A short message on my blogging absence:
Needless to say it’s been a while. When I started this blog I was one of those girls who “wasn’t going to fall into blogging ruts.” I have so many ideas, so many new blog topics bubbling in my brain in a daily basis, how could I go days or weeks without posting? I was so nieve. I have so much respect for the many bloggers I follow who post on a daily basis with marvelous photos and flawless text, how do they have the time? And honestly, how do they have the motivation? I think I lost a little bit of myself in the first weeks, maybe months I began scratching the surface of the blogging world. I want to have a blog like her or her or her I would tell myself, and in that I started to forget why I started blogging in the first place.
I started blogging to express myself and share my life with others to hopefully benefit them in some way or another. But right now, looking at what I have accomplished so far I’m not sure to what extent I have done that. So here comes another change, I’m going to try to focus on making my posts a little more me. I know I can still get there someday, so don’t give up on me yet. Those million blogging ideas in my brain, they are still there and I am going to write about them all.
Before I mention anything about myself, my day or my outfit I want to take a moment to address the series of attacks in Paris this evening. My heart is broken as I read the latest statistics reporting that well over 100 people have been killed in the attacks. Social media is blowing up with the hashtags #PrayforParis and #PeaceforParis. Please take a moment to send the citizens of Paris your thoughts and prayers in this horrific time and also to thank God for the many blessings of life. In the midst of such heartbreaking events I can’t help but think about how completely blessed I am. In the wise words of Albert Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
For me personally today was a wonderful day. Yes, I know it is Friday the 13th, the oh-so-spooky superstitious day known for horrible things, but my day was great despite the clouded skies and chilly breeze. I spent my evening out with my boyfriend getting sushi at my favorite restaurant, singing in the car to extremely loud rap songs and finally coming home to my warm bed feeling so blessed.
My outfit today I feel reflected this mood. I simply wore a light wash pair of skinny jeans with my new knee high boots, a warm white sweater and of course my new, most favorite blanket scarf ever. I’m completely obsessed with the blanket scarf fad and can’t wait to purchase more in every plaid color combination possible! They keep me so warm and cozy, plus can be worn many many different ways. They are the perfect piece for this chilly season.
What made you feel blessed today?
This striped t-shirt dress is one of my favorite dresses from summer. I grabbed it at (where else) Target this past July and it became a staple for me all summer long. As the weather gets chillier it is still one of my favorite pieces. The common belief that summer clothes must be tucked away at the end of summer isn’t always true. There are tons of fun and fashionable ways to transition your clothing throughout the seasons. For this look I simply added a black knit infinity scarf to fend off the cold, and paired it with my favorite pair of white converse. Here are a few simple ways to transition summer clothes into fall:
As seen in today’s outfit scarves are a cozy and cute way to make a summery dress perfect for the colder weather. Pair your favorite dresses or summer shirts with cute infinity scarves, knit scarves and (my new fav) blanket scarves.
Short or tall, boots are another great accessory to add to your summer pieces to keep your tootsies warm. I’m loving shorter booties this season, but rider boots are another great option to pair with a dress or even a pair of jeans and a flowery top.
Don’t put your tank tops away just yet, throw on a cardigan to fend off the cold and keep your favorite summer tanks in style for fall.
How do you transition your summer clothes to fall?
I have been eyeing every faux fur vest I have seen for the last two years, and I finally gave in. For as long as I can remember I have loved fashion, my mom told me once that she never had to pick out my outfits, I always wanted to choose my own. This love of fashion has led me many times to gravitate towards more flashy pieces, but my confidence hasn’t always allowed me to actually buy or wear them. Lately I’ve been more confident and determined to wear those pieces that are a “little out there.” So I finally bought a faux fur vest, it helped that it was half price at H&M for $20.
I paired the vest with a simple black long sleeve and a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. I accessorized with my favorite pair of suede booties and finished off the look off with simple gold circle studs and my go to long necklace.
How would you style a faux fur vest?
