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Foliage Strolling

blazer: J.Crew (old, current season, and a budget option here) // blouse: J.Crew // skirt: J.Crew (old, similar here) // bag: J.Crew (old, second-hand here, current season here) // watch: Fossil // necklace: Etsy (similar) // earrings: Tory Burch (old, similar) // shoes: Eastland 

Fall happened all at once at Penn. One moment the leaves were green and the next campus was a canopy of colors. I'll gladly deal with chilly weather for the chance to crunch through red, orange, and yellow leaves on my way to class! The trees in the quad, in particular, turned a spectacular shade of orange. Most of the foliage in DC is red or yellow, so it was a fun change to see different leaves in Philadelphia. 

I've had several events lately that have called for dressier attire. In the past, I haven't really been able to pull out my blazers as much as I would have liked (even a blazer and jeans seems a little too formal to me in most situations), but I'm so happy to have the opportunity to get good wear out of them at college. Last Thursday I put together this outfit for dinner in Center City with my uncles. We had an amazing meal at Vedge on 12th and Locust. They have fantastic vegetarian and vegan small plate options; some favorites include the brussel sprouts and carrot steak. Their desserts were also to die for (if you're not completely stuffed from dinner!). I loved the ambiance of the restaurant; Vedge is situated in an old mansion and it's absolutely charming. I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for veg-friendly dining in Philly!

This outfit was perfect for the occasion; the weather was significantly warmer than usual that night so I only needed the blazer to serve as a jacket. I checked it when I got to Vedge, but it was just enough to keep me from getting chilly in the evenings. I love the camel color paired with my mixed houndstooth skirt from a few years ago. This skirt is quite possibly my favorite in my entire closet. I look forward to pulling it out each fall/winter season!

My blouse and shoes are the only parts of this outfit that are new(ish); the blouse was a sale-on-sale steal from Crew. It's since gone back up to regular price (sigh) but I love it. The square neckline is completely unique to my wardrobe and I find it so flattering and easy to wear with absolutely anything. My loafers were so kindly sent to me from Eastland Shoes. When Eastland reached out to me in September and asked if I wanted to pick out a pair, I was thrilled! Their shoes are such classics and, having worn mine at least twice a week since they arrived, I can attest to their quality. The leather is buttery soft, and there was (shockingly) no break in time whatsoever. I chose the light pinky-beige driving mocs, and I'm so happy with the color. When I wore this outfit to dinner, I opted for a pair of nude Marc Fisher heels, but for walking around campus I love how the loafers keep the outfit from getting too dressy.

Finally, I wanted to give a quick shout out to my bag. This is my everyday college tote. When I first left for school, I wasn't anticipating using a tote much at all. I thought that I'd be carrying around my backpack most of the time. However, I quickly realized that I just don't have much to carry this semester -- most of my textbooks and notes are online, so at maximum, I'm just bringing along my laptop, charger, and maybe a folder and my pencil pouch. I just felt silly to carry so little in my giant backpack. So, the hunt for a great everyday tote (which had been ongoing anyways) took up greater importance. Other than a reasonable price tag, my biggest qualifications were good quality (preferably leather) and pockets. I love the look of the Madewell transport totes, but since they lack pockets they just turn into a giant black hole where I can't find anything. After lots of research and bargain hunting, I finally settled on the J.Crew everyday tote. The reviews for this were fantastic, and I can see why. The quality is fantastic (rumor has it it's made in the same factory as the transport totes -- I can definitely believe that!) and the bag is just uber functional. It fits everything I need with extra space to throw in a water bottle and snacks. Definitely keep a look out for these second-hand or on Crew's site if you're in need of a super functional and stylish work/school tote!

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