blue skies had me like





everything I am wearing is from forever 21 except the backpack (h&m)

HEYA GUYS. It’s {almost} FRIDAY. Hope you are all doing great and ready for the weekend!

Here’s a short and sweet post to kick off the celebration. I am really in love with this floral print. I wore this duster in NY after I bought it at that massive Forever 21 in Times Square. It’s looks so delicate and feminine in these photos. I live for dusters, cardigans, kimonos, etc. They’re like my security blanket.

I also found this jumpsuit at Forever 21 (go F21 with the pretty blues, right?). I feel like this would make a pretty baby shower outfit. lol. I know the whites and pastels are more spring-y than fall-y. Are those words? No. But, I am still fawning over Lauren Conrad’s NYFW Runway Collection, so I decided to pretend it was spring of next year for a day.

And with that, I will pack up the spring tones and summer clothes because the temperature was 66 this morning. Hopefully, it won’t be in the eighties again by this afternoon, but a girl can dream.

I’ve been sick this week with a terrible virus that I don’t even want to talk about because it was so terrible. Not to mention the fact that my sister is in town from ATL.. She ended up getting it too. Thank goodness my newborn baby niece was spared from it. WASH YOUR HANDS PPL.

HAPPY EARLY HALLOWEEN. Atleast being sick = watching Hocus Pocus 1343x + every Halloweentown movie

peace ouuuuut lovebirds


New York Fashion Week Bingo: one more reason to love the event



New Yorkers come in all shapes and sizes, and the city ranks among the Top 10 Most Diverse Cities in the US. Anyone who’s ever been to the Big Apple can attest to the range of different people and personalities that populate it, and every visit to New York City always has something new in store.

This vast range of interests is probably the reason why New Yorkers have been able to not just embrace an old game like bingo, but even make it their own. For the most part, bingo is known to be the boring old game that people play in bingo halls, but there’s been a worldwide movement to make it more contemporary. In the UK, where the online bingo market is making upwards of $557 million, Gala Bingo has reported an 18% increase in total income annually. But it isn’t just online bingo that’s become popular – London also gave birth to a radical kind of bingo called Rebel Bingo, a game that’s more of a rave than anything.

If London has Rebel Bingo, New York has its very own Fashion Week Bingo. It’s basically a game for attendees who want to have a little bit of bingo fun while watching the prestigious New York Fashion Week, which is held every February and September of every year, generally lasting 7 – 9 days. Playing the game is simple. All attendees need to do is to place an X over every item on their card that they encounter at the event. If you’re attending the event with a group of friends, this game could be really fun! Some of the things included in the card that can be crossed out are “Someone with pastel ombre hair,” “an outrageously fashionable child,” and “iPad used as a camera.” The items on the card can be changed to something else, and the image above merely serves as a template. The first one who completes a bingo pattern, of course, wins. It’d be more fun if you and your friends will decide a prize for the winner!

The New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is one of the 4 major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the Big 4 alongside the major events in London, Milan, and Paris. On September 10 – 17 2015, IMG, the company that manages NYFW, moved the event downtown into two unique spaces: The Skylight Clarkson Square and Skylight at Moynihan Station. The recently-concluded event featured collections from renowned designers including Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Greg Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Mara Hoffman, Nicole Miller, and Erin Fetherston. This year’s NYFW was special for IMG because it marked the unveiling of its new brand identity and digital home for the event’s properties. The new identity was created in order to help the fashion industry easily identify programs that are exclusive to IMG.

salt city optics x the drifter


Recently, I have been chatting with the super cool people at Salt City Optics. They have an AWESOME stock of pretty sweet sunnies and readers. Check it out. As a prescription glasses wearer myself, I approve. Here you will see some of my favorite styles of sunnies PLUS one of my favorite accessories, HATS. You know I love any excuse to whip out my hat collection. (; I’ve paired up my favorite glasses and favorite hat styles to give you guys a little style inspo heading into fall; because, aren’t hats what fall is all about? Yes. Yes, I will just answer that for you. It’s time to dig out the beanies and fedoras people. The leaves are changing!








nyc diaries | part 1






Bonjour pretty people of the Internet!! Hope you are all doing 100 on this day. As in like A+, not like going 100 mph in your vehicle or motorcycle or smart car (is that possible?) or Barbie jeep (def not possible). Anywho, I come to you today with NYC pics (in honor of NYFW) that mainly show just how blonde my BFF Margaret’s hair is. She also looks like Kristen Bell. IRL.

I mentioned it before, but we had the opportunity to take a magazine class in May in NYC. It was incredible. Aside from all of the extremely awesome places we went like the Hearst Tower and TIME Inc. and Rodale and so on, I also got to spend time with one of my closest friends in NYC. I mean what more could you ask for? Just thinking about the memories and funny stories makes me sad. It’s one of those times that sticks out in your head. I wish I could go back to the day before graduation and say to myself: “You have no idea how much fun the next few weeks are going to be.” Maybe I would have written more things down or taken more pics (again, not possible, I took a million). Times like these I wish I were a reality television star because I wouldn’t even have to remember the memories; I could just watch them on E! network. I’m not 100% why Margaret doesn’t have her own show???

I’ll post more pics from #MargaloandMalpalTakeNYC soon.

Until then, please continue to have A+ days!


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the comeback kid








hat: urban

everything else: forever 21

H E L L O.

It’s been a while. A while TOO long. A lot of things have happened these past few months; and I finally have the chance to sit down and type them all out. So, let’s make a list, shall we?

Things malpal has done while being MIA:

{in random order}

– graduated college

– THE DRIFTER was featured in a magazine!

– finished ALL French classes (this is a way bigger deal than it sounds)

– tripped to NYC

– turned 23

– gotten a job at a magazine

– started a print shop

All of these things have been huge accomplishments for me. I mean I’ve been trying to graduate college since I started pre-k right? While each of these things carried different lengths of time commitment, work, etc., the most challenging was definitely French. Let’s just say I do not encourage taking 2 years of a foreign language online, especially when you have absolutely zero knowledge of said language. I don’t regret it, but it sure wasn’t easy. Okay, maybe I do regret it a little. But, I do love French and appreciate it even more now! **Waves French flag on desk**

The reason I titled this post “new chapters” is obvious, but I am not going to go into too much detail on all of the things I listed right now. I want to devote different posts to one specific thing from now on. I’m going to be posting A LOT more so get ready. If you aren’t already subscribed, be sure to do that. And I will feature much more than just style-themed posts. I’m really excited about what the future will hold. Maybe some post-grad themed posts or an office tour, etc. Oh and fitness posts are coming because I will need you guys to help me train for a half-marathon. Yep, that’s happening.

It’s almost september too. Fresh month, fresh start, fresh malpal?

See you guys on Thursday!



a summer party to remember


So I turned 22. Like 10 months ago. But, I had almost forgotten about these little beauties seen above that captured the day so perfectly. My birthday is in July, so expect another round in a few weeks. I promise to post in a timely manner this time. But for now, here are my tips on keeping your summer gatherings chill and dreamy.

// L O C A T I O N //

There are so many things to take into account when planning not just a party, but an outdoor party. The weather is key. My day started out with some rain, then very overcast. The whole time everyone was freaking about it raining on my birthday (although my actual birthday was the day after but ya know). However, I love rain so I was like in the words of Hilary “let the rain fall down and wake my dreams.” But unlike Miss Duff this was not a music video shoot and my rain would be real- actual rain falling from the sky- not a rain machine. Is that what they are called? Rain machines? Seems logical enough to me. So before I get too far into more reasons to talk about Hilary and “rain machines,” let me address the point of all this. Rain happens. The weather happens. Overcast, sunny, raining- the show must go on, right?

