October 31, 2014

All Hallows' Eve






Happy All Hallows' Eve!!!
I'm going to be having a quiet night with my family tonight. I'll be praying the rosary and then snuggle in my warm bed to watch I Confess. Oh yeah I'm a party animal ;) Okay well I'm off to make a pumpkin treat!
Have a holy weekend!

Cardigan // thrifted
Tank // old
Jean skirt // Bramblewood Fashion closet sale
Tights // Walmart
Boots // Payless
Earrings // Etsy
Saint bracelet // similar

October 27, 2014

CYW Book Club //Week 4. Chapter 3

Welcome to the fourth week of discussion for the Catholic Young Woman book club!
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Reading this weeks chapter helped me to understand that when I go of to school to get an education in a certain field to always have Christ at the center controlling aspects. One thing I don't want to do is travel down the wrong road to then realize I was meant somewhere else. Although I have not experienced the pull between my dream job and something else I have experienced feeling like I was suppose to take a certain route for my future and then suddenly understanding no, that's not where I'm suppose to be. Once I let go of my ideas I felt so much more at peace with the new decision I made. When your not suppose to be somewhere Christ won't let it go, He will keep nudging you till you can't ignore it anymore and then finally you will have to comply with His Will because that is the only way that you will feel at peace. As Catholic's we grow up saying oh yeah I trust God, I want what He wants for me. It one thing to say it but a whole different thing to do it. You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk? Now just because we do the will of God and do what He has planned for our lives does not mean it's going to be a walk in the park, there will be much pain and sacrifice. With much blessings come much responsibility. 

  I can't wait to see what inspired you this week so head on over to CYW and share in the com box.

CYW Book Club //Week 3. Chapter 2


Welcome to the third week of discussion for the Catholic Young Woman book club!
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To be a child again. This statement kinda hit me while reading this chapter. I am 17 (18 in May) a high senior, possibly heading off to college next fall, and almost at the most terrifying part in life. When we are around 13 it feels like 18 is soooo farrrr awayyyy and how am I ever gonna survive the teen years. I just want to be a grown up now and make my own decisions. Well, guess what, that time is almost here and I kinda wanna go back to having that "childlike" life. I find that has I have gotten older and matured I have also lost some of that childlike faith that is required of us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Being childlike is different from being childish. Childlike is being dependent (in this case on our heavenly Father), having a certain simplicity about us, loving everyone for who they are and not jumping to a conclsuion about them because of first appearance. Children seem to also see the good in everything no matter what the occasion. This reminds me of a scene in the Thérèse movie by St. Luke Productions where Thérèse is having a picnic with her parents and sisters and she runs up to her mother and hugs her and say how she wishes her mother would die. Now of course her family was shocked by her words but she responded saying that you can only go to heaven if you have died, and she wanted her mother to go there. See children can sense the good in everything. What a lesson we have to learn in the simplicity of stickyhands and runny noses. :) Simplicity leads to greatness.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is most known for her “little way” which consisted of small, everyday acts of love.  If a cloistered carmelite nun can find something to offer up with, think of all those events that happen in our day to day life that happen living outside a convent. Whether when it's walking across campus and you see somebody walking toward you that you really want to avoid so you take an alternate route, or at Mass sitting between whiny screaming babies. Instead of trying to avoid that person on campus leave a few minutes early so you can chat a bit. Who knows that 2 brief minutes could have changed that persons whole life. And about those screaming kids, instead of giving the mother a dirty glare offer to give her a hand with one while she cares for another. It sounds easier than it really is (trust me)!

 To close this time with you ladies I will share what book character I would be friends with, and that would be Sierra from the Sierra Jensen series

Litany of Humility 
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should…

  I can't wait to see what inspired you this week so head on over to CYW and share in the com box.

Musical Monday 03.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 
― Victor Hugo 
 
>Beautiful -Dan Bremnes 
>She's Country -Jason Aldean
>Where Are You Now -Mumford & Sons
>Whispers -Passenger









                          
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October 25, 2014

Apple Cider Pie in Cheddar Crust


Taken from The Baking Bible 

Crust
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 CRISCO Stick or 2/3 cup CRISCO all-vegetable shortening
5 to 6 tablespoon ice water

Filling 
6 cups sliced peeled apples (about 2 pounds or 6 medium) 
1 cup apple cider
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1 tablespoon butter or margarine 

Glaze 
1 egg yolk 
1 tablespoon water

Heat oven to 400 F. For crust, place flour, cheese and salt in food processor bowl. Add shortening. Process 15 seconds. Sprinkle water through feed tube, 1 tablespoon at a tme, until dough just forms (process time not to exceed 20 seconds). Shape into ball. Divide dough in half. Press between hands to form two 5- to 6-inch "pancakes." Roll and press bottom crust into 9-inch pie plate. 

