Friday, November 21, 2014

coat love

There are a few items in my closet that I feel deserve to be a part of a collection. The two main articles of clothing I view this way are boots and coats. Every year, I get to add a new item to the collection, to fill a previously unfilled role. I have over-the-knee cognac boots, black ankle boots, brown riding boots, tan slouchy boots, slate heeled booties, etc. I've been pretty consistent about my boot buying habit. 

Unfortunately, my coat collection has been lacking the last few years. I've had my long black peacoat since high school, and it shows. I usually rely on my avocado green Old Navy peacoat as an every day coat, but this season I'm looking for something more classic.

Last year I wanted to add a tan coat to my collection, but it didn't happen. This year, I'm torn between sleek black and white or classic red. Care to help a girl out?


I've been eyeing the rust coat for a year, and it's really my dream coat. Unfortunately, it's not my dream price, and it always sells out before it ever goes on sale. The burgundy version is a better price, but I feel like it's too twee for my style? The bow, the peplum, the length, the collar--it just feels like too much.

Black and white was a color combo I avoided last year because it was too stark, too cater-waiter, but I really like it used in prints. Both of these black and white coats would fit seamlessly into my current closet, but I'm having trouble deciding which one looks more chic. I want a grown up, classic look that fits nicely and keeps me warm. Is that too much to ask?

Which coat do you love? Which should I buy? Do you have another coat in mind for me? Does anyone else shop in the sense of building a collection? Am I crazy?

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Productivity Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

black & gold + giveaway

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shirt: Forever 21 // skirt: Forever 21 // boots: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

photos by Briley Noel

I put together this outfit with day-to-night intentions. I wore it to work, and then to an alumni event at our favorite near-campus bar. Because I'm me, I wanted my outfit to match my fancy new work business cards, which are black and gold. I mean, it's a great color combo anyway, but I wanted there to be that ~brand recognition~ when I handed out my cards. This probably would have been more effective if it hadn't been like 32° and I hadn't worn my coat all night.

In case you missed it, I wore this shirt over here last time. It's pretty much the best (though I guess not as good as the shirt from yesterday's post!).

In other very fancy and exciting news, one of my dearest blogger friends is celebrating her 4th bloggiversary! Kate is a badass and I was so honored when she asked me to be a part of her bloggiversary celebration. She's running a seriously amazing giveaway to one lucky winner of the one year subscription to Photoshop, Lightroom, and CoSchedule. Here's what Kate has to say about the giveaway, along with some v important deets:

Clear the Way is turning four this month and I've teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to celebrate by giving away a one year subscription to Adobe Photography Plan (which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) as well as a year subscription to CoSchedule editorial calendar. You have from now until midnight of December 3rd to enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget provided. There are no mandatory entries. The contest is open internationally and one winner will be chosen at the end of the two weeks. Make sure you check out all the bloggers co-hosting this giveaway and good luck!

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Here's a list of the participating bloggers so you can follow them too!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

the next level tee

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coat: Old Navy (similar) // tee: Loft // jeans: Forever 21 // shoes: LuLu*s (similar)

photos by Briley Noel

Alternative titles for this post:
Tee: The Next Generation
To Infini-Tee and Beyond
Tee: Now With More Awesome!
The New FronTEEr

But really, this shirt is ah-mazing. It's a thicker ponte-like material that holds its shape, it has perfectly flattering sleeves, oh, and it's striped, so duh I bought it. It's on sale. Go buy it too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014



In case you hadn't heard, it's official: TxSC15 is on! (Oh, and I'm on staff as the Volunteer Coordinator!) This year, the conference is about getting back to basics, so the theme is CAMP. Camp means a few different things. First, the conference is being held at a Girl Scout camp just outside of Austin (my childhood camp!). Second, CAMP stands for Create A Meaningful Presence.

Whether you blog or not, you've probably been hearing about blogger burnt out, for bloggers and readers alike. The general feeling seems to be a resounding "why am I still doing this?" Do I have anything left to say? Do I have anything left to wear? On top of that, the blogging world has become so saturated that it's hard to find and come up with new, original content.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling it, especially recently. I may not have the follow many bloggers do, but I have been blogging for over three years now. Styles and trends have changed, but so has the blogging community. When I went to TxSC last year (read more about it here and here), I was disappointed in my fellow bloggers' focus on monetizing and gaining more followers. It was all about the numbers, and not at all about the content or creativity that so drew me into blogging in the first place.

The mastermind behind TxSC, Indiana Adams of Indiana/Elsewhere and previously Adored Austin, didn't want to put on another conference that would be more of the same. After TxSC13, she asked how the conference could be the most useful. The themes thrown around were storytelling, content creation, and inspiration discovery. This was so exciting to me, because this is what I'm most interested in as both a blogger and a reader.

CAMP is about finding a renewed sense of purpose in blogging. It's about really saying something, making connections, and using blogging as an act of creativity instead of an act of revenue building. Personally, I'm thinking of CAMP as a sort of blogging rehab, rather than a traditional conference (I really like what Indiana has to say about that here). We're attending as a group of women who are tired and need a little support to get back on track. That's why the tagline for CAMP is "a weekend away for female bloggers and business owners to reconnect with their creative spirit and their community."

I could not be more excited about leaving the baubles and blogger envy at home as we all head to CAMP. I hope you'll join us! The conference is half the size it's been in past years, so tickets are going fast. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Oh, and I'm staying in Standard+ Sleepers. If you're registered already, where are you staying? Can't wait to see you there!