Skirt the Rules: Part Two

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Skirting the Rules: Part One

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Y'ALL THIS SEMESTER IS OVER. Well, mostly I'm still taking a Wintermester course. But I'm thrilled to have more free time to spend on creating content for my blog/Instagram again. Look forward to lots of life & style posts coming soon! Starting with this one...

Thankfully it never gets too cold in Austin TX, and I'm always able to mix and match my favorite fall/winter pieces to make it work. My personal favorite way of doing this mixing sweaters and skirts. I scored this little corduroy skirt on sale from H&M, and have been wearing it non-stop. In fact, I wore this exact outfit to my aunt's bridal shower in September.

I paired it with these comfy booties I grabbed from a boutique back in Dallas, so sadly no link. But because I love doing this outfit combo so much, this is only part one. And I'll be back on Saturday with another "Skirt the Rules" post to give you a little bit of Christmas inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed this, and I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

Until next time,

What I've learned living alone, and a little apartment tour.

This year I embarked on a journey of epic portions, living alone. After spending half of my college experience with less than desirable roommate situations I decided to pack my bags and move further away from campus to a place of my own.

But let me tell you, living alone is honestly really freaking weird sometimes. Like the things I’m so used to just having in my house growing up aren’t there anymore. Yesterday I had to buy flour, which was strange because the realization that I didn't have it was startling. My mom is a baker, and a pretty avid cook so things like flour, sugar, vanilla extract etc just lived in our pantry. They don't anymore.

It's also odd to have so much autonomy over a space. Don't get me wrong, it's also one of the best parts, but knowing it's absolutely up to me whether my entire apartment sinks or swims felt extremely daunting at first. Despite that, the experience is matured me in ways I'll be forever grateful for. I've learned 100% accountability, budgeting and a couple of things in the kitchen too.

This is all a really long introduction to what's essentially a visual tour of my apartment. I live in a cozy little studio apartment, so essentially the entire thing is just one big room with a kitchen, closet, and a full-sized bathroom. It's definitely a one person place because honestly, it's tiny. But I absolutely love living here and am planning to stay through the end of college. It's my first time decorating my own space for Christmas, and thanks to Target I love the way it came out.

As you can tell I'm a huge fan of neutrals and natural fibers, and so it was super fun getting to do that throughout this little space.

If you want to know where anything is from I'll happily reply with links if I have them but just know the answer is most likely Target, Homegoods or TJ Maxx.

Until next time,

I took a break from blogging, here's why...

I took a probably like month long break from blogging. I didn't die or anything, honestly I've just been busy. So if you're curious what exactly that entails here's what I've been up to. 

I Started My Junior Year

Basically, school has been pretty hectic. But in a good way, I've been taking classes I've really loved, writing for a lifestyle publication at school, doing things with my sorority (though I haven't been nearly as present there as I'd like to be), and adjusting to living alone.  Which there's a little blog post about that coming soon if you'd like to read all about what that experience has been like!

I've been Interning at SXSW

And that's been quite the experience. In a nutshell, I spend 3 days each week helping SXSW develop all of their digital content. Learning how a major organization communicates their brand across their various social channels has been amazingily benefical and I know this experience will be vital in job hunting post grad.

Spending Time With My Friends

Knowing that I'm graduating in just over a year  has really driven me  to reach out to  friends I haven't spent as much time   with lately. It sounds weirid but knowing that we'll soon be all over the country ftom one another has inspired me to take advantage of the time we have left. To do that  I've tried to put my phone down a little , and really l"live in the moment." Que sera, am I right?

But now that's that, I'm pretty excited for all the content I've got in my arsenal. See  ya soon.


Intern Outfit Inspiration

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Hi Friends!
Interning is a vital part of being successful in college. Essentially it's the way you get the experience you need to be successful in your first full-time job. Not to mention it's one of the best ways to network, and meet new people. 

Because it's super important to make a good first impression at your internship, I'd dressing to impress. But what you wear to an internship is pretty heavily dependent on your office culture. I've personally had more dressy internships where I'd have to wear dresses or nice pants, and more casual ones where I can pretty much wear whatever.

