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Currently listening | Drops of Jupiter, Train



Did everyone have a stellar Halloween?  I’m not much of a Halloween person, but I did do Halloween this year.  Kast had a party and we all went to Freakfest on State Street after.  A destroyed tube of lipstick, many jello shots, and a Teletubbie attack later, Halloween came to an end, and quite frankly– I’m glad it’s just one day a year.  But all in all, not too shabby.  But as promised,  here are a few pics from the night.







If you like the ears, check out my DIY here!  I recently revisited my old stomping grounds and took a walk around my old campus.  I went to St. Ambrose in Davenport as a freshman in college before transferring to Iowa State.  It’s a tiny private school, with a cute, small campus.  It has some pretty old buildings, so Mal and I figured it would be a great setting for a fall-friendly fashion fix.  I’m taking advantage of the numbered days that I can go sans-outerwear before winter really hits.  For our little stroll, I kept it simple in a cozy sweater, black skinny jeans, tennies, and a wrap scarf.







LOFT Basketweave Sweater | J.Crew Toothpick Jeans | Target Shimmer Scarf (similar) | Vans Classic Lo Pros | Assorted Madewell Rings

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my signature


Currently listening | A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying The Moon, Foster The People


Oh hey there!

Over the weekend, my sisters and I were talking about our “signature color”– AKA the color we look best in.  It’s funny, because people tend to know this about themselves, but I had absolutely no idea.  I knew the colors I look bad in: yellow, bright greens, white, pink, etc.  I also knew the colors I wore the most: grey, navy, black, and tan.  But were these colors actually the ones I looked best in? Who knows?  I think it was decided that Mal looks best in purple, Steph in Blue, and me in neutrals.  So it was pretty convenient that I happened to be wearing tan sweater as that was decided.  It’d be rather unfortunate if it was agreed upon that I look awful in neutrals– because 95% of the time, there’s nothing I’d rather wear.

So for my very neutral ensemble, I layered a long, oatmeal heather sweater over a chambray button down with boyfriend shorts and leather ankle boots.  My touches of color came from my multi-color German socks (yes– knitted by a genuine German grandmother!), burgundy satchel, and YSL lipstick.  Some may call my lack of color in my wardrobe boring, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way.  There is something very sophisticated and easy about neutrals, that is harder to attain with a lot of color.








Gap Long Sweater (similar) | AE Boyfriend Shorts (similar) | Sleeveless Chambray (similar via Old Navy) | Ray Ban Clubmasters | River Island Ankle Boots (similar via Steve Madden) | Old Navy Initial Necklace | J. Crew Factory Leather Bracelet | Lauren Conrad Flower Earrings | Assorted Madewell Rings

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the perfect trench


Currently listening | Don’t, Ed Sheeran


Hi there!

I’m not sure what it is lately, but my creativity is seriously lacking.  I’ve been spending an obnoxious amount of time writing my posts, when I used to be able to spit them out so easily.  It might be because I’m writing less overall, since I’m out of school– but whatever it is, I hope it ends soon.  Yes, getting inspiration for a post has been tough, as you might expect.  But naming the posts?  I honestly should just hire out that task because I’m nearly incapable of coming up with something catchy nowadays.  Let’s just say this post sat at “Hi there!” for about 30 minutes.  And it was nearly named “Wench in a Trench.”  Well, at least I still have a sense of humor.

Anyway, I’ll get right down to it!  Coats are having a bit of a fashion moment.  Growing up, I remember I hated wearing a coat and I would reluctantly wear it only after my mom forced me to, because, well, it was likely snowing.  I always hated coats because they were ruining my outfit.  Lately, coats are not only super stylish, but also the outfit completer for any kind of weather.  Fall is arguably the best seasons for coats across the board.  The chilly weather is perfect for leather, military, field, and denim jackets, as well as the timeless and classic trench coat.  Trench coats are a staple for every professional’s wardrobe.  They’re classic, modest, and go with just about everything– working for both work and weekends.  I love my khaki trench since it can transform a casual outfit into something much more sophisticated.

I recently wore mine on a chilly fall day with my (new!) elbow-patched sweater, denim, and ankle boots.  And naturally, it wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t complete my look with a plaid scarf.







Target Trench Coat | J. Crew Factory Elbow Patch Sweater | Gap Always Skinny Jeans | Gap Plaid Scarf (similar) | Madewell Charley Ankle Boot

Well, until next time–



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lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part two


Currently listening | If I Lose Myself (acoustic), OneRepublic


Oh hello!

