Friday, September 22, 2017

Outfits of the Week

Happy Friday guys! I hope you all had an amazing week and are looking forward to a fun weekend ahead. I wanted to share another outfits of the week post, to give you all a look at what I've been wearing this week. Thankfully it's been quite warm here, and I'm enjoying what is probably my last week of summer clothes. 

Saturday: Game Day OOTD
Top: J.Crew Factory // Skirt: Preppy Pink Shop // Necklace: Brook & York // Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory // Sandals: Jack Rogers

Top: J.Crew Factory // Skirt: J.Crew Factory // Jacket: J.Crew Factory // Necklace: KJP // Shoes: Palm Beach Sandals

Tuesday: Outfit for Class
Shorts: J.Crew Factory // Tank: J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Necklace: Love Always Couture // Shoes: Palm Beach Sandals

 Outfit for Work
Tank: Maison Jules // Sweater: J.Crew Factory // Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Watch: Kate Spade


Top: J.Crew Factory // Pants: Francesca's (Similar) // Necklace: Brook & York // Shoes: J.Crew Factory (Similar

Hope you all have a great weekend! Let me know what your up to in the comments below!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Well Dressed Guide: J.Crew Factory Fall New Arrivals

Hey guys! So my plan was to have one of these Well Dressed Guide posts up every Tuesday. I knew J.Crew Factory new arrivals were coming into store on Monday, so I thought perfect I can have the post all ready to go for Tuesday. But the new arrivals didn't come online until yesterday, so I had to wait until today to share. But there are some super cute new things, I don't want you all to miss out on!

I'll be honest I've been totally annoyed with J.Crew Factory for all the ruffle sleeves, but when I saw this green top I knew I had to have it. It is so cute on, plus I love the green color. It's my only purchase so far from the new arrivals, though I fully expect a few more. The other thing that initially stood out to me was the metallic polka dot sweater, it is a fun pattern and in my favorite Teddie style. I can't wait to wear it with a maroon puffer vest, I think that would be super cute. Also, J.Crew has really been appealing to my college self with some super cute sweatshirts. I think the gray one would be great for pairing with leggings and a puffer vest and who can resist the adorable ruffles on that navy sweatshirt? If you know me, you know I love pajama sets, so that super cute gray stripe one is definitely something I'll be wanting to pick-up. And we all need a new fun colored pair of camp socks for fall and winter. The loafers are something I'm on the fence about, I think they are super cute but I'm not sure how much I would wear them. J.Crew Factory has been killing the shoe game lately. Have you shopped J.Crew Factory's new arrivals, if so what's your favorite?

I just wanted to say this because I feel like I am constantly gushing about J.Crew Factory, I am not at all sponsored by them or influenced by my employment there to talk about there products. I just genuinely love their clothes and they are what I wear pretty much all the time!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why Change is Okay

Have you ever been afraid to change? Maybe you're scared to get that new haircut or you're scared to rock that different style top? Maybe you're scared to reach out to someone new or maybe you're scared to end something? We all get comfortable with our lives and when we get comfortable there is no incentive to change. But sometimes change is necessary, sometimes that little inkling you get is exactly what you need. 

I remember last year around this time, I bought leather leggings. Leather leggings definitely don't fit into my otherwise preppy wardrobe of pinks, greens, and navy, but I liked them and thought they would be fun to style. But because I knew they weren't what people would expect me to wear, I never wore them. Okay well, I wore them once, but it was to a party and I'm sure they just looked like normal leggings. But I'm realizing that it's okay to want to wear something different. It's okay to experiment and have fun, especially with clothes. It's okay to challenge people's perceptions of you. You can bet that as soon as it cools down, those leggings will be one of the first things I style. 

And while being able to change your clothing styles is important, this issue touches a bit deeper as well. Sometimes you feel trapped in a box, life feels very planned out and you're on a path that you can't seem to get off. But it's okay to jump off, it's okay to change the path you're on. Maybe it's deciding that a relationship isn't working, maybe it's deciding to change your college major or maybe it's just deciding to live a happier, healthier life. You don't ever have to feel stuck if there's something you don't like about your life than work to change it. 

For me I've always struggled with negativity, I'm not a super positive person. For a long time, I kind of felt stuck, like there was no way to make myself become more positive. I think I felt scared of change, scared of what would happen if I did change. But this summer I decided that I was going to embrace a more positive lifestyle, I grabbed change with open arms. In the end, I'm so glad I did because now I find myself happier, I find myself living a life with many more smiles. 

