Clad in Plaid

Well, fall is coming to a close. The cold air that I was met with this morning only confirmed this fact. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and almost everyone on my street has all of their Christmas lights up. Winter is coming.

One of my favorite patterns to wear during the fall is plaid. It’s such a classic print and it has a scholastic feel to it. This year, however, I found that I hadn’t worn a lot of plaid. I wanted to make sure some of my fall apparel didn’t go unworn, so I took it upon myself to work some plaid into my ensembles before November is out.

Below are three plaid looks that I’ve worn in the past few days.

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I worked all of Thanksgiving weekend. To say I was tired by Sunday night would be an understatement. This picture was taken on Sunday before I went in to work. I based my outfit around my red plaid vest, and went on from there. Considering  part of my uniform is to wear red, this choice was perfect.  It was a bit chilly, so I paired my top with a gray sweater. The sweater really brought out the accents in my vest. To round out the look I opted for classic blue jeans and black leather booties. I was happy with the look, although I wish I had worn different shoes. My feet were killing me after my shift!

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On Monday, I settled for a hint of plaid . The weather was supposed to be north of 60 degrees, so I dressed accordingly. I wore my red tee with denim skinny jeans and my Sperrys. To add some flare to my outfit I put on my plaid scarf. It complimented the red very nicely and had some gold highlights that went with my shoes. The Monday after a break is never easy, but I was happy the sun was shining, even though the air wasn’t quite warm enough to my liking.

imageToday was freezing, so I brought out the turtleneck and the layers. My mom gave me this turtleneck tunic/dress last year and it has become a cold weather staple for me. However, the dress is short sleeved, so I had to put on my flannel. The flannel kept me warmer and added some much needed color to the outfit. I finished the outfit with some black leggings and camel-colored boots. At school during the cold months, I often cover up my outfit with a coat because even in the building I feel a chill. Today was no exception. Luckily for me, my coat actually complemented the rest of my outfit. Plaid is a fun print to work with, so it was cool experimenting with it for the last couple of days.

Although this fall has been crazy and stressful at points, it has also been fun and full of achievement.  I’m not ready for the long winter ahead, but I’m ready for Christmas, so that is something to look forward to. It’s so fun to dress for the holidays, look at all of the lights, and spend time with family, so I’m very excited.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is making it through this week unscathed!

Couturely Sound ❤

 

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It was so nice to wake up this morning knowing that I wouldn’t be back at school for another week. School can be stressful and tiring, so this break was much needed and well deserved.

Now that Thanksgiving break is here, it is finally starting to feel like the holiday season. No matter how old I get, I still feel excitement for this time of year, although the non stop Christmas music playing at my job is becoming slightly annoying…

The holidays season is an exciting time. Somehow the atmosphere seems warmer, and I love all of the food, festivities, and family.

When I got dressed today, some of my Christmas excitement poured into my choice of apparel.

I based my outfit around my striped, red sweater.

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To add layers to my look, I decided to pair denim shorts and black leggings together. The shorts were my tribute to warm weather, as I’m a warm weather girl at heart, and the leggings allowed me to keep warm, although the weather wasn’t extremely chilly today.

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I finished my outfit off with my tan booties and my black scarf. The booties offset the darker colors in the look.

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When I was a little kid, I was very tall for my age and I was extremely extroverted and bubbly. My family always said that I should be a model when I grew up, and at the time, I thought so too. As it turns out, I was simply an early bloomer. Today, I stand at an average height. My personality has also changed significantly, so one could say that I definitely don’t want to be a model someday.

I actually really dislike taking pictures. Being behind a camera brings me a certain level of discomfort. Getting my senior pictures done this summer was a nightmare for me.  One might wonder why I have a blog if I don’t like taking pictures, and my answer to that would be is that I do it for the fashion.

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I feel awkward behind a camera, and it shows. Today when my mom was taking these photos, she had to remind me to relax. Oh, how I wish I could.

