Little Black Dress, Lotta Starbucks

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When I put this outfit together, I had zero intentions of writing a post about it. My goal was to go to Georgetown, pick up some new foundation and lipstick and perhaps peruse some of my favorite stores (shoutout Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Barneys New York, Madewell) for birthday present options, surely to be a purse or watch. Sidenote- my birthday is next week and I am pretty stoked. I love birthdays, and I am going home to Florida for a week to spend time with my friends and parents, go to the beach, hit up my favorite coffee shop (shoutout Karma Cream– seriously if you’re ever in Gainesville, FL go there!) and watch the Gators have a hopefully-improved season opening game of football.

Moving on- Brett and I decided to go on an adventure to our favorite spot in DC, a hidden little place right near Georgetown to relax in nature and read books (we are cool, no shame in my nerd game). As evidenced by literally every photo, I also enjoyed a half-priced Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Until the end of this very-nearly-ending summer you can get your own half priced beverage too, post 2 pm. Whilst on this adventure, I found lots of fun places to take photos, and the above are some fun ones.

| Dress- Incredibly Old (Similar) | Shoes- Article& Article& Article& (on sale!) | Bag- Kate Spade (similar)  | Nails- Nails Inc. Soho Place Gel Effect |

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Nautical Maxi

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first event as a new member of the Junior League of Washington. They told us the attire was to be “summer casual” and I always stick with the thought process that it is better to be a bit over-dressed than to walk in and feel like an idiot because you are visibly too casual (unless that is your MO, then go ahead and rock that). So this is the look I came up with, and it fit in quite smashingly.

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| Dress- Thrifted @ Buffalo Exchange | Sandals- Kathy Van Zeeland (out of stock)  Similar | Watch- Michael Kors  | Belt- Francesca’s |

A Rainy Saturday Calls for the Brightest Colors… and Salvaging Damaged Goods

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Brett is in the process of moving into his new apartment in the most gorgeous part of DC (in my opinion) DuPont. While I had hoped to take some pretty shots outside on Saturday, apparently America decided to flood and it’s been pouring nonstop. I actually had a mini freak out because I thought I had ruined my brand new bag from Madewell (see below) because the white parts turned all blue and the leather was stained all kinds of wet. It seems to be drying nicely though the leather is still in the stage of questionably stained (any advice?) So, instead of nature or monuments, you can get a glimpse into his bright, cheery new place.

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 I always try to wear something colorful or exciting when it is raining. I’m not one of those people that loves cozy days spent snuggling in the rain, that’s not my jive. I like sunshine and joy and an utter lack of wetness, unless I am intentionally jumping into an ocean, spring or bathtub. So, to fit the theme, I chose this acid green top from Loft that I purchased last summer. It’s almost tissue-like, and has cute little polka dots. It’s also pretty sheer, so I had to pop an undershirt under it. The jeans are a dark wash from Nordstrom Rack, and my necklace is actually a great steal from Bealls Outlet! I’m not sure if any of my readers have every been there, but I bought a ton of statement necklaces there while I was home in Florida for Christmas, so if you have one, definitely peruse the jewelry section, very, very cheap.

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The only time I will give you a bathroom selfie on the blog, considering it’s new and has a cool black and white pattern 😉

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Here is a close up so you can see the lipstick I’m wearing, recently purchased and am obsessed with- Revlon Colorburst. This is a mix of two shades, the matte “Showy” and the shiny “Vivacious.” I highly recommend the lacquers they offer, though the matte seems to be a bit drying, so I always mix them.

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The carpet is pristine, so of course I had to go barefoot since my shoes were all wet! Very nice view of rowhomes though.

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This is the full outfit, including my Steve Madden oxfords which if you look closely at the laces you can see also got a bit drenched.

So friends, if any lesson is to be learned from the shoot, drape yourself in bright, cheery colors on rainy days, and never EVER bring your favorite new items out to play in the rain, you just might regret it! Check out my Insta and Pinterest for more photos of my life and times.

 

 

Brunch in the Big Apple

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This weekend I took a mini vacation with one of my best friends (and Phi Mu little sister) and Brett to New York City. After a *very* chilly first day, we were able to have a fantastic day on Saturday beginning with a delicious brunch at The Kimberly Hotel Rooftop.

