How to Rock a Sleeveless Dress During the Fall Season

Before I start talking about this fun, warm combo… these pictures were taken before it snowed and dropped to temperatures more suitable for the Arctic (blogger problems). So with that in mind… to make this outfit winterized just add some tights, a thick black jacket, and maybe some over the knee boots.

If you live in a southern area where the weather might be a little bit warmer and you still want to rock your dresses… boy, do I have the opportunity for you. Since it isn’t officially winter yet (December 21), I can still rock my fall apparel on this blog.

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Cuff your sleeves so that you don’t have so much fabric up top. 

Whenever I have a button up, 9 out of 10 times I will roll up the sleeves. It adds the perfect amount of dimension to any outfit. This particular dress is more formal than a normal summer dress. It can easily be dressed up or down. To make this dress seem more casual the rolled up sleeves on this flannel do a fantastic job.

Don’t be afraid to mix black and blue

Growing up it used to be a huge taboo to wear black and navy together. I still have no idea why. They’re both neutrals and they’re often found together in nature. Hello, black and blue eyes are an actual thing. So why can’t I wear these colors together? Frankly, this is a rule I break quite frequently and have no intention to stop (fight me, fashion police). So if you want to be a rule breaker with me, rock what your mamma gave you and fight the power.

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Don’t worry about adding too many layers in the fall/winter seasons. 

It’s better to be warm than fashionable. So throw on those puffy jackets, thick warm flannels, and over the knee socks. You could easily wear this outfit with thick tights, over the knee socks and boots, a long coat, and a hat. Winter and fall are my favorite times to try out new combinations because you’re always fighting to stay warm. Don’t be afraid to try out new combinations. After all, you might end up loving the look.

Play around with necklines when incorporating bold undershirts.

The best part about style is you can try out anything. This outfit isn’t something I would traditionally wear but it’s something I’m able to have fun with. After all, shouldn’t every day feel like you’re playing dress up? To switch up this look I would love to play with lower neckline dresses and different flannel patterns. The contrasting textures make an interesting look.

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What do you think about adding a flannel to an otherwise warm dress? Do you ever mix black and navy blue together? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Why I Blog

I hope your day is going better than expected on a Tuesday. Tuesdays sometimes just seem to drag on like a bad punchline. Hopefully, your Tuesday feels more like a Friday night than a Monday morning if you get what I mean.

Now that I’ve been blogging for a little over four years, I’ve started to get used to being asked why I blog. This question still confuses me because it isn’t something that really ever crossed my mind. Even before I started my blog four years ago, I loved reading blogs. I loved reading them on Tumblr and then I found the mystical world of WordPress where I was able to consume many, many blogs at once. I love hearing different people’s opinions on fashion from all over the world. I can read blogs from Italy, Africa, Japan… you name a country, I can find the country.

After reading so many different blogs, I decided to get brave enough to share my own thoughts, feelings, and opinions with the world. Now, I’m not going to lie to you… I was terrified of what people were going to think. Would they think it’s weird? Would they understand my thoughts? Would people actually read it? Were all thoughts that ran through my mind as I clicked that first bight blue “published” button. I hid my blog for about a year until I figured I put on my big girl pants and share it with the world. To my surprise, people responded like crazy. My blog now reaches over 128 different countries and I just surpassed my 200th post. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. But to answer the question that has been asked again and again…

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Blogging forces me to get outside my comfort zone and do things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

During college, it’s very easy to stay inside a little bubble and not venture far outside of the town or city you’re in. This blog forced me to venture out into the surrounding cities to take pictures, eat interesting food, and experience different ways of living. Even this past weekend, I wandered the streets of Yale to take pictures. Something I would have never of done if it wasn’t for this blog. I love blogging because it allows me opportunities to get outside my comfort zone.

Blogging has made me a more creative person in both my style and writing.

Let’s face it, if you met me four years ago I wouldn’t have been seen in camouflage, turtlenecks, or a leather jacket. This blog helped me experiment with different style pieces and open up my mind to what I like and don’t like in fashion. Something I would have never done if it wasn’t for this blog. As for writing, each new post has helped me think outside the box by creating different posts. I think of what is relevant to you and what you might actually enjoy reading. As a result of this blog, I’ve developed a better sense of my audience and who I’m trying to communicate with.

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I love the community of blogging and value each and every interaction I’ve had over the years. 