In today’s world, the photo is king. A picture can be worth a million bucks. Due to social media among other mediums, we make a lot of judgements based off of pictures. People strive to perfect their Instagram feeds, or strive to post the perfect selfie, and I think it’s kind of exhausting to keep up with all of that. Pictures can be deceiving.  A lot of people feign happiness just by turning up the corners of their mouth with a smile. These instant snapshots don’t tell the whole story. I would hope that no one judged me off of my photos because sometimes they depict me as an awkward individual, and( most of the time) this simply isn’t true. That bubbly six year old still exists in me somewhere deep down…

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Someday I’d like to pursue journalism. When I tell people this, they always ask if I’d ever take the broadcast journalism path, and I always tell them no. Print journalism will do for me. I’m just a little camera shy.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Couturely Sound ❤

Turning Over a New Leaf

Last Monday, to my disdain, I woke up to thick fog and rain. It was exactly the type of weather I needed to put me in a cheery mood. Mondays are hard enough as it is, so the rain and cold made staying in my warm bed all the more tempting.

Fall has been in session for about a week now, but the weather still came as a shock to me.  The transition from summer to fall was abrupt. One day it was 80 degrees and sunny, and then the next day it was 40 degrees and cloudy. I had hoped the weather would ease into cooler temperatures, but that’s not how Colorado works.

I am happy to say that the clouds have finally lifted like they always do. It was so comforting to wake up this morning to sunlight peeking through my window. The vivid reds and yellows of the autumn leaves reflected  onto the walls of my room, and I finally felt like getting up for once. I finally felt motivated.

My mom wanted me to go to the grocery store with her, so I decided that  I would actually get dressed today, rather than staying in my sweats.

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Inspired by the leaves outside of my house, I wanted to play around with the fall color schemes.  When I get dressed, I often first pick out a top or article of clothing  that I want to build my outfit around. Today, it was my mustard-colored top from American Eagle that acted as my base.

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The next thing I thought about was contrast. I scoured through my closet and found my red flannel with green, orange, and yellow accents. It went perfectly with my yellow top.

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I knew the weather was going to be warmer today, so I had a dilemma. Was I going to wear a skirt or jeans? I ended up opting for my boyfriend jeans because they’re just more functional, and they still account for the warmer weather.

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As for shoes, I went with my trusty leather booties.

 

Fall has ever changing weather, so it’s always good to wear layers. My flannel made my outfit more versatile . If it were to get too chilly, I could keep it on. If it got too hot, I could easily take it off and wrap it around my waist, almost creating a new look altogether.

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Lately, I haven’t been making good use of my time, and the cold weather lately has only perpetuated this. Procrastination and lack of motivation have been my Achilles heel, stealing my sleep and my sense of control. I realize that I should tackle each day with a purpose because our days are numbered. Once one passes by, I’ll never get it back. So today, I’m going to get stuff done, stay positive, and prepare for the new week ahead. I am going to turn over a new leaf.

Have a great Sunday!

Couturely Sound ❤

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~Psalm 118:24

All Denim Everything

It’s crazy to think that August is nearing its end. School has been in session for a couple of weeks now, and I’m finally getting back into a routine-sort of. I’ve been so busy, which is good and bad. I like to be occupied, but sometimes I feel as if there isn’t enough time in the day. I’m hoping things will slow down soon, but if not, I’ll just have to speed up.

The end of August does not only mark the (almost) end of summer, but it also marks the end of denim month in the fashion world. August is typically when most magazines release their “denim issues,” and there is something about blue jeans that reminds me of the start of the school year. Last July, I compiled various denim looks together in one post to provide some inspiration for August, but this year I wore some denim looks of my own.

All throughout August, I took snaps of my denim looks whenever I could. All of my looks are down below, so let’s get started.

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My denim jeggings from American Eagle are becoming a staple for me. They are super versatile and comfortable, which is an added plus.

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With my jeans, I wore my purple tie-dye adidas, and my green flowy blouse. Though simple, I found the look to be pretty stylish.

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I built this look around my white frilly blouse from Charlotte Russe. I got the blouse off the clearance rack, so it was quite the steal. I love the shape of this blouse because it created layers in my outfit. Since my top had a flare, I thought it would look super cute with some denim shorts. For extra contrast, I wore my dark brown sandals. I loved how flirty, girly, and summery this look was.

