Oversized Shirts and Skinny Pants: Spring Transition Solution


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FullSizeRender-4When in a fashion rut, one of my favorite looks includes mens clothing items. Especially, with these still fluctuation spring/winter temperatures an over-sized buttondown is the perfect solution.

This is a medium men’s shirt from Urban Outfitters that has a great crochet pocket detail. It requires minimal effort and can be thrown over leggings or tight jeans and look instantly chic.

I paired this shirt with cargo colored skinny pants from H&M that have a cool lined detail on the thigh. The booties give this look a little finesse and height so that the over-sized shirt does not look frumpy and my favorite lined barn jacket from C. Wonder (RIP) adds just the right amount of prep.

Happy Fashion Friday!


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Stella & Dot Trunk Show Party


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FullSizeRenderI know Stella & Dot has been all the rage with the coolest celebrities from Alessandra Ambrosio to Miranda Lambert, but I have not gotten around to trying it until last night— my first Stella & Dot trunk show party.

Stella & Dot is considered a “social selling company.” This is because the trendy jewelry line is not sold in stores, but rather through ecommerce. They rely on word of mouth, social media postings and trunk show marketing to get the word out and sell their product. It’s the age-old “Avon” model with more modern sales techniques and perks.

FullSizeRender_2The jewelry is extremely young and trendy and many pieces are convertible, allowing wearers to change up their look— some even in 5 different ways. Different lines come out seasonally, thus staying au currant and in the spirit of the season.

FullSizeRender_3Not to mention, it’s a super fun way to get girlfriends together. Drinks and jewelry— it’s a great combo.

My purchase of the evening was the “Eden Bangle” to add to my collection of daily Alex+Ani’s and my Cape Cod bracelet. The bracelet is a great reverse bangle where the detail is at the close of the bracelet rather than the top. It is pyramid-tipped with cubic zirconia pave, brass with gold plating and adjustable in size— always the key to a good bracelet.

FullSizeRender_1Overall, I loved the products that were showcased at the trunk show and am happy with this little treat to myself. I earned it after completing semester 2 of grad school, right? Stella & Dot also prides itself on its fast shipping speed, so can’t wait to receive it in the mail soon!


Flower Show Fashion


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IMG_1890Inspired by the 50 degree temperatures and Philadelphia Flower Show, this week I have taken to showing a tiny bit of skin in hopes of more spring transition weather.

My sister and I attended the Flower Show last Sunday, which has been an annual tradition of ours since childhood. This year the theme was “Celebrate the Movies,” with emphasis really on classic children’s movies.

IMG_3312I got to relive some of my childhood favorites, specifically Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Nightmare Before Christmas, through extraordinary flower exhibits.

IMG_7722The Peter Pan exhibit seemed to draw a crowd with it’s wooden bridge, water features and clever signage denoting the different locations within Neverland. Alice in Wonderland was another fantastical favorite with a lot of attention to detail with the characters, cards and tea cups, however, I thought this one was a little lacking in flowers. Lastly, my favorite was Nightmare Before Christmas. The exhibit was executed to perfection with details down the the “holiday doors” in the forest— which is one of my favorite ideas that comes from the movies. The large cliff, backlit with the large moon was a main feature and the flowers and plants had the chance to be whimsical and fun for this showcase. Other exhibits that seemed like crowd favorites included: Frozen, Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh.10942359_10204946663279944_2911455760625046807_o

IMG_7308In terms of spring fashion, my sister and I took to being a little matchy matchy, but we were very excited about the first over 50 and sunny day!

IMG_1139My sister’s general signature lately has been shirt dresses and high boots. Her flowy blue shirt dress is from Urban Outfitters and got so many compliments at the Flower Show. She paired her dress with over-the-knee black boots and my black felt floppy hat.

IMG_3747IMG_2879IMG_2768I chose a long-sleeved black dress with a long cargo green jacket, cargo green over-the-knee boots with tan over-the-knee socks and a brown belt for a touch of a waist accent.IMG_4391IMG_5013IMG_7563

Overall, we had a fun day dressing pretty amongst pretty backdrops.

Here’s to more spring transition fashion and the warmer days ahead!


Kiera’s Reading List


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FullSizeRenderI’ve been meaning to do a Book List post for some time now and for whatever reason just haven’t gotten around to it. I am the kind of person who always tries to have some light reading outside of my school and work life so sometimes I forget that good books are something I should be recommending. The following are a compilation of books I have either read, am meaning to read or need to reread but I highly recommend to anyone looking to escape into a good read.

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I highly enjoyed this memoir by Lena Dunham. It reads very much like her show Girls and the weird quirks that are Lena Dunham made me, often times, laugh out loud. While some situations are totally relatable, others are totally bizarre— they are humorous and touching all at the same time. Because the subtitle of this book is “a young girl tells you what she’s ‘learned,'” I was a little surprised the book was not more about her formative 20s as Girls conveys, but rather there seemed to be more chapters about her making sense of her childhood. Either way, the book was a very enjoyable page-turner that I finished very quickly.

