Fall Essential: Hooded Sweatshirts

Autumn is fast approaching and for some, it may be sneaking up quicker than you can keep up with. Not to fret! Before you head out on a shopping spree to fill your closet with Fall’s essential finds, be sure you have added trendy sweatshirts to your list. If styled correctly, this cold weather staple can have you looking chic and trendy with minimal effort.

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Short Sleeve Hoodie | Wet Seal | 

If you need help finding an outfit for school, pairing a sweatshirt with a bold graphic alongside your jeans and boots always does the trick. Need something to dress up the sweater? Try adding a statement necklace or layering your sweater under a denim or leather jacket with leggings and adding heels.

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Leader of the Pack Athletic Hoodie | Forever21 | 

Whether you prefer to add tank top, short sleeve or long sleeve sweatshirts to your wardrobe, the possibilities are endless when putting together your outfit this season.

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Mary Lauren Gunn; tiny gold jewelry enthusiast and plant lover/killer. I live in a tiny little house in North San Diego with my husband and little babe Ezra. Most days we are at the beach or working on our little house and chasing big dreams.

My background is in economics, I worked as an accountant for a few years before I chose to quit to be able to stay home with Ezra.

Making that decision has forced my husband and I to become “hustlers” of sorts. My husband has a little surf company he runs on the side of his every day accounting job and I have about a billion and one things I am working on at one time. (Exciting stuff to come! 😉) It is crazy most of the time, definitely harder than my 9-5. But we make it work and we are very happy.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
My whole life I have looked up to my three older sisters. There are 8 years between me and the one closest to me. As a little girl, you can imagine how cool your teenage sisters look and their wardrobes just seemed amazing. I would peek in on their closets, trying on their doc martens and stussi t-shirts. Today, things haven’t changed much. They’re still my role models in just about every aspect of life. So if I could sneak into anyone’s closet, it would probably be my sister Lindsay’s closet. I don’t think there would be too much “sneaking” per say, she’d probably just let me in, but if I could take over any closet, it would be hers. It is pretty amazing, adorned with all the most amazing designers, dresses, vests, coats and a mountain of shoes I would absolutely kill for. Yep, that’s who’s closet I envy most.

What style rule do you always follow?
Be comfortable. Before Ezra was born I worked as an accountant, spending my days in a nice office and I wore stilettos to work DAILY. Looking back, I can’t believe I did that! I got pretty dang good at charging around in those heels, but man, after 9 hour days, my back was killing me!

Now that I have a little toddler to chase after, stilettos are sooo one million miles away. I still love dressing up and feeling like I “tried” for myself some days. But the main style rule I follow is you have to be comfortable. I’m loving the culottes, shift dresses and clogs trends right now. So simple, not much fuss and comfortable!

There is another kind of comfort you should follow too. Yes, your clothes should FEEL comfortable, but you also should be confident and comfortable in your own wardrobe. Dress for you, be you.

What is your favorite quote?
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

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What inspired your blog?
I was working a lame desk job right out of college. I basically sat there all day, answering phones and greeting the 3-4 people that walked into the office for meetings. I was bored, completely bored. I have such a passion for writing so it just felt natural. I started writing in a journal at work and then if I wanted to share it with my family, (my mom mostly), I’d type it out and email it to her! Didn’t make a lot of sense… So one day I became familiar with this “blogging world”! My blog was born and it has come a long way since the beginning. Haha

Three things that are always in your purse?
Peppermint lip balm, bobby pins and emergency snacks. (for me AND Ezra.)

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
Everywhere! Mostly just my daily life. I blog about what I do, what I love, great finds, things I know other people would be able to relate to, things I would be excited to call my best friend about. But to be honest, sometimes it shocks me that others want to read a little piece of my life! It’s just little ol’ me! But I love the community it brings. It truly is amazing.

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What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
My hats. Love them. They’re so great, especially with how much time I spend outside. Keeps my face out of the sun and they’re also my go-to when dry shampoo just ain’t cuttin’ in. 😁

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Being yourself and being honest. I feel like I read so many blogs that are telling me exactly what I want to hear, everything is peachy, wonderful and the birds are always singing. But we all know that’s not the case. I love the raw emotions that are shown… The people who aren’t afraid to look less than perfect. It’s refreshing.

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