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Nothing celebrates denim month more than a denim romper. I love this romper because it’s cute and playful. I wanted to add some color to my outfit, and I get chilly throughout the day, so I layered my romper with a pink flannel. To complement the pink and the navy blue tones, I wore my beige sandals from American Eagle. I was really happy with how this outfit turned out.

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The day that this picture was taken I had to work. At JCPenney, we are required to wear a red top and denim bottoms on the weekends. I get pretty bored with this combination, so I try my best to add some flare to my uniform. On this particular day, I added my black vest and my black, studded Sam Edelman shoes that my god mom got for me a couple years ago( shout out to Brandi). I stayed within dress code, but I also showcased  my personality. It was a win-win.

imageBoyfriend jeans are my favorite! I’ve been wearing them for a few years now, and I love wearing them with sneakers or slip on shoes like my Sperrys. Boyfriend jeans give off such a cool and laid back vibe, but they are still really stylish. My jeans and my red top are all from American Eagle-go figure( if you haven’t  realized it yet, AE is my favorite store). I wanted to accessorize a little bit so I wore my simple, silver necklace. On this day, I felt comfortable and cool.

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The boot cut jean is not only perfect with a nice pair of boots, but really any shoe with a lift. I typically save my boot cut jeans for fall, but I thought it would be fun to cheat and wear them a little earlier. With my jeans, I wore my white cami from Charlotte Russe with a green bomber from AE. As for shoes, I wore my brown sandals. I loved the earthy color scheme of this outfit. Over the years, I’ve favored neutral color schemes because they never fail me.

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I took this picture today. I didn’t have time to take a full body photo because, ya know, life, but I was happy I managed to get this shot. I had to work today, so the red and the denim came back out. Wanting to spice up my uniform, I didn’t go with the traditional denim jeans, opting instead for a jean skirt. I love jean skirts. They are so playful, and I remember wearing them a lot as a little kid. Who else remembers skorts? I used to wear denim skorts all the time too hahaha. I wore a knit vest with my skirt and red top to add some dimension.  I complemented my outfit with my Sperrys.

I love denim because it’s classic and simple. A lot of people love their sweats, but I think a great pair of jeans are just as comfortable. Denim is timeless, having remained cool across several decades. I’m glad the fashion world takes a month to celebrate it.

It was fun compiling this denim lookbook for you! Fall is coming soon, so enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

Have a great rest of your August.

Couturely Sound ❤

 

Last First Day of School

Hey everyone! I hope your weekend has gone well and you’re enjoying this last month of summer. I’m holding on to every second of it.

I haven’t updated my blog in a while, and for that I apologize. I’ve been swamped with working, practice, and all of life’s other responsibilities.

Inspiration has also evaded me. It can be challenging to come up with a topic to write about, and it was hard to share outfits when my summer wardrobe consisted mainly of workout clothes or work clothes. Super cute right? Not really.  I was sure that no one cared to see me in that attire.

With school fast approaching, I’ve managed to kind of get my life together-mostly because I have to. Hopefully, I’ll get back on track with posting blogs too because I really missed it.

My senior year of high school starts on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited. Not for the school part, but the last year part. It’s also kind of bittersweet because time has gone by so fast, and I’ll have to grow up pretty soon. I always tell my friends and family that I don’t necessarily want to be an adult, but I definitely want to be out of high school. Maybe I’ll find a way to maintain that balance.

The first day of school was always exciting for me growing up. There was something about meeting new teachers and seeing who was in my classes that made me eager to start. I’m going to get superficial here, but the first day is also the day to make first impressions after a long summer of not seeing anyone. Everyone always seems to dress their best those first couple weeks of school. Tuesday will be my last “first day of school” in the traditional sense. It will be my last time participating in the annual dress to impress day.

To celebrate, I thought I’d share a possible first day of school outfit that I threw together.

First, I had to get out the backpack.

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I wanted to go with a simple approach, so I put on some jeans and a white blouse.

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To stay in the spirit of summer, I added a pop of color to my outfit with my purple tie-dye adidas.

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It’s been a while since I’ve held my backpack, and let’s just say I didn’t necessarily miss carrying it everyday.