Simply put, you are never stuck. Life holds a wide range of opportunities and it's okay if you have to change your plans to get where you want to be. So wear that super cute new top and change your plans, because if it improves your life at all then it's worth it. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

President's Ball 2017

Here at Wake, we go all out for homecoming: there's a week full of activities, tons of alumni buzzing around, and no shortage of a good time. This year homecoming was extra special because we had president's ball which only occurs every other year, so this is the first one I was able to attend at Wake. Basically, it's just a super fun party put on by the school with live music, yummy food, and perfect decorations. It was so fun to have an excuse to get dressed up and dance the night away with all of my friends. 

Dress: Tobi // Shoes: Target // Bracelet: J.Crew Factory

I'm obsessed with this dress from Tobi, it's super comfortable to wear but also super cute with the scallop detailing. I know I'll definitely be wearing it again! Plus I didn't own a little black dress, so I figured it was time to add one to my closet. Hope you all enjoyed this post and have a great week!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Outfits of the Week

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share another outfits of the week post! I love sharing these, so that you all can see what I wear throughout the week. It was super rainy on Tuesday and I totally forgot to snap a picture of my outfit, but I'm sharing Sunday's outfit so hopefully that makes up for it! 
Dress: Loft (Similar) // Necklace: Brook & York // Bag: Mark & Graham 

Top: Aerie(Similar) // Pants: Francescas (Similar) // Shoes: MIA // Watch: Kate Spade

Sweater: J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Similar)

Top: J.Crew // Skirt: J.Crew Factory // Jacket: J.Crew Factory // Shoes: Jack Rogers 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, this weekend is homecoming so I'm looking forward to lots of fun activities and a visit from my dad. I would love to hear what your favorite outfit you wore this week was and any fun weekend plans! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why Stress is a Waste of Time

We all get stressed, stress is a common occurrence in everyone's day to day life. Maybe you're stressed about a big test or maybe you are just nervous about making it to work on time after you over slept. Maybe you're like me and stressed about who to bring to your date function because #priorities. But stress no matter what it comes from is 100% a waste of time. Simply feeling stress does nothing, feeling stressed isn't going to get you an A on your test, feeling stressed isn't going to get you to work on time, and unfortunately feeling stressed is going to get you a date to your function. 

So I think you should work to cut out stress. I'll tell you about my personal experience. In high school, I was a high-stress person. My world revolved around making sure I got everything I needed to done, even if it meant sacrificing relationships and memories. I ended high school and I felt like I missed out on so much because I was stressing about homework or extracurriculars. I went to two high school football games, I barely hung out with friends, and I would say no way more than yes. So in college, I wanted to change that. I wanted to make sure I didn't look back on my college experience with a sense of regret. 

I decided stress was the root cause, so in college, I decided to simply stop myself from feeling stressed. Whenever I would start to stress out about something I would stop myself. I would tell myself there is no benefit from the stress and that it would all work out. I'd remind myself that everything is going to be okay. Obviously, I still get stressed from time to time, but I really don't let everyday stuff get to me, I don't become obsessive about getting things done. I try to always remain mellow and calm. It's made me a happier person.

It's so important not to be consumed by your stressors. I don't care how much homework you have, you don't have enough to have to spend the whole weekend in the library. So say yes to the football game, say yes to the weekend adventure, you won't regret it. In the end you'll find the time to get your work done. I've been living my college life this way, and there has never been a time where I have not finished my work or I have had to cut corners to get things done. As I said before it all works out, I promise. 

So here's my simple advice: say yes and know you'll get it all done. Life deserves to be lived not spent in the library. 

The Well Dressed Guide: Fall Sweaters

So whether we like it or not sweater season is rapidly approaching. I'm really not quite ready to put away my summer favorites, but I am getting excited about all the cute sweaters coming out in stores! The change of seasons is definitely an excuse for a little bit of a shopping spree. The first sweater in the collage is definitely a favorite of mine, pair it with some leggings and it's the perfect casual and comfy outfit. I mentioned this in last Friday's post, but I absolutely love the J.Crew Factory yoga sweaters. They are so comfy and perfect for so many different occasions. I'm wearing mine again today because it is just so easy to throw on. Also, the J.Crew Factory teddie sweaters are an amazing everyday sweater. They can be worn on their own or layered for the perfect look! Alright, I'll admit that writing this post did make me a little bit excited to break out some of my favorite sweaters. I would love to hear what sweaters you all are loving this fall, let me know in the comments!