Cozy Knit and Bright White

Cozy Knit and Bright White- Lefty Living Life

Hello all! You might have noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of white lately and I have definitely been wearing it more lately, but that is because it is so easy to wear with winter colors! The white, I think, really brightens up those jewel tones, which is always nice when it is dark outside.

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My Keys to Layering

As you have probably been doing as well, all I have been wearing lately is layers and layers as I try to keep warm. I always get questions about layering and I think the key is having a couple basic pieces or styles that you can always turn to so you start your outfit off right. So here are my 4 keys that help me layer with every outfit

My Keys to Layering- Lefty Living Life

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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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2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, personal, sparkly, turtleneck, J.Crew,

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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Fall-Colored Layers

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2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

2017, OOTD, fur, vest, turtleneck, stripes, winter,

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was good, very busy, but good. Right now, I am obsessed with layering so I can stay cozy whenever I go outside. My immediate tendency is go to all neutral layers, but I’ve been trying to experiment with different colors throughout my outfits. My favorite look right now is fall colors, especially burgundy. Normally I pair pink with all of my burgundy, but this time, I tried something a little different and I love these yellow stripes. It just feels so appropriate for this time of year and was the perfect outfit for this holiday weekend. I hope y’all enjoyed this time with your family and friends and got some great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday…I know I sure did!

In other exciting news, Lefty Living Life is getting a huge facelift over the next week so stay tuned for a whole new layout and an exciting new direction in December!

Until next time,

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A Big Knit and Sequins

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2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,
I am so exited about this outfit! As soon as I saw this skirt online, I knew I wanted to wear it with a big chunky sweater and motorcycle boots. I’ve just been waiting for it to be cold enough to actually wear my outfit. It is finally cold enough here to start wearing winter clothes and I was so pleased. Sometimes when I imagine an outfit, it doesn’t always come together as I expect it to. But this outfit, was exactly what I was hoping it would be. The chunky layers and boots toned down the sequins a little and were a nice juxtaposition between textures and and vibe. This is normally what I am looking for in an outfit because it is fun and girly, but definitely has some classic elements. So yay for sequins and winter weather and have a fabulous week!

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Leather and Lace

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2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,

2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,

2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,
One of the reasons I love layering so much, other than the warmth and the turtlenecks, is mixing textures and patterns. Mixing textures can be so unexpected, but even if they are all neutrals, it adds an extra oomph to any outfit. I especially love mixing leather and lace. They are an unexpected combination, but the lace gives the leather that girly touch that I am always looking for in an outfit. In turn, the leather helps to toughen up the lace and make it more sophisticated. Adding a chunky turtleneck and cheetah print heels into the mix was icing on the cake to this otherwise neutral outfit. What are your favorite things to layer in fall? Until next time, XO

P.S. I just realized it’s Thursday so this marks the first official Turtleneck Thursday of fall 2017! 

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Layering a Turtleneck

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2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,
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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Turtlenecks are Back!

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2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,

2017, fall, OOTD, J.Crew, turtleneck, over the knee boots, pink, burgundy, ruffle,
Hello all! Happy Fall! I am so excited because fall is my favorite season. I love when it starts to get crisp outside, but isn’t freezing yet. Right now, the weather is perfect for me because I can layer and wear boots, but I don’t have to wear tights or a jacket. Plus, I can start wearing turtlenecks again! 
I’m not going to lie, the first day we had where the high was below 75, I pulled out my turtlenecks. I’ve been chomping at the bit to start wearing them again and now that I finally can I am even more obsessed than I was before. Turtleneck Thursday is definitely going to be making a comeback this year! 
The other thing that I love about fall is the colors. A deep red burgundy is my favorite color to wear. In the summer, it can be a little much, but it is perfect for fall. Plus, it looks fabulous with my other two favorite colors to wear…pink and black! 
In other news, my company is officially open through my Ebay page. Check it out and let me know if you are looking for anything in particular. Additionally, this week on Lefty Baking Life, you can buy pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing. Make sure to buy them soon before they all sell out or I eat them all haha! Until next time, XO. 

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Summer Shades of Gray

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Good morning all! I know I said I was going to be blogging more regularly this week, but, to be honest, I’ve just been putting off this post. Sometimes you just don’t have something to say and that has been me lately. I didn’t want to post just so I could say I posted, but I actually wanted to be able to engage with y’all in some way. 
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Anyways, I’ve definitely been lacking motivation lately. A lot of that has stemmed from the fact that I have been struggling with my health, which makes me not like my pictures. No pictures, no post. But, I am tired of letting my own insecurities about my pictures and how I look get to me so we are back to posting today! 
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Although I adore this outfit, it is not necessarily bold or new or extremely interesting. But, it is important to have outfits in your arsenal that are cute and easy to wear. You don’t want every outfit to be a loud statement making piece. Sometimes, it is nice to have a cute but simple outfit. I love monotone and I love the different shades of gray in this outfit and then the bright shock of pink. Perfect for a summer afternoon. Until next time, XO
Earrings: J.Crew; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Shorts: J.Crew; Purse: J.Crew; Shoes: Bucketfeet; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm.
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