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    The Winter White Coat

    Happy Monday, friends!

    It’s crazy to think we’re already on the third week of blogmas! I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m feeling very motivated to keep making content every day so I’m hoping this will last perhaps into 2019! I do need to get back onto the youtube game though. I haven’t been feeling all that motivated when it comes to making videos but I think I just need to start making them again – kind of like what I did with this blog. I’ve found the ore I post, the more inspired I am to keep posting. Does that make sense? Perhaps not but it’s what is working for me right now!

    Anyways, onto this outfit…

    I think I have an addiction to buying coats. I’ve featured quite a few coats in the past few weeks that I’ve gotten secondhand and I couldn’t wait to feature this one! I picked this one up on a 50% off day so it was only $2.50!! Can you believe it? It’s originally from the Banana Republic so that is quite the steal if you ask me!

    I wouldn’t normally say I’m a fan of tweed but this coat is subtle enough that I feel comfortable in it and not out of my comfort zone when it comes to the pattern! Sometimes tweed can just feel a bit too preppy for me. This coat has some really fun subtle details to it. It’s got some very light gold shimmer throughout it, which makes it the perfect winter coat for a party! I wore it to a wedding recently and it worked perfectly with all of my outfits for that weekend!

    What do you think about wearing winter white? Let me know in the comments!

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    What I’ve Learned Working Remotely / from Home

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    I’ve been working remotely for a few months now and I have come to really love it! I love being able to set my own schedule, working from my couch, and best of all – my cat is my coworker! Haha.

    But today I thought I’d talk about some of the surprising things I’ve learned working remotely and working from home everyday. This isn’t really a post for the self-employed as I work for a company but I think it could definitely still apply to those who work for themselves! Working from home has also allowed me to also work more on my side businesses – reselling on Poshmark and blogging! I’m also going back to school part-time so I am loving the flexibility working remotely holds. If I need to work at night, I can. But onto what I’ve learned…

    Having access to my kitchen makes me eat healthier

    I used to be really lazy about bringing my lunch to work. I either ate in the cafeteria of my job (which didn’t have the healthiest of options) or I’d go out to eat with a coworker. It was nice to get out of the office every once and a while. But I am finding myself making considerably healthier choices. It’s a lot easier to whip something up during my lunch break with having access to my entire kitchen. I probably should go out to eat every once and a while though…

    Not having a commute saves you an incredible amount of time (and money!) in a day

    I always knew I spent a lot of time commuting to work but I never realized just how much! I don’t drive so when I used to take the bus I would have to leave my house by 7 to get to work by 8. Now I can wake up at 7, eat breakfast, drink tea, stretch, and get started working at my desk. My mornings have become much more enjoyable now that I’m not running around trying to catch the bus! I also love getting up and pretty much getting straight into work. I’m definitely a morning person so it’s nice to be able to utilize that part of me without feeling stressed about getting somewhere in the morning!

    I am also saving a ton of money by not commuting! When they stopped my normal bus route to work I had to start taking Uber to work, which let me tells you – IT ADDS UP! So saving that time and money is amazing.

    You’ll use more products at home/pay a little more for utilities

    This was one thing I didn’t think about when I started working from home. You’ll use more things like toilet paper, soap, etc faster! I have also found my utilities are a little bit higher because I have lights on longer or something like that but it’s really not too much of an expense. I’d definitely say it’s worth it to be able to work from home!

     

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    You’ll get a little lonely

    Sometimes I can go the entire day without talking to anyone, which is mostly fine but sometimes I want to talk to someone. So I’ll call a coworker for a bit to catch up on what’s going on at work or I’ll go out to lunch with someone. I’ve also found it’s nice to just get out and go to a coffee shop to see other people every once and a while! I also try and find things to do after my work day is done like going to a thrift store or something like that. But it is something to consider if you’re a big extrovert (which I am not) 

    It can be hard to get dressed every day but it is WORTH IT

    I should probably practice this step more than I am (currently writing this post in my pajamas… oops). But I do think getting dressed (even if it is just athletic clothing/leggings)  helps me get focused and stay on track a bit more.

     

    I hope this helps anyone who works from home or who are considering it. It’s definitely got its perks but I don’t think it is for everyone. Overall, I’m surprised by how much I’ve learned from working remotely. It can be challenging to motivate myself sometimes but it’s really rewarding to know I can still get my job done while I am at home without any supervision.

    Do you work from home? Would you ever want to?

    Let me know in the comments!

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    How to Wear a Summer Dress in Winter

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    I’m a big proponent of packing away my summer clothes during winter and vice versa. I think it keeps my wardrobe exciting when the seasons change. But there are some summer dresses I can’t seem put away when the temperature drops. This Madewell dress is one of them! I wanted to showcase how you can wear a summer dress in winter by adding a few layers.  I actually got this dress this summer from my good friend and it’s become a definite favorite. It works perfectly as a summer dress but it also looks adorable layered up!

