Why clothing from Agnes and Dora can fit into ANY woman’s lifestyle!

Recently, I was sent two great shirts to try from Agnes and Dora, a company that is based on comfortability and confidence. With an array of sizes, prints and styles, this clothing company is made to fit into anyone’s lifestyle.  This brand intends to make women feel good about themselves!

Today, I am reviewing the Frill Sleeve Top Black Whispers top and the Essential Tank Navy Preppy Floral top:

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I decided to try the shirts with a few different pants options to show they can be dressed up and dressed down. These shirts are perfect for anyone, because they are so comfortable and versatile. I could definitely see these being great for class, brunch or even work!

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I think pairing this shirt with jeans and little block heels makes this the perfect outfit for dinner with friends or a casual date night!

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By switching into this skirt and putting on this grey floppy hat, this outfit was totally transformed! I definitely suggest this shirt because of the pop of color that it can add to any outfit- it also looks GREAT in these pictures, so get ready for some Insta-ready pics. I felt great in this shirt because it was so soft and breathable. I also loved that the sleeves have frills on the sides, so it adds a little extra!

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This is the Essential Tank in Navy Preppy Floral. This paired perfectly with white jeans and my block heels. I also felt so comfortable in this shirt as well. The colors in this shirt are also so beautiful. When taking these pictures, I got a ton of compliments and women were asking me where I got it, and I was excited to tell them about this new fun company !

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I really enjoyed working with Nikki and Emilia who are two local representatives of Agnes and Dora. If you want to shop with them to see what fun clothing you can find, you can find their page here! I like that Agnes and Dora allows you to shop online unlike a lot of clothing brands that go through representatives. If you are wondering what items to try first, Nikki’s go-to piece is the Capri and Love Tunic and Emilia’s is the Ball Skirt!

Thank you to my friend Amanda who is a wonderful photographer for these fun photos! Here are a few of my other favorites from this shoot:

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This post is sponsored by Agnes and Dora Representatives, Nikki and Emilia. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Defining Danie possible!

 

 

 

Warby Parker lets you try glasses at HOME for free before purchasing!

If you don’t have Warby Parker on your list of businesses you purchase from, you are not living life right!  Warby Parker is a one-for-one prescription eyewear and designer sunglasses company that gives you stylish glasses and gives back to the community, what more could we want? #AmIrightladies?

I heard about their new free Home Try-On and wanted to see if there were any sunglasses that I liked so I could try this out to share with all of you! They have a quiz on their website to help you find which glasses you like, but if you go under their sunglasses category, you can find the Home Try-On buttons underneath each pair!

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With Warby Parker’s Home Try-On, you can choose five pairs of glasses you like and then you receive them at home to see which pair you like the best! So, I chose pairs that were good for wide faces and had tortoise shell and I found this pair below! I am obsessed with this pair. I really love the blonde tortoise, and I have never seen other brands with this blonde tortoise, so I became really obsessed with these!

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After looking through the pictures I took, I realized I did not take any pictures of the glasses actually on myself, but I can tell you the pair that actually suited me well were the pair that I loved, the Reilly! (What’s funny is my middle name is Rylee, so it must be a coincidence? 😉 )

You can see the other pairs I tried on here:

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Griffin / Sheridan / Banks / Reilly / The Ellison are no longer available, but here is a similar pair!

 

After having a few days to try them on, you ship them back, Warby Parker sends you an email with each pair that you tried and then you can purchase the ones you loved the most! They really make it super simple for you.

In addition to already having amazing products, the company just came out with its new collection called the Sculpted Series where all of the glasses are handmade in Italy! Each pair of glasses are all various rich and stone-inspired hued colors, which are beautiful! My favorite pair from this collection is the Stella, because they are huge and rose-colored! Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 11.43.17 AM.png

 

Hope everyone loves these glasses as much as I do!

If you already have your favorite pair of Warby Parker sunglasses, share them with me on social @Danieminor13!

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Reasons you HAVE to attend Her Conference 2017!

So, I have had a lot of people ask me about my blogging hiatus, and truth is– I was busy with school, and life just took over! But have no fear, Defining Danie is back and ready to tell you why this summer, you MUST attend Her Conference 2017.

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Me and my friend, Sarah at last year’s conference! We love a good step-and-repeat!

If you are a PR, marketing, journalism, English, writing or communications major, or anything related to these majors, this two-day conference could be life-changing for you. This summer will be my third time attending the conference, and let me tell you, I leave more inspired to become a better overall person each year!

So, what is Her Conference?
Her Conference is a two-day event coordinated by Her Campus, my favorite online magazine, that is filled with amazing speakers, great career advice and inspiration! Her Campus is all about women’s empowerment and educating college women, which is so apparent throughout this weekend full of famous speakers and leading women in the industries that we cannot wait to enter into.

There are breakout sessions after each keynote speaker and it’s spectacular because, after each breakout session, the women speaking on those specific topics stay a little longer so you can network with them and they can answer any specific questions you may have! (Make sure you bring your networking/business cards, ladies!)

