Brighten Up Blue with Hot Pink

Blue and winter white are a fabulous combination. It just feels like snow and winter. However, whenever I wear it, I feel a little dull. Of course, whenever I want to add a little fun to an outfit, pink is my go-to. I just picked up this coat from J.Crew Factory (and it is on sale plus there are some other fabulous coats on their website) and it has been the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried when I first got it that I had gone too far. A hot pink coat? Maybe it was a little much even for me. But now that I have had the chance to wear it a little, I must say, my new go-to piece is a statement coat. It takes any outfit to the next level and keeps you feeling cute and fabulous even when you are bundled up. Stay tuned later this week for some of my favorite statement coats of the season! Until next time…

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Boho Pink Ruffles

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Hello all…happy Tuesday! This week has already been crazy and it’s only going to get busier. But, I like staying busy, so it’s good for me. It’s also going to be good for you because I have had tons of great blogging ideas already that I’m hopefully going to be implementing in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for those! I’m already so excited! 
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One of the things that I love about North Carolina is our crazy weather. Two weeks ago it was in the 90s, but a good portion of last week barely made it into the 80s. Although it is kind of hard to prepare for, the nice part about varying weather is it means I can experiment with outfits. 
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This look for example. I would typically only wear this hat in the fall and the winter because it was felt. But, I needed a little something extra against the wind and this outfit kind of fell into place. That is something that I love about fashion. Sometimes, the least planned outfits, but the ones that just happen turn out to be the best ones. 
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Although I love this top, I’ve had a surprisingly difficult time integrating it into my wardrobe. It is a thicker fabric, which is great because you obviously can’t wear an outer layer with the ruffled sleeves. I’ve struggled though to find the right bottom combination and jewelry. I like how the dark jeans and darker necklace both pop against the top and make it look more pink than a slightly darker skin tone. 
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Lots of great outfit and lifestyle posts to come this weeks so make sure to stay tuned! Until next time, XO
Hat: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew, similar here and here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here; Watch: Omega; Jeans: JBrand; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Madewell, similar here.
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Preppy Pearls and Hats

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Hats are one of my favorite winter items. Second only to turtlenecks if we are being honest and I actually started wearing both around the same time. It seems so long ago that I had short hair but for six years, I had a pixie or a very short bob. When it comes to winter, if you don’t have hair covering your neck and ears, you have to get really creative with your clothes to stay warm. Now I love scarves as much as the next person, but they can get boring and be a little cumbersome. However, hats, like turtlenecks are the perfect way to keep your neck and ears warm while also staying stylish. This hat is the newest addition to my collection and I absolutely love it. It is from my most recent Box of Style and you can see some of the other pieces I got in it here. I hope y’all have had a wonderful week and happy weekend! Until next time. XO

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Top 10: My Top 10 Favorite Outfits from 2016

Hello all! This year has been a big year for me…I graduated from college and announced my consignment business, which will be opening in 2017. Plus I am now employed full time! In addition to all of that exciting news, this has been one of my most prolific blog years and has included some of my favorite outfits of all time. So for our top 10 list today, we are going to look back at some of my favorite outfits from 2016! Let me know if I forgot your favorite outfit or if you have any thoughts in the comments below. XO
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1. This striped shirt was a staple in my wardrobe this summer. It is so versatile and easy to wear. Plus, this blog shoot was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever had. My mom takes most of the amazing photos you see on the blog and it is always an adventure for us as we try new poses and locations.  
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2. Sequins are a regular occurrence in my wardrobe and I love this statement making jacket. This was the perfect outfit when my boyfriend and I went out in New York. This is by far one of my favorite outfits of 2016! 
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3. Ruffles were a new addition to my wardrobe this year and I am excited about them to say the least. This was just one of the ruffled outfits I’ve worn in 2016. 
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4. I wore ruffles again on the first day of my new job! I bought this outfit as my “first day of school outfit” at my job, but this shirt became one of my favorites this fall and I don’t go more than a couple of days without wearing this skirt! Must be lucky! 
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5. Pastels have always been one of my favorite color groups, but this year, I have loved wearing lots of pastel accents against navy. Mixing pastels together is also one of my favorite ways to add more color to an outfit. 
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6. The 60s were a huge style influence for me this year. I have loved channeling that decade with mini skirts, color blocking, and big earrings. This was one of my favorite 60s looks from 2016. 
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7. A new thing for me in 2016 was utilizing the tailor. Let the “Taylor goes to the tailor” jokes begin, but I have been extremely thankful to have a tailor when I am not ready to give up on pieces that don’t fit quite right. 
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8. My new blog series this fall/ winter has been all about turtlenecks- tips and tricks for wearing them. Make sure to stay tuned on Thursdays for even more fun turtleneck ideas. This has been my favorite turtleneck outfit so far! 
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9. I have been loving turtlenecks this winter, but also cozy knits in general. I love the idea of wearing a bulky sweater with feminine details like red lipstick. The combination gives any outfit that extra oomph as well as making it look elegant. 
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10. My final look from this weeks top 10 was actually from Christmas Eve a couple days ago. I love pairing t-shirts with big jewelry and dressing it up with heels. This outfit came together perfectly and had just the right amount of holiday flair. 

