Hi lovelies, happy Wednesday! I hope that you are all having a great week so far and are as happy as I am that we are one step closer to the weekend! I feel like everyone around me is sick lately and I’m doing my best not to get it and loading up on the Airborne these days, though to be honest, I’m not even sure that stuff works. But it can’t hurt, right? That plus plenty of water- the past few weeks I’ve been working on drinking at least 2 liters a day and so far, so good.
I’m so glad that you guys like the new Fashion and Parties pages. While putting my fashion page together, I realized something… I do the same pose in practically every picture. Apparently I have a signature pose that I showcase for you each and every week- but now that I’ve noticed it I’ll try to change it up a bit! My outfit below is a current favorite of mine. I got the dress one evening at a store I rarely shop at– H&M. I know some people have tons of luck there but for me it’s always a hit or miss. Luckily, it was a hit that night. What it’s hard to see in the picture is that the dress actually has a zipper all the way down the front which spices it up a bit. I decided to add the bow belt in a coordinating slate shade for a little interest and to define my waist a bit. And because it’s definitely a busy dress, kept it simple and classic with jewelry.
Dress: H&M, Belt: H&M, Tights: Unknown, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift to myself in Paris, Bracelet: Forever21
Shop the Look
Dress: Rebecca Taylor (not printed, but love this) // Asos
Belt: Tory Burch // Forever 21
Necklace: Ippolita // Kohls
Bangle: Vince Camuto // Style & Co
-Would you wear a bow belt?
-What stores are hit or miss for you?
Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a great week so far and aren’t too caught up in the holiday craziness. This week has been so busy with last minute details, a growing to-do list, and tons of things to wrap up at the office. But with that being said, I’m trying to really take to heart what I said in my last post and focus on one matters. I know that everything will all come together in the end! In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d share with you what I wore to a recent holiday party. It was a casual get-together/potluck, so I knew that I didn’t want to be too dressed up but still wear something a little festive.
Lately, I’ve been into polka dots, a print I don’t usually embrace. (It seems like so long ago that I wasn’t sure how I felt about stripes!) I now own a polka dot top, sweater and dress. So why not add pants to the mix right? When I spotted these pants I was immediately drawn to them, and then wondered how they would look on- polka dots on pants seemed a little crazy for someone newly adopting this print. But I decided to give them a go and am so glad I did. They have a straight leg denim cut and are in my favorite color of the season.
Shirt: LOFT, Pants: LOFT, Necklace: Tiffany, Shoes: Target
Since it was a holiday party, I decided to wear a brightly colored top to match the pants but I’m already so excited about future pairings! I think a chambray shirt will definitely be happening! I also love the pants with a nude heel but decided these were a little more casual for the occasion.
Shop the look:
Top: C&C California // Loft
Pants: Paige //Topshop (Love these!)
Necklace: Tiffany (This is mine!) // Target
-Would you wear polka dot pants?
-What print do you not usually wear?
Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a great week so far! Despite working late, I had a wonderful night last night because I got to see my best friend who was in town! Chelsea and I have been best friends since we were 3 (photographic evidence here) and we have maintained our friendship despite always going to separate schools and for the past few years, living in different places. But last night we were reunited and it was fabulous. We had so much to chat about that we tried to fit in and there is something so wonderful about having so much shared history with someone. Not only do they get you, but they know all the reasons why you are that way. She is a fabulous best friend and I am so very lucky. Thankfully, this small dose of time won’t have to hold us over for as long as usual as I’ll get to see her again later in the month. Yay!
Since I knew we were doing dinner, I wanted to wear something a little fun yesterday. I picked this dress up at LOFT a month or so ago when it was on sale and finally decided to wear it. When I saw it on the hanger, I was about to pass right by it but I lingered because I loved the color. Yet it was the opposite of the dresses I usually wear- I never go for drop waist, shift dresses and usually favor a more fitted sheath style. But I decided what the heck and tried it on. I was shocked by how much I loved it and knew that I needed to get it for the very fact that I don’t own anything like it! I was able to get this dress on super sale because it technically is a sleeveless summer dress. However, I knew when I tried it on that it would look great with tights. This dress is also a petite, which I usually don’t wear but I appreciated that it made the dress slightly more fitted and a little shorter. Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to try something on even if it isn’t your usual style or size- you might end up loving it!
Dress: LOFT, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Target
Styling this I knew it would need a statement necklace and I chose my favorite gold one as a point of interest with the high neckline. I hadn’t originally intended to wear my hair up when I chose my outfit, but I think it totally works here and gives it a little Audrey Hepburn feel. I paired it with my tallest black wedges for a sleek line to dress it up but I also think it would be great with a pair of knee-high flat boots for a more casual look.
Shop the Look:
Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal // Asos (on sale!)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Bauble Bar
Shoes: Kate Spade // Aldo
What fashion item do you usually shy away from?
Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Tuesday and went out and VOTED!! The political science major in me gets very excited for elections and exercising this amazing privilege we have as Americans. Rather than discuss the results of the election (though you’ve probably seen my opinions on twitter) I wanted to share with you an amazing story I heard about. Yesterday, a 108-yr-old woman, voted for the first time. She can’t read or write but she watched the debate and for the first time in her life wanted to vote in them. When I voted yesterday I saw lots of elderly people at the polls too and it felt so inspiring that these people who have seen so many changes in this country, are devoted to exercising their right and making a difference. I just hope that my generation will start following their lead!
Now, enough about the election- let’s talk about fashion 😉 From the sound of this post title it seems like my outfit might be a little racy, but as you’ll see below combining leather and leopard does not have to be racy. Instead, I wore this outfit to work one day. Like planning an outfit around a sock bun before, this outfit revolved around a top knot. I knew that this messy hair required an outfit that was a little edgy so the first piece I picked out was my black blazer with leather details and strong shoulders. I actually bought this blazer for an interview years ago (I work in a creative industry) and had no idea how leather would catch on! To keep the look casual I paired it with dark denim and to spice it up, I added my favorite new leopard shoes.
Blazer: Express (old), Tank: LOFT, Jeans: LOFT, Necklace: LOFT, Heels: Target
As a new feature, I thought it’d be helpful to link you to items to “shop” my look! I figured if I can’t find my exact piece than I’d give you both higher and more affordable options.
Blazer: Elizabeth and James // Forever 21
Tank: LOFT (I have 3 of these exact tanks at home- but it’s something that I always grab for!)
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Heels: Steve Madden // Target (similar)
-What are some of your statement pieces?
-How do you remix traditional business clothes?