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“Real Life” Fashion Problems 101 // By Kelsy of The Accidental Extrovert

Thought you guys might be interested in hearing from my first ever guest writer, Kelsy, of The Accidental Extrovert! She’s got some great fashion tips for your transition from college grad to working girl!

Kelsy was my gateway peer leader during my freshman year of college! I’ve always admired her style, and now you guys can get a little insight into her wardrobe choices as well!

Be sure to check out her blog–which I’ve linked above–and leave a comment down below!  Also, I’ll be guest writing on her blog sometime in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled! Without further ado, here’s Kelsy:

“Real Life” Fashion Problems 101

I’ve been out of college for a little over 2½ months, but sometimes I can’t help but think that my four years of higher learning just BARELY equipped me for the little time I’ve spent in the “real world” so far. I never had a class teach me how to figure out how to identify shady pyramid scheme businesses, or what to do when your parents might be moving out of state just as you move back home, or most importantly, what is the best definition of “business casual” for interviews! I’m learning as I go and often trial by error, but hey, that’s the crazy, fun part about post-grad life!

Whether you spend time imitating cool outfits from Pinterest, going all Macklemore at the thrift shop, or only wearing comfortable clothes everywhere, by now you’ve probably developed your own personal style! You know what you love, what looks best on you, and most importantly, what are classic staples for your body. For example, strapless dresses will never be a staple for me—they just don’t work! Peplum tops or pencil skirts are classics for me though, and I know that I can always buy one of these staples & they will always be flattering.

*Here are some style staples that are workplace ready:

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As you’ve spent time in college (hopefully) developing this personal style & trying out new looks, by the time you graduate, you truly get to own your look & make it even more “you.” Think of Zooey Deschanel for example. Probably right away, you pictured her mod hair, patterned dresses, and cute tops, right? It’s pretty cool to own the corner market on a look—once out in the post-grad world, you get to decide once & for all what you want to endorse as your own personal style.  Do you want to be the on trend person? Or the one who always has a unique, individualized way of dressing? Of course, there’s always room to grow and change your look too, which is always helpful with “grown up” paychecks!

So, with your personal style already figured out, now you’re ready to face to big monster of real world fashion: WORKING.

When you’re off work, you have the weekends and weeknights to relax and dress in your “work inappropriate” clothes (which are some of my favorite kinds of clothes) like rompers, shorts, or anything sleeveless. But during the weekdays, your clothes are shackled to the “business casual” code. It all depends on your company, as some are much more conservative while others are really chill about clothes, but always dress to impress. You can never be too overdressed (unless you’re wearing your old prom dress, because then…yes). So, how can you defeat this real world problem?

  1. Business doesn’t mean boring! Your personal style can still shine through, but just be a bit more purposeful and modest than you usually would.business1
  2. For interviews, always be more dressed up than usual. Even if you know the company is really laid back, dress up anyway. If you want a job, let your presence (and your outfit!) show you’re totally serious about working there. Put your best foot forward!fashion-column1

    3.   Cardigans cover a multitude of sins. They automatically make every outfit office appropriate and save you from the arctic temperatures inside!

So, whether you have a few more years of college & are preparing in advance for your future fashion or are out there in the real world with me, good luck out there!

*blogger’s note

What I Did in Williamsburg

I can’t believe that this time last week, I was making last minute preparations for vacation! Seriously, where does the time go??

Luckily, I managed to document some of the events of the trip, and I’d love to share them with you! My family and I have been visiting Williamsburg since I was a little kid. The place means a lot to me because of its historical significance and the wonderful memories I’ve made there with my family over the years. Also, it’s where I saw my first Harry Potter movie.

If you’ve never been, you should definitely consider going! Colonial Williamsburg is beautiful! The buildings have been restored to resemble the structures that stood there in colonial times. Also, no cars are allowed on the streets there, which really transports you back into our country’s past. So cool.

We were even able to tour some of the buildings; the one below held artillery that would have been used during the revolution! It was quite intimidating, but really interesting at the same time.

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We also watched a historical re-inactment, in which fake accents abounded. Regardless, it was actually really fun! The acting wasn’t bad, and the costumes were realistic as well! Check out these handsome dudes:DSC_0796 DSC_0797

We also went out to eat at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, which is a colonial-style restaurant at which the waiters dress in colonial garb and play the fiddle as you dine on the most delicious crab cakes known to man. Seriously though, if you eat there, go for the crab cakes and be sure to order root beer; it’s the best I’ve ever had.

