NYC Inspired Style

It’s all in the details.

I am SO excited to be heading to New York City next month! I have never been but have dreamt of it for as long as I could choose my own outfits. I  channeled my inner NYC-E-O for this trendy twist on a classic look.

I knew I wanted to rock these Rockstuds and started there. To allow them to be the star, I stuck solely to black and white, with small pops of red only on my nails and lips. This keeps the style cohesive without being overbearing. I recently bought these awesome caged-hem cropped trousers at Zara (my favorite) along with this (under $30) femininely-frilled faux-leather jacket. The gingham top is only $10 and has the cutest peplums on the sides, but they were covered with the jacket, so I added the gold plate waist belt to flatter my shape. This adorable structured clutch is by Melie Bianco and is available at SoHo Fashion Exchange, which is also where I scored the shoes and matching Valentino shades (for incredible deals). I bought my beret on a whim at Nordstrom Rack last winter but this one is similar.

Theoretically, this look is too much – leather, ruffles, gingham, detailed hems, peplums, metals, a hat, AND color?! No way. But something about it all just works…the simple color palette allows for some variation in the textures, prints and details. It is a look, for sure, and it’s totally one I would strut confidently in New York, New York.

Thanks so much to Memm Ozturk for the incredible photos!

 

Silk and Sparkle

I’m so excited to be sharing these photos courtesy of Tom Welsh Photography! I absolutely recommend checking out his work, his photos are professional and well done. I had a great time shooting this look.

I have had this beautiful silk BCBG Max Azria dress since last fall and completely forgot about it. Preparing for this shoot, I tried it on again and fell back in love with it! I bought mine resale, but this one, this one, and this one are similar. I styled it with a double gold necklace, this Victoria Emerson boho cuff, Kate Spade bag to match (similar, almost $100 off!), and these GORGEOUS Pasha heels! I wish the photos captured how incredibly sparkly and beautiful these are! Huge thank you to Pasha for these sandals.

This look is perfectly transitional for a professional setting during the day and heading out with friends in the evening.

Camouflaging into Fall

I say this every year, and I hate it every time I do, but I am SO ready for fall! Pumpkin patches, halloween, cooler temps, and, best of all, cozy fashions. It was love at first sight with this camo utility jacket, so I decided I’d ode to fall a bit early.

I bought this jacket for a steal of $20 at my favorite consignment shop, SoHo Fashion Exchange, but it is originally from Gap and you can snag similar ones here, here, and here (with studs!). I let the jacket be the star by styling it simply with a black tank, some light wash mom-jeans with some detail (I love these and accidentally ordered a size too big, so they’re mom-like on me), a gold chain belt, and my awesome vintage Gucci — I also scored this at SoHo (for only $80!). This clutch is a similar, modern style. My shoes are look-alike Chanel espadrilles I’ve been living in this summer.

As for accessories, the hat is one I’ve been seeing on some of my favorite bloggers (Aimee Song, Negin Mirsalehi, Andy Csinger) in the last few weeks, so I decided to jump on the band wagon. Mine is wool from Brixton via Nordstrom, but this one is SO cute, half the price, AND comes in a pinstripe pattern. Thinking of ordering it, too. My earrings are awesome and under $5, and these glasses are a round and mirrored, but very flattering.

I am a summer lover, for sure, but I am super pumped to rock this jacket and tons more in the upcoming cooler months!

The Dreamiest Summer Set + SheIn Review

I recently found myself scrolling through IG when a photo of a beautiful blogger in an adorable skirt set caught my eye. I looked at it, at her, at how she accessorized it, and thought, “hmmm, how many hundreds will this be?” Never have I been more pleasantly surprised.

I screenshot the photo to shop on LikeToKnowIt, an interactive app which matches your LTK-enabled screenshots with their respective virtual shopping bags. I was FLOORED when I discovered this set was only $31! THIRTY. ONE. For both pieces!!! WHAT!!!! I quickly scrolled the site called SheIn (commonly referred to as “SheInside,” as well) to find dozens of other incredible deals on summer trends and pieces I totally didn’t need.

