Cozy in Dots and Sweaters

green fall autumn sweater polka dot jacket black jeans short mini rainboots silver bracelet

green fall autumn sweater polka dot jacket black jeans short mini rainboots silver bracelet

After a (longer than I thought) absence, I’ve finally returned. And I am so happy to be back! Two months, although filled with new friends and new adventures, is quite a long time to be apart from the blog. I hope everyone has had a great couple of months and I can’t wait to get connected with everyone again. :)

A week or so before I left for college, my bestie from home let me in on another one of her cousin’s hand-me-down bags. Usually her and her sister go through the bag first and I end up with the last pickings-a selection of too large pants and plain tees. But sometimes I come out with a great find that gets incorporated into my wardrobe for years to come. For example, this great green sweater that is perfect for autumn. Paired with this polka dotted jacket and short, black rain boots (which have both gotten a lot of use at college) makes for a great outfit for A. rainy days on campus and B. a returning outfit for my blog!

One thing that sucks about my small town college is the fact shopping is limited to our small mall (aka The Small aka TJ Maxx and Rue21) and Walmart. So when the two times I went home since the start of the semester I SPLURGED on clothes. Just this past weekend, I visited all my favorite stores. And now with a college closet almost overflowing with clothes, I have so many ideas I can’t wait to share with you!

Love,

Olivia

green fall autumn sweater polka dot jacket black jeans short mini rainboots silver bracelet

green fall autumn sweater polka dot jacket black jeans short mini rainboots silver bracelet

green fall autumn sweater polka dot jacket black jeans short mini rainboots silver bracelet

Hello and Goodbye

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Hello everyone!

So as you know, it is well past September 7th, and absolutely no posts. My greatest apologies. As many of you know, I have taken my departure to college and since being here, life has gotten to new levels (for me, anyway) of crazy/busy. Honestly, college instantly became home to me and my new friends have become family. Each day brings a new adventure whether it be exploring the town, taking trips to Walmart, rainy movie days, or going to some parties. You know, the usual college stuff.

But even with my busy schedule, I still miss blogging! Every time I get a notification from WordPress, I get a gnawing pang of guilt. And GUYS! I seriously miss talking to my fellow bloggers. Like, you guys literally make my day with your amazing comments and blogs. It’s just that….. blogging means taking pictures. And for some reason, that confidence I built up at home has suddenly vanished. I’ve tried taking pictures here at college. And I cannot do it. Feelings of absolute dread fill up inside me when I tried.

So I’m taking an extended leave of absence! Definitely when I come home for my birthday in a couple of weeks (October 18th-Mark your calendars!), I’ll be sure to take a ton of pictures! In the mean time, I’m still trying to figure out how to take pictures here. I’m pretty sure my nostalgia for blogging will crack me one of these days and I’ll just do it. That hasn’t happened yet so expect me to come back the weekend after the 18th!

In the mean time, check out my latest pictures on Instagram! I hope everything is going amazing with you guys and I am so excited to get back into the blogging game soon :)

Love,

Olivia

My amazing Anaconda family

My amazing Anaconda family

Oozefest

Oozefest

Raising the bar with my favorite ladies

Raising the bar with my favorite ladies

Liz + Amanda Wedding with Ryan

Liz + Amanda Wedding with Ryan

Cotton Candy Skies on the way back to Hilltop

Cotton Candy Skies on the way back to Hilltop

Off to College… See You September 7th

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red cardigan old navy floral dress thrifted gold flower earrings forever 21 wedge heels lipstick satchel purse

A brisk breeze gust through the deserted park. At this time of day for the past few months, the playground has always been bustling with little children and their families. But today was different. The sun had decided to hide behind the clouds and the day had traces of autumn in the air. A chilly wind was keeping everyone indoors and reaching for their sweaters.

I hate days like these where summer takes a step back to reintroduce the world to fall again. It makes me realize that summer is coming to an end and before long, autumn will envelop our little towns in vibrant leaves and crisp air. Of course, summer hasn’t said goodbye yet but it still makes me sad that fall is just around the corner. In the mean time, I will soak up as much sun as I can and cherish the moments of summer that is left.

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red cardigan old navy floral dress thrifted gold flower earrings forever 21 wedge heels lipstick satchel purse

Anyway, this is my last post until September 7.

I’m leaving for college on Saturday and I want to get adjusted to the new college life without trying to keep up with a blog. I can honestly say that I will miss chatting with you all for the next couple of weeks.

In the mean time, feel free to follow me on Instagram @oliviamonopoli to keep up with the latest. (Let me know if you did so I can do the same!)

Other than that, I’ll see you in September with some fun posts ahead!

Love, Olivia

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Celebration Comments: Throwback/Fashion History

Sunday

Sunday

This week’s topic started out to be “Throwback” but it just ended up being more like thoughts on past trends and fashion history. My first question was “If you could go shopping in a different decade, what would it be?” Amber, from Lacuna Stitch, brought up a great point in her comment. She said that most people ask “If you could live in a different decade, which would it be?” and she said that it would be the present day because people have much more open minds than in the past. I totally agree that nothing is better than today. Not only is it said that our generation is will be the most open minded about the equality of all kinds of people but technology has given us all the knowledge in the world at our finger tips. And hey-back back back in the day, people smelled bad because deodorant wasn’t invented. Personally, I couldn’t deal with that.

