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Black to Basics

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Lately, I’ve been having to lug around a lot of stuff with me, so I busted out the big guns and brought out the backpack. I’ve been getting ready for the application cycle and I’ve also started scribing part-time in an emergency department  which means I’ve been bringing my laptop and lots of study materials with me everywhere I go. Surprise, surprise: I’m basic…everything I own is black and gold. But, I finally got the laptop sleeve that I’ve been eyeing because it went on sale. It’s been perfect so far, real love at first site. I finally have something that fits my laptop perfectly and looks good. Oh, y’all didn’t know? Laptops have a sense of style too!

I’ve been busy trying to get so many things done before I leave for Europe in May. Wait, did I not mention that I’m going to Europe in May?! Oops. How long have I been MIA this time? I swear I’m the worst at blogging, haha. But yes, Alex and I are taking three weeks off to travel around on the other side of the hemisphere. I think I’ve been so busy and a bit stressed lately that I haven’t had time to get properly excited. I will though (probably at the airport, post-stress-packing!)

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Homeware Haul

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Did a bit of shopping over the past few weeks and picked up some new swag for my home. Shout out to my mains: Target & Ikea! 😉

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Hello Sweater Dress

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Who knew I’d fall in love with a sweater dress? It’s been ideal for these warmer winter days because it’s both cozy and stylish (& y’all know how much I live for that combo.) This dress quickly became a staple in my winter wardrobe ever since I found it on the clearance rack at Target. It’s just so easy to throw on and style when I have zero time to get ready in the morning. It’s grey-knit print gives some flare to my black and/or white outfits (basically, my entire wardrobe) by breaking a monochromatic look apart while also tying the entire outfit together. Plus, the drawstring waist definitely adds some structure to the otherwise boxy fit & since it is made of sweater-like material (?), it’s easy to mix & match with different textures to prevent it from being too boring. But most importantly, diz biatch has got pockets! Need I say more?

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You know it’s time to bust out the legs when the earth begins to blossom, despite it still being winter…

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Details | Mossimo Sweater Dress | Forever 21 Fuzzy Cardigan | Target Heather Grey Wool Socks | Trouve Lace-up Wedge Booties | Revlon Lipstick in “Black Cherry” |

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Trackademics | Winter Wardrobe

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This winter, I have been living in this insulated caramel parka from Gap. It does an excellent job keeping the cold at bay, and the caramel color adds warmth to my otherwise monochromatic winter uniforms. I’m pretty sure it’ll be getting its use all year round as well since the inner jacket and hood are removable–converting this outerwear into a lightweight parka perfect for the springtime. This, along with the chunky scarf that my mom crocheted for me, have been my most-worn pieces all season and are definitely staples in my winter wardrobe.

Details | Gap Parka Jacket | Mom-made Chunky Charcoal Crochet Scarf |Gap Top | Thrifted Boyfriend Denims | Madden Girl Gladiator Sandals | Dooney & Bourke Florentine Medium Pocket Satchel |

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Back(pack) in Style

Backpacks are back, and they are a practical trend that I can definitely get on board with. I think I’ve mentioned before the struggle of carrying what feels like a 50 lb. purse on your shoulder for hours on end, so I’ve been trying to find some cute backpacks to interchange with my beloved purses. There are just days when I don’t want to fuss over my bag–like when I’m doing errands, traveling, or going out dancing–and I think the right style of backpack can easily replace a conventional purse on those days. You don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality. Plus, I’m not the kind of girl who likes to ask the bf to hold my bag when shopping, I wouldn’t want to place that heavy burden on any soul, literally.

And even though I try to clean out my purse every week and only carry the essentials, the uneven distribution of weight on my shoulder still gets burdensome after a certain period of time. Besides, the monstrous heavy duty leather satchels that I love so much just have a good weight to them on their own so it’s pretty much inevitable…

It took a fair amount of time to find the right size backpack in the aesthetic I was looking for. I found a bunch that were ideal but I wasn’t willing to splurge on them (yet.) So I took to my favorite place, the thrift store, and scored a couple of cuties that were not only good quality but also a bargain.

