Friday, April 18, 2014

The Final Countdown




I feel like I've been running around like a crazy person for the past couple of weeks, working on projects, trying to have a life and getting ready for New York. It really hit me today that I am graduating from college in two weeks & moving to NYC only a few weeks later. The thought of that is honestly mind-blowing. How has it already been four years since I graduated from high school? How am I not still 17? I feel ready but not ready, excited, nervous, terrified, happy & sad all at once. Growing up is scary, people.

This might be a little bit ambitious, but my goal is to not have to come back to Tampa. I mean, I love it here, so much actually. It's been my home for most of my life, but I'm ready for something bigger. I want to be immersed in a new city that I love. I want to learn it & hate it & adore it. I want to struggle a little bit. I want to push myself & figure out what my limits are. I'm so thankful for my family & all of the other people who are giving me the chance to get on my feet. Their faith in me is everything. 

I can't wait to document all of my NYC adventures on Stellar Piece. I just want to meet everyone, eat everything & go everywhere. Here's hoping that I make it through the next two weeks to graduation. Here's to the future. Here's to the adventure of it all. Here's to life.

Love,
A


Details: Top: Cotton On // Skirt: H&M // Jacket: Levi's // 
Boots: Aldo // Necklace: Leviticus

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Puppy Party




I'm only a couple days into spring break & I can honestly say that this has been the nicest week ever so far. I've been enjoying the gorgeous weather, getting school stuff squared away, researching more plans for New York, making playlists & catching up with friends. Who knew that this "alone time" that everyone is always talking about could actually be fun?

The other day, CollegeFashionista sent out an email about a feature highlighting Style Gurus & their pets. My fellow Head Style Guru and blogger pal, Olivia Muenter of Wanderlust & Such has been in town for spring break. So, she grabbed her puppy Ray, I brought Bentley & we had a pretty cute puppy photo shoot in Westchase. Bentley is always having his photo taken so he was pretty into it (except in the last one, not sure what's going on there, B). But for being a beginner, Ray was a natural. I mean honestly though, look at the two of them. Have you ever seen a more handsome pair?

It's so nice to just be able to relax, visit with Olivia & chat about things we love: blogging, fashion & of course, our pups.

Love,
A



A's Details: Dress: Forever 21 // Hat: Forever 21 //  Boots: Aldo
O's Details: Top: Ann Taylor Loft // Skirt: Top Shop // Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Boots: ASOS














Saturday, March 8, 2014

3.0




When I first started Stellar Piece back in September of 2012, I had just transferred to USF & I was a single gal simply looking for a hobby. It grew into much more when I got into a relationship, it became a shared hobby & a scrapbook of all the memories that I wanted to save. Now it's just me again & I want to continue documenting the trials and tribulations that come along with being 21 & trying to find yourself in this crazy world. 

As tempting as it's been to wallow lately, I decided that I'm just going to stay busy & continue living my life to the fullest instead. Stellar Piece has been a huge part of my life for a while now & I am not about to just let that go. Since I recently got my very own Nikon, I decided that it would be silly to not continue documenting all of my adventures here, especially because I have so many exciting events coming up in my life. I'm graduating from college in May (holy crap), moving to NYC for the summer while I intern with CollegeFashionista (what? insane) & along the way I'll be trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life (let's not talk about that right now). All I know is that the future is bright and I want to keep writing, taking photos & sharing all of my ups and downs right here.

So for all of you who want to stick around with me & SP, we'd love to have you.

Love,
A


Details: Sweater: Urban Outfitters // Pants: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: H&M // Boots: somewhere in Hong Kong

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The End
























Something that I've come to learn in life is that the very best things have expiration dates: ice cream, croissants, strawberries, Breaking Bad and unfortunately relationships too. With a heavy heart, we have to close this chapter of our life. I had to address this because this journey has been one of the craziest, most exciting, heartbreaking and eye-opening adventures of my life & we've also gotten the chance to share it with everyone that we love. 

It is extremely hard to say goodbye to the person who has become my best friend and taught me so much about what is important in life. Sometimes in a relationship, it can be easy to become selfish and take advantage of the good in other people. It can be easy to lose sight of what is important and what actually matters by getting so caught up in the little things.

Both of our lives are changing in so many ways, pulling us in many different directions. We are both excited for what the future holds, even if we don't get to experience it together. I am forever going to hold this love in my heart because it was like nothing I've ever experienced before and I am so grateful to have had it at all. I am going to try to be positive and grow in ways that I need to. The future is bright for both of us.


Thank you, J. I know that deep down you've made me a better person.



