Blair Waldorf Inspired

Recently I have been watching Gossip Girl.  My outfits have gone from subtly preppy to full on Blair Waldorf inspired.  One of my favorite things about GG is the constant outfit inspiration it brings.  I have always had a preppy style, and Blair’s plaid skirts made me incorporate this wool skirt I had tucked away in my closet into my everyday wear.

I think the trick to keeping your plaid modern is to pair unexpected colors.  I paired my red and blue plaid with a mustard yellow sweater.

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skirt:  ABERCROMBIE (similar)    sweater: VICTORIA’S SECRET  (similar)    shoes:  OLD NAVY     bag: H&M  (similar)

XOXO, Mikella

 

Casual Holiday Outfit

Christmas was here and has passed, I have even missed Orthodox Christmas with this post.  So much for that darn resolution for being more prompt with blog timing!! Throwback to a month ago, when there was beautiful holiday décor lining the streets of this quaint neighborhood in my hometown.  When I saw this antique looking street I knew it would be the perfect place for a photo shoot.  I feel as if you are still able to feel the magic of the holidays in these photos.

I was shopping and enjoying the holiday break when I wore this, so I was going for casual glamour AKA a bedazzled sweatshirt!! It is one of my new favorite things because it makes a comfortable outfit a little more put together.

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What I’m Wearing

Sweatshirt:  EXPRESS     jeans: HOLLISTER    shoes:  KEDS    sunglasses:  OAKLEY     nails:  JAMBERRY

XOXO mikella

Velvet and Flannel Outfit

If you are like me, you do not purchase entirely new wardrobes each season. I just add a handful of new things and wear my old favorites. One way to keep these old favorites fresh is to pair together fabrics you wouldn’t normally expect, like this velvet and flannel outfit. I thought this look had something new about it, even though everything I had on was at least a year old, just like my riding boots. I’m a firm believer in wearing clothes you love, no matter their age. Some of my most treasured pieces are over 15 years old, things handed down from my mom, that I enjoy calling vintage.  To revitalize old items in your closet, find the most interesting textures and wear them together.

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 shirt: HOLLISTER (similar) skirt: ABEROMBIE AND FITCH (similar) boots: ETTINE AIGNER
XOXO mikella

Quick Chic Outfits

One fun thing about being home for the holidays is that my closet triples in size thanks to my mom and sister. This outfit was a spur of the moment, we are leaving the house, make yourself presentable as soon as possible, outfit. It was a quick chic outfit. When I have to quickly put together an outfit, I always try to rely on silhouettes and pairings that already work for me.

I borrowed this blazer from my sister and I already tried convincing her to let me take it back to college with me. It looks pulled together because of the shape, but not too stiff because it is a soft fabric. These boots are very old, but I haven’t worn them yet this season, so I dug them out of a dark corner of my closet and had a reunion.

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Steve Madden Envelope Bag

Quick Chic Outfits

Quick Chic OutfitsShirt: GAP    Jacket:  FOREVER 21 (similar)      Pants: AMERICAN EAGLE (similar)      Boots: URBANOG (similar)     Bag: STEVE MADDEN (similar)     Glasses: VOGUE

Special thanks to my Dad for being such a great photographer for this set of photos.

 

XOXO, mikella

Home for Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, I am usually playing carols before thanksgiving, and my mom scolds me for it every time.  This year was different for me, since I was away at school, I did not have the luxury to go downstairs every day and have my morning coffee in Christmas tree light.  This made the days leading up to now a bit less festive, so now that I am at home, I am fully embracing the season. Now I fully understand the saying “Home for Christmas.”

I wore this outfit out Christmas shopping with my sister!  I don’t think you can go wrong with a fair isle sweater in December. It is the perfect way to say the Holidays are here. I just love how festive they are! Funny story with my sweater, it is the children’s brand Carter’s. I’m pretty sure it is over 12 years old. I used to wear this sweater as a little girl, and I rediscovered it a few years ago. Thankfully it still fits! This is just another example to never strictly follow sizes when shopping.

