March 3, 2015

Style: Duster Trench Coat

IRIS & INK Adelisa modal-blend trench coat // MASON BY MICHELLE MASON Twill trench coat // tibi KIMONO MAXI COAT // Topshop WATERFALL BELTED DUSTER

I'm always hesitant to update a classic. Why fix something if it isn't broken, right? I bought a trench coat in college and it has served my closet well every year. I'm not looking to replace mine, but I am loving the updated duster trench coat this season. With a loose, draped fit this is the great piece for a casual spring outfit. If you're petite, stick to a short version like this Topshop WATERFALL BELTED DUSTER to keep it for overwhelming your frame. I would stick to a neutral color so you can get a little more wear. Will you be adding one to your closet?  

March 2, 2015

Style: Sleeveless Turtleneck

We are going on week three with snow covered grounds. One of the only things getting me through these last bitterly cold weeks is this Everlane Sleeveless Turtleneck. I throw it over a striped tee or another sweater if it is really cold for a cozy layered look. By the beginning of March I am usually ready for warmer weather, and this year is no different. The last few weeks have been harsh, and because of that I've lost a little inspiration for this site. Hopefully there will be a spring awakening for my own sanity and this site. 

Everlane Sleeveless Turtleneck // Paige Denim // Anthropologie Striped Shirt (similar & similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Zara Booties (similar

February 23, 2015

Florals: Orange Tulips

Let's pretend there isn't 6 inches of snow on the ground. Let's also pretend it's spring. I picked up these lovely orange tulips yesterday afternoon at Trader Joe's. They are a pleasant reminder that spring will eventually come to the Tundra currently known as Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Tulip's are one of my go-to florals because I can normally find them year-round at the market. They have a long lifespan and are usually under $10 (these were only $4). If you're in a much needed defrost like I am this week check out your market for a little dose of spring. 

1 bunch tulips 
1 tall vase 
kitchen sheers 

Start by determining how much you want the tulips to hang above the vase. I prefer mine to have a little height so I give 3-4 inches of leeway. You'll want to use a tall vase to support the stems. Next, trim the stems on an angle. This will allow for greater water flow and a longer lifespan. Arrange tulips in the vase so they are pretty tightly packed. The tulips will help support each other. Tulips need a decent amount of water so make sure to change it daily. 

February 19, 2015

Beauty: Clinique Custom-Repair Serum

I picked up this serum after Christmas when my skin was looking a little dull, and it has been true love ever since. I read multiple articles about the benefits of serums (bright complexion, reduced fine-lines, etc..), and thought this might be a quick fix. I choose Clinique Custom-Repair Serum because I've always trusted their products. I love this product because it leaves my skin feeling refreshed without the greasiness some serums and creams can leave behind. I apply it twice a day, and have noticed an overall smoothness and brightness to my complexion over the last 2 months. It is great for combating winter dryness, but I'll be using this product year-round.

February 18, 2015

Style: Distressed Black Denim

Over the past 3 years I've owned 3 pairs of black denim. Sadly, none of them stood the test of time. Two faded and one pair shrunk. So this spring I'm investing in a new pair of black denim, preferably distressed black denim. I've seen countless girls rock distressed denim. I love the edginess it adds to what could be an otherwise dull outfit. Plus, if they end of fading a little it only adds to the effect. Above are four of my top picks. Do you have a favorite brand when it comes to distressed denim? 


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