European Elegance

European Elegance

 Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: H&M c/o ThreadUp
Shoes: Target
Bag: Vintage Coach
Scarf: Vintage

Hello all of you lovelies! 
Do you ever put an outfit together and realize who your style icon influence was when you look in the mirror? As soon as I saw this finished look complete with hair, makeup, shoes, and neck scarf I knew that Daphne of Mode and The City and Jenny of Margo & Me where two huge influences on my style for this post! Both have incredible classic and elegant city styles that I can't help but swoon over all the time. Daphnie has a fabulous city wardrobe complete with adorable block heels and classic neck scarves (she also lives in Paris) and Jenny is an elegant fashionista whose hairstyle I copy ALL the time:)

With this ensemble I can't help but thinking I should be traveling in Europe, sightseeing and soaking up all of the unique culture and scenery (which I hope to do after I am done with College). There is something so European and "Big City" about a neck scarf, which always seems to lean towards uptown elegance and class. Pair a classic neck scarf with stripes and you are ready to hop on an airplane and travel around the world! 

I can't help loving this ensemble every time I see these pictures because it encompasses so many classic pieces that I love and that are "in style" right now. Stripes for one are my go to 24/7 and I seriously have to many of them (but can one really have to many stripes?). Also, neck scarves are one of the fall trends right now and I can't help being drawn to their classic elegance and vintage charm as worn by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday! I recently discovered a 3 story vintage shop downtown by campus and stumbled upon a treasure trove of vintage goodies, including this lovely scarf:) And of course you can't forget a button front skirt and lace up sued flats to complete the look along with winged liner and a retro red lip. 

Truth be told, I feel as though my style has been evolving and changing since getting bangs?!?! I don't know what it is, but changing up ones hairstyle opens up the possibilities of different eras and styles to choose from and I have loved experimenting with looks I haven't before:)

What are your go to "city" looks?
Are you a fan of neck scarves?

-Madison


A Little Pumpkin

A Little Pumpkin

Skirt: Forever 21
Shirt: J Crew (Thrifted)
Sweater: Thrifted
Tights: Target
Socks: Forever 21
Shoes: Thrifted

The leaves are now falling more frequently and settling on the ground in layers of crisp sheets and crunch as you walk upon their papery shapes. Even though the trees have not faded into their golden hues just yet, the ground looks like fall has arrived and that is something to smile about:) With fall and the closing of October comes Halloween, pumpkins, and Jack-O-Lanterns in all the colors of orange. As the end of October draws closer I am reminded of all the traditions we have as a family. When it reaches this time of year we always go and pick out pumpkins and promptly go home to carve them, each characteristic of our own personalities:) We also love to save the pumpkin seeds to roast them in the oven....such a yummy fall treat! Sadly, this year will be a bit different as I will not be home to carve pumpkins with my family and make all of our favorite fall treats together. 

Thus, since I will not be home to carve pumpkins with my family I decided to pick up a pumpkin for myself last time I was at the store:) A few friends and I were planning on carving pumpkins this week so we shall see if that still happens.....even if it doesn't I have a lovely orange pumpkin to remind me of happy fall memories. Of course I had to utilize the pumpkin as a photo prop and what better ensemble to wear than one that includes what I like to call my "pumpkin shirt!" 

I picked up this blouse at a thrift store last fall because it was J Crew and 100% silk, and while I don't wear it all that often, I have always loved its ruffles and orange/golden color and always pull it out in the fall. Since the weather is getting somewhat cooler I paired the silk blouse with a pleated wool skirt that I have had for a few years and finished it off with layered tights and socks, ankle boots, and a cream sweater. 

What are some of your fall traditions?
Do you like carving pumpkins?

-Madison


Weather Or Not

Weather Or Not

Sweater: Thrifted
Jumper: Me Made
Tights: Target
Socks: Old
Shoes: ???
Purse: Thrifted
Broach: Vintage
Watch: Sam Moon

The weather has taken a change of turn and it has finally reached cooler temperatures!!! Hurray!!! In the morning temperatures have been in the 50's and the day warms up to a lovely 70's which means sweaters can be worn without dying of heat stroke and there is a crisp fall breeze drifting through the air. It seems like I have been waiting forever to wear my favorite fall pieces and now I finally can embrace them with full force in layers and tights:)

Oddly enough, this semester I am taking my last science class which just so happens to be a weather and climate class. As a result of this, I now know more than I ever have about the weather and might be known to say something scientifically smart about the clouds or terrestrial radiation! However, because of that class I also know that while I am enjoying the wonderful cool fall weather this weekend, there is unfortunately a warm front coming in later next week. Thus, I am soaking up every ounce of this weather that I can!

