Happy Thanksgiving!

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2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,

2017, winter, Thanksgiving, fur, J.Crew, burgundy, OOTD,
Hello all and Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because it is all about food and there are no expectations. You don’t have to worry about gifts or anything like that, you can just enjoy good food and friends and family. 
This year I am thankful for so much, but I am especially thankful for all of you. You have been so supportive of me and this blog and all of my ventures and I can’t thank you enough. Enjoy this time to take a breath and I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving! 
Outfit-wise, I wanted to keep it a little more casual this year but still be cozy. For me, that meant this fabulous furry vest. I love anything furry because it not only keeps you warm but also feels cozy when you are wearing it. Paired with a sparkly necklace and cheetah print, this outfit will probably become my go-to winter look when I don’t have to dress up. 
Thank you again for everything and happy Thanksgiving! 

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CHEETAH

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2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,
Cheetah print is by far my favorite print. I love it no matter where or not it is on shoes, a scarf, or a fabulous jacket like this! I originally wasn’t going to get this coat because I already have a furry cheetah vest, seen here, but I just couldn’t help myself! It was just too fabulous to pass up. My original hesitation was how does one even wear a cheetah print coat without looking silly? So for my first outfit, I decided to keep it pretty basic with all chambray and pearls. The coat added the perfect pop to an otherwise simple outfit. I am not going to lie, I’ve already worn this coat 4 times and I’ve only had it for a week. I can’t wait to see what else I can pair it with this winter! 
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Winter White

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2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,
Every year, I always talk about how no white after Labor Day is a dumb rule that we should actively ignore. And I normally do ignore it, especially while it’s still hot and then I occasionally mix some cream into my winter wardrobe. But I normally don’t make a statement quite this bold. When I put on this sweater the other day, the thought of putting on black pants or dark jeans made me shutter. It feels like that is all I wear these days and I really wanted to mix it up. Then, I saw my white pants sticking out of my drawer and it was one of those why not moments. Worst that can happen is I don’t like so I take them off. But instead, I loved them. The white against white was so bold and gave my outfit the perfect statement I had been looking for. It was freezing too, so I warmed up with one of my favorite winter drinks…hot chocolate. That is the start to a perfect morning- a yummy drink and an outfit coming together! 

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Halloween Holdover and New Clothes for Sale

Hello all! Life has been a little crazy as I have been sick, busy with work, and studying for the GRE/ applying for grad school. Sadly that means my baking has been put on the back burner so these cookies are a little late. As you know from my many adventures with cookies (here, here, and here) I love my recipe for sprinkle cookies and I love experimenting. For Halloween this year, I wanted to do Halloween themed cookies which meant Halloween sprinkles. These cookies are so easy to adapt for any occasion or holiday and they are delicious. I’m not going to lie, this batch, might be my best one ever and I am definitely enjoying them even though Halloween is over. If you are tired of candy, I’d be happy to ship you some! Just donate to the go-fund and message me with your info and I will send you a whole box! 
In other news, there are also a few new items up for sale on my ebay page! Now that it is starting to get cold, it seemed like the perfect time to start looking at coats and sweaters. Check it out and if you are looking for anything in particular, please let me know because I might have just the thing! 

 Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
Frosting: 3/4 cup butter, room temp
2 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions:
With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you frost them.
Frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed until combined then increase the speed and mix for about 3 minutes. Add more sugar or cream if too thick or thin.
Place as much frosting as you like on the cookies and then finish with sprinkles. 

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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,

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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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The Best of Winter

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With winter finishing up and spring very much upon us, this will probably be my last opportunity to wear any winter clothes. So, it seemed only fitting to wear two of my favorite pieces from this winter.
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First of all, turtlenecks, If I could pick one word to describe my winter wardrobe it would be turtlenecks. This burgundy with navy stripes one was perfect for me whether I was layering it under sweaters or just wearing wearing it by itself with a statement necklace. You can’t go wrong with a turtleneck! 
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This sweater is also one of my favorites. I love the stripes of different colors and patterns. Then, the sparkles on top add just the right amount of pop. People always comment that the sparkles look like snowflakes and I absolutely love that idea. 
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Lots of new things coming up this week so stay tuned! Until then, XO

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Saying Goodbye to Winter with Pink and Fur

