Monday, April 21, 2014


Pencil Skirt and Top
This week I'm writing a bit about developing your "personal style" and use today's outfit as my example. I've been getting quite a few comments lately about how people enjoy my looks because they are stylish but very relatable. So I'm hoping my words can help my readers who might need a little boost of confidence in their personal style! 

Style InterplayThe first thing that I'm drawn to when shopping for clothes is comfort. I am a creature of comfort in a lot of ways and it doesn't end at my personal style just because I'm into fashion. I thoroughly believe that you feel the best about yourself when you think you look good AND you are comfortable. Never sacrifice that. 

Except when breaking in an amazing pair of shoes... That's my only exception. 

For me, this means that I am immediately drawn to knits. Wearable fabrics that feel good on my body is number one. Even better that items made of jersey knit are more commonly worn in more formal ways. For example, the diy pencil skirt in my last post, t-shirts under a fitted blazer, or dresses like this one that are appropriate for work. 

Accessories on Style Interplay

Here is one of the many outfits with a similar silhouette as I have here. Flat shoes, pencil knee length skirt, somewhat of a boxier top and a scarf. It works for me because I like to show off my curves while still being what some would call "modest" with a longer hemline, and loose fitting top.

I wouldn't necessarily call myself a modest dresser. If you know me, you probably see me sporting sheer t-shirts all the time. But I'm also not one to advertently flaunt certain parts of my body either.

Anyways, it's important to know your shape and find a style that you like and are comfortable in. For me, this is that. Scroll through my outfit posts and you'll see patterns. Once you find pieces and shapes that you like, build on that. Find pieces with similar shapes in different fabrics, colors etc. It makes it easy to put together an outfit that you know for sure looks good on you!
Now, your priorities might be different than mine; but it's safe to say that everyone wants to feel comfortable in the clothes that they wear. This is how I approach that. Once you find an outfit that works for you, capitalize on that outfit to build your style and your closet. Here I've mixed it up with fabrics, color and print. 

Here I have one of my favorite Rachel Comey tops, Topshop oxfords, and H&M scarf. What you see as a skirt is actually a crochet dress that I found at Goodwill last weekend, and the leather satchel is also a goodwill find from a couple years ago. I'm wearing an assortment of gold bracelets I got from my grandma and the friendship bracelet/anklet is from a friend! I had two laying around and gave one to Craig and then decided to start wearing this one myself! 

Let me know what you think about creating your personal style. What's most important to you? 

Monday, April 14, 2014


Hello, friends! Craig has been here with me for the past couple days and I couldn't be more happy about it. We snagged some photos together with ILLGANDER and here are some of my favorites! 

This weekend was full of meeting up with Craig's friends and family here on the west coast. Lots of yummy meals out. We also went on a short hike here in Corvallis up Bald Hill. Spent a bit on campus to get work done because neither of us have had a vacation together where we didn't have work to get done. 

Now it's Monday and he heads back to Massachusetts, I return to class and it is unknown when we will see each other again! Oh, the joy of long distance relationships. 

This skirt I actually made the night before out of necessity. It has suddenly turned to beautiful weather and I had just gotten rid of tons in my closet. So, with some extra fabric I made a simple knit pencil skirt. I'm really liking the all white look, but don't see it as something I can pull off, so I went with more of an off white styled look with a heathered beige t-shirt and flesh toned skirt and flats. I was super comfortable wearing it!

Props to Craig picking his own outfit out. Dudes are easy. 

My outfit: hand made skirt (similar), Nude flats, Forever 21 t-shirt, H&M belt, thrifted Liz Claiborne bag, vintage lamp necklace

Friday, April 11, 2014


I needed to post some recent inspiration. This whole spring cleaning thing I've taken to the next level and have so much stuff I'm giving away. I really think I'm heading toward a more minimal lifestyle. While going through my things I realize how much stuff I have that I don't need at all. 

Crossing my fingers that I will be moving in two months, so this is the natural next step. It's been a very refreshing process!  It's inspired me for new home decor ideas that I can't wait to apply to a new and different place in the future! 

Let me know if anyone is interested in my cleaning, organizing process of getting rid of things. I can write more about my mentality behind it and how it's become easy for me to let things go. 

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!