Celebrity Style: Margot Robbie Edition

Margot Robbie, especially in this shoot on the set of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, has always been major hair and style inspo for me. While the perfect at-home blowout still eludes me, I realized that I could probably come pretty close to emulating this iconic look thanks to my latest impulse purchase: white go-go boots (which are on sale right now for just $22, by the way!)

I love this outfit so much and can’t wait to incorporate it into my regular outfit cycle (although note to self: wait until it’s warmer than 32 degrees next time!)

SHOP THE LOOK:

Top: Black Turtleneck Sweater (similar)
Skirt: Women’s Court Dri-FIT Flouncy Tennis Skirt – Nike
Purse: Black Crossbody – bebe
Shoes: Go-Go Boots – Ellie

Not tucking my turtleneck into my skirt was giving me major 2010 Kayla vibes, but I think it actually turned out super cute! Who is your celebrity style inspiration?

-K

Cable Knit: Styling Sweater Vests

I’ve already talked about my love of the preppy style resurgence once on the blog, but today I’m focusing on a different preppy style trend: sweater vests! I made many trips to local thrift stores before finding one to add to my collection. I’ve found that they key to styling sweater vests is making sure they have v-neck neckline. I’m usually against v-necks, but they work so well with this style and adding a collared shirt underneath!

When styling your own sweater vest, you could also pair it with a pleated or flared skirt, but I chose to style mine with jeans since it was a crisp 38 degrees when doing this shoot. I also think the jeans make it so wearable and cute for day-to-day activities! To really play up the preppy vibe, I added a pearl choker and green marble hair clip.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Clip: Green Hair Clip (similar)
Necklace: Pearl Choker (similar)
Purse: Black Crossbody – bebe
Top: White Button-Up (similar)
Vest: Sweater Vest (similar)
Jeans: Classic Straight Jeans – Madewell
Shoes: Disruptor Sneaker – Fila

How do you feel about sweater vests? Do you love them or hate them? Let me know in the comments!

-K

Rumor Has It: Styling Street Style

One of my favorite trends from 2020 has been adding elements of street style into my wardrobe. It used to intimidate me, but as I experimented more I realized how easy it is to put together an effortlessly-chic streetwear look. I love these outfits for days when I’m out running errands or just lounging around at home. They are super versatile and work for a lot of different situations!

When I first start styling a street style outfit, I like to stick to items in a black and white color scheme. This is easy, as many of my trendier pieces tend to lean black and white anyways. For my own personal take on street style, I always choose a more “athletic” piece as the staple. For today’s look, it was my biker shorts. I’ve been living in these lately and I knew they would be the perfect foundation for this outfit. I then chose my black puffer jacket and paired it with a white turtleneck for some contrast. To tie everything together, I accessorized with my chic gold hoops, nylon crossbody, and chunky Filas. Casual, cute, and so comfortable!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Round Plastic Metal Combo Sunglasses – Target
Earrings: Gold Hoop Earrings (similar)
Purse: Nylon Crossbody (similar)
Coat: Black Puffer Jacket (similar)
Top: White Cotton Turtleneck (similar)
Bottoms: High Waist Biker Shorts – Yogalicious
Shoes: Disruptor Sneaker – Fila

I hope biker shorts don’t go out of style any time soon because I’ve been loving them, even in winter. I just think they’re such a fresh take on leggings and are super flattering!

What’s your favorite street style essential?

-K

How To Create The Perfect Vision Board

If you saw my college apartment bedroom reveal for this school year, then you probably saw the vision board that I have mounted on the wall above my desk. I find that my vision board is a great way to keep me focused on my goals throughout the year and helps me keep the big picture in mind when I’m faced with difficult tasks or challenging work. Today, I’m going to share some tips for creating your own vision board and walk you through the process I used!

1. Decide if your board is going to be physical or virtual

My vision board is this linen bulletin board from U Brands, as I prefer my vision boards to be physical. However, you can easily follow the same steps and combine them into a virtual collage (such as for a desktop background) at the end.

2. Reflect on your ultimate goals and aspirations

Once you’ve decided how you will be presenting your finished product, it’s time to reflect on the goals and aspirations you want your vision board to represent. I wanted my board to reflect themes such as the city I want to live in, dream employers or brands I would love to work with, ideas for my dream home, etc.

3. Collect your visuals

Pinterest is my favorite avenue for actually collecting images, but any website you choose to use is fine. At this stage, it’s important to only choose images or quotes that you feel strongly drawn towards. This ensures that what you’re choosing actually represents your greatest dreams and ambitions.

4. Print and arrange your photos or Combine them into a virtual collage

Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve collected, it’s time to put it all together. Canva is a great option for virtual vision boards, but I stuck with printing mine on photo paper and arranging them by hand. Rearrange until you’re happy with how it looks, then pin them down! Once that’s done, you’re ready to hang.

I love my vision board and I’m actually a little sad I’m home for the holidays and don’t get to see it every day. It will be waiting for me when I return in the spring, though!

-K

Welcoming Winter: An OOTD

November is almost over and Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means winter is officially on the way! I’m home in Texas for the holidays which means I’m getting slightly warmer weather than I would back in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t getting cold here, too. After several days of 70-degree weather, this morning I was able to add a sweater to my #OOTD and start bundling up a little more.

Sweaters (especially turtleneck sweaters) are my fave during the winter. I paired my classic white turtleneck sweater with jeans, booties, and a velvet newsboy cap for a super easy winter look. I also appreciate that the hat helps to keep my ears warm when the wind starts picking up!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Hat: Black Newsboy Cap (similar)
Sweater: White Turtleneck Sweater (similar)
Belt: Black Belt with Rectangle Buckle (similar)
Jeans: Classic Straight Jeans – Madewell
Shoes: Amulet Black – Steve Madden

I can’t believe the holidays are already almost here! I’m looking forward to shopping for my friends and family and picking out fun holiday gifts. If you have any winter content you want me to consider making, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

-K

Trend Forecast: Corset Tops

I feel like I had been hunting for secondhand corset tops forever and finally found this one while shopping at Uptown Frisco a few weeks ago! I absolutely love the brown for fall and it pairs perfectly with my leopard skirt. Outfit made in thrifted heaven!

Even though the skirt has white in it as well, I chose to accessorize with black to give it more of a fall look. I feel like the gold accents on my accessories really pull everything together, especially my belt and shoes.

I’m going to have to get creative if I want to keep wearing this outfit once it gets cold- it’s not exactly winter weather-friendly! Luckily, if you’re just now hopping on the corset train you can keep wearing it through to spring with some creative layering. My next challenge for myself is to style the corset with a turtleneck underneath. I’m not going to let some cold weather cramp my style!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Round Plastic Metal Combo Sunglasses – Target
Earrings: Charlotte Earrings – 512 Jewelry
Top: Brown Corset Top (similar)
Belt: Black Belt with Rectangle Buckle (similar)
Skirt: Cheetah Midi Skirt (similar)
Shoes: Amulet Black – Steve Madden

If you own a corset top (or two, or three) where did you get them from? I’m looking to expand my collection to include a black one or white one and I don’t know the best place to shop. Any recommendations are welcomed and appreciated!

-K

Repurposed Designer Pieces from 512 Jewelry

One of my favorite movements right now is repurposed designer jewelry. Essentially, jewelry designers take buttons, charms, or other hardware from vintage designer pieces and repurpose them to create a whole new look. This is great because it means that pre-loved pieces can have a new life as a different accessory, minimizing waste. It’s also great because repurposed designer pieces are often a fraction of the cost of the originals!

I found 512 Jewelry through social media and immediately fell in love. I had been looking to add some repurposed Chanel pieces to my closet, and all of the designs on their site were so gorgeous. I patiently waited for a restock on some of my favorite pieces, and managed to snag all of them the same day! Score!

I bought a pair of gold hoops, a lock necklace (which I had been on the hunt for lately anyways, with or without the Chanel logo), and a rhinestone-studded Chanel charm made into a necklace. These pieces instantly spice up any outfit, and I’m looking forward to wearing them all season long!

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My Tips for shopping 512 Jewelry

1. Act fast

If you’re on the 512 Jewelry website and you see something you like, buy it right then. Their super popular pieces can sell out in minutes, so don’t waste time if you know you want that piece. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck waiting and hoping for a restock on that particular item.

2. Missed out? Follow along on social

Did you miss a restock? Follow along on social to see when the next one will be. 512 Jewelry is good at announcing restock dates in advance, so if you know you’re looking to add a special out-of-stock item to your collection, keep your eyes peeled for any update announcements.
Instagram: @512DesignerJewelry ⋆ TikTok: @512DesignerJewelry

3. Check back often

If it’s a small restock, it’s possible they won’t announce it on social. Check back often to see if what you want appears in-stock again. And again, if you see it- buy it!

4. Orders $100+ qualify for free shipping!

Orders over $100 (typically 2 or more pieces) qualify for free shipping! Save your $$$ and buy in bulk, if you have your eye on more than one piece, of course. Happy shopping!

-K

P.S. Currently obsessed with my headband– you can find it at Target!

Trend Forecast: Preppy Style

I briefly touched on this in my last blog post, but preppy style is back and I’m so excited to see its return! Button-ups, collegiate pullovers, tennis skirts, and headbands are the cutest combo right now, especially with Gen-Z. I went through a hardcore preppy phase when I was younger and I love that this is a more fashion-forward version of what I wore in high school.

