It’s Poppin’

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Black is my favorite color. What’s not to love? It looks good on everyone, it’s hard to stain (that gets a huge “amen!” from this clumsy girl), and it works in almost every situation (work, dates, going out, etc…). But even this black-obsessed gal knows that the summer calls for a little pop of color to spice up the “all-black-everything” look.

Enter, this hot pink bag from Aoki Boutique. Usually, I stick with neutrals when it comes to bags, but this vibrant color caught my eye right away, and I knew it would be perfect for adding some excitement to an outfit.

Speaking of excitement…let’s talk about this 9-5 life. I’ve only been living it for a couple of weeks, but already am feeling how draining and monotonous it could become (which I obviously refuse to let happen). To keep things interesting and fun, I look for ways to add excitement to my week, whether it be an after-work happy hour with my boyfriend, an episode (or four) of Girls (my new favorite show…soooo obsessed!), or cooking an awesome healthy dinner.

How do you bring excitement to your outfits and life? Share in the comment section below!
xo,
Tatum

Who Run the World?

Who Run the World | The Pace Who Run the World | The PaceWho Run the World | The Pace Who Run the World | The Pace Who Run the World | The Pace I’ve always been a girl-power kinda gal, but lately, I have been especially inspired by my fellow sistas. This summer has brought two new (amazing!) things to my life: interning at Comcast and living in Philadelphia. So far, as I go through life this summer, I continue to be amazed and inspired by the incredible women surrounding me.

First, the Comcast Center is 56 floors of kick-butt women. These women are intelligent, innovative, and creative. I now have hundreds of role models around me every single day–talk about motivation!

Outside of the Comcast Center, Philly is full of other super women, like Alina from Aoki Boutique! Alina combines her passion for fashion and her business-savvy mind to run her adorable boutique on 22nd street. If you live in Philly, you have to check this place out! If not, don’t worry…you can always shop here!

This shirt, from Aoki, is the perfect pair to the inspiration and female empowerment that I just can’t get enough of this summer! It’s intricate and beautiful, with just the right amount of glitz that leaves me ready to take on, well…the world 😉

xo,

Tatum

Shirt c/o Aoki Boutique/American Eagle Jeans

On a Happy Note…

For those of you who don’t know me too well, allow me to let you in on a big aspect of my life: my passion for music. I have been singing since I could speak, was a total theater kid, and now, I am a singer/songwriter and am in an a cappella group at my school! This past weekend was huge in the music department of my life, so I thought it would be fun to share the weekend’s events on The Pace.

On Friday, I released a new version of a song from my EP, Take Me or Leave Me. The song is called “Deserve” and you can buy it on iTunes here! Life hits us hard sometimes with things that make us feel worthless and inferior, and we can’t always rely on other people to be the ones to bring us out of this low state. The main message of “Deserve” is that we need to be a constant source of support and encouragement in our own lives; we need to be the ones that recognize and fight for what we deserve. I think this is a message that everyone can relate to. I would love to hear your thoughts on the song!

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I also performed at The New Leaf Club in Bryn Mawr, PA on Friday night. I was so thankful for all of my friends and family who came to watch me perform. Let’s just say, I could have #blessed that Insta a million times over.

Saturday was another exciting day! I am a proud member of the Villanova Supernovas, a co-ed a cappella group at my university. On Saturday, we accepted an invitation to audition for NBC’s The Sing Off in New York City. We had so much fun traipsing around the city (in the rain) and singing in front of judges like Deke Sharon (aka the a cappella superstar who does vocal arrangements for Pitch Perfect!!).

On Saturday night, we traveled back to the Nova Nation to perform at A Cappella Spolozza, a concert that raises money for Villanova’s Special Olympic Fall Festival. The Supernovas performed our version of the girl-power hit, “Bang Bang.” If you want to witness a lot of sass, incredible riffing, and hear me rap…check out this video.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend that truly reminded me of all I have to be thankful for in my life. Music really has a way of doing that. 🙂

Fall To-Do List

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I may be biased (I’m an October baby), but I think there is such a special feeling in the air during autumn. I start craving everything pumpkin flavored, boots are all I want to wear, and the crunching leaves and crisp air make me feel so warm and fuzzy 🙂

There are so many things to do during the fall season (and I am not just talking about the long list of assignments and exams on my course syllabi…) so I decided to make a short list to make sure I live this season to the fullest!

I consider myself a queen of to-do lists (I have an entire notebook dedicated to daily and weekly lists), but with a fun list like this one, I have found that it is really important to keep it short and sweet. Let the lists in the other areas of your life be long and tedious, but keep this one fun and very do-able!

  1. Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Some of you may be wondering why this is even on my list…isn’t it just a given that fall=pumpkin spice lattes? Maybe for some, but I just can’t get over the 300+ calorie stamp on each of these drinks and the fact that Starbucks prices are not exactly “college student friendly.” But calories and cash aside…I love pumpkin spice lattes. So this fall, I am going to treat myself and enjoy (at least) one of these bad boys.

  1. Go for a walk around Philly on a crisp fall morning or afternoon

My boyfriend recently moved into his apartment in Philadelphia, which means I will now be spending a lot of time in the city. Fall is one of the best seasons to go for a stroll; it’s not too hot, not too cold, and there is something in the air that just makes me smile. I can’t wait to explore Philly through crunching leaves and maybe even with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand 😉

  1. Carve pumpkins!

I haven’t done this for years. Carving pumpkins used to be a tradition in my family that I looked forward to all year. It was messy, it was difficult (I always ended up calling upon my parents to help me finish cutting out my design), but it was always a blast.

  1. Visit Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards is easily one of my favorite places in the area. Only a short drive from my university, it is a must-visit for everyone in the Philadelphia area. Linvilla has something for everyone, but my favorite things to do there are apple picking, finding my way through the corn maze, and enjoying pumpkin-flavored ice cream and apple cider donuts.

I don’t just make lists for fun…check up on me on Instagram to make sure I get it all done! Share your Fall To-Do lists with me in the comment section below! image via Anna Armona

According to Candace Ray Launch Party!

Introducing (drum roll, please)… According to Candace Ray, an online magazine where you can find the latest in music and entertainment, fashion and beauty, health and fitness, technology, and more! I am honored to be a contributing writer for the Health and Music sections of the magazine (check out my articles here).

According to Candace Ray kicked off with a launch party last night in Philadelphia. The room was buzzing with excitement as writers, supporters, vendors, and friends gathered to celebrate the official launch of the magazine; it was a huge success. I had the privilege of taking over the magazine’s Instagram account for the evening so obviously, I had a blast (I’m an Insta-holic, what can I say?).

I am really excited to see where this magazine will go! With such a dedicated and talented staff and such a large group of supporters, the possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check out According to Candace Ray and let me know what you think! You can also follow the magazine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Staff Selfies 🙂

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The dessert spread was on point

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Oh! Look who it is!

 Have a lovely weekend, everyone!