My dad’s side of the family has a tradition where we all get together, usually the week before Christmas, and have a nice meal together and open presents from our grandparents. Many of my cousins are now in college and we’re spread out over the country, and I love that most of us are still able to gather together once a year.
This Christmas party is more on the casual side–cozy sweaters, jeans, t-shirt dresses–and most holiday blog posts I’ve seen are geared toward very dressy events. I thought I would share my laid-back, casual Christmas outfit if you are looking for a way to wear Christmas colors without looking like a Christmas tree. This olive green is more muted than the bright green usually associated with this time of year, and this dress is so comfortable and inexpensive!
Dress: H&M // Tights: Uniqlo // Shoes: Nasty Gal // Bag: Fossil
I am so sick of this dreary, cloudy, snowy, rainy, icy weather. I’ve been hiding out in my apartment eating pizza and watching Pretty Little Liars, but this weekend I braved the slush to go run some errands.
Suggestion for keeping warm when it’s below freezing where you live: go to the Bahamas. Pack only swim suits. So warm.
Slightly more serious suggestion: wear several thin layers under your clothes. I recommend Uniqlo heat tech shirts, which are thin but still very warm. I also wear tights under my jeans when it’s extra cold and windy.
Sweater: Cotton On // Jeans: Aeropostale // Shoes: Old Navy // Coat: Forever 21
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
Happy October! Everyone bust out your pumpkin spice lattes, Anne of Green Gables quotes, and red lipstick!
Really though, October is a great month, and I’m enjoying the cool, crisp weather (and I’m enjoying saying the word “crisp” to describe everything) and dressing in so many snuggly layers. I like to dress in all black so when I go home to visit my family everyone is tricked into thinking I lost weight in Paris and I’m now très chic, when really I’ve been eating an entire bag of caramel apple lollipops for breakfast every morning this month.
Shirt: UNIQLO // Pants: Gap // Cape: Forever 21 // Shoes: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Nars
This week I went on a day trip to Giverny, a commune outside of Vernon that is a short train ride from Paris. It’s best known for being the location of Monet’s home and his famous water lily pond and gardens. If you know me at all, you’d know that I love Monet and especially his water lily paintings, so this was a place that has been on my bucket list for quite some time.
My friends and I took the train to Vernon and then planned to bike to Giverny, which is a 30-minute bike ride through the countryside. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was probably ten years old, but they say you never forget how to ride a bike, right?
I didn’t exactly forget how to ride a bike, but I’m comically bad at it. My main problem is that I don’t have great balance, and on top of that every bike I tried had a problem with it, which I didn’t realize because I haven’t been on a bike in ten years. The brakes didn’t work, the gears wouldn’t shift, my feet didn’t touch the ground so if I stopped I fell over – I think you get the idea. Luckily, I had great friends who traded bikes with me, pedaled slowly along with me, and didn’t laugh (too much) when I fell into the bushes (twice).
But the ride was absolutely beautiful, Monet’s gardens were charming, and the water lily ponds were literally picturesque. If you plan on traveling to France, I definitely recommend taking a trip to Giverny!
Top: Brandy Melville // Skirt: UNIQLO // Shoes: Victoria // Bag: Brooklyn Industries
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!
To see more pictures from my trip, follow my instagram here.
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. 😉
Shirt: Brooklyn Industries // Pants: UNIQLO // Shoes: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Cole Haan