I love this pale pink velvet pleated midi skirt because of the fabric, the length, and the versatility. This skirt can be worn in the spring, summer, fall, or even winter! I decided to pair it with crop tops so I would have less to tuck in. This makes the high waisted element easier and less fussy. I paired it with a white front-tie crop top as well as a black checkered floral top. The skirt can be paired with lighter colors for a softer look as well as dark colors for something more bold.

The pale pink velvet shines in the light with a soft glimmer. Adding an extra sparkle to the velvet texture. The pleats are incredibly flattering and create more length, elongating the shape. The midi length cut is also extremely flattering and easy to pull off. I love this length because it’s cute and classic. But doesn’t show too much skin. I’m not the type to wear super short skirts or dresses.

This skirt can be dressed up with a pair of heels, boots, cute flats, and a nice bag. It can also be dressed down with flat white sneakers, or even sandals. There are so many different ways to wear this skirt.

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Taking a long flight has its perks and downfalls. While it’s exciting traveling to a new place, the flights can sometimes become dull and irritating. I like to keep as busy as possible on a flight, making it go by faster and keeping me calm. Some of my favorite tips keep my mind and hands distracted. I also have tips for flying with a pet here!

Candy + Meal Time

If you’re lucky enough to fly first class, they will obviously include your meals. When I’m flying coach, I like to bring something packaged that will last a few hours before being eaten. No matter which class I’m flying, I also love to bring lots of candy and gum! This gives me something to secondarily focus on. Keeping my mind occupied. Whether I’m reading a magazine, watching a movie, or on my phone. I find snacking or chewing gum distracts me for at least a little while. Plus its yummy. Win-win.

Reading Material

I switch up reading material from books to magazines. I like to purchase a few magazines to read in case there’s no Wifi on the flight for some reason. The magazine keeps me busy while the excitement of the flight dies down. Once I’m bored with reading those, I’ll take a break and work from my phone/laptop or watch a movie. Once I’m bored with the digital world, I’ll go back and read a book. This takes my mind away  from the plane and once again, distracts me from the oh-so-boring flight. I normally bring a book with me and purchase magazines at the airport. However, I should purchase both beforehand to save money. Convenience gets the better of me.

Digital Distractions

If you’re blessed with Wifi on the flight, this can consume your entire trip. Without ever needing another distraction. Hello social media. JetBlue now actually offers FREE Wifi on every single one of their flights. Hallejulah. I like to bring my MacBook for work, when switching off from my phone. Having both keeps me the busiest. I also do this when working from home, so it’s a normal situation. There are also movies on most flights now. I like to time my flight by watching movies too. For example, I’ll read for as long as I can. Then watch a movie (about 2 hours down), then have a snack/meal, distract with my phone/laptop then watch another movie (2 more hours cut off). This honestly makes the time fly by. (No pun intended, or was it?)

Keep Moving

I get up to stretch my legs, stand up a bit, and use the ladies room every 1-2 hours. This helps circulation as well as keeping the body busy. I normally get extremely restless on flights and need to move around when possible. I love the aisle seat because of this reason! I don’t recommend doing this if you have a middle or window seat. Unless you don’t mind disturbing your fellow seat mates.

Sleep It Off

Some people can fall right asleep on flights. This is especially true for red eyes. I have always wished I could sleep on flights. I normally end up falling half asleep, and then waking up in a jolted gasp with a few people looking over at me. (Embarrassing). Consequently, I personally do not like to sleep on flights and prefer a day time trip. But I do know plenty of people who will sleep for most of the journey as if it was nothing. So, if you can sleep in public, then definitely do so. You will wake feeling refreshed and have extra energy for the trip ahead.

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The Shades of Velvet

Velvet is one of the easiest fabrics to pull off. It can be worn in the winter with dark or jewel tones like wine red, navy, and black. Another way to wear it in the fall and winter is with long sleeves, supplying additional fabric. Velvet also looks amazing in warmer months with lighter colors. Such as pink, champagne, light blue and more. I adore the top featured because of the champagne beige color. The color allows this top to be worn all year long. The light shades of blue in the floral print make this top designed for any season. The floral chiffon divets provide a feminine, delicate feel that accentuates the velvet texture. The voluminous bell sleeves are positively in style and perfect or a trendy long sleeve. The Flutter Away blouse offers a flattering V neckline and empire waist shape. Which leads to large pleating.

