Earn Your Stripes

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Happy last Monday, everyone! This is in fact my last Monday as an undergraduate here at UMass. In less than two weeks I’ll have graduated and be out on my own with nothing but an English degree, a young adult novel that isn’t stapled and a record of my best outfits. Well, not really. I’m moving back home for a bit to work and write, but you see my point. This week I’m bringing you what I’m dubbing Senior Chic. This outfit is super comfortable and look! it even comes with a sweatshirt. Basically, it’s perfect for everyone like me, who is pretty much all set with school for now, but doesn’t want everyone to know that. I love a good pair of tailored-looking trousers and these ones are light enough to work for these flip-flopping chilly-to-warm days. These Steve Madden beauties are a college student’s version of the Gucci loafers every blogging foot has been in since last fall. I think they’re a great affordable alternative and I’m surprised at just how good they turned out. (Note that they run a little small.) They fall into the same category that the basic loafers I wore a few weeks ago do: close-toed summer shoes. And as I embark on my last two days of class, all I can think about is all the plans I have for this blog coming up — stay tuned! x

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Uniqlo sweatshirt (similar) | Zara trousers (similar) | Steve Madden loafers

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24 Hours in New York

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Friends and fellow English majors Emma and Bailey

Today’s post is a little different because I wanted to dedicate it to my very quick trip to New York City. I was there for an English majors career roundtable with some UMass alum. We got to sit down with half a dozen UMass graduates and hear them talk about what they’ve done with their English degrees, and no, none of them were teachers. The event was extremely insightful and all participants were engaging and enthusiastic. Even though I had a mild I’m-just-a-kid crisis, it was good to see people doing real things in the big, bad world in the biggest and baddest city.

Because I was only there for effectively 24 hours, I dressed pretty minimalistic, opting for pieces I knew would all work well together. New York was pretty gray and rainy the entire time and I felt I flew somewhat under the radar in a black drawstring-sleeved crew neck and jeans. I hate looking like a tourist. In the two days we were there we walked about 25,000 steps, so my Adidas and my chelsea boots were must-haves. From having lunch outside the Flatiron, to wandering the Met, we — my two friends and I — managed to pack a ton into a short amount of time and I was grateful for chic walking shoes. We even got to visit By Chloe, a vegan restaurant I’d wanted to try. I was exhausted by the next day and I loved it. Before I knew it we were running to catch our bus and heading back to campus and to all the deadlines I’d been avoiding. x

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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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Spring Fish

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Happy Monday! It’s finally a morning where it’s feeling like spring. This oversized striped shirt is the perfect pick for an airy spring day. The colors are light and bright and fit right in with the weather. They are contrasted really well with the black overalls, making the colors all the more vibrant. I like the look of an oversized shirt/top tucked into the overalls because it looks effortless, trois fois rien. The backless loafers are also a great pick for spring because they are a good shoe for being out and about in, without feeling like your poor feet will get gross and dirty or look too informal.

 

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Zara shirt | Boohoo overalls | H&M loafers 

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Millennial Pink

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I have to admit I didn’t realize my love for pink (that developed over the last year) was linked to my being a millennial. Not until a barrage of editorial articles written by people of the previous generation did I realize they were noticing and questioning it. To be honest, yeah I do love wearing this color. I’ve been wearing this sweater in particular non-stop since picking it up in the Oxford Circus Topshop and will probably continue to wear it until the mornings and evenings stop being so darn cold.

As a group, we millennials are a pretty anxious bunch. In fact, we’re the most anxious of them all. For some odd reason I find the Millennial pink palette rather calming, and perhaps others of my set do as well. Maybe that’s why we’ve all attached ourselves to it: we’re all just trying to radiate some bits of calm in the form of pink clothing. Works for me, anyway.

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Topshop sweater (similar) | Forever21 skirt

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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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