Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Faux Fur & Florals

Throughout the fall, all I wanted in life was a bold faux fur jacket. I had seen plenty in some online boutiques, but nothing was striking my fancy. They were either too plain or didn't have any sort of button or zipper closure. While I know they're not the most practical coats, I live on the lake and it gets too damn cold to not have a jacket that doesn't secure somehow. I do some pretty dumb things for fashion purposes, but this was not one of them. 

My prayers were answered when this jacket came into the consignment shop that I work in. We normally don't take Silence & Noise, as it's sold at Urban Outfitters, but the second I set my eyes on it I told my co-workers that I would buy this coat in a heartbeat. I tried it on and it was a perfect fit and I didn't look back after that!

Truthfully, I didn't get as much wear out of this jacket during the fall and winter time like I wanted to, but I'm confident that I'll use it much more when I'm in New York next fall. It's a jacket that gets a few too many weird looks, which is not something that bothers me in the slightest, but I also tend to walk places with my roommates and I don't always want to subject them to being in my presence when I'm feeling sartorially extra. Still, it was definitely fun to break this jacket out once more this season (if not more, we'll see how the weather goes) since the temperature dropped yet again.

I love the way that the faux fur bomber jacket draws out the green in my floral Rebecca Minkoff booties. I bought these at the Saks outlet back around the holidays as a graduation present to myself. I had been dying for a pair of statement booties and I ended up leaving the mall with a pair of pink velvet booties and these cute little suckers. I get compliments on them every single time I wear them, whether it's from co-workers or customers or strangers in the frozen aisle at Trader Joe's (true story, such a great moment). Plus, they make me my dream height of 5'10" and I could not be happier towering at that height. I wish I never stopped growing...

Since my jacket and boots were so loud, I stuck with a plain black mock neck sweater from H&M and my trusty black skinny jeans from American Eagle. True story: American Eagle jeans are one of the only jean brands that fit me in the waist and the thighs. The trouble with still having my athletic build is that things don't fit me quite the way I want them to. If they fit in the thighs, they're too big in the waist and vice versa. There are a few high end jean brands–like Paige and Rag & Bone–that fit my waist and thighs the same, but who has the money for those? Most certainly not me. Someone will have to wrangle my American Eagle jeans out of my cold, dead hands.

No look of mine is complete without my trusty Quay reflective sunglasses. I also added this simple black quilted crossbody clutch from Rebecca Minkoff. It's such an easy bag to throw on!

Monday, February 27, 2017

I Used To Be Golden | A February Playlist

Another month, another playlist that–genre wise–makes absolutely no sense. I've stopped trying to cater my musical interests to one specific type. Life's too short to not give every genre a try, hence why all of my playlists are a really weird mixture of indie, pop, and the occasional throwback. I mean, "Miami" by Will Smith made this month's list. That song came out two years after I was born, which is pretty wild. I started listening to The Struts a lot more this month, mainly because I'm fairly certain I'll be seeing them in May, just a week or so before I finally get to see The 1975.

I feel like I always need to note that this playlist does not include the unhealthy amount of Little Mix and DNCE that I listened to this month. It's a sickness that I never want to be cured of.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Good Reads

1. Wearing Your Favorite Dresses With Pants, the New Trend You Won’t Resist Honestly, when will I be cool enough to rock this trend? My goal for 2017 is to successfully rock a dress over a pair of jeans. I'm going to do it. Mark my words!

2. Karl Lagerfeld Called Meryl Streep “Cheap”!!!!! OH NO HE DIDN'T, NOT ON MY WATCH, SISTA!

3. The Parisian Pull + Little Pieces of Paris I love little sweaters with French phrases printed or embroidered onto them. Despite taking Spanish for seven years before college and choosing it as my minor, I find that French sayings on clothing is just such a chic little addition!

