OOTD: Does it Come in Black?

Hey everyone! I wanted to share an ootd (outfit of the day) with you today because I am obsessed with this look that I put together!
There is something about wearing all black that makes you feel powerful. I created this look using a couple new additions to my wardrobe! 

First, we need to talk about this shirt! This is the “Illusion Sweetheart Crop Top” in black. I purchased this adorable top from Forever 21 for $22 this past summer, and I am just now getting around to wearing it! I love the polka dot mesh and the ruffle combination!

I then paired this top with these belted high rise ankle pants from Charlotte Russe. I bought these pants right before the store closed. If you weren’t aware, Charlotte Russe went out of business earlier this year. They used to be my favorite store, but now that they’re back, I haven’t heard many great things about them. If I do decide to shop at Charlotte Russe again, I will let you know what I think of the quality of their clothing!

Next, you may be familiar with this jacket since it was in my “Finally Fall OOTD”. I will most likely be wearing this piece all season! It is the “Faux Leather Hooded Moto Jacket” in camel/gray. I purchased this jacket from Forever 21 this past summer for $15.

And lastly, my other recent purchase, these ankle boots! These are the “Faux Suede Booties”, also from Forever 21. I had been looking for a nice pair of pointed toe ankle boots for a while now, so when I came across these I had to have them! I paid around $20 for these shoes!

I truly believe that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look put together or fashionable. I am not too sure how much the pants I am wearing cost, but they were most likely no more than $20, making this outfit’s total come to around $80. 
I love planning and putting outfits together and being able to share them with you! Thank you so much for reading!

OOTD: Finally Fall

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share an ootd (outfit of the day) with you! When I tell you I have been waiting FOREVER to share this outfit with you, I mean it! I am so excited to start wearing boots and jackets and that it is finally feeling like fall!

Let’s start with one of my newest obsessions! First, I want to talk about this adorable brown faux leather jacket! I bought this jacket from Forever 21 this past summer for $15! I’ve never owned a brown one, but I think I may like the look of it more than a black one! I feel like a brown leather jacket gives off a completely different vibe and I think that it can make your look a bit more casual than a black one would (especially with the attached gray hood that mine has)!

I then paired this jacket with my other new obsession. Can we talk about these jeans?! These are the “Kanta High Waisted Straight Leg Jeans” in the color Medium Indigo. I absolutely LOVE the look of two toned jeans, and these ones are from PacSun! I purchased these jeans for about $50. I am a major fan of high waisted jeans, and honestly if they ever go out of style, I will still refuse to go back to low rise jeans.

Under the jacket, I am wearing a simple gray t-shirt that I bought from Forever 21 for $10. And lastly, I paired the outfit with my favorite ankle boots that I got from Charlotte Russe last year.

Thank you for checking out my newest blog post! I love sharing ootd’s, and I can’t wait to share more with you! Until next time!

How to Transition Your Wardrobe From Summer to Fall

Today I wanted to share a few tips on how to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall! I am so over the heat at this point and I am ready to start busting out my sweaters and knee high boots, but it is still around 80-90 degrees where I live (it is cooling down a bit though)! I decided to share three different outfits to wear when it isn’t cool enough out for jackets and scarves, but it is just starting to cool off enough to take some of your staple fall pieces and incorporate them into your wardrobe!

If you haven’t been able to tell already from my ootd’s (outfit of the days), I love wearing dresses! If it is warm out, you will probably see me wearing a dress. I bought this dress almost a year ago and I am just now getting the chance to wear it. (I think it’s because I buy way too many clothes, but that’s beside the point!)

The first thing I do when summer ends, is I start incorporating fall colors into my wardrobe. By wearing colors like navy, olive, burgundy, maroon, or mustard, you will be using your wardrobe to transition into fall seamlessly.  The outfits will feel and look a lot more fall-like than if you were to wear bright colors like you would in the summertime! I paired this dress with my favorite ankle boots at the moment. Booties are the perfect addition any outfit in the fall, and they are a staple piece in my wardrobe for this season!

