Getting Warmer!

Though my hearts only desire this spring is to be wearing summery floral clothing, the reality is that we are still feeling the remnants of this bitter winter. I find myself reaching for my fall fashion essentials, rather than the clothes I would normally veer towards. It doesn’t help that we had a minor blizzard here in State College last week; that really helps me put my fashion choices into perspective.

I do love how the sun is actually starting to feel warm, and how I’m seeing birds fly north. It’s the promise of what will hopefully be a very sunny few months. This Easter Sunday, we were lucky to have some gorgeous sunshine and temperatures in the high 60’s, and I took full advantage of the fact that I wouldn’t be shivering in just a sweater, without a coat!

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Though it’s probably on its last leg because I’ve worn it into the ground, this white sweater is hands down my favorite sweater. It’s just so warm and comfy, and it’s legging friendly; I wish I had bought more than one when I found it!

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I’ve been very into turban headwraps lately. I feel like they’re the perfect piece to polish an outfit, whether it’s casual for a quick run to the store, or the added touch for nights of bar-hopping. I’ve been slowly growing my collection, and I love that I can add color or dimension to a simple outfit just by wearing one. I anticipate them being a summer staple for me, especially because they help keep my hair in check on breezy days.

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 Sweater – Abercrombie and Fitch (similar) | Headwrap – Forever21 | Sunnies – Rue21 (similar)
Boots – Bandolino | Leggings – LOFT | Crossbody – Coach

The boots I’m wearing are probably my favorite pair of boots on the planet. I bought them over Black Friday, but if you know me, you know that if it’s new and it’s beautiful I will probably never wear it in fear of ruining it. I [finally] pulled them out of the box last week, and have been wearing them all the time now. I managed to keep them safe from the salt and snow so I’m pretty happy that I waited!

I’m hoping to soon be able to put the boots and sweaters away for good. It’s about time for some sunshine!

xO K

Cozy Winter Casual

This week, the temperature dropped to the teens. That’s right, the teens. Thankfully the weather stayed warm last week when I was off work, and I could fully enjoy going out. This kind of temperature fluctuation definitely throws my outfits off, especially when it comes to the age old “will I need a jacket?” Fortunately, my jacket stayed in a closet for most of last week! The one thing I love about this time of year is the sweaters, whether they’re open knit or super bulky, and cold weather accessories. There’s nothing like a bulky sweater, infinity scarf, and riding boots to make an outfit perfect.

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2015-01-04 15.56.27edSweater – Forever21 | Beanie – Pac Sun (similar)

I bought this sweater at the beginning of the season and have completely worn it out since. It’ s so soft and cozy, and I love that it hangs lower in the front and back and higher on the sides; it’s perfect to wear with leggings. I also like that it’s not solid white or gray, but a little bit of both which allows me to mix and match it with just about everything. The beanie I’m wearing is more for fashion than function, but I like the strands of silver shimmer that make it pop. This outfit is definitely my go-to in cooler weather for running errands or meeting friends at the mall.

Fingers crossed that it warms up a bit this weekend!

xO K

Fall Layers

The weather outside has been prettttyyy frightful (see what I did there?), and even though we’ve had some bitter cold days, we’ve also had some pretty days that remind us of the warm summer we’ve left behind. For those days, I love to layer just enough that I don’t absolutely need a jacket; there is just something so refreshing about leaving the house without a jacket. As fall slowly comes to a close, I want to squeeze out as many fall outfits as I can! Here’s one of my favorites:

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IMG_20141205_160319702edWhen I layer in the fall/winter, I always try to wear a top that gives me room to wear something underneath. This flowy blouse needs to be worn with a tank top anyway, so it’s usually my go-to (it’s always my favorite shirt so there’s that). Boyfriend cardigans are my favorite during this time of year because they’re so cozy and look great with leggings and jeans. I decided to transform my navy blue scarf into an infinity scarf by tucking the fringe ends into the loop. There are just some days you want that infinity loop, and luckily it’s not a hard look to mimic!

My handbag needs a paragraph of its own. I had been looking for a new bag for months and I was so picky that I never found anything I absolutely loved. This Black Friday, I made it my mission to finally pick something no matter how long it took. Luckily, this gem was waiting for me! This purse is literally perfect; it has multiple compartments, two ways to carry it, and I love the gold finishes with the black leather. I have been carrying it around like a prize since I bought it, and I know it’s definitely my new favorite bag.

IMG_20141205_160458997edShirt – Charlotte Russe | Cardigan – American Eagle | Boots – JCPenney

Special thank you to Hannah for taking these photos!

Hope you are all staying warm!

xO K

That Leather Jacket

Fall is such a great season for fashion, food, and the slowly building excitement of the holidays. Though I don’t like that the days are shorter, I do like being able to layer my clothing, curl up with a pumpkin spice latte (despite the stereotypes), and wear fleece to bed. I also just love wearing boots as my shoe of preference during the colder months and being able to justify going shoe shopping is a definite plus. Actually being able to justify any shopping is a plus…or just going without any justification.

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The boots are a new addition to my wardrobe and are arguably my best purchase this fall (so far). They’re the perfect “brown boot”; now all I need is a perfect black boot, a perfect black bootie, a perfect….well the list goes on and on.

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Jacket- New York and Company | Boots- JC Penney

I had been looking for the perfect leather jacket for years until I found this one over the summer and I absolutely couldn’t wait for the colder weather to arrive so I could start wearing it. My favorite parts of the jacket are the gold finishes, and the banded collar. It is really comfortable AND warm, which is perfect for these brisk fall days. I also love the versatility; it can be worn casually for a day at the mall, or can easily be switched over to wear on a night out. This jacket has seriously become a staple in my wardrobe and I’m so happy I found it. I was originally looking for a black leather jacket but I feel like the caramel color takes the edge off a little bit and I’m not forced to wear it a specific way. Who knows? They do have it in black, maybe I’ll invest in that too.

xO K

Fit for Sailing!