4. Gucci Does the Most I truly feel like I love current Gucci so much because it always does, as the title of this post says, the most. It's so extra and I feel like I relate to every eccentric piece that walks down that runway.

5. Pink Wednesday I adore the combination of blush pink with grey! I think it's such a cute alternative to white or cream and looks a lot less harsh than black!

6. 10 Trends to Try According to NYFW Winter 2017 I'm all in for the puffy sleeves, fuzzy mustard and prints that look like they belong in your grandmother's home.

7. The Dramatic Process of Writing Headlines at Man Repeller As someone who struggles to title all of her blog posts and every single article she's had to write for a class or student newspaper, I appreciate everything about this post.

8. Cordoba Travel Guide I had the pleasure of being able to visit Cordoba for a short period of time when I went to Spain in my senior year of high school (oddly enough, four years and a week or so ago). I got to wander around the Mezquita mentioned in this post, as well as walk down the Calleja de La Flores. It was a really gorgeous city!

9. Everything I Wore (And Wanted to Wear) This Fashion Week in Mirror Selfies True life: I'm obsessed with everything that Leandra Medine puts on her body. I literally just want to study her style without copying every single quirky look she puts together. Ugh. Her style is just the bomb dot com.

What have you been reading lately?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Recents Outfits, Part Six

I call this look The 90s Family Sitcom Wardrobe of My Dreams also known as Shoutout to the Tanner Sisters for the Outfit Inspiration.

Sweater: H&M
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Steve Madden

I call this look Put On As Many Sweaters As Possible and See What Happens also known as The Coziest Outfit That Ever Was

Turtleneck: Athleta
Sweater: H&M
Jacket: Forever21
Jeans: Vintage Levi's
Boots: Steve Madden

I call this look Every Outfit Is More Fun With Pom-Poms Jeans also known as My Feet Were Disgustingly Cold, But You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do For Fashion.

Shirt: Zara
Tank top: Forever21
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Zara

I call this look I Tried Too Hard To Look Casual also known as Am I Wearing Slip-on Sneakers? Who am I? 

Turtleneck: Madewell
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Who even knows anymore.
Glasses: Prada

I call this look *insert something French here* also known as *insert more French here*

Top: Uniqlo
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Old Navy
Scarf: Zara
Coat: J. Crew
Lipstick: NARS Dragon Girl

I call this look The Closest I'll Ever Get to Wearing Color On a Day to Day Basis also known as It Was Definitely Too Cold to Wear Distressed Jeans. 

Sweater: Zoom
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Boots: Nine West

I call this look I Was On My Period and I Just Wanted to Be Comfortable, Okay?! also known as The TMI Look. 

Sweater: Rag & Bone
Pants: Zara
Boots: Rebecca Minkoff


I call this look It Was Finally Somewhat Warm Last Weekend and I Was Stuck Inside At Work All Day also known as I Finally Started to Wear Bright Lipstick Again, YAY!

Top: Wandering Wardrobe
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Zara
Lipstick: Urban Decay Anarchy

I call this look I'm Still Trying Too Hard to Look Casual also known as Is It Working?!?!??!

Shirt: Zara
Cardigan: Rag & Bone
Jeans: Vintage Levi's
Boots: Nine West

I call this look I Had To Look Put Together For Once In My Life also known as Never Again. 

Top: Target
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Kate Spade and J. Crew

I call this look Yes, It Was Warm Enough to Wear a Skirt and I Nearly Cried also known as This Is Literally the Only Piece of Non-Winter Clothing In My Closet, I Had to Make Do. 

Sweater: Rag & Bone
Skirt: American Eagle
Shoes: Steve Madden

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ripped Jeans & Red Lips

I'm all for the casual nature of a simple sweater and a pair of distressed jeans. It's one of my go to outfits when I don't want to look super put together, but I want to add a bit of edge and a casual aspect to my outfit. There's something so simple about a nice plain knit during the winter months, especially to transition from season to season. 

