Fashion

How To Style One Skirt, Four Ways

I shared this pretty pleated white skirt from Target with you all a few weeks ago when I shared my Holiday Outfit Ideas. Basically, I loved it so much that I figured I’d use this skirt to do another session of styling one item four different ways. You guys LOVED when I styled one of my favorite sweaters four way a few months ago, linked here, so I decided to do it again! I think this skirt is such a good staple piece and it can be worn in so many different ways in all different seasons. The cherry on top of that is it’s super affordable price tag! It’s about $30 and I have to say it’s some of the best money I ever spent.

Outfit 1:

This is similar to the outfit I wore for Thanksgiving dinner a few weeks ago and I loved it. I wore this super cozy, oversize pink sweater and tucked it into my skirt. The skirt has an elastic waist which made it really easy to tuck things in without it looking lumpy! I decided to make it really fun and girly by wearing my favorite leopard loafers and adding some pearl details with earrings and a headband. This is definitely the most feminine way to style this skirt if you ask me!

Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Francesca’s

Outfit 2:

This time around, I kept things a little more neutral and similar to what I wore for my Holiday outfits but with a thinner top. I love how sleek the turtleneck makes this outfit look. I have to say I just love pairing tall boots with a long hemline like this. It’s a really old school way to wear it, but I love that it adds 1) warmth and 2) and another feminine touch. I thought a red headband and some small gold hoops would be a good way to tie the whole look together.

Top & Skirt: Target / Boots: Zara / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 3:

One of my favorite colors, as you all know VERY well by now, to style is brown so I thought I should feature some in this post also. A pretty chocolate genache color brown with such a crispy white color is such a pretty look. I also have these beautiful brown suede heels that I never really get to wear and thought they would be such a cute finisher for this look. Of course, can’t forget the cutest little heart shaped earrings either! Maybe this is one is just as feminine as the first outfit, but in a slightly different way!

Sweater: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 4:

You have noticed that I love to match my top to my shoes a lot, so I’m doing it again here. I love a good matchy-matchy outfit! I’ve had this pretty green sweater for over a year, and just recently got these green heels and plaid coat to match. The pop of white really adds such a nice contrast to how dark the greens are! Honestly, this might be my favorite outfit of all of them!

Sweater: Mango / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Naturalizer / Earrings: Baublebar

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Fashion

How I Style My Winter Coats

Now that we are really getting into the swing of things for winter, I decided I’ll do a post on styling winter coats. Winter coats are not always necessarily the giant puffer coats you know and love/hate. They can be nice and not too bulky if you style them correctly to stay warm. Now mind you, I live in the lower part of New York, so we don’t usually get freezing cold temps or a ton of snow. So far this year, it’s been fairly mild if I’m being honest. So if you live in a freezing cold climate, be sure to adjust these for what makes sense for you. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for you freezing in 5 feet of snow! Please bear in mind that is was actually raining when I took these photos, so don’t mind the visible rain! How crazy is the iPhone camera quality, honestly!

Outfit 1:

I found this green plaid coat at Mango after searching for one for about a year now, linked here. It’s not super heavy so it’s best for days that are not too cold, but it’s roomy enough that you can layer underneath if you need. I think a statement coat is one of the best ways to make a simple outfit more interesting and that was partially why I was so excited to finally get this coat! I paired it with just a plain white sweater and jeans and matching green shoes to complete the look.

Coat: Mango / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Naturalizer / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 2:

Another coat I had been looking for for about a year is a navy wool coat. I found this one at Mango and am very pleased with it, linked here! It’s super warm, the wool is really heavy and it’s roomy enough for layering. As an alternative to a basic black coat, I think navy is a good one to have also. I decided to pair it with a plain beige turtleneck sweater, some tan mom jeans and leopard boots. I love pairing a really neutral outfit to make the navy stand out more.

Coat: Mango / Sweater: H&M / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden/ Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 3:

This white faux shearling coat is old from Something Navy, but I found a really similar one this year at Mango, linked here! It’s not quite as long, but the material is the same. This is one of my favorite coats because of the sheer size of it. It’s absolutely massive and I love that. I’ve told you before that I love pairing black and brown together, so underneath my giant coat, that’s what I did! I think adding the white coat on top makes the dark tones of the sweater and jeans come more full circle. It gives you a light, medium and dark element in the whole look which keeps it really interesting.