// D E C O R //

I like to do things myself. It is really hard for me to hand over certain tasks. One of those tasks being party decor. When I plan things, I have a vision. I will literally not stop until I bring every aspect of that “vision” to life. I am a DIY lover. This rang loud and clear once I had the gold spray paint bottle in my hands. I chose a little animal for everyone, calling them their “spirit animals,” which I literally know nothing about, but hey as Hilary also once said why not? I spray painted those and the happy birthday sign you see hanging from tree to tree. I used stamps on the plain white candles. Grabbed the wood stumps, rocks, and flowers to put as the center piece and there it is. My vision. IRL. (in real life).

I just wanted to share a little summary of what went into this shindig. Hope you guys enjoy the photos! I will be posting every Monday and Thursday from now on- so see ya soon.

– m a l l o r y –

if you’re battling insecurity- read this.



insecuretop: forever 21

jeans: american apparel

hat: gypsy warrior

I’ve had these photos for a while. Months. Just sitting in my laptop.

I’ve been a little scared to post them. There are so many up close portrait-like shots. Scary. The only full outfit ones I have are the ones seen above. So that leaves me with several very personal close-ups. It’s always nerve-wracking to post these, but I figured why not. Time to let go of the insecurities and just do it. I could stare at some of them for 30 seconds and find a million things wrong- things to fix. I have actually. I’ve deleted some from the post and rearranged the order. Never realizing that this is the same person (me) in each photo with the same face (mine). How different can they be? I might see some things I don’t like- but, hey that’s my face and no one else has one exactly like it so I think I’ll keep it the way it is. You should do the same.

Like many people, I’ve been fighting the battle of self-hate for a while now. I’m not writing this as a pity post. I’m writing this so that maybe someone who is fighting this same fight will see it. Maybe that someone is you.

We all grow up hearing those positive affirmations. “You are beYOUtiful.” “Everyone is perfect in their imperfections.” The list goes on. I might have fallen for those easily in elementary, but not now as a self-aware 22-year-old female. I know they are true, but I have always felt I am the exception. I know no one is perfect. Even my friends I see everyday who literally look physically perfect to me are not. They have their beautiful flaws. These things that make them the pretty humans they are. Yet still, they see things in the mirror I have never even noticed. Things they would literally have to point out a million times before I ever saw them. We do that to ourselves. We kill ourselves over these “flaws” that are the exact things that make us who we are. “There’s no one else exactly like you.” There’s another one. It’s 100% true, just like the first two. Believe them. If we all subscribed to the “world’s” idea of beauty, we still wouldn’t please everyone. We are all different with are own ideas of beauty. So why try to please anyone but yourself? Not even your (possibly non-existent) twin looks just like you. People ask me and my sister if we are twins. My own parents get us mixed up. We look like sisters yes, but we are so different. I wish I had my sister’s smile, but I don’t. What’s the point in going on about it? That’s her smile, not mine. My sister hates her nose, just like one of my friends. I have yet to see what is actually wrong with their noses. What’s the point in going on about it?

Even if you did change whatever it is you don’t like, you would probably just go on to find a new thing to worry about. That’s just the way we are. Humans. We are so smart, yet so very dumb. I used to think “the second I get clear skin, I will be fine.” A year later, I have much clearer skin. Now, I have moved on to my teeth. Dangerous, dangerous cycle.

My point is this: We see these things as flaws while everyone else sees them as characteristics that make up who we are. The freckles, the scars, the noses, the eyebrows, the ears are all who we are. If I put my sister’s smile on my face I wouldn’t be me anymore. Like I said before, that is her smile, not mine. It’s time to LET GO OF THE INSECURITIES that fight and fight at us each day. Figure out what they are. My ears. My teeth. My lips. Instead of staring in the mirror and trying to figure out how to change them, figure out how to love them. Love yourself. Your face, your hair, your teeth, your body, everything. STOP LISTENING TO THE WORLD. If you give in- the world wins.

Please do not waste another day trying to change the very things that make you who you are. 

I like you the way you are right now.

More specifically, the way you are at 4:36 a.m. When you are asleep and drooling or looking a hot mess out on the town– wherever 4:36 a.m. leaves you. That you. And if you look your best at 4:36 a.m.- then you shouldn’t even be reading this post because you are not a human.

