Monday, September 25, 2017

My Favorite Parts About Fall

1. The desserts! 

I have no problem admitting I love pumpkin spice everything — like this cupcake I enjoyed last fall. (Not to mention I am guilty of ordering the Starbucks pumpkin bread all year long.) I also can't get enough candy corn and apple cider.

2. The changing leaves (and boot weather of course) 

There is no prettier time of year and I can't wait for those crisp fall days when it is just chilly enough to wear a sweater, jeans and boots. This will also be my first fall in D.C. and I'm looking forward to experiencing it in a new place and hopefully hiking and making it to some wineries in Virginia!

3. Visiting the apple orchard and pumpkin patch

There is nothing more quintessentially fall than a trip to the apple orchard! This year, I will head to the nearest place to pick up mums and pumpkins to decorate the balcony of my apartment. And I will probably wear this sweater when I do — burnt orange is consistently one of my favorite hues of the season each year. 

4. Outfit planning

Summer has always been my favorite season, but even I can admit that the outfits can get a bit repetitive and simplistic as you are trying to stay cool. Fall is such a great time to experiment with fashion and layering. I am also drawn to colors during this time of year that I would normally avoid like deep hues of green, red and orange. And chillier temperatures mean I am breaking out ALL of the suede in my closet. The material exudes luxury and coziness at the same time. I'm loving this embroidered burgundy dress I found at Zara recently as well as these suede caramel-colored mules from Steve Madden. 

Click to shop more fall faves:

xo, Annabeth

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Perfect Fall Transition Pieces

Shop: 1. Zara plaid blazer // 2. Zara floral jeans // 3. Topshop flats // 4. Lovers + Friends belt //
5. H&M blouse // 6. Topshop lace tank // 7. H&M denim skirt // 
8. H&M hat // 9. Rebecca Minkoff bag

It was rainy and 60 degrees in D.C. yesterday, which finally got me thinking about fall clothes! Of course it's back to nearly 80 today, so sweater weather may still be a while away. That's why I love to slowly introduce fall colors and trends into my late summer wardrobe. I'm loving plaid and tweed, lots of denim, floral and lace details and hues of tan, blush and olive green. Stay tuned for more of my autumn picks as the temperature drops!

Shop more transitional pieces:

xo, Annabeth

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sharing My Obsession With Shay Collection

Shop: Shay Collection "The Tear Drop" earrings in silver/white // H&M floral romper

A few weeks ago, Shay Collection sent me a pair of earrings and I have been wearing them nonstop since! They are simple, elegant and sparkly — all of my favorite things in one! They can dress up a casual romper like the one I'm wearing above or would look great with a more formal wedding or party outfit. They also blend in with my everyday jewelry:

Shop: Mark & Graham monogram necklace // Pandora mother of pearl ring // David Yurman bracelet

I highly recommend checking these earrings out, and if you have sensitive ears that don't do well with heavy dangly styles, you are in luck because these have sparkly posts that hold them in place. Shay Collection also makes fab necklaces and bracelets. Shop some of my other favorites here, here and here.

xo, Annabeth

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shop My Favorite One-Shoulder Tops

Shop this look: Forever 21 off-shoulder bodysuit // Pants from Marshall's (similar here) //
Silver hoops // Steve Madden wedges // Louis Vuitton pouch (from inside tote, similar here)
On Nikki: C/Meo Collective dress (also featured on Kourtney Kardashian here)

Happy August! I know I should probably be sharing my early fall fashion picks, but it is 90 degrees in D.C. so cool weather clothes are the last thing on my mind. Instead, I thought I'd share my latest obsession with one-shoulder tops. I think they are a new and fun spin on this season's popular off-shoulder style. I wore the above look while visiting my boyfriend and friends in Chicago for my birthday weekend. The top is actually a stretchy bodysuit that I know will be a great staple this summer and the rest of the year. The flowy, striped pants were a Marshall's find, but I've linked a similar pair. They remind me of those fab gaucho pants we all wore in the fourth grade from Limited Too. I also had to share my friend Nikki's AMAZING dress. Also, here's one more off-shoulder look I wore for a Sunday exploring Union Market in D.C. If you are ever in the area, I recommend going there for amazing food, live music and adorable pop-up shops.

