Friday, July 31, 2015

Fashionista Friday: Black Pumps

Photos via: South Molton St. Style, Style Pantry, The Adorable Two, and CollegeFashionista.

Photos via: Damsel in Dior, CollegeFashionista, Frankie Hearts Fashion, I'm Next, and Perpetually Chic.

The classic black pump is timeless and essential for any well-stocked closet. I recently stopped a Fashionista on the street who was wearing a pair of black pumps to a job interview, which inspired my latest CollegeFashionista post. Let these outfits inspire you and shop a selection of black pumps below.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

OOTD: First Rocksbox

A couple weeks ago, I received an awesome email offering me a position as a Rocksbox It Girl. Basically what this means is that I get to use Rocksbox for a couple months and post about my experience with it. Rocksbox is an awesome service that sends users a package of three pieces of jewelry picked specially for you by a Rocksbox stylist. You can try the pieces on for size, wear them to an event, or just have a couple weeks with some fun new jewelry before sending them back or choosing to purchase them. Once you've sent back the jewelry you don't want to keep, you'll receive another specially curated box within a few weeks. Use my referral code, hannahgoldxoxo, for a free month of Rocksbox!

My first Rocksbox consisted of a Kendra Scott necklace, a pair of Perry Street Aria earrings, and a Sophie Harper Pavé X ring.

Of course, I had to model these gorgeous pieces with an inspired OOTD. The black-on-black look let the jewels shine for themselves against a simple background.

Photos by Emma Foster

Monday, July 27, 2015

Comfy Summer Dress

Photos via: Sincerely, Jules, The Style Crusader, CollegeFashionista, and CollegeFashionista

Photo via: CollegeFashionista, Lemon Stripes,, and Damsel in Dior

In case you weren't aware, I'm all about the cute & comfy look. For me, that often means wearing a loose dress. Read my latest CollegeFashionista post to learn how to shop for and find the perfect comfy summer dress and let these outfits inspire you!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Time With Her Campus

I came upon Her Campus as a lost but ambitious first-year college student. I was a declared psychology major, but had no interest in pursuing psychology beyond my years at school. My only campus involvement was with the school's small Jewish Student Union, which only met once a month. I'd just started this blog on a whim, but had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I felt like I was wandering, directionless, through life. I wanted– no, needed– something to define myself.

I've always loved writing, having decided to become a writer as soon as I could do so. I wrote stories and poetry in middle school, was a newspaper and yearbook editor in high school, and wrote a novel during my year abroad in Spain. Writing had been something I'd used to define myself throughout most of my life, but I simply wasn't doing enough of it my first year of college to still think of myself as a writer. When my friend Bridget told me about a new club on campus that she thought I'd be interested in, I immediately asked for her to forward me any information she had on it. She sent me the introduction email she'd received from the newly formed chapter of Her Campus at Seattle University, and I went to my first meeting with high hopes.

Unlike most things in life, my experience with Her Campus has exceeded the high hopes I had for it when I first started. I went in knowing the bare minimum about Her Campus: that it is an online magazine for student writers to create and publish original content on. I quickly learned that it's so much more. Her Campus features some of the best student writers I've ever read, writing about everything from goofy zodiac sign articles to serious examinations of mainstream feminism. The content offers something for everyone (whether they be readers or writers), but it doesn't even end there. Her Campus also puts on inspiring and motivational events, such as Her Conference, and provides a space for ambitious high schoolers to get a kickstart on a journalism career. Plus, everything in their store is to die for, and their Instagram account is seriously hilarious.

Her Campus gave me a reason to write again, and the pride I'd forgotten I got upon being published. I had tried to convince myself that writing essays and the occasional journal entry were fulfilling my love of writing, but that was simply not true. There's something much more satisfying in writing about something I was truly interested in, like Beyonce's involvement with the Ban Bossy campaign, that I'd been missing. There's nothing like being able to write in a fulfilling way in an encouraging and supportive environment.

I also found something in Her Campus that I didn't know I needed until I found it: an amazing group of supportive young women. I'm obsessed with my truly spectacular friends, but my relationships with them are very individually-based. They don't provide me with the group dynamic of being involved in something like Her Campus. I've met some of my favorite people in Her Campus, and I love getting to know them in the group setting of meetings and bonding events. 

My involvement in Her Campus has grown to define me. I have gone to every single meeting (minus one or two when I've been sick) since joining, and even had the honor of being named one of the Chapter Correspondents when the two wonderful women who started the chapter graduated this winter. I was accepted to the Her Campus Blogging Network this year, and have been able to grow my blog significantly through it. I even took a tour of the Her Campus HQ in Boston when I was there over spring break.

