Florals and Stripes

Hello all! Somehow time is already getting away from me even though the New Year just started! Things have already been crazy busy as I finally submitted all of my grad school applications (!!!), made lots of new resolutions and goals for 2018, and have started to get my life organized. A lot of that has been new ideas and plans for Lefty Living Life, so definitely stay tuned and if there is anything you would like to see, please message me or comment!

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Mixing Patterns with Tartan

Pattern mixing has always been one of my favorite things so it seemed like the perfect way to start off the new year and the new blog! First of all, let me say how excited I am about the new blog here and all of the exciting things I have planned for 2018. If you are not already signed-up for our newsletter, make sure to sign-up on the right. The newsletter will go out once a week with sneak peaks of upcoming content, exclusive details and style ideas, plus other exciting things you won’t see on the blog.

OK, now back to the important stuff, clothes! I feel like pattern mixing has this stigma of being really difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Especially this time of year, you can easily mix two patterns and then tone it down with the rest of your  layers. Layering in general makes pattern mixing super easy because you have more options. So, if you are going to start pattern mixing, why not start now?

With an outfit like this, the plain jacket is what pulls the entire look together. So when you are trying to figure out what to wear, also take into consideration your non-patterned layers. These are what will help tone everything down while also connecting all of the pieces.

This skirt is one of my favorite pieces because it is tartan plaid, which I love. It also has navy and black in it so you can wear it with basically anything. As much as I love it though, it sadly doesn’t really fit me anymore. So I will be posting it on my ebay page later this week!

For those of you who don’t know, I am working on opening an online consignment store, but in the meantime, I have started posting early inventory on my ebay page. The things I am posting are not old or damaged in any way. They are just things I love, but no longer wear. So make sure to check it out and stay tuned for updates on the consignment store!  Until next time…


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Summer Pattern Mixing

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Hello all! Happy Saturday! Thank goodness, this week has felt impossibly long for some reason, hence the lack of posts, and I am definitely ready for a nice, relaxing weekend.  Mixing patterns is one of my favorite styles, but it can be so hard to do in the summer. It is so much easier when you have more layers to work with and can balance patterns with black tights or a chunky sweater.
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In the summer, mixing patterns is definitely more challenging, but still fun if you can make it work. For me, the key to mixing patterns is either staying in the same color family or staying within the same pattern. If you have two completely different patterns but they are both navy and white, the combination will probably look good together. 

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If you aren’t staying in the same color family, I like to keep the patterns relatively similar so that there isn’t too much going on. With this outfit, the pattern on my shoes and on my top are both polka dot-esque, but don’t necessarily match color-wise. I wanted them separated, which is where the pink skirt comes in handy. 

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After I had the skirt, shoes, and top together, I was pleased with the outfit, but it needed a little something more. This necklace was perfect because the hanging beads closely mimicked the polka dots on my shirt and made everything flow together well. 
Have a fabulous Saturday and until next time! XO
Necklace: J.Crew and it’s on clearance! Top: Similar options here, here, and here; Skirt: Pink skirt options here, here, and here; Watch: Omega; Shoes: Bucketfeet
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Body Suit with Girly Details

2017, summer, OOTD, patterns, J.Crew, girly

Happy Friday! We have been getting crazy amounts of rain here the past couple of days, the sun is finally out today! I am so excited that it is nice outside because it gives me an excuse to wear my bodysuit, which is by far my favorite piece in my closet right now. It is surprisingly comfy and also has been easier than I expected to pair with things.

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So far, it has also been especially easy to pair with statement jewelry and other patterns. Anything off the shoulder is a great opportunity to wear big earrings. They are easy to show-off and don’t interfere with your collar because you don’t have one! For more ideas on wearing statement earrings check out this post
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This bodysuit is also great for mixing patterns. Since you have to “tuck it in” it is easy to pair with high-waited jeans and a belt or something like these shorts. 
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I love how these are high-waisted because it is easy to tuck things in, which is hard to find with shorts. I also love the pleating, which gives them a girly detail and helps keep you cool if you are out in the heat. Well, that’s all for now, XO

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Mixing Patterns for Spring

2017, OOTD, spring, stripes, ruffles, cheetah, pink, patterns,
Hello all! It is finally starting to feel like spring here and I couldn’t be more excited. As much as  I love winter and my winter wardrobe, I am definitely ready for a change and I have been getting very excited about my summer wardrobe as I’ve been unpacking it.
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Last summer, a big trend for me was ruffles. By the end of the summer though, I was sick of all things ruffly and thought I had put that fashion trend to bed. However, after going through my summer clothes, I am all excited about ruffles again. They are such a fun and girly detail, which I absolutely love, especially for summer. 
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The other thing I am excited about for summer is patterns. I don’t avoid patterns in the winter obviously, but my focus is generally mixing textures. In the summer, it is hard to mix textures without layering and completely overheating. So, patterns it is! 
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One of my favorite patterns is cheetah print. Whether it is with a plain black dress or florals (I know, totally ground breaking for spring, but they do look great with cheetah print), the cheetah print always takes the outfit to the next level. I especially love it with these stripes because each pattern seems to accentuate the other. Totally counter-intuitive, but I’m rolling with it. Big news tomorrow so make sure to check back! Until then, XO

