Outfit Re-creation: Kendi Everyday

It’s time for a new outfit re-creation! I’m constantly inspired by the bloggers I follow, and every once in a while someone wears an outfit that I never would have thought to put together myself and that I must replicate with things in my closet. Kendi of Kendi Everyday wore this particular outfit over a year ago. I loved it so much that I made a mental note to recreate it someday. (At the time, I didn’t own a white button down, burgundy pants, or a black crossbody bag, and I only had a mint cardigan.) I saved the look to Pinterest and featured it in my first Outfit Obsessions post, knowing that someday I would have all of the items and could put it together.

You’d be hard-pressed to meet a fashion/style blogger who doesn’t know of Kendi! She is a very well-known blogger who started years ago and popularized the 30×30 remix challenges. She mostly features her everyday, attainable personal style. Even though she has started dressing in more higher-end brands (likely due to her success!), I still find myself inspired by the looks she puts together. Nothing feels out of reach, and that is so important to me and why I follow the bloggers I do.

(Click on the photo below to go directly to her post! Then, scroll down for my version…)

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What is not to love about this look?! Here’s my version! 🙂

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There’s just something I love about mint and burgundy together. Plus, here’s proof that burgundy isn’t just for the fall/winter! Mint totally “springifies” it, I think.

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J.Crew Factory sweater (on sale in limited sizes; last seen here) / Uniqlo shirt (last seen here) / Madewell pants (on sale in limited sizes) / ModCloth wedges (similar) / Halogen bag / Anthropologie sunglasses

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Season Remix: Bright lace skirt

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The final piece I remixed in my Season Remix mini-series is my bright lace skirt from Francesca’s! This was an impulse purchase I made two springs ago. I love the lace overlay, and the color is wonderful and vibrant, but I’m not sure how well it meshes with the rest of my wardrobe–hence the reason why I haven’t been wearing it that much. This made it a good candidate for this remix; I need to work with what I’ve got and give the skirt a new “spin” on life.

In my last post, I mentioned that it hasn’t been warm enough to go sans tights, which is what one would expect in a normally wintery climate in early February. Well, we made new record high temperatures yesterday AND today and I was -this close- to going tightless. I can’t actually believe this weather, but I’m not complaining! I know that winter will rear its cold, red face again soon enough. (It is kind of ironic that I’m doing this series during one of the warmest weeks of the winter, haha…poor timing!) I wore this outfit yesterday and was perfectly comfortable in my mint sweater and regular opaque tights. I really like how well the sweater and skirt go together!

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J.Crew Factory sweater / Francesca’s skirt (old; last seen here) / Hue tights via Nordstrom Rack (exact) / Sam Edelman boots (exact) / Forever 21 earrings (old) / Anthropologie sunglasses

Click here to see the original post for the summer outfit!

Season Remix: Rainbow striped dress

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The second item I’m remixing for winter is my rainbow striped dress–an oldie-but-goodie from ModCloth. I technically did wear it in the winter once, but I don’t count it because I never actually wore that outfit anywhere except in my living room for outfit photos, lol (oh how naive I was when I first started blogging). Its bright colors lend itself as a perfect spring/summer dress, and the material is suitable for slightly-more-formal events. I enjoyed the challenge of styling it for winter!

I decided to layer a cropped sweater over the dress and added the booties for some fun. I was originally going to go with sheer black tights, and then I thought about opaque black tights, but I ultimately decided on these beige tights because it seemed like too much going on with the different shades of grey/black. I think I would have preferred the outfit with no tights, but Mother Nature hasn’t been that kind to us lately.

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Chelsea28 sweater via Nordstrom (last seen here) / ModCloth dress (old; last seen here) and boots (old; similar; last seen here) / Anthropologie tights (old) / BaubleBar necklace (similar; similar)

Click here to see the original post for the summer outfit!

