Preppy in Pink

Preppy in Pink - Lefty Living Life

I feel like this look is about as classic to my typical style as you can get. Top knot, lipstick, pink, lots of jewelry, overall super girly and preppy. As much as I like to experiment and try new things, sometimes it is nice to stick with what you know too. And a button-down under a sweater with a skirt and a big necklace is second nature for me.

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Layered Jewel Tones

We are definitely getting winter over here on the east coast, which has meant lots of layering for me. Now I love layering with patterns, but I also love layering with colors. Layering is such a great way to experiment with different color combinations or add a little something extra to an otherwise quiet outfit.

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Leather and Polka Dots

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2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,
Staying with the layering theme, an easy way to begin a layered outfit is with a black skirt and a white button down. This is a classic combination that you know will look good and is probably in your comfort zone. You also could substitute the black skirt for jeans or black pants. From there, add a crew-neck sweater with a fun pattern or a little color to brighten up the look. To finish it, add a brightly colored, but solid vest so it isn’t too much with the pattern of your sweater.
For finishing touches, I like a big, but simpler necklace and fun shoes. The white soles on the bottom of these shoes was the perfect tie in to my white button-down. The key to an outfit like this is to inject your personality to make it yours. For me, that meant my leather skirt instead of jeans and fun, neon polka dots. But for you, it could be something completely different. You can still follow this formula, just personalize it so you are comfortable in it. 
Not only is an outfit like this fun, but it is also extremely comfortable and will keep you warm on these crisp fall days. Happy weekend! 
P.S. As always, my glasses are from The View on Elm…for more info on these or my glasses in general, just email me! 

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Fall Layering

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2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,
My favorite thing about fall is layering, which is probably pretty obvious from this outfit. I am naturally very cold-natured so I always need a jacket or something like that in addition to my outfit. So layering is right up my alley. Whenever I wear an outfit like this, I always get questions about how I put it together and let me tell you, the answer is gradually. 
You need to start with your base first, which in an outfit like this is the flannel, jeans, and shoes. It is finally starting to get cool here so I knew I wanted at least one cozy layer and I wasn’t really feeling a necklace so my next layer was the vest. If I had added jewelry, that makes it easier to determine the other layers because I would have wanted to keep them relatively simple. Anyways, to choose the cheetah vest, a lot of it came down to the fact that I hadn’t worn it yet and I was dying to wear it. 
Once my vest was on, I needed one more layer, but it need to be really simple to not be over the top with the flannel and the vest. Thus another fabulous reason to have a leather jacket for fall! Yay for fall weather! 

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Leather and Lace

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2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,

2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,

2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,
One of the reasons I love layering so much, other than the warmth and the turtlenecks, is mixing textures and patterns. Mixing textures can be so unexpected, but even if they are all neutrals, it adds an extra oomph to any outfit. I especially love mixing leather and lace. They are an unexpected combination, but the lace gives the leather that girly touch that I am always looking for in an outfit. In turn, the leather helps to toughen up the lace and make it more sophisticated. Adding a chunky turtleneck and cheetah print heels into the mix was icing on the cake to this otherwise neutral outfit. What are your favorite things to layer in fall? Until next time, XO

P.S. I just realized it’s Thursday so this marks the first official Turtleneck Thursday of fall 2017! 

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Winter White and Leather

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2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,
Growing up in the South, I was always told no white after Labor Day. Well, let me tell you, I think that is a load of crap. I hate rules that tell me I can’t do things. Especially now that winter white is a trend, don’t be afraid to break the rules a little. Of course, wearing a white lace dress in the dead of winter probably isn’t the best plan, but a white wool skirt is perfect for transitioning into cooler weather and brightening up your winter wardrobe. Pair it with some dark neutrals and some bright details and you will be set. 
Don’t forget that all of the pieces in my outfits are linked below in the pictures. Just scroll through until you find what you want! Until next time, XO 

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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. 
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,

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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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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Chambray and Leather

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J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,
Hello all! It’s Monday for me and I am excited about the start of a new week. There is just something about the beginning of the week that gives me such faith. I always seem to have my best ideas at the beginning of the week and so far, I’ve had quite a few about outfit posts, things to bake for Lefty Baking Life, how to decorate my apartment, and other random things. Hopefully, I’ll be able to accomplish some of these ideas this week and they won’t just sit on my to do list. 
Quick word about baked goods before we talk about this outfit. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, it is for a fabulous and classic lemon bar recipe. I love the juxtaposition between a tart lemon curd and a buttery crust! Also, I am excited to announce this week’s goodie for Lefty Baking Life…caramel brownies! These are some of my favorite chocolate desserts and it has been so tempting not to eat all of them! If you want some, comment below, message me, email me or text me and we will work out the details! You also can go directly to our facebook page or the go fund page. Also, if you have any requests for Lefty Baking Life goodies, let me know! I always love trying new things. 
I always struggle with what to wear this time of year. My mind is already thinking about fall clothes but when it’s at least 80 degrees, I want as few a layers as possible. So, I’ve been wearing some of my more transitional clothes without the layers and with fun pops of color to keep them summery. Chambray and leather are my two go-tos when it comes to transitional pieces because they are lighter but easy to layer. Without the layers though, they make the perfect fun outfit. A little pale pink and hot pink were the perfect additions to give this outfit that extra summer kick I was looking for. Until next time, XO

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My Go-To Comfy Outfit for Work

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Hello all! Happy Friday! Even though I had Tuesday off, this week has seemed impossibly long and I am in desperate need for some R&R this weekend. Whenever I feel worn out like this, I just want to wear something comfortable to work, but I need to still be professional.
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Once you are in the work force, or really anytime where you have a dress code, it is vital to have a couple pieces in your wardrobe that always work and are super comfortable. Then, if you have a day where you just aren’t feeling it, you have something to fall back on. 
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For me, this t-shirt is my go-to no matter what the situation is. But, to make it work for my job, I needed to be a little creative. First note, you can totally make a graphic tee work appropriate, but the graphic needs to be ok for work- no alcohol, cursing, or anything- and you probably need to dress it up with a skirt. Even though this skirt is leather, the pleating lends a classic, professional vibe that was just what I needed to off-set this t-shirt. 
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Of course my next addition was easy- a big chunky necklace. When trying to dress up an outfit, a big piece of jewelry, heels, and a structured clutch make all of the difference. If you something bigger than a clutch, go for a structured bag. The cleaner the lines, the better. Finally, a nice bun always pulls together an outfit for me. Whatever it is for you, having a few pieces that make you feel comfortable and confident is key for any wardrobe. Until next time, XO
T-Shirt: New York Times; Necklace: Old Anthropologie, similar here and here; Jean Jacket: J.Crew; Skirt: J.Crew; Clutch: Banana Republic, similar here and here; Watch: Omega; Shoes: Similar here; Glasses: The View on Elm
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