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Category: Wore that.

I finally broke down and registered a pinterest.

I had too, after Kendi suggested using it as outfit inspiration. And you know what? It’s pretty darn helpful. When standing in front of my ever looming, yet tiny foreign closet, it’s nice to have some help. Example:

This:

Plus this:

Equals my version:

Enjoy looking at the odd Korean entry way of my teeny apartment along with that outfit.

So thanks Pinterest.

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Completely Ready For All Things Fall.

Specifically clothing. Like scarves. Boots. And more scarves.

My summer palate consisted mainly of pastels and florals.

This fall I’m looking forward to incorporating more blue hues, specifically teal, the shake up the blush I’m so fond of.

One of my favorite things about fall clothing, is that you really can wear summer clothing if you transition it correctly.

Cardigans are key. They take any spring or summer outfit into the fall.

One of the things I’m most excited about trying, is pairing sweaters with summer skirts. I love the longer hem trend which re-emerged this summer, and plan to continue it into the fall, simply by adding warmth up top. Genius.

And of course, the always popular blazer and scarf upgrade.

I’m just counting down the days until I can comfortably wear tights, my wardrobe staple.

Whoo, and don’t even get me started on the pure genius of shorts and tights.

Zetus Lapetus.

This nail polish makes me feel like Zenon, girl of the 21st century.

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Fishbone.

One of my favorite ways to wear my hair, when its long enough, is the fishbone braid. The braid itself is elegant and incredibly underrated. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I actually saw a fishbone braid.

Despite the complicated pattern, the hairstyle is actually quite simple to create. Follow these simple instructions here and happy braiding!

Doing the Fishbone Hair Braid: How to Braid Hair in Different Ways | eHow.com.

Sweet Details.

I recently discovered this dress and love the detailing around the neck and waist cinching. Which of course, begged a belt. I was only too glad to oblige.

Dress: J Roberts

Shirt: Ralph Lauren

Boots: Gianni Bini

Belt and Accessories: Target

I almost didn’t want to take the outfit off for my afternoon nap. Happy Sunday (Postsecret day!)

hats and tights.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. And I don’t say that about any other season. I was lucky enough to have been born into a town that experienced all four. But fall is my favorite

Here is a personal list of fall indulgences:

1.   Pumpkin Spice Lattes

2.   Leaves changing.

3.   Approaching holidays. (I’m already listening to Christmas music. Forget Halloween.)

4.   Indian Summer (and all literary/lyrical references referring to Indian Summers)

5.   Scarves and other such fall accessories.

The best thing about fall fashion is that you get the perks without feeling incredibly cold. I get to wear my peacoat without feeling like I should be wearing a 0 degree parka. But yesterday I found a new favorite thing. My new black and gray hat. After spending twenty minutes debating in the store with my mother (a.k.a. the queen of returns), and mentally referencing You’ve Got Mail (“I’m sure she was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat which will turn out to be a mistake, which all hats usually are.”), I purchased the hat in blind faith. And what a great purchase it was. 

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Another new favorite this fall season is tights and shorts. I’m a tights fanatic. I was wearing them WAY before they were cool. My favorite pair has lasted me since my junior year of high school. That is a great pair of tights. But thanks to the stylings of Zooey Deschanel, I was inspired to try it myself. Thanks Ms. Deschanel. 

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Enjoy Fall. It only comes once a year.

Style.

Today, during a visit with my mother, she told me two things:

“Lauren, I never thought you’d be this eccentric.”

and

“I like seeing the reactions to what you wear.”

 

If you knew me at all in high school, particularly the early years, you’d find these statements funny as well. From the eight to the tenth grade, I wore one brand: Roxy. Why I started this, I have no idea. I just know that I thought I needed to be perceived one particular way, and that was how I went about it. 

When I was in the eleventh grade, I bought a dress. When I tried it on for my dad, he said, “That’s brave.” (My friends affectionately call this the gravy boat dress)

It was the first time I stepped out of my comfort  zone to wear something I liked. 

I never bought another article of Roxy clothing after that day. 

Now I can quite confidently say that I wear what I like. I love hearing people say “Only you could pull that off.”

My secret? That statement isn’t true. Those people just choose to believe that they can’t.

My sister, the art major, calls people walking canvases. I like that. When you wake up, you CHOOSE what goes on your body that day. It’s a statement. 

I feel quoting Audrey Hepburn is most appropriate here: “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” And she did. 

That’s a bit how I feel. What is style? What is the difference in style and IN STYLE? 

Being comfortable in your own skin.

So are you in style or IN STYLE?
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