Fall + Winter Fashion Essentials

From a very young age, I have had such a love for fashion. I love looking into and keeping up-to-date with seasonal trends and styles, and I always have so much fun creating different looks. I always say that my style is “all over the place” meaning that I like to change up what I wear pretty often. Some days I may want to wear a pink floral dress whereas other days I want to wear all black. It truly depends on my mood, however I do tend to come back to classy and elegant pieces (this is my go-to style).

Today I wanted to share some of my staple pieces for the fall and winter seasons! I absolutely love the fashion around this time of year because it always looks so chic, stylish, and classy. I will also share a few tips on how you can style these pieces in different ways. Some of these items are new, whereas a couple others are older. These are things that I believe everyone should have in their wardrobe for fall and winter!

Fitted Tank or Tee:

We’re starting off pretty basic, but honestly, we all need a comfortable yet stylish top that we can easily pair with all of our looks. Whether you are in a hurry or you are carefully planning your outfit, you’ll find yourself reaching for something like this very frequently. It may seem silly to mention, but I think finding your perfect t-shirt or even a great tank top can pull an outfit together very nicely. This tank top pictured above is from H&M (as many of the pieces I am sharing today are) and I purchased this for $6. While this is such a simple piece, I love it because of the high neckline and sometimes I enjoy wearing crop tops (depending on the look I want to go for). I like that this is a cream color, however it also comes in pink, black, and brown. You can wear something like this, or a white t-shirt with a patterned blazer, a warm cardigan, or a nice long coat. Or if you are more likely to be found indoors during the colder months, this is the perfect top to lounge around the house in! Sometimes, when creating a new wardrobe, you have to take a step back and purchase basic pieces before jumping into the latest trends.

Turtlenecks:

Before you skip past this and keep reading, just hear me out! I know that not everyone loves turtlenecks because they can sometimes feel restricting or too tight/uncomfortable. What I say to that is, you haven’t found the right one for you yet, and that’s ok! I just adore the look of turtlenecks because in my opinion, high necklines are always classy. Turtlenecks are the epitome of fall/winter fashion. I always like to try things on when I am shopping in person, and I recommend that you do the same. This way you can truly get a feel for the fabric and you can see how something will look on your body type. The thing about turtlenecks is that they can look good on everyone. Of course, the main thing you’ll want to look out for is if the turtleneck is too tight, however you also do not want one that is too flimsy and loose. There is a perfect in-between, I promise! I would recommend checking out a store like H&M, ASOS, or Missguided because their pieces are very affordable yet stylish. You can even look at places like Walmart, T.J.Maxx or Ross! These two pictured here are from H&M and I purchased them for around $17 each. There were a few options when it came to color, but I would always recommend sticking to neutrals for fall/winter fashion because it looks chic, and you can style the pieces in SO many different ways. If this is just not your thing, I would say think about buying a mock-neck top! This will give you a similar look to a turtleneck, however it won’t feel restricting since the neckline does not go up too high.

Blazers/Jackets:

I have always been a big fan of wearing blazers. I love the professional look that they can give to any outfit, and they make me feel so empowered and confident! I know they can seem a bit intimidating to people who haven’t worn them, but I think everyone should find a blazer that they love. They come in many different styles, but at the moment, longline (or loose-fitting) blazers are on trend. The one pictured above is my favorite right now! It is gray with a black windowpane pattern, and it is a longline blazer. I think it would look amazing over a fitted cropped tank and a baggy pair of straight-leg jeans, especially if you wanted to go a more trendy route. Or if you wanted to keep it elegant, a black turtleneck with some fitted black ankle pants would be perfect as well! You can even keep it casual by wearing a nice white t-shirt underneath. Layering is one of my best tips for this time of year, and what better way to do that than by adding a nice blazer?! Another item is a cropped jacket/blazer like the second photo pictured above. I am so in love this one that my boyfriend bought for me while I was visiting him in England. I really like the black trim as well as the pattern because it is not too bold, but it isn’t simple either. It is unique and definitely my style! I love the nice collar on this jacket too. Since the collar is folded down, it would look best with a high neckline top underneath. I can see this being worn with a black turtleneck.

Trench Coat:

One of my favorite things that I own! If you take anything from this blog post, let it be this: a trench coat will change the game for your wardrobe. The one pictured was purchased when I went to France right before the pandemic hit. I thought what better place to buy a trench coat? I bought this at a store called Pimkie (it reminded me of an H&M) and it was around 50 Euros. The material is not too heavy, but it is also not thin, which is perfect for me. In the winter, I tend to get hot when layering clothing, so a piece like this was exactly what I needed. I just completely love the look of trench coats because they are so elegant and they can take any outfit to the next level. I went for a classic light brown color. This one ties at the waist, but I prefer to keep mine open so my outfit underneath is seen. They come in a variety of styles and colors, but of course, I prefer neutral. I wouldn’t say no to buying one in a different color (like pink), however if you are on a budget, but wanting to create a more classy/put together wardrobe, I would go with a light brown or black. Truly anything can go under a trench coat (especially if it is a neutral color). You can opt for a nice chunky sweater, a turtleneck, a t-shirt, a nice tank top; the possibilities are endless. Even if you wanted to dress very casually but you weren’t sure what would look good, adding a trench coat will solve that problem.