Faux Fur Vest $39.99
So I finally caved. I have been completely adoring every single monogrammed thing I see lately and I finally gave in. My happiness when this purchase arrived was indescribable. I bought a monogrammed vest from MarleyLilly (the monogrammed quilted vest to be exact). If you don’t already own a vest, get one now! Vests are the staple to have this fall, they are perfect to be paired with sweaters, flannels and scarves. Also they add extra warmth on the cooler days.
I would say that MarleyLilly is the cutest site ever and I will most definitely be shopping it again. If you have not yet checked it out I definitely recommend doing so! They sell everything monogrammed, and by everything I mean anything from lunch boxes to personalized boots. They almost always have a sale of some sort. Currently they have: spend $50 free shipping and also spend $50 to get a free tee. (But hurry the free tee sale only lasts until tomorrow!) Typically I dislike ordering online because the packages take forever to arrive but I was pleased to receive my vest two days after purchasing. I may be revisiting the shop soon to buy more! I’ve listed my “wish list” below, check it out for more adorable MarleyLilly items.
My MarleyLilly Wish List:
Happy Fall everyone!
This is my adorable friend Allie!
Pair vests with sweaters, flannels and scarves this fall.
My MarleyLilly makes me cheese too hard.
I thought it might be fun to walk through a field today…
I can’t wait to wear this every day!!
MarleyLilly Quilted Vest: $44.99
Hollister Super Skinny Jeans: $49.95
Similar Boots: $49.99
Similar Sweater: $19.90
Actually this outfit was from earlier this week. Who knew keeping up with school, work, a social life and a blog would be so time-consuming? Life gets so busy sometimes it’s unreal. I’ve been trying hard to keep up with everything and I’m learning it’s impossible. Before I talk about my outfit I just wanted to talk a little about handling my crazy life and some of my little ways to lessen the stress!
I will be honest I am not a very organized person. My room is almost always a mess and my mind matches. With all the things I have been doing lately I have had to make my mind at least a little more organized, here are a few of my tips:
Use a planner: My planner is my life. I write everything down in it, literally everything and I look through it every night to make sure it all gets done. There are so many cute ones in so many different formats and sizes, I purchased mine for about $8 at Target but Lilly Pulitzer has the cutest ones around.
Sticky note it: Along with my planner I always carry a pack of sticky notes in my bag. You can write extra little reminders to put inside your planner, or to stick where you will see them (on your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your desk).
Carry a BAG not a purse: Being constantly on the go I have found that those cute little cross bodies are not for me, I can never fit everything I need. Carrying a larger purse or bag allows room for everything and room to keep those little extras always in your purse (i.e.: gum, pain killers, extra makeup bag, planner, etc).
Onto my outfit! Fall is among us and so is fall fashion. I picked up this dress from Forever 21 earlier this week and fell instantly in love with its color and its material. This style of dress has been popping up everywhere and so have the booties, which I am obsessed with by the way. I got this pair at (where else…) Target for around $35. For heels they are easy to walk in and comfortable.
Enjoy the Autumn weather!
See you soon.
Forever 21 Thermal Dress
As August comes to an end summer is beginning to wind down here in Illinois, meaning one thing for me: fall clothes! Fall is my favorite season of the year and with the cloudy skies today it was the perfect time to dress for the season. I spent the day shopping with a friend and eating the best store-bought gelato on the market. Seriously, I am now obsessed with talenti gelato, the Coffee Chocolate Chip one is to die for! (TRY IT!)
Pretty much everything I wore today I have had in my closet for quite a while, the jeans are a pair I’ve been wearing for over a year now from Hollister. Don’t be afraid to re-wear clothing you have had for a while, I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend $30 on a shirt to wear it once or twice! Make the most out of the things you already have in your closet, you’ll be amazed by the fun outfits you can create.
