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Feeling Blue

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Lately I’ve been loving the two piece trend. You pick a top and a bottom that both speak for themselves and you leave the accessorizing to a minimum. For someone who doesn’t update their jewelry often, this is the perfect way to maximize your closet by buying pieces that can stand alone or create a great combination together.

I wanted the accent of this outfit to be the blue, chiffon shorts, so pairing it with a monochromatic look (with a pattern) was the perfect way to create a statement look without trying too hard.

Forever 21 Top
Topshop Shorts
Sam & Libby Oxfords
Boohoo Clutch
Ray Ban Aviators

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Golden Hour

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There really is something about shooting during the “golden hour” that makes you shine. I love how it brings out the natural highlights in my hair that the naked eye wouldn’t notice otherwise.

I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with Olivia Pope in NBC’s Scandal. This jacket reminds me exactly of her character and I know every girl dreams to be just as ahh-mazing as she is! I was so surprised by the quality of this jacket, it’s become a new favorite! To make the white really pop and to show off the drapey collar, I wore all black underneath to really contrast the jacket.

Forever 21 Jacket (similar here and here)
HM Sweater (similar here)
HM Waxed Jeggings
Taupe Booties
Stella Dot Rebel Pendant
Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
HM Hat

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2015- Camel Coat & Celine.

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Happy 2015 everyone!

This outfit is very fitting for my first post of 2015 because it incorporates some new and some old pieces in my closet, which translate directly to how I am transitioning from 2014 to 2015. I’m bringing with me all the memories, great lessons, and life trials I learned from 2014, and applying them to my new ventures into 2015.

The old: everything except the camel coat.
The new: the camel coat.

I have been wearing my white knit sweater almost twice a week since I first got it in fall (it’s a closet staple), and I cut and distressed these black skinny jeans which I thrifted years ago. I’m not wearing many different or interesting pieces, and everything is very basic, and neutral. The camel coat just gives this look an uplift and pulls the entire look together to make it look chic and effortless. One thing I learned during 2014 was to definitely invest in your staple pieces, rather than buying all the items that are taking on current trends. My staple pieces are a good coat, a great bag, black skinny jeans, and sweaters. I can’t believe I haven’t invested in sweaters until last year!

2014 was definitely a year of ups and downs, and was probably the most enlightening year yet. I turned 24, I traveled to new places and had 4-5 big trips which was the most I have ever had in a year, I made great new friends, I became extremely close to others, I experienced losses, had many ups and downs, but most importantly I discovered more about myself and who I want to be.

Every year I make tangible resolutions like go to the gym 5 times a week, blog more, save more, spend less, etc. But I think for 2015 I want to live by a simple mantra I created that will transcend and apply to every day of my life: Be happy, be humble, be thankful. 

This may seem so easy and habitual to some, but for a selfish person like me, it takes an extra step or two to remind myself daily to be happy for who I am, be humble to those around me, and be thankful for everything I have. I noticed these three things the most when I was traveling last year, which was such a blessing! So another side note resolution for 2015 is to: travel more. I feel like you learn more about yourself when you are not in your comfort zone and in new places that really challenge you to realize what you have to be thankful for.

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I hope you all had a wonderful experience ringing in the New Year’s and cheers to 2015!

Forever 21 Coat | Sweater | Black Skinny Jeans | Black Booties | Celine Mini Luggage | HM Hat

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NYC Staples


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This outfit has quickly become a staple outfit for when I plan a trip up to NYC. I’ve become a much lighter packer ever since I incorporated a pair of sneakers + black jeans that I wear 2/3 of the weekend. I get on the bus with my joggers + sneakers, usually my Roshe Run but this time I wanted an all black shoe. I wear the same jacket for the daytime to night and I love this one in particular because it’s edgy but soft enough to wear during the day time because of the two-tone look. I pack a blouse or two for the all day Saturday eating activities, a pair of heels, a going-out outfit, and call it a day. It’s my skincare and makeup that take up half of my backpack…

Forever 21 Blouse
H&M Jacket (Similar)
H&M Waxed Jeggings
Nike Free Run 3
H&M Hat (Similar)
JustFab Tote
Hanuel Necklace & Bangle (love this one too)
YSL Lipstick

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Flare all around

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#TBT to this outfit and my long hair. It should feel like fall since it’s officially October but the warm weather has been fickle these past few weeks.

Ever since I got this Pashli crossbody during the Nordstrom Half Anniversary Sale, I have not stopped wearing it. It’s my go-to crossbody because it’s larger than most and you all know I love structured handbag designs. I was a bit nervous about the blush tone because I was worried that it wouldn’t match with a lot of my outfits but it gives the perfect feminine flair to any outfit.

Forever 21 Top
Forever 21 Skirt
BCBG Heels
Mini Pashli by 3.1 Philip Lim (love this one too!)
Urban Outfitters Sunglasses (dupe for Karen Walker)
Tiffany’s Necklace

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Casual Fridays

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Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog but I’m BACK. I just wanted to share with you guys an outfit that has a couple of key items I’ve been wearing on repeat this summer and some to carry me into fall. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago…when I still had my long lion’s hair!

