Transitioning into Fall

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. 
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2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,
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. 
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2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,
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. 
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2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, jewelry, work wear, leather, over the knee boots, Anthropologie,
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

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Tulle for Fall

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2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

2017, fall, OOTD, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Pour La Victoire

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 

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Go-to Cocktail Outfit

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2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,
One thing I always struggle with is dressing up for an event. Am I dressed up enough? Am I dressed up too much? Do I even like my outfit? A lot of times when I dress up, I feel like I am losing part of my style and personality in my outfit. But no more. I have finally found the perfect cocktail-level outfit for me! And of course it involves as many sequins as I could find.
I picked up this sequined pencil skirt from J.Crew awhile ago. I know exactly how I’m going to wear it come winter…with a chunky sweater and motorcycle boots. But now, I had no idea what to do with it or where it was appropriate to wear it. 
But then, I had an unexpected cocktail-attire party come up last minute. I didn’t have a dress and didn’t have time to find one so I needed to make what I had work. Finally, I thought, the perfect chance to wear my sequins! With so much going on with my skirt, it seemed best to stick with a simple, black, off-the-shoulder top and black heels. I was so excited about this look, but it definitely needed the necklace to fill-up some of the empty space. I think statements earrings would have worked just as well. 
I was so pleased with how this outfit came together and I can’t wait for another cocktail party or colder weather so I can wear this skirt again! Do you have a go-to look you always wear for cocktail parties? Until next time, XO. 
P.S. My clutch is actually my wallet! You can get it here and there is also a similar one linked below

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A French Touch to My Girly Pink

2017, OOTD, fall, over the knee boots, t-shirt, pink, statement lip, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Nars,

2017, OOTD, fall, over the knee boots, t-shirt, pink, statement lip, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Nars,

2017, OOTD, fall, over the knee boots, t-shirt, pink, statement lip, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Nars,

2017, OOTD, fall, over the knee boots, t-shirt, pink, statement lip, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Nars,

2017, OOTD, fall, over the knee boots, t-shirt, pink, statement lip, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Nars,
   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. 

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Turtlenecks are Back!

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2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,
Hello all! Happy Fall! I am so excited because fall is my favorite season. I love when it starts to get crisp outside, but isn’t freezing yet. Right now, the weather is perfect for me because I can layer and wear boots, but I don’t have to wear tights or a jacket. Plus, I can start wearing turtlenecks again! 
I’m not going to lie, the first day we had where the high was below 75, I pulled out my turtlenecks. I’ve been chomping at the bit to start wearing them again and now that I finally can I am even more obsessed than I was before. Turtleneck Thursday is definitely going to be making a comeback this year! 
The other thing that I love about fall is the colors. A deep red burgundy is my favorite color to wear. In the summer, it can be a little much, but it is perfect for fall. Plus, it looks fabulous with my other two favorite colors to wear…pink and black! 
In other news, my company is officially open through my Ebay page. Check it out and let me know if you are looking for anything in particular. Additionally, this week on Lefty Baking Life, you can buy pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing. Make sure to buy them soon before they all sell out or I eat them all haha! Until next time, XO. 

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Fall Palette

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2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, cheetah, trench coat, over the knee boots, leather, burgundy,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, cheetah, trench coat, over the knee boots, leather, burgundy,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, cheetah, trench coat, over the knee boots, leather, burgundy,
Hello all! I hope you are enjoying your week so far. It has recently been pointed out to me that I wear a lot of black and pink and not much else. While that is very true, in winter and fall, I do add in my favorite color…burgundy. This mix of red, brown, and purple is just perfect for my coloring and looks fabulous with all of the pink and black in my wardrobe! 
We have started to have occasionally cooler days here (definitely not today as the high is 85) but I am already comping at the bit to pull out all of my fall and winter clothes. This whole outfit is full of great transitional pieces because they are easy to layer and they satisfy my fall cravings without being too warm. This top, although a turtleneck, is actually sleeveless and very lightweight. Perfect to just wear right now and great for layering under sweaters and cardigans come fall and winter. My skirt is actually leather which in conjunction with the color makes it feel very fall like. Finally, this trench coat is one of my favorite things. It is a classic piece and looks great with almost everything. The best thing is that it isn’t too heavy so perfect for when you need a light extra layer. Enjoy your Wednesday! Until next time, XO 

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Red Lips and a New Project

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2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,

