Winter Looks

I can sense spring is fastly approaching here in Ireland. 🌺Wildflowers are in bloom, the sun sets later, and most days are warmer.

This winter I’ve tried not to buy too much fast fashion because I’m trying to transition from fast fashion to higher quality clothes in lower quantity. I wore my standard look for class a knit sweater, jeans, and brown boots with freshwater pearls.

Purple nails for Valentine’s Day ❤

I wore a red dress from Free People (that I got on sale) and my DKNY purple heels for Valentine’s Day.

Back in late November, I wore a sparkly top from ZARA and black jeggings from Penny’s.

I’m really looking forward to the spring season because it’s my birthday time of year! Plus, it’s finally seasonally “appropriate” to wear brighter colored nail polish. I really want to sport pastel gel nails and neon ones too. ❤

Winter Ice, Ice…Rebecca Minkoff bag and phone case review

Christmas came early?! I feel extra icey now that I’ve gotten my navy and silver accessories from Rebecca Minkoff. I think navy is a great colour because it works all year long. It works in the winter with sliver/glitter looks and in the summer with tan or neutral outfits. I got this small navy crossbody on sale from RM. It has two small inner compartments and a sizeable inside opening.  I can fit my phone and passport inside with room to spare. The strap is adjustable and a good length. The leather shoulder part is a smart design choice because it allows for extra comfort when worn. The phone case has sliver glitter underneath the design for a wintery touch! I’m very excited to wear my new bag and flaunt my phone case for the rest of late fall and winter. I recommend these purchases. ❤ 

Fall Outfits

Fall is almost over 😢, so its time to listen to holiday music and look forward to winter! One of my favourite autumn class outfits is pictured below. I wore an Anthropologie sweater top, INC jeans,  and Anthropologie boots. My  statement earrings and coat are from Pennys. The coat was steal, super warm and only amounted to about 30 euros! ❤ 

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This red top is from Topshop as are the olive booties, and the jeans are from New York and Company. Oh how I love this festive red blouse! I just hand wash it and hang it up near my heater to dry. Its like new after about 10 minutes of drying.
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My button-up is from New York and Company. I love it because it has an iridescent quality and can appear pink or light purple in different light. The skirt is from Penny’s. I need to probably wear a belt with it next time because its a size bigger than my usual size.
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My coral sweater is from Ann Taylor and my flare jeans are from Topshop. ❤
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Pennys coat ❤

Fall Outfits 18′

Outfits of the Week

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Update: I just got sparkly glitter blue gel nails done to pay homage to Sunmi, a South Korean pop artist’s new mermaid-themed title song Siren. Any other kpop lovers out there? My outfits of the “week” are in reality a combination of outfits over the span of two weeks! I only have class one day a week and research meetings twice a week. I need to dress more stylishly without a purpose ha ha.  Also, I’m still trying to figure out how I want to format these posts.

The first outfit is what I wore to my program’s orientation. The plaid blue blazer is from Banana Republic (my favourite blazer place), the jeans are from Free People, button up is from New York and Company, and best of all, my new boots are from Tommy Hilfiger. The velvet srunchie is from Accessorize. I love my booties because they’re adaptable and can dress up any look. However, they were very uncomfortable to break into!

I need to find more comfortable heeled shoes. I want to wear heels more often because I like feeling dressy, but I don’t want to deal with feet torture. I’m looking into Everlane heels and I may purchase a pair.

The second outfit is a turtleneck dress from Reformation, tights and blazer coat from Penny’s, and fake gold hoops from a local beauty store back in the U.S. I’ve been wanting to shop at the pricy but sustainable clothing brand Reformation for a hot minute. So as soon as this dress went on sale I snagged it.

In outfit photo number 3 I am pictured in a New York and Company sweater and jeans. I wore my old Anthropologie suede thigh high boots. I love Anthropologie’s delivery service btw, they are one of my go-to brands to shop online. They pay attention to detail and package purchases really nicely.

I topped off that outfit with a black trench coat from New York and Company, and a inexpensive green scarf from Charming Charlie. My lavender pearl drop earrings are from Nouvelle Pearl.

In picture number 4, I’m wearing an old VS tan blazer, pink turtle neck (I don’t know where its from), lavender pearl necklace from Nouvelle Pearl, jeans from INC, and waterproof sneakers from Cole Haan.

In the next picture I am wearing my black trench again, a grey scarf from Charming Charlie, and old dark blue Levi’s. ❤

 

Rebecca Minkoff Tote Bag & Wallet Review

I think the Rebecca Minkoff Washed Nylon Tote and Becky Continental Wallet are amazing choices for any graduate student! I purchased the tote because it has a zipper, and can expand at the sides. I also love the bag’s nylon fabric. It makes it easy to clean. I adore the fact that the bag is all black ––– its a less obvious choice for repetitive wear to class. Black matches everything after all.

The Becky wallet has so many card slots, six rows on both sides of the wallet. It has a zipper with leather fringe detail and a back pocket on the outside. The wallet’s leather smells deliciously sweet and perfectly leathery. I love the gold accents on the front of the wallet because it adds a youthful edge. I got the wallet on sale and I very much recommend this purchase. The quality and price makes the bag and wallet worth it.

I feel like my blog may slowly become an ode to Rebecca Minkoff. I love the brand’s feminist ethos, affordability, and quality. They also use affirm, a credit program that allows customers to make small monthly payments rather than pay for items in full. ❤

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Spring & Summer 2018 Recap

I love spring, but I’m not the biggest fan of summer weather. Summer inspired music and the idea of summer is lovely though. Summer has great duality, it can either inspire feelings that are infectiously bright and upbeat, or slow and reflective.

Still, I prefer spring because its fairly cool and transitional in that winter goes away and flowers bloom. On the flip side, summer is the least exciting season of all both fashion and makeup wise. Sweltering heat leaves little room for creativity, clothing is mainly meant to keep you cool rather than look stylish, and in humid and hot places makeup is an impossible, melty, and oily poor decision.

This post recaps the clothing I have worn this summer and spring. I hope to refer to it next year to track my style growth.

This spring and summer I have mainly worn bright solid colors. A look that perfectly embodies what I’ve worn these past two seasons is what I wore during my college’s senior presentation day. I paired a bright yellow skirt with a creamy beige sweater and brown suede kitten heels. The yellow color is much more vibrant that pictured, I unfortunately had to brighten the images so they could look more visible. The entire outfit, plus shoes, were purchased from Ann Taylor.

I dyed my hair for my college graduation. A stylist at the Atlanta based hair salon, The Hair Loft, dyed the ends of my hair a red color with a little purple mixed in. Its now mid-August and the color is super washed out and lackluster. For the fall season, aka the best time of year, I’m unsure if I should dye it black again or another color. I plan on making more blog posts related to natural hair care and protective styles in the future.

Next year, I hope to dress a bit more stylishly during summer months by wearing bigger statement earrings, investing in cuter swimwear, and tote bags!

What kind of clothing have you worn this summer? Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments below.  ❤

I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.— Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

 

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