feeling flannel | summertime throwback

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flannel: vintage | tank: CottonOn | jeans: AE | sandals: Steve Madden | bag: UO | sunnies: Ray-Ban | watch: Fossil

I’m reluctant to say it, but I miss summer terribly. Although the relentless heat is often paired with daily complaints, with the current onset of winter, I’d love for the warmth to return. This flannel look was photographed this summer and never went up on the blog — a bit of a throwback, of sorts. It’s probably one of the softest flannels I’ve ever come across, with a slight watercolor effect and perfect, casual Vermonty vibe. I’d pair it with white Converse and a black shearling jacket for this season.

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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

weekend snaps

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(Above) Dinner tonight back in town – chicken pot pie mac + cheese at Our House in Winooski. Definitely recommend!

Having a long weekend at home is probably one of the best mid-semester refreshers. Though not quite long enough, there was shopping, coffee, wonderful food + plenty of catching up on sleep. Hopefully amidst the rest of this semester’s craziness, there will be time to enjoy the last of the autumn weather here in BTV as well. It’s been beautiful!

& check out more snaps on Insta!

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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bring on the cold

For my style column this week in our college newspaper, it seemed only right to focus on outerwear trends and favorites of the oncoming chilly season. Whether it’s rocking a pastel cocoon coat or furry bomber jacket, there are endless choices for any winter ensemble. Tarah’s black Ted Baker coat (pictured below) is both classic and effortlessly chic; she’s featured in this week’s column!
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plaid & (p)leather

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*Disclaimer: I don’t actually endorse pleather, but I needed some alliteration in my headline…

I love a good leather item; bags and shoes in the versatile texture fill my closet during any season. Now, even for the colder months, leather skirts are a must have, and I finally invested in one the other day for only $10 on sale at Urban Outfitters..there’s no way you can pass that up!

Plaid is also making a huge comeback from it’s reputation as either a 90’s faux pas or typical Vermont wardrobe staple. I’m loving the chic silhouettes and clean-cut tartan print ensembles that are big this fall/winter.

Check out my style column in The Defender (my college newspaper) about plaid and leather!

velvet & style files

Stop the presses! Velvet’s back on the racks. Yes, velvet: the sleek, soft fabric with a hint of shine and a lingering essence of 90’s fashion-gone-wrong. We’re seeing it in a number of fall 2013 collections, stores, boutiques, etc etc etc…

Read my “SMC Style Files” from this week’s issue of The Defender for my complete take on this re-emering trend.

Take cues from my friend Lauren’s outfit (pictured below) – a velvet skirt paired with a vintage fur vest and knit sweater – which landed her in my style column for the second time this semester!

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