Pursuit of Easing into Fall

I am so excited for this time of year, and the fashion that follows. I am just waiting for the weather to cool down just a smidge so I can wear layers, boots, tights, and scarves. But really I think its about time we bring scarves in, don’t you think? After all, scarves can really be worn any time of year as long as they’re lightweight enough to withstand the heat. I’ve been playing around with my favorite scarf and how to wear it, and I’m finding that its pretty versatile.

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My favorite way to wear this is the usual wrap around the neck. The fringe makes such an awesome detail no matter how you wear it, but this is my favorite. Here, I layered it with a slightly bold necklace. I see no reason you can’t wear a necklace just because you’re wearing a scarf. In fact, I highly encourage it! It makes for a really unique look.  (Midas, one of our kitties, had to make a little cameo on this blog post, he loves being outside.)

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Not only can a scarf be a beautiful accessory, but it can also be a layer of its own! I thought of the pictures Jason and I snapped with Catherine Coons would be a great example of how this scarf was turned into an over layer. It appears to be like a shawl, or even a kimono because of the look of this particular scarf. I’m in love with the way it drapes over my shoulders so casually. Wearing it this way makes the fringe appear more dramatic too, which I like. Who knew a scarf could be so versatile? This is a whole fresh look for this little number.

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Let me tell you, it was so extremely hot out that day. But this layer was perfect! An outfit just doesn’t look complete without a layer sometimes, and for this outfit it was the perfect cherry on top. It’s super lightweight, so it worked with the weather, and I didn’t feel silly wearing it. It is still a little hot out, and it doesn’t quite seem like fall yet, but I think starting to accessorize with scarves is a good way to ease into fall. (Another great accessory is a handsome man, apparently)

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When putting together this post, I thought of the difficulties people have with scarves. A question I often get is how to wear a scarf or how to tie it. It seems like a simple thing, but it can actually get quite tricky when trying new ways. I came across this wonderful video that shows you 25 ways to wear a scarf in less than 5 minutes. I found it really helpful, and I found some new ways for myself!

Pursuit of Fashion

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Yesterday was a big day for me as a stylist. I held my very first gathering, a  style workshop at Anthropologie. It was so exciting and I was so honored to teach people about fall fashion and style. I themed the event around fall, and chose fall inspired goodies for everyone to indulge in. Caramel popcorn, and pomegranate champagne was served to all of the attendees. (Which was so yummy!)

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For the workshop, I asked my attendees to bring in some things of their own.  We carefully re- worked them in a new way to freshen their wardrobe up a bit. We also featured how to transition some pieces through different seasons. I chose a fall inspired outfit for each person, and those pieces could be added onto something they already had too!

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It was great to see members of our community together, doing something they enjoy. The conversations and questions I received were really interesting, and inspiring. I was so happy that it turned out as well as it did! It was so great to have the opportunity to work with everyone, and see old pieces work like new! I cannot wait to host another one of these gatherings. If anyone in the Tampa Bay area is interested, please contact TampaPS@anthropologie.com

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For my workshop, I wanted a special fall outfit… and this dress is the epitome of fall! Fall is my favorite time for fashion.. and this dress was calling my name. I fell in love with all of the detail in the embroidery, and the amazing colors throughout. I had to have this dress! This piece by Adelyn Rae, was made perfectly for someone with my body type. It really hugs my curves in the right way, which is great. I think this is going to be my go-to dress for the season. It is lovely because it can be dressed casually or fancy, all depending on how you outfit it.

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IMG_1178 IMG_1179I had just purchased these booties from DSW by Crown Vintage earlier that day , and decided this dress would look perfect with a pair of booties. Because it isn’t quite cool yet, booties were a great option rather than full boots. (Although I can’t wait to wear my knee high brown boots with this baby) I love these particular shoes because they can go with ANYTHING; they’re so super versatile. They are on the essentials list. They can go with black, brown, and any other color you could think of.

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These are such special pieces, I just had to share it! It was the perfect outfit for a perfect night.  I can’t wait for it to cool down, and for when fall is in full swing!

Pursuit of Love and Fashion

Jason and I

This weekend, Jason and I were fortunate to have been photographed by one of our friends, Catherine Coons. She has also shot one of my previous shoots with my little sister, which turned out so adorable! She is so incredibly talented, and we had so much fun playing around town with her. I will probably be posting more from this shoot in later posts.

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I was super excited because had just purchased the most perfect dress from Anthropologie, and I had the opportunity to wear it! As soon as I had this dress on, I knew it had to be mine. It great too, because it’s a wonderful transitional piece. This time of year is always difficult with fashion. Summer isn’t over, but I don’t necessarily want to spend money on a super summery dress that won’t bring me through fall. This dress  by Maeve is great because it could really work during any season.

