Last Sunday I was looking to switch up my Mass outfit a little so I started searching through my Mom’s closet and discovered this lovely little skirt. It fit, and I loved the length so much, it’s a departure from my typical knee length skirt, which fits right in with my last post where I talked about embracing a “diverse” wardrobe. 😉 Midi skirts are timeless and elegant and actually quite flattering as they create long lines which elongate your legs. Pair them with heels and a simple blouse and pearls and you have a fabulous, classy outfit in the blink of an eye. Basically what I’m telling you is that you need a midi skirt so buy one as soon as you are done reading this post, no ifs or buts. 🙂
The number one tip that I can give for multiplying your wardrobe is to search for unique pieces that are just a step outside of your comfort zone. I have found that all of my favorite clothes are the ones that are different, whether in color, shape, or style and this “diversity” is part of what makes my wardrobe look full and complete. Yes, I do own what some consider “a TON of clothes” (and those who remind me of this often accompany that statement with a dramatic eye roll hahaha), but my in reality my closet is far from being limited to one style or one color or one anything. It is a medley ranging from my most prized piece, the orange dress my Grandmother wore as a junior in high school to, to my most worn piece, dark wash skinny jeans, to my craziest buy, neon pink sandals, to my go-to classic LBD and this variety serves as an illusion to the actual size of my wardrobe because every outfit looks different.
Here’s a personal example: a couple years ago I spent one summer in an awesome brand of cool catholic tee shirts. I loved the company and I loved the message on the shirts…. but rotating four or five tee shirts of the same cut and similar color scheme with two pairs of Bermuda shorts just made me feel like I was wearing the same outfit every single day! No fun. Or another example: that same year, I began shopping at Goodwill. *cue all the confetti* But rather than maxing out the plethora of awesome clothes there, I stuck with selecting basic cardigans, basic A-line skirts and super basic solid colored dresses. It took me a long time to figure out why I felt like I was wearing the exact. same. outfit. every single Sunday, summer and winter, despite having lots of clothes!! My goodwill obsession has only gotten worse (or should I say better? ;)) and with it my closet is expanding, but I never feel like I am repeating outfits because I have variety in more ways than just lots of clothes. Bottom line: experiment with different styles and colors to enjoy a wonderful wardrobe that you will love!
When I put this outfit and location together I intended for it to be more bohemian, but it turned out with more of a country flair, and while I am so not a country girl, I love how the photos turned out. My friend Annabelle took them, and after we were done we hung out in the gorgeous field just talking and laughing until after it got dark which was so much fun. To get back to her house we had to walk through the dark woods and I may or may not have confused her neighbor’s peacocks for a wild animal…..
Never take yourself too seriously 😛
Have a wonderful day! You are beautiful and you are so so loved!
Hello friends! Happy Friday! I hope that you are doing well. These photos are the last set from the ones that my friend and I took at the art museum. Personally, they are my favorite and I hope that you enjoy them too! This outfit is an easy, casual look perfect for almost any weekday event. In fact, I wore an extremely similar one to take my math final. 😛 It is a fail-proof combination: well fitting jeans (any shape or style that you choose!) + cute, comfy flats + and matching top. Throw on a simple bracelet and maybe some earrings and voila! This top is c/o my sister who had it in her closet for months and never wore it so I put it too good use for a couple hours. *wink wink*
For fun, I decided to look up a set of questions and answer them here. I would love to hear your answers in the comments, so please don’t be shy, even if you just answer one or two. 🙂
1 . If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Start a business! I can’t say exactly what it would be, but I can guarantee that I could come up with 27 different business ideas given the time. #FutureEntrepreneur
2. What is your favorite article of clothing?
My light pink tulle skirt.
3. What would your perfect room look like?
Lots of windows to create gorgeous, natural light; plants, especially succulents and cactus; and tasteful and creative colors schemes; wrought iron and metals; and lots of open space.
4. What are your favorite foods?
Dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and rice & beans & chicken.
5. If you could go anywhere in the United States, where would it be?
The Grand Canyon.
6. What is your favorite band?
7. Who is/are your role model(s)?
Mother Teresa, Mother Angelica, and my Mom. (aka, the REAL girlbosses).
8. What is a dream job of yours?
Full time fashion blogger, wedding planner, and photographer. (<– I can’t choose just one.)
9. Who inspires you to be the “best version of yourself?”
Haha Matthew Kelly (duh!). Also my parents and my friends.
10. What is something that you can never seem to finish?
Clair de Lune.
11.What is your favorite smell?
Lemon. Or olive oil, garlic, and onions simmering on the stove.
12. What is your favorite herb?
13. What is your “claim to fame?”
My knack at thrift stores. 🙂
14. What do you take for granted?
Food and clean water.
15. What is one of the best memories you have with your friends?
Going to the March for Life in DC or swimming in a freezing mountain waterfall.
16.What three qualities do all your friends have in common?
Loving, opinionated, and intelligent.
17.What is one social issue that the United States should focus on more?
The right to life of every human being and, along those lines, the safety of all mothers and children, especially pregnant mothers who feel hopeless and alone.
18.Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?
Ehhh, it really depends. Possibly, but probably not.
19. What songs flood you with memories?
Good Good Father (Chris Tomlin) and Free to be Me (Francesca Battistelli).
20. What is something that everyone should be able to firmly agree about?
Absolute truth exists.
21.If you were given one thousand acres of land that you didn’t need to pay taxes on but couldn’t sell, what would you do with it?
If it was in a good location I would probably build nice apartments/dorm rooms and rent them out. If it was in the mountains or another scenic location I would create a lovely, photogenic party venue/photoshoot location.
22.What are some misconceptions about your hobby?
That the constant photo taking is narcissistic. It’s not. It’s art and it’s for my brand and most importantly, it is just plain fun. Blogging and all the photos that come with it are my hobby and it is a form of relaxation and a creativity outlet. 😉
23. What will you be doing this summer?
Working at Chick-fil-A, starting a business (fingers crossed), and blogging!
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to comment answering a couple of the questions!
Here’s a tip: when you buy a piece of clothing on impulse without trying it on and discover later on that it just “doesn’t work,” make sure that you try it on a couple different ways before dismissing it to the back of your closet or your sewing pile. A long time ago, I purchased this dress from my favorite store.* I envisioned wearing it with my jean jacket and some sandals or over a white tee shirt, so when the top of the dress was too big for either of those casual combos, I shed a few tears and tossed the dress to my fabric stash. You bet that I wasn’t wasting that gorgeous white lace. 🙂 Fast forward to last week and I was attempting to find a Sunday mass outfit that would be fun to shoot on the beach and would also match my red and white espadrilles. On a whim I started toying with the castaway dress that was gracing my sewing pile, and before long I had this combo! It works, I love it, and I will totally be wearing it again, switching out the coral cardigan for a purple and teal floral one or a chambray button down. Moral of the story? Experiment with you closet because you will find hidden gems in the most unexpected places.
My favorite part of this outfit? Hands down, the length of the dress. It is so graceful, breezy, and summery. I will without a doubt keep an eye out for more similar pieces at the aforementioned store.*
*Bet you can’t guess what store I’m talking about. Comment below if you do have any wild guesses.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
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. 🙂