American Honey

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sweater: Old Navy, Skirt: Express, Shoes: Chelsea Crew (via Modcloth), Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Steve Madden

Currently Listening: American Honey- Lady Antebellum 

My favorite color combination might forever be red, white and navy. There's something about it that just screams americana. Throw in some anchor prints and a full skirt and the look becomes instantly classic. Perhaps I've just been re-watching too many episodes of Mad Men lately. I'm a sucker for anything that has a 1950's - 1960's edge to it so I'll always reach for the full, midi-length skirts. 

I wore this outfit on one of mine and Derek's first dates since I got back to America and it was perfect for a spring evening. The sweater kept me from getting too chilly and the skirt felt picnic-worthy. To pull together the look I just went with my classic gold watch, pearl earrings and rounded sunglasses. When I'm going out on dates with Derek I tend to stick with classics instead of going with trendier looks - which I never realized I did until recently. 

Do you have a go-to style for dates? What are your favorite classic pieces?

Travel Log: London Part 1

Friday, May 1, 2015

Honestly - I don't know where to start. I spent the last four months living in London as some of you may know. Those last four months have been the most hectic, insane, beautiful, wonderful, stressful, and breath-taking months I've ever lived. Those few months seem like a beautiful dream that's out of reach now or like one quick, blissful blur. I'm sorry I abandoned blogging during that time, I was just so busy taking in every moment. There would be times when I didn't pull my laptop out for up to three or four days at a time. I got the opportunity to live in South Kensington, directly across the street from Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park. We were nearly across the street from Kensington Palace but unfortunately there were no Royal sightings! Sigh.

While I was studying abroad in London I got the opportunity to travel to so many different countries including Belgium, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, France (twice!), Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. I'm so excited to share my stories and suggestions with you. First, I wanted to share a few things about London (trust me, there will be much more on London to share!)

Visit:  Holland Park - it's so vibrant thanks to the paintings and is beautifully landscaped. Also, you will see plenty of gorgeous peacocks casually walking around. If it's a sunny and dry day in London, packing a picnic isn't a bad idea. 

Spend an afternoon at: Portobello Road, Notting Hill. I did a good amount of shopping on Portobello Road. There's so many wonderful antique places, I can't even pick a favourite. Each has it's own atmosphere and charm so I advise spending a good amount of time here! The neighborhood that Portobello Road is on - Notting Hill - is also quite charming and picturesque thanks to the colored houses. Try Gail's if you're looking to grab a tea, coffee or pastry!

Take part in tradition: Go to an appropriate afternoon tea while you're in London! This was honestly one of my favorite memories. It was so much fun to get dressed up, sip tea and eat adorable cakes and sandwiches. Try to go to the Orangery at Kensington Palace so you'll really feel like royalty. 

Try to: Do something Sherlock Holmes-related! Because, how could you not? I don't even watch the show and I've never read the books or seen the movies (I definitely will now though!) but going to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Museum of London was so much fun. And the costume part of the exhibit was super cool.

Eat at: Homeslice! I know, suggesting to go eat pizza in the UK may sound odd but this was the best pizza I've ever had in my entire life (and I'm dating a pizza fanatic so I've had a lot of pizza). Located in Convent Garden, Homeslice makes huge 20 inch pizzas and I suggest getting half and half to try different flavors (We got half mushroom/goat cheese and half margarita). Between four of us the pizza above was gone within 10 minutes. It was that good.


Thanksgiving Flashback

Friday, January 2, 2015

Top: H&M, Skirt: Smak Parlour, Shoes: Tahari via DSW, Necklace: LOFT

I'm still having a hard time believing it's already 2015. Today my outfit post revolves around the outfit I wore all the way back on Thanksgiving and I'm not sure how I didn't get a chance to post these before now. I wore this outfit again recently, it's easy to switch around the pieces since they are all neutrals. I'm only bringing one suitcase with me to London for the 4 months I'm there and all of these pieces are making it in there with me thanks to their versatility. I'm still having a love affair with crop tops and high waisted skirts despite the cold temperatures but nothing a pair of nude tights and long sleeves can't fix. 

A few of my resolutions this year are to read more, write more, use my DSLR and learn the manual functions and to look for a "big girl job" after graduating later this year. I also want to focus on my health and fitness and try to commit to working out to become stronger and cut some sugar out of my diet (I have a major sweet tooth), what are some of your resolutions?

