Fashion

Favorite Fall/Winter Accessories

In the fall and winter, your accessories really help to make your outfit look less frumpy and more ~fashion~. It can be tough to look cute in the winter while also trying to keep warm. So, I rounded up some of my favorite kinds of fall accessories to make your fall and winter outfit styling easier.

Scarves

I like all kinds of scarves, but personally I love a good blanket scarf. The bigger the better! I love all the colors and prints and patterns because you can really make it match your outfit no matter what. Because it’s part of your outerwear, it’s okay to wear your yellow scarf with your red sweater and your pink coat. That’s the best part! I love the scarves from Urban Outfitters and Zara.

Knit Hats

I love those chunky knit hats! They are so good for keeping your head toasty and hiding your bad hair day. Bonus points if it has a fuzzy ball on top too! If you’re not a hat person, a good alternative is a cute knit headband. I usually get mine from Target.

Gold Jewelry

I think gold jewelry is so pretty in the fall. It matches the changing leaves and the pumpkins perfectly. I love all kinds of gold jewelry, but recently I really love dainty gold jewelry like thin chain necklaces or tiny stud earrings. I also LOVE a very thin gold hoop!  I get most of my jewelry from Francesca’s, Target and Baublebar.

Oversize Clutches/Pouches

These babies are absolutely everywhere this fall and I am HERE FOR IT. It’s not quite the same as the mini bag trend that’s been around since the spring and summer, but it’s a similar concept. No one wants to carry a giant heavy bag around all day and I think this is a great alternative. They’re usually bigger than mini bags so you can fit all your necessities but you don’t have to weigh down your shoulders either! The only issue is you may not always have a free hand with these. Still cute, though!

Chunky Knit Socks

We all know there’s  nothing cozier than cuddling up on the couch with a pair of fuzzy socks and your jammies on. The best part about winter is that it’s also acceptable to wear your fuzzy knit socks out of the house! You have to keep your toes warm somehow! Pairing a nice thick chunky pair of socks with cute ankle boots is super trendy with jeans and even skirts if you’re daring enough to wear a skirt in the winter. Target has the BEST chunky knit socks, but I also love the ones from Aerie.

 

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Fall Trend I Love: Animal Print

In a previous post, I mentioned my love for leopard print. I don’t want you all to think I’m exclusively dating leopard print so I thought I’d share some outfit ideas for all kinds of animal print! They’re all amazing and help to keep your looks interesting by adding texture to the outfit. I personally think one of the best things you can do is add texture to an outfit with materials like (faux) leather, (faux) fur, satin, etc. They really help to take your look to the next level!

Here I’m sharing a few more animal print inspired looks for the fall and winter. Some are bold because animal print is usually very bold anyway and some are simple and subdued. I hope you enjoy!

Outfit #1:

I’m starting off with this pretty snake print cami and pairing it with (faux) leather shorts. It would be so cute for a night out with the girls or even date night! You can also switch out the shorts for (faux) leather leggings to stay warm!

Cami: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Boots: Public Desire

Outfit #2:

I absolutely love croc print for accessories! It just looks so pretty and chic on shoes and bags and I consider it a staple in my wardrobe. I styled these burgundy croc print boots with some mom jeans and a sweater to be comfy and cozy but added a leather jacket for a more grungey look.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Boots: XLE by Lauren Elizabeth

Outfit #3:

Since snake print is everywhere, I thought I should add in another version of it. I found this pretty dress at Zara and practically fell over! The style is stunning and super flattering. I paired it with these suede knee high boots, but scrunched them down because it’s ~trendy~ and slapped on a black waist belt. The deep V neckline is a little bit too deep for the office on it’s own, but with a cami underneath we can make it work!

Dress: Zara / Belt: Gucci / Boots: SomethingNavy (Nordstrom)

Outfit #4:

I found this beauty at Zara a few weeks ago too and fell in love. We all know I love leopard print and this dress is no exception. It’s pretty, flowy and very bold. I love it with pointy toe black sock boots for work but throw on a leather jacket and it’s a great look for play too!

Dress: Zara / Boots: SomethingNavy (Nordstrom)

Outfit #5:

This is the ultimate bold outfit right here. These snakeprint pants are CRAZY in the best way. They are sort of out of my comfort zone (compared to my leopard pants I guess???) so I figured I’d style a pretty, crazy outfit for it. I took this gray bell sleeve sweater and added these navy ankle boots to keep it simple but went with this baby pink coat for a major pop of color. So fun!

Sweater: Target / Jeans: Zara / Coat: H&M / Belt: Gucci / Boots: Steve Madden

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October 2018 Favorites

October has come and gone and I’m back with my monthly favorites! 2018 is FLYING and I think I say that every month but it’s really true. I can’t believe it’s already November. This month, I have lots of fashion favorites because I finally figured out what my fall style is. I also have some more fall things and life stuff that I’m loving because it’s FINALLY starting to feel chilly and cozy and I’m ready to hibernate for 4 months. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. SomethingNavy at Nordstrom

I’m a long time fan of Arielle Charnas and her blog, SomethingNavy. I think she was actually the very first blogger I ever followed  on instagram about 5 years ago during my freshman year of college so we go way back. I even remember her reaching 100K followers and now she has over 1 million. Anyway, she released her clothing line at Nordstrom at the end of September and now that it’s October and chilly out, I finally was in the mood to throw on some boots and a fuzzy coat. I am absolutely loving her clothing line this month and probably for the rest of my life. I got 5 of her shoes because I think they are so good. She’s got great taste in shoes, honestly. All her pieces are perfectly curated and go so well together. I think she’s really found her niche with creating elevated basics. I’m crazy excited for her November and December collections.

2. Zara

I think I’ve been living under a rock for at least the last 5 years because I just started shopping at Zara in September and have fallen IN LOVE. I completely understand why everyone feels the way they do about Zara. I think my style is finally evolving into a more mature smart casual look and I think Zara really reflects that. I’ve been spending way too much money there and I’m not even mad about it. I think Zara will definitely be my go to store for my work and casual clothes for the fall and winter. I always struggle with spring and summer clothes so we’ll see how I feel when that time comes!

3. Denim

My job changed it’s dress code from Business Casual to “Use Your Best Judgement” which I absolutely love because that means no more uncomfy dress pants for me. This is what I mean in my bullet above about a more smart casual look. Now that I can wear jeans to work, I have been denim obsessed. I’ve recently acquired an absurd amount of jeans because I can wear them all the time. Prior to this I was also a leggings/sweatpants kind of girl but now I even like wearing jeans…on the weekend (UGH THE HORROR). I’ve been getting all my new jeans from Topshop. As you all know I LOVE their Mom jeans and the Jamie jeans. I also found a few pairs of the Joni jeans that I like (cue my leopard pants). I also (sadly) love distressed jeans that I can’t wear to work so I’m trying to resist the urge. I think next I want to try out GRLFRND, Paige and Levi’s for my denim. I’m looking to explore some new brands for denim so please feel free to leave suggestions/reviews in the comments!

4. The Book of Joy

I mentioned this in my What I’m Reading post for this month and thought I’d bring it up again. I really am enjoying this book because I think it’s exactly what I needed this month. Since I’m struggling a lot with not being miserable about where I am in life, I thought I’d try reading this because everyone loves His Holiness the Dalai Lama, right? Him and the Archbishop are world renowned spiritual leaders for a reason. It helps me to put things in perspective and take a step back and remember what it really means to be joyful.

5. Briogeo: Don’t Despair, Repair!

I’m not sure why I haven’t mentioned this before. I’ve been using it since August and have really been loving it. It makes my hair feel really soft and not like I tried to bleach my curly, ethnic hair more than once (cue my 9 million regretful thoughts). In combination with all my other hair care products, it’s been such a big help keeping my hair healthy as I journey to grow it out as far as I can.

6. Dark Nail Polish

No surprise here that I like dark nail polish for fall. But I’m really loving purple/berry color nail polish. It’s such a pretty and flattering color. I think it really looks great on every skin tone because there’s such a wide variety of dark berry pinks and plum purples. My favorites for this month are Bahama Mama by Essie and Maki Me Happy by Essie.

