happy weekend + links

-Loren Hope's new collection is beautiful! Shop the new arrivals here
-Someone actually went out into the city pretending to be the Humans of New York guy. HONY is a very popular blog, so of course the people who were stopped by this fake agreed to have their photo taken. I though this was hilarious and I hope you'll love it too! 
- Have you checked out the Smart Girl's Group September issue? I'm on the cover! There are so many wonderful people featured in this issue this month + an interview with me so my readers can get to know me a bit better. 
- Hallie tells you everything you could ever want to know about NYFW
- O.P.I's Malaga Wine is about to become my new fall color. 
- I have yet to update to IOS 8 -- to all of you that have already downloaded it, do you like it? 
- I have a fun giveaway planned for next week so make sure you keep checking the blog!
- I'm really loving Alice + Olivia's take on "modern prep" as seen in this black frock
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You may have noticed that I've been hinting on twitter for the last couple months that I have a big project coming out soon.
 This was recently revealed on Monday: I am the cover girl for Smart Girl's Group September Issue. Quincy/Emily (Editor in Chief & Founder) of the group contacted me way back in April, so I've kept this little secret for a long time now. I wanted to keep the whole thing under wraps until the issue came out so everything would be a surprise. The cover photos were shot in Venice (perfect location, right?) and I was so happy to see how they turned out. I love the whole idea behind Smart Girls Group and it's a great way for young girls to get involved in a new community and inspire others. I've been following along for quite some time and I was extremely flattered when they asked me.[ My reaction was more of a "whaaaatttttt?"]. If you read the issue, you can learn more about me & the blog, and a little peek into my day to day life as well. You can also learn fun facts like what my favorite throwback song is and something "i'll never understand". I hope you guys read the issue because a ton of hard work went into it and it needs to be recognized + there is some amazing content you guys need to read! Below are some shots that didn't get published and/or some of my favorite ones. 

I hope you guys enjoyed the issue! Tell me what you think below. ;) 
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{A chat with}: Caitlin Covington

Meet Caitlin 
she's one of my favorite bloggers.

Hello! For this week's installment of {a chat with}, I will be interviewing Caitlin of Southern Curls & Pearls. I've been following her blog for quite some time now and I am delighted to feature her today on {a chat with}. You can find more of Caitlin on her blog, once you're done reading. Enjoy!

What three words best describe your personal style?
Trendy but timeless! 

Have you had any "pinch me" moments since you started blogging?
Yes! Recently, actually! Last week my photo was up on a billboard in Times Square in NYC… it was an unreal moment. (I worked with Tresemme a few times during NYFW and some of their instagram photos were being displayed in Times Square on one of the billboards… and mine was one!) I immediately took a picture and sent it to my mom, haha.

On a lazy afternoon I......
Curl up with a good book! Most people don't know that I'm a complete bookworm (and self-proclaimed nerd). Right now I'm reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I haven't been able to put it down at night… thus, I've been staying up until 2 or 3 a.m. every morning which is not good for my sleeping routine, haha. I really love to get lost in a good book, though. It's nice to get away from reality for a little while.

What is one item in your closet that you couldn't live without?
This is a tough one, but I would say a really nice, neutral handbag because you can carry it with every outfit. I received the Tory Burch Robinson tote for my birthday and it goes with EVERYTHING. Even if your wearing head to toe Forever 21, a really nice bag automatically makes your outfit look nice, if that makes sense!

Do you have any advice for other bloggers out there?
Don't get discouraged! I say this because blogging can be hard (and very discouraging) sometimes, especially if you are trying really hard and feel as though you're not growing. Sometimes the criticism can be tough, too. If you are putting your life and your outfits on the Internet, there are guaranteed to be some people that don't like it.. and that's okay. Just keep doing your thing! It can also be hard to build an audience when you're first starting, but if you are persistently putting out really great content on your blog, then it WILL happen. It just takes time! :) 

What's your typical blogging routine?
My typical blogging routine is to stay up wayyyyy too late at night blogging (instead of writing my posts during the day). It's a bad habit and I'm trying to get out of it, but it works because I work best under pressure. 

Right now I'd rather be traveling to….
Europe! I am dying to go to London or Paris in the fall. The scenery would make for some amazing blog photos, haha!

