Thursday, September 14, 2017

Putting Together a Casual but Cute Outfit

Let's face it - we all have those days when it takes all your effort to just get out of bed, never mind put on anything other than sweatpants. I mean, dresses are great and all, but when you're up before the sun for the 5th day in a row, they aren't exactly screaming your name from inside the closet. Whether you're sick, up late doing homework and have a short amount of time to get ready in the morning, or just don't feel like dressing up, there are so many alternative ways to look good and feel good at the same time. What's the point of wearing an outfit if you're absolutely miserable all day?! Here are some of my tips for putting together a cute and comfy outfit:

Wear patterns // Stripes, polka dots, argyle, gingham, seersucker... anything. A solid colored top and shorts can be boring, but a patterned top with jeans makes for a perfect outfit all-around, for going out to eat, running errands, and going to classes.

Wear t-shirts with name-brand logos // I can't even tell you how many times Polyvore outfits with Vineyard Vines t-shirts, athletic Nike shorts, and Nike sneakers pop up in my Pinterest feed, and I have to admit that I think they're super cute for weekends. I'm so glad that fancier clothing companies put their logos on t-shirts because then I can wear one without feeling like I look like I'm in pajamas. They don't break the bank and are perfect for the days when being comfortable is your #1 priority! 

Light-wash jeans // When you're going for a more casual and simple look, I'd definitely recommend wearing looser, lighter-washed, and maybe even slightly ripped jeans. (I'm not a huge fan of big rips in any pants.) Light jeans look super cute with a sweatshirt and a pair of Converse sneakers, and that's definitely my go-to outfit when I'm on the sidelines on the cool fall mornings watching my siblings play their sports! 

Nothing too tight // I've seen so many people that completely ruin their outfits by wearing super tight clothes. A sweater that feels like it's squeezing the guts out of you probably looks like it is too - and that's not a good look. (Not to mention it would be so uncomfortable!!)

If you're going to go for the casual look, go for it with 100% effort. // White jeans and an oversized sweatshirt don't match. Period. An oversized sweatshirt and light jeans - now we're talking. 

What are your favorite casual outfits? 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Peek Into my Week

It's only the third day of school, but you can find me sitting half-asleep on the couch in my comfiest pajamas, eating a larger than justifiable bowl of ice cream. If you're looking for a party, my house is not the place - all lights are out by 10:00 pm at the latest. At school, all we've really done so far is go over summer work, review class expectations, and all that other fun stuff (NOT!), and I feel like I've run a marathon by the end of every day. I'm so ready to start getting into the swing of things, and I feel like the days will pass quicker when I'm actually doing something with my time. School is quite enjoyable for me, and I'm so excited to start learning... Knowledge is power! In the meantime, I'm trying to get through all these days of completing all about me pages and making name tags. (I'm sure all elementary, middle, and maybe even high school students understand the painfulness of it.)

Putting a more exciting spin on things, I just wore my new Vineyard Vines tunic with my white jeans - before Labor Day (even though I'm going to break that rule sooner or later) - that I love together! The white and touch of aqua remind me so much of summer, and I'm trying to soak up every last bit of it before fall is in full swing. Enjoy the photos! 

We have an apple tree in my backyard, and the apples are always ready to be picked super early in the season! 

Tunic (similar)  |  White jeans  |  Sunglasses

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Keeping Things Neat and Tidy

As my family is well-aware of, I am the ultimate clean freak... but I'm not the least bit ashamed of it. The other day, I tried to imagine what my life would be like if I weren't so Type A, but I honestly and truly couldn't do it. I love to make messes and have fun, but I think I'd go out of mind if I never cleaned up afterward. My sister jokes that I'm going to live in a pristine, all-white apartment that never has a speck of dust or dirt inside, and honestly, that doesn't sound like the worst thing in the world. (But I'd much prefer a beach house with hydrangeas everywhere.)