In my current position as a digital media intern for SXSW, we have a pretty casual work environment. So I usually wear something like this outfit, fun pants, and a nicer shirt. We're allowed to wear jeans but when I do I make sure I wear a dressier shoe or top, because even though it's casual I still don't want to look like I just rolled out of bed. To help you out I've compiled a list of cute and affordable internship wardrobe options!

If you're particularly curious about what I do, I teamed up with College Fashionista & Brahmin to show a day in the life of my internship at SXSW. Today, I'm taking over the CF Insta Stories and bringing y'all with me through a day at the office.

If you dress code is business casual...

If your wardrobe is snappy casual...


Until Next Time,

Making It 101: Sarah Johannesen

Sarah  ies quite literally a light in every room she walks into. She personifies the phrase small yet mighty. From her previous struggles with anorexia, she's created her blog Golden, a place where people can come to dispell the myths perpetuated by body-shaming and celebrate who they are. As she prepares to graduate this summer, we set down to talk about where she's come from and where she plans to go from here.

Almost It Girl: Tell me a little bit about yourself.

SJ: I'm 22, from Houston, TX. I pretty much grew up there my whole life. Originally, I went to school in California for two years before transferring to UT (The University of Texas).

Almost It Girl: Tell me a little bit about the inspiration behind your blog.

SJ: Growing up I loved acting, and I was really passionate about letting people know how beautiful they were. Even from a young age, it's something I always wanted them to know. But then you hear a lot of messages from society about how you need to "fix yourself", or how you "shouldn't have a stomach" or whatever it is. And then going to college, I went to Biola University, and at first, it was good. But going into spring semester I just became really depressed, which is odd because I'm a really joyful person. I didn't know what was wrong with me, and I felt really lonely. So I took those feelings and tried to shove them down. I tried to work out more and cut out food. I listened to the lies that society said, to be thinner, to not eat certain things.
I tried to work out more and cut out food. I listened to the lies that society said, to be thinner, to not eat certain things.

I relied on that to have a sense of accomplishment and to feel pretty.

Almost It Girl: What happened then?

SJ: I went home for the summer, and my mom was so worried. She looked at me and said, "Sarah, you've lost so much weight." And I didn't even notice, I was so wrapped up in my thoughts. I wasn't noticing the things I was doing to my body physically. I went back for my sophomore year and had friends reach out to me too. That's when I realized that it might be an issue, and I began to pray about it. I never thought I'd have this issue, I felt bad for the girls that did but never thought it'd be me.

I never thought I'd have this issue, I felt bad for the girls that did but never thought it'd be me.
 Then one day I got home from a run, and broke down and started crying. I was finally like, this isn't normal. I felt so broken and empty inside. And I said, "God if this is really an issue have someone pray for me  in bible study tonight." Then that night a boy asked to pray for me, and that's when I knew.

Almost It Girl: So how did that lead to your blog?

SJ:I had so much fear, and insecurity surrounding my body. So when I started my recovery from anorexia, I learned so much about health and nutrition. Not in a societal, diet culture way but just the idea of loving myself.  It really altered my viewpoint on life, and how I live my life. So I wanted other girls who'd been through what I've been through or even who haven't to know the freedom that comes from being able to listen to your body. That's how Golden started.

Almost It Girl: Where did the name Golden come from?

SJ: We are all golden, and we all have that beauty within us it's just about realizing that it's there. I believe that we're all so beautiful and we're all so golden. And while I can't take away all of the negativity on the internet, I want to be a space that can counter that. That's my dream for Golden, to be a place that girls can come to remind them that they don't have to fix anything.

Almost It Girl: And you also have a podcast? Tell me about that.

SJ: I started interning for a podcaster named Jamie Ivey. At first, it wasn't really a thought of mine to have a podcast, but as I worked for her I thought about it more. And I'd always loved acting which is basically just speaking to people. And as much as I love blogging, sometimes I feel like I can't type fast enough for my thoughts. I knew I wanted it to be about as long as a car ride, just about 20 minutes. I had the idea but wasn't really sure how to get started.

So then I met a friend when I went home to Houston, and we shared our stories and really connected. We were immediately like we should do a podcast together. The first episode is called, "The Truth about Gluttony." It's about how gluttony can be more than just eating too much, but also not eating enough. We just wanted to share our truths, and be open and vulnerable.

Almost It Girl: And what's next for Golden?

SJ: Ultimately I'd love to get non-profits involved and turn it into a business. I'd like to continue writing, and then eventually write a book. It's a goal of mine. I don't want it to be about who I know, I want people to be encouraged by my content. If one person reads it and gets encouraged by it then that's awesome.

You can read Sarah's blog Golden, here. And check out her podcast, here

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Hi Friends!
Fall is by far my favorite season. Coincidentally it's also my name. But I think the reason I'm so drawn to Fall is that I love the colors. As someone who doesn't usually opt for colors in their usual wardrobe, I'm all about them during the fall.

I'm particularly drawn to the mustard, and burgundy tones that are all over the place this fall. I typically opt for wearing burgundy tones in the form of accessories and lip shades. That's why I chose these flats from Madewell. The bow detailing makes them oh-so-feminine and the perfect transition shoe for these still warm days in Austin.  I added my current favorite straight leg jeans from Everlane because I quite literally reach for them at least twice a week. I'm also a huge fan of graphic sweatshirts because of their ability to be dressed up or down. Throw them on with cute leggings for class, or jeans and booties for a night on the town.
Most of these pieces I snagged from Madewell because they're currently running an amazing sale. All of their fall essentials are 25% off with the code HEARTEYES. My bank account is crying already.
I hope you enjoy seeing what I'm currently coveting for my favorite season.
Until Next Time,

Little Lace Dress

Hello friends! I am back in Austin, and for the past two weeks, my life has been consumed by all things sorority recruitment. But regardless of the crazy hours, and countless times I've door stacked it all felt worth it when we got to greet our new members. At my school, the new members run to the Delta Gamma house in their Sunday best and are whisked into a plethora of hugs and pictures.
It's so incredibly fun to get dressed up to meet our new DGs, so I thought I'd share the dress I wore. So here's the back story. I was at my local mall looking for a navy dress when I somehow ended up in Forever 21. Now, I usually avoid the brick and mortar store like the plague because it's always so crowded and I'm quite claustrophobic. But the fall display caught my eye, and I headed inside anyway.
That's where I found this adorable white mini dress. It definitely reminded me of a similar dress I'd seen at For Love and Lemons that I couldn't bring myself to splurge on. When I checked the price tag and saw that this dupe was under thirty dollars I couldn't help but snag it.

I paired it with a vintage scarf repurposed into a headband and simple jewelry to play up the "Parisian chic" look that's been so on trend this summer. I felt so chic on bid day, and know I'll be wearing this dress well after Labor Day.

Until Next Time,

P.S: If you head over to my Instagram you can shop this look directly using my links. I'm so so excited to finally be apart of the Rewardstyle family and can't wait to share more content with y'all through it! 

Making It 101: Seehum Isa

Seehum has a warmth you can feel from miles away. Sitting down with her is like talking to an old friend, and I am beyond lucky to call her one of mine. At only 22, she's already got a wealth of success under her belt, from giving a TED talk to writing a children's book. So like all good conversations start, we sat down over floral lattes and got to chatting.

Almost It Girl: Tell me a little bit about you.

Seehum Isa: I'm Seehum, but everyone calls me Hammy. I went to UT Arlington, and currently,  I'm the Communications Specialist for Sundance Square which is a private shopping development in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. I basically do all of their social media, advertising and help with marketing. Anything external or internal communications wise my eyes and hands are on it.

Almost It Girl: And how did you know that's what you wanted to do?

Seehum Isa: I studied Public Relations, my big dream is to work in the communications department at Pixar. That's always been the end goal. I didn't know this is where I'd be, but I think that's the beauty of being a PR person, or a communications person in general, is you can be a subject matter expert in whatever you choose to be.

Almost It Girl: Would you say you've always called yourself a creative?

Seehum Isa: Yes, because even though I can do a very black and white job, if I don't have a creative outlet I'll go nuts.

Almost It Girl: How did you find your form of creativity?

