Fall Fashion Inspiration

We are well into October and I am so excited to finally start dressing for fall. It is no doubt my favorite time of year. This year I am particularly excited because there are so many great trends I am eager to try. Today I wanted to round up some looks that have been inspiring me lately as we enter fall!

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Maybe it’s just me, but I love the “effortlessly chic French girl look” and will definitely be trying to capture that in my outfits this season. I thought this picture was adorable and I love the way she layered her sweater with the blouse. And those boots are amazing!

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Wrap dresses have been super popular lately and I’m dying to get one for my fall wardrobe. They are so flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. I love the fabric and color of this one here, it’s perfect for a fall dinner party or something!

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I always love Julia’s outfits, and this one is no exception. I have been seeing tons of emerald green and this silky midi dress is simply beautiful.

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I am not sure I am quite ready to embrace the flared jeans look yet, but this street style star is totally rocking it. I love that her jeans are a little cropped with frayed edges because it gives an updated twist on a classic silhouette.

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This isn’t a fashion trend necessarily, but I have been loving velvet bows lately… As belts, hair bows and everything in between! It puts such a classy and elegant touch on any outfit. I am trying to grow my hair out a little bit and I cannot wait until it makes a nice ponytail so I can add a velvet bow.

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Plaid is another huge trend for fall, as usual. I usually see it in flannel tops, jacket linings and scarves/ ponchos, so seeing these fun statement pants were a nice update to a seasonal classic. The colors and size of the plaid make it so that while they are a bold statement, they are also a classic neutral that can be worn by all.

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Last but certainly not least, I love a good fall floral! I love everything about Julia’s dress. The beautiful fall colors, the silky fabric and pussy bow necktie. This picture doesn’t show it, but it’s actually a midi dress… another one of my favorite trends of the season!

What has been inspiring you this fall? Comment below! All pictures via Pinterest

Healthy Eating for the Unhealthy Eater

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Ok, you caught me. I don’t love eating healthy. I never crave kale. I (usually) don’t choose salad over pasta. If there were no consequences, I would eat carbs for at least 2/3 meals per day. After going away to college for a year and being responsible for my own meals (under the guise of a university meal plan- ick), I realized that I feel like crap when I eat crap. Especially since I was using a meal plan, even when I was eating healthy, the ingredients weren’t always the best and I just didn’t feel great. Being home this summer and having access to a fully stocked kitchen (thanks, Mom and Dad) where I can cook (and eat my mom’s cooking), I have been feeling so much better. And by better, I mean more energized and just overall good

Eating healthier makes me feel great, even though I’d much rather be eating donuts all the time. Since I’m living in an apartment at school this year, I have been experimenting in the kitchen all summer to come up with some healthy meals I can make myself at school. I look for the balance of healthy and something that tastes good. Just because I’m eating healthy doesn’t mean I want to sacrifice eating the things that I like! I won’t be hoping on the Paleo, gluten free, dairy free train anytime soon. But I still like finding ways to have that balance and maybe eat healthy all day, then have a nice bowl of ice cream for dessert.

Today I want to share a few of my favorite things I’ve made this summer. All of these pictures were taken with my phone with the idea in the back of my head that I’d use them for a future blog post- so they’re not all the best quality. Most of these salads are things I just throw together based on what we have in the fridge on that given day and I love continuing to experiment and add new ingredients! Some of them are kind of similar/ repetitive so for that I apologize but I am a creature of habit and know what I like, I guess 😉

The salad at the beginning of the post is one of my favorite summer salads, especially with fresh Jersey tomatoes. This salad is perfect when I want pasta because it has all the essential Italian ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic and basil pesto! This is a spinach salad with grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and Israeli couscous with basil pesto and topped with balsamic glaze. One of my tips for the unhealthy eater is create a mix of things you love with something new/ healthy that you might not like. For me, that was this salad. I love mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, but didn’t used to like spinach. By mixing things I liked with the spinach, I was able to work the new ingredient into my meals. Now, I eat spinach no problem and it’s just like any other green.