Coat& Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Target / Headband & Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 4:

Finally, the ever popular teddy coat. I’ve had this baby since last year from Something Navy and I wear it religiously for much longer than the weather permits if we’re honest. It’s so cozy and truly my favorite coat that I own. Mine is sold out, but I found a similar one from Mango and linked it here! I wanted to keep it really simple and do an all black outfit underneath to let the texture and color of the teddy coat really stand out. This is definitely a go to outfit for me throughout the fall and winter!

Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

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Fashion

How To Style Color For Fall

Usually when it comes to fall, it’s not our first thought to think bright colors. Fall is always associated with dark, warm and moody colors but I’m here to show you that it doesn’t have to be. I already did a post about wearing pink for fall, and this time I’m expanding it to a few other colors also to help make the transition easier if pink is not your thing.

Outfit 1:

Of course, it’s pink. You know I love this pink sweater and I’ve shared it quite a few times. I find pink pretty easy to wear in the fall because it pairs so well with the tans, browns and whites that comes with fall so that’s what I did here. I paired my button up cardigan with these cute taped belted pants and some white flats for an easy look. You can throw on a camel color coat if it’s a little bit chillier too!

Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Pants: Abercrombie
Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Pants: Abercrombie
Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Pants: Abercrombie

Outfit 2:

One of my favorite things to do is matching my top to my shoes. Personally, I love to match and have my outfit fit into the same color family. I already owned these purple shoes so when I saw this purple sweater I knew I had to have it. They are almost an exact color match too which is right up my alley! Plus you can always switch out the sweater or shoes for something more neural (or colorful) to get a different look but with the same pop of color.

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Charles David
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Charles David
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Charles David

Outfit 3:

This one is more for those who need to take it slow when introducing color into their wardrobe. I personally, treat dark green and navy as neutrals because they go with so many other colors. It’s bright enough that you know it’s a color, but it’s not so over the top that you would feel uncomfortable wearing it. I think green and navy are the perfect colors to introduce into your wardrobe when you’re looking to add in more color!

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

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Lifestyle

How To Deal With Stress and Burn Out

I have to be honest, I have not done my best job at self-care lately. The last 2-3 weeks, I have been feeling really stressed, over tired and definitely burnt out. I’ve been trying to manage it as best I can, and while I’m still struggling to handle it, I have at least recognized some of the causes so I thought I would share my process of recognizing burn out and how to stop it. Keep on reading!

My first step in dealing with burn out is, of course, recognizing that you’re burnt out in the first place. For me burn out comes in the form of crying over small things, feeling REALLY tired to the point where I could cry, and lashing out in anger among a few other symptoms. It usually starts with being tired, and then the crying and then the lashing out for me personally but it will look different for everyone. Once I start seeing those symptoms, I immediately know that it’s getting to be time for a break. But with all the crazy things we tend to have going on in our lives, we can’t just drop everything to take a break because we’re feeling stressed.

So my next step, is planning ahead and prioritizing. For me, my blog is a hobby that I treat like another job which means that everything I do for it, is super important and has a deadline. Aside from going to my real job, that’s usually my next priority as far as tasks go, not to mention spending quality time with my boyfriend/family/friends, working out, sleeping and eating. Because I have so many things to prioritize, that alone can feel overwhelming for me. Lately, one thing that has been making me stressed is actually that I’m a little behind on my blogs (shhhh)! I usually plan posts, and shoot them at least a week in advance if not 2-3 weeks and right now that is not what I’ve been doing. For me prioritizing means looking at my whole month, picking out what’s most important (blogs, spending time with Andrew/friends/family, and working out) and making sure those get scheduled in first before anything else. Then I can go week by week and plan out what needs to get done by when. Of course, I also need to schedule in my time to relax so I A) have something to look forward to and B) actually get to relax!

Along with prioritizing comes setting boundaries. Deciding when I can go and enjoy something and when I have to put my foot down and say “no”. Recently, I’ve definitely had a ton of trouble saying “no” to things. I’ve been busy every weekend since mid August because I can’t bring myself to say “no” to plans! One thing I really need to learn is that sometimes I have to force myself to turn down the plans and relax at home or focus on getting my work done. It’s probably the hardest, but definitely most important step!