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My outfit was pretty simple, but that’s how I like it. Some of the boldest statements are made when you say nothing at all; the same can be said about fashion.

I’m still not sure what I’ll wear on Tuesday, but whatever it is, I’ll wear because I want to wear it. My advice to everyone starting school soon is to be yourself. High school doesn’t last forever, so don’t waste your time trying to impress people you are around for a small portion of your life at the expense of your own happiness. Make yourself happy because you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.

Good luck to everyone starting school soon! I wish you all the best for this new year, and hope that you enjoy these last days of summer!

Couturely Sound ❤

 

Red, White, and Blue

This summer is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already July! Before I know it, I’ll be back in school.

One of my main goals this summer was to stay productive. So far, I think I’ve managed to do so. I just got a new job, and for the past couple of days I’ve been training. To all of you out there who think retail is easy, it’s not. My job will be a new challenge for me, but I’m so happy that it’s keeping me busy!

Due to the 4th of July promotion going on at the store, we were told that we could wear any red, white, and blue combination for the next few days ( if only the dress code were always that loose).

I could’ve just worn a basic red shirt with some jeans, but I wanted to play with my outfit a bit more. What I wore today wasn’t too complex, but I felt that it was still cute, functional, and festive.

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I wore a white( well, it’s more cream)camisole blouse with a bright red work shirt. I really like the cami because it has a corset in the back (which I’ll show another time) and it’s very frilly and girly.

The weather outside was warm, but I knew I was bound to get cold being indoors for a large fraction of the day, so that’s why I opted for a quarter sleeve layer.

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We were allowed to wear jeans today, so I definitely capitalized off of that! My light denim jeggings from American Eagle are so comfortable, and they are becoming such a staple for me. I can wear them in so many different ways. For today, they were the blue that went with my red and white.

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My dad got me on Sperrys about five years ago, and since then I haven’t been able to quit them. I got this pair a few months ago, and they are really comfortable-perfect for standing on your feet all day. They’re also pretty cute too. I like the contrast they create with the rest of my outfit.

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I don’t dabble in makeup much, but when I do, I keep it light like I did today.

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I also kept my accessories minimal, opting for my red studs and pearl earrings with my simple silver necklace. On the rings, the words “faith” and “joy” are engraved-they acted as simple reminders to get me through the day. I threw my hair into a ponytail to get it out of the way, and my look was complete! I felt festive, stylish, and ready for work!

I’m so excited for all of the opportunities and experiences that will come my way in the next year. I can’t wait to share them!

Happy 4th!

Couturely Sound ❤

 

Friday Feeling

Well, its Friday. The weekend shouldn’t hold much significance to me, as I’m on summer break which is basically a two month long weekend, but it does. School may be out, but the grind doesn’t really stop in a lot of ways, especially for those who have summer jobs or rigorous summer workouts.

Today was absolutely beautiful. The temperature was nice and toasty just how I like it. The sunshine was endless, the sky was a vivid blue, and the trees were a calming green as they rustled in the slight breeze. Summer is my season; I love it to death.

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Luckily for me, I was able to step outside for a couple of hours. It was so nice to finally be able to wear an outfit and not cover it up with a jacket or sweater  because of a chill in the air. I don’t know how many times I had to do that this past spring.

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Green is one of my favorite colors.  It’s so pretty and calming. This fact may have been why I opted for this green top. It’s frilly, flirty, and perfect for summer.

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I love contrast, so that is why I added a purple tank under my top. I thought it complemented the light green nicely.

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To accent the colors in of my top and tank, I decided to wear my khaki shorts. They are one of my favorite pairs of shorts, and they topped my outfit off nicely.

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As for shoes, I chose my comfy brown sandals. Like I said, I’m a contrast type of girl, so naturally I chose dark shoes to balance out the lighter colors of my outfit.

Today was so nice, and I can’t wait for more sunshine and warmth to come. I hope your weekend is fun and bright.

Now, time for me to watch the NBA Finals. The Warriors just might sweep the Cavs( and their entire playoff run…) Crazy stuff!

Couturely Sound ❤