Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I’m pretty sure that I am the only person on the East Coast who is notttt pleased that the weather has been uncharacteristically warm. Why you might ask? Well, first, I was a winter baby so I like to think I have a natural affinity for weather of the colder persuasion. Second, I HAVE SO MANY CUTE COATS I WANT TO WEAR. See, coats always get a bad rap: They’re ugly people say, they’re bulky people pout, they cover my cute outfit they complain. So wrong. When you shop around properly and find the right coats, they can become a statement piece in their own right. Below I’ve compiled a few great coats all under $100. So prepare yourselves my friends, as they say in Game of Thrones….winter is coming.

COPE Fluffy Zip-Up Bomber Jacket- $59.99

Urban Outfitters Bomber Jacket

I’m a sucker for anything with the word ‘fluffy’ in the title. I mean it just instills an image of being comfy-cozy am I right? This jacket from Urban Outfitters is the perfect balance between functional, comfortable, and of course, fashionable. The neutral color will go with pretty much any outfit, from jeans to dresses. This jacket is perfect for a work event or dinner with the family. Be warned: people will probably ask why you haven’t taken of your jacket even though your inside. Those people can step off; you cant help it if this jacket feels like a giant hug!

Kenneth Cole New York Mixed Media Quilted Coat- $99.16

Kenneth Cole Coat

This jacket right here is going to be your best friend when it’s 40 degrees and you have to trek across campus to a 9 am statistics class (still bitter about this addition to my schedule, pun intended). This coat has down-and-feather fill, which will definitely keep you warm, as well as a removable hood for those days when snow decides to grace us with its presence.The tweedy contrast body panels give this coat a unique look, and the length is great for keeping you as warm as possible. This jacket is ideal for everyday wear this winter. See? I told you coats are fun!

AEO Vegan Leather Moto Jacket-$99.95

AE Jacket

Let’s get real here for a minute: as a college student myself we alllll know that even if it’s -50 degrees out, you will not under any circumstances where a coat to Da cLuB. You will inevitably freeze your ASSets off and curse the day you decided to live in the Northeast. Since I know you won’t wear a winter jacket for a night out, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD please at least wear a leather jacket. It adds a fun edge to your outfit and will keep you relatively warm. This one from American Eagle Outfitters is made out of vegan leather, so not only is it chic, you also wont have to worry about PETA throwing red paint at you either. Score!

Where do you guys like to buy your winter jackets? Do you have a favorite brand? Let me know! Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram @loansandlouboutins

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That’s Corky

Have you ever watched that show ‘Hoarders’ and thought “Holy God almighty, why on earth would someone keep a 20-year-old pickle jar?!?” Well, a couple of days ago when I decided to clear out some of the clutter in my room, I found myself having a hard time parting with things like a day planner from middle school and a bracelet I made in jewelry class in 10th grade that was so ugly, it’s amazing I didn’t receive an F in the class. Suddenly it dawned on me: I’m as bad as the 20-year-old pickle jar guy. Suddenly, I saw myself as one of those people who has to make little passageways through their home to just to get through all of the piles of junk. This prompted me to make a complete overhaul of all of the useless things that have taken up residence in my room for far too long. While tossing out about 60 birthday cards from my sweet 16, (yes, I clearly have a problem) I noticed that a cork board in my room was filled with a collage of pictures and magazine scraps that hadn’t been updated in a solid 8 years. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to get ride of the bag of bags that has been growing for years (don’t act like you don’t have one!) and put them to good use. Check out how I updated the cork board in a fun, and sophisticated way.

Step 1:

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So, on the left is was I started with: a cluttered mess of pictures and momentos. To answer a few questions, yes I still love Taylor Swift, yes I still enjoy taking photo booth pictures, and yes Rachie is one of many nicknames I’ve acquired throughout the years (I’ve learned to respond to pretty much anything from Rach to Raquel). I put most of these things in a keepsake box that I started during my cleaning rampage and was left with a nice clean canvas.

Step 2:

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Next, I took whatever shopping bags I had and I cut them so that just the front of the bag was remaining. I learned two things during this process: (1) I seriously need to invest in a pair of left handed scissors #leftyprobs (2) crafts that you think will take an hour, inevitably take triple the amount of time.

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Next, I had to arrange the bags on the corkboard. I must have tried 30 different arrangements and every single time there was always a little sliver of cork peeking through. This led to a series of expletives which I will not repeat; I am a lady after all (lolz). Ultimately, with a little maneuvering and a lot of wine, I was able to find an arrangement that looked pretty decent! I taped everything down and hoped that nothing would budge.

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Finally, I rehung my new and improved cork board with an homage to some of my favorite stores. Note to readers: maybe consider not hanging things after a couple of glasses of wine. Ya know, just a thought. It’s not like I nearly dropped this giant cork board on my head or anything. Never happened.

Overall this was a pretty fun project and I would definitely recommend it! What do you guys think? Would you try this project? Any thoughts on how it could be made even better? Lemme know peeps. Nothing makes me happier than to hear from you!