Power Couples

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There’s just something about winter that makes people want to announce that they’ve found themselves in a perfect match. Maybe it’s the dawn of a new year, maybe it’s because people get bored when they have time off, maybe it’s because they’re tired of people thinking that asking about their future direction in life is an appropriate smalltalk topic- who knows, really (definitely not me). All I know is that new and surprising couples are popping up all over the place, and I’m all about it. Here are a few new relationships that have caught my attention:

1. Lilly Pulitzer for Target:

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This is like that time your friend that knows literally everyone on campus dated that guy that also knows literally everyone and they became The Favorite Couple in all circles. Both Lilly Pulitzer and Target are powerhouses in their own right, so put them together and people (read: college girls across America) are LOSING THEIR MINDS. The combination of country club chic with Target’s “Expect More. Pay Less” mantra seems a little counter-intuitive at first: how is this high-end brand with a very specific target audience going to fly at a major discount retailer? But it’s like the first time you dip your french fries in your milkshake- you’re a little skeptical, but crap, that’s good and you’re not really sure why. I’ve never super loved any of Target’s designer collaborations- the products always appear to be noticeably different than the original designs. Which could very well happen again with this Lilly Pulitzer partnership- but I’m holding out hope. Also, whoever negotiated this deal is my hero, and I hope you get a bonus or extra vacation time or something, because you’ve done a great job.

2. Kate Spade Saturday + West Elm

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This is the couple that was set up through a mutual friend because they’re both “so chill”, and the girl is real cute, but also a little quirky and awkward so she has a hard time talking to boys, but somehow it worked this time. Kate Spade Saturday is one of my favorite brands because of their bright-colored patterns and unique pieces, and West Elm offers a wide variety of modern, quality pieces for the home, with a commitment to Fair Trade and socially-conscious business practices. Together, they bring us a fun collection of sleek and chic decor that would be perfect for your first apartment.  I like how both brands are clearly apparent in each piece- classic West Elm shapes with eye-catching Saturday prints. A few of my favorites? The Anders Chair, this wool rug, and this geometric garment rack.

3. Kate Spade Saturday + New Balance

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This is like when your best friend starts dating someone and you just know they’re going to get married because it’s simply a perfect match. I saw this while scrolling through Instagram the other day, and basically lost my mind. Mostly because I just bought new tennis shoes to wear to class, or I totally would pre-order some ASAP. Kate Spade Saturday is really putting herself out there this year! The shoes have classic New Balance sneaker shape, with fun Saturday style. I love this couple because it gives you both a colorful, trendy look without sacrificing comfort and support that we’re all looking for in a sneaker. My favorite pair is definitely the Freestyle– how cute would these be strolling to class or in the gym? Okay, I’ll probably have a pair in the next couple of months.

What’s your favorite collaboration for Spring 2015? Let me know!

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Faux Real

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This post means that I indeed survived my dentist appointment yesterday- I know you were all concerned. It actually wasn’t that bad, except for some reason they gave me an excess of novocaine shots. He started with three, and then added more throughout the procedure, and I lost count. They made the entire left side of my face numb for hours, which was really interesting while I tried to drink a smoothie on the way home. I kept trying to smile and I felt like Fiona from A Cinderella Story after she gets Botox and “can’t show emotion for another hour and a half”. Fun times.

Unfortunately, I have no sassy comments on last night’s Bachelor episode, because I didn’t watch it. But I’m praying it will be on on-demand soon, because the first few weeks are crucial to learning the girls’ names and deciding who I kind of like and who needs to go home and learn how to be a normal person before ever socializing with men again. According to my Twitter timeline, Chris makes questionable choices, which always makes for fun and interactive television, so I can’t wait.

