Sunday, March 8, 2015

Frames







So.. I woke up yesterday morning and this morning to the sound of birds chirping! Spring is right around the corner!!! It has been warming up significantly here in Minneapolis and we have a week of 60 degrees coming up ! Temperature excitement aside, I was also in a "Springy" mood this week because I received the new frames I ordered from Cincinnati company,  Frameri. I am obsessed with their fun shape, peachy color, and white rim on the inside of the frame (you can customize your frame, colors, lenses, everything on their website! Beware it's really fun)! 

I actually wear glasses almost everyday and I collect cute frames. I just usually don't photograph in them because I'm terrible at photoshop and I can never figure out how to remove the glass glare that shows up on a lot of the photos... but I just couldn't resist taking some photos with these new pink gems.

Overall, a super casual and simple outfit I wore walking around Mill Ruins park downtown, and a little bit of shopping/apartment hunting after! I wanted a stress-free day after my first few weeks of work and my 23rd birthday coming up tomorrow! Fun Fun!

Glasses: Frameri 
Lace Top: Love Stitch
Knit Cardigan: H by Bordeaux
Jeans: Seven 
Bag: Coach

Xo!
Olivia 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Minneapolis









Hello from Minneapolis! Woohoo! Cheers to a new city, new beginnings, and new explorations!

I have been wanting to take photos for the past few weeks I have been here, but as some of you may know Minneapolis is the consistently coldest city in the United States (yes, including Alaska). It's been a challenge to find a day without polar wind temperatures and/or a blizzard. That being said, today was relatively calm so I took advantage of my climate!

Dressing for the weather here is taking some adjusting.. most days it's even too cold for tights and a dress (sigh) and I've learned to really love my thick black jeans and my down-filled jacket. The key is layering.. Here I layered a black dress, long sleeved button down sweater, blazer, all over tights. I still had to wear a down coat over this but I'm sure you understand my desire to not photograph it!

Overall, I'm really loving this city so far! So much to do and soo many great restaurants (my wallet is not happy!) A friend of mine had the suggestion to take photos on the Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge, which has this awesome view of part of the downtown skyline in the background- Can't wait to revisit this spot in the summer and sit along the Mississippi! 

Ps: I start my new job Monday! I will be working for the beloved US retail store Target! Wish me luck :)

Blazer: Altuzarra for Target
Faux Fur Scarf: Tj Maxx
Sweater (brown with stripes): Free People
Dress: F21
Boots: Minelli
Bag: Madewell

XO,
Olivia

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter's Tale








Beautiful snow and scenery made for some really lovely photographs this past week, however, the conditions tend to limit outfit choices (as I'm sure you understand)! I always try to "jazz" up my favorite coats with unique and flashier accessories. This combo I wear a lot during the winter, but usually with black pants. I tend to find all-black outfits difficult to photograph and a little obvious for a blog post (don't get me wrong, I love a great noir ensemble as much as the next New Yorker/ Parisian). I thought the leopard was a fun added pattern a little outside of my comfort zone.

I'm very very busy packing my things and getting ready for my big move, so I may not have another post for you all for another two weeks..but I can't wait for a fresh start (and for some fresh city scenery!!) 

(Ps: Loved that you could see my two-different colored eyes in these photos.. the lighting was just right! Love your quirks!) 

Coat: Zara
Belt: Moschino
Hat: BCBG
Boots: Sam Edelman
Bag: Gucci

XO,
Olivia


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Parisian Vintage











First of all, I'd like to say that I hope everyone had a very happy holiday season (and if it is not your holiday season, I hope you all had a very pleasant December). I did quite a bit of traveling to visit family around the Midwest, but I'm back now and it's as cold as ever!

I've been SO excited to shoot this coat since last year (yes, last year). I'll start with a small backstory.. when I first moved to Paris last Autumn I had a dream that I was going to find the most beautiful, dreamy, show-stopping vintage piece I had ever seen. One freezing day I was walking through le Marais with some friends, and took a walk through one of my favorite vintage stores and there it lay... a beautiful sherpa coat! I know you all know my obsession with coats.. I tried it on and it fit like a glove (a Cinderella moment). I bought the coat for around 160 euros, which I thought was a steal, because it's all genuine suede and it's just beautiful. Plus, I just love the tag.. how many times do you see a tag that says "Made in France: Paris" (hint: almost never).

