The Black Barcode

Velvet Wolfstooth













J.Crew Factory City Coat J.Crew Cotton Jackie Cardigan Sweater J.Crew Velvet Cami J.Crew Silk Twill Pant in Wolfstooth J.Crew Shoes, sold out Merona Women's Faux Leather Crossbody Handbag with Magnetic Closure Michael Kors 'Large Lexington' Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 45mm Karen Walker Number One Sunglasses

Finally Wednesday! Tomorrow I am leaving for Florida and could not be any more excited about that. I just have to get through today, which will be challenge since I am working, then have school; which includes two tests (insert crying emoji here___). The past couple of days I have been completely exhausted and want to do nothing more than just lay in bed and read. Speaking of reading, due to all my traveling, it has given me a chance to read again (free time on planes, downtime, etc). I will be having a Feburay reading recommendations up on the blog for you once I finish the book I currently just started, Behind Closed Doors. So far it is interesting and once I have more time to binge read it, I am sure it'll pick up.

Make sure you're following along on Instagram to see my latest photos and what I am doing on my trip. See you in Florida!! 



Spring Break Haul [Under $100]

Finally filmed another Youtube video! This was a few things that I picked up for Florida and Spring. I already have worn about half the things in the video when I was in Florida two weekends ago and am headed there again this week! I am so excited to be headed back since it is always warm and sunny there. Also, be ready for a lot of new blog posts coming up featuring new trends for this Spring. I linked everything below if you want to shop what was in this video! 



16 Stylish Carry-Ons For Every Budget

This year I will be doing a ton of traveling! Probably the most I have done, so having a carry-on bag was an essential buy for me this year. I highly recommend a suitcase this size because it is a way to save you a lot of money, usually around $60 a trip, but also can be used for a weekend road trip and is easy to store.  I bought this one which is 18", at first it was very difficult to pack because it was so tiny, but I am an over packer so that was something for me to work on. I got my carry-on bag at T.J. Maxx for around $60, but they are still selling the same style here for under $100. Just a note, most airlines allow the size of the carry-on to be around 20" so keep that in mind when shopping, but as always, each airline's rules are different so I would check before buying.

Just a little tip to save you some money. Try checking at your local T.J. Maxx or Marshalls before purchasing a bag online. They have a huge selection of cute bags in all different sizes and most are under $100. When I was there a couple of days ago, I saw a Betsey Johnson carry-on 20" suit case for $40! Seriously, they have the best deals! 

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Lace Up in Plum







BP. Open Front Cardigan | Wayf Lace-Up Shirtdress Vince Camuto bootie, old (similar here) | Karen Walker Number One Sunglasses Michael Kors 'Large Lexington' Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 45mm

This week has already been non-stop, I'm headed to Florida tomorrow so I switched around my work schedule making the last 3 days long, 7 am to 9:30pm every day with school included. I haven't even had time to pack yet, which is usually something that gets done a couple days before I leave on a trip. I'm not too worried about it since I am checking a bag this time which means I can over pack just a little. I am so excited to head somewhere with warm weather to relax, read and to sit by the pool for a couple of days,  plus catching up with my grandparents is always a plus! 

This month is going to be very busy, I am going on 3 trips alone plus school and work, but I will be having a lot of new content up on the blog for you. If you saw in my last post I talked about how I want to bring more affordable fashion to the blog, so be on the lookout for that as well as new Spring outfit ideas and maybe another haul video! 


Change...

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I just wanted to share a quick update. I have has such a hard time getting myself to blog in the past month or so. I haven't been on Instagram posting and scrolling and I haven't been planning new content for The Black Barcode either. School has been very hard and stressful, plus that is my main priority at this time, but I just have been feeling unmotivated lately. I think one of the reasons is this pressure to be "perfect", to wear the perfect outfit, to have the best quality photos and just to overall keep up with the leaders in the blogging world. But after a long talk with my mom, I realized that that wasn't the reason I started a blog in the first place. The whole reason was because I wanted to have a diary/journal to keep my thoughts and mostly my daily outfits all in one places so I could look back and see it. So from here on out, that is what I am going to do, I am going to wear the outfits I want to wear, not just because everyone else is and I feel pressure to keep up with them, post content I want to share and not worry about if my photos are the best of quality. I can't afford a $5,000 camera and most people can't, but I shouldn't have to feel like I can't post what I want to because the quality won't meet what others have.

In this coming year, you will be seeing more travel posts, reviews, affordable fashion, book recommendations, health post and honestly whatever I want to post.  In the world of social media, it is hard to be unique sometimes and can feel like you have to keep up with the Joneses. But it doesn't have to be that way, just be you.

Get Holiday Ready With The Black Barcode and Dash of Serendipity












Today Emma from Dash of Serendipity teamed up to bring you some last minute holiday looks! Emma and I have done some collabs in the past, check them out here! I love plaid around the holiday's and this combo with the skirt and flats have quickly become my favorite. The skirt is so unique that I had to add it to my closet as soon as I saw it! 

Today I have an eye appointment, I'm am in desperate need for a new pair of glasses. Other than that I am going to Ikea, wrapping presents and maybe baking! Be sure to check out Emma's blog and social media channels! 


Dark Green & Festive Plaid + Give, Better With Cuyana














Around this time last year I got this tote in black, I have used it so much since, for travel, school and work! You can see how I styled it here. The quality of this bag is amazing and after a year of use it looks brand new. It can hold around 30 pounds of my things, including my laptop, iPad, books, wallets just about anything. It seriously makes such a huge difference when I travel. It is also super soft and has a nice size zipper pockets in the inside. It comes with a dust bag to keep it in when it's not in use. I highly recommend this bag to anyone, you seriously won't regret it.

This year I thought I should get it in the cognac color so it would match everything else in my closet. I know that the Christmas is this weekend, but usually my friends don't give each other gifts till later, close to new years. This year they giving fewer, better things. Cuyana philosophy of fewer, better things expresses the intention of investing in and giving designs that are beautiful and useful. Each essential in Cuyana's collection has myriad purposes and sets a mood of opulence and meaning. This bag is the perfect gift for just about anyone, the nice thing about it, is that it can be monogrammed or personalized and there are many different colors to choose from! If that is a little to pricey, they this cute tassel keychain that I have on my tote, the keychain can me monogrammed or personalized and is functional! I highly recommend checking out Cuyana for any last minute gifts!

In other news, this Chicwish sweater is new to my collection and I love the color! It matches so perfectly with my heels I showed in my recent haul video. I am hoping to have another video up in the next couple of days. Be sure to check back the rest of the week for new outfit posts!