#MyCosmoStyle...A Day at the Cosmopolitan

Friday, December 26, 2014

For my entry into the #MyCosmoStyle Challenge through the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, I thought I would design real outfits that I own for a day time and night time look. I love the idea of designing outfits with every clothing item available on the internet, but I also thought it would be more fun for y'all and for me to see an outfit that I already own styled for a day and night in Las Vegas.
Anyway, here is my day time look. I just assumed that it would be hot in Vegas all the time because it's Vegas, but today it is actually only 45 degrees so any outfit would work. When I am traveling, I always focus on layers with a little pop of color. Then, your outfit isn't boring, but you can mix and match pieces. Also, I am one of those people who is always cold so it is vital for me to have layering options depending on the weather. I love this look because it is neutral and extremely comfortable, but still cute and would be appropriate where ever I went. Also, my bag is perfect for traveling because it is big enough to fit a camera, umbrella, cardigan, or whatever else I would need during the day.

For my evening look I decided to dress it up a little so I could easily go to an upscale restaurant and then visit a casino. I don't have cocktail dresses which means I had to improvise a little, but you can never go wrong with a sequin jacket and cheetah print heels. This outfit would be perfect for a night out because it's extremely comfortable but also elegant and fashionable.
I would love to go to Vegas and show off my outfits and I would love to hear y'all's opinion about what you would wear! XO

Daytime Outfit: Sunglasses, Scarf, Vest, Sweater, Shirt, Jeans, Shoes, Bag
Evening Outfit: Jacket, Necklace, Dress, Clutch, Shoes, Arm Candy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Winter Pastels

Monday, December 22, 2014

White is definitely not my color, so I can't rock the winter white trend. I wanted to try something new and little brighter then the large amount of black I've been wearing lately so I decided to wear pastels instead of white. It was fun pulling out some of my more summery things and the pastels really brightened up my outfit!! Happy Monday XO 
Glasses: These are my newest frames from The View on Elm and I absolutely adore them! I am so excited to incorporate them into my wardrobe in the new year, Pearls: I have never really been a pearl girl, but this necklace from J.Crew has been invaluable in my wardrobe! I wear it all of the time, Sparkly Necklace: This was originally from Kate Spade, but I really love this one from BaubleBar too, Shirt: I love chambray and I have almost worn this one from J.Crew to death, Jacket: I love this color and this jacket is great for adding a little pop of color to a nice outfit, Belt: I love this belt from Anthropologie because it is silver and brown so very easy to wear with everything, Pants: Having one pair of nice dress pants has been great for work and sprucing up an outfit. These from J.Crew are a great option, Shoes: I was only a member of ShoeMint for a short time, but these shoes are so perfect for any outfit! Arm Candy: yes, I actually call my jewelry my arm candy :) In order it's from David Yurman, Alex and Ani, Fossil, BaubleBar, Lily and Laura, The View on Elm, Gorjana, and JewelMint

Mixing Metals

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hello all! School has finally finished for the semester and I have actually had two seconds to breath this weekend! I was recently on Invaluable.com going through their rings and decided to choose one of their rings and design an outfit around it. I haven't ever done a post like this, so I was a little skeptical whether it would work at first, but after checking out their rings (here), I thought this would be so much fun! Anyways, here is the ring I picked. I am currently all about mixing metals, textures, and materials to create interesting looks and this ring fit right into that! I absolutely love the design because it is so unusual and different from anything I wear. I was really inspired by the different textures and materials, so I tried to incorporate that into my outfit too. I would definitely check out Invaluable, because they had some really cool pieces on there! More posts coming soon and happy holidays! XO 
CoatPlaidTshirtJeansPurseSunglassesEarrings, Arm Candy: 12345

Red, Cheetah Print, and Color Blocking

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hello! I am finally home for Thanksgiving break which means more outfit posts and pictures! I am so glad to have a break because school has been so crazy lately, but also, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love getting together with my family for great conversation and great food. Do you have any awesome Thanksgiving traditions? I would love to hear about them! XO 

Glasses: I just got some new glasses that will hopefully make an appearance on here soon! Necklace: Similar here and a great alternative to simple pearls, Button-down: Chambray is a great alternative to a plain white button down and makes layering a bit more fun, Sweater: A great pop of color for these cold months, Jacket: I got this jacket from C Wonder a couple of years ago. I am definitely not a tan/brown person, but the color blocking makes this jacket feel so sophisticated, Jeans: I'm thinking I might have to get some new jeans soon because I wear these almost every day and they are starting to wear out! Shoes: These fabulous shoes are Stuart Weitzman and he doesn't have the exact ones, but similar ones. Also, a little cheaper from J.Crew

