locust x gaines


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 one


Currently listening | I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers


Oh hey there!

I know what you’re thinking– lazy girl’s guide to fall? Sign me up!  I’m the same way.  I would be lying if I said that I didn’t love the details that go into polishing the perfect fall ensemble– but believe me when I say that at least 1-2 days a week, I am pretty useless in the mornings and require comfort.  Somedays, it’s just too much effort to even put on jeans, let alone layer up an oxford with a sweater.  Contrary to popular belief, comfort does not always mean sacrificing style.  Thanks to the recently popular drapey soft pants, lazy girls everywhere can rejoice; they’re a perfect option for not only looking like you’re on your style A-game, but also feeling like you’re in sweatpants all day.

For my laziest of days, I start with my navy soft pant.  Mine are from Old Navy (less than $30!!), but still ultra refined. Next, I put on a top that can elevate the pant a bit– I went with my favorite oxford popover from J. Crew (on sale right now!).  It’s super comfy, but looks a bit dressier.  Lastly, I throw on my huge plaid scarf – my go-to for fall/winter – and easy ankle boots.  And that’s it.  So easy, right?  Simple, mindless styling that any gal can manage in the mornings.  The key is to pair your casual item with something that looks a little more refined to look put together, no matter how little effort you give.








J. Crew Factory Collarless Popover | Old Navy Drapey Pants | Gap Cozy Plaid Scarf (similar) | Gap Factory Ankle Boots | Assorted Madewell Rings

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heat wave


Currently listening | King and Lionheart, Of Monsters and Men


Oh hello!  As if I don’t say this every Friday, but thank you sweet baby Jesus, it’s Friday.  Today is an exciting day because my best friend from college, Mary, is coming to visit and will be here this afternoon!  I’m so excited to see her and show her around Madison.  Today is also very bittersweet – but let me give you a little background first. On Sunday, I adopted a cat named Luna.  She is about 4 years old and is FIV+.  She had been at the shelter for 8 months.  I naturally, could not resist.  I found out after I took her home that I could not have her at my apartment unless she was front declawed, which she is not.  Her surgery is today, and needless to say, there was a lot of crying this week.  So I am so excited to see my best friend today, but I’m so sad that Luna is staying at the vet overnight and has to go through the pain of this surgery.


Isn’t she precious?

On to fashion. Over the weekend, temperatures heated up, so the shorts came back out.  What’s ironic is that it is forecasted to snow tomorrow, but nevertheless, it was summer temperatures last weekend, so I dressed appropriately.  For the unusually warm lazy Saturday, I played it cool in a plaid popover and boyfriend shorts.  Even on these warmer days, I’m still too invested in the fact that it’s fall, so I’m often compromising.  I still want to wear my fall clothes, but I choose my most lightweight options in order to stand up to the heat.  I know people will want to throw something at me for saying it, but I’m kind of excited for this weekend’s cool down.






J. Crew Plaid Popover | American Eagle Boyfriend Shorts | Target Studded Flats | J. Crew Factory Peacock Feather Earrings | BCBGeneration Affirmation Bracelet | Old Navy Initial Necklace

Until next time–



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