Cass C Jewels

Hey everyone!  Hope you are getting exciting because it is hump day, which means we are almost at the weekend!  I have been waiting to publish this post and I can not wait to share it with all of you.

My friend Cassie just started her own jewelry line called Cass C Jewels.  It has been taking off and I absolutely love all of her pieces because they are super classic and can be worn with about everything.  What a surprise... I am sharing another classic item with you guys! 

As you can see, this emerald X grey wrap is absolutely adorable.  It is comfortable because of the soft wrap on it and I love that because you tie it yourself, you can adjust it to make it as tight or loose as you want.  I styled it for class, which again just shows how comfortable it is if I was able to run around in it all day.

Cass C Jewels has so many cute things on their website to make sure to check it out here.  Once you find something you absolutely love, which I know you will, use the code CLASSICALLYCLAD10 for 10% off!  Happy shopping :)

Maroon Monday

One of my favorite things about the winter is that maroon is such an awesome staple!  I find myself wearing it all the time because it looks great on girls with dark hair and light hair.  You can dress it down with a pair of light washed jeans or you can dress it up with a pair of dark washed jeans.  Here are some of my favorite maroon finds.

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Make sure to click on the links above for the classic maroon pieces that you love!  Thanks for reading and stay warn.

Filling the Spaces

Hey everyone!  I haven't been posting the last few days because I was moving back onto campus to start my second semester.  I am so excited to start this semester even though I know it is going to be a tough one.  Since I had some spare time before classes start, I started to realize I had some bare spaces on the walls in my apartment they were bothering me.  I enjoy having things to observe on the walls.  When working with a small space, it can be very hard to decorate so here are some of my ideas on how to fill the spaces.

The space above your bed can be a daunting place to decorate.  I have had shelves above my bed before and have had them come crashing down, so I tend to avoid shelves now.  At home, I have a great decorative headboard, which really adds flare to my room.  Unfortunately, when I am at college, I have to deal with what they give me.  I decided something simple above my bed would be great so I went with a tassel garland.  These have been very popular lately so I looked into buying one and it was going to cost me almost $30.  I was discouraged because what if I got sick of the colors or what if it wasn't good quality.  I decided to make this garland myself.  It was very simple and probably cost a total of $10.  I went to my local craft store and bought a spool of thread and a tissue paper bundle.  I cut the tissue paper into the tassels, stapled them together, and ran the thread through.  So simple and easy!

I had another wall that had absolutely nothing on it and who likes looking at a wall that is completely blank?  The greatest way to fill a large space is my placing pictures in a uniformed order.  I bought these frames at Michaels and hand cut my own pictures to create picture collages.  To make sure they took up some more space, I neatly spaced them out.  These are great for a blank wall because since there are so many pictures, they can end up becoming a focal point in the room because everyone is going to want to go look at all of the pictures.  The frames probably cost me a total of $20.  This was another really cheap and great way to fill the space.

The last idea I have for filling the space is the criss-cross lights for pictures.  It adds some brightness into a room because of the lights and it also adds light to your pictures, which has your pictures looking great and creates an eye draw to them.  This took me about 10 minutes to put up in the room. I used clear tacks to attach the lights to the wall and then clothes pins to attach the pictures to the strand of lights.  What I love about this idea is that it can work in any size space that you have.  You can add more strands of lights in you have more space to fill or you can make the criss-crosses smaller if you have a smaller space to fill.  This was my last quick, cheap, and cute way, to fill the space.

I am so happy to have my bedroom looking beautiful at school.  Like I said, I am excited to get this semester going and I hope all of you continue to follow along on the crazy ride with me!   As always, thanks for reading!

January Jams

I listen to music every day, especially when I am at school.  I have always enjoyed music and finding meaning in every song I listen to, which is why when I love posting the songs I have been listening to lately.  I feel like it is a great way for all of you to know a special part of me.  You will also notice when I post my music that it ranges in all different kinds of artists and genres.  I am always open to music suggestions too because I love finding new artists and songs.  Please, put some suggestions in my comments!  I love the feedback from all of you.