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National Stripe Day

2017, spring, J.Crew, stripes, turtleneck, ruffles, pearls, patterns, OOTD,
Happy Friday everyone! What a crazy week! I am definitely ready for a quiet, relaxing weekend. Before we get to the relaxing though, let’s talk about stripes and J.Crew.
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Today is National Stripe Day, per J.Crew, and I couldn’t be more excited. First of all, I love stripes. Just in general, but also mixing different striped pieces and mixing stripes with different patterns. Stripes are just one of those classic details that give a little elegance and Parisian chic to any outfit- what’s not to love about that?! 
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I am also excited about today because I love J.Crew. Before you ask, no J.Crew is not paying me to say this, they aren’t paying me at all. I genuinely love the J.Crew brand and their clothes.
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I started a few years ago just buying pieces from J.Crew here and there. Now, it seems like my whole closet is from there! Their clothes are great quality and pretty reasonable priced. Plus they have incredible sales…if you are a student and not using the student discount, you are missing out! It also doesn’t hurt that their clothes are so cute and right up my aesthetic alley.
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The other thing I love about J.Crew is the people who work there. They are always nice and helpful, but I also feel like I have built relationships with these women over our mutual love of the J.Crew brand. Favorite store to shop at by far! Until next time, XO

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Turtleneck Thursday: The Base Layer to Your Statement Pieces

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turtleneck thursday, OOTD, 2017, winter, patterns,

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Hello all! Happy Thursday, my favorite day of the week because we get to talk about turtlenecks. Last week, we took a little break because my grandmother came to town and family hang-outs come first. But now, we are back with one of my favorite turtleneck looks. This look is actually from over a year ago, but is still one of the best ways to wear a turtleneck. I always struggle in the winter to wear a dress because I get so cold. I end up throwing on a sweater and completely obscuring the dress with my layers. While the bundled sweater dress is a great look, sometimes you actually want to show your dress! 
I was in that exact position with this dress. It has some interesting detail in the back and doesn’t look great with a sweater because it flares so much. But without another layer, I would have had bare arms and would have been freezing. A turtleneck is the perfect solution. It gives you that extra layer of warmth, plus a black one against a patterned dress like this really makes the dress pop. 
Moral of the story? Turtlenecks don’t have to be the statement piece of your outfit. Instead, they can be the perfect base layer to highlight your statement piece. Until next time, XO. 

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The General Principles of Mixing Patterns

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patterns, 2017, winter, sparkly, top knot, J.Crew, OOTD,

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patterns, 2017, winter, sparkly, top knot, J.Crew, OOTD,

patterns, 2017, winter, sparkly, top knot, J.Crew, OOTD,

patterns, 2017, winter, sparkly, top knot, J.Crew, OOTD,
Mixing patterns has always been a favorite trend of mine, but it can be very hard to pull off. The one rule that I always follow is to make sure the colors themselves look good together. Then, even if you have lots of conflicting patterns and designs going on, at least they don’t clash. The other good rule to follow, is you have to take the jump. It can be intimidating to wear something busy when general fashion principles tell you to tone it down. But, if you are willing to take the risk, normally it will work out in your favor. How do you mix patterns? Any general principles you always follow? Until next time, XO

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Over the Knee Boots

Hello all! Happy 2017! I hope you had a fun and exciting New Year’s Eve. For our first post of 2017, let’s talk about over the knee boots. They have been pretty popular for a while now and you probably noticed that they were never featured here. I have been debating getting these boots, but I was hesitant. Over the knee boots are so outside of my comfort zone. I was not really comfortable with the idea because I didn’t know how I would wear them, and as someone who has always been a little insecure about my body, the thought of wearing boots that had to fit my foot, lower leg, and thigh, seemed a little daunting to say the least. But, the fashion universe had some other ideas, as it normally does. My mom got me this pair for Christmas and to be honest, I’ve already worn them three times and I absolutely adore them. They are so comfortable to wear and are an interesting detail for my outfit. I can’t wait to find more ways to wear them and I’d love to hear your thoughts! XO

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Merry Christmas!

tartan, t-shirt, red lips, patterns, Zoe Report Box of Style

tartan, t-shirt, red lips, patterns, Zoe Report Box of Style

tartan, t-shirt, red lips, patterns, Zoe Report Box of Style

tartan, t-shirt, red lips, patterns, Zoe Report Box of Style

tartan, t-shirt, red lips, patterns, Zoe Report Box of Style
Hello all and Merry Christmas! I won’t say too much today but Merry Christmas and I hope you are enjoying this wonderful day! With my Christmas outfits, I always try and include a little red or green without going too over board. This tartan skirt was perfect for today especially with my New York Times t-shirt. I also love the tartan against this patterned clutch, which is actually made from painted canvases! Such a fun accessory and a great conversation piece for any holiday parties you might have! Finally, my lipstick and my necklace are both new and courtesy of my Zoe Report Box of Style. This is one of my favorite subscription boxes and I would definitely recommend it. 
Well, time to get back to the family! Merry Christmas! XO 

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