Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3 Summer Pieces Transitioned for Fall

I decided I needed to scurry and make this post because before you can blink, fall will be over and we'll be shivering in winter's wrathful cold. So enjoy these beautiful fall days while you can! 

Part of the reason everyone loves fall is because it finally cools down enough to bring out our beloved layers. Today, I'm sharing how I've worn summer clothes through all the seasons thanks to those invaluable layers! Want to see how to take your hot-weather favorites into fall (and possibly winter)? Read on!

First up, a summer staple that I practically live in - shorts. Especially these high waisted pair from JcPenney! It's super stylish when paired with crop tops, and as you can see, I managed to wear it with one in both outfits. Here's the breakdown:

SUMMER: belly-baring crop top + stylish accessories = done
FALL: slightly longer crop top + cardigan + tights + knee high socks + knee high boots = done

*italicized words indicate fall staples that help in transitioning outfits.

Pay attention to those words in italic, because more than likely, you'll want to stock up on them if you want to become a layering extraordinaire! If you really want to look stylish, nab a few knee high socks to peek out of your favorite tall boots, because you'll definitely want to rock this look well into winter. Light tights and a thin cardigan are perfect for the beginning of autumn. Finish off with your favorite hat (which, oh hey, I wore both in summer and fall), and you're set!

Ah yes, the summer dress. Loose, light, and perfect for taking a stroll in the summer sun. Guess what? It works for those crisp, autumnal walks as well! Here's the breakdown:

SUMMER: put on dress...add floral crown for boho effect...and done.
FALL: blazer + tights + belt = done

Another, chicer option to the popular cardigan, is to layer with a blazer. It'll instantly add a sharper look to your dreamy dress! Once again, pull on those tights to keep your hairy legs hidden and warm. Yes, I know you stopped shaving - I have too. But it's okay, because no one's gonna see them anyway! #singlelife 
With heavier, fleece-lined tights keeping me warm from waist to toe, I felt comfortable wearing a pair of summery shoes. Feel free to do the same. 
A half sheer maxi skirt? Into fall!? 
Why yes, yes indeed. Here's how:

SUMMER: light tank top + spiky sandals + pastel accessory = done
FALL: knit sweater + dark accessories + heavy hat = done

Alright, so the fall version is really for the very beginning of fall, because let's be real here - that open knit sweater ain't keepin' nobody warm! But it's preeeeeeetty :D
Plus, as we slowly dip our toes into cooler weather, it's the only time you can wear those open knits comfortably. It still has a fall-like vibe, and when paired with dark, neutral accessories (black and brown), you look like you could walk off the pages of that September catalog. Okay, maybe not quite, but we can pretend.
By heavy hat, I mean that this wide, floppy hat is made of a thick material that keeps my head toasty warm. The wide brim accentuates the subtle bohemian themes in this look, tying it all together.

And there you have it! 3 summery pieces transitioned for fall. What do you think? Any pieces you're rethinking putting away? 

Rock those layers and tell me which one is your favorite! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

MUSIC MONDAY // The Young Wild

I listened to this band last weekend when I saw ZZ Ward live (I'll have a concert review soon, promise!), but her opening acts were worth arriving early! 

The Young Wild is a band I hadn't heard before, but I'm already a fan. They've got a great sound, and you should definitely check out their new single, Not A One.

What's frustrating is that, as of now, it's the only released song from them. They had so many good ones that they performed though, and I'm excited to see them grow!

Plus, the drummer's beard is just...sigh.
I may have been making heart eyes at him throughout the whole concert. Hehehehe.

Great band, great music!
Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram, because this is a band to keep an eye on.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

YOUTUBE // Bronco Diaries Vlog #4

For those of you wanting to see my vlog about the Zella Day concert, it's here! 
Along with a few other updates on some events I went to, such as the Hyde Park Street Fair and Oktoberfest. Hehe, take a peek into my past couple of weeks.

Don't forget to visit my channel (HERE) and subscribe for more updates!

Much love,

Friday, October 9, 2015

Let Your Light Shine

I combined one of my favorite quotes with a favorite photo from this past summer, and I think it makes for a Pinterest-worthy pin. But I'm biased, so you tell me what you think!

This quote sums up how I strive to live my life. It's common to scroll through Facebook and see the subtle attention-seeking posts, comments, or shared photos (okay, sometimes it's not that subtle either). I'll admit there have been times that I've been guilty of it too. So often, especially today, we think that if we structure the perfect argument and are able to counter every point by the opposition, we are winning. That if we speak louder, we will somehow silence others.

I don't think that's true.

Now, I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion and should be able to freely share it, even when it's a viewpoint you don't agree with. If you truly hold fast to your worldview, other's words are not what will tear it down. In fact, I think it more edifying to actually listen to other's points of views. You don't have to agree with it, but at the very least, have the respect to open your ears and listen to hear, not to retaliate.

Or perhaps that isn't our goal, but instead we want to draw attention to ourselves. We want to be noticed.
"Look at me, look at me! I'm such a good person," we'll say smugly as we unfold our list of outstanding qualities.

However, I have more respect for those who can live a life so bright and overflowing with genuineness, there is no need for them to even define it. There is no need to say anything at all, because their very essence and way of living says it all.

I want to be that person.
I want to have every action, word, and thought that escapes me to reflect the love of my Savior. It is not a self-serving love, but one that seeks to serve others. My desire is to have it infiltrate throughout my very being till every instinct is not my own, but His.

This probably sounds creepy to those not familiar with "Christian-ese" and I can't blame you.
Just know I mean it from a genuine heart, and I hope to grow in my faith in a way that shows this.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
I Corinthians 13:1-3

Much love,

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