J.Crew Jealousy

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I’m officially back to my Midwest roots and ready to tackle my last year of school. This summer all seems like one surreal blur to me know, especially looking at these photographs that were taken of my 9 to 5 style.

When I dress professionally, I always have a tendency to lean more on the preppy end of the spectrum. The crisp lines, classic silhouettes and androgynous details always drew me in – but not without my own twist.

I practically worship the J.Crew take on preppy. Those timeless styles with a dose (or two) of something unexpected thrown in for good measure. For me, statement necklaces usually do the trick.

But what happened when I layered two of my favorite hunks of metal against one another? A form of J.Crew jealousy may have ensued… Continue reading

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Lime-A-Rita

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I pull inspiration from a variety of sources: nature, architecture and even food – it’s all fair game.

But lately I’ve added another category to pull ideas and concepts from: liqueur labels. Maybe it’s the fact that I just turned 21, but color combinations in packaging has really been grabbing my attention as of late. Think about it this way, labels and logos are specifically designed to catch your attention and stand out among other products. Naturally, the same idea can be applied to fashion to have that same effect.

Crisp white, a bold citron and a touch of Barbie pink unite to create a trifecta of the ultimate summer palate. I just so happened to pull this color idea from a Lime-A-Rita bottle (but I’m pretty sure there was no leopard involved). Continue reading

My Top 10 Traveling Essentials

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1. Stella & Dot Scarf // 2. Ray Ban Sunnies // 3. Chic Passport Holder // 4. Michael Kors Watch // 5. London Fog Trench Coat // 6. Cute Earbuds // 7. Cheeky Luggage Tag // 8. EOS Lip Balm // 9. Kitschy Sleep Mask // 10. MAC Mini Fix Spray

Being that I am currently 30,000 feet above ground at the moment, headed home to Minneapolis, I thought this post was very appropriate. Continue reading

The Story Of A Dress

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No, this is not a DVF exhibit, even though this post goes by the same title. Nearly eight weeks ago, I had my first day of being a buying intern at Nordstrom headquarters in downtown Seattle. I recall being so giddy because everything I had ever dreamed of was finally within reach.

Now, just about two months later, I can write this post saying I get to return to my dream. To pursue, continue to chase and downright divulge in my ambition of being a buyer – something I’ve wanted since I was 15 years old. Sadly enough, I have to say farewell to this city I love… for now anyways. Luckily for me, it’s not a true goodbye, but rather, “see you soon.”

But back to the dress, it serves as a metaphor for coming full circle. I wore this frock that very first day, got my job offer while wearing it and now, posting about it on my last. You can see how I styled it for the first day hereContinue reading

Brunettes In Black Blazers (A Collab With A Southern Drawl)

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I’m so excited to pair up with fellow brunette and fashion lover, Grace, from A Southern Drawl to show you how we amp up a basic black blazer. I discovered this belle’s blog on Instagram, being captured by her unapologetic pairings and stunning photography and have been a fan ever since.

She’s a fellow lover of monograms, lipstick, stripes and anything that makes a statement, so naturally, we got along just splendidly. I love Grace’s approachable smile and equally wearable ensembles. Oh and did I mention we are moth collegiate cuties as well?

But today, we are tag teaming a timeless classic: a black blazer. It’t typically known for being a professional must-have, but we are giving it an updated twist with two different takes on the piece.

Grace opts for a polished look complete with patent pumps. On the other hand, I go for a street-style ensemble for a day of exploring Pike’s Place. Continue reading

Urban Jungle + Major News!

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The more I chase my fashion-focused dream, the more I find myself downright craving the city. This is unfortunately the last week of my Internship in Seattle at Nordstrom – where did time go?!

But for those of you who follow me on social media probably already know that this is not a goodbye. This is simply a farewell and “see you soon,” because I got official offer from Nordstrom to come back post-graduation! I could not be anymore excited to know in May, I will be making the move to the West Coast permanently. I have fallen for this city and so many of the details between the streets of this concrete jungle.

*Sigh*

But for now, on Sunday to be exact, I will be moving back to the Midwest to finish my final year of college. Mere months separate my collegiate life in the Midwest from my professional dream on the West Coast. Ecstatic doesn’t even begin to skim the surface. I’ll be changing my bio from Midwest ma’am to newbie Seattleite before I know it. Continue reading

Coiffure Confidential: Secrets, Tips and Products

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People may come to my blog for a daily dose of fashion, but the comments – they are all about hair! Much to my surprise, you all have been very vocal about your curiosity in knowing my secrets to look book perfect locks. I have some products, habits and secrets that keep my hair long, full of body and create a signature element in all of my looks.

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Products I swear by:

1. Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo // 2. Nexxus Humectress Conditioner // 3. L’Oreal Everpure Hair Mask // 4. It’s a 10 ‘Miracle Leave-in Spray’ // 5. One N’ Only Aragon Oil Spray // 6. CHI 44 Iron Guard Spray // 7. Tresemme ‘Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray’ // 8. Tresemme ‘Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo’ // 9. Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil Continue reading