My Go-To Jewelry for Summer

As the sun begins replacing those long grey days that have been taking over Portland, I look at my wardrobe with fresh eyes. Goodbye sweaters and hello linen! And with these fabric changes come some jewelry swaps.Read More

Spring Shoes For Every Situation

Spring brings with it more than just flowers and showers. Think graduations, patio dinners, and spring sports. With all these new events going on, keeping your shoe game appropriate for the situation and weather is important.

Spring shoes for every situation

Below is a list of shoes that can take you through whatever the season throws at you next.Read More

The Enthusiast's Spring Wardrobe Essentials

It’s the first day of Spring!

And while Portland is doing this whole “rain is life” thing and I have made my rain jacket a wardrobe staple, that doesn’t mean I can’t get excited for flowers and more bearable temperatures.

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

To celebrate the first day of a long-awaited spring, I am sharing my spring wardrobe essentials so that my style can be as light and happy as the season!Read More

What to Wear to Work This Week

As a new member of the working world, I have discovered a lot about my closet in the last week. No longer is it 8am lectures in leggings and layered sweatshirts with a traveler of coffee. It’s time for real pants, real tops, and coffee mugs.

I’m two weeks into my job and I already have figured out exactly what outfits work with the dress code and keep me comfortable from 7:30-4:30. It’s an art, trust me.

This week I thought I’d share a week’s worth of outfits that I think are great for work and will provide the same comfort as those college year leggings.Read More

The 10 Pairs of Shoes That Every Girl Needs to Have

No outfit is complete without a smile…or shoes.

The older I get the more I realize the need to have staples in my wardrobe. It’s not about following the trends, but using the universally flattering clothing that generations upon generations of women have discovered and making them into amazing outfits. And the same goes for your feet.

I have lots of shoes in my closet, but there are about 10 pairs that I wear over and over again until they need to be replaced. These 10 are going to last the span of time because they go with the change of trends and the everchanging demands of fashion. Whether it’s dressing up for a gala or dressing down for a barbecue, if you’re getting dressed for something your go-to shoe is on this list. Next time you go shopping make sure you have each of these 10 so you’re never standing in front of the mirror with two shoes saying, “But, neither one works.”

Let’s get shoe shopping!Read More

How to Create a Personal Style

Over the years my style has developed. From exclusively wearing any bright colour, to any trend Forever 21 deemed acceptable to becoming the queen of Portland fishing trip hipster gear, there have been more style transformations than I’d like to admit over the last ten years.

But now, at my ripe age of 21, I realize it’s time to stop slipping between trends and phases and stick with my own signature style that I can call my own. Because once you have tied down your own personal style you can apply it to many more aspects than just what you’re wearing, such as interior decorating, tech accessories, etc.

The process of finding my own personal style was quite a long one, so I thought I would share my steps of finding out exactly how I discovered the style that works best for me. And hopefully by the end you will feel that you have the tools to find your own too!

The Enthusiast’s Guide to Finding Personal Style

1. Go through your closet

The best way to start finding your personal style is to go through your closet. See what you learn toward the most. Is it stripes? Navy? Maybe you love floral? Dig into your closet and make a list of what items you lean toward the most and what items you wish you had. This will help you in the next steps.

2. Find three terms that describe you

Your personal style is just that – personal. When people see you they should see some of your top qualities. Style is meant to accentuate who you are as a person. If you watch Ugly Betty you’ll see that each character (while quite well dressed) has a certain personality, from Betty’s colourful ensembles to Wilhelmina’s sharp lines to Daniel’s casual yet get-down-to-business suits. Your style should do the same. So find three terms that you want your outfits to show when you’re walking down the street.

For me, I chose three that I believe are who I am:

  1. Classic – As a person, I tend toward the traditional. From my love of natural fibers and neutral patterns to how I live my life in general, classic is how other people and I describe me on a daily basis. That’s why I want my style to exemplify such an important part of my personality.
  2. Chic – As I reach an age where I am beginning to make a professional life I find myself choosing more elegant pieces, whether it’s furniture or earrings. Being chic is about having a certain elegance and that’s something that I try to give off, which is why I wanted to incorporate it into my style.
  3. Casual – At the end of the day I am the kind of girl who loves her leggings and sweatshirts more than anything. It’s so important to have a casual element to me, even though it seems to counteract my other two terms, but if I don’t have messy curls or a small rip in my jeans or, God forbid, I’m uncomfortable in my clothes I am not sticking to my true personality.