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Another Italian meal, are you surprised? This one is a variation of avocado toast, something I’ve been having at least 3 times a week this summer. It’s just a piece of whole grain toast with mashed avocado, a little bit of lemon juice, then topped with mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic glaze drizzle. I put the piece of toast over a bed of arugula for some extra greens (and because that’s how my favorite restaurant for avocado toast does it, too).

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I also love Mexican food, so I like to make at-home burrito bowls! We make these for dinner a lot, so this was just leftovers. I had a bowl of cilantro lime rice (just white rice with chopped cilantro and lime juice- it tastes just like chipotle!), homemade pico de gallo, homemade guacamole, grilled chicken, black beans, corn, grilled chicken and cheese. If you want to be even healthier, you can use brown rice instead.

 

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And yet another Mexican-inspired bowl! This one is actually from one of my mom’s cookbooks, though. It’s a Turkey Santa Fe Taco Salad. It’s supposed to have an avocado creama, but I just sliced up some avocado instead. I put it over quinoa and added some shredded cheese. The turkey taco salad has ground turkey, black beans, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and corn. I also ate this later in the week as a burrito!

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This was a quick lunch I just made that was arugula, tomatoes, corn, avocado, black beans, quinoa and grilled chicken with some balsamic dressing! Nothing super exciting, but yummy & all the protein keeps me energized all day long.

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This is probably the most boring bowl in the list, but I wanted to share everything I’ve been eating recently, so here it is! Also, I liked it because as I was chopping the pepper, it made a heart, so naturally, I *had* to take a picture. It’s just greens, quinoa, grilled chicken, corn, red & yellow peppers, avocado and greek dressing.

I hope this post was somewhat helpful and inspires you to try something new in the kitchen this week! I am by no means an expert on eating healthy, but these are a few meals that I like it make. I’ve notoriously been a picky eater, so I’m trying to branch out and try new things. These are all very well within my comfort zone and in the future I am going to start trying new ingredients and recipes.

I am always all ears for new recipes, especially since I’m doing my own grocery shopping now for my kitchen in my apartment (can you tell I’m excited about living in an apartment this year?!). I am super close to Trader Joe’s, so if anyone has any special recommendations or favorite things to get there, let me know in the comments!

What are your favorite ways to eat healthy? Do you like this new kind of post and if so, is there some other wellness content you’d like to see here? Comment below! 

Fall Layers

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This is one of my favorite outfits lately. It’s so easy to throw on and perfect for fall days where it’s chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon. It’s kind of a weird concept, but I love my sleeveless turtleneck from Madewell. It’s a great layering piece and looks good with so many jackets, cardigans and necklaces. I bought it last winter and it has since become a staple in my wardrobe.

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A few of my friends got me super into enamel and button pins and putting them on my jacket. Right now, they’re on this thrifted denim jacket I’m wearing here, but once it gets a little colder out, I’ll probably switch them to my faux leather jacket (it’s a few years old and was very inexpensive or else I would never poke holes in it!). It adds a fun element to an otherwise simple outfit, like mine, and lets your personality shine through.

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The pins on my jacket are also special because so many of them were gifts from friends. One of my favorite pins is pictured above. It’s a typewriter that says “create something new” and my friend got it for me (from our favorite bookstore— The Strand!) because she knows how much I love blogging and writing. It was such a thoughtful gift and I love wearing it on my jacket everyday. My roomie also got me the “Erase You” pin (pictured below) after we both admired it while shopping together. She is one of the people who got me really into putting pins on my jacket, so I love wearing a pin she gave me!

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Adding pins, buttons and patches to denim jackets, or really anything, has become super trendy lately. I think part of the reason is that for so long, fashion was about conforming to the trends and having the specific name brand bag in a certain color and fitting in. There has been a shift in the industry and now many consumers and industry veterans are tired of that and want to stand out and make a statement with their outfits. Adding fun elements with a pop of personality ensures that your denim jacket will look nothing like anyone else’s.

