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. 

Mixing Styles: Sweet and Edgy

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?

Mixing Styles: Sweet and Edgy

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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Summer Recap 2017

Hello my lovely readers! Our summer chapter has come to an end and fall is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more excited to throw on extra layers and pull autumn colors into my wardrobe. Before I do all that, I wanted to throw it back to a little bit of a summer outfit recap. This summer I’ve been really into floral patterns and maxi dresses. What was your go to?

I start out summer with a trip to Lavender by the Bay in Long Island. I absolutely love how this “edgy” outfit looked contrasted with the feminine lavender flowers. If you missed out on this post, I would definitely revisit this post because Lavender by the Bay is great destination to go visit if you’re ever in the North Fork of Long Island.

I always love stretching out dresses and tops into different outfits. That is why in this post I show how you can make a crop top appropriate just by simply throwing it over a dress. Now you really don’t have a reason why you can’t wear a crop top in public!

One of my favorite events that happened this summer was going to Her Conference in New York City. It was incredibly inspirational hearing from so many influential women. Since the conference, I’ve been diving into a few books. I’m half way into The Big Life by Ann Shoket and it is nearly impossible to put it down. Expect a post about it shortly.

I just graduated in May and my college has already had a reunion. A couple hundred of Siena Grads went to Saratoga Race Track and bet on horses. I talk about the reunion in my post What to Wear to a Horse Race.

My lovely cousin was married to the love of her life in August. The wedding included a beautiful ceremony, crazy dance moves, and pie. Plus, it was my first time visiting Virginia so I was over the moon about the whole experience. Fun fact: I’ve now been to 13 countries and 13 states.  If you want to check out what to wear to a barn wedding and some more wedding photos check out this post.

There is this weird giddy feeling I have when I get to break out green pants for the fall. Check out this summer outfit transitioning into fall. Plus, I’ve added some new pins to my jackets and they’re pretty cool if I say so myself.

I finally admit my height in this post. Did you know I’ve been asked how tall I am because apparently my photos make me look much taller than I am? I’m not really sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing… I’ll let you be the judge of that. So if you’re an awkward height like me, check out this post on how to make sure your maxi dress isn’t swallowing you whole.

I finally decided to let you know a little secret about me… I hate rompers. Check out some weird reasons why I have a love/hate relationship with this fashion piece.

There you have it! That is my lovely farewell to summer… bring on the sweaters and jackets!

What was your favorite look or trend this summer? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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True Life: I Mildly Hate Rompers

Hello my lovely reader! I’m definitely one of those obnoxious people who love fall. Now, I’m not a pumpkin spice girl, but I can’t say no to a good comfy sweater. With that said, here is my last outfit for the summer of 2017… hold your tears.

AE Romper

I’ve never been a romper girl. I know some of you are probably punching her computer or click out of the screen as you read further… but hear me out. I drink an excessive amount of water. With that said, I pee just as much. I don’t know how you romper lovers do it. It is impossible to get out of these things! The work! It’s outrageous.

On the bright side, the amount of time that you would have taken to plan an actual outfit can be geared towards actually taking off the romper to pee. Okay, that sounds like a minor plus. I’m still skeptical though…

AE RomperMy second issue with rompers is that they’re either incredibly boring or incredible intricate. You’ll see rompers with these insane sleeves and buttons in random, unneeded places. Luckily, I found this pretty interesting but still mildly low-key romper from American Eagle. I actually decided to try on this romper because of the fun lace up detail. It might even be fun to wear the top part of this romper as a shirt and throw a pair of high waisted jeans over… that would add to my issue above though… stay tuned I might report back.

Lastly, my biggest issue with rompers is that the shorts are always impossibly short. I feel like every fashion designer went to a meeting in NYC and planned that all of the shorts have to be itty bitty. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but why are they all so obnoxiously short?

To get around that major issue, I decided to pair this long cardigan over it. The cardigan hits mid thigh (where the romper should be hitting) so it makes it look as if my legs are much longer.

Pictures taken in good ole’ Albany the same weekend I went to Saratoga.

I’m sorry for being a romper hater. Hopefully you’ll still love my blog. This romper has slightly changed my mind, but you’ll most likely never see another romper on this blog/my body. I could possibly see myself trying a jumpsuit in the future because it would cut out my third/main problem… we’ll see.

What do you think about rompers? Does it bother you that the shorts are always way too short or do you think they’re perfect the way they are? Let me know in the comments down below.

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How to Make Sure a Maxi Dress Doesn’t Swallow You Whole

Hello my lovely readers! Styling maxi dresses can be nearly impossible… especially when you’re 5′ 4″ or shorter. I’m at this awkward height that I can technically pass for petite sizes, but I’m also on the cusp of being an average height. As a result, I constantly ask myself if I should buy regular or petite sizes. So if you’re like me and have a difficult time making sure your dress doesn’t swallow you and make you look like you’re swimming in fabric… here are some tips for you.