For filling, combine apples, apple cider and sugar in large saucepan. Cook and stir on medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Combine cornstarch, water and cinnamon; stir into apples. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in butter. Spoon into unbaked pie crust. Moisten pastry edge with water.

Roll top crust. Lift onto filled pie. Trim 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top edge under bottom crust. Flute. Cut slits or design in top crust to allow steam to escape.
For glaze, beat egg yolk with fork. Stir in water. Brush over top. Bake at 400 F for 35 to 40 minutes or until filling in center is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cover edge with foil, if necessary, to prevent overbrowning. Do not overbake. Cool to room temperature before serving. Makes 1 (9-inch) pie (8 serving) 

Note: Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Jonathan apples are all suitable for pie baking.

Currently I'm...

Reading......Black as Night by Regina Doman
Thinking..... I should stop listening to Christmas music now
Wishing..... that I can just know already if I've been accepted
Doing..... polyvore
 Eating..... leftover roasted sweet potatoes with garlic & cranberries
Wanting..... to finish the next two seasons of Land Girls
Saving for..... college
Excited about..... life
Seeing.... a rainy fall day
Wearing....sweat pants and gray sweater shirt (hello Saturday)
Missing..... people I've never met (yes, it's possible)
Working on...... possible Christmas present ideas
Craving..... garlic fries
Trying to.... tame my excitement for Christmas movies
Sometimes life just calls for a random sort of blog post. 
 
 

October 21, 2014

Musical Monday 02.

Happy belated Monday! Sorry for not posting Musical Monday on Monday but I was babysitting this weekend and wasn't near a computer. So without further ado here are this weeks jams:


Musical Monday 20 Oct by Grace Therese on Grooveshark>I'm All Yours (feat. Pitbull) -Jay Sean
>Keep Pushing Me -Gabrielle Aplin
>Double Rainbow -Katy Perry
>Write Your Story -Francesca Battistelli
>Baby I'm a Fool -Melody Gardot









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October 17, 2014

CYW Book Club //Week 2. Chapter 1

Welcome to the second week of discussion for the Catholic Young Woman book club!
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Wow the first chapter was amazing! Even though I have not yet experienced college or have participated in the party life (nor do I attend to), I still could relate to Colleen's feelings of emptiness. I am a cradle Catholic and was always surrounded with good and holy priests and sisters. But just because I was always Catholic doesn't mean there wasn't a time were I to had to "open the door to God". This happened by me making the faith my own at my Confirmation, instead of it just being my parents faith. It's like if you were dating someone, you wouldn't have your best friend spend all the time with him and getting to know him with you just going along with them, no, by you spending time with him you start to become friends and eventually fall in love. Well, its just the same with Christ, we can't just let our parents have the relationship for us we ourselves have to own it. This will eventually lead us to fall head over heels for Christ and His Church! 
Being a teen in this hard is challenging to say the least. We have so many distractions available at our fingertips that sometimes we loose focus of our priorities. I have been guilty of this many times, instead of realizing that true happiness is really in having a relationship with Jesus, I have set Him aside to pursue interests that I thought would surely make me satisfied and of course He would approve. As I am coming closer to completing my high school career and am in the trenches of "life" choices, it is so incredibly important for me to keep Him as the center of all things and surrender my life to the sweetness of His will. I have so many dreams and goals but do they revolve around Him or am I trying to make Him revolve around them? Sometimes it can feel like one is leading a double life because they haven't accomplished that balance that is needed to be a Christian in today's world. Keeping a balance is so vital to embracing the path that has been marked out for you.


To close this time with you ladies I will share my favorite spot to read, which is on my bed all snuggled up with fuzzy socks and music playing in the background.

I can't wait to see what inspired you this week so head on over to CYW and share in the com box. 

October 13, 2014

Musical Monday 01.

Happy Monday friends! So, while surfing Pinterest and listening to Spotify, it hit me to start a weekly post here called Musical Monday. It's pretty simple, I'll post my favorite jams of the past week/weekend and then all my follower friends are tagged to link up and do the same on their blog! Simple right? Okay, plug in those headphones and lets get jammin!






>Lie with Me -Lady Antebellum
>Daylight -Maroon 5
>Secrets -One Republic
>Steal My Girl -One Direction
>Unconditionally -Katy Perry









Link your Musical Monday post in the comment box below! 

October 10, 2014

What Makes Your Heart Beat?


