red head

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red head

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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lazy sunday
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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black friday
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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hats off
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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short hair don't care
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.

spaces: black + white

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white and black interiors
 
 + all images via Pinterest +
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.

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
       + click below for items, all by Madewell + 
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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leather + converse
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.
|| photos via my Pinterest ||