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September 2014

Shop For a Cure With Tory Burch

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Many of us have been affected by breast cancer in some way, whether directly or indirectly.

While incredible strides have been made in the fight against breast cancer, there is still much to be done. If you’re looking for a way to support the cause, Tory Burch is donating 20% from the purchase of select items during October 31, 2014, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The York Buckle tote below is gorgeousI’ve shared some other products below that benefit breast cancer research too. My go-to Smashbox primer is wonderful, and now even better because it supports an incredible cause.

I also encourage you to donate directly to the BCRF if you can. I’m donating because I know that my donation brings BCRF one step closer to finding a cure.

And if you are unable to donate or make a purchase, I hope you’ll sport pink and raise awareness not only this month, but throughout the year. 
Shop for a Cure

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Fall, Where Are You?

So the weather decided to play this cruel joke on me where it felt like fall for a few days, and then warmer temperatures returned. Sorry, but I’m not going to put on a scarf when it’s 80 degrees outside. But I wish I was showing you a cute scarf or my Bean boots. I so wish.

This outfit is pretty simple, but as I’ve said before, jeans and a comfy tee are a go to. And I thought I could still channel fall with olive green, gold and brown. And voila! That’s how this outfit came to be.

Wearing:  Madewell tee (love this and this) | American Eagle jeans (very similar and great price) | Tory Burch Miller sandals | Longchamp toteFossil watch | BaubleBar necklace | BaubleBar earrings 

The good news about the warmer temperatures is that I can still sport these Miller sandals, and the brown color is great for fall. I’m also a big fan of army green. I could probably wear it every day. Finally, gold jewelry is always great, especially in the fall. And my trusty Longchamp complements the green very well. 

Fingers crossed I’ll be able to show you some fall outfits soon!

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What I’m Into Volume 10 + Sales

Before we get into this week’s edition of “What I’m Into,” let’s first talk about the amazing Scandal inspired collection at The Limited. If you’re like me and you love the fashion on Scandal as much as you love the crazy plot lines, then you’ve probably already heard about this amazing collection.

Who wouldn’t want to dress like Olivia Pope? I know I would. I love everything. Scroll to the bottom of this post for some of my favorite pieces from the collection. I’m hoping when I land my first big girl job that I’ll be able to add some of these pieces and channel my inner Olivia Pope.
What I’m Into:

Fantastic Sales!
  • Tory Burch has a ton of new markdowns. I would wear these pants all of the time. I have these shoes, and they’re adorable. It’s been high 70s in Pittsburgh lately, so I’ve still been able to pull them off even though it’s officially fall (limited sizes available).
  • J.Crew Factory has select fall styles under $35 until September 28. Prices as marked. This striped tee is great for fall. They also have a great outerwear selection, but it’s not on sale.
  • Banana Republic is offering $25 off every $100 you spend with code BRHERENOW.
  • Gap has 30% off women’s styles until tonight, 11:59 PM EST. Online only. Use code HAPPY.
  • UPDATE: extra 25% off sale items at Anthropologie with code SALEONSALE.
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Guest Blogger: Michaela of The Monogrammed Midwesterner

I love my blogger buddy, Michaela, and I’m so excited that she is guest posting today. She’s sharing her wisdom on some of what she’s learned the past three years in college. I love what she has to say, and I hope you will too!

Hey everyone! I’m Michaela and I am the face behind The Monogrammed
. I love Ellen and her blog, and I am so excited to be posting
for you guys today!

I swore senioritis and all the wistfulness that comes along
with it wouldn’t hit me, but it totally did and hard. I really cannot believe
school is almost over, and I’ll have to head out into the real world. While I
won’t say I know exactly what I’m doing, here are some things I’ve learned
while I’ve been in school:
  • Don’t pick a major to make anyone happy except
    : This is the biggest and most important thing I
    can pass on. If your parents are pushing you into engineering, but you want to
    be a business major, then go for it. It’s your education and ultimately what
    you will be doing for the rest of your life. 
  • Say yes
    to adventures: Go on adventures
    with your friends. If you’re writing a paper that’s not due until next week,
    and your friend invites you to a karaoke contest at the bar, just go for it.
    Some of your best times will come from spontaneous adventure…
  • …But
    remember that school comes first and always listen to your gut:
    On the flip
    side of the previous comment, if you’re studying for a test the next day and
    your friends are begging you to go to a party, then say no. School always comes
    first. Also, if you’re invited to a party off campus to someone’s place you
    don’t know but he’s “a friend of a friend,” and you don’t feel good about it, stay
    home. 9 times out of 10, your gut is usually right and a night at home is
    preferable to something dangerous.
  • Go to
    your professor’s office hours:
    Even if you only have one question, it can
    be worthwhile to listen to other student’s questions. It is good to also
    introduce yourself and keep in contact – you never know when you’re going to
    need that letter of recommendation.
  • Keep in
    touch with your friends from home:
    If you haven’t seen the Thought Catalog
    16 Things We Forget to Thank Our High School Friends For, read it and then you’ll feel all mushy like I did. Don’t
    forget to shoot them a text or a call every now and then, because you will want
    to keep the people in your life who were there for all the bad school pictures.
  • Make your health a priority: Eat right, work out often, and don’t indulge
    too much. Your body is your body for the rest of your life and while pizza and
    beer every night sounds amazing, you’ll be regretting it later. 
  • Drama
    still exists in college –
    don’t get
    Whether you’re in a club (join those!) or a sorority, there will
    be drama. The best thing you can do is don’t get involved and don’t start it.
    Be kind, genuine, and don’t do anything you would be ashamed to tell your
    grandma about.
  • Find
    yourself again, and again:
    You will make mistakes and you will discover
    that you’re a different person from semester to semester. Remain true to your
    morals, be a good person, and you will eventually figure everything out.
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Update: Don’t forget about the Swoozies giveaway that runs until September 26! You can also receive 25% off your Swoozies order with the code SwooFallFun25.