Fall Watermelon Hues

fullsizeoutput_2520Dressing for fall is such a struggle for Northern Californians! It stays warm here basically until Thanksgiving, so it can be hard to pull out the cords and the thick sweaters!

I have loved this outfit throughout the warm fall because of the beautiful rich color of the green skirt matched with the dusty pink top. The outfit is also perfect for warm weather with the loose flowy skirt!

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Shirt: Madewell Skirt: GAP (sold out online, but here’s a similar one) Shoes: Tory Burch

Far West

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One of the trends I have really loved this winter has been velvet. The luxurious fabric just seems to add an unexpected element of elegance to any outfit. One of my favorite variations of this trend has been found in a dress I picked up from Anthropologie on an amazing sale. The dusty rose color is perfect for the romantic tones of late winter. I really like the western style detailing on the bust, it mades it a perfect pairing for booties.

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Dress: Anthropologie (Similar) Shoes: Kate Spade (Similar) Bag: Coach (Last seen here) (Similar)

Weekly Moments

IMG_5214Enjoying some Valentine’s Day chocolates from my mother

This whole week it has seemed that campus had been abuzz with the hype of Valentine’s Day. Clubs are selling goodies, people are planning trips and singles are lamenting. It has been a busy week for me, filled with term paper proposals, midterms, gatherings with friends and helping with the Student Fashion Association’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser. On Valentine’s Day, I like to focus on all of the love I have from the family and friends in my life. Growing up my mom always made Valentine’s Day special. We would have homemade waffles with strawberries for breakfast and exchange gifts over dinner. Now that I’m on my own, I’m starting some new traditions. Hallmarks of this week have been making handmade valentines for my friends, a festive gathering for my student government group and my cousin coming to California for a weekend visit. Here are some highlights from my week.

IMG_5168Making valentines for my loved ones

IMG_5198One of my favorite J.Crew Factory sweaters to wear this time of year (check out my blog post with it from last year).

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For this week I replaced my ever-present open silver bangle with this heart shaped one from Francesca’s

Monday-Spirations

August11Most people know the famous Woody Allen quote, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” I think the above graphic is a nice take on that idea. I always find myself reminding myself of it whenever I feel unmotivated to head to class, especially on a Monday morning! I hope you’re off to a good week!

Miss Independent: What I Wore on The Fourth of July

IMG_3206Shout-out to my girl Kelly Clarkson for this blog post title. Here’s a brief, and very very delayed, look at what I wore during my Fourth of July festivities. I love to keep things festive and dress in my very best red white and blue. I adore the United States shaped necklace I wore. At school I’m an American studies major and I wear this necklace when I have tests or papers due for good luck.

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Dress: Gap Shoes: Brooks Brothers Sweater: Juicy Couture Necklace: LF Bow: Bought from a local crafter

Check out what I wore for The Fourth of July last year!

Monday-Spirations

June15Sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately, I was super busy with the end of the school year. Now that I’m on summer vacation, I’ll try to update the blog more often! Keep checking back for outfits, crafts, recipes and lifestyle tips!

Landslide

IMG_5094With the days warming up and summer just around the corner, I find myself abandoning my spring florals and frequently opting for my summer staple—stripes! I love the unusual style of this  black and white striped dress. Placing stripes of differing sizes on the top and bottom of the dress creates a nice take on the traditional striped sundress. Since it’s black and white, I find the dress incredibly easy to change up! I’ve styled it a different way each time I’ve worn it—I’ve dressed it up with pearls and flats, I’ve worn it to school with a cardigan and a statement necklace, I’ve paired it with a clutch and heels for a date—there are endless possibilities! I love to add a bit of summer flair to the dress by throwing on my jean jacket. I think the cropped jacket works perfectly with the structured dress and it adds just a hint of menswear to the look. To keep things fun, I added a simple mint bangle and metallic gold flats.

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