Any fun plans for the fall or upcoming projects we can get excited for on SC & P?
I try to bring fresh content to SC&P every week, so yes, you will be seeing some exciting projects coming up! Of course I'll be blogging about my outfits, but I also hope to incorporate some more helpful, advice articles (like this one I wrote on how to take a good instagram photo). I also like to switch it up with posts about beauty and healthy eating/fitness, so expect some of those too. If you'd like for me to blog about anything in particular, please email me! I love hearing ideas.

See more of Caitlin on her..

blog // Pinterest  // tumblr // Instagram  // twitter
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zara trousers  // J.Crew necklace // Nixon watch  // Theory top (on major sale) // Cuyana tote  // Sam Edelman flats  // Delphine Pariente necklace
So it was fall(ish) this weekend. As summer has official closed, this awkward transition period has come back. It's not quite the time to wear jeans and a sweater yet, its not shorts and tank top weather all the time. So, how do you dress for that. My answer is a piece that doubles as a vest or a shirt. I found this Theory top at Bloomingdales earlier this summer on major sale and just knew it would become an essential in my closet. The zipper in front makes it so that you can wear it as a vest over almost anything, or zip it up to wear as a blouse. Paired with my new favorite Zara pants, it's a perfect transition outfit in my book. I threw in my favorite cheetah flats (you never know how much you'll wear them until you get them) and a mini statement necklace and viola. When the temps get a bit cooler, swap out the blouse/vest for a casual blazer for a dressy/casual look.
What is your transition outfit?
P.S. What do you think of the new signature? You can now see my messy handwriting in all it's glory.

P.P.S. A MAJOR project that I've been working on since April is finally here! I am the September cover girl for the Smart Girls Group magazine! You can read it here + my interview!
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Happy Weekend + Links

source unknown- Monique Lhuillier SS15

Happy weekend folks! This one went by particularly fast for me, what about you? I'm slowly getting into more and more into a routine with school, blogging, and extra things. NYFW has come and gone, did you follow along? I followed along mostly via twitter and instagram and scrolled through designer's collections  on Style.com. Did you attend any shows this year?

- Two of my favorite people: Leandra Medine and Jenna Lyons in one video

- How darling is this new floral dress from Madewell? Yes, I know florals are a bit overdone but these are so subtle that is works + would be a great layering piece for fall. 

- I just ordered these boots for fall and they are a great alternative to the pricy Stuart Wietzman 5050 boots. 

my new favorite blog 

This video is legendary (hint hint, it involves Anna Wintour...and Karlie Kloss and Oscar de la Renta)

- Blogger Liz of Sequins & Stripes recently launched a capsule collection with Sophia Reyes. It's beautiful!

- As usually, pieces from the Alexander Wang show are creating buzz. I don't usually follow along with Alexander Wang, but is recent collection is changing my mind. The pieces are always so innovative and genius; my favorite from SS15 was the interesting sneaker dress.

- Gilmore Girls is coming on netflix...should I watch?

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Obsessed with...Modern Citizen

Lately I've been shopping at the same stores, namely J.Crew, Madewell, and Zara. As much as I love those stores, I'm getting a little bored and I've been searching for a shopping alternative. That's where Modern Citizen comes in. I have no idea how I found this website, but I'm in love. Neutral tones, modern silhouettes, and luxe fabrics are all available at reasonable prices at Modern Citizen. I'm quite obsessed with this varsity sweater that will become a great essential for fall. Need I mention this luxe trench coat (it's seriously fabulous). 
Modern Citizen is the "online style destination for the modern women", hence the name. No frills, no loud prints, and no "statement" pieces. Modern Citizen is the place for basics and the girl who has an affinity for neutrals. This asymmetric lace dress is the perfect romantic piece for someone looking for a dress for fall (yes, it's okay to wear white after labor day). Oh and while you're drooling over that white dress, just imagine this silk camisole paired with a sharp blazer. So, browse the site here (I'm sure you will find something to your liking) and tell me below in the comments what you think about Modern Citizen!

Also on a more serious note, let's make sure at some point during our day we take a moment to think about the men and women lost on this day and the brave first responders. 
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