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2014: Top 12 Outfits

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's the end of a year! I honestly don't know how an entire year has flown by so quickly. Each year seems to be going faster than the last, which, admittedly, makes me even more nervous for the future than I already am. 2015 is going to be year of change and growth for me. It's going to be the year that I'll be living in England for 4 months, the year of graduating from college, (hopefully) the year of my first "big girl" job and the year that I'll be moving in with my high school sweetheart, Derek. So it's going to be a big one and despite the fear of finally "growing up" (whatever that really means), I'm so excited for new opportunities and change!

 I'll have more on a few of my resolutions Friday. For now, here's a look at a few of my favorite outfits from the last year. Let me know which ones were your favorite! Also, I'm curious to know, what were some of your favorite fashion risks, mistakes and changes? 

This outfit featured my favorite type of theme: a nautical one. These sailor shorts were on constant repeat all summer long and I love a classic boatneck silhouette. Plus the rope-patterned Keds were a comfy addition for a day at the lake. 

I was actually just cleaning out my closet yesterday thinking to myself about how I barely have any tops for summer days when I realized it's because I live in dresses all summer long. I bought this one at a boutique a couple of years ago while it was on sale and assumed it wouldn't be very versatile but, boy, was I wrong. The assortment of colors within the dress has made it super easy to pair different accessories with. 

10. 21
This sweet outfit was what I wore on my 21st birthday. My birthday is in May so the white and pastel colors felt super appropriate. Derek took me to Baltimore for a day of shopping, a visit to the aquarium and that evening he took me out for a fancy dinner (and my first legal glass of wine!) and it was perfect to transition outfit from day to night. My only regret is not adding a statement necklace to the outfit. 

I get super into themes. So wearing this in December on the day that Derek and I went to "Christmas Village" was almost too perfect. What else do you need for a German-themed Christmas shopping village than tights with gold polka dots, a gold belt and a big red skirt? 

There are two things about this outfit that will forever be my favorite. First, this hat. This hat will always be my favorite accessory to add to any outfit. Always. Second, dresses with pockets. These pockets are so small and I couldn't even really fit anything in them, but I don't care. I just love dresses with pockets and I really can't explain why. When it comes to personal style I tend to be a girly-girl most of the time so adding more "masculine" pieces like the big ankle boots, fedora and t-shirt style dress was a little out of my comfort zone but I'm happy I dipped my toe out. 

Something about a short hair cut makes me want to take more risks when it comes to fashion. After the hair cut I've been playing around with crop tops more than ever. (Thank Taylor Swift for the inspiration.)

I just love how vibrant this whole look it. I love skirts that are filled with color because it makes them versatile pieces. But my favorite thing about this particular skirt is how full it is. I love insanely "poofy" and/or romantic pieces. I also love outfits that tend to be unapologetically girly. 

I was playing hostess the day that I wore this. I was throwing a Christmas-themed cookie baking party for my friends and this outfit felt Christmas cheery without being overwhelming thanks to the sparkle gold heels and hints of red and green in my accessories. And yes, I am wearing fairly thick nude colored stockings so I wasn't too terribly cold (kind of).

4. Change
I got this outfit right before I cut my hair, after I had the appointment planned. I was so happy that I decided to wait and wear it until after the cut because it felt like the perfect outfit to wear to the appointment and to debut the new cut in. I'm having an obsession with matching sets at the moment (also thanks to T. Swift) so I'm not surprised this outfit made it into the top 5 despite the minimal accessories. 

I didn't go looking for this dress, it found me. Haha, but no really, I tried this on for fun and as soon as I put it on I knew I was taking it home with me. It was truly love at first sight and it's been so fun to change up the accessories with it. It's one of five dresses I'm taking with me to London for my 4-month stay. 

The outfit I shared yesterday! I love how classic this look ended up being. The striped fit and flare dress, the satin-y pointed toe feel, the black and white bag and red lips. Ah, I think I mentioned in a post a week or two ago that I've been watching too many Audrey Hepburn movies lately and I think it's starting to show through my personal style. 

I'm already a sucker for summer-wear so it wasn't much of a surprise that my "number 1" outfit of the year ended up being a summertime ensemble. Plus I have an obsession with bikes so this skirt was already a shoe-in for the win. And on top of that-red, navy and white is one of my personal favorite color combinations to wear. 

Let me know-which was your favorite from the year? 

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