Welcome Fall!

sweater: J.Crew (old, similar) // skirt: J.Crew (old, similar) // shoes: Banana Republic // watch: Fossil (old, similar) // bracelet: Kiel James Patrick

I can't wait for the fall season! Honestly, most days it's not quite cold enough to really wear fall clothing, but I do anyway. This outfit is a combination of some of my favorites from the previous fall season - my mixed houndstooth skirt and bow-neck sweater. Both of these are wool blends, so they're perfect for chilly autumn weather (which I'm hoping we get more of very soon!). I love how the gray of the sweater brings out the gray woven into the houndstooth. 

I paired them with my scalloped Banana Republic loafers, which have quickly taken over my wardrobe. I wear them at least twice a week these days! They're just so versatile and easy to pair with absolutely everything. On my wrist, I've brought back out my Fossil watch (I've had it for years now and still looks as new as the first day I wore it), and a delicate KJP pearl bracelet. 

Are you ready for autumn? I've already changed over my wardrobe and I am eagerly anticipating a change in the weather. While I love the summer, I'm really a cold-weather girl at heart. The start of fall means we're in the home stretch towards my favorite time of year - the holidays - and that thought is so exciting to me!


Friday Roundup #2

1. The in-between season

I have to admit, am not a fan of the weather right now. It's right on the cusp of fall, but minus any of the pretty foliage and chilliness. It's so hard to dress these days, especially given that shorts are no longer appropriate but it's just not the time to pull out the knits yet. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of autumn!

2. Balancing it all

College application season is really kicking my butt! I know I've been very MIA both here and on social media recently, but I promise that it's my goal to keep this space updated even in the midst of it all. I plan to get out this weekend and do a few shoots, and in the meantime, I have some text posts drafted and ready to go up on the blog soon!

3. In search of the perfect crossbody

I have been on the market for a crossbody bag for what feels like years now. I have my Longchamp and L.L. Bean tote (above), but I just need something a little less bulky that I can carry for causal nights out when all I need to bring is my phone, wallet, sunnies and keys. Ideally, I'd like to invest in something of good quality, but I'm just having a hard time finding something that really suits what I'm looking for. This week I came across this option, which I love, but wish it came in a lighter brown color. I also love the bags from Cambridge Satchel Co., but they're a little outside my budget! Let me know if you have any recommendations.

4. Anthropology 

This year I'm taking a really fascinating IB Sociology & Anthropology course. It's the first year that the class has been offered at my school, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I enrolled, but my teacher is so passionate about the topic that the class has been amazing thus far. Right now, we're doing an in-depth study of an ethnography about the Amish. It's been really refreshing to get a change from regular classes and expand my understanding of other cultures and social systems!

5. Boys by Charlie XCX

Up until this week, I had never really paid particular attention to Charlie XCX's music, but when Spotify included this song in my Daily Mix on Monday I couldn't get it out of my head! It's been on constant repeat ever since. I love the simplicity of the tune, but it's so so catchy! The music video is also really well done.

What has been on your mind this week?


Friday Roundup #1

Welcome to the first Friday Roundup! I thought it would be fun to start my first ever series on the blog. As much as I love fashion posts, I also really enjoy reading more personal narratives from my favorite bloggers. Many of them do a sort of weekly wrap-up, so I figured this would be a great way to recap my week and get a little personal with you all.

1. First day of school!

The start of my senior year began on Monday, and to be honest, I'm already behind on school work. With volleyball season and IB classes (AP students, I am jealous) I've had little to no time this week. However, I'm still so excited to kick off my final year! We started the week with a senior tailgate and a red out on the first day, and since then I've been enjoying being on top of the food chain, so to speak. Despite how time-intensive they are, I'm really enjoying my classes so far as well, and my teachers are amazing! It's also been great to see all my friends and get back into a routine again after a whirlwind of a summer. 

2. Chai tea addiction...?

I've always been addicted to coffee, but chai has been my new drink of choice. I really love the Tazo classic chai tea. I put a packet of stevia and a little bit of almond milk and it tastes delicious. For those of you who have never tried it, I would definitely recommend!

3. Lilly sale goodies!

I only bought one thing from the After Party Sale this year, but I am so pleased with it! This is the Neri Crop Top & Short Set in the "Tiki Pink Sneaky Tiki" print (that's a mouthful!). I am so in love with the fit of this set. Initially I was concerned that it would be too big, as I was in-between sizes according to the online size chart. However, when it came in and I tried it on it was perfect. The fabric has just a bit of stretch to it for comfort but the structure and stitching is incredible quality. 

  • I'm planning to wear this to death before the weather gets cold! I also think it will be super versatile, as I can wear the top and shorts together or separately depending on the occasion. 

4. My new pencil pouch

My previous pencil pouch and I had a great two year run, but at the end of junior year it gave out on me. When I was out shopping for books for my English class a week ago, I spotted this Kate Spade pencil pouch in Barnes & Noble. It was so cute I couldn't pass it up, and I'm so happy I got it! Not only is it great quality but it's also just so cute. The outside is a white and gold polka dot pattern, and the inside is striped. It even came with an eraser that says to err is human. Kate Spade, you've done it again.

5. This vegan cashew cheese

There's a restaurant in my area that serves the most amazing vegan pizza. I has whole wheat crust topped with grilled butternut squash, spinach, a drizzle of olive oil and this incredible vegan cashew ricotta cheese (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it). I really wanted to replicate it at home, so last week I found this recipe for cashew ricotta online and tried it out. The result was so delicious and so easy! I made pizzas for my lunches this week with it and it tasted amazing. Plus, it's got tons of protein and healthy fats in it too. I can't wait to make it again!

How has your week been going? Please let me know if you like this style of post, and if I should continue them in the future!


Summer Stripes

When I first saw this top from the J.Crew x Thomas Mason collection, I admittedly considered it a bit outside of my comfort zone. I've just started my foray into the world of off-the-shoulder pieces (I know I'm late to the party!), and this top is anything but subtle with its audacious stripes and generous sleeves. However, I decided to step outside my style box and I am happy to say that I'm loving it!

This afternoon it was the perfect piece for a stroll around Old Town in 90-degree weather with lots of humidity (ugh!!).  It's a light and airy material and paired with a skirt it kept me cool despite the weather. I love how it looks with my flamingo critter belt that I purchased earlier in the summer - so cute! I topped off the look with tassel earrings from J.Crew Factory that match the blue of the striped shirt perfectly. On my feet are another hot-weather favorite - these G.H. Bass flats came into my life about two years ago now and they are truly the perfect shoe for the summer. The quality is unmatched and the cutouts keep your feet from overheating. Not to mention they're comfortable!

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What do you think of the off-the-shoulder trend?