Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Post // 5 Essential Items Every College Girl Should Have In Her Closet (And How To Put It All Together)

Hello readers of A Beautiful Mystery! My name is Maria Wendt and I blog about modest fashion and style at The Orange Purse.


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Part One: The Essentials


Since school is starting soon (less than a week for me!) I wanted to talk about some essential staples every college girl should have in her closet. In creating this list, I wanted to pick things that wouldn’t be on your average college girl list. Like a “Little Black Dress”. Everyone knows that. So here are five essential (and specific) things that every college girl should own.


1. A White Cable Knit Sweater


This may seem like a very specific item to start with but let me tell you, this is incredibly versatile.
I bought a white sweater last year and I used it so much it pilled and now I have to get a new one.


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As you can see, you can basically wear a white cable knit sweater with anything. Plus, it’s totally comfy - like getting to wear a polar bear all day long.


2. Tall Riding Boots


If you don’t have a pair, you should totally get one! These are great for walking to class in the rain or snow and still looking super cute and put together.


I certainly don’t have a lot of money (I’m in college, who does?), but I did invest in a nice pair of riding boots and they lasted all year long and still look nearly new.


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Riding boots look amazing with jeans, dresses and skirts and can really take an outfit from “eh” to “wow, cutsie paloosi!”.


3. A Pair of Skinny Jeans (that actually fit!)


Something that I learned this year was how to buy a pair of jeans that fit my body type. It feels really good being able to walk out and know you look good in a pair of jeans that flatter (yet don’t hug) your body.


Wearing jeans modestly can certainly be tricky because some jeans can be pretty tight. It’s basically a matter of finding the balance between ugly baggy mom jeans and painted on jeans.


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4. A Comfy Skirt


There are skirts and then there are comfy skirts. In my opinion, the perfect skirt is a skirt that makes you feel like a million bucks in more ways than one. You know you look fabulous but you also feel amazing because the skirt is like a swishy blanket around you.


I wrote a blog post about my all time favorite skirt (and why I love it so much) here.  (It also showcases my personality and is a great post to read to get a feel for my sense of style.)


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5. Lightweight Hoodie


There’s a huge difference between a pull-over hoodie and a lightweight, soft, zip-up hoodie. Lightweight hoodies are genius because you can wear them with skirts.


It took me a long time to figure that out. I used to think that you could only wear hoodies with jeans and shorts. But I realized that if the hoodie is thin enough to not overwhelm the upper body with thick, heavy fabrics, they actually can go with skirts. As long as the skirt isn’t very dressy.


Basically, the formula is this: nicer hoodie + casual skirt = success.


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Part Two: Putting It All Together


Looking cute and put-together is not the most complicated thing in the world. I have a theory that looking put together is more of a formula than anything else. Something + something + something = fabulous outfit.


I mentioned using a formula for wearing hoodie earlier and the idea behind that is basically how I get dressed in the morning.


While this method may not apply for everyone, it's an interesting theory because it helps build complete outfits.


The first combination I want to talk about is the


1. Classy dress


Dress + cardigan + cute shoes + accessories = adorable


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You can see how this outfit has a complete and finished look to it. The reason behind this is because I added equations to the formula.
Below are several other examples.


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The chambray dress becomes a canvas for colorful accessories and a brown leather messenger bag.

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This classy outfit sets the focus on the dress and everything is kept subtle and muted.


2. Skinny Jeans


Jeans + nice top + riding boots + accessories = also adorable


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Pretty self-explanatory concept here - I absolutely LOVE the way skinny jeans look so classy in riding boots. This is my go-to look during the school year.


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I love the statement necklace on this one. Also, have you noticed how versatile these boots are?


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Can we talk about how adorable these shoes are??


3. Favorite skirt


I already mentioned how awesome it is to have a favorite skirt earlier in this post. But a favorite skirt + cute top + shoes + accessories = adorable times three.