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I: Black Leather | I don’t think it’s any secret that to me, “black is the new black,” so this black leather backpack and it’s array of pockets pretty much screamed my name. I spotted this amongst a sea of old school bags and immediately picked it up to check it’s condition. Genuine leather, without rips or stains, all zippers working, and it fit quite comfortably…it was a no brainer.

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To contrast the black leather backpack, I paired it with bright and neon pieces, and worked the black elements back in with the fringe on the kimono and the gladiator chunky heel.

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Details | Thrifted Black Pleather Backpack | TJ Maxx Neon Patterned Kimono | H&M Basic White Tank | Forever 21 Aqua Suede Shorts | Forever 21 Turquoise Triangle Necklace | Gap Tan Leather Belt | Madden Girl Gladiator Sandals |

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II: Cognac Suede | I really do have a soft spot for suede. I love the texture of it and how  this cognac color instantly adds a really earthy and casual vibe to an outfit, so when I saw this mini suede backpack, I had to have it. When the cashier rung this up, she commented that it was “so old school 90’s” and reaffirmed that I had just made an awesome purchase.

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To play up the deep earthy tone of the backpack, I decided to go with a more neutral, casual outfit. To keep it from being boring, I mixed and matched different materials: linen, denim, pleather, suede… and then tied everything together with my favorite autumn scarf.

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Details | Thrifted Suede Mini Backpack | Forever 21 Navy Linen T-shirt | Forever 21 Brown Pleather Mini Skirt | Gap Denim Jacket | Forever 21 Pleather Wedge Booties |

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Thriftin’ Thursdays: Ballin on a Budget

After work, I hit up my favorite thrift store and decided to browse around for some unique pieces for my home but ended up finding some sweet steals on a few ‘fits instead. As an avid thrift shopper, I can navigate my way around the daunting racks and quickly shuffle through to find some pieces to love. Today, I was able to snatch a knit sweater, flowy cardigan, 3 dresses, a matching two-piece set, and a brand name button up (for someone else) all for under seventeen whopping dollars!

I’m a huge lover of monochrome and neutrals and don’t typically venture too far away from these color schemes, so a lot of what I bought fit into that category. One way I like to keep black and white outfits more interesting is by playing with patterns, mixing textures, and going for different silhouettes. I’ve been exploring skirts and dresses with longer lengths lately since they’re more work appropriate, less of a hassle for my badonkadonk, and down right more comfortable. I’ve shied away from longer pieces in the past since they just had this “old lady” vibe that I wasn’t feelin’ but I realized that I’ve always been into that vintage-grandma-chic look so I finally decided to give them a chance. Plus, it’s been fun experimenting and styling them to be more modern fitting for my personal style.

Disclaimer: I’ve never done a “lookbook” before (if this even classifies as one) and it took me a while to figure out how to photoshop that image up there together without a photoshop program, but I was really excited about the things I found today so I wanted to document my haul & share my thoughts about them with y’all. Heh heh, I rhymed.

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I found this matching set with a 3/4 sleeve top and maxi skirt (with pockets!) that had this awesome black and white print on it which got my attention. I prefer separating the pieces and wearing them on their own to mute it down a bit, but who knows, maybe I’ll just go all out and wear them together one day when I’m feeling extra bold. IMG_1052

Also, I bargained for this sheer, forest green, button-up J. Jill dress (also with pockets) because it had a tiny hole in the front. I know it was already pretty affordable but I almost didn’t buy it because of that hole. I couldn’t refuse after the discount though. Plus, I don’t have anything like this in my closet, yet I feel like it’s so me.
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I also found this midi-length dress that’s very reminiscent of the 90’s aesthetic. It fit me well and I liked the lightweight fabric and subtle pattern on it so naturally I had to get it. I just like basic pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down because I find that I get more wear out of them, and this dress fit the bill. I also got this oversized black cardigan, which I bought with the intent of giving to my mom, but I’m kind of loving it for myself so we’ll see…..haha!IMG_1107

Lately, I’ve been getting way too excited for Autumn & getting to wear more layers, so when I found this super soft knit sweater, I just got really happy. No, I didn’t need another black sweater but it’s slightly different so you know…it’s a solid purchase in my book. IMG_1069

So I saved the best for last. This vintage dress is probably my favorite find of the day. I’m a fan of florals but I especially like the sophisticated floral pattern that this one has. I said earlier that I mostly dress in neutrals, but to me, navy blue classifies as a neutral. This color looks good on everyone (i.e. dark wash denim jeans.) Try it! I love the silhouette of it as well. It’s just a beautiful thing. Can we all just take a moment and admire this dress for a second tho? When should I wear this? Is anyone having a Mad Men themed party anytime soon? If so, can I come?? IMG_1083

Does anyone else have a love for thrifting? If so, I’d love to see the treasures you found! Leave me a comment down below if you wanna. But otherwise, it’s almost the weekend! Happy Thursday & goodnight!

