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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Casual Weekend Stripes

top c/o tobi // jeans (my favorite high waisted pair!) // espadrilles (go half size up) // purse // hat // rings

The thing about my style over the years has become rather casual. Maybe it's my go with the flow attitude. Maybe it's just the LA vibes. But it comes down to knowing what I feel best in and repeating that formula over and over. So you can say I've grown my collection of stripe tops and jeans this summer. While it might seem redundant to keep buying stripes, I know that those are the pieces that will get worn. It's about finding different variations that keep it interesting, even if you're actually just wearing a stripe top+jeans+espadrilles practically everyday. Needless to say, the second I saw this stripe cold-shoulder number from Tobi, it was a must! It made for the perfect top to throw on right because of course my other half gave me a time limit to get ready this weekend. So maybe that's really why I have an outfit formula...jk!

Do you have an outfit formula that you constantly go back to?

Friday, August 11, 2017

How To Wear Statement Ruffles

top c/o Banana Republic // jeans // shoes // purse (similar) // sunglasses

I'm not one to shy away from stripes. And when I find a "new" version I'm right there to give it a test. So with the whole ruffle trend taking storm, I couldn't resist this top with stripes and the dramatic ruffles. There's no question the ruffles are meant to standout, which gives it some playfulness. The key is balance that out. Naturally, I gravitated to all my basics. Simple jeans and accessories downplay all the fun from the top, making it just right. This honestly would be a fancy outfit for my office, but for some of you this might work for your casual Friday or weekend brunch. Either way, statement ruffles add so much to a look and can work for an office or weekend.

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up with us! We're so excited to have the linkup back! Our picks this week are Karen from Lady in Violet and Lydia from Chic on the Cheap! We're loving their chic white!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Not So Simple Black Top

black tee (worn backwards) // jeans // shoes (similar)  // purse (similar) // sunglasses

Half the time, there's a good chance you can find me in neutrals and a t-shirt. Lucky for me, my office is casual, so my work to weekend pieces do not very much. I wouldn't be surprised if people think I wear the same thing just in different variations-tee and jeans. But in my defense I've become quite the expert at finding t-shirts with fun details. This black tee is just the latest and I preferred it worn backwards.  And if you saw my last Instagram post, you know I've been t-shirt shopping. Here are a few more I've bought:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Easy Weekend Outfit

top (on sale) // jeans // sandals c/o Banana Republic 

Yay it's Friday! This week has flew for me. How about you? But let's talk about this top for a sec, k? It's one of those easy to wear and looks like you put some effort that day. It's also a top that I stalked until it went on sale. I'm a very good stalker I tell ya. It's silk, guys. It's also 50% off, which is a great price for a quality piece. Before the summer ends, I'm already planning on wearing it with white jeans and cutoff shorts. It did make for a great top to hit up The Broad, a local LA museum. More importantly, it was great for stuffing my face with all the yummy food Downtown has to offer. 

And I'm also excited because Jessica and I are bring back the linkup! In case you didn't know, but Jessica had her baby boy last month. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Wardrobe Update

top (similar option) // skirt c/o // espadrilles // bag // sunglasses 

Hey everyone! How's your week going? Is it me or are we at that time of the year where we realize time is going too fast, yet were in the mental slow fog of summer? Part of me wants time to slow down to fully enjoy these long warm months and maybe just be able to sit pool-side with a nice margarita. You know a nice long siesta. Then, that other part where I just want cool weather and snuggle up in a cozy sweater. Because I've officially don't know how many more times I can wear my cutoff shorts. And that's the thing finding clothes you feel excited about when you're melting is not an easy task right now. Retailers are filled with all the cute fall stuff. So when I came across this stripe skirt (and I'm not a skirt person) I just knew it would add some spark to my summer wardrobe. Yesss, I could get through these heat and look cute (and a little sweaty).

Do you have any pieces that you've picked up that are getting you through? Mainly, because I'm asking for my closet :)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Madewell Try-On: Early Fall

It's no surprise that I looked forward to getting to see the first of the Fall collection at Madewell! Yes, I think I might have been more excited about this than the Nordstrom Sale. While I always pre-shop online before going, it's good to know that not all the items I hoped to try-on in store were available. So here are the pieces that I loved or caught my eye:

Embroidered Courier Side-Button Shirt in Stripe $80 // Size XXSI'm no stranger to Madewell's Courier shirts (see this post), but this version has all the details. Sadly, I didn't take a picture of the sides where the buttons are. This style has all the right oversized fit while not having sleeves that are too oversized. I always size down and if it came in a smaller size I know I could fit that. It's just an easy shirt to toss on and go, but the extra details make it that more special.

