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!

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Pink Gingham and Sparkles

Hello all! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful February so far. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects, transitioning pieces from season to season.

Especially after dealing with tiny closets in college, I had to become really deliberate about my wardrobe. I didn’t have the space or money to have a completely separate wardrobe for each season so I needed pieces to work easily no matter what season.

The key for is always making colors and patterns that are typically summery and toning them down for winter. For example, gingham is definitely a summer pattern especially when it is pink and white. But with dark jewel tones on top and dark tights and shoes, this skirt works well for winter.

Whenever you have a summer piece, adding dark colors, especially jewel tones can really help to make it more fall/ wintery. Obviously my favorite options are black, navy, and burgundy but you could do the same thing with dark browns, grays, or greens. Really anything to tone down the pastel. But at the same time, don’t let the fact that it is a “summer piece” limit you. It is almost always possible to wear something multiple ways. Until next time…


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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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A Little Personal for 2 Years

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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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Layering a Turtleneck

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I love turtlenecks and try and wear them whenever possible. My favorite turtlenecks are these thin, form fitting turtlenecks from J.Crew. First of all, they are extremely comfortable and come in a bunch of colors. These are great to wear on their own or under a jacket. The best thing about these turtlenecks though is that they are relatively thin so they are very easy to layer. I love wearing them under a dress like this or a chunky sweater. Don’t let a turtleneck scare you or make you think you can’t do lots of interesting things. Especially this time of year when the weather is unpredictable, a turtleneck is a great way to transition some of your summer pieces into fall or your fall pieces into winter. Turtlenecks might have a bad name, but they are really the perfect layering piece and the basis of my fall and winter wardrobe. Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend and make sure to check out my baking recipe from last night on my Instagram story! Until next time, XO

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Winter White and Leather

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2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,

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2017, OOTD, fall, winter white, leather, pink, sparkly, J.Crew,
Growing up in the South, I was always told no white after Labor Day. Well, let me tell you, I think that is a load of crap. I hate rules that tell me I can’t do things. Especially now that winter white is a trend, don’t be afraid to break the rules a little. Of course, wearing a white lace dress in the dead of winter probably isn’t the best plan, but a white wool skirt is perfect for transitioning into cooler weather and brightening up your winter wardrobe. Pair it with some dark neutrals and some bright details and you will be set. 
Don’t forget that all of the pieces in my outfits are linked below in the pictures. Just scroll through until you find what you want! Until next time, XO 

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Stripes and Chambray

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Hello all! Happy weekend! It is still early here because I’m writing this in advance to publish later, but I have lots going on today! I’m starting off this morning with one of my new favorite activities, the Farmer’s Market! I love being able to support local farmers, plus I love the food. I’ve been a couple of weeks in a row and the hand pie lady (no surprise there since I get one every time) and the tomato people now recognize me! It feels like I am finally a regular in a town I’ve lived in my whole life! 
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After the Farmer’s Market, I am off to work at the Gallery. I am so excited about the show because it is finally all hung and it looks amazing! I want to buy it all for myself! But it is so exciting to be able to walk in every morning and say I did this. I could not be more excited about this job and this opportunity!
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Finally, my parents are fabulous and are delivering the last bit of my furniture to my apartment! Now all I have to do is finish getting everything set up and decorate! I am loving the apartment so far and  I will definitely be posting more about it once it is all set up.
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Well, enough about that for now, let’s talk about clothes for a minute, this is a fashion blog after all! It has been pleasantly cool the past couple of days, which has been the perfect chance for me to start experimenting with layering and transitional pieces. I love wearing a chambray or a jean jacket as an outer layer with fun patterns underneath it. It just adds an extra dimension and the sparkly shoes were the perfect finishing touch. Until next time, XO
Necklace: Similar here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Chambray: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Purse: J.Crew; Shoes: J.Crew; Bracelets: Here, here, here, here, and here; Glasses: The View on Elm.
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Summer Brights and Sparkles