Once you have these terms you’re ready to move on!

3. Think about your top favourite outfits

Whether it’s something you wear now, or something you’ve seen in a magazine, we all have those outfits that we know make us feel like our best selves. Those are the outfits that will help you see what your personal style could look like. Choose three to five outfits that are your personal style that relate to those terms from earlier.

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Now when you go shopping or are finding clothes in your closet tomorrow remember those outfits and ask yourself if those outfits are fitting with your new style.

4. Make a board of clothes that exemplifies that style

Using either Pinterest, a cork board in your home, a folder on your desktop, or however else you arrange images, make a visual aid for your personal style. Whether it’s outfits you love, articles of clothing that fit your style exactly, or even just fabric pieces that are in your colour palette, place them on the board. This can be a daily/weekly reminder of the personal style that you feel exemplifies who you are.

5. Discard everything else

Now, if you want to cold turkey into your new personal style, it’s time to do some cleaning. Take items out of your closet that you think are completely against your style and place them in a bag away from sight. If you want you can donate them, but keep them for a short while (you never know when you’ll need something). Not having those items in your sight when you’re getting dressed as you make the transformation will make sticking to your personal style much easier.

Voila! Here’s your new personal style that’s all you!


Please remember that personal style can change as we age, so don’t feel that you will have to wear the same things for the rest of your life. Updating your personal style as your life changes is recommended as people don’t stop changing and neither should their wardrobes.

What is your personal style? How did you find it? Please share in the comments! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you Friday!

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Spring Wardrobe Essentials

With spring now in full bloom, it’s time to update the wardrobe.

This spring is really about going outside of your normal wardrobe and having fun with patterns, designs, and styles. If you normally wear all black, try some pastels. If you stick with stripes, try some cut-outs. And if you love wearing jeans every day, maybe stick on a skirt. Play it up!

As we enter spring 2016, it’s time to look at some styles that help us to up our ante when it comes to style. So below are some ideas for how you can be your best spring self this year!Read More

The Enthusiast's Winter Fashion Guide

Winter! Time of the cold, hot drinks, and lots of holiday spirit. But what’s the fun of that is you’re not dressed appropriately?

There a few tricks that separate fall and winter fashion. 1) Winter fashion has a lot more knits and coats and 2) Stick with pastels and darks. With these in mind, winter fashion can be incredibly easy. You just need a guide that lets you know how to not wear the same outfit from September to February. Winter fashion is it’s own, and should not be treated any differently.

This guide is filled with winter fashion staples that will create the perfect winter wardrobe for you this season. From knit hats to pastel sweaters, you’re going to styling.

The Winter 2015 Style Guide by The Enthusiast

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5 Thanksgiving Outfits for Turkey Day

Whoo! Turkey Day is tomorrow! I’m actually not a big turkey fan, so it’s more like Mashed Potatoes Day for me.

But Thanksgiving is more than just abundance of food. It is about being thankful for all we have in life: Food, shelter, and family. I am so grateful to be able to take a few days off and spend Thanksgiving with my family in Medford. Being able to take this time is a blessing.

And because we are giving thanks, it is important to look nice. We always dress up in my house, from dressy casual to Sunday best. And surely many of you dress up too. That is why I have compiled 5 outfits that are perfectly appropriate for whatever Thanksgiving you’re attending.Read More

How to Get Away With Wearing Lazy Clothes

9 times out of 10 I am in lazy clothes when I’m running to class. As I type this, I’m wearing yoga leggings paired with a long-sleeve v-neck and a flannel. It’s all the lazy clothes compiled into one outfit. Lazy clothes are a staple of collegiate wardrobes.

And I’m going to show you how to pull them off.Read More