I saw this video over at Marcia's blog and had to share.

Three things that make my heart ♥ beat:
  1. The Catholic Church. I have no idea where I would be today if I wasn't Catholic. Because I am so deeply and madly in love with Christ and His Church!
  2. Dreams. They are thoughts that keep me yearning for adventure and desiring to make a mark on the world.
  3. People. Being able to sit and have a deep discussion about why are we here or a light hearted chat about the new movie that's playing in the theater, human beings are the only ones who can do that. Humans are all about relationship.
What are your three things? Leave your note below.  ♥

October 9, 2014

Liebster Award...once again!


Thank you to Carey for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Since I have already done this I will not be nominating others, but I will answer Carey's questions.

 Carey's Questions
1. Best feeling in the world?
Waking up at the crack of dawn and feeling like your the only one in the world! Love it!
2. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Well, I guess it would be black, because no matter what the occasion is black is a pretty safe color. And it's just a plain classy.
3. What is one thing that you could not leave the house without?

My iPad! Hello it has everything on it, music, books, Instagram, camera, Pinterest!
4. Favourite smell?

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck perfume.
5. Which historical figure would you like to have dinner with?

Audrey Hepburn. Honestly that girl...
6. Star Wars or Star Trek?

Okay, so I actually have never watched either. What? Yep it's true the shows just never were that interesting to me.
7. Most attractive quality about a guy?

One of the biggest attractive qualities in a guy is seeing how they interact with little kids! Seriously the most precious thing ever!
 8. Tea or coffee?
I enjoy a nice cup of tea every now and then. But I usually have a Carmel Latte or Iced coffee. It really just depends what mood I'm in.
9. You can go anywhere you want in the world, all expenses paid, for one week. Where is it?

 P A R I S
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10. What is your favourite pinterest board and why?
My travel board. Because it reminds me to not to just dream my life but live my dreams...
11. If you could pick one sport/activity/hobby to be really skilled at, what would it be?

I've always been so intrigued by Ice skating, and would love one day to give it a try.
 

Dresses are a Girls Best Friend //Review

eShakti believes that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion that is made for them and makes them look their absolute best.

Our Story: eShakti began as a small website offering basic cottons and modestly embellished pieces. As we grew, we were tasked with providing design and fit solutions to meet our customers' needs. Today, we are an international fashion design company making custom clothing. Offering both style and fit customization for women size 0 through 36 is the heart of our business.

//Product Review//
I am was beyond thrilled to be given the opportunity to receive a custom made dress from eShakti in exchange for a review. After scrolling through literally hundreds of dresses I finally chose this black high-low dress. First off I chose this one because I actually don't have that "little black dress", and since I didn't want a "little" black dress I fell in love with this one! It is so versatile, I can wear it in the summer with some bright colors or in the cooler months with darker tones (I might even wear it for Christmas if I find some red heels). I am gonna call this dress my international dress because it shipped from India to Germany then finally arriving in the States! One thing I appreciate about eShakti is the feature of customization that you can use at checkout! Dress length, sleeve type, neckline, and your personal measurements. This is wonderful for ladies who want to be stylish yet modest. I had so much fun modeling this dress! I would highly recommend checking this wonderful company out. Oh, I also want to give a shout out to my brother George who took these awesome pictures! (I think someone has a future in photography:)
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Dress | eShakti
Heels | Payless
Earrings | similar 
Sunnies | similar 

Gertie & Baxter // PR

G&B is all about dressing your life! the shop was started by two friends, jen and julie. both of us are interior designers with a passion for the unique. years ago, we started a small, custom drapery shop. we started to notice the large amount of remnant pieces piling high in our storage room, and decided to start re-purposing our materials into women's fashion pieces.

since then, we have started offering more pieces in our line, but always choosing fabrics from local and family-owned businesses in chicago and los angeles. we also try to source many of our supplies from other etsy sellers!

G&B is managed directly by julie & jen, from sourcing fabric, handcrafting products, photographing, modeling, listing, and packaging- our hands touch every piece we sell.

we hope you enjoy!
G&B
 

-Product Review-

A few days ago I received a "brown paper package tied up with string"... It was a vintage brown infinity hole scarf. I love how this scarf adds texture to any outfit without being to overpowering. It adds a unique dimension to any fall outfit including the ones I put together below:









 Thanks to Jen and Julie for allowing be to do a review for you! It was fun!

DIY Beauty // Lip Scrub

Those chilly months are soon going to be in full swing, and that means those annoying dry, chapped lips. So, to show those lips who's the boss I want to share with you a lip scrub that you can make with items that you probably already have on hand. Happy first of October and remember to keep those lips hydrated!


