Winter Whites and Sweet Treats

Can you believe it’s already February?! I sure can’t Valentine’s Day is already next week which means my birthday is just around the corner! So, I am not a huge Valentine’s Day fan, I actually think it is kind of silly. However, it does give me the perfect excuse to bake and wear some red and pink. So let’s talk about the clothes first.

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Pink and My Local Bakery

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Hello all! I must say, one of my favorite things about living downtown is that I am within walking distance of a fabulous bakery. If you have been following my instagram (@leftylivinglife) you will have seen some of the fabulous pastries I’ve gotten so far! My favorite has been the seasonal danish which had fig and goat cheese in it. Sadly the seasons are changing and they don’t have figs anymore, but they do have a blueberry, cardamon, and goat cheese danish. I just tried it yesterday and it was fabulous! 
When I decided to live alone, I promised myself that I would try and go out and explore and interact with other people downtown as often as possible. This bakery, called The Table, was the perfect start for me. First of all, I love baked goods and pastries, so having access to that has been wonderful. Second of all, I can walk over and eat breakfast while blogging! It is just the perfect way for me to spend my mornings. 
Sadly, they are closed on my only day off so I can’t spend the entire day there. But I sure am enjoying it as a morning treat so far! Do y’all have any tricks for discovering a new city? Do you have a favorite bakery or coffee shop that you always frequent? Until next time, XO 

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Stripes and Neon

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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

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Summer Stripes

Hello all! I hope your week is going well so far! Before recently, I would have said that my go-to pattern is plaid of florals. I’ve never been a big stripes or polka dots girl although they occasionally popped up in my wardrobe. Lately though, it seems like all I wear is stripes…I’ve already worn them for three other blog posts just this month (here, here, and here) and I’m even wearing stripes right now as I write this! 
So let’s talk about this dress…it is not my typical style because I normally stay away from shift dresses. Sometimes they work for me, but a lot of times they make me feel self-conscious. Anyways, whenever I go shopping, if I don’t understand how something will fit or am just confused by a piece, I always try it on, just to see how it will look. 
This dress was one of those pieces. I picked it up completely confused how a shift dress with no slit that hit below your knees was supposed to work. Of course, I spoke way too soon about this dress and ended up buying it that day. Let me explain, the dress has some stitching in the torso that is almost like a fit and flare without the flare. So the dress is extremely comfortable and also very flattering.
While I’ve definitely been having some body-image issues as of late, this dress was a great cure to my issues and looked perfect with my new favorite neon necklace! Until next time, XO
Necklace: J.Crew; Dress: J.Crew…they are already sold out, but this one is similar; Shoes: Aerin, similar here; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm
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Off-the-shoulder Neon

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Hello all! My new schedule has been so weird and is completely throwing me off. Before, I worked full-time Monday through Friday and then part time Saturday and Sunday. Now, I work full-time Tuesday through Saturday, with a little extra Saturday night and then part time Sunday with Monday completely off. Monday felt like Saturday all day and yesterday felt like Monday. Today, I have no idea what day it is ha! 
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It is so weird to think that a few years ago, I was barely wearing any color at all. I never would have dared to wear an all neon outfit especially with an off-the-shoulder bodysuit! But, like with everything, your style changes and evolves. Now, it is so easy for me to wear color. Whether it is just a pop of color in an otherwise neutral outfit or lots of neon pink. It is almost second nature to add color to an outfit. 
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When it comes to neon, don’t let it intimidate you. Like anything else, start with a simpler base…for this outfit that was the bodysuit, jeans, and sandals. Then, I added a bright necklace. When choosing a necklace, I wanted one that would fall above my top because of the ruffle. That narrowed down my selection a little. Then I wanted one with a little color because my base was rather boring and very blue. This necklace has some blue to tie it in with the outfit but then the bright pink so it was perfect.
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The final piece to this outfit was the belt. I was happy with the necklace, but needed something to break-up all of the blue in the rest of the outfit. This belt was the perfect addition to tie-in to the necklace and add that final pop. Keep an eye out tonight for my review of Reynolda House’s newest art exhibition on Georgia O’Keeffe! Until then, XO
Necklace: J.Crew; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Belt: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm; Shoes: Jack Rogers.
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Neon for Work

