2014: Top 12 Outfits


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? 12. 4th of July Flashback
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. 9. Bold Classics
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?8. Taken Away to the Dark Side
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.  7. New Territory
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.)6. Little Romance 
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. 5. Cookie Baking Party 
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 so I'm not surprised this outfit made it into the top 5 despite the minimal accessories. 3. Stripes + Fit and Flare
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. 2. Silver and Gold 
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. 1. Afternoon Bike Ride
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. 

Silver and Gold


Dress: Little Mistress via Asos, Heels: LOFT, Purse: Kate Spade (Gift from Mom), Headband: LOFT, Necklace: Tiffany and Co (Gift from Derek)

I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday surrounded by people that they love. Today's a bittersweet day as I'm going through Christmas pictures from last week. One week from today I'm headed to London, England for my last semester of college. I'm going to be gone for about 4 months and the thought of being away from my family and Derek for that long is eating away at me but at the same time I'm so excited to see Europe and to experience a new culture and place. 

Every year for Christmas my present to myself (ha) is a new dress to wear on Christmas day. This year I went with a metallic-striped skater Little Mistress dress from Asos. I love any opportunity to dress up but this year my favorite thing about Christmas was just relaxing with my loved ones after the crazy semester that I had at school. What was your favorite part about the holidays? 

One last thing, if you follow me on Instagram you will probably notice my updates with a few actual Polaroid camera pictures. Derek got me one for Christmas! I'm so in love with it, it's been so hard not to use all of the film at once. Also, the beautiful Kate Spade bag featured in my outfit pictures was a generous gift from my mom, she knows me so well. 

Tomorrow I'll be sharing my favorite outfits from the new year. It's almost 2015 everyone!

Bold Classics


Sweater: Kohls, Skirt: Express (Similar), Belt: Kate Spade, Boots: Just Fab, Tights: Old Navy (Last Years) Similar

Maybe I've been watching too many Audrey Hepburn movies since finals ended last week but I could live in a full skirt and turtleneck. I'm obsessed with this skirt I picked up from Express over the summer for the holidays. Adding a pop of red is an easy way to make an outfit a little more holiday-festive. 

It feels good to be back to blogging. The last month of the semester was a whirlwind of papers, finals and projects and I can finally breathe. I'm in York for two weeks before I head to London for my last semester of college. I have plenty of outfit posts ready and saved from this last semester that I'm excited to share. 

Can't wait to see everyone's festive posts and holiday outfits! 

Happy Holidays!

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5 Years


5 years. 5 years of change, growth and excitement. I am very thankful for the fact that I have recorded so much on this blog. I love looking at posts from high school and seeing how I would put things like, "I can't wait to move to the city", and now I finally did it. I also love seeing how my sense of style has changed and although style is an ever-changing thing, it's refreshing to see that I finally found a sense of what works for me. 

Here's a few snip its of the last year. Thanks for following me through all of this.  I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds. 

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