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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A New Beginning

A new year is basically a clean slate. You can start over on a project, try and pick up a habit, change something in your life, really anything you want and it is an easier marker to use. I try and be one of those people where it doesn’t matter what day you start something new, as long as you start it. But today, everything seemed to fall into place and it was the perfect time to launch the new and improved Lefty Living Life.

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How to…Statement Coats

As someone who is always cold, it is vital for me to have warm winter coats to wear. However, I also always want to look cute and if I don’t like my jacket, I won’t wear it. This winter, statement coats have become my go-to. Here are my three favorite winter coats and some tips on how I like to wear them.


My favorite coat of the season thus far is definitely my cheetah print coat. I was a little hesitant to buy it, but I loved it so much that I just went for it. This much print and faux fur is a little bold, even for me, but it has been surprisingly easy to integrate this fabulous piece into my wardrobe. I especially like wearing it with dark neutrals and a bold lip. I love anything furry because it makes a bold statement while also keeping you warm. If you aren’t quite up to this level of fur, try a fur vest or a piece that has a little bit of fur on it. Then you can slowly start adding it into your wardrobe.

If fur isn’t your cup of tea, not to worry. There are lots of other ways to make a statement with your coat. A classic style in a bold color is one of those ways. It is easy to throw over any outfit and will add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit. Of course I went with pink (is anyone really surprised?) but you could just as easily do blue, red, or green. Really anything to give your wardrobe a break from black. Even a white coat is fabulous because it will immediately elevate your outfit and help you rock that winter white trend!

If color and texture aren’t your thing, then go for a black puffer jacket. It will keep you incredibly warm and you can find ones with nice details. I love the gold hardware on this one and the belt. I’m always afraid I look like the Michelin man when I wear a puffer but this one is cut pretty slim and it is longer so it’s not just my torso that is puffy. Plus, the belt adds a cute girly detail and helps me cinch the coat in at the waist so I look more like a person than a donut. Somehow, even though it’s black, this puffer coat still makes a statement and is the perfect coat for winter. Until next time, stay warm!

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The Perfect Tartan Piece

Do you ever have that feeling when you are in a store? When you just see something and know it will look wonderful on you and you basically fall in love immediately? That is typically how I am when I shop. I know what will look good on me and I am immediately drawn to certain things when I walk in a store. I live firmly under the philosophy that if I don’t absolutely love it in the store, I will not grow to love it over time.

This dress was no exception. I saw it and fell in love. Fell in love in the type of way that I wanted it right then. Outfit ideas were already formulating in my mind and I was already obsessed. Thankfully, they had my size and the tartan colors worked perfectly with my coloring.

Finding that perfect outfit piece can be very difficult, but the key is stick to your gut. Walk into a store and see what speaks to you. I know that is cliche but most of the time, your natural instincts will know where to direct you. Until next time,

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A Little Personal for 2 Years

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2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

Hello all! I hope you had a fabulous Friday yesterday. If you hadn’t already checked it out, go watch my Instagram stories. I had quite a baking adventure last night and I would love to get your feedback! Anyways, today’s post is going to be a little different than usual because I wanted to talk a little bit about my health. Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of my gallbladder removal surgery. Having this surgery ended up having a huge impact on my life as I have had some crazy complications. Normally talking about this kind of thing, especially here on the blog, is not something I would do. But as I have struggled with this for the past two years, I wished I had someone to talk to who understood what I was going through. So let this be an open invitation to all you wonderful readers, if you ever need to talk about anything, please don’t hesitate to talk to me. Y’all are so important to me and you have been so supportive so if you ever need my support, I’m here!

Anyways, after surgery, everything seemed to be going well until I was diagnosed with IBS. Those of you who have IBS will know, it is kind of a catch-all diagnosis and doesn’t necessarily help you solve any of your problems. For me at least, knowing that I had IBS did not change the fact that I struggled on a daily basis to find food that didn’t upset my stomach. Finally, a little over a month ago, I took a food sensitivity test. This is basically like a food allergy, but the symptoms aren’t as obvious. They can be headaches or discomfort or inflammation. Thank goodness I took this test because it turned out that I am sensitive to a lot of foods that I was eating regularly. So my diet has drastically changed again, but hopefully I will start feeling better. If you can learn anything from my experience, it is that your GI is temperamental, but listen to it. I went to so many doctors who told me that it would pass or I was just exaggerating. Don’t listen to those people. If you feel bad, then do something about it! I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for the results of my baking adventures tomorrow. Until next time,

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Girly Dress Pants

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2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

2017, OOTD, winter, button-down, dress pants, girly, J.Crew, lace, pearls,

I know I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but they typically aren’t my go-to. I love skirts and dresses, but I normally gravitate towards pants. Since entering the work-force, I’ve started to wear pants less and less because I find that dress pants are not always very flattering for me. However, I have just recently found these pants as well as another pair that I’ve just added to my wardrobe. They are high-waisted and a little cropped, but they hit at just the right place for me. I love that they are lace because it gives them a girly detail that I am always looking for in an outfit. A white button-down with some interesting details and a girly but oversized cardigan were the perfect accompaniments. Now I still felt like I needed to wear heels just so I didn’t feel stumpy, but I love any excuse to wear heels.

Do you guys ever have trouble finding dress pants? I feel like so many dress pants these days are made for super skinny, athletic built women so if you have hips at all, you are basically out of luck. These, while they do accentuate my hips, do so in a flattering way and I didn’t feel constricted wearing them. What do y’all think?

Also, check out my art blog to read a little bit more about my New York trip two weeks ago!

Until next time…

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Fall-Colored Layers

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2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was good, very busy, but good. Right now, I am obsessed with layering so I can stay cozy whenever I go outside. My immediate tendency is go to all neutral layers, but I’ve been trying to experiment with different colors throughout my outfits. My favorite look right now is fall colors, especially burgundy. Normally I pair pink with all of my burgundy, but this time, I tried something a little different and I love these yellow stripes. It just feels so appropriate for this time of year and was the perfect outfit for this holiday weekend. I hope y’all enjoyed this time with your family and friends and got some great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday…I know I sure did!

In other exciting news, Lefty Living Life is getting a huge facelift over the next week so stay tuned for a whole new layout and an exciting new direction in December!

Until next time,

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Knits and Sequins

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2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,

2017, winter, OOTD, J.Crew, Anthropologie, sequins, cocktail party,
As we all know from this post and others, I love my sequins. Whenever any one asks, I always describe my style as classic with a feminine touch and sequins always add that extra touch that my otherwise classic pieces need. Recently I’ve been loving my sequined skirts and pairing them with big, chunky knits. The juxtaposition in style and texture is so fun and gives my sequined pieces a new, fun twist. 
I’ve been obsessed with this sequined pencil skirt since I got it, but I’ve had a little trouble transitioning it into my every day wardrobe. However, now that it is holiday season, this skirt is perfect for all of my holiday parties and other events. Dress is up with a nice top or give it a cozy edge with a big sweater like this. Either way, I’m in love and you don’t have to worry about accessories when you have a fab skirt like this! Even though the sweater tones the look down a little, it is still appropriate for any event you have and the skirt is on mega sale right now, so much so that you will probably only be able to find it in stores at J.Crew! How would you integrate sequins into your wardrobe? I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe I can experiment for both of us! Until next time…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

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Hello all and Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because it is all about food and there are no expectations. You don’t have to worry about gifts or anything like that, you can just enjoy good food and friends and family. 
This year I am thankful for so much, but I am especially thankful for all of you. You have been so supportive of me and this blog and all of my ventures and I can’t thank you enough. Enjoy this time to take a breath and I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving! 
Outfit-wise, I wanted to keep it a little more casual this year but still be cozy. For me, that meant this fabulous furry vest. I love anything furry because it not only keeps you warm but also feels cozy when you are wearing it. Paired with a sparkly necklace and cheetah print, this outfit will probably become my go-to winter look when I don’t have to dress up. 
Thank you again for everything and happy Thanksgiving! 

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CHEETAH

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2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,
Cheetah print is by far my favorite print. I love it no matter where or not it is on shoes, a scarf, or a fabulous jacket like this! I originally wasn’t going to get this coat because I already have a furry cheetah vest, seen here, but I just couldn’t help myself! It was just too fabulous to pass up. My original hesitation was how does one even wear a cheetah print coat without looking silly? So for my first outfit, I decided to keep it pretty basic with all chambray and pearls. The coat added the perfect pop to an otherwise simple outfit. I am not going to lie, I’ve already worn this coat 4 times and I’ve only had it for a week. I can’t wait to see what else I can pair it with this winter! 
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