Boho Maxi

Tip: Find pattern alterations or silhouette alterations that break up the fabric. 

This cool thing about this dress is that the pattern helps break up the amount of fabric drastically. The bust of the dress is decorated in this beautiful orange pattern that matches the bottom hem. This addition creates an illusion that the middle part of the dress is much longer making me appear lean and tall. Although I’m only 5’4″ this dress actually makes me appear 3-4 inches taller.

Tip: Don’t underestimate the power of a good belt.

When dresses or long blouses are breezy they can make you appear much longer. A tip to help fix this is adding a simple or detailed belt. It instantly makes your waist look so much smaller. Plus, it adds a little bit of extra detail to your outfit and who doesn’t love that?

Boho Maxi

Tip: Try playing around with the pockets in front of the mirror before you decide on the dress. 

Even though pockets on dresses and skirts are incredibly magical, sometimes they can make it add unnecessary fabric. I’m not hating on pockets in dresses, I absolutely love them (subject A ^). So functional! However, sometimes they can make your hips look wider than they actually are. Thankfully, these pockets are very deep so that can lay flat on my thigh where as shorter pockets would bunch up at my hip. But hey, sometimes function overrides fashion so if you love the fact that it has pockets go for it girl!

Boho Maxi

What are your helpful tips for making sure a maxi dress doesn’t swallow you whole? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Why You Need Olive Pants for the Fall Season 

Hello lovely readers! I don’t know about you, but for some reason Connecticut did a 360° this weekend and drastically dropped in temperature. Weirdly enough, I kinda love it. Fall is right around the corner and I cannot wait for the leaves to change color. I’m embarrassed to say, the one trend I don’t partake in the fall are spiced pumpkin lattes. Maybe one day…

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As a result of the crisp, fall air appearing randomly in August, I had to break out my olive green pants. No worries, I tried to keep it as summery as possibly by keeping my light blue jean jacket and these adorable gold shoes from White Mountain. I especially love the subtle details on this white fringe tank. I found it on the clearance section at Loft so be on the lookout if you stop by anytime soon. Although olive green is meant to be a fall color, I think it fits in well with this chilly, August day. It’s a perfect transition color from summer to fall. 

Mystic, Connecticut

Tip: Mix and match blues, whites, yellows, browns, and oranges with olive green.

I’m a traditionalist in the sense that I’m a big fan of adding a classic white shirt with colored pants. However, I also love pairing fun colors that make the outfit more interesting. I have a fun orangyyellow shirt that pairs perfectly with these olive pants because it adds interest to the look. Olive pants are great for the fall because they make a base for the colors you see in naturally in nature. 

Tip: Don’t forget to have fun with your outfit by adding bold prints or an odd textures to your outfit.

Sometimes it can be a little nerve racking about playing with a fun print or a loud texture and a colored pant. Don’t fear! By thinking of colored pants as a neutral you add so much dimension into your look. If you’re aiming to create an interesting outfit, try a fun polkadot or a striped shirt over colored pants.

Mystic, Connecticut

Olive pants are great for a number of reasons but the #1 reason why I think they’re perfect for fall is because they drift away from the classic blue denim. They’re still in the same color family and can be used as a neutral. They’re the ideal gateway pant if you want to try colored pants. 

Pins oh my

Tip: If you’re scared of a bold color start with neutrals. 

Neutrals are classic and will never look go out of style. So aim for the traditional colors like white, black, brown, and dark blue. You can add little bits of personality into these neutral items by adding items that well a story. You’ve probably seen this jacket in my spring post, but I’ve added a few personal pins to the collection. I studied abroad my junior year of college and collected pins in every new place I visited. I added a few of these pins to my jacket to include a little personality to my look. You can do something similar with pins, paint, or buttons. The options are limitless! 

No worries, I still have two more summer posts creeping their way into my upcoming posts. I just needed to break out my green pants as early as I could!

Blue jeans aside, what are your favorite colored jeans to wear? Are you just as excited as I am to break out your fall clothes? Let me know in the comments down below! 

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What to Wear to a Summer Barn Wedding

Hello darling! This past weekend my cousin, Sarah, got married. It was a wedding straight out of a fairytale. Everything was done perfectly including the live band, flowers, food, and out of control dancing. My family busted more moves than one and moved in directions I didn’t even know existed. As my mom says, we really did ‘bust a rug.’

I’ve only been two other weddings, one where I was a flower girl and one where I was a guest. So, you may say I’m a wedding amateur. As a result of this, my outfit tips are from the experience I had at this Virginia barn wedding and hot days in general.

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Tip: Pick a material or silhouette that can breathe. 

Whatever you do… do not wear cotton. Cotton holds in heat and will be sure to make you a hot, sweaty mess. I purposely decided to wear this dress because of how the bottom of the skirt moved. If this was a tighter dress 1. I wouldn’t be able to eat as much as I wanted  later on and 2. I would be a sweat monster. Thus, when looking for a dress make sure either the material itself can breathe or the style of the dress is breatheable. By the way, this dress is on super sale right now for $15.