Seehum Isa: I've always loved to write since I was little, I'd write poems, I'd write stories, But I didn't start getting back into writing until I wrote my children's book. Then I thought I wanted to write a blog about something that mattered. Something that brought really uncomfortable issues to light in a really fun way. Kind of like TheSkimm. I wanted to talk about topics that aren't really talked about. Or the game of comparison, and coming off "perfect" in pictures.

Almost It Girl: Tell me more about your children's book.

Seehum Isa: My children's book is called, "I See You." I knew that I was getting really upset at the things people were saying out loud, and to one another after Trump was elected. And to calm myself down I had to sit down and realize that not everyone has the same upbringing as me. I thought maybe if we got to the root of the problem, our next generation could be different. I really wanted to write a book that told kids in the gentlest way what acceptance was. I wanted to highlight the difference between acceptance, and tolerance. Because tolerance is just another way to say ignore.

Almost It Girl: What are some of the challenges you faced in telling this specific story?

Seehum Isa: Just that no matter how simple you make it, people will always find a way to make it complicated. And they only want to make it complicated to make it ugly.

Almost It Girl: Tell me a little bit about your time in college, specifically the TED talk you gave. 

Seehum Isa: The Ted Talk came about because I have a Mexican-Catholic mother and a Palestinian- Muslim father. So growing up I was very confused as to which religion to follow. Because every time I inched near one, I felt like I was deceiving the other parent. So it was a whole thing of confusion, so my TED talk is about finding your own faith when you're born into two of them. I wish I could sit here and tell you that there is a happy ending, and I follow one or the other but I don't. So overall my TED talk is about just knowing that being a good person is enough.

Almost It Girl: What advice would you give to young creatives?

Seehum Isa: I always tell people in PR you have to follow up. And it's not enough to just send it your resume, your name will get lost in the pile. You have to follow up. The people who want it most will get it, and if they don't get what they want they will eventually get something better. Once you find what drives you, there's no stopping you.

Almost It Girl:W hat does hustle mean to you in 2018?
Seehum Isa: I think hustle in 2018 means always staying ahead, always being one step ahead of yourself. Because in this job market we don't even know who we're competing with. Also make sure that you keep yourself uncomfortable, because it'll make you the bravest human being ever.

You can read Seehum's blog here, and purchase her children's book here.

Little Striped Dress

I've always been a fan of clothing that's easy to wear, and versatile. Thus the t-shirt dress and I were fast friends. It was even more of a pleasant surprise when I found this Everlane t-shirt dress for only 25 dollars. The cool thing about Everlane is their new approach to retail. They pride themselves on their radical transparency and letting you know exactly where each piece was made. Before buying this dress, I was able to read all about the factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where it was made.

For me, it's a lot easier to enjoy buying clothing when you know the people making it are being treated fairly and paid a livable wage. Not only does Everlane give me this comfort, but it also doesn't sacrifice style to get it done. Additionally, at only 25 dollars it's still an affordable option.

Since buying this dress I've worn it everywhere, to my internship, to lunch with friends etc. Realistically I probably reach for it at least twice a week. Unfortunately, the striped version I'm wearing is sold out, but it is still available in grey and black.

Until next time,

Dang, Denim on Denim.

Ah, denim. My dearest friend. Even in the deliciously agonizing Texas summer heat, I still wear denim religiously. And as frequently as I wear denim, I wear denim on denim. Yes, I know the Canadian Tuxedo isn't for everyone but she is my friend, and I swear by her. Especially when I can whip out these babies. I picked up these Free People flares on a whim back in early January, and have been wearing them all the time since. There's something about a jean that isn't a skinny that makes me feel a little bit more powerful.

Pair that up with this vintage denim button-down I inherited from my mom, and you've got a whole look. Besides one more top stolen from my mom is one less that ends up in a landfill. It's a win, win situation.

Until next time, 

April Favorites, Kind of.

Okay, let's first address the elephant in the room, this post is oh so late. We are 15 days into May so technically this is just a what I'm loving currently post rather than an April Favorites, I hope that's still cool. 

