While I love that we have all of the season here in North Carolina, I have a love/hate relationship with our weather. The past few days it has been absolutely beautiful here. I mean 70 degrees, warm wind, and sunny. While I have loved the warmth, it is just going to be that much harder when it inevitably gets cold again. However, I am trying to enjoy this glimpse of spring while I can!
Hello all! Somehow time is already getting away from me even though the New Year just started! Things have already been crazy busy as I finally submitted all of my grad school applications (!!!), made lots of new resolutions and goals for 2018, and have started to get my life organized. A lot of that has been new ideas and plans for Lefty Living Life, so definitely stay tuned and if there is anything you would like to see, please message me or comment!
As we all know from this post
and others, I love my sequins. Whenever any one asks, I always describe my style as classic with a feminine touch and sequins always add that extra touch that my otherwise classic pieces need. Recently I’ve been loving my sequined skirts and pairing them with big, chunky knits. The juxtaposition in style and texture is so fun and gives my sequined pieces a new, fun twist.
I’ve been obsessed with this sequined pencil skirt since I got it, but I’ve had a little trouble transitioning it into my every day wardrobe. However, now that it is holiday season, this skirt is perfect for all of my holiday parties and other events. Dress is up with a nice top or give it a cozy edge with a big sweater like this. Either way, I’m in love and you don’t have to worry about accessories when you have a fab skirt like this! Even though the sweater tones the look down a little, it is still appropriate for any event you have and the skirt is on mega sale right now, so much so that you will probably only be able to find it in stores at J.Crew! How would you integrate sequins into your wardrobe? I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe I can experiment for both of us! Until next time…
Transitioning into fall can be exceedingly difficult, but with the right pieces and the right accessories, it doesn’t have to be quite so hard. Today we are going to talk about my three must have pieces for fall and the accessories I love to pair with them.
My leather jacket
is always the first thing I gravitate to in the fall. It is the perfect layer to throw over an otherwise summer outfit because it gives you the extra layer of warmth you need in the morning and at night, but you can easily take it off. I love pairing my leather jacket
with feminine, classic details whether it be red lips or loads of sparkles. The only thing this outfit needs is some delicate rings and a stack of bracelets and then you are all set for fall.
You will probably recognize this outfit from last week
(check out last week’s post
for the outfit details) but it is just the perfect fall transition outfit and has one of my go-tos, over the knee boots
. I was so nervous about wearing these boots when I first got them
, but they have become a staple in my wardrobe. Especially this time of year, over the knee boots
, a cute skirt, and a turtleneck are my everyday uniform. With a turtleneck like this, I love to pair some big earrings. Plus, now that you aren’t sweating as much as you do in the summer, it is the perfect time to experiment with layering bracelets and rings. I always end up wearing less jewelry in the summer because it gets all sweaty and here in North Carolina, you want to be wearing as little as possible in the summer. But as soon as the weather starts to turn, I always pile on the jewelry. Although I still love my big, bold pieces, I also love simpler delicate pieces.
The final piece that becomes a staple in my wardrobe in the fall is a blazer
. It is the perfect piece to layer over a dress for work or over a t-shirt and jeans. It is also a great piece to carry over into winter. Blazers
are a great layering piece to wear over a turtleneck or light sweater and then to layer another jacket or vest over the top. Blazers
are such a classic piece and an important basic for any wardrobe.
The only thing these three pieces need are accessories. As much as I love big statement pieces, my first inclination is normally to gravitate towards smaller delicate pieces but wear a lot of them. One of my favorite thing is rings. I have always loved rings but I have a hard time wearing them because I have very small hands and fingers. It is always hard to find rings in my size or ones that don’t take up my entire hand. But lots of delicate rings I can do. Here are three that I am currently coveting and would love to add to my collection: Diamond Bar Ring
, Cross-over Bar Ring
, Stackable Rings
My new go-to for delicate, classic jewelry with a modern twist is AUrate
. Not only do they have stunning jewelry, but they are also a socially conscious company
, which is something that I love. Make sure to check them out because their jewelry will be the perfect finishing touches for your fall wardrobe. Until next time, XO
As we are finally transitioning into fall weather wise, the next week or so of blog posts are going to be all about how to transition clothes into fall and how I am experimenting with my fall wardrobe this year. One of my favorite things to do with my wardrobe is to take a piece that easily fits into one category and make it work for something else. For example, a tulle skirt with flowers fits pretty squarely into my summer/ evening out wardrobe. But, I love this skirt so much and I wanted to find a way to make it work for fall.
With that goal in mind, I had two main challenges…dress down the skirt so it would work for everyday and make it temperature appropriate for fall. Whenever I am trying to dress something down, I always gravitate towards cute tees and tennis shoes. Tennis shoes didn’t look cute with this skirt and I wanted to try something a little different anyways. This polka dot tee fit the bill perfectly because it toned down the skirt and added another awesome pattern. Pattern mixing is fabulous and I love doing it in unexpected ways like polka dots and floral.
