Preppy in Pink

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I feel like this look is about as classic to my typical style as you can get. Top knot, lipstick, pink, lots of jewelry, overall super girly and preppy. As much as I like to experiment and try new things, sometimes it is nice to stick with what you know too. And a button-down under a sweater with a skirt and a big necklace is second nature for me.

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Statement Lips

If you have been following along for a while, you will have noticed that I’ve started wearing a lot more lipstick lately and I am loving statement lips. So I thought it was about time to talk about some of my favorite colors and brands and some fun ways to incorporate bold lipstick into your wardrobe.

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Let’s Make a Statement

Ok, so we all know that I love to make a statement, but I acknowledge that I am a lot more adventurous than most. But I think we should all try and be adventurous and I think we so easily get pigeon-holed with these fashion rules and I just think that is silly.

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Happy Halloween!

Hello all! While Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, I have finally found a costume that I love to wear and is perfect for Halloween…Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This outfit is so easy to put together with things you already have in your closet and it fits well into my style. I think what I don’t like about wearing a costume is because it makes me feel uncomfortable. This outfit though, is almost something that I would wear on a regular day so I still feel comfortable and fabulous even though I’m wearing a costume. I hope you had a fabulous Halloween and Happy November! 

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Red Lips and a New Project

2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,

2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,

2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,

2017, fall, work wear, stripes, red, red lips, Nars, J.Crew,
Hello all! Happy Friday! It has been a good week over here, but I am excited about a fun and social weekend starting tonight. Keep up with all of my adventures this weekend on my instagram and my instagram stories
You might have noticed that I have been experimenting with my lipstick a lot more lately. I used to be pretty neutral when it came to lipstick, I wouldn’t even wear it most days. But I started wearing them a lot more once I started working and wasn’t just going to class. Now, I love them and have finally worked up he nerve to start experimenting. Red seemed like a pretty good option to start with and I just love this shade from Nars. It is one of their new powermatte lip pigments and it goes on as a liquid, but doesn’t dry out your lips at all like most lipsticks. It also stays on through EVERYTHING. I only reapplied it once yesterday! I would really recommend these and I’d love to hear what you think about them. Also if you have any colors you love, let me know so I can try them out too…this color is called starwoman, how fab is that?! 
In other news, I have also started a new project! I thought I wasn’t quite busy enough as it was…ha! Anyways, now that I am more involved with the art scene here in Greensboro, I wanted to have a platform to discuss all of the art that I am looking at and discovering here in town and in the surrounding area. So, I’ve created a new blog! It’s called Art Around Town and I just created it this week. I’d love any of your feedback and will definitely be looking for any art recommendations if you have any! Until next time, XO

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Throw Back Thursday College Edition

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2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,

2017, TBT, college, personal, red lips, statement earrings, t-shirt, J.Crew,
Hello all! While I typically don’t do TBT and all of those things, with homecoming for Wake Forest this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about my time in college lately. Looking back, most of my memories from college and about college are positive, but that doesn’t mean it was all sunshine and rainbows. There were definite ups and downs and some things that I know now that I wish I had known then. So, here are some of things that I wish I had known and some of the advice I would give to those currently in college. 
1. Don’t be afraid to be scared. College is scary, you are starting a completely new and different chapter in your life that could have a huge impact on your future. But don’t let that hold you back. As a freshman, I felt like everyone else had it figured out and I was just floundering along. Trust me, every one else is just as confused, nervous, and scared as you. Do the best you can and be yourself. You’ll be fine. 
2. Go to class. I know this sounds stupid but I know so many people who would blow off class and not do their work. You are only hurting yourself. Your teachers don’t care if you don’t come. So make the effort. You will thank yourself later. 
3. Get out of your dorm room. As fabulous as your bed is and unlimited netflix and cookie dough ice cream, leave your room. Go to parties, make new friends, try clubs and activities. Being involved in your campus community is one of the best parts of college, so take advantage of it! 
4. Take the classes that sound interesting. I started college taking all of the classes I thought I was “supposed” to be taking. But the classes that I excelled in and actually enjoyed and turned into my major were not the ones I was “supposed” to be taking. They were the ones I signed up for on a whim because they sounded interesting. College is all about finding your passion and what you want to do with your life. So throw out that “supposed to” rule book and do what you want. You’ll be much happier in the long run. 
5. Be your self. Finally, just be yourself. When I first got to Wake, I was so worried about finding friends and being what everyone wanted me to be. I wasn’t fully happy until I stopped worrying about all of that and just did what I wanted. For me, that meant spending time with my friends for movie night instead of going to a frat party and studying art history instead of business. And now, I couldn’t be more thankful. Imagining my life if I had been a business major makes me cringe so you do you. 
My last word of advice is don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Whether it is your school counselor or a company like Earnest that can help with refinancing your student loans, asking for help never hurt anyone. Until next time, XO 
P.S. I wore outfits like this all of the time to class…dress well test well my friends! 

