As my mom said, this Christmas was the "vest" for me. She gifted me with three vests, two from Jcrew and this one from Madewell.

I'm big on vests. My collection is up to ten (!!) and growing. I love that you can easily layer them and also make any outfit look 10x cooler if you pop one on over a plain shirt. They are the perfect piece for this time of year!

I paired this one with a simple outfit: a grey sweater, leggings, my Stuart Weitzman black leather 5050's, and a cross-body (from my stepmother!)

Boots - 5050 Stuart Weitzman in Black Nappa | | Leggings - GAP | | Sweater - Jcrew | | Bag - Francesca's Collections | | Vest - Madewell

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Photos by my sister, edited by me!
We all have our necessities. Our can't-live-without's that we use on the daily. For me, that's coffee, a good cross-body bag, leggings, plain tee shirts, and "arm-candy" of the day, if you will. I'm going to skip on expanding on the coffee, because that's a given. Who can function without at least two cups in the morning? However, I want to spend this post talking about the importance of these necessities that I worship so very much. 

If you asked me what my uniform was (ie. an outfit that I feel the most comfortable in; something I would put on everyday if I could), I would give the laziest response. If I could wear my fashion "uniform" everyday, I'd wear the most basic outfit in my closet: leggings, a simple tee shirt, sneakers or moccasin slippers, my go-to cross-body purse, and my daily stack, of course. This outfit is my basis for mostly all of my outfits. If you'd take a look at what I wear everyday, it's usually a variation of this outfit, sometimes layered with a jacket or sweater, etc. After years of experimenting with outfits and clothes and what I liked and didn't like on me, I've settled. I finally have an outfit that I feel the utmost comfort in.

So, without further ado, I bring to you my fashion necessity list:


I don't really have to expand on this bullet. We've all had a week spent only in leggings and trust me, I understand. While some people don't prefer to wear leggings, and stick to jeans or chinos, I find that a nice quality pair of leggings can take you a long way. My favorite leggings are GAP and LuluLemon and while both are pricey, they are great quality and will last a long while. Leggings are so comfortable and easy to wear. They are my default and are seamlessly added to any simple tee shirt. Which brings me to my next point.

Simple Tees

I can't stress it enough. I have been collecting Zara tees for a few years now. They are not only incredibly soft, but they are so versatile that I can legitimately wear them with anything. They are also transitioned from each season just by layering on top. Just tonight I wore a white Zara tee shirt, ballet flats, and leggings, layered with a chunky cardigan knit from Madewell. Adding simplistic jewelry finishes off the classic outfit. Simple tees from Zara are a white (or grey, navy, etc) canvas, so when I have no outfit ideas I pop a tee shirt on and start from there. Because everything and anything goes with a white canvas.

Cross-body Bag

I've had the black CĂ©line nano as my go-to bag for years now, so buying the Rebecca Minkoff navy bag was a breath of fresh air. While I love my black bag, the navy quilted crossbody is so classic and cute and goes with everything in my wardrobe. I love having a bag that is not only easy to carry around without hurting my shoulders, but I can perfectly fit the things I carry around on the daily without overpacking. Keys, my wallet, license, credit card, chapstick, mobile charger, and phone all fit like a glove and leave me without wanting to fit more. For example, if you give me a Madewell Transport Tote (which I own and love, by the way), you can for sure bet that I'm going to put unnecessary things into it just because it has so much space to fill. Keeping your daily bag as a crossbody or smaller purse is the way to go because it ensures that you pack just the right amount for daily life.

Arm Candy

I worship having a daily stack of bracelet that I wear no matter what. I began my stack with the idea of an understated, gold, simple stack. I first purchased my Kendra Scott bracelet at a party at the new(ish) Kendra Scott in Bethesda. I started wearing it everyday by its self, until I ventured to Chelsea Market for the first time and bought a personalize engraved bracelet. I put my horse's name on it, so it's really special and looks great next to my other one. And to top it off, I wear a monogrammed bracelet from my grandmother which adds just enough to my stack, without looking too gaudy.

We all have some necessities that we worship. What are yours?

I hope your holidays have been one for the books! Christmas was a jam-packed, yet satisfying, and surprising, relaxing day for me. It was so nice to see most of my family and spend time making cookies and watching holiday movies (with the exception of the strange Australian horror movie my dad put on).