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Back to School or Work Outfits ~ Winter Edition

Going back to school or work after the Holidays can be daunting because you know everyone is going to be showing up in their best outfits that they probably got as gifts.  Now, you need to figure out how you are going to compete with that girl.  Come on.  You know you all have that girl in mind that is going to totally show you up.  Well, let's show her up instead.  Here are a few of my ideas that would be great going back to work or school looks.
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The Comfy look for school was put together with Lilly Pulitzer Mia Leggings.  Once again, my favorite leggings in the world and I can't say it enough.  I know the turtle neck sweaters have been huge this winter, but no matter how hard I tried, I never found one that was flattering. Instead, I loved the oversized v-neck sweaters just like this one.  It is probably going to be chilly walking to class if you are anywhere in the midwest or north east coast so boots are a must.  I love short boots and I paired this outfit with the classic bean boots but honestly, any cropped boots would look adorable.  Picking out socks to go with your outfit can be pretty stressful too but I always try to contrast so if I am wearing a dark sweater, I will wear lighter neutral socks like these.  Please do not spend more than $15 on these knit socks.  Sure, there are a lot of really cute pairs of socks out there, but remember, it is one. single. pair. of. socks. that you are buying.  Now, to finish off the outfit, a bag is always my favorite accessory for the comfy/casual look.  I chose a Longchamp because I love using this bag for class.  But any tote that you have that matches and is durable is great to complete your look!

The Comfy look for work is all about just picking exactly what the look is called, COMFORT.  I am going to pair a cute outfit for what is best for me, but just look in your closet your all your similar classic staples.  My favorite pants for work are the Old Navy Pixie Chinos.  My bank account likes them too because they are nothing too expensive.  My comfiest winter top is little more pricey since it is from Polo Ralph Lauren, but this sweater does go on sale all the time!  They are thick and warm and come in so many colors.  Just because it is winter, do not be afraid to add a pop of color into your outfit.  You would be surprised how much it will effect your mood!  For shoes in the winter, if you have a commute, wear your boots and pack your shoes.  What I have above, is my favorite pair of flats that I always wear but they are not meant for walking in snow so make sure you don't forget to throw your flats in your bag if your wear your boots in the morning commute.  Finish off the outfit with some easy jewelry and you are all ready for that early morning wake up call and will be as comfy as ever.
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Even for my sophisticated look for class, I am still going to wear my dark wash jeans.  I think jeans are the perfect thing to dress up for class and they are super practical in the winter.  I am going back to my favorite classic brand Polo Ralph Lauren for my top.  You definitely do not need to get this shirt at Polo.  Any top that you have that is a button up and is a neutral color would work great for this outfit.  I chose white because I am kind of obsessed with wearing winter white right now and picking pops of color.  I have so many of these oxford tops and they are one of the best classics that I have in my closet.  You can throw on any statement necklace or scarf to add a pop of color with them and you look perfectly put together.  I am showing a colorful scarf because it is winter so we have to keep warm on that trip to school.  Again, do not be afraid to add color in the winter.  This scarf I picked it great because it is large so you can throw it over your shoulders in class and then do a pretty wrap when going to and from school.  To finish the look, I am still a huge fan of tall boots and they are perfect for staying warm in the winter.  These boots are adorable and easy.  
Now the best way to really wrap everything together is taking some extra time in the morning to do your hair and make-up.  It really shows that you wanted to make a good impression and care about yourself when going into that first day of school.  Hope this was an easy way for all of your to look sophisticated at school!

