Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Is November 13 too early to put up Christmas decorations? If you said no you wouldn’t be surprised walking into my house. Over the weekend, my mother put all six of our Christmas trees up. Yes, you read that right, six Christmas trees. We currently have four large trees and two small. We’re actually missing a tree because we threw one out last year. Our large trees consist of a folk art tree, antique tree, snowman tree, family tree, and animal tree. The two small trees have baby ornaments and cardinals. Be sure to be on the lookout for the Christmas spirit on my Instagram Stories.

With the drop of temperature and cheerful Christmas tunes blasting on the radio, I decided to pull out my favorite green scarf and lacy, sweater dress.  There is something about a huge oversized scarf can instantly pull an outfit together. It doesn’t matter if you have a food baby or if you accidentally spill something on yourself… a big scarf is there for you.

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Thanksgiving is actually a holiday my family never really celebrated the “traditional” way. My mom usually recruits field hockey players so she has never been around for a Thanksgiving. Normally, my father usually just smokes fish or grills steaks instead of cooking a traditional turkey. Some years we all picked a favorite dish and made that. Mine is always mashed potatoes (yumm)! Last year, was the first time we celebrated it the “traditional” way at my brother’s house.

This year, I’ll be traveling to my brother’s house again and I’ll be rocking this outfit. This outfit is perfect for Thanksgiving because its chic and will be able to hide my massive food baby. Plus, if I accidentally spill some cranberry sauce on myself I’ll be in the perfect position to hide it. Gotta love big chunky scarves! If you’re still thinking about your Thanksgiving outfit consider a big, chunky scarf like this one. It’ll hide your food belly, cover your spills, and add the perfect amount of color to your outfit.

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What do you traditionally do for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite food? What do you plan on wearing for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Why You Should Own Embroidered Jeans

Hello friend! I hope your Halloween was spooky and weird. Hopefully, many children came to your house and screamed “trick or treat” at you. Weirdly enough, we didn’t have that many trick or treaters this year. When I was little, we used to have a plethora of children running around our street. Children from other neighborhoods would come to my street on hayrides. I really hope that the trick or treating spirit isn’t dying but instead the children in my area have grown up.

Speaking of childhood, these pants brought me back to a weird memory of being tormented by my brothers and cousins. You see, I’ve always loved funky pants. I remember being tormented by my brothers and cousins because of this one pair of pants I would wear. They were awesome. They had this funky, abstract print and were made out of this mauve, pink color. “Logan Pink Pants Porter” still rings in my ears to this day. As you can tell, that chant or slight harassment didn’t deter me away from styling these awesome pants. IMG_4890.jpgStudded pants have been all the rage last year and they continue to dip into fall. Amal Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Bella Hadid are just a handful of celebrities that have supported this major trend. Now, I’m not one to always jump on the trend bandwagon, but I couldn’t help but listen to my inner child when I saw this pair of pants. Not only were they studded but they also had these beautifully embroidered flowers. If that wasn’t enough for me to yank on the pair and drag them up to the cashier… they were also on sale. It’s like the pant-Gods were throwing lightning bolts at my feet. I just had to get them. IMG_4888.jpg

IMG_4896.jpgSo are embroidered jeans worth picking up? I think yes, yes, and double yes. This trend dates back to the 60’s and 70’s where embroidered jeans were all the rage. Artists and hippies decided to give life to their causal jeans and design them with colorful threads, patches, and textiles. Flowers, like the ones I’m wearing, were often placed on jeans to go alongside the bohemian and Woodstock influence. Although the patches and studs weren’t as carefully placed as they are in this 2017 trend, the embroidery still has a similar objective: to allow expression into your everyday style.

A few reasons why you should jump on this trend:

  • Embroidery is a great way to express your personal style. There are political and movement patches you can incorporate.
  • These pants allow you to experiment with another style. If you remember this post, you know I’m big on experimenting with fashion.
  • Adds another texture to your outfit, which adds dimension to your outfit.
  • Allows an opportunity to start a conversation.
  • Opportunity to wear neutrals without thinking twice about it.