2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,

2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,
Hello all! Happy Friday! It has been a good week over here, but I am excited about a fun and social weekend starting tonight. Keep up with all of my adventures this weekend on my instagram and my instagram stories
You might have noticed that I have been experimenting with my lipstick a lot more lately. I used to be pretty neutral when it came to lipstick, I wouldn’t even wear it most days. But I started wearing them a lot more once I started working and wasn’t just going to class. Now, I love them and have finally worked up he nerve to start experimenting. Red seemed like a pretty good option to start with and I just love this shade from Nars. It is one of their new powermatte lip pigments and it goes on as a liquid, but doesn’t dry out your lips at all like most lipsticks. It also stays on through EVERYTHING. I only reapplied it once yesterday! I would really recommend these and I’d love to hear what you think about them. Also if you have any colors you love, let me know so I can try them out too…this color is called starwoman, how fab is that?! 
In other news, I have also started a new project! I thought I wasn’t quite busy enough as it was…ha! Anyways, now that I am more involved with the art scene here in Greensboro, I wanted to have a platform to discuss all of the art that I am looking at and discovering here in town and in the surrounding area. So, I’ve created a new blog! It’s called Art Around Town and I just created it this week. I’d love any of your feedback and will definitely be looking for any art recommendations if you have any! Until next time, XO

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Throw Back Thursday College Edition

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2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,
Hello all! While I typically don’t do TBT and all of those things, with homecoming for Wake Forest this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about my time in college lately. Looking back, most of my memories from college and about college are positive, but that doesn’t mean it was all sunshine and rainbows. There were definite ups and downs and some things that I know now that I wish I had known then. So, here are some of things that I wish I had known and some of the advice I would give to those currently in college. 
1. Don’t be afraid to be scared. College is scary, you are starting a completely new and different chapter in your life that could have a huge impact on your future. But don’t let that hold you back. As a freshman, I felt like everyone else had it figured out and I was just floundering along. Trust me, every one else is just as confused, nervous, and scared as you. Do the best you can and be yourself. You’ll be fine. 
2. Go to class. I know this sounds stupid but I know so many people who would blow off class and not do their work. You are only hurting yourself. Your teachers don’t care if you don’t come. So make the effort. You will thank yourself later. 
3. Get out of your dorm room. As fabulous as your bed is and unlimited netflix and cookie dough ice cream, leave your room. Go to parties, make new friends, try clubs and activities. Being involved in your campus community is one of the best parts of college, so take advantage of it! 
4. Take the classes that sound interesting. I started college taking all of the classes I thought I was “supposed” to be taking. But the classes that I excelled in and actually enjoyed and turned into my major were not the ones I was “supposed” to be taking. They were the ones I signed up for on a whim because they sounded interesting. College is all about finding your passion and what you want to do with your life. So throw out that “supposed to” rule book and do what you want. You’ll be much happier in the long run. 
5. Be your self. Finally, just be yourself. When I first got to Wake, I was so worried about finding friends and being what everyone wanted me to be. I wasn’t fully happy until I stopped worrying about all of that and just did what I wanted. For me, that meant spending time with my friends for movie night instead of going to a frat party and studying art history instead of business. And now, I couldn’t be more thankful. Imagining my life if I had been a business major makes me cringe so you do you. 
My last word of advice is don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Whether it is your school counselor or a company like Earnest that can help with refinancing your student loans, asking for help never hurt anyone. Until next time, XO 
P.S. I wore outfits like this all of the time to class…dress well test well my friends! 

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Pinstripe and Knit

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2017, OOTD, fall, summer, Anthropologie, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, summer, Anthropologie, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, summer, Anthropologie, J.Crew,

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

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Half Mermaid, Half Sailor

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J.Crew, summer, 2017, OOTD, sequins, classic, button-down,

J.Crew, summer, 2017, OOTD, sequins, classic, button-down,
J.Crew, summer, 2017, OOTD, sequins, classic, button-down,
Hello all! Happy Friday! It is crazy, but it already feels like fall here. A lot of that is probably because of all of the weather fronts we are getting, but it has been fun to start experimenting with fall clothes. As excited as I am about fall, I am sure there are still going to be quite a few opportunities for me to wear summer clothes and I still have a couple summer outfits to share with you! 
This one might be one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn lately. The sassy sequin skirt with the classic white button down is just the perfect representation of my style. One of my friends commented on my instagram that it was half mermaid, half sailor, which I absolutely love. My idea of the perfect outfit is one that is sassy and girly, but also classic and this fits the bill to a tee! Until next time, XO 

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