Put a Sweater Under It

My fall and winter motto: put a sweater under it. Specifically, a turtleneck. This way, I can wear all of my favorite summer dresses all winter long and no one (or temperature) can stop me.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it is the absolute best time in history to have ears because the earring trends are INSANE right now. I bought these earrings at Dig It in OKC and I can’t stop wearing them. They were super reasonably priced, too, at around $12. I’ve been trying to shop minimally for winter and fall, but these earrings were worth adding to my wardrobe.

I handmade this dress in early high school and it’s still going strong. A lot of the dresses I made back then are a little big on me now, but they actually work out perfectly for putting over sweaters. I loving mixing brighter colors with muted tones and pastels. 

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This outfit is full of pieces I’ve owned for years, yet I’m still finding new ways to style them. I totally recommend walking into your closet with a fresh mindset before you decide to go out and buy something new.

Pink(ish) Everything

Surprise! I dyed my hair purple. Or pink. Whatever. I don’t need labels. What better way to debut my pink(ish) hair on my blog than with an entirely pink outfit?

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Listen, I know that it is frowned upon to wear an outfit composed entirely of one color, but it is secretly one of my favorite things to do. Maybe I just like to challenge myself to pull off an outfit that is kind of hard to pull off. Or, maybe I just like how extra cutesy I feel in head to toe pink.

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I’d like to offer some tips on rocking singular colored look, but it is pretty subjective. However, I do recommend making sure that the shades are very different. My sweater is very pale, while the roses on my shirt are hot pink, and my shoes are bubblegum. They compliment each other better this way than if they were more similar. If the shades are too close together, it just looks like you didn’t really know what you were doing, while choosing diverse shades of the color appears as a purposeful statement.

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To get my hair a lighter color, I used regular dye in a vibrant color which I diluted with hair conditioner until it was closer to the shade that I wanted. I have been having a reoccurring problem of hair dyes lying to me about their color. This dye is Punky Colors’ “plum” and it is a little pinker than I intended. I also tried the same brand’s “purple” and found that it was even more pink. However, I still enjoy the color and am finding that is staying in my hair fairly well through washes. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and rock it anyway. (Also, please note and appreciate that I am having a good eyeliner day in this picture.)

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My embroidered rose shirt was thrifted from Penny Pincher’s here in Joplin, which has since closed down, my baby pink cardigan is from Goodwill, and my pink Keds are from Goodwill, as well. The only non-thrifted piece of my outfit are these super comfy high-waisted jeans from Target. I like to keep it casual and cozy on days where I have to be in class most of the day. I keep it cute at the same time by choosing cozy pieces in my favorite colors, with fun prints and textures.

Today’s pictures were just taken around my campus because as school is heading into full swing, it becomes a little harder to find extra time to take pictures. (Not to mention the lack of cute locations in Joplin.) I hope you enjoyed my simple and slightly ridiculous outfit, none the less. 

Sister Style – Fall Fashion

Today I am introducing my sister, Lauren, who is entirely opposite of me and yet still my best friend. I wanted to feature her Thanksgiving outfit alongside mine to showcase how different styles can still compliment one another.

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My sister’s outfit is almost entirely thrifted. Like me, she is also pretty concerned with where all the clothes she owns were made. Her outfit passes the ethics test. I am really into the top she is wearing. It is a little hard to see from the pictures, but it is kind of shiny and iridescent. My outfit is second-hand besides the overalls which are from the Gap.

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Lauren and I have vastly different styles. I am very girly and playful, bordering on childish at times. She is always earth-toned and cool – a little dark, even. But I have always admired her style and, even if she rolls her eyes every once in a while, she loves mine too.

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Today I am at my grandparents’ cattle ranch, surrounded by the joyful hearts of family, friends, and even a few strangers. In the midst of all of this, I am thankful for my hospitable family who love and appreciate the quirks in me. I am thankful that I have grown up in a family, immediate and extended, that has always cultivated creativity.

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I am not giving as many details because I just felt like keeping it simple and focusing on the pictures today. (Pictures which were, once again, taken by my dear friend Julie Montoya.)

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I also wanted to show-off my fierce older sister, her epic bangs and butt-kickin’ mom jeans.