The meals are quite pricey, but you’re paying for the atmosphere, and it’s well worth it in my opinion.

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Thought I’d sneak in a little OOTN (Outfit of the Night) just to show you what I wore to dinner! It had been raining a lot, so I chose to keep it simple with a circle skirt to ensure I wouldn’t be too toasty.

My skirt is from Target; tank top is from Delia’s; sleeveless jean jacket is from American Eagle; shoes are from American Eagle; necklace is from Forever 21.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and hopefully it inspired some of you to take a trip to Williamsburg! You won’t regret it!

On a side note, I did do a little shopping whilst on vacation, and I’m sure you’ll soon see a post that somehow relates to that, so keep an eye out!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Holiday Must-Haves

It’s vacation time! Can I get a ‘hallelujah’??!

Seriously though, who doesn’t love time away from the hustle and bustle of life, time to just relax and have fun? If you’re anything like me, however, you almost always overpack for any type of trip, even if it’s just for a couple of days. I’m ashamed.

Although this bad habit of mine doesn’t do my suitcase any favors, it certainly serves my blog well! So, you beautiful people, you, let’s talk about holiday must-haves!

Here’s a picture of me trying to juggle some of the products I’m about to talk about. Oh yeah, check out these skills!

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Basically the first vacation essential would be to ensure a good base for your skin. Make sure to moisturize if you’ll be spending lots of time in the sun, as I plan to!

I personally love using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, as it’s not too heavy on the skin, yet still provides enough moisture. To go along with that, I’ve been trying out Clinique’s CC Cream as well. The coverage is very light, but it’s great for days when you don’t want to pack on the foundation. As I don’t want my makeup to slide off my face, I like wearing this on hotter days. Let me know if you’d like a more in-depth review of the CC Cream! It’s a great summer product in my opinion.

PS, if you haven’t boarded the EOS lip balm bandwagon, I suggest you go to your nearest drugstore and pick one up! To be honest, they aren’t the most moisturizing on the lips, but they smell heavenly, and I mean, c’mon, have you seen the packaging??

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I also love a good lip and cheek combo, and Revlon has me sorted! I’ve been loving bright pinks lately, and if you’re on the hunt for some budget brights, I suggest Revlon’s creme blush in Flushed and the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop!

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As for summer scents, I’ve been loving all things fresh and girly! On vacation, I especially want something light and lovely that I can easily apply on the go! My recent favorite is probably Bath and Body Work’s scent called Beautiful Day. I have the Triple Moisture Body Creme and the Fragrance Mist, both of which smell gorgeous! Definitely a must-have for me!

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I also get super lazy with my hair on trips, so I made sure to pack a dry shampoo! The one I’m currently using is by the brand Psssst! I like the smell of this one, but I’m not sure if it’s the best out there! I’ll have to keep up my research in that regard!

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Going along with the pink theme, I’ve just purchased a new nail polish called Crazy For Chic by Loreal. It’s almost a watermelon color, and I find that the Loreal nail polishes last forever on my nails, and they’re not too pricy, which is always a plus! I’ll definitely be sporting this color on my trip!

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As for entertainment, I can’t leave the house without my phone or a good book! I just joined the rest of America in buying an iPhone, and look at how adorable this Otterbox is, am I right? Also, if you’re in the mood for a relaxing read, you might try picking up something by Kate Morton. She’s a great author, who pens modern mysteries!

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Last but not least, we can’t forget about clothing! I’ve been loving brightly colored swimsuits at the moment, and the two down below are both from Victoria’s Secret. DSC_0623 DSC_0624

If it’s going to be super sunny at your holiday destination, I suggest bringing a cute hat and pair of sunglasses along to shield your eyes from the bright light! The ones I’m wearing are from Target.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my holiday must-haves!

Let me know in the comments what things you’ll be sure to bring on your vacation!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

June Favorites

Okay, what? June is over? So weird! On the plus side, this means I get to share my first favorites post!

For those who might never have seen a favorites video or post, I’m basically just going to talk about the things I’ve been loving this month, other than songs, which I’ve already posted about!

