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.
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Havren Colour-block navy cashmere sweater, styled two ways.

Havren colorblocked sweater

Flared leather skirt
americanapparel.net

Jack Rogers sandals
jackrogersusa.com

MAC Cosmetics lipstick
nordstrom.com
So, I was contacted earlier this week a representative from Havren Clothing, a lovely British fashion retailer. They sell such beautiful, romantic and feminine clothing, I wanted to purchase everything on the site! If you love soft-ladylike styles, or just classic pieces that will never go out of style, I highly recommend this site. I decided to chose this ADORABLE colorblocked sweater that I saw and style it two ways- one for day and one for night. Colorblocking has been popular for a few seasons now and I would be content if it never went away. Navy and white is one of my favorite color schemes (i’m a sucker for nautical.) For day, I think this sweater would look adorable with these beautiful satin, bright purple shorts from J.Crew. I saw them on my most recent trip over spring break and was super tempted. The price of $75 was a BIT unjustifiable, so i’m hoping for a sale to scoop them up. I finished off the look with a fun chain necklace from BaubleBar and some navy and white Jack Rodgers sandals. And, of course, cat-eyed sunglasses. I think this look is perfect for any casual spring day where you’re spending time with friends or family!
For nighttime, I chose some pieces that are definitely out of my comfort zone. This leather circle skirt is adorable (even though it’s a bit pricey, you can find faux-leather circle skirts anywhere. Topshop and Zara make adorable versions.)  These DSW booties are definitely edgier than I am comfortable with, but I think they are super cute and are great for any sort of “going out” look. I finished it off with a cute spike-style necklaces and, as always, red lips (a girl’s greatest weapon.)
This sweater is SUPER versatile, and I highly suggest you check out the rest of the Havren Brand.
This is where you can find the adorable sweater:
and THIS  is their website:
Also, happy st. Patty’s day weekend to all! 😉
Much love,
Sarah