Last but not least, when I do finally relax, I have to make sure I’m doing stuff that makes me feel good and relaxed. For me, that usually means making myself a big breakfast with a giant cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and then laying on the couch watching TV for the rest of the day. But it can come in many forms depending on what’s most important to you! For some people, that means getting a good workout in and for others that means spending time with friends or family and catching up. You have to figure out what makes you feel your best and set aside time to actually do that, uninterrupted for as long as you need.

I hope this was helpful and also helped you see that you’re not alone when you feel stressed and tired and completely burnt out. It happens to the best of us, but make sure you take care of yourself first! xx

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Fashion

How I Style My Favorite Sweater 4 Ways

I’ve found my new favorite sweater for the season and I decided to style it 4 ways to show you how versatile these kinds of pieces can be! In the winter, a sweater is the equivalent of a plain white t-shirt. It can be paired so many different ways, dressed up or down. I chose to style this olive green sweater from Something Navy x Nordstrom and you can shop it, right here. Keep reading to see how I styled this sweater four different ways!

Outfit 1

This one is my favorite because it’s probably the most common way I’d style this. I paired it with my new favorite dad jeans from Topshop and a pair of cream heels. Super simple and really cute! I can wear this for a night out or I can switch out the heels for sneakers and go run errands.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie

Outfit 2

This one is more fun and dressy than the previous outfit. While the weather is not too chilly, I paired it with these black leather pants and some mid calf slouchy black boots. I love the look of leather and suede boots, and I thought it was a perfect way to style the sweater. A balanced mix of dressy and casual.

Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC

Outfit 3

Because the sweater is just a little over size, I thought it would look nice thrown over a button down top and paired with some leather leggings. It’s a casual outfit when paired with sneakers, but I decided to go with the same mid calf suede boots! Perfect for a dinner date when it starts getting chillier.

Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC

Outfit 4

This is my work wear way to style this sweater. I love these cream trousers and thought they would look so pretty with the green sweater. Since it’s fall, I was inspired with the leaves and paired the outfit with these orange heels, but you can really take this anywhere you want. You can do nude heels or black, ankle boots, flats or sneakers to make this outfit versatile for any occasion.

Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David
Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David
Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David

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How To Style Pink For Fall

Now that we’re really into the swing of things for fall, I thought I’d also get into styling for fall. One thing I’ve been really into has been pink for the fall. Pink is the kind of color that, no matter the shade, is always associated with spring and summer. I’m here to show you that it can be worn all year round! Keep on reading to see how I style my pink pieces for the fall.

Outfit #1

I got this pink cardigan from the September 2019 collection of Something Navy because 1) I’m obsessed with pink and 2) felt I needed a new cardigan. This one comes in a dark gray and a pretty rusty orange color (that I’m very interested in). My favorite way to style button up cardigans is with just a cute bralette under and jeans or even trousers if you’re ballsy (not for work unless you’re SUPER ballsy). Today I went with some medium/dark wash mom jeans and a pair of white sandals (similar) since the weather is not REALLY that fall yet.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

These pink trousers are very spring if we’re honest, but I figured the best way to make them more fall was to add some leather to the look. I paired this leather jacket over a plain white t-shirt and some black mules. What I love is that adding the leather also grunges up the look a bit more, while the pink pants and the mules keep the look feminine and perfectly balanced. My pants are sold out but here is a similar pair at a similar price point!

Jacket: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #3

I’m obsessed with this sweater! I’ve shown it to you a few times in the brown and now I’m sharing the pink because it’s that good, linked here. Super soft and cozy and perfect for fall. I found these cream pants at Target a few weeks ago and impulse bought them, but they are the kind of pants that are wardrobe staples but I can never find in stores. I knew I had to grab them, especially because they were less than $30! I’m adding a denim jacket and sneakers to dress it down, but you can add heels and a blazer to dress it up for work.

Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Superga
Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Superga
Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Superga

Outfit #4

I’ve shown you guys this pink trench tons of times, because it’s just the cutest. For a pink coat, it really goes well with everything and I wore the heck out of it in the spring this past year. I paired it with a pretty simple all white outfit to transition it into the fall. One of my favorite white sweaters and the same cream pants from the previous outfit look super cute with the pop of pink while still keeping you warm. I added nude heels but again you can dress it down with sneakers! The long version of this coat is sold out, but here’s a similar short version from the same company.

Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

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