Billie “Jean” is Not My Lover

Hello darling! Okay, so this is post is a little weird because I was hoping all of the snow would have melted by now. I actually took this “shoot” two days before the giant two-foot snow storm. Right now, I’m looking out my window seeing long forecast of rain and still about a solid six inches of snow. No worries, I’m staying positive. After all… rain does bring flowers, right?

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I may be a fashion blogger, but I’ve actually never owned a jean jacket until now. Yes, you read that right. Jean jackets aren’t usually up my style ally because I tend to dress more preppy and edgy than causal. I really wanted to spunk up my wardrobe and venture out to new exciting outfits (don’t we all), so I decided to get this jean jacket.

Advice: Look for a jean jacket that hits above your hips so that it is easier to style.

I liked the way this jacket fit because I wanted a jean jacket that would hit just above my hips. I knew I wouldn’t be wearing this jacket with a lot of pants because, lets face it, I mostly wear jeans and jean on jean is not a trend I particularly enjoy. Also, jean jackets look awesome with dresses and skirts for when it is warmer out. For this look, I decided to wear my favorite sateen purple jeans from American Eagle and a baggy, speckled sweater. Since the jean jacket hits higher than the sweater, it definitely creates more of a layered look. Lastly, I threw on a pair of pointed, light-grey flats that instantly elongated my legs.

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Obviously, I had to add a little bit of my personality to this adorable jean jacket. I was shopping online on Forever 21’s website and found out that they sell a pin pack that contained a cactus! If you know anything about me you know I’m obsessed with cacti. How couldn’t I be? When I went into the store I looked high and low for the pin package but couldn’t find it anywhere. I was about to leave and… there… it… was! They seem to have stopped selling the pin pack online but if you’re on the hunt for a cute personality pin pack definitely check out my girly runner up purchase.

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Do you own a jean jacket? If so what is your go to outfit with it? If you don’t own a jean jacket… would you ever purchase one? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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In a Holidaze (How To Stay Warm)

Hello darling! Is the holiday season getting to you? If you’re anything like me then you’ve been belting out Christmas songs as soon as Thanksgiving ended. My favorite Christmas songs to sing are All I Want for Christmas is You and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Let me know what your favorite Christmas song is!

If you haven’t seen my last two posts on christmas gifts check out the ultimate gift guide for girls or my post on gifts that help out people.

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I decided to follow the Christmas cheer with this warm outfit. Whenever it is this cold out throw on a thick jacket, a pair of gloves, and a nice giant scarf. My jacket is from Zara last year, scarf is from a market in Italy, and my gloves were $5 at Walmart.

As for my shoes, they’re a Sperry brand were only sold at J.Crew two winters ago.  They continue to keep my feet incredibly warm and allow me to kick snow in the air.

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Since it has been freezing the past couple of days, I wanted to create an outfit for you guys that can withstand the brutal cold. I did that by layering a flannel under this thick sweater. Surprisingly, this adorable “ugly” sweater is from Abercrombie and Fitch. I’m a huge sucker for penguins and this guy was no exception. I love how the sleeves have this adorable black Christmas pattern. It is a unique addition to this warm sweater. I do admit the sleeves are incredibly long for some reason so I normally just cuff them like I did in the pictures. To match this fat penguin, I even have matching red penguin socks from J.Crew on! You can find them in stores currently.

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As for the jewelry, I decided to opt for the Christmas spirit even more and throw on some Christmas bows. You can find these kind of earrings everywhere like Target, Francesca’s, or Charming Charlie, but I got mine for $3 at Walmart…. oh the things you’ll find when you’re looking for an ugly Christmas sweater. I do wish they sat more on my actual ear instead of off them, but I have to admit they’re adorable. I’ve actually ben wearing them quite frequently. Kate Spade is currently selling a smaller pair that do sit on your ears.

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So my cold weather advice to you: layer, layer, layer. Throw button down shirts under sweaters as much as you can. If you’re going to be outside for very long maybe invest in thermal leggings and put them under your pants. When I know I’m going to be outside for a long period of time I wear tights or leggings under my pants. Sometimes I even carry around hand warms if I know I’m going to outside for a long time.

Let me know your advice to stay warm. I definitley need some more ideas in January when its below negative weather. Don’t forget to tell me your favorite Christmas song in the comments down below!

As always,

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Transforming a Summer Dress to Fall

Hello darling! Do you hear an alarm going off in your head or home? Yes, I am repeating not only one item but two items! I wanted to show you guys how you can transform a summer dress into a fall one by adding a few items. No really! All you need is a cardigan or poncho of some sort, tights, maybe a belt, and some booties. There you go! Your summer dress is now able to be paraded off as a fall dress.

This summery striped dress is the same one I wore in the 90° weather in this post. It has quickly become one of my favorite dresses because there are so many different things you can do with a simple black and white stripe item. A stripe dress has become a necessity in styling… almost as close to a necessity as a little black dress. You can throw on different color shirts over it, mix and match patterns with polkadots, or even throw on a simple blouse.

I then threw on the same poncho I was wearing in this fall post. If you’re not a fan of the olive green, the poncho also comes in black, maroon, and beige. If it was a little chillier than it was this day you can pile on a long sleeve shirt and tie a knot at your waist. It is a layer that makes you look as if you’re wearing a skirt instead of a dress.

Since the dress isn’t form fitting, I decided to belt the poncho and dress at my waist. As a result of belting in the dress and poncho at my waist, it automatically made this outfit more put together. I then threw on a pair of sheer tights and a pair of suede J.Crew booties. Botta-Bing-botta-bang. There are so many ways where you can transform a summer dress into a fall dress with the right accessories. If you’re super careful, sometimes you can even transform it into a winter dress. That is another day though!

 

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What are some of your favorite ways of transforming a summer dress into fall? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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Stripes Don’t Bite

Hello darlings! I hope you’ve been having the best summer ever. For the past week or so, it has been quite hot and humid in Upstate New York. This is why I decided to do an outfit post on something that is light and casual.

Lately, there has been quite an obsession when it comes to buttons and zippers that trail down the center of skirts. This trend hasn’t died down since last winter when I rocked it in Venice. I’ve seen the button down skirts mostly made out of suede material for the upcoming fall season. When I saw this charming stripe skirt, I had try it on. I found it when I was looking through Aerie’s clearance bins. You’d be surprised what you can find when you’re digging through a bin of marked down items. I tried it on and was instantly infatuated with it. I particularly love the stretchy waistband and the nautical bow.

Since it was so humid, I decided to pair it with this extremely simple tank top.  If it wasn’t so hot I could easily see this skirt paired with a white shirt with a huge lobster print in the center. I could also see it with a crimson red shirt to play off the olympics that have just ended. I would also love to pair it with a navy shirt and a gold anchor. Perhaps we will see this skirt make an appearance again so I can show you all of these different combinations.

As for the shoes, you know I’ve been obsessing over these Steve Madden lace up sandals. If I’m not working it seems as if these shoes are glued to my feet. They’re so comfortable and versatile it’s hard not to wear them with every outfit. Don’t worry, fall is coming up soon and I’ll have to switch up my shoe game.

 

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Here are five other shirts that would work perfectly with this skirt.

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Check out the shirts here. 

What do you think about the button down skirts? Do you think they’ll stay a fashion staple this upcoming season or will it fade out? Personally, I hope it stays because I think it makes your body look slimmer. Plus, I’m a sucker for little details in outfits.

As always,

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Photo Credit: Danielle Giammatteo

Treat Yo Self- Haul June 2016

Hello darlings! Before you read any further, I just want to point out that these purchases have been over a month and have just started piling up. I figured I would share some of my lovely purchases with you guys because they make me warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, I love reading all your hauls so maybe someone gets that oogy-gooey feeling like I do.

It seems like this time last year I blogged about Bath and Body Works. It might just be that they always have a fantastic sale going on around this time. No worries I have some new goodies to show. Oddly enough, that post gets revisited time after time. Someone must just love looking at their colorful products… I know I do! I feel like every time I go into Bath and Body Works I get sucked into this other world. Luckily enough, there is a sale going on this week. If you haven’t checked it out already… go, go, go! Right now the original $22 candles are half off. You guys know my obsession with candles (my roommate, Courtney, admits that she is ready for all of the scented candles next year). I ended up purchasing 3.

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The Autumn Mums smells like florals with a hint of the generic Flesh Linen candle. The underneath of the candle says that the candle smells like “a floral blend of soft mum petals, amber and a hint of sandalwood.” I think that nailed it.

The next candle is the Baja Cactus Blossom.  This one really caught my eye because I didn’t really know that cacti had a scent. I really wish this candle had a lotion because it has the softest note of coconut that makes the candle so alluring. The back of the candle says that the scent is from the “alluring beauty of a cactus flower captured in a blend of fresh white flowers, green cactus stems and sun kissed coconut.” Not captured in my photos, the lid of this particular candle has palm leaves which makes a great addition to my candle collection.

The last candle is the sweet Paris Lavender Macaron. This candle says that it smells like “lavender blossoms with a delicate patisserie cookie,” but I smell something completely different. When I smell this candle, I smell a sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and cream cheese frosting. This particular candle I think should be burned for a little because it is stronger than the others.

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I also ended up getting something that I’ve never purchased before. I ended up getting this adorable car freshener and 4 different scents. I admit, it took me a little while to actually figure out how to insert the scent. Once I figured it out the first time, it’s easy to change. I have a soft spot for candles and cacti so I guess Bath and Body Works knows the way to my heart. The scents right now are 4 for $10. Which isn’t too bad considering they’re normally $3.50. They also have more adorable holders than this cactus. For example, they have a margarita glass, anchors, turtles, and flowers.

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Going along with the car theme, I’ve been looking for a keychain for my car keys. It’s just been a little hard finding them in my purse so I just wanted a little tassel. I found this one at DSW and thought it was adorable.

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When it comes to shoes, I have trust problems. It’s very, very rare that I will fall in love with any shoes that aren’t Steve Madden. My boots are always Steve Madden. I don’t know what it is but he just seems to know what I like. So, naturally, going into DSW my eyes somehow always dart towards Steve Madden shoes. It’s almost pathetic. I was wandering the store looking for shoes for an upcoming wedding, and I had three different boxes… All Steve Madden. I ended up getting two lace up pairs of Steve Madden. Do any of you have a brand of shoes that you just can’t seem to escape?

 

The pair on the left is actually a little bit of a darker brown than the pair on the left but the picture disordered it a little. With that in mind I really like both of these shoes because they make your legs look longer. When you have shoes that are a similar tone as your skin, it plays a trick on the eyes by making your legs look longer. These sandals are incredibly comfy because they don’t have that thong in-between the big toe and other toes. I also love the lace up aspect of them. It’s a unique flare.

The pair on the right is such a show stopper. I’ve fallen in love with the lace up shoes ever since I bought my first pair in Ireland. You can see them here. Plot twist: they’re from Top Shop. The heel on these shoes are about 2 1/3 to 3 inches. I love that you can tie a bow either in front or back of your leg. Okay, that may seem really minor but it really makes a difference depending on what you’re wearing. For example, the dress I’m wearing to an upcoming wedding is very elegant and says enough without needing shoes to say more. Therefore, by putting the bow in the back of the leg plays down the shoe. If I was wearing a simple dress I would want the bow in the front. Regardless these shoes are a great addition to my shoe collection. P.S. the red on the shoes is from a clearance sticker… It is NOT blood! I don’t want anyone to be worried/alarmed!

I ended up going into Madewell. Madewell is actually a really new store to me. They are  partnered up with the lovely J.Crew but have a more youthful vibe. Many of their items are very clean cut and simple but have a little bit of a unique cut or style to them. For example, their plain shirts might drape a certain way. All of their jewelry is this funky gold color. I have a hard time describing it so if any of you know the proper term let me know in the comments. It’s a really unique quality their jewelry possesses. I ended up spending a lot of time looking at their jewelry and ended up with this ring that looks between a sun and a bullet wound (might look like a bullet wound to me because I’ve been spending a lot of time watching Lost). If you’ve never been to a Madewell shop it’s definitely a place you should check out. I forgot to mention, their bags are phenomenal as well. They have leather bags that you can initial or make them say whatever you want. I’m thinking about purchasing a simple leather bag for all my papers in the future.

 

Earlier this summer, I went to Maryland with my boyfriend’s family and met more of his family. I ended up purchasing this 100% vegan, cruelty-free roll on perfume. I love roll on perfumes because they’re so easy to throw in your bag and apply them on the go. They make a few different smells. If I see this brand again I think I’m going to purchase the grapefruit one next!

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Whenever you go into a place like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Nordstrom Rack you never really know what you’re going to come out with. Recently, I wandered around Normstrom Rack with my mom desperately looking for a dress for a wedding (I founded it but that is for another post… The anticipation I know)! I didn’t know where to begin looking for just normal shirts. I just looked at random racks here and there. I still don’t think I looked at everything. I ended up falling for this beautiful blue top. The way the top sits on your shoulders is incredibly flattering. I can’t wait to show you guys how I pattern this top a few different ways.

There are three dresses you will ended up seeing in future posts. I’m incredibly excited to show you the dresses and the experiences associated with them.

Like the Nordstrom Rack… Marshalls is just as good. I found these spring pattern shorts on one of the racks. I love this deep, rich green color and the funky blue pattern.

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Along with the shorts this breezy top was hiding in one of the racks. It has cutouts on the shoulders and flows everywhere else. This is a perfect shirt for a colder day because it would look phenomenal with white skinny jeans.

It is so hard going into American Eagle and not buying something. I plan on showing these three items in an outfit post so I had to just show them in a little sneak peak…

 

I love Francesca’s… what is not to love about their delicate jewelry pieces and feminine clothing. Also, they have the best accessory section compared to Urban Outfitters. I ended up getting this adorable flower case and matching mug. I’ve been looking at this mug since the winter and have finally shelled out the money to purchase it. I’m really indecisive if I should keep it as a mug or if I should transform it into a succulent platter. If you have any opinions let me know in the comments!

I love these sparkly earrings I picked up as well. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them  that I knew I had to blog about them. The outside rim is a faux looking wooden branch and the inside are filled with different sized gems. What isn’t to love?

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Obviously I needed help talking pictures so Butch graciously volunteered. He helped me pick out which item to photograph until he got distracted by this enormous frog that lives in our little coy pond.

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As you read this post, I am moving to Troy. I’ve been offered a great position at the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology. I’m extremely excited to start teaching! I hope to update you more on Troy in a later post.

As always,

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Small February Haul

Hello, darlings! I went on a little shopping spree last month. I shouldn’t be left alone with a computer and access to my debit card. It always results to these types of posts. Here is what I bought in the month of February…

I have a problem. Every time I go into American Eagle I’m sucked into the third dimension. I usually dart straight to the sales rack and then slowly work my way to the front of the store… if you want to get great deals I recommend this strategy.

I ended up purchasing two dresses and a simple ring. The first dress I thought it would be a great cover-up at the beach or an interesting piece for Coachella because of the nautical feel. The second dress I may or may not have fell in love with. It was on sale for $14.99 and the color and style is wonderful. I’ve actually already done a blog post about it see here.

 

 

Bath and Body Works had a sale for $9.99 for each candle. The first candle is from the collection White Barn, a company Bath and Body Works carries. It is called “Sundress.” It smells like fresh bedsheets that have been drying out on the line mixed with lilies. I love the lid of this one. It is one of the candle containers you want to save because it’s so adorable.

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This second one is “Beautiful Day” from White Barn also. It’s a smell that gets you excited for spring. It smells like sweet, juicy apples and flowers that have just blossomed.

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I have this warm and gooey feeling when I see this belt (insert freshly made cookies). I got it at Ralph Lauren outlet for $27.99 (I had a 20% off coupon). Stay tuned for later this week, I’m doing an outfit post on it and couldn’t be more excited.

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This wonderful suede jacket is from Forever 21 and was originally $59. I lucked out big time and scored this jacket for $7. I’m so happy the weather has been warming up so I get to break out this jacket. Like the purple dress above, I’ve already made a post on this jacket here.

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I bought these earrings for $6.99 at Forever 21. I have silver dangly earrings but was on the hunt for a golden pair. These earrings are a great addition to my collection.

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I also purchased these wonderful shiny earrings from J.Crew. I think the little rhinestones are a perfect touch in these rather simple studs.

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I was in need of a winter hat because Albany gets really cold in the winter. I can’t tell if I’m lucky or unlucky because I haven’t been able to wear this hat yet. It has been so nice out lately. I guess the groundhog was right. I’ll let you be the judge if I’m lucky or not

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Last but not least, I purchased a little Vera Bradly bag to carry small items in. Isn’t this pattern and the frilly detailing wonderful? I haven’t decided what I wanted to use it for. If you have any ideas let me know!

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That is my little haul! I hope you enjoyed it! Does online shopping or the sales rack always get the best of you? Let me know in the comments down below!

As always,

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Sand Meets Country

Hello darlings! Since I’m running around all over town today, I figured I’d give you my last two outfits of the day in the states. I was kind of saving them for a good day and I think today is that!

This awkward picture was taken when I went to Maine. You can see both my haul and my Sunday snapshot here and here. It was pretty hot even though I was very north and near water. So I wore a tank top from Aeropostale and these super white shorts from Ann Taylor.



This next outfit was from more recent. When I went to upstate New York, my aunt wanted to take pictures outside their wedding barn. These pictures literally remind me of high school yearbook pictures. The dress and button up are both from American Eagle and the necklace is from J.Crew.

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Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Italy for four months! Like I said in my last post, my posts might not be as scheduled as they are when I’m in the states (Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday). I will try to post every week though so you get a glimpse into my study abroad experience!

For those going back to school good luck! Have a great year. It flies by quick so enjoy it!

As always,

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