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

That Jacket Tying Thing

Tied Jacket 3

pink crochet dress tied white jacket necklace sneakers

Back in the good old days of my youth, jacket tying was a thing. A practical way of holding your jacket when you became too warm to wear it. But then, I grew older and all of a sudden, tying my jacket around my waist was super shunned. I wouldn’t be caught dead or alive styling one around my waist. No-sir-ee-bob! Not unless I wanted to be pegged as a giant loser or something.

That thought lasted for many years until a couple of weeks ago when I was doing my usual cruising through blogs. Someone had worn  their plaid flannel around their waist and man did they look really cool. And BAM! Once again, jacket tying became a thing and I wanted try it. So on my and Ryan’s 2 and a half year anniversary (Long time! ;P) I decided to wear this outfit. I have already worn this pink crochet dress (Happy Easter) but I loved the white button-down-jacket-shirt-thing tired around my waist. I think it makes the look more casual and cool but still captures the pretty effects of the dress! It’s so funny how different fashion trends go in and out of style 🙂 !

I’m in Canada right now, probably wifi-less. Hang tight, ladies (and the occasional gentlemen (I’m talking to you Ryan!)). I will be back soon! In the mean time, check out my instagram (@oliviamonopoli) to follow the latest with the greatest. I’m currently into making videos via Lightt or Cameo which have been pretty fun. The first/only one features a nice date night. Kinda lame but still makes me smile.

Love, Olivia

pink crochet dress tied white jacket necklace sneakers

Celebration Comments: Weekend Away. What is your favorite weekend away? What did you pack for it?

pink crochet dress tied white jacket necklace sneakers

pink crochet dress tied white jacket necklace sneakers

Thrifty Tulle

gray tulle green peter pan collar wedge heels red lipstick sunglasses

gray tulle green peter pan collar wedge heels red lipstick sunglasses

gray tulle green peter pan collar wedge heels red lipstick sunglasses

For years now, I have longed for my own tulle skirt. There is something about them-elegant and girly- that makes me want to channel my inner ballerina. It probably started when I went through my ballerina phase as a little four year old. I still remember begging my mom to buy me a huge pink tutu when we were shopping for leotards at the ballet shop. Of course, a few months later, I quit and that tutu was never worn past my dress-up area. But still-a favorite among my dress-up clothes.

Fast forward a decade and a bit later, and that tutu-y desire still lies within me. While I’m probably not as rebellious to walk around in a so-huge-I-would-have-trouble-walking-through-doors tutu, I’m definitely down for a pretty tulle skirt like this gray one here. And I’m lucky to have scored mine at a consignment shop for a spankin’ SIX dollars! Obviously it was meant to be.

Love,

Olivia

gray tulle green peter pan collar wedge heels red lipstick sunglasses

gray tulle green peter pan collar wedge heels red lipstick sunglasses

Evolution

pink leather jacket floral skirt brown heels pale gold shirt collar

pink leather jacket floral skirt brown heels pale gold shirt collar

pink leather jacket floral skirt brown heels pale gold shirt collar

I still remember the day I came across this leather jacket. I was only twelve years old at the time and was more into the shorty-shorts and graphic design tees from American Eagle. A pink leather jacket was not exactly something that would have fit into my middle school wardrobe. But my mom, who was with me at the time, fell in love with it and eagerly made me try it on. At first, I thought that the jacket seemed absolutely huge and clashed terribly with my boot-cut jeans. So, I politely passed on it making the excuse of it being too expensive. But a few weeks later as I was celebrating my thirteenth birthday, I was opening presents and sure enough, that pink leather jacket was inside. Unfortunately, it stayed hidden in the back of my closet for many of my teenage years.

Finally, a couple of weeks ago, my eighteen year old self was digging through my closet to find a nice spring jacket before school. I quickly pulled out that jacket and knew instantly that it was perfect. With my pleated, floral skirt and collared shirt-an outfit I would have never worn as a 12 year old- the jacket created a flawless finish. In a way, this leather jacket is a special piece for me. It marks my evolution from middle school t-shirts to a classier, feminine style of a young woman.

Kisses,

Olivia

Pink Leather Jacket 5

pink leather jacket floral skirt brown heels pale gold shirt collar