October 8, 2015

My Style: Pretty in Paisley

What is university life like?  May I rant for just a moment?  I thought teachers would allow laptops, cell phones, absences, and freedom.  I thought I could go where I wanted when I wanted.  My parents would tell me stories about classes at UCLA having 400 students and the professor wouldn't even know you were there or not.  Weeeeellllllll, my average class size at NAU is 20 and the professors take roll the moment class starts.  Part of your grade is attendance!  We can't use electronics unless they are for the project.  This is my least favorite part.  It's like an extension of high school.  I get it--they want us to focus and learn.  But as a transfer student, this semester is total review for me; if I have to hear about the "elements and principles of design" one more time, I'm going to implode.  Just warning those of you out there that thought you'd have all this freedom or time (they load you up on so much work as if their one class is your only class).  I don't mean to sound ungrateful; I am blessed to be able to attend an university.  Next semester, hopefully, I will begin to learn new techniques and be inspired.  It's tough being a college student...  One bright star:  you can wear what you want, which for me is a lot different than high school.

So, here's a pretty outfit to wear on a warm fall day.  As I've told you before, Hollister has amazing pieces.  The prints, the materials, and the cuts are perfect.  This coordinated outfit flows on the body and has the gorgeous fall colors of navy, burgundy, and tan.  To keep warm as the sun goes down, I added this beautiful crocheted sweater by Kersh, another favorite brand of mine.  Add some Betsey Johnson lace up booties, and you are ready to take on the world--at least for one day.

I truly would love to hear how your fall season is holding up, and I promise I will try to count my blessings versus contemplating what little freedom I have.  I am loving my apartment though!  Once I'm totally done decorating, I will try to take some great photos and make a blog post for you.  Decorating is a blast--I can totally understand why people become interior decorators.  I'm trying my best to juggle college work and blog work.  Thank you all for bearing with me and being so lovely.  Xoxo, Shelly


September 29, 2015

My Style: Denim Jumper

I don't know about you, but I'm loving the new fall clothes and accessories!  Here are some tips and tricks on how to have the most fashionable fall yet.  First off, a few fall closet musts:  deep v-cut booties with over-the-knee socks.  The pairing looks very chic, but also keeps your legs warm.  

Another must for the season, a trendy, dark wash denim jumper with suspender straps.  This piece goes with so many things from any girl's closet.  It's one of those items you can throw on, be totally comfy, and also look on point.

Hats?  Have you noticed I like hats?  Totally recommend this floppy panama hat in olive.

Next, I suggest trying to bring out matching colors in an outfit like I did with the knee high socks and the sweater.  Pulling your outfits together through color blocking is a technique that makes you look put together but not overdone.

Lastly, finish your look with jewelry!  I added some amazing jewelry pieces to this ensemble, which included two silver rings, a pair of hoop earrings, and two layered necklaces.

Sure hope you're liking some of these tips.  I know we don't always need to look sophisticated, street-style sexy.  Sometimes we just want to be comfortably warm and cute with a touch of hipster  :)  Xoxo, Shelly

September 16, 2015

My Style: Sweater Weather

T he weather will start cooling down soon.  My fall essentials definitely include sweaters and torn jeans.  An ivory, over-sized sweater is such a must for fall, and it transitions well into winter.  Because I'm on the petite size, a bootie with a heel is another fall essential for me.  The heel helps elongate the look of the legs.  Plus, these booties fit nicely over socks and skinny jeans because of the slouched, relaxed design.  Next, lace is always one of my favorite accents but especially for fall.  A girl can't help but feel pretty in this embroidered blouse with crocheted lace insets, adding a vintage, bohemian charm to the look.  Lastly, a fringe purse is just essential for life.  Period.  Slip on some beautiful jewelry pieces and you are ready for a new adventure, a new season.  Xoxo, Shelly