Wicked.

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Wicked.

Fall is in the city, and my nostalgic flashbacks have been coming back lately. Every time fall comes around, I begin to reflect on the year that is going to pass by with a snap of two thumbs, and every memory comes back. My nostalgia is pretty much about everything I got the chance of experiencing so far: from having bangs, to making connections with new friends. Speaking of bangs, I’m planning to go back to them this Saturday. To be honest, I’m a person of change, and I hate having something that is uniform for a long time. Change, physical or spiritual, is sometimes the best thing that can happen to any person. Accordingly, experimentation with looks is the beginning of any major change.

Recently, I have decided to experiment with lip colors. Every week, I try on a different lip color-whether if it’s purple or red, I’m trying it on. Because this is a month of October, who wouldn’t like to experiment? Halloween is right around the corner, so I’m trying to make the best of it. I haven’t even decided who I am going to dress up as, however, it is no question that I might even be Audrey Hepburn again. Maybe a more updated and modern version of her. To be completely honest, I have had a plan for a year now that consists of me dressing up as a different famous and influential woman of the 20th century. The plan includes me in an attire of Lucille Ball or Grace Kelly during my junior year, and looking as Jackie O’ during my senior year. I was so filled with ambition because I was ready to recreate the costumes, yet, I’m starting to give up on this idea at the “perfect time” (Halloween is right around the corner, remember?). I’ll think of something, that’s for sure.

This weekend was one of the most unforgettable weekends yet: I was able to experience the real fall. When I was growing up in Ukraine, I was not able to witness the real fall: as soon as the summer ended,  leaves would start falling off the trees. But here, in New York City and the other Northeastern states, you are actually able to witness every single step of fall. The leaves evolve from green to bright yellow, then to the orange-gold, and finally, they turn into the yellow-brown combination. Definitely, there are more colors in this palette: various shades of red, a variety of stages of green, and finally, the many stages of yellow. Simply wonderful!

As for the outfit choice, I decided to pair a tulle midi skirt with my favorite fuzzy, baby pink sweater. As for my choice of shoes, I took a chance, and went for a hit of punk in my girly outfit by wearing my favorite Aldo boots. My makeup had a sharp edge to it due to the fact that I had dark purple lips, yet, my eye makeup was natural. Wasn’t that dark after all!

Change is difficult at times, yet, it is good. You never really know what might the outcome of it. It might be the best decision you have probably ever made, or it might not be such a great step, but it teaches you a lesson. Cutting your bangs might seem so simple and easy, but, you never know the outcome of how they will look like on you. Whether or not they will shape your face and emphasize your features, they will still be a decision that will serve you as a lesson: keep them or grow them out. Overall, just changing can invite more and fresh opportunities into your life, and who knows, maybe it will be one of the best experiences of your lifetime.

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Outfit Details: Fuzzy sweater-Forever 21, Tulle Skirt-Ebay.com, Booties-Aldo, Magazine Clutch-TJ Maxx, Earrings-Forever 21, Statement Necklace-H&M.

Thank You for reading, and have an amazing day!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.

Liberty Island.

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Liberty Island

Today, I’m not going to talk about how wonderful New York City is, and how in love I am with every single corner in NYC. Yet, I’m using a bit different approach. I’m going to talk about self-issues, how to keep up with time and life, and how to give yourself hope whenever you are in need.

If you have been following me for a while now, you probably know that I’m sixteen years old, and that I am currently a high school junior, or so to speak, an eleventh grader. Accordingly, eleventh grade in the United States is a period of compulsion, sleepless nights, a huge amount of extracurricular activities, and of course, exams. SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Test, also known as standardized college entrance examinations), Advanced Placement exams (only if you are taking advanced placement classes), Regents exams (a test specifically created and taken by New York State and in New York State), and finally, just regular school exams all pile up in one big hole of obstacles and nerves. I understand that every adult went through similar problems while at school, yet, it was not the same because the amount of things adolescents are carrying on their backs lately is insane. However, I’m not complaining. I despise whining and complaining because we choose our own paths, and everything happens for a reason. I’m actually very pleased with the fact that I will be busy the whole entire year: school, blog, home, etc. I believe that being busy is what’s keeping me alive; it keeps me on the move toward something better for me. So, I’m very content with my current life situation.