Fall in Asheville

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello amazing readers! It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall/ winter here and I can  put away my summer clothes! I love fall because it seems like I automatically dress for 65 degree weather no matter the season. A couple of weekends ago, the family and I drove to Asheville, NC for a weekend away and it was absolutely beautiful. The leaves weren't really changing colors yet, but it was still gorgeous...I love the mountains. 
While we were there, I definitely got to experiment a little with my fall clothes and layering which was fun. I also had probably the best grilled cheese I've ever had. It had four kinds of cheese, bacon, and a tomato soup dipping sauce. It was pretty amazing :) 
Anyways, I hope y'all have a great Monday and you are enjoying this beautiful weather! XO 

Vest: A great vest for layering because it's warm, but not too puffy, Jean Jacket: a new investment from Anthropologie that I can't get enough of! T-shirt: My go-to graphic t-shirt. Last time I wore it, someone asked me if I worked at the NYT :), Necklace: I have had this collar necklace for years and i still wear it regularly. It is perfect for dressing up a t-shirt and jeans, Jeans: These were originally from Anthro, but here are some similar red pants, Shoes: Similar here, but the most comfortable heels I have ever owned, Socks: The absolute warmest and coziest socks, Bag: The perfect tote bag for any occasion. 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hello everybody! I hope your Sundays are going well so far :) I am sorry I have been MIA with the blog post lately...with school and everything else going on, it has been hard to get good pictures and let the creative juices flow. However, I am hoping to start posting regularly again start this week and things will definitely pick up again mid December. Until then, thank you for reading and feel free to message me. I would love to hear from you! XO
Also here is a little bonus...my best friend and the puppy, Fitzgerald, we are coparenting :) Scarf is from Francesca's

Polka Dots and Cowboy Boots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Never move to North Carolina if you like consistent weather. Yesterday, the high was 61 degrees and I was wearing a fur vest and boots, loving the fall weather. Tomorrow, high of 81. I have to pull out my shorts and convince myself that I don't need to be wearing a scarf and socks in 80 degree weather. Hopefully, tomorrow will be my last warm weather outfit for a while and then it can finally start getting cool so I can pull out my sweaters! 
These cowboy boots are brand new and I couldn't wait to share them with you! I have been wearing them almost everyday and I absolutely adore them. What do y'all think of them? I would love to hear from you!! XO GlassesDressJacketNecklaceShoesBoots

Navy and Pink

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Umbrella, Pink Necklace,  Top, Shorts, Shoes, Purse, Bracelets: 1, 2, 3, 4

Hello all! I think this might be one of my last warm weather outfit posts because fall is definitely here. The girl in the picture is my best friend McKenzie who is the founder of Beauty and Brilliance that I posted about last week. It is an amazing website that I would really encourage all of you to check out. McKenzie also bought a puppy today that we are picking up next week and I am so excited! There will be pictures as soon as we bring it home! Until then XO 

Beauty and Brilliance

Monday, September 22, 2014

My best friend just started a new website called Beauty and Brilliance and I have become a contributor. I am so excited about working on this fabulous project and would love for y'all to check it out! Here are all of the links!!! Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest XO

A Month in Selfies

Sunday, September 14, 2014

School has been crazy and it's only week 4! I have yet to find someone to take my pictures here and I am super busy, so I haven't had as much time to work on posts :( However, I have been taking selfies so here are a couple of my best outfits so far this month! XO
Necklace, Vest, Shirt, Shorts, Shoes, Jewelry-1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Glasses, Pearls, Necklace, Shirt, Jeans, Shoes,

Glasses, Vest, Necklace, Belt, Dress, Shoes, Jewelry- 1,2,3,4

Glasses, Necklaces, Brooch- an antique I found, Top

Necklace, Glasses, Jacket, Shirt, Jeans

Glasses, Necklace, Top, Cardigan, Jeans

London Study Abroad Guide

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hello all! Long time no see! School has already been crazy and it is only the second week! After  studying and living in London for a semester, I gained some useful knowledge that I wish I had known before moving there. So here are some helpful hints if you are studying abroad, moving, or visiting London! XO

Grocery stores…
There are four main grocery store chains that I used while in London. But remember that what would be considered the sketchy neighborhood grocery store in the US, probably has excellent options if you are in a fix.  Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend the most money for the best food. Even in cheap gas stations, the fruit is fresh and the bread was probably delivered that morning.
Morrison’s- Morrison’s is the closest thing you will find to a Harris Teeter or Kroger. It’s big, has carts, and lots of options. This is great for your first weekend abroad so you can stock up on things like butter and milk. Remember to buy a reusable bag because you will be charged for plastic bags. Also remember that everything you buy you also have to carry home. You won’t realize until you are walking home from the grocery with ten cans of soup and your arms want to fall off how important this is.

