Hunter Boots 3 Ways

I was super excited to purchase my first pair of Hunter Boots a few weeks ago. I’ve wanted a pair for so long after hearing such good things about them and seeing pictures all over Pinterest (Follow me here). Hunter recently came out with their Spring line and the new arrivals (here) are adorable! I’m obsessed with the bright pinks and reds, but for my first pair I went a classic black. I finally had the chance to take them out of the box when it snowed in Greenville, and I’ve barely taken them off since! They’re so comfortable and the quality is amazing. After a few suggestions made by my followers, I decided to style my Hunter boots 3 of my favorite ways! Whether you’re on the go or the occasion is slightly dressier, there’s something for everyone!

Skirt & Patterned Tights:

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Ann Taylor Blouse (old) // J.Crew skirt and tights // Ily Couture necklace 

Utility Jacket & Layers:

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J.Crew Jacket (similar) // Brooks Brothers Sweater // JCPenny Button Down // Gap Scarf

Sweatshirt & Leggings:

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J.Crew Sweatshirt (similar) // Polo Ralph Lauren Button Down // Moon & Lola necklace

What’s your favorite way to style Hunter Boots?

xo Jenna

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Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

I’m pretty excited about the fact that my favorite color is the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year… purple! Or radiant orchid to be more exact. I’m a little late on finding out about it, but I just had to sport my J. Crew tuxedo blouse today in honor of the occasion!

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J.Crew Blouse (Old, similar here) // Kate Spade NY Watch

David Yurman cuff and link bracelet // 5th and Ashland bangles

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Fatal Apple, Balm Stain in Adore

And a few perfectly purple goodies!

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Knockaround Sunglasses // Baublebar Ring and Bracelet // Nine West Flats

Essie Polish in ‘Play Date’ // Tory Burch Bag // Loren Hope Studs

How do you feel about the Pantone Color of the Year?

xo Jenna

Valentine’s Inspiration

As much as I hate to admit it sometimes, I love Valentine’s Day. Roll your eyes if you must, but I can’t resist the pink and red overload! Let’s be real, who doesn’t love walking into the grocery store and seeing all the fun candy?! Plus it’s just another great excuse to dress up!

Here are a few gifts for friends, moms, sisters, or even the guy looking for a little inspiration! I know y’all are out there!

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Hunter Rain Boots // Chanel Perfume // Kendra Scott Earrings // Essie Nail Polish

‘Roses’ Scented Candle // Clinique Chubby Stick // Evelyn Henson Valentine’s Print

Monogram Phone Case // Polka Dot Gloves // Tory Burch Coin Case

Sole Society Loafers // Kate Spade NY watch

xo Jenna

What’s Important

Over the past week or so, I’ve had a lot of time to think between being sick and various other things (this post is long overdue, thank you to my followers for being so patient!) I realized that it’s time for me to re-asses my priorities and figure out what I really need to focus my efforts on. I’m all about organization, so I thought that listing my ideas would help tremendously. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll feel a little inspired yourself. I’ve put these thoughts on the back burner for quite a while out of fear, and it’s time that I face them head on. What better time than the present right?

1. I let people’s opinions cloud my judgement – This is a huge problem. Every day I’m surrounded by fellow graduate students, professors, and mentors that are as opinionated as they are innovative. This is both a blessing and a curse. People are constantly telling me “You should do this with your future career” or “You should do that” and I tend to take those opinions to heart and lose sight of what I really want. I know that the majority of these people are telling me what they think because they care about me, they mean no harm… but I can’t let those opinions affect important decisions in my life, especially my career path.

2. I’m terrified of uncertainty – The fact that I can’t completely plan out my future scares me. I know where I would like to live and what I would like to be doing this time next year, but the reality is that I may do something completely opposite. I’m afraid that if I continue down this narrow-minded path, I could miss out on great opportunities.

3. Little things stress me out – Really, this one has gotten out of hand over the past few months. I let the most insignificant things worry me and it affects the rest of my day. Maybe this is a side-effect of graduate school, or maybe it’s because of the people I surround myself with. Maybe it’s a combination of the two… but either way, something has to change.

4. I take advantage of time – This is a biggie, especially when it comes to family. Recently I have fallen short on keeping in touch with family while I am in Greenville. I come up with excuses like “I’m too busy right now” or “I have something more important to do, I’ll talk to them later” instead of making a quick phone call to my parents and/or brother. Recently a family member went through a health scare that terrified all of us. Everything is fine now, but it made me realize that my family won’t be on this earth forever. Neither will my friends, and I need to make sure that I make the most of the time I’m given with them.

5. I compare myself to others on a daily basis – I know this is something that everyone struggles with, and this has become worse for me over the past year. Since I started fashion blogging, I am constantly comparing myself to other bloggers and find myself becoming jealous really quickly. The reality is that there are a lot of women out there who have been in the game for much longer than I have, and I must remember this when I feel envious of someone else.

