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In Bloom

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Welcome to Fake Monday, everyone. Even though today is Tuesday, UMass decided it’s a Monday: I have Monday classes and a Monday work schedule. To really hammer the idea home, my blog post is coming to you all today as well. Even though I really appreciated sitting in the eighty degree sun while sipping my mimosa on Sunday, I do still like the middle of the range weather we have today. It’s more spring. As long as the snow is gone for the year and I won’t get simultaneously blown away and frozen to death when walking by the library, I can wait for the very hot weather. Plus, I always enjoy a good layering piece: today it’s my new silk bomber. It’s light and cropped and the puffy sleeves give it dimension.  I didn’t know what I wanted to pair it with so I popped into Primark recently in search of a striped jumpsuit. Now, usually when I go into a store with a specific item in mind, it usually doesn’t materialize and I leave disappointed and wondering if I should have been a designer, or at least learnt to sew my own clothes. But not this time! This navy and white beauty was there for me and happened to fit perfectly.

It brings me to another point I wanted to touch on: the importance of mixing high street and designer pieces. This jumpsuit from Primark was $14, but my shoes are Michael Kors and ran around $200. While I don’t remembered exactly what I paid for them, I can tell you it was more than $14. I’ve had this jumpsuit for a few days and I’ve had these shoes for four years. They balance each other out perfectly. I firmly believe that this jumpsuit absolutely does not look cheap when paired correctly. Splurging every now and then on more expensive pieces that are versatile will help spruce up a wardrobe, and instead of making everything else pale in comparison, heightens the look of other pieces. Evidence above.

Fashion moves at an incredible pace these days and the availability of high street tempts us to want everything now, now, now. But taking the time, and money, to purchase higher quality pieces — even if it’s once a year or less — will help you create a more lasting wardrobe and crafted style.

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Primark jumpsuit | H&M bomber (similar) | Michael Kors shoes

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Denim On Duty

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Happy Monday, everyone! Even though it’s quite dark and gray out (where’s the good spring weather??) I decided to bring you all some florals. This embroidered denim jacket, or any denim jacket, is the perfect transition piece for spring. It packs a punch with a retro-vibe and a casual feel. The one I have here is faux-sherpa lined, which is really helping me out as we don’t seem to be capable of letting go of winter yet (it snowed three days ago). The funny thing about a denim jacket too is that, if you’re like me, it’ll force you to wear something besides blue jeans for your bottoms. I did cheat a little, and still opted for double-denim, but my jeans here are gray (shh, don’t tell).

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Topshop jacket (similar) | Topshop jeans | Zara t-shirt (similar)

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Late for My 9am

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Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re all on time today 😉 The theme of today’s post is, well, being late. You know those morning where nothing goes right and you didn’t get enough sleep and you’re drinking bad coffee by the gallon just to stay alive? Yeah, we’ve all had them and especially in the winter when the weather is not in our favor. This is why I wanted to share this look with you all today. The velvet track suit is a great bed-to-class outfit that can be worn as pajamas, a day outfit, or both (no one has to know). I threw on a leather coat to sharpen it up, and a scarf to stay warm. The point is, on those days where you just want to crawl back into bed, take a little chic comfort with you and trust me, it’ll make you feel better.

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Missguided track suit | H&M jacket 

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Velvet Crush

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Happy Monday, everyone! Now that UMass has put their Mondays back where they belong, we can all go back to normal, which means: here I am bringing you all this gorgeous fall outfit. Despite the fact that it’ll reach 80 degrees by tomorrow, we must not let go of our pumpkin spice lattes and infinity scarves just yet. I am carrying on the fall feeling with everyone’s favorite material for fall: velvet. Velvet skirts, boots, leggings, purses… pretty much anything that comes in velvet you will want it. I paired my velvet skirt with a ruffled blouse and the classic OTK boots. The outfit has just the right balance of light and feminine with slightly heavier grunge tones and is really wearable (but maybe not in 80 degrees – unless you went for an iced coffee).

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Abercrombie and Fitch blouse | American Apparel skirt | Zara boots (similar)

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Put a Blazer On It

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Happy Monday, everyone! It’s the last Monday of August and I can’t believe how the summer has flown by. This time next week I’ll be back at school. This Last Week of Summer outfit was a fun one because it featured a lot of important pieces for fall as well as a classic staple piece: the blazer. While today is another feature of my personal cotton shorts trend, I styled today’s outfit with the ever-popular off-the-shoulder tee. This one is quite simple and I think it’s a great shirt to have on hand when you’re looking to spice up an outfit. They also compliment chokers really well, like the velvet bow I’ve got on today. As for the blazer, while it is still quite hot out, it is a very important thing to have in your closet, whether black or navy, cropped or boyfriend, find time to choose one that you feel comfortable throwing on as much as a sweatshirt. They do so much for an outfit, even making jeans and a t-shirt look clean-cut and thought-out. They’re not just for interviews and model UN’s, I assure you.

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H&M tee | New Look shorts | Forever 21 blazer | Forever 21 choker

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Zara blazer | H&M blazer | Zara tee | LAHAVANE choker 

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Piano Key Stripes

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Happy Thursday, everyone. I hope you’re all doing well and more importantly – building up that Back to School or Back to Fall closet! You all know I am. Continuing on my non-denim bottoms trend (believe me, they’ll be back soon), I put together a more seasonal transition-appropriate outfit. I really love these cropped trousers from Topshop. While these ones are a bit of a funky pattern, suit trousers, especially in black, are a wardrobe staple. Whether full-length, cropped, boot or skinny, you need a pair. The same way a button down can make a pair of jeans look more put together, the same goes for suit trousers and casual tops, like my gray tank here.

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Topshop trousers | Hollister tank top | Amazon hat

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Topshop trousers | Asos trousers | Asos tank top |H&M tank top | H&M hat 

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Hazy Days

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Happy August, everyone! I hope you’re all feeling relaxed as we head into this last month of summer. I certainly am. After returning from Europe, I spent a lot of time with family and getting back to working at Hollister. I’m very excited to be heading into my senior year at UMass this fall! I’m also ready for everything fall: weather, food and fashion. I’ll be working on my senior thesis, a capstone course for creative writing. In the meantime I’ll keep everyone updated through the fall fashion and so forth. Plus, if you need more inspiration for what to buy this fall, I started an Autumn/Winter Pinterest board for inspiration! I update it weekly.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk a bit about how I like to dress in the hot and muggy days of August. I tend to stray away from most jean shorts as I find them uncomfortable and restrictive. There are some styles (there are no hard and fast rules with clothes, ever) that I do like, but on most days when I’m not in yoga or Pilates gear, I’m wearing swing shorts. They come in a huge range and they are much more comfortable and flattering than simple jean shorts, and more practical than mini skirts. The pair I have on today are from Addison New York and they’re paired with a tee from New Look. I’ll post some links to more shorts you can get for these last weeks of summer, and into September, if you’re in a place like I am, that stays sweltering until October.

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Free People sunniesNew Look tee

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Asos shorts | Asos shorts | Hollister shorts 

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