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    Camel Coat and Plaid

    Oversize Camel Coat and Cole Haan Bonnell Booties
    Camel Coat and Plaid Shirt
    Camel Sweater Coat

      As you probably already know, layering is a challenge for me. It’s hard to master the art of layering when you haven’t had many opportunities to practice it. However, one thing I have learned is that having solid go-to pieces makes all the difference. Gone are the days when I solely gravitated towards pieces that I thought were cute. Nowadays, I consider functionality to be equally as important.  That’s where this cozy camel coat you’ve seen me wear all season long comes in. It’s knit, warm, and completely eliminates the need for excessive layering on chilly days. And it also makes me look stylish .

     Of course, a good coat can only go so far. You also need to have some solid base layers if you want to feel comfortable in freezing temperatures. For instance, I’m wearing a flannel shirt as well as fleece-lined leggings underneath my jeans. Flannel pieces have become a favorite of mine during the cold winter months.  What I like about flannel pieces is that if temperatures are mild, sometimes you can get away with only wearing that one layer. I also like wearing flannel shirts as light jackets once temperatures start getting a bit warmer.

     Now, let’s talk about those layering pieces you can’t see in these photos. If you’ve never heard about fleece-lined leggings before, let me tell you that they’ve been a lifesaver for me this winter. As you can probably tell from these photos, they are not bulky at all, so you can still rock skinny jeans on those very cold days. If you don’t have any leggings laying around the house, a pair of thick tights also does the trick.

     Now that you’ve heard all about mine, what are some of your winter essentials?


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    Camel Coat (Similar) | BDG Plaid Shirt (Similar) | Madewell High Rise Jeans | Cole Haan ‘Bonnell’ Booties | Madewell Transport Tote

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    White Winter Coat

    White Coat and Boyfriend Jeans
    White Winter Coat and Distressed Jeans White Winter CoatWhite Winter Coat

    I took advantage of the few snow days in Portland to break out this cozy white winter coat. I don’t get many opportunities to wear coats because the constant rain prevents me from wearing anything that is not waterproof. Therefore, I love days when I have more flexibility with my wardrobe.

    Since I hardly ever get to wear this coat, I didn’t realize that it can be a bit difficult to style. The key to making a white winter coat work is making it into the focal point of the outfit. This helps prevent your outfit from looking too overwhelming. To style this coat, I kept my outfit pretty simple and wore a navy sweater, olive scarf and boyfriend jeans.

    However, the one thing I would change about this outfit is my choice of shoes. Although these Madewell Chelsea style boots are cute, they are not appropriate for snow. Portland is not equipped to deal with snow days, so the sidewalks and streets turn into a huge ice rink after it snowed. Therefore, I definitely slipped and fell on my butt while I was out running errands last week as a result of not having proper footwear. Needless to say, it was as equally painful as it was embarrassing. If anybody has any recommendations for cute and versatile snow boots, let me know your favorite picks!


    P.S. How many of you guys attended the Women’s March over the weekend? I attended the march in Portland and it was wonderful to see so many people out there protesting. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be a better activist and I think this is the perfect time for everybody to make their voices heard. Regardless of your race, gender, sexuality or religion, you have the ability to make change happen. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, check out this great list of suggestions.


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    Old Navy Winter Coat (Similar) | Gap Navy Sweater (Similar) | Olive Scarf (Similar) | Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans (Similar) | Madewell Ames Boots (Similar)

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    Gingham and Bows (Blogiversary and Birthday)

    Photos by Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    Leather Saddle Bag (Similar here and here)
    Zara Gingham Blouse (Sold out, similar here)
    Asos High Waist Trousers (Old, similar here and here)
    Every year for Christmas, my sisters and I put together a wish list to make the shopping process easier for ourselves. I kept my list pretty vague this year so I didn’t know what kind of gifts to expect, but I think my sister Sarah completely nailed my style with this gingham top from Zara. I love the oversize fit, puffy sleeves, and the bows at the wrist. It’s also one of those pieces that makes you look like you tried without having to put in too much effort. I wore it here with high waist trousers, but I think it will also be a fun piece to wear with a flared skater skirt or shorts for a more casual look.
    High Waisted Trousers
    Mac X Selena 'Como La Flor' Lipstick
    Gingham Blouse
    High Waist Trousers
    This post is special because I’m celebrating both my 3-year blogiversary (it just passed on Jan 14th) and 28th Birthday (Jan 19th). I started this project of mine a few days before my 25th birthday as a way to deal with my “quarter-life crisis.” It was during a time when all my friends were moving away and moving forward with their careers. As a result of the changes happening around me, I felt really down and stuck. This space provided me an outlet to explore my interests and channel my creativity. It also gave me the opportunity to work through some of the anxiety I was feeling.
    I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t have those moments when I think about quitting this blog. However, the pros of maintaining this blog always outweigh the cons. I like being part of the blogging community and connecting with other people with similar interests. I also love being able to see how much I have changed and grown over time.
    Now, when it comes to my 28th birthday, I definitely have moments when I don’t feel that excited. I just want to be at a point where I feel stable and like I’ve figured things out. That sort of anxiety usually causes me to make impulse decisions like moving to a different state and chopping off all my hair. Therefore, I hope to at least be able to learn to manage those urges and be less restless in the upcoming year.
    To end this post, thank you for following my journey these past few years. I truly mean it when I say that this community definitely makes working on this blog worthwhile.
    xoxo,
    Helen

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