December 6, 2016

Christmas Wishlist

December 6, 2016
I've made my list and I've checked it twice and these are some of the things I have my eye on for Christmas! I'm notoriously hard to shop for so my parents just ask for what I want and I typically pick out one or two items I wouldn't normal buy myself as my gift. The only problem is that my list this year is quite practical and I don't know what exactly to ask for!

The only waterproof jacket I own is my full out winter jacket, so this red waterproof pullover would be perfect for rainy day adventures. I'm also in need of a good bag to carry around during the day that  is not my backpack. I've been using my Everlane tote for awhile, and although I love it, I would love to add another bag to my collection that has a zipper for maximum security and that looks more polished than my twill tote. This purse matches my ankle boots which is just another reason why I need this bag in my life ASAP. 

I'm the type of person who falls asleep in whatever is convenient, but this PJ (top, shorts) set is just too cute to handle. Everlane just released their own PJ line and now I think I might have to get this tunic as a gift to myself. 

I've heard that packing cubes are all the rage, and as someone who actually enjoys packing and always need to have my stuff organized, this is a necessity for me. Another necessity is a good pair of shoes to walk in day to day. While my beloved converse will always be a classic, the Adidas Sambas are a bit more stylish and put together. 

And finally to round out my wishlist is the Away Carry-On and the Everlane Weekender. I'm planning on doing a bit of traveling next year and would love a carry on bag that is functional and stylish. I'm really drawn to the Away bag because it's a suitcase, my preferred type of carry on, and they put so much time and thought into crafting the ideal carry on. On the other hand, the Everlane Weekender is much easier to store (a big plus for this New Yorker) and matches my backpack for ultimate travel style. The Everlane is about half the price of the Away bag which is an added perk, but I keep going back and forth on which one I like better. 

So there's my Christmas list! What do you have your eye on this holiday season?

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November 29, 2016

Budgeting Bloggers | November Purchases

November 29, 2016

What a month. Let's acknowledge the elephant in the room first because I spent SO MUCH MONEY. I was pretty liberal with my debit card this month, mainly because I spent a solid few weeks feeling exhausted, upset with myself, and calling various people crying when shit hit the fan, but damn. I'm imposing a no-shopping December to give my bank account a chance to recoup, but while I try to not spend more let's talk about all the things I did buy. Yay American consumerism!!!

The only thing that I think was a necessary purchase was the J.Crew Boy Shirt in white. My white button up somehow disappeared from my closet sometime last semester and I knew it wouldn't be long until I had to get a replacement for it. I came across a J.Crew and Madewell sample sale and picked up this shirt as well as a striped top from Madewell (that I'm currently wearing, it's super cute!). 

I stopped by at Old Navy to see if I could find some good winter basics, primarily a hat, and came away with this cold shoulder top instead. I love that it's not strapless so I don't have to worry about it falling down and I can already imagine myself wearing this to various holiday events! Following with this trend I found a off the shoulder dress from Zara that I couldn't pass up. I can already tell how fun this will be to wear in the Spring and Summer, and it also has pockets which makes it a win in my book. 

I'm having a hard time deciding if the bell sleeve sweater or the patent flats from Zara is my favorite purchase of the month. I'm literally obsessed with both. I love the sweater because it's super cozy and the sleeves are unique without being too out there. It's a great dressier sweater and needs very little accessorizing to make an outfit. The flats on the other hand have been something I've been looking for for about two years! I've been looking for the right pair of patent loafers, especially because I don't have any flats that I can wear day-to-day and for nicer occasions. These fit a bit snug, I'm typically an 8 but went down to a 7.5 because the 8's looked weird when I walked, but I'm crossing my fingers that they stretch slightly because they're just so darn perfect. 

Last would be the Adidas hoodie I bought for lazy days and to layer under other jackets, and a sweet vintage Levi's denim jacket that I thrifted when I was out on Long Island for Thanksgiving. The jacket is actually for kids so the sleeves are a bit cropped, but I think the overall look works and the quality of the denim is far better than most jackets you'd find today. 

Whew! This was quite a rambling post today! Can you tell that I haven't written in awhile?

November 23, 2016

All Layered Up

November 23, 2016
Cardigan: Gap (similar) // Sweater: J.Crew (similar)  // JeansTopshop // Boots: L.L Bean // ScarfMadewell

November 21, 2016

November 1, 2016

Budgeting Bloggers | October Purchases

November 1, 2016
Madewell is slowly taking over my closet and I don't mind it one bit. There's a Madewell literally down the street and I had a gift card so I decided to pick up some things I've had my eye on. The second I tried on this shirt, I knew I had to have it. It combines three of my favorite things: peplum, stripes, and button downs into one and is super versatile for my life. I could easily see myself wearing this with a blazer and pants for a presentation or conference, or with a pair of cutoff shorts during the summers. Also because it doesn't have a collar I feel like I could get away with wearing it like a cardigan over a tank top and still look put together. They also make this style shirt in buffalo check, white, and blue and trust me when I say that I need them all. 

I also picked up another bandana to add to my collection because I am obsessed. I love that there's different ways I can wear it, that it adds a little bit of interest to a simple outfit, and that it's this beautiful cabernet color which is very fall appropriate. It takes a lot of self restraint to not wear it everyday which I think is just a sign that I need more bandanas. 

I'm very happy with the purchases I've made this month! Has anyone else bought something exciting?

October 24, 2016

Happy Medium

October 24, 2016
Top: H&M (Similar) // Jeans: J.Crew // Boots: Madewell // Earrings: J.Crew Factory (Similar)

Hi friends! I'm currently dealing with a lot of ~anxiety~ and other things, but I thought I would pop in with an outfit post (finally). Sometimes ya girl just wants to wear some bling and feel just a little bit fancy. Put on my comfiest pair of jeans (I almost got rid of them but now I wear them all the time!), my numero uno "fancy" top which is as soft as can be, walkable booties, and the finishing touch some blingy earrings. I rarely stray from wearing pearl or tear-drop diamond studs, so something this flashy really makes a statement. Add a swipe of red lipstick, a fun clutch, and a leather jacket and you have a solid outfit to wear out on a saturday night. Or you can skip those additions and go learn to knit instead... guess which one I did? #grandmastatus

October 14, 2016

September Purchases | Budgeting Bloggers

October 14, 2016

This month I splurged on a pair of Billie Boots from Madewell. Literally everyone has a pair of these, but I don't blame 'em– there just that good. They broke in pretty easily, especially after following the tips I mentioned in this post, and I can wear them almost all day before my feet get tired. I have to stop myself from wearing them everyday because they go with everything and make any outfit look more put together. These boots are the perfect complement to my fall wardrobe and you can bet that you'll be seeing them a lot here on the blog.