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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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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Leather and Polka Dots

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2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,
Staying with the layering theme, an easy way to begin a layered outfit is with a black skirt and a white button down. This is a classic combination that you know will look good and is probably in your comfort zone. You also could substitute the black skirt for jeans or black pants. From there, add a crew-neck sweater with a fun pattern or a little color to brighten up the look. To finish it, add a brightly colored, but solid vest so it isn’t too much with the pattern of your sweater.
For finishing touches, I like a big, but simpler necklace and fun shoes. The white soles on the bottom of these shoes was the perfect tie in to my white button-down. The key to an outfit like this is to inject your personality to make it yours. For me, that meant my leather skirt instead of jeans and fun, neon polka dots. But for you, it could be something completely different. You can still follow this formula, just personalize it so you are comfortable in it. 
Not only is an outfit like this fun, but it is also extremely comfortable and will keep you warm on these crisp fall days. Happy weekend! 
P.S. As always, my glasses are from The View on Elm…for more info on these or my glasses in general, just email me! 

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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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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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The General Principles of Mixing Patterns

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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,

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

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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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Turtleneck Thursday: The Top Knot

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Hello my wonderful readers! Welcome to the first Turtleneck Thursday of 2017! I love this series and can’t wait to share more turtleneck styling ideas with you. I would love to hear your thoughts, so make sure to comment or message me! Now, back to turtlenecks! The easiest thing to pair with a turtleneck is a top knot and let me tell you why. First of all, top knots are awesome and we love them here at Lefty Living Life almost as much as turtlenecks. There are easy and fun and a great way to change up your look. With a turtleneck, a top knot is especially good because it emphasizes the turtleneck. There is no way to hide that you are wearing one, that can be good! This emphasis on the turtleneck allows you to simplify your accessories if you want or go all out with a big necklace or earrings. The other great thing, especially in winter, is when you have a top know, your neck gets cold. But a turtleneck is the perfect solution for that so you don’t have to worry about a chilly breeze and you look awesome. Until next time. XO

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Sleeveless Turtleneck

Sleeveless Turtleneck

Sleeveless Turtleneck

Sleeveless Turtleneck
So we have established that I love turtlenecks, but sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect one. Obviously these J.Crew ones are some of my favorites and an easy go-to staple for me. However, this sleeveless one comes in at a close second. It is a little thicker than the J.Crew ones, which makes it great for fall weather. I also like that it is sleeveless so I can easily layer it under sweaters or dresses for an extra layer of warmth.
Have I convinced you yet that turtlenecks are the best? XO 

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