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I hope that this Thanksgiving day leaves your belly full of food and your heart full of love. If this holiday season is hard for you, I pray that you are able to hold on through it and know that you are deserving of love even if it feels far away.

 

 

One Dress, Three Looks – Fall Fashion

I got a little carried away while planning an outfit this week and couldn’t pick just one. So this week I bring to you, not one, but three unique outfits that I styled starting with one simple black and white dress. It is easier than you’d think to layer your way into a diverse wardrobe without buying tons of different pieces.

Outfit # 1

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This first look is the most out of the box and it is definitely my favorite of the three. Wearing a turtleneck underneath a collared dress may sound a little goofy in theory, but it looks a lot more put together than one might imagine. I love the quirky combination of my second-hand Who What Wear brand dress and my favorite cozy turtleneck. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Outfit #2

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For this look, rather than wearing the sweater underneath, I pulled one over the top. This allows the collar to peak out from over the sweater in cutesy way. It also creates an allusion that one is wearing a skirt and shirt, rather than a dress, which causes the outfit to be even more versatile. Any sweater or long sleeved shirt could be worn over a dress like this, but I love the playful vibe this ruffled sweater gives this look. If you’re feeling a little more risky, you could venture beyond solid colors and wear a sweatshirt with a graphic or lettering to create something more fun and casual.

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I’m not huge on accessories – I like to let the main pieces of the outfit do the talking. However, I am big-time into socks. This one pair of socks worked well with all three of my looks, creating a color blocking effect. (Also, I majorly dig the Wes Anderson vibes from this backdrop.)

Outfit # 3

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Last but not least, the simplest of the three outfits. By just throwing on my favorite cardigan, I let the dress itself be the main focus of this outfit. When it comes to choosing cardigans, the length makes all of the difference. Because this dress is a loose-fit, a longer cardigan was more appropriate. A shorter sweater would have hit in an unflattering place on my body. If you are not sure, try on a couple of them.

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Whether you are thinking about starting a capsule wardrobe, participating in Dressember,  or just trying to save space in a suitcase this holiday season, it is possible to create several unique looks with just one staple piece. Wear your sweaters over, under, or open – the possibilities are endless. I hope this post was helpful to anyone in a style rut this season.

Stay kind!

Sunshine in November – Fall Fashion

 

Fun fact: this entire photo set was taken by my sister at a Panera Bread.

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These are the only pair of earrings I currently own and, honestly, they are the only pair I need. They jazz up any solid colored shirt I own, especially turtlenecks. I’m in love with turtlenecks and this shade of yellow. It’s so vibrant and warm and yet still totally appropriate for autumn. (Although, to be honest, I have never really cared much about trivial fashion “rules” for the seasons.)

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This day was fairly warm for a fall day, but still cold enough to manage a sweater. I kept a balance by wearing this sweater with high-waisted shorts, and these vintage knee-high socks for a little extra warmth.

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This outfit is entirely second-hand, from thrift shops, hand-me-downs and estate sales. It is channeling a some-what era confused vibe, landing mostly in the 1970s’, which is a favorite of mine right now.

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If your are looking for a pair of staple shoes for your wardrobe, saddle shoes are it. I can wear them with almost everything I own and they are super comfortable! I admit, people often confuse them for bowling shoes, but that is not as much of a insult to me as it was probably meant to be. I’ve got no beef with bowling shoes. Plus, these shoes can be worn all year round, rain or shine.

Whether the days are chilly or warm, I hope this week treats you well!

 

100% Thrifted Fall Layers – Fall Fashion

Contrary to these deceivingly sunny pictures, it was a fairly chilly day when I wore this outfit. The key to getting away with wearing dresses in the brisk fall weather is layers.
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This outfit brought to you 100% by thrift shops. I have layered a black collared blouse beneath a yellow long-sleeved shirt and threw my favorite 90s’ overall dress over the top. One of the best ways to transition your wardrobe into fall is to keep all of your short-sleeved, collared blouses around to wear under sweaters and long sleeved tops.

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Okay, so I may have lied slightly. My outfit is more like 99% thrifted. The pin I am wearing, my all-time favorite pin, is from the Sparkle Collective’s Etsy shop. It says “baby cats” around the edges, which are a little rust-stained because it has been through the wash a few too many times. (It hardly ever leaves this dress.)