Who are some of the past speakers I keep talking about?
Let’s see… Rebecca Minkoff (and I got to meet her!), Nastia Luikin, Joyce Chang (former EIC of Self magazine), Samantha Power (U.S. United Nations Ambassador), Vanessa De Luca (EIC of Essence Magazine) are just some of the cool keynote speakers. There are also hundreds of women from cool PR/marketing companies and leading magazines there for the breakout sessions. Last year, I got to meet and keep in touch with the former marketing director of Glamour magazine. She offered me a ton of career advice that I used to help me get my internship for this summer!

Hearing these women speak gives you a boost of confidence because you know they had to begin where we are starting now!

What are some of the panels that you could attend?
Some of my favorite panel sessions that I attended last year were:
Blogging 101: How To Grow Your Following and Engagement
How To Kickstart Your Career In Marketing
What Working In PR Really Means- And How To Do It!

There are so many awesome panels both days and sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to go to during each session because they have multiple you can choose from at a time.

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Me, Sammy, Sarah and Tori- who is a PR manager for Soul Cycle! She was a speaker on one of the panels!

Who are some of the speakers this year?
Her Campus just annouced two of the keynote speakers- they are: Amani Al-Khatahbeth, Founder and EIC of Muslimgirl.com and Gretchen Carlson, Acclaimed TV journalist and Women’s Empowerment Advocate– sounds amazing, right!?

Where is the two-day conference?
In the heart of NYC! It’s so fun because after the day is done, a lot of the women attending will grab dinner or drinks together.

If this conference didn’t already sound amazing, every year when you arrive, each person gets stuffed swag bag full of goodies and a notebook so you can take notes in each session! The notebook also includes a bio about each speaker, it’s so convenient!

If you want to see the schedule for this year’s conference, you can do so: here and for more information and tickets, make sure you visit their website! You can also find out more information by following Her Campus at @Hercampus on all social media.

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I really hope I see you all there, I am so excited!

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My Women’s March on Washington Experience!

How do I even begin writing about my experience at the Women’s March this Saturday? So many of us (over 500,000 to be exact) came together to protest various things we all believe in.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it back to D.C. after heading back to school in Ohio five days prior to the march, but I cannot express how happy I am that I was able to make it back down.

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So, why did I march?

I marched because I AM A FEMINIST. I marched because I believe that we all deserve equal pay, equal opportunities, control over our own bodies and because I think the people we have in office right now are outright inhumane! I cannot believe our country has elected someone who treats people the way he does and still demands to be respected. How does he think he can have my respect if he doesn’t even respect me and so many others?

The march was peaceful and throughout the whole day, I felt a sense of unity. I know most of my close friends have a lot of the same beliefs as me so I normally do not feel disconnected from humanity, but it just felt so good to be around SOOO many people who also shared a lot of the same opinions I have. It gave me a sense of hope for the next four years.

Trump and Pence being elected into office has the power to affect women all over the country. Over the past couple of days, I have read a lot of things women have posted on Facebook and other social sites about how “they do not understand feminisim” or how they “aren’t a feminist,” but I would like to challenge them on these statements. I would like to point out to these women who I see posting these things that you are LEADERS in the community and have had so many great opportunities in school and I need you to understand that you would not be there WITHOUT feminism.

I just read the best article after the march that pointed out how we wouldn’t be where we are today without these past heroic women. I am so thankful for women such as: Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony (and so many others) because I AM NOT A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN and I will not sit until people across the world can see that.

As you can see, I am very passionate about this subject, because I do not understand how people (men in particular) think they have the right to make choices for us? Do they really think we are that incapable? Well, news flash, we are not!

One of the chants from Saturday went: “My body, my choice” and this is something I want everyone to understand.

I would like to have an open conversation with anyone who maybe does not agree with me on this topic. I think in order for a change to occur there needs to be dialogue.

For all of my feminists out there, please know that I am always here to fight for what is right with you!

Women’s rights are human rights.

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Three doable resolutions that need to be on your list for 2017!

Happy 2017! I cannot explain how excited I am for this fresh start, because lets face it, 2016 was kind of a nightmare for most of us. The New Year is a time when we all promise to ourselves that THIS is going to be the year I do_____, and then we feel bad about ourselves because didn’t accomplish what we were hoping to do.

But this year, I came up with three things that we all NEED to add to this list of resolutions to be a better young adult! And no, these do not include losing weight or procrastinating less.

