Wardrobe Essentials for Women

Here’s the thing: I have way too many clothes. I realize that. Most of us realize that, I think. My problem is that my style is starting to change. No longer do I enjoy running around in XXI clothes (or, heaven forbid, my old obsession for Charlotte Russe). Almost every time I look through my clothes, I have this overwhelming urge to throw everything I own away and start from scratch.

But how do you start from scratch? Thus started my idea to put together a list of essential pieces to buy again if I ever actually get around to starting a fresh wardrobe. Obviously, everything listed here can be altered to fit your style!

Bottoms and tops:

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dark wash jeans, regular wash jeans, high-waisted black leggings (my favorite), sweat pants, pencil skirt, jean shorts, tan shorts; black tee, white tee, button-up, sweater, zip-up jacket, flannel, blazer, pea coat, hoodie.

Dresses, shoes, socks:

Wardrobe Essentials (dresses, shoes, socks)a night dress, a day dress; nude heels, black heels, brown boots, black boots, athletic shoes, day-to-day tennis shoes, ballet flats, sandals, slippers; knee socks, ankle socks, no-show socks, regular socks, tights.

Winter accessories, bags, & underwear:

Wardrobe Essentials (winter, bags, underwear)an infinity scarf, regular scarf, beanie & gloves; wallet, clutch, black bag, brown bag, overnight bag, backpack; bathing suit; thongs, regular underwear, sports bra, white/tan/black bra (with at least one with a strapless option).

So if you ask me, these are the basic building blocks to any wardrobe! Let me know if there’s a piece you can’t live without.

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My Sister

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This is my sister, and this is her adorable outfit, made entirely of Christmas presents!! You can’t really tell in this picture, but her boots are Steve Madden, super cute leather. Clearly her husband is a winner. Clearly she is the stylish one in the family.

Also, check out that snow! My sister’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, and this year was one of only a few times it’s ever snowed on her birthday in her life! It snowed on Christmas Day, too! And the next day–and today! It’s been a snowy season! It’s fun to take pictures in and look at, but driving in snow is one of the most stressful things of all time ever.

I hate driving in snow.

I think I might be living in the wrong state. Maybe I’ll do law school in California.

A girl can dream.

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Corduroy, Bows and Stripes

I realize I wear my striped shirt way too much, but it’s my favorite shirt, guys! It is! And this bow jacket was a gift. I’ve had it for almost a year now, and still have never worn it for a blog post. I keep wanting to, though. I just have never found a cute enough outfit. I wore it to church last Sunday and really liked the outfit. It’s a bit more wintery, so I’ll post those photos later.

Other than that, you may have noticed more recipe photos than normal from me. It’s true, it’s true, I’m actually cooking regularly. Later this week, I’ll be posting about how cooking wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be.

Until then, thank you guys so much for your continued support and view. It really means so much to me.

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Social Change

I just recently got accepted to present at the Utah Valley University Conference on Writing for Social Change. I’m really excited, because it means I can present my paper on feminism to some people and maybe inspire social change. That’s kind of a big deal.

Also, I am doing something else really exciting. Getting all A’s. In all 6 of my classes. The semester is about only halfway done, so we’ll see where it goes, but it’s amazing how much more motivated I am to be successful in school after a) taking a year off and b) having figured out what I want to do with my life.

The last thing that’s going on in my life that is keeping me from being a very good blogger is that I have been rehearsing and practicing to accompany the BYU contemporary dancers. I got this amazing opportunity from one of the most musically apt people I know from Church. He randomly presented me with this chance, and I’ve totally been bitten by the performance bug. I just love it. We did our first performance today and it went really well. It felt amazing to sing with such a talented person and to a magical guitarist, then knowing two people were dancing to something that I was helping to create–was amazing.

I have a lot going on right now, personally and with school, but I’m encouraged by the inspiring messages of those around me. I am so lucky and grateful for the opportunities I get to spend my life in such uplifting circumstances. I am growing in ways I never thought possible–and it’s not even because of the Halloween candy!

Polka dots, worn jeans and bow sandals

This is one of my favorite shirts. It’s so comfortable and unique and I got it from Goodwill when I lived in California. I didn’t realize my favorite pair of jeans were getting so worn in the knee area. It makes me sad, but I will never stop wearing these jeans, even if I have to make them into one of those tacky pants-purses so I can at least always carry them around. The shoes are from Charlotte Russe. I just think they’re adorable. I love them! Well, I love the way they look, but they are kind of cheap. The soles are coming off a little and I haven’t worn them too terribly much.

My contacts should be coming in the mail soon! I’m so ready for them! I miss them!