Love,
A

Friday, February 21, 2014

Insta Luv









J & I both love a good selfie and we try to capture our little moments as often as we can. Although I love all of the fancy photos that J & I take on our Nikons, some of my favorite shots are the random ones that we've taken on our iPhones. It's nice to know that even if we decide not to bring our DSLRs out & about with us, we still have a way to take our memories with us. 

We both love Instagram too because it serves as a little album of our favorite adventures. We often use it to reference things that have happened & it's comforting to know that it will be impossible for us to forget all of the amazing things that we've done together. Just the other day, I was looking back through my photos and went all the way back to a selfie that I took on the very day that we first met. That was 74 weeks ago. 74 WEEKS, people. That is nothing to sneeze at. To this day, my fondness for this human just continues to grow with every second that passes & every snapshot that we take.

Thanks for making memories with me everyday, J. You're the coolest.

Love,
A

*ps: follow us on Instagram: 
@aishahatter // @jakepflum

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NO WAVES x STELLAR PIECE





Over this summer, I started up my own little DIY punk / skateboarding culture radio show, NO WAVES RADIO, through the University of South Florida's college radio station. It's basically the talk/music form of my brain. I remember being so nervous before my first show back in July, & if it weren't for A I doubt I ever would've built up the courage to go through with it. 

Through it all, she's been one of my primary creative inspirations for the show. Watching her grow & excel in her creative advertising classes juices me to do the best that I can every day in my own right. 

That aside, I was more than stoked to have A as my very special guest for a pre-Valentine's Day NO WAVES RADIO show. The playlist, content, & cheesiness was almost exclusively curated by Aisha herself. We had such a fun time chatting about our favorite Stellar Piece adventures, shows we've been to, quizzing ourselves on how well we know each other, as well as spinning some of our mutually-favorite tunes. Listen above & enjoy!

PS - feel free to check out my other blog, NOWAVESRADIO.WORDPRESS.COM to check out previous shows I've done, & also to check out some show photos & opinion pieces I have up there.

Thanks for being my little starlet, A. I love our cute banter on this episode. You're adorable.

Love,
J

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saturday Adventures

























Saturdays are for adventures. When school and other life obligations start taking the front seat on the list of priorities, it can be hard to cross things off of our bucket list as quickly as we'd like. So, with loose plans in mind, J & I set out this Saturday to do as many of the things that we've been dying to do lately and it turned out to be a lovely little day. 

We started our adventure in Hyde Park because J needed to exchange something at Anthropologie. That place is a dream world full of kitschy little accessories, gorgeous clothes and aesthetically-pleasing home decor. While J was working on his exchange, I ran into one of my good friends Brie and also managed to find an embellished sweater in the sale area that wasn't astronomically out of my price-range. Before we left Hyde Park, we stopped into Indigo Coffee for a little caffeine boost. Naturally, J ordered a caramel iced coffee and I had an iced tea with lemonade. We are creatures of habit.

One of the required assignments for my Advanced Creativity class was to go to The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg before February 10th. J & I have been talking about going there ever since we first met, but this finally gave us a reason to actually follow through. As lovers of contemporary and pop art, J & I were more than pleased to find out that the Warhol exhibit is at the Dalí until April 27th. We loved browsing through his brilliant sketches, photos and screen prints. Also, if you're a USF student admission is free, so remember to bring your student ID.  

Daddy Kool is always a required stop when we are in St. Pete. We love digging around and trying to find vinyl that we know the other one would love. J picked up some stuff by the Germs, Minor Threat & Fugazi and I got a little 7" by the Ramones. We also peeked into a record store called Bananas, which was like walking into something from an old John Hughes movie. I would have loved to be this age in the 80s. Big hair, amazing music and brilliant films.

J & I finished off the night by having a little dinner date at Carrabba's. It was absolutely packed & to avoid a 45 minute wait we decided to sit at the bar. We people-watched, chatted about our day and got stuck watching an infomercial channel forever because someone had accidentally switched off the Olympics while we weren't looking. Whenever we're out in the world, I always look around at all the other people & think about how lucky I am to have a best pal in life. J's there for me; whether I'm happy, sad, cranky or excited. He accepts me being real & there truly isn't a greater gift than that.

After dinner we popped into Pet Supermarket for, what I call, Bun Therapy. I've been doing Bun Therapy forever because there isn't anything that can't be fixed by holding a little bunny. I mean, seriously, go hold a baby bunny for 5 minutes & tell me that you still feel stressed and anxious. It's just not possible.

Love,
A