that one time I brought a suitcase full of shoes to NYC and how it's still not enough

I came to New York with approximately one suitcase full of shoes, prepared for just about any fashion predicament I might find myself, except walking that is. Just a quick little inventory of what I brought
with me to the city to get you guys up to date:
4 pairs of high heels that I will never wear because that's just not practical with cobblestones and subway grates to dodge.
2 pairs of flats. Right, I know, what was I thinking?
1 pair of booties 
1 pair of tennis shoes that many times have accompanied errand-running ensembles against my former chagrin toward the rubbered soles.
2-4 various other pairs that aren't coming to me right now, which I obviously don't wear that much since I can't even remember what they are.
Needless to say, NYC terrain is very different from the familiar UA sidewalks, which I've grown accustom. Back home there's no need to dodge and weave and cut in front of oncoming traffic. I mean, everyone else is doing it. You get caught up in the fast pace of city life and here I am proving New York stereotypes right. My pace is faster so I need my heels to be shorter and as much as I'd like to shop the streets of NYC for the perfect pair of black gladiators, this unpaid intern is on a budget. 
Thankfully ShoeDazzle's got me covered, my soles at least. I certainly can't afford Rachel Zoe's ready-to-wear line, but I am more than happy for her to pick out a collection of shoes for me via ShoeDazzle's 
To join, you take a quiz so they can get to know your style. You know, like what J.Lo look best describes you....the green breast-baring Versace number circa 2000 or are you that classy Maid in Manhatten style?  Based on the results of the quiz, they give you your first showroom of shoes and handbags they think you’ll love. At the beginning of every month you will receive a new showroom selection that fits your individual style, and as new styles get added to the site throughout the month, they continue to tailor your personalized recommendations. Y'all Kim K and Rachel Zoe were involved're kind of missing out if you don't at least try it out.
I can't wait to get my hands on those black gladiators to spice up my American Girl-esque sundresses. 

shoedazzle by abigailcrain featuring madewell

This post is sponsored by ShoeDazzle.

spring break essentials

spring break essentials

spring break essentials by abigailcrain featuring travel shoes

Spring break is here and that's all that matters. I am in dire need of a quick refresher before speeding through this last month of school. 
To most, I'm an underpacker, but I'm just fond of recycling outfits. I have about six pieces that keep a tight rotation going throughout each week, so for me, packing ain't no thing. 
A couple of friends and I will be traveling to New Orleans for a few days then up to Nashville for a quick day trip before heading home to settle in for the Easter weekend.
Denim, sundress, plain white t, booties, sandals, dainty undergarments and a tote to carry it all. I figured these pieces will work fine for the traveling/city walking part of the trip.

that one time I bought tennis shoes

I've been offered a pair of new tennis shoes a few times between now and six years ago, but always ended up spending my allotted seasonal new shoe on something a little more representative of my style.  My style pays little to no attention to functionality  and thus my little feet are squished and contorted to fit into whatever shoe fits my fancy, not my arch. I mean, tennis shoes are for the athletic driven not the aesthetic driven.
My dad however, was appalled at my lack of athletic-wear and almost drug me to Dick's to pick out a new pair of tennies, probably hoping new clothes might inspire my usually dormant drive to participate in athletic activity. I picked out the brightest pair I could find and Leandra Medine has them so... sorry, Dad, no 5K's just yet.
I have managed to sport them on a weekly basis and I'm ready to admit my fault. These Nike Free's are the most comfortable things my precious pedi have ever rested inside. My apologies for the previous hate directed toward those perpetually caught in activewear.
Per my usual nature, I couldn't just save my new Nikes to accompany jogging shorts and T-shirts. Lets be real, those are my pajamas. I simply slipped them on when a neon shoe seemed fitting and that's probably never, so I threw them on with some leather skinnies and a flower-print button-down.

 [shirt-zara, pants-h&m, shoes-nike]

Thanks, Katie Hall for the pictures xo

zara classics

The birthday fairy was very good to me this year. I received some great "grown up" pieces perfect for the New York City wardrobe I am slowly trying to accrue. This beautiful cream jacket from Zara has been on my wish list for a while, so when I pulled it from the brown paper tucked neatly into it's sleek black box, I already had ten outfits planned to go with the Chanel-esque piece.

I wrote an article for The Crimson White about outwear and believe it is the best splurge item for any wardrobe. A strong jacket or blazer can transform any outfit from plain jane to sophisticated and pulled-together. I decided to pair my jacket with a girly peplum shape to balance out the edgy shoulder pads and boyfriend jeans.
[jacket-zara, top-h&m, jeans-thrifted, shoes-nine west, necklace-lucky, lip-revlon 'dark plum']

pre-fall inspiration

pre-fall inspiration by abigailcrain featuring a gold necklace

pre-fall inspiration

Today is a monumental day in the fall weather progression. I did not sweat on my walk to class. I am celebrating by posting a pretend fall ensemble that I wish I could wear today. My birthday is coming up, consider it my list.

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim transparent clutch
3. Alice + Olivia box pleat leather skirt
4. Minor Obsessions gold star pendant necklace (really any delicate gold pendant necklace will do)
5. American Apparel Book Sunglasses
7. Khaki Studded Army Gilet

Have a wonderful monday!