Life Update

So I decided to change up my plans for this Friday’s post and do a little life update. I have been in a place of real flux lately and next week a lot is going to change. I am going back home on Wednesday and I am super excited about it. I love Colorado so much and I couldn’t be more excited to go back to the mountains. I have still not made a whole lot of progress on my long term goals and plan but I have decided that the next several months will be spent with my family and working on several projects. I am also going to do some serious thinking and planning about my future and where I want to go from here.

I have struggled a lot over the past six months because I have been feeling some major pressures about where I should be going and how I should use my degree. This all has really clouded my own goals and what I am passionate about so I need to take the time to think about what I want to spend my time and energy on. I am really loving blogging and taking photographs right now so I am hoping with this time home I will have time to focus on that.


Blouse similar, Pants Macy’s, Booties Sole Society, Earrings Rocksbox

Anyways, I am feeling really good about going back to Colorado right now and I am excited to see where this next journey takes me. Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend! Stay warm!


Accessory Closet Essentials

A major part of any outfit is the accessories. I am including my essential jewelry items in this. What you add and how many you add says a lot about your outfit and your style. Personally I add around three accessories to complete an outfit. This means usually a bag of some sort, a piece of jewelry and maybe another piece of jewelry, a scarf/hat or a hair bow. It really depends on what is on the agenda for the day.

Tote bag: Thus is definitely an essential for work or school because they hold a lot more than other pocket books. Because I use them so much I have neutrals so the go with everything. My go to right now is a black scalloped Kate Spade. I also have a brown/beige on that is great as well. Longchamps are a popular option.

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Crossbody: This is a must for everyone. When I don’t need to carry my computer I almost always use a crossbody. Here are some good options

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Bow: A bow hair accessory is an easy way to class up any outfit. If you aren’t into bows any ribbon hair accessory will do the trick.

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Pearl earrings: I recommend having both a pair of pearl studs and a pair of pearl drop earrings. That makes it easier to change it up. Pearls are very simple yet classic and beautiful.

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Gold bracelet: This is one you might not expect but I think having a nice gold bangle can be a great, easy addition to an outfit. The one I have was my grandmothers but here are some great options.

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Necklaces (pearls): I love having several pearl necklaces around, ready to wear. They go with pretty much everything and look fantastic. I actually prefer to vintage shop for pearls because I have found really beautiful ones for pretty cheap. I do think though that KJP and Kate Spade have some great options.

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Sunglasses: This is a must for both eye protection and style. However, I undoubtedly believe that there is no one style everyone should own. That is because different styles look better than others on different face shapes.

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Hats: This definitely sounds vague. I recommending having at least one warm winter hat and one ‘sun’ hat. Both of which should be styles/patterns you love and will wear a lot. The winter had is necessary for warmth but can also be a great fashion statement. Having a brimmed ‘sun’ hat is great because it really brings up an entire outfit. I always get lots of complements when I’ve added a great hat.

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Scarves: I throw a scarf on when its really cold outside. My favorites are definitely plaid ones but there are so many great options!

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Watches: I am on the hunt right now for a great, classic watch that will go with pretty much everything. Let me know if you have favorites! I found a couple good options but would love recommendations.

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Belts: Such a necessity! This one is definitely a given and I have found the greatest, classy options. I chose mostly classic belts to go with jeans but there are some fun ones out there for around the waist as well.

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I hope you enjoyed this essentials round up and thanks for reading!


Beach Romper

Those final summer days are really starting to sink in. There is still a few great beach weeks left and I have been enjoying those days in this incredibly comfortable gingham romper. I mentioned that I ordered it in a previous post I did on gingham as a trend and it has really lived up. It is really the most comfortable romper I own. It is so thin which is perfect for the summer weather and sandy beach days. It works so well as either a beach cover up or a great outfit! All of the following pictures were taken at either Horseback Beach in Massachusetts or Barrington Beach in Rhode Island.


Beach Towel Amazon, Romper J. Crew Factory, Hat Tuckernuck, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory


Bow Swimsuit

I searched all summer for the perfect swimsuit and it definitely was a challenge. I know there are lots of options out there but I was really looking for something that was both cute, comfortable and flattering. I tried a couple different suits and finally found this one! It is from Zara and it is the most comfortable suit I have ever worn. It is also so cute and the black is classic, it can go with anything!

It is going to be great for the beach in August. I can’t wait to be back on the salty shores and take a break from work! This July has been pretty much only work for me so I have been at a computer most days and I am ready for some beach time. I really like the research I am doing but the hot, humid Indiana weather definitely gets to me and sitting at the computer gets tiring.


Swimsuit Zara, hat Tilly’s,  bag vintage Dooney & Bourke, shorts similar, belt similar


Striped Bow Dress

I found this dress at Target just before leaving for Nebraska and it is amazing! The fit is great and I am really into blue and white right now. I have worn it several times already and it can be dressed up for nicer occasion or just worn to the Saturday farmers market. One of the best parts about it is that is was a great price especially for the quality! These pictures were taken in Nebraska (more to come on this trip!).


Dress Target,  sunglasses Anthropologie, espadrilles Target