5 Questions You Should Ask While Shopping

Hello darlings! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I wanted to make this post before we entered a new season. This past break I cleaned out my closet at home and went through items that I thought I was crazy for buying. Going through my closet made me realize something, I need to ponder more before I pull out my wallet. I’ve come up with a few questions that I’ll be starting to ask myself more and hopefully give you guys some advice before pulling out your wallet.

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Would you buy that item full price?

I love outlet shopping because of the great deals. However, I often have to stop and ask myself if I would still buy the item if it was full price. Would I shell out on this $40 graphic tee or am I only buying it because it is $10. I think we all love a good bargain but we should stop and ask ourselves if we really need an item.

What three outfits can you wear this with? Example: Suede Jacket

After you’re done with trying to figure out if you’d buy that coat for the full price, ask yourself if you can picture yourself actually wearing it. I’m guilty of buying items that I know will be great additions to trends and blog posts. However, in this upcoming year I’m trying to think of more ways I can wear items before I buy them. What color and style pants does this top go with? Do I own those pants? Do I really need another pair of black jeans?

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What is it made of? Will it last?

Did I pay a pretty penny for this jacket? Absolutely. But it has lasted me all throughout Italy, last winter, and this winter. Since it it made with great stitching and material, it was definitely worth the pretty penny. I will pay a pretty penny on American Eagle jeans because I know they’ll last forever. I’ve had a pair of Lululemon leggings from senior year of high school and they look brand new as I wear them my senior year of college. Although you’re spending a ton of money on a product you know that it will last forever. One pair of nice leggings is worth way more than 15 see through leggings. Same goes for jeans, shirts, and basic tees. Things you should splurge on for quality are things that you know that you’ll be wearing for a long time. Solid shirts, jeans, boots, and jackets. All are necessities that will be best if you pay a little bit more in order for them to last longer.

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Where is it made? Do you feel like you’re making a good global decision? 

I recently shopped at Tarte because I was looking for a new concealer. I was a little reluctant to buy the product but I quickly changed my mind when I heard the company was cruelty free.  There have been many scandals about how clothes are made and that may or may not make you feel better. If you want to look more into good global decision companies check out this post.

Am I only buying it because it looks good on the model? Will it actually look good on me?

Whenever I online shop I usually end up with a billion items I don’t need in the shopping card. I swear it always looks like this:

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I think it is totally okay to carry on this unhealthy obsession of adding things to your shopping bag. However, before you click the wonderful “Check Out Now” button ask yourself if you’re only buying it because it looks good on the model. I think it is something we’re all guilty of. I mean it’s great advertising and the models do get paid to make sure that we want the item. I tend neck lines and shirt sleeves before I buy things. I know that I don’t look good in thick straps but look good in thin strap tops. So although it may look phenomenal on the model, I try to stay away from that. If you don’t know what you look good in and don’t look good in off the top of your head, look at your closet now. Do you have more of one style rather than another? It’s probably because you’re either drawn to that style of you look best in it.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions we should asks ourselves before we pull out our wallets. Do you already ask some of these questions before you buy something?

As always,

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Sunday Snapshot: First Full Week of 2016

Hello darlings! I hope you had a wonderful week and didn’t freeze too much!

I found this fantastic 70s themed jacket in Marshalls. I bought it and then returned it. I figured I wouldn’t wear it that much. Really though, how fantastic it though?

My mom is a field hockey coach at Wesleyan. For those who do not know, the mascot is a cardinal. I drew this picture when I was little and it is still on my mom’s bulletin board. Don’t worry, I’m still a wonderful artist.

Here is my wonderful puppy, Butch, trying to fit on the ottoman. Isn’t he just precious?

This is what I’ve been doing for the majority of the week. Well, besides going to the gym every day. I’ve been reading your lovely blogs, reading What To Eat, painting my nails, and playing with my agenda. It’s so nice doing nothing.


I can’t tell if it’s sad that the first time I cut a pineapple was just the other day. I’ll let you be the judge of that. I also I made this delicious salad. It is just cut up peppers, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, olive oil, and sea salt. It’s great for a little crunch.

If you’re a college student like me, what have you been doing with your break? I go back next Monday! I’m so excited to see the changes in my school and to see my friends!

As always,

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Before you go back to school shopping…

you should know what you’re getting yourself into. I always make a list of things I want to get before I go back to school shopping. It makes it easier and you won’t over buy stuff you don’t really need. Here are 6 things I think are necessary for transitioning summer into fall clothes. (All pictures are from Pintrest)

Chambray Top.

Chambray tops are by far the best tops to own. Why? They can be worn in several different ways dresses, cover ups, regular top, crop top, jacket, or tied around the waist. When it starts getting colder in the fall you’ll be thankful you have an extra layer.