Shop this look: Ruffle blouse from T.J. Maxx (similar here) // Topshop shorts //
Steve Madden lace-up suede sandals // Ray Ban sunglasses // 
Kendra Scott turquoise necklace // Louis Vuitton bag

Shop some of my other one-shoulder picks:

xo, Annabeth

Sunday, July 9, 2017

How I Style a Denim Mini Skirt

Shop this look: Zara off-shoulder top (sold out - similar here) // Forever 21 white denim mini //
Target X Bauble Bar earrings // Steve Madden espadrille sneakers // Ray Ban sunglasses //
Louis Vuitton tote (more affordable version here) // Kate Spade watch 

When I heard denim minis were back in style, I was apprehensive. I immediately associate them with the too-short, ripped Abercrombie version that I wore on repeat in eighth grade (with the matching moose t-shirt of course!). As a recent college grad, this didn't seem like a fashion chapter worth revisiting. When I saw this white version at Forever 21, however, I started to change my mind because the skirt was designed differently than the ones I owned in middle school. It has a higher waistline and longer hemline, which means it provides a lot more coverage! (The $20 price tag also helped me commit!) After purchasing, I decided to pair it with a preppy top and white sneakers for the Fourth of July. I think the sneakers especially make it more playful and appropriate — wedges would be too much. I definitely will wear the skirt more this summer. I also plan on pairing it with a lightweight turquoise sweater and gold sandals on a chilly night, and a v-neck tee and ball cap for a baseball game. Comment and let me know what you think of the denim mini trend!

Click to shop some similar summer pieces:

xo, Annabeth

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fourth of July Faves

Shop: 1. H&M off-shoulder dress // 2. Ray Ban sunglasses // 3. H&M bowtie shirt (similar) //
4. Zara gingham dress // 5. H&M ruffle romper // 6. H&M striped bikini // 
7. Nordstrom Rack fringe earrings (similar) // 8. Vineyard Vines tote // 9. Steve Madden sandals

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!! There is no better time to embrace classic American style. The more patriotic, the better! I'm bringing out all of the stripes, gingham and red, white and blue in my closet.  I like these looks because they could easily go from a pool party, to a barbecue, to watching fireworks. I can't wait to experience the holiday in D.C. and see fireworks over the National Mall! What are your Fourth of July plans?

Here are more of my faves:

xo, Annabeth

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sharing My Favorite Scents

Shop: (from left) Jo Malone perfume // Burberry perfume // Chloe perfume // Daisy perfume

I thought I'd take a break from my usual style posts to talk about something else — my favorite perfumes! I know a lot of people who have a signature scent (like Chanel No.5) but for some reason, I've never been able to narrow it down. I tend to choose my perfume depending on my mood or even outfit. That being said, here are my four go-to scents and why I can't live without all of them!

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume

Daisy was my first big girl perfume that I got in the eighth grade. Before that, the top of my dresser was covered in fruity body sprays from Bath & Body and Victoria's Secret PINK. I remember seeing Daisy in Teen Vogue and knew I had to have it. I got it as a Christmas present from my parents and since then, I have gone through at least three bottles. I use it more often than my other perfumes because it is the perfect balance of floral, feminine and is not too heavy (I hate musky-smelling perfumes!).   

2. Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

My boyfriend bought me this perfume and clearly he did a good job! I'm obsessed with  peonies (hence the ones above that I couldn't resist at Whole Foods) but I think it is actually the notes of suede and red apple that make this perfume so addicting. It has a juicy yet sophisticated smell. I also love the size of the bottle because it is only 1 fl. oz. so it is perfect to pack in my carry-on.

3. Chloe by Chloe Eau De Parfum

I finally got this scent about a year ago after stopping to smell it every time I was at Sephora! It also has notes of peony (clearly I like floral scents) as well as magnolia and rose. It is so girly and I am guilty of spraying it on anytime I am wearing pink. Not to mention the bottle is beautiful!

4. Burberry Brit Sheer Eau De Toilette Spray

While this scent also has floral notes, it is much more crisp than my other favorites. It contains pineapple, mandarin and grapes, which makes it smell so fresh. I'm not sure why but it definitely smells the most grown-up of all the scents I use, which is why I am often inclined to spritz it on before work. I also think this scent works better in the winter as opposed to my Chloe and Marc Jacobs picks.

What are your favorite scents?

Click to shop:

xo, Annabeth

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Internship Staples

Shop: 1. Banana Republic tweed dress // 2. Tory Burch pearls // 3. Kate Spade agenda //
4. J. Crew ruffle blouse // 5. Longchamp large tote // 6. Coach leather loafers (similar here) // 
7. J. Crew skirt // 8. H&M cardigan // 9. J. Crew Factory pencil skirt

It's been a few weeks since my last post because I have been crazy busy! I moved to Washington D.C.  last Monday and started my summer internship a few days ago. That means my most recent #ootds have been quite professional! Since I haven't had time to take photos for an outfit post, I thought I'd share my summer internship staples. Since it has been 90 degrees all week in the District, I've been sticking to sleeveless dresses with high necklines that help me stay cool but still look put-together. Most of mine are various shades of my favorite color blue, but I saw this light green one at Banana Republic the other day and I'm still thinking about it! I also never go without my pearl earrings — they make any outfit look more elegant. Also, I almost always carry my Longchamp large tote that easily fits all of my work essentials, including my agenda, comfy shoes for the commute (I like to slip on heels once inside) and a cozy sweater for when the office AC is on full blast. And I think it is important to invest in well-made, solid-colored blouses and skirts that can translate into lots of outfits. I've had the same navy skirt from J.Crew for four years and it hasn't failed me yet!