Fifteen College Essentials

So. I’ve been thinking that when many people go to college, they really aren’t aware of what clothing clothing is absolutely essential. Unless you plan on wearing sweatpants to class every day (please don’t), there are some things that every college student should have in order to look put-together and professional. These are all pieces that you can buy at any price point, as well.
1. Rain Boots
I am SO GLAD I purchased a pair of Hunter rainboots before I left for school. As my friends could probably tell you, I wear mine pretty much ever day. If you get the insole socks to go with them, they can double as winter boots. You can buy rain boots for as low as twenty dollars or as high as two hundred. Plus, getting them in a fun color or pattern can really add some cheer to a gloomy day.
2. A “Fracket”
Aka, a frat jacket. Basically, a cheap jacket that you can wear out that can get lost/spilled on without any repercussions. Don’t underestimate how important this is. You can find frackets anywhere, but don’t spend more than 30 dollars on one, max. My advice would be to get one with a distinctive lining/some sort of pattern so you can discern it from the mound of cheap moto jackets piled on the stairs.
3. Flats
When the weather is nice, ballet flats are my favorite shoes to wear out and about. To classes, rehearsals, hanging out with friends, etc. They are effortlessly girly and timeless. I wear them with jeans, shorts, dresses, skirts, you name it. Definitely stock up on them in a few different colors!
4. Button-Down shirts.
Button downs have always been a “Preppy essential”, but they are absolutely necessary for any college girl wardrobe. Don’t know what to wear to class? Just throw on dark jeans and a button-down and you’re good to go! If you had to pick only one color, I would say go with white or light blue. However, plaid, madras, pinstriped, polka-dotted, and more can add visual interest and fun to this overwise basic piece.
5. Nice, dark-wash jeans
The days of distressed and faded jeans are OVER. In college, you should start trying to cultivate a more mature look. Dark wash jeans are inherently more dressy than light was, and I promise you they will ALWAYS look better.
6. LBD (Or any solid color dress)
I’m a huge advocate of the LBD for going out, but really any solid color for a simply-cut minidress will do. These dresses are blank canvases for accessories and jewlery, and can be worn in numerous ways. H&M is a great place to find these. As a rule, I tend to favor fit-and-flare and A-Line styles rather than bodyconcious, but if that’s what you’re into, by all means go with the tighter fit.
7. Nice tops for going out.
Forever21 and many boutiques sell tons of great little tops for going out. Lace, sequins, cutouts, and the like are all super-fun party styles. Make sure that they’re not too low-cut or revealing, because you don’t want to look indecent. However,  if you can find a few fun party tops before leaving for school, I suggest getting them.
8.  Scarves!
Both infinity and regular styles can really boost an outfit and add a lot of visual interest with very little thought. Infinity scarves in particular are super cozy and perfect for winter!
9. Sweaters. Lots of sweaters.
Unless you go to school in a warm climate, you’re gonna need a bunch of comfy sweaters to get you through a harsh winter. I personally prefer loose-fitting and cable-knit varieties.
10. Blazers!
At some point in your college career, you’re going to be asked to dress “business casual” for some kind of event. For example, many sororities make their members dress in this manner for chapter meetings. I’m in a music ensemble and we recently had to dress business casual for a rehearsal. Blazers are the easiest way to do this. They are also just super sleek and fashionable in general. Don’t be afraid to branch out into brighter, more fun colors as well. They add structure and polish to an outfit and are definitely the keystone of any professional wardrobe.
11. Solid skirts
I hate pants. Therefore, solid-color skirts are my bottom of choice when the temperature is above twenty degrees. They are so easy to pair with basically any top and accessory. My personal favorites are the J.Crew city mini and the Madewell Bistro skirt.
12. Tights!
We all own black opaque tights, but why not take a note from “Queen B” Blair Waldorf and kick it up a notch with fun patterns and colors? Look for mid-priced and department store brands to ensure quality. Don’t even be scared to wear bright tights with an equally colorful dress, it will have an adorable mod, color-blocked feel, and you will definitely not go unnoticed by anyone.
13. A parka/winter wear.
I didn’t think I needed a parka going into college, and I was DEAD WRONG. Even though they may not be the most fashion-forward pieces, the truth is that if you’re in a cold climate, you have to dress for it. Therefore, a long, puffy coat is your best bet for staying warm. Even though they tend to be expensive, the investment is well worth it.
14. Cute baseball caps.
Because we are all going to have bad hair days-that goes without saying. Baseball caps have come so far from their utilitarian roots- you can find them in every pattern, color, and material. I love wearing baseball caps with dresses and skirts for a feminine-meets-sporty vibe.
15. A watch that actually tells time.
Just trust me. Taking out your phone to check the time does not look mature or professional.
Other college students, what are your must-haves?
Much love,
Sarah

