Isn’t it funny how your taste can change so suddenly? It’s like you wake up one morning and there’s a whole new world of things you are loving and wanting in your life that you would have frowned upon in the past, just because times change and we change. Well here are two things I never used to give the time of day to: 1. Sporty styles, and 2. Matchy matchy. But these days I’m scouring stores for anything with a rugby stripe, complementary color blocking, big numbers, or a “uniform” quality to it – and this Rag & Bone suit is no exception. I became obsessed with it when it hit stores back in the spring, then cyber stalked it until it went as far on sale as it could possibly go. Even though spring is long gone, this particular shade of cornflower blue with smokey gray accents transitions into fall quite nicely, especially when paired with chunky black staples to darken the look up a bit. I have constantly been reaching for my classic 11″ Cambridge Satchel with a personalized, gilded touch that I couldn’t resist. The traditional boxy flap style just oozes an academic fall energy that I crave this season, and it’s perfect for a field trip… or any day when you have places to go and you want to keep things simple and hands free.
Rag & Bone blazer (out of stock in blue but love it in
Minnesota gets a bad rap for being one of those states in middle America that’s all boring, flat, and cold, but as I’ve mentioned a few times before, I think it’s actually one of the most beautiful places in the country. Today I’m sharing the final installment of our little series of shoots from a recent trip there, and I’m already contemplating another trip back. I always feel so relaxed when I have a chance to drive through the country roads that surround my little home town and daydream about a simpler rural life. Even though that’s not a life I could actually live without going crazy in reality, there’s something so intriguing about the idea of flipping your world on its back and doing something entirely different. The closest I can get to that are the times we get to spend about once a year hanging on our dear friends’ farm when they host a mini music festival, and we all gather to listen to live tunes, enjoy an impressive spread of local meats and produce, ending the night around the fire under a breathtakingly clear sky (Milky Way and all). This outfit felt classically appropriate for the environment with some key elements of farm garb, but with a few added touches of a slightly urban edge (gotta have it), like bleach washed denim, studded high tops, and a chunky chain. The farm girl side of me may only be a small piece of the pie, but I welcome an opportunity to let her come out from time to time.
Thanks to Elizabeth, Matt, Rachel, and Kathy for helping us out, and letting us crash your beautiful land for this one!
When it comes to sports, tennis wins the award for most charming in my humble opinion. Not only because us girls get to play it in skirts and dresses (and in my case heels apparently), but it’s the only sport that keeps score with love, and don’t get me started on the perfectly “on trend” neon yellow balls. This was another sport I played growing up, and like hockey, I was never very good at it (notice a pattern with me and sports?). Luckily tennis is such a satisfying game to play whether you’re skilled at it or not, not to mention a fun one to watch – I still have goosebumps from Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win! These courts at Carleton College are surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, providing the most ideal setting for an afternoon match. Lately, I’ve been inspired by sporty details so I was thrilled to find this Rag & Bone number on Shopbop marked way down. It’s almost as if it was made for tennis. If Rag & Bone made actual tennis clothes, you’d probably find me on the court a lot more often.
Rag & Bone dress, Elizabeth & James blazer (similar), BCBG heels, Carrera sunglasses, Nixon watch, J.Crew and Forever21 bracelets
Since we were having so much fun at the airport in MN with my Dad, we had to break up our shoot into two parts – check out Part 1 if you haven’t already! I have so many fun summer memories spending time out at the hangar. We’d often take the drive through the country during the last hours of summer afternoons before the sun starts to fade and have our BBQ’s out there rather than at home. It was a fun way to mix up the routine and my Dad loves having the whole family out in his “pilot sanctuary.” I have to admit that until recently I never really took a moment to appreciate how beautiful and quiet it is out there, despite the fact that planes are coming and going. That’s part of the fun of living in the country. All the things that are so much bigger, louder, and often downright stressful in big cities are much smaller, simpler, and more charming in rural life. Even though I didn’t stay in my home state, I absolutely have to go back and check in every few months and recharge in places like this. This outfit was a fun take on “glam pilot.” The jean’s leather knee panels and bomber style of the jacket make it suitable for doing loops in the air, but there’s no denying the femininity of rose gold lamé.
jacket, J Brand jeans, Gold Hawk top, Steve madden heels, American Apparel clutch, Free People sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Natalie B ring, airplane pin from Israel (gift from a friend), Bracelets: HRH Collection, Forever21, Asos, Dad’s white aviator scarf, helmets, and other vintage accessories
I’m excited to share this special and personal shoot from our visit home to Minnesota in July. I grew up in a family of pilots. My grandpa, uncle, and my dad were all airline pilots, and they all started flying in their teen years. My dad was flying planes by the age of 15 which to this day totally blows my mind. He had a long career with North Central and then Northwest Airlines before retiring a few years ago. He’s always been so passionate about his work that as a kid I never saw his trips as “work”. It was his hobby too. On his days off, he would often head to the hanger to take a ride, care for his plane, and drink coffee with his pilot buddies. Growing up it was always clear to me that his passion and his job were one in the same. He’s the person who’s always told me that if I do what I love, I’ll never work a day in my life. It’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten and so much of why I abandoned my corporate career to start my styling business. Now that he’s retired, he still spends his days flying his plane which I have to admit is quite a beauty. We couldn’t help ourselves and just had to do a little photo shoot with it. I even got to play dress-up with Dad’s old Ray-Ban aviators (which lucky for me he’s now handed down to me) and pins. A little about the plane: It’s a Stearman biplane, built in 1941 to spend the years of World War 2 teaching Army Air Force cadets how to fly in the US before they moved on to fly fighters and bombers in Europe and the Pacific. Dad says, “Today, 72 years later, it’s still fun to fly, but I realize it’s also an honor to be the caretaker of an artifact from that era!” It makes me happy that my dad has gotten to do what he’s passionate about, and it was so fun to spend a day with him combining the things we both love so much.
jumpsuit, pins from the military surplus store + Dad’s Stearman pin, DVF wedges, Dad’s vintage Ray-Ban aviators (here’s the current version), Michael Kors watch, Bracelets: Asos, Luv AJ, Forever21
When summer came this year, I realized I had a dire situation in my closet – LOMD. Lack of Maxi Dresses. I had one from a few years ago that was starting to make me sad when I looked at it on the hanger, so it was time to move on. Start fresh. This River Island version from Asos was my first new addition for the season and as often happens with maxi dresses, it has basically been on me nonstop ever since. It’s comfy, easy, affordable, and machine washable, not to mention long enough to not look awkward on me, which earned it extra points. Now I’m generally hooked on maxis and can’t stop perusing them online, so I expect to be adding a few more to the wardrobe in the coming months. So if you or anyone you know suffers from LOMD, you don’t have to hurt anymore. Asos can help.
dress, Sam Edelman shoes, 3.1 Phillip Lim pouch, Tom Ford sunglasses, Forever21 necklace, Bracelets: ASOS, Forever21, Nixon watch (c/o Watch Co)
Clothes that are comfy and chic at the same time are like foods that are mutually healthy and tasty. In other words, the best joys in life. As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t think I could pull off the silky harem pants until I tried on the Gold Hawk versions and fell in love. This pair wears a little bit slouchier, and the polka dots make them a bit more playful than the solid black. At the same time I found these, I instantly became obsessed with the silk pocket tee, another Gold Hawk staple that I simply must get in black and navy too. It’s comfy and soft, but so easy to dress up because it’s silk. In this case, I threw the two together to create the softest, loungiest, floatiest, yet sleek outfit I can muster up. Add in some Chucks, Rockstuds, gold bling, and you get one happy girl who’s ready to tackle a day of e-mails, lunch with a friend, or an endless list of errands.
bag (FINALLY back in stock!), Converse shoes, Prada sunglasses, Kate Spade earrings, Rings: H&M, Forever21, Bracelets: Jewelmint, BGBGeneration, Kate Spade, Nixon watch (c/o Watch Co)
Gold Hawk top and pants, Valentino
Don’t you love it when you make up a garment in your head and then learn it actually exists? That’s what happened with this blazer last spring, so when I found it on Shopbop I obviously had no choice but to splurge on it. I love it because the only way I can do florals is if they are a little bit futuristic, so the kaleidoscope effect is right up my alley. I enjoy dabbling in softer details and challenging myself to make them work without reaching too far outside of my natural edgier tendencies. That’s why my Moschino belt, blue mirrored aviators, and Free People cutoffs are becoming full-on staples for spring and summer. I can mix them into an otherwise classic or feminine outfit and instantly bring it to my happy place.
this one) and bag, Forever21 top (old), Free People shorts, Aldo shoes (old), Moschino belt, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Bracelets: Forever21, BCBGeneration, HRH Collection, Nails: Chanel Bel-Argus
Rebecca Minkoff blazer (from last year but now I have my eye on
We’re all guilty of it. You go to your closet to piece together an outfit that will hopefully make you feel like a new woman but everything seems to have a big red ‘X’ on it. You’ve been wearing the same four things in rotation (likely the last four things you bought) but you know you can’t reach for those yet again. It’s time to dig a little and give your old clothes a chance to reemerge. When you mix the old with the new, the old becomes new again. This bleached cotton jacket is the epitome of that. I have held onto it since I bought it in 2002 after I had come back from studying abroad in Italy and was obsessed with all things Diesel. It might be the oldest non-vintage thing in my closet. I used to wear it everyday to class with boot cut jeans, sneakers, and graphic tees – what a different time that was. Today it’s fun to reinvent it by pairing it with a more sophisticated, styled ensemble – a full mix of old and new. These 3.1. Phillip Lim shorts are a few years old and they’ve been through the ringer, but quality always lasts. I love them with a featherlight silk tee loosely tucked, a glam statement necklace to add texture, structure, and sparkle, and a lemon purse from Coach’s Legacy collection – their own nod to favorite old styles.
Diesel jacket, Gold Hawk top, 3.1 Phillip Lim shorts, Coach purse, Spike the Punch necklace, Shoemint shoes, Michael Kors watch, Low Luv ring
Fashion never ceases to surprise me. If there’s one thing that I never thought I could pull off with my pear shaped figure, it was harem pants. I’ve tried many times, but they tend to bring out all my worst features in every possible way. Don’t you hate that? For some reason though, these Gold Hawk ones manage to pass the flattery test by a hair, which makes me a happy (and shocked) girl. Of course, this means I have been wearing them tirelessly. How could I not? They are basically silk sweatpants – casual comfy and luxurious elegance combined. On this dreary day, I enjoyed brightening them up with not one but two sources of neon pink pop. I’d been wanting this fluro Cambridge Satchel forever and now that finally got my hands on one, I display it on my dress form’s shoulder and simply glance over at it whenever I need a mood booster. This top serves the same purpose but takes it one step further with its geometric line party and glammy silver glitter panel down the front.
Esther (c/o), Gold Hawk pants, Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (c/o), Vince Camuto booties, Nixon watch, Bracelets: HRH Collection, H&M, J.Crew, Forever21, Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest