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.

As always,

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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.

As always,

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5 Reasons Why You Need Leopard in Your Closet

Hello darling! Do you ever find an item and you’re just like “oh my god, I need this in every color!” That is literally me when it comes to comfy teeshirts. I’ve been obsessed with the soft and sexy tee shirts from American Eagle. I thought I would never find a shirt that was similar to it’s relax and comfy fit. Boy, was I wrong! I found this adorable shirt form Marshall’s for an insanely affordable price (possibly in the $12-$15 range). I’m not one to show my shoulders in this particular way, but for some reason I really liked the way the shoulder cutouts fit. If you want a similar relax fit I’d check out your local Marshall’s. I warn you though… if you’re anything like me you’ll end up leaving Marshall’s with a jump rope, a dainty jar, or dog biscuits for the dog you don’t have. It’s the only store where I’m like oh my god, yes, I need it all. Please don’t even get me started with their home decor section…

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So, yes, this post isn’t titled “my fantastic shirt from Marshall’s” but was titled about the delicious wonder that is associated with leopard print. Now, leopard print may seem like an incredible hard pattern/element to incorporate into an outfit but, trust me, it is as simple as jumping jacks.

Leopard print can…

  • Spice up any wardrobe simply by adding it.
  • Create an additional texture to your outfit which creates a unique look.
  • Used as a neutral so it looks interesting paired with other patterns or loud colors.
  • Let you make your all black or all white outfits incredible.
  • Make your out look effortlessly chic.

Now how do wear leopard? Literally, you just put it on and BAM you’re incredible. Treat it as a neutral and you’ll look like a star. But if you’re shy and you want to try a less risky way, look at this outfit for inspiration. You can use neutrals and dainty jewelry to really amplify the magical power of the leopard print. If you want a more daring look, trade in my blue jeans for some bright red pants. Trust me, you’ll be sure to turn a few heads.

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But when it comes to fashion trends you don’t have to love them all. As one of my favorite fashion icons, Iris Apfel, once said, “I don’t dress to be stared at. I dressed for myself.” So if you’re not 100% happy with what you’re wearing don’t force yourself! Be happy being you, after all… fashion is about self expression so if yo undo’t love what you’re wearing what is the point?

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What do you think about leopard print? This pattern has been in style for as long as time. Do you think it will ever go out of fashion? How do you style leopard if you do like it? Let me know in the comments and if you have a post wearing leopard print put your link down! I’m dying to see how other people style this epic pattern.

As always,

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Fashion Has a Way of Repeating Itself

Hello darling! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little mini series on renaissance fashion. If you haven’t seen my last pots on renaissance inspired fashion trends and designers using renaissance fashion click on those links.

The only item that does not have some renaissance meaning in this outfit is my shoes. Even my hair has a reasoning for being the way it is. The renaissance period definitely had trends we wouldn’t try to recreate but there are a few that we can take notes on.

Hair.

If you’ve been reading my blog for some time you’ve probably realized that I pretty much only wear my hair curly or straight. I do have one post in the beginning of my blogging career where I wear my hair up but that was about three years ago. Anyway, during the renaissance, women used to be obsessed with high hairlines. They liked to have the appearance of having a huge forehead and actually plucked out hairs to draw back their hairline. If you think about it or look at the pictures in my last post you can actually see the women’s hairline falling on the back of their heads. I didn’t want to go that drastic (I like my forehead the way it is) so I decided to do a high ponytail to show off my forehead. Never thought I’d say that in a blog post…

 

As for my hair color, if I were trying to drastically recreate a renaissance look; I would have blonde hair in this post. Blondes were very sought out after and women actually tried to dye their hair lighter with alum, sulfur, and soda. Women would have to sit outside in the sun to bleach their hair but this was a very hard process because they wanted to have pale skin. So they would sit outside for hours covered in clothes to protect their skin. I’ll stick to my brunette/red hair thank you very much!

 

 

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Velvet Skirt.

If you saw my last two posts you would know that velvet was a very important textile in the renaissance period. Rich women would show their class by wearing velvet and other materials such as lace, linen, and silk. This skirt is definitely a more modern skirt because the ones the women would wear in the renaissance would be large and in charge. They would include a wheel farthingale that would make their but look big. The dress would  reach the floor and be expanded in every direction. Since I wanted to include another textile used in the renaissance period, I thought it would be best to wear a shorter skirt.

Lace Tights.

Lace was another very important textile to the renaissance period and was relatively new. It was invented in the 16th century was was affordable by only the wealthy. Lace was worn on sleeves, ruffs, corsets, skirts, anything you name it. If you were wearing lace it was known that you were a very wealthy individual because it showed that you did not have to lift a finger. Lace is now a more versatile textile in today’s society and not nearly as expensive because machines can make it. The lace tights I am wearing are very old and I adore pairing them with any plain skirt or dress because it adds a little something to every outfit. I wanted to pair it with thigh high boots because showing the entire lace tights would be a little too much in this outfit already over the top outfit.

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Statement Sleeves.

The women in the renaissance had sleeves that would attach to their corset or shirt. Not all sleeves were attachable but most of them were. They were also usually decked out in jewels and lace. Some of the shirts would billow out and some would scrunch up at the wrist. Since I’ve never tried statement sleeves, I decided to borrow my roommate’s shirt (don’t worry, she knows) and incorporate it in this outfit. This is definitely a fun element to add to an outfit, but I admit… it’s just not me. I find the sleeves a little bit distracting because of their large and in charge nature. It would definitely be a fun shirt to dance in though. I hand it to the renaissance women… they knew how to add some “wow” factor into their outfits.

