Transitions, transitions

Transitions, transitions

Oasis blue shirt
$53 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Old Navy white pants
oldnavy.gap.com

Michael kors jewelry
$240 – monnierfreres.co.uk

Earrings
chloeandisabel.com

Turquoise necklace
amazon.com

Nars cosmetic
nordstrom.com

MAC Cosmetics lips makeup
bloomingdales.com

Urban Decay home decor
urbandecay.com

Here’s a fun game I like to play. I love going on Polyvore and “shopping my closet” when I’m at a loss for outfit inspiration. Remember those pixie pants i was obsessing over? I bought them in white, too. If you like something, get it in every color, right? I’ve never worn white denim before, but it’s such a crisp and clean alternative to blue jeans, how could I not give it a go. Well. This outfit is a combination of “transitional” pieces that I have in my wardrobe. I’m determined to start incorporating spring into my  aesthetic, bit by bit. I like this outfit because it’s very classic yet very casual. The white pants and navy blouse make a wonderful canvas for some more “fun” pieces like the bubble necklace and Madewell flats (which I am still DYING to wear.) I would feel comfortable wearing this class and then out with friends, or into Manhattan for a day of shopping, or to see a show, really anywhere! Also, after months and months of donning my navy Parka, putting on a light trench is going to feel SO GOOD. The one I have is light tan with orange piping, but this Zara version is adorable as well.  I can’t wait to start playing with pieces like this as the weather warms up and hopefully I can re-create this outfit for you all!
What winter/spring transitions are you most excited about?
Much love,
Sarah.

Hello, Sun.

It was absolutely GORGEOUS out today. 46 degrees and sunny. I was walking around all day with the BIGGEST smile on my face and the weather definitely had something to do with it. And for the first time in forever (no frozen pun intended), NO BOOTS!  I love my bean boots and my hunters, but it’s been a long winter and my legs are dying to breathe. I may go bare-legged tomorrow if I’m REALLY feeling daring, but we’ll see. 

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Dress: Boutique near my hometown, brand is Romeo and Juliet Couture/ Shirt: Banana Republic/ Necklace: J.Crew/Tights: Target/Shoes: Modcloth. 

I totally stole the idea for this outfit off of Pinterest. I’ve been feeling kind of uninspired lately, and this morning I quickly searched “classic style” to see what I could come up with. There was an almost overwhelming amount of striped tops with crisp, white bottoms. I’ve recently made a couple orders with white bottoms in them (The J.Crew fluted skirt in Ivory and the Old Navy Pixie pants in classic white), but neither have come yet and I really wanted to try out this look. So, I improvised with a white lace dress and a blouse over it. I LOVE this Banana Republic shirt-I picked it up when I was home for thanksgiving and I wear it all the time. It’s so classic and I can layer almost any statement necklace over it. Today, I chose my cluster faux-pearls from J.Crew. Confession: they’re actually from CrewCuts, but no one would ever know ;). I finished it off with navy tights and the adorable Modcloth bow flats I talked about a few posts back. I really like how this outfit turned out- i’ve never really been used to mixing textures and patterns before, but I think stripes and lace are a really easy and classic way to do it. I can’t wait to keep experimenting in the spring!

What has this “heatwave” brought out in your wardrobe? What are you excited to wear this spring? 

Much love,

Sarah. 

XOXO, flats and tights.

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I have to make a confession, I am utterly obsessed with gossip girl. I’ve been tearing through episodes on Netflix all winter and I am almost done with season 2. Naturally, I am drawn to Blair’s ultra polished, feminine style. The costume designers on the show are truly incredible.
I’ve always worn ballet flats as my chosen footwear. It’s still too cold/full of puddles out here to wear them if I have to walk anywhere, but I’m counting down the days until I can sport the collection I’ve amassed. These are three of my favorite pairs, but I have about six or seven more. The Madewell calf-hair pair is my newest one and I am in love. Very reminiscent of Paris and effortless femininity.
In tenth grade, I had a love affair with colored tights. I didn’t always style them with grace and tact, and I often ended up looking like I was wearing some awful, 1980: workout costume. However, Gossip Girl has definitely inspired me to give them another go. I adore pairing opaque, colored tights with simple dresses and skirts, giving the entire outfit a color-blocked, mod feel. They can also be used to add some fun and visual interest to a business casual outfit or any form of “conservative” wear. So, here are some of my ideas for styling statement ballet flats and colored tights. Let me know your take on this trend!
Much love,
Sarah.