Styling The Flutter Away Blouse

Furthermore, pairing many different bottoms with this blouse creates versatile looks. I like to stick to tighter, more slimming options. Such as skinny jeans, cigarette pants, leggings, or tights with shorts. This creates balance between the top and bottom of the outfit. I prefer dark blue denim with a cream or nude shoe. Ankle booties, flats, or even mules work perfectly. I love to wear the It’s A Sign Geometric Tassel Necklace with this top. The colors match so well together. Especially when wearing black bottoms. The gold in the necklace pairs well with the velvet sheen and champagne color. While the tassels and geometric pattern give a trendy appeal.

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New Years is about new beginnings, changes, the start of a new year. Is making a resolution healthy? Is trying to change drastically in a short period of time healthy? Or if it is healthy, does it work?

Many people tend to start their diets, exercise, and begin a healthier lifestyle during New Years. My local gym has been getting busier, and started to in December. If they’re not trying out a new fad diet, they’re quitting something – smoking, shopping, drinking, and so on.

While I agree, to an extent, that this New Years faith and hope can cause serious life changes or epiphanies. Do resolutions actually work? While many of you may be saying yes, they do work. They haven’t for me. This may be my cynicism typing, but a significant lifestyle change takes time. A habit takes 21 days to form.

Instead of creating a New Years resolution every year, I try to incorporate long term and short term goals into my focus. Reflecting back and really looking at how I’ve done, and what’s different from the last year causes me the most benefit. For 2018, most of my goals reflect around my career. For example, increasing my income is my main goal. This will take time and perseverance. Landing collaborations that will grant me the income I so desire, takes hard work. Increasing income, and many other goals, do not happen overnight. Just like creating this website didn’t happen over night. It took me months and months of research, work on my MacBook daily, and the drive to begin something new that I was and am still passionate about.

The thing about crushing goals, changing, or accomplishing what we want is that it takes determination. To get what we want, we have to go after it. Every day. This takes hard work, motivation, inspiration, and perseverance. So instead of making drastic changes on January 1st, the start of each new year; I instead reflect back on my life, work, relationships, and happiness. This also happens more than just on New Years. Reflections occur when I need a day dream, or an energy boost. These day dreams often cause a new goal, “aha” moment, or a new project for Autumn’s Editorial. Recently, I’ve added a Shop section, an E-Course and have joined LikeToKnow.It to share my outfits with you. All of these projects do not succeed over night, but need to be nurtured. They take time and effort to be successful.

As a result, I challenge you to look at life a different way. Look at life as if every day is your New Years. Every day is a new day with new goals, inspiration, and dreams. Wake up feeling refreshed. Let yourself know that today is a new day and you can accomplish whatever you want. All it takes is the drive. Small changes every day lead to bigger and better things.

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Winter can be a difficult season to stay stylish in. Between the numerous layers, uncomfortable adjustments, temperature sways, ice, and so much more. What I have found keeps me the most fashionable, while staying confident and sassy, is using layers to my advantage.

For example, a casual outfit may consist of a lace camisole under a cardigan sweater followed by a leather motorcycle jacket, and then a thicker and warmer coat over that. (If it’s truly cold enough). This can be paired with many different pant, jean, or skirt options. Adding in a pair of trendy, heeled boots or over the knee boots will keep this look feeling fresh. A warm, bulky sweater with leggings or black skinny jeans, OTK boots or booties and a long camel or peat coat is also a definite winter go-to.

When going out, layers are a must as well. Picture a velvet camisole dress paired over a thin, long sleeve top. Paired with wool tights, over the knee boots, a scarf, and full or midi-length winter coat. My favorite trick for keeping winter chic, is wearing a coat that is longer than the dress, skirt, or top I am wearing. (This doesn’t include cropped jackets). Wearing a coat longer than your dress, skirt, or top, will provide your #OOTD with an elegant flare. A cute hat can also be added to give a Parisian or vintage vibe.

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