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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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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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! 
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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. 
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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.
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 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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When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

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Hello all! To all of my American readers, happy July 4th! I hope you had a fun-filled day. Mine was the perfect day off i.e. quiet, but productive. It was so nice to have a whole day all to myself. I so rarely get those these days.
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Well, as exciting as my quiet day off was (ha), I have some very big news to share with you tonight. As you know from this post, I had applied and was accepted to a master’s program in London. I was all set to leave, had rented an apartment, bought my plane ticket, and handed in my notice at work when life happened…my master’s program was cancelled.
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Since I found out that I wasn’t moving to London, it has been a roller coaster of emotions and trying to figure out what I am going to do now that I’m not moving to another country. My program was cancelled in early May and I have finally gotten all of my ducks in a row. Starting August 1st, I am going to be the curator at a gallery here in Greensboro. I am so excited about this opportunity and I will share lots more details as August 1st approaches and I start. I just couldn’t wait any longer to tell y’all! 
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As crazy and bumpy as this road has been, everything happens for a reason and I think this has all worked out incredibly well. Lots more details on the new job and what this means for Lefty Living Life to come in the next few weeks so stayed tuned. Until next time, XO
Top: Old J.Crew, similar here and here; Brooch: J.Crew, similar here; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Jack Rogers; Purse: J.Crew; Bracelets: David Yurman, Loren Hope, J.Crew, Kiel James Patrick; Watch: Omega; Rings: Monogram similar here, David Yurman; Glasses: The View On Elm.
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How to Wear…Ruffles

2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Earrings: J.Crew; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega.
Hello all! Happy Saturday and what a beautiful Saturday it is turning out to be! Even though I work on the weekends, I always look forward to Saturday morning because I get to sleep in a little and enjoy some productive downtime in the morning before I head off to work. Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about ruffles. I adore ruffles because they are a fun, girly detail that fits perfectly into my style aesthetic. However, they aren’t the easiest thing to integrate into your wardrobe or even to start wearing in general. Here are some tricks I’ve discovered a long the way for adding ruffles into your wardrobe in a girly, but still adaptable to your style way. 
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Necklace: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Top: Old J.Crew, similar here; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Shoes: Pour la Victoire.
The easiest way to start with ruffles is to keep the ruffle small and unassuming and keep the rest of your outfit unassuming. This black t-shirt, for example, is the perfect introduction to ruffles. There is just a small detail on the bottom, but it doesn’t overtake the entire outfit. Because the t-shirt is black, your outfit is not automatically girly so you can make it as girly or not as you want.
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Top: J.Crew, similar here and here; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here.
Finding a top with only a small amount of ruffle detail might be challenging. But, if you find one with ruffles on the top, you can use your hair or a cardigan to up-play or down-play the ruffles depending on your mood. Also, if the piece is patterned, this tends to draw attention away from the ruffles because there is other stuff happening that you can focus on. 
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Top: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Skirt: Old J.Crew, similar here, here, and here.
A ruffle does not have to be big to pack a punch. Some small ruffles at your neckline feels classic and you can easily amplify the impact by drawing attention to it with a big necklace. For ultimate impact, put your hair up. There is no where for the ruffles to hide and it will make your neck look longer. 
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Hat: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew, similar here and here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here; Watch: Omega; Jeans: JBrand; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Madewell, similar here
If you love ruffles, but want to down-play the girly aspect, toughen up the look with bold, neutral accessories. Stay away from anything pastel or neon and stick to a black, brown, and gray color palette. Add accessories that speak towards a completely different style like a hat and motorcycle boots. Ruffles can be whatever you make them so don’t feel pinned into the girly corner if that’s not you. 
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Top: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega
If you are really ready to take it to the next level, go for something one-shouldered or off-the-shoulder. This allows for maximum impact of the ruffles and is the perfect way to wear this fabulous summer trend. 
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Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Belt: J.Crew; Shorts: J.Crew; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Bracelets: Similar here, here, here, here, and here; Watch: Omega; Ring: Similar here.
Don’t forget that with this, like with anything else, stay true to your own style and personality. It’s always important to branch out, but don’t wear things that make your feel like you’re trying too hard. You always want to be comfortable in your own skin because that is when you will look the most amazing! Until next time, XO
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Off-the-shoulder Ruffles

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Hello all! Off-the-shoulder has become the trend of the season and I am loving it! I was a little hesitant at first because I’m not normally one to bare a lot of skin. As we all know, my go to is a turtle-neck so anything off-the-shoulder is a little out there for me. However, I have found myself searching out off-the-shoulder pieces and generally loving this style. 
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The key for me has been finding pieces that still fit within my style wheel house. This has meant girly details and still a classic look. Ruffles have been great for this as they are easy to find with an off-the-shoulder look. They add the girly-ness I am always looking for and make it easy to wear this top without too much jewelry. 
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If you aren’t ready to totally commit to off-the-shoulder, a one-shoulder top can be a good transition. I like this particular one because it is great for a summer day with white jeans, but would also be easy to dress up with jeans and heels for a night out. 
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With an off-the-shoulder look, I think a necklace can be a lot. However, statement earrings can be a great alternative if you are looking to add a little pop to your outfit. Some of my favorite statement earrings are here if you need some ideas. 
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For this look, I wanted to keep everything pretty simple because I wore it to brunch. This top is so easy to dress up and for once I didn’t want to go overboard. White jeans are great with a top like this because they tone it down a notch, plus the white really makes the black top pop. 
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I also like the idea of wearing your hair up with this kind of top because it really shows off the ruffle and the off-the-shoulder aspect. If your hair is down, you almost lose that, which would be a shame! Until next time, XO 
Top: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, similar here and here; Purse: Save My Bag; Watch: Omega.
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Boho Pink Ruffles

