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13 No-Fuss Fall Accessories

Summer, it’s been real. But I’m making room for autumn. The warm-hued makeup palettes and 5-layer outfits are just as exciting as the pumpkin-flavored menu items and brand new season premieres. (C’mon, Shonda Rhimes!) While I revel in fall fashion, I think certain accessories can seem a bit impractical. Wide-brimmed wool hats are romantic, unless you’re sitting behind one during your 9:00am lecture. And suede booties are just asking to be rained on. For that reason, I’ve put together a list of accessories that are easy to find, easy to style and easy on the wallet. 

FALLINGDOWNAWAY

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Shopping List: Spring & Summer Style

Ah, spring. Flowers are blooming, school years are winding down, and my allergies are on full blast. But, in between refills of Claritin-D, I had time to put together a little style collection. Here are some of the ways I would style my favorite spring and summer trends.

GARDENVARIETY

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I Love You Like XO

St. Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, which, for many, means romantic dinners, bouquets of flowers and boxes of chocolate from a special someone. For me, it means a few bottles of red wine and a funny movie with friends. No matter your relationship status, V-Day is a chance to show off your most lovable fashion choices. Here are mine, along with my picks for some pretty impressive gifts, either to yourself or from your boo-thang. (more…)

The Love Below

This past week, much of the Midwest was frozen solid in a record snow storm. Wind chills reached the negative forties. Entire bodies of water turned to ice. And I had to scrape what felt like pounds of snow from on top of my car. But the weather got me thinking: what are the best wardrobe choices for subzero temperatures? I know the obvious choice is down-filled snowsuits that zip up to your eyelashes. But is there a way to be cute without being cold? (more…)

Baby, It’s Code

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On this particularly gloomy day, I thought it best to rock some cool tones. This velveteen blazer is one of my favorite thrift store finds ever, because I love the deep violet color and plush fabric. And it fits me like a glove. I layered the blazer over a simple white shirt from Target, with knit paneling at the collar. The dark jeans are from Old Navy. For jewelry, I opted for my favorite silver necklace (H&M) and a simple silver watch (Nordstrom).

Isabel Marant x H&M Is Here

The PR wannabe in me always loves it when a high-end fashion house designs for a fast-fashion brand, because it’s like getting a care package of goodies right before Finals Week. It reminds us that they’re listening and that they care. And it challenges this notion that fashion can’t be accessible, wearable and affordable.  When you see a Jessica Alba or a Solange wearing the same Phillip Lim x Target piece as your favorite style blogger (or yourself), it sends a message to consumers that all of those gossip mags have been trying to tell us for years: famous people are just like us!

French designer Isabel Marant has teamed up with H&M to create a collection that will literally be flying off the shelves this holiday season. It’s clean yet fun, structured yet bohemian, simple yet opulent. And it’s perfect for the office Christmas party, a warm night in, snagging those Black Friday buys or watching the ball drop. (more…)

I’m Coming Home Again

This past weekend was my school’s Homecoming, so I had to step it up and step out. (Little Known Fact: My university actually invented Homecoming! MIZ!) My friends and I went out Thursday and Friday night, and we had so much fun! (more…)

Candy-Coated Raindrops

Autumn is upon us. And the only thing I like more than the night we get to turn our clocks back is the fashion. The difference, though, between fall and winter (although I love them both equally) is that during the former, we’re just trying to bundle up a bit in chilly weather. We’re required to layer our outfits more, which means we have room to improvise with such lovely additives as socks, tights, cardigans, scarves, hats and outerwear. In winter, it’s all about survival. For that reason, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite kinds of jackets and coats for fall. I suggest you stock up on these before it gets too cold. Lucky for me, the sites where I found these pieces had already styled them a bit, so you and I both have a great vantage point to begin putting outfits together from. (more…)

Orange Is The New Black

Shoes, DSW | Jeans, Forever 21 | Top, Old Navy | Necklace, H&M | Blazer, Forever 21

Shoes, DSW | Jeans, Forever 21 | Top, Old Navy | Necklace, H&M | Blazer, Forever 21

When it comes to job interviews, choosing an outfit can be tricky. It’s hard to know just how dressed up, or dressed down, to get. With this outfit, I tried to straddle the fence. I know the old saying goes, “You can never be overdressed or over-educated,” but I’ve shown up to many a casual interview in business professional attire and felt like a clown. So I tried to plan ahead by pairing some dark jeans with a black button-up. Deep, indigo-hued denim tends to appear more gussied up than light washes. And buttoned blouses transition perfectly from office to everyday wear. To add another touch of professionalism to my look, I added this tangerine-colored blazer. It’s one of my favorite pieces, because of its soft texture, cozy fit and vibrant color. I’m not usually an orange fan, but I went through a phase where I loved it and I still don’t regret this buy. (more…)

Back In Session

It’s that time of year again, when we trade in our beach towels for backpacks and our leftover summer plans get tucked under alarm clocks until Spring Break. The back-to-schoool season is upon us, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Well, there is one thing. I find that one way to cushion the blow of fifteen (or more) credit hours is to have something fly to wear to each and every one of them. (more…)