  • 1 Tablespoon of white/brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vaseline (this is optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon flavoring (I used Coconut extract)
  • Small container 
  • Toothbrush (preferably not one that you're already using, just thought I'd put that :)
Combine honey and sugar in a bowl. If your lips are sensitive I would recommend using white sugar as it is more gentle. If you are using Vaseline mix it in with honey and sugar now. Mix it until a paste is formed.

Using your toothbrush, rinse in a few drops of warm water. Dip the toothbrush in the paste and scrub your lips for about two to three minutes. Wash off using warm water afterwards.

If you have any leftover paste, scrape it from the bowl into a small container. This scrub can be used whenever you have chapped pealing lips. I use the scrub every three days for best results.



Blessings on your day! 

If you want to see any other beauty related DIY or anything just let me know in the com box below!

October 2, 2014

A U T U M N

 It's finally October and that means one thing: AUTUMN is getting into full swing!



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  I tag all my readers to do an autumn related post!
XOXO

CYW Book Club //Week 1


Welcome! I am very excited to be able to take part in the Catholic Young Woman book club! The first book we are going to delve into is My Sisters The Saints,by Colleen Carroll Campbell.
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Well I guess I should introduce myself...My name is Grace. I am from Oregon, and I am a home-schooled Senior. I am a aspiring fashionista who shares a love for photography, I also have a passion of sharing about the dignity of every young woman through fashion. I love sharing with every young lady that when they dress and act in their innate feminine dignity they are giving glory to God and setting an example, especially to other woman, of what true femininity looks like.
In this book club I look forward to to hearing other woman's thoughts and at the same time helping myself to grow through these discussions.

 I think my understanding of femininity is constantly maturing and deepening since I am only a seventeen year old girl. But I have never let my age determine the way I think. I am growing up in a world that is so very confused of what true womanhood looks like and for me that is deeply saddening because being a woman is such a great gift! Think about it, we are the only ones on this planet that can carry life in our womb. Don't you think just because of that we as woman should get and give ourselves the respect that comes with being a woman? I know that as I grow into my role as a woman in today's society I will gain a bigger understanding of what the definition of femininity is. But I am not rushing or trying to push "growing up" because right now in everything I do I am laying the foundation for my future. Who I pick as feminine role models will determine the type of woman I want to become. As far as style and class go I look to Kate Middleton and Kathleen Walker for inspiration. But being a woman is more about what we look like on the outside, because it is what's inside that truly shines out in you appearance. That being said having a strong spiritual life is essential for any Catholic woman, there's no other way we can survive in this falsely feminized world. But like anything worth striving for, the spiritual life is not always a bed of roses, there might be roses but I'm sure there's some thorns pricking you along the way. In my spiritual journey there are definitely times where I feel lost, alone, and distant from God. But when that happens it's usually because I have put up some walls to keep something from taking place in my spiritual life, that at first might seem scary but if I hand over my will, true peace and happiness will flood my life. Don't get me wrong even though at times I may have those feelings, I am very passionate for my Catholic faith! I have always considered the saints "my friends" since my first introduction to them starting with St. Thérése. We have so many men and woman that have already gone before us and made it through the pearly gates, that we don't have to go looking for shining examples, we already have them. From Mary Magdalene to Mother Teresa there is a kindred spirit for all of us in the Communion of saints.
I have to say that at times I have considered the saints closer friends than the ones I have here on earth.  

To close this time with you ladies I will share my favorite beverage to sip on while I read. Recently it has been a nice hot cup of Carmel latte. 

I can't wait to see what inspired you this week so head on over to CYW and share in the com box.

October //Pro-Life Month


Each year October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and this year's theme is "Each of Us Is a Masterpiece of God's Creation," inspired by words in a statement Pope Francis issued for the 2013 Day for Life.
The first Sunday of October, Oct. 5 this year, is Respect Life Sunday, and kicks off the U.S. Catholic Church's yearlong pro-life program.

 In his statement as chairman of the USCCB pro-life committee, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley heralded "community and solidarity" as ways to counter threats against life.

Cardinal O'Malley also urged people to "draw close to Jesus in prayer and in the sacraments" and reiterated Pope Francis' call to see others as masterpieces of God's creation.
"When God created each of us, he did so with precision and purpose, and he looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness," the cardinal said. "We must look at ourselves and at others in light of this truth and treat all people with the reverence and respect which is due.
"As uniquely created individuals, we each have unique gifts which we are called to use to share Christ's love," he added. "We may never know how much a simple gesture of compassion may affect someone's life."