Modern Tie-Front Top In White $39.50 // Size Small
I cannot speak enough good things about this knot front top! They brought it back this season after selling out during the early Summer. When I tried it on several months ago, I didn't buy it and regretted it and it sold out in the white. However, I did snatch it up in the stripe version (seen here). After how much use the stripe one has gotten, I knew I wouldn't leave without the white version this time. 

I will say that I feel like this season's version runs a tiny bit smaller, but true to size. Depending if you like a more fitted or oversized fit, you can stick to your normal size or go up one size. Just see the black version below in a smaller size.

Still love the fit in the smaller size, but tend to love things less fitted. The shirt has a thicker texture in all the colors, which is what makes it a slightly higher price than what you see on cheaper versions.

This top was not on my radar, but once I saw it in person it was a must-try on. It has a fun, modern cactus print that's not your standard cactus print. Since it's silk, it can easily be dressed up or down. The fit is loose and I know I could have gone down a size, I really loved the fit and length. It was perfect to tuck in. The back has a subtle V-shape that's appropriate for work. And the sleeve is a nice spin on ruffles and the bell-shape that's been trendy.

Wrap Shirt in Star Scatter $75 // Size XS
Another top I would have passed up if I just looked at it online, but that star print is adorable in person. It truly is a wrap shirt with an inside tie and snap closure at the bust. I am fairly short waisted and found this to be short. I do feel you need to go for the size that fits the bottom of the shirt and wouldn't wear it without high-waisted jeans. 

As more comes to store, I will be sure to try them on and report back or better yet if anything goes on sale. Is there anything you love from their collection so far?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Now & Later: Madewell Dress (Part 2)

cardigan // dress (as a top) // jeans // booties // hat // sunglasses

When I shop, I think of ALL the ways I can wear something. It's something that I've learned the hard way. My mind goes back to the time I thought white leggings were a good idea. Anyway, this is what I like to call smart shopping and applied it to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. All my shopping was done in one trip in under an hour and right before work. Yes, I need a time limit or else. This is the second part to the #nsale (see the first post here). But you'll see that it created a mini capsule wardrobe that worked with each other and you can bet these pieces fit my current closet. We're basically a day away from the sale opening to the public, but all I can say is have a game plan.

Here's what worked for me:
1. Know what you actually need in your closet
2. Take inventory of the items you wore to death last fall (maybe it's in actual shreds and should be replaced)
3. Have a budget. Yes, really.
4. Take what you listed in 1, 2, and 3 shopping. 
5. Give yourself a time limit shopping. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Now & Later: Madewell Dress

Not going to lie, I got into the Nordstrom sale hype mainly because I was curious to see for myself. I've never started shopping there till I started blogging and that's been more of a recent thing. However, I wanted to go into this differently and get the most versatile pieces that already worked together and with what's in my closet. And no surprise I figured starting with my favorite brand, Madewell, it would be a safe bet when I shopped the sale. So the day of the sale I went in straight and tried on everything Madewell that was part of Nordstrom sale and this dress, which I would say is underrated, happened to be a star. The fit is shift like and would go with size best for your hips. It's perfect to wear now just with simple sandals and look put together for a warm Summer day.

dress (worn as a top) // jeans (size 26) // booties (go up 1/2 size) // sweater // hat // sunglasses

BUT it's also the perfect shaped dress to turn into a top! Can you tell I'm going to have fun playing around with this dress?! This makes for an easy transition into the Fall when paired with jeans and booties. Oh, and the hat-can't forget that! Now, let me talk to you for a minute about these jeans. There part of the #nsale and I've been wearing them non-stop because they simply are almost too good to be true. They are so comfy and that's coming from me who can't really stand high waisted jeans. They have a lot of stretch to them that you don't feel that added pressure on your stomach, but still hold their shape. Oh, and they're under $60! I really think I need another pair for back up. 

I'll be showing you a couple more ways on how to wear this dress on Thursday, so stay tuned! 

Have you picked up anything from the Nordstrom Sale? It opens up to everyone July 21st.