There are so many lovely people I’ve been able to interact with thanks to this blog. I love reaching out to you and hearing what you have to say. Thanks to you, I’ve been able to find out awesome podcasts to listen to on my daily commute, how you stayed positive after the outcome of the 2016 election, what shows to watch on Netflix, and you’ve even been there when I removed negative influences from my life. Your influences have impacted me drastically. I wouldn’t have close blogger friends who live in Germany, Canada, Texas, and so forth if it wasn’t for this blog.

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This blog has allowed me new opportunities to network and meet new people. 

December 18th, I’m going to my first blogging event where amazing bloggers like Rachel from Pinterest Plans, Alycia from CT Eats Out, Kallie from But First Coffee, and Sandra from The Rustic Life are speaking. I’m so excited (and nervous) to yet again, get outside my comfort zone thanks to this blog.

If you’re always enjoyed reading blogs but have never bit the bullet to create one, now is the time to do so. If you’re looking for a sign… here it is. My advice is to sign up for a WordPress account and just start typing away. You’ll be shocked how many opportunities come your way.

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Why do you blog? What is your favorite thing about blogging? Let me know in the comments down below.

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How to Style Masculine Accessories + Five Shoes Under $100

The day has finally arrived. I can finally wear my chunky knits and be appropriately dressed for the weather. Woo-freaking-hoo. You might have actually recognized this sweater (one of my favorites) from one of my favorite winter posts from last year, How to Make a Dress Warm for Date Night. Instead of the feminine approach, I decided to go out and try to make it a tad bit more masculine. So I picked out an army jacket, a fierce pair of shoes, and a loud necklace.

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Add traditional masculine textiles such as army jackets, dog tag necklaces, and oxfords on top of neutral clothes for the biggest impact.

Now, I admit… no matter what I do I’m never going to look masculine. Although I prefer dressing more feminine, I’m a sucker for incorporating different styles into my outfits. I normally style this cable knit sweater in a feminine way due to the fabric’s woven texture. However, the sweater can fit in well with masculine items when paired correctly. This army vest covers up most of the cable knit’s texture so only a little amount of the woven texture is peaking out. This necklace also resembles a dog tag traditionally worn in the army, thus adding another masculine element. The inclusion of multiple masculine elements creates a cohesive look.

To create a more masculine style stick to darker, neutral colors in your outfit.

Color to fashion is like water to the Long Island Sound… it is beyond necessary. When I’m styling an outfit, I focus on one item and then build the rest of the outfit around that color. These shoes are pretty hard to pair with many colors so I typically throw in a few neutral, dark colors such as army green, black, navy, camel, and white. If I’m feeling brave, I’ll throw on something red.

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If you’re scared of wearing a masculine element make sure it incorporates something you feel comfortable with.. aka leopard print. 

Thankfully, not a lick of snow has fallen so I’m still proudly wearing these adorable, Steve Madden shoes (currently on sale for $49.98). Since I purchased them, I’ve literally been wearing them nonstop. It’s something about the fun, bold print mixed with a masculine styled shoe that gives me all the feels. Plus, they look fantastic with a pair of black jeans so it has been super easy to get dressed in the morning. If you’re fearful of styling leopard, play it safe by pairing the pattern with colors you’d normally see in nature. Last year I talked about 5 Reasons Why You Need Leopard Print in Your Closet. Check out that post some leopard print motivation.

For my jewelry, I’ve been wearing a Half United necklace I picked up a month ago. I rave about this company in this post. The idea behind Half United is that customers are doing their half by uniting together to make a lasting change in children’s lives. Each product has seven meals built into the cost. These meals go to children in the USA, Haiti, Fiji, and Cambodia. After every three months, Half United divides the funds into four charity partners. This necklace is made out of a recycled bullet casing to show a physical symbol for the fight against hunger.

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If you think you or your friend is bold enough to try a statement shoe here are five bold shoe ideas for the holiday season. Bonus: They’re all under $100.

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What do you think about incorporating masculine accessories in your style? What would you add and how would you wear it? What do you think about bold, masculine shoes? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Half United: Sustainable Fashion that Gives Back

I hope your day is going wonderfully. The holiday season has been on my mind all week. I even filmed a holiday video for work on Tuesday. With that said, I wanted to talk about a great gift that not only is cute but gives back. The last time I was in Albany, I stumbled upon La Luce Boutique. It was an adorable shop filled with sustainable fashion projects and they even had products from few companies I talked about last year. I was thrilled to find a Half United necklace hanging in all its glory. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it.

The idea behind Half United is that customers are doing their half by uniting together to make a lasting change in children’s lives. Each product has seven meals built into the cost. These meals go to children in the USA, Haiti, Fiji, and Cambodia. After every three months, Half United divides the funds into four charity partners.

The partners and locations explained in more detail:

USA: Helps implement farming programs into schools. This allows meals to be packed for the hungry, food to be planted, and community gardens maintained. Half United works with the local communities to help improve daily lives.

Haiti: Each beaded item from Half United is supporting the livelihood and well being of artisans in Haiti. Each beaded item is created by men and women in Papillon. The beaded item is then hand-signed and completely unique.

Fiji: The funds sent to Fiji go towards supporting sustainable, thriving feeding projects at the “NCTC” primary school. Half United has funded sweet potato farms, student garden projects, honeybee farms, chicken coops, and more.

Cambodia: Half United has teamed up with the EAI orphanage in Phnom, Penh Cambodia. EAI focuses on empowering children emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Half United sells different products ranging from slogan tees to jewelry. One item they sell the most is the necklace I’m picturing in this post. The necklace is made out of a recycled bullet casing to represent the fight against hunger. Every time a customer purchases a ‘Fighting Hunter’ necklace, they are peacefully fighting hunger all over the world by providing seven meals to a child in need. Personally, I love this idea of using something that is usually aggressive and harsh and showing it used in a way that can help others. Plus, Half United is recycling metal that would otherwise be thrown away.

This holiday season, when you’re filling up your bellies and dragging yourself out to the madness of Black Friday, think about how you could help others with your gifts. Be on the lookout next week for a full list of sustainable fashion that gives back to communities in need. Afterall, isn’t part of the holiday season helping others? I’ll also be showing how I style this necklace soon.

What do you think about Half United? What do you think about wearing a bullet casing? Let me know in the comments down below.

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The Giving Keys

Hello friend! Hope your week is going well! I had a busy weekend in Boston. Tomorrow will be traveling to New York City for a Copywriter’s workshop. I’m very excited to see what kind of skills they will be highlighting.

Packing for New York City got me thinking about the necklace I constantly put on. You may have noticed this dainty necklace in many of my outfit of the day posts. For example, here are four of my most recent outfits where I wore this necklace:

 

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This necklace is from The Giving Keys, a small company based in Los Angeles. The Giving Keys is a pay it forward company that employees people who are transitioning out of homelessness. They live with a three-word philosophy: dream, create, and inspire.

Each key is labeled with words such as, “dream”, “believe”, “brave”, “hope”, “let go”, and “love.” These words are meant to be a reminder that you can carry with you throughout your daily life. Personally, I decided to pick a small, tiny necklace that reads “dream.” I picked this word because I believe that one day I will be able to make an impact in this world whether that be through my words or my actions. I want to dream of endless opportunities and situations where I can achieve that goal. Wearing this necklace is a constant reminder to make an impact on today, tomorrow, and all the days to come. It’s a touch of inspiration every day.

They have many necklaces and some are a little bit more of an eye-catching statement. I personally want a big silver necklace like the necklace one or the exact same necklace I have in silver. Some of my personal favorites that I’ve been eyeing are the following:

 

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As you may have noticed, I’m starting to write more about pay it forward companies that help other people in their daily lives. I recently did a post on socially conscious tees and want to continue bringing this idea into the fashion world. Fashion can be so much deeper than a pretty pair of clothes or jewelry. With the right plan or idea you can help so many different people just as The Giving Keys. I hope to take you on my journey of finding more and more products that help give people opportunities to thrive in this world.

What is your opinion on companies that pay it forward? Do you know any companies in mind I should look into? Let me know in the comments down below.

P.S. Dream on.

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October Favorites 2017

October has been full of fun birthdays, last minute costumes, awkwardly hot weather, and fun experimentations with fashion. What has been rocking my world and been keeping me very busy is deciding to write more blog posts. I’ve decided to step up to the challenge and post twice a week. To some fashion bloggers that might not seem like a lot, but I decided I have to post more than my normal weekly post. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally be able to start a “Friday Finds” series.

As for my favorites…

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My friend, Courtney, had the brilliant idea of going to Watermark for her birthday. Watermark was hosting their annual Octoberfest filled with tons of beer and $18 pretzels. It was a day filled with good views and even better company. What is not to love  about an event like that?

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Favorite Post: “Camouflage: The Most Underrated Pattern in Fashion

I oddly love finding out the history of fashion and how certain styles come to be. For this post, I decided to look into the history of camouflage. Weirdly enough, I found out that camouflage first made its way into the fashion scene because of Vogue. Did you know that there are more than 19 different patterns of camouflage? Yeah, me either.