7. Blazers

For the fall, I just fell in love with blazers and denim. Remember what I said about smart casual? Here it’s coming into play again. It all makes sense now, right? Okay, so yes BLAZERS. I love to dress them down with jeans and a t-shirt but keep the look put together by adding in some ankle boots. I’m loving all kinds of blazers and really missing my employee discount from BCBG. They have the best blazers. Very chic and stylish, but still classic. I’m still exploring some brands, but I’ve been looking into what Revolve has to offer and I found this very cool corduroy blazer from BlankNYC. I’m also recently obsessed with &OtherStories so I’ve been looking there for nice blazers also. I’m heavily inspired by Arielle Charnas (of course, see bullet #1 for proof) and Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat.

8. Dallas, TX

I’ve been traveling quite a bit in September and October (and never took any photos because I’m a bad blogger). I went to Dallas for a weekend to go to a Cowboys game and I had such a great time. The atmosphere was just totally different from New York. There’s a real sense of pride in where you’re from with people in Texas. Everyone in Texas loves Texas and it makes it hard to not feel the same way. I felt so happy and comfortable and it was such a great experience. We ate some AMAZING brisket and had lots of beers and even got to try In n Out. I’m definitely looking forward to heading back there!

 

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My Fall Must Haves 2018

I’ve been talking about fall since August because it’s definitely the best season for fashion and there’s a lot of really good trends for this fall. I thought I would share some of the fall trends that I think are absolute staples this season.

Biker Boots

These are very cool. They are sort of western/biker looking boots with all the buckles and studs. I also love the super chunky heel that they tend to have. These are not exactly my style, but I can absolutely appreciate them for someone else. These are from Steve Madden and I especially love the cut-outs!

SM Nancy Boots

Blazers

These are an absolute staple for me! In all shapes and colors. I’m loving the ones from &OtherStories and Zara but you can find more affordable versions at Forever 21 and H&M too. These are perfect when styled with jeans and a t-shirt for a smart casual look. Add on some sneakers to keep it casual or heels for a day to night look. This corduroy one from &OtherStories is definitely on my wishlist this fall!

&OtherStories Blazer

Teddy Coats

Teddy coats are the way to go for fall and winter. They’re so dang cozy and they look fantastic with everything. I’ve had a few of these coats in the last year but I finally upgraded to this one from SomethingNavy at Nordstrom because I really had no choice. It’s just perfect. There’s plenty of these at Nordstrom and Revolve as well as Forever 21 for more affordable options.

Knee High Boots

I can’t even get over how much I love knee high boots. Not the riding boot style, though. Like the slouchy suede knee high boots. CAN’T GET OVER THEM. They’re so pretty with dresses for the fall and winter and they keep you nice and warm too. I need them in all the colors. Well, all the neutral colors. And maybe leather too. These babies from Steve Madden are on pre-order and you best believe they are in my cart right now.

SM Tila Boots

Washed Black Denim

As an alternative to black denim, I find myself reaching for my dark gray/washed black denim. I love them for work and for play on the weekends. I think they sort of lighten up the look but still give the same effect as black jeans. I never really even want to wear my black jeans anymore! I found these ones from Topshop and I am LIVING in them.

Topshop Joni Jeans

Light Wash Distressed Denim

Usually light wash denim is a spring and summer thing, but I really like it for the fall and winter right now with cozy sweaters and blazers. I think they are still a good transitional piece and I think the light wash helps break up the dark colors that usually come with fall outfits. It’s also a good way to add more color into your wardrobe now that neon is such a big trend for the fall. I like these from GRLFRND at Revolve.

GRLFRND Denim Revolve

Graphic T-Shirts

I’m going through a phase of really loving graphic t-shirts. Especially with jeans and blazers because I already told you about smart casual a hundred times. I’m not sure what happened but a year ago I couldn’t justify spending $30 on a t-shirt and for some reason this year I’m all about it. I think it’s such a cool way to dress down an outfit and spice up your regular jeans and t-shirt. However, if you don’t want to spend $30 on a t-shirt, Forever 21 has lots of good options like this.

