Camel & Plaid


coat: J.Crew // turtle neck: J.Crew Factory // skirt: J.Crew // socks: L.L.Bean // boots: Tory Burch (old, current season linked) // sweater blazer: J.Crew Factory // watch: Michael Kors (old, similar) // bracelet: Kendra Scott // pearls: vintage // bag: Camebridge Satchel Co

This outfit has been on repeat lately. I purchased a few things in the major sale J.Crew had about a month ago, including most of the pieces in my outfit today. I fell in love with this adorable ruffle skirt when it first came out last fall, and I'm so happy I finally scored it (in a size 6 Tall, no less - my size is never available!). As I expect with the J.Crew skirts, it fits beautifully and it's a really thick material that I know will last. The wool is also extremely soft (moreso than usual), which was a great surprise.

From J.Crew Factory, I picked up the camel colored turtleneck that I'm wearing here. I wanted a lightweight layering piece that's still warm enough to be worn alone, and this fit the bill. Camel is definitely making a resurgence in my closet; generally, I try to stay away from brown in an effort to avoid matching my eyes/hair to my clothing, but camel has just enough of a gold undertone to make it really wearable for us brunettes. It also pairs beautifully with colors and other neutrals.

I also went out on a limb and tried out something a bit different - this gray sweater blazer (read: a sweater cut like a blazer). When Crew brought this out last season, I could definitely tell that it was part of Jim Brett's (J.Crew's CEO) strategy to go back to the company's classic design roots. Sweater blazers have been around for a while, especially in Polo Ralph Lauren's older lines, but it's been a minute since I've seen them elsewhere. Naturally, I was intrigued. I wasn't sure if sweater blazers would look good on me, or if they would have a place in my wardrobe, but I decided to give this one a shot. Wow, I am so glad I did! I've barely taken it off; it's the perfect medium between the comfort of a cardigan and the formality of a blazer. I can definitely see myself purchasing one in another color; I'm already eyeing the beautiful navy that's currently available on the website. Definitely go for the Factory version rather than the one offered at J.Crew retail -- the Factory piece is half the price and the quality is great!

Finally, I purchased an investment piece: a new coat. I've been looking for a wool coat to replace an older one from Bean that I've had for years, but is now just a bit too short. I knew I would probably have to bite the bullet and spend a bit more on it, especially since I need a tall size (the sleeves never long enough) and the only store that carries extended sizes in coats is J.Crew. That being said, I was still not in the mood to drop over $300 - so I bided my time and monitored the style I wanted until finally, I caught it on a sale-on-sale. I chose the J.Crew Lodge Coat style, which I would describe as the Cocoon coat's more flattering older sister, as it is very similar but with a less-boxy cut and a fabulous lining that makes it extra warm. I'm so happy with it; it's one of the warmest coats I've ever owned and I know it will be a staple in my winter wardrobe for years and years to come.

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What have been staples in your winter wardrobe lately? If spring is around the corner for you (we've had a bout of unseasonably warm weather, but it's definitely still winter), what are you looking forward to wearin gin the new season?


Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration

Valentine's day is just a week away!

Personally, I'm about in the middle when it comes to opinions on Valentine's day. I'm not against it at all, but it's also not a holiday that I actively look forward to. However, I will admit that any excuse to get dressed up in pink and red is one I'll gladly take.

Like many holidays, there's a huge range of ways that people celebrate Valentine's day, everything from nothing at all to going out to a fancy dinner. With that in mind, I've put together something similar to what I did for Thanksgiving last year, with three different outfits for varying activites (roughly in order of least formal to most formal). I had a ton of fun styling these with Valentine's colors in mind; I hope you enjoy and perhaps find some inspiration when creating your look for the day!

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine's Day outfit inspiration, and that you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. Let me know what you'll be wearing!


Ten January Favorites

1 // Essie "Between the Seats"

This has been my favorite nail polish allll month. This is the perfect nude for winter - not too cool-toned (those tend to make my hands look dead), but not overly warm, either. It's gotten to the point where I definitely need to purchase a new one, since I've had to use that trick where you pour a little acetone into the polish to make it spreadable again.

2 // Tory Burch Riding Boots

I've mentioned these time and time again, but they really have been such a staple for me this month. Lately I've oscillated between my riding boots and my Hunters depending on the weather. I am a loafer girl at heart, but even I have to concede to wearing boots when the weather gets below 30 degrees. These go with everything and are excellent quality. I will definitely have to give them a polish soon, though!

3 // Camp Socks

Everyone is probably sick of me saying/writing "camp socks", but I swear they are such a blessing during the winter time. I'll say no more, only that you must get a pair (from J.Crew, L.L.Bean or your favorite store) if you live in a cold climate.

4 // My New Agenda and Notebook

Early in January, I set out on a quest to get a new agenda for 2018. I ended up settling on this one from Kate Spade, and also acquired this adorable notebook from the brand as well. Both have been so helpful organizationally; perhaps most surprising is how often I use my notebook. I've never been much of a journaler, but I love writing down lists, making plans, and taking notes (especially during my college visits this month) all in one place.

