#OOTD

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 6.31.54 PMIn today’s post, I thought I would change it up a little bit, by sharing my outfit of the day!  This look is more of a fall look, that could be worn in both warm and cooler weather.

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I like these pants because of the embroidery, which I’m really into right now, and which is all over these pants.  You can find jeans like these in pretty much any store these days- all you have to do is pick a design and color palette that you really like.

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The shoes were from Journey’s, you can find similar ones here.  Even though they are heels, they are pretty comfortable, and easy to walk in.  They match the colors in the embroidery, but don’t distract from the other elements of the outfit.

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This “Mellow” sweatshirt is a really comfortable and frayed sweatshirt, that I bought in a medium so that it was more loose-fitting.  This shirt was a last call item, meaning it was the last one for sale at Evereve, but any loose top in pretty much any color would match the embroidered section of the pants (they have red, yellow, blue, and green).

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I hope you guys liked my look of the day!  Check back soon for more content like this!

 

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Styled by Kate!

Hello everyone!  Here at Bibliophilia today, I’m doing my first ever collaboration with one of my high school friends, Kate, who runs my favorite blog: Kate’s Internet Cafe – definitely go follow her if you haven’t already!

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Kate and I graduated together, and while I go off to Miami, Kate is going to study audio engineering at Belmont.  She really loves fashion, beauty, and of course, music, and hopes to have a job in the media some day.

We decided that it would be kind of fun to dress each other in our own unique styles and then photograph the results!  One of the things we have in common is our belief in championing all women, and exploring our own personal styles.

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For Kate, I decided to put her in something more colorful, since, like me, she mostly wears lots of neutrals that are loose fitting.  I had her try on this multi-colored jacket that is brighter than most of the clothes in either of our wardrobes.  Then, I paired it with one of Kate’s black shift dresses that is a tighter fit on her, and some simple black heels to accent it.  Her shoes were from DSW, and the shift dress was from Urban Outfitters.

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Overall, this was a really fun experiment and I loved letting such a stylish friend put me in something that was out of my comfort zone because of how easy-going and loose fitting it was, but that I ended up loving (you’ll have to visit Kate’s blog to see what I looked like)!

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A huge thanks to Kate for doing this quick collaboration with me before heading off to college, and to our best friend Addy, who was nice enough to have lunch with us and unknowingly become the photographer for this post.

As always, don’t forget to follow Kate’s blog (click the link above), and follow me, here at Bibliophilia to get emails about new posts!

 

 

 

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To see how Kate dressed me, head on over to her blog, Kate’s Internet Cafe to see her post! 

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College Countdown: Holistic Life = Happy Life

With my college move literally a few days away, I’ve decided to share a few of my thoughts about the importance of taking care of myself holistically.  For a long time, I only devoted myself to more ‘intellectual’ pursuits; meaning I worked hard in school, read all the time, and that was the extent of which I took care of myself.  In short, in the equation ‘mind, body, soul’, I was caught up in the ‘mind’ category only.

But what started as a decision to lose weight soon became the understanding that I can’t completely be my best self unless I also take care of my body.  Now, I’m not perfect; I certainly have my fair share of cheat days and I don’t always eat what I should (I’m a work in progress when it comes to trying new foods- especially when they are green, leafy, and look like they could be growing in my back yard), BUT I’ve come to appreciate the efforts that I do make to monitor what and how much goes in my body.

And that’s why, while transitioning to school, I’ve made a series of small goals and challenges for myself, to try and give myself a head start to becoming the best version of me.  While I can honestly say I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been, in all facets of my life, I know that it’s all about getting better and better.

I try little tips and tricks every day that seem to help me, which I’ll share here:

  1. Meditating; a few quick minutes every morning and evening can completely bring the focus inward and change my whole outlook for the day.
  2. Read more, Netflix less; I’ll admit, this is an incredibly tall order.  I often throw this practice out of the window in favor of watching another episode of the Office or of Gilmore Girls, but what’s important for me to realize is I always feel my best when I’ve read right before bed the night before.  Reading has always been a soothing activity and gives me the chance to prepare myself for the next day.
  3. Finding exercise that I like; I HATE exercising.  A lot of people talk about the mid-exercise glow, but I have never found it.  So, I’ve been looking for more creative ways of burning calories.  My two favorites are Zumba, which mom and I have been doing every Wednesday, and swimming laps in the pool (regardless of my horrible form and technique).  I try not to pay attention to how I look while doing it, or get embarrassed about how I look while dancing in public (it’s not great to say the least…), because as long as I’m being active and having fun, that’s all that counts.