This second outfit is one of my favorites! I paired a very simple and basic piece with a fancier statement piece from my wardrobe. If you’re a fan of florals and you just don’t want to let them go, you can absolutely wear them all year round! If you want to wear florals in the fall, make sure that the colors of the clothing are seasonal. These wide leg capri pants are the perfect way to wear floral prints while still incorporating the color burgundy, which is my favorite fall color. They are also flowy and not made of an incredibly thick material, so I won’t get too hot! Underneath is just a simple black body suit. I wore these beautiful taupe heels as well. I also decided to wear a cardigan with this outfit because it gives the look a bit more of a cozier feel.

And lastly, I wanted to share a bit more of a casual outfit for those of you who aren’t very girly. If you wore crop tops all summer long and you want to wear them in the fall, you still can! I wore this olive green crop top with a pair of blue high waisted jeans. I also put on these brown heels that were in my “Coral Me crazy” ootd. If you want an even more casual look, swap out the heels for a stylish pair of sneakers! I took the same gray cardigan from the previous outfit and paired it with this outfit as well. I don’t own one at the moment, but I think that a brown fedora screams fall! A hat like this would be perfect with the navy blue dress or the outfit pictured below.

I hope that you found these tips helpful, and if you’re still dealing with 80-90 degree weather like me, don’t you worry, we will all be complaining about the cold weather soon enough! Thank you for reading!

OOTD: Coral Me Crazy

What better way to end summer than in a dress? Today I wanted to share an ootd (outfit of the day) with you because I am just obsessed with this dress!

This is the “Boutique Lace High Neck Skater Dress” from Boohoo.com! I purchased this dress for about $40 and it is in the color red (it is definitely more of a coral color), but it also comes in ivory and nude.  I had been wanting to buy a dress like this for a while, but did not end up finding one that I liked until I saw this one. The bright coral/red is stunning and perfect for any end-of-summer events you may be attending!

I paired this dress with these gorgeous heels that I bought from Charlotte Russe a couple of years ago. I felt that the brown matched the dress very well.

Thank you for reading! There are going to be plenty of ootd’s coming in the future (I am most likely done sharing summer outfits and will be transitioning my wardrobe to fall), so stay tuned for more! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and share with your friends!

Basic Pieces Every Girl Needs in Her Wardrobe

Whether you are just getting into fashion and have no clue where to start, or you’ve been trendy since your toddler years, sometimes it is important to get back to the basics. Your closet does not have to be overflowing with clothing for you to be able to look put together or stylish, however there are some pieces I find myself reaching for all too often. These are some items that I believe EVERY girl should have in her wardrobe:

. A black, white, and nude colored tank top

Why?

These pieces are so important for layering, particularly in the Fall in Winter. If I decide to wear a sweater, there is a really good chance that I will grab a tank top to put on underneath, especially if it is freezing outside. If you live somewhere warmer, this may not be essential, however, tank tops can be worn under many outfits and black, white, and nude are colors that go with everything!

. A black t-shirt and a white t-shirt

Why?

Once again, plain t-shirts are great for layering, and you can actually spice up a simple white or black tee in many different ways. Are you a jeans and t-shirt type of gal? You’ve got an outfit! Are you more of a trendsetter? You can definitely make a t-shirt more fashionable as well. (I may end up making a post all about this!)

. A nude bra, a black bra, and a strapless bra

Why?

I cannot tell you have many times I have bought a shirt and thought to myself, “I don’t have a bra that looks good underneath this!” What I have found is that there are a few types of bras that are essential in my wardrobe, and will most likely be in yours too! Now, I know it can be tempting for some people to buy that hot pink polka-dot bra from Victoria’s Secret, however I would try to lean toward buying a simple nude, black, or even white bra. No matter what shirt you put on, one of these colored bras is not going to be seen underneath. Is the outfit a bit sheer? No need to worry! Another bra to get your hands on is a decent strapless bra (ugh, I know, but bear with me). There are many tops or dresses that I absolutely love, but as I try them on I notice one thing that stands out: the straps of my bra. This may not be a big deal to some, but it is something that I personally do not like the look of. If you can relate, try a nude colored strapless bra!

. A LBD (little black dress)

Why?

Last minute wedding or party invite? Surprise date night? A little black dress can solve all of your problems! Black is a color that looks great on everyone and there are many different styles to choose from. Casual, classy, fancy, or fun, there’s a LBD for any and every occasion! Find one that makes you feel comfortable and confident!

. A great pair of jeans

Why?