Now that I have my license, I have been driving around a lot by myself lately. I mostly just drive to the barn, but being able to drive over to my dad's house on Christmas Day was such a liberating feeling! It's so amazing that I can just go over to my friend's house without having to bother someone else to take me. 

I can't believe we have less than one week until the New Year. I can honestly say that 2015 flew past. Wasn't it just a few days ago I was saying that same thing about 2014? I mean it's honestly insane that a whole year can go by in such a short amount of time. I think I accomplished most of the things I had on my New Year's Resolution list, but I thought this year I'd write it out on my blog and check back again in a year to see what I pushed myself to do. Or maybe I'll give myself two years. This list is also more of a 101 in 1001 list. A list of things I want to accomplish in a certain amount of time.

1. Road trip up to New England
2. Go on six college trips
3. Become fluent in Italian (practicing for at least 20 minutes every day)
4. Read on book every two weeks (with school it can get hard to finish quicker than that)
5. Get an internship or job
6. Write a post at least 3 or 4 times every week
7. Watch every Capitals game
8. Serious closet cleaning (and reselling)
9. Do an interior design program
10. Make it to the Washington International Horse Show
11. Run at least once a month (that's horrible, I know haha)
12. Eat breakfast (almost) every morning
13. Learn how to drive stick shift
14. Take a bike ride from the top of the Upper East Side to the bottom
15. Use my blog to make money for a cause I believe in
16. Send at least 15 handwritten letters
17. Organize my computer
18. Subscribe to my favorite magazines so I stop buying them at CVS all the time (Porter, Vogue)
19. Take a spontaneous trip (anywhere!)
20. Read every book by Edith Wharton
21. Buy flowers for someone every month
22. Organize my desk area
23. Get rid of 5 pairs of shoes (at some point)
24. Go to a big flea market
25. Try a vegan restaurant
26. Read every book by Jane Austen
27. Go to a polo match
28. Learn three more ways to braid my hair
29. Do something that helps me conquer my fear of heights
30. Watch every single James Bond movie
31. Paint a picture of my horse
32. Write down every word I don't know that I stumble upon and write a flashcard (and try to work it into my daily vocabulary!)

I'll try to keep adding to this list and to keep you updated! I hope your New Year is beautiful.

The Urban Outfitters sale section is my favorite spot to shop. They 100% have the best stuff and, if you dig around, the best deals. I got this (originally $149) jacket for only TEN bucks. Ten. I mean, is that crazy or what? It's comfy and super cute for the winter ahead of us.

Jacket - Urban Outfitters | | Booties c/o - Johnston & Murphy | | Leggings - GAP | | Top - Boohoo

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Barrington Gifts sent me this amazing Navajo Fall tote. It's personalized with my monogram and I think it's so cute. It has one huge pocket on the inside and three smaller open pockets. It's great quality and even better, if you order by December 15th, you can get monogrammed items by Christmas! It's the perfect tote and I can't wait to transition it to Summertime and use it at the beach!

St Anne Tote c/o - Barrington Gifts | | Leggings - GAP | | Sweater - Jcrew | | Top - Boohoo | | Shoes c/o - Johnston & Murphy


Photos by my mom :)
My mom and I went to Washington Square on Friday before the NYU tour and she took these pictures. My outfit was really simple. I wore a white piko top from Boohoo, my mom's pants from Jcrew, my favorite jacket, and my grey and white Nike sneakers.

Oh, and you'd better check out the sale section at Urban Outfitters at a store near you, because yesterday I found a really cute coat for $10, originally well over $100. It could be a great way to get Christmas presents if you aren't looking to spend a ton of money, because the sale section is always amazing and I tend to find great things.

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Pictures by my lovely mom :)
I'm back in New York City with a lot of my extended family and I'm so happy! I toured NYU yesterday and today we are going to lunch at Saks (aka the most incredible place ever), going to MoMA and going shopping! My outfit is really relaxed today, all black with my grey and white Nike sneakers. I'm wearing a black leather jacket that my stepmother gave me a few years ago. I'd forgotten how much it goes with and brought it back out of my closet for this trip.

Shoes - Nike via Jcrew | | Leggings - GAP | | Top - ZARA | | Jacket - Romeo & Juliet

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Photos by my beautiful mom :)
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