First up, Hoops! I've been on the biggest hoop kick lately, and I kind of want every pair I see. There's something about a hoop earring that makes every outfit seem just a little bit more effortless, and casual which has definitely been my look of choice as it's begun to warm up. They're also, in my opinion, the most versatile earring, with a variety of thickness, shapes, and colors there's a hoop for everyone.  But if I had to choose just a few, I'd highly recommend these and these

Next are my glasses! I took to Instagram a few days ago to show off the new frames I just picked up. Though I only wear my glasses part-time, I'm still really picky about the frame I choose. Glasses like any other accessory really has the ability to make or break your look. My frames are the Blocks style from EyeBuyDirect. Basically, if you wear glasses and haven't heard of EyeBuyDirect I'm about to change your life. My glasses including my lens were under 20 dollars. You're welcome. 

And lastly, Flux! Okay so if you've been hanging out for awhile you'll know that I mentioned this book in a post last winter, Well, because I've been so busy and albeit a little lazy I'm just getting around to reading this book. If you haven't heard of it, Flux is a poetry book by the online influencer, Orion Carloto. It's a series of poems about falling in love, heartbreak and every rollercoaster of emotions in between. It's truly mesmerizing. 

And there you have it, a sneak peek into what I'm into right now. 
Until next time,

Summer Bag Picks

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As Austin grows warmer every day, I can feel summer on the horizon. And one of my favorite things about the summertime is the fashion. I'm a huge fan of white, linen and cool breezy silhouettes. But even more fun than the clothing is the accessories.

Summer is my go-to time period for experimenting, I'm not in school anymore so it always feels like the perfect time to try something a little crazy. Which for me means I'll inevitably end up cutting my hair before Septemember rolls around. Let's see how long I last this year. But to make your life a little easier, I've rounded up my top ten favorite summer bags. A couple of these I've purchase reccently, like the Madewell beauty up above, and the rest are on my wishlist.


Let's talk: Coping With Anxiety


In 2018, I promised myself I’d be the most authentic version of myself. That I’d be more vocal about who I am, including the good and the bad. Because of that, I’m writing this post. 

I’ve talked once before about anxiety on the blog, and kind of gave a surface level peak into what mine is like. But I wanted to expand upon that, and share some tips about how I deal on a daily basis. 

To provide some context, I’ve known I’ve had pretty moderate anxiety probably since I was 12, or 13. But it wasn’t until I was quite a few years older that I really understood what I was going through, and not until a year ago that I finally talked to someone about it. I used to be the type of person that fed into the sigmas about discussing mental health. I thought if I told someone what I was going through, they’d think I was “crazy”, or “unstable”. So I suffered in silence, and trust me it’s not worth it. It’s never easy to just spill your guts about your mental health, but it’s even worse to just do nothing. So here are a few things I did/do that have helped me cope.

1. Write it out
 Admittedly, I don’t do this nearly as frequently as I should but when I do, it works wonders. Grab a journal or a piece of paper and go to town. Write out every single thing you’re feeling, both big and small and just give your self-time to process it. Most of the time when I’m feeling anxious, it’s also because I'm cycling through emotions way too rapidly to fully process, so writing it out gives me a moment to fully decipher everything gapping in my head.

2. Meditation 
This one is new for me, but it’s pretty much the same premise as writing it out. Being in college, and at times spreading myself way too thin has not been too kind on my anxiety. So taking even just a second to pause, and just breathe is an indescribable relief. It can be a bit difficult to get started, but there are plenty of apps out there to help you get started. Honestly, I’d recommend it to anyone, even if you don’t struggle with mental health. We can all afford to be a bit more mindful.

3. Changing my scenery
In addition to anxiety, I’m also very claustrophobic which tends to trigger my panic attacks. I’ve learned the best way to deal with it is if at all possible to just get out of wherever I am. Whether that’s going for a drive, or even taking a walk changing my scenery really helps put things in perspective. 

This is what tends to be most successful for me, but keep in mind everyone is incredibly different. If you’re ever feeling out of control the best course of action is always to find someone you trust, and talk to them about how you’re feeling. Hopefully, this post was helpful and reminds you that whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone.

Until next time,


March 2018 Favorites

Hello, and welcome back to another monthly favorites post. I've decided to do them a bit differently from now on, starting with a brief overview of my month, and then breaking my favorites into sections! Honestly, it makes them a lot easier to sort through in my head.

