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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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me + charley


Currently listening | Royals, Lorde


Hi friends!

Happy Tuesday! It’s official— I can now say my wardrobe is complete! I finally gave in and purchased the #1 item on my fall wish list: Madewell’s Charley Ankle Boot.  I strategically waited for a good promo in order to knock off $60 and they were worth the wait.  A suede/leather combo, these boots go with everything.  They’re the ultimate fall boot and I can’t wait to break them in.

I took them for a test run over the weekend, while shopping with my sisters.  Other than the typical mild discomfort of breaking in a new shoe, these were pretty darn near perfect.  Since we experienced some unseasonably warm weather, I took advantage and wore my chambray shift dress while I still could– paired back to a neutral scarf, layered leather bracelets, and of course, the ankle boot.








Banana Republic Shift Dress | Madewell Charley Ankle Boot | Target Shimmer Scarf (similar) | Ray Ban Clubmasters | Target Satchel (similar) | J. Crew Factory Leather Hook Bracelet | Harry Potter Death Hallows Bracelet (via Amazon) | American Eagle Buckle Bracelet 

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fall wish list: 2014

Hi there friends!

It’s about that time again– fall is around the corner and I could not be more excited.  I can’t wait for mild weather, football, and of course, anything pumpkin.  But the best thing about fall by far is the fashion: ankle boots, denim, scarves, beanies, leather jackets, and sweaters.  It seriously could not get any better.

I’ve been daydreaming of fall days since they fleeted away so quickly last year.  So naturally, I’ve given my fall fashion wish list a lot of thought over the last several months.  I wanted to keep it concise, since I don’t have unlimited funds and I also wanted to ensure it was versatile, taking me from season to season.

Fall Fashion Wish List

1. Leather Ankle Boots

My fashion philosophy states that whatever your “thing” is, you can never have too much of it.  For me, my “things” are pants and ankle boots.  I have an obscene amount of pants, and an even more obscene amount of ankle boots.  Something that’s been on my wish list since I knew Madewell existed is their Charley tonal leather ankle boot.  They’re so simple and so sophisticated.  But, $200 isn’t something I would drop on something lightly.  I’ve searched for something similar and I did find some cute zippered ankle boots for less than half the price on Modcloth.  I still haven’t decided which way I’ll go on this one.

Splurge vs. Steal: Leather Ankle Boots


2. Black Chunky-Heeled Pumps

Back in high school, I wore heels everyday.  If I wasn’t in my black high-top Converse, I was in stilettos.  Most people thought I was nuts, but I loved being so tall and quite frankly, I walked better in heels than flats at that point.  I also went to a very small school, so it’s not like I had far distances to walk.  But once I went off to college, I never wore my heels, so I get rid of them.  I kept a few pairs of wedges and heeled ankle boots, but any sign of stiletto or pump was completely diminished.  Lately, I’ve been wanting an easy, black pump with a lower chunky heel.  It’s such a classic shoe that would go with everything. I’d been lusting over a pair from J.Crew for a few months, when I stumbled upon a nearly identical pair from Target for $100 less– needless to say, I know which pair I’ll be getting.

Splurge vs. Steal: Chunky-Heeled Pumps


3. Boyfriend Jeans

I’d been on the fence about boyfriend jeans since they started popping up in the market.  I have wide hips and I figured this was a disaster waiting to happen.  I mean, I did not want to draw more attention to my hips and have my thinner legs drown in fabric.  But lately, I’ve been tempted.  So many girls at work look so chic in theirs, so I’ve been dying to try them out.  And as much as I’d been lusting over Madewell’s slim boy jean, I ended up going with Gap’s sexy boyfriend jean– which I happened to buy this week!  Stay tuned for my upcoming fashion fix featuring them!

Splurge vs. Steal: Boyfriend Jean


4. Woven Soft Pants

Hello, refined– have you met lazy?  Thank God a track-pant inspired refined pant is finally trending.  Lazy girls, rejoice.  We can essentially wear our sweatpants to work now and it’s completely socially acceptable.  Need I really say more?  I will say that Old Navy does have 25% off online currently, so you’ll be able to get an even stellar deal on these.  With my Old Navy Card rewards, I paid less than $15 for them.  Talk about a win/win.

Splurge vs. Steal: Woven Soft Pant


5. Textured Sweater

Toward the end of last winter, I got on a real sweater kick.  I started buying all kinds of sweaters that were on sale at the end of the season, but didn’t really get a chance to wear many of them, as it quickly got warm outside.  This fall, I’m looking forward to wearing all of the fantastic sweaters I bought months ago, but in addition, I’d really like to add a textured sweater to complete my sweater collection.  Texture is an easy way to jazz up an otherwise simple outfit.  Although I love the simplicity of the slight texture of the J.Crew boatneck, there is something about the crosshatch Lands’ End Drifter sweater that’s so special.  I’m just going to have trouble deciding which color!

Splurge vs. Steal: Textured Sweater


6. Full Zip Fleece

Ever since I borrowed my roommate’s Northface fleece jacket four years ago, I’ve been dying to have one.  For being so lightweight, it is incredibly warm.  Great to wear on its own or underneath my peacoat when it’s particularly frigid.  There are so many flashy Northface jackets out there, but I really love the tonal grey full zip.  I’m still debating whether or not to just go for it, hoping it lasts for years, or if I want to go with a safer, less expensive option, like the Columbia zip up below.  Luckily, it’s still quite warm outside, so I’ve still got a bit of time to decide on this one.

Splurge vs. Steal: Full Zip Fleece


7. Black Felt Hat

I used to not be much of a hat person, but when I had my pixie cut, I loved wearing beanies.  I felt like such a punk, hipster, teenage boy– and what’s better than that? As I grew my hair out, I branched out and started wearing baseball hats (which I’m still absolutely obsessed with, by the way).  More recently, I’ve been wanting a fedora or felt hat.  Since summer is coming to an end, I’m prioritizing the felt hat as it’s more seasonally appropriate for fall.  It’s such a classic addition to any outfit– and I think it’d be particularly cute with a stripe sweater and midi skirt.  Am I right?

Splurge vs. Steal: Black Felt Hat

What’s on your fashion wish list for this fall? I’d love to hear!

Until next time–



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