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Ruffles and Leather

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Hello all! What a week it has been! I cannot wait for the weekend to start tomorrow. As you can probably tell, my style tends toward the girly/ feminine side, especially when it comes to accessories and details. I love anything sparkly and pink and ruffles are my new favorite detail for summer.
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As much as I love these aspects now, girly has not always been my go-to. It is actually a pretty recent style change and one that has been so fun to explore and experiment with.
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However, every now and then, I like to toughen up some of my girly details. This burgundy leather skirt is the perfect way to do that. The cut is pretty classic with the little flare and the pleats. But the color is unexpected and makes it feel more modern. Plus, the leather is the perfect combination with the otherwise girly ruffles of this top. 
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As usual, once I started, I couldn't stop. So big clip-ons and a sparkly purse were necessary additions. Plus, I've been very into experimenting with lipsticks lately and this color matched my skirt so perfectly, I couldn't resist.
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A 100% girly outfit has it's place and time, but mixing it up is part of the fun of fashion. Don't be afraid to mix pieces that don't always go together. That is typically how I find my favorite combinations! Until next time, XO



Pink and Rainy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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I don't know about y'all and your weather, but it seems like it's been raining here forever! It has also been cooler the last few days, which has been a nice chance to wear the last of my spring clothes before summer hits.
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Whenever it is rainy, I try and brighten up my outfit with sparkles or color. That way, even though it is dreary outside, I don't feel blah or bored with my outfit. This pink lipstick is the perfect way to add a pop to any outfit. 
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This lipstick is Nars and it is so easy to apply. It comes in about 100 different colors and it stays on all day. I couldn't gush about it more and would highly recommend it.
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It seemed fitting with this outfit to not only add color, but also some sparkles. I am so glad that brooches are finally coming back in. I have loved them for years, but they are very difficult to shop for when they aren't trendy! 
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I like wearing multiple brooches at the same time or mixing them with necklaces. This gives them a more modern feel and they are always a fun statement piece. Here's to hoping it's sunny tomorrow! Until next time, XO

What I'm Up To

Monday, April 24, 2017

Watching...Big Little Lies- As usual, I am a little behind, but I just watched the first episode of Big Little Lies and I am already obsessed! No spoilers please as it will probably be a while before I finish it all! 

Listening to...Stay by Zedd/ Alessia Cara- This song has been on repeat for the past couple of weeks during my commute. It is the perfect singing/ dancing in the car song and has also made a great addition to my running playlist. 


Reading...I'll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich- I just started this book and already adore Betty. She is a personal shopper at Bergdorf's and I can't wait to read all about her life. I'll keep you updated on how it is! Until next time, XO

Lots of Pink and More Life Updates

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Hello all! I hope you have had a fabulous weekend! Mine has been eventful and I am definitely enjoying the excuse to stay in because of the cold, rainy weather here. As you now know, I am moving to London in September and I couldn't be more excited. It is going to be an incredible opportunity and I am excited to be living in London again.
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However, moving to another country does put a bit of a damper in my plans to start an online consignment store. If you don't remember, check out my announcement here. Now I have the problem of having a lot of inventory, a website that I was hoping to launch this summer, and the more pressing issue of needing to delay this project for the near future. 
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Instead of completely delaying the project, I have decided to sell a majority of the spring, summer, and fall clothes as well as jewelry and purses I have on eBay
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Nothing has been posted yet, but I am hoping to post the first batch of clothes in the next week and then post new items fairly regularly. Here is a link to my eBay store and make sure to check back periodically in case you see anything you like! 
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Also, feel free to contact me if there are any specific items that you have seen on the blog that you are interested in! You never know, they might be something I have already set aside to sell. Until next time, XO

All About Neutrals

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Hello all! I think by now we can all admit that I have an obsession with everything pink. However, it hasn't always been like that. In fact, I refused to even wear pink until I got to college! I guess now, I'm making up for lost time! HA! 
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But, in all seriousness, pink and really colors in general are a newer addition to my wardrobe. My first inclination, especially if I'm not paying addition is to wear all neutrals. For me, that doesn't necessarily mean all black, but more that there is not a statement pop of color.
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Now, don't get me wrong, I love that pink and other colors are now a part of my wardrobe. But, at the same time, there is something to be said about an all neutral outfit. The lack of color always makes me feel a little classier in any outfit. 
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Wearing all neutrals is also an excellent opportunity to break some of those tried and true fashion rules that I don't believe in like not mixing metals, not wearing black and navy together, or not mixing black and brown. When you have an all neutral outfit, these combinations normally pop and look amazing together.
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So give the color a break every once in a while and give neutral a try! Until next time, XO

What I'm Up To

Monday, April 17, 2017

Watching...Spotlight- I know I'm a little behind, but I haven't had the chance to sit down and really devote my energy to a movie in so long! Well, I finally found the time and I watched Spotlight. Before you ask, yes, of course it's on Netflix and you should go watch it immediately. It was absolutely incredible and I didn't reach for the distraction of my phone the entire. Quite a feat I must say! 

