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Who wore it better: Gray wool couch edition

Do you ever feel
like a gray wool couch?
Walking through the trees,
don’t sit on me please.

Yes, it’s a battle of the gray today. One thing is soft, woolly and takes up a large amount of space and the other is a couch. Who is sporting their gray, thick exterior the best?

I think it may be a tie. But in all seriousness, this outfit is extremely warm. Besides the fraction of leg that is only covered by tights, the rest of my core temperature is pleasantly high in this wool sweater, coat and over-the-knee socks. Paired with my leather boots and a thick scarf, I am absolutely shielded against winter’s cold bitch slap.

Coat: Zara
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Madewell
Boots: Michael Kors
Scarf: Primark
Socks: Target

Check out the last “Who wore it better” battle against Moses here.

Who (or what) will I challenge next? We’ll find out whenever I get around to it.

Am I kawaii yet?

I am often inspired by modern Japanese and Korean fashion. Most notably, I really like the look of long layered pieces draped over or slightly tucked into slim pants or flouncy skirts.

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I think it looks balanced and interesting, and I am still experimenting with this silhouette despite having a larger frame and thicker legs.



The delicate netting of this top caught my eye at Zara. It’s fulfilling my need for spring but is thin enough to layer under a thick cardigan and coat since it’s still technically winter. The high neck is a pretty little peek-a-boo detail under my coat, and it has high slits on both sides.



I layered a short black skirt under the top to add tiers, and in the warmer months I plan to replace it with a more flirty skirt in a color similar to the top to create the illusion of a dress.



I matched the gold in the zipper of my boots with a gold pinky ring and thin necklace.


Over-the-knee tights and leather boots kept my legs warm on this breezy March day.


Top: Zara
Cardigan: Primark
Skirt: Madewell
Boots: Michael Kors
Tights: H&M
Necklace: Gift (very similar)
Ring: c/o SammyDress
Lips: NARS in Cruella

Do you have a particular culture that inspires your style? Is there a particular style you’ve always liked, but were too afraid to try?

Track sole bluchers and stringy hair

I am bad at change.

“Haha what, you moved to Germany from Texas.”

I know, but I mean changes such as different glasses, updated YouTube layouts or a new phone. It’s too foreign and feels weird on my face.



But nothing beats the fear and dread of a haircut. My hair, the stringy sad mess that it is, is demanding a new style.

bad hair

But I am a wuss. Just…the biggest wuss. I see styles that I like and could imagine on myself, but they never turn out that way. The hairdresser cuts more than I asked and my hair has an unnatural amount of body. Seriously, who can maintain that post-haircut hairdryer bounce? You know, when they do the thing with the round brush? It’s magic.



Not only do I have to accept that my hair is atrocious, but I have to find a hair salon in Germany. In German. With Germans. I can barely get American hairdressers to listen to me, now I have to do it auf Deutsch?!



Coat: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Madewell
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Dooney & Bourke
Earrings: Primark

I have a couple cut ideas in mind like Stephanie’s from The Fashion Citizen, or Jen’s from From Head to Toe. A medium length, something full, maybe a little longer in the front. Still deciding.

Wool-n’t you be my neighbor?

It’s not a beautiful day in this neighborhood because my throat is covered in phlegm and misery and I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten enough Berliners to not fit in my jeans anymore. I did this to myself.

I showed my German boyfriend the beginning of a “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” episode and turned back into a 4-year-old as the trolley rolled into Mister Roger’s living room. We’ve had fun sharing the TV shows, candy and toys we liked as kids, since we grew up in two very different cultures.

But I subconsciously channeled Mister Roger in today’s outfit.





Sweater: Madewell (similar)
Shirt: H&M (similar)
Skirt: Madewell (similar)
Tights: H&M
Boots: Sam & Libby for Target
Ring: My Grandma’s

Over-the-knee tights are a gift to those who have dealt with the absolute annoyance of their socks rolling down. I learned the trick is to use sock glue (this is my personal favorite) but the tights are killing it for winter. You get the illusion of socks, but also butt and thigh warmth. This H&M pair has a pretty thick control top, and are a much better quality than the ones at Urban Outfitters.

brb off to cough some more

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.








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

And the lovely Kimi:



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.


Going nowhere

Red lipstick, no plans. Just me, leftover snacks from the party I threw Saturday night and six episodes of Orphan Black because I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS BACK ON.








T-shirt: Forever 21
Shirt: Aerie
Pants: Forever 21
Boots: Sam & Libby
Earrings: Forever 21
Rings: Madewell & H&M

Yeah, I’m digging the look of a shirt or jacket tied around the waist. It feels a bit 90’s grunge and is such an easy way to add more texture and shape to jeans and a t-shirt. I swear I’m wearing pants more often now that it’s hot outside, as opposed to last winter when I lived in tights and skirts and froze my ass off.



Raise your hand if you got a DSLR for your blog, but had no idea how to use it in the beginning. Yep, me too. I’m pretty much self-taught when it comes to my camera, and it has greatly improved the quality of my blog and general family (and dog) photos. When Idakoos.com contacted me asking for a review of one of their shirts, I searched their site and immediately loved this simple camera design in honor of me figuring out how the heck to use mine.







Shirt: c/o Idakoos
Cardigan: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle
Flats: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co.
Rings: Madewell & H&M

Women t-shirt cuts are usually too small and awkwardly proportioned, especially for my apple shape. I was initially worried about how this shirt would fit in the women’s version (men’s t-shirts 4 lyfe), but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. The sleeves are fitted and not too short, it’s made of a soft, thick material and it’s long enough. Seriously, that is usually my biggest problem with tops. I have a long torso and short legs. Why.

The website has so many options for t-shirt designs, that it may be overwhelming at first. I chose a few keywords I was interested in and spent quite a bit of time scrolling through. But once I found a design I liked, I was impressed by the customization options. I highly recommend this site for anyone who is interested in designing custom shirts for their school clubs or sports teams, or for those who like collecting quirky, well-made shirts.

Idakoos is international! Check out their UK site and Canada site.

Happy shopping, fellow t-shirt nerds.