Over-The-Knee Socks

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Coat: Target (similar) Cropped sweater: H&M Shorts: Urban Outfitters Socks: Urban Outfitters Booties: H&M Hat: Urban Outfitters Scarf: Urban Outfitters Backpack: Urban Outfitters Gloves: Borrowed from my mom
With winter in full swing, it can be a challenge to put together an outfit that doesn't consist of a long down jacket and tall boots. (Un)lucky for me, I don't own either of those things at the moment, so getting creative and layering up is my only option. To be honest, this definitely isn't the most practical of outfits for a typical winter day in Boston, but we've had a few "warmer" days (aka 40 degrees) lately and I just couldn't resist breaking out my high-waisted denim shorts to go with my over-the-knee socks.

Turtleneck Style

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Top: J.Crew Coat: South Moon Under Skirt H&M (sold out) Bag: Kate Spade Saturday Shoes: Marshalls Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Today, I'd like to discuss something very important: turtlenecks. I don't think I've worn a turtleneck since I was about 10 years old, but here I am. Not gonna lie, I used to think turtlenecks were kinda gross but they've really been growing on me (proof is in this previous post). Plus, some of the greats like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O always looked so chic in them. I picked up this "tissue turtleneck" at J.Crew a few weeks ago and I find myself grabbing for it way more than I expected to. I think the essential feature to a great turtleneck is the slightly slouchy collar because it's the most flattering silhouette that can transition from sexy to chic. But any type of turtleneck is easy to pair with a statement necklace or layered underneath a dress or bold top. Who knew how versatile this little top could be?!

Headbands of Hope pt. 2

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Vest: Tobi Shirt: H&M Jeggings: American Eagle Sneakers: Marshalls Bag: H&M Headband: c/o Headbands of Hope via Set & Style Necklace: Chloe + Isabel
Hey everyone! I've missed you guys. These cold temps have really been putting me in a funk lately (hi seasonal affective disorder). I hope everyone's 2015 is off to an amazing start! Not gonna lie, I've been in hibernation mode since January 1st and so has my wardrobe. I walk to work every morning so I'm pretty limited to pants and lots of layers and comfortable shoes. I picked up these leopard print sneaks at Marshalls not too long ago and they are the most comfy! I've also been glued to this insanely warm fuzzy vest thing. I usually wear it as an extra layer of warmth under my coat, even if it doesn't quite go with my ensemble. I bought it last winter and it's easily one of my top 5 favorite purchases. And of course, I can't leave the apartment without proper headgear. (But seriously, I really can't my ears go numb in like 30 seconds.) I've been loving this knitted headband that Set & Style sent me; it's designed by Headbands of Hope. If you missed my last post with them, they're a fantastic company that for every headband purchased, one headband will go to a girl with cancer. One dollar is also donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research with every purchase.

$200 Club Monaco Giveaway

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone is staying warm! To get this weekend started off right, I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to giveaway a $200 gift card to Club Monaco! I hope this helps remedy the winter blues a bit ;) Good luck!

Prize: $200 Club Monaco Gift Card

Co-hosts: Lush to BlushJenn's Blah Blah BlogStyle TabTo Hell in a HandbagMiss Trend SheMae AmorTo Be Bright Cool Gear CavalierRD's ObsessionsMiss Erin Says

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/23 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email and can opt for a Club Monaco gift card or cash via Paypal.

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2014 In Review

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Well my friends, another year is behind us! Happy 2015! I was looking at my previous recap posts from 2012 and 2013 and it's really interesting to see how I've grown as a "young adult" (whatever that is) and how my blog has shaped me into who I am today. I know that sounds silly, but yes, the internet has shaped into who I am today. I'm not ashamed that I'm addicted to the interwebz, but I've also learned that it's necessary to unplug a bit (or a lot). That's what has made 2014 different from previous years. I focused more on experiencing life outside of my laptop rather than sacrificing life to make magic happen through that glowing screen. It's hard for me to remember sometimes that life exists outside of social media, especially when your blog success depends on it.

This year I made a conscious effort to go out for drinks rather than stay in to write a post. I opted to enjoy more moments in realtime rather than attempting to get the perfect picture of those moments. I chose to veg out on the couch with friends and watch TV rather than research what hashtags I should use on my Instagram. Some people might consider those decisions to be ways of procrastinating or may think I'm not committed, but doing so has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I've continued to meet so many wonderful bloggers (in person) and am now lucky enough to call a few of them very close, lifelong friends. I've also had the opportunity to meet with local store owners, network with new brands, continue to work with some of my favorite brands and even got my face in the pages of a national magazine! (Oh yeah, I still read magazines in their physical form). And besides all of that, I also came to the terms with the fact that we, indeed, live in the f u t u r e.

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Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr

In my personal life, it was a year of both highs and lows. The highs: I moved in with my boyfriend into a tiny apartment, reconnected with old friends, made new ones, celebrated my cousin's wedding and switched career paths. The low: I had a death in the family, which I hadn't experienced in roughly 15 years. It was a tremendous growing period for me, mentally, and had to learn to cope with my sorrow. Luckily, I was able to do so while surrounded by my family and through the support of my close friends. Looking back on all of these life moments, I've realized that Ferris Bueller really was right: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Truer words have never been spoken...and that's why I love the 80s. But in all seriousness, I know that's cheesy and maybe I think that way now because I'm a 25-year-old grandma, but I'm excited to get living like it's 1999 in the new year. I'll probably continue to Instagram it all, but that's because we live in the f u t u r e.

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May / Jun / Jul / Aug

Now onto the fun stuff! I've rounded up my favorite ensembles of the year and, most importantly, my favorite BLOOPERS! Speaking of bloopers, I have big comeback plans for Blogger Bloopers this year. So get ready to laugh and/or make fun of us. Yes GOMI, that's directed at you ;)

Thank you guys so much for your continued love and support. I'm excited for 2015 and can't wait to see what new adventures it brings!

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Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec

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