Is there any season that we get more excited for than fall? It’s kind of the best reason to amp up your wardrobe. However, it never gets cold as fast as we think it does. Realistically, your favorite new fall sweater doesn’t see the light of day until early October. As tempting as it may be to delve right into a fresh fall look, we need to take a step back and ease into the season the right way. These pieces will give you just a taste of autumn but can still work throughout the warmer days of September. The sporty shift dress is cool enough on it’s own but can be paired with boots and an oversized coat once the cold bites. Top your outfit off with a great felt fedora or edge it up with some cut out booties. An awesome leather vest can be paired with a muscle tank now or over a sweater by the time you’re planning your clever halloween costume. However you choose to rock these transitional pieces, you’ll be able to do it with ease in the months ahead.
From time to time, I fall into a hardcore obsession with something and I want to shout from the rooftops that everyone needs to go get it. I’m talking about the occasional piece that’s so perfect it deserves its own post… So that’s just what I’m going to do. The goal is to highlight affordable items that can (and should) be incorporated into all of our wardrobes. Today it’s all about this awesome oversized button down from J.Crew. You can totally dress it up by tucking it into a pencil skirt, keep it laid back with some boyfriend jeans, or edge it up with their star cluster necklace that I can’t stop thinking about. However you decide to wear it, this shirt is effortlessly cool and should be in your closet immediately.
Although I love a good piece of statement jewelry, there’s something to be said for a girl who can bring lots of details together to create an overall composition. Nothing says “I know how to put a look together” like some well chosen jewelry. The more basic the individual pieces, the more they can be layered together to make a collective statement that’s never repetitive. You don’t need a lot of frills, just a few key simple things. I love dainty rings and minimalist bangles mixed with a hand chain or a wide sleek cuff. What’s great about pieces like this is once you build up a collection, you can wear the same few things everyday but in different configurations. Unlike a big detailed bib necklace which can only be brought out every once in awhile, you know you’ll get your money’s worth with these. They’re like your favorite pair of jeans – easy, go-to, yet always chic. Here are a few finds to create the layered look…
Whether you’re the lightbulb switching or the electric car driving type of environmentalist, reducing our carbon foot print is at the upmost importance these days. Now that plastic bags are a thing of the past and stores are even charging for paper ones, I can’t think of a better time to up our market tote game. We’re grabbing groceries once or twice a week, yet often times the cloth bags we’re using are haphazard randoms that end up shoved in our trunks and sucked into the black hole of polyester shopping bags (I say “we” so that I can try to feel better about my own pathetic grocery bag situation, but I really just mean “I”). Seriously though, why not spend a little more money on one you won’t be embarrassed walking around Whole Foods with? Not to mention these are all great for the beach, gym, picnics, dry cleaning, and general errands all the same. What’s better than being kind to the earth and looking great while doing it?
Wow. I am so taken aback/touched/relieved by the response to last week’s post about my new plan to get healthy and fit. So many of you left such thoughtful comments and I am overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement you poured out. You guuuyyyss! Thank you!! Mostly, I’m thrilled that so many of you have been or are in the same boat. It makes me feel like we’re all in this together. Different things work for different people and I love hearing your tips about what has worked for you. I am looking forward to sharing more details with you guys about this process, such as the fact that I had a difficult weekend as far as the diet part. There was a quesadilla situation and a coffee situation. Yeah. The weekends are the hardest! But here’s the best part… on Saturday I discovered that I’ve lost 3 lbs so far! What a relief because the other times I weighed myself in the first two weeks, either nothing had happened, or the number had gone UP. Yikes. So I’m happy to know that this whole crazy plan is starting to work, even just a little tiny bit. It motivates me for the weeks to come, and helps me panic less that I committed this plan to the extent of putting it on the internet. That’s not to say that it’s not hard. When the novelty of a new routine wears off after a week or so, that’s when the real drive has to come out or it will never work. I’m trying to keep that drive up as much as I can right now. Mostly though I’m having fun and I’m feeling really good. My muscles are always sore, which I love. Two new things I’m working on this week: 1. Drinking LOTS more water, and 2. Try to eat earlier dinners (this 9pm routine isn’t such a good thing). One step at a time!
Today I thought it would be fun to share my wish list of trends I’d like to be able to rock after losing some weight. These are looks I keep at least a mile radius from right now, but would love to be able to pull off in the future. Some of them seem pretty easy to wear, but they’re surprisingly not. A peplum for example, accentuates the hip and thigh region – a part that I definitely don’t want to draw attention to right now! Nope. Shorts are a big one for me. While there are shorts I can wear, if they don’t have a pretty oversized fit, the always tend to shift around and ride up on me. I REALLY want to be able to rock short shorts confidently.
What are some of your skinny trend goals? These things make me want to squeeze in an extra pilates class, that’s for sure!
While we’re still holding on to the lazy Sunday mentality, let’s talk about a color that reminds me of a delightfully rainy Sunday afternoon. The casual middle-man of black and white, there’s something comfortable about gray. It’s laid back, like an old friend we don’t have to get all dolled up for. It’s relaxed, but can be totally sophisticated at the same time. It’s a color that’s always in season, which is perfect for right now as we start thinking about transitioning our wardrobe to fall. Don’t be afraid to layer up some different shades of this neutral color and have fun mixing textures too for an full monochromatic outfit. A mid-tone wool blazer over a light cotton button down is killer with a great pair of charcoal denim skinnies. Begin layering light pieces now and before you know it, you’ll be rocking them with an oversized mohair coat this fall. Here are a few to get you started…
Equipment blouse / Givenchy clutch / Zoe Karssen tank / Nasty Gal iPhone case / Dior eyeshadow palette / Frame Denim jeans / Armani Collezioni hat / J.W. Anderson skirt / Maison Martin Margiela + MYKITA sunglasses / ModCloth ring / Rupert Sanderson boots
Although we can day dream about Chanel haute couture all day, I think it’s safe to say our day to day outfit inspirations come from a street style point of view. That’s the idea behind the newest series, “Love Her Look.” The series will be a collection of special yet achievable styled outfits that respectively mimic an effortlessly chic look. Take our first pic, an outfit Cara Delevingne rocked this past June at an event in London. Her punky style took a turn for the glamorous when she paired a graphic tee with relaxed trousers and killer heels. Chances are we all have variations of these items in our wardrobe to recreate this look, but just in case you don’t, I did all the searching for you….
What could possibly be more delicious than a little fruit flavor? In the ripest days of summer, these quirky pieces are here to offer us some sass on those days when florals and stripes just aren’t cutting it. Now, I’m not telling you to go all Carmen Miranda on us, but a playful fruit print will add just enough juice to your wardrobe to give you that extra zest when you need it.