If you’re acclimated to the lifestyle of NYC (or DC for that matter) you understand brunch is a big deal to all of these northern city folk, and it’s quite a fun time. I highly recommend The Kimberly as a brunch spot if you’re in the city. As some of you may have seen in my excited Instagram post, it was fantastic to be offered french fries alongside eggs, french toast and waffles. We had a reservation for noon and the rooftop wasn’t nearly as crowded as a vast majority of the brunch spots in NYC. Also, as you can see from the photos, the hotel offered a beautiful view, and had a gorgeous salt water fish tank. We honestly spent a good ten minutes just treasure hunting through all the beautiful fish and anemones.

Look out soon for more posts from our New York trip, and the upcoming history post of the week. It’s a bit different than what you may normally see on the blog, featuring a former high-fashion model (who will remain anonymous) and her experiences in the industry.

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Style Me Chambray

I think a lot of people struggle with the best way to style chambray tops. There is a fine line between awkward middle school teenage jacket circa 2005 (my Abercrombie & Fitch days, stylin’ and profilin’) and trendy, stylish 2014 life-liver. To be honest, I only just purchased my first chambray top last week (and I bought 2!). Crazy, crazy, I know. I also know that chambray tops are a staple in many people’s wardrobes, and if you haven’t gotten one yet and you live in the DC area hop on over to Nordstrom Rack because they have them for 10$!!!

Personally, I don’t typically buy clothing or accessories unless I can picture myself wearing it in at least 3 different ways, be it a shirt with jeans, leggings, or a skirt or a necklace that can be dressed up for work or going out, or dressed down with a simple tee and jeans for my lazy days, etc. Of course I don’t always follow that rule, but it’s a good way to prevent impulse buying for myself when I shop.

Displayed below you will see three ways you can easily style chambray (including the often faux pas “denim on denim”) for a fun way to make your clothing more versatile!

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For the office, a chambray top tucked into a simple, professional black skirt paired with pearls is an easy way to look stylish and put together. I often throw my hair into a quick sock bun if I’ve happened upon a terrible hair day.

20140303-115724.jpgIf you’re having a casual day shopping, or maybe a day of class that you want to dress up a bit, or even a date (and it isn’t snowing outside), this outfit might be for you. A little bubble skirt with pockets paired with sandals and a necklace that incorporate some of the colors of your look is a fun way to go.

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Finally, if you want to go out and you have been wearing that chambray top all day to the office or class and want to keep it going, throw on a pair of contrasting skinny jeans (if your chambray top is dark, go with light jeans, etc.), trendy boots and over the top jewelry to accessorize. (Shoutout to Grandma for the flask!) I actually did style this outfit this way to go out this weekend, so see below. Have a happy Monday and please like/comment/follow as you will. Check out my Instagram and Twitter at SK_OnTheRun

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Medieval to Modern, A Present Day Princess

Typically when we think of the Medieval times our thoughts jump to knights and ladies, dragons and princesses, or if you are less of a romantic, maybe your thoughts drift to the Black Death. As a history major, and this being my first true historical post, I can share a bit of my background. All throughout high school especially, the Medieval times was one of my favorite subjects to study. I enjoy the social and cultural history associated with different time eras rather than the military or economic factors that some historians prefer. So of course it makes sense that I would be interested in the types of clothing worn during this time period. This post will focus specifically on women, though I plan to write one for my male readers in the future! Pictured below is an image many of us may call up when we think of typical women’s dress.

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Personally, I often picture someone most of us may avidly follow if not for her clothing, at least for her amusing brother’s antics (the one she isn’t in love with)– Cersei Lannister. Any GOT enthusiasts like myself probably have quite a warped imagery in our head associated with Medieval clothing. 

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As a huge fan of Wikipedia, with little time on her hands to do some serious research today, I would like to spit these facts at you, take them as you will. As it stands based on our current understanding, the common folk wore pretty basic clothing consisting primarily of wool and cotton, some fur as well. I was a little surprised to read this, though it does make sense as fur has been a staple of clothing throughout the centuries. (I’m sure we all know the rage that fur took this winter. Pro or not, nearly everyone was wearing some form of it, faux or real) Even these earmuffs (which are amazingly warm by the way) rock the fur.