Suede Moto Jackets

I also love suede moto jackets. I’m on the HUNT for the perfect tan suede jacket, but until then I’ve fallen for some fun colored ones. I think this purple one from BLANKNYC is stunning! I also keep seeing burgundy, dark evergreen and navy ones that I love. I love a good jewel tone and it’s especially good as a jacket.

BlankNYC Jacket

Sock Boots

Frankly, I was unsure about these boots last year because I thought they were just trendy shoes and they’d be gone in a year. But here they are back again. I think the style is extremely flattering on most everyone and it goes with so many looks that I think it’s here to stay. I finally found a pair that I absolutely loved from Arielle Charnas’ line with Nordstrom. I got them in the black and the white because I definitely needed both. Right? Steve Madden carries a slightly more affordable version, since the SN ones are sold out.

 

Button Down Tops

Because I’m doing the whole smart casual thing this fall, button down shirts have become a major player in my wardrobe. I’m very much into pairing them with mom jeans and ankle boots for a casual, but put together look for work. They are also perfect to transition into the evening by layering with a blazer, patterned jacket or teddy coat. Really any kind of coat. I found this one at Zara and bought it in every color.

Zara Button Down

Shirt Dresses

I’m also really into shirt dresses right now. I already told you that I like button downs. You should have seen this one coming. Anyway, I think they are perfect to layer under sweaters with those knee high boots I was telling you about. I also think they are fun belted or with jeans/leggings and a cardigan or jacket. They’re really just an oversized button down so they are super versatile. I personally really like this one from Zara.

Zara Shirt Dress

Brown/Tan Faux Leather

I don’t think I can even explain to you how I feel about this. It’s not a HUGE trend, but it’s there and it’s peaking it’s head out. And I love it. Seriously. The only thing better than black leather is brown leather. I love these ones from Free People.

Free People Leather Pants

Chunky Scarves

Everyone loves a good chunky scarf and you’re lying if you don’t. This one is from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters Scarf

 

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What I’m Reading: October 2018

This month started out feeling pretty unhappy for me. I’m not exactly sure what it was, but I think it was because I was stuck in a funk of not really knowing how I can move my life forward. Because it was such tough feeling to deal with and it was having major affects on other aspects of my life, I thought I would take some time to read a book about joy. I purchased The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu a few months ago but I just never got around to reading it until recently. It just felt like the right time. So today, I’m going to tell you how I feel about it.

I think this book is quite excellent. It looks at things from a different perspective than most books like this do which is extremely refreshing. It doesn’t take a religious stand point like you’d think it would. The Dalai Lama actually tells most of his stories and teachings based on the idea that we are all related to each other because we are human. We’re not black or white or Christian or Jewish or rich or poor. We’re just human and that’s why we’re all connected. It’s almost profound because the world in general (but especially the US) is obsessed with labeling and separating everyone into categories. But when you think about it, it’s absolutely true. We’re just humans and that’s all. It’s one of the best ways to look at things, but especially when it comes to kindness, generosity, and judgments.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop talk about mental health and how we deal with our emotions. They talk about building up “mental immunity” to the negatives in our lives. It’s basically how we recover from negativity in our lives. If we have strong mental health and high mental immunity, then when negative things happen, we can recover a lot quicker than if we struggle with our mental health. Mental immunity is like a muscle that needs to be trained and worked with every single day to get to a point where those negative thoughts and experiences don’t affect us so much. It’s just like healing from an addiction if you think about it. Sometimes the only way to get better is by working at it every single day for the rest of your life.

Another great point about this topic was that no one will ever completely block out every single negative thought. Sometimes there are situations that you have to just let the negatives be. You can sit and be upset about them and it’s not the end of the world. You get up and you try again tomorrow. The idea is that sometimes you can’t control those negatives, but you don’t have to beat yourself up about it. It’s okay and tomorrow is a new day.

The book goes on the discuss other emotions and how they are related to joy. They also discuss the 8 Pillars of Joy which are absolutely fantastic to read about. Overall, I think it’s an excellent book and I highly recommend it. It can be a lot of information that you need time to understand and digest, though. I found myself reading a chapter or a few paragraphs several times before I felt like I really understood it, but once you understand it it’s very insightful and puts things in perspective. I think if you’re feeling like you want a new perspective on joy and life in general, this would be a great read for you!

