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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Branching Out with a Cut-Out

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OOTD, 2017, summer, fall, cut-out, pink, Anthropologie, J.Crew, statement earrings,

OOTD, 2017, summer, fall, cut-out, pink, Anthropologie, J.Crew, statement earrings,

OOTD, 2017, summer, fall, cut-out, pink, Anthropologie, J.Crew, statement earrings,

OOTD, 2017, summer, fall, cut-out, pink, Anthropologie, J.Crew, statement earrings,
Hello all! Happy Friday, especially because it is the start of a long weekend! Do you have any fun Labor Day plans? I am actually going to be very social this weekend in addition to my usual weekend schedule of working, blogging, and baking. Although I don’t have too much time off, it’ll be nice to relax a little bit. I am hoping to get very organized this weekend as it’s the start of a new month! 
On to my outfit…I think we can all agree that I normally lean towards the more conservative side. The last time I was in Anthroplogie, my friend Laura, who is the stylist there, told me I had to try on this dress. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even notice the cut-out until I already had the dress on. It was one of those days where I was trying on quite a few things and I was in a hurry so I just threw it on and went out to the mirror without paying attention. Sometimes, your mind and insecurities can get in the way of your style and what you are willing to try. Because I didn’t think about this dress before hand, all I had to judge it on was how it looked, not my preconceived notions. So, I loved the dress and bought it.
I was a little concerned at first how I was going to make this work in my wardrobe, but it looks just as cute with a black tank top under it and it was perfect for work. Happy Labor Day Weekend! Until next time, XO

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Gray Monotone with Pops of Color

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Hello all! I hope you are all doing well today! Gray might be my color of the moment because I went to basically never wearing gray to wearing it multiple times a week. Same goes for stripes! But we will see what happens as my outfits evolve this week. 
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Although fairly new to my wardrobe, gray is a great option for the end of summer and fall. It is a great neutral that isn’t as bold as black, but still allows you to do lots of fun things with your accessories. 
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I love wearing giant party accessories, like these earrings, with a more professional looking outfit. It adds a little oomph to your outfit and also gives you an excuse to wear those fun party accessories that normally sit in the back of your closet! 
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The finishing touch for this outfit was the pops of color. I needed something to break up all of the gray. This pink bow bracelet perfectly matched my purse and they were the perfect finishing combination. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to branch out from gray a little bit. Until next time, XO
Earrings: local boutique, similar here and here; Dress: Anthropologie; Purse: J.Crew; Glasses: The View on Elm; Shoes: similar here; Bracelets: Here, here, here, and here
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Behind the Scenes of an Outfit Post

Hello all! Today’s post is going to be a little different then usual as we are going to talk about the behind the scenes for my photo shoots. Obviously the main part of this blog is the outfits and the styles, but without the photos, the blog would be very boring. So, here is everything that goes into a blog photo shoot with me! 
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First thing to know, because I get this question a lot, I don’t post an outfit unless I have worn it all day and still like it when I get home. I want the outfit to be functional, but also make me feel fabulous all day. With that said, a lot of times, my photos are taken when I get home, at dinner, at lunch, or saved for a day when I have more time. You have probably noticed that a lot of my pictures have a similar background. That is because they are around my house. I try to vary it up when I go places, but sometimes that just isn’t feasible. One thing I am looking forward to with my new apartment is having access to new locations. For me, I like to vary the background when I can, but I don’t want too much going on because that distracts from the outfit. Sidewalks, sides of buildings, and landscaping typically make really great backdrops so that is always what I am on the search for.
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Other than location, I am also looking for lighting. Because I am so pale and my hair is so dark, sunlight is not my friend. I need a little shade so I am not washed out. This limits me in the summer because the middle of the day isn’t going to produce good photos. Honestly, overcast days are the best. There isn’t too much sun, but there is enough natural light that I don’t have to use flash. Flash is not my friend. It makes me look like a ghost, ha. But, typically finding a little shade isn’t too hard and it helps me mix up my locations. 
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Right now, my favorite time to take pictures is around 7:30 pm. Then, I miss the direct sunlight but there is still tons of natural light. The hardest time is during the winter. It gets dark so fast that I have to take pictures any time I possibly can. For me, the key to getting good photos is just experimenting and taking as many pictures as possible. For each post, I try and have four or five pictures, but I probably took about 30. You are never going to get the perfect shot the first time so give yourself a chance to mess up and find the right picture. It also never hurts to have good camera equipment. Light is a great resource and I would seriously consider checking them out for more mobile camera options.
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I’m not going to lie, by far the hardest thing for me is posing. I feel so awkward normally and never know what to do with my hands. My only advice is just to practice. See what feels awkward and what feels natural. Moving always helps for me and have your photographer talk to you. You can always tell genuine happiness. I will try and post more behind the scenes post in the future and as always, I’d love your comments! Until next time, XO. 
Earrings: J.Crew; Top: J.Crew; Glasses: The View on Elm; Watch: Omega; Jeans: JBrand; Shoes: J.Crew; Purse: Kate Spade.
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How to Wear…Statement Earrings

