Wow. Can you tell I like off-the-shoulder tops? I realize this is my third outfit post in a row featuring an off-the-shoulder top and I’m thinking maybe I need to branch out…but at the same time, don’t mess with a good thing, right? I’m still working on a post about my Paris trip, but for now, here is my first outfit of the day back in New York–all black, big surprise. This top can also be pushed up and worn to cover your shoulders if you get chilly (and I did, because I wore this on a rainy day) and is on sale now for under $10, which is basically free. Shop this whole outfit by using the links below! 🙂
You know the thrill of pulling off something that’s been in your head for a long time? Like when you have a brilliant idea in the shower and you write it down later and don’t forget any of it and it still sounds like a great idea? That’s how I feel about this outfit. I bought all the pieces separately and had an idea in my head about how I would wear them together, and when I finally put the outfit on with the cherry on top–my roommate’s cool thrifted cateye sunglasses–I felt good.
I was also thrilled that I was able to incorporate a lot of trends into one outfit that actually ended up looking, in my opinion, pretty classic. Off the shoulder, dramatic sleeves, big tassel earrings, and wide leg pants/culottes are all very trendy, but I didn’t feel like I was wearing a costume, even though this outfit is a lot more *loud* than anything I would usually wear. I felt very confident even though the outfit drew a lot of attention, which is something I normally try to avoid.
And can we talk about these puffy sleeves for a second? I don’t think I’ve ever owned anything with poofy sleeves like this before, and they were so fun and reminded me of Anne in Anne of Green Gables and her obsession with puffed sleeves. Then I read this article about my favorite (okay, everyone’s favorite) adaption of Anne and got incredibly sentimental and grew even more attached to the puffed sleeves.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I got accepted to Reward Style/LIKEtoKNOW.it and several friends have asked me what that means. If you don’t know, Like to Know It is an app you can download and connect with your Instagram account. When you screenshot a picture on Instagram that is enabled (you’ll know by the link and hashtags in the caption) you can shop that outfit directly through the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. You can also shop this outfit specifically directly through this link. And full disclosure–if you buy anything I link through the app, I earn commission. 🙂 If you have any more questions, please ask away.
All winter I wear all black, and relish in how comfortable, warm, and effortlessly cool it is. I never have to worry about finding shoes to match my outfit, or about spilling my coffee and staining my outfit. But there is something about spring that makes me want to wear white and pastels. I’m currently putting together outfits for my trip to Paris in three weeks (!!!!) and this one is definitely coming with me.
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. 👏🏻
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?
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!
Bonjour mes amis! Many of you have been asking why I’m in Paris, for how long, and, most importantly, what I’ve been eating while I’m here. I thought I’d write a post and update everyone on how things are. Spoiler alert: they’re great.
I’m in Paris for a six week study abroad program with nine other students. I’m studying French Culture, Art, and Civilization, which means I’m spending most of my time at some of the best museums in the world. I’ve only been here two weeks and I’ve already been to Notre Dame, St Denis, Chartres, Sainte-Chapelle, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de Cluny, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and the Louvre (twice!). I’m exhausted, but loving every minute of it!
It’s a scary thing living 3,625 miles from home. I knew I’d be challenged to grow when I decided to take my very first flight abroad to live in a country I had never even visited. But I’m having a great time doing things that push me out of my comfort zone. I rode on a hot air balloon even though I’m terrified of heights. I tried escargot. I ordered a chocolate croissant in French even though I feel like I have a toddler’s vocabulary. It’s scary, but it feels great.
For anyone who has been to Paris, please leave a comment or send me an email with your favorite spots to visit and must-eat pastries. Merci in advance!
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