Hot N Cold

It’s officially that time of the year (at least in Oklahoma) where it’s freezing in the morning and perfectly pleasant by the afternoon. When selecting my outfits on days like today, I try to dress for the happy medium of the two temperatures- which usually includes a fusion of my summer and winter wardrobe.

I actually wore almost this exact outfit back in August– minus the mock-neck top, of course. I love being able to take wardrobe pieces and adapt them from season to season. This skirt works just as well in November as it did three months ago, and that’s how I know it was a worthwhile investment into my wardrobe!

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Necklace: Scorpio Pendant Necklace (similar)
Top: White Mock Neck Top (similar)
Skirt: Green Mini Skirt – Divided by H&M
Shoes: Grand Court Sneaker – Adidas

Also: It’s finally #ScorpioSzn! This pendant necklace is my go-to accessory during my birthday month. Only one week until I’m 22!

-K

Born to be Wild

I love the quote that goes something like “I was born to be wild, but only until 9 p.m. or so.” I feel like that has perfectly described me lately- with the ramping up of basically everything in my life, I’m working to continue making sleep a priority. Being in bed by 10 every night helps me get up super early for my Tuesday/Thursdays, which is essential because I like to beat the crowds to campus and have some peace and quiet for my #OOTD shoots, all before my 9 a.m. class. It definitely sets me up for a busy day!

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Scrunchie: Black Scrunchie – Walmart
Top: Women’s Fitted Short Sleeve Crew T-Shirt – Target
Dress: Short Leopard Dress – H&M
Shoes: Ward Sneaker – Vans

I’ve also found that adequate sleep also helps me manage my stress levels, something I’m already finding to be super important this year. How do you manage your stress levels?

-K

Stop and Smell the Roses

Week two of senior year is in the books! It’s all flying by so quickly already, so I need to remind myself from time to time to stop and smell the roses. I feel like this semester will be gone before I know it, and I want to make sure I value my last fall semester as an undergrad!

I don’t want to time to pass too quickly, but I wouldn’t mind fast-forwarding to days with some cooler weather. I have so many cute long sleeves and outerwear items, I want to show them off! Until then, enjoy more #OOTDs with crop tops and shorts.

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Bandana: Black Bandana – Hobby Lobby
Earrings: Smooth Metal C Hoop Earrings – Target 
Top: Floral Crop Top – Charlotte Russe
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Shorts: Cotton Twill Shorts – H&M
Shoes: Grand Court Sneaker – Adidas

Can’t wait for my last first home football game of this season on Sunday! I’m pretty exhausted from this week, but I’m always in the mood for some Sooner football. September 1 (& hopefully cooler days), here I come!

-K

Stripes on Stripes

I’m ready for cooler weather, but summer in full swing means I can still get away with wearing crop tops to class. It’s super hot in Oklahoma, and that means I generally want to be wearing as little clothing as possible while still being classroom-appropriate.

As you all know, I love a good black-and-white look, especially when stripes are involved. I decided to try to play up the stripes look by coordinating my top with the stripes on my shoes and adding a belt (AKA one giant stripe) at my waist. Cute, classic, and casual for class!

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Top: Striped Crop Tee (similar)
Belt: White Belt (similar)
Shorts: Cotton Twill Shorts – H&M
Shoes: Grand Court Sneaker – Adidas

Dear Oklahoma weather: I love you, but can we just cool it just a little bit? Like even a little? My closet would thank you.

-K

First Day of Senior Year

Wakey, wakey Upper East Siders. Welcome to the first day of senior year, and the onset of a new social dynasty.

Gossip Girl, Season 2: Episode 4

I almost can’t believe it- today is my last first day of my undergraduate career! I still have one first day back in my future, but somehow I feel like the first day of senior year is an even bigger deal. This time next year I’ll have a bachelor’s degree!

I’m always just as excited to pick out my first day of school #OOTD as I am to start a new school year. (AKA very excited- I actually love the start of school!) When I first did my H&M haul a few weeks ago, I put together this outfit and immediately fell in love. I knew it would be the perfect look for my first day back on campus, especially after a full week of basically existing in athletic gear for Pride Camp!

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Earrings: Tortoiseshell/Gold Earrings (similar)
Top: Ribbed Crop Top – H&M
Shorts: Cotton Twill Shorts – H&M
Shoes: Gold Wedge Sandals (similar)

I’m so excited to see what this year brings. Can’t wait to share more of my senior adventures with y’all- stay tuned!

-K

Wedding Szn

I already knew I loved weddings, but that idea was reaffirmed this weekend when I got to attend the wedding of my friends Kendall and Stephen. This was the first wedding I had ever attended that was for friends, so that made it extra special (and made me feel extra emo.) I’m gonna need more of my friends to get married STAT, because I might just have an obsession now. (Maybe I should consider a career of being a publicist slash blogger slash wedding planner?)

As this was my first wedding for me to attend in easily the last 7 years, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to wear. I brought some options back from Austin with me, but nothing felt right. So, on the morning of the 4 p.m. wedding, I was the first one in the door of my local TJ Maxx, frantically searching for a wedding outfit.

Luckily, I found this jumpsuit! I hadn’t considered a jumpsuit as an option before, but I’m super in love with this one. It’s extremely flattering and comfy (there was a lot of dancing in my future, so I knew I needed something with very little movement restriction.) I bought this purse to go with it at Marshall’s, and I’m in love with how the #OOTD turned out!

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Jumpsuit: Faux Wrap Jumpsuit – Tiana B
Purse: Black Geometric Crossbody (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden Carrson Sandal

Anyways, anyone getting married soon and want to add me to the guest list? I’ll buy you something moderately priced off of your registry and take cute boomerangs of your first dance, I promise!

-K

Need for Tweed

Who doesn’t love a good thrift store find? I always seem to find gems when I go thrifting (although maybe that’s because I have more of an eclectic style than others.)

My most recent thrift store treasure is this pink tweed blazer I found at Goodwill in Frisco! When I first came across it, I immediately knew that some people would find it absolutely horrendous (my sister even went so far as to tell me it looked Umbridge-esque), but I loved it. As I explained to my dad while we waited in the checkout line, “It slaps. Other people may think it’s ugly, but I think it goes hard, and that’s all that matters.”

I loved pairing the blazer in this #OOTD with a more casual skirt, shoes, and backpack purse. They helped me dress down the blazer for my casual-chic office dress code, but still keep the look tied together.

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Bag: Backpack-Purse (similar)
Blazer: Pink Tweed Blazer (similar)
Top: Slim-Fit Fine-Gauge Rib-Knit Tee – Old Navy
Skirt: Lace-Up Skirt (similar) 
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

Do y’all have any tips for thrifting? My experiences have always been hit-or-miss. That partially makes it fun, but I’m also searching for a method to the madness! If you have any tried-and-true thrifting tactics, share them in the comments! I would love to hear them.

-K

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!

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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.

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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