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There are so many places to get enamel and button pins, but a few of my favorites are Etsy (so many unique ones on there- it’s where I found my Iris Apfel pin!), The Strand Bookstore in NYC and Madewell. Urban Outfitters also has a huge selection as well. If you are interested in starting to add some pins to your jacket, bag or anything else, I would recommend starting slow. Buy a pin or two as you see them, instead of ordering them all at once. It becomes a fun little treasure hunt and when you find them, it’s a nice way to treat yourself with a little something without breaking the bank 🙂

Have you ever DIY-ed something in your closet? Let me know in the comments below! 

At This Moment… vol 2

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I wrote a post in this format about a year ago and randomly remembered how much I liked it, so figured I’d do another one! You guys really seemed to like August’s EDIT/ more chit chat format, so I hope you guys will like this too. Let me know what’s going on with you at this moment in the comments below, or in your own blog post! If you blog about it, be sure to share the link with me on Twitter or Instagram!

Enjoying… the final moments of summer. I (finally) move back to school this week!

Drinking… lattés. A staple in my diet, but now that’s well into September I’m back to hot versus iced. Enjoying our Keurig Rivo while I’m still home!

Loving… the color yellow. Read about it in my last post.

Reading… Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I watched the show when it came out a few months ago, read a few of Moriarty’s other books, then decided it’s finally time to read it.

Wanting… More goodies from Glossier. I have more of their products than I like to admit (exhibit A and exhibit B) but I’m dying to try a few new lip colors and the priming moisturizer rich. Use this code to get 10% off your first purchase!

Excited about… Fall! It’s my favorite season. The chilly temperatures (hello, sweater weather!), back-to-school, pumpkin flavored everything, Thanksgiving… I just love it.

Listening to“Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran. I don’t know how I didn’t know about this song until now- it’s so catchy. I’m obsessed!

Watching… Gossip Girl. I totally got caught up in all the 10th anniversary media and started re-watching it a few weeks ago. #noshame

Wearing… My new necklace from Madewell. I’m obsessed with it and it’s perfect for layering!

Be sure to let me know what’s happening at this moment with you in the comments below or in your own blog post!

Sunshine Mood Board + Playlist

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I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been having such a moment with yellow lately. Usually, yellow is one of my least favorite colors but lately I find myself gravitating towards it. Not necessarily for clothes that I would wear (not sure yellow is my best color…) but in photographs, accessories and more. I also recently made a “good mood” playlist, entitled “Sunshine” because I think a lot of the songs on the playlist capture the mood of a bright, golden yellow color. It’s the perfect playlist for getting ready for the day, an afternoon dance party (solo or with friends) or a mood booster after a long day of class/ work etc. I see these golden sunshine hues as more of a mindset than a trend. Yellow is positive, encouraging, uplifting and relaxing. I have always gravitated towards cool or neutral colors, but I have been loving yellow tones and warm hues lately!

I’ve also been seeing a lot of shades of yellow in street style posts and on fashion blogs, so I’m thinking yellow is here to stay as far as trends are concerned. I might do a second installment of this mood board, but more fashion/ trend related. Is that something you guys would want to see? Let me know in the comments. I made a mood board with some of my favorite sunshine inspired images and also have my Spotify playlist linked here. All images from the mood board are via Pinterest and Tumblr.

What has been inspiring you lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer Day at The Met

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Hey Upper East Siders, I went to the Met last weekend with my mom to see their annual Costume Institute exhibit (we went last year, too!) and walk around the UES and wanted to share some pictures from our day! This year, the exhibit was: Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. We also visited a few other areas of The Met, including the impressionism wing and a new exhibit, “Talking Pictures: Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists”.

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These (above) are actually paintings of the images the two artists sent back and forth.

