Investment Pieces // Copenhagen

investment pieces title Lately my shopping mantra has been "quality over quantity." Granted, this isn't a groundbreaking idea, but for me it is a new way of thinking. As a pro-bargain hunter, I've been known to buy something that I like a decent amount, if I can get it for a killer deal. Don't get me wrong, I love my wardrobe, but it's left me with an overcrowded closet. Lately I've been working on only acquiring pieces that I either love or are vintage treasures. The result so far has been money saved, an organized closet, and some wardrobe staples that I'm very excited to wear.

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My first stop was American Apparel. This is definitely a place I have always just window shopped in, so I was excited to finally pick some things up.

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New in: The Disco Pant, a street style favorite. The sheen, the cut, what's not to love? I even remember my best friend and I popping in to just try these on so we could see how they feel. Now that I own them, I am sooo hooked. Also a plus, I think they will keep me warm while abroad!

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Next up: The Easy Jean. Another piece that has been raved about by women everywhere. I didn't think a pair of jeans could be that much better than any I had worn before, but boy was I wrong. The 2% elastane gives these the perfect amount of stretch. They are both comfortable and fitted, and will be a good change of pace from my typical black denim.

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I also paid a visit to Zara online. (The Arizona location is opening soon!) I saw this bag $60 less than the original price, and fell in love with the real leather black and white minimalism. I thought it would be a good bag to throw over my shoulder for a day of class, and could hold my books + laptop while riding my bike to class. However, I was a little disappointed to open the package and realize it didn't have much structure to it. If you're looking for a slouchy tote, I definitely recommend this baby, but it just wasn't the perfect choice for me. I'll have to keep my eye out for another black + white carry-all!

That's the extent of my purchases to date, but I'll keep you updated with new finds. Thanks for reading! x. Paige

// Looking for more Copenhagen fashion? Check out my must-haves!

Soleri Sunset

IMG_5199 Another day, another dollar, another outfit. I've been wanting to wear this dress to work many times recently, but hesitated because the back has a large cutout. Today I threw on this oversized lace cardigan that I am obsessed with and was set! I thought that the two flowy pieces wouldn't work together, but the slight structure of lace material actually gives it some shape. As a bonus, it keeps me warm in my cold office! I finished off the look with a statement necklace, and then some sandals to keep look a little more summery and less serious.

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I was out shopping today with my mom and we stopped on this great bridge over the canal in Scottsdale. The large silver structure you can see in the background is a bridge by Paolo Soleri. I used to think the design was an eyesore, but now it is growing on me. Soleri was a fascinating architect that recently passed away, and now I appreciate having a piece of his work so close to my home!

dress // Fashion Q

lace cardigan // thrifted

gladiator sandals // Sam & Libby for Target

studded bag // Gypsy Warrior

collar necklace // Forever 21

Copenhagen Must-Haves!

In a little over a month I am packing my bags for a school year abroad in Copenhagen! As big as my closet is, this Arizona girl is lacking clothes fit for cold and rainy weather. These are some of the pieces I have my eye on to keep me warm and prepared, but also stylish while abroad: Copenhagen Must Haves with text

American Apparel Disco Pants // will go with anything and hello thick material to keep me warm! North Face Backpack // I need a huge hands free carryall for short trips around Europe Dot Grid Journal // you can bet I'll be packing a bunch of sketchbooks, and I have my eye on this one Drop Dead Jacket // I'm on the hunt for visually interesting jackets to avoid being in solid black Gold Chain Necklace // Need one of these babies to throw on with the disco pants and a sweater Unif Hellraisers // It's no secret I love black loafers, and I'm ready upgrade to a spiky pair Pilot Varsity Ink Pen // These are my favorite sketching pens; I want to stock up and bring a bunch Clear Heeled Rain Boots // Amazingly minimal for rainy days in Copenhagen...but sold out ugh!

I'm excited to get to Copenhagen, and the chance to pick up a few great new pieces. I hope you'll join me in preparation for my big trip! Thanks for reading! x

Cardigan + Cutoffs

IMG_3878 A piece that I have been lusting over for months now is the American Apparel Modal Shawl Cardigan. It's a big ticket item that I think I will invest in before leaving for Copenhagen, but until then I have been on the hunt for something similar at thrift stores. That's why I was stoked when my bestie gave this one to me yesterday (that she thrifted) because she didn't like how it looked on her. We trade clothes like this quite often, and I gladly accepted! I think it will look great with dresses, but yesterday I paired it with a simple tank and shorts combo to stay cool.

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black tank // Material Girl for Macy's vintage cutoffs // Levi's from eBay lace cardigan // thrifted sandals // Steve Madden for TJ Maxx studded bag // Gypsy Warrior red belt // Goodwill octopus bracelet // local boutique Frances Vintage arm cuff // antique inital necklace // Urban Outfitters charm necklace // rummage sale

On my Instagram earlier today I posted this photo of a DIY tank I made in case anyone needed some outfit ideas for the 4th tomorrow!

It is pretty simple to make--just cut fringe and add beads, but if you need a more in-depth tutorial I have posted it below! This tutorial was the first DIY video I ever made back when my best friend and I tried starting up a YouTube channel. It's pretty embarrassing I'll admit, but still useful! Enjoy and have a good holiday!

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