Trends Two Ways: Fishnets

Every year on Black Friday my goal is to get Christmas shopping done and not get caught up in buying things for myself. I did a decent job this year (I actually bought most Christmas gifts online) but I couldn’t resist a new pair of jeans from H&M. And then, on a whim, a pair of fishnet tights. 

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pair if fishnet socks for some time, but I don’t have the right pair of shoes to wear them with. So then I would have to buy new shoes to go with them. And probably some cropped pants to show off the socks. And by that time it’s a downward spiral like that children’s book, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” 

But fishnet tights reminded me a bit too much of the Hot Topic years. They seemed like more of a committment than just the socks. I was a bit intimidated. And I received a lot of questions from frienda and family, because I wore the tights in Pennsylvania over the holiday and not NY, where I could wear a paper mache bird on my head and no one would bat an eye. Are fishnet tights trendy again? Can they be worn on nice occasions or are they still “grungy” and “edgy”?  And, my favorite, “Oh, were you out fishing before you came to this party?” 

So I wore the fishnets with two very different outfits, not with the intention of writing a blog post about it but because I’m obsessed with them. 

Outfit 1: This outfit is one of my all-time favorites. It’s all a little bit baggy, maybe edgy, and very comfortable. I really like the look of patterned tights under ripped jeans, and what seems like an intentional fashion statement doubles as a trick to keep your legs warm. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’ve probably picked up that I am all about comfort, or functionality if you will, so I love everything about this outfit. My best friend complimented it but also made fun of it, so the jury is still out on how cool it actually looks. 

Top: Zara / Jeans: H&M / Fishnet tights: H&M / Boots: Nasty Gal / Bag: Fossil

Outfit 2: Same boots and tights, paired with a velvet skirt, black sweater, and my mom’s jacket for a mom of color (but actually because I couldn’t find my own black jacket). This outfit is more festive and less edgy, and I was surprised by how much I liked the tights even when there were no pants covering them. 

It’s safe to say I’m sold on this trend. What do you think about fishnet tights and socks making a come-back? Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know! 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Life update and outfit post

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m writing on my phone (RIP laptop charger). I have some exciting news: I’m moving back to New York! 

It’s been in the works for some time now, but I hate to mention things before they are finalized. I am always worried that by getting excited prematurely I’ll “jinx” myself. But everything is falling into place and I’ll be moving into my tiny new apartment this weekend in beautiful Brooklyn. 

I know several people are unaware that I ever left the city (even though I wrote a post about it back in December, ahem) so this news might be a bit anticlimactic for some of you! But I’m very excited and wanted to let you know. 

So onto the outfit: this is the result of trying to wear clothes I haven’t worn lately to see if they’ll make it into my capsule wardrobe and/or survive the paring that happens naturally when moving. I absolutely love this velvet crop top for cooler weather. I like the pattern and I love wearing velvet in the fall and winter to add some texture to whatever I’m wearing, especially since it often happens to be all black. But I’m not sure if it’s versatile enough to wear with several different skirts, dresses, and pants, which is why I’ve been testing it out. 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you’re in the city and want to get coffee, please leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram! 

Sunglasses: Old Navy // Top, skirt, and choker: Forever 21 

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

Summer Blues

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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!

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xoxo,

– Hannah

Paris

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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.

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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