Do you ever just have one of those outfits in your closet that seems to be on repeat all. the. time? I’m so absolutely pumped that I have found that kind of look for this month’s uniform. Yes, it’s worn in a few different variations, but all in all, it’s the same outfit.

Not only is this look so stinkin’ simple, it also just gives off such a cool vibe that’s also just effortless in the process. Katie Prestemon Photography helped me capture my favorite uniform in a fun photoshoot at the St. Louis Art Museum that I can’t wait to share with you!

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Now, heading back to school has been quite the time for me. Coming out of a semester studying abroad, I can definitely say that this current semester has already been one of the most challenging for me. Not only was I away from an academic setting for almost nine months, but I am also taking the heaviest course load of my college career as well as having the highest level of difficulty classes this semester.

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With all of that being said, the last thing I need is any more chaos and complications. Enter, my go-to look. I think it’s super handy to have a look that you love so much that you’re always willing to wear it. For me, when I wake up in the morning and I’m maybe a little lost as to what I should wear, or, heaven forbid I wake up super late (if you know me, you know this happens way more than I would like it to), I usually will stand in my closet for way too long trying to decide what to wear. This outfit has really combatted any of that happening though, because it’s always at my fingertips ready to throw on.

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I am absolutely in love with denim jumpers and I’m super pumped about how popular they’ve gotten. I found this gem on the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters. It’s currently sold out but you can find it in other colors HERE. Please excuse me for a moment while I go buy the other three colors that it comes in, haha!

Under the jumper, I will usually wear any kind of either striped shirt or solid shirt. You could really come up with any kind of combination and the jumper would still look amazing.

These jumpers are super lightweight, easy breezy and perfect. I legitimately cannot get enough of it. If you follow me on Instagram, it will most likely look like I never wear anything else in all of my pictures.

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Then come the Superstars. Oh yeah, those shoes that never come off of my feet. In fact, I’m wearing them right now as I write this post. These were the shoes that my Mom bought me about 12 hours after I stepped off the plane after getting home from Spain as my belated birthday present!

Not only are these the comfiest shoes that I own, but also the most versatile. I throw on a tank and Nike shorts for class? I add the Superstars. I have a flannel + jeans outfit on? I’ll wear the Superstars. And obviously even with dresses, I’m wearing the Superstars. These are my favorite shoes for a reason, people.

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Finally comes my favorite bag I have ever owned. I purchased this bag completely on a whim after seeing it on sale for $20 on Free People. I knew that I would never in a million years pay the $100 original price for this bag, but I loved it and thought that $20 was worth it. When it arrived last month in the mail, I was so amazed at how beautiful it was in person.

It is such good quality vegan leather and I can’t get enough of it. I bring it to school to carry my things in, I use it as a purse, I bring my computer everywhere in it, I just can’t get enough! While the tote is currently out of stock on the website (obviously everyone loved it as much as I did), Free People also has another vegan leather tote HERE that I am also crushing on!

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What is your go-to outfit? Do you have any ideas for me as fall approaches to come and I need to adapt this look for cooler weather? Currently, my thoughts are leggings under the jumper and a chunky sweater over it, but there is still a little bit of time to change my plans.

I hope you love the new layout of the blog and you’ve gotten the chance to click around and explore all the new elements. It’s been a long time coming and I am so stinkin’ proud of the new look and how everything turned out.

Have a great week!

Olivia

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I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and were able to relax and enjoy your time off. Whether you spent your weekend shopping, grilling out, at the lake, or any other way, I hope you had a great weekend with family and friends. This week, it’s back to school for me for my third week of the semester! It’s exciting that I have a short week ahead of me, but oh my goodness, it’s too early in the semester to already be needing the weekends this badly! 🙂 Today I wanted to share a fun collaboration I did so that you can check out some of the sweet deals that the website has to offer!

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I’m always on the lookout for ways to make shopping for my favorite brands more affordable. This is especially true during the semester when I don’t have too many funds at my fingertips! Recently, my friend Elena of Cheetah Talk Y Más, shared an awesome place that is my new obsession. ThredUP is my go-to place to find my favorite brands for extremely reasonable prices!

Normally, you would never see a title of a blog post by me with something like “Deals Under $5” because that just isn’t possible. I normally gravitate towards and blog about brands that make quality, long-lasting clothes, so, how is this even possible?! Brands like Forever 21 are the ones that would sell something for under $5, not J.Crew and Madewell! Well now, it’s possible.

