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I hope that you all have had a wonderful November, can you believe that it is already the end of the month! Sorry for the unexpected blog hiatus; the past few weeks have been very hectic at school with the end of the semester coming up. Now with the holidays on the horizon, I am sure we are all very busy! I am home in Florida with my family for the week and it is so nice to have some warm weather in contrast to the winter temperatures up in Vermont. To end the recent silence on the blog, I thought I would pop in and share some of my recent purchases and favorites.

HOLIDAY PAPER – With Thanksgiving coming up in a few days I have been eyeing so many beautiful stationery designs.     1. A fun design by Mr. Boddington Studio for Paperless Post.  2. I love these beautiful fall feathers on a Thanksgiving card from Katie of Idlewild.

WINTER ACCESSORIES - The cold weather has arrived in full force up in Vermont and it is officially heavy jacket and hat season.  3. I have always loved Clare V’s leather goods, so simple and beautiful. Over the past year or so I have stocked up on some of their tech accessories: such as their laptop case and iPad sleeve. But this month I finally went for it and grabbed my first purse from Clare V, a black petite duffle. I could not be happier with it!    4. Earlier this month I picked up this great hat from Tuckernuck…I have the hardest time with winter hats, not something I can pull off well. But this one seems to do the trick!

NATURAL SKIN CARE – Over the past year I have been working to switch up my beauty and skin care routine to a collection of all natural, chemical free products. 5. This clay mask from Herbivore Botanicals has been my newest addition.    6. Tata Harper has been my go-to for skin care splurges; while their products are expensive I would highly suggest them! The latest addition to my collection is their Rebuilding Moisturizer.


Monday Style

JCrew Roll Sleeve Sweater, James Jeans, Tuckernuck Preppy Clothing

 

I grabbed this sweater from J.Crew last week and have been living it, so cozy for these colder days. I paired it with some burgundy jeans and a fun but simple statement necklace from Bauble Bar. It seems that zodiac signs are very on trend these days. My sun sign in aquarius and I dont often love the images associated with my sign, but these necklaces are great because they are based off of the constellations.

Day in and day out I use my favorite Annabel Ingall Blue Large Tote, I have had the bag for over two years and it is still in wonderful condition. Annabel Ingall just released a similar version of their classic tote, but now with a zipper closure. I am all about a large tote bag that holds everything, but when I am traveling or in a city, I prefer to have bags that I can zip closed. I would love to know, do you prefer a open tote bag or a purse with zippers?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, happy Monday! xo

J.Crew Roll-Sleeve Sweater,          Bauble Bar  Zodiac Pendent Necklace,            Annabel Ingall Zip Tote,           Sam Edelman Becker Slip Ons,              James Jeans Ruby Skinny


Spotlight – Vince Handbags

Vince Signature Handbags, Vince Leather Crossbody Bag

If you were to ask me what my five favorite fashion brands or companies are, with out a doubt, Vince would be on the top of that list. I would buy everything they sell if I could! Their cashmere sweaters are heaven; I live in this basic black v-neck and this blue pullover. From tops, bottoms to outerwear all their pieces are wonderful. Simple, classic and always worth the investment. Nothing is ever too trendy so you know that the piece you purchase will last you year after year (justifying the higher price tag.)

It goes back to the question, whether to splurge or buy on a budget? Obviously different circumstances and items apply in different categories. Lately, I have been trying to limit my purchases of lower priced items that only last a season, and instead, save up for a piece that I will wear year after year. I have a brown cashmere sweater from Vince that I live in (I am not joking I probably wear it multiple times a week) and I have had it for over two years but it is still as good as new. Can you say that about the sweater you bought from Zara? I bet not.

So back to Vince…they just released their first line of handbags, and let me tell you they do not disapoint. Following their same minimalistic and basic style, these leather bags are sure to last! They have only released a few styles…but when you think about it, ideally that is all you would need: a great tote and a simple crossbody. While, like I said before, I would happily take one of each! I think my favorite is the light grey crossbody (christmas list?!) What do you think, will one of these handbags find a way into your closet?

A.     Vince Baby Crossbody         B.  Vince Stamped Croc Medium E/W Tote        C.    Vince Medium E/W Tote


Weekend Links

Simply Elegant Blog, Instagram, Boston

I hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend. I have been home in Boston for the weekend, it has been so great to be home, but, uggghh the weather has been horrible! Grey, windy, rainy (and even snow for a little bit!) I hope that some of you had a weekend blessed with nicer weather!

- While I was in Boston I went to some of my favorite spots: a spinning class at Flywheel, smoothie from Jugos,  home decor store Hudson and another South End favorite, Sault. 

- Have you all headed to J.Crew yet this weekend? They are having 25% off all in store purchases. I grabbed this scarf and this perfectly cozy sweater. 

- Don’t you love seeing some of your favorite bloggers working together?! So inspired by the autumn outdoor dinner party on Camille Styles by Megan and Mike, from the Fresh Exchange.

- My favorite winter hat from last year is on Tuckernuck again this year. Might have to get it again in another color!

- One of my favorite fellow bloggers, Natalie from Catalina Creative, is in London and I have loved seeing all of her amazing instagrams from her trip. #jealous

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Happy November!

J.Crew Italian Brushed Scarf, Zara Checked Shirtdress, Loren Hope, Happy November

 

And just like that, it is November! I feel as though the fall season just started, but here we are already breezing through autumn. To me November is a month of transitions: moving from autumn into winter, from light sweaters to heavy jackets. Soon enough it will be Thanksgiving..and then with a blink of an eye the holiday season. I thought I would pull together some items that I am currently loving. I just grabbed this super cozy scarf from J.Crew (I can already tell that I will be wearing it non-stop) and patterned loafers are on the top of my wish-list! What items are on your mind this month…we can start brainstorming our Christmas list now..right?!

Pink Scarf,          Blue Wool Sweater,         Plaid Shirt-dress,         Crystal Bib Necklace,         Tan Poncho,         Kilim Loafers 

 


Decorating a College Dorm Room

sugar paper be happy print, decorating a college dorm room, I tried to keep my photos and posters more organized . The “be happy, be bright, be you” poster from Sugar Paper is one of my favorites! 

decorating a college dorm room, college design tips, bright white interiorsOne of the biggest challenges of a dorm room is to work with the dark wood furniture the school provides. I always try to brighten the space up! Here I have organized most of my beauty products within these green storage boxes (similar from Poppin) and in my ceramic blue egg crate from Anthropologie. 

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have finally pulled my act together and have taken a few pictures of my college dorm room to share (a good two months after I moved in…woops!) One of the great things about college is that each year you get a new blank canvas of a dorm room, a fresh start. I always love the challenge of figuring out how to arrange the furniture the best way and the excitement of decorating a new space. As I mentioned over the summer I was on a search for some new bedding..wanting to change it up from the bright sheets I had last year and move to something a bit more simple and clean. I ended up finding the perfect sheets from Parachute Home in a simple classic white (XL for college beds.) With the white and white walls I worked to add pops of color and interest throughout the room. My main accent color was blue; I was able to create a space that reflected my favorite color combination of blue and white. Due to the strange shape of my dorm room it was hard to get a good picture of the full space but here are some fun little detail images!

Some things take time quote poster, decorating a college dorm room,

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