Outfit: Mint Sequins & Gold Dots at Monarch Workshop

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A few weeks ago, I ordered the most glorious pair of leggings ever from Shoptiques. They are mint and covered in SEQUINS. I discovered them during my hunt for pretty Lucite Green things. I knew the first time I wore them had to be super special…

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So I wore them to Monarch! I got tons of compliments on them (there were plenty of sequin-loving ladies in the room), and even felt up a few times. Ha!

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We were also asked to bring either a fun tchotchke or something special that we carry with us to talk about during our icebreaker introductions. I wore my Auntie Kathy’s ring because it has such a great story to go along with it (I’ve told it before, here). Kathy is like a mother to me, and this ring reminds me that I’m just as loved, beautiful, powerful, and sassy as she is.

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Oh, and these amazing photos? They were taken by Victoria of Victoria Gloria Photography, who had me cracking up the whole time. Above is my signature crinkle crooked grin.

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I love this shot. It reminds me of Amélie, possibly my all-time favorite movie character.

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The leggings are slightly too big for me, but that’s not going to stop me from parading around in them with pride. And oh! How awesome are those bow shoe clips?! I made them! More on those next week!

Outfit details: Pink Cardigan: New York & Co., gift from my Mom (similar, similar). Twinkle of an Eye top: ModCloth, $33 (similar). Mint Sequin Leggings: May & July, Shoptiques, $37. Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar, similar). Bow Shoe Clips: Made with For The MakersOpal ring: gift from my Auntie Kathy.

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Outfit: The Tassel Top!

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I know I just did an outfit post last week, but I had to show you this tassel tank top! It’s the Anepalco Embroidered Top from Ruche, and it might be my favorite top ever. I’d been eyeing it for a while and I finally bought it (and the long pink cardigan) for myself before deciding to curb my spending habits in an effort to pay off my student loans by the end of 2016. It will be tough, but I can do it!

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Speaking of student loans and education… 2015 marks my 10-year anniversary of my high school graduation, which floored me. When I was 18, I thought I’d be a famous actress, married, with a kid or two by now. When I first realized it had been 10 years, I started to feel a lot of pressure. I’ve been invited to a private Facebook group where all of my classmates have been posting old and new photos of who they were and who they’ve become. Many of them are married and have children. I started thinking, why aren’t I married? Why don’t I have kids? Oh god… they’ll be asking me that at my reunion! I have done nothing with my life!!!

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Whoa. Then I remembered: I don’t define success by having a husband or kids. I’m pretty darn happy with who I am, and what I’ve accomplished. I have a small business, this blog, and an amazing boyfriend who I do not feel I need to marry just because everyone else is doing it. We’ll know when we’re ready, but for now, life is good. And seriously, thank goodness I don’t have kids because then I wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in two years. Isn’t it crazy how your perspective changes as you age? ;)

Tassle tank Ruche outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Simple Melody Draped Cardigan: Ruche, $33. Anepalco Embroidered Top: Ruche, $39. Copper Ring: Kate Stephen JewelryBook Shop Stop Jeans: Angry Rabbit, ModCloth, $55 (similar, similar). Button Wedge Boots: Miz Mooz, DSW, $120 (similar, similar).

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Outfit: Red & Renaissance

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I haven’t done in outfit post in over a month, but I’m so happy with how these photos came out! Stan and I were able to capture that elusive “magic hour” yesterday. The sun beaming through the trees makes my new red hair look like it’s on fire. I love it!

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I can’t believe I haven’t shown off this sweater before — it’s one of my favorites. It’s cozy and soft and I love the shape. I call it my “Renaissance cardigan” because the way the sleeves fall remind me of that era. Plus, the tag says “Guinevere” (which I think may be an Anthropologie line.) I bought it a few years ago at Teenage Wasteland, a consignment shop in Simsbury, CT.

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Oh, and my hair! I think I’ve finally found the color it was always meant to be. Last week, Suzi helped me dye it using Henna Color Lab’s Wine Red Henna Hair Dye. I’ve wanted to try out henna for a few years because there are so many horrific chemicals in regular hair dye and I really love my hair when it’s red. Last year I tried out Manic Panic, which is less chemical-ly, but it faded really quickly. So I took the plunge, did lots of research, and went with Henna Color Lab. I am SO HAPPY! I’ll go into more detail in a few weeks. I want to keep track of how the color holds up.

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I’m also glad I get to break these babies out. I bought them at the tail end of boot season earlier this year, so they hardly got any use. They’re very comfortable, and I really like the button detail.

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Outfit Details: Renaissance Cardigan: Guinevere, Teenage Wasteland, $20 (similar). Green cami: Old Navy, $4. Book Shop Stop Jeans: Angry Rabbit, ModCloth, $55 (similar, similar). Button Wedge Boots: Miz Mooz, DSW, $120 (similar, similar).

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Cozy Fall Favorites

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Happy Fall! The weather has been getting a bit chillier up here in the northeast. I’m breaking out my scarves, sweaters, and chai tea for the season.

1. On The Plus Side Cardigan via ModCloth. How cozy does this cardi look? I need it!

2. Eden Scarf via FashionABLE. I love FashionABLE’s scarves and their mission to create sustainable businesses in Africa. For that, this fall accessory is a win-win.

3. Skinny Skinny Jeans via Madewell. I just bought a pair of these from Uptown Consignment — brand new! — for $18. They are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned. They will be well worn this season.

4. Madden Girl Elsiee boots via Zappos. I love cognac-colored boots. If I didn’t just buy a pair earlier this year, these would be all mine.

5. Chai Tea via Simpson & Vail. As soon as it starts falling below 60 degrees in the morning, I make my own chai tea lattes before work with Simpson & Vale’s chai tea mix, soy milk, and a little bit of agave nectar. (I’ve also made an iced version.)

6. Super Chunky Merino Wool Blanket via Colorways Gallery on Etsy. I just want to burrito-wrap myself in this blanket and never come out.

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Layer up! Cute cardigans under $50 to get you through the rest of Winter

This past weekend was so beautiful in Connecticut — it was actually in the 50s! And now we’re supposed to get more snow over the next few days. I never know what to wear, so I usually opt for layers, with pretty cardigans on top. Here are 7 of my favorites under $50 to get you through the rest of Winter, and into Spring.

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1. Be A Dear Bow Cardigan, Ruche, $43. 2. Charter School Cardigan in Froyo, ModCloth, $35. I love the Charter School Cardigan; I own it in Froyo (I’m wearing it today!) and Honey, and I want all the colors3. Long Candy Color Cardigan with Lace-Up Waist, Chicnova, $36. 4. Cafe Elegance Cardigan, ever+mi crush, $40. 5. BDG Classic Cardigan, Urban Outfitters,  $30. 6. Birdlandia Cardigan in Green, ModCloth, $43. 7. Cardigan with Pointelle Detail, Tulle, $45.

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