Thursday, November 21, 2013

A little black and gray.... Is okay!

    I realize I am usually known as the Lilly girl or pink and green girl around my former prep school and to those that know me at college but I don't always need to be wearing Lilly Pulitzer, going a few days without wearing my favorite brand will not make me any less of a devoted "Lilly Lover." Today I chose to wear black and gray and dress warmly for this cold New York weather on the Hudson. 
        This morning, I pulled out my black leather riding boots and favorite black Ralph Lauren cape and a dress from French Connection that would be hard to mistake as a Lilly dress. I grabbed my Yurmans, pearls, red lipstick, and a curling iron and told myself that today would be a great day (although I may be tired after pulling an all-nighter but that doesn't really seem to phase me).
     I was determined to be warm and comfortable... What's more comfortable than a pair of leggings and a dress? The clothes I wear are a reflection of my personal attitudes, beliefs, and individual style, many people here only see the preppy girl because that's the mojority of what I've worn around them, they don't usually see the more sophisticated elegant side of my personal style. No matter what I wear I hope people see me and my clothes and classic yet fun; hopefully they exude a sense of happiness. The reason I love Lilly is because I can express myself and my happiness just by putting on one of her pieces. They are bright, fun, colorful, or have some special meaning to me. I know that I will always love Lilly but I also recognize there is more to the fashion world beyond Lilly Pulitzer. 

     So today I decided to go back to how I used to dress more in the winter- what I feel is a classic sophisticated look with black, gold, and gray. 

      This black Ralph Lauren cape ( I mentioned as my favorite RL piece in the requested preppy girl tag video posted on YouTube) is one of my favorite black pieces to wear over my dresses. The gold buttons are beautiful and go nicely with my gold jewelry. The Tory Burch tote bag (mentioned in my what's in my school bag video on YouTube) is my go to bag for days when I have a lot of classes. I love the size and shape of my black sunglasses by Tory Burch.

     This the the pearl necklace I got a while ago from Nordstrom and my pearl earrings are my staple I wear most days. 

       I really love it when my hair is curled so I quickly did it in about 15 minutes this morning with a medium barrel curling iron. I also love red lipstick in the winter and had to wear it with this outfit! 

      This is a dress I got a few years ago from French Connection and I like it because it is different than any of my other dresses and I think the pearls just make the dress so much better! I wore black riding boots and black leggings! So warm! 
       I want y'all to know that you should wear what makes you happy and don't let other people around you make you dress any differently! Dress for yourself! 
If I didn't dress for myself, and wasn't comfortable being a unique Lilly girl on my campus I wouldn't be as happy! 

Thanks for reading and following! Y'all are great! {Links for my YouTube channel are posted below as well as links for the videos I mentioned}

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