Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last of Autumn

I still had these photos from mid-November that I haven't gotten around to posting yet. Now that it's mid-December, here they finally are. I remember that this day was peculiarly warm. I had the afternoon off, so Chris and I had a coffee shop date and then did this shoot. I miss all the fall colors and I wish they could stick around a little longer.

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I love this sweater. I love that it's big and drapey and I love the pattern. It sort of reminds me of this sweater my mom used to have that was probably from the 80s or 90s when geometric stuff was in. I don't wear black often, and it's even more rare that I wear black without any pops of color, but I was feeling in a black and white mood, plus I wanted to wear this new lipstick I got and it just has a dark feel to it. I want to wear it all the time, but I feel like it's too dramatic for every day wear at work.

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I also rarely wear pants. I tend to always change into jeans when I get home from work and I'm going to go somewhere in the colder months. I wear pants more in the dead of winter too, but I try to wear dresses and skirts as much as I can. I love high-waisted jeans, though, and these ones from Urban Outfitters are great.

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My mom would always tell me that I look good in hats and always exclaim that she looks terrible in them. To be honest, I can't say if that's true because she never wears them so I have never been able to see. I don't wear hats too often, but I do think that they can really change the vibe of an outfit. It's amazing how one piece of clothing or an accessory can add so much to an entire outfit.

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So I am officially done with the fall semester! I don't have to think about classes again for almost a month. Woo! This semester was a good one, and I'm so glad I took the young adult literature class. It was probably the most fun class I've taken in this program, and definitely one that I was the most into. Who can hate a class where you get to read novels instead of textbooks?

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When I was younger and didn't have jobs to worry about, I used to look forward to winter break so much. I would make a to-do list for all of my breaks and try to do as much as possible. Even when I was only working one part-time job, it felt great to have extra time not devoted to classes to get things done and have fun. I often wish that I could take a week off just to have a "staycation" and get things done that I never get around to. Maybe I'll take one sometime soon. For now, I'm looking forward to going to Florida in a couple of months!

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Sweater: Forever 21//Jeans: Urban Outfitters//Shirt: Iz Byer//Boots: American Eagle//Hat: Forever 21//Necklace: c/o Loopsway//Lipstick: Revlon
I usually hate the snow, but sometimes it's nice to be snowed in. It kind of forces you to be productive since you can't go out and do anything. But after a day, I'm over it and need to leave the house immediately or I'll go insane. I'm definitely not the type of person who can be cooped up inside for days no matter what the weather is doing.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Show Your (Vintage) Stripes

Here's another outfit I put together with pieces from the local vintage shop that asked me to be a guest curator! I love a classic 50's silhouette and this dress has it. Plus, it has a great silvery striped pattern, which would be great for the holidays!

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The belt is the same as I wore with the last outfit, but it's so versatile. Burgundy is such a great color to mix and match with. It has the potential for so many interesting color combinations. I got a little matchy with the belt and shoes as my shoes are kind of burgundy/wine colored as well.

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Christmas is coming up so fast! I've got all my shopping one, except for one gift card. The next thing to move onto will be baking. I have so many cookies to bake that I don't know what to do with myself. I wanted to bring a tray to both of my jobs, plus we're having a cookie swap at the library too. Then there's a tray for Christmas Eve at my grandparents' and trays for Chris and some of my friends. It's going to be insanity, especially since the majority of the cookie I'm making are going to be cut-out ones. I am preparing to be armed with a rolling pin and covered in a coat of flour for probably most of next week. I definitely need a plan. Maybe I'll make doughs this week and then just cut them out and bake them next week.

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On top of that, I'm planning to make a pumpkin pie and maybe some apple crisp for Christmas Day dinner at my parents' house. It always amazes me how much preparation goes into Christmas. It's one day of the year, but it takes a month or more to prepare for it. But it's so magical and amazing when it's all done and it finally comes that it's always worth it. It's only once a year that we get to go crazy with cookies, gifts, decorations, and more.

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Dress & Belt: Vintage//Tights: Target//Shoes: Naturalizer//Lipstick: Too Faced Cosmetics
I am excited to have our first Christmas in the apartment. We got our tree all decorated and I really love it. It makes me so happy to see it all lit up. There aren't any presents under it yet, though, because the cat will mostly likely chew at them and sit on them...lol.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guest Post at Marie Darling!

I am guest posting today over at Marie Darling! She asked me to take part in her 25 Days of Christmas series, and I was thrilled to do it. I love Christmas and seasonal fun! Head on over to the post to read about my Christmas tree picking adventure. :)

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