Hello December

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Well, somehow we’ve made it to the final month of 2016. The pictures in this post were actually taken in December 2015 though, but I never got around to posting them! In case you were wondering, this is what December looks like in my hometown in California.

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The weather has been fairly mild in NYC so far this season, and I’ve worn a similar version of this outfit here (with a coat). I’m trying to appreciate these days of 40/50 degree weather before it becomes bitterly cold and the first snow falls.

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I’ve had a good start to December so far. This weekend, I celebrated my friend’s birthday in Brooklyn. She hosted a group of us over at her place and served homemade pizza, which was delicious. Yesterday I met another friend for brunch at The Wren, a place I’ve wanted to try for a while. My eyes were certainly bigger than my stomach- I ordered the bulgar wheat pancakes and rosemary home fries. Both were tasty, but I was only able to polish off some of my plate before I was too full to continue. The restaurant itself was really cute. Our coffees were delivered in mini French presses, accompanied by dainty teacups, and the front of the restaurant was covered in pine garlands, which was very festive.

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After brunch, I popped into the Strand because I had a little time to kill. I was on my best behavior and didn’t buy anything because I have plenty of unread books on my shelf, and because I’m trying to focus on holiday gifts for other people (and less shopping for myself). I hadn’t been to the Strand in a few weeks, so it felt really nice to be there and just browse for a bit. I’m sure I’ll be returning soon because I might pick up a few gifts there, and I want the free holiday tote you receive when you spend over $50.

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Then I hopped on the L to head over to the Whitney Museum. It was my first time ever visiting the museum (I never had a chance to go when it was uptown) and my friend was kind enough to take me in with her membership. I think the space is beautiful and the outdoor portions showcase pretty stunning views of the city. There’s a great exhibit there right now titled Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection. It’s all about portraiture and it’s arranged by different themes, such as self portraits and portraits without people. I really enjoyed that exhibit and I think it’s worth checking out if you have the time.

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Outfit Details: H&M sweater, LOFT tank, American Eagle black hi-rise jeggings, Zara lace-up flats, H&M sunglasses, Fossil Erin Satchel | photos- my sister

Fall 2016 Mood

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When the seasons change, I always have the urge to clear out and revitalize my wardrobe. Now that fall has officially arrived, I’m welcoming the cooler temperatures and decreased humidity with open arms.

By the end of summer, I was pretty tired of my wardrobe. I get this feeling from time to time and I find that by just adding or rediscovering 1-2 things, I can squash the cravings back down. As I was catching up on my Feedly subscriptions a few weeks ago, I was really inspired by the mood boards that Rebecca and Ashlyn created. I also revisited the fall capsule wardrobe series that I did a couple years ago and remembered what a positive process that was.

All of this has led me to decide to put together an unofficial fall capsule wardrobe this season. I’m using the capsule wardrobe process as a guide. I really thought about which pieces I wore most frequently the last time I tried this experiment, as well as things I wanted to improve upon the next time around. Right now, I have a few items on my shopping list (either new items or replacement items), so I may write another post showing what I purchase. Last time, I wore my fall capsule wardrobe clothes from September through about March, so I’m hoping to create a really solid collection of pieces that I love that will carry me through fall and winter.

The images above are ones that inspire me and capture some element of the mood/style I’m going for this fall. As you can see, there are lots of chunky sweaters, because I think there’s nothing better than a cozy sweater when the air is crisp. I love the look of oversized sweaters paired with miniskirts and I’ve decided that thanks to my smaller frame, shorter skirts are the most flattering length on me (not too mini though!) and are what I feel most comfortable in.

It’s time to bring out the fall colors, like burgundy (my favorite color to wear in the fall). I tend to stick to the same colors every year, so I’d like to mix in a couple new colors that I don’t typically wear in the cooler months. Colors that are unexpected, or at least unexpected for me. Also, I love a simple, classic outfit that makes you look and feel effortlessly polished, so I’d like to invest in a few quality, versatile basics.