Flare pants:

Flare pants are back in style which makes me SO happy! I didn’t own any until very recently when I came across this pair at H&M for $25. They fit me like a glove, and I love that they are very form fitting until they reach mid-calf. They are high-waisted as well, which is exactly what I wanted. Flares always remind me of the 70’s which I think is really fun, and because these are black, they will match anything. You can go for something bright and patterned on top, or you can keep it simple. I typically prefer to wear a loose top with tight bottoms or vice versa, however with these pants, any kind of top would look great because you get the best of both worlds. I really love the look of these pants with a cropped and fitted tank top and pointed-toe black booties. The pants make me look a lot taller than I am, and a fitted top with also help with that appearance. When in doubt, you could always go for an all black or a black and white look. These pants are very versatile, comfortable, and trendy!

High-waisted straight leg jeans:

We all know that high-waisted mom jeans have been in style for a few years now, and it’s safe to say that I’ve been obsessed. After getting some good use out of high-waisted skinny jeans, I eventually switched over to straight leg jeans (and I do not want to look back)! I still think that skinny jeans can look great with the right outfit, but overall, I definitely prefer straight-leg jeans now. If you are looking for a new pair of jeans and you want them to be on trend, you may want to stick to high-waisted baggy jeans. I really love the look of cropped bottoms, but even a pair that goes all the way down your leg is perfect for the fall/winter seasons. I fell in love with the ones pictured for many reasons. I thought they were very me, and I previously did not own any gray jeans. I got these for a steal at H&M because they were only $13! They are such great quality too! I think these are currently my favorite pair of jeans. I think that jeans like these are always so flattering, and the baggy look is very cool and edgy. I definitely recommend choosing something like this for your go-to pair of jeans this season!

Chunky boots:

Lately when browsing the internet and doing some shopping, I have seen chunky black boots EVERYWHERE. At first I didn’t think that these were really my style. I often prefer to wear shoes that are a bit more sleek. Well, I decided to give chunky boots a try and now I am obsessed! I recently purchased these London Rebel Lace-Up Boots from ASOS. I got them on sale, which I was super happy about! They are originally around $45-$55 dollars, and I got them for $20 (shipping included)! I couldn’t be more pleased with them. I love the different material on them, and I like that they aren’t too over the top or too big and chunky, but they still fit the trend perfectly. The silver detailing is very cool as well, and I think that these can be worn with many trendy pieces. I wouldn’t necessarily wear them with everything, but I thought that these could be my go-to boots for fall and winter. If you’re looking to buy some big, chunky boots this season, definitely go for black (or nude has also been popular). I’ve seen many people wearing chunky ankle boots, but if you prefer something different, chunky knee-high boots are also in. You don’t have to spend a ton of money because there are many stores that have affordable boots that are also decent quality, plus, sales are always happening!

I created an IGTV video where I discuss these pieces a bit more in depth, and I also show how I would style them in different ways. I would really appreciate it if you checked it out on my Instagram: @sacchere14. I hope this post gave you some fall/winter fashion inspo, and that you are feeling ready to take on the cooler months in the coolest clothes! Thank you for reading. Until next time!

Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

While I am a little sad to see summer go, I am absolutely thrilled to start wearing fall fashion! There is something so chic and stylish when it comes to fall/winter fashion, and it often inspires my personal wardrobe as well as my blog posts. Today I wanted to share three different outfits with you all, and I’ll be taking them from summer to fall. I will share a few tips on how exactly I did this. Transitioning your style through the seasons can seem a bit tricky, especially when the weather is slow to change, however it is not as complicated as it seems.

Outfit #1:

This first look is very girly and fun. It includes my favorite color (pink) and a classic pair of denim shorts! The crop top is from New Look, and I got it on sale. I absolutely adore the ruffled look along the neckline, and the off shoulder sleeves. This top can be worn many different ways, but I decided to keep it simple for the summer look. I bought these cute denim shorts from Target and they are by the brand Universal Thread. Combining these two pieces creates a girly but casual look for summer (perfect for those hotter days). For my shoes, I went with a simple pair of black sandals. I wore these all summer long because they are THAT comfortable. They are also from Target and by the brand A New Day. I decided to pair this outfit with my gorgeous Kate Spade bag! I am so in love with it, and the little strawberries all over it are so cute! The bag completed the look perfectly.

The transition:

Now the weather may be a bit cooler, but you still want to give off a similar look. For the transition, I thought that keeping the same pink top would be a nice touch and pop of color for the outfit. For an extra layer, I threw on my gray and black windowpane blazer. I love this blazer because it is a little bit oversized, but it still looks really classy, which I love. Instead of going for the same denim shorts, I changed it up by going for my favorite pair of jeans! I love the look of light wash jeans and the rips give the outfit a bit more edge. I will always choose high-waisted jeans over low-rise, and I love straight leg jeans as well. I have such a love for ankle booties in the cooler months, so I went with a pair of pointed-toe black ankle boots. Lastly, I swapped out my Kate Spade bag for a simple black one.