Shop more work outfits/accessories:xo, Annabeth

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Instagram Roundup: Summer Steals

Shop this look: Nanette Lepore floral blouse (similar here) // Topshop denim shorts // 
Target earrings // Steve Madden espadrille sneakers // Louis Vuitton bag

I couldn't believe my luck when I found this Nanette Lepore blouse for only $25 and Steve Madden sneakers for $30 at Marshall's. They are such on-trend pieces, with the embroidered flowers on the top and the espadrille-bottoms on the shoes. 

Shop this look: Target striped jumpsuit (sold out, similar here and here) // 
Kendra Scott pendant // Kendra Scott long necklace // Kate Spade sandals // 
Rayban sunglasses // Rebecca Minkoff bag // David Yurman bracelet

My mom surprised me with this AMAZING jumpsuit from Target and I wore it to my college graduation party (it's perfect colors for University of Illinois). Unfortunately I can't find it online but I linked a few similar jumpsuits and if you are lucky maybe you will find it on the racks at your local Target. Since the jumpsuit makes such a statement on its own, I accessorized it with simple pieces like delicate gold jewelry and sandals. 

Shop this look: Off-shoulder denim dress (similar here and here) // 
Straw clutch (similar here) // David Yurman bracelet // Pandora ring

 Marshall's does it again! I found this dress that includes lots of my favorite trends this season, like frayed denim, stripes and the off-shoulder style. I wore it to an outdoor graduation party and dressed it up with the summery straw clutch.

Shop this look: Target bikini // Ray-Ban sunglasses

To me, nothing screams summer more than a white bikini. I found this one at Target and I love the bows on the top and pucker fabric. 

I hope to continue these Instagram roundups to share more of my everyday style, and if you are interested in more of my outfits on Instagram, check out my new "Shop" section on my blog! 

xo, Annabeth

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MDW Outfit Inspiration

Shop: 1. Free People off-shoulder top // 2. J. Crew gingham dress // 3. J. Crew silk tank // 
4. Mar Y Sol straw clutch // 5. Steve Madden sneakers // 6. J. Crew red top // 7. H&M white pants

Happy almost Memorial Day weekend!! To me, the holiday signifies the beginning of my favorite summer traditions —  barbecuing and swimming with the family, playing tennis every day, and eating all of the snow cones and ice cream in sight! And of course, I want to do all of these things in style! This weekend, I want to channel all-American vibes with patriotic colors, classic silhouettes like an A-line dress and high-waisted white pants, and nostalgic patterns like gingham and seersucker. A straw clutch and white sneakers with an espadrille-twist keep the classic looks on trend. 

Here are a few more of my #MDW picks:xo, Annabeth

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Graduation Style

Shop this look: Club Monaco dress // Kendra Scott tassel necklace // 
Charlotte Russe heels // David Yurman bracelet // Tiffany pearl earrings

Wow. I never thought the day would come where I would be writing this post, but I graduated from the University of Illinois on Sunday! It was a wonderful weekend spent with my family and friends, reminiscing, visiting my favorite campus buildings and restaurants, and obviously, celebrating (a.k.a. lots of champagne!) When picking out a graduation dress, I strictly looked at white options because the color pops so well against my school's royal blue gown and bright orange stole. I definitely recommend choosing a solid-colored dress that complements the school colors, but I did see lots of cute patterned dresses at graduation that incorporated orange and blue and looked great! This Club Monaco dress was love at first sight. It is so preppy and ladylike with the scalloped tiers, and it also has a cute cut-out in the back! It is such a versatile style that I will wear to work this summer as well. I also have to talk about this sparkly necklace from Kendra Scott! My mom gave it to me as an Easter gift and she thought it would be festive for graduation since the tassels were like the ones on my graduation cap. She was right but I know I will be wearing it with lots of my summer outfits! Lastly, for any of my followers who are graduating this month too, congrats and good luck! Real world, here we come!!

Click on the items to shop!

xo, Annabeth

Monday, May 8, 2017

Neutrals with a Pop of Pink!

Photos by: Elise Kozal (
Shop this look: Loft pink ruffle sleeve tee (another here) // Target X Bauble Bar earrings // 
Articles of Society white jeans // J/Slides slip-on sneakers // Kendra Scott bracelet // 
David Yurman bracelet // Pandora pearl ring // Zara backpack

I have been wanting a pair of earrings like these for months but couldn't justify spending $50 to 100+ on them. Lucky for me, I went to Target to buy mascara and came across the SAME earrings for only $10.39!! And yes, I get very sidetracked at Target! I love the white earrings because they will match nearly all of my summer dresses but they also come in black and white stripes, royal blue and turquoise. I was even more excited to learn that BaubleBar teamed up with Target to create this line of trendy but reasonably priced jewelry called SUGARFIX. There are lots of other cute styles like tassel earrings and sparkly chokers. You can shop the full collection here. As for my outfit, I went for a casual but polished vibe, perfect for those last few days of studying before summer. During the day, I will more likely wear pearls but switch to the white statement earrings at night to dress up the look. 