Writing for Her Campus made me remember just how much I love to write. Though my days of writing poetry are behind me and my novel is on hold for the time being, I've found so much happiness in writing online content. My blog has grown so much, thanks in part to the motivation I get from Her Campus. I now write for CollegeFashionista, an internship I applied to last summer when I was missing writing for Her Campus. I define myself as a writer again, and couldn't be more satisfied with that.

It's been just over a year since I joined the Her Campus team, and, in many ways, not much has changed since I joined. I'm still lost but ambitious, though I'm much closer to graduating and being forced into the real world. I'm still a psych major with no interest in becoming a psychiatrist or therapist or researcher, though I've fallen more in love with the subject than I ever thought I would be. I'm still looking for my purpose in life. At the same time, though, so much has changed because I decided to write for Her Campus, and I couldn't be happier with that.

Photos via: Her Campus Seattle University Instagram
Did this post inspire you to want to start a chapter of Her Campus at your school? It's so simple: just go to this page and submit an application by August 15th. If your school already has a Her Campus chapter, you can find it by clicking on the "My Campus" button on the Her Campus homepage.

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Weekend in Portland, OR

After spending the last two academic years (and the next two years, for that matter) doing long distance, Brendan and I are so glad to be within driving distance of each other this summer. We're able to see each other every weekend; he's spent a couple weekends up in Seattle with me, and I just spent my second weekend down in Portland with him.

Of course we had to hit up Powell's Books, by far one of my favorite book stores in the world. It's well-known for its vast shelves filled to the brim with books and its many expansive floors.

We also did some exploring around the Pearl District. I love that area of Portland – I grew up visiting it with my parents, who loved the industrial-turned-artsy feel of the area.

Of course, we found a couple SUPER hipster stores in the Pearl. This particular store sold children's toys, men's and women's clothing, and an assortment of home decor. Plus, it was decorated so well.

On my last night, Brendan made me dinner: steak and caprese salad. I love a good home-cooked meal, especially since moving out of my childhood home and realizing just how much effort goes into a real meal.

I love my adventures with Brendan, and I'm excited for more in the future! The next two weekends we'll be back in Bend and down to the Bay Area, which will be very fun.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fashionista Friday: Neon Sunglasses

Photos via: A Beautiful Mess, Britt Maren for Nasty Gal, Sienna Miller, CollegeFashionista, Gringa na Brasa, and Harper's Bazaar.

I'm not a huge fan of neon. Like most people my age, I outgrew the obscene trend after leaving middle school. I will say, though, that I love some neon in small doses. That's why neon sunglasses are totally the way to go if you're looking to add some neon to your look. Read more on the trend in my latest CollegeFashionista article.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sister, Sister: A Day at the Park

As much as I love living in Seattle, I miss my home and my family sometimes. I miss my sister especially, because it's hard being away from your best friend for long periods of time. Luckily, we're only 6 hours by car away from each other, so we do get to see each other on occasion. This week, Lauren came to see me on her days off.

We wandered over to the Washington Park Arboretum (perks of having a car in the city: more adventure opportunities!) and set up a picnic space. I feel so lucky to have such a beautiful nature space so close to my urban dwelling.

We spent the day reading and snacking in the shade. Even Luxe laid down for a couple hours without trying to chase any squirrels!

After our day trip, we went back to Capitol Hill and went on a girls' night out and treated ourselves to some amazing Mexican food.

Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY: Flower Crown

I used the 4th of July as an excuse to do something I've always wanted to do: make my own flower crown. It was pretty easy to do, using Pinterest as inspiration. I found it much easier to make it up as I went along, so that's what I did.


  • ~25 gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters/scissors that can cut through wire
  • Faux/plastic leaves (either the kind you can buy with silk flowers or a fake plant)
  • Freshly cut flowers
  • A hot glue gun

Wrap the wire three times around your head and cut it to get the crown part. I used gold washi tape to keep the 3 layers of wire together, but you could also use smaller pieces of wire to tie them together.

Take section of the fake leaves and tie it to the crown with an inch or two of cut wire.  Cover as much of the crown with leaves as you'd like; I did half the crown, but you can do the whole thing or even a smaller section. 

Hot glue the flowers to thicker parts of the leaves. I used real flowers so I could trade them out depending on the occasion, and because I like the look of real flower crowns more. However, you could also use silk flowers.

Make sure the flowers are glued in a straight line so that when you wear your crown, the flowers all point the same way. Fill in any gaps between flowers with more flowers.

Voila! You now have a flower crown! If you use real flowers, make the crown the day you plan to wear it so the flowers don't go bad (I learned that the hard way).