Trailblazer

Remember when I said I was dreaming up new #OOTDs when stuck in bed last week? This is one of them. I’ve been sitting on this blazer for a while, unsure quite how to style it. During my hours on bedrest, I decided to mentally go through my wardrobe and finally figure out the solution!

The answer deceptively simple. Since I work in an office with a casual-chic dress code, I knew I didn’t have to dress it up too much- in fact, I should probably focus on dressing it down. So, I paired it with a plain white tee, my trusty black jeans, and my signature Adidas. This look screams “woman on the go” while still being professional. I’m always trying to perfect the line between casual and presentable, and I think this fits that perfectly!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Bandana: Black Bandana – Hobby Lobby
Blazer: Twill Blazer – Target
Shirt: Slim-Fit Fine-Gauge Rib-Knit Tee – Old Navy
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: Mid-Rise Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

Half In, Half Out

Something I famously tell people is that “I don’t half-ass anything,” but I might have made an exception for this look. I’ve seen a lot of this half tucked-in look all on Pinterest lately, and I wanted to give it a shot. I had only seen it with jeans, but I thought it could be super cute with a pair of high-waisted shorts, too!

The outcome? An outfit that’s light, airy, and perfect for a moderate summer day! I decided to keep the half-and-half theme going and tuck my hair behind my left ear, the opposite side than where I tucked my shirt it. It gives the whole ensemble some nice symmetry, and helps me show off my cute earrings!

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Earrings: Tortoise Disc Post Earrings – Target
Shirt: White Button-Up (similar)
Shorts: Cotton Twill Shorts – H&M
Shoes: Zone Ankle Strap Sandal – Steve Madden

I’m interested in seeing how the half-in-half-out looks with a skirt. I plan on trying it out soon, so stay tuned in to the blog and my Instagram to see the outcome!

-K

Good Vibes Only

Fun fact: this is actually the first bodysuit I’ve ever owned! They’re a trend I’ve been eyeing for a while- I tuck in basically everything I wear, so a bodysuit would actually make a lot of sense in most cases- but I never could find one that I felt fit me properly and looked good. Luckily, I found this one at Uptown Austin! It fits perfectly, and I think the reminder to have “good vibes” is so cute.

I wore this version of the #OOTD out to go run errands, but then changed into jeans to go see Toy Story 4 later in the evening. (Go see it if you haven’t already. It’s adorable!) I think I actually liked the jean look better, but the denim skirt version is cute, too. They definitely have two very different vibes going on. Maybe I’ll share the details of the jeans version in a later post!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Cateye Sunglasses – Target
Top: Black Bodysuit (similar)
Skirt: Denim Mini Skirt (similar)
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

How do you wear bodysuits? Do you have any specific brands you like? I think I’m going to be fully embracing this trend, since it so closely aligns with my personal style, so I would love to hear your suggestions!

-K

All About Embroidery

I’ve been super into embroidery lately. I went through a phase a few years ago where I was staunchly against it, no matter what form it was in. (This was during the phase where boho fashion was super in, so the embroidery that came along with that trend just wasn’t really my style.) I’ve been super digging the embroidery I’ve seen recently, though, and when I found this skirt at Uptown Cheapskate I knew I had to snag it!

I wasn’t really sure how to wear it for a while (it actually hung on its hanger with its tag still on up until this morning,) but I love this #OOTD for work or play! My office is pretty frosty, so I made sure to pair it with a denim jacket. (Not pictured, but it looks super cute to tie the jacket around your waist if you get hot, too!) Now that I got the ball rolling, I’m excited to pair this skirt with more options in the future.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Jacket: Freeborn Denim Jacket – Target
Shirt: Slim-Fit Fine-Gauge Rib-Knit Tee – Old Navy
Skirt: Black Floral Mini Skirt (similar)
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

I’ve been stocking up on some cute new clothing items, so expect some new #OOTDs soon! Check back soon to see what I bought.

-K

Shades Stay On

I love my weekend days. I have my barre or pilates class in the morning to get my sweat on, but still have the rest of the day to be productive (or if I need the mental break, to do nothing.) I also love the weekend because this is when I get to be really creative with my wardrobe- I love fusing my professional wear with more casual pieces for a funky blend of #girlboss and easygoing.

When I get all dressed up, it’s an extra incentive to go out and get some errands done. (Or more likely, go shopping on a whim because I don’t actually have any pressing errands to run.) What’s the point of a cute outfit if the world doesn’t see it?

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Cateye Sunglasses – Target
Top: Drapey Tie-Neck Top – J. Crew
Skirt: Back To School Skirt – Altar’d State
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

Back to work tomorrow, but luckily my dress code won’t affect my wardrobe too much! Maybe I’ll incorporate this leopard top into a casual chic ensemble soon.

-K

Austin Room Tour

As some of you know, I moved down to Austin last Friday, and recently I finished up decorating my new room! It took me a few days to get everything exactly how I wanted it, but I’m so in love now. It has a lot of the same elements from my apartment back home in Norman, which really helps me feel comfortable in a new space!

One of my favorite spaces in my room is my desk area. I basically transplanted my desk in Norman here in Austin because I loved the layout so much. (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!) I spend a lot of time at my desk writing blog posts, browsing Pinterest, and listening to music. I knew I was going to sit here frequently whenever I’m home, so I made sure it was organized, cute, and personable! The only difference between this desk layout and the one at my apartment is the addition of the photo board that hangs above my head- in Norman, it’s a gallery wall.

