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Back to School Essentials

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The summer is almost officially over now… even though this week long New York heat wave is saying otherwise. Almost all of the students in the universe have gone back to school. I am popping in really quickly to share some back to school essentials for you ladies to check off your list. This is not something that you guys have to feel the need to go out and buy. These are just some inspirational looks that I put together in my head. Take note of the structural combinations and do not worry about the actual pieces. If you see a pair of burgundy boots know that any boots of the same shade and style will recreate the same effect.

As the leaves begin to fall and the sun sets sooner the nights will get cold. Every fashionista needs a sensible jacket. Depending on your sense of style this can be a leather jacket, a quilted liner coat, or a classic trench.

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If you live in a slightly warmer climate and don’t quite need to get your outerwear out of storage just yet you may just need to stock up on some good quality cardigans to keep you comfortable in air conditioned libraries and classrooms. Over sized “grandpa” cardigans or “boyfriend” blazers are a great and easy way to make it appear that you put in way more effort than you actually did. You can go bold with prints or get a comfy/chunky knit.

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You may be pulling all-nighters writing papers and studying for exams. This may make it difficult to construct a chic outfit early in the morning. Stock up on one-and-done pieces like jumpsuits and simple dresses that make snooze-button mornings less damaging on your classroom attendance. Stick to solid colors that make it easier to repeat outfits and style in multiple ways. Throw a chunky sweatshirt or denim shirt over a jersey dress to wear it as a skirt. Add a pair of jeans to the same dress and you have a long sleeved top. The possibilities are endless but less apparent if you stick to neutral colors like black, blues and grey.

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The absolute basics of any casual wardrobe stand on the foundation of a great pair of denim pants and a white t-shirt. Make sure you find the right silhouette for your body type and don’t break the bank! H&M offer a great range of denim and sizes range from 24-36.

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To complete the looks make sure you have a great back pack and sensible shoes. Heels are always great but not at all practical for the classroom. Instead invest in a sensible flat, comfortable sneakers and a good pair of boots.

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What did you wear on your first day back in class? Comment below! Did you post a picture? Tag me on social media. (Instagram: @thee_shopaholic) (Twitter: @Shopaholic411)

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First OOTD of 2014

First OOTD of 2014

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This OOTD is long overdue as i am sure you can tell from the leaves on the ground and the lack of outerwear. It is painstakingly cold here in NYC. But I decided to post this last look from my Fall shoot with photographer Dezirae B. I hope you enjoy!

I have been gone from here for a little while e and since I am still new to the blogging world I figured I would give you guys tons to read at the close of the first full week in January!

What I’m wearing:
Hat: H&M
Necklace: Random Boutique in Queens Center Mall… the same boutique where i purchased thee statement necklace in the “White After Labor Day” post. I don’t think they have an actual name but if i go back and see them again and they do have a name i will be sure to update you guys!
Top: White off-the-shoulder Crop Top| ASOS
Cardigan: Forever 21
Skirt: Genuine Leather Pencil Midi | Thrifted: No Relation Vintage
Shoes: http://www.shoproxx.com