Saturday, April 27, 2013

Celebrating 500 Posts

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Hello! This is post #500 on Fashion, Trends & More. Can you guys believe that? 500 posts- that's quite a lot! I have been blogging for almost four years now and each year, blogging has provided me with wonderful opportunities and has allowed me to meet more people who share similar interests as myself.

I am going to use this post (#500!) to re-introduce myself to you guys. Because I have been blogging since I was 14 years old, I have greatly changed. And part of that is due to blogging. Blogging has provided me with a creative outlet to express and define my style. My style has certainly changed since I started this blog! I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to newer readers. Anyways, here it goes!

My name is Tori Radday and I am 17 years old. My entire life has been spent living in the extraordinary city of Richmond, Virginia. Well, the suburbs of Richmond really. But that is all about to change. Currently, I am a senior in high school. However, next year I will be a freshman at Philadelphia University and I absolutely cannot wait. I will be majoring in fashion merchandising and minoring in fashion journalism. Ideally, I would love to work as an editor for a fashion magazine. But you cannot jump straight from the bottom to the top of the fashion industry. That is one of the reasons that I started this blog- to get my foot in the door of the fashion industry. After all, networking really is key in fashion. To help me gain valuable experience in fashion, I also have a part-time retail job at the store Justice.

Besides blogging, I try to fill my time with several extracurricular activities. One of my favorites is Pilates which I take a couple of times a week. Not only is it a great way to stay healthy but it is also perfect for relieving stress. I also am a member of my school's Beta Club, Ecology Club and Art Club. I don't participate in any sports because I have zero athletic ability.

Another activity I fill my time with is listening to music. Some of my favorite artists and groups are Lana Del Rey, the XX, Santigold, the Broken Bells and Cat Power. It is my dream to be able to attend Coachella in either 2016 or 2017. Oh, how I envy those that were able to attend this year! I also love to watch old movies such as The Flamingo Kid, Grease, Breakfast Club, Reality Bites and Heathers and read. Some of my favorite magazines to read are Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and Seventeen. A few of my favorite novels are The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Great Gatsby, Brave New World and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Now, more about my personal style. I find it very hard to define my style in just a few terms. My style is continually changing. It actually changes on a day to day basis based on what I've been reading, what I've been watching, what has popped up on my tumblr dashboard, what my style icons have been wearing, etc. However, my style is typically very vintage-inspired and quirky. I love to play around with trends and make them my own. Mixing vintage and modern pieces is another one of my passions. I have a weakness for leopard print, platform heels, rhinestone earrings, vintage pins, high-rise bottoms and feminine dresses.

The outfit photographed above is a pretty good representation of my style. I paired a thrifted "LOVE" cropped tee over a high-low star print dress. This combination was inspired by the trendy black and white sixties inspired combos that were present on the runways of many designers including Marc Jacobs. Read about the sensation HERE. Over top of that I layered a vintage denim jacket (one of the key pieces in my wardrobe). Given the layering in this look, it should come as no surprise that layering is omnipresent in my looks. Giant Vintage heart sunglasses and leopard print boots from Target completed the look. Earlier when I said I had a weakness for leopard print, I may have been playing my love for leopard print down. My affinity for leopard print is more of an obsession than a weakness. Hardly a day goes by when I'm not wearing leopard print.

I'm not sure what more to say about myself but if you ever have any questions, feel free to comment with them or email them to me at Or if you ever just want to talk about fashion or the latest trends, email me at I would love to have like-minded individuals to discuss fashion and trends with because hardly anyone at my school has the slightest interest in designers and trends.

If you still want to get to know me and my blog better, you can check out a few of my favorite posts of all time, listed below:

Top 10 Favorite Posts:
1. DIY Faux Chanel Bag (this post earned me 100+ notes on tumblr)
2. Fashion Don't: Uggs (my most controversial post ever)
3. My Weekend in Williamsburg (some of my favorite photos ever taken for my blog)
4. How to Organize Your Wardrobe (must-read tips)
5. 7 Money Saving Tips (because who doesn't like to save money?)
6. 3 Ways to Wear a Patterned Dress (a must-read for pattern lovers like myself)
7. 8 Ways to Re-Use Worn or Torn Tights (save the environment by re-using worn or torn tights instead of throwing them out)
8. Snow White (the look that won me the Chictopia contest last spring)
9. Meow! (probably my best look from all of my fall 2013 outfits!)
10. Nags Head (photos taken from my trip to Nags Head a while back)

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  1. Smart idea to do journalism as a minor! It will give you a good background, but with the blog you might not even need it! My cousin, who is a freelance journalist, said that these days the degree is almost not necessary if you want to be a writer. Probably different if you want to be editor, though ;)

    Congrats on your 500th post! I'm not even at 400 yet!

  2. Congratulations on getting into college! :) Fashion merch and journalism sound really fun and great together. Fabulous post and photos.
    xoxo Aimee

  3. congrats on college! I am graduating college this year and whew I am so glad it's over! I'm preparing for grad school in the next couple of years! I love journalism! Good luck! That's a very cute skirt... I'd definitely wear that on July 4th :) My great grandma Polly's bday :)

    love, polly

  4. Congrats on 500 posts! And that snow white outfit is amazing!

  5. Yaaay, congrats on 500 posts! Wow, you've been blogging for quite some time now, huh? Good luck in college, and you'll do great :)
    Also, huzzah for Pilates! I love that class. I started it this semester and I'm hooked. I signed up for the fall too haha

    Trendy Teal

  6. You look adorable Tori, congrats on your 500 posts!!
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  7. What a good time for me to discover your blog so I can find out about you. Congratulations on 500 posts. Loving your style. Love those sunglasses too.

  8. Congrats on 500 posts!! You look great :)

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  9. Completely in love with your skirt <3 You have such a cool blog !!

  10. yay your skirt is amazing, the whole outfit is <3

  11. this skirt is so cute! i want to wear it on the 4th of july! and i also am in love with your boots!

    lindsey louise

  12. wow! 500 post thats so awesome! i hope i make it there too! congrats

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  13. Congratulations on your 500th post! <3

    XO, Mish @ LBD and Onesies

  14. dang. 4 years?! wow :) and omg I love The XX <3

  15. Congratulation on your 500 posts! You have a lovely blog!

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  16. Congrats for 500 posts!! Love this polka dot skirt!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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