Denim can be expensive, and sometimes it can be difficult to find a pair that hugs you in all the right places (my fellow weight lifters can definitely understand this one)! Like little black dresses, there are a variety of styles to choose from. My personal favorite are high waisted jeans. There are also different shades of denim, so I would suggest having a great light wash and a great dark wash. Everybody needs that go-to pair that they feel their absolute best in. It may take a while to find a pair you love, but you will! (And once you do, you may want to buy them in every shade!)

. Black pumps and everyday nude heels

Why?

As I have gotten older, black heels have become something that I reach for pretty often. As a college student, there are certain pieces that you just need to have. There may be some events you attend where there is a dress code, such as a meeting or an interview. They can also just make any outfit a bit more polished and classy. Like black heels, nude will go with anything! I suggest having a casual pair of nude heels in your wardrobe for the days when you want to dress up a bit more. Make sure you can comfortably walk in the heels that you choose, and make sure that they don’t give you blisters because that is the WORST!

. A nice pair of sneakers

Why?

I have two pairs of sneakers for two very different occasions, but I find that both are worn so often because they are so easy to slide on and they go with most casual outfits. If you are an avid gym goer like myself, you need a pair of gym sneakers. I actually only have one pair and they are by Nike. They are a simple black and white (to match everything), and I wear them every gym day, when I go hiking, or when I just want a more casual look. Then, I have a white pair of sneakers that could be worn any day, but they look much cuter with casual, everyday outfits. My white Adidas are the perfect spring/summer shoe, and they can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans, or a cute and simple dress. I would suggest having a sneaker for more athletic activities, and a sneaker for everyday wear. (Make sure both pairs are comfortable!)

. A leather and/or denim jacket

Why?

I am a BIG fan of leather jackets, even moreso than denim! However you do not need to have both if you aren’t a fan of one or the other. A leather jacket can make any look go from casual to badass in seconds (I have a black leather jacket and a brown and they both give off very different vibes, but I adore both)! They may even be my favorite clothing item (besides boots) for the Fall and Winter! A denim jacket is perfect for Spring and Summer, and can be worn with anything! I personally think that denim jackets look best over a simple dress, however you can’t really go wrong when it comes to a denim jacket!

. A black blazer

Why?

As I have gotten older, this piece has almost become an essential. Again, being in college there are certain items that I need pretty often, and a simple black blazer is one of them. I have attended multiple events where it was important to show up in business casual attire, and honestly wearing a blazer makes me feel 10x more confident and like I can take on the world (just make sure that it isn’t too big or too small)!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that this post was helpful to you and I would truly appreciate it if you subscribed to my blog, and shared with your friends!

OOTD: End-of-Summer Blues

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to share an ootd (outfit of the day) with you since I recently bought the most beautiful dress!

This is the “Someday Swoon Royal Blue Embroidered Midi Dress” from Lulus.com! I found this dress on sale for $12! It is the perfect end-of-summer dress, and it comes in royal blue and coral red. What drew me to this dress was the fact that it reminded me of my recent trip to Alaska, where the state flower is the “Forget-Me-Not”.

Since the dress reminded me of Alaska, I figured that I should wear my Forget-Me-Not earrings that I purchased at a souvenir store in Seward for around $15.

And lastly, I paired this beautiful dress with these adorable color block heels. I felt that the nude, white, and navy blue complimented the dress perfectly, and I bought these at Gabes for $10!

 (Something that you will eventually notice is that I switch up my outfits VERY often, but when it comes to accessories, I will typically reach for the same pairs of shoes or bags that I already own. I think that when it comes to fashion, you can create so many different looks using the same accessories. You do not always have to spend extra money on accessories to complete an outfit. As long as you have basic pieces in your wardrobe, almost all of your outfits should match!)

Thank you for reading! I have so much more planned for this website and I am so excited to share everything! I would appreciate it if you shared with your friends and subscribed to my blog!