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Another beautiful feature of this dress is the coloring. There are so many beautiful colors that show through the pattern within the dress. I paired it with a pair of neutral colored ballet flats by Kimchi Blue, but it would be wonderful with navy, marroon, rust orange, or any of the colors displayed in the pattern. I am on the hunt for cobalt blue suede flats to pull out that beautiful blue.

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To accessorize, I thought that my gold glitzy necklace from Anthropologie would be perfect. It was neutral enough to not distract from the dress, but just enough to perfect the look. I fell in love with this necklace because it resembles quartz crystals. If you know me, you’d know how obsessed I am with crystal healing. My house is filled with different kinds of crystals laying around. So, naturally I fell for this necklace. It goes with a lot of different kinds of outfitting too, which is a bonus.  I finished off the outfit with my favorite gold rings, Alex and Ani bracelets, and my go-to Michael Kors watch.

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I was so excited that I had an occasion to show off this little beauty (I mean the dress, not Jason). But in all seriousness, I am in love with how the photos turned out, and we had so much fun. I think it really showed a glimpse into Jason and I’s romance. We are stupidly happy with one another, and I think Catherine really captured that. If you haven’t seen her photos, I strongly encourage you to take a  peek at her website. ( http://www.catherinecoons.com/ ).  More photos from her to come for sure.

Pursuit of Adventure and Relaxation

Its been a long time since my entire family has been on a vacation together. Its been long overdue, that’s for sure. Last weekend, my mom booked a cabin for the whole gang, in the middle of nowhere. My mom, her boyfriend Charles, my sister Jillian, her best friend Kristen, My dad, Jason, and I. It was so nice to see everyone and actually spend some time together. Usually a visit with my family only lasts a day or so, and I am running around trying to see everyone. It was great to have everyone in one place, and having the opportunity to do some really cool activities.  It was truly a really fun experience, and we did things I never really get to do ordinarily.  We went to a rodeo, rode horses, hung out with buffalo, drank at the saloon, did archery, went on an air-boat ride, and ate barbecue food every night. It was beautiful. So beautiful that I thought I’d share some of the pictures on here for everyone to see.


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It felt so nice to breathe in some fresh air, and get away for a little while. It was a wonderful vacation… But now its back to putting the new place together and working super hard. Back to the grind.

 

Pursuit of Fashion

Who doesn’t love easy outfitting? This little number is one of my favorite go-to pieces when I just don’t know what to wear. Jumpsuits are back, and in full swing this summer. I’m loving every minute of it. This jumper from Anthropologie (which is now on sale) is so incredibly comfortable, and is oh so stylish.  It is classic black and white, but with a boho twist. The elephant print is my favorite part (if you know me, you know I’m crazy for elephants).

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The cut and fit is super flattering for my figure too. It sinches me right on my waistline, which accentuates the curves I like. The drawstring is wonderful, as my body likes to fluctuate depending on how much pasta I ate the night before. Another great feature is that it rolls up at the bottom, and I can adjust that to what looks proportionate with my legs.

This outfit is effortless because it’s already put together. There was no standing in the closet trying to match things up with this look.  It has a simple color  pallet which makes it super easy to accessorize too. I paired it with gold, because it’s my favorite, and I chose to keep the rest of the coloring simple, and in line with the black and white. Though, it also looks great with a pop of color, any color would do.  This gold watch was handed down to me by my grandmother, and I stacked an Alex and Ani beaded bracelet with it to add a little extra something.

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So, for shoes I chose a little black wedge. I am SO in love with these babies. These Express wedges are so simple, but that’s what makes them great. They can be paired with so much, and I have been getting a lot of good out of them. They give a little height, without going overboard, and are still comfortable to walk in all day. My best friend is the greatest, and gave these to me as a little present, which makes them even more special.

Although this outfit contains a lot of my favorite pieces, I think my favorite part of this whole outfit is my hat. This hat is my most favorite one in my closet, and it can also be paired with a whole lot. What is even better is that it was an absolute steal! I found in Forever 21 and I had to have it. Even now that I’ve chopped my hair off, it still looks so darling with so many things in my wardrobe.  The final touch to this look is the lipstick. For me, lipstick is everything; I am never without color on my lips. This color is so great for a more bold look. This lip color is by Mac, and it’s called Dark Side.  Its really great because it stays on my lips for so long. I am a super busy person, and I don’t have time to be messing with lipstick every hour, so this is perfect for me.

  This look is fabulous because it can transition into any season. Fall is just around the corner, and I will definitely be able to use this look again and again throughout the season.  Simple, fun, bold, and easy outfit.