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The “Talking Pictures” exhibit was really cool. The premise of the exhibit was to partner up a few pairs of artists, let them only communicate between camera phone photographs for a given period of time and then document that conversation. Each pair interpreted the “assignment” in a different way: one pair sending one picture per day, then painting each image for the final display. Another pair of artists were both pregnant, so their conversation was framed in their pregnancies, among other world events. These conversations happened over the course of a few months, and happened to be the time a little before and after the election and inauguration, which was an interesting way to frame these conversations. Did the election/ politics/ policy influence these conversations or even come up? Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibit and highly recommend stopping by if you’re at The Met.

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After that, we headed to the Costume Institute. Seeing Kawakubo’s garments in person was amazing. Her designs are extremely thought provoking and I enjoyed reading about her and learning about her design process, which is an art in and of itself. A quick side note: I wouldn’t recommend this exhibit for those not interested in fashion or her designs specifically, because to “outsiders”, it can seem fairly strange. As you’ll see from my pictures, her designs are very different than most fashion houses or designers and can seem quite strange. In my opinion, this exhibit doesn’t even compare to how wonderful last year’s exhibit was, but it was a fun day going to the Met and getting a better understanding of Kawakubo, Commes des Garçons and her impact on the fashion industry. That being said, I would recommend this exhibit to those interested in fashion because it does prompt some interesting conversations and topics.

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On our way back to the lobby of the museum, we took a few minutes to wander around the Impressionist area of the museum. Impressionism is one of my mom and I’s favorite styles,  so we had to stop to see some Monet and Degas. It brought me back to Paris!

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We also had to visit The Met’s Rooftop before leaving the museum. It was such a beautiful day, we couldn’t resist stopping for a good photo-op. I was wearing one of my favorite outfits of the summer: my striped culotte jumpsuit from Flutter, the boutique where I work. It’s super comfortable and chic, plus it matched my comfortable shoes! I have a few other pairs of black sandals that I wear with it, but these black lace-up flats were the most comfortable for a day of walking around the museum and the city.

After our morning at the museum, we wandered around the Upper East Side, grabbed lunch at Sweetgreen (my favorite- I’ve missed it while living at home this summer!) and did a little shopping. It was such a great mother-daughter day in the city. Hopefully we’ll be able to go back, to a new neighborhood or two, once or twice before I head back to school at the end of the month.

Have you ever been to the Met or have another favorite art museum in the city? Tell me about it in the comments below! 

The August EDIT

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Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? As excited as I am for September and to be back at school, the summer flew by! I thought I would end the month with a new kind of post that I hope will become a series on the blog: The Edit. The Edit will be a collection of all kinds of things I’ve been really loving recently: fashion items, beauty/ skincare, quotes, music, movies, blogs… the categories will really depend on the month! I also want to include a little life update at the end of the post. I love connecting with readers and other bloggers and reading other bloggers’ life update posts, so I figured why not try it here? Let me know what you think of this new post style and without further ado, let’s get started!

FASHION

 

My fashion mindset for this month has been all about comfort. It’s been so hot and I’ve been working/ on my feet a lot so I always aim for comfort these days. One of my favorite outfits I’ve worn lately is this striped culotte jumpsuit. It is super breezy and comfortable! I most frequently wear it with my black lace up flats, but I love how I can dress it up with a pair of black strappy heels or platforms. I’ve also been spending some time on Pinterest and Tumblr lately, so here are a few looks and trends that have been inspiring me lately.

 

I’ve also been trying to wear more color lately, at which I’ve been fairly successful so far. My favorite “colorful” outfit I’ve worn this month is the floral wrap dress I wore a few weeks ago in New York City. It’s a little bit bohemian and a little bit girly- I love it and will totally be wearing it into the fall!

BEAUTY

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My big beauty focus lately has been skincare, to which I devoted an entire post at the beginning of this month. I haven’t really tried any new products, but I am still loving everything in this routine, especially the rosewater sprays. They are perfect for freshening up your skin on a hot and humid day!