Before committing to PayPal, I had found the set, this crop top (which arrived and was more like a crop BRA, but it’s been working for me! I also styled it with the skirt for less of a matchy-matchy look), this adorable $10 gingham top (blog post coming soon!), and one of those infamous, skicky, lace-up bras everyone and their mothers (well…I hope not…) has “how to”ed on Insta. By the end of this spree, I had racked up  $56 total. Not too shabby.

By the time I finally received by purchases (it took three weeks), I was surprised yet again. Considering the prices of the garments, I was not expecting silk and cashmere, but the crop top ripped as soon as I tried it on. Could have been a sizing issue, could have been a quality issue, could have been an I’m-so-excited-to-see-this-on issue. Regardless, it ripped immediately…not a fantastic first impression. The skirt set was a teeny bit smaller than I had hoped, but it is doable. The top is not the most flattering if you are busty, though. Sticky boobs have been so far a hit (I’ve worn them about 4 times already), though I will never use the lace up feature since I am no fan of crazy cleavage. The gingham top is ADORBS and I’ve already shot some photos in it which I am excited to share!

All in all, SheIn is great if you are on a budget and prefer lower-quality, trendy clothing. Like Forever 21. Cute items, but be warned: you will have to wait, the clothing will likely be a size or so smaller than you typically wear, there is no tag or label inside so the resale value is basically nonexistent, and you cannot expect them to last. Would I order again? Absolutely, but I will be very wary of the type of items I will order. Some pieces are worth an investment and others are not.

These photos were taken in the courtyard of the beautiful Glidden House in Cleveland, Ohio.

Which top do you prefer with this skirt? Let me know!

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Jump(suit) for Joy

Jumpsuits are great because they make life easier: bottoms? Check. Top? Check! Using the restroom…different story.

I’ve been loving this striped one from Express (and it’s on sale!). It would be great for Labor Day parties, too! I styled it with my favorite white denim jacket – a total staple in my closet, it can be worn with blue denim in the summer without looking like a denim suit. I added these denim slides for some more color and comfort. The sparkly tassel necklace supplied some interest and broke up the look a bit, I finished it off with my white Balenciaga Motocross, which has proved to be my favorite summer bag. I bought mine for an awesome deal at SoHo Fashion Exchange, but you can find some great deals on some here.

Lindsay and I checked out a new, trendy smoothie-bowl-avocado-toast cafe and yoga studio by day, popular club by night called Trism while taking these photos. Lindsay had the pesto avo toast and a blue majik smoothie, I had a Cookie Monster smoothie bowl – it had vegan cookie dough in it! We were very impressed. These cafes are known to be overpriced, but it was reasonable on that scale. Next is to check it out at night.

Why You NEED This Blouse

I bought this blouse last week and have already rocked it four times (and received TONS of compliments every time). Here’s why.

Jeans: Joe’s | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Bracelets: Victoria Emerson 

  1. It’s ADORABLE. I first saw it on the gorgeous @simplyherfav and bought it immediately. I’m not exaggerating when I say I have never received more compliments on a single garment in my life.
  2. It’s SO flattering. No matter your body shape, size, or style, you can totally slay in this top. It’s billowy on purpose, not like you’re trying to hide something. But if you are, it hugs the right spots and hides the right ones, too.
  3. It’s well-made. One of my favorite affordable Nordstrom brands J.O.A. produces quality clothing without the sky-high “quality” price. I was pleasantly surprised when this piece arrived and the material was lined and much weightier than I had anticipated. I know this garment will last years.
  4. It’s on-trend, but classic. The off-the-shoulder look has been hot and cold the past few years, but made its most prominent impact this summer. I know it’s August now, but the weight of this top is absolutely transitional and the color is classic. Its sleeves also have enough interest to throw a structured or fur vest over it in the fall and winter and still look weather-appropriate.
  5. Last, but most certainly not least, IT’S AFFORDABLE! This baby is on SALE and still available in ALL SIZES! Under $50 for a high-quality, season-less, flattering, beautiful blouse is a must in my book (or blog). Buy it here!

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