Marks and Spencer- This is the equivalent of your high end, expensive grocery like Whole Food. This is a good option every once in a while, but isn’t practical for your weekly grocery store trip. They do have good prepared foods and meats here though. Also check out the bread/ pastry counter.
Tesco- From the outside, Tesco’s look like gas stations, however, they have excellent fruit and other options. Your selection is more limited here, but it is cheaper than Marks and Spencer and they are more convenient than Morrison’s. This is a great place to pick up something on your way home from class if you don’t want to go out of your way.
Budgens- Finally, my favorite grocery store while in London was Budgens. It is not as big as Morrison’s, but bigger than Tesco. It is similar to Fresh Market size wise and they always had everything I needed. The best part about Budgens is that they will deliver your groceries to your house for free. This was so handy whenever we had baking days or it was raining.

Even if farmer’s markets and flea markets aren’t your thing, try out these markets at least once to get a taste of London culture and to mingle with the locals! Make sure to bring cash and a reusable bag because most people won’t take cards and having a bag will make your life infinitely easier.
Borough- I think the best day to go to Borough market is Friday because it isn’t as busy. However, it is open Wednesday-Saturday with hours on their website. This is basically a huge farmers market. There are fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, breads, pastries, pastas you name it. If you are looking for anything food related, they probably have it at Borough. There are also lots of restaurant stalls so you can go grocery shopping and pick up a sandwich when you are done. The market is huge and it is fun to explore and get to know vendors from week to week.

Portobello- Portobello market is a very popular market in London, most known for it’s antiques. Even if you aren’t a big antique lover, arrive around 9-10 to avoid crowds. This is another great place to hang out and get to know the locals!
Brick Lane- Brick Lane on a Sunday isn’t exactly a market, but a food stall explosion. There will be people in all directions and lots of amazing food options. I would recommend trying Frenchie’s- a duck burger place that is there every weekend.  I almost had to go back for seconds after finishing my sandwich it was so good.
Columbia Road Flower Market- The Columbia Road Flower Market is known around the world and for good reason. You have never seen so many flowers in one area. Even if you aren’t buying flowers, this is another great place to hang out and enjoy the hustle and bustle of London life on Sundays. The Flower Market is open from 8-3 on Sundays.

Public Transportation…
If you aren’t from a big city, you probably know about public transportation, but don’t really understand it. That is ok, because I am here to help. In London, most people use public transportation or walk. If you are going somewhere within a mile radius of your house or apartment, people walk. Otherwise they use the tube or buses. For the tube and buses, all you need to do is buy an oyster card at the tube station and refill it regularly. I would recommend getting either a monthly or weekly plan instead of filling it up whenever you run out.
Once you have your oyster card, all you have to do is swipe it when entering and exiting the tube station or when you board the bus. The best way to get around London is to use citymapper.com. Put in your starting location and your final destination and it will tell you how to get there by car, on foot, by tube, and by bus. There are detailed directions and a map.
This way you can’t get lost. The most important things to remember when using public transportation are being away of yourself and your belongings- you aren’t in your car so stay in your own space, remember that for buses and the tube you need to know your stop, but also what stop you are heading towards so you are going in the right direction. Finally, remember to bring headphones on the tube because every one else will be listening to music so you might as well listen to some tunes as well!