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Hello all! I can’t believe spring is already here, 2017 is already flying by. It is even more unbelievable since two weeks ago, it was barely getting about freezing! So this is probably going to be my last winter outfit post until fall, which is perfect because this look includes so many things that were staples for me this winter.
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Between the over-the-knee boots, pink skirt, and sequined details, this outfit is everything I love about my winter clothes. Plus, I love these furry ear muffs, they are just too cute. They aren’t very practical or necessary here in North Carolina, but I love them and try to wear them at least once every so often.
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The other thing I love about this outfit is the mix of textures. From the fur to the fuzzy scarf to the sequins to the wool skirt, there is such a variety of materials that play off each other so well. That is always the thing I miss most about winter clothes- layering things and creating interesting combinations. It is just so much easier to do when it’s cold outside! 
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As promised, this week I am going to tell you about Rome in addition to my outfit posts. So, let’s drive right in. We arrived in Rome pretty early Saturday morning and as excited as we were to explore, both Kate and I were in desperate need of a nap after the uncomfortable flight. But after our naps, we were ready to go! 
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That first day, we didn’t do any set activities, but wandered around and I introduced Kate to the city (she’d never been to Rome before). It seems like we walked every where in Rome that first day! We started at our Air BnB right near the Pantheon. We then walked to Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, and ended up across the river in Trastevere (my favorite area of Rome and where I lived a couple of summers ago). Of course, for dinner, we started off our food tour on a high note with pizza and cannoli! 
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More outfits and adventures stories this week so stay tuned! Until then, XO

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Sparkles and Sweets

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For my birthday a couple of weeks ago, my wonderful boyfriend gave me these awesome cocktail-infused gummies from Sugarfina. I have mentioned them a couple of times before (here and here) as I have been admiring them from afar for a few years. Now That I have tried them, I can tell you that they taste even better than they look! 
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The champagne and rose flavors are distinct in the gummy bears, but delicious. And the peach bellini hearts might be my new favorite candy! To say I am obsessed would be an understatement. Definitely check out their website as they have something for everyone. The ones I really want to try next are these dark chocolate champagne bears
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As with most things in my life, eating these gummies made me feel a certain way and influenced my outfit. In this case, an outfit with girl pinks and burgundies and lots of sparkles. This sweater has become one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. Like many pieces I own, I bought it as a statement piece, but it has fit so seamlessly into my closet. It goes with so many other pieces I already owned and it is super easy to layer.
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So, moral of today’s post? Go buy Sugarfina candy and statement pieces that are the same color palette as the majority of your wardrobe! Until next time, XO
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Clean-cut and Classic

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Hello all! Happy Monday! If you’ve been following along here at Lefty Living Life for awhile, you will have noticed that I learn towards classic feminine pieces for my every day look. Classic shapes and styles have always been my go-to no matter what the occasion. 
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However, now that I am wearing skirts and dresses every day for work, it has been fun to further expand my wardrobe! 
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For me, the most classic pieces are a trench coat, a white-button down, and a black dress and I love how they all came together with this outfit. This trench coat is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe because it is the epitome of style and class especially since it is Ralph Lauren. What I love most about it though is that it was my first consignment purchase! 
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This dress is a great black-dress staple because it is versatile. The buttons make it so you don’t have to wear a big necklace and it is a thicker material so I’ve worn it by itself with flats in the summer or easily layered, like I did here. 
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Finally, the white-button down. If you don’t already have a white-button down, I would seriously consider investing in one. They add a tailored, finished look with a pair of jeans and flats and are perfect to layer under a sweater or dress when it is cooler. As someone who is always cold, but who doesn’t like shapeless sweaters, a button-down is a key layering piece for me. 
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As with any outfit, the key to making it awesome is how you accessorize. Cheetah print heels are always a great piece to add to a simpler dress. If your cheetah print has brown and black in it, add a brown bag to your outfit to tie in that brown from your shoes. Until next time, XO 

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Birthday Outfit

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! Hello all! If you couldn’t already guess, today is my 23rd birthday and I am so excited. I absolutely love birthdays and this year is no exception. One of my favorite birthday traditions is the birthday outfit. And no, it has nothing to do with your birthday suit! 
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Anyways, every year, before my birthday, I either plan an outfit or buy something for an outfit that I save up for my birthday. Last year, it was these awesome shoes. And this year, it’s this dress! 
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I love doing this because it makes the piece feel special and it gives me that extra oomph of confidence on my actual birthday. I found this dress in early January and immediately fell in love. I knew right away that I was going to save it for today. So, I hid it in my closet as I planned my outfit.
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I love this dress first and foremost for the color. This deep burgundy is a favorite of mine and I love how the cool mint pops against it. The other thing I love about this dress is the cut. It is such a flattering design that has an old world feel with the length and the sleeves, but a modern take with the keyhole-front vent.
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I could not be happier with my birthday look this year, especially since I was able to use one of my gifts (this clutch was a gift from my best friend Kate!). Well, I’m off to relax and celebrate! Happy weekend! Until next time, XO 
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