Sweater: JCPenney(only $14.99!), Vest: Francesca's, Necklace: Marley Lillyc/o, Purse: Kate Spade, similar, Booties: Gianni Bini

Sweater: JCPenney(only $14.99!), Vest: Francesca’s, Necklace: Marley Lillyc/o, Purse: Kate Spade, similar, Booties: Gianni Bini

This outfit combines all of my latest favorite things- the sweater, the vest, and the booties. This sweater is sooo comfy and I have been trying to limit myself from wearing it every day. It’s not really working. I threw on the fur because it was freezing outside and I didn’t want to wear a coat, and I thought it dressed up the ensemble a bit. Also, this was the first time I wore my new booties, which I have since become obsessed with. My brown riding boots are currently being re-soled because I wreaked havoc on them walking across the pebbled concrete on campus for 2.5 years, so I’ve been substituting these booties when I would usually wear my riding boots. I like that they have a different look from my riding boots- definitely a good addition to my shoe closet! I added a statement necklace for some interest, and toted my trusty Kate Spade bag for a necessary addition of leopard print. I wore this to church, but it would also be great for date night or dinner with friends!

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Linking up with Lauren from Style Elixir today!

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Wish List

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It’s getting to that point of Christmas break where I am Over. It. and beyond ready to have something productive to do with my time. Know what I did yesterday? I ate candy and sat at my desk trying to write a blog post for five plus hours, straightened my hair, went to the gym, and then teared up at multiple articles titled “Things you MUST do your last semester of college”.

Help.

Amidst all of those wonderful activities, I came across a few items I’ll definitely be needing in my closet in the near future, so I decided to share them with you. Think of this as a list of things I’ll be rewarding myself with throughout the semester for various achievements such as good grades or not skipping class for an entire week (hey- senior year is hard).

1. Barrington Monogram Stripe St. Anne Tote

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Okay, hi, I will be buying this as soon as I get paid, not even a joke. You know I’m obsessed with Barrington totes, and the other day I stumbled upon their new Monogram Stripe Collection and I just about died. The second I have the option to put my name or initials on something, I instantly need it. This bag reminds me a lot of the monogrammed Louis Vuitton bags, but this one is a much more cost-efficient option. As usual, I love the size, color, and durability of this tote, and it’s #1 on my Prioritized Purchase List.

2. I Can’t Even tank

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I love a good graphic tee, so when I came across this tank on Thug Life Shirts, I got really excited. I was thinking that I could wear it to the gym, but then I was worried if people would stare, but then I remembered that I often wear my tank that says “YOLO” and has a picture of Drake as the RL Polo man to the gym, so I could definitely pull this off. Buying it.

3. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Loafers

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I had such inner turmoil about these loafers when I was trying to decide how to spend my Christmas money. My sister has a very similar pair, and she wears them with everything, and we like to be twins so I really wanted a pair for myself. However, I was also dying for short brown booties, but I could only afford one pair. I couldn’t decide which one was the better investment, so I decided to buy whichever ones I found first that were the right size and the right price. The booties won (and I love them), but I still have my heart set on these. One day, my friends. One day.

4. JCrew Factory Pleated Mini

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Since I will no longer be going to school and work on the same day, I’m feeling compelled to not wear jeans to work every day. This skirt from JCrew Factory would be perfect with tights and boots and a sweater for winter, and would also pair well with a chambray and flats in the spring! I love the camel color- it’s a new favorite neutral!

5. Meme Alphabet Bracelet from BaubleBar

baublebarbraceletYou may remember this little gem from a previous post, and I’m still obsessed. Once I decide which one I want, this BaubleBar bracelet will probably become an impulse purchase on a Friday night when I’m tired of homework and have nothing better to do with my time.

What’s on your wish list right now? Let me know!

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Monday’s Musings + Cyber Monday at Marley Lilly

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I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! Mine would have been a little better had the Aggies beat LSU, but it was a great time to rest and be with my family! But now I’m back at school with the end in sight! I have a super busy week ahead with a test and final paper due, but I also have my sorority’s semi-formal on Friday, so that will be a great way to end a crazy week!

As we all know, I love clothes and I love to get dressed. Recently, I’ve found myself taking more and more risks with my ensembles, partly because I have more opportunities to wear real clothes, but also because I’m older and don’t really care what others think about what I’m wearing. If I like it, I’m going to wear it. I came across this quote on Pinterest, and it really just sums up my take on style at the moment.

dress like you're famous

I saw this and I instantly thought, “YES, obviously, this is how I want to live my life”. And then I wore fur to a football game and hot pink lipstick to school.

