Fall Fashion: Take 1

Well, folks, there’s no more denying it for this girl. As of a few days ago, it is officially fall (did you know that September 1st was technically meteorological fall? —> total weather nerd). I can’t say I totally hate it, but I’m definitely NOT your basic white girl. I’m NOT obsessed with fall for one major reason…it means winter is on it’s way. And as  Colorado semi-native who spent 19 winters there, I’m so over the snow and cold. It can be in the 80s and 90s and sunny year-round, kthanks.

But because it is fall (P.S. I’m liking the 80 degree, non-humid weather we’ve been having here this month…it can stay all fall long) I am embracing the fall fashion. It’s the one thing that keeps me from flipping out that winter is now less than 3 months away. I love riding boots, infinity scarves, anoraks, tights, ankle booties, kimonosand cardigans. I’m still holding out on the whole pants thing. Sorry, but I want to wear skirts and dresses all the time and tights usually make that possible.

So in honor of Fashion Friday, I’m laying out the deets of some of my late summer/early fall outfits. I have it in mind that I want to post again in a month-ish with my mid-fall picks and then in late November/early December with my late-fall OOTDs. In this edition, expect a lot of kimono action (I just bought 2 that I’m obsessed with), bare-legged outfits (woo for warm weather) and booties. Of the shoe kind, obvs.

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From top left: cream lace kimono (Lucca+Lily), olive jumpsuit (American Eagle), necklace (H&M); navy printed kimono/cardigan (Forever 21), burgundy skater dress with keyhole cutout (F21), fish necklace (AE); cream lace kimono, salmon halter dress (AE), fish necklace); navy/white striped cardigan (Gap), black bralette (Victoria’s Secret), orange textured skirt (F21), orange/navy statement necklace (ALDO); black lace kimono (F21), leopard sheer tank (Charlotte Russe), black belt (F21), royal blue high-waisted shorts (F21)

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From top left: red/blue/gold/black bracelet set (Call It Spring); gold mid-finger rings (ALDO); gold watch (ALDO); pearl/jewel stud chain necklace (H&M); Franco Sarto nude suede desert booties (DSW)

How are you embracing early fall? Is it still summer-like where you are?

Fashion Friday: Tickled Pink

Aside from a very brief tomboy phase in late elementary school, when I professed my hatred for anything even a little girly, my favorite color has always been pink. I have pink shoes and purses, pink office supplies, a pink hair dryer and I was thisclose to getting a pink Kia Soul when I was getting a car for college. You could say I’m a little obsessed with the color pink. 

I also have a decent amount of pink in my closet, but much of it is brighter pink, like more of a magenta shade. I’ve never been really into baby pink but when I got a sheer button-down in that shade from American Eagle for Valentine’s Day (from my mom, what a sweet Valentine!) I fell in love. Light pink is perfect for spring, and it pairs especially well with black, which is one of my favorite pink pairings.

Look at my thigh gap haha but seriously excuse my weird pose. I always have problems trying to show my full outfit in this mirror.

Look at my thigh gap haha but seriously excuse my weird pose. I always have problems trying to show my full outfit in this mirror. 

This outfit works for casual things, like running errands or hanging out but it can easily be dressed up by exchanging the black leggings for skinny black pants and strappy heels. I love the shirt because it’s sheer and see-through (I was wearing a matching pink cami underneath) so it’s great for warmer spring days but you also won’t freeze in it if you wear it to the office. And it’s the perfect fit, just a little loose without being sloppy.

Left: jeweled friendship bracelet (American Eagle), white watch (American Eagle). Right: pink heart pendant (Forever 21).

Left: jeweled friendship bracelet (American Eagle), white watch (American Eagle). Right: pink heart pendant (Forever 21).

Jewelry is a must-have for me. I went very girly with a jeweled woven bracelet, white-and-pink watch (which BTW doesn’t work but I still wear it anyway haha I keep forgetting to get the battery changed) and a pink heart pendant necklace. My coral pink nails went great with the whole ensemble, and I dressed it up a little more with black wedge booties.

