armed with fashion.
Found: At the Independent Designer Pop-Up at Chelsea Market. Takes “if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it” to the next level.
It rained today and I ran into some of my study abroad friends earlier which made me miss London. Being able to wear outfits like this to school without it looking out of place is what I loved most about it! (The rain I could do without.)
Here I am at the Victoria Embankment Gardens, on my way to London Fashion Weekend events. So pretty even on a dreary day!
'Stam' Bag, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Trouve…and the rest, I can't remember!
Tonight’s outfit is my excuse for a late night blog post!
Denim vest, Levis. Lace bra, Free People. Skirt, Urban Outfitters. Watch, MARC by Marc Jacobs. Wrap Bracelet & Earrings, gorjana. Ring, Urban Outfitters.
As spring is in full swing and we’re making our way into summer, I’m (finally) starting to introduce bright colors into my wardrobe! Step one: tangerine, this season’s hottest hue. I picked this lovely orange blazer up from the Gap over the weekend, and realized…
Forgot I had this dress, until I stepped into my color-coded closet and found another orange item to hang my blazer up with. Tada, monochrome fashion! Also featuring my new haircut. Thanks Key Lime Pie!
Blazer, Gap. Dress, Urban Outfitters. Wallet, Tory Burch. Shoes, Jessica Simpson.
I’m obsessed with the gold hardware (as always) and the crosshatch-textured leather makes the wallet a true investment, as it’ll hold up better against the inevitable scratches it’ll receive from being tossed around in my bags! There are enough pockets in this zip wallet to hold all my essentials and more, and it’s so cute I’ll probably double it as a going out clutch — if I dare expose it to easily-spilled cocktails, that is. After my extensive wallet search, I couldn’t be happier with my extraordinary find!
As the stones fall off my favorite embellished Sam Edelmans and my gladiators have been progressively falling apart since that crazy night out in New York City last summer, it is very clearly time for new sandals that’ll go from spring to summer and beyond. Don’t opt for those strappy sandals just yet, though — thicker straps serve as a better transition piece between seasons. Here are some of my faves!
Steve Madden ‘Bethanyy’ Sandal, $59.95
This pair is on trend with the tangerine and the leather is oh-so-soft. The best part? They’re affordable, too!
Luxury Rebel ‘Sasha Three Band’ Sandal, $100
Meet the minimalist’s version of color-blocking. The yellow accents add a spring-y feel to these otherwise neutral sandals. I’m loving the thick strap that off-sets the thinner ones, and the heel strap that extends from the middle of the shoe.
Dolce Vita ‘Marquez’ Laser Cut Sandal, $149
Okay, so these sandals don’t feature the thick straps I’ve been raving about, but the laser-cut leather is impeccable. Not to mention, hello gold hardware! Though patterned, these sandals can be dressed up or down and can adapt to all sorts of looks, whether you’re girly, artsy, casual…etc.
Stuart Weitzman ‘Bounceraf’ Sandal, $275
Go tribal with these beaded Stuarts! Half-shoe and half-sandal, this piece is a great transitional one for days when it’s both hot and cold out.
While you’re waiting for summer to officially arrive, what sandals are you sporting?
As a fan of dark colors and neutrals, I wasn’t completely thrilled to discover neon on the Spring 2012 runways of Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Mugler (hello, lips!). With the onset of warm weather — finally —, brightly colored hues match the mood, so whether you love or hate the highlighter look, here are some blindingly fantastic ways to wear neon.
Bright colors pop even more against white, so pair a basic tank with bleached skinnies. Acid wash may be one of those fashions we’d prefer to leave in the 80s, but an acid wash denim jacket looks great alongside the lime. Balance the look with another bright color (but not brighter than your neon piece) in your shoes and accessories.
Perfect Racerback Tank, $25, Madewell; Denim Moto Jacket, $50, H&M; GOLDSIGN Misfit Slim Leg, $178, Shopbop.com; BC Footwear ‘Limousine’ Suede Flat, $45, Nordstrom; Reversible Cleopatra Bib, $300, Amrita Singh.
I’ll admit it, I’ve gone back to my old ways with dark colors in this set, but not without reason. Highlighter yellow contrasts well against dark grey, and when showcasing neon in an accessory, it’s best to keep the rest of the outfit neutral — so pairing those two concepts, you get an outfit Kelly Cutrone could almost be proud of, with an accessory that’s totally spring.
Bob’s Memphis Two-Tone Leather Shoulder Bag, $300, Marc by Marc Jacobs; Drape Back Top, $50, Velvet; Denim Calgary Skinny Jeans, $205, Vince; Vera Wang Lavender ‘Lillian’ Flat, $97, Nordstrom.
Turns out, bright colors might just be work-appropriate. A statement skirt may not be easy to pull off, but matched with the right neutrals, you won’t be blinding onlookers until they’ve done their double take. But without any other accents of color, the eye is drawn to the skirt alone and not the outfit as a whole, so add a coral necklace in order to divide attention between multiple aspects of the look.
Amanda Uprichard Petal Skirt, $193, Revolve Clothing; Sleeveless Lace Insert Blouse, $64, Topshop; Tillary Tote, $328, J.Crew; Realize Heels, $90, Steve Madden; Dotz Bib Necklace, $148, Kate Spade.
Who knew good shopping existed in Baltimore? I ran into this AMAZE white blazer at Madewell (get the red one online here!). It’s the perfect addition to any spring wardrobe and works for day or night: throw it on over work essentials, go minimal by pairing it with all black, or throw it on over a minidress and a pair of heels. Top each outfit off with a top knot — it’s my fave way to wear my hair when dressed in a blazer — so fresh, fun and profesh!
The mullet cut seemed to really take “try, try again” pretty seriously. It didn’t work on hair in the 80’s, 90’s, or the 2000’s, but the mullet wasn’t fazed — decades later, it’s back — this time in our skirts, shirts, and more (and this time, it’s business in the back, party in the front!).
Though we’ve seen the trend on the runways of Wes Gordon, Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg and more, it seems to be getting more attention on high street than in high fashion. For a style that’s so sartorial and universally flattering (really, how often does that happen anymore?), I’m disappointed — so to spread the word, here are some of my favorite dip hem items!
Parker Strapless Ruffle Dress, $286.00, Bloomingdales
Hello, graduation dress? It would look great with my fave pair of brown leather Stuart Weitzman wedges…so I think yes.
LOVE Berry Crinkle Asymmetrical Maxi, $75.30, In Love With Fashion
That flowy chiffon is gorgy. The wrap effect in the front (check out the link above) adds to the movement of the skirt, and the way fabric moves is what I’m most inspired by.
Sparkle & Fade High/Low Knit Midi Skirt, $49, Urban Outfitters
No midi skirt has ever looked good on me except for this one, which, on my 5 foot frame, is practically a max skirt. Oh well.
Meanwhile, I’m on the lookout for a high-low sleeveless chiffon button-up…let me know if you see one somewhere?