Tag: summer

Dress Bright and Feel Bold

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For a long time growing up I always played it safe with my wardrobe. I would put together creative, bright, kind of “out there” outfits, but then I never had the confidence to wear them out. I was scared of standing out in the crowd and always decided on the safe route.

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Now, as I’ve gotten a little older and wiser, I’ve learned that standing out is actually a really amazing thing. Dressing bright and dressing bold and dressing a little “out there”can turn into confidence. I love putting together a super bright and colorful outfit, like this one, because it instantly puts me in a cheery mood. How can I not have a good day, and a confident day, when i’m wearing a cobalt blue dress and a plaid primary-colored scarf. This outfit is powerful, and instantly makes me feel like I can take on anything that is thrown my way.

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Interning at Kate Spade this summer has taught me so much, but one of the most amazing things that it has taught me is that living colorfully, being confident, and having fun can truly become a lifestyle. Life doesn’t have to be serious, and neither does your wardrobe! Reflect who you are, and your confidence, through your wardrobe.

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A Petite Girl’s Guide to Boyfriend Jeans

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Being 5’2″ is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, I can still get away with the kids menu sometimes, but boy is shopping for pants a headache. Very few stores carry short enough jeans, and I have had so much trouble in the past adapting the latest trends to work with my tiny legs. Flared jeans.. nope… Boot cut… nope… culottes.. absolutely not.

When I first heard of the boyfriend jean trend a few years ago I instantly wrote it off too. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh, I would swim in boyfriend jeans..” I envied the tall, thin, models in the magazines and on the runway working the trend, and wished I had their physique.

Then one day when I was out shopping I decided to take a risk and try on a pair. They looked so loose and comfy…I caved and snatched up my size to slip on.

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When I first looked in the mirror with the boyfriend style on I initially was doubtful, i’m not going to lie… but then I played around with them a bit by adding a belt, cuffing the bottoms, and throwing on a pair of heels and instantly saw a difference.

“IT’S A MIRACLE…” I thought, “I CAN ACTUALLY WEAR A TRENDY PAIR OF JEANS!”

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When I style my boyfriend jeans now I typically pair the looser pants with a tighter or more structured shirt (like the one in this photo). I like to belt the jeans to sit a little higher on my waist, and usually roll the bottoms 2-3 times to get them to sit right above my ankles. A half-tucked shirt shows off my belt and waistline a little, but still keeps with that laid-back style of the oversized jeans.

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This shopping discovery of mine goes to show that you should never be afraid to experiment with different fashion trends, no matter what your height or size is. Every girl can rock the same trends, it’s just all about your confidence and creativity.

A Transitional Fall Look

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It is officially October and I have been anxiously waiting for some cooler weather here in Florence. By this time of year in the midwest I would already be in full sweater mode, but Italy continues to surprise me with 75 degree afternoons. Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather, but there is something magical about fall fashion that I have been just too impatient for this year. With rain storms this week came some brisk temperatures though, so I decided to break out some of my favorite fall fashion pieces for the season. This outfit was created as a transitional look; I focused on layering some of my summer pieces with a few fall trends to make them more appropriate for the season.

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For this look, I paired my favorite high-waisted jean shorts with a cropped tank, two very basic summer pieces I packed with me for my trip. I have been obsessed with the tall sock trend this year, so I was excited to finally incorporate a pair into my first fall outfit post. I added a cozy oversized knit cape to my look, along with my favorite black boots. A few key jewelry pieces were added for an extra pop of color and glam.

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Looking forward to styling more fall ensembles!