One way I like to dress like I’m “already  famous” is with fabulous accessories. I’ve been searching high and low for a neutral, crystal statement necklace to add to my single-girl closet, and I was pleasantly surprised to receive this gorgeous piece from Marley Lilly in the mail last week!

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Necklace c/o Marley Lilly

The best part? Marley Lilly is running a Cyber Monday special where you will receive this statement necklace for free with any $50 purchase- no coupon code required. So head over to Marley Lilly, stock up on monograms for Christmas presents (and yourself, duh), and score this piece to help you dress like you’re already famous. Sounds like a great Monday, doesn’t it?

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In My Closet- Black Jeans

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I hope everyone is having a great week so far! It’s Thursday…almost there!

Today I’m doing an “In My Closet” post, which is a post in which I share an article of clothing that I personally own that I feel is a staple in the wardrobe of a fashion-forward young woman. Today, I chose black jeans, because I recently bought a pair and I’m mildly obsessed.

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I bought these Rockstar Super Skinny jeans from Old Navy a few weeks ago on an impulse, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. For a long time I said I would never wear black jeans, because whenever I thought “black jeans”, I thought of high-waisted, slightly faded 90’s black jeans, and it just really freaked me out. However, since I’ve noticed my style taking a slightly edgier turn, and since I wear jeans to work nearly every day, I decided that maybe it was time for black jeans to claim a spot in my closet. Much to my surprise, they have become my new best friends. If I could wear them everyday, I totally would. They instantly dress up a casual outfit for work, dinner, going out, or going to church. I like to pair them with a silk top or my trusty chambray and flats for a comfortable work look, a fancy top and bold jewelry for dinner or church, or a graphic tee and booties for going out. They’re so versatile and truly a necessary addition to your single-girl closet.

What’s your favorite way to wear black jeans? Let me know!

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Julep’s Transition to Fall

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Happy Tuesday! I am so happy to have the day off of work- even if it is to study for my tests this week. But I plan to stay in my pajamas until I have to go to class (and maybe even when I go to class…jokes, I’ll put on yoga pants) and enjoy some rare time at home.

I was recently contacted  by Julep to create a fall transition outfit inspired by their new fall shades, and was so excited to participate! If there’s two things I love, it’s color-coordination and nail polish. The color that immediately caught my eye was Claudette, a rich, oxblood color. I thought it would pair perfectly with my maroon pants and a neutral sweater to ease into fall! I added riding boots because I spend March-October staring longingly at mine that are tucked away on the top shelf of my closet, and I’m always dying to wear them!  Also, after I finished putting this look together, I came across Roc Solid, a creamy forest green that would look great with these pants!

Julep Fall Transition

 

If you’re looking for some new nail polish this fall (and let’s be honest, we are always looking for new nail polish), head over to Julep for some haute hues that are sure to bring some fun to your fingers!
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Trends I’m Loving- Home State Shapes

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It’s Tuesday, and even though I’m not sure what I’m going watch tonight now that RHONY is done, it’s going to be a great day. I should be getting my package from the Kate Spade surprise sale today, and I’m beyond excited- yay!

One of my favorite trends lately is jewelry and clothing featuring the shape of your home state. I love Texas, being from Texas, and being a Texas Aggie, and I love that there are new ways for me to share that with everyone!

Here are a few of my favorite Lone Star State pieces:

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My all-time-favorite Texas bauble is definitely a gold necklace with a heart, like this one from Etsy. I would put the heart over Aggieland, because it’s home, and I’ve had some of the best times here.

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Next, I’m loving this monogrammed Texas tank from Marley Lilly (minus the burnt orange. #bye). This would be so cute for a lake or pool day, or to wear to class or the gym in the August heat.

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I also love these Texas studs from Charming Charlie. They would be a great addition to a gameday outfit, or any casual ensemble.

What’s your favorite way to wear your home state? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Monday’s Musings

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Monday, Monday, Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I did literally absolutely nothing besides lay on my couch and watch movies, and it was fantastic. I’ve had somewhere to go or someone coming to visit nearly every weekend this summer, so it was so nice to just chill at home for a few days.

This week, I chose a fun quote that I’ve been loving lately.