With that being said, I thought long and hard about things that need to change and compiled a list of reminders to myself for the present and future:

1. Learn to accept constructive criticism. Appreciate the opinions that are helpful and cast aside the ones that are purely hurtful.

 2. Don’t be afraid of the unknown! Life is all about taking chances and experiencing new things. I’m 22 years old and have my entire life ahead of me. I need to enjoy doing the things I love now and worry about planning for the rest of my life later.

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s simply not worth the time. I have to accept that some things are completely out of my control and aren’t worth worrying about.

4. Make the most of time with family and friends, even if they are far away. Whether that’s sending a text, making a call, or Facetiming, let the people you love know that you’re thinking about them.

5. Compare myself to myself instead of others. This sounds crazy, but I think it will be hugely beneficial. Instead of comparing myself to other bloggers, I must compare my present accomplishments to what I’ve done in the past. A week from now I should ask myself, “What have I done in the past week to make my blog better? What can I improve? What do I want to accomplish in the next few days? Etc etc etc.” Tracking my goals in this way allows for exponential growth and a stronger sense of appreciation as to how far I’ve come. Let’s be honest, comparing yourself to others will only lead to disappointment and jealousy. Why continue down that path?

Most of all, it’s important to enjoy life and appreciate everything that I have. Nothing is certain in this world, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes, love unconditionally, and face the unknown with open arms.

xo Jenna

Friday Finds: Moon & Lola

If you’re the kind of gal that can’t resist a good monogram, you’re going to love Moon & Lola! I have to admit that I was a little late to discover it. I worked for a women’s boutique in college that started to carry this monogram and personalization brand right before I graduated, so I never knew much about it. My boss bought each of her employees a monogram necklace at Market when she decided to carry the brand, and I still wear mine every chance I get!

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Necklace: Moon & Lola Acrylic Monogram in Blonde Tortoise Scarf: Target Jacket: J.Crew

If you visit Moon & Lola’s website here, you’ll find everything from monogrammed jewelry, sunglasses, wristlets, and even cuff links! You can personalize any item so that it fits your style perfectly: color, size, chain length, the possibilities are endless! My personal favorite is the acrylic monogrammed necklaces, from which you can choose around 30 different colors! Here are a few lust-worthy items from the website:

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I. Acrylic Monogram Ring II. Ikat Wristlet III. Santa Rosa Bracelet

IV. Monogram Coffee Mug V. Monogram Sunglasses (block or script) VI. State Necklace

VII. Capri Earrings VIII. Monogram Pendant IX. Acrylic Key Chain

Check out Moon & Lola for the perfect monogram, and happy shopping!

xo Jenna

Rue La La: The Duchess’ Style

Have you ever wanted to dress like Kate Middleton? Let’s be real, she always looks perfect no matter what she’s wearing! I for one have always envied her outfit choices. She makes even jeans and a blazer look chic! In honor of Kate’s birthday, Rue La La is offering tons of clothing and accessories on sale that are worthy of any royal! From fascinators, to Kate’s sought after engagement ring, to everything in between, Rue La La will have you dressing like the duchess in no time!

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Pearl Drop Earrings // 7 For All Mankind Cropped Jeans // Butter Pumps

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Suede Pumps // Shoshanna Dress // Mulberry Wallet

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Mulberry Purse // Tyler Boe Shirtdress // Nude Pumps

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Suede Pump // Cinzia Rocca Trench Coat // Honora Pearls

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CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Ring // Tahari Dress // Slingback Wedge

For these items, visit Rue La La here and create an account. Signing up is simple and totally worth it! New sales appear on the website every day, but quantities are obviously limited… so don’t waste any time! Help me celebrate Kate’s birthday and check out Rue La La now!

xo Jenna

*DISCLAIMER: This post was not endorsed by Rue La La. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mad For Plaid

This season I’m all about the plaid trend. Bloggers like Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam and Sarah Vickers of Classy Girls Wear Pearls have shown us that plaid is the ultimate versatile look; it can easily be dressed up or down! I have been on the hunt for the perfect plaid pieces, and here are a few of my favorites!

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I. Madewell Scarf II. Kiel James Patrick Bow Bracelet III. Tuckernuck Lolo Bag

IV. L.L. Bean Pajamas V. Gap Moto Jacket VI. C. Wonder Blazer

VII. Asos Satchel VIII. J.Crew Moccasins IX. Sperry Top-Sider Watch

Now that the weather has dropped significantly in SC, I’m in serious need of a few of these goodies! Especially the pajamas and moccasins! Brrr!

What’s your favorite way to style plaid?

xo Jenna