Thursday, February 1, 2018

Red, White, and Ivy Green

What better way to kick off February than with some red, white, and ivy-green? My favorite color scheme by far. My room is actually this color scheme, and I am planning on doing a full tour soon! Anyways, I love love love an ivy-covered wall. There really is nothing more simple yet architecturally elegant than ivy. I want my future house covered in it. This ivy wall is in a subtle alleyway in Freshfields Village at Kiawah Island. See this post for older (and better) pictures of the wall. 

These photos were not planned at all and snapped quickly during a coffee run to Java Java with my sisters. It's about a 30-minute bike ride from The Sanctuary so I was pretty tired and sweaty and in need of a caffeine pick me up. South Carolina can be extremely unpredictable weather-wise, especially on the coast. I always carry a jacket/cardigan with me, just in case. It's convenient to wrap it around my shoulders during the ride, but in reality, I love the look. 

I'm a big believer in splurging on solid classics. I tend to stick to solids and throw in one "statement" piece. Fist, navy chinos are a no-brainer classic item. I love J.Crew's Andie crop pants. They are very soft (and have gotten softer over time). It's almost become a suede-like material. Second, a plain white tee. I like a little more structure and thickness to my tops, and this J.Crew short-sleeve peplum fits the bill. Sure, it's peplum, a trend that will end sooner rather than later, but it's very subtle and adds a little flair to the hem.

Now onto the sweater. I don't wear cardigans a lot, but I tend to have quite a few. The one I am wearing is an old sweater from Talbots. I've linked a similar one. Mine is thicker, 3/4 sleeve, and hits at the top of my jeans. Check, check, and check. For a more flattering style, I like sweaters to be of similar structure as a crop jacket.

The color scheme is simple, and I think it would look adorable with navy shorts for say, a 4th of July BBQ? How do you style simple and solid staples?

Also, I've got some fun things planned for February including a review on my '17/'18 academic planner (which a couple of you have asked about), a V-Day gift guide, and some news about upcoming trips!