I chose to layer my Oklahoma pullover on top of a classic white button-up. I matched the white stitching on the pullover to a white tennis skirt and added white Filas to keep my outfit looking sporty. I wanted to wear a fabric athletic headband but only had one in black, so I chose a black shoulder bag to tie in with my headband and the black Nike swoosh on my skirt. To give my pullover the slightest bit of structure, I lightly tucked one side into the waistband of my skirt. That little detail gave it such a cute asymmetric and casual hemline!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Headband: Black Fabric Headband – Target
Purse: Black Crossbody – bebe
Pullover: Oklahoma Sooners Long Sleeve Crew Sweatshirt – Champion
Shirt: Non-Iron Button-Up – Jones New York
Skirt: Women’s Court Dri-FIT Flouncy Tennis Skirt – Nike
Shoes: Disruptor Sneaker – Fila

I love this look for days where I have class on campus, game day, or really any day that I’m looking to show my Sooner pride! Will you be watching the Red River Rivalry game tomorrow? I know I will be!

-K

Trend Forecast: Jewel Tones

One of my favorite trends for fall 2020 has to be jewel tones. I love the classic white, cream, brown, and black colors that traditionally accompany fall and winter fashion, but jewel tones are making a statement this year and I’m super excited to be able to mix things up. Right now, my favorite jewel tone is ruby red (this might be because I’m an OU student and it’s incredibly close to crimson.)

I knew I wanted to pair my ruby shirt with my pleated skirt because the plaid pattern also has red in it. A match made in heaven! Since the pleated skirt already has a preppy vibe, I decided to really lean into it and accessorize with a pearl headband and matching white booties.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Headband: Pearl Headband – ROMWE
Purse: Croc Embossed Baguette Bag – SHEIN
Shirt: Rust Button-Up – Jones New York
Skirt: Plaid Pleated Skirt – H&M
Shoes: White Heeled Booties (similar)

This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve styled lately! I plan to share another post later in the season about how preppy fashion is making a comeback, so be on the lookout for that. I’m definitely a prepster at heart so all these trends are making my heart sing!

-K

A Day In My Life As A Graduate Student: Fall 2020

It’s been a long time since I shared a day-in-the-life post! The pandemic and hybrid in-person/online school has made it really hard to set a routine for myself, but every week I get closer to finding a schedule that works for me. I’m going to show you what a typical day looks like for me on a day where I have plans with friends, get some work done solo, and have a class to attend in the evening. I hope this helps you get an idea for what life is like as a graduate student!


Even though I knew I was heading to brunch soon, the first thing I had to do when I woke up in the morning was make myself some iced coffee. I live for my caramel iced coffee that I make with a Keurig. Some days I take my iced coffee and a book out to read in our courtyard, but today I had plans and needed to start getting ready sooner. I drank this cup while sitting at my desk while checking my agenda/email and making sure I was caught up and ready for the day.

Because we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, I don’t get to see my friends as often anymore. The safest thing we know how to do is outdoor dining, and today the plan was brunch at a Norman favorite (Neighborhood JAM!) It was supposed to be a little chilly when we arrived but warm up as the morning went on, so I chose to layer a black turtleneck under a silk slip dress.

As always, brunch was *chef’s kiss*. I was the only one who treated myself to a mimosa (the others opted for coffee) and we all ordered “The Heap”, which is essentially just loaded hashbrowns. It kept me full through about 4:00 PM, which I was not mad about. Loved seeing my friends, it had been a while since I saw them since our schedules got a lot harder to plan around with school in full swing!

I checked the mail when I got home and realized that I had two surprises waiting for me! One was some CASETiFY phone cases I had ordered the week before, and the other was a postcard from my friend Erica who recently moved to go to graduate school in Indiana.

I had been wanting a new phone case for a while and immediately swapped out my old one for the black and pink one. It’s too cute, I’m obsessed!

After the high from opening my packages wore off, I decided I should try to get some work done. I was working to get ahead so I could relax when I went out of town in the coming days.

Once the weather warmed up even more, I took my studying outdoors and did some of my work from the comfort of my apartment complex’s rooftop deck. I love this area for relaxing, socializing, and studying, and I’m almost always alone up there! It really is a hidden gem of the complex and I can’t wait to watch football up here later in the season.

After a successful few hours of work, it was time for me to head to my evening class. I snapped this selfie right before heading out to campus. It’s weird having a class that only partially meets in person, but this was one of those days and I did feel a little relief of being able to get out of the house again.

When class ended, it was time to go home and start my evening routine. I had planned to get more work done after class, but I was feeling pretty drained and decided to call it an evening pretty early on. Overall, I had a good day and loved the combo of seeing friends, getting work done, and going to class!

What do your days typically look like? Everyone’s lives are turned upside down right now and we are all looking to add some normalcy to our daily and weekly routines. Let me know how you set a schedule for yourself!

-K