pretty little palette

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sweater: UNIF X UO | shoes: Dolce Vita via Piperlime | scarf: UO | sunnies: Ray-Ban | watch: Fossil

I’m a sucker for blush pink. Anything pink, actually.

Home accents, flowers and paper goods are the usual culprits, as I almost always steer clear of the girly hue for clothing. Pink can be too much of a pop, even gaudy, but not when it comes to the barely-there shade for these super cute slides. They’re the perfect mix of pretty + playful (and fairly practical, too). Currently on sale at Piperlime, they were a no-brainer buy.

With classes all day on Mondays, I threw on this comfy waffle-knit tunic sweater for my usual go-to casual attire (+ a little extra punch of pink) for a jam-packed schedule.

How do you wear pink in the winter?

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photos by Lauren Carter

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greyscale

DSC_0705sweater: UO (old, but all sweaters 25% off now until 11/11! go shop!) | jeans: AE | scarf: UO | sunnies: Ray-Ban | shoes: Toms

I find myself hovering around neutrals and solid darks as the season moves forward–chilly temps make the best setting for a more monotone palette. If it were me 5 years ago, blacks + greys were considered sad and drab, but thank goodness for personal style evolution. Even with grunge vibes, greyscale + solids are probably some of my favorites for anyday wear. Also, how fun is this fluffy blanket scarf for fall? It’s so enveloping of warmth that I often can go without a coat, for now…

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Photos by Lauren Carter

ivy style

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Jacket: F21 (old) | top: Project Social T @ UO | jeans: AE | scarf: UO (old, similar here in grey) | sunnies: Ray-Ban | shoes: Sperry | bag: Steve Madden

Call me biased, but Vermont is probably the most stunning place during the (short-lived) autumn months. St. Mike’s has perfected the ivy-covered, fall-leaf natural allure, which calls for equally seasonal attire. This gold-embroidered army green jacket is just the right thickness for keeping warm during chilly walks to class, but not overheating when the sun decides to peek through (typical indecisive Vermont weather). This geo-patterned scarf is from the men’s section at Urban Outfitters & it never loses its body like so many scarves do – honestly, UO is my only reliable scarf source thus far.

P.s. – how beautiful is this lighting? My lovely friend Lauren Carter has been killing it with my blog photos – check out her site here!IMG_2552IMG_2566IMG_2559IMG_2561IMG_2576IMG_2543

BDG plaid & shades of blue

DSC_0472Scarf: BDG at UO | sweater: Brandy Melville (only available in oatmeal) | jeans: AE | shoes: Sperry | sunnies: Ray-Ban | watch: Fossil

Scarves can be tricky. Sometimes a tad too short, often not fluffy after their first wear – unless  you opt for oversized. My last two scarf purchases, both from UO, look rather long and overly plush at first, but when worn naturally, they take the perfect shape. This “brushed plaid” fringe-edged blanket scarf can be wrapped around once or twice to be worn long & dramatic or thick & cozy. I fell in love with the deep gem tones, just bold enough for brisk-weathered perfection. I paired it with a thin, light blue Brandy Melville sweater, black jeans and my classic Sperrys – daring to brave the chilly weather in lighter layers, but a solid mix of similar hues.
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soft stripes

softstripes5top: UO | jeans: AE | shoes: Toms | bag: Rebecca Minkoff | sunnies: Ray-Ban

It’s always refreshing to find an hour or so in the week to get downtown and [window] shop along Church Street. Overly-packed schedules and running from class to class can be draining, but the energy & quirkiness of Burlington is the best way to refocus and feel like an actual part of society again (in opposition to stowing away in the dark corners of academic buildings for hours on end. Not real life.)

This grey striped Project Social T top from Urban is without a doubt the softest tee I’ve ever come across – so much so that I was compelled to buy a second in a super light shade of brown (the perfect shade for brunettes, when otherwise I try to steer clear of brown altogether) – I wore it in an Insta post yesterday. The striped version paired perfectly with my leopard burlap cordones from Toms – a subtle mix of prints that isn’t too overpowering.

