November 2013 archive

A Dose of Chevron

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This outfit exemplifies everything I’m loving this fall: chunky infinity scarves, a brown and navy color palette, and jackets in place of cardigans. While I will always love a good cardigan and still wear them on a very regular basis, lately I’ve been reaching for a variety of jackets in outfit where I might normally have worn a cardigan. This outfit, for example, would have been totally cute with a navy, brown, or cream cardigan, but I love the extra texture, structure, and pop of light blue color my jean jacket adds. I usually only pull out my denim jackets during the spring and summer, but I’m thinking even this light wash denim jacket can totally be a year-round staple. I’m looking forward to pairing it with darker colors in the winter. Also, my handmade infinity scarf has gotten so much wear in the last month, I think I need to make a bunch more of them in all different colors! I’ve been knitting a ton in the last few weeks and it’s starting to become something I need to do in order to relax at night. I can’t sit down to watch Netflix without have something to keep my hands busy!

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Scarf: handmade / jean jacket: American Eagle / dress, boots: Nordstrom Rack / belt: Forever 21 / tights: Hue

A Dose of Fall Casual

I don’t know what it is about this fall, but I’ve been leaning on a few go-to outfits more than ever this season. It’s not necessarily that I’m in a rut or lacking inspiration, but when it’s thirty degrees out or raining and I have to walk to my 8 a.m. class, it’s just easier to reach for a no-fuss outfit that I know works. While I’m actually kind of proud of how easy it’s become for me to put together a comfy outfit without reaching for sweats (believe it or not, that was actually something I struggled with for a while), it means that all of the other creative, stylish, fun outfits I’ve put together don’t make it out of my closet. I need to get that figured out since I can only blame it on the rain and freezing temps for so long!

 Jacket: Nordstrom / scarf: gift / chambray, boots: Target / ponte pants: Nordstrom Rack

Boo

Well, this post was supposed to go up last night (and I was pretty excited about it!), but I had some Internet issues so instead, here’s a spooky post for you to enjoy the day after Halloween…

In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to share some ghost stories along with today’s outfit post. If you read my post on ghost hunting, you know that I love ghost stories and history that goes along with them.
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The Pioneer Cemetery is located on my university’s campus, surrounded by our library, classroom buildings and the former basketball arena. The final resting place of many westward-migrating pioneers, the cemetery is now just a part of many college students’ routine walk to class. In the past few years, as I’ve made my own daily trek through the cemetery, I’ve noticed the headstones that are crooked or crumbling, that the majority of the graves list birth dates in the 1800s and are often labeled simply as Father, Mother, or Baby.
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Ghost hunters have investigated the cemetery and have reported the presence of several spirits roaming the burial grounds. One spirit, a young woman, was located at a plot of over 50 Union veterans of the Civil War. She was visiting her own grave and, after someone commented about how young she was when she died, told investigators that many people and children suffered during the war.

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I’ve also heard plenty of scary ghost stories regarding the cemetery. Supposedly there’s a “Lady in White” who wanders through the graves at night and there have been accounts of mysterious fires burning after dark. There’s also a “Peeping Tom” ghost who has been seen on the street corner near the cemetery and will occasionally stroll down the block to peer in the dorm rooms of Stafford Hall. He’s even been seen standing in the hallway outside of room 101. The first time I ever had to walk by the cemetery alone at night, I kept my eyes glued to the opposite side of the street so I wouldn’t accidentally see something spooky!

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Shirt: Target / skirt, belt, boots: Nordstrom Rack / tights: Urban Outfitters

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