Breaking the Rules 

Pants: Aeropostale // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Fossil // Bandana: PacSun 

When I was growing up, I remember there being a lot of rules about what you could and couldn’t wear. No white shoes or pants after Labor Day. Black and brown don’t mix. No socks with sandals. While these aren’t necessarily bad things (Why are you wearing sandals if your feet are cold enough for socks? Why?) I’m glad that the fashion world is evolving and there aren’t so many rules any more. I think that’s due, in part, to bloggers making fashion accessible to everyone. Vogue recently criticized bloggers during Fashion Week, proving that there is still some push-back from the fashion industry, but for years now bloggers and Instagram influencers have been making waves in democritizing fashion and breaking the rules. I’m glad they have paved the way and helped those of us who followed in their footsteps feel fine about mixing black and navy. And hey, sometimes you just want to wear your white pants after Labor Day. 

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Will minimalism make me happy?

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I’ve been considering starting a capsule wardrobe for some time, and I thought I’d write about it to get advice from other capsule wardrobe bloggers and minimalists.

Before I begin this post, I’d love for you to read this article from The Toast (R.I.P.) about “How To Get Rid Of Clutter And Live Abundantly.”  If you read it, I hope you laughed as hard as I did.  If you didn’t, I’m going to share one of my favorite excerpts to get my point across:

“Have you ever owned anything? This is why you cannot forgive any of your former lovers. Things like ‘having chairs’ is preventing you from living your best life, and also you should throw away any item of clothing you’re not currently wearing. If it’s not on your skin, you don’t really love it, do you?”

This article speaks to me so much because it’s over-the-top but really not too far off from what a lot of minimalist, capsule-wardrobe-wearing, yoga-instructor hippies will tell you when you ask them why they are positively glowing with genuine happiness all the time (it’s really just an Instagram filter).  “You have too much stuff!  It’s weighing you down!  Get rid of everything you don’t need and surround yourself with the ocean and only people that you love and stop drinking coffee because caffeine is a drug!  Drink tea!  Then you’ll be really, truly happy.”

And I get it.  I really do.  When I’m stressed out, I can feel all of the clutter in my room looming over me, taunting me, so that I can’t do anything until it’s all cleaned and organized.  But that’s just an excuse, right? A slightly positive form of procrastination.  Someone who has an immaculate home down to their color-coded sock drawer, please tell me if you have reached maximum productivity.

I think there is danger in looking for happiness in material possessions—or lack of them—and that getting rid of my things is not going to magically cure the discontent in my life.  Getting organized does not solve the underlying issues that keep us from happiness.  I also think “minimalism” has evolved into something of an aesthetic movement, rather than a lifestyle.  Everything on your desk looks pretty for Instagram because you just swiped everything into the junk drawer, right?

But, as someone who has very little space and too many clothes, I am looking forward to embracing mindfulness when it comes to shopping and blogging.  When I was younger, I took a “more is more” approach to clothing and surrounded myself with trendy fast fashion so I could always try a new look and be a new person every day.  Now that I am starting to understand what style of clothing I like, feel confident in, and flatters my body, I feel that at least half of my clothes don’t “work” for me.  I wear them because I have had good times in them (“I can’t get rid of the skirt we wore on our first date!”) or because I think they might look good in the future (“when I lose ten pounds and have bulging biceps but still want to look feminine”).  It’s not doing me any good to lug these clothes around through countless moves where they are actually, literally, weighing me down.  I also feel bad about the waste that goes on in the fast fashion industry and would much rather buy fewer items of higher quality made by women and men that I would love to support.

So I am selling some clothing on Poshmark, putting out of season clothes and special occasion dresses in storage, and paring down my day-to-day wardrobe to include the essentials.  I’ll write a follow-up post on what my idea of a capsule wardrobe actually looks like when I am further along in the process, but for now I’d love your advice if you have a capsule wardrobe!

