Month: January 2014

A Lesson in Elegance: My Thoughts on “How to be Lovely”

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be back! The start of the new semester has been quite the whirlwind, but I’ll be picking my posting schedule back up again. I have tons of ideas, outfits, and reviews to share! Today I wanted to change things up and share my thoughts on a book I recently finished reading, “How to be Lovely” by Melissa Hellstern. This book was truly eye opening and a wonderful experience to read! The novel is broken up into ten chapters consisting of distinct topics that define Audrey’s outlook on life and style. I would consider the book a light read that can be picked up at any point as there is no linear plot or sequential order. We are taken page by page through the words of Audrey as well as those who knew her along with snippets from the author to aid in the further explanation of Audrey’s life, triumph, struggles, and elegance.  I wouldn’t consider this book so much an autobiography, but more as a book teaching how to live …

OOTD – Enjoying the Lakeside on a Crisp Afternoon

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are wonderful today! With the start of a new, busy semester I’ve been trying to figure out the best posting schedule. As soon as it’s set, I’ll let you all know. On to the outfit! Today I kept the look rather simple while visiting the lovely gardens and lake. My focal point of the outfit was the floral bag so I decided to keep the rest based on a more neutral color palette. I paired a black, ruffled front blouse with a dark wash jean to create a clean line from top to bottom. I cuffed my jeans and wore a cutout heel since it was a bit warmer outside. The lightweight tan trench provides just enough warmth as the sun goes down. My accessories were kept simple as usual. I love layering delicate necklaces together to create a cascading effect. It makes a subtle statement and adds visual interest to the upper half of the outfit. The earrings, among my favorites, create such a wonderful statement without …

OOTD – Bundling Up for a Floridian Winter Wonderland

Hello everyone! I hope you all are well! A sudden cold front swept through Florida making the high only 35 degrees. It may not be a snowy winter wonderland, but it was certainly cold for Florida! My outfit revolves around staying warm yet put together for a busy day. The key to today’s pairing is layering. I find myself preferring to layer, rather than putting on one heavy jacket, because I feel it provides not only better warmth but the opportunity to play with different fabric textures. My base layer is a snug cotton long sleeve; this provides a warm, almost protective layer that prevents wind for penetrating. On top I added a cream cable knit sweater that is a bit more loose making it comfortable for running all day doing errands or in my case, classes. The final layer is the black jacket. This truly blocks cold wind from getting passed the other layers and adds a put-together element due to its blazer structure.  The boots have a small, chunky heel making it a …