january. outfits.

So glad that I was able to snag this J.Crew fair isle crewneck sweater on sale!
Sure enough, winter did indeed decide to show up. It was about time! While I could do without the frigid temps and snow (hello, Winter Storm Jonas!), I have admittedly enjoyed cozying up to fair isle sweaters + heavy knits these past few weeks. After wearing ballet flats for so long, I almost forgot about my trusty J.Crew field boots. Let's just say that they'll definitely be in heavy rotation for the duration of winter and early spring. With today marking the last day of January (I can't even...), I thought that I would share some of my favorite #ootds from this past month. Highlights for me include a punchy green topper, some fun layering + pattern mixing and an early Valentine's Day-inspired look.

No surprise: My Industry Standard Simone Midrise jeans continue to be on repeat. Here, I paired them with my favorite field boots and a ruffled hem sweatshirt. My tassel necklace ended up being the perfect finishing touch.
Layering + pattern mixing done right. During the winter months, I can always rely on a classic chambray shirt to pull me out of a style rut.
Once again, jeans + field boots. But this time, I threw a bold green topper and quirky statement necklace into the mix. Another thing I love: Sightly oversized and slouchy knits such as this pale blue stunner by Cheap Monday.
Getting my Valentine's Day on a bit early... How fun are these hot pink cropped skinnies from J.Crew?! They're my fave.
A plaid shirt dress (on sale!) + Chelsea ankle boots just may be my new favorite combination.
What cold weather essentials do you swear by? Leave a comment below or share a link to one of your latest winter #ootds!

xo,
A
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(belated). new. year's. goals.


I'm not going to lie, January is my least favorite month of the year. Between the frigid temps and all-around laziness (not to mention the post-holiday slump — ugh!), I'm most definitely not a fan. Speaking of which, can you believe that today marks one month since Christmas? I can't even

At the risk of sounding cliché, I've compiled a list of "goals" (and better practices) that I hope will keep me in check over the next 11 months. In lieu of New Year's resolutions, I'm all about celebrating the small victories. From fine-tuning my photography skills to blogging more consistently, and everything in between, here are some things that I would love to check off my to-do list this year.

1.  Improve my photography skills: Sure, I generally know how to use my DSLR camera, but not to the point where I can blur backgrounds or properly define the term f-stop. Enter in the stack of photography books that I've neglected to read (let alone open). If all goes well, I may even dedicate a few blog posts to the photography tips that I will hopefully be picking up in the coming months. 
2.  Practice yoga: While I won't be joining a yoga studio anytime soon, I will be putting this yoga app to use by learning new yoga poses on a weekly basis. From becoming more flexible to de-stressing, I think a little yoga will be a welcome addition to my daily/weekly routine. 
3.  Rack up those steps on my FitBit: I received a Fitbit Charge for Christmas and have been wearing it ever since. During these winter months, I admittedly have a tendency to go into hibernation mode (don't we all?!). My FitBit has made me especially aware of this lately, and thus, I want to make it a goal to get movin' more on a daily basis. 
4.  Drink more water: When I drink more water, I noticeably feel a lot more energized and ready to tackle the day. (Not to mention that drinking water keeps your skin hydrated and youthful-looking.) Alas, during the winter, I'm not always as proactive about drinking the suggested 64 ounces per day. 
5.  Take better care of my skin: Now that I'm in my mid-twenties (cue frowny face), I'm starting to realize how important it is to take care of my skin. From using eye cream at night to squeezing in more Zzzzs, I hope to nail down a skincare routine in an effort to keep premature aging at bay.
6.  Blog more frequently: This one's a biggie for me. As all fellow bloggers know, maintaining a blog takes a LOT of work, time and dedication. First things first: I would love to create a blogging schedule and establish some consistency around here. Teaming up for collaborations and sponsorships is also on my agenda in the coming months.
7.  Pencil in time for reading: While this primarily includes magazines + coffee table books, I'm definitely open to broadening my horizon to a few fiction novels. 
8.  Improve my writing: As a freelance writer, it's incredibly important that I allot time to working on my métier. This includes keeping a working vocabulary list and reading fashion magazines, websites and blogs for inspiration on how to write better (i.e. sentence structure, word usage, flow). If any of you have tips on becoming a better writer, then by all means, send them my way :) 
9.  Design more layouts: Going beyond Polyvore and Canva, I would love to start creating more layouts in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I've semi-forgotten how to use Photoshop and will need to refamiliarize myself with the interface. All in all, I think having a working efficiency in PS will be a great resume booster and all-around, useful skillset to have under my belt. 
10.  Avoid style conundrums at all costs: As far as my style goes, this year, I just want to have fun! Instead of reaching for my go-to field jacket or favorite jeans on the daily, I want to mix it up with outfits that represent my ever-evolving style. From super preppy one day to a little more downtown (or even boho) the next, I want to avoid getting stuck in a rut or feeling as though I have to establish a set uniform.

What are your personal goals and resolutions for the new year? Leave a comment below!

xo,
A
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kate. spade. // january. arrivals.

Photo via Kate Spade New York.
No surprise, Kate Spade is killin' it with their new arrivals for January. Now that winter has actually arrived (cue the frigid temps + Eskimo-like dressing), I'm all about punchy colors and patterns that lend a little extra oomph to my daily look. And, of course, no one does playful and whimsical better than KS. I've rounded up some of my favorite picks below that you can shop right now. Enjoy!



Seriously. How ah-mazing is the multi-stripe kite bow back dress above? I'll take two, please!

xo,
A

PS: I just received the Kate Spade 17-month medium agenda in black stripe in the mail today and it's perfection. If you're on the line about purchasing it, then I highly recommend doing so, especially if you plan on using it as a desktop planner.
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