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I’ve always loved clothes and getting dressed up for any occasion- when I was in elementary school and junior high, I would plan my outfits for the first week or so of school about three weeks in advance. I still do that for work, but it’s usually on Sunday nights and now revolves around my laundry situation more than anything else. That being said, getting dressed is one of my favorite things to do. As a matter of fact, I recently shared this gem with my roommate: “He asked me what kind of music I listen to. I hate that question, ask me about something I actually want to talk about…ask me about my clothes, I could talk about that all day.” (Also file under: why I’m 22 and single).

But I digress.

I love seeing how an idea comes together in real life. I believe that style is a great form of self-expression, and it’s definitely one of my favorite ways to be creative. As I get older and understand how I want to come across to others (and have more money to invest in my closet), I’m beginning to understand exactly what my style is, and the best way to incorporate it into my existing wardrobe and lifestyle. For me, dressing up has always been a favorite pastime, and has gotten more fun as I’ve grown up. After all, now I get to wear my creations out in public!

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#ShortGirlProblems

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I hope everyone is having a good week- halfway through!

Okay, so I’ve been meaning to post this for nearly forever. It’s sad. But I wanted to wait until I’d bought a few things on my shopping list that I thought would pair well with this skirt, and then I wanted to take the pictures on my balcony at home, and then I completely forgot about it until five minutes before I left this weekend, so I frantically threw on the outfit and had my mom snap a couple of pictures. I look a little disheveled, and I’m also not wearing much makeup, so there’s that. But I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer, so here it is!

I was recently contacted by Jane from eShakti to do a product review. I hadn’t heard of eShakti, so I did my research and was so pleased at what I discovered! Not only are their clothes adorable, but they offer customization of size and style on every garment. They have this awesome chart with every size from a 0-36, and (my personal favorite) you can enter your height and specify what length you want your skirt/dress. This is revolutionary for short girls like myself! I’ve always wanted to try a mid-length skirt like the one eShakti sent me, but I could never find one that hit in the right place- they all made me look super stubbs. But when I tried on this skirt, I loved the length, not to mention the bright coral color!

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Unfortunately, this skirt is no longer on the website, but I love this one and this one. I paired it with my trusty Swiss dot tank from Old Navy (similar), my Kendra Scott Alexandra earrings in chalcedony, and my black wedges from Target for a cute, casual look that’s perfect for lunch with friends! This would also be adorable with a graphic tee and white sneakers for a more trendy look. I’ll definitely be working this skirt into my work and everyday wardrobe!

If you’re like me and have #shortgirlproblems with skirts and dresses, head over to eShakti for a custom fit!

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Trends I’m Loving- Graphic Tees

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Sorry about not posting yesterday- I had an extra-long weekend at home to celebrate my birthday, so I decided to take a break from the blog, too. But I’m back, I’m 22, and I’m readyyyy to parrrrrtyyyy! Or blog. It was an excellent birthday weekend with my friends and family, and I’m a little sad to be heading back to work today- but that’s what growing up is about!

Lately, I’ve been loving graphic tees. I went through a phase in junior high and early high school(LOL) where I loved graphic tees, but then I hated them for a while. However, they’re back, armed with sassy quips, and I need one. Here are a few of my faves:
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I was so pleased to come across this tee at Old Navy this weekend. I almost bought it, but my mom was with me and she asked the question that kills all impulse purchases: “Are you really going to wear that?” and so I saved it for another day. Probably next week. This would be cute with dark skinny jeans and leopard flats for running around town.

jcrew tee

 

 

Next is this linen tee from JCrew that says “Tout Va Bien” (which means ‘everything is fine’ for those of you who don’t speak French, myself included). I like the stripes as well as the words, it adds some interest to a fairly simple style. This would pair well with black leggings and a topknot for those days when everything is not fine and you’re running late because you were playing Kim Kardashian Hollywood in your bed until 15 minutes before you need to leave the house.

kate spade tee

 

Last is this Two to Tango tee from Kate Spade. I love that saying, and I like the pop of color and sparkle- classic Kate. This would be adorable with a black or navy party skirt and booties for a fun party.

What do you think about graphic tees? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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