Monday, June 8, 2015

A Dose of Mint

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Starting a new internship this spring came with its own set of challenges: balancing a new workload, acclimating to the office culture, and, of course, figuring out what to wear. I had a pretty traditional idea of what postgrad fashion in a PR agency would look like, and it wasn't the laid-back, casual environment I was met with. I had spent the last six months investing in a few pencil skirts, blouses and office-appropriate dresses, but those pieces suddenly seemed way too formal.

Instead, I found a way to blend my new pieces into my existing campus style to create professional looks that were a natural extension of my style. This mint sweater was one of those pieces. Paired with a staple black skirt or skinny jeans, it looks polished but is totally comfortable for a day at the office.

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Sweater: LOFT / skirt: Nordstrom Rack / flats: H&M

Friday, June 5, 2015

Life Lately: It's Been a While

It's safe to say the blog took a bit of a backseat this year. Between my campus job, internship, extracurriculars and classes, there was little time or creative energy left over to sit down and write a post. The good news? This afternoon, I checked off my very last to do before I graduate with my public relations degree. I can't wait to get back to blogging now that I have some free time on my hands. 

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Since disappearing from the blog, I've moved out of my college apartment to spend spring term interning at a marketing agency in Portland and finishing up my last class. While it was hard to close my chapter on campus, it was so worth it to move closer to Eric and gain some valuable experience before I graduate.

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Since being back in Portland, I've been exploring restaurants, coffee shops and happy hour spots, all while catching up with good friends. Blue Star Donuts has definitely become a new favorite!

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters has become my new hangout for getting work done in between my internship and class, especially since I've been working to wrap up my senior thesis. That was one project I was relieved to finally get off my plate this week!

If you're looking to keep up with me apart from the blog, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Dose of Geo

This open-front geo print cardigan was definitely a fall capsule MVP - so much so that I ended up rolling it into my winter wardrobe too. One of the keys I've learned about versatility in a capsule wardrobe in the last few months is having a mix of basics, like this black tank and skirt, and statement pieces like this patterned sweater. In fact, everything in this outfit ended up in my winter wardrobe as well. 

 Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack (similar) / tank: Nordstrom Rack (similar) / skirt: Nordstrom Rack (similar) / tights: Hue / boots: Nordstrom

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Dose of Leopard and Evergreen

Last fall, I made a couple of cocoon cardigans using this tutorial from True Bias. This evergreen one ended up being one of my favorite layering pieces. I love how boho and effortless it looks thrown over a tank and leggings. This comfy, casual outfit has been a staple during my senior year.

I still have a few more outfits from my fall capsule wardrobe to share, but I'll be posting about my winter capsule wardrobe soon.

Cardigan: DIY / tank: Nordstrom Rack (similar) / leggings: Nordstrom / boots: Kohls

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Dose of Denim

Can you believe this is only the second denim on denim outfit I've ever worn? The first one didn't even make it onto the blog. For some reason this trend has always either intimidated me or just not felt like me. My fall capsule wardrobe is changing that. I'm embracing the ease of mix and match separates - and that includes this chambray shirt with dark wash skinny jeans. This relaxed look of an unbuttoned chambray shirt, cozy scarf, skinny jeans and boots is winning me over.

Chambray shirt & navy scarf: Target / top: Nordstrom Rack / jeans: American Eagle / ankle boots: Kohls

What do you think? What's your favorite way to wear denim on denim?

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Dose of Fall Comfort

Some Mondays just call for comfort and today was definitely one of them. Despite the change in daylight savings time, I still had a terrible time getting out of bed this morning. That coupled with a stressful day ahead and it was all I could do to reach for a cozy sweater, leggings and boots and drag myself to Starbucks for my first holiday drink of the season.

Ease and comfort are exactly why I decided to experiment with a fall capsule wardrobe. A closet full of easy favorites makes getting dressed each day a breeze.

Jacket: Nordstrom / sweater: Forever 21 / leggings: Zella / boots: Nordstrom Rack

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Fall Capsule Wardrobe

I'm back - with a little bit of a different plan for this fall. After hitting a massive style rut that led to a summer of only rotating through the same 3-5 outfits, I've decided to do an overhaul on both my closet and my style. The idea of a capsule wardrobe landed in my lap at just the right moment. I've been struggling for the last year with the fact that the majority of my closet are things I only wear once or twice a year for an outfit post.

That is neither realistic or sustainable.

Instead, I'm giving away and boxing up everything that I'm crazy about wearing right now and sticking with a limited capsule wardrobe for October, November and December. If I love it (and I think I will), I'll do it again for winter, spring, summer, etc. I'm beyond excited about the prospect of building a closet of pieces that actually reflect where my life is at right now. I have to admit - that took a great deal of honesty on my part.

Right now, I am in my senior year of college, working 3 jobs, and planning to travel to Washington, D.C. and Seattle for professional events with my school's PRSSA chapter. Because of that, I need lots of easy options for class (dressing up for class everyday during my senior year just isn't going to happen), slightly more stylish and professional options for working in the office, and business casual looks for the PRSSA events.

Here's what I'll be working with this fall:

The Breakdown: 

I used a free wardrobe planner from Caroline of Un-Fancy to plan my capsule wardrobe (I highly recommend browsing through her blog if you're interested in the capsule wardrobe idea!). As you can see, my color scheme is mostly neutrals (cream, gray, olive, and black) with some navy blues and cranberry reds. Knowing that my go-to uniform is a cardigan or sweater, ponte pants, and boots or a dress and boots, I included plenty of those pieces plus a few outliers to mix things up.

Here's what I ended up with:

Cream blouse
White blouse
Black blouse
Wine blouse
Navy floral blouse
Cream floral blouse
Black and white polka dot blouse
Cream tank
Black tank
Teal tank
Black and white tee
Chambray shirt
Plaid shirt

Jackets and Sweaters
Cropped tweed jacket
Utility jacket
Jean jacket
Chunky gray open cardigan
Black and gray open cardigan
Patterned knit bomber jacket
Olive cocoon cardigan
Brown cocoon cardigan
Black and cream sweater

Black ponte pants/leggings
Gray leggings
Dark wash high rise jeggings
Medium wash skinny jeans
Wine ponte pants
Black flared skirt
Black and white pencil skirt
Navy floral pencil skirt
Olive pencil skirt

Gray sweatshirt knit dress
Tribal print shift dress
Wrap dress
Navy polka dot dress
Windowpane check shirtdress

Black boots
Brown boots
Flat ankle boots
Nude heels
Black heels
Black flats
White and black spotted flats
Wedge ankle boots

That works out to be 44 items in my fall capsule, which is a little more than the recommended 37. However, a good chunk of my items are things that I will only wear for certain events (like the heels and pencil skirts) so I wanted to be safe and err on the high end of the spectrum.

What do you think? Would you try out a capsule wardrobe for a season?

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