6 Styles I’m Digging Right Now

IMG_1328Somewhere between a fractured ankle, a time-consuming garden, creating 3 months worth of content, and ever fluctuating temperatures, we skated into fall. For quite some time, I’ve wanted to share my summer and my fall inspiration, but tbh, things have been moving so rapidly over here, that I can’t keep up with the changing seasons. So to get back into the swing of things, I’m sharing 6 styles I’m really digging right now.

  1. Sweaters

No surprise here, and not really a style, but I absolutely adore sweaters and fall temperatures. There’s just something so sweet about bundling up in a warm, cozy sweater and sipping coffee. Ahh, can’t you just smell the morning brew? This year, L.L. Bean has been diligently targeting me, and I’m shamelessly hooked. Another go-to as of late has been a retailer out in Utah, called Roolee. They have the cutest styles and they’re SO affordable! I’ve bought several pieces from Roolee and they’re very good quality, so I highly recommend.

2. Mules

I am absolutely obsessed with mules and slides. These babies are effortlessly chic. Seriously, throw on a black top with black pants and a pair of fabulous rose mules—you will be instantly transformed. You can wear them with virtually anything. Trust me, you can. I strongly believe that every woman needs a pair of these in her closet, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this strongly about any garment or accessory. That’s super serial, friends.

3. Millennial Pink

Can’t stop, won’t stop. I’m absolutely obsessed with dusty rose hues (or as YouTube calls it—millennial pink). I have begun a small collection of household items, as well as clothes and accessories in these delightful shades, and I can still use more of these colors in my life.

4. Athleisure

Can I just say, that I am so glad we live in a day and age where leggings and sweatshirts are socially acceptable in public? Athleisure is nothing new, but every year it seems to continue to grow and become more relevant and stylish—which I’m am absolutely onboard with. What I love about athleisure is that (at least for me) it inspires me to be more healthy, to get out and get moving. Plus, there’s the comfort factor. That my friends is a win-win.

5. Naturals

Perhaps it’s the people I follow, or perhaps it’s me easily falling victim to trends, but I am loving all the camel, chocolate, beige, natural color palettes. What I love most about the above styles is that they are modern renditions of timeless pieces, e.g. the trench (Casablanca, anyone?), high waisted trousers, turtlenecks, and of course, we mustn’t forget off the shoulder tops (thank you, 80’s). One of my favorite gals (Cella Jane Blog) really turned me on to this palette. But seriously, scroll through her IG feed and you’ll be hooked too. It’s just so warm and fabulous.

6. Trousers

Last spring I bought a pair of wide-leg trousers and I fell in love. What I love most about this style is the versatility. You can literally wear trousers year-round and keep your outfits fresh. Right now, I’m styling mine with booties, dark sweaters or turtlenecks, and a scarf. I love that these trousers can be styled up for the office, or dressed down for a weekend outing, brunch, or visit to the art museum. While these pants may not be for everyone, I do recommend giving them a try—you’d be surprised how well these pants work.

So there you have it—6 styles I’m really digging right now. What are some styles you’re into? Share in the comments below! Until next time, ✌️.

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Sayonara Summer

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Sweet, sweet, summer. What a time for exploration, adventures, and new discoveries. Knock the temperatures all you want, but I LOVE summer; lake trips, floating, laying out by the pool, sun-kissed skin, lightened locks, minimal clothing, and ice cold beer.

Yep, I will take scorching temperatures for all of this. Sadly, summer is coming to an end; so to send off summer on a stellar pump, I decided to visit one of my favorite places, dressed head-to-toe in some of my some of my summer favorites.

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Location: Bowood Farms Dress: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Pitaya Wallet: Target

Unfortunately, I found this dress at Urban about 3 months ago, and it’s no longer available online, however, you might be able to find it in-store. The shoes I purchased from Pitaya last year. Although, they are no longer available now, I highly recommend browsing their stores. Awesome, super cute clothes, accessories, and shoes, for incredible prices. I also got my sunglasses from Pitaya and they were $8.

 

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Bowood Farms remains one of my all-time favorite brunch destinations in St. Louis. Not only are the food and cocktails excellent, but in the spring and summer, the nursery is abundant with plants, herbs, blooms, and magnificent florals. It’s an exceptionally charming nursery and cafe and I highly recommend checking it out; at least just to peruse and wander because it’s just simply  a beautiful boutique.