My dad celebrated a milestone birthday last week, so on Saturday evening, we celebrated by chartering a yacht on the Hudson. Our trip began in Jersey City, and we spent the first hour and a half sailing North to the George Washington Bridge. The skyline reflected the setting sun and it looked different with each passing minute. By the time we reached the bridge, the sun dipped too low for us to see it, and the city lights started flickering on. As we sailed back down the Hudson, back to the marina, we travelled parallel to the city which was completely lit up. I can’t explain how breathtaking it was, especially because I have begun to take the skyline for granted (being from New Jersey and all). I have to say that it was an amazing experience; the weather was perfect, and the city was breathtaking. One of the requests from the crew prior to our arrival was that we wear white for our journey. I definitely enjoyed putting together a practical, yet fun sea-worthy outfit!

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 Shoes – Nine West | Bag – Kenneth Cole Reaction (Mushroom)

I decided to wear my fedora because well, let’s face it, I don’t wear it very often. I always pack it in my beach bag but I never end up wearing it. To me, floppy hats are better for the beach than fedoras, so this girl has been sitting in my closet for two years just waiting for her time. When I got ready for our trip on Saturday, I considered straightening my hair and immediately voted against it. I knew the ocean spray would not be too kind to straightened hair, so I decided to spray it with some Wind and Water Beach Spray and tousle it up before putting the hat on. Taking a hat was definitely a good call because it kept my hair in place despite the crazy breeze.

My favorite part of this outfit has to be the shoes. I mentioned in my previous post that I have to wear safety shoes to work, so I have been veering away from shoe sections during my shopping escapades. Recently. I was shopping at the outlets with my mom, and she insisted that I try on this pair and I’m so glad I did! They are ridiculously comfortable for heels, and I love the color and how perfect they are for everything summer. During that shopping trip I also invested in the crossbody, because I desperately needed one. It’s so darn useful, and it definitely came in handy during this weekend when I didn’t want to carry my giant bag with me.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip, and is definitely something I would love to experience again.

Happy August!

xO K

Black Lace and Boat Shoes

It’s funny how drastically my wardrobe changed once I began working. It’s not that I walked around in crop tops and miniskirts all day but I definitely dressed pretty casually. Long gone are days of wearing sweatpants and cut up t-shirts, lying in bed with Netflix. Though I still desperately miss Netflix during the day, I do have to say that I love dressing up for work. I hate to admit it but in college, there were some days when I didn’t even look in the mirror. I had maybe one class scheduled for a day, so I didn’t really care about getting myself semi put together, let alone all prettied up. It is really nice to match my outfits, wear jewelry, and do my hair and make-up on a daily basis. I might change my tune once it’s cold outside and I just want to cuddle up in fleece all day, but for now this is definitely a nice change of pace!

Since I work in a lab, I have certain restrictions on what I can wear. No skirts, crops, or dresses, and I have to wear safety shoes instead of pumps or flats. It’s fun working around the restrictions and still staying fashionable enough; I mean there are days when my outfit would be perfectly polished with a pair of black patent leather pumps but hey, the safety shoes are cute enough to make it work!

Another weird transition is what I buy when I go shopping. My predominant requirement to look for is something I can wear at work, and still wear in a casual setting. It’s weird to not immediately run to the maxi skirt or crop top racks and instead focus on more conservative professional clothing. I love shopping for work; if you look in the right places, you can find adorable blouses that can definitely be worn in multiple settings. With that being said, I went shopping splurging last week and bought a bunch of stuff that I could not wait to wear this week.

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Blouse – Forever21 | Pants – LOFT | Safety Shoes – Rockport

My cousin was visiting last week and we both fell in love with this shirt at Forever21. For years, we’ve wanted to buy matching shirts, and we were really happy that we finally found what we’d been looking for! I love the black lace detail and the overall quality of the shirt. I’m a little skeptical when it comes to buying work clothes at Forever because a lot of their shirts are too sheer to be appropriate. This was definitely a pleasant surprise! The ankle pants from LOFT fit so well, and are really comfortable. This outfit definitely falls under the above-mentioned category of “would look perfectly polished with a pair of black patent leather pumps” and the safety boat shoes definitely take a little getting used to. Luckily they’re fun and comfy, so when I think about my outfits I just pretend they match too!

xO K

Floral Maxi Dress!

Maxi dresses are becoming the definition of summer. When the style first came out, I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I could pull one off. I decided to take a leap of faith and I’m so glad I did! Maxi dresses have instantly become a summer staple for me, and I feel like I can wear them just about anywhere. They are so perfect for a casual weekend running errands, a backyard party, a day at the beach, or just about any other summer activity! Since I spend most of my day in business casual clothes for work, I’ve been trying my best to not change directly to pjs when I get back and utilize my summer warddrobe as much as I can. I wore my first, and absolute favorite maxi dress this weekend, and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!

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 Dress – Forever21 | Bandeau – Aerie | Shoes – American Eagle

The best part about this dress is how it has an inner lining that cuts off just above the knee. The remaining length is sheer with a slit down the left side. The back is also open and has a tie close. I feel like all of these elements make it dressier which adds to its versatility. The tie close may seem tricky because it isn’t wide enough to cover a strap underneath, but an easy fix is pairing it with a bandeau of any color. This way you don’t have to worry about what to wear inside, and you can add a little something to the outfit. The biggest highlight of this dress for me is the adorable floral print. Can it be any more summer?

xO K