No Pants No Problem

How many times have you avoided starting something because you knew you couldn’t do it perfectly? I almost didn’t write this post because I couldn’t think of a title. Think Pink? No, cheesy. Something…about fall? Come on, Hannah, you’ve exhausted every possible fall quote.

I think most of you who read this blog know me personally, but sometimes strangers reach out and let me know they follow along on here or Instagram (hiiii Internet friends! Keep it coming! Words of affirmation is my love language!). I’m always worried that my sense of humor doesn’t translate through the screen and people are left thinking Is this girl for real???

Because I’m a frustrated perfectionist, I often will scrap a whole project before it even begins if I don’t think I can complete it exactly how I envision it in my mind. Or I’ll let my room become a complete mess if I can’t find a place for a single pair of shoes. Why even bother if it isn’t ever good enough?

So for my fellow perfectionists, I thought I would share a few things that encouraged me today:

You improve through daily practice, not by leaps and bounds. Natural talents and gifts are a blessing, but they can work against you if you grew up not having to work hard at anything to do well. Sometimes things don’t come naturally, and success is incremental. This is especially true with things like working out: we all want a six-pack and toned calves after our first day at the gym, but rarely are we willing to put in the work, little by little, every day.

Failure isn’t the end of the world and is a valuable learning tool. Trust me, I’m saying this for me as much as you. I am so afraid of failing that sometimes I won’t even try. But failure is feedback, and it helps you figure out what to do differently next time to succeed.

You are more valuable than the sum of your achievements. This reminder comes from an article I read by psychotherapist Katherine Schafler on Thrive Global. She says that “people connect most to the ordinary things about you,” like the way you can’t decide what to order at a restaurant, the long-winded voicemails you leave, or the way you play with your hair when you’re bored. In contrast, she says during therapy sessions something that people never say are things like “I miss the way he got a 3.8 GPA in college.” We’re proud of the accomplishments of our friends, lovers, and children, but when we really start to list the reasons we love them, those reasons have little to do with success.

So here I am, in an outfit that doesn’t look exactly how I pictured in my head. I couldn’t find a skirt or a pair of pants to go with this shirt-dress/sweater combo, so…I nixed the pants. No pants, no problem. ✌🏻

Sweater: Madewell // Shirt-dress: Zara (last season, similar dress at ASOS // Tights: Forever 21 // Earrings: Madewell (sold out, similar also from Madewell)

No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn

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Hi friends!  Thank you so much to everyone who has been following my blog for the past few months.  It’s been a lot of fun and it means a lot to me.

I’m finishing up my last final today and moving out of my apartment this weekend, so I most likely won’t post any more until I’m in Paris.  I definitely plan to keep updating this blog with pictures from my trip, so follow me here and on Instagram if you’re interested in seeing those!

I thought this shirt from Brooklyn Industries was perfect for finals week.  “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” has been my mantra for the past few years, but it’s never so relevant as during finals. 😉

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Shirt: Brooklyn Industries // Pants: UNIQLO // Shoes: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Cole Haan

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Spring Formal

 I had the best time at my last spring formal a few weeks ago. Despite tripping over a loose floorboard in my high heels and falling flat on my face moments after this picture, I managed to dance the night away and have a great time (at least I didn’t fall at formal, right?).
My favorite part of formal is always spending time with my friends. Yes, I see most of them every day, but there’s something exciting about getting all dressed up and partying together. The fact that this was our last formal together just made it better. 

  

 

  

Xoxo,

– Hannah  

Hats & Jumpsuits

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I’ve never considered myself a hat person.  I actually really hate hats.  My grandma, a true southern belle, always bought me huge sunhats with big flowers on them that I would wear for exactly the amount of time it took her to take a picture, and then toss on the ground.

But last week I saw a girl in the West Village with shoulder-length brown hair wearing a cute little black sunhat, and I caught a glimpse of myself this summer strolling through a Parisian market and wearing a sunhat.  I decided to get a cheap one from Forever 21 just in case I really couldn’t pull it off.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that hats are okay.  I even wore a baseball cap to a Yankees game a few weeks ago and it was great.