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I hope you enjoyed this list! I’m sure every girl has something in her closet that she loves - what is yours? I would totally love to hear about it (and probably end up buying it!)

- Maria

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eat Cake For Breakfast //



Top //  Old:  Skirt // Similar: Shoes // Payless: Purse // Forever 21
Phone case // Kate Spade 


Let's just pretend we live in a world where it's acceptable to eat cake for breakfast. 
A girl can dream. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Post // How To Get Ready Faster (And Still Look Fabulous!) - A Guide For College Girls

Hey Ladies, special treat for you today! Maria from the Orange Purse has agreed to guest post for A Beautiful Mystery.. A lot of us will be going back to school in a couple of weeks and Maria has given us some very great and practical tips. Please enjoy you guys. 


"I know how it goes. You wake up and you have to be at your early morning English class in 25 minutes. But you hate starting your day in sweatpants and a hoodie. You want to look fabulous but you don't think you have the time. I am here to tell you you can look GREAT in 25 minutes or less if you focus on these six tips.


1. Make looking good a priority

I always say that the days that you just want to wear sweatpants to class are the days you need to put a little extra effort into looking fabulous. It's good for character and it will turn your day around. So if you really want to look put together and polished during your busy day, you have to make it a priority.

Waking up 15 - 25 minutes earlier than you normally would and putting out that little extra bit of effort can make the difference between a productive, happy good day and a crappy, slouchy day. I can personally guarantee it. 


2. Plan outfits ahead of time

I generally don't lay my outfits out on a chair before I go to bed. The only time I would do that is if I am unsure how an outfit will turn out and I can't visualize it it my head.

Usually though, I think about what I have in my closet and what it would go with and plan out my outfits in my head. This is great because then I can wake up and jump out of bed and I know exactly what I want to wear.

Of course, this doesn't always work. There have definitely been those days when I try on seven or eight different outfits and leave the rejects all over my bed and room. Which leads into Tip 3. 


3. Try to keep a clean living space

If you're in college, this is probably a dorm. Look, I know it can be super hard to take to clean during your busy semester. In fact, it's basically impossible. I'm a naturally messy person, I should know.

The way I combat messiness is by owning less things. Anything I don't use frequently, I just throw away or donate. This eliminates clutter and makes the room seem clean and empty. The only other tidying thing I do is try to make my bed everyday but that sometimes doesn't happen.

The reason I bring this whole issue up is because clean living space makes for much calmer and easier getting ready. Think about it, if you know where everything is, you won't have to spend time looking for it.


4. Keep a simple makeup routine

The secret to a simple makeup routine is a good skin routine. As long as your face is fairly clear and acne-free, you really don't need a lot of makeup.

Click here to see my simple yet very effective skin routine.

My quick makeup routine is normally just foundation, eyeliner and mascara. It takes ten minutes tops and Rose is even faster at it then I am. 


4. Choose simple hairstyles

My hair is totally something I wish I did more with. I am sooo boring when it comes to my hair - it's either down, in a high ponytail or a messy bun. Once in a blue moon, I'll french braid it. These simple variations do have their advantages though; I can do my hair in five minutes or less. 

If you are trying to rush to class, it's probably not a good idea to start making plans to try some crazy-fancy braid combination you saw on Pinterest. I would love to learn how to do more things with my hair, and I plan on it, but if I'm in a rush, I stick to the basics.


5. Pack your backpack the night before

Imagine this scenario: you're rushing to class and scrambling to get everything together and yourself ready and class is in six minutes and you grab your backpack and rush out of the dorm. Once you're sitting in class, proud of yourself for actually making it in time, and your professor asks you to turn in your paper that is due. You reach into your backpack and freeze. You forgot to put it in your backpack because of the morning rush. End Scenario. 

I don't know about you, but personally I am much more able to remember to pack things like papers due, important textbooks, etc, the night before. I try to put everything that I am going to need for the next day in my backpack the night before. That way I don't forget anything I need the next morning. 