As the cool weather is only to be shortly lived I am fully taking advantage of the sweaters and tights in my closet! This ensemble is definitely a new fave of mine! Stripes have always been a favorite as have sweater turtle necks. Apart from that, it is no surprise that I pulled out my mustard tights, because lets be honest, mustard is my favorite fall color!!!! I can't help thinking that this ensemble looks like something straight from Modcloth's fall styles....complete with the jumper dress! Modcloth has done a fabulous job with their fall patterns, styles, and colors and I fell in love with their modern does 1970's style which seems to be a fall inspiration I fall back on. 

Has the fall weather arrived in your area?
Are you familiar with Modcloth's fall styles?

-Madison



Cozy + Coffee

Cozy + Coffee

Jeans: Thrifted
Shirt: Faded Glory
Sweater: c/o TOBI
Mug: Marshalls
Glasses: c/o Firmo

I have come to realize how much I rely on the weekends for creating blog content. Since the semester started, the weekends have become the time that I get all of my photos for the coming week taken care of and start planing out posts. Sadly, the past two weekends I was either home with my family or traveling on a road trip, and while you would think that I still would have found time to take pictures I didn't. Thus, my absence from the blog was sadly a result of that an I am now counting down the days to till weekend when I can get back into the swing of things again!

It's crazy when life gets busy and I realize how much I have neglected the blog and fallen away from my timely blog schedule that I faithfully had going at the beginning of the semester. In those moments of business I find myself missing this special space and all of you who grace each post with your time and comments! Sadly, I have realized that when life gets busy and content is lacking I develop a loss of enthusiasm and inspiration for posting. So often blogging is all I want to do, but when life gets busy it is often the one thing I keep pushing aside, forgetting that it is always something that rejuvenates me and fills me with inspiration to keep going and pushing through even when life might get hard.

I think that's why it is so important to cling to somewhat of a schedule when life gets busy, because even when things feel like they are falling apart at the scenes there are always those constants that help you regain a since of composure on life. My go to constants when life gets crazy are always a good cup of coffee...in fact each day starts off 100% better when I start off with a cup of coffee followed by time spent in the word all warm and cozy in a chunky sweater.....there is just something so simple and comforting about those three things:)

Furthermore, the lack of "true" fall weather in my neck of the woods has set me into a state of gloomy disengagement from fashion and has made getting dressed every day a slight struggle. I always want to reach for sweaters and wear all of the cozy clothes that make me so giddy with fall fever, yet am forced to choose more "summery" pieces day in and day out! Its quite hard when you have an idea in your head but in reality its not quite feasible....it seems to take a tad bit of excitement out of you. That is probably another reason for the lack of posts as all the outfit and post ideas in my head, center around fall but are logically not feasible with my weather....Thus, here's to hoping "true" fall will arrive soon and more posts will appear on the blog!

Do you ever feel at a loss when it comes to blogging?
Does the weather ever diminish your excitement?

-Madison

Simplicity & Fall Accessories

Simplicity & Fall Accessories

Top: Thrifted
Sweater: Thrifted
Pants: Thrifted (Forever 21)
Shoes: Thrifted
Socks: Forever 21
Purse: c/o Gamiss
Watch: c/o JORD

Long time no see! It truly seems like it has been forever since I sat down to write a post, but it hasn't been that long. I felt a little off the blogging game since life got a bit busy and I didn't have many posts planned out, but here is one that I have been looking forward to for a few weeks!

I have come to appreciate the simplicity of fashion. While most often I go for something full of colors, prints, and multiple aspects, there are many times that simplicity is so perfect in itself. I created this outfit based off of THIS look worn my Mary in the movie "About Time." I fell in love with her simple and yet ladylike style and couldn't help loving how perfectly fall her outfit was...plus we basically have the same hairstyle:) While sweaters are definitely my go to in the fall months, there is something so perfectly comforting in an oversized chunky sweater!

Aside from the simplicity in fashion, the best accessory to top off a look such as this is also to pair a simple piece with it. This Zebra and Navy wood watch from JORD is the perfect fall accessory! I haven't always been that into watches, but this piece definitely changes the game up a bit! Not only does the simple and unique style go with nearly everything in my closet, but the wood texture compliments all of the earthy tones of fall, making it a recurring accessory in my everyday wardrobe. The wood styles of JORD watches truly add a bit of nature into every ensemble in their natural construction and I especially love the dark shade of this lovely watch they sent me.

If you think about it, watches have always been a classic and timeless (see what I did there) accessory throughout the years, not to mention that they keep you on track and help you never to be late. If you are interested in getting one of these classic wood watches for yourself, JORD has put together a GIVEAWAY and the winner will receive a $75 eGift Card and everyone else who enters will receive a $20 eGift Card (Contest ends November 13th and codes expire January 1st).

Have you ever heard of wood watches?
Do you like simple fashion?
Are you a watch wearer?

-Madison