Due to both being skincare focused and the hot, humid weather lately, I’ve been wearing minimal makeup. Most days, it’s just concealer, Boy Brow, mascara and tinted lip balm or lipstick. Some days, I’ll add Haloscope highlighter and Urban Decay powder foundation. It’s been so nice to have such a quick beauty routine (5 mins, max!).

BOOKS

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While I was in Mexico, I did a ton of reading. My favorite book that I read while on vacation was The Circle. It really made me think about how and why I use technology and social media. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially those who find themselves using social media frequently. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a really great story and has some important messages and things to think about.

I am reading two books right now that I am really enjoying. The first is Why Not Me, Mindy Kaling’s second book. I read her other book a few years ago and absolutely loved it, and this book has not dissapointed! Mindy Kaling has such a great voice and is so funny. This book is a great summer read. I am also reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which has been recommended to me a few times, so I finally am giving it a try. I’m only a few chapters in but am enjoying it so far!

MUSIC

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I’ve been really into upbeat music lately. There’s nothing better than a great playlist to start your morning and set the tone for the day. A few songs I’ve been loving lately are… “Summertime” by The Mowgli’s, “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man, “40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, “Play That Song” by Train and pretty much anything by Jack Johnson. Be sure to follow me on Spotify to keep up with the latest music I’m listening to!

WELLNESS

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Three big things in the wellness department this month. First is yoga. I have some back problems and have been going to the chiropractor a lot which has been great, but I thought giving yoga a try would be really helpful for that, as well as a good activity to add to my weekly routine. I’ve done a few classes so far and have been loving it. I forgot how much I missed stretching from my days as a dancer. At first, I was hesitant about all the “ohm”-ing, but I actually really like it.

Second thing in the wellness category is buddha bowls. I’ve been working a lot lately and have also been prepping for when I move back to school next month and have to start cooking on my own. Buddha bowls have been a great way to eat healthy, use a ton of different ingredients and still get enough protein to stay full. They’re also easy to make in advance. A lot of the time, main ingredients from mine come from dinner leftovers!

Buddha bowls are all over Pinterest and are basically salads with greens + grains + veggies and sometimes beans + anything else you can possibly think of. I have a post planned to share a few different variations I make but my favorite one is pictured above with spinach, arugula, tomatoes, mozzerella, grilled chicken, Israeli couscous, basil + pine nut pesto and balsamic.

I don’t know if this quite qualifies as wellness, but I didn’t know where else to put it, and this is my post, so I’ll do what I want, ok? 😉 I’ve been thinking a lot this month about technology, how often I use my devices (outside of work/ school) and why I use them the way I do. Why do I spend so much time on Instagram but so little time doing other, arguably more important things? I’ve been trying to cut out mindless scrolling and only check social media a few times a day. Of course, as a blogger, this can be difficult, but I am making it work. I’ve also been trying to get back into the habit of not looking at my phone before bed.

LIFE UPDATE

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I move back to Philadelphia to start my sophomore year in a few weeks. I’ll be living in an apartment with two of my best friends and cannot wait!!! I am so excited to be back in the city with my friends but am cherishing the time I have at home since this is my last summer break, ever (still in disbelief about that one).

I have been working a lot this month as a sales associate at the boutique and as a marketing intern for my mom’s company. It’s been really fun getting to experience and learn about marketing and have some more responsibilities outside of the boutique. Between these two jobs, writing for CollegeFashionista and everything for the blog- I’ve been super busy! I love having a big to-do list filled with places to go and people to see, so I’m enjoying it 🙂

I’ve also been squeezing in time to hang out with friends before everyone parts their separate ways for another year of college. I have also had a few bursts of creativity this month, which are always much welcomed. I love sitting down to paint for an afternoon. Lately, I’ve been loving watercolors, which is a fun alternative to the acrylic paint I’m so used to using from school.

There are still quite a few things I want to do before the summer is over, so hopefully I can buckle down and accomplish everything in the next few weeks!

What have you been up to lately? Anything you’re loving? Comment down below and let’s chat!