Fine Jewelry with AU|rate

Fine Jewelry with AU|rate

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I spent last weekend in Washington, D.C. and it got me thinking about the next few months. I graduate law school in May, then will spend two and a half months studying for the Bar Exam. I’ll then move to D.C. to start working! It’s a very exciting time, but it’s also quite hectic. Still, as I was walking through the streets of D.C., I was getting so excited for the next chapter of my life. A major change associated with the next chapter, however, is that I will spend a majority of my life in business/business casual clothing. As a young professional, I think it’s important to always look my best. I also enjoy adding touches of my personality to otherwise standard business wear. Continue reading “Fine Jewelry with AU|rate”

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo

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Toward the end of fall semester, I started feeling like I had too much stuff. I think the feeling was exacerbated by also feeling like I didn’t have enough space to adequately store my stuff. Lack of closet space, lack of bins to put miscellaneous items, etc. all contributed to feeling really overwhelmed. Over the last few years, I’ve said I need to go through my closet but just haven’t made the time to do it. Continue reading “Marie Kondo”

Gifts For Men

Gifts For Men

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Today I wanted to share my top picks for gifts for men. Whether it’s a significant other, brother, brother-in-law, or father, I think all of my picks work. Somehow, most of my picks ended up with a travel theme, but alas, travel materials are something most of the men I know don’t buy for themselves, so would be great gifts, especially if you have travel planned in the new year! When I need gifts for men, I got to Mark and Graham or Kiel James Patrick, pretty much exclusively. Continue reading “Gifts For Men”

My Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

My Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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So, I know social media is going crazy about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Usually, I do a good amount of shopping during the sale, but this year I’m going purchase-free! I don’t need anything and I didn’t find anything I had to have. What is the sale, you may ask? With this sale, the items are all pre-season and hit the sale before they are marked up to join other fall merchandise. Therefore, you can snag upcoming trends at a reduced price! This sale works great if you’re looking for great fall essentials or pieces that will last a long time. I will say some people go WAY overboard and buy things that they may not ordinarily buy purely because of the allure of the price. Continue reading “My Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale”

Identifying the Young Professional Wardrobe: Best Starter Pieces

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As I recently discussed, I’d like to clean out my closet and upgrade my wardrobe. As I’m getting older and becoming more “professional” and less “student,” I want my wardrobe to reflect that. I’m all for wearing leggings and a sweater to class sometimes, but I also want to ensure I have more blouses and transitional pieces. I like the idea of having clothes that can be professional or casual. By casual, I mean slightly more dressed up than purely casual. So, I wanted to share my favorite picks for building a “young professional” wardrobe. Continue reading “Identifying the Young Professional Wardrobe: Best Starter Pieces”

Fall Outfit Inspiration with AUrate

Fall Outfit Inspiration with AUrate

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The temperatures are dropping, the fireplaces in homes are being used, and it’s officially cold enough to wear sweaters and boots without overheating. Fall is a great time for fashion, but as busy students it can be hard to look cute and put together while rushing from meetings to classes to the library. I know for me, comfort is key when studying hits its peak in the weeks leading to finals. Today, I wanted to share my ideal fall outfits, which are all complemented by AUrate earrings.  AUrate is a jewelry company in New York City that creates beautiful, dainty jewelry from ethically sourced materials because doing good is ingrained in the company’s DNA. Speaking of doing good, for each piece of jewelry purchased, an economically underprivileged child will receive a book! How cool is that? Reading is SO important, and I love the mission of this company.

Now, on to my ideal outfits. I wanted to create two looks that I would wear regularly during fall months. The second look is something fancier, for nights out with friends, meetings with college alums, or heading to a holiday event.

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Layering is SO necessary at the temperatures drop (at an exceedingly rapid pace). I also hate when my feet are cold, so rain boots and thick socks are a must. I love how this casual look is immediately stepped up when you add the half-moon earrings from AUrate! While the outfit looks simple at first, the earrings add a delicate, sophisticated touch

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I love vests, and skirts are my go-to for fall months. I love delicate, feminine details in my fancier outfits, so the pearl earrings from AUrate were the natural choice to accompany this outfit. I love that only the pearls are visible when the earrings are worn, so you have a great pearl detail. The pearls look like they line the bottom of the earlobe, which is classic and chic all at once.

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Is it even fall on the east coast if you aren’t wearing Bean Boots and LL Bean vests? I don’t think so. Classic cream sweaters, skinny jeans, fuzzy vests, boot socks, and bean boots are the quintessential fall look, so I felt it was appropriate to include as one of my favorite seasonal looks. I also love the simplicity of the ‘A’ earrings, which add the perfect classy detail to an otherwise cozy outfit.

What are your ideal fall looks?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Easy Halloween Outfits

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Halloween is just around the corner, though how it’s already that time of the year is unclear. In light of the approaching holiday, I wanted to share some quick, easy costumes ideal for those of us who don’t have time to put together an elaborate costume and don’t want to spend $70 on an outfit we will wear once [Halloween costumes have seriously gone up and it’s a little ridiculous]. So, I’ve put together four outfits you can likely find at your local thrift store, any Forever 21 Store for a bargain,  or your own closet.

First up: The Pink Lady. This iconic costume came into being after Grease and has stayed popular ever since. Grab yourself a pink jacket, some leather pants, pumps, and a silk scarf and you’re good to go!

