• La Pasquetta

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    Happy Easter! He is risen!

    Today’s look is inspired by La Pasquetta, the Italian tradition of having a picnic on the Monday after Easter. Celebrated especially in Tuscany and Maremma, the picnic normally consists of leftover dyed hardboiled eggs, fresh bread, specialty meat, and cheese packed in a basket and savored out in nature with family and friends. I read online that in Italy, not observing Easter and Easter dinner with your entire (extended) family is considered almost unforgivable, so Italians use La Pasquetta as a less formal celebration to enjoy outdoors, with a smaller circle of family and perhaps friends.

    My dad’s family has strong Italian roots, so it is only fitting that we observe La Pasquetta. Today for lunch we ate the normal Pasquetta fare, but inside because the pollen is brutal. 🙂

    This outfit was my rendition of a classic picnic ensemble. Blue and white checked blouse, a durable jean skirt, and white keds. It is comfortable, but still practical. Perhaps this is just my wandering imagination, but I always envision Italian picnickers as rather fashionably dressed. 🙂

  • From My Phone Photostream: Recent Outfits

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    Hi! I am here today with a quick roundup of (semi) recent OOTDs. All of these photos are from my phone. I hope that you enjoy!

    ↑ This is my favorite. 🙂 I took it the first day we were camping at the lake. When my Dad and I arrived (the rest of the family would come later), the first thing I did was race down to the waterfront as my Dad set up camp. It was so gorgeous that of course an outfit selfie was in order and even though the exposure of this photo isn’t the best, I still love it. <3

    So I thought that all of these outfits were recent…. until I realized that this is what I wore on St. Patrick’s day… and that was almost a month ago. Can someone please tell me where time is going?

    I loved the outfit I wore to math class the other day, and as I was walking out of class I realized the lobby was empty and that it was a golden opportunity for an outfit selfie with the elevator. I seized that opportunity, praying that no one would emerge from the elevator as I was using it for my selfie. This photo is evidence that, happily, no one did. 🙂

    This bush blooming in front of the dentist office was simply begging for an OOTD photo is front of it. How could I resist?

    Jean jacket, floral dress, and red sparkly shoes to go see a Aida with a couple friends.

    I am loving these floral ballet flats for Spring!

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    Well that is it!  Have a blessed Easter Triduum.

  • Camping 001

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    One of my family’s favorite weekend activities is going camping. We own a trailer RV, and on spare weekends (which, believe me, are few and far apart), we enjoy packing up and escaping into the woods or to a different city for a couple days. The change of atmosphere is a blessing sometimes, and so far we have had the opportunity to explore a couple fun places! (–> see here, here, and here).  Two weekends ago was one such camping trip, and though it was a local excursion, we enjoyed it thoroughly.

    When out in the middle of nature, it is so easy to neglect your appearance, but I find that my spirit’s are higher and I enjoy myself just a little more if I feel put together. A functional outfit is in order along with an easy hairdo and a swipe of mascara and viola! A perfect camping ensemble.

    I wore this outfit Sunday morning. The air was crisp and just a little cold, so the layers kept me warm. The colors of my dark orange cotton t-shirt are picked up perfectly with the plaid stripes on my breezy cotton button down; jeans and TOMS are ideal for comfort and practicality, and a loopy messy bun and delicate necklace complete the outfit.

    Photo credits to my sister. I am so proud of her work in this shoot! 🙂

  • Neck Scarf, Part II

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    Well hello there! Is this real? I am publishing TWICE within one week? I am feeling overwhelming accomplished right now. #success

    Today I am showing you a second way to style the neckscarf. In my last post, I styled it with a black dress and jean jacket for a combination that felt casually elegant and Parisian. Today’s outfit is much more casual, perfect for anything from running errands, to going to class, to maybe even daily Mass. The scarf effortlessly dresses up the otherwise plain jeans + cardigan outfit, resulting in a comfortable but stylish ensemble perfect for any ordinary, daytime activity.

    I just realized that both my shoes and my scarf were from my Grandmother! <3

    I hope that these two outfits inspired you to try out a neckscarf! Comment below if you are planning on wearing one soon and how you will style it! 🙂

  • Neck Scarf, Part I

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    A couple weeks ago I was on spring break for three of my classes, so my friend and I took the opportunity to venture to the art museum that Thursday morning and we ended up shooting four outfits! My last blog post, the athleisure one, was shot outside the museum in front of some massive structures they have on the gorgeous trails behind it. This outfit was the one that I originally had in my mind to shoot at the art museum before I decided to bring the other three outfits; I feel that is has an artsy, almost Parisian vibe to it that just goes so well with the European galleries.

    ↑↑ this shot right here is my favorite! ↑↑

    We inevitably got distracted a couple times…..  I mean, just look at those gorgeous, gold gilded frames!

    This is my first outfit with this particular scarf, I have a second, more casual, outfit with it coming to the blog on Wednesday!

    Basically this outfit contains most of my favorites. Comfortable and oh so versatile black jersey dress, light wash jean jacket, TOMS desert wedge booties, and a colorful scarf. The first time I wore the outfit, I tossed it on before rushing out the door to Stations of the Cross at my Church on a Friday night. It’s definitely appropriate for a wide variety of activities and events during mild winter or early spring weather.

    The entrance to the art museum is a long “tunnel” (for lack of a more accurate word), of very reflexive glass. These photos are actually of the top of the tunnel, so what you are seeing is the reflection on the ceiling of me spinning.

    Last photo! I love this picture of my friend/photographer and I. I also like how our outfits kind of go together. 🙂