Pretty little things

I’m definitely having a moment for Madewell jewelry. Though I find them beautiful, I’ve never tried out their jewelry collection until recently because I’m pretty plain when it comes to wearing them. But after seeing over and over again all the beautiful pieces Madewell puts out, and being completely in love with the look and quality of the earrings I got from there, I thought I should give something else from Madewell a try.

I love the look of rings on hands because they just make everything look more elegant. Rings are also my prefer accessory because it’s something I can comfortably wear daily without it being caught in my hair, scarf, sleeves. I picked up 3 (they were on sale, I couldn’t resist) rings from Madewell last week, and I have to say I’m even more impressed with their jewelry now! They’re so beautifully made and does not give you the green stain on your hand, I love the variety they offer and have been wearing the 3 I got nonstop since I got them. I’m the type of person that likes having staple pieces especially when it comes to jewelry, but these rings make me wish I have more of them so I can play mix and match everyday.

Pretty little things

Little black boots

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I’ve always been a brown boots girl, even though I’ve owned a few pairs of black boots before, they always seem to be neglected, live quietly at the corner of my closet for a few months and then to the donation pile. But recently I’ve been falling for everything black, particularly all black booties – black leather, black heels, black zippers, the whole nine yard.

My affection for black boots started with the Acne Studio Jensen Booties a few months back when I saw them on multiple blogs, they’re a pair of classic looking black pointed boots with low heel that looks super easy to walk in, sound right up my alley. But, I just couldn’t justify spending $500+ on a pair of boots at this stage of my life (or ever). When I found the ASOS Right About Now Western Pointed Chelsea Ankle Boots, I knew they would be a great, affordable dupe for me to try and see if I’ll actually like them on me. Upon receiving them and trying them on, I have to say I love them even more than I originally thought I would! They’re extremely comfortable and are so easy to slip on, the leather like material has a beautiful grain look which is what I wanted when looking at the Jensen (the Jensen comes in smooth, grain and suede I believe, but I think the grain looks the best and will also age the best). They’re truly a beautiful pair of boots and at such an amazing price point too! I’ve been looking for a pair of slip on boots to replace my brown Nine West ones for over a year, and I think I found them.

The second pair that’s been added to my collection was actually an unplanned purchase. I came across a pair of Madewell Ames Boots one day while browsing on Poshmark, at first I was just interested in them because of the amazing price tag (the “amazing sale you just can’t pass on” type buying urge), but after doing a little research and looking up some more photos of how they look on, I find myself constantly thinking about them. I actually waited a week or so – risking it being sold in the mean time, before purchasing them because I wasn’t 100% sure about the condition of the boots and the sizing, but I’m so glad I took the risk and got them! Even though there are some slight creasing you can see, it’s really not noticeable when you’re wearing them, and the size is actually perfect for my feet with socks on. I took them with me when I went down to Atlanta for a wedding, and they’re so comfortable and versatile that they ended up being the only shoes I wore all weekend other than the heels for the actual wedding. They’re not only great for elevating your outfit when you just want to wear a simple jeans and t-shirt combo, but also nice enough to pair with a more formal look. I wore them with my rehearsal dinner dress (ASOS Africa Lace Maxi Dress) and I love the look they add to the whole outfit, I even walked the Atlanta Beltline with them on afterwards and it didn’t cause any pain! They’re honestly the best bang for my buck I’ve gotten on Poshmark and I cannot be happier. (As a side note, I actually looked at the Ames boots last year in brown, but ended up going with another pair of brown boots. Who knew I would end up getting them a year later anyway!)

I love these 2 pairs so much that I’m seriously considering getting backups for them just in case, haha. I think they’ll be my go to for this F/W, but I also want to find another pair that are shorter, more ankle height to add to the mix. I loved the look of the Dolce Vita Jaeger Booties but the material didn’t exactly fit what I was looking for, so if you have a pair of black ankle boots you love or have seen some great ones online, please share with me!

Little black boots

Wallet update

I’ve been meaning to downsize my wallet for quite a while now, mainly because the current one I have, though I love and can hold a lot of things, is really big and does not fit well with the smaller purses I like to use on the weekend. So during the recent Fourth of July sale on Rebecca Minkoff, I purchased 2 new wallet to replace it and my stay at home card holder for cards I normally don’t need (my emergency cards, different stores rewards card, metro cards for other cities, etc).