Pink sheer button-down (American Eagle), pink cami (Target), black zippered leggings (American Eagle), unpictured black wedge booties (Target).

Pink sheer button-down (American Eagle), pink cami (Target), black zippered leggings (American Eagle), unpictured black wedge booties (Target).

Some days just call for a LOT of selfies.

Some days just call for a LOT of selfies.

What are your thoughts on the color pink? Girly, fun, perfect for pairing with edgier colors, etc.?

 

What’s In My Bag?

I have an obsession. With purses. Specifically large, designer bags. I got my first, a multicolor Coach shoulder bag for Christmas when I was 16 and since then, I’ve been hooked and have added 5 more designer bags to my collection.

My current go-to is a navy blue bird-printed Fossil tote I got for my 21st birthday and I’ve been loving it ever since. It’s the perfect size, shape and it goes with almost everything. I love that it has an interior zippered pocket and a few pouches so I can attempt to organize my stuff, but let’s be honest, I mostly just throw things in there. That’s what a purse is for, right?

I was inspired by Emily’s recent posts about the things in her bag and I wanted to share what’s currently in mine!

In my purse

Makeup bag (Forever 21)…March 2014 People StyleWatch magazine…White Citrus mini lotion (Bath & Body Works)…hairbrush (Clinique)…Bandaid box (hey, I’m accident prone!)…Lemon Vanilla lip gloss (Bath & Body Works)…earphones…mango butter chapstick (Burt’s Bees)…compact mirror (Gilly Hicks)…wallet (Fossil)…vanilla berry sorbet hand sanitizer (Bath & Body Works)…keys…Advil…multicolored pens…Lipslicks lipstick in princess (Covergirl)…cinnamon xylitol mints…sunglasses (Target). 

What’s in your purse?

What I Ate (and wore) Wednesday

I haven’t participated in WIAW in awhile! This week’s post is not all about the food, because let’s be real, I forgot to take a lot of food pics recently, but I also wanted to share some of my outfits as well.

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I usually make protein banana softserve for breakfast, but who doesn’t like to switch things up sometimes? Now that I have more time in the mornings, I made some almond flour-based pancakes the other morning. They were cookie-dough inspired, filled with stevia chocolate chips, and topped with warmed frozen cherries and a side of about a teaspoon of maple syrup. I’ve been subconsciously avoiding most added sugars lately and it’s changed my tastebuds. Now even a little maple syrup is too sweet!
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I like to play the part of a broadcast journalist, even if I’m not one quite yet! I’ve been really into blazers lately and I kinda want one in every color…
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I finally ordered some more peanut flour and I’ve missed it a ton! I’m glad I took a break though because I know you can develop allergic reactions to things you eat too ofen…and I definitely used to OD on peanut flour. It was good to have it back in my life, though, in this shirataki noodle stir fry topped with spinach, pineapple, homemade roasted chickpeas and the most addicting spicy raw sunflower seeds from the bulk section at Whole Foods.
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As much as I love some booty-hugging yoga shorts (especially these from VS Pink), I don’t wear them unless I’m working out. I actually was able to wear this outfit outside on Sunday to play tennis with my dad! It was a glorious 60 degrees, sunny and my definition of a perfect winter day 😉 And getting in almost an hour of tennis with my dad was even better.

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I posted about these on Instagram the other day, but you didn’t get to see the actual boots! I was in need of some black riding boots, and these sale-priced ones from ALDO fit the bill perfectly. Plus they were 50% off, what’s not to love? I’ve been doing some really smart shopping lately and I love that I’ve learned to be budget conscious, at least with clothes…
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Banana softserve is still consumed at least once per day. FYI, frozen bananas taste incredible blended with PlantFusion cookies ‘n cream protein powder, dark cocoa powder, spinach (gotta get those greens in!) and topped with PB+coconut oil and stevia chocolate chips. It’s like a decadent dessert, but healthy enough for breakfast!
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Sometimes, you gotta throw on the leggings and the chambray shirt. I like my girly clothes, so even my casual wear is cutened up a bit. I’m obsessed with this shirt…and the scarf! Love those infinity scarves.
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And then of course, the girly side of me wins out most of the time. I wore this outfit (from Christmas) out to see Frozen with my mom (a really good movie) and then some outlet shopping. I think I could probably live in tights/dresses+skirts!