Those are just a few of my lifestyle goals that I try to stick by in order to live a better life.  If you have any other tips for how to live a more holistic life, please pass them along in the comments below!

Summer Look Book 2017

I’m the first person to admit that this post is really out of the ordinary for this blog, but I’ve been trying hard to improve and work on my style.  So, what better way to show off some of my favorite summer looks than on my blog?

I’m going to be showing 5 of my go-to styles below.  If you like anything you see, comment below for information on sizing and where I got them!  Also, I’d like to give a shout out to my mom for supplying and creating all the jewelry seen in these pictures!

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Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 3.11.08 PMI love this outfit because it looks put together but it’s really easy and comfy.  I really like the detail of the shoulder cut outs and the embroidery on the shorts (which is a trend I’m obsessed with!).  I don’t normally wear a necklace with this look because of how high up the shirt goes, but, by pairing it with some cute earrings and some easy sandals, you’re ready to go out the door!

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IMG_2745I’m a sucker for rompers of any type, so I’ve included four of my summer favorites here- they are both easy to dress up and down depending on what you like; either add sandals or heels to get the look you want!  Due to the lower necklines of these pieces, I like to find a nice necklace to compliment the cut, but I’m careful not to draw too much attention away from the patterns on the fabrics.

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This outfit is really comfortable and chic.  It goes with a variety of different shoes and the top underneath is interchangeable.  I love overalls because they provide such a relaxed look and even though they are long, they’re loose and light, which makes it easy to stay cool on those hot summer days.

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Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 2.45.04 PMThis easy look is for a night out with friends.  As I’m sure many of you know, I love wearing black on black, so I paired the simple top and pants with red velvet shoes to really make the ensemble pop. I love this tank top because while it certainly isn’t fancy, it’s flattering, and doesn’t look out of place when I wear it with heels.

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Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 1.54.01 PMI’ve included this look because I’m a firm believer that you can still look good while working out (or, in my case, trying not to die at the gym).  This look makes me feel slim and confident and is paired with my favorite Nike tennis shoes and a black bandana, that is both good to keep my hair out of my face and accessorize my outfit.

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So there you have it!  These are some of my favorite summer looks!  Remember, for more information on sizing and where I bought them, comment below or send me a message on any of my social media!  Otherwise, I’d love to see what summer outfits make you feel your most beautiful and confident self.  Leave pictures of your ensembles in a comment below!

VegFest, ft. Mary Ellen Leppert

I’ve seen the light! I’ve had an epiphany!  I’ve changed my ways!

Today, with the help of the Vegetable Pro, Mary Ellen Leppert, I had a dinner entirely composed of vegetables!  Ever since Thanksgiving (and the 4lbs I gained thanks to Southern Hospitality and a great trip to Boston where I indulged in every food I saw, no matter how unhealthy), I’ve endeavored to eat healthy and workout daily.

Though I’ve been really rewarded (losing 11lbs!) by counting my nutrient intake and indeed, working out in some way, every day, I can safely say that today is the healthiest of healthy days!

On the menu:

Spaghetti Squash

Cauliflower Garlic Bread

Lemon and Garlic Shrimp with Noodles (zucchini noodles)

and Eggplant Parmesan

Never in my life have enjoyed (yes, actually enjoyed) so many vegetables in one sitting!  I would highly recommend these recipes- especially the Spaghetti Squash, for anyone who enjoys Italian food but hates the price you pay for carbs as much as I do!

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mary, who experimented in the kitchen with me and encouraged my being open (if not a little timidly) minded.

For anyone wanting the recipe to any of these dishes, feel free to message me or comment on this post for the link!  Please feel free to share any healthy or lite recipes- I’m always looking for new ideas!