Wake up! It’s June! Where did the time go! In the blink of an eye, we are almost halfway through the year of 2022. Saying that out loud physically makes me ill, lol. June is a big month of me, as it is a milestone marker for me and many people around my age. June is the month that marks one year at my job. It’s the month that I signed my first apartment lease. It’s the month I committed to going to graduate school. All of those things have shaped me and quite literally put me where I am today, and all of those things happened just a year ago. I wouldn’t say that I have changed since last year, but my life sure has. From uprooting in Texas to becoming a transplant in Chicago, beginning my career and furthering my education, there has been a lot of time for growth and opportunities. I reflect on all of this because as I go into this month, I want to be able to look back on me today and think the same things. That growth needs to continue, and it will if I set the right intentions.
Setting intentions of the month of June will help guide me throughout another (hopefully successful) month. My intentions are…
Connect my mind to my body during workouts and movement throughout the day
Make time for myself each day
Write and post three times a week
Make a budget and stick to those guidelines, especially on the weekends
Take more time to check in on others, even if you haven’t connected in a while
Be mindful fo my sleeping habits
Discover new ways to stay motivated on a physical and emotional level
Spend less money on materialistic items
Explore my creativity within fashion
In order for me to visualize these intentions, I have tried to shift these words to photos by creating a mood board. If you are a visual person like myself, I recommend doing this so you can see and remind yourself of your intentions throughout the month. Remember, these are not goals, as you do not have to feel discouraged if you do not achieve them. Intentions are meant to serve as a guide, and incorporate mindful habits into your daily routine. There is no pressure to complete a task, but an opportunity for you to focus on yourself from the inside out.
If you aren’t familiar with SSENSE, let me introduce you. SSENSE is an online retailer that specializes in high end luxury goods and street wear items. This Canadian based company has made quite the name for themselves since 2020, and they have some of the best deals I have seen. I would consider myself a very light luxury consumer, as I am always considering what to purchase at the best price.
SSENSE often runs sales and private sales on huge designers such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Off-White and more, at discounts I can’t seem to find anywhere else. Right now, I have gone through and found my favorite picks from shoes to dresses, and what I recommend snagging before it sells out. During these sales, things go fast.
Shop each individual link here, or see more on my LTK.
As the winter comes to an end, it’s time to swap out your turtlenecks for tank tops. As I am making the shift in my closet from winter to spring clothing, I am going through last years pieces to find I don’t love them as much as I used to. Totally fine, but that means one thing… shopping. I am trying to save money but that is not going very well, especially with some of my favorite brands having some of their biggest sales of the year. My internal debate is, do I splurge now or pay full price later?
(Hint: I’ve been splurging now)
Here are all of the sales going on right now that I recommend you take advantage of… if you’re going to build a new wardrobe might as well get it on sale!
Find designer brands such as Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, By Far, Staud, and more on SSENSE all for 15% with code SS2022.
This sale runs now until April 4.
While Sephora isn’t necessarily part of a new “wardrobe”, makeup always needs an upgrade. Right now, I am close to running out of all of my products at once – which is the best and worst thing. Luckily, Sephora is having their spring sale. You can shop online with code SPRINGSALE.
This sale will run from April 1-11.
Popular streetwear brand Boys Lie is having a spring cleaning sale – 15% off all accessories and up to 70% off apparel. Yes, this is your sign to buy one of their trucker hats.
This sale will run until March 31.
Bloomingdales is running their friends and family sale, which is 25% off select items and free shipping for everyone.
This sale will run until April 3.
Mango is running a “Bye Bye Winter’ sale, with 30% of their winter collection. And don’t let this fool you as just being winter clothes, there are plenty of bright florals to spice up your wardrobe for the warmer months.
This sale will run until April 3.
Levis is running a sale on almost all of their items, and it’s one you’re not going to want to miss. Get $25 off $100, $50 off $150, and $75 off $200. Plus, get 20% off your first order from their website.
Last year I predicted the some of the biggest trends we were going to see in 2021, and I have to say I wasn’t that far off. This past year we saw trends that were all over the place, from y2k to the “it girl” trends, which were heavily influenced through social platforms such as TikTok. In fact, for my generation, almost all trends began or rose to popularity through TikTok, as the micro-trends played a large role in our wardrobes. In 2022, we expect that to change a little bit.
As we know, in fashion, what goes round comes around, and that is what we are seeing again this year. Last year, y2K was all the rage, but I predict in 2022 it will be the 70’s. Trends from this era such as large sunglasses and fringe are emerging back into our lives, and are just brining the whole decade along with them. Other areas of fashion where we are getting out inspiration from is 2000’s runway shows, prep reinvented and moto-inspired outerwear. From these areas, there are many trends that I see rising to popularity throughout the next twelve months.