Clothing Piece I’ve Been Levitating Towards: Embroidered Jeans

If you couldn’t tell from my last post or my most recent Instagram… I’m hooked. It took me one pair of these magical jeans and I already want to order 12 more. I literally want to order this same pair in black. What is wrong with me? Please, someone convince me to buy something else so that my jean drawer still has the ability to close.

Audiobooks I’ve been loving: “#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso and “Leave Your Mark Land Your Dream Job, Kill it in Your Career, Rock Social Media,” by Aliza Licht. 

As some of you may know, I commute and hour to and from work every day. Besides the fact that you could probably see stress wrinkles already forming on my young, twenty-year-old body, you would never know how much I drive every week. That is because I’ve found the magical app “audible” from Amazon. No, I’m not sponsored but I should be at this point. This brilliant app allows me to download all of these fantastic books. This month I was focusing on self improvement so I downloaded Sophia Amoruso and Alizia Licht’s books. Unlike most self-help books, these two authors know how to write helpful information while packing the books filled with funny, personal stories. I hope that by listening to these two books that my inner Girl Boss will break free… a girl can only hope.

Favorite Instagram Stories: Honeygrow in Hoboken, NJ and Wednesday’s Table in Southold, NY.

I’m usually not one to say a picture says a thousand words, but in this case it totally does. Just looking back and these photos is making me hungry. Honeygrow is a build-it-yourself salad or stir fry place. Wednesday’s Table is a restaurant that isn’t open on Wednesday’s and serves delicious scones, sandwiches, gyros, and wraps. Ugh, my stomach is grumbling.

Favorite Quote of the Month: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” Dr. Seuss.

What was your favorite part about October? What are you looking forward to this November? Let me know in the comments down below.

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4 Tips on Styling the Item You Never Wear

Hello, my lovely reader! I hope your day is going well. When I’m running out of creative style ideas, I pick a random piece of clothing in my closet and try to style a different look with it. That’s what happened with this polka-dot chambray top.

We all have that item in the back of our closets that has been waiting for this opportunity. It’s that item that you only style with that one outfit. Give that outfit a break, and let the beast out of its cage in a different way. My beast was this chambray top and this sequined top. I admit I own two tops that are very similar to this sequined top in a turquoise and gray. Both have rarely seen daylight. That is why I decided to stir up the pot and create an outfit that can finally incorporate two of my closeted beasts.

IMG_1089.JPGIMG_1053Now I admit, looking back at these photos I probably would have gone for a less dramatic shoe and a bag that actually matches. But you know what? There are no mistakes in fashion.

Force yourself to wear the item in three different ways. 

The best tip I can give you is just forcing yourself to wear it. You only wore that awkward length dress twice but don’t have the heart to give it away yet? No worries, force yourself to style it three different ways this month. You never know, maybe one of the looks will end up being one of your favorites.

Layers are your best friend. Try adding a layer to the look to make the item more comfortable to you. 

I’m a sucker for a good layering trick. So pile on different textures, different patterns, or even just clothes themselves. By doing this you may notice that the item pulls the entire outfit together. Even though you’re an adult you can still play dress up!

Mix up the way you think about the item.

For example, button downs can be cardigans or tied around the waist, tank tops can be worn over shirts or peak out underneath shirts, and dresses can be worn as skirts and shirts. There are so many different combinations you can do with wearing a certain item. Think creatively.

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This tip doesn’t stop at personal relationships but dives into fashion as well. Let’s face it. We all have items we grow old of. If you’ve tried the three outfits trick and layering trick and still think you might not wear it, it’s time to visit Goodwill or eBay. I’ve been a huge eBay fanatic right now and have been selling things up the wazoo. It’s a great way to get rid of old clothes and make quick cash for some new clothes. If that is too much of a hassle drive to Goodwill and donate your clothes. You’ll be helping a lot of people out and getting rid of that beast. Random eBay Tip: if you grew up with Pokemon cards and still have the time it’s time to go dig them up. They’re worth a ton of money online right now. 

As for my chambray and sequin tops, I think they’re going to stay around for some time. I tried out the three wears trick and ended up liking a few of my ideas. But if I don’t wear those outfits or these items in the next three months they might end up on eBay.

IMG_1051.jpgHow do you try and salvage items you never wear anymore? Let me know in the comments down below.

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