Neutral Territory

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This year, I decided I would try to experiment with neutral tones.  Tan, beige, camel, animal print — call it what you want, I am into it.  I have a few items in my closet that I am planning to experiment with this winter.  Pinterest has provided much needed inspiration, including adding touches of camel to outfits like the one below:

Camel bag,

Camel bag,

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In my search for daily outfits, I have found that a tan/camel bag seems to be a good way to incorporate this color into one’s wardrobe without having to commit to adding the color by adding individual pieces.  The bags linked above are fairly affordable!  Number 25 is most like the first bag I have pictured in my outfits above and less than $60!

Another great investment, in my opinion, is the camel coat.  There are two linked above, which are appropriate for current temps.  For the warmer temps, a tan/camel trench coat is another great choice.  I have a couple tan trench coats myself (e.g., a vintage Ellie Tahari and a newer style from the Banana Republic Factory Store) and recently picked up a wool version, which I am hoping to sport the rest of the winter.

So, what are your favorite pieces in this color?  The knee-high boots perhaps??  The leopard print pumps?  Btw, I am in search for the perfect leopard print pump.  I bought a pair from Steve Madden last year, but the incline was far to steep to wear to the office, or anywhere for that matter.  They are SO uncomfortable!!! 😦  So, the search continues.  If I happen to come across any that I love, be assured that you’ll be the first to know!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!




Latest Musings

Hi, Friends!!

I’m back from my hiatus!!  Well, my blogging hiatus.  I’ve not yet taken a break from academics (though, really, can anyone ever REALLY take a break in academia?!), but rather worked quite hard on some grants, papers, and even explored some new job opportunities!  More to come on that. 😉

For now, I have some super exciting things to report!

  1. I’ve agreed to two exciting sponsorships for blog posts that will go live on my blog Thursday, Feb. 27th, and then again the first week in March.  Stay tuned for those!  I wanted to make you – my readers – aware that, although I am getting paid for these posts, and though there will – hopefully – be more paid posts in the future, I am only agreeing to work campaigns which align well with either academics (public health specifically) and/or fashion.  So…fear not!  The topics will be things you will want to hear about!  Or so I hope, haha!
  2. A super exciting collaboration with a fantastic jewelry company is in the works!!  I’ve already styled a couple of their pieces on Instagram, but will soon be able to offer you discount just for you…my readers!!  Stay tuned for that as well!  Also, remember that I post daily #ootd’s (translation: Outfit Of The Day, ‘ootd’), so you’ll get daily styling ideas for those days when you’re feeling uninspired!
  3. I have finally established a little bit of a following on Twitter, but it’s a bit lonely out in there in Twitterverse.  Do you tweet?!  If so, check out my account!  Let’s tweet together!
  4. Last, but not least, I have not forgotten about you – the reader – and your needs…your SHOPPING NEEDS!!!  As such, I have a tidbit of info to leave you with today!  C. Wonder is having a flash sale…up to 75% off on some items!!  Here are some of my picks:

Cute, right?!  But that’s not it!!!  As a final token of gratitude for your patience as I mused about staying ‘chic in academia’, I am offering one lucky reader a $15 voucher/coupon to Banana Republic!  The coupon can be used online or in-store, for your shopping pleasure and convenience. 😉  Just leave a comment below and the winner will be announced on my Instagram account on Friday, February 28th.  Email me at if you don’t have an Instagram account to check the announcement (seriously though, get an Instagram account and follow me!  It’s fun!!).

Stay chic! 💋