Outfit #2:

For this next look, I wanted to show you how you can take a very popular summer print/style to fall! Gingham is has been trendy for the summer time for a while now, but by making subtle changes, you can seamlessly wear the same pieces in the cooler months. The main focus of this look is this adorable dress that I recently purchased at New Look. I love the fun gingham print, and the fact that it is black and white helps with the transition. I really love the buttons going down the front, as well as the cut out right above the stomach. I paired this dress with some cute black cat eye sunglasses, as well as the same black sandals from the previous summer look.

The transition:

To wear this dress in the fall, you may want to think about layering. For this look, I decided to throw on a long sleeved black mock neck top underneath the dress; this will definitely help to keep you warmer on those chilly fall evenings. I thought that I’d stick to black because you really can’t go wrong with the color! I chose to style this with a faux leather jacket to make it even more edgy. For my shoes, I changed into the same black pointed-toe boots from the previous fall look.

Outfit #3:

For the last outfit, I wanted to style this cheetah print midi skirt. I absolutely love how flowy this one is, and I thought it was the perfect piece to center this outfit around. Keep in mind that neutral colors/pieces can be your best friends in the fall and winter. You can style so many pieces in so many different ways if you stick to colors such as brown, black, taupe, gray, or white. I decided that a simple black tank top would do the trick. I then paired this outfit with some strappy brown sandals. When it’s hot out, sometimes simplicity is best!

The transition:

To take this look from summer to fall, I decided that one of my favorite coats would be perfect. I chose to throw on my gorgeous brown trench coat. I bought this while on a trip to France, and I am still so in love with it! It is lightweight and great for cool fall days. Trench coats are such a staple, and I think every girl should own one. They come in many different colors and styles, and trust me when I say they will never go out of style. They add so much class to any look! I then switched out my sandals for my black pointed-toe ankle boots yet again. What better way to complete a look in the fall than a hat?! I chose my black fedora, which is a classic and a nice way to ring in the fall season!

I hope that you found this blog post helpful and that it gave you some fall fashion inspo! I truly do love this time of year, and I am so excited to share more with you all. Thank you so much for reading! Check out my Instagram @sacchere14 to see a reel I created showing you what each outfit/transition looks like.

Tips for Solo Travel

Hey everyone! I am back from my month-long trip to England and I am ready to get back into blogging. If you weren’t aware, I went to England to visit/meet my long-distance boyfriend for the first time! It truly was the best month of my life, and I am so excited to go back very soon! For now, I really want to share some fresh new content with you all. In today’s blog post, I wanted to discuss and share some tips for those of you who are planning to/want to do some solo traveling in the future.

Leaving for this trip was really nerve-wracking for me because it was my first time traveling alone. While I have traveled with family and with a study abroad group in college, I have never been completely on my own. I have traveled internationally before, and I felt like I knew what to expect at the airport due to my past experiences. Still, traveling on your own, especially through an airport and internationally can seem pretty overwhelming and intimidating. Whether you are going to be alone for your entire trip, or you are going to meet a friend, I am hoping to calm your nerves and ease your mind about solo travel!

My Tips:

  • Pre-Plan EVERYTHING

At times, planning for trips can get stressful, so it is very important to prepare ahead of time. This includes booking a flight and any attractions/activities, being aware of your own personal budget, checking the weather etc. You can make a checklist so that you do not forget any important steps. You can even plan out what days you want to accomplish certain tasks leading up to your departure. If you have your airline’s app, you can check-in and pay for luggage before you go to the airport as well. Anything that will save you time is worth it! Since the pandemic has begun, travel has become much more restrictive, so there are also factors relating to Covid that you must look into (such as booking any Covid tests, quarantining, mask mandates, etc.). Please remember that if you do plan to travel at this time, be safe and do your best to distance yourself from others, wear your mask, and definitely bring some hand sanitizer with you!

  • Keep all valuables in one place

When traveling, there are important documents/valuables that you may need, and it is essential that you keep these items close to you and in a safe place (but be sure that they are easily accessible as you make your way through the airport). An example of this would be bringing a laptop case and using this as your personal item. In the case, I had my laptop, phone, passport, and a folder with my negative Covid tests and other important forms. By doing this, it saved me from having to dig around in my carry-on. Constantly check to make sure that these valuable items are on your person, and never leave your bags alone or with a stranger.

  • Read about the airline/requirements beforehand

While airline rules and regulations tend to be pretty similar across the board, there is always a chance that you could miss some important information. Airlines will typically have certain rules in relation to the size and weight of your luggage for example, so it is best to look into these things ahead of time. I flew with United Airlines, and looking on their website as well as downloading the app was very helpful. I highly recommend downloading your airline’s app because it will be your guide for many things. You’ll be able to see any changes made to your flight, information on your luggage, and all of the details relating to your trip.

  • Be adaptable to change

Traveling can be unpredictable at times. There can often be delays, schedule changes, lost luggage, the list goes on. It is important that in moments like this, you take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Getting angry or upset is not going to help you in this situation, and everyone working at the airport is doing their best. These things are out of your control, so there is no point in panicking. Things definitely did not go perfect for my first time traveling alone! My first flight kept getting delayed, so I had to speak with someone to help me get on a new flight. Then when I arrived in London, my bag was missing (it took a few days for it to be located and brought to me). Things will not always go according to plan, but as long as you stay on top of these things and speak to someone right away, you are going to be alright.