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Strut! show & sweater weather

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Sweater: Silence + Noise | jeans: AE | sandals: Mossimo | backpack: Urban Outfitters | watch: Fossil

Another fall in Burlington means the return of the annual Art Hop, the weekend-long arts festival showcasing all things art/eccentric/Vermont. Last year we spent an evening walking through a bunch of galleries and indulging in the always-essential Ben & Jerry’s, but this year’s trip to the Art Hop had more of a direct purpose. Lauren, Cara and I attended the Strut Fashion Show to film for a multimedia to be featured in the first issue of our college newspaper, The Defender. The vibe of the whole event is really the best part, though – so perfectly Vermont.

The afternoon was a (thankfully) chillier than the 90 degree weather we’ve been enduring for the last few days, so I was thrilled to break out this new camel knit sweater – the MOST comfortable & will definitely be a favorite this fall.

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don’t sweat it

DSC_0742top: AE | sandals: Steve Madden (similar here) | sunnies: Ray-Ban | bag: Deena & Ozzy (old)

Sweaters in the summer are nearly impossible, much to my disappointment. Hot, humid days in the northeast call for light & airy fabrics, which means putting off all of those perfect chunky knits until fall. BUT when I found this knit sweater tank on clearance yesterday, I knew it would be the perfect mix of both – breezy enough for the sticky summer days while still channeling my favorite season’s staple (autumn & sweaters, of course).

This morning I paired the tank with my go-to black jeans and new white Steve Madden sandals to grab breakfast with my mother and Lola in Lake George. Luckily, my chocolate chip pancakes and iced coffee managed to stay off all of the white pieces – success! (PS – Cafe del Lago has THE BEST chocolate chip pancakes I’ve ever tasted. Honestly. If you’re ever in Lake George village, it’s a must).

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relaxed ruffle

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tank: Paper Crane (very similar here) | jeans: AE | shoes: Report (similar here) | watch: Fossil | sunnies: Ray-Ban | bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Today was my first Wednesday attending downtown Glens Falls’ “Take A Bite” night since last summer – and it was just as delicious as ever. A few of my coworkers and I spent the evening wandering around the downtown area, where I eventually decided on chicken satay from Aroy Dee Thai and a blueberry nutella crepe for dessert (both completely to die for). In all honesty, I was so busy enjoying the food that I didn’t take a single photo during the actual event, so there will most definitely be a post devoted to that next Wednesday!

For a semi-relaxed look, I paired this new ruffled tank with my favorite pair of jeans and black heeled booties with gold fixtures – almost sweet and edgy at the same time with the contrast between the ruffles and black leather boots & bag. The best of both!

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city blue & #HerConference

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dress: CottonOn (similar here & here) | sandals: Mossimo | watch: Fossil | earrings: Chloe + Isabel | sunnies: Ray-Ban

Summer sunshine and strolling the streets of NYC – what’s not to love? This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Her Campus Conference for the second year in a row, but this time with a few of my friends/fellow chapter members from St. Mike’s! With the #HerConference on Saturday and having arrived the day prior, we spent Friday afternoon wandering through Soho to do a bit of shopping and naturally, stopping for the most incredible sweet treats at Molly’s Cupcakes before heading back to our hostel up on 101st street for the night.

Saturday at the conference was completely filled with inspirational speakers, career advice, fabulous giveaways and of course, all the snackies you could ever want. So many style and media role models in one place made for a wildly successful day, and I’ve definitely taken away some tips & tricks for blogging, deciding your career path and more that I’ll be sharing in an upcoming post!

This blue CottonOn dress (one of my favorite purchases in South Africa) was the #ootd for the conference, which was just dressy enough but not over-the-top when paired with my black & cognac leather sandals. Simple, chic and breezy for a hot summer day in the city!

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Chloe + Isabel earrings included in my #HerConference goody bag. IN LOVE.

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(style photos taken by Lauren Carter)

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spotted on the Columbia campus: most beautiful buildings ever

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Washington Square Park stroll

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clockwise from top left: mirror picture on the swings at Molly’s Cupcakes | morning snackies at #HerConference | Soho sunset stroll | polaroid photo of Alex & me at dinner on Friday | on the swing, again | our hostel on the upper west side | Alex, Lauren & me at the conference | full moon through a NYC street

black & larac

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top: F21 (similar here) | jeans: AE | shoes: Mossimo | bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Yesterday’s beautiful weather was well enjoyed at the LARAC arts festival in downtown Glens Falls – spending nearly 3 hours of browsing all of the booths, from jewelry to wine bottle wind chimes. Running out of the house in a hurry, naturally, I paired black on black for the simplest version of chic (because black is always appropriate, no?)

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