Spring Wardrobe Update

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This weekend I made some necessary updates to my closet. It seemed like every single store was having a sale, so I definitely took advantage. Here’s what I purchased and why:

1. Gap Ladder Stitch Sweater– I was flipping through the sale rack and when I touched this sweater I immediately noticed how soft it is. I like the two different textures of the body and sleeves and the soft gray color. I’m picturing wearing this with jeans or over a slim-fitting miniskirt.

2. Jessica Simpson Connie Flat– I really needed a pair of wear-with-anything black flats. I didn’t want a basic black flat though. The almond toe on this shoe is what really drew me in; I think they’re slightly more flattering than a pointed toe on my already-large feet. I love that this is a two-piece flat and that the two pieces are made of different materials (the front is snakeskin and the back is patent leather).

3. Gap Essential Short Sleeve V Neck T (heather gray)- Sometime last year, I bought my first gray tee (crazy, I know) and I had the realization that it looks great with everything. Seriously, I think grey has become my second favorite neutral (after black). My old grey tee was ready to be replaced and I liked the feel of this one from Gap.

4. Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt– Most of this list consists of basics that I’m adding to or replacing in my closet, including this oxford shirt. Up until yesterday, I did not own a white button-down shirt. It’s been on my list for a while and many months ago I tried on this shirt and really liked it. I like the more relaxed fit and the fabric is very soft. I didn’t buy it at the time because I didn’t want to pay full-price, but I snatched it up this weekend when it was 40% off.

5. American Eagle High-Rise Jegging (clean rinse)- Guys, high-rise jeans are where it’s at. In December, I bought a pair of black high-rise jeggings that are by far the most comfortable and best-fitting jeans that I own. That’s when I discovered that I love a higher rise- it makes my butt look good and there are zero worries about exposure in the back. I do have some junk in the trunk and larger thighs, so often when I try on jeans I have that annoying, no-good gap in the back. Well these rise right over that area and then nip in at the waist- perfecto. When I think back to high school where it was all about the lowest rise, I chuckle at that silliness. These work so much better for me!

6. Gap Essential Short Sleeve V Neck T (white)- I have a white crewneck tee, but I also wanted a v-neck. Since this was on sale too, I picked up this same tee in white.

7. Gap 1969 High-Rise Skinny Jeans (salinas)- I wasn’t originally planning on buying two pairs of jeans yesterday. As I was shopping at Gap, I saw their section of high-rise jeans and on the very top of the pile was one pair of jeans in my size in this particular wash. I’m really picky about the wash of my jeans and I loved this color, so I decided to try them on. It turns out that Gap’s high-rise jeans also fit me really well and once I had them on I knew I had to get them. They were on sale for $49.99, plus an extra 40% off, putting them around $30- a very decent price for jeans. When I got to the register and they rang them up, it turns out they were actually on sale for $29.97 + 40% off, making the final total $17.98. Scoooooore!

8. American Eagle White Jegging– I’ve wanted a pair of white jeans for ages and I finally have them. The white jegging at AE did not have a high-rise option, but I find this to be a mid-rise, so I’m cool with that. I’m thinking only mid-rise or high-rise jeans for me from here on out!

Tell me: What was the last item of clothing you bought?

(P.S. I redid my about page last night- take a look!)

Write It Down

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You know that I’m a fan of all things digital, but I also have a strong love of paper products. I still enjoy writing down my thoughts in a journal from time to time- sometimes you just need to put down your words on paper. I was browsing The Everygirl earlier this week and saw that they’re doing a 30 day journaling challenge in April. I think I want to do it! I currently have a Q&A a day Journal, which is a type of short-form journaling, but it will be fun to challenge myself to write longer journal entries for 30 consecutive days. I have plenty of notebooks already, but that didn’t stop me from browsing for a new one for the challenge.

Tell me: Do you keep a journal? If so, how often do you write in it?

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Saturday in Harlem

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This is not normally the kind of thing I’d sign up to do- I can be shy sometimes when meeting new groups of people and discussing my thoughts in front of a bunch of strangers sounds intimidating to me. However, Sarah is family and I knew Kiet would also be there, so I decided to just give it a try. I’m not going to lie- brunch food was also a big incentive! The segment is still being edited, but I’ll make sure to share it once it’s ready (providing that I don’t sound like a total idiot).

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Since I knew we’d be on camera from the chest up, I accessorized my outfit with this new statement necklace. I like that the stones are black and that it’s thankfully much lighter than it looks. The spiky studs are a nice touch too- I like the hint of edginess.

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Outfit Details: Trench Coat and Jeans- Target // Tee- Forever 21 // Oxfords– Joe Fresh // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // Necklace c/o Aeropostale // Lips- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl // photos of me- my roomie Kiet

Oxford Style

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently picked up a pair of oxfords from Joe Fresh. I used to have a pair but I rarely wore them because I had trouble styling them (and I have no idea where they are now!). I think they’re such a clean and classic shoe, so I’m ready to give it another try. This time I have Pinterest as a tool for styling inspiration and these are a few looks that I loved. I want to try wearing my oxfords with…

– a simple sweatshirt + a sleek little mini.

– a sweater + boyfriend jeans.

– a leather jacket + cuffed jeans.

– simple basics like an oversized grey sweater + skinny black pants.

– a button-down + bright accessories.

– a striped tee + flirty miniskirt.

Tell me: Do you have a pair of oxfords?
If you have any styling tips, I’d love to read them in the comments below!

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