Tip one: Pick a light color so that if you do sweat no one can tell. 

So it’s probably going to be inevitable that you’re going to sweat on a hot day in August. So, do yourself a huge favor and buy a light colored dress (not white!) so no one can tell. Regardless of this dress being breatheable, I was still sweating. So, aim for a light color with a pattern on it so it is even less noticeable. Black and navy are also a great options to hide sweat marks but it will make you hotter due to the dark hue.

 

Virginia Summer Barn Wedding

Tip: For a purse, carry something small but not too small. You don’t want to lug around a huge tote bag, but you also want to make sure you can carry around the essentials. 

I actually purchased this envelope clutch the day of the wedding at an outlet directly across our hotel. The clutch was originally $122 (yikes!) and I purchased it for $35. I couldn’t find a link for this clutch online so if you want it (and you want to put a ring on it) hop on over to an outlet near you. It comes in black too!

Don’t forget to pack the essentials: sunglasses, chapsticks, small change, wedding card, and cell phone.

Virginia Summer Barn Wedding

 

Virginia Summer Barn Wedding

This one is important…

Tip: Take as many pictures as you can with your family and friends.

It isn’t very often that I get to see my whole family at once, so when we do get to see each other we try to make the most of it. One of my brother’s lives in Arkansas and another lives in New York. Now that I’m living back in Connecticut, it isn’t very often that I see my brothers. Make the most of the wedding by taking pictures, dancing up a storm, and celebrating the loved ones getting married. You’ll want to remember everything by these wonderful pictures. P.S. Don’t forget to use the wedding’s hashtag! 

Virginia Summer Barn Wedding

 

But really, how beautiful was this wedding location? They had it down to a science from the band to the ceremony. So here is to Sarah and Justin for moving onto their next chapter.  I couldn’t be happier for them.

Do you have any tips for attending a hot wedding? I’ll be attending two weddings next summer so I’ll definitely need a few tips for next year. Let me know in the comments down below.

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What to Wear to a Horse Race

Hello darling! This past weekend, my college hosted a 100 days post graduation event at the Saratoga Race Track. I know it sounds insanely early, but our class needed it. It was so refreshing hearing how well people are already doing and how eager they are to take on life.

For those who have never been to a horse race, it is quite an experience. The pure joy people get just by placing bets as low as $1 is phenomenal. If you’re like one of my friends you may win $80-$300 in a day or if you’re like me you’ll win $5. Regardless how much you win, it’s a blast.

My first time going was last year and I was thrilled that I was able to go again. This time I didn’t wear a floppy hat but instead a cute dress from Loft and this fun little necklace from J.Crew. (The necklace is on sale online for $24.55, but I purchased it for $14.99. Check the outlet store for a cheaper price).

What to bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, alcohol (no glass bottles are allowed), water, chair, and lunch. 

You’re going to be out in the sun so make sure you hydrate and keep your skin protected! Alcohol is allowed to be brought in coolers but glass is prohibited. Most people go to the track very early and claim a table or area with chairs/table clothes. If you want a good spot, get there very early and bring a few chairs. You’ll thank yourself later in the day. 

Saratoga Track

Tip: Go for lighter colors because it will keep you cool. Add a bright color accessory if you think your outfit is too dull. 

I made the mistake of wearing a navy dress last year and was seriously regretting it. I was incredibly happy in this light colored dress. Plus, I was able to wear my fun new necklace! Rob kept telling me that it looked like a fishing lure… oh well, I like it!

Tip: Wear comfortable shoes.

There is a solid 50% girls who wear wedges/heels and another 50% who wear flats/sandals. I definitely recommend going for the comfier option because you’ll be on your feet most of they day placing bets or watching the actual race. The shoes I’m wearing might be super weird looking but oh-my-god nothing is comfier than these sandals. I talked about them two years ago and still am madly in love with them.

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Tip: Wear something that is lightweight and you can easily move in.

Luckily for me, this adorable dress has a little peep hole in the back of the dress. The fun dress, romper, or skirt might be a great idea at the time but if you’re constantly pulling it down or having to readjust it you’re going to have a bad time at the track. Plus, don’t you want to focus that time on actually winning some mulah? Go for the option that you’re comfiest in. 

Tip: Saratoga hotels are super expensive. Try staying in a neighboring city. 

We actually bought our hotel super late so we weren’t able to get a hotel closer to Saratoga. I would recommend Malta or Ballston Spa. We ended up staying in the Hilton in Albany. We really enjoyed it mainly because we were able to eat brunch at Iron Gate. The Uber ride is about $47 to Saratoga, but we actually lucked out with one of our friends driving there. Definitely not that bad considering you’d save $100-$300 by staying further away.

Have you ever been to the track? Do you have any betting tricks up your sleeve? Let me know in the comments down below.

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