STYLE BLOG by CARLY MADDOX

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

So Long 2014 + Hello 2015!

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Here's a look back at all my outfits from this past year. I will admit, I'm not sad to see 2014 go. 

It's so shocking how you can change so much in a year, but I know I'm different now than I was when this year started. I've graduated high school, gone through this transitional period this summer from high school to real life, been through two (short term) jobs, and while I still live with my parents, I feel a lot more independent. I'm single, but now I finally don't care and I have stopped thinking about that for the most part, because that doesn't matter to me right now. I'm only 19, but yes, I'm already focused on my long term goals and my career. I want to be successful and live in NYC, so I'm going to make that happen. I'm definitely not in the norm with other girls my age, actually I'm the complete opposite of that. I've spent too much time earlier this year thinking I had to make attempts to go to parties, have a guy in my life, and be social with everyone, but that just isn't me and it's not what I want. The time I could be spending partying I prefer to be working on my blog and having small hangouts with my closest friends, the time I could be searching for a boyfriend I would much prefer to use chasing my dreams, and the time used socializing with crowds of people I could put towards growing stronger bonds with my best friends. I'm a shy, introverted person anyways, and I've come to fully accept that as well. I can't tell you how many times I've been picked on in school about being quiet. It's ridiculous. In reality, isn't it better to speak few words of sincerity rather than blabbing on about nothing? Just a thought. All I'm saying here is that I've put (most) of my insecurities and questionable features about myself to ease and I'm more confident now than ever.

That's not all though, even my style has changed. Lately I've been dressing in what I feel is more sophisticated and classic, I'm honestly so over trends for the most part. Trends are fun, but I'm going to start spending my money on timeless, quality pieces rather than items I won't still love in three months. I'm going to make attempts to go vintage shopping again as well, but that's a task that's becoming more and more difficult here in Jacksonville. Thrift shops are everywhere, but they are not filled with anything worth my time. Everyone has caught on to the vintage hunting thing, unfortunately. I'm am inspired by so many things, but I've noticed the styles that have stuck in my head have a vintage feel, are classic, sophisticated, and are very European chic. It's probably not apparent at all from recent outfits, but only because it's going to be a work in progress to build on my closest the perfect wardrobe I really want. I've been doing so much closest purging and selling on eBay the past few weeks because I'm fed up with the cheap trendy clothes! This idea probably only makes sense in my mind, but I'll be slowly but surely working on it.

If you read all I had to say in this post, you're awesome! I don't get too personal on here often, so I wanted to really focus more on me with this recap of my year according to this blog! I want to thank you all so, so much for reading, and an extra big thank you to those who've been reading since the beginning of A Walk in the Park, even that small period in the beginning when I was confused on a blog name and called it "Lovely Vintage"! Hahaha! I'm so glad I figured out a proper, unique blog title, I figured I'd get sick of it eventually but I still like it, so that's good! Anyways, you're all the best. I've gotten so many fabulous opportunities (and a big boost of confidence!) since I started blogging, and it's all thanks to you! Here's to a new year, a better year! 

xo 

Carly
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Edgy Knits


Wearing: Aeropostale sweater, Aeropostale skirt, Forever 21 jacket, H&M tights, Zara boots (old).

Black and neutrals are all I really want to wear this season, except for the exception of red, of course! I recently got this super cute faux leather jacket from Forever 21, and it has now become my #1 jacket of choice. It's just a fact of life that a leather jacket will automatically make you feel awesome no matter what you're wearing it with! It did dress up my comfy and simple turtleneck from Aeropostale today, which was good! By the way, can I just have one these sweaters in every color ever?! So cozy!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Plaid + Lace


Wearing: Others Follow dress (buy it in navy!), Others Follow coat, Forever 21 hat, Forever 21 necklace, Target socks, Thrifted boots.

Here I am again, wearing a dress with my boots! It's been chilly here, but still not Winter weather, and at this point I don't think it will even get cold anytime soon! I've been loving this dress/boots combo I've been wearing lately, it's so easy and has a boho look to it! I don't know why I didn't think about this sooner, makes me want to buy more riding boots to pair with all my dresses!
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hello, Winter!


I am so happy that winter is finally here, and that the new year is about to start! 2014 wasn't near as good as 2013 for me, but I have a good feeling that 2015 is going to be full of opportunity and excitement for me! I have been getting some inspiration for my wardrobe this winter on pinterest and tumblr and of course am posting some of my favorites! So excited to wear coats and lots of black! 
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Wrap. Sleep. Repeat!


Wearing: Aeropostale top, Aeropostale skirt, Aeropostale blazer (old, similar), Target tights, Target heels (old, similar), T-Shirt and Jeans bag, Coco & Marie "C" inital necklace (get 20% off your order with code "MADDOX20")

There's only a few more days to Christmas, and I'm without a doubt in full holiday mode! I've got my shirt here that pretty much sums up this past week, all I've been doing is wrapping presents! I paired it with this beautiful red skirt and plaid blazer both from Aeropostale as well, for a quirky and fun holiday outfit! I didn't do much accessorizing, but I did wear my "C" initial necklace from Coco & Marie, which is a new favorite of mine! Lately I love wearing dainty little necklaces that have personal meaning to me, because not only are they special, but they're something you can wear everyday and never grow tired of. I think little special pieces of jewelry like this make for the best holiday gifts, and even though it may be too late to order for Christmas now, it would still make for a random loving surprise, so just for my readers I've got a coupon for 20% off on Coco & Marie with code "MADDOX20". Hope everyone is having a happy Friday!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Keepin' It Classic


Wearing: Sugarhill Boutique dress, JC Penney coat (old, similar), Wolford tights, Target heels (old, similar) Gucci vintage bag, ZeroUV sunglasses.