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The best part about these jeans is that you can create them yourself. You could simply grab patches and start sewing or ironing them on. But, if you want the easy way out I found a few similar pairs:

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1 ($59.99), 2 ($119.50), 3 ($47), 4 ($92), 5 ($32)

What is your opinion on the embroidered jean? Would you rock a pair of embroidered jeans? 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.

IMG_1077.JPGKnow when it’s time to say goodbye. 

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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Three Jackets You Need This Fall

Do you ever get this warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach when you think about something special? I feel that way when I think about fall. I don’t know if it is the hot chocolate getting to me, but I get this gooey feeling whenever I see a leaf fall or a pumpkin roll over. If you think of a cinnamon being pulled apart that is pretty much how I feel on a daily basis. My family puts up a freaking Halloween tree in the month of October. No joke. I’ll do any fall activity that comes my way. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw I carved a pumpkin this past weekend. No worries, this post contains 0% pumpkins. I figured you’re probably sick of seeing them on your feed.

My favorite part about fall is finally being able to wear more layers and, in this case, more jackets. Some people are shoe junkies, I’m a jacket/layer junkie. A jacket can do so much to any outfit by creating a totally different atmosphere. For example, a jean jacket with similar pants made me look feminine and girly, but when I put on this leather jacket I look edgy and mysterious. Sure, my obnoxious smile takes away from the dare devil image I was ‘trying’ to create, but you get the point.

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Jackets are an essential for your fall wardrobe. The three vital jackets I have on repeat are: 

Jean Jacket. Style: Sweet, feminine, casual.

Jean jackets are the ultimate staple of the girl next door. The soft hues and lightweight material makes it perfect for day time. Plus, it is by far the easiest thing to throw on a lightweight dress. This is the perfect jacket for those awkward warm fall days. My favorite posts of this jacket are this post and this post.

Suede Jacket. Style: Chic, fashionable, dressy. 

Suede jackets are the perfect in-between day and night jackets. The soft material is perfect for adding extra texture to all of your outfits. This jacket is literally perfect for any fall activity. My favorite looks wearing my favorite suede jacket are this post, this post, and this post.

Leather Jacket. Style: Edgy, mysterious, wild. 

Lastly, jean jackets are the ultimate show stopper jacket. If you want to make an impression go for this harsh textile and turn some heads. This jacket is perfect for transitioning a summer dress to fall or just spicing up a rather bland outfit like this one. I show how to transition a summer dress to fall in this post.

If you really want to push this list, another jacket you should get is a trench coat. Trench coats are extremely versatile and will always remain a classic. Plus, their neutral hue is perfect for the fall weather. Something more trendy would be a fur jacket that has been all the range last fall and this upcoming fall. Plus, it gives you the extra warmth on the colder, fall days. 

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Without this jacket, this look would have turned out being just a normal striped shirt paired with some colored pants. By throwing on this leather jacket, it has developed a whole new vibe to the look. A daring vibe I’m not used to but slowly adapting to. Plus, who doesn’t love being edgy for a day or two?

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What is your go to fall layer? Are you jacket obsessed like me? Do you like jean, suede, or leather jackets more? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Camouflage: The Most Underrated Pattern in Fashion

Camouflage doesn’t get nearly the enough attention it should. Normal patterns and textiles like lace, floral, cheetah, leopard, polka-dots and stripes suck up all the attention and leave nothing for poor, ole’ camouflage. Which is weird because this wasn’t always the case. In 1943, Vogue was the first to recognize camouflage in the fashion world. Eventually with the war, artists and fashion designers like Andy Warhol, Christian Dior, and Nicole Miller it would become a national phenomenon.