Creating “Compass to Confidence”

Those closest to me know that I have always had a passion for writing. As a little girl I would write in a diary often and before I could even fill up one journal, I had already bought my next one (I am almost positive that none of those journals were ever filled completely). I would write about my days; what I did, the friends I saw, etc. As I have gotten older, I have changed so much and so has my writing. For me personally, writing has been my way of reflecting on the things that I have learned/am learning. We are human, and we are always growing and learning. No matter what I am going through, I always like to keep a positive mindset and writing has helped me with this so much. Have you ever read something and it stuck with you? Or you felt like you understood exactly what the author was saying? When I read poetry or work written by other people, I often feel a connection. The thing I love the most about writing is that you don’t have to speak to connect with people. This connection that I often feel has inspired me and made me want to help others as well. If I could live my life helping people through my writing, I would feel extremely fulfilled. I decided to call my blog “Compass to Confidence” because something that I’ve struggled with, and continue to struggle with at times, is self confidence. Although I am a much more confident person than I used to be, I am not where I would like to be just yet. I created this blog to help others and to share the ways that my passions have led me to become a more confident woman. I am still becoming the person that I am meant to be, and I would love it if we helped guide each other in the direction of confidence and self-love.

What I Wear:

I have loved beauty and fashion for as long as I can remember, and it is still something I adore to this day. Over the years I have learned how to dress myself properly for any and all occasions. On a budget? No problem! Don’t forget that I am a college student who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on my clothing (although I do still want to look put together and fashionable). My main focus will be on my favorite affordable clothing stores! I plan on sharing new purchases, ootds (outfit of the days), styling tips, and so much more!

Here and There:

There is absolutely no feeling like traveling somewhere new, and I am grateful to get to experience that feeling often. Over the years I have been lucky enough to travel with my family and I have seen so many beautiful places. I plan on sharing travel tips and tricks, and telling stories about my past vacations. It is a goal of mine to travel as much as I can in my life, and my dream vacation is Paris! Although travel may not seem like it can make a person that much more confident, seeing the world has definitely made me feel very appreciative and more aware of other cultures.

Makeup and Hair:

I fell in love with makeup at a very young age. Every Christmas I was given a Barbie or Bratz makeup kit and my go-to look was chalky blue eye shadow, bright pink blush, and a deep red lip (thank god things have changed)! Around the age of 10 I discovered the beauty community on YouTube and learned everything I needed to know from the popular beauty gurus. (Anyone remember Juicystar07 or Macbarbie07?!) I began to wear makeup more often, and I have made all of the beginner mistakes. I wore foundation that was too dark and too light. I did not blend my eyeshadows enough. I was way too rough when removing my makeup. Skip to present day, where I am still just as makeup obsessed, however, I now feel much more confident in my makeup abilities (granted, I am still learning how to perfect a few different looks). I will be giving beauty tips, reviewing beauty products, and teaching you how to create the perfect everyday makeup look (among many other things)!

I would also like to mention that drugstore brands are typically what I purchase, so the products that I share with you will be affordable!

Entertainment to Share:

I am very much in tune with pop culture and I love following celebrities and keeping up to date on new music and movies/TV shows. I am constantly listening to music and finding new songs to workout to, and I love the way that art can connect with so many people across the world.  I plan to share posts that relate to my current music faves, movies/TV shows, and books I’ve been loving! Entertainment is another interest of mine that may not bring me a ton of confidence, however I think it will be fun to share my interests and find people out there who are interested in similar music, books, movies/TV shows as me! (I am a big Top 40s fan, and pop music is my favorite, but I do listen to and enjoy many different genres of music, so stick around!)

Fitness and Self-Care:

 In February of 2016, I began my fitness journey and I fell in love with weight lifting thanks to my Dad. He taught me everything that I needed to know about training.  My overall health has become very important to me over the past few years and it has changed my life for the better. I want to share my fitness journey with you, and I plan on giving tips for my fellow gym goers, healthy meal ideas, and ways to take care of your mind, body, and soul. (Focusing on my overall health has been one of the biggest steps I took that led me to becoming much more confident!)

Grab a Chair:

For this section of my blog, I plan on sharing many of my random thoughts. When I write about my feelings, I could go on forever, but I’ll try to keep it somewhat short for you. I sometimes feel that I have a better way with words when I am writing rather than speaking. If you care to read some of my deeper and slightly more personal thoughts, feel free to check this section out, and I hope that you feel a connection.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first post, “Creating ‘Compass to Confidence’”! I would appreciate it if you would like this post and share with your friends! Don’t forget to subscribe to be notified when I post something new! I can’t wait for you to come on this journey with me!