Pursuit of Exploration

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My sister and I are about eight years apart. My mom says, I am basically a build in babysitter. I have watched over her for years until I moved away for college. This little girl has my heart, she is one of my greatest friends, and the only sibling I even have. She just turned thirteen and is growing into such a beautiful person; it’s crazy to watch her grow.  Since I moved away from my home town, it’s been harder to spend quality time with my sister. Frequent visits home help, and lots of phone calls, but this summer I decided she should come visit where I live. Jillian is now in Tampa with me, so I have been taking her around to see all of the sights.

When we first arrived I took Jillian to  some of my favorite spots in downtown Tampa. One of the first stops was coffee for me, at the Oxford Exchange. I knew she would love all the trinkets they had for sale and their beautiful architecture of the space. It’s a frequent hang out of mine, and I wanted to show her how I live up here.

By then, we were getting hungry. My best friend Becca joined the two of us at another favorite spot, Daily Eats. Everyone in Tampa knows about this place. Their mac n’ cheese is to die for, and their shredder bowls are pretty awesome too. (Not to mention their yummy $2 Mimosas, which I did not indulge in on this occasion.) Throughout Jillian’s stay, I have been showing her all the little spots that make this place home for me. Its fun to finally show her what it’s like up here.

I decided that on this trip, Jillian should be exposed to a little bit of culture. I wanted to show her things she hadn’t seen before. So we took a little drive down to St. Petersburg to explore a little.

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Downtown St. Pete is full of little places to explore, from art galleries, to little coffee shops, to record stores, to boutiques. There is a little something there for everyone.

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We weaved in and out of the shops on central for a while, peeking in and looking around. Then we stopped into The Morean Arts Center to look through their gallery.

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Then, I wanted to show her a different kind of art; graffiti. St. Petersburg is home to some unbelievable street art. Most of the buildings down central are lined with art on their back walls, so we explored and had a little fun.

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I wanted to show Jillian that there are many forms of art, and different ways to look at art. Since we were in St. Pete, I wanted to take her to the Chihuly Collection too, to look at an even different way to make art. She said this was her favorite part of the day.

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If you haven’t had the chance to see Chihuly’s art in person, it is a must see. It is phenomenal, and honestly pretty breathtaking. It is so thought out and artfully constructed. Each piece is hand blown glass, perfectly fit with the other pieces. IMG_1054 IMG_1059 IMG_1113 IMG_1112 IMG_1067 IMG_1100 IMG_1097 IMG_1070 I think one of the coolest pieces we saw that day was the one with electric black lights running through it. Completely eye opening, we couldn’t get ourselves out of this room!

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My favorite Charlotte Olympia look-alike flats looked extra bold and fabulous under this light.

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This mini adventure was so fun, and so inspiring to see Jillian see this kind of art for the first time. She will stay with me for about a week more, so this blog will see more of our adventures to come.

Pursuit of Fashion

With a big move to a new apartment coming up, I have really been trying to save all my pennies so I can be comfortable when that time comes around. This means no frivolous spending for clothes. Being at work every day as the personal stylist for Anthropologie,  the temptations have been ridiculous. I have had to be really creative to mix up my wardrobe and spice up my clothes.

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I had my eyes on a couple pairs of beautifully damaged jeans. I actually didn’t own any kind of ripped jeans, and I longed to have that casual look added to my closet. I thought  they would really be perfect to have  for summer in Florida. So, being money conscious, I decided to take on a little DIY project. I already owned a pair of  worn in Levi’s, that I never really wore. They were more of a boyfriend cut and fit, so this was perfect for my little project.

 First I did a little research, and actually found a  “How- To” video made by Free People. This video ended up being all I needed to understand how to make the perfect pair of ripped denim.

So I got out my tools, and went to town. It ended up being a really fun project, and I was really happy with the results. Free People really got into explaining the little details that make the denim special and how to make them. It was fun to have the liberty to choose where the details would go and just how I would like them.

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Pretty soon, I was wearing these puppies with everything. They are so incredibly comfortable because I had already worn them in quite a bit, and its especially satisfying knowing that I made them myself.  With each wash, they get better and better, which is so different for denim. I am usually very dryer- conscious when washing my clothes. It is so convenient, and much faster to just throw this pair in the dryer instead of hanging them out to dry.

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My favorite way to outfit my new beauties is to dress them up a bit. I am not usually dressed down, and like to have elevated outfitting for work. Mixing a beautiful, more dressy blouse with these casual pants makes for a great outfit.

For this outfit, I chose a pretty simple blouse by Maeve. Its been one of my  go-to pieces for quite some time. Its lightweight, which is always wonderful in the summer and  is actually pretty flattering. It is just dressy enough to enhance the outfit without overdoing it. I combined golds and creams to make for a pretty neutral color pallet. This outfit could easily transition into any season of choice.

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To make more of a statement, I added this bold necklace. This necklace is one of my favorites because it is so different. It is quite special to me too, because it used to belong to my grandmother. I have played with this necklace since I was a little girl, it is so fun to be able to wear it as an adult. Vintage seventies hand-me-downs are wonderful in my book. This necklace really perfects the whole look, and really makes it special.