As a consequence of all of my works in progress, I’m not posting as often, as you might have noticed, so now, I have built a schedule for my posts. I will post every Sunday and sometimes, depending on the quality of content, Wednesday. I’m trying my best in order to work out my passion for fashion and writing with my school and social circles. Speaking of which, this Sunday I went to visit a long lost friend of mine, the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty, a French give to America, is what gave me hope for future weeks (I know that sounded like a cheesy move line, but I’m getting to a better part). These past few weeks for me were actually fun, but time managing is a key to everything. I do not know how I would have survived without time managing skills, which were, by the way, developed in me since I was a child. When I was about 7 to 10, I had to manage school work, home work, and ballet classes all at the same time. Time managing is actually a big deal. But in addition to time managing, you also have to have some hope. Hope was exactly what the Statue of Liberty sent out to me. If I wouldn’t believe in myself, I doubt the fact that I would’ve gotten certain things done, yet, I managed. So even if you don’t have the Statue of Liberty in your town, trust me, hope can be found anywhere in the world. You just have to look for it.

As for the pictures, I’m going to include the Statue of Liberty, Downtown Manhattan, and of course, my outfit. Besides visiting the Statue of Liberty this Sunday, we also experienced 9/11 Museum, 9/11 Memorial, and walked around Central Park. Central Park is always a great idea, yet, it is not going to be featured in this post. My day was such an impressive juxtaposition of events and places, but I enjoyed it and seized the moment as much as I could.

In conclusion, everything is possible. Just like Audrey Hepburn once stated: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.” If you find inner strength and hope in yourself, you will be able to do so many grand things. The consequences will be astonishing. The world may never know how powerful and wonderful you are if you will never show it or expose it. Time management is a skill that everyone should learn and have because it will be useful at 15 and at 95. As for hope, just leave the walls you are sitting in, and try to change your surrounding. You don’t have to move or redecorate, unless it is actually what your soul desires, but you can just simply take a walk around one of the neighborhoods you haven’t explored just yet. Your mind powers your body, so get up and do what you have to do in order to become the better you.

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Outfit Details: Peplum Top-H&M, Black skinny jeans-Armani Exchange, Ballet flats-rag & bone, Handbag-H&M, Sunglasses-Kenneth Cole, Necklace-Roberto Coin, Bracelet-Tiffany & Co, Earrings-Forever 21. 

Thank You for reading, and have a wonderful week ahead of you!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.

Pink Moto.

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Pink Moto

Central Park is a place to be in when you have different thoughts on your mind, or even if you don’t have any thoughts at all, and just want to sit and watch various, beautiful people walk by, day by day. Central Park is a place where I absorb and find my inspiration. It is a place that motivates me to keep going, no matter what I might be doing, and what are the obstacles that surround me.

If you have ever been to New York City, you probably do understand that Central Park is a little isolation from the city itself; it’s a small corner of happiness and serene atmosphere. You really forget about the fact that you are in the middle of Manhattan because of how splendid it is to be present there. Of course, there are some small minuses, such as cars during the weekdays, and bicycle riders and runners during the weekends, however, it is still one of the most peaceful places you can find in the city.

Today’s post, as you might have guessed, is taking place in Central Park, where I’m taking you on a stroll around the park itself. Unfortunately, I could not walk around and document every single part of Central Park, or otherwise this post would have been infinite, however, I will provide some information about various  portions of the park.

Just to help you visualize what Central Park feels like, I’m going to provide you with a lot of imagery. For instance, when you walk around what seems to be at first quiet streets and paths, you will eventually hear majestic sounds of jazz. I love walking around and hearing the classics, from Sinatra to Armstrong. In addition, during the spring and summer, the trees boom with green leaves, and it seems to be as if you are trapped in a forest. Yet, if you look down on the ground, the reality spins back. Even when winter and fall come around, Central Park seems to be Narnia, or a golden garden because of all the vegetation which constantly surrounds you. It’s beautiful, really. Experiencing it in person, though, is not the same as seeing it in photos.

One alley that stands out is the main alley of the Central Park. I call it the “movie set of all NYC movies” because that is exactly where all New York City films tend to take place, for instance, “Made in Manhattan.” In the beginning of the alley, there are monuments of different poets, musicians, writers, which add on some culture to the forest. And as you move past by, you start to notice many tourists walking by, wandering around just as much as you probably are. But as you walk by, you get closer to what seems to be a stage, which provides an ideal place for summer concerts. It is not just a regular stage with pieces of metal put together; it is an arch, a gentle, cream arch. Moving on, there are street performers, whose concept of their only performing and dancing show seems to never change.