The t-shirt I’m wearing is just a cheapie I picked up a while ago from Target, and the cardigan is from H&M. I can’t stress enough to invest in basics! A mistake that we all make is purchasing too many articles of print, or pieces that are not very versatile. Invest in a couple of plain tees, sweaters and tanks. Basic, plain colored clothing items are essential to any outfit and easily accessorize.
The booties I wore today are actually a pair from last winter, I picked them up at Kohls during a sale at the end of the fall season. They have been one of my favorite items in my closet since. My bag is the only new item from my outfit today, I purchased it last week from (where else) Target on clearance for about $14. I finished my outfit off with my gold-plated black statement necklace. I’ve had it stashed away for a while now, it’s so versatile and I absolutely love it.
I just want to quickly mention my hair today; I tried something new. I’ve been seeing tons of girls wearing a little half bun lately and I’ve been wanting to try it. After a few tries I think I have the do mastered. It’s quick, easy and probably my go to hairstyle from now on!
Happy Sunday everyone.
Please ignore my obnoxious laughter
BEST gelato ever.
I’m sitting on a red ball.
Yes I’m at Target. Where else would I take photos?
Can’t go shopping with Starbucks in my hand!
Find all the items in these photos in the links below!
Similar black tee
Dark wash skinny jeans
Similar booties #1
Similar booties #2
Similar necklace with earrings and bracelet
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I’ve mentioned already that I am obsessed with Target. Being young and on a budget it’s typically my go to store for almost everything. Today I did a little mini haul, taking advantage of some really awesome deals in the mean time. I visit Target quite frequently so check back weekly for new posts on what I bought “Today at Target!”
What I bought:
First I picked up the cutest little thank you notes from the dollar section. I always keep a stash of thank yous in my desk, and I recommend to anyone and everyone to do the same! In today’s modern world of technology we often lose the value of saying thank you, as in taking the time to write a short, hand written note in a card. Target always has adorable thank you cards with envelopes in packs of 8 right in the dollar section. The ones I grabbed today have a simple flower graphic pattern and read thank you below.
The next thing I picked up were a pair of white, gold-plated dangling earrings. I am SO obsessed with this type of earring, I probably have 10 similar pairs in different colors. If you don’t already check out Target’s clearance section in accessories, I strongly advice you to every time you go. These adorable earrings dropped from their original price of $7.99 to a clearance price of $5.59. I will happily keep that extra $2.40 in my wallet!
Shoes was my next destination, the Super Target near my house has a GINORMOUS shoes section and it was my lucky day because all summer shoes were 50% off! And on top of that Cartwheel had another deal giving me another 25% off all shoes purchased today, 75% off! If you are not yet a Cartwheel user, Target’s coupon app, I am telling you now you should be. The app allows you to search up to 12 coupons and use them combined, you are able to scan items to search them and the best part is all the coupons you use are combined digitally into a single bar code to be scanned at the register. My beaded flip-flops originally sold for $29.99 with my combined discounts I purchased them for $6.73.
Finally I tried on a few items in the clothing department. I purchased a striped t-shirt dress along with a cute little beaded tank that can easily be transitioned from summer to fall. I found the tank in the clearance section dropped in price from $19.99 to $9.98. The t-shirt dress was full price at $19.99 but Target currently has a buy one get one half off sale on Mosimo dresses. So my shopping partner in crime (my mom) also purchased a dress so we could save 25% off each! I got the dress for a final price of $15.34.
So on today’s mini Target haul I spent around $40 on all the adorable items you see below!
All in all it was a great shopping day.
I love these embellished flip flops with all my heart!
My new go to earring.
When shopping in Target’s clearance clothing, start at the 70% off rack and work your way down!
Note: Unfortunately not all Target clearance items are priced the same online as they are in some stores, but be sure to check out your local Target store to see if they still have these items in stock! Also the thank you note cards cannot be purchased online, but different variations of these cards can be found in most Target store’s dollar sections. Although the prices fluctuate all other items I purchased today are listed below.
Rhinestone Embellished Flip Flops
White Gold Plated Dangling Earrings