Cuffed + Classy

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{Madewell drapey tee, American Eagle jeans, Bauble Bar tassle necklace, Clinique lipstick}

{J.Crew tortoise bracelet, KJP bracelet, Steve Madden loafer flats}

I am absolutely loving this look. When getting dressed today, I knew I wanted to show off my new jewelry purchases, so I went for a solid black tee and dark jeans to help the jewels stand out. I adore the way these jeans looked cuffed with little Steve Madden loafer flats. Showing off a little ankle made this outfit seem more casual, yet remained classy with the additions of a tortoise print cuff and red lip.

xx, Laina

Monthly Muses | September

The Inspiration:

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This past weekend, my boyfriend and I went on a road trip to the adorable small town of Castile/Mount Morris, New York to explore Letchworth State Park, which was voted the best state park in the country this year. The views of the gorge, mountains, and waterfall were amazing. We walked all along the Genesee River and then had a picnic overlooking the vast landscape. It was so fascinating, and the actual road trip aspect was so much fun. I felt like a little kid again, with no worries at all but just to explore and enjoy the nature around me. Being outdoors all day reminded me of my childhood rock collection and how I used to love to play in mud, which I had almost completely forgotten about! It feels good to be reminded of these childhood memories, especially when I get bogged down with busy college life. I am going to try and continue this nature appreciation throughout the fall season, because the feeling of exploring an unknown place is very exhilarating, and something I really enjoy. This Monthly Muses post has nothing to do with fashion (even though I did try to wear cute hiking clothes-typical,) but rather serves as my recognition that I am striving to appreciate other little luxuries this fall that do not relate to material goods. The waterfall was simply one of the most gorgeous landscapes I have ever seen, and I will hold the memories of this trip close to my heart.

All About: Fall Jewelry

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Here is a roundup of all the statement jewelry pieces I will be wearing this fall:

  1. Michael Kors Watch: An everyday necessity.
  2. BaubleBar leather tassel necklace: My most recent purchase and I could not be more excited to wear this! The soft, crackled leather tassels are the perfect shade of bronze and remind me of the leaves that will soon fall from the trees! This necklace just screams autumn.
  3. J.Crew tortoise cuff: This bracelet is a classic. I have always loved the tortoise pattern, and its dark brown and chestnut colors accompany the fall season perfectly. Paired with riding boots and a plaid scarf, this bracelet gives off a preppy but classy look.
  4. KJP pearl Bracelet: This wrap-around bracelet style from KJP’s newest pearl collection is simple and elegant all at the same time. I love it paired with my J.Crew tortoise bracelet!
  5. Kate Spade earrings: This earrings go well with any outfit in any season. I love the way these studs glam up any outfit and make it look a tad dressier. I want these in every color!
  6. J.Crew pavé link bracelet: Another J.Crew classic, you just cannot go wrong with this bracelet! It’s a little heavier than most bracelets, which is why I think it fits more into fall fashion than summer.

Light + Dark

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{J.Crew embroidered top (now on sale!), J.Crew pavé link bracelet, Essie “Angora Cardi” polish}

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{Forever 21 necklace, American Eagle jeans + sandals}

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{Brandy Meville cardigan}

I have to admit that I’m not quite ready to give up wearing white. Though Labor Day happened almost a month ago, I broke the rules today with this crisp white linen top from J.Crew. Keeping with the change of the season, I paired the embroidered top with dark blue jeans for a balancing effect that would avoid making me look too washed out. My go-to gladiator sandals, Brandy Melville sweater, and simple gold jewelry made this the ideal look for September. I might have to repeat this outfit again sometime soon!

Have a great rest of the week!

xx, Laina

Fall Bucket List

HAPPY FIRST DAY OFAUTUMN (1)

I awoke this misty morning feeling like it was Christmas. The season of autumn begins today with the Fall Equinox. Fall has always been my favorite season ever since I was big enough to jump in a pile of leaves. The thought of cool, crisp air gives me goosebumps (in the best way possible) and I am so excited to see the ivy on the sides of Syracuse University buildings transform from a bright green hue to beautiful shades of orange and red.