As you move on from one place to  another, you are being carried by the beauty of Central Park. Passing the street performers, you move closely to a terrace, from which you can observe the main square. The main square is the hang out place for anyone; you can see a wedding on a right, and a yoga class on the left, while the tourists are trapped in the center. Speaking of the center, there is a fountain, called “Bethesda Fountain.” The fountain is the focal point of the aforementioned Bethesda Terrace. “The Bethesda Fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York, measuring twenty-six feet high by ninety-six feet wide.” (www.centralpark.com)  It is quite astonishing because seeing the grand fountain with all the people around it seems to leave a big, memorable impression.  Central Park is truly central; it collects people from all-over the world.

As for my outfit, I chose to go with one of my favorite staples: my pink moto jacket. It complements every outfit, and adds grunge to feminism, yet, still leaving it lady-like. I paired it with my favorite pair of sneakers by Kate Spade for Keds, boyfriend jeans from H&M, and a chic bun to add a classic twist.

If you’ll ever got the chance to visit the city, visit its secret and not-so-secret corners. Who knows, maybe you’ll find what you have been looking for for so long?

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Outfit Details: Moto jacket-Zara, T-shirt-Marshalls, Boyfriend Jeans-H&M, Sneakers-Kate Spade for Keds, Sunglasses-Sonia Rykiel, Earrings-Forever 21, Necklace-Roberto Coin.

Thank You so much for reading, and enjoy the weekend ahead of you!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.

Punk Princess.

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Punk Princess

Today’s post is all about getting out of your comfort zone (p.s. the purple hair is back). To be honest, I had never thought of dying my hair until I actually committed to it. I have been planning to go red for a year, but after all the thoughts, I realized I would not be a great redhead. A thought of dying my hair has always seemed scary to me because I would think of how much damage I might cause to my hair. Yet, good hair care will never ruin your hair, or your hair color. However, the point of this introduction is to tell you of how much I used to be afraid to do something so simple, and now, I’m telling you about stepping out of your comfort zone.

I have changed-as I like to say it-I have evolved. If you have been following my blog and I for a while, you might know how much I love classic sense of style, classic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and of course, my inspiration is Audrey Hepburn. Yet, lately I have been coming out of my little shell, and trying out different things in fashion, or just change my overall look. Of course, Audrey Hepburn will always be my inspiration, and I will always wear my favorite pencil skirt with my blouse, but, I would put a little twist to it with accessories or makeup.

As aforementioned, I dyed my hair, and I had it bleached, and if you would’ve told me three years ago that I will bleach my hair and then dye it purple, I would think you are crazy. But that is the point of living: you receive only one, grand chance of living your life the way you wish to. There will always be some obstacles, there will always be some problems, big or small, but life is beautiful, and getting out of your comfort zone is the part of its beauty.

Coming out of a comfort zone doesn’t have to be changing your look, or dying your hair purple, but coming out of a comfort zone may be as simple as just doing something you have never done before. If you have ever wished to start something you have never got the chance to start, or become someone who you always wished to become, you should do it now! Just simply get up in the morning, and tell yourself: “I’m strong, I live only once. I’m not a cat with nine lives, so I will accomplish that one thing that I have had a plan of accomplishing.” If you push yourself, it will be amazing to see you how much you can accomplish. I have never thought I would start a blog either, yet, I’m so glad I did because blogging is my passion, and I constantly put all of my strength and love in to it. So, get up, and do whatever you have to do to become the best version of yourself!

As for today’s photos, I decided to display my little city life by taking pictures on…no, not on my balcony, but, on my fire escape staircase. The building in which I currently live in is one of the common New York City residential housings, which you can see for yourself upon coming to the Big Apple. Even though many individuals might think that the fire escape adds some grunge into the city, I find the fire stairwells charming, even interesting. Nevertheless, it is all up to you and your personal associations and experiences to decide whether you like the fire escapes or not.

As far as for my outfit, I decided to pair a fun, little black tutu dress with an ear cuff which I found while exploring a little area of the city, not so far from Chinatown. I would usually prefer to wear little pearl earrings or studs, but there is something about this ear cuff that pulls me into it. On the other hand, two things which balance out my look are my ballerina black flats, which I purchased a while ago on Amazon, and my MaxMara black bag that reminds me of a wristlet and minaudière at the same time.

Although you might be afraid of change, go for it! A box will always be a box until you tear it apart. Your comfort zone is a box, experiment with your looks because they might lead you to new adventures. Life is a tale, and you are the writer. So, write a great story.

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Outfit Details: Dress-Allison Parris, Ballet Flats-Amazon, Ear Cuff-Flea Market, Cross Necklace-Roberto Coin, Wristlet/Minaudiere-MaxMara.

Thank You for reading my post, and enjoy your weekend!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.

Turquoise Pumps.