My dresser is another aspect of my room that I basically transplanted from Norman. Since my dresser is one of the first places in my room that I see in the morning, I wanted to make sure it was as cute and efficient as possible. Because of this layout, I have easy access to all my accessories, and other things like pajamas and workout gear. I had to bring my letter board with me- it’s one of my favorite parts of my room!

This little nook is completely new and different from anything I have at college. I found this little stuffed bird in the Target dollar section, and I fell in love. I knew I had to have him! In addition to my feathery friend, I also store my self-help books here.

This should look familiar! I brought my entire bed set from Norman during the move, down to my fluffy cow Émile. The photo boards are a new addition, but everything else about my bed stayed the same.

One of my goals for the summer is to learn basic tumbling, starting with a cartwheel. Luckily, my room is large enough to practice in! If I progress any further than a cartwheel or a roundoff I’ll probably have to head to the backyard, but for now my carpeted floor is good for me.

I had such a fun time decorating my room and making it my own! I can’t wait to bring y’all more #ATX content soon. If there’s anything you want me to experience or review while I’m here through August, let me know!

-K

Hello, Sunshine

Yesterday was windy and in the 80s, but today is cold and in the 40s. It’s mid-April, so this sudden temperature drop is pretty annoying, but I also really appreciate getting one last chance to wear some of my colder-weather pieces. I love turtlenecks, and although I have some short-sleeve and no-sleeve ones that are more appropriate for spring and summer, I feel like a long-sleeved turtleneck should be reserved for colder weather.

So here’s today’s #OOTD! The yellow turtleneck is kinda cropped and a little hard to tuck into things, but I made it work with the black belt which helps keep it in place. I think the black belt helps tie in the black from my riding boots, too.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Turleneck: Yellow Turtleneck (similar) 
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: Mid-Rise Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans – Old Navy
Boots: Ellie Waterproof Knee High Riding Boot – BLONDO

70 degree weather, please come back! I have more spring #OOTDs I want to share!

-K

A Big Re-Leaf

Yesterday, I had a 10 page research paper due for my US-Latin American Relations class. I usually don’t mind writing papers, especially when I get to choose the subject matter, but for some reason I put that monstrosity of a research paper off until 10 hours before the due date. Thanks to some study tunes, the focused vibe of the Bizzell Memorial Library, and lots of coffee, I got it done with an hour and a half to spare. It was a real relief, for sure.

Since I was still feeling strained from all the brain exertion I put forth yesterday, I made sure to keep to a more laid-back #OOTD today to help me recover. It was a little toasty in my jeans, but comfy nonetheless!

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Sunglasses: Cateye Sunglasses – Target
Shirt: V-Neck Tee (similar)
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: Mid-Rise Rockstar 24/7 Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

The weather is getting to be in the 80s consistently and I am so excited! It’s about time to pack up my winter gear and bring the summer wardrobe back out full-time. Keep checking back to see my next #OOTD!

-K

Leafy Greens

Oklahoma decided it was going to have another round of ice come through last night, which I found extremely rude since I actually had things I needed to go out and do today. Over the past few weeks my ice-driving skills have improved tremendously, but I’ll still be glad when I can leave my apartment and not worry about slipping and falling down a flight of stairs.

My big errand for the day was grocery shopping, which I like to do on Sunday mornings after I work out. I buy a lot of perishable food items, so shopping once a week is essential. And since spring break is coming up in just under two weeks, I bought even more fresh fruits and veggies than usual to encourage me to eat healthier up until the trip. (A. because I want my body to be as spring break ready as possible, and B. because I know I’m going to eat a lot of great food on that trip. Photos to come!)

Despite the weather, I chose an #OOTD that included a skirt and tank top. Dress for the weather you want, not the weather you have. Right? I thought adding suede boots and a jacket made it more weather-appropriate, if only slightly.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Cateye Sunglasses – Target
Jacket: Dark Green Jacket (similar)
Tank Top: Black Rib-Knit Tank – Old Navy 
Skirt: Women’s Velvet Skater Skirt – Urban Coco
Boots: Ellie Waterproof Knee High Riding Boot – BLONDO

Truthfully, I’m tired of my cold weather clothes, so I’m really hoping some warm weather rolls in soon. Check back soon to see my next #OOTD!

-K

A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots

As per usual, I completely misread the weather forecast and dressed totally wrong for what the day would have in store. This morning started out as 50 degrees, so I figured a short sleeve shirt would be fine, as long as it continued to warm up throughout the day. But by the time I got out of my 10:30 class, it was 40 degrees, and still dropping. I really regretted not wearing a black sweater instead, but it was such a cute outfit that really it was all okay!

I got these leopard pants while out shopping with my mom last Thursday. They’re meant to be dress pants for work, but I thought they were playful enough that I could wear them day-to-day if I rolled up the hem and cropped them a bit.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Bandana: Black Bandana – Hobby Lobby
Shirt: Women’s Fitted Short Sleeve Crew T-Shirt – Target
Necklace: Scorpio Pendant Necklace – J. Crew
Pants: Leopard Skinny Ankle Pants – Target
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

Despite completely misjudging the weather, I loved this outfit and will definitely be keeping it in my rotation! Check back soon for my next #OOTD.

-K