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I am thankful to say that I was raised to believe that wearing leopard print should be an every day occurrence; it is as basic as wearing jeans and a white tee. Both my mother and grandmother are queens of the animal print, and while I never gravitated to the zebra and tiger and other animals of the kingdom, the cheetah thing stuck. Lately, the leopard craze has been in full swing, particularly in the accessories realm. I love it in the form of shoe or bag, giving any outfit a sassy punch. I’ve been wearing these almost daily, and have been lusting after this. These are also a full proof choice — my mom actually wore them to a Katy Perry concert we went to together last weekend. I’m also on the lookout for a killer coat for fall/winter It’s always a bit humorous to me when leopard print comes back “in” for a season, as, at least in my wardrobe, it has never been “out.” in the wise words of the ever-sage, ever-leopard-wearing Jenna Lyons, “as far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.

(all images via pinterest)

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summer vibes

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summer vibes

happy tunes, many an iced coffee + margarita, beachy waves, sundresses and sandals, and vineyard days. happy summer! on my to do list for the next few months: lots of farmer’s market trips and veggie dinners, avocado popsicles, catching up on Netflix when it’s just too hot outside, the search for the perfect summer hat, music in the park, and even more trips to the vineyard.

new girl in town

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Well, hello there, Nashville. I’ve moved up to my favorite city for the summer and I don’t think I’ll ever be leaving (don’t tell that to my remaining semester of college awaiting me in August…) if I have anything to say about it. An internship in fashion, a darling house, about 12 good coffee shops in a five mile radius of me, good live tunes galore, and lots of new places to visit — I’m the happiest of gals. My dear friend came to visit me last weekend at she snapped these photos on our way to sushi. Since I’m working in fashion and in this new city of mine, here’s my first ever outfit post. Insert teeth-gritting emoji. Ah! So, I got this great little jumper at a store in East Nashville, and paired it with my favorite vintage jewels and bag. Add some killer sturdy wedges, and voila. It paired really nicely with the beautiful Marathon area. Those bricks combined with the industrial vibe make me swoon. It’s one of my favorite little streets here, and the coffee shop has a salted caramel + whiskey latte that’ll make ya dance. Cheers, Nashville. It’s going to be a grand summer; I can feel it.

 

Love for Lupita

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it’s been a few weeks now since the oscars, but Lupita’s stunning speech + gown are still sticking with me. her shining eyes and near breathlessness that accompanied her remarkable words were a heartwarming example of inner beauty, compassion, and joy, and she beautifully challenged us all not to let our circumstances halt us from dreaming and achieving. such a deserving lady!

red head

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after quite the polar winter, we’re beginning to get a taste of that elusive spring sunshine down here in the South. today it was 75 degrees + sunny and oh so beautiful; to say I am thankful is an understatement, as my bones and soul really needed that warmth. I’ll be clinging onto this little piece of spring for the rest of this week, as I’m heading up to Boston for my Spring Break trip. Temps are going to be pretty low and layers galore will be necessary. my number one item I’ll be packing is my beloved oxblood beanie (from target; previously mentioned here), so I’ve been combing the internets for some inspiration to make sure that, even when I’m freezing, I’ll be lookin’ fly for all those Harvard boys. red/oxblood/maroon (or crimson if we’re still talking Harvard…)  has become my go to color pop for my otherwise neutral outfits as of late – it’s the perfect touch to bring together any look! what’s your go to color choice to up the anti in your otherwise routine ensembles?

love + Jane

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lazy sunday

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sometimes there’s nothing better than forgoing the sunday morning alarm – and rush to find the right church clothes and get out the door on time –  in favor of having a lazy little sunday morning. my ritual this particular lazy sunday consisted of breakfast accompanied by a great cup of coffee from a pretty french press, a favorite candle burning, a podcast + journaling in my  lovely Rifle notebook, all in my coziest clothes. after my quiet time I turned on some good light tunes (vampire weekend + water liars). here’s to a piece of peace and quiet before a hectic week — happy sunday!

black friday

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this is as close as I’ll get to participating in the black friday hoopla. except my current version is black yoga pants and a black sweater. claaaassy. if you are one of the mad hatters who braved the cold and the crowds for the sales, kudos to you. however, I feel that I’m the real winner here because madewell has 25% off everything online and free shipping . so that’s really all there is. and guess what, i’m totally buying something black. hope your thanksgiving was relaxing and filled with time with those you love; mine certainly was. we have so much to be grateful for every single moment of every day, so it’s always extra sweet to take a day to really acknowledge and appreciate that fact (over sweet potatoes, duh). but it’s also a great reminder to take a moment every day and remember those things, too. so i’ll be here, in all black, being thankful, buying madewell. and it’s officially officially the christmas season. rejoice – bring out the twinkle lights and the starbucks holiday cups and the cheesy NSYNC christmas tunes! happy weekend!

save + splurge : bundled up

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bundled up

+ $62, She Piner    ||    ++ $98, American Eagle  ||    +++ $275, Madewell

Autumn and winter are my favorite seasons, for many reasons. I love when the changing leaves light the trees afire. It often seems as if a pumpkin spice latte is just another of my appendages.  Christmas lights, thick socks, a bonfire, time with family: I could go on for days. So naturally, my favorite way to dress is bundled up; army jackets, scarves and hats, boots and more boots — these things are my jam.  My happy place. One of my most beloved pieces is my J Crew army jacket I got a few years back. I wear it basically every day; like, people know me as the “green jacket girl.” I’m pretty content with mine, but I wouldn’t mine a warmer version with a hood and some fur on the colder days. Here are some great options I’ve found around online shopping (instead of doing homework, duh), no matter your budget. Actually, the $60 version from the slightly sketchy online store found via Pinterest might be my favorite. And happy day, both the AE and Madewell versions are on sale if they suit your fancy!

hats off

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now that there’s finally a bit of chill in the air, it’s time to bring out the beanies. I’m all about these   featuring a little pom pom, they’re warm, current, cool and fun. it’s the closet I’ll ever get to being a cheerleader, aside from my brief stint in junior high. if you’re a little cautious stick with the basic black. go for the fur if you’re feelin’ a little sassy, and the patterned if you’re bold. I’ll take all three.

10 p.m. + some scissors

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sometimes, at 10 on a wednesday night, you just have to chop off your hair on a whim, you know? thankfully, I’ve got a friend who’s skilled with scissors and we just sat in her living room and a few snips and inches later, voila. I love long hair, but around this time of year I usually start itching for a short cut. Before the scissors got to workin’ I consulted my hair board for a little inspiration, and this is what I came up with. the result are great; middle part, slightly angled with a shorter back, and long layers. just what I wanted — perfect for this season and to be paired with hats galore. so hey, if you’re feeling it too, the night is young. happy snipping.