Monthly Archives: July 2014

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.