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In my recent purchase from ThredUP, I got three tops, two from J.Crew and one from The Limited for a total of $23. All three were in “excellent” condition according to the website, and when they arrived, they truly were like new. In fact, the top I’m wearing here in these photos is one that I purchased on the website for $8!! I can see it becoming one of my favorite tops during the early fall. It’s light enough to start wearing now, even though it can still be a little toasty out, yet heavy enough to wear through the cooler months. This top pictured is one that is from J.Crew and I love the contrasting color of the striped sleeves and the back ~ it’s just such a cute added element!

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I teamed up with ThredUP for this post and I’m giving you a 50% off coupon to all things J.Crew, because, if you haven’t figured it out by now…I’m obsessed. Simply use code JCREW50 to get 50% off your first order! Click here for a direct link! Not only are there sections for deals under $25 and under $15, there are even sections right now for sales under $5! The website is definitely a game changer for me, especially because they sell my absolute favorite brands like Free People, Madewell, and J.Crew! Since they also have a service where you can sell your clothes to them to buy, I sent in a huge (and I mean huge) bag of clothes ~ so we’ll see how that goes! The bag was so big that I dropped it in the middle of the mall on my way to the post office! Oooops…

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Shortly you’ll also be getting a little sneak peek of some other ThredUP looks that were in my order that’ll potentially be coming to the blog soon…you’ll just have to wait and see! I can’t wait to fill you in on how ThredUP’s buyback service went for me, too!

Enjoy your week, friends! Only a few more days until the weekend!

Much love,

Olivia

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This summer has been so fun.

Last summer, I wrote time + time again of my crazy stress levels due to how many things I’d taken on. What 2015 taught me was that I love being busy, but I also have a breaking point. This summer, I walked that fine line perfectly. I was busy with summer classes, traveling, a social life, and an internship. It was done in such a way that I got to spend so much time with my family + appreciate the time we had together.

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After studying in Spain, this summer was really such a time of growth and decompressing. When you’re living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, you learn things at a ridiculously accelerated speed. Living in both Guatemala and living in Spain, I’ve come to this conclusion.

The worst thing I could do for myself upon coming back to the U.S. was to throw myself right into a 100% crazy schedule. So I didn’t. I worked half weeks (and sometimes even less) at my internship. I called friends I hadn’t talked to in ages. I explored new music. I journaled. I really took the time I needed to process and take in the growing that had happened. When you are living abroad and living this completely different life that doesn’t quite feel like you belong in it, you can’t fully understand all the changes you’re making or things you’re learning.

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My Mom has been a huge part of just helping me learn this summer. Having really deep, thought-provoking conversations with the people who are important to me in my life has really helped me grow and become a better person. I encourage you to find those people, whether it’s your mom, your best friend, a mentor, a teacher, etc. who you can really talk through things and have deep conversations with. You truly will grow so much simply by having intentional conversations.

Last weekend, my mom and I went to The Living Room, this cute coffee shop here in STL. After we finished our lattes, we took a walk around the older neighborhoods surrounding downtown Maplewood and we just talked.  We stumbled upon this super cute area perfect for picture taking, so that’s exactly what we did. I was wearing one of my favorite outfits that day, so I was down for some pictures. This red dress is probably my favorite piece I own at the moment.

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There’s just something about a good dress. Having a dress that works for you and makes you feel happy is truly a game changer. On my shopping list for this semester back at school are more dresses. I would honestly be just elated if I could wear a dress every day. This summer, they have really become my staple and I’m completely okay with that.

As I prepare to head back to school in a little over a week (yikes), I really am just reflecting on this summer. It has truly been such a wonderful time filled with some pretty incredible memories.

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If you’re finishing up the last bits of your summer, hug your family and friends. Whoever has really impacted you this summer, let them know. Thank friends and family who are in your life. As I head back to school, one of the most prominent things on my mind is how happy I am that I could spend this summer growing and learning, and doing that alongside friends and family.

And as a final note to you all, I wanted to announce that Olivia DeFiilippo is the lucky giveaway winner! Congrats to her and thank you to everyone who entered! I’ll be doing more giveaways soon so stay tuned!

Much love,

Olivia

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// Dress // Hat // Shoes // Purse //

 

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Any given day, I’m perusing Pinterest + Instagram for ideas on styling bralettes but not knowing how to pull off the look. A struggle, I know. Yet somewhere along the lines, I realized something. So I don’t have the look that makes you think I stepped out of a Free People catalog…

However, I can fit this trend into my everyday life to create a look I love. Today, Julia of Oh, Julia Ann and I are bringing you two cute ways to rock the bralette trend using your wardrobe. We’ll show you some things that we love wearing that showcase our cute bralettes.

