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Starting Fresh

hello 2014

When I look back on this year, a lot has happened. A lot happens every year, but something about 2013 felt so significant. There were a million and one changes in my life, both good and bad, and they all impacted me tremendously. I've found myself living in the moment so often lately that I guess it only feels right to turn a new leaf and start a new year fresh (not that I have a choice... the clock will strike midnight and it will be 2014 tonight no matter if I'm ready or not!).

Tonight I'm excited to be going to a party and celebrating with my friends. Let me know what your plans are!

New Years Outfit

top: j. crew factory // skirt: j. crew // heels: h&m (similar) // ring: bauble bar // bracelet: bauble bar

Something about pink and navy and sequins just makes this outfit feel so right to wear to ring in the New Year... maybe because it's my three favorite things all in one!
What will you be wearing on New Years?


I feel like the few days post-Christmas can sort of throw us into a rut; the excitement that comes with the holiday seemed to have disappeared 30 minutes after that last gift was opened, or the realization that you ate 12 cookies yesterday has finally hit.

For me, I know I'll be spending this third day post-Christmas exercising (my cardio this week consisted of running across a parking lot... once) and organizing. I just got home last night around eight from St. Louis and have yet to unpack and clean my room, etc.

On the positive side, I'm too excited for a party tomorrow night to celebrate my friend's 16th birthday and felt a little inspiration was in order- and not to mention, but New Year's Eve is right around the corner!

party inspiration

What are your plans for this weekend?

Christmas Cheer

After receiving my camera for Christmas I shot maybe four outfit posts in one day... To say I'm obsessed is an understatement.

My cousin and I bundled up (or at least I did...) and had a bit too much fun taking pictures. Aren't my mittens whaley cute? ;)


On Me: ASOS Coat // Vineyard Vines Gloves (Similar) // Hunter Boots
On cHc: Frocket // Hunter Boots


Christmas in Cashmere

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with lots of family, food, and a few gifts here and there... My favorite gift has to have been my new Nikon D3100 which I loved playing with all day yesterday!

My family celebrates in our pajamas, but I still feel I should look a little presentable. I pulled out my favorite J. Crew pajamas and cashmere sweater for snaps in front of the 13 foot tall tree!


How was your Christmas? 

#tbt to fall

One day of exams down, two to go! Here's a fun little out-take from an outfit post I did a few months ago... Something about messy hair + distressed jeans + converse makes me feel like I'm cool or something (ha, kidding). If your interested in my hair routine see that post {here}, but I literally just wash it and let it air dry for this style!


PS- Do I look hipster? eJm will probably think I'm crazy for saying that but I think this outfit is kind of totally hipster... or maybe that's because I'm used to all J. Crew everything?

Oh, Christmas Tree

Happy Monday! Sorry I've been MIA... With exams in (eep!) only two days, I've been super busy studying and haven't had much time for blogging. On the bright side, we put up our Christmas tree last night and I found a little time to share a few pictures...

Our tree isn't as full and big this year as it usually is, but I think we did a really nice job of hanging the ornaments this year! I love decorating our tree as we listen to Christmas music and load our tree with lights and ornaments! I really like the way we decorate because we don't overflow our tree with ornaments and the selection is usually more classic rather than random little finds, something I really like...

How do you decorate your tree?

Holiday Party Outfit Guide

holiday party outfit guide

Hello, hello! Can you tell I'm excited for the Holidays? I have so many fun posts planned for this month, and this one is a personal favorite. Who doesn't love a fun holiday party? Um, no one. The only challenge, as usual, is what to wear. Here are a few suggestions for the festivites of this season.


The soirée :: A fun dress accessorized to a t shows personal style and gives off a fun vibe saying "I'm ready to party!". This dress is so fun and I wouldn't mind ringing in the New Year in this number... Not to mention, that clutch is essential for the holidays.

necklace // dress // clutch // heels


Making an appearance at your mom's party :: #navyornothing am I right or am I right? This pink and navy outfit would make me not want to wear anything else to celebrate the holidays this season! I just bought this shirt and similar earrings and I'm obsessed... Now I know how to style it! Anyways, it's always fun (just kidding, it's never fun) to spend a little time at your parent's parties and it is so important to look presentable for the adults!

earrings // top // skirt // flats


Your friend's get-together: Ahh for those fun yet casual nights in your friend's kitchens making cookies and watching movies and listening to holiday music, it's important to be both comfortable and cute! I'm kind of in love with this sweater-leather pants-tartan loafers combo. It's a little edgy for me but I would totally be willing to take a step out of my comfort zone for this ensemble!

Which outfit is your favorite?

Peony Lim

I'm introducing my latest style icon. Ever heard of Peony Lim, the most perfect person in the world with a fabulous blog and wonderful taste? You have now.

Check out her blog {here}.

Paris Street Style

If you follow me on Pinterest {follow here} you probably know that I'm obsessed with Paris. When I came across this article on Refinery 29 I kind of died. Paris street style = Perfection.

"It's chic o'clock"


Happy Saturday {Links Edition}

happy weekend

Happy Saturday! In honor of the first official weekend in December and getting my Christmas tree this weekend, I figured nothing could be better than a few links to get us into the holiday spirit.

-How cute is {this duffel coat} from ASOS? #navyornothing and under $150!
-I bought a fur on Cyber Monday {this one here} and loved seeing how The Glitter Guide / Happily Grey styled it {here}
-This Pantene commercial from Thailand might be long but it is definitely worth the watch! So inspiring.
-I just did a whole weeks worth of gift guides; don't forget to shop them for ideas for friends and family! See the posts {here}
-Currently in the process of developing my own column on OK Mag's website... be sure to stay tuned for the launch!
-Jessica Biel designed a gorgeous holiday theme room on Domaine Home; it's to die for {see here}

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cyber Monday Sales

Hellooooo, Cyber Monday! Without long lines and big crowds I welcome the best deals of all from the comfort of your own computer! There are some fabulous deals today only that you won't want to miss...

J. Crew Factory: 50% everything + Free Shipping *use code: GOSHOP
J. Crew: 30% off your entire purchase + Free Shipping *use code: MONDAY
Kate Spade: 30% off everything + Free Shipping *use code: CYBER30
C. Wonder: 40% off your entire purchase + Free Shipping over $75 *use code: GIFTS40
Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase + Free Shipping *use code: FEAST25
Asos: 30% off everything *use code: GIMMEMORE
Henri Bendel: 25% off handbags and wallets, 30% off jewelry and gifts, 40% off travel and tech, and $20 gift card with all orders. *use code: CYBER13
Bauble Bar: 20% off your entire purchase *use code: CYBER20
LOFT: 50% off everything *use code: CYBER50
Jack Wills: 30% off everything *use code: JWGIVE
Design Darling: 20% off everything *use code: THANKS
H&M: (Only on orders over $50) 40% off entire purchase + Free Shipping *use code: 7376
Serena and Lily: 20% off + Free Shipping *use code: THANKS20
Gap / Banana Republic: 40% off entire purchase + Free shipping over $50 *use code: CYBER

Go on and shop!