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I hope you enjoy your last weekend of summer by soaking up the sun, and taking some time to reflect on all your accomplishments and finally relax with a big ol’ margarita, chips & salsa, and maybe some shrimp tacos if you’re feeling really spicy. I’m definitely not craving Mexican food…not at all…

Stay tuned for my fall fashion predictions coming soon! Sayonara summer!

Denim in Distress

Hi all!

So here’s the deal – I’ve been getting quite crafty these past few weeks. You see, sometimes the retailer doesn’t have exactly what your heart desires/your size in stock, and you know how the old saying goes; when we can’t buy, we DIY.

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So the two projects I completed were distressed boyfriend jeans, and cut-offs.

Now I’ve had my fair share of hack-job handcrafts, and as I’ve just alluded, they were nothing short of disastrous. This time, however, I watched a few YouTube videos before starting. Here are my tips for creating your very own boyfriend jeans or cut-offs, or both.

First and  foremost, before making destroyed jeans or cut-offs, be sure you’ve got a decent pair of denims. You don’t want any of those shitty super stretchy jeans; and probably ditch the bedazzled studded embellishments.

For my boyfriend jeans, I picked up a pair from the Goodwill for a whopping $4. I did have  a specific look in mind for my boyfriend jeans: light-wash, decent-quality denim, high-waisted, and finally, the back pockets couldn’t be too distracting. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a pair that was nearly a perfect match…except for the size. For the price, I was willing to try and make it work.

I didn’t watch a YouTube video or anything when I started my boyfriend jeans; I just searched for the pair of pants I wanted to buy online, and tried to mimic its style and cut. I took a pen and marked the pants where I wanted to cut and voila! Distressed boyfriend jeans! Kind of.

After my holes were cut, I took the blade of the scissors and frayd the edges  of the holes. I threw those bad boys in the washer and dryer and all of my distressed denim dreams came true; besides the actual size, but hey, that’s what squats are for! Am I right?

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For the cut-offs, I’ve fucked up far too many pairs in the past and decided to take proper precaution by watching a YouTube video or five.

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There are so many ways you can do distressed cut-offs, but I particularly liked this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehcIeqXinSU
but that may be because this is the most adorable vlogger I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. Frankly, I can’t stand the shorts that leave your butt-cheeks hanging out and that’s all I can seem to find these days. I do have a pair of butt-cheek shorts, but I wear long t’s and tanks to cover up my ass. You’re welcome. I did make some alterations to her technique, mostly because I don’t know what she was thinking with those crotch flaps.

The measurements were kind of wonky due to my super low-cut jeans (thank you, 2007), so I also made some adjustments when applying measurements. The key is to mark your desired measurements on where to cut, then cut 2-3 inches below those marks. Try on your shorts and decide whether you want to continue taking off an inch, until you’re satisfied with the length.

I incorporated her “dolphin cut” and I’m very pleased with the look. My absolute favorite part about these denims are the shredded holes. Let me tell you, it’s the best tip in this video (05:16). It took me so long to complete the shredded holes and it was an absolute pain in the ass, but oh my god, so worth it. It gives your cut-offs that store-bought look that I was ultimately trying to achieve. Now I completely understand why distressed jeans are so expensive.

Just like with my boyfriend jeans, I took the blade of the scissors and frayed the edges and any holes that weren’t shredded. Lastly, I threw them in the washer and dryer to give em to complete the look.

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I was very pleased with the results of both of my projects and I would highly recommend it. You just can’t beat recycling and a $4 price tag. Cheers!

 

Work Wear Tips to Break Business Casual

Oh guys. This has been a long time coming. The next time I have the bright idea to pick up an eight week volunteer program, and freelance writing gig, someone just slap me. So, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity and great experience to get involved and do free advertising for non-profits in St. Louis, and then in the midst of that opportunity, take on a freelance copywriting project that needed to be complete in oh, a week. No, not a great experience. Let’s try, most awful experience. Needless to say, I’ve been slacking on my blog, and I do apologize…again.

Now let’s move on to the actual purpose of this post: office attire!

So business casual and I don’t really get along all too well. Being one of two female employees under the age of 30, I’d say I’m the most “adventurous” when it comes to work wear. But like I’ve said a hundred times before, balance is everything. If you’re like me and strive to stretch the definition of business causal, make sure you damn well find a balance, otherwise you’re going to find yourself in a rather uncomfortable conversation with your supervisor.

So how does one achieve balance between business causal and fashion forward? With an exceptionally high credit card limit!

