Tied Up Tee


TOP: Yoshop | JEANS: Forever 21 | SUNGLASSES: Yoshop | NECKLACE: H&M

          This outfit is super casual.  I got this t-shirt recently from Yoshop.com.  When I saw it, I had to have it because it's totally "me".  I've accepted that I'm awkward, so long ago.  I'm totally fine with it and I realize that it's just a part of who I am.  Also, everyone it a little awkward.  This top is pretty long so I just tied it up and work it with my high wasted jeans.  I am also wearing these black sunglasses.  

Zaful Dress Wishlist

Rose Print Dress
Lace Midi Dress
Flare Sleeve Dress
Lace Dress
Off-The-Shoulder Dress
          These beautiful midi-length dresses are from Zaful.  You can shop them on the website, where you can find two pages of midi dresses with sleeves.  These are my favorites.  I love the midi-length dress trend.  I especially love boho style midi length dresses.  I feel like they just have an extra element of "cool" to them.  The second and third dresses are perfect examples of this.  It's amazing that all of these dresses have long sleeves too because it's obviously still winter.  The first one is beautiful because it's a very classic style, made from floral fabric.  I love the last one because it looks kind of summer-y and nautical.  That's a style I am always drawn to because I can closely identify with it.  The second to last dress was chosen because of the fabric.  I love the color of the lace.  I just think it's really pretty.









*This post is in collaboration with Zaful

V-Day Sweater


SWEATER: H&M | JEANS: Forever 21 | SUNGLASSES: Chalotte Russe (similar) | PURSE: Ted Baker (similar) | BOOTS: Steve Madden | RING: Holy Land Jewelry

          This is the outfit I am planning on wearing for Valentines Day.  It's super casual, but festive.  I won't really be doing much.  I will be eating candy and hanging out with my boyfriend for a few hours, between both of us working.  This year's V-day is going to be kind of uneventful, but that's okay.  
          I love both this sweater, and jeans so much! The sweater is really comfortable.  It's just the perfect cut and color.  The fabric is really nice too.  it's got grooves knitted into it and has metallic thread woven in.  I just got it for Christmas.  I feel like it's good for a casual Valentines Day.  I paired it with this rose gold cross body from Ted Baker.  I love how the colors look together.  The back of the bag is the exact same color as as my sweater.  I've also just had these heard shaped aviators for forever.  




Beige


CARDIGAN: Forever 21 (similar) | TOP: H&M | JEANS: Forever 21 | MOONSTONE RING: Etsy (Holy Land Jewelry) | BOOTS: Steve Madden | BAG: H&M | SUNGLASSES: Zero UV

          This cardigan is another item I bought on Black Friday this year.  It is no long available though.  Forever 21 always runs out of things so quickly.  I love how soft it is.  It's made from really nice fabric.  I paired it with my new high waist jeans (also from F21) and this floral sweatshirt.  I feel like the colors in the floral kind of tie in the black jeans and beige cardigan.  Normally I cannot stand any shades of brown and black together, but in this case I think it works.  
          I got this ring in a few days ago from an Etsy shop based in Israel.  It's a 14kt. rose gold metal, with a moonstone.  This shop is amazing because you can find all sorts of genuine stones for an affordable price.  Many of them are very delicate styles.  I have been wanting a moonstone for a long time.  I feel like they look kind of exotic.  I just think they are really cool.  P.S. this ring isn't as big as it looks.  It actually fits me.  I don't know why it looks like that in the picture.  I bought this ring as a blogger gift to myself.  I haven't really bought anything for myself since starting my blog several years ago.  Normally my funds just go straight to bills. 😑

Ice Fest


COAT: Forever 21 | JEANS: Forever 21 | BOOTS: Kohl's | HAT: H&M | MITTENS: Forever 21 | SCARF: J.C. Penney

          Saturday I spent the day in St. Joseph, Michigan for the Ice Fest.  It's just a little festival where there are all sorts of activities throughout the weekend, revolving around ice carving.  There was a contest and some guys doing ice carving demonstrations while we were there.  Some of the carvings were really impressive.  There was a chair made out of ice that you can sit in.  That was pretty neat.  My favorite sculpture was the mermaid, it won second place.  Most of the shops in town had a little carving out in the front of their store that was in some way representing the business.  Some of them were symbols, others were signs or logos.  It was really cool.  We also walked down to the beach, went out to eat, and did some shopping.  Successful Saturday!