Some day my prints will come.

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Pants: Old Navy/ Top: J.Crew/ Cardigan:  H&M/Boots: Hunter/Watch: Michael Kors

So. I constantly talk about my hatred for pants. I just don’t feel feminine or special in them! However, when I saw these beautiful printed pixie pants at Old Navy, my war reached a ceasefire. They remind me a lot of the J.Crew medallion pants, but they were about seventy dollars less expensive. So, YES. They are currently $25 online, so I’m tempted to scoop up another pair. They have them in about ten adorable prints and colors, so, lots of options 😉 I used to be scared of printed pants because I figured they wouldn’t do my bottom half any favors, but I’m coming around to it, and I love how much pizazz they add to an otherwise plain outfit. 

I paired it with my J.Crew tilda top (that I have in two colors…oops), and a navy cardigan for H&M. I WAS wearing cute, nude flats earlier, but Michigan weather strikes again and we got hit with a snowstorm. So…hunters it is. I have to just hold on to the small instances of spring that we’ve been graced with this week. Soon, all the gray will be over and i’ll regain my piece of mind. At least, that’s what I sincerely hope.The whole aesthetic is very patriotic, which I am always a fan of. I think this is a great transitional outfit and I’ll definitely be repeating all of these pieces throughout the season! 

Much love and more posts coming your way!

Sarah

 

America.

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Dress: Target/ Belt: Francescas/ Vest: Old Navy/ Tights: Target/ Boots: Hunter/Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company/Necklace: Macy’s/Watch: Michael Kors/ Sunglasses: francescas.

This outfit was both unintentionally patriotic and seasonally inappropriate, but I couldn’t care less. Target KILLED IT this fall, bringing in all sorts of cute, classic pieces. Although, I have to admit that their clothes are getting a little pricier than normal, which isn’t all that great, but I’ll take it if it means cuter, higher-quality items. This belt was an awesome piece I found at Francescas. It’s such a great store for girly-girls like me, I can always find something I like in there. Their clothes are reasonably priced and their statement jewelry section is to die for. And, like a broken record, I will never stop wearing my old navy vest. I WILL NOT, I SAY. I plan on buying more next season in different colors. Sorry wallet. Same goes for my pearl necklace. I wear it at least three times a week, or more. Classy girls wear pearls, am I right? (Ok, so i’m obsessed with Sarah Vickers and KJP but honestly, who isn’t?)

After a questionably warm week, it’s back to the tundra for us here in michigan, so stepping outside for these shots was quite the task. BUT I managed to do it!

We have a three day weekend and I am already eternally grateful for the break. How many weeks of classes have we had? What? Two? Oops. Ok well. Only about five weeks to go until spring break. That’s the mentality.

Enjoy your weekend and please ignore my messy hair. Blame the wind for that one.

Much love,

Sarah.

Horrah for the yellow and blue

Ok, today is the last day of all this “polar vortex” nonsense but a templates of a whopping seven degrees plus an 8:30 class made one more day of pants in order.

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Top: J. Crew factory/ Cardigan: J.crew/ Pants: Old Navy/ Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren (DSW)/ Socks: Target/ Watch: Michael Kors.
I am unintentionally wearing my school colors today but I think I like this combination much better in these brighter, more pastel tones than in the fluorescent “maize rage”
That the entire campus plasters themselves in during football season.My philosophy is that if I dress in colors that are reminiscent of spring, spring will come to me. Solid thinking. I think with that logic, I’d be a great politician. So keep on the lookout for a pasty-white, J. Crew clad sarcastic girl gunning for the presidency in 2032.
Speaking of J. crew, I am obsessed with this jewel-collared oxford top. I have it in two colors, this blue and white. I think the sparkle at the top is the perfect amount- not too much to make it overbearingly “dressy” but just enough to make any other piece feel special. This cashmere cardigan is super comfortable too, and the yellow is a welcome pop of color from the dreary blacks and grays this month typically brings. These pants are the old navy “rockstar” cords, and they fit fabulously and are available in every color under the sun. What’s not to love? I swear I have shoes that aren’t these riding boots, just so you all know. And I promise I’ll wear them eventually.
I hope you all have great days!
Much love,
Sarah.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Let’s all say a prayer of gratitude for Wifi-enabled planes and strong coffee. I’m alive! Currently taking off from Baltimore, where I had a layover, to Detroit. It’s about negative ten degrees in Ann Arbor right now (and no, I’m not being dramatic. It’s low of negative thirteen without windchill today.) so. That should be fun.