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Summer Style Review

Hello all! Typically for me, Labor Day is just a nice day off. It doesn’t necessarily mark the end of summer and it normally is hot for at least a few more weeks here in North Carolina. While I am sure we will have more warm weather, right now, it definitely feels like fall! As excited I am about a change in season and the chance to wear some fall clothes and layers, there are definitely some summer styles that I will be sad to say goodbye to. So, let’s look back at some of my favorite looks and styles from this summer!
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1. Hot pink, especially hot pink lipstick and accessories was a huge trend for me this year. I loved being able to spice up an outfit with a bright color and make some of my more serious outfits more girly. Hopefully I will be able to carry this trend into fall and winter! 
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2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


2.     Off-the-shoulderwas my big fashion risk this year. This style was definitely a little out of my comfort zone, but I had fun experimenting with it and making it my own…i.e. making it girly whenever possible! 
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3.     With my full-time job and now a new job with a nicer dress code, work wear was something that I was experimenting a lot. I loved mixing and matching with this gingham pencil skirt and other classic work wear shapes, but in a more feminine way. 
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2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


4.     Let’s be honest, sequins and anything sparkly are always a trend for me. This sequined skirt was so fun to mix and match whether it was a casual t-shirt or a button-down. I can’t wait to wear this with a big slouchy sweater and boots this fall! 
2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


5.     I always try and incorporate patterns into my wardrobe, but it doesn’t always work well. This summer, I had no trouble incorporating stripes. It seemed like every other day I was wearing stripes! I love a red stripe with a bold red lip and I am definitely going to be rocking this look through fall. 
2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


6.     I would typically describe my look as classic and feminine. I love taking a casual t-shirtand dressing it up and making it girly. For my 5-year blog birthday, I definitely did that with my favorite graphic tee, a tuxedo jacket, and pink pumps. This is probably my go-to look, no matter what the situation.
2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


 7. Finally, I loved my bodysuit this year. Who would have thought that I would buy an off-the-shoulder bodysuit?! Out of my comfort zone in every way because it’s off the shoulder and super skin-tight. But, I have probably worn it more than anything else this summer! Now, if I only I could find a turtleneck bodysuit!


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Enjoy the last of summer weather while you can and until next time, XO
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How to Wear…Stripes

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Dress: Old Anthropologie, similar here and here; Pearls: similar here; Bag: Madewell
Hello! Happy 4th of July to all of my American readers! Typically, I’m not a dress for the holiday type person. I normally just wear whatever I want. But for some reason, I always want to wear something a little patriotic for the 4th of July. 
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Dress: Old Anthropologie, similar here and here; Pearls: similar here; Bag: Madewell
I don’t want to wear something too ostentatious or over the top. For that, red stripes is the perfect option. Red stripes is something I can normally find in my closet without going out and buying a completely new outfit. Plus it is just the amount of subtleness that I’m looking for on the 4th of July.
2017, summer, stripes, summer, OOTD, red lips, how to wear,
Necklace: J.Crew; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega.
A striped dress with pearls is an easy option because you don’t have to worry about anything else. You put on the dress and the pearls and you are all set for any social events you have planed whether it is a cook out or a party. 
2017, summer, stripes, summer, OOTD, red lips, how to wear,
Earrings: Old J.Crew, similar here; Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; State Necklace: Baublebar; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Bracelet: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Jeans: J.Crew; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here.
A striped top with jeans shorts or regular jeans is also a great option. I wore the above outfit today for a lunch meeting I had and a messy bun and red lips were the perfect accessory. What I like about stripes for this holiday is that you are being patriotic, but can still wear something that is your style and reflects your personality. Happy 4th! XO 
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Classic Red Lips and Stripes are Perfect for Summer

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For me, there is nothing more classic than stripes and red lipstick. It just has that feel of the French Riviera or Rome in the 60s. As much as I love it, I really only wear this combination in the summer. When it’s cold, I’m way too tempted to add multiple layers and patterns to the point that you lose that classic vibe
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Because this is such a classic look, I like to maintain as much of that feeling as possible while still having fun with accessories. To do that, I like to have big, but classic accessories. That add just enough of a punch but you don’t loose the original combination of stripes and lipstick.
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These earrings, although I bought them at J.Crew last year, have a classic vibe and the neutral colors don’t make them overtly contemporary. Same thing goes for this bag, which happens to actually be vintage. 
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Red lipstick dresses up an outfit so much that I always like to have something a little undone about the rest of my look. A messy bun was the perfect option because it toned things down and shows off my earrings. What’s not to love? Until next time, XO
Earrings: Old J.Crew, similar here; Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; State Necklace: Baublebar; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Bracelet: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Jeans: J.Crew; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Jack Rogers, similar here
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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
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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! 
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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. 
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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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