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)
Ahh summer… Vacations, barbecues, pool parties… and work??? While I don’t work in an office environment, my FOMO (fear of missing out) seems to multiply as the temperatures rise. Being in New York City over the summer hasn’t helped my productivity at all, either, as I long to be in the sunshine every day, exploring every corner of a city that I love dearly. I’ve always had a soft spot for summer since I enjoy being outdoors, so it’s been a real struggle for me to be motivated to get anything done online (i.e. inside) lately. One of my goals for this season was to practice intentionality, especially being more intentional with my time. I started introducing habits to manage my time more efficiently and while I don’t put them to use every day, I can say I’ve noticed such an increase in my productivity and energy to complete the tasks at hand when I do implement them. The biggest game-changer for me has been writing out “to-do” lists. But here’s the catch- I write manageable tasks down for the day ahead. For example, I don’t set myself up for failure by including things like “write new blog post” since I know that from start to finish, it takes me about 3 days to prepare a post. I’ve recently found a few creative entrepreneurial podcasts that I love (like The Laptop Lifestyle and Don’t Keep Your Dayjob), and I’ve realized that lots of successful people have a deep understanding of who they are and have discovered how they work best. If they’re an author who is easily overwhelmed, they don’t put “write book” on their to-do list. Instead, they break it down into bite-sized, manageable pieces, such as “brainstorm topic/story ideas”, “create outline”, “write chapter one”. Building blocks are everything. Another thing to think about when making a “to-do” list, is the importance and urgency of each task. Even if they’re harder to complete or more daunting, dealing with the highest priority tasks first takes such a huge weight off your shoulders and helps you check the rest of the list off more quickly. “To-Do” lists aren’t just for entrepreneurs. Everyone who feels a sense of anxiety from an overwhelming schedule can benefit from taking time each evening to evaluate their intentions and set their priorities for the day ahead. The biggest impact I’ve noticed from utilizing “to-do” lists is that even if I don’t check every single thing off my list, it feels pretty good to be able to cross tasks off and I’m able to move onto the next one with a renewed focus. Do you have any tips that have helped you enhance productivity at work? Share them below in the comment section, if so!
I was wearing;
Forever 21 Black & White Blouse (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here
LC by Lauren Conrad Black Blazer (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here
ASOS Tailored Pants in Dusty Pink (a few sizes left, similar options also linked) Also worn here
ALDO Bellone Shoes with Block Heel in Bone (linked above, similar options also linked) P.S. Go down a 1/2 size in the Bellone! Also worn here
“Business in Blush” Photographed by Luke Bowes
So apparently I missed the Amazon Prime Day train yesterday… (#BloggerFail), but I still wanted to share some tips for shopping fashion on Amazon. Like everyone else, I’ve become accustomed to the Prime 2-Day shipping on everyday items, but it was never my clothing or accessory destination until recently. Navigating an online retailer whose claim to fame is having everything under the sun can be both frustrating and time-consuming, so to make it a little easier (and so you can start getting your new shoes delivered to your doorstep in a mere two days!), I’m sharing tips that have helped me find what I’m looking for on the jungle that is Amazon.com.
- Target Your Search
Unless you enjoy spending hours browsing, take advantage of the customization of Amazon‘s search tools, which can narrow down results by Prime 2-Day shipping eligible, color, brand, reviews, and category. You can get really specific, but in my experience, it’s better to type in a keyword that’s more generic and then check the required boxes to fine-tune the results.
- Shop Specific Brands
I really love buying fashion and accessories on Amazon from brands that I already know and love for two reasons. One, if the brand is well-established and consistent, I’m more familiar with their sizing and am more likely to order the correct size. Two, as long as the product is distributed by the original designer/manufacturer, I know that the quality will be up to par. You can find out who the seller is at the top of an item’s description- it should be the store’s name in blue text with a click-able link to their shop’s page. I’ve been loving searching for Sam Edelman shoes on Amazon
- Shop Amazon’s Fashion Brands
Because there are so many options, one keyword search can translate to thousands of pages of results, ranging in price and quality. You can find super cheap (and usually cheaply made) pieces from thousands of sellers. On the opposite end, there are several well-known brands who sell items with some pretty steep prices. I find that Amazon‘s own fashion brands are a great middle-of-the-road option between quality and price. One of my favorites is Paris Sunday because they are reasonably-priced, trendy yet classic, and well-constructed.
- Give Back with AmazonSmile
If you purchase your items through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of every eligible purchase directly to your charity of choice. This is SUCH an easy way to support your local chapters of national organizations you’re passionate about and you can change charities at any time. Be sure to make your purchases through smile.amazon.com in order for them to be eligible for your charity to receive their percentage.
I was wearing;
Round Tortoiseshell Sunglasses (no longer available, similar options linked)
J. Crew Italian Silk Square Scarf in Navy/Polka Dot (linked above)
Paris Sunday Fit & Flare Dress in Salmon Rose (linked above)
Sam Edelman Rowan Mary Jane Flat in Natural Naked (linked above)
Now that summer is here, dress season is in full swing! I really love the shift dress style (a less tailored option with a short hemline) for warmer weather and windy days because the looser fit makes them less clingy and they’re not billowy enough to have to wrestle with against the wind. Since I’m on the shorter end of the spectrum, I love to wear shift dresses with heels to give me some extra height, as sometimes the straight and narrow fit of the dress can shorten my already petite torso. Not going to lie, I’m jealous of you taller ladies because I think shift dresses look amazing when dressed down with a pair of sneakers! See my summer shift dress picks below and tell me which one will you be rocking all season long! P.S. All the dresses are under $100!
Forever 21 Colorblocked Houndstooth Shift Dress (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here
Target Merona Lulu Block Heeled Sandals in Black (linked above) Also worn here
BaubleBar Bahama Pom Pom Earrings (linked above)
“Mod Mini” Photographed by Luke Bowes
Hello from New York City! My summer in the city is officially underway and I couldn’t be happier about it! Luke and I headed to the Whitney Museum last week to enjoy the warmth and sunshine on their amazing patio space and peeked at a few of their new exhibits. Read about my first visit to the Whitney and the MoMA here.
I love wearing rompers on these hot days we’ve been having lately and they’re especially nice for times when you’ll be doing quite a lot of walking. Whether you’re exploring your vacation town or visiting a theme-park, they’re such a great cool & comfortable summer wardrobe staple, so I linked several of my favorite options that can take you from day to night all summer long.
Victoria Beckham x Target Orange Scallop Romper (still available in plus size, similar options linked)
Target A+ Black & White Quarter Strap Sandal (no longer available, similar options linked)
BaubleBar Sandbar Drops in Yellow (linked above) Also worn here
“Rooftop Romper” Photographed by Luke Bowes