The shoes were easy for this look. Without heels, I felt a little dumpy and the coral from the wedges picked up a coral flower in the skirt. Easy peasy. With that all done, I still needed to make the look warmer for fall and it needed to be toned down a little too. This sweater blazer was just the thing. First of all, I’ve been dying to wear it for weeks. It added the perfect mix of fall with the thicker material and the deep burgundy color. Secondly, because it’s a little slouchy it toned down the outfit so I felt more comfortable for work.
Challenging yourself like this is always great because it expands your wardrobe so much. It can definitely be a challenge, but set yourself clear goals and start off easy. A black tank with the sweater would have worked just as well if you aren’t ready to transition something to fall and mix patterns. Until next time, XO
Salut and happy Thursday! For those of you who don’t know, salut is a way to casually greet people in French. I have already worn this tee once recently
, but I love it so much that I wanted to wear it a couple more times before it gets too cold. Dressing up an already casual piece has always been an outfit staple for me and I am so excited that I finally have another tee to experiment with. As much as I love my NY Times tee
, I have been wearing it a lot lately it seems.
Anyways, in my opinion, this is the best time to experiment with different pieces and layering. The weather isn’t so cold that you need a coat or tights, but you can still layer comfortably. With an outfit like this, a cardigan and over-the-knee boots were the only additions I needed to be comfortable. A big necklace and pink lipstick were the perfect finishing touches to make this look work-appropriate.
Do you have a favorite tee you like to experiment with? Until next time, XO.
Hello! These past couple of days have been a little hectic to say the least and I needed a bit of a blogging break, but I’m back with lots of new posts on the way! Happily, we are starting to get the touches of fall here in North Carolina. For us, that means it could be 40 in the morning and 80 in the afternoon or 60 one day and 85 the next. This makes it very hard to plan ahead, but very fun to mix and match summer and fall clothes.
I just picked up this sweater and am in love. It is so soft and comfy and I’ve already worn it twice! I love mixing things like this heavy knit with this summery mini-skirt. The juxtaposition is so interesting and unexpected, but perfect for this time of year. Do you have a go-to outfit formula for fall clothes? Until next time, XO
Hello all! Happy Friday, especially because it is the start of a long weekend! Do you have any fun Labor Day plans? I am actually going to be very social this weekend in addition to my usual weekend schedule of working, blogging, and baking. Although I don’t have too much time off, it’ll be nice to relax a little bit. I am hoping to get very organized this weekend as it’s the start of a new month!
On to my outfit…I think we can all agree that I normally lean towards the more conservative side. The last time I was in Anthroplogie, my friend Laura, who is the stylist there, told me I had to try on this dress. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even notice the cut-out until I already had the dress on. It was one of those days where I was trying on quite a few things and I was in a hurry so I just threw it on and went out to the mirror without paying attention. Sometimes, your mind and insecurities can get in the way of your style and what you are willing to try. Because I didn’t think about this dress before hand, all I had to judge it on was how it looked, not my preconceived notions. So, I loved the dress and bought it.
I was a little concerned at first how I was going to make this work in my wardrobe, but it looks just as cute with a black tank top under it and it was perfect for work. Happy Labor Day Weekend! Until next time, XO
Hello all! Happy Hump Day! The best part of my new job other than the job itself and the fact that I can walk to work is the fact that I have Monday off. I’ve been trying to utilize all of my Monday free time, but this week, I took off and had a fun social Monday!
I drove over to Winston-Salem to see one of my best friends, have brunch, and she was nice enough to take these fabulous pictures for me. One of my favorite things is being able to sit down with friends over some good food and catch up and discuss life.
This week in North Carolina has been my favorite type of weather. It’s been a little cooler, in the high 70s, low 80s, which has been a nice change. I like it because I can layer and do interesting things with my outfit, but it’s still nice enough that you can be outside and be comfortable.
This shirt is great for this kind of weather because it is sleeveless but is also made of a thicker material so it gave me a little warmth. It also looked adorable under my leather jacket when I went out to dinner! The necklace
and snarky purse were the perfect final additions to make this outfit. Until next time, XO
Hello all! I hope you are all doing well today! Gray might be my color of the moment because I went to basically never wearing gray to wearing it multiple times a week. Same goes for stripes! But we will see what happens as my outfits evolve this week.
Although fairly new to my wardrobe, gray is a great option for the end of summer and fall. It is a great neutral that isn’t as bold as black, but still allows you to do lots of fun things with your accessories.
I love wearing giant party accessories, like these earrings, with a more professional looking outfit. It adds a little oomph to your outfit and also gives you an excuse to wear those fun party accessories that normally sit in the back of your closet!
The finishing touch for this outfit was the pops of color. I needed something to break up all of the gray. This pink bow bracelet perfectly matched my purse and they were the perfect finishing combination. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to branch out from gray a little bit. Until next time, XO