29 February 2012

When you feel down- Dress up.

Outfit Details
Skirt: Thrifted, $3
Top: H&M, $15
Belt: Gap Outlet, $5
Boots: Gift from Mom
Tights: who knows...
Jacket: Superrrrr Old

I've always sworn by dressing up when you're just not feeling awesome.  Regardless of the reason you might not be feeling perfect, putting on a nice outfit and a smile will totally turn your day around.

I kept it fairly simple- no need to go all out- but stuck to things I feel good in: a skirt, tall boots, and a simple color palette.  

What do you do on your down days?

27 February 2012

Some Days are just Mom Days

Sweater: Old Navy, gift 
Top: J.Crew, gift
Jeans: TJ Maxx, $15
Boots: Francesca's, gift
Bracelets: Spain
Glasses: 7 for all Mankind

The day I wore this outfit I realized that my top, sweater, and boots were all from my mom.  Granted, I picked them all out, but as my Aunt says, "Satisfaction over surprise..."  And then today, I finally got my Valentine's card from mom- with a picture of us at the airport the day I left for study abroad, and also a super sappy mom note.  

I'm close to my dad too- like, ridiculous "daddy's girl" type close.  But some days, you really just need your mom.  Whether its a sad breakup, a need for some instant motivation, or advice on the tough stuff, Moms can be the biggest blessing- and I can say that now that I don't live with my mom anymore ;) 

Alright, I'm done with the sap for now.  Just had to get that out there.  

Thanks mom.  

23 February 2012


More from Last Weekend

As a blogger, what do you post about when all you do is go to class?  You milk the weekend for all you can, that's what.  Last Saturday (after taking a practice GMAT...) we headed to downtown Pittsburgh for a little night out.  Trying to be adventurous, we had Ethiopion food for dinner at a little restaurant called Abay (which is actually what my friends call me when we're joking around.) It was REALLY different. You order a couple of things- meats, vegetables, sauces- and then it all comes out on this really thin bread called injera.  The kicker? No utensils.  Instead, you use the injera to scoop it up into your mouth.  Classy.  Let me tell you...

Oh yes, and then we went to the casino.  And I won 36¢

Outfit Details
Jeans: Target, $20
Top: Charlotte Russe, $5
Jacket: superrrrr old
Boots: Target, $30
Scarf: Target, $5
Bag: Old Navy, $4
Watch: Thrifted, $2

20 February 2012


Sunday we headed up to Pittsburgh to have a little day out, which was well needed after weeks of monotonous school food.  We had heard that there was a really good sushi bar in the strip district, but upon further exploration we realized it was a little takeout only stand.  Since we wanted to sit down and relax a bit, we decided to get a pizza instead, but were still really curious about the supposedly wonderful sushi bar.  So we went back for "desert." Holey Moley that was the best sushi EVER.

So, if you're in the Pittsburgh area, head on over to Andy's sushi bar (it's actually inside Wholey's fish market) in the strip district.  Deliciousness awaits..

We ordered what we read was the best- Salmon Mango.  It had SO many things in it.  What I remember: crabcake, salmon, asparagus, mango, spicy sauce, and some kind of leafy green.

Outfit details:
Top: Forever 21, $15
Jeans: T.J. Maxx, $15
Scarf: Old Navy, $9
Boots: Target, $13

10 February 2012

Last Friday

Jeans: TJ Maxx, $15
Chambray Top: J. Crew, $35
Sweater: American Eagle, gift
Jacket: Old Navy, $7
Boots: Thrifted, $5
Necklace: Sfera, €6

A week later, and I'm just now getting around to posting an outfit blog about last Friday...
Anyways, we've been getting some pretty cold weather here in Pittsburgh and it's been absolutely necessary to layer up!  Fridays are my "easy/hard" days.  I open up a coffee shop from 7:30-9, then have class (one of my favorites) from 9:30-10:20, and then I work in our school's admissions office from 10:30-4:30.  Because I'm usually running around all day, I generally stick to a casual/jeans ensemble (as I'm typing this I'm in a chiffon skirt- naturally.)

Anyways, I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!  

03 February 2012

Shorts in Winter

Shorts: Sanctuary via Belk, $8
Top: Lucky via Belk, $35
Tights: ?
Glasses: 7 for All Mankind
Shoes: Urban Outfitters, way too much $$ for the quality...

Shorts in winter.  Sometimes I love it, then the next day I hate it.  As far as I can tell, the general opinion is one of dislike.  But hey, if I can wear magenta tights, I can wear neutral tights and a pair of cool shorts.  Although the pictures aren't too clear, I ended up really liking this outfit.  

Opinions on the shorts and tights trend?  

02 February 2012

The denim shirt.

The other day one of my best friends texted me to tell me that she and her room-mate, another one of my closest friends, had been checking out my blog and they had noticed a constantly recurring item.  This item popped up so often, in fact, that they made a game out of finding it in as many posts as possible.  

What was the item?  My J. Crew chambray shirt.  And honestly, they are so right.  I spent $40 on the shirt- which is a size able amount for me- but I bought it because I knew I would get use out of it.  I now consider that $40 shirt a better deal than some super clearance $5 tops I may only wear a time or two.  

Wearing things repetitively is sometimes a controversial thing in the fashion world, but I think it couldn't be more awesome.  Buy something you love, that fits you well, and that is somewhat classic.  Wear.  Wash.  Repeat.  I'm all for it!  What are some items you've put in your closet's hall of fame?

A Collection of Chambray Shirt Photos... And this isn't even all inclusive.