At the start of every fall season, I make a bucket list of all the seasonal activities I want to do before the winter rolls around. The list gives me things to look forward to throughout the months leading up to Thanksgiving (which is unsurprisingly my favorite holiday.) Here is my 2015 Fall Bucket List! Enjoy!

  1. Go apple picking
  2. Eat a pumpkin spice donut
  3. Go hiking somewhere far away
  4. Drink a pumpkin spice latte
  5. Send a surprise gift to someone
  6. Find the perfect fall tea
  7. Go on a road trip
  8. Go pumpkin picking
  9. Take LOTS of pictures of fall leaves
  10. Learn how to make a yummy autumn soup or chili
  11. Make s’mores at a bonfire
  12. Wear blanket scarves (duh)
  13. Listen to John Mayer + The Avett Brothers more
  14. Take an evening walk through the park
  15. Find the perfect fall candle
  16. Watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” as many times as I want (its one of my favorites)
  17. Cheer on the SU Football team at games
  18. Bake cookies in my apartment
  19. Do homework on the quad
  20. Invest in a cute pair of loafers

Want to make your own Fall Bucket List? Check out my fall Pinterest board for inspiration!

xx, Laina

Dressing Cute for the Gym

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{Free People strappy top (similar), T.J.Maxx tie-dye sports bra + yoga crops, Lululemon headband}

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{Nike sports bra, Lululemon yoga crops, T.J.Maxx running top, POLO monogrammed baseball cap}

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{Forever 21 mesh t-back sports bra (similar), sorority tank top + water bottle, Lululemon running leggings}

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{VS Pink racerback tank, T.J.Maxx sports bra, Nike running shorts, Vineyard Vines hat, Lilly Pulitzer sorority cup}

There is no reason for fashion to stop when you go to exercise. Dressing cute for the gym helps stay motivated to be healthy- and sometimes actually makes me look forward to getting my butt up to work out (kind of like how dressing cute for class makes me that much more excited to wake up at 7am.) I rounded up some of my go-to gym/yoga outfits and essentials to inspire you to use your eye for fashion beyond the usual things you look cute for.

The main style tip I use when dressing for the gym is to match my sports bra to my shorts/yoga capris or a colorful detail in my tank top. This little tactic pulls the whole outfit together, helping me avoid looking like I threw on a raggedy tank and old shorts to go run. Breaking the bank isn’t necessary to achieve a cute look at the gym. Most of my workout clothes were purchased at T.J.Maxx for $7-$15. I do splurge on a few items, such as a Lululemon headband, Lululemon crops, and Nike running shorts because I wear these all the time.

The mentality of being put-together stretches well beyond the “dress well, test well” mantra. Wearing clean, cute workout clothes will help you feel refreshed as you walk into the gym, instead of that sluggish feeling of dreading your workout.

Do you pay attention to style when dressing for the gym, or do you just throw on whatever workout clothes are clean?

xx, Laina

A September Issue

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{Forever 21 sandals, Michael Kors watch,  KJP bracelet, Essie “Master Plan” polish}

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{Brandy Melville Dress, Urban Outfitters lace bralette, Francesca’s necklace, T.J.Maxx cardigan}

Though the exciting back-to-school feeling is usually associated with the changing of the season, cooler temps, and leaves falling, the weather doesn’t tend to cooperate. Despite the almost unbearable 85 degree weather today, I wanted to incorporate fall fashion into my outfit. This Brandy Melville dress and these Forever 21 sandals are the perfect dark wine/eggplant hues to get me in the fall mood without causing me to sweat to death. The light fabric of the slip dress is airy enough for the September humidity, and has an open back making it an easy garment for a night on the town. However for class, I wore a light shrug in a neutral, oatmeal color to offset the burgundy colors and make the ensemble school-appropriate. Opting for earthy color tones helps match outfits to the autumn season, while still keeping cool comfort in mind.

Let’s hope for fall weather soon!

xx, Laina