Pursuit of Friendship and Fashion

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Knowing that I have one of the most spectacular humans on this earth as a best friend is a very beautiful thing. I cannot be more thankful for this woman, she is basically my other half, and keeps me in balance. It was fate that we winded up as roommates in our Freshman year of college, truly.

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One of the most admirable things about Becca is the amount of love she gives. She is SUCH a giver, and puts everyone before herself even. She is so incredibly caring and truly wants the best for all the special people in her life.  The love she has for others radiates off of her. After meeting her mother it was obvious that this love of giving came from her influence. I have felt the love of her family from all the way in upstate New York to southern Florida .

 One of my favorite jewelry collections that I wear on a regular basis was a gift from Becca and her family. These were the perfect gifts because they suited my personality and so much thought went into each piece.These Alex and Ani bracelets have become an every day accessory for me. They are wonderful because they tell a story. Each piece is unique, and was uniquely picked out for me. These bracelets are great conversation starters too! Everyone that notices them wants to talk about which ones I have and why I have them. They are so telling of someone’s likes and interests. Just by looking at these little gems, you can get a glance into my life.

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The Alex and Ani company has so thoughtfully produced these bracelets. Each bracelet has a specific, well thought out meaning that is meant to empower the individual that is wearing it.  Each bracelet carries the idea of positive energy. They state, “Alex and Ani products are infused with positive energy. Ancients referred to this precious energy as “chi” and “prana,” whereas modern science refers to it as vital force. It is the natural energy that supports life.” I loved the idea of wearing this energy around on the daily. When glancing down at my wrist, its easy to keep the right mind frame.

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I also love looking down at my wrist and being reminded of the wonderful friendship that Becca and I have attained. A best friend is not something you happen upon very often, and I am so lucky she has stuck by my side for so many years.

Pursuit of Fashion

 Romantic Chic

Life has been so incredibly busy for me between work, and moving into a new apartment. Lately I have been turning to go-to items for outfitting myself, and things I can quickly pair together. This pair of chinos has been one of my staples for some time now. They are incredibly comfortable, but still fabulous. Instead of going with the classic khaki chino, I chose a pair with a little pop of color. Pink is romantic and dainty, and adds a little something more than a khaki would. It almost acts as a neutral color in my wardrobe though, because it matches with more than you could imagine.

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I chose to outfit these with a printed Banana Republic top that I happen to have luckily found while thrifting. The cream color really compliments the pink coloring of the pant, and adds to that romantic feel of the look. The print is not too bold, but adds just a little something to the outfit. This top is wonderful too because it is so lightweight, I don’t have to worry about the Florida heat getting to me.

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Because the rest of the look is so muted, I decided to add some jewels to elevate the outfit a bit.  A great piece of jewelry can quickly completely transform an outfit.  This J.Crew necklace is one of my favorite pieces in my collection. The purple and mauve colors really  pair quite nicely with the rosey color of the chinos.

This pant has really become an essential piece of my wardrobe… I MIGHT just have to get them in another color! Anthropologie just came out with a couple of new colors too, if you’re interested in checking them out.

 

 

Pursuit of Fashion

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 White,  Turquoise, and Brown leather

My obsessions for the summer: Turquoise jewelry, brown leather, and white details. Turquoise adds the perfect pop of color to any outfit, whether it be wrapped in gold, silver or by itself. Above, is my all time favorite necklace. This piece is spectacular because it doubles as Mala beads and a beautiful bracelet as well as a necklace.  This necklace is from Anthropologie, and currently, they are carrying a ton of gorgeous turquoise jewels.

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But the brown leather, it is the key to my summer wardrobe.  These particular pieces have become so essential in my closet.  It seems as though they go with almost every outfit planned out, and are so practical for my life. The purse, was a steal from Forever 21. I have received so many compliments on this tote, and many ask what designer it is! It has held up pretty well so far, and I am absolutely in love with it. Knowing I didn’t pay an arm and a leg to have the designed look makes me love it even more. I am a huge supporter of mixing high end with a bargain. I am a college student, and shop on a budget, but that is no reason not to look fabulous.

The sandals are from Urban Outfitters, and they are my most favorite sandals I own. They are super comfortable, which is a bonus for me because when I work, I stand for several hours at a time. Plus, they are a neutral color, so I am able to pair them with almost anything I want. These two are the dynamic duo for me, and really complete many of my summer outfits, and will transition well into other seasons. They are staple pieces, in my opinion.

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Some other inspiration to get this look:

A classic brown leather bag, a pair of functional brown leather sandals, and some turquoise jewelry to jazz outfits up? Must have pieces for any woman’s closet, and essential components for this summer’s wardrobe.