Click to shop my other SUGARFIX faves!

xo, Annabeth

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dresses for Every Spring Party

Shop this look: J. Crew dress (old, similar here) // Lisi Lerch tassel earrings

It's officially May which means it's the start of party season! Whether it be college formals, weddings, graduation parties, or even just Mother's Day brunch, there's a high chance you will be needing a dress this month. I graduate from the University of Illinois this month so I'm sure this orange and blue look shown above will be on major repeat. I've rounded up some of my favorite styles of the season — think bold colors like yellow and red and girly details like off-shoulder necklines and embroidered flowers. I've also included some more structured dresses with higher necklines and lower hems, which are guaranteed to be timeless and elegant for a graduation ceremony. Ready, set, get shopping!

Click on the dresses to shop!
xo, Annabeth

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring into Easter

Shop: 1. H&M floral blouse // 2. Zara seersucker dress // 3. Bauble Bar earrings //
4. H&M ruffle skirt // 5. Kate Spade quilted bag // 6. H&M lace espadrilles // 7. Zara denim dress

Kick off Easter weekend in style! The holiday is the perfect time to showcase the best spring trends. I'm loving florals, ruffles, seersucker, embroidered details and more — the girlier the better! It's supposed to be 80 degrees in Illinois this weekend so I can't wait to finally wear looks like these on Easter and beyond.

What is your Easter style?

xo, Annabeth

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Springtime in D.C.

Last weekend, my mom and I took a last minute trip to Washington, D.C.! I will be interning there this summer and had never been so I wanted to familiarize myself with the city and figure out my living situation. I have to say, it was love at first sight. It was pouring when we arrived but I already loved the charming streets of colorful rowhouses and history around every corner. We were only there for the weekend, but I was sure to make a quick stop at Georgetown Cupcake — those cupcakes are so worth the hype! We also went to the famous Tidal Basin by the Jefferson Memorial where the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place. Unfortunately, many of the blooms that surround the water died, but we were still able to see some beautiful trees. I can't wait to explore the city more this summer and I can already think of so many fun blog opportunities, so stay tuned!

Shop this look: Asos coat (old, similar here) // Kersh sweater // Articles of Society jeans  
Adidas Superstar sneakers (from TJ Maxx, similar here) // Tory Burch navy tote // Tiffany pearls

Shop this look: Zara sweater (old, similar here) // Zara tee // Zara jeans // Kendra Scott bracelet
David Yurman bracelet // Pandora pearl ring // Ray Ban sunglasses 

xo, Annabeth

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Street to Swim

I didn't take a ton of blog pictures on my trip but I thought I would share how I styled my swimsuits! There is so much more to do in Miami than just the beach so I wanted to have outfits that could transition from the street to swimming. On one day I wore this flowy white romper as a swim coverup, which easily doubled as a cute outfit for brunch.

Shop: TJ Maxx romper (similar) // Ray Ban sunglasses // Nine West tan sandals (similar)

Shop: Pacsun green ruffled bikini // Kate Spade bar earrings 

On another day I wore this black swimsuit from Missguided! I love the trendy tassels and since they cover a bit more, I chose to wear it as a crop top on the street with high-waisted denim shorts. I also added some fun turquoise accessories for a pop of color. By the way, if you are a college student, Missguided has an amazing student discount so don't check out without it!

Shop: Missguided bikini set // Topshop denim shorts // Kendra Scott necklace //
Turquoise bracelets (similar) // Tory Burch sandals

What is your beach style?

xo, Annabeth

Saturday, March 25, 2017

South Beach Style

Shop this look: Colorful maxi dress (old, shop similar ones below) // Kate Spade earrings // 
Guess espadrille wedges (similar) // Louis Vuitton bag // Turquoise bracelets (bought on the beach, similar here)

I just back from a much-needed vacation in South Beach with my boyfriend for spring break! Miami is such a vibrant place with music, culture and food so I thought it was the perfect time to break out this bold maxi dress that has been in the back of my closet for a while. Usually I stick to blue, white and neutral colors in my wardrobe so this look was different for me but I loved it! I went with more understated accessories like a brown bag and brown wedges so the dress could really stand out. Here are some other fun patterned maxis available this season if you want to try my look:

Shop: 1. Tularosa dress // 2. Lilly Pulitzer dress // 3. Show Me Your Mumu dress

xo, Annabeth