For the sophisticated work look, I am going to keep the theme of easy because I know that early alarm is still going to be difficult but if your office is fancier, then you need to continue to dress the part into the New Year. Color block dresses are a great, easy, and classic staple.  Just be careful when picking them out because they can sometimes be too boxy and then not flattering.  This dress I picked seems like it will hug in all of the right places.  The one thing I request if you do decide to wear a dress to work in the winter is WEAR TIGHTS.  I have failed all of you if any of you walk out your front door between November through all of February (at least) without tights on.  Ladies, you must wear tights.  With the dress that I have picked, black matte tights would be perfect!  They aren't expensive so there is no excuse to not wear them.  Sure they are not the most comfortable but beauty is pain sometimes.  I picked out two shoes to go with this outfit.  A heel and a flat.  The heels are suede because I think that looks extremely classic in the winter.  Plus, these heels have a little sassy bow on the back and I am all about that sass in an outfit.  A classic black flat can also work with this outfit if you can not walk around the office in heels all day.  Pick your favorite black flats and they would go great with this.  I chose these flats because my Tory Burch black flats are amazing but, which ever ones you have I am sure are great.  Finally, since the dress I picked is sleeveless, I would wear a sweater or cardigan.  Picking a sweater with a block dress can be hard because if the sweater is too big, it can look unprofessional.  I would recommend a cardigan that comes to your the top of your hips and hugs through your waist.  If you like a longer sweater than that is completely fine but just make sure it hugs you through your back to give you a beautiful silhouette.  With this outfit, I know it seemed like I picked a lot of black out, but it is good to pick one base color and one pop of color, if you are looking for a more sophisticated style at work.  I know this isn't always the most fun way to dress, but that is why once, again, I am bringing in a pop of color.  You can always bring in some more color with your jewelry!  Don't forget to accessorize.

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Blogger Date: Dana Edition

Blogging is something that I have been able to thoroughly enjoy.  I never thought that I would be where I am today.  I also never thought it would bring me a great friendship.  I still can't believe how much happened in 2015 and because of that, I can not even explain my excitement for 2016.  I think my friend Dana agrees with me completely.  Speaking of Dana, let me tell you a little about her and how much fun we had the other day!

Dana is the owner of From Pizza to Prep and has been having so much fun with her blog for the last 6 months.  We know each other because we are both in Alpha Xi Delta at the University of Illinois but our friendship became fast and furious when we both started blogging.

Dana is from a suburb just outside of Chicago so I thought why not take her downtown for the day!  We ate at this amazing Sushi restaurant called Union Sushi + Barbecue Grill.  We both loved our meals and you can totally tell Dana was loving it because of the smile she has on in this picture.

After lunch, I decided to show Dana around Chicago's Gold Coast where there is some of the highest end shopping to be had.  No, unfortunately we did not buy anything from Hermes, Louis Vuitton, or Barbour, but we did take trips on just to dream the one day we could.  This day was a day of firsts for Dana because we took a trip to Sprinkles, Vineyard Vines, and Kendra Scott, all of which she had never been to before.  I was so happy I could bring her because they are some of my favorite places in Chicago's Gold Coast.

After all of our fun trips around the Gold Coast, we decided to be some what productive with our blogger date and actually take some outfit pictures for all of you so here is what I wore!

What I wore: Coat (similar) / Sweater (similar) / Jeans / Booties (similar) / Necklace (similar)

The J. Crew coat that I am wearing was definitely one of my favorite birthday presents.  It is perfect for mild Chicago days when it is unzipped, but it has also been great when I couple it with a scarf for the cooler days.

Sweaters and statements necklaces are still always a classic look for me.  I have had this sweater and necklace from J. Crew for about a year now and I still always wear them.  That is a perfect indicator that J. Crew makes great classic and timeless pieces.

My jeans and booties were just quick pick ups from American Eagle and Charlotte Russe.  I have told you all before how much I swear by these jeans.  I am not usually one buy cheap shoes.  I got these booties for $15 and they are by far the most comfortable shoes I own.  That just goes to show you that you do not always need to spend a fortune on shoes.  I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect booties so just take some time when picking out something you would really like.

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Outfit Overview - Blanket Scarf Style

What I wore: Glasses / Sweater (similar) / Scarf / Leggings / Boots / Watch

It took me some time to finally invest in a blanket scarf.  Even though they have been huge this last year, I wasn't ever set on buying one until I got this adorable one for Christmas.  My Mom found it on an Etsy shop, which I linked above and I loved it since it was personalized.  I finally felt like I had a blanket scarf that did not look like all the others.

After Party Sale 2016

These are some of my favorite items that are still left on the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale!  I have all of these or have at least tried all of them on, so I can give suggestions on sizing.   Email me any questions at

As always, have fun & happy shopping!

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