burning red.

Top: The Limited (love this one| Jeans: Aeropostale c/o (similar| Shoes: Target | Bag: Michael Kors

It's fall now and that means I'm slowly integrating fall colors into my wardrobe for that. I love red because it carries from season to season. I decided to pair this blouse with a good pair of boyfriends jeans and some sandals. I also love the gold touch this cross body gives. My roommate was kind enough to let me borrow it for this look. So thank you, Emi!
Also, TGIF! 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 


holy chic.

Top: Old Navy | Skirt: The Limited Shoes: Lauren Conrad

I love a good graphic tee, so when I saw this one at Old Navy, I had to pick it up. In stores, I scored it on a great sale so that was a great bonus. For this look, I chose to dress it up a bit with this polka dot, pencil skirt and strappy nude heels. It's a classic black and white look anyone can achieve. To dress this down, I'd simply swap out the skirt for boyfriend jeans and the heels for sandals. 

Have a great week everyone! 

{special thanks to my friend, Madi Lee, for snapping these pics. You're the best.}


shifting into fall.

I know I've mentioned before that write for an awesome website called the Lala. Well some of the contributors (including myself) collaborated for their Fall Fashion Round-Up post. I love it because you get a taste of so many different styles jam packed into one post. Which you can check out HERE.
In addition, I've posted my full look below with outfit details!

Dress: Target (similar| Jacket: Aeropostale c/o | Shoes: Madden Girl (old) | Necklace: F21 | Tote: Madewell (similar

For the fall fashion round up I wanted to do a transitional look. It's still been pretty warm and until today I've had no desire to pull on a comfy sweater. So for this look I opted for a shift dress and this adorable cargo jacket. I can't wait to style this jacket more this fall! 
This look can also be warmed up by adding some tights and boots to the look. 
Be sure to check out all of the other looks as well! 


beautiful africa. part 1.

It's been a little more than three weeks since I returned home from my trip to Uganda, Africa. When I returned I had a little stomach bug and then was thrown back into my life up here at Mizzou. So I haven't really had a chance to sit down and write about it all. Much less process it all. So I'm going to attempt to do that here. I'm going to break it up into two to three parts so it isn't SO much information.  But this is different than my usual posts. I'm getting real with y'all and showing you a little slice of my personal life. So here is a little introduction to my trip:

I was so excited to return. It's hard to put my feelings into words about it all. But God definitely shook me up. Because for some reason, I didn't think this trip would be much different from my first time there. But it was. It was good, but different. In the beginning of the trip I really struggled with my purpose there. We were building most of the time and I'm not the strongest girl around. I was joyful to serve Him in the building of this medical lab, but I also found myself discouraged that I wasn't the biggest help.

After praying about this, He soon showed me through countless of new relationships formed that this is why I was brought back. The people there are so kind hearted and bless you more than you could ever bless them. This beautiful woman, Mama Juliette, was just one of many that captured our hearts. Her love and joy for the Lord exceeded all of the troubles she faced. 

Our team was awesome. There were so many laughs on this trip and so many great stories to return home with. The silliest stories are what make a trip come full circle. I'm thankful I got to spend two weeks with these people. Here we are with the men we worked along side with on the job site. 

It was also awesome having this goofy guy by my side during the trip. Sharing the experience of Africa with both of my parents is so special to me. 

And I'm excited to see the future of this medical lab and how it can serve the needs of those it's available to. It's a huge addition to this village and will meet the needs of so many people. 

Stay tuned for another post or posts about my trip! (Depends on how I want to break it up!) 
You can find posts about my previous trip under the "Travels" tab above. 
And if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me! 


{all photos by Mike Pessina}