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Hello all…happy Tuesday! This week has already been crazy and it’s only going to get busier. But, I like staying busy, so it’s good for me. It’s also going to be good for you because I have had tons of great blogging ideas already that I’m hopefully going to be implementing in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for those! I’m already so excited! 
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One of the things that I love about North Carolina is our crazy weather. Two weeks ago it was in the 90s, but a good portion of last week barely made it into the 80s. Although it is kind of hard to prepare for, the nice part about varying weather is it means I can experiment with outfits. 
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This look for example. I would typically only wear this hat in the fall and the winter because it was felt. But, I needed a little something extra against the wind and this outfit kind of fell into place. That is something that I love about fashion. Sometimes, the least planned outfits, but the ones that just happen turn out to be the best ones. 
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Although I love this top, I’ve had a surprisingly difficult time integrating it into my wardrobe. It is a thicker fabric, which is great because you obviously can’t wear an outer layer with the ruffled sleeves. I’ve struggled though to find the right bottom combination and jewelry. I like how the dark jeans and darker necklace both pop against the top and make it look more pink than a slightly darker skin tone. 
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Lots of great outfit and lifestyle posts to come this weeks so make sure to stay tuned! Until next time, XO
Hat: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew, similar here and here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here; Watch: Omega; Jeans: JBrand; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Madewell, similar here.
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Reynolda House and Georgia O’Keeffe

Hello all! Today’s post is going to be a little different as we are going to talk about art (yay!!) but I also have a fun outfit I wanted to share with you. First of all, let’s start with the art. We’ve already discussed the North Carolina Museum of Art recently, check back here and here if you forgot. But, a museum that is even closer to me proximity wise and near and dear to me is Reynolda House in Winston-Salem.
While at Wake Forest, I was able to spend quite a bit of time at this museum and have many fond memories exploring the museum and the grounds. This museum is unique as it is not only a historic home for the Reynolds family, but also houses a lovely collection of American Art. If you are in the area, you should check it out as they have a fabulous John Singer Sargent and a lovely Frederic Remington.
If you are planning on coming to this area though, you should definitely wait until the end of the summer because starting August 18th, Reynolda House is going to have a special exhibition on Georgia O’Keeffe. I have loved O’Keeffe since my elementary art school teacher had us watch a documentary on her. To say I’m excited about this exhibition would be an understatement and I am even more excited that it is coming to a museum like Reynolda House. 
Not to worry, I will definitely have a review of this exhibition once I am able to see it! In the meantime, I will be studying up on O’Keeffe and her stunning work. Until next time, XO. 
Top: J.Crew, similar here and here; Earrings: J.Crew, similar here and here; Pants: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here
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Ruffles and Leather

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Hello all! What a week it has been! I cannot wait for the weekend to start tomorrow. As you can probably tell, my style tends toward the girly/ feminine side, especially when it comes to accessories and details. I love anything sparkly and pink and ruffles are my new favorite detail for summer.
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As much as I love these aspects now, girly has not always been my go-to. It is actually a pretty recent style change and one that has been so fun to explore and experiment with.
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However, every now and then, I like to toughen up some of my girly details. This burgundy leather skirt is the perfect way to do that. The cut is pretty classic with the little flare and the pleats. But the color is unexpected and makes it feel more modern. Plus, the leather is the perfect combination with the otherwise girly ruffles of this top. 
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As usual, once I started, I couldn’t stop. So big clip-ons and a sparkly purse were necessary additions. Plus, I’ve been very into experimenting with lipsticks lately and this color matched my skirt so perfectly, I couldn’t resist.
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A 100% girly outfit has it’s place and time, but mixing it up is part of the fun of fashion. Don’t be afraid to mix pieces that don’t always go together. That is typically how I find my favorite combinations! Until next time, XO

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Mixing Patterns for Spring

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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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Hot Pink and Ruffles

Because I have dark hair and fair skin, jewel tones are normally my go-to. Super saturated, bright colors wash me out and don’t normally look good. So navy, is an easy yes for me. Navy is always a color that I have loved wearing not only because the color looks good on me, but also because it is more interesting than always wearing black. The other thing I love about navy is that I can easily pair it with this bright pink without being washed out. Pink is one of my favorite colors to wear and accessorize with, but I do have to be careful that I balance it out with darker colors. And so my favorite color combination, navy and hot pink, was born. How do you like to wear bright colors? XO 

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