Pink Gingham and Sparkles

Hello all! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful February so far. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects, transitioning pieces from season to season.

Especially after dealing with tiny closets in college, I had to become really deliberate about my wardrobe. I didn’t have the space or money to have a completely separate wardrobe for each season so I needed pieces to work easily no matter what season.

The key for is always making colors and patterns that are typically summery and toning them down for winter. For example, gingham is definitely a summer pattern especially when it is pink and white. But with dark jewel tones on top and dark tights and shoes, this skirt works well for winter.

Whenever you have a summer piece, adding dark colors, especially jewel tones can really help to make it more fall/ wintery. Obviously my favorite options are black, navy, and burgundy but you could do the same thing with dark browns, grays, or greens. Really anything to tone down the pastel. But at the same time, don’t let the fact that it is a “summer piece” limit you. It is almost always possible to wear something multiple ways. Until next time…


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Polka Dots and Pink

2017, OOTD, summer, white jeans, polka dots, navy, pink,
Hello all! Happy Thursday! It has been a busy week already, but I’ve been very productive and have lots of fun things to share with y’all this weekend! While I’ve been busy, I’ve also been trying to deal with our crazy weather. It has been hot here, but not the super sticky hot that is normally typical for North Carolina in August. 
2017, OOTD, summer, white jeans, polka dots, navy, pink,
This has been nice because I’ve been able to experiment a little with different outfits and layers. Plus, I’ve been able to wear my white jeans! I love the idea of white jeans, but they are definitely hard to wear when it is so hot outside. This weird in-between weather is perfect though because the white jeans are still summer, but you don’t freeze in the air conditioning. 
2017, OOTD, summer, white jeans, polka dots, navy, pink,
I love wearing darker colors with white because it makes the white and the other pieces really pop. Navy is a perfect option because it isn’t as harsh as black but the white still brightens it up a lot. I love how these polka dots play against the navy and really stand out with this outfit.
2017, OOTD, summer, white jeans, polka dots, navy, pink,
Of course, I couldn’t be content with just a cute t-shirt so pink accessories were the perfect way to finish off the outfit. Lot’s of exciting things planned for the next couple of days plus a new Lefty Baking Life announcement so make sure to stay tuned! Until next time, XO
Top: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan, similar here; Purse: J.Crew; Glasses: The View on Elm; Bracelets: Here, here, here, here, and here; Rings: Here and here

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Mixing Black and Navy for Spring

2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
Hello all! I hope your week has been fabulous so far! Mine has been crazy busy getting back into the swing of things after Rome, but it has definitely been nice to be back. Vacations are incredible, but it is always nice to come home and sleep in your own bed and get back to your routine.
2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
As I mentioned, spring has definitely sprung here in North Carolina. Yesterday, it was almost 80 degrees! Spring is by far my favorite season because I love transitional clothing. It is always just the right amount of warmth that I don’t freeze, but cool enough that I can still layer. Plus, by this time every year, I am absolutely sick of my winter wardrobe and ready for something new! 
2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
When I walked into work on Monday wearing this outfit, one of my coworkers immediately asked me how I managed to wear black and navy together and not look weird. My other coworker overheard and commented that I just decided they looked good together and walked out of the house. 
2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
As crazy as that sounds, mixing colors and patterns or trying new things is really that easy. When you decide you look awesome in an outfit, you carry yourself differently. You stand a little taller and strut your stuff a little more. With that going for you, no one will question your fashion choices, they will just comment on how great you look and admire your confidence.
2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
The key for me when wearing anything, whether it’s adventurous or a simple t-shirt in jeans, is to feel confident and beautiful. If you like what your are wearing, at the end of the day, does it really matter what any one else thinks? I don’t think so! For once, prioritize yourself and wear what you want! 
2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
I know that can all be a little difficult sometimes though and it is helpful to have tangible tips in addition to my philosophical ramblings. So, when mixing black and navy, I always like to choose a darker shade of navy. That way, it is closer to black and they are similar tones. Mix it up with some neutral jewelry and don’t try and over do it. Start easy with a navy top and a black cardigan or a black top and jeans. And then just add some gold earrings or a necklace. 
2017, OOTD, spring, polka dots, J.Crew, navy, black,
We make wearing black and navy together so hard because it is an old stigma. But, black and navy want to go together! They look good against one another and normally once you start pairing them, it becomes incredibly easy to do so. Until next time, XO 