Season Remix: Pink gingham shirt

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This week, I’m sharing a mini series that I’ve dubbed “Season Remix”. I’ll be sharing three outfits featuring three items that are primarily spring/summer pieces and not necessarily ones that I’d wear in the fall or winter. I wanted to challenge myself to style these warm-weather pieces for the winter in an effort to get more out of my closet. 🙂

First up is this light pink gingham button-down shirt I purchased from J.Crew Factory about a year ago. It’s a super fun piece to wear in the spring and summer because of the color; normally in the fall and winter, you see more black or navy ginghams. It’s a very lightweight shirt, which is great in summer heat. However, this also makes it conducive to layering in the fall/winter because it doesn’t feel too bulky under sweaters like most other cool-weather button-downs do. I layered it under my navy sweater and decided to go as preppy as possible with the addition of the pearl necklace and tall boots. I’d love to hear how you’d style a pink gingham shirt for the fall/winter!

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Old Navy sweater (old; similar from Gap) / J.Crew Factory shirt (old; last seen here) / Madewell jeans / Cole Haan boots via Nordstrom (exact & on sale!) / unknown necklace (old)

Click here to see the original post for the summer outfit!

Outfit Re-creation: Zipped

It’s been a hot minute since my last outfit re-creation! Today, I’m wearing one of my favorite looks by one of my favorite bloggers, Chelsea of Zipped. I’m pretty much obsessed with her neutral, sporty, feminine-meets-masculine looks. I didn’t find her blog until earlier this year, and this is an outfit she wore last November. I actually found it on Pinterest! (You may remember it from my latest Outfit Obsessions post!) I immediately knew I had to recreate it for myself. I loved the layering of the chambray with the long grey cardigan and olive green jacket. So good.

(Click on the photo below to go directly to the post. I hope you also check out her other posts while you’re there!)

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Here’s my version!

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I wish my cardigan was just a couple of inches shorter, but all in all, I’m such a fan of this outfit. I wore it for the first time at the end of October and knew it would be one to repeat. Chelsea is actually who inspired me to purchase the J.Crew Pixie pants. She’s had hers for a couple of years now at least, and I love all the looks she creates with them; they’re a perfect base to pretty much any outfit. If I could wear them every day, I totally would. They’re seriously amazing pants!

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Madewell jacket (last seen here) / ModCloth cardigan (similar from Gap) / Old Navy shirt (old; similar from J.Crew Factory) / J.Crew pants / Sam Edelman boots (exact)

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Outfit Re-creation: Crystalin Marie

Today’s outfit re-creation was inspired by a look worn by Crystalin Marie a couple of months ago. I’ve only been reading her blog for a few months, but her style totally resonates with me. It’s classic, simple, and a little bit masculine. You’ll find her in either stripes, denim, or a combination of both–and always put together!

This look is one I’ve been wanting to try myself, but with the summer heat, wearing layers (especially a long-sleeved layer) was the last thing I wanted to do. We had quite the dip in temperatures recently, so I took that as an opportunity to put together this look! I’m a huge fan of the light monochrome (or any monochrome, really, haha). Now if only I had a pair of white jeans to wear–after Labor Day, of course. 😉

(Click on the photo below to go directly to the post; while you’re there, please peruse her other posts!)

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I was super stoked to recreate this outfit since I had most of the pieces already (except for a cognac bag, which she also features in the post, and a pair of espadrilles). I was trying to decide between wearing my gold sparkly Sperry Top-Siders (for the slip-on, relaxed vibe) or my new leopard d’Orsay flats (for the print), and with help from Chris, I decided to go with the leopard flats. Even with my flats instead of the Sperrys, this outfit still feels relaxed and perfect for a day of running errands! How do you think I did?

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Chris and I goofed off a bit during this outfit shoot. He kind of gets into the photos a bit sometimes (I think, haha), so if he likes something he’ll tell me to do it again or hold it or whatever. I flipped my hair because it kept getting in my face, and he told me to do it again so he could snap a bunch more. I figured I’d include one of the shots for fun. 😀

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ModCloth cardigan (similar from Gap) and sunglasses / Everlane tee / Gap shorts (on sale!) / Carrini flats via Hautelook

Italia Nostalgia, part 4

I can’t believe it’s time for my last installment of Italia Nostalgia! It has been so fun looking through my photos and deciding which ones to share (which is nearly impossible, might I add!). I planned the posts so that they basically encompassed the time I spent in Italy. I flew back to the US on July 2nd, so the timing was almost perfect. This post features the last five places I visited. I stayed a week after my class ended to travel some more, and that’s how I was able to visit Cinque Terre and Venice. Italy is a truly beautiful country, and I highly recommend visiting! (If you missed the other parts, here’s part one, part two, and part three!)

