Creepy crawlers in the coolest of ways – these glamorous bugs dance the line between fab and frightening. Take the sweeter side with an intricate butterfly or an edgy route with golden beetles and sparkling spiders. These are the only bugs you’ll allow to make a home in your dresser.
Choosing the perfect wedding gift can sometimes be equally as tricky as finding the perfect outfit. Sure the registry is there to make things easy for us, but sometimes you run into roadblocks. The item you have your eye on has already been purchased, or maybe you just feel that couple would appreciate something with a little thought and creativity behind it. I’m actually a fan of registries because when people get married, they want to build their own perfect home rather than a hodgepodge of random people’s tastes. It’s a way to make it very easy on their guests to pick out something you know for sure they want. But sometimes – and you’ll probably know when it’s one of those times – it’s just nice to go off the beaten path. I recommend only doing this if you feel you really know the couple’s style and are comfortable choosing something that suits them and their home. These are a few items that you likely won’t find on a wedding registry but are sure to make memorable and stylish gifts for the wedding, or even the shower or engagement party.
This past Saturday we were getting ready for back-to-back BBQ’s and all I could think about was how I wanted to be comfortable. Cute was important too (as with any party attire) but it was a HOT day and the thought of sweating in a restrictive outfit was just the worst thing in the world to me at that moment. Then I remembered this dress I had bought on major sale at Intermix right at the tail end of last summer, and I hadn’t gotten to wear it yet. It’s the yummiest flowy silk tie dye in the perfect shade of blue for summer (yes, that blue again – I’m serious about it). There are some boob harnessing issues with this dress which I’m still figuring out, but in the meantime I thought why not wear it as a skirt? There’s an elastic waist band, so a little tucking of the top portion and the addition of a tank, gladiator belt and sandals – bam – 2 pieces in 1. Girl, you know how much I love a double duty piece! The best part is that I was so breezy and comfy all day long. I think this dress just became my new summer best friend.
Gap tank / Gypsy 05 dress, worn as a skirt / vintage belt / Stuart Weitzman sandals / American Apparel clutch / Margaret Elizabeth bracelets c/o (1, 2, 3) / Bauble Bar bracelet / Nadri bracelets (1, 2) / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Karl Lagerfeld watch
In case you’ve been around these parts for a long time, chances are you already know that there’s a certain shade of blue that’s the only exception to my “no color” ways. Maybe it’s because it makes me daydream about lazy days wandering around Santorini, or maybe it’s the fact that it sometimes seems like the only color that complements fair skin and dark hair in a way that manages to maintain some edge. Whatever the reason, Grecian blue is my jam. When summer comes around, it’s almost like another neutral even though it’s so delightfully bright and saturated. At the very least, a solid silk dress in this color is a must for every summer wardrobe. It also makes a great handbag or shoe investment since it goes with so many other colors. Do it in stripe, do it in tie dye. Whatever you do… just do it.
Whenever I’m putting together a list of my top must-have wardrobe staples, denim is always front and center. I’m not just talking about jeans – it’s everything from jackets to vests, rompers, and shirts, which are all perfect things to have on weekly rotation. And the best part is that you don’t even have to avoid wearing more than one piece in an outfit. While “denim on denim” used to spark bad thoughts of cowgirl costumes or that horrendous Justin/Britney matching denim moment, there actually are countless chic ways to mix your denims which the world is embracing now. The biggest key in rocking this trend is to mix up the weights and/or the tones of denim you’re wearing. So if it’s a thick pair of jeans, you can easily wear a lightweight chambray on top. If you’re wearing mid or darker toned jeans, you can definitely rock a bleached jacket, and so on and so forth. Just avoid wearing a top and bottom that are the exact same color tone and texture, and you’re totally good to go.
1. Rag & Bone jacket / 2. Hat Attack baseball cap / 3. Frame Denim skinny jeans / 4. Accessorize Millie Chambray shorts / 5. Current/Elliot pencil skirt / 6. J Crew western shirt / 7. Frame Denim le garcon jean / 8. Madewell top / 9. Robert Rodriguez crop top / 10. Gap chambray romper / 11. Current/Elliot chambray shirt / 12. J Crew pants / 13. Top Shop midi skirt / 14. Current/Elliot overalls / 15. J Crew shorts / 16. Current/Elliot vest
It’s the last weekend before the 4th of July, which means nails are already getting painted in stars and stripes and BBQ plans are underway. This holiday is my most favorite in terms of fashion inspiration because it’s the epitome of laid back, fresh and summery. Personally, I like to take my Americana with a tattered, rocker glaze in favor of the more refined preppy stripe version but it’s all fun whatever your style. Whether you’re outfit plotting for the 4th, or just planning to throw on whatever will get you to the beach fastest, have a great pre-4th weekend!
Next up in the Wedding Guest 101 series is one of my personal favorites, the city wedding! While any wedding setting creates a fun challenge to find the right outfit, city weddings are the ones where we get to push the envelope a bit. There’s something about the urban setting where an eclectic mix of people come together and everyone expects to see some good style. That’s not meant to be an intimidation factor, it’s meant to be an inspiration factor. Nothing you wear is going to be “too stylish” in a big city, so I say try a trend you’ve been eyeing and really go for it! Either start with an elegant LBD (or anything classic) and take it in your own direction with some unexpected statement accessories, or find a really exciting dress with a graphic pattern and do a little color play. These are the type of pieces you’ll be able to wear again, maybe dressed a bit more casually for a girls night out or a date, so they’re fun to shop for.
I’ve talked before about how I used to kind of dislike summer. Not because I don’t like long relaxing days and gorgeous weather, but because I couldn’t figure out how to translate my love of structure and layering that so defines my style the rest of the year into the warmer times. And yes – this can be a real deal breaker. I’m not typically a sundress kind of girl or even all that into flowy fabrics, unless they’re balanced with a leather jacket layered over them. I hate not feeling like myself, especially when it comes to fashion. But once I realized that this was a real dilemma I was facing, it became a new challenge – to find my summer style. The edgy boho look was never one I considered, since boho is not usually a word I’d use to describe myself. However one day it occurred to me that the frayed edges, black fringe, and strappy details you often see in this style are very much a summer interpretation of the leather jacket and buckle boot look that are so “me” the rest of the year. Structure is not something that really works super well on the hot days summer unless it’s in your accessories. The rest of your look can still be breezy without feeling too soft. That’s why I love this poncho – it’s super lightweight and summery while still allowing me to do some layering. This new style inspiration is a welcome breath of fresh air during the official summer kick off!