                                                  +                                                   mallory

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2015 and i still want you











top: free people

skirt: forever 21

bra top: free people

New year, new you, new me, new resolutions, new plans, new dreams, new hopes… I hope you guys have all parted with 2014 peacefully and sailed into 2015 with bright eyes. I’m usually not a big fan of the New Year’s resolution thing. I tend to do my yearly resolutions on my birthday in July, but this year was different. I jumped on the new year train like never before. I haven’t quite set out a list of things I want to change or do like years before. Instead, I have decided to not let the big hopes I have for the year to come fade after a few weeks. I want the fire that I have burning for 2015 to burn until 2016 takes the stage. I encourage all of you guys to do that. We can hold eachother accountable of our resolutions and dreams throughout the year. Whatever you want to fix, create, change, or do… Now is the time.

r i g h t  n o w .

So, what are some of these hopes you have for the year to come? Do you make resolutions?

It has rained here everyday of 2015 so far. I kinda love, kinda hate it. I love rainy days, but I am not a winter lover. So, cold rain can get old pretty quickly. Here’s to some sunshine and a quick start to spring in 2015.

sending good vibes and love to you in 2015

xx mallory


in a deep holidaze
















 top: boohoo

skirt: boohoo

hat: urban outfitters

It’s only typical that it would be pouring down rain and nearly 60 degrees where I live on the eve of Christmas Eve. I kinda hate it. I kinda love it. Well, parts of it at least. I like the rain, but not on Christmas. I like the warm weather, but not when it is should be snowing. Just parts of it. That’s kinda how 2014 has gone. I liked parts of it. I hated other parts. Coming out of a year as breath-taking and beautiful as 2013, it was nearly impossible for this year to live up to anything more. There was not a thing about 2013 that I would have changed when I sat on the hospital couch on December 30, 2013, holding my brand new niece. While I didn’t receive any new nieces or a nephew (still no nephews for this auntie), I got to watch my two nieces grow. Those moments along with a million more have made 2014 a collection of smiles and cherished memories. But, there were tears to bear along the way. I lost a lot in 2014. There has been a lot of change in the aftermath of these hard losses. But, I find peace and understanding in knowing that I can smile again and make joy from the great memories I have with these people. What a blessing they have left me with for the rest of my life. Thankful, just thankful.

Thinking about the new year has me really excited this time around. I am not sure why because I usually am not that into “new year” things. I like to think of my birthday as a new year more, but hey 2015 where ya at? Hope you guys are spending time with family and friends for the holiday season. I wish we could share a cup of eggnog and gingerbread cookies via the internet, but I guess we will just have to pretend.

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! I am thankful for YOU reading this, right now.

I am already stoked for 2015. Can you tell?



blue vanilla + the drifter




















cardigan: c/o Blue Vanilla

dress: Forever 21

socks: Free People

mood ring: Forever 21


These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. So many things have happened, good and bad. But, the good news is that I am officially FINISHED with school this semester so let the blogging begin. I wanted to share with you one of my new favorite pieces. THIS CARDIGAN. It’s so soft. I’m wondering if I could contact Blue Vanilla for a blanket made out of the same material? This shop is full of even more amazing trends that I’m dying to add to my wardrobe. If you haven’t given them a look, do it. You won’t regret it.

This post is photo heavy today because my mind has been drained from all of the schoolwork I did yesterday. The downside of having all of your classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays is that all of your exams are likely going to be on a Tuesday or Thursday. So, Tuesday it was. I hope all of you guys are having a splendid start to the holiday season!

Throughout the past few weeks, I have been working on different posts to share with you guys. I am so BEYOND excited to post all of them on here for you guys to see. It’s been a blast; and I am genuinely proud of what I have created. Hope you guys will be to! Until then, I will leave you with these photos of me in the most perfect cardigan in the woods dreaming of blue vanilla.

I can’t wait to share all of the posts I have been working on with you!