Creators I'm Loving At The Moment

I scroll through Instagram far more than I'd like to admit. However, Instagram also serves as one of my greatest sources of inspiration both for me personally and this blog as a creative outlet. Ever since Instagram launched their "saved" feature, it's become more of a Pinterest-like platform that I can use to make mood boards for what is inspiring me at the moment. I follow a lot of people on Instagram, and because there are so many creators on Instagram, it can feel very overwhelming to find new creators to follow. I personally don't like the Explore page at all (a lot of it just seems very spammy), so most of the time I just find new people to follow through people that I already follow. 

Frecklesnur ~ I found Naria's instagram a couple of weeks ago via Lizzy Hadfield (aka Shotfromthestreet). I mainly love her account because it is just so beautiful to look at. I love the tone that all of her images have and it definitely gives me inspiration for my own photography. Also, as you could tell based from her Instagram handle, she has the most enviable freckles ever!

Shnordic ~ I have been throwing myself into interior inspiration over the past two months because of the move. Even though I've been finding the majority of my interiors inspiration via Pinterest, there are a few Instagram accounts that I follow almost solely for interiors content, one of my favorites being Shnordic. The account is run by Susanna Hawkins, who is a UK-based interior designer, and is a self-described "scandi maximalist". I love that her style is very chic and Scandinavian, but it all looks livable and realistic. So many interior designers create spaces that are almost too perfect to live in, but all of Susanna's spaces just create an err of comfort and ease that I hope to bring to our apartment. 

Brittany Bathgate ~ I don't know if I could write a post about where I get inspiration on Instagram without mentioning Brittany Bathgate. She's someone that I've been following for quite some time now, but recently her content has been even more inspiring. One of the things that I love about Brittany is the way she uses proportions and shapes in her clothing to make her outfits, which are normally pretty minimal (especially in terms of color), more interesting and eye-catching. As someone who can very easily get caught in an endless cycle of wearing jeans and a t-shirt almost every day, Brittany provides some good ideas for how to mix things up and incorporate some more interesting proportions in my wardrobe. 

Sara Tasker ~ Sara is the absolute genius behind the blog and Instagram by the name of Me & Orla. Sara is a blogger and content creator, who is super well-versed in growing blogs and Instagram pages into full-blown businesses. Her Instagram content is not only incredibly beautiful, but useful as well. As I've been trying to get my freelance career going, her advice has been incredibly motivating and helpful, especially if you're someone who wants to grow your freelance career as organically as possible. 

My Favorite Transitional Pieces | Summer to Autumn

As of now I am thoroughly over Summer. I have never been the biggest fan of Summer to be honest, which I think partially is down to the fact that I've never loved hot weather. Because of my aversion to higher temperatures I've also never been too keen on dressing for the Summer months. Luckily, having grown up in San Francisco, I never developed much of a Summer wardrobe because, well, we don't really have summer the way the rest of the world does. Most of the summer months consist of dense fog and some pretty heavy winds. Even though I'm not in the throws of hot weather, I still am eager for it to be Autumn because not only is it my favorite season, but it also brings with it Autumn clothing coming into stores.

I find shopping in between seasons to be near impossible because, more often than not, the selection just isn't too great. I tend to be drawn to classic, timeless pieces especially during transitional times because they also often coincide with being in the middle of a style rut. While it can feel a bit same-y at times, I think its nice to go back to basics sometimes and really hone in the pieces that work best for you. These in-between times are when I find myself shopping my own closet a lot more and therefore have nailed down a solid selection of pieces that work perfectly for the often awkward transition from Summer to Autumn. 

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T-Shirt: Lisa Says Gah (old) | Bag: Madewell | Jeans: Levi's | Shoes: Converse

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One of the staples in my transitional wardrobe is a pair of straight leg jeans. This particular pair pictured are the Levi Wedgie Fit Jeans, which are a great options if you are either struggling to find a good pair of vintage Levi 501s or if you are new to the realm of straight leg jeans and want a pair that err more on the skinny side. I've had a few pairs of Levi Wedgie jeans and this wash is by far my favorite for the transition to cooler weather The deep blue wash goes so well with both light and dark tops, but also looks a bit more formal with the right outfit. Because of the silhouette of straight leg jeans, they lend themselves to a variety of tops like a plain white tee (as pictured above) or a chunkier knit. 

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A pair of classic black Converse High Tops also are one of the best items in a transitional wardrobe. They are definitely a casual shoe, but they work with so many different outfits whether it be a classic jeans and t-shirt look, a girly wrap dress, a pair of trousers; the possibilities really are endless. Because of their versatility, they work during this in-between period perfectly because they are such a reliable and iconic shoe. During the transition between Summer and Autumn, most people aren't also super worried about wearing shoes suited for very cold weather, but also don't want to be wearing a shoe with an open toe, which is the ideal situation to wear sneakers. I think that any kind of fashion sneaker is a must-have for transitional seasons, but Converse High Tops are without a doubt my favorite and the most comfortable (that I have found) in the category. 

 

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Leather Jacket: Madewell | Turtleneck: Uniqlo | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Madewell (old) | Bag: Madewell

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A leather biker jacket makes for the perfect outerwear piece during transitional seasons. This is in part because leather biker jackets go with everything, from jeans and a t-shirt to a wrap dress. Because they are so versatile its a piece that you can rely on no matter the weather or the occassion. Another great thing about leather jackets is if you don't already own one, they are almost always available no matter what the season is. Even though the leather jacket I own is on the thicker side, it has been my go-to outerwear piece for cooler evenings and days, and even when it's a bit warmer I can justify wearing it with a lighter top underneath. 

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Perhaps one of the best transitional pieces is a lightweight wool turtleneck. My favorite turtlenecks are from Uniqlo as they are both the perfect cut and they're only $30. While these are wool, they are a much lighter weight wool than a lot of other wool turtlenecks on the market and you don't feel like you're dying of heat exhaustion if the temperature rises above 65 degrees. Because of the ribbed texture, they sit in a super flattering way against the body and don't sag or look awkward in any spot. The tight fit of them makes for the perfect layering piece, in fact one of my favorite outfits, which I'm sure I'll feature in the near future in an upcoming post is this turtleck with a lacey cami over the top, tucked into some black trousers. Again, like the leather biker jacket, you can also wear a wool turtleneck for almost any occasion as well, which makes it perfect for this time of year. 

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