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One of Those Days

 

 

You know those special days where you have an extra pep in your new shoe step? The days where you think, I really got it right today. It’s amazing how much of an effect clothes can have on my confidence (ideal for a day of  back-to-back meetings). I’m having one of those days thanks to a few sale purchases from J.Crew (sweater and shoes) and an oldie, but goodie from Nordstrom (denim skirt). What’s better than a new pair of (striped, ankle tie wedge) shoes and (slinky peach) a sweater?

An antique ring from my grandmother is just enough bling for an otherwise preppy look.

I don’t normally post Instagram photos on here, but today started off on an exceptional note. For more outfits of the day and other snapshots, follow me here. Happy hump day! xx

 

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Mellow, Cheery Yellow

Last week was stressful and trying. And after Friday’s tragedy, the week ended on a sad note (my heart goes out to those in Aurora). I had so much going on and on top of a busy week, both my parents had serious health scares. They are both doing better now and will be fine, but it was not fun awaiting diagnoses. As I get older, it’s hard for me to come to terms with the fact that my parents are not the all-knowing, indestructible people I thought they were growing up. Even though it is a little scary, it feels good to know that I can finally help or be there for them for a change.

Things finally started to settle down on Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes it feels good to get dressed up for no real reason, so I threw on this cheery, head-to-toe yellow ensemble to get out of the house for sushi and a movie (Dark Knight Rises was awesome). The color choice (not to mention this love wall) brightened my look – and my outlook.

Even though I love the color yellow, it’s one of the few colors that doesn’t look good on me. Instead of going for true, bright yellow, I opted for a pale yellow shade on bottom and an olive tone yellow hue on top. I love the fullness of this skirt and the sheer paneling on the collared blouse.

Blouse: H&M, skirt: Asos (on super sale!), heels: BCBG (old, these are cute and work for any dressy occasion, particularly summer weddings and showers), petite clutch: vintage, studs: vintage, bracelets: Sheila Fajl and Jessica Elliot (bangles), leather and gold bracelet purchased in Italy years ago and vintage (triple strand), rings: S.Y.L.K. (owl), Gorjana, XIV Karats and Ariel Gordon (bands).

Beauty note: I didn’t feel like doing much pampering so I threw my hair up on my head. Then, I wrapped the half bun in a thin jute rope for a summer-y look.

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Nighttime: High-Low, Printed Dress

I wore this dress during the day (seen here) and changed it up in a few short minutes to wear later that night for dinner and drinks with friends. The vintage Azzedine Alaia heels won and I paired them with a few other dressy accessories like a delicate gold bag, chunky bracelets and a cocktail ring.

I like to keep nighttime looks simple – and a little sexy. A good pair of heels, dress and clutch is all you really need. I took off the casual belt and denim jacket, and opted for a motorcycle leather jacket instead (it gets surprisingly chilly at night and we usually try to take advantage of outdoor places). With minimal layers and accessories, the dress’ sheer overlay, asymmetrical hemline and sheer back panel standout.

Printed dress: Zara, leather jacket: Nordstrom (love this one currently on sale), heels: vintage Azzedine Alaia, bag: vintage Chanel, bracelets: Nordstrom (cuff), Sheila Fajl (bangles) and vintage (triple strand), rings: Suzanne Felsen (cocktail), Gorjana, XIV Karats and Ariel Gordon (bands).

Beauty note: To easily transition my beauty look for night, I pulled out the half braids (here) and went for a loose wave instead. On lips, I applied a brighter, bolder pink-red shade.

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Black or Blush, That is the Question

Do you ever get stuck when it comes to which shoes to wear? I do…fairly often, actually. Shoes are as important as clothes, so choosing footwear can be a tough decision. For tomorrow’s outfit – a nighttime remix of this daytime look –  I had a hard time picking between my two favorites. On the left are black ankle strap heels from Zara that are flattering and go with everything. Or, the strappy, vintage Azzedine Alaia numbers in blush satin (with a red heel) on the right.

What do you guys think? Find out what I ended up wearing tomorrow (hint: I went for fun).

Selecting shoes might be less of a question if I didn’t have so many. This week’s conquest:

These striped espadrilles were on crazy sale at J.Crew (extra 40% off already discounted items).

Happy hump day! xx

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Daytime: High-Low, Printed Dress

I saw this dress at Zara on sale and knew I needed to have it. The abstract floral print and flowy, high-low hemline make it ideal for almost any occasion, day or night. I wore this outfit on Sunday to a picnic in Griffith Park. A cream, denim jacket, cheery, yellow belt and pair of mint wedge sandals made the dress casual enough for day. It was perfect for strolling through the park and sitting in the shade of big trees with friends. We sprawled out on a blanket eating sweet pastries and visiting nearby dogs.

Later this week, I am remixing the dress to show how simply it can be changed for night.

Check back on Thursday to see how a few, key accessories are all it takes to transform a look.

Printed dress: Zara, cream denim jacket: Theory (love this similar one), wedges: gifted Marco Santi via Sole Society, aviator sunglasses: gifted Chloe via Ditto, clutch: American Apparel, belt: from a Jason Wu for Target dress, gold ball studs: H&M, bracelets: Jessica Elliot (wood), Sheila Fajl (bangles) and vintage (triple strand).

Beauty note: I opted for a simple pink lip and cheek, and a loose, half braid bun (as seen in the last post) during the day.

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