Fall Sneaker Style

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Good morning! I am once again back at school and it seems like I haven't been here in years! But I am so excited for this semester and hopefully some awesome outfits! I just got these fabulous sneakers from J.Crew and I am in love. They are so comfortable and cute and I feel like I can wear them in any situation! I am definitely picking up my sneaker game for fall! I am so ready for it to cool down so I can start layering again. As you can tell, I have already kind of started, but after taking these pictures, I ran back into the air conditioning. Definitely not a good idea long term :) 

Glasses: I just got these frames from The View on Elm a week ago and I haven't put them down! Loving the shape and blue, Necklace: Although my Anthro jewelry sometimes breaks, I can't seem to stop buying it because it is just so perfect! I grabbed this necklace on a whim the last time I was in and I am so glad I did. It is a great bold, but neutral statement piece, Top: I love how bright this top is! Sweater: I love the neon stripe on this cardigan, Jeans: My favorite pair of jeans from JBrand, Sneakers: I am so excited about wearing these this fall, Ring: This was a graduation gift, but here is a similar one, Watch: I love this unconventional shape, Bracelets: Lily and Laura, BaubleBar, Anthropologie

White Safari

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It feels like summer has just begun and it is already ending. We are moving my sister into college tomorrow and Tuesday and then I move in on Saturday! Where has the time gone? These next two weeks might be a little sporadic with posts, but I will be back regularly as soon as possible. Enjoy this last little bit of summer before school and fall creep up on us! XO

Burgundy and Gold

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I've been trying to decide whether to buy a monogram necklace or not. I wanted something personal, but  I couldn't find a monogram that I really liked. So instead,  I found this state necklace from Baublebar. You choose the color and have a heart carved out where your hometown is. I love this idea because it is unique and very personal, but more personal for the wearer than the observer. Also, a great conversation starter! XO 

One Outfit Two Ways

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I sometimes get stuck in a rut where I will always wear the same necklace/shirt combo or necklace/ shoe combo etc. Instead of worrying about adding something new to an already cool combination, I try and mix up the other aspects of the outfit so it feels like a completely new combination. It doesn't always work, but I am loving this chambray/ necklace combo right now! I wore this outfit from work and then dressed it down for dinner, but it would be just as easy to wear it with jeans during the day and then dress if up for the evening. XO 
Outfit 1- Glasses: The View on Elm, Umbrella: Target- this umbrella is perfect because it provides great protection and is big enough to cover your bag, Shirt: J.Crew- Chambray is a vital part of my wardrobe especially in the fall, Necklace: J.Crew- I just picked up this beauty at a J.Crew jewelry sale and I've already worn it three times this week! Skirt: J.Crew- such a cute twist on a classic jean skirt, Shoes: Jack Rogers- my only pair of Jack Rogers, but I love how comfortable they are, Bracelets: The View on Elm, David Yurman, Michael Kors, Baublebar
Outfit 2- Purse: Kate Spade- I am obsessed with this clutch! Jeans: JBrand Jeans- These are worth every penny, an amazing investment, Shoes: Main and Taylor- my go to boutique for shoes

Pink is my new black

Friday, August 8, 2014

Until a year and a half ago, I never wore pink. Actually I avoided it like the plague. However, after joining a sorority whose colors are pink and white, I decided I might need to add a little pink into my wardrobe. Now, a day doesn't go by where I don't have at least some pink in my outfit. I have joined the band wagon and now adore pink. Somehow, without even noticing, pink became my new black. XO 
Glasses: The View on Elm, Necklace: Similar here, Dress: Lily Pulitzer, Shoes: Jack Rogers, Toenail polish: OPI Red Hot Rio, Purse: Kate Spade, Bracelets: The View on Elm, David Yurman, Michael Kors, Baublebar

Brownies and lots of pink

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The absentee blogger is back! This week has been busy, but I have also not felt very inspired fashion or otherwise. However, after indulging in a J.Crew shopping adventure yesterday, my mojo is officially back! I am feeling inspired and have some great outfits planned for this week :) To make it up to all of you, I have an excellent caramel brownie recipe and an outfit from this week! These brownies are delicious and very easy so try them and let me know what you think. Also, check out J.Crew because they are having a great sale. The jewelry was 25% off plus, if you are a student, you get an additional 15% your entire purchase. Definitely a discount I frequently take advantage of. That's all for now! XO

Pink Polka dot dress: Blush Boutique in CharlotteCardigan: J.Crew,  Belt: AnthropologieNecklace: BaubleBar, Purse: Kate Spade,  Shoes: Jack Rogers

Knock You Naked Brownies From The Pioneer Woman
1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2  evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
60 caramels unwrapped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Grease a 9x9 inch square baking pan
2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and melted butter. Stir together until totally combined. The mixture will be very thick
3. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven
4. While it is baking, add 1/2  cup evaporated milk and caramels to a microwave safe bowl and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 60 seconds until it is melted and smooth. Poor over the cooked brownie base. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. The recipe only called for 1/3 of a cup of chocolate chips, but I like chocolate so I added a lot more. I thought it made them a lot better :) 
5. Press remaining brownie mix into a square and place on top of the caramel and chocolate layer
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate until solid enough to cut! 

