Link Love, vol. 5 (+ AMA?)

Apple brie baguette — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

{via Instagram}

Happy Sunday, friends! How has your weekend been? My boyfriend is in town for the long weekend. Long distance is so hard, but it really makes me appreciate the time we do get to spend together. We've been eating a lot of food but also doing some workouts to balance it out. ;) I ordered some activewear from Grana and love it! Definitely size up, though. I ended up with a small in everything because XS was too tight. I plan to do a review/"around town" post with it once it warms up a bit! (If you're new to the brand, use my referral link for 10% off your first purchase! I'll get a credit.)

And just for fun (inspired by the lovely Alissa), I thought I'd do a little "ask me anything" session! Feel free to ask me anything about blogging, grad school, my life, my boyfriend, my cats, etc. I'll answer some questions (or all, depending on amount received and the content/appropriateness) in an upcoming post (or posts, again depending on amount/content). :) I'll probably close the form below around February 26th!

Or however many questions you want ;)


Camel coat, green plaid flannel shirt, burgundy pants, brown boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel coat with green plaid flannel shirt and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Green plaid flannel shirt outfit with camel coat and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel coat outfit with green plaid shirt and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy pants outfit with camel coat and green plaid — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

A couple of days ago, I was looking through my list of outfit ideas on my phone and realized that I was down to the bottom of my winter outfit barrel. We've still got at least a month more of winter and thus have quite a few more winter outfits to share here on the blog, so now is definitely not the time to be running out of ideas yet somehow it always happens. Winter and summer are my least favorite seasons to dress for, and of course, they're the longest of the four seasons here in Utah. C'est la vie!

In times like these, I turn to my trusty Pinterest inspiration boards to hopefully spark some new ideas. I scrolled by this pin of Taylor Swift from a couple of years ago (maybe three at this point?!) and was inspired to recreate it with my own items. The dark green and burgundy color combination is not one I'd put together normally, so I enjoyed trying something new. The camel coat and brown boots softened the whole look. Do you think Taylor thought about it that much when she got dressed, or do you think she just got dressed and didn't overthink every little detail? Haha... 


ModCloth coat / old; similar by ASOS
Madewell shirt / similar or similar by Jack Wills (last seen here)
Madewell pants / old; similar
Chelsea Crew boots / old; exact from Zulily (last seen here)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs

All about the dress-over-pants trend

Red striped dress over black ponte pants outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel cardigan outfit with red striped dress — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Striped dress layered over ponte pants with camel cardigan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Red striped dress outfit with camel cashmere cardigan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This isn't my first taste of the dress-over-pants trend; I wore my asymmetrical lace dress over pants last spring. While I was skeptical of the look at first, I have come to appreciate it. I definitely prefer wearing pants over tights if I had to choose, and pants create a bit of a different look than tights. (Remember when everyone layered leggings under dresses? It reminds me of that in a way, but better...haha.) Plus, pants tend to be warmer than tights. I'm actually planning to try layering a dress over a pair of skinny jeans this spring. Gettin' crazy over here!

My black ponte pants are the obvious choice when it comes to the pants part of the layering equation. This time, I decided to winterize my red striped shift dress by wearing it over the pants and adding a camel cashmere cardigan. This dress was a perfect candidate because it's short and it's not structured. It kind of acts more like a tunic than a dress here. I almost decided to wear a belt to cinch the shift shape of the dress a bit, but I really liked the effect of leaving it loose and casual. If I wore this again, I would probably wear a pendant necklace with this to break up the stripes a bit... Oh well. :) It was a fun outfit that I'm glad I took out for a spin!


Grana cardigan c/o / unavailable; similar by Lord & Taylor (review here; use my referral link for 10% off your first purchase)
ModCloth dress / old; similar by Everlane (last seen here)
J.Crew pants / exact
J.Crew flats / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs