spaces: black + white

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as a college student, living in a less-than-stellar little rental house with a zillion other roommates can be a bit of a bummer sometimes. my interior design and style aesthetic doesn’t quiiiite line up with the average shabby, cutesy (or simply apathetic) style that’s prevalent with a lot of gals my age. my actual house currently consists of a bunch of mismatched furniture and, my personal favorite, some ginormous posters of beyonce, kanye, and jay-z (I have deemed them the trinity) up in the living room. it’s been a nice lesson in accepting others’ style and making sacrifices as a roommate, but I sure can’t wait to have a place of my own to decorate as I please. until then, I’ll be dreamin’ of sleek and chic spaces such as these. while I love some eclectic color in a space, I’ve been feeling these white walled spaces with black and neutral accents as of late. a little gallery wall, a pop of copper on a fixture, and you’re good to go.
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cheers to fabulous mondays

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here’s to a productive and happy monday. after a wonderful weekend trip to my favorite city, it’s quite miraculous that I didn’t hole up in bed all day with post-Nashville blues. but, somehow (read: coffee) I managed and here we are! regardless of your level of productivity (or lack thereof), here’s a little message (via pinterest, duh) to me and you and everyone on this monday. coming up this week on the blog: some pretty interiors, autumn style inspiration (since it’s f i n a l l y getting colder here), and maybe a playlist of good tunes thrown in, if I’m feeling really sassy. which if I channel this lady, I definitely will be.

fall break

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Today is the happiest of days as fall break has arrived! I’m so lucky to attend a school that gives us an extra long weekend for the sake of some autumn relaxation. I’m roadtripping to the mountains of Tennessee with some of my favorite friends for lots of girl time, hiking, s’more making, and general soaking up of this glorious season. We plan to go to the pumpkin patch, shop downtown, and drink too many pumpkin spice lattes. I’ll be wearing sweaters galore, and adding this great little target hat to everything: 6 bucks and target does it again!. The Head and the Heart’s new album will be on steady rotation – I’ve been listening to it for over a week and have yet to tire of it (“Gone” is my current favorite track). Hoping even if you aren’t on a break this week/weekend that you relax and fit in some of your favorite autumn activities!
love + Jane

madewell monday

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madewell monday
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so it’s Monday. and I love Madewell. so there we go? season after season, Madewell’s classics with a fresh twist are a hit; they make me feel all of the good happy fashion feelings. this season is no exception. here are some of my current favorites pieced together for a look that’s perfectly Mondayish. I’m all about some flannel caps these days (got a great, less expensive alternative at Target!), and now that the weather’s finally fit for sweaters around these parts, this grey number paired with black skinnies and killer boots is perfect for all of the Monday activities. and THAT bag. oh my. a cure for the Mondays, that’s what it is. not that I can afford any of this. broke college gals can dream, huh? and make Christmas lists. oh, we can make Christmas lists. Dear Santa, gimme all the Madewell! wishing you a happy week + lots of Madewell dreams yourselves.
love + Jane

loving lately: leather + converse

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Lately I’ve been gravitating to looks such as these, featuring a little leather and some good ole sneaks. something about the mix of shiny leather and grungy Converse is hitting the mark for me these days. on the note of leather, I have a bone to pick. All around the fashion world lately there are these “vegan” leather jackets. Like yay for faux leather, I’m all about it. But calling that fancy 300 dolla jacket “vegan” does not make it superior to that fake leather one from Target you secretly love. Just sayin’. Anywho, I’m in the market for a new fake/faux/vegan/whatever leather piece to wear with my trusty Chucks, perhaps some skinnies or a skirt, as pictured above. Madewell has some impressive pieces right now, of course. As far as Converse go, personally, I’m partial to my white low-top pair, but gray and black and the rest of the rainbow are pretty great too.
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Jane with an Autumn Realization

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So, remember that time I was going to have a blog? I was going to write and share and be inspired and hope to inspire, etc. etc. Well, it’s like, what, five months later? Oops. The thought of having a blog and doing blog-ish things seemed so exciting and then, life happened, as it often does. School started – which meant lots of socializing and coffee drinking and Netflix watching and the occasional dash of homework. My academic load this semester is less than challenging or inspiring; I rarely have anything to study for, and as great as that sounds in theory, I’m a little bored. So I’m back at the blogging thing with a vengeance, for today anyway. But this time I’m going to do it more of my way. I want to focus on using my voice in all areas of life these days, which is easier said than done, so it shall begin here with the words I type and the thoughts I share.

This (school) year has been a whirlwind already, and it’s only freaking October. There have been some really great highs – some days I feel more secure in who I am and where I am and that’s the nicest thing. There have also been some major lows. We’re talkin’ world getting turned upside down in terms of relationships with both family and friends. Which is sad at times, and certainly scary. But good. And needed. So I’m trying to embrace the change and move forward. We’re alllll about moving forward and embracing the change these days. In doing so I dyed my hair for the first time ever, which, as silly as it may sound, was a huge “letting go” lesson for me, and in the grander scheme of things, I’ve been learning to let myself be content with where things are as I know that Someone knows a bit better than I do how this should all work. So I’m trusting. And trying to do it with as much grace as possible. Some other things, besides grace, that are making this whole thing possible include: Gilmore Girls marathons (seasons 2 + 3, obviously), bagels, road trips for good tunes with good friends, going on runs listening to angry rap (Jay Z + Kanye pandora station, obviously), listening to Taylor Swift after the angry rap (I used to be way to cool to listen to her, but y’all, these days she gets me, and I’m unashamed. That’s not completely true. I’m a little ashamed, but whatever; embrace, Jane, embrace), Sonic blasts with friends (Reese’s with extra Reese’s, duh), front porch swings, many a pumpkin spice latte, and the greatest of friends who, in the midst of situations that make me feel less than loved or appreciated or whatever, remind me otherwise. So yeah, I’m letting myself be ok with things being a little uncertain or different, because in the end, it’s all going to be ok. And if watching You’ve Got Mail three times in one week helps me feel that a little better, then by all means I’m going to make like Kathleen Kelly in the fall in New York and do what I gotta do.

F Scott Fitzgerald said, Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” And first the first time, I really feel that. And it’s only October.

pin-teresting

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pinteresting: stripes//tee + floral
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So, I love Pinterest. A lot.  In short, I think it’s a great place to catalog things you love and are interested in. And on top of that, I think it’s a wonderful source of inspiration in so many areas. Recently, I was perusing through my style board and gravitated toward these photos, both featuring lovely cyclin’ ladies in floral, one with stripes + one in a fun tee. Drawing from these looks, I put together this little piece of outfit inspiration. Enjoy! Oh, and free to follow along with my pins if you’d like!

a blog + an introduction

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Seeing as I’m Jane and this is my blog, I suppose I should indulge in some personal facts! Which may or may not be interesting. But I’ll try. Here’s a bit about me..

I’m a natural born observer; I notice anything and everything around me. I try extra hard to focus on the positive and to celebrate even the smallest of life’s gifts.

I drink an absurd amount of coffee and spend a ridiculous amount of time in coffee shops, not only for the coffee but for the people watching as well.

Did someone say people watching? Yep. Don’t mind me, just over here watching these strangers. And loving it. Probably too much. My observational tendencies find their happy place in coffee shops as aforementioned, as well as really any place where people gather. The words and nuances behaviors of people just fascinate me. I love seeing what they wear and what they do and how they do it. I fall in love with strangers a lot. It’s a bit of a problem.

I am passionate about breakfast. I never was the “morning person” until I discovered that mornings mean breakfast. From my favorite plain Cheerio’s + coffee, to pancakes and bacon and omelets and bagels, there really is no time like the mornin’ time. If ya really want to woo me or be my best friend, ask me on a breakfast date.

My immense fascination with ballerinas is only rivaled by my love of skateboarders. My style collides somewhere in between the two. As a broke college student, I’m quite the accomplished Target + bargain hunter.

Like any respectable young American, I spend much too much time online. Pinterest, blogs, shopping, etc. I like to justify this by saying I’m getting “inspired”, though how Netflix inspires me I can’t really say…

I love to travel, especially if it involves roadtripping for good, live music.

I enjoy interior design, reading, dancing in parking lots + the aisles of grocery stores, and the occasional hike.

I own an inordinate number of scarves. And I love to wear them in the summer. Summer scarf haters, get outta here!

I’m a 75 year old woman trapped in a twenty year old’s body. Oldies music + farmer’s markets? Swoooon. Early bedtime and a cup of tea, please.

I’m super indecisive, occasionally anxious, and often not satisfied. When I begin to dream about the “bigger and better” places in the world and wonder what I’m doing in Mississippi, I remind myself that God’s plan for me is unquestionably better than any plan I have of my own. I am learning daily to be content where I am, knowing God has me exactly where I need to be.

love + Jane

in which Jane writes a blog

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well, hello there!

The reasons for beginning this little blog are vast and varied. I’ve always wanted to have my own blog but, truth be told, I’ve always been a bit nervous. The internet can kind of be a big and scary place. But, fears are being pushed aside and I’m beginning this little blogging adventure. After a five week European study abroad jaunt, I’m home in what could be considered one of the most boring cities, in one of the most boring states, known to man for the remainder of the summer. I felt so inspired by the art, culture, and innate style of the people during my time across the Atlantic, and now that I’m home I’m looking for a way to parlay that inspiration into productivity; enter: blog! I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I “grow up,” and while it’s not necessarily a professional blogger, I’m hoping investing myself into a little blog project can help me hone my writin’, readin’, and curatin’ skills (but most certainly not ‘rithmetic; Lord knows all hope is lost in that department..). Also, it’s a goal of mine to attempt to focus more on the lovely little things surrounding me rather than what my current longitudinal coordinates lack, so here’s to this little blog being an outlet for that. While I’m trying to focus on this blog being for my own personal growth + benefit, you are sure more than welcome to stick around. Fashion, food, good tunes, musings, and fun await. ‘Cause Jane’s got a blog now, y’all.

love + Jane