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Birks, birks, birks…can’t get enough of them. I’ve also been realizing the importance white/black pieces more than ever now. My closet is pretty colorful but the past few months I’ve collected a couple of white pieces like this sheer blouse that I can just throw on top of any outfit and walk out the door.

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Been loving these denim acid- wash joggers. Comfortable and stylish at the same time. IMG_2043

Forever 21 Shirt and Pants
Birkenstocks
JustFab Tote (Identical)
RayBan Aviators

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Chambray + Vans

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Happy Friday Everyone!

The majority of my shoes are from DSW because 1. they have everything and 2. who doesn’t like discounted prices? I had a couple coupons that needed to be used and as I was walking around my local DSW I had no idea what kind of shoes to get. I felt like I had all the essential shoe staples that I needed in my closet and almost felt a little bit of anxiety with the idea that I HAD to buy a pair of shoes (such a huge problem, right?). I normally don’t buy too many casual pieces but working the casual yet chic look is something that I’ve made an effort to accomplish. I love the look but my usual wardrobe doesn’t necessarily fit the bill. I saw these Vans and fell in love immediately with the navy blue pinstripe design.

P.S. I’ve been kind of obsessed with wearing this statement necklace and pairing it with the matching yellow clutch. Perfect for spring and summer.

Vans from DSW
Shirt Dress (similar here)
Chambray Shirt (similar here)
Stella Dot Clutch
Stella Dot necklace
MK Watch (similar here)
Ray Ban Aviators

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Black Romper

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Romper from Korea (similar here and here)
Windsor Heels (similar here)
Stella Dot Clutch
Stella Dot necklaces (charmarrow), Arrow RingStackable RingsArrow Bracelet
Pandora Ring
MK Watch (similar here)
Ray Ban Aviators

Wow. It’s been a while since I posted an outfit. My apologies- my month of April was crazy busy with training + completing my first half marathon. I participated in the DC Nike Women’s half marathon with a few of my girlfriends and cannot wait to do it again next year. It was by far one of the best races I’ve ran/spectated in from the start of the expo to the finisher’s tent at the end. Oh- and you get a Tiffany’s necklace at the end. Picture here.

It finally feels like spring weather and I can’t complain. I’ve  been itching to show some bare legs but now I feel like I need a tan…

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Shades & Sneaks

wafwaeaeFor the past couple of weeks I’ve been having a huge craving for some new shades + sneaks. Maybe it’s the warmer weather that’s inspiring me to update my spring staples, or the fact that I tried on some Aviators last night and bought them on Amazon today… Whatever the reason is, here are a few of my favorites that I’ve been lusting over lately.

Karen Walker  |  Ray Ban  |  Marissa Collections (similar Miu Miu)

TBS x Steve Madden  |  adidas x Topshop  |  New Balance

I’ve been looking for a pair of aviators for quite some time so I’m glad that the Ray Bans come in a large size (62 mm) for my chubby cheeks. I was contemplating whether or not to splurge the extra 30$ for the polarized lenses and I’m glad I did, because most of the time when I’m driving I’m still squinting through my sunglasses to avoid the brightness of the sun (this is probably a dramatization, but you get the picture).

Growing up, everyone had a pair of Adidas Superstars. They were all the rave. These were one of my favorite pairs of sneakers and I’m so glad that they are making a comeback. Don’t believe me? Check out these stylish bloggers wearing them: The Haute Pursuit and Sincerely Jules

And New Balance sneaks…you’re next on my list.

xx

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I got these shoes for free…

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You all know I love shoes. But what I love more than shoes is free shoes. I got these babies in the mail yesterday (for free) and I’m already wearing them today -30 degree mornings got nothing on these cute peep toes. I don’t usually consider myself a very lucky person (because everytime I buy a $10 lottery ticket I can’t even get back a dollar) but my friends will beg to differ with the amount of free shoes I’ve scored. I’ve won so many that sometimes I have problems on deciding which shoe I HAVE to get next, that I’ve bought shoes for my sister and WP as well (like this is an actual problem, ha!)

pictured: Levity Alana Bootie (super comfortable and true to size) 

So I’ll let you in on my not-so-secret: DSW SHOE HOOKUP. Every Tuesday and Friday at 12 Noon EST, they give away 10 $50 dollar giftcards to 10 random winners. That’s 20 winners a week and it’s quite simple actually. DSW posts up a shoe style type of question at 12 and you have one hour to submit your answer, name, DSW rewards number, and wait for that lucky email saying that you are the winner. So make sure that you like their Facebook page and follow their Twitter for your chance to score!

Caveats:

  • Once you win a contest on Facebook you have to wait 6 months before you enter again-gotta share the love. But you can still enter in the Twitter contests!
  • You need to be a signed up DSW Rewards member. This is easy and pie and you actually get free $5 and $10 coupons in your mail periodically

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