*** I do not have much education on this subject, just a high interest. There is never a need to follow trends, always wear what you feel comfortable and confident in (:
Starting off strong, the prep style is back, but reinvented. When the SS22 shows were first released in Milan, deconstructed prep was one of the large styles that caught my eye. Brands such as Prada and Miu Miu displayed a fabulous execution of this, and has now set the tone for the upcoming warmer months. Some brands to look out for are Danielle Guizio, Djerf Avenue, Sporty & Rich, Orseund Iris, and more. You can also find some great finds for this style through thrifting for more affordable options.
High Fashion SS 2000 Looks
If you were to go look at any runway show from the 2000’s you will see pieces that are all over the internet, and I predict them to stick around for the spring and summer this year. There are certain trends from this era that are going to dominate our wardrobes, and I have listed some of them below when I talk about certain items that I believe will be popular in 2022. Low rise pants, hair clips, bra tops, big bags; you name it. And while this is still technically y2K, this is different than the y2K that we saw in 2021. This is slightly more matured, as inspiration will be drawn from designer shows versus Polly Pockets. Brands that will have plenty of these pieces include Miaou, With Jean, Realisation Par, By Far, Stand, and more.
Another trend, another decade. As we move into the new year the emergence of the 70’s has been prevalent in many new collections released by designers. Where a lot of this 70’s look is coming from is through accessories and shoes. Shoes such as clogs we will see more and more of, and we have already started to see that this winter with the Birkenstock Boston clog. As for accessories, I cannot go on social media without seeing 70’s sunglasses. And for the influence of 70’s fashion, the boldness of colors worn will make a comeback these upcoming seasons, and a way for me to step out of my comfort zone. Brands to shop at that are heavily influenced by 70’s fashion include Simon Miller, Lexxola, Y/Project, Victoria Beckham, and more.
From the fashion week shows in Milan and France, we have seen leather making a large resurgence on the runway. While yes, leather pants were all the rage this year, leather is bring worn in more traditional “Kate Moss” ways. Prada displayed a classic way to wear leather, and Balenciaga has taken a more artistic spin on the upcoming trend. Last year, Von Dutch was super popular among teens and young adults, but this year I see it to be replaced by Harley Davidson. Oh and as for your traditional leather jackets? Don’t get rid of those just yet, you’ll be subbing that for your leather blazer.
I believe most of our fashion will be influenced by the categories above. BUT, there are certain items that will define fashion for 2022. Here is what I see…
While technically ballet flats have never really been out of style, I see them rising to popularity again this year among all people. From age 6 to 86, these will be a wardrobe staple to go along with that preppy look that seems to be back. Get these ballet flats here:
Despite growing up in the south, I have learned a thing or two about the winter. I have lived in the midwest for five years, and am in the beginning of my first Chicago winter. These things are NO JOKE! The negative wind chills really aren’t my thing, but I know some essentials that help make the cold days even a little bit better. While yes, coats and hats are needed to bear the cold months, there are other items that make them just a little bit better (:
Let’s start out simple with beanies – everyone always has them, everyone always needs more. Now that I walk everywhere, I almost always wear a beanie as I walk out the door – so my collection is growing. This season, The Ganni beanies are all the rage. BUT, they are pricey sitting at just under $100.
Again, starting out with the basics. But surprisingly, I didn’t have a solid scarf until I moved to Chicago. And now that I have one – the addiction begins. Acne Studios scarves have been the star of every fall and winter for the past few seasons, and they have not gone anywhere. The colorful blanket scarf is essential to your winter wardrobe. I went into Madewell to buy one and the employee there said it best – “If a scarf isn’t swallowing my face, then I don’t want it”.
If the beloved Acne Studios scarf is out of reach but you love the look of it, try these affordable options from Madewell, Forever 21 and Saks Off 5th.
Weather Proof Boots
Okay, yes, Uggs are back in. And I love that. I have worn my Uggs non stop, but once we got our first big snow my boots were basically destroyed and had to dry for days. SO, I resorted to my 2017 Sorel’s that definitely need an upgrade. Having a cute weatherproof shoe is key to getting through the months of January through April.
As I have began to make my own money you pick and choose where you prioritize your extra spending money, and I have found mine to be skincare. Buying quality skincare that works for you is worth every penny – especially in the winter. My skin dries and breaks out out horribly as soon as it hits below 30 degrees, and the fix to this for me has been Sunday Riley. While I use Sunday Riley in other forms of skincare such as acne treatment, anti-aging, etc., some of their products have saved my skin from completely drying out. The two products that help my skin the most in the winter the Juno face oil and Tidal water cream.