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What To Say on Pensive Thursday

Okay, so I really don’t know what words should accompany this post. What do I want to say… This reminds me of a couple years ago, when I first started my blogging and was living in the Blue House. I couldn’t think of anything to write then either. This is what I wrote:

It’s hard to write when you don’t have something to say. What do people say when they have nothing to say? I imagine they sit in front of their paper, or their computer, and stare. Or perhaps their eyes drift and they begin to think about other things. Like what they had for lunch. Or what their plans are for the upcoming Friday.

Everybody feels, so that’s no excuse for an empty mind. No one goes through life completely apathetic on all accounts. For instance, I am looking at a crack on my wall. I have no idea how it got there, but I feel something about that crack. I’m frustrated it’s there because when I reach for blankets at the end of my bed, sometimes my nail gets stuck and the plaster cuts my finger. Yet, I like it on account of how it brings character to this already overwhelmingly charismatic house. Sometimes, it embarrasses me when people come to visit and they notice the crack. I feel as if they are judging me for not living in a perfect house in perfect condition. But I feel about that crack in the wall. I could probably write a paper on how I feel about that crack in the wall.

So there you go. Pensive Thursday. Maybe it should be a thing. I realize the photos seem completely unrelated. You’re welcome.

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Je Veux

Tank from Forever21, cover up from Charlotte Russe.

This is what my hair looks like when I just wash it and don’t brush it or anything when I get out of the shower. If I brush it, it dries straight usually.

So the shirt says “Je veux faire du pied a toi,” which apparently means “I wanna play footsie with you” in French. Best. Tank. Ever.

I can’t believe I’m almost 21. It is crazy how fast time is flying! Everything just needs to slow down a little. I am growing up too fast.

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Fringes

Fringe shirt from Forever 21. Shoes are vans. And a cheesy grin. AND OUT OF FOCUS!!! It makes me grumpy. But they’re not all out of focus. So that’s okay. Fringe:

Noun:
An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.
Adjective:
Not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme

It fits my life both ways this weekend. I have had one crazy past few days! I got great photos and letters in the mail and an unexpected surprise that made a huge difference in my week. Having my family coming to visit this weekend also was…

…interesting. To say the least!

Not related, but isn’t it funny which part of the truth you tell certain people, depending on how you know they’ll react.

I can’t think of an example without telling you what I’m talking about, but do you know what I mean?

Cheers to my fringed weekend and first half of the week.

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Sometimes

Uploaded a new banner (as you can see up there)! Happy Spring!

Sometimes good things happen. Sometimes you wear jean on jean and it works.

Sometimes you’re too busy to do your laundry, so you leave it in the laundry room and come home to it washed, dried and folded on your bed.

Sometimes you hear a great song on the radio, assume it’s too difficult to play, but look it up and realize it only uses the chords you already know and learn it in a few minutes!

Sometimes the girls at work share their expensive nail polish.

Sometimes you go shopping and find exactly what your looking for.

Sometimes the fish you’re taking care of doesn’t die like you’re sure it’s going to any minute.

Sometimes you walk outside and are surprised by how nice of a day it is!

Sometimes life is headed in the right direction.

Sometimes I think we should pay more attention to the little things that happen in our lives.

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Spring Has Arrived

Blazer: Forever21 (not available online, unless you’re in the UK); shoes: Charlotte Russe.

Can’t wait for the next few weeks! Spring has sprung. You will be seeing these shoes and blazer again!

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Jeans

Soooooo I’m back in Utah (notice the snow) and I realized (as I was trying to think of a title for this post) that in the 6mo that I’ve had this blog, I’ve only worn jeans twice in all of the fashion posts! I’m always in dresses, skirts, shorts or leggings. I don’t wear jeans very often because I only have a few pairs and none of them seem to fit me very well. I have big hips and stuff.

Happy second post with jeans!

Also, if you’re wondering why my face is so chubby–I gained like almost 5lbs since I moved to California. Working on it.

MAKE SURE you check out the blog tomorrow (if you don’t ever come back again, just at least come back tomorrow)!!! It’ll be–in a word, amazing. Or at least cool. Or impressive. I’m not sure. But come. Tomorrow. Bookmark it.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Hair

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m so excited to go get some food…I haven’t eaten anything all day in preparation. I wasn’t able to go home and visit my family this year because of my work schedule, but I’m lucky enough to have people in the area who I can go eat with!

While I was getting ready, I decided to take photos of my hair in all it’s stages: first, wet and un-brushed; second, brushed and blow dried; third, styled!

I love braided bangs. Super cute. Decided to dress mostly casual, but I didn’t want to go too casual, so I added the jacket (from Charlotte Russe) and boots (from Old Navy.) Hopefully everyone else is dressed informally, too. It might be awkward. I’ll keep you updated. I’m going to be late, though, so sorry if this post is rushed!

Ugh, I hate jeans. More on that later. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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