Lightly Layered for Fall

I just realized that I haven't posted any fashion posts in forever, and I miss them. I kind of feel like a robot during the week - I wake up, go to school, come home, do homework, go to sports, shower, eat dinner, and then go to bed. Fun day, I know. I try to always wear nice outfits to school, but when the weekend comes around, and I finally have the time to take pictures, all I feel like wearing are sweatpants. But don't worry... I'm back, and so are my outfits!! 

As it's so comfortable and yet still presentable (which I feel like I say about everything I wear), this outfit has been a favorite of mine for so many years now. I'm a big fan of chambray oxfords - a definite necessity for a fall/winter/spring wardrobe. I love wearing it with my white cardigan and simple black leggings. Oh, and these shoes (similar)... best footwear ever for crummy weather. I love that they're high enough to cover my ankles and feet from light snow and rain but low enough to easily slip on and off! Have a great weekend!

Cardigan  |  Leggings  |  Shoes

Fall Favorites Under $50

Fall weather is slowly making it's way to New England, and I'm a little bit overly enthusiastic about being able to wear vests and jeans again. My friend and I are planning on going pumpkin picking at a local farm next week, and with a trip to New Hampshire coming up this weekend, I'm soooooo looking forward to taking out my fall gear (!!!). I think I've worn every single summer outfit I own at least twice because the weather doesn't seem to want to cool down, but my fall wardrobe is ready to roll. A fellow blogger, Devon, and I have come up with our favorite items for fall - and they're all under $50! Devon has the best taste in clothes, so I strongly recommend you check out her post as well! You can shop the pieces I chose by clicking the image. Happy shopping!! 

Fully Enjoying Fall Adventures

On Sunday, I went apple picking and through a corn maze with my family, and I had an absolute blast!! Going through a maze with six people that all wanted to go different ways kept me giggling the whole trip. I think we went around the same loop 15 times, but we all made it out together with our tickets fully hole-punched. Yessss! Of course, when we went apple picking, my family picked enough apples to overflow our bag, and when we regrouped, we had another five apples each. (Have no fear; they'll be gone next week.)

I didn't take any outfit pictures, and I just wore jean shorts and a long-sleeve shirt, but I had the best time. I often find myself looking for opportunities to take photos, like at the apple orchard, but just enjoying the trip without a camera or fancy outfit on felt so good. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for photo shoots at a picturesque scene, but when you're having a fun time with the ones you love, I strongly suggest you put the phone/camera down and just enjoy.

All in all, with society nowadays being so obsessed with our technology, it can be so hard to unplug, but it feels like a weight lifted off your shoulders when you do! Here are the very few pictures my mom and I took of the scenery and my family!

3 Tips for Dealing with Anxiety

No matter who you are, I can assume that at some point in your life you've been anxious about something - whether it be a test in school, job interview, or a big meeting coming up at work. It happens to all of us, and it's a horrible feeling. When I was younger, I would feel sick to my stomach about just going to my best friend's birthday party, get shaky about going to sports practice (not even games), and couldn't go anywhere in public without feeling uneasy. To this day, I occasionally still get anxious about a few (much larger) things, but I've definitely gotten SO much better. The countless amounts of Pinterest articles I read about how to deal with anxiety just weren't doing the trick, so I came up with my own solutions.

Face it head-on // No matter how hard you try to elude the fact that you're anxious about something, it doesn't work. Whenever I'm in the middle of a panicking situation, I think to myself about what I'm nervous about and why. For instance, I'm about to read an essay in front of 200 people, and I don't like public speaking, which is totally freaking me out. It really helps me to calm down when I know exactly what's causing my anxiety.

Focus on being happy // I'm 99% sure that none of you have ever heard someone tell you this when you're nervous, but I promise you I'm not crazy. If you think about it, when you're having a good time, you're so caught up in the moment that you're not stressing or worrying about anything. Whatever you have to do to make you happy and help you forget about what's causing you to feel so apprehensive, do it.

Steady your breathing // You've probably heard this one before, and I swear it works like magic. About four years ago, my mom taught me to breathe in through my nose for four seconds and exhale through my mouth for six seconds at least five times, and I still do it to this day. Taking the time to calm yourself and your breathing takes away the jitters and makes you feel more at ease.

What are your best tips for dealing with anxiety?