Winter Weather Essentials.

“It’s a marshmallow world in the winter!” Today I am showing you five must-have pieces for your closet this snowy season.

 

1. Big Overcoats

These come in many shapes and sizes. They are extremely cozy and versatile. Also, fluffy. You can never go wrong with a neutral toned duster. Or spice it up with a pale pink furry coat!

2. Hats

Static-y, unkempt hair day? Grab a cute hat and you’re on your way! For this season, I personally am wearing a black wool floppy hat.

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3. Pointed Heels

You can never go wrong with a pair of these! They are classic and timeless. Grab a few pairs of neutral pointy heels to style with any outfit. They can provide a elegant or edgy look, depending on how you style them.

4. Turtlenecks

Yes, mom. They are back in style. Pair a ’90s turtleneck with your favorite overcoat!b9972b995b131fa7410dc2b57377f972

5. Vampy Lips

Last but certainly not least, a makeup trend. Dramatize your look this season with deep reds and plums. If you’re not into that but want to something on your lips, try mauve and taupe colors!

 

Comment below and let me know YOUR favorite winter fashion trends!!!

XO, KV

(P.S. All photos are from Pinterest. Credit where credit is due.)

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Très chic!

Since I aspire to be a fashion journalist, I thought it only appropriate to write about my five most influential style inspirations. This is by no means my list of the most influential fashion figures of all time. (However, I would be interested in making that list if you are so inclined to read it.)

Disclaimer: My sense of style is highly volatile, meaning that my mood determines the vibes I channel with my outfit. So many of these icons are extremely opposite each other. However, my darlings, that is what makes fashion so fun. Enjoy!

  1. Posh Spice
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    Sleek and stylish. Posh was always my favorite spice girl (and her style is still impeccable!) She was typically seen with a cropped cut, both with her hair and tops. She was also frequently seen wearing all black, making Posh Spice one of my style icons.
  2. Rachel Green
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    It is quite honestly embarrassing how many times I have watched an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. in order to draw daily fashion inspiration from Rachel. She puts 90s fashion in a good light, and I love it.
  3. Grace Kelly
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    Although quite different than the previous, Grace Kelly has given me so much fashion inspiration. Her elegance is uncanny, and I could only hope to be half as beautiful as her. She portrays the exact definition of her name. From her role in Hitchcock’s Rear Window (pictured above) to her crowning as Princess Grace, she has changed the way I view fashion.
  4. Jean Seberg
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    Her style is so simple yet so beautiful. I love her classic, basic looks. Also, this chunky turtleneck looks like one I own.
  5. Audrey Hepburn
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    I would be quite amiss if I did not state that I drew inspiration from my dear Audrey Hepburn. From her darling ’50s looks to her more mature ’60s fashion, Hepburn has done it all. Her love for lipstick and all things proper have propelled my love for fashion throughout the years. Thank you, Audrey, for being such a classy and lovely style icon.

Perfectly Imperfect.

Perfectly Imperfect.

Certain days my life feels like a scene from a movie: I stroll down the promenade listening to excellent music. I make sure to have a picturesque outfit. My makeup looks “on point.” Even my out-of-control lob of hair is cooperating with me. And then there are days when I feel as though I have been hit by a train (and I probably look like it too). On those days, I often get very discouraged. Why can’t my life always be put together? My classmates seem so well-prepared every single day, and I am often frazzled when I cannot achieve the standard of “perfection.” It is in those times I must pause and realize that being flawed is quite alright.

Being an OCD perfectionist, I have an extremely hard time grappling with the idea that being imperfect is perfectly okay (Imperfect… perfect… See what I did there? Anyways). Attempting to live a flawless life stresses me out, sometimes to the point of tears. Why do I do this to myself? At the heart of it, the reason I attempt to live such a picture-perfect life is because of vanity. Narcissism and pride drive the force of perfectionism in my life (And that is a very hard confession to make). Yet, by the grace of Jesus, I am learning to be content with my flawed life.

Not everything in life has to be about finding a perfect aesthetic. Take a step back to enjoy the fun things in life, even if they are considered “messy” or imperfect. Things will not always flawlessly fall into place. And that, my dear friends, is a rather liberating feeling.

Wanderlust.

Wanderlust.

As a Pinterest quote so poetically puts it, “I want to travel across the world and breathe the air of new places.” Traveling is something I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember. I have always dreamt of finding beauty in quaint, unknown nooks and crannies around the world.

With my newly declared double major (Journalism and International Studies-French), my heart is overjoyed at the fact that I could use my degree to travel the world. It is when I am most excited that I realize it will take me four years, if not longer, to attain that highly esteemed degree. Am I really just stuck here until then?

Simple answer: Yes. However, I will elaborate. While I must live in this city and complete my education/get a degree, I do not want to think of it as being “stuck.” Rather I am attempting to save money, learn new things, and find unseen beauty where I currently live. It makes sense, really, that I should not be able to travel the world until I can truly appreciate the artistry surrounding me each and every day.

That being said, here’s to the beauty of my city. The burnt orange and blood-red leaves that surround me. The cozy coffee shops that I visit. The foggy mornings and the slight breeze on cloudy, autumn days. I love it all.

KV