winter outfit inspo


Boy, has it been a minute since I last blogged on here. I am currently sitting in my bed, surrounded by piles of clothing and outfits that I am attempting to piece together for school. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved organizing my clothes and trying on different outfits in my room with music playing in the background (kind of like grown-up dress up, if you will).

This has been something that I have continued through college. Coming home for long breaks allows me the time to revamp and re-imagine my closet, adding in some new pieces that I have gotten over the winter season.

If you know me, you know that I love warm weather and soak up every ounce of sunshine in the summer. This winter I am teaching myself to enjoy the season and try to stop myself from thinking and wishing ahead to the summer. Lucky for me, some cute chunky scarves and fashionable boots are helping me to stay warm and focus on the now.

For any of my college girls, (or girls in general), who are in need of some fashion inspo, you are in the right place! I decided to snap some pics while doing my try-on to provide some outfit inspo. For me, it can be a little difficult at school to get inspired and dress “cute” (stepping outside the realm of leggings and sweatshirts), since I have had the high-school experience of throwing on a uniform every day. But, something I have realized is that our outfits and clothing can say a lot about us. It’s kind of cool to have the creativity and ability to piece together different items into one “look”. So, here are some of my favorite looks for this winter!

army green everything

If I had to choose one scarf to wear for the rest of the winter season, it would be this Free People knit scarf! I bought it from the FP store when it was beginning to get a bit chillier out, and I have not stopped wearing it recently! It is so cozy and keeps my whole upper half super warm.

Under my scarf I am wearing my 100% human Everlane cropped tee (thanks brother!) I have noticed that since the scarf is so big and cozy, I can get easily overheated if I have something else heavy or long-sleeve on under it. Because of that, I usually wear a short-sleeve tee or a thin long-sleeve on underneath.

On my bottom half, I have on the black AGOLDE denim jeans from Indigo Octopus. I love them for their cool edgy detailing on the bottom. Also, they hit right above my ankles and require no rolling, something I always look for since I am short!

My sneakers are a recent find (@my mom’s closet). I have no idea which kind they are, so I will link to a similar pair of Nike sneakers. I feel like you could find these at Nordstrom rack since they often carry older styles of Nike’s.

I would throw a jacket over this look, most likely this vintage army / military jacket to break up the black in this look. I recently found this at a local vintage store, so I will link to a similar military style jacket from FP.

the fuzzy denim jacket

If a blanket and denim jacket met, they would create this jacket. This fuzzy lined denim jacket is the Show Me Your Mumu denim jacket from Indigo Octopus. It is the comfiest, coziest jacket ever and will be a constant in my wardrobe whenever it is a little chilly. I could honestly see this jacket transitioning into spring and fall as well.

I have this jacket in a size small and it fits a little over-sized (which I love!) I would throw this jacket over any outfit, such as my last one. I would definitely style it with black pants or leggings.

the levi’s look

Until I found these levi’s from Aritzia, I had never owned a pair of levi’s denim. Ever since I got these jeans, I have not taken them off! I had always been under the impression that levi’s jeans could be uncomfortable and it was hard to find your size. This pair was a total game changer for me. They are the levi’s 501 original cropped jeans. Since I am short, I wear them cuffed which I think adds to their look even more!

I paired them with my Free People “be the one” cream long-sleeve thermal (linked to a similar thermal). For my shoes, I have on my other new love – my black leather Dr. Martens lace-ups. I had been looking for a shorter lace up boot and decided to give these a try. After consulting Pinterest and looking into how others style them, I was convinced that they no longer have such a grungy / emo undertone (nothing against that look, but it doesn’t exactly match my aesthetic). I am so happy that I have these as a staple in my wardrobe. Not only are they extremely durable and go with everything, but they were not a hassle to break in at all. I have loved pairing them with a variety of outfits and I can’t wait to transition them into other seasons (they also look adorable with dresses!)

Over this look, I would either throw on my SAGE teddy coat (linked to a similar style from UO), or a simple oversized flannel. Since it is absolutely freezing out, I would also most definitely layer a coat on top of the flannel to stay warm.

the exposed belt

Next, wearing the same levi’s as before, I would switch out my top for this light grey H&M pullover sweater. I was inspired by Jess Undecided to look into their sweaters this season and I found this super cozy knit. I paired it with my black FRYE belt that I found on sale at the rack. Personally, I feel like belts have made quite the comeback within the fashion world, so I was excited to reintroduce this one back into my look. For my shoes, I went with my black Dr. Martens again 🙂

That’s it for this post. I hope that my outfits are able to inspire you in your winter wardrobe!

xoxo – madison

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my back to school essentials

Seriously, where has this summer gone? As sad as I am that this summer is coming to an end, I am feeling pretty excited to head back to school and start this school year!


Instead of writing a blog post about my back-to-school must haves, I thought it would be fun to make a video for you guys! (Thanks iMovie web show days for helping me out with this editing.)


If you want to hear me talk about some of my back to school essentials / what I can’t wait to use this school year, head over to my video (and maybe give it a like?) Click the image below to view my video!



Let me know what you think or if you want to see more videos in the future. I will have everything I talk about linked in the description box beneath the video. 🙂


If you are heading back to school soon, or are already back, let me know what your school essentials are!



– madauer

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Main question floating around in my head = why are we so afraid of becoming vulnerable?


I am almost finished reading Melissa Ambrosini’s Mastering Your Mean Girl (& no, this mean girl isn’t the type that you see in the movies…)


The mean girl that Melissa dives into in her book is the inner negative voice in our head. Call it what you want, but the message remains clear – it can be your harshest critic.


To start off, I am not going try to sugar coat things – this past semester I experienced some super hard and challenging moments. Even though I’m only 20, these experiences have opened my eyes to some very important learning lessons. Not only have I learned more about others, but most importantly, I have learned so much more about myself.


Time at home has been so soothing and good for the soul. I have been having so much fun delving more into my passion in design work and bracelet making, and I have loved having the opportunity to reconnect with one of my ultimate past loves – reading for fun! (I sound like a nerd, right.)


Along with my experiences at school this past semester, Melissa’s book has opened my eyes to some super important lessons and food for thought. So let’s start this chat, shall we?



First, vulnerability. I would have never thought of sitting down and writing this post, unless I had read Mastering Your Mean Girl. When you truly consider it, we are often so hesitant to opening ourselves up to others, let alone via the web! I took a chance last summer through my social media cleanse post, and I can honestly say it felt so good to write and click publish. Not to mention, it was one of my most engaging posts viewership wise.


My social media cleanse post and this one go way deeper than the usual “summertime essentials” and “skincare routine” posts. And in no way am I bashing these types of posts AT ALL. I personally love them and read / watch millions of them in my free time. But, I think that mixing in some vulnerability enables us to open up to others and engage with the real truth. Which is what we are really trying to do in life, right?


In her book, Melissa states, “Being vulnerable makes people lean in…humans are hardwired for connection. We want to feel like someone gets us. We don’t want to land on a person’s website and feel like she / he has a ‘perfect’ life. – (which, by the way, what even is perfect?) – people can’t relate to that-they relate to real people and real life situations.” (page 213 for reference)


Ugh, I could not agree more. Lesson 1 – stop comparing! We are all so guilty of it and I will be the first to admit it. It is so easy to make our lives look amazing within the space of a grid of tiny squares on our smartphones. Do I love Instagram? Yes. But I know when it is truly making me happy versus when it is not.



Personally, this is definitely something I need to work on, as well as something I want to explore this summer. I honestly do not know if I will try the social media cleanse again, but what I do know is that I want to truly live in the moment this summer, spending less time on my phone and hence, less time in “comparison mode.”


At the end of the day, Instagram and our presentation on social media is a teeny tiny piece of our overall worth and value as a person.


Again, I LOVE Instagram (& other social media) and I do not want this to sound like a social media hate party at all. I just am taking the time to open up to you guys and tell you – I’m there too. Only when we open ourselves up can others lean in (and that’s when unity happens.)


These apps are neutral gateways for us to express ourselves. It’s how we receive and interact with these expressions that vary from person to person, and they can either be positive or negative at times.



Let me know how you guys use social media for the positive. Personally, I love creating content for my feed and adding stories / highlights to my profile. These are just some of the small ways that Instagram adds a little happy in my life.


And the next time you are scrolling on the gram or other social media and think someone has it all – they probably and most certainly do not. Everyone is going through their own ish and in no way does one photo or a grid reflect it alllll. Let’s be real.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are inspired to be a bit more vulnerable – there’s nothing to be afraid of!



– madauer


PS – stay tuned to see if social media cleanse part 2 happens – it’s good for the soul

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