New Year // Commitments & Clichés

It’s that time of year again – the time when we all start promising to make changes, to grow and improve (oh wait, I already did that…)! And even though it is a cliche, there’s something nice about making big plans and dreaming up new goals and schemes.

I already got off to a little bit of a head start with my new plans for the blog, but I thought it might be nice to think about a few other goals too.

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1. Do more crafts: I’ve always loved arts and crafts. As a kid I was constantly working on some sort of DIY project. This past year I started getting back into it a little (having a Michael’s Craft Store open up only a few blocks away certainly helped) and it’s a trend a want to continue in 2015.

2. Journal again: Also something I did a lot as a kid (pretty much every night!), but have fallen out of practice with as a grown-up. I want to start again, not every night, but somewhat regularly! There’s something about putting pen to paper that I find amazingly therapeutic – maybe it’s just the lack of red zig-zag lines telling me I’ve spelled every other word incorrectly. 😉

3. Stick to an exercise program: OK – this one is a super cliché. But I have to say it. I NEED to do it. I’m not talking anything ground breaking either – I don’t want to run a marathon. My goal is to just be regular about it – I’d be happy with doing yoga twice a week.

4. Make more plans: So – with all the crafting and journaling and yoga I want to be doing this year – I’m not really sure when I’ll have time for more plans, but I want to try! And, yes “plans” is very broad – that’s on purpose – could be as simple as happy hour with a friend (or maybe, yoga with a friend!!) OR it could be bigger – like weekend getaways!

5. Blog: Blog, blog, blog, blog, blog. I want to blog enough this year that I can have a “2015 Recap” post this time next year. I want to collaborate and network more – so I’m not just living in my own little blog bubble. I want to stick to my plan. And I want to be proud of my work and excited to share it. That’s big issue for me – I’ll put together a post, but then I won’t share it anywhere  because I’m scared of what people will think. Big goal for 2015 is to get over that anxiety!!

So that’s my list for 2015! Are you the resolution making type? What do you want to accomplish this year?

 xoxCrissie

*Photo (and NYE decor!) by me

Making A Change

I have something to confess.

I don’t really know anything about fashion. And lately, I feel like I know very little about style either.
For the past 5 years I’ve been a “Fashion Blogger,” and with that title I always feel an obligation to be a fashion expert. I feel like I should always be stylish, fashionable and perfectly dressed.

Recently, I’ve been handicapped by that feeling.

I never feel inspired to do posts, because I worry that I’ll say the wrong thing and look silly. And, beyond just the blog – I rarely feel good about what I’m wearing. My dresser is stuffed with items I never wear – either because I don’t like them anymore, I don’t have the right things to wear them with, or they don’t fit. I end up wearing the same thing over and over, and just going with what’s comfortable – not what’s “fashionable.” And it makes me feel like a horrible failure of a fashion blogger.

So, I’m making a change.

It’s a two-part adjustment – one part blog life, and one part real life.

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On the real life side of things, I want to do some serious closet rehab. I want to purge the things that I don’t like or wear, and rebuild a wardrobe that works for me (and makes me happy)!

On the blog side, I want to explore what that new wardrobe should be. I want to shift from being a fashion blog to being a style blog. I want it to be an exploration of style, and a journey to discover what personal style really is. I don’t want to be an expert voice. I want to be a learner and an observer.

SO, what changes might you, dear reader, notice?

1.  More Personal Stories – I want to share the steps I take on my adventure to discover my personal style (with posts about cleaning my closet and refining my wardrobe). And, my current Real Life Style posts will change a bit as well – I want to make them more about things I love wearing, not just perfect outfits carefully chosen for a blog photo shoot. I want to be open and honest – especially when I have no idea what I’m talking about.
2.  A New Perspective – I want to infuse a personal style element into every post I do. So, for example, a celebrity get the look post would focus less on where to buy the items the star is wearing, and more on what it says about her fashion habits. A post about a trend will look at how to incorporate trends into an overall style, etc.
3.  More Consistency – this is the big one. I want to be inspired to post so that I post more. I am pretty excited about this shift in direction, so my promise to you is more posts, more often. 🙂

Thanks for sticking with me. Hope you’re excited for this new adventure. I know I am (well, excited and scared)!

xoxCrissie

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Real Life Style #28 // Fall Uniform

I’m really not kidding when I say this is my fall uniform. I’ve been wearing some combination of jeans, boots, a button down and a blazer (or a sweater – sometimes both!) just about everyday this season. It’s simple but still cute, don’t think I’m going to get sick of it anytime soon!

Do you have a go-to look for fall?

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xoxCrissie

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Shopping List // Brown Booties

Recently I have come to the shocking revelation that my fall wardrobe is missing a key element, stunning, I know! But the versatile brown ankle bootie does not {yet} have a place in my closet. It’s really unclear how I’ve survived this long without a pair…

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xoxCrissie

Princess Lessons // Coats V2

Ok I admit it – I’ve done this post before. However – that was a while ago, and in the time that has passed since HRH has worn many additional chic coats. So I figured it was high time for Queen of Coats, V2.

