Last week, we welcomed home our new adopted pup Flash! Luke and I are huuuge dog people and since I moved away from my parents last year, it’s been rough not having a furry friend to come home to. So now that our schedules are more predictable, we decided to take a look at our local shelter a few weekends ago and fell in love with Flash, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix. We weren’t in the market for a puppy so at only a year old and already house-trained, it was a match made in heaven. We were finally able to take him home just last week and he’s brought us so much joy already! Something about having a dog around makes everyday life so much more enjoyable. We’ve been out exploring more than usual, primarily to make sure he gets enough exercise but in turn, we are also discovering new activities and creating new routines that enable Luke and I to spend more time together. Over the weekend, we showed him our favorite spot in Durham, Sarah P. Duke Gardens (which you may recognize from this outfit post), and he was overjoyed by ALL the smells! We’re so thankful for shelters like the Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) who care for and nurture homeless pets and when they’ve found their “forever home”, make adoption easy for everyone. I’ve heard some adoption horror stories, and even though there are definitely shelters and organizations out there who make the adoption process unnecessarily difficult, I can’t stress enough how important and impactful it is to #AdoptDontShop. It’s so special to give an animal a second chance at life and I’m so happy that Flash will be doing life, filled to the brim with treats & belly rubs, with us from now on.
Photographed by Emily Davis & Luke Bowes
© Emily Davis
Summer came and went (faster than ever, I might add) and it seems that September creeped up on us once again. While I love Summer for its warm temps and mood-boosting sunshine, I do have a soft spot for Autumn- especially when the September issues start hitting the shelves, revealing all the best trends of the season. Fall is when I have the most fun with dressing, as once winter hits, I’m just grabbing whatever pieces are warmest and in summer, I’m ditching all unnecessary layers. There is something indescribably wonderful about that crisp Autumn air and for me, it opens up a world of outfit possibilities. The AW17 runways exuded luxury, thanks to fabrics such as velvet and fur, pearlized finishes and embellishments, and dramatic pleats. Pearls have always been my accessory of choice (given the innate Francophile in me), so this is definitely the “trend” I’m most excited about this season! These BaubleBar earrings were the perfect statement jewelry piece to begin building my collection since I can wear them with many different outfits. Shop my look and all of my favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 trends below!
P.S. Super simple up-do how-to here
I was wearing;
BaubleBar Aleeza Hoop Earrings (linked above)
Zara Black Embroidered Blouse (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here
“Pearls & Pleats” Photographed by Luke Bowes
With classes now in session for so many of you, I thought it would be helpful to share my tips for how to dress up for school. I wasn’t above wearing leggings when I was a student, but on the days when I did take the time to get ready and dress up, I noticed that I was actually more confident and as a result, performed better academically and was more socially adventurous and prepared for classroom interaction. I’m not necessarily saying that you have to dress up to have confidence- some people feel extremely uncomfortable in dressier clothes! I know plenty of girls who would only ever wear a dress on their wedding day! But as a socially awkward introvert, the boost of confidence I get from wearing a great outfit is basically a super-power. Keep reading to learn how to dress up for school without looking “too extra”!
- Seems obvious, but I’ll say it anyway- campus is not the place for stilettos. Unless you’re dressing up for a professional event or an interview, leave your heels at home. I (halfway) believe you when you say that you can walk in them all day with no problem, but the quickest way to make your look inappropriate for school is to throw on a pair of sky-high stilettos. When you’re trekking between classes all day, you need to be able to walk (quickly and painlessly!). If you can’t commit to flats, block heels are a great trendy option these days that will still give you some height. Also, as we head into the Autumn season, boots with low heels will be a go-to for me.
- Keep accessories minimal. You all know this is just how I live my life, but when wanting to look put together for school, I feel it should be all about the clothes. A beautiful casual dress, a necessary cardigan or jacket, and a sensible yet stylish shoe, and a few “accents”. For me, jewelry is a real distraction and I find myself irritated by a wrist full of bracelets or a pair of statement earrings while I’m taking notes and trying to focus on a lecture. If you’re craving some sparkle, daily jewelry is the way to go, like a classic studded earring or a delicate necklace. And sunglasses are always a necessity for the walk to your next class!
- Always bring a cozy sweater or jacket. Is it just me or is it always SO cold in the classroom?! As a cold-natured person, I’ve learned over the years to never be without a warm garment. We’re entering sweater weather now and cardigans can so easily be thrown into a backpack or tote when not in use.
- Find your “go-to” outfit. Whether you love wearing dresses, skirts, or dark wash jeans and a blouse, wear whatever it is that you feel amazing in and that you can throw on easily when you’re in a rush to get to class on time. Personally I love printed dresses and I usually look for a mid to high neck-line and a moderate length when shopping for casual dresses. Anything too low-cut or short and I’m self conscious the entire day, which is the opposite of confident!
I hope these tips on how to dress up for school will help you feel more comfortable when wearing something a little different to class! Maybe you’re most comfortable in leggings, but don’t knock dressing up for school until you try it!
I was wearing;
H&M Nautical Navy Cardigan (no longer available, similar options linked)
Red Knit Striped Dress (no longer available, similar options linked)