Listening to...new Harry Styles- His first solo single since One Direction, Sign of the Times is now available and trust me, it is different from everything else playing on the radio right now. He also premiered a new song on Saturday Night Live. What do y'all think about his new sound?


Reading...Wait for Me! by Deborah Mitford- I just recently got on this Mitford sisters kick and bought a bunch of books about them. This is the first one I've had time to pick-up and it is so interesting! Part auto-biography and part biography of the rest of the sisters, hearing about the family and their lives from the youngest sister's perspective is fascinating.

Until next time and don't forget to leave recommendations in the comments below! XO 

Some exciting news about my next chapter

Friday, April 14, 2017

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Happy Friday! I am so excited that it's Friday and even more excited about this blog post because I have some very big news to share with you. As I have been alluding to for the past couple of weeks, I have something I want to tell y'all and I've been waiting for the perfect time.
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Happily, that time is now, so I'm just going to dive right in! As you know, I graduated from college with a degree in art history in May of 2016. Since then, I've worked with an art gallery, a non-profit, and an auction house, where I currently work full time.
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However, starting in September, I will be moving to London for a year to get my masters in art history from Christie's Education. I am so excited about this next chapter of my life and even more excited about living in London again! 
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If you have any suggestions for things to do in London or know any one I can get coffee with, I'd love to hear about it. There will also be way more posts leading up to my move with lots of details so not to worry! I am so excited and so glad to share this with y'all! Until next time, XO 

Mixing Patterns for Spring

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Hello all! It is finally starting to feel like spring here and I couldn't be more excited. As much as  I love winter and my winter wardrobe, I am definitely ready for a change and I have been getting very excited about my summer wardrobe as I've been unpacking it.
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Last summer, a big trend for me was ruffles. By the end of the summer though, I was sick of all things ruffly and thought I had put that fashion trend to bed. However, after going through my summer clothes, I am all excited about ruffles again. They are such a fun and girly detail, which I absolutely love, especially for summer. 
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The other thing I am excited about for summer is patterns. I don't avoid patterns in the winter obviously, but my focus is generally mixing textures. In the summer, it is hard to mix textures without layering and completely overheating. So, patterns it is! 
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One of my favorite patterns is cheetah print. Whether it is with a plain black dress or florals (I know, totally ground breaking for spring, but they do look great with cheetah print), the cheetah print always takes the outfit to the next level. I especially love it with these stripes because each pattern seems to accentuate the other. Totally counter-intuitive, but I'm rolling with it. Big news tomorrow so make sure to check back! Until then, XO



Art in Rome

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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As I mentioned during my Rome recap, the main reason I wanted to visit Rome this time was to see an art exhibition. I have glossed over my passion for art in the past, but I think it's about time I really talked about it. In May, when I graduated from Wake, I graduated with a degree in art history after writing my thesis on two artists from the 16th and 17th century. I now work in an auction house with aspiration of working in the art world in the future- more to come about this on Friday! To say I love art would be an understatement to say the least. 
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Outside my favorite art museum, the Borghese Gallery
But what doest this have to do with an art exhibition in Rome? Because that is a long flight for one art exhibition! Well, this particular art exhibition was looking in depth at one of the artists I wrote my thesis on! Her name is Artemisia Gentileschi and she was an amazing artist. In my thesis, I was looking at four of her works in particular and I was able to see all four in this exhibition in Rome! 
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Seeing a work from my thesis by Caravaggio
While in Rome, I was able to see one of my other favorite artists, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a multitude of paintings that influenced my thesis. All in all, the whole trip was one of those moments where your school world and the real world collide and all of your studies and hard work make sense. Definitely more on Artemisia and art in general in the future! Until next time, XO 


The Best of Winter

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With winter finishing up and spring very much upon us, this will probably be my last opportunity to wear any winter clothes. So, it seemed only fitting to wear two of my favorite pieces from this winter.
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First of all, turtlenecks, If I could pick one word to describe my winter wardrobe it would be turtlenecks. This burgundy with navy stripes one was perfect for me whether I was layering it under sweaters or just wearing wearing it by itself with a statement necklace. You can't go wrong with a turtleneck! 
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This sweater is also one of my favorites. I love the stripes of different colors and patterns. Then, the sparkles on top add just the right amount of pop. People always comment that the sparkles look like snowflakes and I absolutely love that idea. 
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Lots of new things coming up this week so stay tuned! Until then, XO

What I'm Up To

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hello all and happy Monday! As promised, I have some big things coming up on the blog this week so make sure to stay tuned all week! Today, we are starting a new series that I will be posting on Mondays about what I am up to entertainment wise. I will be covering what movies/ TV shows, books, and music I have been keeping up with lately.

So, let's jump right in! While in Rome, I had access to some different movies through Italian Netflix and I was finally able to watch The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. I know, I'm only four years behind, but it was awesome! I loved what they did with it and the costumes were absolutely incredible. It has had me dreaming of the 1920s ever since. I want to reread the book now too! What did y'all think of the movie? 