I have serious closet envy. It’s not even that she has this many amazing coats – do you know how much room coats take up? I could never fit that many in my tiny apartment – even if I used all available space. She must have an entire wing at Kensington Palace dedicated solely to coat storage.

Here are just a few of my top selections from the  Kate Middleton coat collection – which are your favorites?

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xoxCrissie

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Real Life Style #27

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m excited to be getting back to Real Life Style posts – and I thought my return to the personal style game would be a great time to share a little bit of my fashion philosophy.

I love a good casual look {even for work!}. Jeans and flats are everyday staples – but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to look polished and well put together. I also like to keep things pretty simple, I wear a lot of classic pieces mixed with a few more trendy items. And when I really love something I hold on to it for a long time.

Today’s look is a perfect example! Jeans, a white button down, and a sweater – dressed up with a statement necklace and paired with loafers and a vintage bag that I’ve had forever!!

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jeans: madewell // top: gap // sweater: banana republic (similar) // shoes: zara (similar) // bag: vintage dooney and burke (also seen here) // ring: madewell (similar) // necklace: similar

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xoxCrissie

*photos by Kelsey Combe

DIY // Neon Rope Necklace

Over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling an urge to be crafty – to do things like buy glue guns and puff-paint. So, over the weekend I indulged my inner DIY-er and ventured to Michael’s in search of a project. Inspired by this necklace I ended up with some pretty beads, silver connectors and a lot of neon pink cord…

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What I used:
Parachute Cord
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Beads
Needle and Thread
Crimp Closures
Lobster Claw Clasp
3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers

What I did:
I started by measuring out a length of cord and folding it in half. Then I used the pliers to pinch the 2 sides together with a connecter and attached a bead next to it with some thread. I repeated those steps until I had the all the beads I wanted.
To finish I pinched crimp closures onto the ends of the cord and then attached a lobster claw clasp.

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It’s not perfect – but I kind of love it… I also have a lot of left-over parachute cord… which means more projects!!

xoxCrissie

Friday Favorites // Beauty

I’ve never been very picky about beauty products – in fact, most of the time I’m perfectly happy with drug store finds and things I get for free in gift bags. But lately I’ve been exploring a little more, delving into the crazy world of beauty products, I even ventured into Sephora!!!

So – full disclosure – most of my current favorites are still things I found in a drug store or got as a gift… but I’ve been making the effort – that counts right?? 

Let’s start off with the Psssst! Years ago, this was the first dry shampoo I ever used {if you don’t count baby powder…} and every since I’ve been obsessed with dry shampoos. I’ve tried tons of them – but Psssst! is the only one that actually makes my hair feel cleaner. {actually bought this one!}
MAC nail polish. I’m usually an Essie girl, but I love love love this MAC color, Rougemarie. It’s a pretty deep red color which is one of my favorite nail colors in the fall {along with purples!} AND it dries quickly and lasts well – my DIY mani grew out more than it chipped – win! {This one was a gift.} 
 
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black.  TIP- one does not actually need to roll on their rollerball fragrance. Just a dab will do the trick – full roll and you may knock people out. {Just assuming… Not talking from experience or anything… nope.} It’s a little deeper than my go-to scents, I usually like fresh, light fragrances, but there is something really compelling about Nirvana Black – a blend of Violet, Sandalwood and Vanilla. {I think this was a gift bag treasure, passed along to me by a co-worker!}
 
Urban Decay: Naked Basics. This purchase was a part of my goal to up my eye makeup game. From watching a multitude of YouTube tutorials I learned that just about every beauty vlogger has a Naked palette. Eyeshadow still scares me a little – I’m never sure what to do with all the colors – so I went with the Basic set instead of the full one. It has been great – I can do everyday eyes – and have even attempted a smokey eye look with it!! It is missing a sparkly shadow – so that might have to be my next purchase – any suggestions??

You may have noticed there’s also a candle in this photo – that’s just because I think it looks pretty. It’s a great candle as well, but not related to the beauty theme of this post. So if you want to know more about it go here. 😉

PS – I’m really excited about this post because I made a cool light box to shoot the picture it. My apartment doesn’t get much light – and whenever I tried to take pictures I’d get tons of harsh, ugly shadows. BUT one DIY tutorial later and Ta-Da! Great {well, better} pictures!! 
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Color Crush // Burgundy

Isn’t Fall a wonderful time of year? Cool, crisp days that are still full of sunshine – cozy layers, boots!! And a shift in colors – I’m not just talking the leaves. Fall means we swap out our bright summer colors for the deeper, darker colors of autumn.

Let’s start with burgundy {or wine, ox-blood, berry, merlot, whatever you’d like to call it!} I love this rich shade for Fall, especially layered with neutrals like white, cream and grey.

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How would your wear it?
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xoxCrissie

 

How to Dress // Olivia Palermo

I think it’s fair to say that Olivia Palermo is street style royalty – always looking impossibly chic whenever she’s caught on camera. And coming out of fashion month she’s given us enough stylish snaps to last at least through fall!

Here’s a look I’d love to duplicate – chambray and white with a cute strappy sandal. Would you wear it?

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xoxCrissie

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