5 // Oh She Glows Cookbook

Some of you may know that I've been vegetarian for around five years now, and last year I went vegan. This cookbook has been an amazing resource for delicious recipes, all of which are vegan-friendly! My mom has been experimenting with it a lot lately, and all of the recipes she's tried have come out amazing. Even my brothers (meat-lovers at heart) approve.

6 // Starbucks Tumbler

For Christmas, my best friend Mary got me a gorgeous copper tumbler from Starbucks (in the 24 oz size), and it's barely left my side all month. One of my new year's resolutions is to drink more water, so I am trying to drink at least two full tumblers per day. Something about that system just makes it seem much more manageable, and I've been drinking way more water than I usually do!

7 // Pom Pom Sweater from Talbots

This is the last time I'm going to mention this sweater, I promise! Simply put, it's one of my favorites this month. Warm, perfect for layering, and adorable - what's not to love?

8 // Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitener

On a whim, I bought a container of this off of Amazon. It got amazing reviews as a natural teeth whitener, so I decided to give it a chance. Honestly, it really does work! It's also just fun to have really black teeth while you're brushing with this, haha. Just don't make the mistake that I did and put too much on your toothbrush the first time you use it - you will inhale some, and you will cough up a lung in the process.

9 // Nike Tennis Shoes

Come tennis season, I essentially destroy my shoes. Last year's pair has a hole in the toe if that gives you a clue as to how rough I am on them! I've had the same style for two years now and loved it, but sadly Nike discontinued it this year. Instead, I bought the newer version, and I love how the white looks! I haven't played in them yet, so I'm sure the white won't last long - but they're insanely comfortable, and Nike tennis shoes have always served me well.

10 // My Claddagh Ring

My mom's side of the family is Irish (there are seven redheads in my family), and ever since I was younger I've wanted a Claddagh ring like the one my mom used to have. For my 18th birthday, she commissioned a jeweler in Dublin to make one for me; after some measurements and adjustments to make the ring perfect, it finally arrived at my doorstep in early January! I haven't taken it off since, and I love having a piece of my heritage.

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College Visits

Last weekend, my mom and I took a flight up to Chicago to visit Northwestern University and Notre Dame. Both were simply gorgeous; I don't want to give too many details (no jinxing!), but suffice it to say that I loved every minute. College visits are so motivating for me; whenever I come home from one I'm ready to jump back into schoolwork with the end goal of being on the campus of an incredible university next year, surrounded by equally passionate and curious students.

Second Semester of Senior Year!

We're half way there!!! March (decision season) seems so, so close now. After months of blood, sweat, and tears to pull my first semester grades together, my official transcript is now sent out. I have a moment to breathe, finally, before jumping full-force into IB exam season. I'm cherishing every moment of blissful free time!

Patti from @classicsbythesea

I love Patti's instagram! Her style is always so perfectly thought out, and she is truly an expert at layering. She's also a huge lover of wearing Lilly in the winter, which is making me want to pull my Lilly pieces out of summer storage. I've taken inspiration for more than a few outfits from her!

Krista from Covering the Bases

Krista has always been one of my favorite bloggers. We're the same size, and while her style is a little more metropolitan than mine, I love her work-chic outfits. She also has a really cool day job - she works for Major League Baseball! A total girl boss.

That's been everything and everyone I've been loving this month! I'd love to know what things stuck out for you from January, and I wish you a very exciting Februrary.


College Visits in the Midwest

sweater: J.Crew (old, similar) // button-down: Polo Ralph Lauren // jeans: Old Navy // socks: L.L.Bean // tote: Land's End (similar) // boots: Hunter

Last weekend was a four-day weekend for us to mark the end of the first semester. My mom and I took the opportunity to head up to Chicago, then Indiana to visit Notre Dame University and Northwestern University. I don't want to give too many details, but I can say that I loved seeing the campuses and spending time with my mom!

I packed for cold below l0 degrees so you can imagine my surprise when I stepped off the plane into 40-degree weather in January. That's practically balmy even for Northern VA, and I couldn't believe I was experiencing those temperatures - in the midwest, no less. Needless to say, we were extremely lucky!

This is one of the rare occasions when you'll see me wearing distressed denim. I bought this pair of jeans long while ago at Old Navy to try out the style. I love Old Navy for items that I'm unsure about and don't want to spend a fortune on. These come from Old Navy's rockstar line (which, as many of you know, I'm a huge fan of - especially their sateen pants and cords), which means they're one of the most comfortable jeans I own. That's the main reason why I brought them along for this trip - I wanted something ultra comfortable for the plane ride. I channeled my inner Sarah Vickers by pairing the distressed denim with a classic button-down under a cozy fair isle sweater. I'm not sure if I can pull that look off, but I can say that I tried!

Since it was raining off and on this day,  I wore my Hunter rainboots as well. I changed out of them before departing to the airport later that day; instead, I opted for the gold J.Crew x New Balance sneakers I bought last year for my trip to London. Those are my go-to airport shoes because they're comfortable and easy to take off in the security line. As always, I would definitely recommend taking a look at their line if you're looking for the perfect pair of (stylish!) sneakers. My bag is my monogrammed canvas tote from Land's End - the perfect carry-on and all-around everyday tote, in my opinion. Definitely another travel staple of mine!

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Hope you enjoyed this look at my outfit for the weekend!