Monday, January 23, 2017

Cozy and Chic Layers

Shop this look: J. Crew coat // Beige blanket scarf (here and here) // Joe's Jeans suede pants 
White longsleeve // Snakeskin booties (similar here) // Stella McCartney-inspired bag (similar here)
Kendra Scott necklace // Kendra Scott bracelet // David Yurman bracelet // Kate Spade watch // Pandora ring // Loreal Colour Riche Lipstick in "Mauved"
Photos by Elise Kozal

It was 60 degrees on Saturday in Illinois, meaning I didn't have to wear a coat in January! It was such a great sneak peek of spring, but of course, it's already back to winter weather. That's why I'm sharing this look of how I make bulky layers a bit more stylish.  I love a good blanket scarf because it can keep you warm with a winter coat, but then double as a classy cape when inside. I especially love this scarf, which has built in arm holes. I bought it from a small boutique back home but I linked two similar styles above. I also have to rave about these suede skinny jeans! They are SO soft on the inside and outside, and actually keep my legs warm unlike my regular jeans. I love the quality of Joe's Jeans, but I also found a cheaper pair here.

xo, Annabeth

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year in Neutrals

Shop this look: Madewell sweater dress // Franco Sarto over-the-knee boots //
Gray bag (from Italy, similar here and here)

A new year means a clean slate, and this outlook is definitely reflected in my wardrobe lately. Jewel tones, patterns and plaids are just less appealing this time of year. Instead, I am loving shades of white, cream, gray, beige and black. This look is simple but still stylish, with neutral tones and the lace-up and over-the-knee trends. It is a perfect look for a chilly night out with the girls. Here's more neutral #ootd inspiration from my Instagram:

Shop this look: J. Crew sweater (similar here and here) // Zara gray jeans (similar) //
Franco Sarto lace-up booties // Kendra Scott earrings

Shop this look: TJ Maxx turtleneck (similar) // Zara jeans // Kenneth Cole tan sneakers // 
David Yurman pearl bracelet // Kate Spade watch // Pandora ring

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@stylebyannabeth) to see my daily looks!

xo, Annabeth

Monday, January 9, 2017

Goals for a Successful 2017

2016 will be pretty hard to beat. At this time last year, I was studying abroad in Barcelona and traveling around Europe on the weekends. Then, I spent my dream summer interning in New York. It’s pretty scary to think I don’t know what will happen this year, but that is also exciting. I’ve come up with some goals that I hope will help me succeed wherever this year takes me. 

1. Drink more water

Okay, this is at the top of my list of goals every year, and for good reason. It is a running joke with my family that if we were stranded in a desert, I would survive the longest because I wouldn’t get thirsty. While this is funny, I know dehydration can lead to illness, exhaustion and more, so I am hoping to fix my bad habits. I’m not expecting to drink the recommended eight cups of water a day, but I think four bottles of water a day will be a major improvement.

2. Be a better friend

College can be so hectic sometimes that I am not always the best at staying in touch with all of the people in my life. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially as graduation gets closer, because soon I could be working at a job that's far away from my friends and family at home and school. This doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch. Even if it is just sending a quick “How are you?” text or tagging someone in a goofy dog video on Instagram, I want to do what I can to be more mindful of my friends and be a supportive presence in their lives. 

3. Take time to unwind

I’m the type of person who has a hard time saying “no” to taking on more tasks and sets extremely high expectations for myself. Even though this has helped me get good grades and internships, sometimes it takes its toll. This year, I want to have some more “me time” and do more things for fun — like going out with friends, binge-watching a Netflix show or playing tennis. I’m also hoping I can sneak a vacation somewhere into my first year as a post-grad. 

What are your goals for 2017?

xo, Annabeth