First up that’s talk about this electric yellow babe – The Mini Ava Zip wallet is a full zip around wallet that has 3 pockets in it for you to put either money, change, or cards. I love the bright color as it’s easy to spot and the size is actually really spacious and doesn’t make you feel like your wallet is exploding when you fill it up. Second is this black Molly Metro Wallet I’ve been drooling over for a long time, there were multiple color options but I opt for the black and gold because I love how elegant and edgy it looks. Unlike the Ava, this one is slightly smaller and less thick, it is a button closure but has a separate zip pocket inside for change. I used it for the first time this weekend and really love how small and convenient it is, and the fact that the ID slot is designed in a way I can easily take out my ID without fussing and bending my wallet is definitely a huge plus.

I’m enjoying the small wallets and plan to replace my large one full time (right now I only switch it out for the weekends as it doesn’t bother me as much in my work purse). Overall I would say the quality of the Rebecca Minkoff wallets are nice, but I wish they come with dust bag or something when ordered online so I have a way to store them when I’m not using them.

Wallet update

Dainty jewelry

I’m having a moment with Madewell‘s jewelry range right now and I especially love all the minimalist offerings. I recently got my hands on these tiny earrings, and I just can’t stop looking at them. I have 5 ear piercings so this pack was perfect for me, I love how they’re all different but since they’re so so tiny they don’t fight with each other when wearing them. There are so many more options ranging from necklaces, bracelets and rings on Madewell, it makes me wish I was more proactive about wearing different jewelry everyday, but for now these 5 and the necklace given to me from my parents will be my staple for the foreseeable future.

I am however in search of some good quality rings (no fading, no color transferring, no bending, etc) to add to my collection as it’s something I really enjoy wearing! So if you have a favorite place in mind, let me know as I’m in need of some suggestions!

Dainty jewelry

The practical festival goer

It’s that time of the year again, you see all of your favorite bloggers and youtubers getting ready to attend awesome festivals all over the country in some amazing, super chic outfits!  I feel like it’s pretty much the most exciting style event other than fashion week because it’s pretty much a free for all for everyone to showcase their style.

I have been to a few festivals myself and really enjoyed it.  I love the atmosphere and music, but I was never one to get super dressed up for it mainly because I was a poor student with not a lot of extra cash to buy items that I will probably only wear once, so I usually go for more practical and less crazy items that I can wear on a normal basis as well so the cost per wear will pay itself off.

This year, I will be attending Firefly in DE with some of my closet friends to celebrate the lovely Jess from Rose & Fig‘s bachelorette party!  It will be my first time camping for a festival which I’m both nervous and excited about!  There are so many things you need to take into account when attending a festival especially if you’re camping!  But today, lets talk outfits!

I’ve picked out a few items that I think will both be great for festivals but also can be worn as an everyday item, so take a look!