Ok, sorry about the narrative but this coat is... my favorite thing in my whole closet ( I say that a lot but this is the real deal). The reason I haven't photographed it before now is because it needed cleaned very badly, and speciality leather cleaning costs a small fortune ( I had to send my baby away to Kentucky)! But it's back now and they did a beautiful job and I can't wait to pass this gem on someday.

I paired the coat with a floral dress, tights, simple jewelry, my staple black boots, and black bowler hat . I just love outfits that have a story.

Coat: Vintage
Dress: BCBG
Boots: Sam Edelman
Hat: H&M
Bag: Gucci

( In other news.. I'm excited to say that I'll be moving to Minneapolis in 2-3 weeks to start a new job, and get on with my life! I have no idea what that job will be yet, but I'm taking a risk... because without risks there are no rewards. I'm REALLY looking forward to showcasing a city that is entirely underrated, in my opinion, on my blog.)

xo,
Olivia

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Casual






I'm trying to have a little more fun with my winter wardrobe while I have the liberty of having ALL of my coats at my fingertips ( I wasn't able to do so last winter due to traveling). I love this faux fur coat because of its grey/purple color which looks great with all of my black pieces.

Overall, just a simple look. However, I thought the patterned scarf (I almost never go without a scarf from September-March) flowed nicely with the color of the jacket and my black Rag & Bone Jeggings, down to my little prized possessions.. my Chanel sneakers.

I just want to thank everyone for the kind and very thoughtful notes, comments, and emails I have received since I've been back to posting. I try to reply to every one I read. It means a lot to me to know many of you have experienced the same pitfalls, and your support is incredibly meaningful - so Thank you all very kindly! This will likely be my last outfit post until January, as I will be traveling to visit friends and family to enjoy the holidays (Plus, I hate traveling with my laptop, it makes me very nervous). I will still be taking new photos and will have updates for my readers after the holidays!

Happy Holidays to all of my readers from around the world!


Coat: Nordstrom
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Bag: Gucci
Shoes: Chanel
Scarf: TJ Maxx 

XO,
Olivia


Photos: Emily Petterson

Monday, December 8, 2014

That Perfect Jacket







I really love this set of photos because of the snow. I've never been a big fan of winter, but I do appreciate the small and individual beauty of a snowflake.

Even with a certain dislike for freezing temperatures, I do love the aspect of layering clothing which these temperatures afford ! After searching for years, I have finally found the PERFECT military green jacket from Anthropologie.. I love it so much I gave away the three other military green jackets that I owned (I was trying REALLY hard to make them "the one," but to no avail). This one is truly perfectly detailed and perfectly fitted. I paired the jacket with a fun printed knit dress from Francesca's Collection, sheer black tights (duh) , a warm furry scarf from TJ Maxx (I love Tj Maxx), and my favorite leather Minelli booties from Paris, and my pebbled leather Gucci Bag.

This was one of those outfits that I looked back on and was thought to myself, 'ugh I wish I would've worn some cute jewelry or a belt,' but it's ok. I've always disliked the fussiness of over-accesorizing. Besides, I don't think "simple" should have such a negative conniption in fashion.

Jacket: 'Hei Hei' from Anthropologie 
Dress: Francesca's
Boots: Minelli
Faux Fur Scarf: TJ Maxx
Bag: Gucci


Photo Credits: Emily Petterson

Monday, December 1, 2014

Poppy







As promised!! New photos, a different look, and of course new clothes!

It's winter in the Midwest and has been for several weeks now! My cousin Emily is a wonderful photographer and I recently got to spend some time with her wandering around Pittsburgh, one of my favorite cities in the Midwest. We were on our way to have lunch with family when we stopped by this lovely park right near the river so snap a few photos. I know it's not a New York City street, but it's still special to me because this is where I grew up. This is where I became inspired by colors, textures, patterns... in nature. 

I have always had an affinity for turquoise/mint (blues) and oranges/reds together. I remember in my AP studio art class my senior year of high school I was ALWAYS picking that general color scheme. I feel it might have something to do with the way the warm sun interacts with the cool sky. Anyway, Winter can be boring and harsh in so many ways which is why I like to play with fun patterns like this fuzzy plaid and poppy-patterned dress. 

Of course the Hunter Boots are practical and necessary in the snowy midwest. Heels may look more polished, but I'm not sure I know anyone who can tackle black ice in 4-inch stilettos. Overall, I just wanted to bring something fun and carefree for my first look back on the blog. 

I hope you like it!

Coat: Nordstrom
Dress: Kate Moss for Topshop
Scarf: H&M
Boots: Hunter

XO 
Olivia


Photo credits: Emily Lynn Petterson