Spring Layers

While I love that we have all of the season here in North Carolina, I have a love/hate relationship with our weather. The past few days it has been absolutely beautiful here. I mean 70 degrees, warm wind, and sunny. While I have loved the warmth, it is just going to be that much harder when it inevitably gets cold again. However, I am trying to enjoy this glimpse of spring while I can!

Spring Layers - Lefty Living Life

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Snowy Pastels

winter, 2017, winter white, pastel, fur, OOTD,

winter, 2017, winter white, pastel, fur, OOTD,

winter, 2017, winter white, pastel, fur, OOTD,

winter, 2017, winter white, pastel, fur, OOTD,

winter, 2017, winter white, pastel, fur, OOTD,
Hello all! Happy snow day! Here in North Carolina we saw our first wintry weather this weekend with a whole 9 inches of snow (that is a lot for us!). It has been fun bundling up and sitting in front of the fire drinking hot chocolate all weekend. And it came just in time for one of my favorite trends, winter pastels. Pastels are normally reserved for spring and summer, but there is something that is so refreshing and fun about wearing pale pink, green, and white in the middle of winter. I love how the colors jump out against the black coat and tights and how they add a little pizazz to my winter wardrobe. Also, these heels, while a little impractical in the snow, are perfect for dressing up a detailed sweatshirt like this one. Perfect for parties or something a little more fun at work. 
I hope y’all have had a wonderful weekend! Until next time. XO

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Top 10: My Top 10 Favorite Outfits from 2016

Hello all! This year has been a big year for me…I graduated from college and announced my consignment business, which will be opening in 2017. Plus I am now employed full time! In addition to all of that exciting news, this has been one of my most prolific blog years and has included some of my favorite outfits of all time. So for our top 10 list today, we are going to look back at some of my favorite outfits from 2016! Let me know if I forgot your favorite outfit or if you have any thoughts in the comments below. XO
2016, leather, stripes, summer, top 10
1. This striped shirt was a staple in my wardrobe this summer. It is so versatile and easy to wear. Plus, this blog shoot was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever had. My mom takes most of the amazing photos you see on the blog and it is always an adventure for us as we try new poses and locations.  
2016, pearls, sequins, summer, top 10
2. Sequins are a regular occurrence in my wardrobe and I love this statement making jacket. This was the perfect outfit when my boyfriend and I went out in New York. This is by far one of my favorite outfits of 2016! 
2016, lefty, ruffles, summer, top 10
3. Ruffles were a new addition to my wardrobe this year and I am excited about them to say the least. This was just one of the ruffled outfits I’ve worn in 2016. 
2016, leather, personal, ruffles, summer, top 10

4. I wore ruffles again on the first day of my new job! I bought this outfit as my “first day of school outfit” at my job, but this shirt became one of my favorites this fall and I don’t go more than a couple of days without wearing this skirt! Must be lucky! 
2016, pastel, summer, top 10
5. Pastels have always been one of my favorite color groups, but this year, I have loved wearing lots of pastel accents against navy. Mixing pastels together is also one of my favorite ways to add more color to an outfit. 
2016, 60s vibe, fall, pink, top 10
6. The 60s were a huge style influence for me this year. I have loved channeling that decade with mini skirts, color blocking, and big earrings. This was one of my favorite 60s looks from 2016. 
2016, fall, pink, top 10
7. A new thing for me in 2016 was utilizing the tailor. Let the “Taylor goes to the tailor” jokes begin, but I have been extremely thankful to have a tailor when I am not ready to give up on pieces that don’t fit quite right. 
2016, hat, layering, stripes, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, winter, top 10
8. My new blog series this fall/ winter has been all about turtlenecks- tips and tricks for wearing them. Make sure to stay tuned on Thursdays for even more fun turtleneck ideas. This has been my favorite turtleneck outfit so far! 
2016, dress pants, fall, mad men, red lips, top 10
9. I have been loving turtlenecks this winter, but also cozy knits in general. I love the idea of wearing a bulky sweater with feminine details like red lipstick. The combination gives any outfit that extra oomph as well as making it look elegant. 
patterns, red lips, t-shirt, tartan, top 10
10. My final look from this weeks top 10 was actually from Christmas Eve a couple days ago. I love pairing t-shirts with big jewelry and dressing it up with heels. This outfit came together perfectly and had just the right amount of holiday flair. 

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Pastel Details

One of my favorite things about pastels is that they are so easy to match with each other. Mixing pale pink, lavender, and mint all together in one outfit is no problem because they all look so good together! It is the perfect way to spice up an outfit with subtle details and pops of color. If you want to use pastels as your accent pieces, I would recommend having little bits of them against a dark background like navy or black. Of course, like anything else, too many colors or patterns can make your outfit too busy. But if you add little moments of color like the mint stripe on this cardigan or the pink shoes, you can have a lot of color without your outfit being too overwhelming. 
You might have noticed that you haven’t seen my shoes before. That is because they are brand new! I just got them from Cole Haan and I am obviously obsessed. If the pale pink wasn’t enough to make you love them, you will adore them once you feel how comfortable they are! They are definitely going to be a stable in my wardrobe for the rest of this summer and into fall. XO

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Summer Pastels

Pastels are one of those things that, kind of like florals, are typically relegated to one season (Spring in this case) for no good reason. Pastels are one of my favorite things to wear and I think they can be perfect for any season depending on what you are doing. For summer, pastels are the perfect break from the neon, white, and busy patterns that normally accompany summer clothes. This shirt and skirt have served me so well over the past couple of seasons and are two pieces that I always come back to no matter what! XO 

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