I bopped around Ohio City on Sunday in this pretty simple ensemble! I finally broke in these Zara captoe pumps so I was able to actually walk around in them without ripping open the back of my ankles. I definitely centered my accessories around my outfit. The main goal was to be comfortable and to take advantage of the beautiful day. I wore my favorite pair of seriously distressed jeans from Joe's Jeans and added a new addition to my wardrobe, this white Rag & Bone chunky knit sweater. It's uber soft and is one of the coziest pieces of clothing in my closet. 

No outfit would be complete without an accessory or two! My sunglasses are by Tom Ford and are my shape. The cat-eye frames are the only frames that I think will ever suit my face and nose shape. I love that they're more simple than my bright and statement pair of Quay reflective sunglasses. I ended up selling all of my sunglasses, so I figured it was time to get a second pair to fill in the gaps in my now nonexistent collection. You can also sort of see my David Yurman Petite Albion ring, which I rarely go a day without wearing. So funny, especially for someone who used to never wear jewelry. And how perfect is this little Saint Laurent lipstick cross body bag? I couldn't resist wearing my signature red lip (TooFaced Lady Balls) with this bag! It's a must!

I now realize that in my last outfit post, I completely forgot to post a few bloopers. I used to do this all of the time with my fashion posts, so I figured it was time to bring some of them back. They always make for a nice laugh!

Clearly far, far too excited to be alive.

And on the complete other end of the spectrum...who pissed in my cheerios?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Things I'm Loving

1. Hart of Dixie

I hate that I just started and finished watching this show this past week. Why did I not give this show a chance when it was on the air? Why did it take me two years post its cancellation to jump on the Hart of Dixie bandwagon and fall in love with the people of Bluebell? And why the hell did I deprive myself of Wade Kinsella for so many years?

The show follows Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), a girl from New York who dreamed of being a heart surgeon. After not receiving a fellowship she needed, she ends up taking on a job as a general practitioner in small town Alabama. There, she discovers that the half of a medical practice was left to her in the will of the man who recruited her years before at her graduation. The show continues to show Zoe as she grows accustomed to life in a tiny town and Southern customs and hospitality.

It was, admittedly, tough to watch at first. Not because of the plot or anything, but man, you just really felt for Zoe at the beginning. Or maybe it was just me. People weren't very warm and welcome to her at the start, based on her attitude and lack of knowledge for how things work in Bluebell. But never fear, because things always work themselves out. I loved Zoe's character progression throughout the show and the surrounding cast to make the people of Bluebell who they were. Especially Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel).

This show will make you laugh and cry and lust over a fictional handsome devil with a sweet car and my favorite character progression of the whole show. Am I still talking about Wade Kinsella? You betcha. I blew through this show in a week because I couldn't get enough of the characters and the sometimes wacky plot line. Plus, the slow burn romance...ugh, my heart could barely handle it. Was it all worth it in the end? Definitely.

2. MAC False Lashes mascara

I know I've talked about this mascara before, but truly, it's one of my favorites and I feel compelled to talk about it again. The formula isn't this outstanding long-lasting black formula that keeps my lashes mega volumized and curly. However, as a regular mascara, it's good! It doesn't clump up and it lengthens my lashes pretty well. I love this mascara mostly because it's the only mascara I've ever been able to use on my bottom lash line without having it transfer onto my undereye area or flake off onto my skin. This is even including waterproof mascaras, like the Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes (which literally used to give me raccoon eyes halfway through the day, so disappointing).

3. "Chained to the Rhythm" by Katy Perry

My girl Katy Perry performed this at the Grammys and I just about died. My crops were drying up. I needed new KP music just like I needed oxygen. And, naturally, my girl delivered. I'm obsessed with this song. It's constantly stuck in my head in the best way possible. I'm always humming it, or more often than not, singing the wrong words because I take after my father. Luckily, I'm not performing on a stage every weekend singing the wrong words to popular songs...I digress, this is such a fun jam and I hope it's still alive and well come summer because I can see myself bopping to this with the windows down in the heat of June.

