Sorry for the lack of face - but I wanted to write this post to showcase the jacket. I picked it up from Zara recently (as you can tell I went on a little spree) after literally trying it on half a dozen times over the past couple months.  At first I was not feeling it at all, I think mainly because the style was completely out of my comfort zone. I usually go for basic shapes in neutral colors with minimal details, so I can wear each item in many different ways. This piece on the other hand, it a quilted navy blue with abstract embellishment on the cuff and zipper. It is definitely not something I go for.

 But by the umpteenth time trying it on I realized, maybe that's a good thing. Having pieces in your wardrobe that are unique and out there are almost as essential as the basics, because they make your wardrobe yours. While this jacket is definitely a one-way-to-wear kind of piece, I love it because it's stylish enough to make me feel different but still classic in its fit and shape. Pieces like this are necessary to mix in with those go-to basics to balance out that trendy-to-classic ratio. Plus it makes me feel like a Dutch princess, hence the braid. 

Photo credit: Scott Harlton


B + W

With the temperature going to above freezing today (yay...) I thought I would celebrate by wearing my new shorts from Zara. These shorts kill two spring birds with one stone - one being that they're shorts (obviously) and two that they are black and white, which is a trend this season. I don't really consider black and white a trend, but more of a classic look being revamped. Either way it's definitely a look I am loving, as it makes wearing patterns pretty much idiot-proof. And these shorts are the perfect option.  

Zara shorts | T. Babaton blouse | Zara blazer | H&M tights | Nastygal jewelry

Photo credit: Scott Harlton



Want to be a badass? Tie a flannel around your waist. I'm serious, it works. Lipstick also helps. Who says you have to stick to one style - I love buying pieces that I'm able to wear in a variety of ways and styles. My most recent multi-purpose purchase is definitely this black calf-grazing dress from Aritzia. While it's a great piece on its own, it's also wonderful for layering and dressing in different ways. Adding a leather jacket and edgier details definitely toughens up the dress' classic shape.

Wilfred dress | Wilfred shirt | Zara jacket (similar here) | Boyfriend's flannel

Photo credit: Scott Harlton



My apologies for the not great quality of these pictures - but it was mid-snow storm so my location options were limited. Regardless, this is one my go-to outfits lately. I love wearing my silk blouses open to create a more casual/effortless look for school and work. Also, I am falling in love all over again with these jeans. They are Marc by Marc Jacobs circa ~2007 and go with everything. Literally everything. They're a wear n' tear black so they work with every outfit without being too bland and boring. Throw on my favorite blazer and black suede booties - outfit complete. Jk jk. Not outfit complete. I had to put on a 20 pound parka over all this in order to survive the weather. 
Winter is the enemy of stylish outerwear.

T. Babaton blouse (old print) | Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans (similar here) | Oak + Fort Blazer (in store/similar here
 Steve Madden boots | Zara tank (similar here) | Thrifted belt

Photo credit: Scott Harlton



This is Scott a.k.a poot a.k.a my boyfriend a.k.a the guy behind the camera. He usually just takes my picture (usually being my only 3 blog posts, ha) but he's also stylish in his own "I'm a guy and I don't care" way. Somewhat against his will, I took some photos of his outfit when we were out on Wednesday (prior this crazy snow storm I'm experiencing). His Biggie shirt is definitely one of his favorite tees, but I cannot say the same of his SF giants lid - because he has about 15 other hats to choose from.



Layering - loved by some and feared by many. Me? I. LOVE. LAYERS. I can never seem to have enough clothing on my body at one time. Plus I live in a place where it snows 8 months of the year, so I don't really have much choice but to bundle up. In this post I'm going to show you step-by-step the methods to my layering madness, and tips for getting the most clothes on your body as possible. 
P.S. Apparently I forgot how to smile while taking these photos. You have been warned.
P.P.S. I hope you get the Shrek reference in the title

STEP 1: Leather leggings are a great substitute for real pants because they are thinner and allow you to pile a bunch of layers on top, while still looking pulled together. I also love wearing a slip as a layer because it adds dimension and length to your outfit without adding bulk.

STEP 2: What is this face?! Anyways...anytime I'm not wearing denim on the bottom, I like to put it on top. This chambray top is great because it's not as bulky as true denim, and the collar adds detail when the rest of the shirt is hidden by future layers.

STEP 3: When you're layering, it is always sweater weather. This one is my personal favorite because it is shorter in the front than the back, showing off the other pieces. Feel free to add color in your sweater choices - I'm just boring and 95% of the sweaters I own fall in the grey/black spectrum.

STEP 4: Now all you warm-citied folk can probably stop at step 3, but if there is snow on the ground where you live, keep reading. An oversized blazer/coat is the perfect outerwear piece when layering. This one is big enough in the body to seamlessly hang over the rest of the clothing, but still fitted in the arms and shoulders so I don't lose my shape. I like that this one is black, because it allows the other layer to pop. TIP: Roll up the sleeves so each layer is not only visible through the body, but the arms as well.

FINALLY - A SMILE! Here's the completed look. I just added a pair of oxford flats to keep the focus on the layers, but again feel free to get creative at this step with your choice of footwear, as well as jewelry. I hope this inspired some of you guys to go into your closet and see what items can be paired together in new ways!

Topshop Leggings | Wilfred Slip | Linea Shirt (similar here) | Wilfred Sweater | 
Oak + Fort Blazer (in store/similar here) | Steve Madden oxfords