    The first layer to add is a comfy cardigan (or pullover sweater, whichever!). I haven’t featured this on the blog yet even though I’ve had it for a few months. It’s the most comfortable cardigan I own and you guessed it – it’s from the thrift store! It’s originally an Anthropologie piece, which is such a great deal considering I got it for around $2.50!

    How to wear a summer dress in winter

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    How to wear a summer dress in winter

    After throwing on a cardigan, you’ll need another layer to keep you extra toasty on these cold December days! I threw on my trusty Primark camel coat, which I love paired with the cardigan and dress because all of the items are around the same length, which adds a really nice silhouette. That’s also a great way to make yourself look a little taller.

     To tie the look together, I threw on my camel booties, again which are secondhand!

    I thought it was going to be more challenging trying to wear one of my favorite summer dresses in winter but turns out, all you need is a couple of cozy layers and you’re set! It wasn’t that cold when I shot these photos or I would have thrown on my chunky blanket scarf (in a nice gray to tie together the hat!).

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    Do you have any summer dresses you wear in winter? Let me know in the comments!

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    Easy Skincare Products for Dry Skin

    Since my last Skincare Post a few weeks ago, I’ve been dealing with very, very dry skin. So even though I feel like I’ve got my routine down, I have been trying a few other products in order to add some moisture back into my skin.

    Here are four very easy skincare products for dry skin!

     

    1. Vaseline

    I think this product is often overlooked (I know I always forgot about it) but it has been a savior for my dry lips! I like to carry around a mini travel size of it in my purse and use it ass a chapstick. It’s pretty thick on the lips but it actually works to keep mine from being too chapped, which I am perfectly okay with!

    2. Trader Joes Hand Lotion

    Another often overlooked place to get skincare is Trader Joes! I picked up this hand lotion on a whim earlier this fall and it is AMAZING! It smells incredible, keeps my hands moisturized, and isn’t greasy or anything like that. I think it’s around $3 or so, which is also a great price for a hand cream.

     

     

    3. Palmer’s Night Cream 

    I’ve talked about this product a handful of times on the blog but it really does help my skin! I apply it after I’ve cleansed my skin and am getting ready for bed. It sinks into my skin wonderfully and leaves my skin feeling very moisturized in the morning. The tub seems pretty small but honestly, this has lasted me almost an entire year! I’m so impressed.

    4. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

    Another product I’ve raved about on the blog before but I mentioned it as a great product for the summer. Turns out, it’s great in winter too! I’m not totally convinced it’s anything more than water and food coloring but it’s nice to spritz myself with a little extra moisture during the day. I also like to use it as a base moisturizer if I go to the gym in the mornings and don’t want to put on my actual skincare before I shower after the gym!

     

    What are some of your go-to skincare products for winter? Let me know in the comments!

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    Why it’s okay to change up your style

    This outfit is quite the contrast from my Parisian Look from Wednesday but what can I say? I love a good bright outfit and I love switching up my style. Sometimes I get really jealous of the people who have a signature style whether it be bright and colorful or simple and minimalistic. I feel like I fall on the spectrum when trying to define my style. One day I love some basics and neutrals (striped shirt, skinny jeans) and other days, like this day, I’m rocking a bright yellow coat and a floral top. But you know what? That is okay!

    As a fashion blogger, I sometimes feel this pressure to have a signature style and stick to one look. But I just can’t. Some days I wake up and want to rock combat boots and some days I want to wear a cute pink dress! It’s not to say I don’t know what I like (because I really do!), it’s that I find a lot of fun in trying out different styles, finding what makes me feel most confident, and having fun with my clothes!

     

    I recently finished reading The Curated Closet which is a book that is supposed to help you find your personal style and help you create your “dream wardrobe” and while I found some points helpful, I didn’t find it helped me that much in defining my personal style. Perhaps I’m not doing this fashion blogging thing right by liking so many styles (does anyone remember this outfit??) or maybe that’s the key – trying out a ton of styles and have fun with your clothes. I think I’d get bored if my wardrobe were all similar pieces, no shame to anyone who has that but I need that variety.

    I would never call myself 100% feminine or 100% masculine but I love to mix the two. It’s always been something I strive for, to incorporate more menswear-inspired pieces into my wardrobe but something always bright me back to the feminine style of things too.  Perhaps my ever-evolving clothing choices are my “personal style”.

    I’ve mentioned it before but I also think my love of thrifting and secondhand clothing has allowed me to try out so many different styles. Styles I never thought I could pull off and end up loving! It allows me to change my style cheaply and rather quickly (considering I go thrifting for my Poshmark so often now!). But isn’t that one of the beauties of shopping secondhand? You can try so many different styles without hurting your wallet or the environment! If I decide I don’t like something, I just sell it on Poshmark.  Anyways, I think it’s okay if you don’t feel like you have a personal style and want to change things up from time to time.

     

    Do you have a personal style? Let me know in the comments!

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