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When I was living in Spain, I bought this super cute bralette from Pull + Bear and I can’t stop wearing it. It seems to work with everything and it’s simple enough that any top will work perfectly paired with it. Now that I have several new tanks from Target like THIS, it’s been so fun to style all kinds of different looks.

Between a criss-cross bralette and a criss-cross tank, it leaves a really intricate and detailed back view that I’m utterly obsessed with. It’s also a pretty great way to beat the heat. Free People and Victoria’s Secret PINK also have a few bralettes that I wear regularly like the strappy back bra and the date racerback push up. These really helps me give my everyday looks a chic twist!

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As far as accessories go, I am wearing my favorite JORD wood watch and my new Kendra Scott bracelet! Isn’t this bracelet just gorgeous?! I can’t seem to take it off, and it matches everything, so it’s pretty amazing. Versatile jewelry is just the bomb. It’s a key concept that I like to keep in mind before purchasing something these days.

Will I be able to pair this with x amount of outfits, or will it only work with that one specific look? It definitely keeps me from going crazy on the jewelry purchasing, that’s for sure.

I’ve also been wearing this (now sold out) layered necklace from the Free People sale all. the. time. You know how sometimes you buy something and wear it and it just never comes off? That’s the current situation here.

Overall, I just thought that the accessories added nicely to the bralette look and really accented it without too much effort. That’s what I’m about these days; an easy breezy style that’s chic but effortless.

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After I showed you my outfit, I wanted to share with you how cute Julia looks! I for one am obsessed with the bralette’s front detailing. Isn’t it just the cutest? Pop on over to her post HERE to see more on her look. She makes me want to go buy a pair of Madewell flare jeans ASAP.

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Hey lovelies!

This past weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the first ever CampPINK, a summer camp style weekend getaway hosted by Victoria’s Secret PINK! Through my amazing internship with CollegeFashionista, I was selected to attend a getaway in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York! It definitely felt like quite the turnaround, since I had only been back from Spain for about five days when I left, but I am so glad that I went.

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Upon arriving after a four hour flight and a two hour bus ride into the mountains, we were greeted by PINK Staff with a huge (and I mean huge) duffel bag jam packed full of goodies for the weekend! From clothes to shoes to bedding, the CampPINK Staff seriously had every little detail thought out! Our porch lights were even pink! How cute is that?!

Because I was selected to go to CampPINK through CollegeFashionista, my lovely bosses and other interns were able to attend the camp as well! Within minutes, we had all connected and I truly formed some of the closest bonds in the fastest time ever! It was honestly such an incredible opportunity to be able to sit down next to someone, have a ten minute conversation with them, and leave feeling like you’d been friends for years.

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Saturday was filled to the brim with activities on the schedule like yoga, archery, spinning classes, etc! From sunup to sundown, it was a crazy day full of laugher and lots of spontaneous photo shoots! When we had an hour or two of free time in the afternoon, it was the perfect time to change into some of our new Victoria’s Secret PINK gear for taking pictures! I actually loved attending CampPINK for a lot of reasons, but for me personally, I loved the aspect of getting to style PINK clothing with my personal flair. Usually, I only ever buy underwear + bras at PINK but with a tote bag full of fun gear, I have plenty of items to try out and use worked into my everyday outfits.

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So, as the day went on, I was able to meet so many girls that were at the camp, whether they were fellow Style Gurus for CollegeFashionista, Campus Reps for VS Pink, or girls who had won spots at the camp through a giveaway held by PINK! Finally, on Saturday night, we relaxed by listening to an acoustic concert held by V!bes and munched on some smores that even had pink marshmallows in the middle! Everything was honestly just the cutest!

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Sunday morning, we had breakfast with some rainbow bagels, fruit, + coffee! Then, we headed down to one of the big areas of the camp that was just open with a ton of grass for a morning session of yoga. I really fell in love with yoga during this weekend and I can’t wait to start doing more classes at my gym this summer ~ it’s just so relaxing and wonderful! Finally, after yoga, we packed our suitcases and jumped in the bus for the two hour bus ride back to the airport. I spent the rest of the afternoon catching my flights to get my back to St. Louis! Overall, I can’t say thank you enough to PINK and CollegeFashionista for including me in this wonderful weekend full of surprises and adventure. It was definitely a weekend for the books! If you want to see a tiny taste of the weekend, watch PINK’s video below for a peek into my life last weekend in the Catskill Mountains!

Much love,

Olivia

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