  • Be aware of your surroundings

This tip should relate to your everyday life, and even more so when traveling alone. Never take your eyes off of your bags, and never leave it with someone you do not know/aren’t traveling with. As annoying as it may be to drag along your bags with you to the restroom or to grab a quick bite to eat, it’s better to keep your belongings with you. Also, keep an eye out for anyone acting suspicious. Since you’ll be alone, there won’t be anyone to do this for you. If you notice anything strange, be sure to tell someone working at the airport about it. Traveling alone can already be nerve-wracking, but you can’t let this distract you from your surroundings.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help

I know many people who would rather have a complete breakdown trying to figure something out on their own rather than asking for help. Please never think that asking for help is a weakness (in any situation in life). When you are experiencing something new, you are most likely not going to have all of the answers. If you aren’t sure where your gate is, or if your luggage was lost, don’t hesitate to walk up to someone working at the airport. Chances are, they will know exactly how to help you (or at least they will tell you where to go to get the help you need). That is after all, what they are there for. Plus, it’s better to be absolutely certain of something by asking another person or people instead of thinking you know everything.

Of course, I could go on sharing even more tips, so please let me know if a part two would be helpful! I hope that this blog post has inspired you and encouraged you to think about solo traveling. Trust me when I say that it is not as scary as it seems! Plus, as you do it more often, you will become more and more comfortable. I will be traveling alone again very soon, but this time around, I feel much more prepared and less nervous. I guess it all comes down to what you really want. I knew that I desperately wanted to be with my boyfriend in person, so a little nervousness wasn’t going to hold me back. If you are set on the idea of going somewhere on your own, or you’ve dreamed about it forever, do it! You will never regret traveling, and taking a step toward independence can be such an eye-opening, freeing, and overall wonderful experience! Thank you so much for reading! Safe travels, and I’ll see you next time!

Leading a Life of Positivity

Leading a life of positivity is by no means an easy task. This is especially true during difficult times, however it is extremely beneficial, and you can feel the impact it has on your life almost instantly. Being a positive or optimistic person does not mean neglecting your negative emotions; it simply means that you choose to fight through, despite the obstacles that lie ahead. While it is important and natural to genuinely feel any emotions and feelings you may have, it is also hugely beneficial to actively keep positive thoughts within reach. Excessive negativity is a slippery slope, with the way back becoming more and more challenging the deeper you may slide. A balance then, is a good and safeguarded idea.

The term “toxic positivity” has been floating around the internet for a while now. This refers to the way that an individual may neglect, deny, or reject any of their negative emotions and instead, feeling the need to excessively have a positive attitude. We as human beings are complex, and at times, this may mean that we need to look deeper within ourselves to truly understand why we feel the way we do. It may not always be comfortable to be alone and to sit with your own thoughts and feelings, however in order to learn more about the person you are, this is essential, and even more so if you want to live more positively. Don’t be afraid to dig deep under the surface to get to your soul.

While it is never a good thing to repress feelings, it is important to come back to positivity. There is always light to be found, and sometimes you have to look a little harder. Accepting yourself and your emotions can give you the space and peace you need to move forward. It can take time; some obstacles you face may take days, months, or even years to battle through, but being positive is a choice you get to make every single day.

The learnings and self-discovery elements of feeling all emotions are among reasons why it is important to experience both sides of the attitude seesaw. Just as with growing-up and adapting to ‘the real world’, growing through our experiences is necessary for personal development. Time itself and our thought processes should fuel debate in our internal monologue, eventually leading to understanding, acceptance and perhaps answered questions too – whether independently or dependently. A person’s explanatory style (the way you describe and explain the events in your life) can dictate the outcome of the aforementioned process. Collectively, the results can vary significantly from one person to another.

Not straying too far from the path of positivity is often a challenging thing to do amidst trouble, but with habitual glances in this direction, it can be made easier. Believing that things happen for a reason is a great way of feeding optimistic rationale into your explanatory style. There are many circumstances that we cannot control in life, so relinquishing that grasp will lift a weight from our burdened shoulders. Letting go of the things that are out of our hands is often a tricky thing to do, but when you master this, you will be free. There are certainly some situations in life that we do have control over as well, so once you find the root of the problem, or the spark that started the fire, don’t be afraid to ask for help or speak up about how you are feeling. This can be the start of a new view on life, leading you down a positive path.

Practicing gratefulness can heavily influence our mood, both presently and prospectively. Although not always obvious, there is always so much to be thankful for and sometimes we need to remind ourselves and others of those beautiful things. There may be moments when we forget about the many blessings in our lives, and instead focus on all that we don’t have. Try not to get stuck in this mindset that you are lacking, because this is not the case. You have all that you need within you to become your best self, to succeed, and to reach positivity with bravery and strength. You lack nothing.

Engaging in self-care routines, prior to, during and after our difficulties is a wonderful way to build resilience and to steadfastly pursue an elevated perspective. By investing quality time in ourselves, we look at life through a more truthful lens, revealing just how beautiful and capable we really are. In particular, capability in perseverance to run with endurance, in this marathon we call life.

– Amanda Sacchere & Tom Patch

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post. Tom and I hope that you found it engaging and inspirational, and we really appreciate your support with our writing. We truly believe in uplifting and supporting others, and that is always the hope and goal with my/our blog posts. We both see the importance of leading a life of positivity; we hope that you see it too!

To Tom:

I can’t thank you enough for writing this blog post with me. I love learning more about your view on life as well as your own personal thoughts and opinions on such important topics. It allows me to understand your soul, and it is a soul that I am so deeply in love with and I admire to pieces! Thank you for always reminding me to come back to who I truly am: a positive and optimistic person. I love you!

OOTD: Summer Style

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Compass to Confidence! Summer is finally here, and while it may get pretty hot where I live, I still enjoy summer fashion. Today, I wanted to share a summer ootd (outfit of the day) with you all. This outfit a go-to look for me during this time of year, and I absolutely love this look! The outfit can be worn for multiple occasions; a beach or pool day, an afternoon picnic, and even going out to run some errands. It is simple but also fun, and I enjoy putting my own twist on trendy pieces!

Let’s start with my favorite clothing item at the moment! I just adore this gingham printed bodysuit! I bought this at T.J. Maxx about a month ago, and I thought it was adorable. I really love how flattering scoop necklines are, and I like the simple thin brown straps. Gingham is always a popular choice for summer, and I like that the colors are neutral (brown and white). The material is super comfortable as well, but it’s not too hot for the summer time. I am not able to directly link this piece, but if you have a T.J. Maxx nearby, check it out, or even try to do some browsing online!

My other new obsession? These denim shorts! Before my recent vacation, I was in need of some new denim shorts. I happened to stop by Old Navy and came across the High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ripped Jean Shorts. I fell in love with these because they just fit me perfectly! They don’t rise up as the day goes on, and they literally go with any outfit. I always love high-waisted bottoms because they’re so flattering, and I am happy to now own a pair of dark wash denim shorts! I like that the small rips are subtle, and it’s not overdone. They are a classic pair of denim shorts, and I highly recommend getting them for yourself! These will never go out of style. I bought these for $30 and you can purchase them here!

For my bag, I went with this really cute half moon woven crossbody from H&M. I got this for Christmas last year, and I knew that it would go perfect with all of my summer outfits! Once again, I love the neutral color of the bag; tan/brown is a nice color to go for in the summer (black is great all year round, but it’s nice to change things up once in a while). I also think that the woven look is perfect for the warmer months. The buckle detail is such a nice touch as well! It fits everything I need for a typical summer’s day, and it is overall such a nice lightweight bag to bring with you wherever you go! Sadly, this is no longer available from H&M, however you can purchase it from websites such as Mercari or Poshmark. Check it out here and here (and for a pink version, click here).

I decided that I wanted to keep the entire look simple, but also classic and neutral, so for my shoes I went with my taupe block heels from Target. These shoes are so pretty, and they go with so many different outfits! They are also very comfortable to walk in, and I always love a chunky heel! I chose these shoes because I wanted to dress the look up a bit, however a pair of simple white sneakers or a nice pair of sandals would have looked great too! These block heels are $25 and you can purchase them here.

To complete the look, I chose to wear some of my current favorite pieces of jewelry! I’ve recently been layering my necklaces and I absolutely love the look of it! I thought that gold would look best with this outfit, so I chose three necklaces at three different lengths. First, I have my herringbone necklace purchased from Etsy (linked here). I just love the way this necklace looks when it’s on, and I really like the way it lays flat. Next is my coin necklace purchased from Amazon. I could not find this exact one, but I will link a very similar one here! There are so many coin necklaces in different styles, but I really like the simplicity of this one. For the last necklace, I went with a new one! I bought this while away on my most recent vacation. It is a pretty birch leaf necklace. It is the perfect length for layering, and the detail of the leaf is very beautiful.

I also wore a few dainty gold bracelets. The first one is a bar bracelet that I ordered from Etsy. I got it customized with mine and Tom‘s anniversary date to make it special and personal. The other two bracelets are from Amazon! I like the subtle details on these two, and I prefer dainty jewelry over anything too big or chunky. I decided to wear some stackable gold rings (along with the two that I wear every day (not pictured)). And lastly, I put on a pair of gold hoops with little rhinestones on them.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! This outfit is one that I will be wearing all summer long! Let me know what some of your go-to summer fashion essentials are. Thank you for reading!

Travel Outfit Ideas + Tips

Hey everyone! I am super excited to share today’s post because it relates to two things I absolutely love: fashion and travel! I have been lucky enough to do quite a bit of traveling in my (almost 22) years on earth, so it’s safe to say that I have some experience spending long hours in a plane, a train, a car, a boat etc. Today I will be sharing five different outfit ideas for travel days, no matter how you’re traveling or where you’re going! I am also sharing a few helpful tips! Some are more casual whereas others are a bit more stylish (but all are comfortable).

Outfit #1: Cute + comfy

This look might be my favorite of all of them! I think that this is also going to be the most comfortable of the looks! I have been obsessed with wearing cute and stylish muscle tanks (that are not athletic) like this one pictured! They are so easy to wear and when you are traveling, you want to be comfortable. I purchased this one from Wholesome Culture, and I love the message on the front as well as the beautiful floral design on the back. The material is very breathable as well. For my bottoms, I went with a simple pair of straight cropped pants. Once again, the material is super light and perfect for warmer destinations (though I recommend wearing pants on an airplane since it can get pretty cold). I like the unique pattern on these, and they are great for lounging around, or being on a long plane or car ride! For my shoes I went with a pair of strappy brown sandals. When traveling, you want to wear shoes that are easy to slip on and take off, especially when going through airport security.