Just kidding. I create balance utilizing accessories, semi-casual tops, layers, shoes, hair styling, and of course, the loose/fit rule.

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Madonna, Prince, Jerry Seinfeld?

I was pleasantly surprised to get so much versatility out of this top, wearing as a v-neck crossover, and as pictured, button-up crew neck. However, every time I wear this top this way; although I act confident in my style decision, I still feel like Jerry Seinfeld in ‘puffy shirt.’

Tip #1: Wear pieces with versatility.

I bought this top specifically for work and while I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at the time of purchase, I found several ways to wear this top; even coming up with a few new outfits. Whether you’re rummaging through your closet for something to wear or shopping around, think about what ways you can wear an item differently. Can you wear it with pants? Shorts? A skirt? Can you wear it outside of work? Would you want to wear it outside of work? Does it look good as is? Does it look better tucked in?

Think about the added benefit, besides it just being really effing cute.

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Tip #2: Give your traditional work wear a twist.

Making simple styling changes to your  traditional styles can really add some wow to your work wear. E.g. Instead of just tucking in (or instead of not tucking in at all), try tucking in the front of the button-up and leaving the tail out. It’s simple, subtle, and totally hip in my opinion. Jazz-up your outfits with different heels, booties, and accessories for fresh looks (when you don’t want to buy clothes for work, you have to get creative to refresh an outfit).

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Tip #3: Let loose.

If traditional collared-shirts don’t tickle your fancy, try flannels, plaids, or patterns and prints. I also do this style with long t’s when I’m feeling extra casual (which, let’s be honest, is everyday).

Side Story:

At the time of this shoot, I wasn’t feeling very enthused or excited. So when Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ came on, I started to forget concern with what looks good and just groove. All of the sudden this shoot didn’t seem so staged, and I was happier with just being myself. Hence, the ‘what-the-hell-is-she-doing?’ pose.

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Tip #4: Layer

I will never forget my discussion with my mentor about women’s “fashion” (quotes because he doesn’t understand fashion, especially women’s, but I digress). He said, “The older women get, the baggier their clothing becomes.” I shot him my skeptical brow and he countered, “It’s true, just wait, you’ll be wearing baggy shawls too.” I hate to admit that he was right, because it was much sooner than I would have expected, although not for the same reasons as he explained. Perhaps it’s because of a long-standing trend, like the skinny jean phenomenon; but I am totally drawn to loose fitting, flowy, comfortable tops, paired with skinny jeans or leggings. And it’s not because I can’t wear the tiny, tight-fit, “young” clothes anymore; like yeah, I’ll still rock that shit. But what I’m attracted to is the harmony and the balance between the loose and the fit. I love layering these tops and I love creating different looks with them.

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Tip #5: Let loose part two.

You know the scenario, you see something on Instagram, in the store, on some 16 year old, and you think, I could never wear that. And then you move one. But I say experiment. Even if you think it’s going to be funky, just give it a try. This dress, I saw it and I was like omg, that’s really cute. But I also worried, will that look terrible on me? Will I get shit because I’m wearing a dress with massive roses on it? And I did, Pete called me Jezebel for the better half of the evening that I first wore this dress. But then something happened. I started receiving compliments from co-workers about my dress, and even though I loved the way the dress looked, it was just that extra support that really made me happy that I made the purchase and took the risk. Anytime there’s a new trend, or a style I’m just not really sure about, I try it out, because why not? There’s only one of two outcomes. You’ll either confirm that a look is totally ghastly or surprisingly on-point. Not only does this mentality apply to your style senses; the same is true for life. We’re so confined to what we know and what we’re used to and comfortable with. Try just to see what happens, experiment, let loose, and learn.

#lifelessons y’all.

Side Story Two: I ordered a ton of clothes that I’m super stoked about wearing to work these days, however, I received them post photo shoot, so I will just post  those outfits on Instagram as they come along. Holler if you see something you like!

 

How To Get Your Body Caftan-Ready For The Summer

Article originally published in New York Magazines, The Cut. Written by Véronique Hyland. Title is the same as the original article.

