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1 // Beautiful winter sunsets from my dorm room last year
2 // Accepted to NYU Madrid for Fall of 2014
3 // A weekend in the city with a great friend
4 // The first hints of spring on an early Sunday morning
5 // The perfect weekend exploring the West Village with my little sis
6 // Rooftop sunsets
7 // Beautiful Easter exploring the Upper East Side and Central Park
8 // Last day of my first year at NYU
9 // First beach day of the season
10 // Office scape that was features on Lucky Mag's instagram
11 // Sea shell searching with family
12 // A trip to the Cape with some of my best friends
13 // Bringing home baby Melody
14 // Back to NYC for the weekend
15 // The most delicious brunch at Hotel Chantelle
16 // A week of lake time and relaxation in upstate NY
17 // A much needed weekend with a best friend 
18 // Off to Madrid!
19 // Madrid exploring in Parque Retiro
20 // The incredible Alhambra in Granada
21 // A birthday weekend trip to Barcelona
22 // Fall escape to sunny (and warm) Valencia
23 & 24 // Magical Prague for the weekend
25 // A day trip to Segovia 
26 // Beautiful views hiking the Swiss Alps
27 // Real Madrid game!
28 // Headed home for Christmas!

I can't believe that 2014 is actually over. This year has been a whirlwind with my second semester at NYU and then a semester abroad in Madrid. I always love looking back at my instagrams throughout the year since overtime it becomes a bit of a scrapbook of everything I've done. NYC weekends with friends and family, beach trips on free summer days, and city hopping in Europe are all experiences that I will never forget. Every year has it's ups and downs, but with all the amazing things have happened I wouldn't change anything about 2015. 

Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for reaching!

2014 According to Instagram

1 // Beautiful winter sunsets from my dorm room last year 2 // Accepted to NYU Madrid for Fall of 2014 3 // A weekend in the city wi...
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
As someone who shops too much a lot it's fun to look back at some of my favorite wardrobe additions of the year. There were trends that disappeared (anyone remember my peplum obsession?) and pieces that were pushed to the back of my closet, but then there were the pieces that we worn to death and have become wardrobe staples. From my outfit posts over the last twelve months you might be able to guess was my 12 pieces of 2014 are, but if not here they are...

1) Chambray
2) Maroon Blazer
3) Plaid Flannel
4) Ripped black jeans
5) Light blue blazer
6) Leather Leggings
7) OTN Boots
8) leather espadrilles
9) Leather skirt
10) T Shirt Dress
11) Navy Summer Dress
12) Plaid Dress 

I have no doubt that these pieces will continue to be some of my favorites through 2015, but I can't wait to start adding new favorites :) 

What are your favorite pieces from this year? You can shop mine below!

Best Pieces of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I have spent the last few days at home immersing myself into everything Christmas. My family saved picking up and decorating our Christmas tree for when I got home so we spent my first night home singing along to Christmas carols (and Les Mis of course) while hanging the ornaments. I'm looking forward to sitting around our beautiful tree tomorrow morning as we open presents with the piano and fire on. 

Peachy Keen will be a bit absent over the next week as I celebrate and relax with my family, but stay tuned for some exciting things coming in January :)

Hope you all have a very happy holiday with your families! 

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The new year is quickly approaching and while my mind is pretty much focused on last second Christmas shopping I have remembered that I need a new agenda for 2015. I almost always get a simple-no nonsense agenda, but this year I'm thinking of switching up my routine. My planner is always with me and it is the place where everything I need to do is written, so it is important I have a great one. While I've tried to switch over to iPhone/online calendars I always come back to paper and pencil. 

Pros of simple agendas (like the red, pink, and black ones above) are pages with plenty of space to write notes and a streamlined look so that is fits in any bag. On the other hand planners by Jonathan Adler, Kate Spade, and Lilly Pulitzer are full of inspiration to keep you going throughout the year. I love the fun quotes for every month of the Kate Spade planner and the cute drawings/collages on the pages of the Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade agendas. 

Which type of planner do you use to stay organized throughout the year?

Shop: 2015 Agendas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If there is one night a year for an extra-special party dress that night is New Year's Eve. No matter what your plans are the last night of 2014 deserves your best dress. If you're the kind of girl who always reaches for a LBD it's the best time to break out bright hues, sequins, or fun lace! While my NYE plans will consist of me sleeping on the couch after getting my wisdom teeth taken out that morning I can't help but dream of all the pretty party dresses out there. 

With Christmas only a week away (YAY!) and NYE less than two weeks away you might be thinking it's too late to find a dress if you don't already have one. Well, you are most definitely incorrect. My favorite place to shop for dresses, Shopbop, has free three-day shipping and if that isn't fast enough they also have free two day shipping for Amazon Prime members. Students get a ridiculously amazing discount on Prime accounts so I highly suggest you sign up. With two day shipping you have time to try multiple dresses before all those NYE parties. 