Happy Sunday.  Today is going to be a rather exceptional Sunday.  The Packers play and I’m having a few friends over to watch the game.  I’m going to play hostess and make some football-watching-friendly snacks (AKA- Buffalo Chicken Dip).   In honor of today’s Sunday Funday, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part two!  With the weather starting to get colder by the day, the level of effort I want to put into my outfits has been dwindling.  I’m sure most of you can relate on some level.  It can be hard to maintain your always stylish persona on lazy days– but, I am here to tell you that it is possible to still look cool girl chic and downright fabulous when such days occur.  So put down the yoga pants, and listen up.

Oversized or long sweaters are a life saver in my book.  The length is flattering.  They’re totally on trend.  They easily hide my food baby from my Panchero’s burrito.  What’s not to love?  But the really great thing about long sweaters is that they look super refined, while beating the comfort of just about any other thing in your closet.  So take advantage of this sophisticated front sweaters have and use it as your base for your next lazy day out.  For a quick mall/Target run, I wore one of my favorite long sweaters with my new soft pants, suede bucks, and a shimmer scarf.








J. Crew Tunic Sweater | LOFT Piped Drawstring Pants | Target Suede Ankle Boots (similar) | Target Shimmer Scarf (similar) | LOFT Bracelet | Vintage Sunglasses

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5 affordable must-have looks for fall

Oh hi there!

As much as I love the changing seasons, I have to say, the different bugs that go around at this time kinda bite (pun intended).  Mallory visited me over the weekend, which was so fun.  We did a lot on Friday and early Saturday, but by late afternoon, the sick hit and I wasn’t much fun after that. We spent the rest of the weekend watching movies in bed, going to urgent care, and drinking lots of hot tea.  After she left, I spent all of Sunday and Monday sleeping, so I could go back to work by Tuesday.

Now that we’re in the peak of fall, my fall fashion inspiration is at its height.  After seeing the new fall product at my favorite stores, cool street style in Madison, and everyones’ obsessions on pinterest, I’ve put together the five fall must have looks.  The best part?  Each look can be attained for under $100.  Doesn’t really get much better than that, does it?  Well, let’s get started!

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1. Chambray + Quilted Vest

This look is so easy, yet so chic.  Layering fall’s favorite shirt under a cute vest is an effortless way to look put together instantly.  I’ve been eyeing the quilted vest the past several weeks.  I first tried on one at J. Crew and absolutely fell in love– but I’m weighing my options.  Old Navy has an adorable option for just $32!! Total steal, right?  Of course, it is more for fashion rather than function.  If you are looking for a warmer, more functional option, check out the variety at Lands’ End (I personally love the shimmer shawl collar!).

must have fall looks

2. Long Sweater + Boyfriend Jeans

This has been my go-to outfit for the past few weeks.  There are few things more comfortable than oversized sweaters– one of which would be wearing said sweater with a broken in pair of boyfriend jeans.  Gap has fantastic boyfriend jeans– I literally get compliments every time I wear them– and the price is hard to beat.  Gap and many other retailers have been extremely promotional heavy for the past few weeks.  If you don’t want to pay full price, you don’t have to.  Just sign up for their emails, wait a few days, and there will surely be a 30-40% off promo code coming your way.

fall must haves

3. Skinny Jeans + Slip On Sneakers

Every retailer has jumped on the growing sport/active trend bandwagon in some form or another.  Quite possibly the easiest way to slip this trend into your everyday style is through your footwear.  Whether you don your Converse or opt for a trendier, more feminine option, there is a whole lot out there in terms of “fashion sneakers” this season.  If wearing the slip on sneaker with the track pant its styled with is too much for your taste, just pair yours with your favorite skinny jeans.  Skinny jeans and slip ons are a no-brainer combination that makes your outfit a little edgier and completely changes the overall vibe.  So cuff up your skinnies and pick your favorite slip on below.

fall must haves

4. Blazer + Oversized Scarf

This combination is my favorite way to tone down a blazer.  Blazers have the reputation for being formal and very business professional– but they don’t always have to be.  I love wearing my blazers in a more casual manner back to denim, a tee, and a scarf.  Toss on some riding boots, and your look is complete.  To make your ensemble extra outdoors-friendly, pick an oversized scarf with more coverage.  I love the plaid scarves Target is offering this year!

fall must haves

5. Field Jacket + …

Ah, the field jacket.  Once I bought mine, I truly felt what love really is.  It is the perfect completer piece for 3 out of the 4 seasons.  I wear mine with everything– skirts, skinny jeans, cords, boyfriend jeans, dresses, track pants, tees, sweaters, oxfords… (and the list goes on).  The versatility is unmatched, and let’s be real– you’ll look pretty damn cool wearing it.  Now, if you don’t have $148 to drop on the original J.Crew version, don’t fret!  I’ve found four great options all under $100!

fall must haves

What has been your favorite combo this fall?

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