Monochrome

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  Come the middle of winter of just about every year, I transition into a "if its not black it has to be grey or white" phase. I'm not sure if its me channeling my inner New Yorker or just because it feels wintery, but it is inevitable. In addition to my attire, I also like to mix metals accessory wise, usually opting for layered silver necklaces and delicate jewelry. But above all, so I don't look like a complete walking black cat, I wear a berry lip for a very necessary pop of color.

'Isabelle studies more' update; I got a 95% on my world history test! Let me tell you ladies (and gents), this is a grade I will never forget, considering I usually epically fail that class. I am kinda on cloud nine, not going to lie. This past week was the end of the "list",entailing tests upon tests, so I am somewhat inclined to slack before I leave for Texas on Saturday to visit my sister. Beside seeing Noelle, I am especially excited not to trudge around in my Docs 24-7 because of snow. Yipeee for warmth! Hope you guys are doing well and a new post will be coming soon. xoxo




Wearing:// Top: Topshop (Similar)Jacket: Juicy Couture, Jeans: J Brand, Necklace: Argentina Boutique, Shoes: Chanel (Available in stores) 

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Winter Woes | January Playlist

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     As a continuation of my whole "Winter Woes" mini series, I figured a new playlist was looong over due. These songs don't really correlate with winter in any shape or form, but they have just been what I've been listening to. Whether you're dying of heat exhaustion and sitting by a fan, or curled up in a blanket by the fire, I think you'll enjoy these songs. Lemme know if you have any music recommendations for me- I'm always up for new music!

Sorry I've been on a semi-hiatus lately, things are/have been crazy (as ever). My whole "try harder in school" thing has been working out somewhat well, and I think I might've actually passed a world history test (woo hoo!) Other than school and annoyances of that nature, I'm not sure why, but I just haven't quite been myself lately. Hopefully I will be out of this rut soon enough, and I shall be back soon with some new posts! Hope you enjoy these songs. xx 





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Peonie

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    I never thought I'd see the day that I wasn't wearing a winter coat mid winter….but alas, it has come! I guess the bounce back of the whole polar-vertex drama somehow resulted in 50 degree weather. As it was raining on this day, I decided not push my limits and bear short sleeves, but rather a long sleeved dress. (Side note: I really don't understand why my pictures turn out better when it is gloomy; it makes no sense!) Anyway, I find it somewhat hard to find long sleeve dresses that don't have that whole "lace arm concoction" thing going on, but I struck luck last year with this dress. And lets just say it has been very well loved, mostly because of how easy and flowy it tends to be. To protect my hair from the persistent rain, I wore my brimmed from Topshop, for what I think of as a country-esque outfit combination. 


School is already back into the swing of things; tests, projects, and term paper check points. As you can imagine, I write this with a firm grimace. It's not that I don't like learning, it's just hard to try and comprehend something like Chemistry, whilst having to learn years upon years for World History (my two worst classes, of course). However, I'm going to *attempt* to study further ahead of time instead of my usual 'night before' tactic, and just be more organized in general. Speaking of goal making, how have your resolutions been succeeding and/or slightly failing? Hope you guys enjoyed this post and that you're doing well. xx 




Wearing://Dress: Juicy Couture (Old, Similar Print Here), Hat: Topshop, Shoes: Steve Madden (Similar here) 


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Winter Woes | DIY Activities

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  I thought with this whole polar vortex madness and my developing frost bite, why not make a mini-series about beating the cold? This will be a few posts or so about everything and anything cold related- you name it. Seriously- if you have a specific requests, be sure to leave them below; otherwise, I have some ideas up my layers of sleeves. For my Southern hemisphere ( and elsewhere) friends, all of my ideas can apply to you as well. Today's post is all about activities for those snow days where you have practically watched every show on Netflix and are at a standstill. I hope you enjoy it and leave a comment with your favorite snow day activities! xx




  If you haven't already seen these all over Tumblr or are not a Pinterest addict- then I present you the memory jar. The idea is that whenever something good happens to you or something happens that you don't want to forget in 2014, you write a little note, throw it in, and read them all on New Year's Eve. I never got around to actually making one last year, but  I decided to make a tradition out of it this year, seeing as I am a very forgetful person and it should be interesting. I got inspiration for the actual decorating from this video, but really all you need is some scrapbook paper, ribbon, and a little glitter. If you were wondering, mine is the one on the left and the one on the right is for my friend Alex. 




    Something I've had in my room for as long as I can remember is my pin board, over-stuffed with memories, inspirations, and decorative clothing tags past. Along with collaging, creating a pin-board can be a fun activity when boredom comes to insanity. I always love passing my board by my closet and it is also funny to reflect with my friends about our not so great years. Above all, unlike collaging, you can always switch out an update the pictures as you please, which I probably should seeing as I have pictures from eighth grade. 




  Last, but certainly not least, is curling up with a good book or even magazine. Who doesn't love a good read? As of late, I have become more and more invested in finding time to read, despite having little to no free time with school. I'm always looking for new books, so if you have any suggestions, please leave some below and let me know if you've read any of these (links to each book are attached by the way) Hope you guys enjoyed this post. I'll be back with some new posts very soon! 

P.S. Excuse my face in the last picture. I don't know what I was doing, haha. 



1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  or anything by John Green really 









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    When it comes to that gross post-snow slushiness and the cold in general, all I tend to care about when it comes to fashion is being warm (I learned from my last post, alright?). Sometimes, the oversized layers pile on and on and  before you know it, you have a "boyish" feel goin' on. But truth be told, who really cares what you're wearing beside you? All that matters is that you're nestled up in your oversized, grampa-style sweater, spunky moto-jacket, go-to winter boots, and a cozy knit beanie. 

And how could I not address the minor hair cut I had? I'm not really one to embrace the cliché "new year, new me" phrase, but never say never, right? I've been growing my hair out for the longest time (with a few trims along the way), so this was quite the venture for me. I know chopping off two inches of my hair isn't going to transform my life or move mountains, but as my friend Isabella of Views of Now said in her recent blog post, long hair is often used as something like a security blanket to mask flaws/insecurities. However, with my "blanket" of hair gone, I say let's go a bit shorter! Woohoo! I don't know what has gotten into me, haha. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know what you guys think of this whole short hair idea. xoxo





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Tweed

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      After spending what felt like weeks in teeth-chattering, skin cracking weather, I had a newly acquired mindset that I could conquer any type of weather. Snow storms, dropping temperatures, jagged sleet; nothing I couldn't tackle. However, when strolling along the brisk boardwalk for NYE fireworks, my strong front faded a bit. But for those occasional days that are actually conquerable sans layers, tights and comfy jumpers are my best friends. Although, I sometimes do ignore the parka weather forecasts and simply wear whatever I feel like. Specifically, with my new moto-jacket (featured in the final picture) and an alarming neon-pink pom beanie, I shivered in -20 degree weather wearing this look on Christmas. Let's just say I learned the meaning of the phrase "beauty is pain". Hope you guys are having a delightful start to your New Year and a not-so dreadful day back at school/work for some of you! xx 





Wearing://Sweater: Topshop, Skirt: Alice and Olivia, Shoes: Chanel, Jacket: Juicy Couture, Bracelet: Henri Bendel (similar here)


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