Book-wise, as you know, my best friend Kate and I have a bookclub and we just started a new book! We both were excited about starting this book and neither of us have been able to put it down. The book is called Victoria and there is a new show on PBS based on this specific book. It starts right when Victoria is becoming queen and the author has done a great job so far of being engaging and also including a lot of historical information. 

If you've seen any of our top tens here on Lefty Living Life, you will know that I love music and recently have been very excited about The Chainsmokers. Closer and Paris have been on repeat on my Spotify for a while. Last week, The Chainsmokers came out with their first album and I love it. I have been listening to it non-stop and would definitely recommend it. It is different from a lot of their previous collaborations, but still new and fun. 

I would love suggestions for books, movies, music, and tv shows. So, if you have any ideas, make sure to comment or email me directly! Until next time, XO

Chambray and PomPoms

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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Hello all! It has been a tough and emotional past couple of weeks, hence the sporadic posting. But I am hoping to get back into my grove as of tonight and I have some big plans for posts next week. So, make sure to stay tuned and subscribe to the email list so you don't miss any updates! 
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One of my favorite materials to wear during transitional months is chambray. It gives you that extra warmth you want and is great for layering, but the material itself isn't so thick. There is just something so classic about a chambray button-down. 
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For me, the perfect chambray color is a little lighter so it creates a nice contrast with my darker jeans. I love denim in all forms, but I don't like when all of denim shades match. A little too "Texas tuxedo" for me! 
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The great thing about chambray is that it is so easy to accessories. If you wear it with jeans, you basically have a blank slate that is just begging for some statement jewelry. I just picked up these earrings at J.Crew and I am in love. 
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The color is the perfect pop for summer or with a black dress. They are made of a papery material so they are incredibly light and easy to wear all day, no matter what you are doing. Statement earrings are definitely my go-to accessory right now! Until next time, XO

National Stripe Day

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Happy Friday everyone! What a crazy week! I am definitely ready for a quiet, relaxing weekend. Before we get to the relaxing though, let's talk about stripes and J.Crew.
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Today is National Stripe Day, per J.Crew, and I couldn't be more excited. First of all, I love stripes. Just in general, but also mixing different striped pieces and mixing stripes with different patterns. Stripes are just one of those classic details that give a little elegance and Parisian chic to any outfit- what's not to love about that?! 
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I am also excited about today because I love J.Crew. Before you ask, no J.Crew is not paying me to say this, they aren't paying me at all. I genuinely love the J.Crew brand and their clothes.
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I started a few years ago just buying pieces from J.Crew here and there. Now, it seems like my whole closet is from there! Their clothes are great quality and pretty reasonable priced. Plus they have incredible sales...if you are a student and not using the student discount, you are missing out! It also doesn't hurt that their clothes are so cute and right up my aesthetic alley.
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The other thing I love about J.Crew is the people who work there. They are always nice and helpful, but I also feel like I have built relationships with these women over our mutual love of the J.Crew brand. Favorite store to shop at by far! Until next time, XO

Sparkles and Neon

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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For me, spring and summer clothes are all about neons and sparkles. An outfit just doesn't seem complete without one or the other, or in this case, both! 
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My general rule for both of these is to keep it under control. I love using neon as a statement pop of color against an otherwise neutral outfit. This bag and belt are perfect to throw on and give an otherwise cute, but boring outfit that extra oomph. I also try and keep my neon to one color. Two hot pink accent items are ok, but you don't want to add neon yellow in the mix too. It's too much and you'll end up looking like an 80s highlighter.
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As difficult as it is, moderation is also key for sparkles. I like to keep it to one section. If my necklace or jewelry in general is sparkly, no need to have a sparkly bag too. Same goes for if my shirt is sparkly. I will still wear jewelry, but it might be more subdued.
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Well, now that we've talked about fashion a little, let's talk more about Rome. Our second day, Sunday, might have been our busiest day of the whole trip. We walked so much and saw so many amazing sites. We started at the Colosseum and did all of that, the Forum (which is right beside the Colosseum and there is only one ticket for both), and the Palatine Hill (you have to walk through the Forum to get to the top of the Hill). A definite must see if you've never been to Rome.
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After lunch, we went to an art exhibition. This might sound crazy for the non-art obsessed readers out there, but the main reason I wanted to go to Rome last week was to see this particular art exhibition. It featured an artist named Artemisia Gentileschi, who happens to be one of the artists I wrote my thesis on! I had only seen one of her works previously and all of her works I discussed in my thesis were in this show! To say it was incredible would be an understatement and I ended up going to see it twice! It was one of those moments where life seems to align for just a second and everything all seemed to work out perfectly. It made me want to write another thesis too! 
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We finished up the day visiting the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain is awesome during the day, but I would recommend you visit at least once after dark because it is lit up and looks magical at night. We didn't stop moving all day it seemed, but it was a fabulous day. Until next time, XO 

 
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