I talked about the comeback of the vest in my 2021 Trend Forecasting article and I was (decently) spot on. Puffer was huge again this winter, including puffer vest. Aside from a puffer, any oversized vest is the perfect combo between style and warmth. This vest from Storets has been seen everywhere, and is on sale in multiple colors.
Sunglasses in the winter sounds weird, but are much needed when the sun reflects off of a fresh layer of snow. And, what is better than a new pair of sunglasses? These are Devon Windsor from Revolve, and remind me of a lot of top designer sunglasses from Bottega, Dior and Celine.
The micro bag trend is cute, but definitely not practical in the winer. For Christmas I got a larger bag that carrier more than my debit card and lip balm, and it has been a game changer. Especially when wearing a large coat, these small bags don’t cut it. I have loved the Puffin Bag from Simon Miller, and for winter the black sterling puffin is unreal.
I am sure you have seen this lip mask all over TikTok, but it truly has kept my ultra dry lips in check through the past few months. I apply this mask in the morning and at night, and sometimes put it on with a lip liner before I run out the door to go to a dinner or drinks.
Yes, not just any winter coat. THE Super Puff from Aritzia. If you know me at all you know that there is nothing more that I love than this jacket. They are such good quality for the price that they are, which is why I have continued to purchase multiple. Save yourself the time and order one online now.
Hydrating Body Wash
You know the feeling when you get out of the shower and IMMEDIATELY need to put on lotion? The worst. This body wash is my favorite because it is so hydrating, and the ingredients are clean which is perfect for sensitive skin. Pair this with the Necessaire exfoliator and body lotion afterwards and your winter skin will be unmatched.
I’ve never made one of these before, but I saw someone make a mood board and use it as their laptop background which I think is a great idea. My mood board consists of photos and other forms of digital media that inspire me and where I want to put my focus on in January 2022.
I made this mood board on The Landing, and will continue to make one a month through the rest of 2022. If you want to see the rest of follow me on The Landing or subscribe to my website (:
We all know Christmas shopping can be difficult, but Christmas shopping for a guy has me running in circles. Whether it’s your dad, boyfriend, coworker, whoever – all guys seem to be tough to shop for. And if you are trying to keep the gift in a reasonable price range, it limits a lot of possibilities. If you are looking for a gift for him, look no further.
Clothes can be hard to shop for as a gift, but something more loose fitting like a pair of sweatpants is always easy. A lot of guys don’t like to spend money on clothes for themselves, so being gifted them is always appreciated. I bet you whoever you’re thinking of has neutral sweats, but this forest green color will go with almost anything.
Not really a practical gift, but this is nice to have! A very adult gift, so if you have a brother and boyfriend moving to an apartment or house this would be a great Christmas and housewarming gift. This specific decanter is linked here on West Elm, but I have included others linked below.
Socks are always wanted, but socks with the word “y’all” are always needed. This would be the perfect small gift for him or her (I want to purchase these myself). Get the link to these OV socks here.
Apple Watch Band
When in doubt, this is a nice and simple gift without the expense of getting an actual watch. This one from Nordstrom really elevates the sporty looks of an Apple Watch, which is perfect to wear to events or work.
Blue Light Glasses
Everyone needs a paid of blue light glasses now considering how often we are all on our laptops. This is perfect for someone who works from home, games, etc. Get this pack of two on Amazon.
Electric Mug Warmer
I have been wanting to get one of these for my dad as a gift for years. I just thinking they are the perfect gift for anything who doesn’t chug their coffee first thing in the morning. This warmer you can get here on Amazon (and it’s the perfect last minute gift because it comes through Prime).
Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers
This is perfect for a more recreational guy, and is a little different than the average ice mold. These are chillers, so you just pop these in the freezer and put them them in your drink. BONUS: they won’t water it down. Find these on Uncommon Goods.
Their Favorite Record
To do something a little more tailored to their taste, getting a guy their favorite record is a great gift. You can find these are a record store, or online from Urban Outfitters if you’re in a pinch. To add to this, you can also purchase a frame from Urban Outfitters with the whole gift still being under $50.
Character Device Holder
Perfect for the “gamer”, this character holder is so nerdy and so adorable at the same time. This comes in Marvel, Star Wars, and DC characters.
I bought this for my brother last year and he still wears it all the time. It’s simple, clean, and looks good on everyone! Get this for a good price and within a few days if you order on Zappos.