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I picked up this read as it is by the same author as Gone Girl. While Gone Girl made me totally frustrated and crazy by the end, I had to appreciate Flynn’s ability to think up such a sick, twisted novel. That is a place I can’t even imagine writing about. So with a similar cover to Gone Girl, with Flynn’s name predominating a dark background, I expected a similar style story. Written in 2009, you can definitely tell this book was written before Gone Girl. While the plot is dark, it is not as twisted and a bit simpler. I did not think the writing was as sharp and I wasn’t as stunned by the ending. Overall, a good thriller and I’ll be excited to see the upcoming movie with Charlize Theron— I even think this may be one of those books that is actually better as a movie but we’ll see.

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The Alchemist is one of those books I read in middle school for summer reading but didn’t really understand the prophetic meaning and would like to reread. It’s one of those “journey” books that people always claim changes their life so I’m excited to reread. This will definitely be one for the beach for me.

F9Oo3R2rrFEFzBKEy8npoyt6oqMJUjkqIpDyp1z5SBIBs8gy_gqNKGpyd40BmfcKcJd_f5I28ndPh-uJvvw8_JZzM-rKSB7SDnqzdsvunGwbcXKymq7uFwnnAvl-U6r2D8T1h9ea99yvrvWap9vDFCPmfy9mWEPqipxvA8HZl-IkG9EKEcY0XmHIxKQU5ZlnUXvf1MDeRk7ODzvTS9CG6MpzLRpPhHApM4. The Myron Bolitar Series by Harlan Coben

I love this series!! Better known for his book Tell No One along with other mysteries and thrillers, I had no idea Harlan Coben also wrote series. I first discovered Coben when I was doing a Google search on the Merion Golf Club during the U.S. Open I had been fortunate enough to attend in my home town. In that search came up that there was a mystery fiction book about Merion Golf Club during a U.S. Open. Naturally, I ordered it not reading any further. I didn’t know that it was the fourth book in a seven book series, nor that it was published in 1997. Regardless, I loved the book! The history of the Merion Golf Club, and my area down to the street was on point and to add to that, the story was an awesome mystery thriller that I could not put down until the crime was solved. I also really enjoyed reading a book about the near past when beepers and car phones and pay phones in malls were still a thing! Oh how technology has changed in a decade.

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This book I have not dove into yet but picked it up in the magical Northshire bookstore in Vermont. Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets, and after venturing to a place where he has written some of his poems I had to leave New England with this book.

5n3AXW0DXGJu4feUm-ZJiN4as6TA3SM27Ru3wZ8n1FWw05XywBMaUHGuzxt7soDSOo8jyRcIw6-hfSKYZ3qx3Bn8K18CR_05IfQVaFwJ82Y43V60wiFLfeC3s0APXuMpy8u2_reyf459oFSjwCsBKb2ZG9wt8Dui27zs2f-u1wBwzyToiBY9iLrREgI4nmbarIU8xTggNE4ADV9K6Cd_3C-TfvuXeL4tT6. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

This was another book I picked up off a shelf in Northshire Bookstore. Housed in a nook in the Bestseller section, this cover drew me in—also the sticker claiming “Best Book of the Year.” It’s a fiction baseball story that I am excited to dive into for spring. What could be better to read just as baseball season is nearing?

sds-bPdE0uJO7ZYS9H321q77ZVzMOSP06rSmNcrhL_6q6hJ0Sd5nSzmrMmqCHNmjV4FspSw80elI5CCHKhCv3GhTu19GI3npXozLLwGfvtDhD4mk33gzEsb9y1o7NJVMVQka_jMujat-QOM-bRMfrHHqXiFdxxDSIeaJgwW8DJOSdkLtzEIanvdx2dLe_4QfeNlCspmGGVbmK-af-yxrCsUKCqCvvR10J7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read The Great Gatsby once a year, usually around June just as I am first getting to the beach for the summer. Whenever I don’t have something to read, it’s my go to. I could read this over and over and never tire of it. Each word Fitzgerald puts to paper seems like art and it just makes me appreciate “the art” of writing and the era where each word truly meant something to the author. It’s a beautifully tragic story with even more beautiful writing.

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I read this book last summer and loved it as a summer read. It’s lighthearted and contains a quirky love story that has you pulling for the two main characters all the way through. It also brings awareness to mental health and mental “disability” in a beautiful light. It’s strangely easy to identify and understand this character who is probably so different than you. Great read.


Guest Post by Anita Oh


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This week, I have handed over the “Fashion Friday” post to my friend Anita Oh. Anita and I attended Penn State together and met in some of our “major requirement” courses where we hit it off bonding over J. Crew, fro yo and assignments of course… Anita is now a weekend anchor and reporter for 13 WMAZ News in Macon, Georgia where, despite the oddly chillier temperatures in the South this week, she can begin experimenting with spring transition styles a bit sooner than Northeasterners, like myself. I love Anita’s sense of style in both her personal and professional life and has a great Instagram account to show it all off. I hope you enjoy her take on fashion and her great winter to spring transition outfits that this next month is sure to bring us.

Xo, Kiera


No Rules in Fashion

By Anita Oh

Fashion has always been an integral part of my life. It’s evolved (thankfully) over time.

By day, I’m a TV journalist. Image is important in this business. But for me, so is personal style. That’s not something I give up in my workday; I think it’s possible to balance personality and professionalism in any outfit. My go-to is a dress, statement necklace, shoes with a chunky heel (like these over-the-knee boots) or flats, and a pair of sunglasses for the road.


On the days I’m reporting, I have to keep it practical. Every day is different in TV news. Stiletto heels and clothes that you can’t move in or carry equipment in isn’t going to work. I’ve learned to keep “emergency kits” of anything I may need on a given day, from rain boots to sneakers to blazers to rain jackets (and snacks and chocolate) at my desk. On the days I’m anchoring, I’m mostly confined to a studio, so I don’t mind bringing out the heels and such.


Pencil skirts are a staple in my closet, especially ones with fun colors or prints. I kept this look neutral except for the eye candy: the bright pop of citron yellow and a bright pink lip. And when it comes to layers, more is more. And I like that. This Trouve sweater is an absolute favorite of mine – it pairs well with anything. I layered a light striped shirt underneath, because well, stripes are everything. From workday to everyday: lose the skirt, add leather leggings and accessorize. I love hats, and I’m usually seen wearing one when I’m not at work.


I don’t especially love rules. In fashion, there aren’t any. It’s all about showcasing the truest form of you, and that never goes out of style.

More fashion, food, fitness & behind-the-scenes TV world on Instagram @anita_oh

Penny Lane Fashion


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This week, with plummeting temperatures infiltrating the Northeast, I drew some layered-fashion inspiration from the one and only, Penny Lane.

Almost Famous is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I started to note some fashion trends that are eerily similar to the amazing band-aid herself this year.

First of all vests scream Penny Lane to me. From fur to fringe, this bohemian layering effect is so great for the cold temperatures and staying chic.

I’ve been pairing the vests with tight shirts underneath for shape and warmth, but if you want to be more “Penny Lane,” I’d perhaps pair the vest with a more billowy shirt underneath.

Accessories are anything over-sized and chunky, from scarves to hats to jewelery.

And hopefully soon, I’ll be able to add belly shirts, silky pants and big sunglasses to my Penny Lane fashion agenda.

Stay Warm!


Peasant Dress for Spring


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IMG_8924Because it is absolutely frigid outside, I have been dreaming of spring fashion and warm temperatures— naturally.

I’m sick of long pants, sweaters and endless layers and can’t wait to just be able to throw on an effortless lightweight dress. Which is why I can’t get enough of “the peasant dress” for spring.

The one above is my sister. I love this white and eyelet option from Forever 21 with black over-the-knee socks and Dr. Marten’s boots for a transition outfit in March or April.

With Spring Fashion Week’s just getting started, we’ll have to see what’s in store but my prediction is peasant and hippie for spring. Loose fits, billowy sleeves and flowing pants and skirts.

So far I’ve pinned four on Pinterest.

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Dress 3

Dress 4

Have any others I must see?? I’m in love with these for spring and could use some more warm-weather-fashion-lust!




PiperWai Deodorant


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FullSizeRender_2I love finding new products especially when they have a local tie in. Which, is why this week I would like to introduce you to PiperWai Natural Deodorant.

Created by Lower Merion natives, Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner, these two launched an amazing beauty product about a year ago that I foresee having a great future.

The name PiperWai comes from a collaboration of things the two founders love. Piper, the name of Jess’ family Goldendoodle pup and Wai derived from the Wai Wai tribe of Guyana, where Sarah was traveling during the first experimental test of the product.

PiperWai is a charcoal creme deodorant that contains ingredients that provide a pH-balanced environment where bacteria cannot thrive, leaving your sweat odorless.

FullSizeRenderIf I’m being honest, I sweat a lot and was a little hesitant to try this deodorant at first. The light-gray creme product is applied by hand so I was a little wary. But it rubs in clear and smells great! (However, I would love this in stick form so I don’t have to rub my armpits everyday) With a proprietary blend of 11 Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils, PiperWai Natural Deodorant has a lemony-fresh scent. It is also packed with skin-conditioning ingredients like organic coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and pure vitamin E oil, so it’s great for people with sensitive skin.

What makes PiperWai different from your average deodorant is that it does not contain aluminum, which plugs your sweat glands. Overall, I’ve found it to be an extremely effective product with a great smell and great look. PiperWai comes in a stylish 2oz. frosted glass jar with a cool mint-green and steel lion logo.

FullSizeRender_1PiperWai is currently seeking investor funding to aid big dreams of launching new organic beauty products. Jess and Sarah have been working on some exciting new products for a long time and they can’t wait to share them with the world. Lip balm, toner, moisturizer, and an applicator option for the deodorant, to name a few.

Weekend in The Green Mountain State


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10430895_10204634008943781_1955101815808391008_nThis past weekend, I got to spend some time in Vermont, a state about 5 1/2 hours away from my hometown that I have never had the pleasure of seeing.

Thanks to my godmother and her husband, avid skiers and Vermont enthusiasts, we were able to stay in the picturesque town of Dorset, just outside of Stratton Mountain and Manchester Center.

Here are some of my favorite moments from my latest travel adventure:

1. Beautiful views and fresh air. There’s something about the air in Vermont. Maybe it’s the vast mountain views, or the many trees lining the winding roads, but the coldness is acceptable and the crispness is appreciated in Vermont.

2. Stratton Mountain. While I do dabble in skiing ventures, the weather was unfortunately too wet (Aka it was pouring rain!) for my amateur level. However, the trails at Stratton look nothing short of amazing and I did enjoy watching the skiers unaffected by the rain, swoop down the mountain in smooth curving lines. My mom and I, instead, visited the Ice Castle, which was really cool to see. At night it even lights up, but the icy rain storm prevented us from coming back later. Still, we made our wishes in the ice well and even warmed ourselves by an igloo fire that was still smoldering.

3. Manchester Center Shops. The little town of Manchester is so precious. Not only are there amazing outlet stores— like the Orvis flagship store, which is amazing, but there are also unique little independently run stores. I fell in love with the Northshire Bookstore— head over heels! I can’t remember the last time I got to visit such a great and cozy bookstore with an amazing selection of books that is independently run! It made me truly so happy when all around us bookstores are dying and Barnes&Nobles chains really are the only option. When I first walked in I thought it was just one little room, but much to my surprise the book store extended so far back it even contained a cafe, a music section and an upstairs devoted entirely to children’s books. There were many little rooms dedicated to specific sections and a wall filled with signed books! Heaven. I ended up leaving the store with three new books. So happy to support a local business and publisher. The Vermont Country Store was also really cool, but we unfortunately got kicked out after being in the store for only 5 minutes due to inclement weather, which caused the store to be closed early. I did leave with a few cute Vermonty purchases though, like maple syrup, hand cream and a fir needle burning candle.

4. Breakfast. We had the best breakfast ever at Up For Breakfast in Manchester! My mom and I both gobbled down our entire meal. Seriously the best breakfast I have had in a long time. I got the Bistro Omelet, which was filled with fresh apple, brie cheese and Vermont smoked bacon. It was soo good! I swear apples, meats and cheese just taste fresher in Vermont. My mom got the Eggs Scandinavian, which was a twist on eggs benedict. It contained, smoked salmon topped with wilted spinach, capers, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Both came with a side of hashbrowns and toast and we cleaned our plates. The service was extremely friendly and accommodating and turned over tables relatively quickly. We waited for about 20 to 30 minutes in a small space but it did not seem that bad and they offer you coffee as you are waiting which makes the whole restaurants vibe feel very homey. Overall, I highly recommend seeking out this breakfast gem if you are ever in Vermont.

5. Snow. I can’t believe I am saying this but I was very happy to get to experience a brief snow in Vermont. Fortunately for us, it was light enough for clear roads and relatively easy travel, but heavy enough to coat the trees and mountains and leave us with a beautiful sight.

1888725_10204634006983732_2043033139014760773_n-16. Fashion. Bean Boots, different patterned Lululemon leggings and oversized scarves and sweaters were the fashion choices in Vermont. Which is perfect, because what else do you want to wear when it’s so cold and snowy? Everyone truly pulls off the “snow bunny” chic and minimal makeup thing up there let me tell you. I enjoyed it for the weekend and even came home with a nifty new way to tie my Bean Boots. Shred the gnar brah!

Overall, it was a great weekend visiting family and exploring the little mountain towns Vermont is so known for.


Versatility of a Faux-Leather Dress


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I recently added a gem of a fashion find to my wardrobe. This royal blue faux-leather dress I have discovered to be so versatile, when it was originally purchased as a “going out” dress.

-1Wear it to work as a pop of color with a black blazer and black tights, and take off the jacket later for a seamless transition into post-work dinner and drinks. Since the dress is the statement, it does not require much accessorizing either!

-2You can find similar options at Forever 21 and H&M that are totally affordable and totally cute.

Happy Fashion Friday! Xo


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