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Turquoise Pumps

September has begun, and of course, fall has come as well! I’m very excited for this fall season because of all the pastel colors which will be on display as a must of the season. In addition, this is the last post from Florida, which is a great thing because I’m coming back to New York City: the happiest place on Earth to be in, well at least for me. Also, New York Fashion Week is around the corner which is the highlight of September. A fashion excitement just went overboard!

As for today’s article, I’ve just wanted to express my “Audrey Hepburn” side (yes, I’m addicted to Audrey), and just mix and match a pencil skirt, a striped t-shirt with lace detailing on it, and of course, my favorite turquoise pumps which I adore.

For my hair and makeup, I was inspired by my previous post and by “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, so instead of a french twist, I put my hair up in a bun, and my makeup was completed with a very simple cat eye and some lip gloss.

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Outfit Details: T-shirt-H&M, Skirt-Miss Guided, Shoes-Nine West, Belt-Marshalls, Rings-H&M, Cross Necklace-Roberto Coin. 

Thank You for reading, and have an amazing week!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.

The Red Classics.

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The Red Classics

It’s been awhile since the last time I posted, however, I’m so glad to be back into the blogging world. As you might have known from my Instagram feed, I’m currently visiting Florida-the sunshine and the orange state. I miss New York City: the concrete jungle and the different shades of grey, white, and blue. So in order to channel my inner New Yorker with a European charm, I decided to go for a very classic, feminine look, using the color that I love the most: red.

In order to create a flow in my outfit, I picked out a red H&M blouse with ruffles on the sleeves. The blouse reminds me of a gentle figure which is rare nowadays because many ladies tend to go for a more sporty or grunge look. As for my bottoms, I picked out a golden H&M skirt which adds on the sparkle to the outfit. It separates the two reds in my outfit: my blouse and my oxfords.

My oxfords are the pair of shoes that you will always love: they are comfortable, chic, and add a pop of color to any outfit. I did not add any accessories besides my earrings and my favorite sunglasses, keeping it simple because the skirt makes a statement on its own. My hair and makeup were kept effortless: a large bun and cat eyeliner is all I really needed. Overall, my outfit brought me back the memories of my trip to France: the style of the people, the architecture of the buildings, and the delightful taste of the French pastries.The Red Classics The Red Classics The Red ClassicsThe Red ClassicsThe Red ClassicsThe Red Classics

Outfit Details: Top-H&M, Skirt-H&M, Oxfords-Amazon, Sunglasses-Sonia Rykiel, Earrings-Forever 21. 

Thank You for reading, and have an amazing day!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.

Flower Power

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August's Blues

Even though summer is coming to the end, the weather is slowly coming back to normal summer weather in NYC. Not so surprisingly, it has been very hot and humid, causing the melted makeup to wash off of one’s face. New York City has always been hot and humid during the summer months, at least as long as I can remember, but this weather just makes me much happier now than it has ever had.

Today, I took a stroll downtown with my best friend, Marlene. It was very hot, and you could feel the sun on the top of our heads. Wearing dresses, and being classy and sophisticated, Marlene and I went out for some frozen yogurt and Starbucks. However, while wandering around Union Square, we found a little, wonderful Farmers’ Market, where you can see and purchase a variety of fresh, straight from the garden fruits, vegetables, and even flowers.

When we came up to one of the tomato stands, a woman standing close by asked if the tomatoes were organic. Notably, the vendors responded with a ‘no’, because lately, every single food label mentions the word organic in it even if the food is not. After that incident, I stopped using the word ‘organic’ every time I bring up fresh fruits and vegetables from different markets.

NYC has many farmers’ markets in various neighborhoods and boroughs. Each farmer’s market is diverse, yet, that is the beauty of it because you are able to buy local grown foods that you can be confident in. One of the farmer’s markets which caught my eye a couple of times has a bread stand which sells freshly baked bread in contrasting tastes. It is very delicious, and I’m thinking of baking bread myself. Why not? It will be delicious, home-made, and nothing beats home-made foods.

These farmers’ markets portray a not so visible side of the city. They expose a more tender and calm perspective, adding on that little touch of local grown and home-prepared goods. They remind me of countryside or villages, sometimes, my country of birth. As I have previously mentioned, I love exploring New York, seeing it with both, tourist’s and citizen’s eyes. You can never go wrong if you purchase a ticket to NYC, if you ask me. Trust me, it is truly worth it, and sometimes I do tend to think that it is a center of the Universe.

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Outfit Details: Dress-Forever 21, Crossbody bag-Aeropostale, Sandals-ShoeDazzle, Sunglasses-Sonia Rykiel, Earrings-Forever 21.

Thank You for reading, and enjoy your week!

xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.