 

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September Favorites 2018

Today I’m back with my September 2018 Favorites! Just like always, I have a little bit of everything here so let’s get right into it!

1. JAS Rehab Deep Repair Hydrating Mist

This spray has easily become by all time favorite hair product. My cousin actually introduced me to it because use uses it for her kids’ hair which is a similar texture to mine. She actually gets it from her friend’s salon in Jersey City, but I was able to find it on Amazon also! The first time I used it, I was away from home and had to make due with what I could find and I quickly realized that I didn’t need any other products in my hair with this. It’s kept my hair soft and shiny and I can actually see the difference in the damage I had. 10/10 would recommend!

2. “Marlo” Tan Over the Knee Suede Boots

These babies were a go to for me last fall and winter and they are back again as one of my fall staples. They fit SUPER snug which means that are not falling down no matter what. I seriously cannot stand when my OTK boots fall down so these are pretty much the only ones I like to wear now. These also come in black and gray and you better believe I’m shooting to have all three this year!

3. OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum

This little guy is a beauty blogger favorite. Everyone knows this is the good stuff and I’m right there with them! It has a nice citrus scent and doesn’t feel too heavy or oily after you apply. I love a good vitamin C serum and thought I’d give this one a whirl and so far, I really love it.

4. Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

As I’ve mentioned before I do suffer from some acne scarring and breakouts but in the last month or so, I’ve seen a really significant difference in how dark my scars are. After just a few uses I could see a big difference which makes me think this is here to stay as part of my skin care routine.

5. Leopard Print

All of it. Tops, pants, sweaters, shoes. Everything. Give me all the leopard print. Don’t act like you don’t feel the same way.

6. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I started reading this book in the last few weeks of September but I really love it so far. Shonda Rhimes is very real and she writes very casually. She’s honest and I like that.

7. Louis Vuitton GM Neverfull

I got this bag to use for travel since I am traveling A LOT in September and October and it’s definitely one of the better decisions I’ve made. It really just holds everything in it and I love using it even for work. It’s super versatile.

 

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Fall Work Outfits

Now that it’s September, I thought I’d start sharing some of my transitional outfits. The transition from summer to fall is always bittersweet, I think. I love being out in the sun, going to the beach and the carefree connotation that comes with summer. But, I do love the crispness of fall, the fresh earth colors and cozy sweaters. It’s a tough trade for me! However, fall is the best season for clothing and you are not allowed to argue with me!! So today I’m sharing some of my favorite summer to fall work outfits.

Monday

Now, you know I like dressing up nice for Mondays to get myself in the right mode for the week. But now that it’s almost fall, I need to account for the fact that they blast the AC way too high for the temperatures outside. So I went with this lightweight olive/earthy green from H&M and threw on a cozy sweater over. It’s a great way to keep warm and still look presentable.

Dress: H&M / Cardigan: Forever 21 / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: Kate Spade

Tuesday

This is one of my favorite looks I’ve ever out together! I love black and tan/khaki. But I especially love these slingback heels. They are super comfy, super flattering and very stylish.

Top: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Old Navy / Belt: Old Navy / Shoes: Chanel

Wednesday

Like I’ve said before, I like to get a little more casual on Wednesdays because you know, it’s Hump Day. We can wear jeans to the office, so that’s typically what I’ll opt for mid week. This lightweight button down is great for when it’s still fairly warm out, but the warm orange color screams fall.

Top: Target / Jeans: American Eagle / Belt: Old Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

Thursday

By Thursday, I’m trying to find the motivation to make it to Friday, so I tried to brighten up my week with a yellow cardigan. It’s very fall, but the skirt reminds you that there’s still some remnants of summer hanging on! I paired them with some nude flats to keep myself comfy.

Top: Express / Cardigan: Target / Skirt: H&M / Shoes: Steve Madden

Friday

Fridays are usually very casual and comfortable, but I remembered that I had this skirt and really couldn’t pass up the chance to post it. I decided to pair it with a gray sweater, because a groutfit is the definition of casual. Like it’s in the dictionary. Probably.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Target / Boots: Urban Outfitters

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