What have you been loving lately?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#TBT: A Throwback Playlist

I've loved music for as long as I can remember. When you grow up with your father as the lead singer of band after band and an older brother who was a hometown rockstar, there's really no choice. I grew up surrounded by music, from 80s hairbands to more new wave and soft rock, and always embraced it in my life. Unfortunately, I was unable to feature everything that I listened to over my adolescence. I capped it at 2010 because honestly, we'd be here forever if I tried to order every single music phase I went through chronologically.

Two big gaps in my playlist are my older brother's old band, as they're not on Spotify, but I have their music on my phone still and I jam out to it all of the time. So good. And also, of course, Miss Taylor Swift, who still does not have her music on Spotify. When I first heard "Teardrops On My Guitar" in 2006, my life was forever changed. No joke. This playlist leaves off right before I fell in love with One Direction, but that's another story for another time. For now, here is a (somewhat) chronological retelling of my musical journey from 1995 to around 2010.

This playlist can be alternately titled I Went Through My iTunes Purchased History and Just Went Nuts.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ohio City: Koffie Cafe

On my Ohio City adventure on Sunday, we stopped into Koffie Cafe for quick bite to eat. After driving around trying to find parking and every other brunch spot being too crowded for our growling stomachs, we ended up just popping into the coffee shop next door to where we considered getting a proper sit down brunch. It was pretty eclectic, but had great lighting, really intimate seating, and a really chill vibe. It was a really relaxing spot to be on a Sunday and I can see why people settled into their cozy corners and started to work on their computers and catch up with a nice newspaper.

Location: 2517 Market Ave, Cleveland, Ohio (right next to Flying Fig)
What to get: Iced latte and egg and bacon sandwich.
For fans of: Coffee shops with a relaxed atmosphere, quiet, exposed brick, and just the right amount of hipster.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say...

I am living for this weather at the moment. The past two days have been absolutely gorgeous. The one annoying thing about downtown, though, is that the breeze from Lake Erie always drops the temperature significantly. Luckily, I have my trusty plaid coat to keep me warm and cozy when the breeze combats the sunshine. 

Yesterday, one of my roommates and I spent the day exploring Ohio City and driving around downtown to scope out spots where we could take photos. Olivia blogs over at Our Wandering Mind and shares her tips for travel, college, and how to throw a good party. Neither of us are photographers by any means, but we still had tons of fun taking outfit photos yesterday!

Since it was pretty nice yesterday, I wore this cream knitted sweater from Asos. It has a really pretty orange-red detail that matched my NARS Heat Wave lipstick perfectly. A match made in heaven, truly. I paired that sweater with my dual toned American Eagle jeans with a raw hem. I thought these jeans were a bit risky when I bought them and I didn't think I would get much wear out of them. Jokes on me though. I probably wear them more often than I should and I always get compliments on them! The perfect shoe for the occasion was my pair of nude peep toe booties from Old Navy. They've seen better days, but I do adore this style of shoe too much to let them go!

Normally, I stray from color, but I couldn't pass up this orange Marni coat. I bought it at work a month or so ago and I am just OBSESSED. It's a bit oversized, but in a cool, slouchy kind of way. I also love the shearling collar. I feel like it adds an extra relaxed touch to an already interesting coat. 

My Quay reflective sunglasses are integral to all of my looks. They were a game changer in my sunglasses game, truly. And to top off the look, I decided to take my orange Balenciaga Twiggy bag out for a spin. I can definitely see myself using this a lot as the weather starts to warm up, maybe even into early fall. I haven't carried anything but a small crossbody bag in ages, so it was weird to have a "big" bag for the afternoon. I just loved all of the orange going on in this look, especially since I thought that orange was not my color in the slightest. I wonder if it's time to give yellow a try...