Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall into Navy

While it certainly doesn't feel like it with this 80 degree weather we're having here in New York this weekend, Fall is just around the corner and I am craving jeans, fuzzy sweaters, and warm Starbucks mocha lattes.  With the welcoming of autumn and amazing Fall fashions, my eye naturally begins to drift toward darker colors once the weather really starts getting cold.  Navy, especially, has been one of those fool-proof colors I am always sporting during these months due to how versatile it is (almost a quarter of my Fall wardrobe is navy).

Seriously, you could pair dark-wash skinny jeans with a lightweight jacket and L.L. Bean Duck Boots or riding boots.  Or, if you're heading out for a night out on the town, slip on a flattering navy dress and black pumps, and swipe on some red nail polish for a color pop.  No matter how you decide to incorporate navy into your wardrobe this Fall, be creative!  Who knows who you might end up sharing some hot chocolate with on a chilly night.

What other colors do you find yourself being naturally drawn to in autumn?

Challenge: The products below are expensive, but try and create your own, less expensive variations to these styles.  Go bargain shopping and see if you can steal some of your own treasures.

Navy in the Fall

Friday, September 6, 2013

Going Through Changes

Oh, where to begin?  The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for me both physically and mentally.  What I'm speaking about is college.  That's right!  I started my first year of college two weeks ago.  While I wish I could say that I couldn't be happier, I just feel bogged down with my newfound ultra-hectic life.  At times, it feels like I'm just not here.

I joined the Novice Division I rowing team at my school, so I think that plays a huge part in why I constantly feel lost.  Because of my constant exhaustion, I'm looking forward to speeding through my day rather than appreciating my classes and my life do the degree I want to.  Don't get me, wrong.  I absolutely love all my classes, but I can't help but wonder if my involvement in the crew team (and my work study job) will eventually lead to my grades dropping.  Sure, I can always quit crew, but the challenge of the sport makes me what to conquer it to the best of my ability.

Currently, I am still on the quest to find my niche in college.  I have individual friends, but a set group.  Sometimes, I just feel ostracized because I would rather stay in on a weekend to study rather than go out with a bunch of my hall-mates.  In part, my actions are to blame for my disconnect, but at the same time, I shouldn't feel as though I have to go out all the time in order to make friends.  It's just hard going from being a sociable person in high school to having an "outsider" feeling in college.

The quote above by F. Scott Fitzgerald (one of my favorite writers) is the quote that I used as my senior quote this past school year and one that I always come back to when I'm feeling overwhelmed.  It describes me so well for I am always on the quest to grow as a person and to experience life in ways I never thought I would.  Deep down, I know that coming to this city for school was the best decision I could have made even though it doesn't feel like it right now.  "I'm not sure what I'll do, but-" I know that I will eventually find complete happiness with my life.  College is a crazy transition time and my cold feet are just getting in the way.

Any one else having a similar experience at college?