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Hello all! I hope your weekend has been fun so far. Mine has busy, but good, just how I like it. For this week’s How to Wear series, we are going to be talking about my favorite way to accessorize currently- statement earrings. 
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For a long time, I didn’t really wear earrings. With my short hair, earrings of any kind were almost over-powering with an outfit and at that time, I wasn’t really accessorizing much. But now, obviously I love to accessorize and walk that line between just the right amount and too much jewelry. 
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In my opinion, statement earrings are one of the easiest ways to accessorize because if you get nervous about your commitment, you can always let your hair down and cover them partially. Sometimes, this look is even the best option because you just get a tease of the jewelry until you turn and the light catches your sparkles. 
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With statement earrings, typically I like to wear my hair up or pulled back to really show them off. I know for a lot of people, that can be a scary commitment, so here are ideas for wearing them that might make it a little easier for you! 
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If you are nervous about this trend at all, start off simple. Keep your hair down or slightly pulled back so you have a buffer. Then, keep your outfit pretty simple and neutral so you aren’t dealing with patterns and mixing colors on top of statement earrings. Always make sure to try on statement earrings before you buy them. These, for example, are super light so easy to wear all day, but some can be deceptively heavy and will hurt your ears after a while. 
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Once you feel comfortable here, it is easy to progress to a ponytail or bun that shows off your earrings completely. I love wearing huge earrings like this and an otherwise neutral outfit. Then, your earrings really do become the statement. Putting your hair up with bold earrings is also a great way to dress up a t-shirt or an otherwise more casual outfit. 
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For this summer, my favorite way to wear statement earrings is with an off-the-shoulder top. It can be very difficult to pair a necklace with this kind of top, but big earrings are the perfect combination. They are so easy to show-off with no collar to interfere and are a great way to show off and emphasize your shoulders this summer. More statement earring tips will probably be coming out as the summer progresses, but always feel free to comment or email me if you need advise or have ideas! Until next time, XO
Striped Button-Down: Earrings: J.Crew, Button-down: J.Crew
Black Dress: Dress: Earrings: J.CrewOld, similar here
Sparkly Green Dress: Earrings: J.Crew, Purse: Anthropologie, Dress: Old, similar here and here
Ruffled Top and Red Lips Earrings: Vintage, similar here, Top: J.Crew, Cardigan: J.Crew, Skirt: J.Crew, Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here, Purse strap: Kate Spade, Lipstick: Nars
Chambray and Pink Earrings: Earrings: J.Crew, Clip: Chloe and Isabel, Chambray: J.Crew, Vest: J.Crew
T-Shirt and Tassel Earrings: Earrings: Old, similar here, Jacket: J.Crew, T-Shirt: New York Times, Purse: Old, similar here
Off-the-shoulder ruffles: Earrings: J.Crew, Ruffled Top: J.Crew, Jeans: J.Crew, Watch: Omega
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