Sunday, September 28, 2014

Autumn Smiles

Shirt Dress: c/o ShopLately   Jacket & Bag: thrifted   Socks & Hat: c/o Oasap   Boots: Just Fab
Okay everyone, I am officially wearing layers here. As in, fall layers. 
Let the autumn excitement commence.

Seriously - tights, knee socks, tall boots, and a jacket? I was quite comfortable despite the looming clouds, and felt amazingly stylish thanks to this fun, print tee from ShopLately! I talked all about their online marketplace, which you can read up about here in case you missed it.

Now, I know that the description labels this as a tee, but seriously? It's so long, I made it work as a dress. In my opinion, it's one of those hybrid tee-dresses. Right? Right.
Layers make everything work the way you want them to!

I've been stepping up my makeup routine lately, and that includes a vast improvement in my lipstick collection. What I've discovered is that the best drugstore brand to go with is Maybelline Sensational. This new, plum lipstick I'm wearing stayed in place despite going out later for some pizza. Impressive, right? In fact, I loved it so much, I went back and bought a second color!

In other news, I've started picking up morning shifts at my job as a barista, and whoo buddy. It's a complete opposite of my usual closing hours. We get a little busy in the afternoons and evenings, but it is nothing compared to the morning rush. Somehow, when I worked Saturday morning (our busiest day), I ended up on the espresso machine. Not to brag, but I felt like a boss as I quietly and intently worked through the never ending line of tickets, tossing them aside as I presented customers inside and outside with their drinks.

There's a dance that's hidden in making coffee, and each customer is an unknowing choreographer who adds to the rhythm and pattern I'm following. After a couple tickets, I feel my body flowing into the movements of pulling espresso shots, steaming milk, and reaching for the varying syrup bottles.

It was intense, difficult, and challenging - but it felt so satisfying to realize I could do it. Thinking back to when I first started and how discouraging it was to try and learn everything, I can't help but marvel at how far I've come. It's been quite an experience, and a skill set I'm proud to have acquired.

Just goes to show that sticking with something and seeing it through can really pay off!

Have a beautiful Sunday, Dragonistas.
Hope you're enjoying a lovely fall day wherever you are!

"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
William Cullen Bryant
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

High Intensity

Necklace: c/o ShopLately   Shirt: Debs   Skirt: Rue 21   Bag&Heels: thrifted
I've always been all about making a statement with fashion, so you can imagine my enthusiasm in receiving this gorgeous statement necklace from ShopLately! Isn't it stunning? I absolutely love it! Combined with a cleaned up, black and white outfit (what else do I wear lately?), a bold red lip, and a slicked back ponytail, I felt positively chic. 

I've worked with ShopLately in the past, but I feel as if they've revamped their website and are even more efficient than ever. In case you've never heard about them, they're an online market featuring unique designers and brands that you won't find on every other girl on campus. This has always been my issue - living in a small town that doesn't place very high priority on personal style, I often find multiple people wearing the same, tired, sole trendy piece that's being sold at the local mall. As someone who's always desired having her own, individual style that stands out from the average, college girl look, ShopLately is a great marketplace that does all the work of finding unique and relatable pieces for me and puts it all in one place.

Plus, they have everything! Shoes, clothes, jewelry, name it. It makes for some fun browsing. And just in case the browsing gets old, they get new arrivals every Monday, with sales going on every Wednesday! Seriously guys, I'm gonna have to try and restrain myself from window shopping too much...because you know where window shopping leads to...

In case you're a major shopaholic though, and you know you'd end up spending all your allowance money there, they've created an Insider Program that allows you to get access to special sales, and my favorite thing in the world for online shopping - FREE SHIPPING. For $9 a year, I'd say that's quite the membership.

So basically, ShopLately is awesome and if you're looking to revamp your wardrobe for the fall season, I highly recommend you check them out! 

Oh that's right, and it's officially autumn, ladies. Let all the pumpkin spice, fall leaves, pumpkin carving, and apple picking craziness commence. 

As for me, I'm taking my picnic basket and heading out for a hike today. I'm certain I'll have photos to share for a future post from this. 

What are your opinions on statement jewelry? Any favorite pieces that you like to wear?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Music Monday: Fall Out Boy

Alright, today's Music Monday isn't a rare find or anything. I'm certain the majority of you have probably heard Fall Out Boy's new single, "Centuries."

However, if you haven't, give it a listen and get pumped up for your Monday!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Paleness and Pineapples

Crop Top: Romwe (via Catsuit Latex)  Shorts: Macys   Hat: c/o Oasap   Bag: c/o Wholesale Dress   Flats: Target
Well helloooooo white stomach!
I apologize for the flash of paleness, but I've told you about my abdomen's aversion to being displayed, right? Which of course, bit me in the butt when I received this crop top from Romwe. Ah well. At least you can tell I actually have gotten some sun this summer. Just nowhere near my midsection, haha! I figured I'd better get one more good wear out of this summery top before the cool, fall weather sets in.

These high waisted shorts are a new clearance find from Macy's and my goodness, how has my wardrobe functioned so long without a pair like this? I wear them with absolutely everything!
It helps that it's black and fits with my barista dress code, of course. I swear, that's how I talk myself into purchasing all my clothes now. It's black or white? Hey, I can wear that for work!

Now I may not have the best stomach (um, the truth is I'm rather self conscious about it and know it's my weakest part), but I absolutely adore this crop top. I knew I could make it look fairly decent with something high waisted, so I decided to forego my inhibitions and wear this out to run a few errands in.

How many of you are tired of hearing comments like this from other girls:
"Oh, I wish I could pull of those (insert name of stylish item here), but I just have (insert imaginary flaw here) to be able to look good in it.

My response? If you like it, all you have to do to "pull it off" is wear it.

"I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says 'Here I am!' today." 
Iris Apfel
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