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Peplum, please – collab

Prancing around in my pretty Elegantees peplum top with Kimi from Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair. Kimi is a fellow grad student who shares my love for Taylor Swift and doesn’t disappoint with the cute cat pictures on Instagram. She realized we owned the same peplum top, so we each styled it our own way, me wandering around in my usual skirt and some sweet Poshmark scores and Kimi in chic jeans and a statement necklace.

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Top: Elegantees
Jacket: Gap (via Poshmark)
Skirt: Madewell (similar)
Shoes: Zara (via Poshmark)
Necklace: Forever 21
Rings: Forever 21

And the lovely Kimi:

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Be sure to check out Kimi’s peplum outfit post (and her Instagram, THOSE CATS, I AM SERIOUS) and the rest of her blog for her current “Two Bloggers, One Garment” series. I am so happy I could be a part of this and work with a very creative, hard-working blogger.

Ciao.

At twilight.

I recently posted on Instagram that it is impossible to wear jackets in the summer in Houston, but here I am doing it anyway. It’s not so bad when the sun goes down…and when you ignore the bra and back sweat.

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Dress: Gap
Jacket: American Eagle
Flats: Payless
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co.
Necklace: Forever 21
Ring: H&M

This jacket and satchel are two of my favorite items in my closet. I never get tired of wearing them, and they always get compliments. I need more pieces like this. I get sucked into the need to have fast fashion, when I should instead take the time and care to pick items that will survive seasons and trends.

Keep it real.

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Thank you for reading, liking and commenting at Morning Ink this year. It means a lot to me.

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Coat: Forever 21
Top: Gap
Pants: J.Crew
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Scarf: Target
Earrings: American Eagle

Alright, I’ll admit that this coat won me over when the description said it was schoolgirl inspired. I’m always down for a uniform look. The toggles above the bust create a nice flare when you leave them clasped with the zipper open. I’m impressed that this coat is 45% wool. Good job, F21.

I compiled other duffle coats I had my eye on (all under $200) in a nifty little Mavatar collection:

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Overcast

I should definitely be wearing a jacket in this photo because in an actual stunning turn of events, Houston is so chilly.

This pretty little top was designed by Chelsea from the blog Zipped and is sold through Elegantees. Chelsea quickly became one of my favorite style bloggers after I stumbled across her photos in a Google search for pixie pants. I really like bloggers with an attainable sense of style for the normal working girl, which you will definitely find on Zipped.

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Top: Elegantees
Skirt: Gap
Boots: Sam & Libby
Scarf: Target
Bracelet: Gift

So ruffly. So gray. So perfect for this cloudy, cold weather. I can’t wait to wear it with my own pair of pixie pants and a leather jacket.

I would also like to point out that the charms on my bracelet are made out of 12 gauge bullets. It’s good to know that I have friends who see bullet jewelry and immediately think of me. I’m just so hardcore (no, I’m not).

College tours and Britney Spears’ legs

I hated Britney Spears as a kid because 1. She was dating Justin Timberlake and 2. She was dating Justin Timberlake. But I was awful at hiding that I actually did enjoy her music, and bought her albums despite my disdain. I remember giving her a ton of crap for the beach photoshoot pictures included in the CD booklet of her “Oops…I did it again” album.

“Who wears a sweater and shorts on the beach?” I would say.

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No really……who?

Which brings me to today’s outfit. I would like to publicly apologize to Ms. Britney Jean Spears for all of my super lame 11 year-old insults.

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Sweater: Target (similar)
Skirt: American Eagle (similar)
Belt: Gap
Flats: Jeffrey Campbell
Ring: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21 (similar)

“Who wears a sweater and skirt on a sidewalk?”

I get colder on top than I do on the bottom and it’s not really that cold today and I think this is perfectly acceptable for weather like this and don’t look at me like that, Britney!

Okay, so I picture a prospective college student touring their potential future campus in something like this. The stripes that start past the shoulders has such a collegiate feel, and I love it. I rather be outside with the students at my job than inside an office reading GOMI when I should be working. What?

For anyone who may be looking at colleges soon, I put together a Mavatar collection of pieces that I think would suit your tour needs. Mavatar is a handy app that can be used on your handheld device or on Chrome to make it easier to find discount codes while shopping. You add the clothing items that you want from their supported stores, and any possible discounts are applied in your shopping cart. It’s a neat way to buy items from multiple stores at once and save money without having to Google discount codes.

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Happy college hunting!

Black ink on blue lines

As my “about me” reveals, I used to wear a lot of black t-shirts and jeans as a teenager. I didn’t care much about style, but I always admired it. I wanted to dress nice, but I hated the attention. It was easier to hide behind a hoodie and minimal makeup.

I like fashion blogs. They showcase a person’s individual style. I admire the pretty blogs with bright colors, adorable graphics and perfectly placed item boards. I’ve tried my best to achieve that colorful lifestyle, but it’s not me. Though my style has evolved (and improved, trust me) I still didn’t feel like myself. I need to follow my instinct and publish work that is reflective of what I like and who I am.

I like dark. I like simple. I like being feminine, though rough. At times, odd.

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Shirt: Gap (similar)
Jacket: Target
Jeans: American Eagle (20% off w/code “GetLucky”)
Shoes: Target (patent version)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (love this pink for spring)

Maybe it’s the rain, maybe it’s that time of the month, all I know is that I have to be a professional person every week day and I would like to preserve an ounce of who I am when it comes to this blog. If I can no longer dye my hair crazy colors or have a barbell sticking out of my eyebrow, I would like to at least be the meditative, Incubus-loving creative writer that I’ve always been.

Have a wonderful Saturday and thank you for reading.

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In the navy

Much like brie cheese and That 70’s Show, I love skirts with pockets.

This is my first purchase from Madewell and definitely not my last. The skirt is made of a thick wool but lined with a soft chiffon blend. The large striped pattern and pleats makes me feel like a Hispanic Zooey Deschanel.

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Shirt: Nordstrom
Skirt: Madewell (similar here)
Belt: Gap (similar here)
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Lovesick

I enjoy outfits that have little quirky details. The bow and arrow necklace is a fun gold accent to a dark outfit. If I were attending a formal event, I would exchange the necklace with something larger and swap my flats for heels and layer a nice jacket. I love the versatility of this skirt and the heavy material and neutral color makes it a new staple in my wardrobe. Not to mention I bought it for $25 when it was originally $118. Holla.

Have a great Monday and thank you for reading.

Leah