today’s look..getting down to business + styling a blazer

remember last week in frills & thrills when i said i was trying to step out of my fashion comfort zone a little bit? well, here i am in a trendy plaid blazer stepping out and channeling my inner Brighton Keller. i’ve admired the plaid blazer for a while, but just wasn’t quite sure how to style it to make it “me,” you know? so here’s a few little tips i’ve discovered to take that blazer from professional to street chic.

keep it casual.

to make the blazer a more casual piece, pair it with some boyfriend jeans, a pair of sneakers or my fave a fun graphic tee.

bunch em up.

advice i wish i would’ve taken from myself. i totally meant to push up my sleeves during this shoot, and did about half way through. i feel like that little touch gives the look such an effortless vibe.

go for oversized.

forget perfectly tailored. this trend was made with stealing your boy’s (or dad’s, let’s get real) blazer in mind. don’t worry about it fitting you perfectly.

find your waist.

considering this isn’t a tailored look, you must remember to show off that teenie tiny waist of yours. take a tip from my girl chloe (Nothing to Wear Blog) and keep your layers thin & fitted. or find your natural waist with high waisted bottoms and a belt.

hope these tips help you babes! what trend are you trying?

tee: H&M (old) / blazer: H&M / jeans: American Eagle / loafers: Target / earrings: Vanessa Mooney

frills + thrills: november

first things first, i was frackin freezing shooting this in 35 degree weather. i definitely picked the wrong december day as yesterday was about 75 degrees. thanks oklahoma. but enough about the weather, i wanted to post my frills + thrills for november today, because sometimes you just need to reflect on what’s been making you happy. am i right?

1. may designs notebooks

i LOVE my maybook that my girlfriend, brittany, surprised me with! the cool thing about these little notebooks (and this site) is that they’re totally customizable. they have all sorts of prints and patterns to choose from for the cover, and everything from lines, grids, agendas, and every type of journal or planner you can think of for the inside! mine is the prettiest floral print with a 40 day prayer & gratitude journal inside! i’ve never been the prayer journalling type, but this has been so so helpful with my quiet time. you can bet i’ll be getting an agenda and another 40 day journal from them soon!!

PS: cutest gift ideas on their site!!

2. taking style risks

if you’ve been following me for a while you’d know my style is pretty simple and easy-going, but i’ve really been trying to branch out and get a little edgy. *cue the snakeskin booties and mesh tops* what’s more fun than stepping out of your comfort zone a little?

i’ve made a little wishlist of fun pieces that i’d LOVE to try!

3. season of giving

i love giving gifts and seeing the joy that they bring people, so clearly the holiday season is one joyous time! i shared a gift guide for the 20-something gal in your life a couple of weeks ago and would love to do more. who would you like to see a gift guide for? or under a certain budget, maybe? let me know!

4. ten happy habits

i found this article on The Everygirl‘s insta-story about “the ten habits of all happy women” and absolutely loved it. i wrote them out all cute & scripty and put it on my bulletin board above my desk and even sent a copy to my gal pal, taylor, in a care package! y’all have got to check this out!

tops: American Eagle / skirt: Unpublished / belt: Vince Camuto / shoes: Target / bag: Kate Spade

today’s look..finding joy.

hey babes! hope you hit the ground running the week, because i sure didn’t. lol i’m two weeks away from finals, i’m exhausted, and senioritis is kickin’ in hard. but i wanted to take today to not only show you this fall look i’m obsessed with (like for real wore this sweater three times over thanksgiving break) but to also share with you how i’m finding joy again. Read More