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Hat: JCrew / Sweater: JCrew/ Pants: forever21/ Vest: Old navy/ Enamel Cuff: C Wonder/ Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren (DSW)/ necklace: Max and Chloe/ Socks: Target.

Layering is definitely an essential when traveling, I feel like a broken record with this hat but I just love it. I’m also rocking the same basic color palette as yesterday, but a little more comfort and a little less glamorous. I’ve never been so obnoxious as to wear a skirt on a plane, but one of these days. Mark my words. This sweater from J. Crew is super comfy merino wool, and I pair it with basically every bottom in my wardrobe. Same goes for the black puffer vest. I bought it back in the fall and have worn it dozens of times since then. And I got it for an incredible thirty dollars! Hail to old navy. The boot sock/ boot combination may be my favorite part, my feet are so toasty but I think it polishes the look off very nicely!
I hope everyone traveling today is safe!
Much love,
Sarah

Outfit of the Day: Hat Trick

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Hat: JCrew/Skirt: J.Crew (Ebay)/Top: Dynamite/ Tights: target/Monogram Necklace: Max and Chloe (www.maxandchloe.com)

 

Today is my last day of break and I decided that in order to not spend it curled up in a ball crying, I would need to pull myself together and dress like a human being. I just went with staple pieces today that I always rely on when I want to throw together a cute outfit. I found this blouse at the store Dynamite and it’s actually the perfect year-round basic. My skirt is a J.Crew city mini, which is THE most essential skirt on the planet. I have it in fuchsia and black, and my sister has it in navy and royal blue. The most popular City Mini by far is the tartan plaid, which sold out EVERYWHERE this past month. Unfortunately, J.Crew did not release a line of wool city minis aside from the Tartan and Gold Sequin varieties this winter, otherwise I would have probably purchased every single solid color in my size. However, I’m hoping in the spring they will bring the linen ones back so I can pick up a couple for the warmer weather. I really love this monogram necklace, although I probably sound like a broken record as every “preppy” girl and her mother seems to have one of these right now, but who could blame them? They are classic and adorable. And of course, the hat. I posted about it in my “favorite things” and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use it as a completer piece today. The obsession is real and I may have to be making a return to J.Crew (or J.Crew.com), to browse their other baseball caps.

I hope you all are having fabulous sundays (if any of you are out there :P)!

Much love,

Sarah.

Ps. Oh. The whole Starbucks-through-a-straw thing. You know.

Tryst with Texture

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Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren (DSW)/ Tights: Modcloth/Dress: H&M/Cardigan: Francescas/Necklace: Pitaya Boutique. 

I just took my Style Guru bio shot for College Fashionista.  These photos will accompany my 500-or-so word bio introducing myself would-be collegefashionista readers all over the country. Needless to say, the outfit choice was a stressful one.  I’m currently at home, enjoying my last two days of vacation before I ship off back to Ann Arbor.  My sartorial choice this morning consisted of me haphazardly grabbing clean clothes that I figured would make me look “Chic”.  At the very least, I wanted my outfit to say: “I’m a Style Guru writer, polished and professional, and I have totally not spent the past few days lying in bed watching What Not To Wear and only getting out for periodic food breaks” (spoiler alert, that’s all I have been doing.) 

Regardless, I am pleased with the end result. I am absolutely in LOVE with the H&M dress that I picked up this summer for an amazing thirteen dollars. It’s such a simple, flattering, silhouette that I believe even mrs Holly Golightly herself would have loved. I wear it year round, using any excuse I can. My graduation party, opening night of a show, weekend frat-hopping, a day of classes when I want to feel glamorous, the list goes on and on. It’s also the perfect canvas for pattern and texture, and I kind of played on that idea for the rest of this outfit. I already posted about how much I love these Modcloth tights, and I think the pattern came out great in the photo. They really add a dash of sophistication to any outfit, and are super-comfortable! The cardigan further built on the “texture” theme, I adore the pink color and “window pane” design on the front panel. (It was a birthday gift from my friend Emma, and I wear it frequently.) Finally, this necklace is SUPER playful, I had been stalking a similar Bauble Bar one for weeks in the fall before I found it at Pitaya, a boutique in downtown Ann Arbor. 

I can’t wait for my first collegefashionista post to go live and to see/meet all of the other Style Gurus! Well, now that I’ve done something productive today, it’s back to that Netflix grind. I do what I can. 

Much love,

Sarah