March 2018

Overall March has been pretty wonderful. It's finally warm again, and as a person who exists best in warmer weather I've felt my mood rise with the temperatures. It's good to be outside again. Additionally I got to travel a bit this month, spending my spring break in Orlando. I've posted a ton about it on Instagram, so if you're interested in seeing more shots from that, click here. 

Other than that, I've gotten so pretty cool opportunities this month that I can't wait to talk more about as they pan out. But most importantly I've felt a surge of creative energy in March, so I'm excited about channeling that in April. 


Okay, I've pretty much lived in these shoes for the past month.  I picked them up from Target a few months ago when I was definitely supposed to be just buying food, but what can you do?  They're almost an exact dupe for a Free People pair I couldn't make myself splurge on and the perfect transitional shoe. And every time I wear them, at least one person asks me about them, so it's a win-win. 


Two words, SUBCULTURE PALETTE. Obviously, I'm very obsessed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette I picked up a few months ago. The pallets itself its filled with lots of warm toned adventurous shades. Because of which I've figured out I really love orange and red eyeshadow. Besides the fact that its a very well-curated palette, I think the reason I'm so fond of it is that it's really pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and forced me to break my boring routine of varying shades of brown. 10/10 would recommend. Especially for all of my medium to darker complexion friends out there. 

Media & Entertainment

This is a new section of favorites for me, but I think it's probably the most fun to write. I've always been a huge fan of podcasts, but never found one that I felt like I HAD to recommend. That is until I started listening to "Still Processing." Still Processing is a podcast hosted by two culture writers from "The New York Times," Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. And every Thursday they discuss current events and how they intersect with the Black community. But they tackle the issues with a humor, and eloquence that makes the podcasts so much fun to listen to. Even if you're not apart of the black diaspora, I'd encourage you to listen to it. It's a wonderful way to gain insight to the very unique perspective of the black community.

Now onto music. I listen to so much music, it's ridiculous I've never included it in one of these before. But instead of talking to you all about my favorite artists, I've included links to my two favorite curated Spotify playlists this month. One of which is by me, and the other by another blogger who's content I love.  But before you click either, here's what you can expect. Quite a bit of Foster the People, I discovered their Sacred Hearts Club album and am absolutely obsessed. A bit of indie pop, and some fun alternative spring/summer tracks. Enjoy!

And that's it for this month! I hope you enjoyed this new style of favorites post, and as always...

Until Next Time,

A Girl's Guide to Graphics

The hotter it gets in Texas, the more I find myself reaching for graphic tees. Gone are the days of boring run of the mill t-shirts, and give rise to the days of witty, poignant or just fun tops. In case you’re feeling stuck, here are some of my favorite places to buy graphic tees.
  1. This might be one of my favorite places to get graphics. While I was on spring break in Disney World, I basically lived in these tees. Besides being just the right amount of oversized, I usually order a medium for size reference, tees are always bright, fun and versatile. My current favorites, this "I did my best" tee and this Permanent Vacation tee. Because let’s be honest, we could all use a permanent vacay.
  1. Daisy Natives: Not only is this brand an Austin local, but they’re the original creators or the “Girls Support Girls” tee. So let’s see, between supporting local businesses, and showcasing my support for my ladies what’s not to love? My current favorites are their new you’re a queen tee and the canceled plans tee. 
  1. Thrifting: So technically this isn’t a store, but it’s one of the cheapest ways to find great graphics. From old school band tees to wonderfully obnoxious old vacation tees, scoping out your local thrift store and vintage shops are a sure-fire way to make sure your tee stands out.
Hopefully, this post gave you a good place to start. Happy shopping!
Until next time,

bell sleeve baby

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I've been a sucker for bell sleeves for some time now. So when I saw this sweater,  I knew I needed to snatch it up. It's on major sale right now, so if you love it, then now's the time to grab one for yourself too. It's such a fun piece, and because it's navy it goes with absolutely everything. 

Because my top was such a fun piece, I kept the rest of my outfit simple pairing my favorite jeans with a simple pair of black booties. But can we talk about how much Austin, TX has been showing off lately? My photographer, Paige and I were just wandering around downtown when we came across these adorable white walls, and gorgeous cacti. It definitely made this navy sweater pop.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little outfit post!

Until next time,