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Hello all! This week, as I’ve tried to be work-place professional, I’ve also been trying to integrate neon pieces into my outfits. From this post, I think you could probably tell I love neon, but sometimes it can be so over the top and just feel like too much at work. However, I am all about a challenge and I think this outfit really manages to make neon appropriate in any situation. 
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The first key was finding the right neon piece. At work, a neon shift dress like this or a neon necklace over black is easy. You maintain your typical work place uniform, but make it more interesting with color. Also, it is very hard to be unprofessional when wearing a shift dress! 
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Once you choose your piece, it is important that the rest of your outfit is a little more subdued and very business professional. Now I am not normally one to say tone it down, but at there is a time and a place for everything and an office job is not the time or the place for an extremely over the top outfit. 
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My go-to when trying to be professional is a shift dress, suit jacket, and statement necklace so it was easy to transition those over to this dress. A light gray suit jacket is perfect of summer because it lightens up your outfit while also making your more summery pieces business-like. 
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Finally, my favorite part of this outfit is my bag. I just got it from the Kate Spade sale and it is absolutely perfect for work. The style is professional and it is big enough to hold my computer and all of my other stuff without being too overly large. Well, that’s all for now, so until next time, XO 
Dress: J.Crew; Jacket: Zara, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Bag: Kate Spade, similar to this one; Shoes: Aerin, similar here
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How to Wear…Neon

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Hello all! Happy Saturday! Today marks the start of a new Saturday blog series and I can’t wait to hear your feedback. Starting today, Saturday blog posts are going to center around fashion and outfit posts, but also answer a question about how to wear a certain trend or item of clothing, or just give ideas in general about how to integrate certain pieces into your wardrobe. Just like with my other blog series, I would love to hear your feedback and I welcome any and all suggestions! 
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So, here goes! As you know, My typical color palette leans towards girly pastels and jewel tones, but I’ve been loving the new neon trends and have been trying to find ways to integrate those bright colors into my summer wardrobe. 
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My first suggestions if you are hesitant on the neon, start with something small like neon earrings, a necklace, or some kind of accessory. Then, you don’t have to commit your entire outfit to the neon trend, but can still mix your typical color palette up. These earrings and this necklace are absolutely to die for and would look great against black, navy or white. Also both are on sale at J.Crew right now! 
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If you are feeling more adventurous with your neon additions, finding a neon dress is a full commitment, but does take out some of the work of trying to pair a top or a bottom with it. Personally, I think a neon dress or top is the best option. Neon bottoms seem like a lot and a neon top is easy to wear with jeans or white jeans and easy to tone down with a cardigan or a jean jacket thrown on top.
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If you are going the dress route, make sure the dress itself fits well and is something you are comfortable in. You don’t want to branch out with color and style at the same time because you will feel overwhelmed. I like both of these options because they are pretty simple in design, but are both flattering. Both also focus on one neon color, not multiple. Wearing one neon color is enough if you ask me. 
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Once you find your neon piece, the hardest thing for me was accessorizing. I think the key is going simple. Nude shoes (black would work well too I think) looked great and classed up the outfits without adding any additional colors or details.
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Jewelry-wise, I think the darker color the better. Of course, I couldn’t not wear a necklace and I struggled to find ones that looked good. But, I discovered that if your necklace is a darker tone than your neon, then it helps to quiet the loud color a little bit. With this, as with anything else, the key is to be confident and also to feel comfortable. You will never be able to walk out of your house with your head high if you are uncomfortable so know your limits. Make sure to leave comments below and see you next time! XO 
Pink Dress Outfit
Dress: Old, but similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Clutch: Kate Spade; Watch: Omega; Shoes: Old, similar here
Yellow Dress Outfit
Dress: J.Crew; Necklace: J.Crew; Shoes: Vaneli, similar here; Lipstick: Nars
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Sparkles and Neon