Pienza

Pienza is a freaking adorable town in Tuscany kind of off the beaten path. I went there with my class for a quick tour and bite to eat before making our way to Siena. The town center is relatively small, but it offers incredible views of the Tuscan countryside!

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Siena

Siena is another absolutely lovely Tuscan town! It’s larger than Pienza, but not as big as Florence. It felt like a small town with all of the tight, winding roads (to be honest, most Italian cities feel this way!). I had amazing gelato here and got pooped on by a pigeon while sitting in the square taking in Palazzo Pubblico (photo three). I stayed the night in Siena before catching a train to Florence the next day.

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Firenze

Oh, Florence. What can I say about Florence that hasn’t already been said? It’s a quintessential Italian city right up there with Rome–full of life and a whole lot of history. The Duomo (cathedral) is breathtaking, and I loved exploring the Galileo Science Museum (what can I say? I love science). The only downside was the large amount of people wandering around, but I still had an amazing time. I’d spend more time there next time I go!

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Cinque Terre

My trip to the five towns along the Italian Riviera that make up the Cinque Terre was simply amazing! I love the Cinque Terre so much; it’s seriously a must-see. I stayed in Riomaggiore (the first photo), walked to the neighboring town of Manarola along the Via dell’Amore (third photo), and from there, took the train to the other three towns: Corniglia, Vernazza (fourth photo), and Monterosso al Mare. There are 382 steps from the train station up to Corniglia–talk about a workout! I was hoping to hike around the many trails, but it ended up being too hot and uncomfortable. I had to include the photo of the sunset I took my first night there–isn’t it stunning?!

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Venezia

Venice was my last stop on my trip. Some people really don’t like Venice, but I loved it. Yes, it is touristy, but the many canals make the city unlike any other. I really enjoyed getting lost wandering down random quaint canals. I’m also in love with blown glass and loved visiting the neighboring island, Murano. St. Mark’s Basilica was one of my favorite stops because the interior is all a mosaic. I definitely think it’s worth visiting; next time, I want to do a gondola ride. They’re pretty expensive and super touristy, but whatever! It seems like so much fun.

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Outfit Re-creation: Sequins & Stripes

I’m back with a long overdue outfit re-creation! Today’s look was inspired by Liz of Sequins & Stripes. Liz is based in Chicago, and her feminine, city chic style gives me almost constant inspiration. While I can’t afford her favorite brands on my grad student salary, I love that she often wears classic pieces that you can find even if you’re on a budget.

I’ve had this particular outfit saved since she shared it in March! I generally won’t do an outfit re-creation if I don’t already have all of the pieces, but an exception is made if the pieces missing are things I’m planning on purchasing anyway. I didn’t immediately have all of the pieces to complete the look, which is why it took me so long to recreate it. In fact, I still don’t have a denim jacket. I’ve been searching for one for a few months now without any luck. Now that we’re almost in the heat of summer, chambray is the next best option. And if you’ve been reading for a while, you’d know that I love my chambray!

(Click on the photo below to go directly to the post; while you’re there, I hope you check out her other posts, too!)

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What I love most about this outfit is the adorable striped dress. I can’t get enough of stripes; my love for them runs deeper than my love for chambray. I saw Liz’s dress and was immediately reminded of a dress I hadn’t pulled out in quite some time but still adore (because it’s striped, of course). I love being inspired to wear my older pieces. (I especially love it when my older pieces are still in style! Also, how many times can I say “love” in a single paragraph? Lol.)

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My choice of shoes was another slight modification in my re-creation. Her pointy heels elongate her legs, and while I have heels that do the same, I decided to give my d’Orsay flats a spin instead because I liked the look of the pointed toe. Plus, I don’t wear heels regularly in my everyday life, so these were a much more practical option!