I admit I wasn’t always the biggest fan of camouflage because I never realized how many different patterns there are. I was used to seeing camouflage for strictly hunting purposes such the patterns Mossy Oak and RealTree. According to Heddels, there are 12 distinct camouflage patterns used in modern day fashion. I was completely unaware of all 12. That was until I decided to break out of my comfort zone, yet again, and purchase my first camouflage piece. IMG_4549.jpg

Tip: Pair camouflage jackets as a neutral statement piece. 

When I saw this camouflage jacket in Francesca’s, I knew it would soon be put in a bag and carried home. Don’t be fooled by the clear skies and dry hair, this jacket is actually a rain jacket. I decided to style the jacket like a normal jacket to give my outfit an extra fun pattern. Sometimes when you’re trying a new pattern might as well go all out. If you’re willing to do so, pair the pattern just as you would pair a neutral color. Pair it with other patterns and loud colors… after all, fashion is supposed to be fun.

Tip: If you want to tone down the camouflage, pair it with colors you would regularly see in nature. 

When taken out of a natural environment camouflage changes from a textile intended to conceal to a textile intended to make a statement. If you’re worried about making a loud statement with this pattern, pair it with colors the pattern would naturally be around. Colors like browns, blacks, olives, and even oranges can make the pattern seem less bold.

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Biggest Reason: Adding a camouflage creates an instant chic vibe to any outfit. If anything, it makes it seem like you know something about fashion. (I’m still trying to pull that off).

By taking off the jacket this outfit doesn’t have nearly as much of a “wow” factor as it has with a camouflage jacket. The extra pattern and layer add so much to an outfit, which is why I’m so obsessed with the textile as of lately. Don’t let a new pattern freak you out, you’ll rock it just like you rock your classic stripes.

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Have I convinced you that you need camouflage in your life? Here are five options that I’m obsessed with. I currently own the American Eagle jeans but I’m seriously eyeing the other four items. I mean the jacket from J.Crew… 

J.Crew Jacket,  Aerie Leggings (sale),    Express Shirt,     Lulu T-shirt,     AE Jeans (sale)

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What do you think about camouflage? Do you own any camouflage or would you? Let me know in the comments down below.

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How I Maintain My Sanity During My Daily Commute

Hello my lovely readers! I hope all your days are going smashingly (I hope you read that in the voice of Nigel Thornberry). As some of you may know, I commute an hour to and from work every day. Depending on the traffic, sometimes the commute takes an hour and a half. To some that may sound insane, but I have a love-hate relationship with my daily commute.

As a result of my commute, I’ve had more opportunities to reflect on my day to day life and work on things that may need more attention. Reflecting could mean rethinking what I wrote at work or even what I’m going to be doing this upcoming weekend. If I wasn’t forced in a car for 2-3 hours every day I wouldn’t have time to think about these things and reflect as much as I have.

I do admit that sometimes reflecting gets either boring or overwhelming so I’ve decided to share my secrets on how I survive the long commute.

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Download Waze.

If you don’t already know what Waze is you need to open your app store right now and download it. This app has become a life saver whenever I hit traffic. I turn on the app and it either tells me how long I’m going to sit in traffic or a convenient route around the construction, accident, etc. The nice thing about the app is that it changes in real time through other users reports.

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Go-to Casual LookFind a podcast you love.

This is the biggest life saver for me. I’ve been commuting for almost three months and I’m addicted to listening to “Anna Farris is Unqualified” and “Small Town Murder”.

“Anna Farris is Unqualified” is a great podcast if you love listening to famous people discuss how they got where they are now. I’m not someone who particularly pays attention to actresses and actors so most of the time I have no idea who they actually are.  After Anna and the special guests banters, they take relationship questions from listeners. It’s nice hearing the special guest’s story, but I’ve developed a bad habit where I usually just skip to the part where Anna and the guest answer relationship advice. It is so interesting hearing about issues that are going on in other peoples’ lives and thinking about why advice I would give them. Is that weird?