Every Sunday, I like to lightly clean my room. By lightly, I mean vacuum, dust, change my sheets, and wipe down my desk and nightstand. When I'm done and have a clean carpet and furniture, I seem to have a much more positive attitude about facing the week and all of its challenges to come. Once a month, I deep clean my entire room - I wash my walls with soapy water, clean my curtain rods, vacuum, dust, shampoo my rug, go through my closet, and clean out my desk. No stone is to be left unturned! I always feel better knowing that I did something productive and am starting fresh with a clean space!

A helpful tip for a tidy house: Always take the extra few seconds to put your laundry and items away, instead of throwing them on the floor or furniture. You'll regret leaving things where they don't belong when you have to go back and clean everything up all at once.

Am I the only one that actually likes to clean?! (Mom, Dad - if you're reading this and other people have commented, I'm not the only neat-freak out there.) 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Clear View with Warby Parker

Ever since I was little, glasses were always the coolest thing. (Why? I have no idea. Maybe because my older sister wore them?!) I love tortoise glasses, and they look so sophisticated, but I don't have a strong prescription, so I don't necessarily need to wear them. I always thought that buying glasses just for fashion was a waste of money, but I must confess that I really want to get a pair this year. I keep picturing how cute they'll look with a cozy sweater in the fall and white jeans in the spring, which makes me want to buy a pair even more! (I have an ongoing bad habit of obsessing over something until I convince myself to spend the money and get it. Not good, I know!!) I've been looking at a few online places to get a pair of glasses, and when Warby Parker reached out to me, I looked at their website and immediately fell in love with this pair!

On a similar note, Warby Parker just released new eyeglasses in the Fall Concentric collection. They have the nicest glasses, and I'm so excited about some of their new styles for the fall, especially this pair! You can take a peek at some of their other new eyeglasses from the collection below! 

The glasses above are currently out of stock.

The two tortoise ones above are my preference, but the other pairs below are fun and add a pop of color to any outfit! 

Glasses above

Do you wear glasses? How do you like this new style in the Fall Concentric collection?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

3 Great Looks for the Fall

I love summer and never want it to end, but I can't help but think about cozy sweaters and riding boots. With crisp, cool air and changing leaves, fall is such a special season here in New England! I can't wait to carve pumpkins, try hot cider for the first time, go apple picking, and pick up a dozen warm cider donuts from a small market on the lake. With cooler weather, fashion in the fall is extra special. Nothing screams cozy more than a puffer vest and oversized plaid flannel shirt, right?! I've rallied up a few of my favorite looks for the fall (for both men and women) with the help of Bonobos and their new fall collection! Enjoy! 

Cream white 
I've always loved off-white for fall, but this year I'm definitely more on board with it than I've ever been. Off-white cable knit sweaters look great (and very formal) with dark jeans and riding boots, but can be dressed down with light wash ripped jeans and brown Sperry's. You can shop my favorite creme cable knit sweaters below, along with a Patagonia vest that I've been eyeing since last year!

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Sweater  |  Gingham shirt  |  Sperry boat shoes  |  Jeans

Other off-white favorites:

I think of plaid as more of a fall and winter pattern, and the first thing that comes to mind when I hear of it is snuggling up by the fire in a pair of oversized flannel pajamas (even though I don't think I've ever done it before). Plaid flannel shirts look great on both men and women, so I put together a men's and women's outfit for fall! You can shop some of my other plaid favorites below!

For him 

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Other plaid favorites for men:

For her

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Vest |  Plaid shirt |  Riding boots  |  Jeans

Other plaid favorites for women:

Army green
 I didn't always like this color or even the thought of it, but in some styles of clothing, I think it's perfectly appropriate. Utility jackets, vests, and even some pants in this color just scream fall. Bonobos has so many great army green items for men, from chino pants to sweaters.

