New Season; New Start

New Season; New Start

It’s been a long time since I posted anything fashion related on my blog so today I am going to feature a couple of winter-to-spring transition outfits as well as advice for spring cleaning (wardrobe & life wise).

First off, I’d like to apologize for being MIA the past month. I can sit here a write a thousand and one inadequate excuses about why I haven’t been active on my blog, but the truth is, life caught up to me. For the past few weeks I’ve been going, going, and going and never really taking time for myself (tip #1 ALWAYS take time for yourself). Therefore, my blog post today is inspired by the spring season and all of the new beginnings, metaphorically and literally, and that come along with it.

Here are my top 5 pieces of advice that I will live by this spring:

1. Things/people come and go… for a reason. 

If something/someone is not meant to be in your life, don’t succumb to the naivety that it/they are supposed to be. Spring cleaning does not only apply to your closet or living space, it can apply to life as well. In with the new, out with the old.

“Life is unpredictable,
It changes with the seasons.
Even your coldest winter,
Happens for the best of reasons.
And though it feels eternal,
Like all you’ll ever do is freeze,
I promise spring is coming,
And with it, brand new leaves.”

-Ernest Hemingway

2.  Life is a beautiful thing, embrace it. 

Sure, the roller coaster of emotions that you experience day in and day out say otherwise, but when you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, you realize that life is simply beautiful. The running mascara smudged under your eyes after crying, the view of concrete outside of your window, the uneven placement of cobblestone roads; it’s all beautiful. Everything has a story or deeper meaning and whether it’s sad or happy, it has shaped your identity in some way, creating the beautiful human being you are now.

3. It’s okay to have moments where you feel absolutely nothing.

I have nights where I will sit in my dorm and feel nothing. “Nothing” for me is a mix of happiness, timidness, sadness, and any other emotion imaginable. One of my favorite quotes is from a book called High Fidelity. In it, Nick Hornby states “Maybe we all live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as mere consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically, head-over-heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship.” What I have learned over the past few months is that it is okay, and rather healthy to have moments filled with emotional indifference.

4. Focus on improving yourself.

The greatest thing about new seasons is that they light a spark in many people to improve themselves; a new beginning. When I think of spring, I imagine the world of pastels, great grass, and a fresh start. This spring I will be focusing on improving myself, health wise and mentally wise, and I encourage all of you to do the same. Nobody is more important than yourself. This may sound vain but in order to love and have friendships with other human beings, there has to be a you. If there is no healthy and happy you, then those simple relationships will become hard to maintain.

5. Last but not least… there is only one you.

These are the words of wisdom in which I live by; my inspiration for creating this blog. As captain obvious would say, everyone is different. As I would say, no one can replace or erase, so embrace you.  To me, when I look at both of those sentences, the message is the same. Everyone is in fact different and that is what makes it so special. Embrace the way you deal with situations, the way others perceive you, the way you feel about your appearance, etc. Put the negativity aside and see that every little thing you have experienced and feel is what makes you, you. Nothing ever bad has come out of loving your unique yourself.

Thank you taking the time to read my advice, all of those pieces were things I’ve wanted to write about/ get off my chest for quite some time. But anyways, now for the part that some of you have been looking for…

Two outfits that are the perfect transitions from winter to spring:

My first outfit is a cropped sweater, dark-washed high-waisted jeans, and round toe heeled booties. This outfit is so comfortable and is perfect for 60° degree weather like today. I was walking around the city for quite a while and the cropped sweater was perfect to combat the wind and keep me warm. The coral color of the sweater is the perfect pop of color for spring (this sweater is a pretty big deal since my closet consists of only white, black, nude, and grey items). A cropped sweater, cute necklaces, and high-waisted jeans are the perfect transition pieces from winter to spring.

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Bag from Madrag

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Star choker and necklace from H&M

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Boots from Payless

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Jeans from H&M

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Sweater from Zara

My next outfit is my favorite. I am obsessed with stripes so when I saw this shirt on sale at Zara I had (…well, highly wanted) to get it. This shirt is also made of the softest material and I am actually guilty of having the same shirt in a plain grey that I bought months ago. With this simple box shirt, I paired it with my new uneven-hemmed cropped jeans from Zara, an adorable coral bag with fun ruffle detailing, my black Vera Wang booties, and my new Zara headband. I love wearing headbands, especially in the city since the buildings create the worst wind tunnels. Plus, they are also perfect for bad hair days! This striped floral headband complimented the bag perfectly and really tied in the coral color (can you tell this is my new favorite color this season?). Adding a patterned headband or statement purse can take any outfit to the next level.

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Shirt from Zara

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Necklace from H&M

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Purse from Zara

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Booties from Vera Wang (at Kohls)

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Headband from Zara

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Jeans from Zara

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Thank you guys so much for reading this Sunday’s post. Don’t forget about my five pieces of advice and I hope these two outfit’s sparked some inspiration for your next shopping trip!

See you next Sunday for an exciting reveal and don’t forget, there is only one you.

Layne Marie Kingman

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1 Comment

  1. Terry
    April 2, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Great advice, just talking about the tips you listed… perfect for any season!

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