the practical festival goer

  1. Madewell Oversized Button-Down Shirt in Major Stripe
    Great on its own or layering over a tank or dress and adding an extra dimension to your outfits.  A shirt like this is also good to have for when it gets cooler at night time.  Roll up the sleeves and tie up the bottom to make it shorter for a more retro look.
  2. Barbour International Jacket
    Depending on the location and time of the festival you’re going to, sometimes a nice jacket to protect you from rain and cold is necessary.  Barbour is a go to for a lot of people, especially in the UK.  I really love their waxed jacket as they have a unique look.
  3. Madwell Silk Overlay Cami Dress
    Dresses that will not fly all over the place is great for festivals because it keeps you cool and is super comfortable to wear, but at the same time you won’t have to worry about the wind.  Picking one solid color might seem boring to some people, but I think the pop of color sometimes stand out more than busy prints, and also this will be a dress I can wear to everywhere and not just the festival!
  4. Aritzia Welfred Bienaime T-Shirt
    Like to keep it simple?  A tank or t-shirt with shorts, jeans or skirt is the way to go.  You can opt for a shirt with a more unusual cut, fit or texture to create some interest, or go with the basics white tee or tank (can’t go wrong with basics).
  5. Aritzia Welfred Gabrielle Skirt
    Midi skirts are the best in my opinion because they’re long enough to cover yourself but short enough that you won’t have to worry about it dragging on the ground or being stepped on.  I also like them for the fact that they’re long enough to sit on, unlike shorter skirts when you sit down it might not be enough to cover your bottom.  The thought of skin touching dirt and grime… not so pleasent.
  6. Aritzia Talula Trooper Jacket
    Need something lightweight and stylish but still protects you from the rain for where you’re going?  A medium to light weight military style jacket is perfect!  It will protect you from the wind and rain but won’t be too hot and heavy to move around in.
  7. Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue Ca High-Top Sneakers
    Comfortable shoes are a must for festival goers that want to dance the weekend away.  I prefer closed toe shoes because rest assured, someone at some point will accidentally step on you. Also make sure it’s a pair you’re willing to let it get dirty because if it’s an outdoor festival, rain dirt and puddles sometimes are inevitable.
  8. Free People Magnolia Platform Clog
    For the shorter festival goers like myself, something with a little height never hurts.  I personally have not tried to wear shoes with heels or platform shoes to a festival because I’m not very comfortable at being tall (you know what I mean?), but for those that can walk, run and dance in platforms, they’re definitely a great choice because those extra few inches will go a long way when you’re buried in the crowd.
  9. Madewell Geo-Lace Eyelet Dress
    Every time I see someone wearing a white dress, I always give them a mental high five – You go girl for wearing a white dress to a festival!  I love the look of white dresses because they’re really easy and go with anything, but the down side is that it gets dirty really easily… But if you’re going to a festival that is in the city (read: concrete or hard floors) and you know you don’t have to worry about dusts, rain and mud, I would say go for it.  I love how this dress is both effortless but yet stylish with some interesting details on the body.

*image taken from respected retail websites*

The practical festival goer

New jeans on the block

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I’m always on the lookout for a good pair of jeans, mainly because as a petite girl it’s hard to find a pair that fits you well.  I love my Loft jeans that I purchased this summer but they’re all ankle length and don’t seem to be thick enough for the winter, so the search for a pair(s) of thicker denim started.

I’ve been eyeing some mid to high waisted jeans for a while, they seem pretty on trend and even though I’ve never had a pair, I’ve always liked the fact that it sits higher (don’t need to worry about constantly making sure it’s pulled up) and makes your legs longer which is a major plus for petite girls like me.  I saw this pair of Rivet and Thread Extra High Skinny Jeans on Madewell and fell in love with the wash/style, I knew it was a little higher than a normal high waisted jeans, but still wanted to try and see how I like the fit so I ordered a pair when it was on sale during Christmas.  At first it felt really weird to wear such high waisted jeans and I wasn’t sure about the look because I’m not used to it, but I kept it anyway because it was so comfortable!

After having a pretty good experience with this pair of jeans from Madewell, I went on eBay to look and see if there are any available for cheaper than retail so I can try them out without breaking the bank.  I stumble upon this pair of High Riser Skinny Skinny in Atlantic for less than $30 (currently selling for $125 on still), once I  tried it on I knew this is going to be my new go-to fit!  I love how it sits on the waist – high but not too high, it’s also extremely comfortable even when sitting down for an extended period of time, which is very important to me because I wear jeans to work quite often.  I was very lucky to find a pair that fits me perfectly on the first try, especially on a site like eBay where return sometimes is not an option.  I ended up finding another pair of black ones a week ago also for less than $30, I’d say I’m one lucky girl.

Now that I have 3 pairs of jeans in my go to shades (dark denim and black), I’d say my search for denim is over… for now!

New jeans on the block

A taste of fall

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This fall I see myself in comfortable booties, classic patterns, rich colors like purple and aubergine, jeans and scarves.  I will be bringing in some darker, richer colors to the mix to compliment the season.  I’m also very excited about able to spice up my outfit with some scarves because you can get pretty creative with the patterns and it’s a good way to add a pop of color into your outfits.  I recently acquired this yellow scarf because I think the color is perfect for fall, the combination shown in the picture also happens to be the color scheme of my alma mater (go jackets!) which is perfect for gameday!

I will hopefully be able to start my fall capsule wardrobe soon *fingers crossed*, I’m very excited about what I have lined up and I can’t wait to share with you guys!

A taste of fall