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April Is the Cruelest Month

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It's only nine days into April and I can already feel the whirlwind of my schedule for the rest of it pulling my shoulders up towards my ears. With a handful of weeks left in the semester my classes are becoming even more demanding, but with less work, I'm having to be even more creative in the kitchen(nette) to stretch my euros as far as they can go, and I am vibrating with impatience for spring break to begin so I can travel again. As the days become more hectic and the hours pass more quickly than I can keep track of them, I keep finding myself returning to tried and true basics for simple outfits. For my long day of classes, mid-week grocery shopping for a couple of items, an early evening run (for which I changed into proper workout gear), and preparing for a presentation tomorrow I wore one of my favorite sweaters from B.P., jeans from Target, and my trusty boots from Steve Madden. I love dressing up in crazy colors and patterns (don't worry, you'll see some of that after spring break!) but sometimes I love simplicity and minimal effort more. Or I could pretend that I'm just trying to blend in with the French students that overflow the streets of Angers every day.

Turquoise and Gray Dreams

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Jacket : Mural // Dress : Jane G // Tights : Hue // Shoes : Nasty Gal

Going to a new country for four months during winter means stocking up on clothing items that are stylish but WARM. My mom and I went shopping at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack the day after Christmas, a gift from my dad for us to have a Girl's Day, and I picked up these two pieces. The first is a crazy statement turquoise faux fur jacket. While it is definitely not for every day wear, I'm in love!! And for someone who usually shrugs off faux fur, there's something so empowering about this jacket for me -- I feel like I can conquer the world when I'm wearing it!

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The other large item I got was this gray sweater dress. How cute is that?? It's effortlessly chic, super warm, and has a a built in cowl! I mean, what more could you ask from a dress? I had a fun time pairing these items with some basic sweater tights and my Nasty Gal Shoe Cult booties which I L-O-V-E. I ordered them while they were on sale during the fall semester and I'm fairly certain I've worn them near every day since they arrived. My favorite thing about them is that I don't feel like a giant when I wear them, a challenge with heels as I'm 6'0" when I'm standing with my feet flat! Austin's been chillier lately, giving me an excuse to practice outfits for France, and this is definitely one I'll be repeating! Maybe while in Paris, sitting in a cafe and reading a book....