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Dress (old): ModCloth | Shirt: Old Navy (on sale!) | Flats: Sole Society via Hautelook (similar from BC Footwear) | Earrings (old): Forever 21 | Tote: ModCloth | Sunglasses: ModCloth

Italia Nostalgia, part 3

Another two weeks have gone by, so it’s time for the third installment of Italia Nostalgia! For those of you who haven’t read part one or part two yet, I studied abroad in Italy three summers ago. I started this mini series to share photos from my trip! Check out the other two posts to see my other photos if you haven’t already, and stay tuned for the fourth and final part to be posted two weeks from today.

Today’s post is all about the places I visited in the region of Campania in southern Italy. I visited new places pretty much every weekend, and this trip I took during my second weekend there. It was a long weekend because June 2nd is a national holiday (Republic Day), so I had lots of time to explore!

Sorrento

Sorrento is south of Naples and is the gateway to all of the surrounding areas I visited. I didn’t wander around Sorrento very much, but I can tell you that there are lemon and orange trees everywhere (have you ever had limoncello? It tastes like liquid Lemonhead candy) and it has beautiful ocean views. In Sorrento, I had this pizza thing filled with Nutella and topped with sugar. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much sugar in my life!

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Pompeii

I was so excited to visit the ruins of Pompeii! I think volcanoes are so cool, and it’s amazing to see what an ancient city looked like and to learn about its destruction. It’s actually quite large. I didn’t get to walk through all of it after spending many (hot) hours there. There are a lot of details that are still intact and I think it’s incredible! (The plaster cast below still has its teeth. Pretty cool, huh?!)

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Ercolano

The ancient city of Herculaneum was also destroyed by pyroclastic flows from Mount Vesuvius. I really liked all of the ancient art still intact on the walls. It’s hard to believe this place was once buried in 60 feet of mud!

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Isola di Capri

The island of Capri (pronounced KAH-pree, not kuh-PREE) is located a short boat ride from Sorrento. It’s home to two towns, Capri and Anacapri, as well as the Blue Grotto. I tried to visit the Blue Grotto, but I got there when a million other people were there, so the wait would have been two hours (on a rocking boat, no less). To top it off, the tide was coming in. At high tide, the little boats can’t get under the rocks to go inside. I watched these people flatten themselves in order to get below the rocks! I have no idea how they got out… Anyway, I ended up spending most of my time in Capri after riding a bus through the narrowest streets ever in Anacapri. (I seriously thought the bus was going to go over the edge of the road and down the hillside when we passed other cars!)

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Italia Nostalgia, part 2

Three years ago, I studied abroad in Italy for a few weeks during the summer. I started this mini series to share some of the photos from my trip! My first Italia Nostalgia post was dedicated to my study abroad city, Viterbo. This post is focused on the five other cities I visited in the Lazio region of Italy (Viterbo is also in Lazio). Part three will be posted two weeks from today! 🙂

Tarquinia

Tarquinia is located along the western coast of Italy. I took a day trip there with other students in my program, and we got to dip our toes in the Mediterranean, visit an Etruscan museum, and see ancient Etruscan tombs!

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Roma

Of course, we visited Rome! The only way to get anywhere via train from Viterbo involves changing trains in Rome, so I was there quite a bit. I did stay there for a weekend to visit some main attractions (Colosseum and Trevi Fountain), but I would definitely spend more time there if/when I go back. It’s quite touristy, which is probably why I was so turned off from it the first time I went, but I feel like I didn’t get to see nearly enough!

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Citta del Vaticano

A stop in Rome would not be complete without a stop at Vatican City. I ended up visiting on the last Sunday of the month, which is free admission day…that means the museum was SUPER busy! I enjoyed it nonetheless. The Sistine Chapel is amazing, and St. Peter’s Basilica is just breathtaking. Pictures do not do it justice! I highly recommend a visit.

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Civita di Bagnoregio

This town is adorable but very fragile! The rocks around it are in danger of crumbling. There are only a few permanent residents, which is why it’s nicknamed “the dying city”. It is a beautiful little town, though, and if you’re hungry, there’s a restaurant just outside of the town with amazing views (and amazing food!).

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Bracciano

Bracciano is located between Rome and Viterbo. During the last weekend of my trip, I felt like I needed to visit it–mostly because of the beautiful castle! The lake is also quite enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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