Brown, Black & A Bit of Western

From On October 4, 2010
Photos Taken By Laurie

Photos Taken By Laurie

When I see these photos I can only wonder what was going through my head when I put this together. I remembering walking by this Ralph Lauren button-up in a store and thinking it was awful, but for some strange reason was very intrigued by it. The ruffles at the neck brought together by a huge bowtie. Let’s not skip over the fact that it’s this Western-looking plaid print. I thought it may look amazing with these pleat-front trousers from H&M. You might remember them from Two Yellow Lines.

I wanted simple accessories due to the plaid. I have no idea what made me think of this woven leather, mocha brown colored belt (by Linea Pelle) I got a while ago from Anthropologie and matching leather clutch (by Jacqueline Jarrot) from Martin & Osa. Years ago I despised the idea of the colors brown and black being worn together. But here I am wearing exactly that. And with plaid! I just recently (and barely) jumped on the plaid bandwagon this summer. So all three of them together is surprising. With sky-high pumps, I couldn’t be more thrilled about how this look turned out. Wow.

Thanks again to Laurie for taking these pics for me!

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Last Taste of Summer

From On September 27, 2010


Right when we thought summer was gone it comes back to give us a last taste of that miserable 90 degree weather. So a couple of days ago I thought to throw on a knee-length tank dress from BCBG Max Azria Runway, a DIY cut-off denim jacket from the Gap and my Sam Edelman gladiator sandals. It was a little warm for the jacket, but I figured it would look great with the collar turned up for the photos.

I went overboard with the necklaces, 3 necklaces to be exact, and loved it. All of them are from Express and all of them I got yeeeears ago. Back when I actually loved to shop there. It’s changed SO much since then and I’ve pretty much lost most if not all interest. They all have this tribal-esque looking vibe and are made of natural materials. Pretty refreshing if you ask me.

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Periwinkle & Ruffles

From On September 8, 2010

Today was definitely a day for a skirt. I had nothing out of the ordinary planned, but I felt like putting on more than just denim cut-offs and a t-shirt. I decided to go with this periwinkle-colored, lightweight sweater I got from Martin & Osa last year. I never thought of wearing it with a bralette to be seen in clear view. But to take on the current trend of bearing intimate apparel, in comes the Eberjey bralette I got from Shopbop. They have the best selection of bralettes! I paired the two with this vertically ruffled Beckerman skirt (that I also got from Shopbop, go figure). It’s highwaisted and is a perfect length (not too long) since I’m only five feet tall.

As for the shoes, I went with these Loeffler Randall sandals that I rarely ever wear. I absolutely LOVE this brand! This shoe in particular is so dainty with the criss-cross straps across the foot and the strap around the ankle. The pyramid studs give them just enough edge. I accessorized my look with simple gold studs, a large cocktail ring from J.Crew, and a fringe necklace from Madewell. I literally thought this look up a couple of days ago. I’m so glad that I took the chance to try it.

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A Blouse & Bubble Hem

From On September 1, 2010

I wasn’t very sure as to how I wanted to wear this silk top from Anthropologie (by Dolan). I definitely knew I didn’t want to wear it with jeans, although it would look great with skinnies to balance out the looseness of the blouse. Wide-leg jeans that are fitted through the thigh would be great for a more boho look. So ignoring the obvious I went with a white, gauzy BCBG Max Azria skirt and bubblegum pink lips (that you can barely see). The bubble hem was a risk because the blousiness of the top already added enough volume. A fitted skirt would have been ideal, but why not add more volume?! Since I added the waist belt from Martin & Osa it gave me the hour-glass shape I needed to tame the two together. Perfection! I loved the outcome! Oh yea, the sunglasses are also from Anthropologie. I love that store.

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Shades of Blue

From On August 25, 2010

The temperature didn’t even break 80 degrees today. I’m loving this cooler weather. I decided to go with these Seven skinny jeans and this linen-like, white and blue striped button-up from H & M. I’ve been noticing in stores, magazines and elsewhere that mixing shades of blue is IN right now. Even mixing denim! Yes, I know it’s tricky, but there’s a way around it. You have to wear different washes together. Although my shirt is not denim, I definitely centered this look around the trend. The blue in my shirt is lighter than the wash of my jeans. Keep your accessories in neutral shades like camel and even gray would work. I chose to go with this camel-colored ruffle belt from the Gap and my Pelle Moda wedges.

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