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Second, Cher from Clueless… As if! The key to a great Cher costume is mixing extremely feminine touches with classic 90s pieces. I guess its a good thing 90s trends are making a comeback (hello, velvet and chokers!). The look below is a more subdued look than the signature yellow plaid outfit. This look is complete with a furry pen, cross necklace, knee highs, and Mary Jane shoes. Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 6.16.37 PM

I recently watched the new Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie… I know, I’m late to the party. Still, I loved it! I was inspired to create a fun Wonder Woman look. Carry a fake sword so you can take on Ares, over-the-knee boots in red (or black or pewter). Find a red corset or red bodysuit, and match with the signature blue and white star skirt for a 20 minute look. Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 6.41.48 PM

Inspired by one of my close friends, Rossy, I’ve put together a DJ look! I imagine this is what an aspiring, kick ass DJ would wear (mainly because I could see Rossy wearing this look and she fits the bill). Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 7.45.41 PM

What are you going as for Halloween? Do you prefer store-bought or homemade costumes?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Intoducing the Warby Parker Archive Collection

Intoducing the Warby Parker Archive Collection

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While some people may say that a new hair color, colored contacts, or a great new outfit can make someone feel like a new person, I’m of the opinion that a great pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses can add just the right touch to your look. Although I don’t wear my glasses every day, I always enjoy picking out new frames. One of my favorite places to get new frames? Warby Parker. Warby Parker is a great company that designs chic, affordable frames if you’re in need of a new pair of eyeglass. Many eyeglass frames offered at your optometrist or other sellers are so expensive, and often the design selection is limited. Warby Parker, however, produces young, unique designs for under $100 (!!!). Warby Parker not only has a great selection of eyeglasses but also carries various sunglasses styles as well.

A few weeks ago in my business associations class, we were talking about social responsibility for companies, and Warby Parker immediately popped into my head. Not only do they offer amazing prices for designer eyewear, they also give a pair of glasses every time you buy a pair. The mission of Warby Parker is one I stand behind 100%, which is why I’m so thrilled to share the new Archive Collection with you today!

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The Archive Collection is a group of mixed-material frames that are hand-assembled and hand-finished by a master craftsman in Japan. The Collection includes five new styles in seven color combinations that are so distinctive you’re unlikely to find such unique frames elsewhere. Just in time for fall, the collection features Rosewood Tortoise and Burnt Amber Tortoise with Navy, Auburn, and Merlot hues. One thing that always irritates me about my glasses is when they start to slip over time, but the new Collection from Warby Parker has adjustable silicone nose pads for an easy, anti-slip fit. To celebrate the launch of the new Collection, I put together some outfits that I would wear with the various frames! I think the subtle, but distinct details of the styles allow them to pair nicely with casual outfits or more polished outfits.

First up in my outfit pairings is the Webster frame that features chic tortoise and a navy rim. I adore this frame because I think it has a vintage look with a modern twist. Wireframes seem to be a thing of the past, but they’re definitely making a come back, and I’m loving the trend. I think tortoise makes any frame more versatile, and I adore pairing tortoise with navy, along with the clear bridge! Fun fact? I don’t always wear my glasses because I think they make my nose look bigger. If you suffer from the same issue, a clear bridge will likely alleviate that problem! I would wear this frame with the outfit below, which features rich textures, such as suede, leather, and chunky knits. I think this outfit would be great for studying all day and heading to a cozy dinner in the evening!

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Next up is the Dewey frame, which honestly… what’s not to love? I have a wider face, and this frame’s arched corners would likely compliment my face shape! I love the merlot hues paired with gold finishes and a darker tortoise. I think this frame would be perfect for fall days studying or working followed by pumpkin patch visits and cozying up with apple cider donuts! My outfit inspiration for this frame comes from spending an afternoon wandering the cobblestone streets of a European inspired town. Burgundy over-the-knee boots compliment the merlot rim, gold details in the bag and watch bring out the golden tones in the frame. I also love pairing tailored pieces with chunky knits! The two textures can be unconventional and distinctive, which I think is the perfect outfit to pair with the new Dewey frame.

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The Carraway sunglasses are so classic, especially in black with a small golden detail on the bridge. The sunglasses are a pair I could see being a staple for years to come that never fade from style. I paired them with a casual look to show they can be dressed down or worn with a classic black dress and pearls. Either look would compliment the frame. However, I like them with a lightweight sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans, two-tone tote, and leopard slide loafers. Mixing patterns and textures in the outfit makes classic sunglasses a must!

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The thing I like most about the Archive Collection is the how versatile each frame is. I think regardless of which frame your purchase, it can be worn daily with anything in your closet. Glasses are an accessory many people forget about. If you’re a young professional like me, wearing outfits that are “business casual” or slightly more formal than your typical everyday look, I think the Archive Collection offers amazing options for frames. I love the Webster frame with a tortoise rim and black on top. Sleek but bold, the frame can easily be paired with a funky blazer, crisp blouse, jeans, loafers, and your briefcase. I describe this look as the “What she tackles, she conquers” look, which would be worn while prepping for a job interview, while getting coffee with a networking contact, or meeting with other young professionals!

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I would highly recommend checking out the new Archive Collection because Warby Parker offers great eyeglasses and sunglasses for the new season. The mission behind the company is what initially attracted me to their glasses, but the beautiful designs and unique color combinations are what keep me coming back.

What do you think of the new collection?

Truly,
Callie leigh