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Hot Pink and Ruffles

Because I have dark hair and fair skin, jewel tones are normally my go-to. Super saturated, bright colors wash me out and don’t normally look good. So navy, is an easy yes for me. Navy is always a color that I have loved wearing not only because the color looks good on me, but also because it is more interesting than always wearing black. The other thing I love about navy is that I can easily pair it with this bright pink without being washed out. Pink is one of my favorite colors to wear and accessorize with, but I do have to be careful that I balance it out with darker colors. And so my favorite color combination, navy and hot pink, was born. How do you like to wear bright colors? XO 

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Ruffled Details

fur, navy, pink, ruffles, pink

fur, navy, pink, ruffles, pink

fur, navy, pink, ruffles, pink

fur, navy, pink, ruffles, pink
Navy and pink have always been on of my favorite color combinations. But since I wear it so much, I try and get creative with my details to mix things up. Now that it is cooler, my favorite things to add are fur and sparkles. This sweater vest has become one of my favorite pieces because it is warm and cozy but also brings that old world elegance to an outfit. However, this sweater might be my new favorite piece. It is such a rich color navy and it is very soft. My favorite thing though is the ruffled sleeves. I thought they would bother me at work, but I didn’t even notice them. Definitely my new favorite detail! XO

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Mint and Navy

Hello all! My first week of work is complete! It has been a very busy, but fun week and it has been nice to not have the pressure of looking for a job hanging over my head. The other nice thing is I get to dress up a little bit everyday and I am already having fun experimenting with my outfits. 
Navy has always been a favorite of mine because it doesn’t have that harshness that comes with wearing a lot of black in the summer. Navy is also great because it is so easy to pair with bright colors. I know the whole mint obsession was a couple of years ago, but I still love the pop it can add to an outfit. This cardigan is perfect for that because it just has that little bright seam, which is subtle, but still makes an outfit interesting. I hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend so far and I would love to hear any good ideas you have for work outfits! XO 

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Happy New Years from Costa Rica!

Hello everyone and happy new year! 2015 was an incredible year for me and I hope it was just as wonderful for you. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me 🙂 As you know, I love anything that glitters or sparkles. So on principle alone, New Years is one of my favorite holidays because it is the perfect excuse to wear all of the sparkles I want. Yesterday, I actually ended up toning down some of my usual sparkle in favor of feathers. I have never been a big feather person (I normally prefer fur!) but when I saw this bag at Anthropologie, I fell in love. Maybe it is the color or the the huge band of sequins or the vintage feel to the shape. Whatever it is, I love it! I couldn’t wait to wear it and New Years seemed like the perfect occasion. I have some exciting plans for Lefty Living Life in 2016 so stay tuned and Happy New Year! XO 

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Polka Dots for Days

I have always been a fan of polka dots and when I saw this jumpsuit at Anthropologie, I fell in love. The pockets and the bow belt were just an added bonus that sealed the deal. The thing I love about Anthropologie is that they have a very distinct look, but they also have these incredible statement pieces that are outside of this look. My mom and I were talking yesterday about how if you wear all Anthropologie, all the time, you develop this distinct, boho look. But even when I wear all Anthro, like this outfit, I think it’s important to reflect your own style. So don’t let anyone convince you to buy something and always search for those incredible statement pieces that help define your style. XO 

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Last Days of Summer

Summer is starting to come to a close and don’t get me wrong, I love fall. But I’m trying to squeeze in a few more days of summer clothes before the vests come out. I bought this skirt at the beginning of the summer on a whim and it has been my go to piece! First of all it’s pink, which makes it fabulous. Plus it’s very comfortable and bonus, has pockets! The perfect skirt if you ask me. So enjoy those summer clothes for a few more days before my favorite season begins! XO

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Pink Sparkles with Navy

What does every outfit need? A little bit of pink! I wear a lot of black and navy, but I adore pink in almost every form. And I have found that the best way to wear pink is as an accessory to brighten up my otherwise neutral outfits. I love this shade of pale pink because it is extremely versatile and very feminine, but not overly girly. For this outfit at least, it just adds that extra pop and turns an otherwise boring outfit into a statement. Do you have any tricks for wearing pink or brightening up neutrals? XO

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