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Army Green Pants.

Okay, so I’ve actually been searching for army green pants since last year. I finally found them this summer (at Charlotte Russe) and have never been so excited. They go so well with stripes, plaid, white, brown, orange, maroon, the list goes on and on. I actually had at least 15+ pictures to choose from, but here are my favorite three outfits.

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Maroon Pants.

Along with army green pants, maroon pants are perfect for fall. I love mixing them with army green and patterns. I have the American Eagle maroon leggings and they’re by far the comfiest colored pants I own.

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Military Vest/Jacket.

The trend continues and I’m loving it. I find these vests make dressy dresses look more casual and effortless. I had to include six pictures because I just loved these outfits so much!

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Shift dress.

They’re super easy to style and you can make a million different outfits with them by just adding different shirts. You can tie one around your waist, tie up a shirt, belt a shirt, the list goes on and on. I’ll be bringing a few of these to Italy with me and you can see how many different outfits you can make with just one simple dress. (Hint: Spaghetti strap dresses are easier to make more outfits around because you can add more layers to them).

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A Pair of Good Jeans.

Straight, boyfriend, relaxed, flair, high-waisted, low rise, jeggings, the list goes on and on. It doesn’t matter which pair of jeans you want to rock this season, but invest in a pair that won’t fade over the years. Personally, my favorite fit is American Eagle because they fit like a glove and last a life time. Seriously though, I’ve had jeans from American Eagle since 8th grade.

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There may be other things you want to get to take your outfits to the next level like loud shoes, awesome necklaces, funky hats, but these are just the some of essentials I think every girl kind of needs in her wardrobe.

Think I missed something? Let me know in the comments.

As always,

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Spring/Pierre-Auguste Renoir Inspiration

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French painter in the Impressionist movement. Renoir was so dedicated that even when his arthritis caused him to be wheelchair bound he continued to paint. He actually had to strap a paintbrush to his paralyzed fingers so he could continue his work. Two of his paintings have sold for more than $70 million. So obviously he was pretty good at what he did. You can look at more of his paintings if you click on me.

Since it’s starting to get warm in upstate New York, I figured you’d want to get inspired by some spring like paintings and outfit creations. Enjoy! (P.s. if you want to steal any of the clothes just click on the picture and it will direct you to where you can get the pieces!)

(c) Glasgow Museums; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The Painter’s Garden
I love the different hues of this painting. The variety of different hues of green and browns really make the image come alive. So I thought that if I were to be put into this painting I would be wearing these awesome edgy flats… they’re Valentino so I wouldn’t actually ever be caught wearing $745 flats because frankly I find them a waste of money… BUT they are very cute I give it that. But this faux leather jacket is to die for an mixing it with these super cute zipper jeans (also extremely expensive) is what I imagine being in this garden would be like.
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Vase of Chrysanthemums
Vase of Chrysanthemums
I had a million different ideas for this painting but as soon as I found these pants I basically was like that it! Found it! Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. These are amazing pants I would wear them all the time. I fell in love actually. But moving on from my crazy feelings towards these pants… how do you style crazy pants like this? It’s actually pretty simple! You find one color in the pants and try to match it to the best of your ability for your top. Try not to make it too crazy or it will become overwhelming to the eye. The best way to wear loud pants is to find the color that it the least in the pants and wearing it up top. That isn’t the case for this outfit, but I just loved this cardigan so I had to include it. This outfit would be great for working as a teacher or a relaxed meeting. Switch the cardigan with a blazer the same color or even black and you would look perfect for a less relaxed meeting or a business dinner.
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The Pear Tree
The Pear Tree
This painting is very earthy and has a lot of nature tones in it. I really love nature outfits and although this is a very fall type outfit I think that the scarf transforms it into an early spring time outfit because its just a pop of a very bright color. Wear the scarf around your neck or even tie it around your hair.
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Portrait of a Woman
Portrait of a Woman
How colorful is this outfit? Inspired by the woman’s face I picked this kind of quirky graphic tee to be pared with some loud staple pieces. The skirt, shoes, and purse can easily be statement pieces on their own but when paired all together it creates this kind of very vibrant and fun outfit. I would wear this outfit to class or walking around in a museum.
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Villa at Cagnes
Villa at Cagnes
This is my favorite outfit because it reminds me of going out to eat with Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl. I’m in love with the different types of colors in the skirt. Even though purple, yellow, and green are in nature all the time together I would never have thought to put them all together. I’m just not a purple and green fan, but I find it working very well in this skirt. I’m also obsessed with different layered necklaces at the moment so I think that this works perfectly for the little details in this outfit.
What is your favorite painting? Let me know in the comments!

As always,

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