Valentines Day Prep


          I made these cookies today in preparation for Valentines Day.  I am sure they will be gone before then though.  Baking is one of my other loves (besides travel and fashion).  My favorite things to make are cakes and cookies.  I love making cookies because there are so many cute cookie cutters out there! I am starting to get a pretty big collection of fun cookie cutters.  I bought these heart shaped ones recently.  The set I got was from Walmart and it came with 5 different size hearts.  I've really only just begun to dabble in sugar cookie making.  I used to make all of the other types of cookies because sugar cookies are more time consuming.  
          To make these I just used a recipe that I found online.  You can find that HERE.  It's a really good recipe in my opinion.  To get chewy cookies I just made them a little bit thicker and took them out of the oven after 6-7 minutes.  The tiny ones I took out even sooner.  To frost them smoothly I just made my icing more liquid-y.  I used a piping bag and a thin round tip.  I am definitely no professional but I have been doing a little bit of research on decorating techniques.  For the piping, I used thicker icing after the base layer cooled.  
          I wanted to incorporate a few other topics into my blog, besides just fashion.  If you regularly read my blog you have probably noticed the beauty posts as well.  I will be doing another post for Valentines Day when the actual day gets closer.  It will be an outfit post so stay tuned!

Blush

Please disregard the hair over my headband 😑

SWEATER: H&M (I think this is it) | JEANS: Forever 21 | COAT: H&M | BOOTS: Sugar | HEADBAND: Forever 21 (similar) | PURSE: H&M | MITTENS: Forever 21 (on sale in store) | RING: Rosegal

           Writing this post makes me realize how much I need to start shopping at more stores besides Forever 21 and H&M.  I mean I do shop at a lot of other places but I rely on those stores too much at the same time.  Most of my outfit is from either of those places.  I got this sweater on Black Friday and it is one of my favorite tops of the winter.  It's so comfortable and versatile.  The color is kind of a blush shade.  It's so pretty.  I also really love the mock neck trend because it actually keeps your neck warm and I think it's really flattering.  
          It snowed a little bit over the weekend so I wanted to go outside and walk around a little today. I also cut my hair a few days ago.  I have been wanting a change for a while but I wasn't sure what to do.  I have had pretty much the same hairstyle for most of my life.  I used to have bangs and that's really the only thing that has changed.  I decided just to cut it shorter because the ends are very dry from winter and it provides that fresh feeling I was looking for.  I'm happy about it because I actually really like it and by the time summer comes, I think it will be long again.  I always like having long hair in the summer because it makes you feel just a little bit more like a mermaid.  


A Glimmer of Warmth


DRESS: Target (in store only) | CARDIGAN: Forever 21 (sold out) | BOOTS: Sugar | LEGGINGS: Forever 21 | NECKLACE: Target

          These photos were taken last Saturday.  The weather was amazing.  It was warm enough to ditch the coat and go to the beach.  My boyfriend and I went to one of my favorite local beaches for a few hours.  The outfit that I am wearing is pretty new.  I got the dress from Target last week in the sale section.  It's just a basic long sleeve, turtle neck dress.  I am wearing this mauve cardigan over the top.  I got it for Christmas and like how the two look together.  It's just a pretty basic casual outfit, perfect for exploring around the sand dunes.  

          Totally unrelated to this post, I just want to mention that I am selling a lot of my clothing on Poshmark.  I am also planning on adding them to Depop eventually.  You guys should follow me on one or both if you are interested in anything you see me post about.  I am planning on moving to LA at the end of the year and need to downsize my wardrobe.  I also tend to sell my items at a low price because I really just need to get rid of them! 😃

POSHMARK: @fancyfashcastle
DEPOP: @bananandrea