17 July 2014

summer layers

A light-weight button-up is one of the best layers to have on hand when it comes to hot days and cool nights. They can easily be worn around the waist (which is so in-vogue these days) or tied to your purse strap if you're not into the whole waist thing. I brought mine along for a sunset nature stroll and it worked perfectly under my utility vest as protection from the summer breeze and bugs. The combination of plaid + utility outerwear looks unmistakably lumberjacky for the most part, so I was sure to keep the rest of my outfit flirty and feminine with lace, pleats, and a floral print.

Utility vest, c/o Aeropostale (sold out, similar here). Cropped lace singlet, c/o Aeropostale. Pleated flowy shorts, Wasteland (old). Plaid button-up shirt, c/o Aeropostale. Hudson moto mini crossbody, Rebecca Minkoff. Floral espadrille flats, c/o Aeropostale. Braided leaf necklace, c/o Gypsy05 layered over Threadsence necklace (sold out).

10 July 2014

coming up roses

A floral sundress has got to be the easiest thing you can possibly throw on in the summer, and I'm pretty certain that they will never go out of style. This one is a bit reminiscent of the 90s, with it's spaghetti straps, empire bust, and two darts straight down from the bust. It's been a while since I've seen a dress cut like this. I remember adoring this style as a kid, although I was too young to wear it. I wasn't even allowed to wear spaghetti straps without a tank top underneath back then. My mom forced me to be such a little prude. It's funny how a piece of clothing can bring back so many memories.

Floral print cami dress, Forever 21. Army green shirt jacket, Aeropostale. Woven sandals, Prima Donna. Straw fedora, Forever 21. Cross-back bralette, Brandy Melville. Hudson moto mini crossbody, Rebecca Minkoff.

25 June 2014

chambray, studs & suede

Studs aren't the first thing that come to mind when it comes to summer attire, but being on white jeans definitely helps to make them look seasonally appropriate. You definitely can't go wrong with a little chambray in the mix, too! I purposefully kept the color palette light and natural-looking with simple shades of tan for accessories. Quite "fresh," right?

Sleeveless chambray shirt, Forever 21 (similar). Suede fringed bag, Zara (sold out online). Tan wool fedora, Prima Donna (sold out). Intro crop studded jeans, Blank NYC. Eagle cuff, Shop Jeen. Natural instincts sandal, c/o Aeropostale.

12 June 2014

print mixing

Print mixing can be tricky business so I decided to keep things simple by wearing prints in the same family. Finding tribal prints to mix is no problem with their ubiquity these days. I really like how this ruffled skirt from Forever 21 has that French bohemian vibe. And this eye-catching cropped cardigan from Missguided is the perfect summer topper for many of my more basic outfits. But I think, together, they give off quite a different vibe than apart.

Aztec-print cropped blazer, c/o Missguided. Tiered ruffle skirt, Forever 21. Black sweetheart crop top, UO. Suede fringed bag, Zara. Nude "Carys" sandals, Shoemint.

06 June 2014

a rosy romp

Though I love lingerie-inspired pieces such as this playsuit, the satiny sleepwear-vibe does make me feel a bit immodest, so some light outerwear was deemed necessary. This crocheted vest was perfect for as a cover up without adding any extra warmth. It also clearly affirms that I did not just step out of the house wearing pajamas!

As for this brown bag, I've been wearing it a ton, ever since it got me through all three days of Coachella. I'm loving it's carefree, less-polished vibe--so perfect for my mood this summer. Though it does force me to pare down my purse contents. I guess that can be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it. I'm accustomed to carrying a lot of baggage...

Rosy romper, Nasty Gal. Black fringed vest, Forever 21 (old). Buckled ankle boots, Kelsi Dagger. Brown fringed bag, Zara (sold out online). Racerback bralette, Aerie. Black waist belt, Madewell.

20 May 2014

feelin' floppy

Since I'm currently growing out my bangs, I've been getting a lot of mileage out of my hats recently. I feel like I've been having more bad hair days than good ones so sometimes a hat is the only answer. It's also good for keeping my face out of the sun, as my mom has lectured me for as long as I can remember. Hopefully she's happy that I'm finally listening! I'm so late to the game but I've finally started being diligent about applying sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY. I mean, there's a hole in our o-zone layer, you know?

Speaking of sunshine, (this is a poor segue, but) I really love some of the two-piece outfits I've been seeing on Missguided lately. Especially the short sets, which offer the same carefree summery vibe of a playsuit without the hassle of having to get naked every time I need to use the bathroom!

Daisy print crop top & floaty shorts, both c/o Missguided. Floppy hat, UO. Suede ankle boots, Steve Madden. Suede fringed purse, Zara (sold out).