I don’t think it was until after I interned for Tracy that I realized how much I adored her dresses. I’ve got about 5 at this point & it’s all because of how comfortable, stylish, and colorful they are! Her prints are always different and original while the silhouettes tend to be really flattering on me. This print has a twist – an atypical colorway and manipulation for a classic leopard motif.
I’m ‘falling’ for this upcoming season’s trends and staples and I cannot wait to start layering again! I went for a dressy/casual look with this sheath dress pairing it with my denim jacket, gold hoops, and chunky leather heels. I also thought a burgundy lip would hint more towards fall – and that the forest green & burgundy color combo was more interesting than the green with a true red or pink.
How are you falling into the next season?
Leopard Sheath Dress – Tracy Reese (Nordstrom)
Gold Hoops – Light Years
Leather Sandals – Franco Sarto
Denim Jacket – Gap
Gold Watch – Diesel
Leather Bag – Rebecca Minkoff
Lipstick – ‘Diva’ by MAC
Maxi dresses are my fave thing to throw on in the summer to stay cool and cute! This one is by Vince Camuto (I’m beginning to love his pieces more and more) and I got it for a steal at Nordstrom Rack. I thought the different scaled diagonal stripes added more interest to it than just regular horizontal stripes that are commonly printed on maxis.
What I love about this dress is the fact that it’s double layered but still lightweight – meaning that it keeps me from getting too hot, but it’s very flattering since it doesn’t show every curve, lump and bump, lol! Plus, the hem is higher in the front which is great for us shorter girls that would typically trip over it when not wearing heels or wedges.
Maxi Dress – Vince Camuto
Sandals – Gap
Leather Crossbody Bag – J.Crew
Earrings & Necklace – Madewell
Beaded bracelet – Handmade by me
Other Bracelets – Italian souvenirs
Ring – Light Years
What are your fave summer pieces?
Took a summertime stroll downtown with my boyfriend in my new favorite tube skirt! This navy & cream striped piece is by Vince Camuto and I paired it with my light wash chambray button up, a faux leopard print belt with a chunky jeweled statement necklace.
I love stripes, but I have to be careful wearing a striped bottom since I’m a pear shape and it could make my lower half look wider. When I do choose to wear stripes, they’re always more narrow and smaller in scale!
This look would be great for a casual luncheon or day date. The key to mixing these different elements (the leopard print, the stripes, chambray and jewels) is keeping the accessories relatively simple. Thinking outside of the box is fun, but you don’t want to go overboard with accents for this kind of look as it might look too busy. I threw on some minimal nude strappy heels to balance out the classiness of the necklace and to dress the look up a bit. For relief from the pain of these heels (lol), I slipped on some brown leather open-toed flats.
Chambray Button Up – Madewell
Faux Leopard Print Belt – Madewell
Jeweled Necklace – J.Crew Factory
Striped Tube Skirt – Vince Camuto
Minimal Heels – Steve Madden
Hope you’re having a great Monday!
I celebrated my 23rd birthday last week with my friends and fam! I’m pretty big on birthdays (it’s a whole month-long fiesta for me), so the weeks prior I was on the hunt for the perfect birthday dress to represent where I’m at in this particular stage in my life!Me and my snapchats. I had to go down 3 sizes so this dress wouldn’t look like a tent on me!
I had a bohemian look in mind to symbolize the freedom I feel as I transition into the real world. I found one that was perfect (this Kate Moss x Topshop frock found here), but quite frankly I didn’t want to spend that much money on it! Haha, then I randomly came across the dress pictured below while shopping for my sister in Gap and fell in love!
I love this dress because it’s so feminine and charming! Because of its length and silhouette, I felt more “grown up” and womanly. I’ve been getting a lot of “You look like you’re 19!” comments lately for some reason, and on this particular birthday I wanted to feel more like I’m out here in the real world working towards becoming completely independent and reaching my career goals! I usually go to Gap to find good deals on quality, casual denim and other items, but never would I have thought I could find a dress like this there!
I paired this dress with a chunky jeweled J.Crew necklace shown below, a brown leather belt and brown leather heeled sandals by Franco Sarto.
Flower lattice necklace by J.Crew
I also paired these casual heels with my new high-waisted Hudson jeans, my favorite denim button-up by Madewell, and a racer back tank the next day.
I had a fabulous birthday and I thank all of my readers, friends and fam that celebrated with me and sent well wishes!
