As we near the unofficial end of Summer, I’m reminiscing on my beach vacation earlier this Summer to Bimini, Bahamas. It’s one of my favorite beaches because it is remote, desolate, and the water is pristine. Basically, there are very few people and not much to do—but relax.
I have been on my PhD journey now for 5 years. A PhD program is a lot of work and most importantly requires an enormous amount of time. When I started my PhD program, I was 38 and neck-deep in my career. My job was very demanding, and I often found myself working well over 40 hours a week at my job, leaving little time at the end of the day to complete my coursework and write a 10 to 15-page paper nearly every week for school.
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We are more than midway through winter and even though the groundhog said we’ll see an early Spring, I’m holding on a little longer. I love a maxi coat as much as I love a maxi dress, which is why I decided to pair them together. A fitted dress is not only comfortable but also easily shifts from day to night.
The outfit I’m sharing today is so versatile. It can be worn to work in the office, out to brunch, or on a dinner date night. I love pixie pants because they are so effortless. The ones I am wearing are from Old Navy and they come in so many styles. You can get different lengths and fits, colors, and prints. I’m rolling with the ankle length pixie.
Oh, I love a good over-the-knee boot! I’m a high heel girl, but every now and then I want to wear a boot that is chic and can be worn all day long. After all, we are busy women and no one feels like carrying an extra pair of flats to change into when your feet start hurting. The comfort level of these boots is a 10, and so is the style factor.
I’m in a chapter in my life where staying motivated is necessary. I have a goal of completing my PhD dissertation next Summer 2019. This means that I had to create very specific and strict goals in order to meet that timeline. It means I have to stay super motivated. For the most part I am, but I certainly have my days and weeks where I’m not.
This outfit is full of animal print. If you don’t know which animal to roll with, make the decision easy and go for all of them in this mixed animal print sweater (Jumper if you’re British)! This over-sized black and white sweater has a mix of zebra, leopard, and cheetah print. The mock neck provides extra warmth on cold winter days.
Is it a Cardigan or a Sweater Dress? That is the question! Technically it’s a cardigan, but it can be whichever one you want it to be. This season all the sweaters and cardigans are big, over-sized, and chunky. This makes a perfect style recipe for wearing a cardigan as a dress— which is exactly what I’ve done here.
There is something about white denim that makes you forget that you are wearing jeans! The crisp white color creates a chic style that instantly takes basic denim jeans to classy and chic jeans. This pair has a lot of stretch which I love during this time of year as we near the holidays because I’m constantly eating.
The iconic Diane Von Furstenberg put the “wrap” in wrap dress and I’m so thankful she did, because wrap dresses are my favorite! I feel they are the most flattering dress style for any figure. I love that no matter your size, you can adjust it as needed. The way the material wraps around the body just looks so chic.
I love the oversize look and feel of this dress. The structured body and straight lines make it super chic. It really does feel like you are wearing an oversized sweatshirt, except that you’ll look very fashionable in it! It has pocket which is great because always adds an extra special touch. The mock neck is perfect for Fall to keep your neck warm now that we are in the Fall months.
Nothing says STYLE like a classic trench coat! I swooned over this trench when I first saw it on the rack. I comes in a navy blue as well, but there is something about the classic tan color, that made me want this one. A trench coat always reminds me of a sophisticated woman who knows what she wants and knows where she is going.
I am always attempting to push my comfort zone back a bit when it comes to fashion. Paper bag trousers, or paper bag pants as some call them, were definitely outside of my comfort zone. However, once I tried them on and started experimenting I realized they are are super cute and can even be flattering—if you pair them with the right items.