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Turtleneck Thursday: Double Trouble

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Hello all! Happy Turtleneck Thursday! At its most basic function, a turtleneck is supposed to keep you warm. So what do you do when your turtleneck is a warm knit, but it is too big to wear a coat over and it is a little loose? My solution was to layer a more fitted turtleneck underneath it. This way, you stay warm, but you also add some extra color, and in this case pattern as well. Plus, with two turtlenecks, you definitely don’t have to worry about a necklace! 
Our message this week? Wearing a turtleneck does not limit your layering options to hiding said turtleneck under a regular sweater. Turtlenecks are fun and versatile so experiment! We would love to hear what you come up with! XO 

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70s Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits have always been a love of mine and this brightly geometric, billowing 70s silhouette is no exception. I love jumpsuits not only because they are easy to wear and super comfortable, but also because they are a statement piece all in themselves. Not very many people are willing to wear a jumpsuit so wearing one at all sets you apart. However, they are also great to wear with fun jewelry, chunky heels, or a sweater. I love the versatility a jumpsuit allows and the fun outfits you can create wearing one. 
For me, the hardest part about wearing a jumpsuit is finding shoes to wear with it so the pant legs don’t drag against the ground. These heels were the perfect addition to the outfit today because they also have a 70s vibe which fit so well with the jumpsuit. With all of the pattern, I didn’t need a chunky necklace so this pearl strand was perfect. The hat was the perfect final addition to give this look a fun, summer vibe. XO 

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Navy and Gray Neutrals

Hello all and happy Friday! I hope you have had a wonderful week- mine has been a little busy as I get back into the swing of school. Today though, we didn’t have any school as I am snowed into my apartment. As I write this I sit with a cup of tea under my heated blanket trying to stay warm! This time of year is always a little difficult for me because I am very cold natured and always have a hard time staying warm. The key is layering, which you are going to be seeing a lot of in the next couple of weeks. For me, the most important parts of my layering combination are my base layer and the last thing I put on. My favorite base layer is a turtleneck and this one is perfect because it is a thinner material, which makes it easy to put under multiple sweaters at the same time. The middle steps aren’t as difficult for me, but by far the most important step is the last one. In this outfit, my last step was the scarf. I already had on the hat and sweater and felt pretty good and cozy, but the scarf really tied everything together (no pun intended!) and added that extra layer of heat that I needed! More layering tips and more fun outfit posts coming soon! XO 

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The Season of the Hats

Hello my dear friends! I hope all is well. All is good here, although it was freezing today. Temperature wise it wasn’t that bad, but the sun never came out and it just felt so cold! However, that is great for my new urges to wear hats every day. Thank goodness I had added to my hat collection recently. Moral of the story, expect to see lots of hat this winter! 
In other news, I have some very exciting news for y’all…Lefty Living Life now has an app! It is completely free and is another awesome way for you to keep up with Lefty and all of my fun adventures if you don’t already subscribe to our weekly newsletter (you should still subscribe because the newsletters are extra fun every week!). Just go to the app story and search Lefty Living Life, I’m the only thing that comes up! Lots more exciting things going on this year so stay tuned. Also notice today that I didn’t wear pink or sequins- quite an accomplishment for me 🙂 XO
P.S. the scarf is from Zara and is one of my favorite things because I use it as a blanket as soon as I sit down. It wouldn’t go into the widget so here is the link!

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Shades of Blue

Hello all! I was not joking when I said it was winter here! Yesterday it didn’t even get above freezing, which for North Carolina is pretty cold. But I stayed pretty warm in my winter gear. My coat is the same one from last year and is one of my favorite things in my closet. It has a bunch of pockets, is easy to layer under, and is super warm- perfect for walking to class or going to work. My gloves are brand new, Mom gave them to me for Christmas. My hands are always cold, but they are very small so I have always had a hard time finding gloves to fit me. These are perfect. I love the bright blue too because it adds that awesome pop of color to my very dark winter wardrobe. My trusty pink purse also helped with the lack of color 🙂 I can never get it to work with the widget, so here is the link…I would highly recommend it. I mean y’all see how often I use it! How are y’all surviving in the cold? XO 

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