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Statement Necklace. 

Okay, this clearly isn’t a ruff, but it will have to do. I put on this necklace to imitate the impressive, lace collar the renaissance women would wear. Since some women wore jewels and rhinestones underneath their ruff or even just in replace of the ruff, I thought I could get away with it. You’ll have to let me know in the comments down below if you agree.

Pearl Earrings.

Like jewels and gemstones, pearls were also highly sought after. After all, The Girl With The Pearl Earring was painted during the renaissance. Pearls were often attached to garments and worn as jewelry as they are today. I pretty much wear my pearl earrings every day and now I can think about girls many years ago were wearing them too.

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What do you think about the renaissance period? Would you try some of these fashion trends or do you think they’re better left in the past? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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Recap: Fall Fashion 2016

Hello darling! How is everything going? If you saw my last post… you might have been this coming. Fall has ended and now we’re moving to winter. Before we break out the winter boots and thick winter jackets, I thought I would post a recap of all my fall posts. Just in case you missed one here they are…

We started this collection with My Favorite Fall Color. This is one of my favorite fall dresses because of how comfy it is. It also helps that it has this beautiful open back and is my favorite color. I stayed it with my newly found statement necklace.

The next outfit was Don’t Sweater It. I love pairing orange and green together because it mimics the leaves falling. The dress and poncho make an appearance in later posts because I adore them so much.

I love this outfit because I finally broke out my suede jacket in Susie Has a Suede Tooth. I adore this tiny turtle neck dress because it is so easy to pair. I’m not someone who owns a lot of grey in their closet but this dress definitely made me reconsider.

This outfit is definitely for the cold weather! I layered piece after piece over the same orange shift dress worn earlier. I wore this outfit in Montreal and the post is called The Temperature is Dropping, But I’m Not Stopping. Check out all of the different elements in this outfit and how to layer pieces. It will definitely be helpful in the winter.

This is another Montreal outfit that I couldn’t not blog. I blended so well with the purple graffiti that I had to name this post Blending in Montreal. This is probably one of the comfiest shirts I own because of the bohemian feel to it. Obviously I had to edge up the vibe of the shirt though.

I needed to get on the Bandana Trend train, so I incorporated it into this Blair Waldrof type of outfit. Either this outfit or the next outfit is my favorite because of how effortlessly easy they are to put together.

I warned you that the poncho was going to return! This time I’m reusing a summer dress and warming it up with tights, booties, and a poncho. It is so easy to Transform a Summer Dress into Fall with the easy tips I list in the post.

With the election I had to show my patriotic colors. If you’re still upset about the out come of the election I would definitely check out For the Red, White, and Blue. If you didn’t really care about the election you should still check out this post to see this patriotic outfit.

Last but not least, the most fall outfit on my blog thus far. This outfit really incorporates all of the fall colors behind me, which is why it is called Oh My Gourd, I Love Fall. I’m definitely sad to see fall go but this post features a few reasons why you should be excited for fall.

That’s a wrap! What was your favorite fall outfit? If I had to pick between them all I think I would say the Bandana Trend because I got to wear something very unique. Let me know what you think in the comments down below.

As always,

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Oh My Gourd, I Love Fall

Hello darling! My awful puns continue on! I hope you love fall as much as me because these post ideas keep coming out of my ears. I really think it is something about the fall colors that surround us that make me so happy. These pictures came out so well just because of the beautiful autumn vines I stood in front of. They made my outfit almost seem like it was glowing.

Despite the our world about to be blasted with tons and tons of icy snow, (we actually received a little bit of snow last weekend) there are some things I am looking forward to in the winter. Some things you can’t experience in any other season.

  • Hot chocolate after playing in the snow.
  • Ice skating for $4 in the center of Albany.
  • Christmas music blasting through the college walls at 2 am.
  • Ugly Christmas sweaters!
  • The first snowfall.
  • Sledding!
  • Rocking your winter jacket like it is nobody’s business.
  • Cuddling up with a blanket and Netflix.
  • Throwing on chunky scarves.
  • Mom making cookies every other day.
  • Driving around to see Christmas lights.
  • An excuse to stay in bed a little bit longer.
  • Being able to wear fuzzy socks whenever you want.
  • Basketball season starts!
  • Getting to wear tons and tons of layers.
  • Not worrying if your chapstick will melt in the car.
  • Everyone being home and merry.

I hope some of those made you the least bit excited for winter!

If not, maybe looking at my outfit of the day will help you remember how great fall has been. For this outfit, I decided to pull out the rich colors from around campus. I needed a neutral color so I picked this incredibly detailed white shirt from Marshalls. I love the mix of pleats and lace throughout this shirt because it adds so much texture to the outfit. Without this eye-catching shirt, the outfit would have been a lot duller and boring. I then threw on this camel, suede vest. I love how laid-back it makes the outfit because of how unstructured it is. I was between pairing this outfit with olive green pants or with a maroon pair I have. Both colors would have looked fabulous with this outfit because of the fall colors they both capture. Since I was going for a more earthly look, I decided to wear these olive green pants from Charlotte Russe. For shoes, these booties are from Marshalls as well. I love the taupe color mixed with the other fall colors in this outfit.

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Are you incredibly heartbroken for fall to end? Do you want to cry at the thought of snow falling or you extremely excited about something in the winter? Let me know in the comments down below! At least tell me one thing you look forward to!

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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