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Reflecting on 2014

Reflecting on the past can be an important part of moving forward. I often choose to end each year looking back at what has transpired and what I’ve accomplished. When a portion of your life is documented online – through social media or a blog – it’s easy to travel back in time through the past 365 days. Sometimes this is a blessing and a curse. There’s a point at which spending too much time on the past can hinder our journey into the future. There’s such a fine line between constructive and detrimental reflection on the past.

For me, the past year – my first year of freelancing and blogging full-time – has been a lot of learning what not to do. I’ve made a number of poor decisions as I’ve taken total and complete control of carving and shaping my career. While I know it’s all part of the learning process, it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking back with a negative mindset – the could-have, would-have, should-have mindset. Of course there are many, many things I could have, would have, should have done differently. The key to reflecting on these moments in a productive way is to acknowledge and examine what can be learned from them as I head into a new year and fresh start.

Whether it be self-imposed or a force from the universe, there’s a lot of pressure on year two of freelancing and blogging from New York City. So, I’m spending the last day of 2014 focusing on my energy – mental, physical, emotional energy – and reflecting on 2014. As cheesy as it sounds, I have this intuition that this is my year. It’s scary to proclaim in writing on such a public forum, but perhaps this is my first step in telling the universe I’m ready!


W I N T E R

1. Happy New Year 2014

2. Styling with Black & White

3. Top 5 Fashion Magazines


S P R I N G

4. Mad Men Fashion

5. A Fusion of Music & Fashion

6. Bathing Suit Guide


S U M M E R 

7. Blogger Bazaar Milwaukee

8. Midwest Style Blogger Happy Hour

9. Exploring the Adventure Issue: Eide Magazine

10. My Best Friend’s Wedding

11. Styling for Men: Amsterdam Station

12. Fan Favorite Look: Styling Singer/Songwriter Erica Bryan

13. Just Knotted ARTicles of Clothing Blog Bands

14. Level 99 Contest Winner

15. Little Black Dress


F A L L

16. Gameyday with Girly Go Garter

17. Styling for Fall ft. Encore

18. ARTicles of Clothing Blog’s First Birthday

19. Go Blog Social Conference Chicago, Illinois

20. Day to Night YouTube Makeup Tutorial with Woo Skincare & Cosmetics

21. Styling for Portraits

22. Activewear Essentials for Fall YouTube Video

23. Elizabeth & James Eyewear

24. Birthday in NYC with blogger GaBrielle Pedriani of Look Sharp, Sconnie

25. Stylish Holiday Wine Tastings at Osteria Mattone

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Transitional Fall Fashion – Part IV

It’s the fourth and final installment of my Transitional Fall Fashion series – the go-to fall outfit! 

First, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone I worked with in this series:

Model Mercedes Bleth for looking beautiful in each and every look I styled.
Photographer Logan Potterf for being an amazing director and having a keen artistic eye.
And last but not least…
Encore boutique for supplying all the apparel and accessories featured in each and every look.

Next, let’s recap the first three parts of the series:

PART I – BRING A JACKET

Fall 2014 Must-Have: The Chic Sneaker

PART II – OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Fall 2014 Must-Have: The Hand Chain

PART III: FALL’S BEST FRIEND

Fall 2014 Must-Have: The Vest


PART IV – THE GO-TO FALL OUTFIT

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 It’s good to have go-to outfits in your closet locked and ready for that day you oversleep or impromptu girls night. 

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 Choose pieces that are quick and easy and make you feel and look good no matter what your mood.

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 A flowy neutral-colored sweater + denim + booties pretty much sums up my go-to fall ensemble (pun intended). 

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A basic drop earring and simple statement necklace complete the look. 

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Up your essential-fall-outfit game with my fourth and final Fall 2014 Must-Have: Coated Denim!

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Encore Exclusive

Coated Denim: Seven For All Mankind

Bootie: Sam Edelman

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part III

Today I’m coming to you with Part III of my four-part series, Transitional Fall Fashion featuring apparel and accessories from Encore boutique.

If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

In Part I and Part II, I shared tips on how to compose the perfect fall outfit AND some of my must-have accessories for fall 2014.

Part III showcases the layering accessory that should be your best friend this fall: the vest!

Don’t forget! A new season doesn’t mean you have to purchase a completely new wardrobe. Many pieces featured in this series are basics you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases, like my fall 2014 must-haves!


PART III – FALL’S BEST FRIEND: THE VEST

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 The vest is my third must-have accessory for fall 2014. They’re a fun, functional, and flattering!

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Adding an asymmetric sweater vest over this graphic tee and bralette instantly gives this ensemble a cozy fall vibe.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Graphic Tank: Feel the Piece

Bralette: Cosabella

Sweater Vest: Encore Exclusive

Denim: Genetic

Bootie: Diba True

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Maybe a structured shearling/faux leather vest is more your style. Pair it with your favorite plaid button down for a quintessential fall look.  

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Button Down: Encore Exclusive

Shearling/Faux Leather Vest: Wells Grace

Bootie: Diba True

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part II

Last week, I launched Part I of a four-part series, Transitional Fall Fashion featuring pieces from Encore boutique.

In Part I, I explored the importance of layers during transitional seasons like fall and shared one of my must-have items for fall 2014: the chic sneaker.

Today, in Part II, I’m sharing another technique to compose the perfect transitional fall outfit – it’s all about opposites!

If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Before we get started remember this: a new season doesn’t mean you have to buy a completely new wardrobe. Many pieces featured in this series are basics you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases. 


PART II – OPPOSITES ATTRACT

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Transitional weather poses a unique opportunity to pair pieces in your wardrobe from different seasons

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Take your go-to summer miniskirt and couple it with your favorite fall flats and three quarter-length tee.

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Michael Stars

Skirt: Tart Collections

Flats: Kaanas

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OR take an easy summer tank and throw it on with fall essentials: skinny denim and riding boots.

P.S. This AWESOME hand chain is one of my fall 2014 must-haves!

FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Line & Dot

Denim: Citizens of Humanity

Boots: Diba True

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part I

IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL!

A new season means looking at your wardrobe in a new way. This is particularly important during the fall and spring because they’re transitional seasons. No matter where you live, fall weather can be unpredictable. One day it feels like summer, and the next day it feels like winter. Sometimes, the change in temperature can even vary within the span of a day.  You head out in the morning, and there’s a crisp chill in the air. Then, by the afternoon, the sun has warmed things up.

So, today I’m launching a four-part series showcasing transitional fall fashion. A couple weeks ago, I partnered with Encore boutique to style transitional fall outfits. If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Remember: a new season does not mean you have to buy a completely new wardrobe to be on trend. Many of the pieces that will be featured in this series are staples you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases. 


PART I – BRING A JACKET

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Layers are key during transitional seasons. The easiest way to stay cute and comfortable from day to night during unpredictable fall weather is to bring a jacket! 

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The first transitional fall outfit showcasing pieces from Encore features two wardrobe staples: a basic neutral dress and a structured moto jacket.

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I paired these pieces with one of my must-have items for fall 2014: the chic sneaker.

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Footwear can be a challenge when transitioning from summer to fall. You’re ready to trade in your summer sandals but aren’t quite ready for boots. The chic sneaker is the solution!

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FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Tart Collections

Jacket: Michael Stars

Sneakers: Bronx

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf