locket. How perfect! And the locket is awesome.
    3. Never been to Chi-city, but I've heard it's amazing. Have a fantastic safe trip and come back with many pictures and stories!

    perfectly priya

  17. your little smile is so darling! cutest lady ever award.
    that is all :)

    lindsey louise

  18. I'm loving that top! How do you have the greatest pieces ever?! And I love pieces that have meaning to them, like your necklace does, it makes them all the more special!
    Much love,

  19. Three things: 1) Your hair looks just lovely in these pictures. 2) I love the story about the locket. And that's so thoughtful of your parents! and 3) I'm finding it extremely hard not to be slightly envious that you're going to Chicago for FOUR DAYS! Ah! I hope you have so much fun and that you use instagram to it's full capacity during that time. :)

  20. Sounds like a fun trip! I live really close to Chicago - do you think you'll have any time to get together? Even just to grab a quick bite to eat or a coffee? I'd love to meet you in person! :D

  21. Love your locket....and how it holds such a special place in your heart! Great story! Such a cute outfit too:)!

  22. That top is gorgeous! Beautiful necklace too!!!

    Pearls & Paws

  23. Loving this outfit! The texture of the skirt is great :)
    I hope you have a good trip!

  24. Girl, you are just so stinkin cute! :)
    Haha, love that navy lace top tucked into the pretty skirt. Olive green and blue = lovely combination. And your smile is always infectious, even through a computer screen haha :)

    Trendy Teal

  25. havefun!!!!

    and i LOVE ThiS OUTFIT. but then again i love everything you do. that olive skirt is perfecctt and i want that coat. live closer so i can just drive to you because i drive all the time, i'm just never home.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  26. Hope you're having an awesome time!! That locket is so pretty and unique, I love it! Gorgeous top too!! I love discovering something old and renewing my love affair with it. I really like your hair curled too!

  27. Love the lace! Such great style.