Finally, some consistently warm weather!
Everyone that knows me knows that I love silk. Silk blouses, silk dresses, scarves, etc! My closet is full of silk or leather items that I’ve collected over time. This Asian-inspired printed silk blouse by Zara is one of my favorites because of its flowy fit and chic aesthetic. I got these shoes brand new for a bargain at my old job. I just thought they were a super cute pop of color that I could even wear with just a white v-neck and cropped skinny jeans!
Silk Floral Blouse – Zara
Grey Bodycon Skirt – F21
Two-Toned Strappy Sandals – Jeffrey Campbell
Cat Eye Sunglasses – Nordstrom
I just purchased my new favorite jacket the other day at Madewell! As a true bargain shopper, I waited a couple months for it to go on sale and it finally did! Army green jackets are on trend right now, but I feel like I’ll be able to wear this for years to come as a wardrobe staple.
When I dress, I like to take one focal point and build around it with other complimentary elements. I kept it really simple with this look, wearing minimal jewelry and strappy sandals. Cat eye sunnies are the best fitting shape for my face, so I grabbed this inexpensive pair at my job. I’m still on the hunt for a really good designer pair to fit my style and complete my every day look!
Army Green Jacket – Madewell
High Waisted Black Jeggings – Madewell
Black Strappy Heels – Zara
Cat Eye Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Geometric Necklace + Earrings – Madewell
Photography by Lucy Flanagan
Been having so much fun sightseeing, shopping and eating this weekend in DC! It’s always nice to get away from it all and do something new. It was in the mid-60s yesterday so I was able to get away with some layering pieces instead of throwing on a coat. I picked up these wedges late last year for a steal and I finally was able to wear them! I love the gold zipper detail up the back and the overall funky design. These new olive colored high-waisted pants are already some of my favorites because of their style and comfort. Though they’re an odd color, I feel like I can pair them with a good amount of the pieces I already have in my closet!
Waffle Knit Sweater – Madewell
Light Wash Chambray Button Up – Madewell
High-Waisted Corduroys – Madewell
Dangly Earrings – Madewell
Strappy Leather Wedges – Vince Camuto
Cozy winter day:)
I love these leather booties! I got them for a steal at Marshalls, but I can’t wear them to work because they start to hurt after a while:( They’re cute nonetheless! And this cardigan is like a chic little blanket! Perfect for sprucing up an otherwise ordinary outfit. Believe it or not, I bought the black tights from a Kerr Drug a while ago (it was an emergency, lol) and I’m pleasantly surprised with the quality I got for only a few dollars!
Sweater-Cardigan– Ellen Tracy
Black Bodycon Skirt– Zara
3/4 Sleeve Shirt– Aerie
Black Leather Booties– Lucky Brand
Geometric Necklace– Topshop
Rings & Earrings– Madewell/Light Years
Engraved Bracelet– Gift from the bf:)
Started my first week at work and I love it so far! If I ever had any doubt about whether or not the fashion industry was for me, it has long flown out the window!
Now that I’m working full time, I’ve had to add a few more staple pieces to my wardrobe that I’m able to pair with a lot. Now I have a variety of light, chic cardigans, blazers, and various styles of black pants/jeggings that I can wear with almost everything. My favorites are the super stretchy Skinny Skinny Ponte Pants by Madewell I’m wearing below, mainly because of their comfortable material.
Shameless work selfies. And of course my go-to ‘Diva’ MAC lipstick! Casual Blazer w/Elbow Patches – H&M
“Merci” Sheer Tee – J.Crew
Black Skinny Skinny Ponte Pants – Madewell
Brown Riding Boots – Audrey Brooke
Brown Leather Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff
Geometric Necklace, Rings & Stud Earrings – Madewell
Watch – Timex
Have a great weekend!
2013 brought a lot of growth and opportunity for me. There were highs and lows just like any other year, but overall I can say I’ve progressed so much further towards my dreams. This year I designed my best collection to date, I was able to study fashion abroad in an amazing city, graduate with a degree from the #1 College of Textiles in the world, and I’m currently making moves towards the career of my dreams. Blessed is an understatement, and I am more than excited to enter this next stage of my life.
Along with my career, my personal style has grown. I’ve compiled my top (photographed) looks of 2013 below. Enjoy!
Let’s hear it for 2013 and all that’s in store for 2014!
Happy New Year!