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Hello all! I hope your week is going well so far! This week has definitely been hard for me what with it being my last week at my job and I’ve been struggling a little with my health. As some of you know, I’ve been having stomach and digestion issue for almost two years now since my gallbladder stopped working. It is mostly under control, but then there are days like today, where it really bothers me and that definitely affects my mood and my day to day life.
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Typically, I am a pretty happy person. The person you see on here and who you know from reading my posts is actually what I am like most of the time. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have down days just like every one else. Whenever I am having a down day, I try and wear something that makes me feel happy and beautiful to off-set it. Today’s outfit was all about my favorite things.
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First there is this fabulous purse. Pink is just one of the things that always makes me happy, especially hot pink. In addition to pink, of course, I had to have some sparkles. I just got these shoes at J.Crew and I am already obsessed. They are comfy and oh so sparkly and I love it. Finally, this dress is new and when I put it on this morning, I felt awesome. That didn’t exactly translate to my photo shoot this evening, but sometimes you just don’t feel good about your pictures and that’s ok.
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What are your tricks for perking yourself up on a down day? If you need a little pick-me-up, check out my Instagram story. I live streamed my baking evening for the first time ever and had a blast! I’d love your feedback. Until next time…XO
Earrings: Old J.Crew, similar here; Glasses: The View on Elm; Dress: J.Crew; Purse: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Sparkly clutch: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Shoes: J.Crew
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Dressing Up a T-Shirt for Five Years

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Hello all! Happy Sunday! Today is Lefty Living Life’s five year anniversary, can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday I decided to start a blog with no plan, no vision, and absolutely no idea what I was doing. We’ve come a long way in five years and I want to take this time to say thank you. Your support, continued following, and feedback mean the world to me and make this whole process so much more fun! So thank you for sticking with me and here’s to another five years! 
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With today marking five years, it seemed only fitting that I wear one of the pieces that has been with me for almost the entire time. This New York Times graphic tee is by far one of my favorite pieces in my closet and it is one of those pieces that I keep coming back to time and time again.
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Normally, I would say I’m not a t-shirt girl. But if there is any tie between my outfits and my style over the years, it is that there is no such thing as too many sparkles and I love dressing up an outfit. Whether it is dressing up jeans and a t-shirt or a sundress, I love experimenting and finding ways to make my outfits a little nicer and a little more sparkly. 
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The inspiration for this probably all comes from my high school English class when I was introduced to Oscar Wilde. Wilde has become one of my favorite authors and my favorite quote is from him: “You can never be overdressed or over educated.” I connected immediately with this quote because I always seem to overshoot the mark when it comes to formality whether I am trying to or not. 
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This t-shirt for example, is perfect for dressing up. The neutral color palette makes it easy to pair with almost anything whether it is a tulle skirt, lots of pink, or big earrings and a suit jacket. Suit jackets are great whether you are wearing them to work or otherwise. I love the look of a t-shirt and big jewels with a jacket. There is something so classic but fun about it, that is right up my alley. 
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So, thank you again for sticking with me these past five years and have a fabulous Sunday! XO 
Earrings: Similar here; T-Shirt: New York Times; Jacket: Similar here; Clutch: Similar here; Jeans: J.Crew, Watch: Omega; Nail Polish: Butter London; Shoes: Old Zara, similar here and here
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Denim on Denim

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Hello all! Happy Tuesday! As it is for most people, denim is a staple in my wardrobe whether I am dressing it up with heels and big jewelry or just hanging out with a t-shirt and jeans. I also love chambray shirts. They are great tucked into a skirt or worn as a cardigan over a sun dress. But I hate the idea of not being able to wear two of my favorite pieces together. Here are my two secrets to wearing denim on denim without wearing a Texas Tuxedo. 
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1. Do not wear the same color wash. Make sure your two washes are very distinct. This is the one time when matching is bad. The more contrasting your wash colors, the more cohesive your outfit will be without looking like a matching set. 
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2. Do not be too aggressive with your denim. If you are already wearing a denim shirt and jeans, you do not need to add a jean jacket. My rule of thumb is two denim items per outfit. That typically keeps me from going too overboard. 
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Of course, there are probably all kinds of rules we could come up with, but I try and not get too bogged down with that kind of stuff. When in doubt, stick with your gut and some sparkles can never hurt! Until next time, XO

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