Here’s an overall pic of some of the stuff I couldn’t get enough of this June!

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Let’s do a rundown, shall we?

I’ve seriously been loving to wear higher waisted shorts. The coral and hunter green colors I have are both from Urban Outfitters. They are the BDG Alexa Mid-Rise shorts. They’re super comfortable (after a wash cycle). PS: be sure to wash these shorts in their own loads of laundry; the dye in them will spread, as I found out the hard way!

I styled the shorts with a crop top that also came from Urban Outfitters. DSC_0593DSC_0595DSC_0621

I paired the outfit with some peep-toe flats from (you guessed it!) Urban Outfitters. Can you tell I recently spent a lot of money there?

As for the makeup favorites, I’ve already mentioned Tarte’s Exposed blush, which is pinky-brown, super long wearing, and a color I’d say would flatter anyone! I’ve also been loving the Rimmel Apocalips lipgloss range. The two colors I have are Stellar and Big Bang.

In regards to nail polish, I’ve been into corals, as you can see from the picture of my feet above! If you’re looking for budget nail polishes, Wet N’ Wild has some great summer colors on display at the moment!

BTW, during my Urban Outfitters shopping spree, I totally freaked out when I saw they had Tangle Teasers in stock! I’ve been lusting after one for the longest time, so I didn’t pass up the opportunity to snatch up this cute baby blue one!

They are great on wet or dry hair, and don’t do half as much damage to your hair as normal brushes would. Here’s an artsy picture of mine, which I now realize looks like a kidney bean. Oh well.

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As for two random faves, I’ve been loving Soap and Glory’s Hand Food, which is a hand lotion. It smells amazing, and I picked this one up from Sephora for a fiver. I’ve also been on my feet a lot, and my new Sanuks have definitely helped make my life easier! I’d def recommend them to anyone who’s ever wanted to walk on a cloud. It’s a good time.

As always, I’ve loved wearing way too many rings at once. I added two to my collection this month, as you’ll see below. One is a fish-bone toe ring, and the other is the one on the far left.

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Last but not least, I’ve developed an obsession with viruses. Now that sounds strange, and you’re probably thinking I’m a freak, but they’re so fascinating. I re-watched Contagion this month, and also went to see World War Z, and both these movies re-ignited my intrigue about how viruses spread and manipulate, and how we re-act to them as individuals both psychologically and physically, and how society re-acts as a whole. As the human body breaks down and is consumed by sickness, so does society deteriorate, erasing taboo and creating chaos in the process.

(Apologizes for English major freak-out)

Anyways, if that sort of thing interests you too, you should read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. It’s a true story, but reads like fiction. I’m telling you, even Steven King calls it a page-turner. I promise, you won’t regret reading it, except that you might not ever want to touch anyone or anything or leave the confines of your own home ever again.

It’s worth it. Here’s me pretending to read it!

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Anyways, hope you enjoyed my first ever favorites post!

What stuff having you been loving for the month of June?? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) // Dinner and a Movie

Today was a super lazy day for me. Since I had the day off of work, I slept in and practically sat on the couch for the majority of the time. I decided to do something with my life later in the afternoon, and joined my grandma, mom, and little bro for dinner and a movie.

We ate at Five Guys and saw Now You See Me. This was my second time seeing that movie. The cast is great and the plot is great and it’s clever and you should go see it and Mark Ruffalo.

I kept my outfit pretty simple, but I thought it might be fun to show you guys what I wore. Hopefully it goes without saying that in no way I am bragging or trying to be conceited. I like clothes, and enjoying seeing how other people put outfits together. If you do too, then keep on reading!

Here’s a pic of the overall look:

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Most of the clothes I buy are from American Eagle. In this case, my shoes and jeans are both from there! I really like these jeans; they’re super stretchy and comfortable!

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My blouse is from Urban Outfitters, and from the sale section, no less! I love little peplum tops, and this one is so soft! My necklace is from Forever 21. I’m trying to venture into buying more statement necklaces, and although it doesn’t look like much, this one is more daring than I’ve worn in the past. Yay for being adventurous?

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Lastly, my bag is from Francesca’s, which is a cute little boutique that carries the most adorable clothes, jewelry, and handbags!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this OOTD! Let me know in the comments what you like to wear to the cinema or out to eat!

Until next time,

Sarah E.