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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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Grey Matters |Two Weeks Left in Paris!

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Hello, lovlies! I know it’s been awhile, but April was a CRAZY travelling month for me. I went to Amsterdam (my previous post), London, Dublin, Barcelona and Berlin! I posted a bunch of photos on Instagram (umass_streetstyle). I would have done a spring break blog post but I lost a number of photos so I couldn’t 😦 It’s okay, I will survive. Anyway, I thought I would snap a couple quick photos before it gets too hot everywhere and share this outfit, which I have been really obsessed with this spring. It can still get chilly in Paris (when these photos were taken it was 57 degrees Fahrenheit) so having a light sweater is essential. I decided to go monochrome and pair the sweater with grey jeans to make it chic and subtle.

I also wanted to talk a little bit about Paris in general and the fact that I will be moving out in less than two weeks. It really has been amazing here and I loved the experience. It almost seems unreal that these five months are coming to an end. These photos were taken at Centre Georges Pompidou, the major modern art museum in Paris. I hadn’t gone yet and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. Just walking down Boulevard Saint Germain on my way to Café de Flore after made me realize how many things I still want to do and see in Paris. Unfortunately, a good portion of my time this week and the week after will be spent on exams!

I will try and get another post up in a week, but if exams and packing my apartment gets to be too much, I will definitely be posting more frequently once summer break starts (which starts in London first – so stay tuned for that!). Thanks for sticking with me, make sure to follow the blog to receive updates, I love you all! x

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New Look sweater | Topshop jeans | H&M sneakers

Shop Similar:

H&M sweater | Zara sweaterNew Look jeans | Zara jeans | Asos sneakers |

 

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Spring Cleaning in Amsterdam

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Hello lovlies! It’s been awhile as I’ve been getting more into the spring swing of things – with spring comes finals and essays, so I’m sure you all understand! Anyway, this weekend I visited my lovely Catie in Amsterdam along with my equally lovely friend Maggie. Amsterdam is in a word awesome. It’s one of the coolest cities I’ve been to so far and I felt really lucky to get to stroll along the canals and sample cheese all weekend. The photos Catie took for this blog post were at the Keukenhof which is an enormous garden/park with over 7 million flowers! Of course it’s mostly tulips but there are also so many other beautiful plants and flowers. We got to stroll among the gardens, a petting zoo (baby goats are never not the cutest) and even climb an enormous windmill.

I pulled out this oldie-but-goodie Zara top for the occasion. I’ve had the shirt for, oh, three years, but it’s still one of my favorites and before I start filing in some new spring things I wanted to emphasize appreciating those pieces we love more than anything, especially as we shed our winter layers and start enjoying the sun. Pulling out favorite warm weather pieces is always a fun experience. If you want to know what I’ve got my eye on for spring you can check out my SS16 Pinterest Board, where I post anything and everything you could ever want for this spring, so get started there!

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Spring Transition

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Happy Monday – and Happy March! Here is the second part of my work with French75Photography! Even though the official start of spring is still a few weeks off, it’s never too early to start thinking about that warmer weather. This floral dress has been taunting me for awhile now as I’ve been waiting to be able to wear it. I’m in love with the wide sleeves and subtle high-low of the hemline. The denim cross body that I added is a great way to give a floral dress like this an edgy look. I’ve also loved making my way around Paris in these Zara over-the-knee boots. They’re super comfortable and the little heel is a perfect pickup. The pointed toe gives them a more elegant feel. Over-the-knee boots are a great way to transition out of wearing tights under all your dresses and skirts, without baring so much leg so fast you immediately freeze. Ease into the warmer weather, friends.

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Mango Dress Zara Boots Topshop Bag

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Pixie Market Dress ASOS Denim Bag Asos Boots

 

Boiler Suit and Mules

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Hello, lovlies! I have so much to share with you this week. As you can see by the amazing product, I worked with Linda of French75Photography for this post! I had a ton of fun and everything came out really well. This is the first of two outfits shot by Linda and I’ve been waiting so long to show you both of them! But, patience everyone, the second one should be up in two weeks.

Today we have this really chic boiler suit from Topshop, snagged during their winter sales (which are amazing by the way) as well as these 70s inspired mules. The heel really balances out the flare, picking it up off the ground and giving it room to fan out without any drag. Meanwhile, the 3/4 sleeves give the suit an off-duty look that is still so in vogue for every street style look. I added my new Matt and Nat (vegan!) clutch to lighten up the look.

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Topshop boiler suit (similar) and mules Mat and Nat clutch 

More:

Boiler Suit: Asos, Pixie Market and Nasty Gal

Mules: Asos and Zara

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