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There haven’t been many days this season that this stack of bracelets were not on my arm.
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What I’m Wearing:
sweater: CARTER’S (yes as in the children’s clothing store, it so old, but I love it) scarf: BORROWED FROM MY MOM jeans: HOLLISTER (a slightly darker wash) boots: ETIENNE AIGNER (similar) tee: GAP lipstick: REVLON TRENDSETTER

XOXO mikella

 

Fall Morning Class Fashion

Fall is here, and on many college campuses that means it’s time to break out the Ugg boots and sweats.

But think again, I wore this outfit on a cold fall day, I was sick, and I took this photo before 9:00 AM.   So what is your excuse for wearing sweats to class?  Not only is an outfit like this cuter, it is just as comfortable. I wore my favorite gray leggings with a long cardigan and a flannel gingham shirt.  I accessorized with my maroon scarf, vintage looking statement earrings, and red ballet flats.  If you think about wearing sweatpants to your morning classes this week, try to challenge yourself to wear a comfortable more put together outfit.  Not only will you look better, you will feel better too!

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What has my life come to that I post one photo of an outfit, taken on an iPhone, in a college hall bathroom.  I apologize, but  view it as fashion dedication.

stay glamourous, mikella

Dressing for Class

Figuring out what to wear in college is harder than high school.  In high school, I didn’t do very much walking, so I could wear any type of shoe I wanted.  College is a different story, sometimes I wonder how many miles I walk throughout the course of a day.  I really had to adapt my shoe options, these shoes used to be my favorite, now I have to change if I am going to be doing a lot of walking. The shoes I’m wearing here are my favorite, but they are not the best for a whole day, so I usually plan to stop back in my dorm and change them!

For class outfits I recommend wearing something comfortable, but put together.  I love the way button down shirts look like you have it put forth a greater effort than you really did.  I love pairing button down shirts with skinny pants; here I did white distressed pants with a chambray shirt.  It is really simple to add a few pieces of jewelry and you are ready for class!

I love my gray Hershel backpack, it was a great investment, and it matches every outfit.  The fact that it is a neutral makes it perfect for any combination of clothing!

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I also apologize for the terrible mirror/iPhone pictures. This is a bad situation with I explain a little more about here.

top: J.CREW    pants: CELEBRITY PINK    shoes: T. J. MAXX    backpack: HERSHEL SUPPLY CO.    earrings: CHARLOTTE RUSSE

XOXO,  mikella

Labor Day Rebel

It’s okay to wear white after Labor Day, this is no longer a fashion rule. Be rebellious and wear the color white the whole way through winter! Don’t let the old school fashion rules scare you away. Here I tried to go for a softer end of summer look, pairing light pink with the white tones.  I always wear these Valentino look a likes, I can’t get enough of the edge they put on any look.

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pants:CELEBRITY PINK shirt: ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH shoes: T.J.MAXX    earrings and ring: FOREVER 21

XOXO mikella

Circle Skirt Styling

I recently made a trip to Forever 21 and picked up this red circle skirt.  I have always loved the look of circle skirts, but have never purchased one.  I’m so late to embrace this trend but I had to get this when I saw it in red.  When I wore this circle skirt, I had a little trouble deciding what to pair with it, probably due to the fact half that I only have  half of my wardrobe to choose from. Closet downsizing for college is the worst!

I decided to go with a boxy lace shirt and a skinny silver belt.  This combination took me from day to night seamlessly!

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skirt: FOREVER 21 shoes: FRANCO SARTO (DSW) shirt: FOREVER 21 belt: CHARMING CHARLIE

XOXO mikella

New Beginnings and Old Pictures

No, I have not given up on blogging.  I know it has been an eternity since I last posted, but so much has been changing in my  life.  There have been so many new beginnings, I recently started my first year at college, which has already been an amazing whirlwind. I can’t wait to share some college outfit ideas!

These photos are old, I took them with the intent of posting them a few weeks ago, but college happened.  I wore this outfit for an event at my summer job!  I wanted to stay professional but still show my personal style, so I wore this lace H&M skirt with a Schoolboy blazer.
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skirt: H&M     blazer: J. CREW    shoes:  STEVE MADDEN    necklace:  EXPRESS

XOXO mikella