My mom could have easily said no to having children and being a stay-at-home mom, but as I sit here typing, I am a HS Senior with seven other siblings (1 angel in heaven). Is it always a walk in the park for us? No definitely not, but by God's grace every day we grow stronger in the understanding of what being a family truly means, being a family means lots of sacrificial love.  So thank you mom & dad for first giving your 'fiat' in marriage and then again giving your yes, to the life of raising children who will grow up to be citizens in this world but not of it. 



October 1, 2014

5 Music Artists to Check Out Now!

With the Pope's call to a new evangelization every baptized Catholic is called to live that out in their own vocation in life. Some proclaim the gospel through music, St. Augustine once said that singing is praying twice. So today I wanted to share with you some of those musical disciples that said "yes" to their call. I'm sure some will soon become your favorite! Enjoy!


The Thirsting - "Love is Blind"
One of my favorite songs off of their new CD Universal Youth. One of the key points in this song is: to Jesus through Mary. No matter what Christian faith you may be, you cannot deny that Jesus came to us through Mary's "Yes" Luke 1:38. Remember Mary always leads us to her son, Jesus. A cool fact about this band is that is was started where I live and I was able to go to a private concert at my parish. They are doing great work of evangelizing through their music!
Go follow them on Twitter: @TheThirsting
And like them on Facebook:  The Thirsting



Tori Harris -"Fields of Gold"
Tori Harris is part of a wave of vibrant young Catholics who are committed to communicating the richness of the Catholic faith to a new generation of the faithful. 
Follow her on Twitter: @torifharris 
And "Like" her on Facebook: Tori Harris

 


For King & Country - "Fix My Eyes" 
For King and Country, formerly known as John & Luke, is a Christian pop duo composed of Australian-American brothers Joel & Luke Smallbone, who are the younger brothers of Rebecca St. James. In 2013 Joel married Moriah Peters
Follow them on Twitter: @4kingandcountry
 



Katy Blythe - "New and Free"
Katy is a Pittsburgh, PA native who is currently studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Earlier this year she released her debut EP simply titled ‘N E W’. When writing the songs on this album she found inspiration in everyday circumstances. Two of the songs were written in between classes during the semester and another was written while weeding plants outside of campus at Franciscan University. And the song “New & Free”, Katy says was “written after being sick and tired of lies from the Evil One. We are rebuilt, renewed and we can stand on the truth of His love for us.”
 Follow her on Twitter: @katyblythe_



Michael James Mette - "Consume My Heart" 
After serving in the Air Force, Michael completed his degree in Theology and worked for 10 years in parish ministry. During this time, Michael felt increasingly called to focus on beauty by sharing the Gospel through music.  His debut album, "Always What I Need" (2010) encourages trust in God's providence. His second album "Bring Forth the Light" (2012) reflects a more mature view of the Catholic faith, exploring musical themes of human love, life, and the afterlife. Michael and his wife Michelle homeschool their five children.
Follow him in Twitter: @michaeljmette
And "Like" him on Facebook: Michael James Mette


Do you have any favorite Christian artists?

Top 7 Affordable Boots for Fall 2014


Fall is one of my all-time favorite seasons! The crisp weather, warm tones, and of course boots! Yep, go ahead and dig out those beauties that have been packed away all summer! I think we should all invest in a good durable yet fashionable pair of riding boots, but most of the time we just can't go and spend $100 on shoes! I have compiled a few affordable yet still trendy boots that will keep you warm and cute. Are you ready?























Okay, so $40 is still pretty high, but they are still a pretty good deal for a nice pair of riding boots. Because come on, riding boots are a fall/winter essential. (Target $40)























Yes, I am including Uggs. They are so incredibly comfortable and perfect for those bone chilling days. So instead of spending a crazy amount, just get some knockoffs that will do the same job but, at a more appealing price. (Old Navy $35)


A classic black boot with a touch of a heel and a fun flair (quilted!) in the back. (Forever 21, $35)























I am in love with these Faux Leather riding boots! They have such a classy look about them with the Chestnut brown color! (Forever 21 $35)























Seriously, can these get any cuter!? These low wedge booties are definitely on my wishlist (bonus points for having a cheetah print inside). ( Charlotte Russe $25)























These wedge ankle booties a perfect uniform look and a slimming appearance. I think they would soon become your go to booties. (Target $30)























Make twice the statement! Keep the flaps up on these brown boots and create a classic combat boot or fold them down to instantly have a more playful and feminine ankle boot with an inner-flap design. These lace-lined combat boots are a feminine twist to a fashionable winter staple. (Charlotte Russe $25)


Which one is your favorite?