Sam from Fabulous Petite “…Anyway, if I have to shop in a different decade then it would be the 50’s/60’s style. The ladies during that era are impeccable dress and so ladylike and girly. The poofy skirts and flawless make ups and all…”

and

“…I think I will shop the present decade since most of the styles came back now anyway only updated and fresh ideas to style it and wear it…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah “…If I had to pick one decade, hands down it’s the 50s. The silhouettes were so flattering on every body type and I will never get tired of a gigantic circle skirt. Something I’m actually really excited about: my mom has a pair of my aunt’s saddle shoes and they fit me!…”

and

“…Hands down, I would stop Uggs and the velour track suit combo. Well, really anything Uggs. They’re a glorified slipper-boot…”

Anouka from LUXESSED “…I would go shopping in the 1960s – just my favourite fashion decade!…”

and

“…One trend I would stop? The mullet haircut; a crime!..”

Amber from Lacuna Stitch “…I love this question, because everyone always asks “what decade would you want to live in?” To which I always say the present decade, because although the past may seem like it was paradise, it really wasn’t! I like how our generation is full of people with open minds, and I wouldn’t trade that for all the swing dresses and cute diners that the 50’s had to offer. However, if I had to choose a decade to shop in, it’d definitely be the late 50’s/early 60’s. I’ve always gravitated towards that era of fashion (: …”

and

“… I don’t think my style is really inspired by a certain decade. Sometimes I like to wear skirts with a gathered waist that is very 50’s, but sometimes I feel like throwing on a shift dress that is very 60’s inspired! I’m kind of all over the place, haha…”

and (Go Amber!)

“…SHOULDER PADS. Any other trend I love (no matter how horrible) because it is just a reflection of the time, but if we could do without shoulder pads, then I wouldn’t have to keep ripping them out oof otherwise great thrift store finds (: …”

Rachel from All’s Fair In Love and Wardrobe “…As for the style trend that should have never happened: Crocs. No. Just no. Just…no…”

and

“…Oh and I would love to go shopping in the Victorian Era! Call me crazy but those dresses and corsets and hairstyles look like so much fun…”

Ashley from Southern (California) Belle “…I definitely feel like I’m inspired by the 50’s. The cuts of the dresses fit my body type best. While I loved wearing short dresses in my 20’s, I feel like a longer length suits my style better now…”

Rebecca from Winnipeg Style “… If I were to go shopping in any era I would love to go to the 40’s, so classy and the quality was amazing! I would love to get all the hats! …”

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie “…Let’s see.. I think I might want to shop in some 90s shop because all the clothes seem so hippie, effortless and so cool haha!…”

Tania from Inspire My Fancy “…I can’t pick just one single decade for inspiration because I find them all so interesting and fun. Right now it looks like the 80’s is inspiring me a whole lot based on the last few looks on my blog, haha…”

Tuesday

Tuesday

On Sunday's post, I mentioned how this wearing pseudo shorts could allow me to climb a tree. Someone asked me if I did end up climbing one and no..I didn't climb a tree. I climbed into a tree....? :P

On Sunday’s post, I mentioned how this wearing pseudo shorts could allow me to climb a tree. Someone asked me if I did end up climbing one and no..I didn’t climb a tree. I climbed into a tree….? :P

This week’s Celebration Topic is… NOTHING! Starting August 23rd until September 6th, I will be taking a leave of absence from my blog. Basically, two weeks. The first week, I won’t have access to my laptop at all for my freshman transitional camping, team bonding trip. Then the second week will be my first week of college and I want to get a feel for it without having the time consuming blog to also keep up with! But then, I promise I will be back! In the meantime, follow me on Instagram at @oliviamonopoli for the latest updates of life :)

But, I do want to ask you this: How do you like the weekly series Celebration Comments? Should I keep it, ditch it, change it? Thoughts or concerns? And be honest! Personally, I love doing it and I find it a lot of fun to read about people’s thoughts to the different topics of the week. Of course, you are my audience and if you get no benefit from it at all, I would like to know!

Thursday

Thursday

Loving Him Was Red

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red paris french parisian dress striped bow belt sunset wedge heels round sunglasses charlotte russe

I don’t know why but I think I dresssed like Taylor Swift in these pictures. Like an Asian Taylor or something. The red stripes and red lipstick makes me want to jam out to her song Red (which, I am actually doing). People hate on Taylor but I have no idea why. All of her albums are on my iPod, even the ones during her youngling country phase. As a country song despiser, I think that’s saying a lot. And literally every time I see a picture of her, I get insanely jealous. Not just because of the fact that she is insanely tall and she should donate some inches to the needy (me). But because she has this most perfectest perfect style. Like whoever her stylist is, please adopt me also! :P

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red paris french parisian dress striped bow belt sunset wedge heels round sunglasses charlotte russe

Celebration Comment Topic: Pick any of the previous questions this week! What decade would you go shopping in, what decade would you say influences your style the most, and which previous trend would you stop if you could?

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