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For me, spring and summer clothes are all about neons and sparkles. An outfit just doesn’t seem complete without one or the other, or in this case, both! 
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My general rule for both of these is to keep it under control. I love using neon as a statement pop of color against an otherwise neutral outfit. This bag and belt are perfect to throw on and give an otherwise cute, but boring outfit that extra oomph. I also try and keep my neon to one color. Two hot pink accent items are ok, but you don’t want to add neon yellow in the mix too. It’s too much and you’ll end up looking like an 80s highlighter.
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As difficult as it is, moderation is also key for sparkles. I like to keep it to one section. If my necklace or jewelry in general is sparkly, no need to have a sparkly bag too. Same goes for if my shirt is sparkly. I will still wear jewelry, but it might be more subdued.
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Well, now that we’ve talked about fashion a little, let’s talk more about Rome. Our second day, Sunday, might have been our busiest day of the whole trip. We walked so much and saw so many amazing sites. We started at the Colosseum and did all of that, the Forum (which is right beside the Colosseum and there is only one ticket for both), and the Palatine Hill (you have to walk through the Forum to get to the top of the Hill). A definite must see if you’ve never been to Rome.
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After lunch, we went to an art exhibition. This might sound crazy for the non-art obsessed readers out there, but the main reason I wanted to go to Rome last week was to see this particular art exhibition. It featured an artist named Artemisia Gentileschi, who happens to be one of the artists I wrote my thesis on! I had only seen one of her works previously and all of her works I discussed in my thesis were in this show! To say it was incredible would be an understatement and I ended up going to see it twice! It was one of those moments where life seems to align for just a second and everything all seemed to work out perfectly. It made me want to write another thesis too! 
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We finished up the day visiting the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain is awesome during the day, but I would recommend you visit at least once after dark because it is lit up and looks magical at night. We didn’t stop moving all day it seemed, but it was a fabulous day. Until next time, XO 

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Neon and Pink

I absolutely adore pink, which you probably know by now if you’ve been following the blog for a while since I tend to wear a lot of pink. When my love of pink first began to develop, I inadvertently ended up wearing it almost every day. So now, I always try and incorporate a little pink into my outfit even if it isn’t the highlight of the outfit. These shoes are the perfect options becuase they are a subtle pink that adds to the outfit but they don’t detract from other aspects. Speaking of highlighters, this bag is so neon it is almost difficult to find things to match it. My necklace doesn’t exactly match, but matching perfectly is kind of boring if you ask me. Plus the green from the necklace is far enough away from the neon bag that they don’t clash. I love this bag because it is one of those pieces that makes me smile. Every time I pull it out of my closet, I can’t help but grin a little and the wonderful tongue and cheek that is Kate Spade. So thank you Kate for making my day once again. XO

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Summer Rain and Sparkles

Hello all! I hope y’all are having a wonderful and sunny Sunday because we sure aren’t here in North Carolina. It has been pouring down rain all morning. Now rain is my favorite weather, but in the summer with the humidity on top of the rain, it can be very difficult to find something to wear. But these sparkly rain boots that I have been obsessed with all winter might be the perfect solution. For summer rain, they are the perfect combination because they are waterproof but also short so they don’t make your legs and feet overheat. And obviously a huge plus- they are sparkly! 
For me going to work in the rain, a trench coat is also key because it keeps my outfit dry and pristine for when I get to work. This trench coat is also an exciting new addition to my wardrobe! I have been on the search for a classic trench for a while now and I stumbled across this one at a consignment store in D.C. I couldn’t be more excited! Not only did I find my perfect trench coat, but I also love shopping consignment so it was a win win! I hope you are enjoying this Sunday and your Memorial Day weekend! XO 

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