As an aside, I weighed myself the other day. NEVER a good idea, and it certainly wasn’t this time. I just knew I had gained some weight, but I wasn’t expecting to be so close to 100 pounds. That number scares me so much, because I’ve never been in the triple digit club. I know something is off with my body, though–no period in almost 9 months, not-so-great skin and some digestive issues have been plaguing me for awhile and I’m anxious for my doctor’s appointment next month to (hopefully) clear things up. Honestly, though, if I hadn’t weighed myself, I wouldn’t have guessed I weighed that much. I still look about the same, I fit in all my clothes, so I’m hoping some of the weight is muscle (I think some of it is, because I can feel the hardness of my abs, arms and legs) and hopefully, if my body is out of whack, I can get back to the right weight for me. Right now, I’m just trying hard not to let this derail my progress…

What have you been eating/wearing this week?

All I Want for Christmas…

‘Tis the season for wishlist posts, amiright? I don’t care if it’s uncool or what, because finals week/graduation is this week so I’m slacking on blogging motivation! So here’s what I’m wishing for this Christmas…

  • Some really cute booties, like these from ALDO (and for only $50!)
My weakness is booties.

My weakness is booties.

  • My first ‘big girl’ job–hopefully as a reporter/anchor/weather at a TV station somewhere in the West, and preferably somewhere warm (like California…)
  • A winter-ready dress I can wear with tights
I love this color and style. From American Eagle.

I love this color and style. From American Eagle.

  • Some pink sparkly Sperrys
Yeah, I'm super girly but I don't care.

Yeah, I’m super girly but I don’t care.

  • For my sister to get into the college she wants to attend for musical theatre–she puts so much work into her auditions and she really deserves a shot to prove herself
  • A capelet coat of some kind…this one from Forever 21 is inexpensive and really versatile
This would go with anything!

This would go with anything!

  • For my grandpa to get well. He’s been in assisted living since this summer and unfortunately, his health is failing.
  • This cookbook. I have her original Practically Raw one, but I have a crazy sweet tooth and I’m obsessed with raw desserts!
I want to make ALL the desserts!

I want to make ALL the desserts!

  • For a Trader Joes to finally open in Colorado. I’m seriously deprived out here, and I want to experience the amazingness that is TJs.

What’s on your wishlist?

WIAW: Pop Quiz

Hey everyone! Okay, I just realized how boring that sounds. I really need to come up with a cutesy name for y’all, a la Tori. Hmmmmm, let’s see, what’s something I like to eat that can be turned into a nickname…oh, how about Peanut Butter Puffins? Or just Puffins for short. Yeah, let’s go with that! So PB Puffins it is, unless someone else can come up with a better name!

Enough with the silliness–let’s get to WIAW! This week, in honor of my first week back in classes (as well as a lot of other bloggies, I think), I decided to throw a little “pop quiz” about me in there. I hate pop quzzes, to be honest, but this one’s fun. Trust me.

Peas and Crayons

My morning started out bright and early (for me) at 7. But I got to enjoy a nice breakfast in bed, so no complaints. Sour gummy vites, gummy calcium pill (can you tell I like gummy things?), spicy veggie sausage and dark chocolate oats topped with Whole Foods chocolate apple crunch trail mix. Seriously, this trail mix changed my life, yo.

What is on your desktop wallpaper? This is slightly embarrassing, but a very attractive male Hollister model leaning against a fence. Too hot for words, so here’s a picture…

Perfect Christmas present, right hurrrr 😉

What is your favorite drink? Right now, it’s homemade iced tea with a little Truvia for sweetening. I also love making Starbucks VIA iced coffee with a splash of soy milk.