Which of my NYE picks is your favorite? I'm thinking I might need to do some fast shipping on the red dress :)

Shop: Last Minute NYE Dresses

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We are officially halfway through December and that means finals starting (I have two today), only four more days in Madrid, and on Friday I will be at home in my own bed. It's crazy how fast these last few weeks have gone. I feel like the time just slipped away from me as the holidays arrived and school work got harder. 

At the same time, the weather in Madrid is actually getting colder (like the kind of cold that requires a real coat) and since all I brought with me was a leather jacket I found myself out shopping for a new peacoat. I ended up bringing this slightly oversized option home and have been obsessed with it ever since. I wanted something different than my classic black coat I left at home, but still in the black family, so this white and black woven option really was perfect. Last Thursday I paired the coat with a dressier holiday look, but as soon as I get home (and the weather is actually cold) I'll be wearing this coat with my over the knee boots and chunky sweaters all.the.time. 

Now, since I've been procrastinating studying more for far too long I must return to my finance notes. Good luck to everyone finishing up their finals this week! Remember, only 10 more days until Christmas!

Outfit: Peacoat Weather

Monday, December 15, 2014

In the last year or so I've really begun to appreciate the value of dainty jewelry. While I still love a big statement necklace every once in a while my daily accessories usually only include my watch, my monogram necklace layered with a bar necklace, and a small ring. However, with Christmas and New Years just a few weeks away I've been thinking of new ways to wear my dainty pieces to dress them us for parties and other holiday events. My advice, pieces with a little sparkle or extra shine will look great with any holiday dress! 

Plus, dainty jewelry makes one of the best gifts. So if you're still present searching (like me) make sure to check out Bauble Bar for 30% off some of their personalized pieces that will arrive by Christmas!

Shop: Dainty & Personalized Jewelry

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Less than three weeks until Christmas, which means holiday shopping is getting down to the wire. If you're still looking for gifts make sure to check out my Holiday Shop, but if you've moved on to holiday outfit planning keep checking back for my favorite holiday looks!

First up is stripes. I've been going a little Pinterest crazy over the last couple days and absolutely love the holiday striped with pop of red or maroon. While my family usually does a pretty casual Christmas I'm obsessed with trying out a leather pencil skirt and stripes for a dressier holiday party. Then on Christmas morning I'll be all about the stretchy jeans, soft tee, and huge blanket scarf. 

What do you think of stripes for the holidays?

Shop: Christmas Stripes

Monday, December 8, 2014

Now that December is here I can longer ignore the fact that winter is coming. Madrid may not see a snowy blistering winter, but I will as soon as I return home. Since winter is my least favorite time of year I am often not to practical about the shoes I like to wear (flats when it's 20 degrees outside anyone?). However, starting college last year was a pretty rude awakening when it came to footwear for NYC winters. The slush puddles in New York are a real thing and there is no way you want to be wearing your favorite leopard flats while trying to jump across them. 

On the few days without snow and slush I will be wearing my flats, but as soon as I start to see salt and sand being put on the roads I'll be switching in between duck boots, rain boots, and moto boots for the next three months. These three types of boots will get you through any winter like a pro. 

Duck Boots

I've had a pair of Sperry duck boots for years, but I didn't really start wearing them until last winter. These boots are perfect for trudging through snow for early classes because they are light weight, waterproof, and usually lined with fur to keep you warm! 

Rain Boots

Rain boots are great year around, but in the winter I love to wear my bright red hunters to brighten up a freezing gross day. High pairs are great since there is no chance of the slush getting over the top, but I also love the more light weight shorter pairs. Plus, this season more than a few brands came out with rain boots that look just like your favorite ankle boots, except waterproof!

Moto Boots

I always have a pair of throw around leather (or pleather) boots for the wintertime. These boots should not be your favorite most expensive pair of boots, but they should be comfortable and stylish. I found a great pair at the outlets near my house last year and whenever it snowed and I didn't want to wear real winter boots I wore them with some extra thick socks. Do make sure to waterproof these boots (and all your boots) as soon as you get them.

What are your favorite pair of winter boots? I'm always looking for a new pair of shoes :)

Shop: Winter Boots

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Pull & Bear blazer, Zara scarf, Gap jeans, Trouve sweater (similar), Stradivarius boots

When I put this outfit the other day I couldn't help but feel a little Spanish having bought my scarf, blazer, and boots all in Spain at Spanish brands. Of course, shopping at Zara doesn't inherently make your spanish better, so there's that. 

What I can't believe though is that it is December and I'm walking around every day with a blazer or light jacket feeling totally fine. It's going to be a very rude awakening in a couple weeks when I return home to the frozen tundra that is Massachusetts. I did, however, finally buy some items in Spain that is completely practical back home, a blanket scarf and boots. A flat pair of Chelsea Boots has been on my wish list for a while now as I was getting sick of having to pick between short heeled boots and flat tall boots. Since I bought this blanket scarf to wear in Prague I've become addicted to it and may or may not have actually used it as a blanket in class a few times. 

Outfit: Feeling Spanish

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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