Outfit #2: Athletic

Many people love athleisure and this has been very trendy for travel. For this look, I went with a cropped black muscle tank. I enjoy layering up in case I get cold, so bringing along a nice warm hoodie or zip-up would work too! I paired the top with a white and gray zip-up. For my bottoms I went with a pair of black athletic leggings. I normally prefer to wear lounge leggings for comfort (the material is much different), however if the athleisure look is more your style, then go for it! For my shoes I went with a pair of black and white Nike sneakers. They are really comfortable and easy to walk in. I like an all black look and this one is great for long travel days!

Outfit #3: Casual + cool

This outfit is for those of you who want to keep the look casual while still looking put together. For my top I went with a simple light blue v-neck t-shirt. Once again, for me comfort is key when traveling, and you can’t really go wrong with a simple tee. You can pair this with pretty much anything, but I actually decided to go for jeans. For me personally, I would probably never travel in jeans; they just aren’t the most comfortable bottoms for me. I do know that some people prefer them and absolutely love them! I wouldn’t recommend them for super long plane or car rides, however for shorter trips they can be great, especially if you have somewhere to be when you arrive at your destination. The jeans I chose are straight leg and high waisted, and they are a darker wash. For the shoes, I went with my Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. I love the look of white shoes, and I really like the gold detailing on these! They are comfortable and easy to wear.

Outfit #4: Boho chic

I really love this outfit as well, and it is a bit different but very fun! For my top, I went with a white off the shoulder crop top. I love the twist design in the front, and it is very cute and stylish! The pants are my favorite part of this look! I really love the floral design as well as the fact that the colors are a bit more dark and neutral (it goes with most things). I really like the wide leg, and these almost feel like they could be pajama pants! I think they are a great choice no matter how you’re traveling. I have worn pants like this to travel before, and they gave me absolutely no issues! For my shoes I decided to go for the same strappy brown sandals mentioned previously. I think they complete the look perfectly. This look would be great for a warmer/tropical destination, especially if you aren’t into bright and bold colors.

Outfit #5: Professional

The last look is for anyone who is traveling for work. If you are going on a work trip that isn’t too long, this look may be perfect for you! I tried to make it as comfy as possible while still looking professional. I decided to go for a nice v-neck tank top. It is navy blue with white detailing, and it can be worn in many different ways. I also thought that my black wrap coat would look perfect over the tank. It is a light material but still great for layering. The details on this really add to the professional look. Since the top and wrap coat are darker colors, I decided to keep the bottoms light. I went with a pair of gray ankle pants. There is a subtle design on these, but it is noting over the top. I think these look very professional, however they would also be pretty comfortable to wear for a few hours. For the shoes, I knew that heels would not be the best option, so I opted for a pair of simple black loafers. These are flat and easy to wear, yet you will still look professional and put together. If you need or want to change into heels when you arrive at your destination, you can do that too.

Tips:

Get to the airport early

I know this is something that tends to annoy a lot of people, but it is a smart idea to arrive at the airport a couple hours early. This way you can check in, get through security, and do all that you have to do before leaving. Also, if you were to run into any issue, you can figure it out before you have to catch your flight!

Wear long pants on the plane

As I mentioned previously, it can get pretty cold on an airplane, so I always recommend wearing long pants; whether they are jeans, leggings, sweatpants etc. I do this even when traveling in the summer. Even if the pants are very light material, it will still keep you warmer than a pair of shorts or a skirt would.

Wear minimal jewelry

Whenever I travel, especially on a plane, I don’t like to go crazy with jewelry. I don’t think that the metal detectors at airports always go off when someone is wearing jewelry, but just to avoid that altogether is probably the best option. It just makes the entire process a lot smoother!

Wear shoes that are easy to take off and put on

Another simple thing that will help speed everything up! You don’t want to be the person going through security taking a long time to remove your shoes. Slip on shoes are the best choice here whether that’s flip flops, loafers, sneakers etc. You want to be comfortable and practical as well. You do not have to wear the fanciest and most complicated shoes you own (unless you really want to). If you are bringing a heavy, pair of shoes such as boots (for a cold destination), it’s best to wear them so they don’t have to take up space in your luggage. Besides situations like this, slip ons are the way to go!

Make a list of the things you need to pack

This is something I will always do, no matter what! I never want to leave my house, get to the airport or be on the road and then realize I forgot something important. Little things like toothpaste or even a hairbrush can be purchased when you arrive to your destination, but things like your passport and boarding pass obviously need to be with you. Be careful not to lose these things during your travels, and make sure to have it with you when you arrive. In the weeks leading up to your trip, you can make a list of the things you need as you remember them. Or, you can open up your suitcase, and over the last couple weeks before leaving, toss some things in the suitcase that are on your list.

I hope that you found this blog post helpful and that you were able to get inspired! Tomorrow I will be hopping on a plane and going on vacation for a couple weeks with my family! This will be my last blog post until I return from my trip. When I get back, I will be sharing my entire trip with you, which I am really excited to do! For now, if you’d like to keep up with my travels, check out my Instagram @sacchere14, for all of the photos and videos!