Now the podcast that I literally cannot stop listening to is “Small Town Murder.” As most of you know, I grew up in a small town (around 4,000 people live in my town). There haven’t been any murders in my small town (that I know of), but I find it so interesting hearing about other towns. The podcasts starts off with two comedians giving a brief overview of the town and then gets into the murder that occurred there. They do in depth research about the horrible tragedy and then develop a comedic spin on poking fun at the murderer. You normally don’t hear comedy and murder in the same sentence but these two comedians figured out how to tastefully liven up this grotesque topic.

 

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Depending on the opportunity, like the awesome opportunity I currently have, sometimes commuting long distances can be worth it. I’m constantly on the edge of my seat listening to my podcasts, so I really don’t mind.

I have four more episodes of “Small Town Murder” to listen to, so if you have any other podcasts I should try let please let me know in the comments down below.

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How to Get Out of Your Fashion Rut

Hello my lovely readers! I never can quite tell if The start of fall begins the day after Labor Day or the actual scientific date (September 22). Regardless, fall is upon us. As I say often, fall is my favorite season because it means I can stack on more layers and try new outfits. A win-win in my book.

I do admit, this outfit is pretty daring for me. After falling in love with the adorable studded detail,  I decided to purchase this rebellious jacket from Marshall’s. I’m not someone who typically wears edgy jackets, but I couldn’t pass up a fun jacket like this one. Plus, it’s similar to my favorite black suede jacket.

Sometimes I fall into this rut where I seem to always be levitating to the same outfits. Usually it is a classic white tee, a colored pant, and a fun necklace. It’s my go to outfit but sometimes it gets a little boring. That is why I came up with a few ideas to shake me out of my fashion coma.

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Tip one: Try taking a risk once or twice a month.

This is a tip that is pretty hard to follow myself. Taking a risk can be terrifying especially when it comes to expressing yourself. In order to keep things fresh, I aim to switch up my style once or twice a month. This may include trying something funky with my hair, wearing a bold lip, or trying an article of clothing that I normally wouldn’t reach for. It can be so easy to get into the same routine so this helps me add some pizzaz into my daily life.

I admit, sometimes trying new things fails drastically. But even when it does fail, it’s a great learning opportunity. I’ve tried new hairstyles where I can tell people are raising eyebrows at at me all day. I’ve tried outfits that I know are a little crazy, but I have fun dressing up for the day. Taking life too serious is something we all do too much of. Sometimes it’s fun to look a little crazy.

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Tip two: Add a new texture or silhouette to your wardrobe. 

We live in a life filled with an exaggerated list of textiles and silhouettes. Try spicing things up with unexpected texture combinations or silhouettes you would normally steer clear of. These little changes can do a drastic 360° to your current wardrobe. Plus, you get to be out of your shell for once.

Tip three: Worry less what people think and care more what you think. 

Hate that new trend? Great! Don’t buy it. Sometimes I feel as if people just buy fashion pieces because they’re in style. Don’t let that change your mind. If you hate mules don’t buy them because they’re in style. Don’t let the masses change your mind. I’m guilty of trying to love rompers, but ultimately hating them… I mean it’s impossible to go the bathroom in those things! So I’ve try to steer clear of them because I know I’ll never be a fan. So if you’re not loving a trend then don’t feel like you have to try and love it.Mixing Styles: Sweet and EdgyMixing Styles: Sweet and Edgy

Tip four: Don’t under estimate the power of a fun pattern or a witty graphic tee. 

Funny graphic tees are my weakness. They’re so great to tie over a bold pattern dress or colored pants. These two things are my kryptonite. With that said, if you really want to update your look invest or slowly develop a wardrobe with these two things in it. They can add so much to any look without lifting a finger and you can mix and match the items to create wingless outfit options. Now, to others this same tip might be having a classic button down or solid blazer. Each person has their “item” that they know makes their style what it is. Graphic tees and fun patterns are mine. What is yours?

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Regardless of how you update your style, make sure it reflects who you are. What are your tips and tricks to getting out of a fashion rut? Are you excited for fall as much as me? Let me know in the comments down below!

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