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These are also things that I need to also add to my list of resolutions! Let’s get started…

  1. We are not getting any younger, so we all need to get on a good skin regimen! I just picked up a wrinkle cream and moisturizer to add to my daily skin routine. I realize that I do not have many wrinkles currently, but my recent research told me we stop producing collagen at the age of 16, so it all goes down from here… (haha I’m just kidding, but not kidding about not producing collagen anymore!)dsc_0053
  2.  Start saving those dollars! So, after many years of my parents yelling at me about my spending habits, I realized over this winter break how out-of-control my spending habits really can be (do I really need to eat out as often as I do?). I graduate college in August, which is crazy because I do not have any savings to my name. While it is really hard to save money when I do not have a job, I can help my parents out by not spending as much each month. My dad and I had a money conversation, and he told me what he used to do when he was starting out, was to save at least 10 percent of his paycheck each month when he started his salaried job. This allowed him to gain actual savings! While this is easier said then done, I am going to attempt to be a little bit more money conscious and you should too!dsc_0047
  3.  My third and final resolution to add to your list is to make more time for yourself! This one would actually be the hardest for me because I completely understand as college students, we are constantly busy doing work, going to this for our sorority, etc., but it important to sleep in one day, read that book that you’ve had on your list or just honestly chill and not do anything sometimes.  I am one of the biggest extroverts out there, so it hard for me to be alone for too long, because I love being with people constantly, but when I do take a few hours for myself, I realize how rejuvenated I actually feel!

I hope this list sounds like things that are doable for you! I am going to really try my hardest to accomplish these.

Did you notice the adorable champagne bottle I have in my hand? It is the Chandon and Rebecca Minkoff wine holiday collaboration! Rebecca Minkoff designed the bottles, and I am in love with them! To read more about the collection, check it out: here.

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I hope all of my amazing Defining Danie readers had a great holiday season! Thank you all for your support and I look forward what 2017 holds for us!

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Thank you to my friend, Amanda Beall for this fun photoshoot! Find her on Instagram @Onemillionwonders!

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What to get all of your different “types” of friends for the holidays

Welcome to Defining Danie’s Holiday Gift Guide:

The holidays are a tough time because we all have so many different types of friends! It seems like while we are in college, we have friends with all different interests, so it can make it hard to shop for them!
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Lets get started!

The Feminist Friend: 

Every Feminist needs a good piece of apparel, so you should take a look on Feministapparel.com for that perfect item for them! My personal favorite thing on the website right now is this:

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I am definitely ordering myself this!

The Artsy Friend: 

Of course Artsy friends come in all different forms… but after talking to my artsy friend, she told me that she wishes someone would get her this! It’s a mug where Van Gogh’s ear disappears when you pour in hot liquid.

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The Zodiac-Obsessed Friend: 

Lets admire how gorgeous the notebooks are! Any zodiac-obsessed friend will love writing in this and seeing their sign on the cover each time they use it! Anthropologie is stocked with cute things with zodiac signs on them! If you think your friend will love this, you can get it: here.

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The Fashionista Friend: 

We all have that one friend that always looks great, even if she is running to the grocery store! Your fashionista friend needs this without breaking the bank. Just because she is glamorous, does not mean you have to spend a fortune! Your fashionista friend will love this because velvet is currently a huge trend and it’s also simple, which she will probably love! Don’t think she will love green? It also comes in maroon! Find it here.

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The Wanderlust Friend: 

Have a friend who is always on-the-go? The best gift for her would be a travel wallet from Kate Spade! I travel a lot and this wallet is a life saver. It is a bit on the pricier side, but maybe you and a few friends could pitch in and get this all together. Trust me, it’s worth it. Grab it here.

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We all have so many different “types” of friends in our lives, but I hope this helped you think of some ideas for your friend group! My friend Katie and I got together and thought of the different types of friends we have in our lives and then had a fun photoshoot to get us in the holiday spirit! Take a look below how cute these pictures turned out.

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I hope you all have a fun, non-stressful holiday season  and hope my gift guide was helpful!

 

 

I am obsessed with Spicy Mustard- the color, not the condiment!

I want to talk about the color trend for fall 2016 that I have been loving and hope to see carried over some into winter.

First off, I want to start by saying: Who told so many people they couldn’t wear yellow? Whoever it was cannot be my friend (just kidding). As so many people know, my favorite color is yellow! One of the top color trends for fall 2016 is Spicy Mustard by Pantone.

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Pictured above, you can see my friend Alyse and I wearing the color. We are different hair colors, different skin colors and are wearing it differently, but we are both still rocking the color!

There are many ways to also wear the color. I decided to wear my new red ballet flats with my spicy mustard cardigan, which I purchased at the Goodwill in Kent, Ohio and Alyse is rocking her spicy mustard skirt with more earthy toned jacket and scarf.

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I matched my outfit with my favorite Rebecca Minkoff Sofia Clutch purse.  As you can see, Minkoff added a touch of spicy mustard into the design by including a tassel that is spicy mustard! There are so many ways that you can this goldish color into your wardrobe without making it the main focus of your outfit.

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My favorite way to wear this color is definitely with a berry lip and gold accents, such as my watch in the picture above.

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Curious to see if you can also rock this color, head into your favorite stores right now because this color can be found almost anywhere this season. Also, don’t Alyse and I look like an American Eagle ad? (LOL)

I’m excited to hear what your thoughts are on the color, Spicy Mustard! Share them with me in the comments below or on social media @Danieminor13

 

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