What was your favorite toy as a child? I had a lot of favorites, but I’ll go with Beanie Babies (remember those?) and American Girl dolls. I had way too many Beanies, and I owned 3 dolls: a blonde Bitty Baby, Felicity (the red-haired girl from colonial times) and a “look-alike” doll I named Hallie. I still have them, actually…

Today's actual lunch was...messy, boring and eaten on-the-go, therefore, no pictures. This, however, was my yummy snack from Monday: Bear Naked Peak Protein granola (6 grams in 1/4 cup!) and the ever-present dates/raisins. Never gets old.

What food do you eat too much of? Greek yogurt. Oats, specifically overnight oats. Almond butter (partial to the crunchy over here!). Dates/raisins/pretty much any dried fruit. And lately, spicy guacamole snack packs, organic maple syrup, Whole Foods trail mix (I love the chocolate apple crunch) and peanut butter Puffins. All amazing in my book.

What kind of hairstyle do you have? It honestly depends on the day. Sometimes I use my hair waver to create boho waves. Sometimes I straighten, sometimes I scrunch for beachy waves, sometimes I curl, sometimes I pull it up into a high side ponytail. It really depends on my mood and outfit.

What was your favorite activity in gym class? In good ol’ elementary school, I loved the gymnastics unit. In high school, I loved yoga and Zumba. Can you blame me–I’m a former dancer!

Will the real snack please stand up? This was today's snackie-snack of Kashi TLC crackers, spicy guac with a bit of plain Greek and thawed mango chunks. Salty, spicy and sweet.

What are the top 3 most played songs in your iTunes library? Without checking, I know Lady Gaga’s gotta be one of them! After checking: Hey, Soul Sister by Train; Beautiful, Dirty, Rich by Lady Gaga (called it!); and The Show by Hawk Nelson. I really did not expect any of those songs to be in the top 3–I listen to them a lot but not that much. Maybe I need to refresh the library so it’s more accurate…

What is the picture nearest you of? Me and my little sis on our trip to Estes Park last year. I brought it with me to college last year and this year and it really brightens my day. I love that girl to death.

What do you do on a Sunday night? Have dinner. Possibly shower. Have a snack. Maybe watch the news or a random movie on TV. Read some blogs. Sleep. You know, all that fun stuff.

First dinner in my new place! Curry powder-spiked Amy's Cali veggie burger, baby carrot pyramid, strawbs and pineapple and a tablespoon of almond butter. It was also my first full tablespoon of nut butter ever--scary, but so worth it.

 If you could only use one condiment on your food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Can I mix? ‘Cause I’m really into mixing condiments lately. Maple or agave and almond butter. Guacamole and plain Greek yogurt. I can’t just live with only one of those.

What color are your sheets? Bright pink, both here and at home. I love being a girly girl so…yeah 😀

I've decided when I get bored that I'm going to do model photoshoots with myself. This is one of my favorite Instagram'd photos ever. Make love, not...um, meat?

How big is your computer display? 17-inch laptop screen right hurrrrr! And I love it (not the screen, the laptop).

What pair of shoes do you wear most often? Generally speaking, leather flip-flops. Specifically, pink suede T-strap leather sandals from American Eagle. I’m surprised they’re not worn out yet!

Another self modeling shot.

What is your favorite game? The Game of Life or Uno! I also have both on my iPod, so I’m a bit obsessed. But I love that I can play them anywhere.

What time do you plan on waking up tomorrow? Between 7 and 8. Just a week ago, you couldn’t have paid me to wake up that early, but (sigh) now I have to because of classes. Oh well, it could be worse…

Okay, Puffins, it's mini-review time. I got the S'mores Halo bar (by Probar) at Whole Foods and I just had to try it. Verdict? Like the Quaker s'mores Chwey bars of my childhood, but healthier and more delicious. It had big chunks of chocolate, marshmallow and even a bit of graham cracker. Only complaint is that it's pretty tiny.

 Have you ever tried a Halo bar? What condiment would you use if it was the only one you could have?