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About a month ago, I was eating at a restaurant in West Hollywood with a friend. We’d already devoured faux In-N-Out burgers, the contents of the dim sum and sushi carts, and a generous helping of fries. She didn’t seem particularly concerned about our Falstaffian night of consumption. “I’m getting ready to go to a caftan party,” she told me. Instead of a bachelorette party, a friend of hers was having a house party with caftans as a required dress code. When I returned to New York, I saw thatChristina Hendricks is also a fan of caftan parties (and even got Jimmy Fallon to wear one). One can only hope that, like juicing, injecting vitamin B-12, using hella as an adverb, and doing those weird IV drips, caftan parties are a chill West Coast trend that’s headed east very soon. That’s how it always starts: Your much-cooler-to-the-point-where-they’re-slumming friend tells you about it, then a minor celebrity raves about it, then everyone is suddenly doing it.

It’s now late May, which means that women’s publications are in full bikini-body crisis mode. A Vogue headline blares, “How to Get a Beach Body in Two Weeks.” Self magazine might as well display a visible forehead vein: Get that bikini body or else! (“SUMMER SEXY STARTS NOW,” screams their current cover.) These articles emphasize a Spartan regimen of salt-reduction, dry brushing, and tiny, fishy meals. Perhaps there’s the occasional Pyrrhic “cheat day,” but overall these prescriptions do not spell “summer fun.”

But getting a caftan body — now, that is far more pleasurable. Below, the Cut’s steps to getting yourself caftan-ready for the warmer months. (The best news: Literally every step but the first is optional.)

1. Select a caftan of your chosen gauge and length. Stroke its gauzy fabric and whisper into its folds.

2. Let your flesh settle into the crevices of your comfortable, comfortable caftan.

3. Crumbs? Let them fall where they may, swaddled in your caftan.

4. Throw out your razor.

5. Throw out your bra.

6. Throw out the aloe vera lotion you bought last summer. You will not be getting sunburned this summer.

7. Release your inhibitions. Feel the rain on your skin.

 

 

5 Easter Sunday Looks

Ah, I adore spring! So happy, refreshing, and renewing. Easter Sunday has always been a special occasion for me, particularly in the dress department. Growing up, even though we weren’t very religious, we always dressed for the occasion. At least, that’s how my mom would have it (then again, maybe that’s just the way I had it). Since then, it has just sort of stuck with me. In spirit of all of this wonderful spring weather, finding inspiration from my favorite Instagramer’s and of course the almighty, Pinterest; I’ve come up with a few outfit ideas for Easter to share with you.

Classic Stripes

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Feeling like Jackie O with a bad hair day, mmm but I love that jacket!

Alteration of a Favorite

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I wore this skirt on Easter last year, and it is truly a favorite, so I had no issue recycling it with a different top. I’ll admit, I felt pretty house-wifey, and I do recommend not using an over-sized polo. You can basically wear any sort of top with this skirt and my go-to last year was a black crop top.

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Deets n’ such.

So the romper is, well, how should we put this? A little risqué. However, I think it’s a classic and wonderfully comfortable, albeit revealing, hence the light trench. This romper also pairs well with a blazer. I only have a white blazer, so I killed the photo because it was a little much, but the couple were great.

Casual Chic

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At the time of this photo, I was really regretting throwing out my iron when I moved. I wanted to include my bohemian spirit and something that was simple and comfortable. Kimonos + loose tops + skinnies = yes.

Free Flowin’

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Again, the damn iron [insert emoji with face-in-palm]. It turns out I can fit into my size 2 pants, however, I seriously don’t know how that’s possible. Originally, I was going to pair these with a tight-fit v-neck tee, but I just had the thought to try out my green tube top and BAM! Magic happened and I am obsessed with this look. Seriously, I cannot wait to wear this like every weekend…or so. I usually hold onto clothes for a very very long time, like years, and it’s because of reasons like this. Recycle magic. The best.

So there you have it, 5 Easter Sunday looks to get your style senses tingling! Thanks for peeking!

Dreaming of the City That Never Sleeps

Whenever I imagine New York City, I’m taken on a romantic high where dreams and possibilities are endless. The skyscrapers tower over me, so gallantly, and to think; these were made by human beings. A song plays in my heart and soul as I walk the busy streets in wonderment. 

Yes, I am a hopeless romantic, and quite a transparent one to boot. For I am still completely awe-stricken by every detail along every block. What an inspiring city; so old, so new, so diverse. It has such an eclectic heritage and culture so rich, how could you resist a bite? 

On my last visit to New York, I made certain I packed an array of outfits that were inspired by the people and the city itself.

  1. Audrey Nouveau

2. City Wanderlust

3. Summer Solstice

4. City Lights

5. Red, White, and Boho