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My good friend Ryan from Ryality blog took these pictures for me. She was a huge help and inspiration in the process of setting up this blog, so check her out if you have a second.

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Per request, I will be working on a thrift-shopping guide full of all my tips and tricks, so sign up to receive my email alerts if you want to know when that comes out. Or don’t if you hate knowing how to find inexpensive, ethical, stylish clothing. That’s cool too.

Peace and blessings.

Professional Doesn’t Mean Boring – Fall Fashion

As a future teacher who will have to integrate business-casual into my everyday life sooner than I’d like to think, I have made it a goal to find a way to make it my own.

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About a week ago, I had to attend an honors ceremony at my school. To my dismay, they gave zero dressing guidelines. I decided to play it safe and test out my professional styling skills. DSCN0347 (3)

For the first time in a very, very long time my outfit contains zero thrifted items. It is a strange feeling to be wearing items that others could actually purchase in a store if they wanted. Both items are purchased from stores committed to having strictly ethical factory  regulations, so fear not!

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This ruffly sweater is from Target’s new line called “A New Day” and I am obsessed with it. (Although it reminds me slightly of Pennywise the clown.) I think the key to making a professional look stylish is by not losing your personality in it. This sweater is girly and a little weird, so it still represents my personality. These yellow ankle pants are from the gap. Simply choosing an ankle cut pant takes this look from being frumpy to being clean and youthful.

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This outfit is simple, but the details make all the difference.

Fear Not the Beret – Fall Fashion

Did you think that one could only pull-off a beret if she were some sort of Parisian painter or mime? Think again.
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This beret is undoubtedly my favorite accessory right now. It adds a little bit of a cutesy-quirky vibe to the simplest outfits. Berets are perfect to wear with a simple collared blouse or any patterned t-shirt, like the one I’m wearing. (Although, I am definitely risking a bit of a mime-inspired look with the black and white stripes.)  I wore this outfit for a day of coffee-shop-studying with friends, as inferred by my trusty Fjall Kanken backpack, pictured below. This backpack is the most expensive item I own (running about $50), but it was one-hundred-percent worth it. I could talk about my Kanken all day, so let me know if anyone is interested in hearing a review.

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This outfit was almost entirely thrifted! My shirt is an ultra comfortable Foxcroft brand top. Foxcroft is known for having non-iron tops and this one is a soft and breathable lyrca material. I scored this at my local thrift shop along with these Refuge brand skinny jeans. These Keds were hand-me-downs and I have owned the beret and jacket for a long time so I couldn’t tell you where they were from. However, berets are coming back into style and so they can be found in many stores. Etsy.com features a lot of vintage berets, so I recommend searching there.

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I am finding as I do research that only larger name brand have information released on their factory policies and practices. I mainly do google searches about businesses along with “ethical” or “factories” to see if there is any news, if they do not have the information already on their website. How do you guys reconcile this when shopping? Have you ever tried contacting a business directly to find out this information? Let me know what your experience with this have been.

Until next time!

 

Lady Bug – Fall Fashion

Ah, yes, the time of year where the weather gets slightly colder (slowly, but surely), and my outfits become uncomfortably transitional. It is the fall outfit in the morning, summer outfit in the afternoon kind of whether here in the Midwest and my outfits reflect an attempt at some sort of balance.
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It’s not all bad, however, as I can wear mom-jeans that are short enough to show my cute socks. Socks are one of the most underrated accessories, in my opinion.

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This outfit was almost entirely thrifted, save the socks and shoes. The top is one of those amazingly comfortable and slightly clown-like old lady shirts from a random brand that I could never find in an actual store, but was lucky enough to stumble across at a local Goodwill. The jelly shoes were a gift from my sister and the ribbed, baby blue socks are one of the last Forever 21 items left in my wardrobe.DSCN0144 (2)

If you didn’t know, Forever 21 is pretty well-known for being unethical when it comes to factory work. They are also notorious for stealing small artists’ ideas and marketing them as their own. I love some adorably cheap fashion as much as the next person, so it took me a while to commit to not shopping there anymore, but I have finally stopped for good. There are still remnants in my wardrobe which I am slowly phasing out, but having been an ignorantly religious Forever 21 shopper throughout all of junior high and high school, it is harder to weed out than you’d think (no pun intended with my plant theme). All well, everyone has to start somewhere.