My attempt at casual

My attempt at casual

Burberry shirt
net-a-porter.com

H M trench coat
$50 – hm.com

Old Navy red jeans
oldnavy.gap.com

Crystal jewelry
baublebar.com

TheBalm blush
modcloth.com

Nars cosmetic
$33 – liberty.co.uk

Kohl eyeliner
target.com

NARS Cosmetics nail polish
$25 – johnlewis.com

Out tonight

Out tonight

Wal G classic black dress
$56 – topshop.com

H M faux jacket
$41 – hm.com

2b lace stocking
2bstores.com

Banana Republic black ankle boots
bananarepublic.gap.com

Teardrop necklace
baublebar.com

Estée Lauder gloss lipstick
lordandtaylor.com

“Going out” clothes typically present a challenge to me. I’m not a fan of the bodyconcious, neon styles that seem to be the ubiquitous college girl uniform for weekend wear, and hell will freeze over before I’m comfortable in a crop top. So, I usually tend to stick with what I know. A great silhouetted dress, some textured tights, neutral shoes (these Banana republic booties are ADORABLE! A bit too nice to wear to your standard frat party, but perfect for a nice dinner or bar-hopping), a pop of color, and a little shine. I always fall back on my LBD’s because I know they will be continually flattering. They are the perfect canvas for sparkle and sensuality. If you find a great black dress to wear out, you’ll feel your confidence increase tenfolds, no matter how the night goes. This topshop one is really a great example. I’m going to search the internet for more lovely LBD’s and make a separate post with my favorites. But, for a go-to night look, I’ve paired this one with some basic textured tights, a red faux-blazer (It’s fun to have blazers in multiple colors, h&m is the perfect place to find them), and a gorgeous teardrop necklace. I think it’s a classic yet universally flattering and chic outfit and a girl of any age or size can rock!
What do you like to wear out?
Much love,
Sarah.

One skirt, two ways.

One skirt, two ways.

Oh My Love sequin top
$25 – topshop.com

Forever 21 moto jacket
forever21.com

Madewell mini skirt
madewell.com

Madewell mini skirt
madewell.com

Gap rib tight
gap.com

White House Black Market crystal jewelry
whitehouseblackmarket.com

Bow earrings
modcloth.com

H M scarve
$58 – hm.com

NYX lips makeup
$11 – target.com.au

I’ve lauded my love for the J.Crew city mini a few posts back, but, as a skirt addict, I am super excited to post about a new favorite of mine.

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The Madewell Bistro Mini is absolutely to die for. It has every quality you could want for a solid fall/winter skirt (I also think that you could stretch it into spring/summer too, depending on how you style it.” Madewell clothes definitely live up to their name, and this skirt is no exception. It’s such a nice, sturdy fabric without feeling too bulky. Also, there is an elastic waistband, which can be a welcome change from some of the more constricting A-line styles that I always find myself buying. It fits true to size and comes in navy and dark emerald green! The green version is currently on my person as I type this post and it is without a doubt one of the most comfortable and versatile skirts i’ve ever worn!

I thought i’d put together a little set with some styling tips for you guys! I highly recommend buying this skirt. While $75 can be a little pricey for a separate, it’s more affordable than it’s J.Crew counterpart and is definitely an investment piece! I can’t ever picture it going out of style, which means I’ll definitely be wearing it for years to come. Here is an example of a day look and a night look that both feature the Bistro Mini!

Bow down to your new favorite skirt, everyone.

Much love,

Sarah

First day of classes outfit idea: easily polished.

First day of classes outfit idea: easily polished.

J Crew sweater
net-a-porter.com

Topshop coat
topshop.com

H M circle skirt
$25 – hm.com

French Connection tight
usa.frenchconnection.com

Vintage jewelry
baublebar.com

Stud earrings
baublebar.com

 
WELL, the weather in Ann Arbor is frightful! So, I may have to wear (brace yourselves), jeans for my first day of classes tomorrow. I’m hoping by thursday it will thaw out a bit and i’ll be able to don a tad more feminine ensemble for the rest of the week. However, for those of you not susceptible to instant frostbite when walking outside, I figured i’d give you a little inspiraiton for your first day of classes outfit! The first day can often be a drag but dressing up for it can make it feel more like an important event, maybe even something to get excited about! I chose to go with a very simple, classic color scheme. Each season comes with new trends, and simultaneously, new “in vogue” color palettes. However, the classic “nautical” color scheme never goes out of style! It is appropriate for all seasons and ages, which I think is pretty wonderful. I picked this skirt/sweater combonation because it is conservative enough to wear to class while remaining fun and youthful. These camel-colored riding boots are GORGEOUS, and a perfect classic winter staple.Tights are a must for the winter time, and this French Connection are sturdy and opaque without looking too bulky.  Also, I adore these sparkling baubles, cat-eyed sunglasses, tailored toggle-coat and the stunning shade of this NARS lipstick. A little glamour never killed anyone 😉
Best of luck with your winter semesters!
Much love,
Sarah