Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Poncho Chic and a LINKUP
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Poncho Chic and a LINKUP

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Poncho:  Newchic // Top:  Ralph Lauren // Pants:  Ralph Lauren // Bag:  Burberry

I feel like I wear ponchos and capes here on the blog a lot.  It’s probably because it’s the easiest casual outfit that’s still warm and fashionable.  It’s almost like putting on a sweatshirt only a little trendier.  Trust me, I love sweatshirts and live in them at home, but this poncho is such an easy way for me to dress casually in style.  I like the fact that this poncho has this collar because you can button it up and it covers your neck in these cold winter days.  Now, when I got this poncho from Newchic it came with the sides sewn together, enough for arm holes.  This would be ok for someone who was thinner than me, but I like really lose fitting and I don’t like feeling stuck to anything.  That’s why I took a seam ripper and I decided I didn’t want to have the arm holes.  The best part about doing that was when I went to go put on a jacket I turned this poncho into a scarf so that I could fit my arms in the arm holes without having it all bunch up.  I did buy a size up over at Newchic because when I started measuring it looked as though they run small.  Yesterday’s sweater is also a size bigger.

I wanted to make a small announcement here on the blog.  It’s still up in the air and it’s not 100% set in stone yet, but I’ve finally decided what I want to do my PhD in.  As most of you know, I graduated with my MBA back in 2012 and I decided I wanted to wait and work a little bit, and also have a more mature mind before I went back for my PhD.  I never went to school for anyone but myself so this degree is more for me (and a running bet with my grandma) than for work opportunities or anything of that nature.  With all of the personal things that have gone on and how I’ve handled the situations and the people they involve, I feel that my program of choice would be psychology.  I always loved my psychology classes in high school and college, I actually took them as electives.  It always interested me with the way the mind works.  The brain is a complicated thing and I would love to learn more about it.  Psychology was also my mom’s degree of choice when she went back to school (she had graduated college in Poland but that degree didn’t transfer to America 100%) but then once she was almost done with her first semester she found out she was pregnant with my brother.  She was pleased when I told her that this was the direction I wanted to go in.  When I told my dad I actually made a joke saying that Grandma will be excited because it’s a form of medicine.  She always wanted me to be a doctor, or a surgeon.  Psychology isn’t the same, but it’s medicine of the mind.  It’s figuring out what really goes on in the brain.  It is the command center for us.  I don’t know when I will go back to school, it might within a year or it might be in 10 years.  I know I do want to go back but I’ve finally decided what direction I want to go in which was on my mind ever since I graduated with my MBA.  I kept toying with all of these ideas and thought I couldn’t do anything non business related because that’s what my Bachelor’s and Master’s were in, but I think I’ve decided to take the plunge and do this.  I felt like I needed to tell someone, and who other than my parents and my readers!

Now, moving on to the most clicked and top 3 favorites from last week’s link up!  Also, don’t forget to link up below.

This was the most clicked photo from last week.  I love love love this look, it's so rocker chic!

These were my top favorites from last week.  This week is a short blurb about these photos, it's been extremely hectic.

Jersey Girl, Texan Heart Link Up
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  1. I like a good poncho myself, it is so easy to wear and you've got a nice checkered one. Good luck on pursuing your PhD in psychology, I'm sure your family will be proud.

    p.s. I'm hosting a regular Friday link up on my blog so make sure you stop by.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  2. Thank you so much gorgeous for featuring my purple poncho! You know I a a sucker for ponchos so absolutely in love with yours!! The colors are so rich with the boots!! You look so pretty!!

  3. LOVE that poncho and the way you've altered it. That makes so much more sense without armholes!

  4. This is really poncho chic at its finest and more awesome in that snow white backdrop! More power to you!!


  5. Congrats on picking a PhD focus I have my BA in Psych and Master's in social work and I love it! I always thought I would may be go back for a PhD, but at this point in my life it does not enhance my career path. Also digging that poncho. I did not think of it as a fancy sweatshirt. I am going to have to get on board :)

  6. Love your boots! Gorgeous look.

    - xox Mary

  7. Thats amazing that you want to pursue a PhD, yoU go Monica! Love the poncho!
    Rachel xo

  8. I don't wear ponchos in the winter because I can't put a jacket on and our climate is too cold to just wear a poncho without a jacket. I never thought of wearing it as a scarf under the poncho. That is brilliant!

  9. You look gorgeous, love the poncho!

    Love, Chiara ♥

  10. I think poncho are comfortable yet stylish too! I really love yours. Also I just wanted to wish you success in pursuing your PhD!

  11. Such a cute poncho! I love the colors how and you styled everything.


  12. What a gorgeous look! The snow scene looks really beautiful and the brown tones of your outfit contrast perfectly :) The style of these boots is really great too.. ahh, I just love everything!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  13. Nice cape!

    Following you from GF :)

  14. Gorgeous poncho ! and I like the take on the double pattern, they're not the same but they totally work.


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