For him 

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Utility Jacket  |  Polo Shirt (similar)  |  Jeans  |  Belt  |  Shoes

How Bonobos styles an army green utility jacket:

For her

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Vest  |  Plaid shirt  |  Jeans  |  Loafers

Other army green favorites for women:

I hope you enjoyed all the looks I put together for the upcoming season and got some new outfit inspiration! What are your favorite colors and patterns for the fall?  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Face Mask I Can Actually Wear

Face masks have always given me the impression that the second after I use them my face will become completely clear and I'll never get even one more pimple again. For this reason, I've always wanted to try one, but of course, my face breaks out in little red bumps every time I use an inorganic facial product (snobby, I know). My skin is mostly clear, so I wanted a face mask that would hydrate my skin while preventing potential breakouts... but I'm (embarrassingly) guilty of using them just for the feeling of putting one on. I finally found a mask that would be gentle on my skin, and (according to the description) ease inflammation, dark under-eye circles, and puffiness. It's also said to tighten skin and clear blemishes. What more could I ask for?! Being completely honest, I was so skeptical of trying this product that was sent to me because I wasn't sure how my skin would respond. I'm not one to write false sponsored posts, so I mean it when I say that this face mask is a miracle! That means - no - it didn't bother my skin one bit! I haven't had one pimple on my face after using it, and I love the days where I can put on my face mask, grab a cool cup of water, and read or blog while I wait for it to dry! I definitely recommend considering Mississippi Miracle Clay if you're looking into buying a new and effective face mask! 

Thank you, Mississippi Miracle Clay, for sponsoring this post! I am so thankful I found your products!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Day With the Babies

There's an overwhelmingly large amount of occupations to choose from, but when I was only about eight, I decided I wanted to be a neonatologist - otherwise known as a doctor that takes care of sick babies when they're born - and it's never changed. I pretty much decided that's what I would want to do for the rest of my life without hardly knowing what the job consisted of, but as a super orderly, excessively uptight, type A child, I had my life planned out before I figured out the tooth fairy isn't real. 

Anyways, I was offered the opportunity to shadow a Pediatric doctor at a local hospital, and I took it in a heartbeat! I learned so much amazing science about the body of a baby, how to tell if they're healthy or not, and I got to see some adorable little ones! Visiting the hospital and getting more familiar with what the job consists of made me fall in love with the career even more, and the babies absolutely melted my heart. Lately, I've caught myself wishing to fast forward just a few years so I can be hired and spend the rest of my life with precious little humans under 10 pounds. (I'm pretty sure I'm the only teenager that wants to get a job and go to work every day, but I undeniably can't wait!!) 

When I arrived at the hospital, I met up with the doctor, and she showed me a Power Point about how she examines babies to make sure they're healthy. Granted it was super complex (because it was made for students that have already completed medical school and were completing their internship and residencies), she simplified it for me as much as she could, and I learned a lot. Here are a few of my favorite facts that I never knew before:

1. Babies are blue when they are first born

Yes, you read that right - blue!! Because they don't have or need any oxygen in their blood when in the womb, their skin is blue when they're born, but it quickly changes to a healthy, normal color! 

2. Babies have a built-in "moisturizer" when in the womb

They have a white paste-like substance on their skin while they are in the womb, which serves as a moisturizer to protect their skin from shriveling up from the fluids around them. If you look at a baby shortly after they were born, you can see what hasn't been wiped off. It isn't harmful to a baby for it to stay on, but it usually comes off in their first bath.

Science is amazing, isn't it?! I soaked up all the information she told me like a sponge, and then she took me to go watch a scheduled C-Section. Blood doesn't bother me, so I didn't pass out while watching the procedure (thank God)! I got the chills when I heard the baby's first cry, and was so thankful to have been given the incredible opportunity as to be able to experience that moment. We finished up the day by checking in on multiple different babies, and I was able to help examine them, listen to their breathing, and dress them up in their tiny little clothes! I strongly suggest that if you have taken an interest in a certain occupation and think it's something you want to pursue, that you reach out and try to find someone that you can shadow for a day! Spending time with someone that has the profession you are interested in will help you decide if that career is the right or wrong path for you to take, and for me, I think neonatology is definitely the right one.

This is the outfit I wore for the day! I linked a similar dress below and the company that the necklace is from! Be on the lookout, because the necklace usually comes back every fall or winter!

Necklace  |  Similar Dress  |  Similar Shoes