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This photo from New York Fashion Week of fashion consultant Lily Koong in her fur Michael Kors top is just smashing. I love the collar it pulls in and the blush combo, and she displays that fur isn’t going anywhere this season.

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The article also discusses the embellishments displayed on the clothing of the members of higher (richer) classes, on exotic fabrics including Asian silk. In the photo below, I display a modern twist on these embellishments with a lace and gold sheer top.

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Finally, one of the greatest legacies (in my opinion) that we still hold onto in this era and have evolved into many, many different forms is the plaited aka braided hair style. All Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World explains that during the Medieval times, one of the most popular hair styles women wore was a simple two braids, pigtails if you will. Currently, we have added much more pizzaz to this concept. But we do thank our ancestors for the visionary seeds they sowed. See below for some examples of braids we incorporate into our looks daily.

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This is just a quick braid my former roommate Brooke threw in. (She is a master of hair)

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Photo courtesy of Instagrammer/Blogger styledbydede
Check out her blog at www.styledbydede.blogspot.com

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These two photos are of Instagrammer _Tilly_W_ and her adorable daughter and their twist on the plaiting style (the latter adapted from Kim Kardashian). Check out her Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/tilly1588/

That’s all for now, please {like, follow, comment} with your thoughts and photos. Check me out on Instagram SK_ontherun!

A Focused Blog is Born

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Yesterday as I sat ruminating in the *beautiful* sunshine, I had the greatest itch to write a blog post. Surely that’s a good sign. In creating this blog, I’ve received a lot of intrinsic gratification. I’m improving my web design abilities, I’m meeting and networking with like-minded people who also love fashion, I’m researching a topic that I love, I’m learning about new designers and styles, I’ve found an outlet to consistently write, and finally, I have become even more fashionable in my daily life as I am more conscious of the latest styles and trends, and sharing my looks to my followers. It’s been a great thing. However, I have struggled with finding a particular focus that I want to convey. I enjoy looking at other blogs that are generally strictly outfit posts, but personally I would like to write something with a bit more substance and research, mostly because I enjoy doing the behind the scenes work. I’ve found some incredibly cerebral blogs, with thought provoking posts, but most are not necessarily as focused on fashion as they are on current events or news. I also have stumbled across lots of wonderful photos of food, but I know I don’t cook nearly enough to justify a food blog. Maybe a random post once in a while when I’m feeling particularly proud.

But, after thinking it over, I’ve decided I am going to create a model for weekly posts to keep myself consistent and allow readers the opportunity to follow a regularly updated, focused blog. So, by combining my passions I am going to write as follows:

1- On Mondays, I will post an “outfit post,” consisting of one or more of my favorite looks from the previous week, or if I go somewhere special the looks I incorporated there.

2- On Wednesdays, I will post a “history” post, where I reach back to different eras and pull from the styles they followed and demonstrate how it is/can be incorporated into the present.

3- On… the weekend in general because I can’t promise a Friday/Saturday/Sunday specific post as I enjoy adventuring on those days… I will post a “high fashion” post that pulls research from the runways or shoots of the hottest current designers and incorporate it into normal daily style.

Below you can see some of my favorite looks I wore last week. Tune in for Wednesday, I’m thinking something Medieval may be in store…

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It was a rainy day, but it was finally starting to get warm!

Shoes{Gap} Coat {Cotton On} Bag {Kate Spade} Sidewalk {Wet}
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I really enjoy the double necklace layering lately. This was my Valentine’s Day ensemble I wore to dinner ❤

Skirt {J.Crew} Watch {Michael Kors} Sweater {Nordstrom Rack} Statement Necklace {Francesca’s} Silver Necklace {Tiffany’s}

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And finally, I went with the ultra-feminine pink paired with some trendy wide-legged white trousers.

Pants {Vintage Thrifted} Belt {Francesca’s} Shirt {Gap} Statement Necklace {Pink Pineapple Collection}