Thursday Things.

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Hi everyone! Its almost Friday! Welcome to another installment of Thursday Things, enjoy and let me know what you think. Anything you’re excited about this week?

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1. I loved this article from Windy City Blogger Collective on keeping an editorial calendar to stay organized (if you’re a writer of any kind that needs to meet deadlines). Building a calendar like this is important, to me anyway, and its nice to lay everything out in front of you and see what your blog will offer for the next month.

2. This idea of a “photo an hour” collection from How Sweet It Is is really interesting to me. It would be fun to chronicle an entire day, taking simple photos of what you see in front of you every hour, kind of a photo journal.

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3. Articles like this from Man Repeller always make me LOL. Which one are you guilty of?

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4. Is your vintage tee feeling tired? Wake it back up with these styling tips from Le Fashion!

5. To continue celebrating this year’s awards season, Louise Roe and Refinery29 put together a list of behind-the-scenes facts about you might not know. Check them out!

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BACK.

Hey team,

Many apologies for my brief hiatus from the blogging world. I’ve just been crazy busy with life stuff and work and all that. You know how it goes, but here I am again, and I’m ready to get my blog on.

So, here’s a few things I need to catch you all up on…

1. The hand cream situation. The winner, by far, was Neutrogena Norwegian Formula. Its super lightweight and not greasy at all. It totally worked for my skin and was a great moisturizer. I also kind of liked that it was unscented. Sometimes I get concerned that scented lotions actually make your skin more chapped, but I could be wrong. For scent though, I would go with the Kiehl’s Coriander Deluxe Hand and Body lotion –it smells like oatmeal. I want a blanket made out of it or something. You just want to be enveloped in it, its very comforting.

2. Recently I’ve been working for t+j Designs; a local, sister-owned jewelry company. They had a look book shoot that I was asked to be involved in, which I was excited to accept. Here are some photos from their look book, and be sure to head over to the site and check it out –they are always running amazing deals on the site and on Instagram! See the rest of the look book here.

That’s all for now. Missed you guys.

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National Handbag Day?

Today is National Handbag Day…who knew? Not me! Can someone please make me a calendar so I can keep track of all of these days? National Coffee Day, National Dog Day, National Pen Pal Day –I can’t keep track.

So in honor of these (pretend) holiday, I am listing my top picks for different kinds of bags (work lady bag, party girl bag, exercise bag, etc), in case National Handbag Day compels you to treat yo’ self and buy something new!

Work Lady Bag:

Yes, it has a strap. Love that the perforation changes it up a bit!

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Zara Perforated Office City Bag

Rich Lady Bag:

I mean, a girl can dream.

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MCM Small Leather Tote

Sporty Spice Gym Bag:

ITS ACID WASH DENIM.

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Herschel Novel Duffle Bag

Saving the planet/resuable shopping/attending a Farmer’s Market bag:

It says “for the love of fresh” in French. Can’t get more fresh than saving the environment.

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Madewell Tote

Glamorous backpack:

A red leather backpack isn’t the most practical, but whatevs.

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Party Girl Bag:

Hand-beaded, yes please!

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t + j Designs Luxe Hand Beaded Crystal Clutch 

Special thanks to my girl Agnes for inspiring this post! xo

September Issues Volume 4: Madewell for Fall!

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As previously mentioned, I am a super fan of fall fashion, specifically, Madewell fall fashion. Madewell really does fall right. I don’t know if its because of its preppy-dressing champion, role model big brother J. Crew, or the fact that they originally hail from the East coast, but whatever the case. They get it. Take a peek at my favorite looks from their recently released fall lookbook! I know I can’t wait to get my hands on that oversized plaid shirt and those leather knee-patch jeans.

Added bonus! Groupon Coupons has a page devoted to Madewell promos and deals. Right now Madewell is offering free shipping on ANY order. Even BETTER added bonus? Groupon even keeps expired coupons on the site, so you can try your luck to see if you can get even more savings. I’m all about that.

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All images from Madewell.com

This post was sponsored by Groupon, but the opinions are my own. I wouldn’t share anything with you that I didn’t feel great about! 

September Issues Volume 3: I Heart Camel

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Another installment of the September Issues is here, just in time for it to start feeling a hell of a lot like fall. Its starting to get really blustery and icky out there, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m getting in the right frame of mine for it. Late last week, as the temperature plummeted and it started raining sideways, I was upset. I felt a lot like a two year old throwing a tantrum, kicking and screaming as winter starts to rear its ugly head. But you know what? I’ve decided to turn my ‘tude around. I’m going to start embracing fall and subsequently, winter. I can do it, I know I can. And you know what’s going to help? Glorious camel-colored pieces, like the ones below.

Camel is the epitome of fall colors to me. Its super luxurious and the fact that is the most neutral of neutrals makes it super easy to style. Wear it with almost any color (I like navy, fuchsia, cobalt blue, or even a graphic pattern) for a fool-proof fall look.

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Jcrew Regent Blazer

 

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Madewell Rowhouse sweater

Madewell Rowhouse Sweater 

Osborn Indigo Chelsea Boot- Urban

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September Issues Volume 2: Oxblood Obsession

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For the second installment of the September Issues, I want to talk about the color oxblood. It first became a thing last fall, but I’m happy to report that it’s back in action for fall 2014.

In case you aren’t sure what color I’m speaking of, oxblood is a super rich, deep, purple-y red that’s almost kind of brown. Merlot, if you will. Oxblood is at its best when used as an accent piece (think a pair of boots or a leather skirt), and looks best with neutral colors like navy, camel or grey (or even camo??). Though, there are some really interesting color combinations that I’ve been seeing, like these looks from Phillip Lim:

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Here are a few gorgeous oxblood pieces I’m dying to get my hands on. How would you wear oxblood this fall?

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Style Crush: Elisa SednaOUI

As the days go on, I continue to become more and more of a Francophile. More specifically though, a Franco-style-phile (I just made that up).

French street style is my favorite, and its everything I aspire to be when I get dressed in the morning. I love the idea of being pulled together and stylish, but not trying hard to do so. I think there’s a difference between looking effortless and actually BEING effortless. In my opinion, its difficult to achieve the latter, but French women do this expertly. They never look like their trying, its like they literally, woke up looking chic. Their hair is never overdone, their clothes are rarely tight and they often wear sneakers. All of these things I am very much about.

Upon researching French Style Icons in a recent WhoWhatWear article, I came across Elisa Sednaoui. To me, she’s the epitome of French style from H2T. She effortlessly combines a formal dress with beachy waves, has enviable everyday street style and doesn’t like she wears too much makeup. I mean, the girl has the work “oui” in her last name. Tres cool.

Here are a few snaps of my favorite looks. Excuse me while I go raid my own closet.

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