I think I buy a new pair of black boots every season or two. I’m definitely not abandoning my ankle boots, but it would be nice to have another of boots that rise above the ankle for those days when you need a bit more coverage. To finish off the outfits, I’d like a couple new coats/jackets. I’m thinking a bomber jacket for a more casual look (Although, am I cool enough to pull off a bomber jacket? The fact that I’m asking this probably means that the answer is no). And I think it’s finally time to upgrade my Target trench. I’m definitely not at Burberry levels yet, but I think I could afford a trench that looks and fits better than the one I currently have.

One thing I’ve been trying to do lately is to mentally rate my outfit every day. I think, “Did I feel good in this outfit, or was I uncomfortable all day? Did I feel polished or sloppy?” Naturally, I want to wear clothes that make me feel and look good all day, every day, so I’m trying to really hone in on the pieces that have become the real MVPs in my closet.

Now the hunt begins for the items on my list! Have you started shopping for fall, or bought anything great lately?

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Little White Dress

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. This is a new outfit post from yours truly! Since summer is winding down (I think of Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer), I thought I better post this little white dress before the leaves do actually start to change color.

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Here’s the story of this dress: A few months ago, I was planning to attend a wedding and had nothing to wear. Of course, since I’m a procrastinator, I waited until the last minute to find something, which meant a lot of frantic shopping the week of the wedding. A few days before I was due to hop on a plane, I popped into TJ Maxx hoping that they would have something that I liked and could wear to the wedding. I did end up finding a dress, but while I was looking for that dress, this one caught my eye. I figured I’d take it into the dressing room and try it on, even though I knew I couldn’t wear it to the wedding. Of course it fit perfectly and I loved it. So I walked away from TJ Maxx with two dresses that day- the dress I wore to the wedding and this one!

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These pictures were taken during my family’s trip to Seattle in July. I know Seattle is generally a rainy city, but we had nothing but blue skies while we were there (it only rained for part of one day). The Seattle weather was a real champ during our visit and it made me very happy that I’d packed several summer dresses to wear.

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I have so many pictures (and some video footage too) to share from our family vacation, I don’t even know where to start! I’m thinking about dividing it up by day (so a recap of day 1 of our trip, then day 2, etc.), or I could do separate posts for the different spots that we visited (such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle), or I could do one massive post/guide of sorts for Seattle and another for Vancouver (this option would take me forevah, evah, but maybe it makes the most sense?). Ahh, too many choices! Let me know in the comments below how you guys would prefer it!

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Outfit Details: H&M jacket, TJ Maxx dress (see another little white dress look on me), Converse sneakers c/o Kicks USA, Rose gold square aviator sunglasses c/o Aeropostale, Fossil Erin Satchel | photos- my mom and brother

Hello Fall

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Hello Fall, it’s nice to see you again. As someone who mostly grew up on the West Coast, I still get excited about the definitive shift into autumn. Even though I’ve been out of school for a few years now, fall still feels like a fresh start. For me, one of the best parts of going back to school was picking my first day of school outfit. Of course, you wanted to look great on the first day of school and make a great first impression. I remember wanting to look trendy, but not like I tried too hard, and to still feel comfortable.

One trend that I’ve seen popping up frequently are longline sweaters and coats. I love the cyclical nature of fashion- I remember when these where really popular back in middle school. The duster sweaters in middle school were more ‘grandma chic.’ The current options are sleeker and more modern, which I like.

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I wanted to try out this trend, so I picked up a simple knit version from Asos. I went with one of my favorite colors to wear (black) that way I know it will fit in well with other pieces in my closet. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a bit with this longer silhouette, but wearing it in black made me feel more confident about my look. Also, when the trend dies down, I feel like it’s something I’ll still want to wear because it’s not too wild.

I was in an experimental mood when I was putting together this outfit, so I decided to tuck up my dress and wear it as a top. This Old Navy dress is one of my favorite purchases from the summer and I’ve gotten a ton of wear out of it. I’m pleased that I’ve found another way to continue to wear it into fall. I finished off the outfit with my trusty Chelsea boots. Altogether, I really like this look and if I were going back to school this fall, this could have been my first day of school outfit!

What do you think of these longline pieces? Would you wear them?

Outfit Details: Vila long line cardi c/o Asos (shop more longline clothing here), Old Navy patterned cocoon v-neck dress, American Eagle black hi-rise jeggings, Topshop chelsea boots, Fossil Erin Satchel, Forever 21 necklace | Lips- NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte | photos- my friend Ben