Xoxo

– Hannah

Tropical

This little halter top dress is one of my new favorites. It’s so light and comfortable and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation even though I’m landlocked in central Pennsylvania. It’s pretty casual, but I dressed it up with my new favorite heels. I don’t wear high heels often (self preservation—I got my heel caught in a grate in NYC one too many times) so I had to buy a new pair for my graduation ceremony in May. I walked all over the city in these and they didn’t give me blisters or hurt my feet at all, even though I hadn’t broken them in. A+ would recommend. 👏🏻



Dress: Forever 21 (the exact style is sold out online but I linked a similar style and print) // Shoes: DSW (also available in nude and honestly you probably need both!)

xoxo,

-Hannah

April Showers

After a two-week tease of weather in the 70’s and 80’s we’re now back to chilly winter weather in the Northeast, and I am writing this to you from the comfort of my bed and not outside in the 43° rain.

As ready as I am for warm weather, I realized I’m also completely unprepared.  I don’t mean my “beach body” isn’t ready or I’m too pale, although those are both true.  I just don’t really own many spring outfits.  I have a ton of bulky winter sweaters and flowy summer sundresses, but very few transition items for spring.  So I’m taking this time to shop for spring and slowly begin to transition my summer clothes out of storage.

Anyway, this week was cold, and this is what I wore.  My family came to pick me up at my apartment for Sunday lunch and they brought Molly, our family pup.  Molly has plenty of her own sweaters but she hates them, so I had to share my jacket with her so she didn’t freeze.

Sweatshirt: Forever 21 // Coat: Laundry // Flats: ASOS // Bag: Fossil

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Classic Combinations

  
Recently a fashion marketing company I’m working with emailed me and asked me to list some words that describe my style. It’s a simple question, but I wasn’t sure how to answer. That’s almost as bad as a new acquaintance asking “so tell me about yourself,” and forcing you to sum up your entire image in a few sentences. How do I want to present myself? I’m sophisticated sometimes but usually my priority is to be comfortable. I like trendy, new fashion but also vintage styles. How do I want to define myself, my blog, and my brand?

I sent a few of my closest friends a text and asked them to describe my style, and there was a lot of overlap in the words they used, which was reassuring. One word that stood out to me was “classic.” 

When I was younger I liked to take fashion risks and wear purple eyeshadow. It was a crucial part of discovering what “worked” for me and what didn’t. I started to understand what clothes and colors flattered my body, made me feel comfortable, and reflected how I felt. And now that I’ve experimented, I stick to what works. One of my favorite classic combinations is denim and black, whether it’s black jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. What is your favorite classic combination to wear? 

 
Dress: Old Navy / Jacket: H&M / Shoes: ASOS / Bag: Fossil / Necklace: Speakable 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Neutral

I’ve never been one to dress in bright, neon colors or wear a lot of wild patterns. But living in New York for several years only increased my natural affinity for wearing all black.

Lately I’ve been branching out and wearing neutrals with rose gold, which flatters my pale complexion and stops people from making Wednesday Addams jokes (by “people,” I mean my dad).

Also, that cute little blondie in the picture below is my sister, Naomi, and my personal photographer the past few weeks. I hope you all have been lucky enough to start 2016 with the people you love.



Sweater: American Eagle / Skirt: Uniqlo / Shoes: ASOS / Coat: Laundry / Bag: Fossil / Ring: Bing Bang NYC

Xoxo,

– Hannah

You Fit Me Better Than My Favorite Sweater

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I have three final papers I should be writing now, but I’m taking a quick break to present you with something more important—my new favorite sweater.  Yes, these papers will determine whether or not I graduate and never have to take another class again after this Monday, but just look at the little clouds on this sweater.

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Instagram, you know I really love clouds, and you may have heard me complain that most cloud print clothes are made for babies.  So when I saw this cloud print sweater from Press Fashions, I got really excited.  I ordered it immediately and tracked the package obsessively online.

When I put this outfit together, I prepared myself for all the compliments I’d get on the sweater, but everyone was really crazy for the boots.  I bought them a few years ago (I think at Marshall’s) and they’re still in pretty good shape considering they were like $30.   But hey, eyes up here on the sweater!

To anyone else suffering through finals and procrastinating on papers, I wish you the best of luck!  Get lots of sleep, take a warm bath, stay hydrated, and remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  Happy studying!

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Dress: Aeropostale // Sweater: Press Fashions // Boots: Restricted

xoxo,

– Hannah