6. Take advantage of less busy days

Less busy days are the days you might want to wash your laundry, iron anything that needs to be ironed (ain't nobody got time for that!) and do longer, high maintenance things like plucking your brows or trimming your nails. 

For me last year as a freshman, my less busy day was Sunday. I would wash, dry and put away all my laundry (ick!), pluck my brow, paint my nails and do a deep cleaning of my room. I would also go through my backpack and throw away any papers, notes or handouts I no longer needed. 

This was a great way to take advantage of the quieter days when I had less going on." 


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My go-to casual look //







Shirt // (Similar) : Jeans // American eagle outfitters
Shoes // Jack Rogers : Necklace // (Similar)  
Hair style// (Tutorial here)

Do you ever have one of those outfits that you want to dress nice but not really feeling wearing a skirt or dress? I'm always a skirt and dress gal, but this weekend I wasn't feeling it. But as soon as I stepped out of the house, I payed dearly for wearing jeans when it was 100 degrees outside. bleh. You would think I know by now. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

White Jeans //







Jeans // American Eagle Outfitters Chambray top // Old Navy  
Black top // DownEast basics  Shoes // Jack Rogers 

Lets place a bet and see just how long I can keep my white jeans clean?!
I give it a week.... if that.

You guys have a great rest of the week. Oh and I leave for college in 21 days. Time is of the essence. people!

Marisa


Thursday, July 31, 2014

College + Life //


Long time no post everybody! Sorry, it has been a week and half since my last blog post. Life has been super hectic, but in a good way. Since, I have the greatest following for this blog and all my followers and viewers are the best, I wanted to give you guys a little update on what's been going on in my life lately. In less then 26 days I'll be moving to Florida, where I will be attending Ave Maria University this fall as a freshman. I can't wait to experience this new chapter of my life. I will continue to keep on blogging while I'm there. Right now, I want to share with you guys some photos from when I went to visit the campus in February.  If y'all would like to keep in touch with my move to Florida and my adventures at school go ahead and follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I use social media as a really good outlet to keep in touch with my family and friends, so if you would like to see what's going on with my life go ahead and click the "follow" button.



 The Oratory at Ave Maria
 The view walking out of the Oratory in the evening. 

 My older brother, Thomas, will be a senior at Ave this year. I can't wait to share this new experience with him.

I can't wait to get some vitamin "sea" when I'm out there. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's in my purse //

Today, I'm doing something new on the blog! I thought it would be fun to show you guys what's in my purse. Not, that it's anything terribly exciting, but everybody get curious what's inside other people's purses. (What no? You don't?  That's just me I guess!) Let me know what other type of blog post y'all interested in reading! 

Thanks lovelies, have a great rest of your week! 








^^ this purse Forever 21


1. Roman Catholic Missal 1962  - I go to TLM so I carry this around with me for Daily Mass and Sunday Mass.

2. Pure Faith ( A prayer book for Teens) - This prayer book is a must! My mother gave me this book in middle school and has been a life saver (quite literally) haha. 

3. Hair ties - For my lions mane of hair. 





4. Michael Kors Wallet - I got this for college in the fall and I love it. It's perfect I can fit all my cards and iPhone in there.

5. Sunglasses (similar - I got this pair last summer, they're my go-to Princess Grace sunglasses.

6. Kate Sade iPhone case - This was my first iPhone case and i've been meaning to buy a new one. But I can't seem to part from this case, we've been through so much together.





7. French Floral Mantilla -  If I don't keep my Mantilla in my purse with me all the time...I will lose it or forget about it. True story.

8. Rosary - If you're Catholic, rule of thumb always carry a rosary with you. Period.





9. Bunch of random items - 
(Gum not pictured) I always need gum. It's a bad habit. 
(Lotion) I never use it. I just carry it around with me so I can feel like a lady. 
(Lipgloss and Lipstick) Again I only use these like once a week. Mostly because I'm too lazy to put any on. 
(Pen) Because you always need one or at least someone else always needs it.