The point of this is that I refused to wear hats, not because I didn’t like how they looked but because I thought I wasn’t a “hat person.”  I think a lot of the time we let the idea of how we should be, or what we want to be, or how we think we should act, overwhelm who we actually are.  This applies to every aspect of life, not just fashion, but I think it’s particularly evident in how we dress.  We say things like “I can’t pull that off,” or “it looks good on you but not on me.”  And it’s true that there are certain clothes that flatter some body times better than others.  You should always dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But don’t let something as silly as a trend dictate what you should wear.

Speaking of dressing comfortably, jumpsuits are clearly the best.  They’re ridiculously comfortable and every time I wear this one people compliment me and I can pretend like I put effort into getting dressed that day.  Read my classmate Brenna’s hilarious post on why we should all wear jumpsuits every day.

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Jumpsuit: I got it years ago and I don’t remember where, but H&M has a similar one here // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: Fossil

xoxo,

– Hannah

Flower Power

Today was my last class of my last spring semester and it feels so bittersweet.  I’m so excited to be moving on to new adventures, but New York has really become home to me and I’ll be sad to leave in two weeks!

But I am so thrilled about this warm weather, and I made a vow sometime in January when I was up to my knees in snow not to complain about summer no matter how hot it gets.  So even though I was a little too toasty in this outfit (I changed into jean shorts and sandals as soon as I got home from school) I’m just so glad it’s the season for t-shirts and floral print!

I’m also excited because I got my tote bag from Brooklyn Industries in the mail yesterday!  Ever since I found out I was going to Paris I’ve been on the hunt for a quality tote bag that wasn’t too expensive.  I like carrying little cross-body bags, so I just wanted a tote to travel and then use as a school bag for my final semester.  I was stuck between totes from Fossil and Madewell when I stumbled across this vegan leather bag and fell in love.  Great quality, cool brand, and about one third of what I was planning on spending.  It’s soft but sturdy, and coral on the inside.  Oh also on the inside there’s a whole extra bag.  Yeah.  It comes with a cross-body bag with a removable strap.

If you’ve done a lot of traveling, leave me a comment and let me know some advice you wish someone would’ve told you that makes traveling a lot easier, whether it’s a tip, something I need to pack, or a place I should visit!

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Shirt: Joe Fresh // Jeans: Levi // Shoes: Gap // Tote: Brooklyn Industries

xoxo,

– Hannah

Spring Style + Smorgasburg

My best friends will tell you that while I love fashion, my first love is food.  So needless to say, food festivals like Smorgasburg are my absolute favorite place to be on a Sunday morning.  Smorgasburg is a place that I recommend to both fellow New Yorkers and tourists, because it has something for everyone to enjoy: great food, a fun Brooklyn vibe, and a beautiful view of the lower Manhattan skyline.  There are dozens of vendors every weekend, so there’s also something for every taste, whether you’re paleo, vegan, or on an all-carb diet.

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Flowy, loose layers are great for spring, but mostly great for hiding the pudge you get after eating a ramen burger, spicy tuna poke, and a thai tea fudgesicle.  If you’ve been to Smorgasburg, let me know what food is your favorite!

 Top: American Eagle // Coat: Vintage // Shoes: Gap // Bag: Fossil // Necklace: Speakable // Sunglasses: Cole Haan

xoxo,

– Hannah

Spring Wardrobe Staples 

  

I don’t know about you, but 75° weather makes me want to throw all my winter leggings and sweaters in storage and buy all new flower print dresses. But if you live in New York or anywhere in the Northeast, you know this is all Mother Nature playing a mean trick and the next day will be 55°. This post is a gentle reminder to buy basic staple items that you can wear all year with various amounts of layers. 

This outfit is exactly the same as one I would wear in winter, except without leggings, boots, and a thick sweater. You could call that lazy, but I prefer to think of it in terms of how much limited studio apartment closet space I’m saving by having fewer clothes. 

   

Shirt: Joe Fresh // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Sam&Libby // Sunglasses: Cole Haan // Bag: Fossil 

– Hannah