My obsession with glasses

Friday, July 25, 2014

My current frames
As you may know, I work in a shop that sells glasses. Recently, my boss asked me to write a blog post for her website about glasses and my obsession with them. Check out the blog here and read the blog post below! XO

I have always wanted glasses; my parents wore glasses, all of my favorite book characters wore glasses, Clark Kent occasionally wore glasses- they were cool and I wanted them. My wish came true when I was ten years old. They figured out that the reason why I couldn’t pass an English test, but was reading college level books was because I couldn’t see the board to take notes.
I finally had my first pair of glasses! I was so excited because I could read street signs and big bulletin boards. However, my frames were horrendous. They were small, this weird purple/ brown color, and they didn’t fit my face or my head AT ALL. I was constantly pushing them up my nose and peering through the tiny frames.
When my parents figured out that I wasn’t really a contact person, my mom decided to take me to her nice glasses store so I could get some good quality frames. That was when I met Becky and I was blown away. I was twelve by this point and thought Becky was the bee’s knee. She owned her own store and she got to bring her dogs to work! Plus, like all of my other heroes, she wore glasses.
I was sold almost immediately. My first pair of glasses from The View were pink. And not a pale, quiet pink, but hot, punch you in the face pink. They were absolutely marvelous and I wore them for years after. Since that first pair, years ago, I have continued to be a loyal customer of The View. Going down to 327 S Elm now feels like returning home. Whenever I am home from college, I always go down to The View to say hi and just to hang out. I now work at The View part time, but I am still blown away by new frames every day and I always leave a summer at The View with a new pair.

Whether you have always been obsessed with glasses, like me, or not, there is no excuse for bad glasses. They are probably the first thing people see when they meet you. If you are willing to spend hundreds on suits, shoes, and outfits to make a good impression, why wouldn’t you want to spend the same on something that not only helps you see, but sits on your face? Go see Becky and start to make an amazing first impression every time.

An Unusual Parisian Experience- a last couple of thoughts about being abroad

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I frantically tried to get my friend to call my phone, hoping the ring was on and my picture would pop up on caller id. I knew the man had taken my phone during the last jostle and with the smell of urine in the air and adrenaline pounding in my ears, I was praying I was making the right decision in confronting this man.
I had just arrived in Paris for the weekend and was trying to take the metro from the train station into the city. The Paris metro is known for its pickpockets and supposedly, the Parisian pickpockets are the best in the world. I wasn’t worried about this, as I have traveled frequently abroad and never had a problem. I definitely learned how talented the pickpockets are and this situation could have ended much worse.
My friend called my phone and my personalized ring tone sang out through the metro car. Two American girls standing behind the pickpocket and his accomplice called out that they saw my phone. With the help of a Parisian father, I blocked the door to the train until the pickpocket gave back my phone before running off.
Before this incident on the metro, I didn’t have a very positive view of Paris or Parisians. However, after this, my entire opinion has changed. The local Parisians on the metro had not hesitated to support me and force the pickpocket to give back my phone. The common stereotypes that Parisians hate Americans and are unfriendly were completely disproven by this considerate father and the other commuters. As horrible as this was, it was a once in a lifetime experience that taught me so much about the world and myself.
This knowledge came rushing back when I was in Rome this past month. There were pickpockets everywhere and I never felt like I could put my guard down. Every time someone bumped into me I checked my bag to make sure it was still closed and everything was still inside. How easily one experience on the metro could change my entire attitude.
While in Rome, a friend was telling me about her experience at the Papal audience. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions and religious experiences in Rome and a target rich environment for pickpockets.
As my friend was waiting for the Pope to come over and bless her, she heard screams of “Stop!” all around her. A pickpocket had stolen a tourist’s passport and was being chased by the police through St. Peter’s Square. The pickpocket was tackled to the ground and the passport was returned.
Upon hearing this story, I was overwhelmed with the shock and nervousness I had felt in Paris and was thankful I had been able to recover my phone. Being pickpocketed can happen to anyone, even the most experienced traveler. I have learned that the key is to move past the experience and grow. Whether your personal items are recovered or not, don’t let the experience ruin your trip. Instead grow from it. From my trip on the metro, I learned that I am a fighter not a runner and I am strong enough to stand up for myself.  I wouldn’t wish being pickpocketed on anyone, but by having my phone stolen, I grew up and became a stronger person.

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