Stripes are a classic print that just never go out of style, so when I am wearing anything striped, I always want to wear a classic outfit around them! Today I wore this adorable striped sweater dress from Sugarhill Boutique with my favorite red coat from JC Penney. I've been so much more into the classic, sophisticated style lately and I thought I'd show it with this outfit!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Living Color


Wearing: Forever 21 dress, Forever 21 scarf, T-Shirt and Jeans bag, Thrifted boots.

On days that I spend freelance working in coffee shops, I still like to dress cute while being comfy! Today I layered up for this cooler day with this floral smock dress I recently bought from F21, which I love so much, especially because of its bell sleeves! I layered a big scarf over it, and wore it with this super cute bag from T-Shirt and Jeans. This layered look is boho and laid back, which is my style on most days! It looks well put together but only took a second to throw on and I was out the door! 





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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide for Her -- Perfect Last Minute Presents Under $75

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If you're doing a bit of last minute online shopping, now is the time to buy so you can get that gift shipped to you in time for Christmas! For anyone who's just flat out confused this season on what to buy, I've sat down and put together a gift guide of so many great gifts under $75, whether it be for your mom, your friends, or even if you just need some stocking stuffers! 















BEST HOLIDAY DEALS RIGHT NOW:

Roaman's - Coats + Boots up to 50% off! Roaman's is such a great place to shop plus size, with stylish clothes all ranging from sizes S - 7X! Check out their cute clothes and affordable deals, you're sure to find something for any lady in your life!

Modcloth - 20% off your last minute holiday shopping with code TICKTOCK. There are so many different gifts and clothes that are just too adorable not to buy on Modcloth! This deal is especially awesome right now for any Christmas procrastinators out there (like myself), so take advantage of this coupon code while you can!

Coco & Marie - 20% off with code MADDOX20. That's right, I've got a special coupon code for 20% on Coco & Marie, and you definitely will want to do some shopping! There's so much beautiful jewelry in their shop, especially the gorgeous delicate gold state necklaces, like the NY one I've got!


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Power of My Love


Wearing: Forever 21 shirt, Forever 21 pants, Marshall's lace kimono, T-Shirt and Jeans bag, Forever 21 hat, Lucky Brand sunglasses, Zara boots.

I finally bought myself a pair of cute bell bottom pants, which I have been wanting for such a long time! It's not often that you see bells on sites other than Free People for affordable prices, but this pair from F21 was only $19.90! They have a black pair as well that I need to get, because these pants are just so comfy and cute! I felt very rockstar today, and that's the best feeling ever, haha! Can we also talk about how cute this fringe bag from T-Shirt and Jeans is, too? It's my new favorite, I want to carry it everywhere I go!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Urban Layering


Wearing: Wal-G faux leather paneled cardigan (sold out, similar), F21 high low blouse, Nasty Gal faux leather shorts, Nila Anthony bag, Target beanie (old), Shop Priceless heels (old).

Warm days are still present here, so I've been really trying to make my outfits look season appropriate all while still wearing shorts. I've been in love with faux leather shorts for quite some time now, so I thought it was about time I invested in a pair of my own. I opted for this affordable $24 pair from Nasty Gal, but once arrived, they were another faux leather disappointment. They smelled god awful, and I spray them down, cleaned them every way I could, and hung them outside to air out for 2 days, all for them to still have a disgusting fishy smell, like a lot of other faux leathers do. I took the tags off before I realized the smell would never go away, so now I can't return them. I wore them today since I knew I wouldn't be coming in close contact with other people who would be able to smell the terrible scent of these horrible shorts, but I'll say I'm never going to wear them again. I don't recommend these ladies! Don't make the same mistake I did! I was highly disappointed that Nasty Gal would even sell something that smells so terrible, since they are now such a highly reputable online store. I did however like the rest of my outfit though, I was feeling some urban vibes so I figured I'd wear something that isn't traditionally my style. You all know how I like to mix up my outfits a bit sometimes! :)
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Southwestern Style


Wearing: Olive Clothes green dress, Olive Clothes aztec cardigan, Olive Clothes oversized fedora, Olive Clothes necklace, Steve Madden booties (old, similar here).

I've been so in love with aztec print cardigans and ponchos lately, and I especially love this one from Olive Clothes. It's the perfect amount of color and pattern without being too overdone, and I love how oversized it is, it's sort of like a cross between a cardigan and a poncho! Instead of wearing it with jeans and a tee like how I usually would, I wore this pretty little green lattice neckline dress from Olive Clothes as well to add a little extra color. I wore this all with my new favorite oversized fedora from Olive Clothes, which is such good quality and very inexpensive (only $31!), I wish I had one in every neutral color! 

Also, for being such awesome readers, I'm offering a promo code for 15% off your Olive Clothes order! This is perfect for your holiday shopping whether for yourself or for your friends and loved ones, and today is green monday anyways, a big day for online shopping, so why not treat yourself! Use code "AWITP15" at checkout! Use this code soon though, it expires this Sunday, 12/14!
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