Thank you so much for reading! I will be back soon!

Review: Sugar Cosmetics Matte As Hell Crayon Lipstick

Hey beauty lovers! It’s been a little while since I did a full review on one specific product/brand, so today I will be discussing something I have fallen in love with recently! I am a member of ipsy, which is a beauty subscription service, so I am frequently receiving and trying new beauty products. The items I am sharing in today’s post were sent to me in my ipsy glam bags, and they are considered deluxe sample sizes.

About the Brand:

SUGAR Cosmetics is a brand that stands for and believes in empowerment. They sell beauty and skincare products, and they are 100% cruelty free and not tested on animals. Their products have safe ingredients and they are dermatologically tested. They support beauty in many different forms. According to SUGAR Cosmetics, “Our aim is to celebrate every aspect of you, no matter what your style is.”

Review:

I did not own or try very many lip crayons previously, however these have become favorites of mine for so many reasons. Let’s dive into the review!

Before trying these lip crayons, I had only ever tried one other product from this brand. I own three different shades of the Matte as Hell Lip Crayons: Scarlett O’Hara, Stephanie Plum, and Honey Rider. After exploring this product on the SUGAR Cosmetics website, I realized that each shade is named after a fictional character. I really like it when beauty brands stick to a theme when naming certain products (ex: colors in an eyeshadow palette or a new line of lipglosses). For those of you who have a favorite fictional character, you can purchase a shade named after them! These lip crayons are available in 36 shades, which I think is amazing. It gives customers a chance to explore what colors they like, and there truly is something for everyone!

I was very impressed by the color pay-off with these lip crayons! Just a couple swipes and you will see gorgeous pigmentation and a full coverage look for your lips! Each shade is vibrant and beautiful.

 I absolutely love the bright matte red of the shade Scarlett O’Hara; it is versatile and can be worn for a day in the office, a night out with friends, or even for a simple and relaxed day when you need a boost of confidence. It is the perfect red; not too deep and dark, but not super bright either. Stephanie Plum is a great shade for a bold and striking makeup look. It is a gorgeous dark purple, and it is perfect for those days when you want to make a statement with your lips! This color would look very nice for fall and winter. Honey Rider is a pretty peachy shade that is perfect for spring and summer! The color is chic and bold, and it looks stunning with a simple eye look! Out of these three shades, I think that Scarlett O’Hara is my favorite! You can never go wrong with a red lip, and this is the one that I will always reach for when I want to achieve that classic look.

Sometimes, when people see that a lip product is labeled as “matte”, they may equate that to being drying. Well, I can safely say that all of these crayons are definitely matte, however they feel hydrating on the lips. They are creamy and due to the fact that they are lip crayons, they are much easier to use when filling in your lips, leaving no mistakes behind. I always recommend applying some chapstick before using any lip color. Even though this is not a necessary step, I still like to include it every time I do my makeup (and even more so when using a matte lip product).

SUGAR Cosmetics claims that these crayons are meant to be long-lasting, so you won’t need to constantly reapply! I do think that a few touch ups throughout the day will be needed because this will transfer a bit, however it won’t be a hassle. Also, it is likely to leave a slight stain behind, however it is very easy to remove with a makeup wipe, or you can grab your go-to shade out of your purse and easily reapply!

Overall, I would absolutely recommend the SUGAR Cosmetics Crayon Lipsticks. They live up their name, and they are the perfect matte lip colors! These crayons are super easy to wear, they are available in a variety of gorgeous colors, and you can throw them in your bag and reapply at any time with ease! If you are interested in purchasing this product, check out the SUGAR Cosmetics website where they sell for $20.99. (At the moment, many of the shades are sold out, however they are sold on Amazon as well. Most shades are available here.)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you enjoyed today’s blog post! Let me know if you have tried or are planning on trying the Matte as Hell Crayon Lipsticks from SUGAR. Be sure to check out my Instagram @sacchere14 to see a video I created showing swatches of each shade mentioned above, as well as how they look on my skin tone.

How to Pose for Photos

There are some people who will do absolutely anything to avoid having their picture taken, and then there are people like me. I actually like having my photos taken! Over the years, I have figured out what works for me when it comes to posing for photos, so today I will be sharing some of my go-to poses as well as a few helpful tips! These are also great for those of you who would describe yourselves as a bit more shy or awkward in photos. They are all very simple to do, and I am very excited to be sharing them with you today! All of these are standing poses, however I will be making a post for sitting poses soon!

Hand in hair

If you follow me on Instagram or you know me well, you’d know that this is my go-to pose. It’s simple, but I think it’s really cute! It also works really well if you do not have any kind of prop with you. I especially like this pose up close. I believe that it works best when your hair is down, but you can also play with a pony tail or a bun, so you can really make it your own!

Hold a prop

This is one of the best ways to get a great photo of yourself because it’s so easy to play around with a prop! You can use anything from sunglasses to a purse to flowers! Sometimes I like to put one hand on my sunglasses whether they are on top of my head or on my face (it can often look candid or as if you were moving while the photo was being taken). Most of the time, I am carrying some kind of purse (I typically go for crossbody bags). This is another cute prop for any photo because you can have your bag in your hands, over your shoulder, or just down by your side. You can also look at your surroundings and go from there! In the photo above, I saw these flowers close by, and decided to use them for a photo. I understand how taking photos can feel a bit awkward at times, but you can get really playful and creative when you have something to hold!

Leg up

This is another very cute and flirty pose that anyone can do! I like it because it’s in moments like this when a genuine smile can come out. I like to have fun when getting my photos taken, and I never want to seem like a robot. Movement in photos can often be a good thing, so when you’re not sure how to pose next, pop a leg up and smile! (This is also a great way to show off your cute new shoes!)

Pretend to walk

This is a great pose for those moments when you just aren’t sure what to do! I like to start a little further away from the camera. Whoever is taking my photo will stand in one spot, typically off to the side and not straight in front of me. Then I will simply walk confidently while smiling at the camera and sometimes looking away. You can ask the person taking your photo to just keep taking them as you walk, and you are bound to get a good one in there! Be sure to stand tall and stride forward smoothly.

Look off to the side or look down

Another classic. This one is great for my girls who are a bit more camera shy! It’s pretty self explanatory (as most of these poses are), but I really like it because it makes it seem like you are looking out at something or someone important. When it comes to looking down, I normally do not tilt my whole head, I typically like to just look down with my eyes (but you can do it either way).

Face away from the camera

Lastly, this is another pose that’s great for those who are still getting used to the camera. It’s so easy because all you have to do is turn your back to the camera and face away! It makes it even better when you have a really pretty and picturesque background! You can even turn your head to the side as if you are looking at something beside you, giving anyone who sees the photo a peek of your face.

I really hope that you found this blog post helpful! I have gained a lot of confidence over the years, but there are definitely still times when I just can’t get a great photo (it happens to all of us). Don’t let it get you down or make you feel insecure. At the end of the day, you should do what feels right and natural for you in photos! I am planning on making this a mini series and I will be posting a few parts to this in the near future, so be on the lookout for that! I will include sitting poses as well as more standing ones. Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!

Check out my Instagram for more: @sacchere14

OOTD: Graduation Day

Hey everyone! I am very excited to say that I am officially a college graduate! I truly can’t believe that I am done with school and that I am now starting a new chapter of my life. I wanted to share a part of that special day with you all, so in today’s blog post, I am doing a graduation ootd (outfit of the day)!

A couple months before graduation, I started thinking about the dress I wanted to wear for the big day. One day in particular, I just so happened to come across the most beautiful dress I have ever seen! It was advertised on Facebook, and it was from one of my favorite online stores, Lulus.com! I own a few dresses from this company, and I absolutely love them! I was showing my mom this amazing dress, and she offered to pay for half of it, which was very sweet of her (thank you momma)!

I absolutely LOVE this dress! As soon as I saw it, I knew it was very me! I am a major fan of midi dresses; I just think that they often look so classy and elegant, and I also got it in my favorite color (though it comes in red or white if pink is not your cup of tea)! I thought that the pastel pink would look really beautiful underneath my graduation gown, which was black. Purchasing a midi dress for graduation was a little risky because I did not want my dress to be longer than my graduation gown, and luckily it was the perfect length. I adore the crochet lace design of this dress, and it is extremely flattering on my body. While it can be considered a bodycon dress, I feel that it hugged me in all of the right places, and I felt very confident when wearing it!  I would recommend wearing nude or light pink undergarments because the dress is just a tiny bit see-through (nothing too terrible though). The dress has a sweetheart neckline, which I am a really big fan of, and a subtle cutout detailing around the waist. I really love the ruffles at the bottom of the dress because it makes the overall look even more feminine and flirty. We purchased this gorgeous dress for $80. It is called the “Briarwood Lace Ruffled Midi Dress”. Sadly, it has sold out, however there is a waitlist you can join, or you can give them your size and email for a restock! Also, new arrivals should be coming to the site very soon. I will link similar dresses here, here, here, and here. Some great sites to look on for crochet lace dresses are Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, or Missguided.

For my shoes, I decided to wear my short nude block heels. I love these shoes because they truly look great with any outfit and while they may look simple, they are very stylish as well. I feel that the nude complimented the dress perfectly. I actually did not wear these shoes during my graduation ceremony (only for lunch afterward). I wanted to be comfortable, and I had previously gotten blisters from walking around in these shoes for too long, so I did not want to risk it again. They are the perfect pair of heels for more relaxed and casual events. I bought these at Target last year, and they were $25. They are called the “Michaela Heels” by the brand A New Day. You can purchase them here!

I wanted my jewelry to be minimalistic for graduation day. I wore my infinity necklace that my loving boyfriend got me for Valentine’s Day! I love how pretty and dainty it is, and since he was not able to be there (due to our long-distance relationship), it made me feel closer to him, which I loved! I also wore my gold bar bracelet with our anniversary date on it. To complete the look, I went with a simple pair of diamond earrings.

After the ceremony, we went out to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Maggiano’s! I had such a wonderful day overall! I felt so loved and like I made my family, boyfriend, and friends proud! It was a very special day, and a milestone that I will never forget. I am so grateful! You can check out more photos from my graduation on my Instagram, @sacchere14! Thank you so much for reading!

05/08/2021