Details | Cole Haan Polarized Acrylic Rounded Sunglasses | Forever 21 Globetrotter Curved Gold Necklace | Kelsi Dagger “Bling Bootie” in Black Leather | H&M Basic White Tank Top | Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Crepe Runner Short | Thrifted Black Leather Belt |

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Keeping it Cool in the Hot Hot Heat

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It has been so ridiculously hot lately, it’s basically a sweat fest every time I step outside. However, this simple outfit has been keeping me as sweat-free as possible. For those of you that may also be living in areas that feel like the devil’s butthole, I’ve compiled a list of tips I keep in mind when I want to keep cool and clothed (well, in public at least.)

  • Soft cotton & Jersey knits are pretty much my best friends. They’re breathable and comfortable which makes them ideal for hot days.
  • Loose-fitting clothes are easier on the skin, so when a breeze does happen to come my way, I experience its full & glorious effects.
  • Keep it light both in color and materials. White reflects light so it doesn’t absorb as much heat from the surroundings. I just try to totally avoid all black clothing when I know it’s going to be a scorcher outside. And again, lighter materials like these cotton pajama-like shorts are a cooler option than heavier denim cut-offs.
  • Show some skin (but wear SPF!) Ventilation is key, so I prefer sleeveless shirts and short skirts or shorts. But don’t forget to put some kind of SPF on, it’s super important to protect your skin y’all!
  • Minimize accessories. I tend to skip on accessorizing because I feel like it just attracts more sweat. However, I rarely skip on wearing sunglasses because they obviously protect my eyes from the harsh sun and also because they just look so damn cool. I just have to find a good pair that fit my face well and don’t hit the tops of my chubby cheeks.
  • Suns out, buns out. I always carry some kind of  hair-tie or clip with me, because no matter how cute my mane may be that day…if at any point I get too hot, it’s going into a bun. #OppaGrandmaStyle

Details | White Lace Top from H&M | Black & White Printed Shorts from H&M | We Who See Juno Ankle-Cuff Sandals from Urban Outfitters | Black Polarized Sunglasses by Cole Haan | Jessica Simpson Madison Crossover Bag |

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To go along with my easy breezy outfit, I also try to keep my makeup as minimal as possible.

  • Waterproof products rule in the summer time. Though they’re not entirely sweat-proof, I tend to use brow and eye products that are really waterproof since my oily eyelids + the crazy hot weather always try their best to melt my makeup away.
  • SPF is especially important for your face where the skin is more sensitive. I hate the feeling of thick sun block on my face so I’ve been trying to find a sunblock that feels light and doesn’t have a strong smell. Makeup with SPF already included are also great options.
  •  BB creams, CC creams, or tinted moisturizers > foundation during the hotter months. They’re lighter, add moisture, and typically have SPF already built in.
  • On the same note, tinted lip balms or just regular old chapstick have been replacing my go-to matte lipsticks during these extremely hot days because they’re just so easy and way more moisturizing. But you know, sometimes I just can’t resist…

Details | Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum | Anastasia Clear Brow Gel | Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate | Sugar Tinted Lip Balm in Petal | Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer | Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Jet Black | Too Faced Cosmetics Beauty Balm in Beach Glow | Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara | E.L.F. Eyelash Curler |

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And last but not least, stay hydrated! Water is seriously my favorite drink, but when I’m feelin’ fancy and extra hot, I like to switch it up and make a berry smoothie to cool my insides. Plus, it’s a slightly healthier alternative than chowing down another ice-cream sandwich (well, depending on the amount of whip cream I add…it’s the thought that counts though, right?)

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