Heather + Stripes

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I always get asked how I create looks that have a “wow factor.” I don’t think there is one simple, logical answer for this because most of my styling is created based on gut instincts.

What I always tell my clients is to try to combine these four elements into any look: texture, color, pattern and shine. Some of my favorite outfits are the ones that play with layering texture and pattern. By having a more is more mentality, combining heather texture, stripes and tweed looks fashion-forward on a simple silhouette.

My new favorite watch (that I’m sporting in this ensemble), is actually a men’s style from Daniel Wellington. I actually prefer mens styles because they have more of an impact. Chic Street Style followers get 15% off their purchase with code chicstreetstyle. Continue reading

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Pre-Fall Picks (Ann Taylor Sale)

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(All pieces from Ann Taylor and are 50% off! No code needed)

1. Edgy Trench // 2. Modern Coated Super Skinny // 3. Trench Dress // 4. Polka Dotted Skirt // 5. Estate Leather Wrap Bracelet // 6. Wide Embossed Turnlock Cuff // 7. Tortoise Clutch // 8. Tortoise Belt // 9. Calf Hair Bangle // 10. Mini Signature Tote

The countdown continues until the start of my favorite season: fall. But the unofficial kickoff to the chicest season is always the fantastic Labor Day sales. Below are some of my favorites going on this weekend:

Stella & Dot: Take an extra 25% off sales

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off clearance

BCBG: Extra 20% off markdowns

BCBG Generation: 40% off sitewide

J.Crew: Extra 40% off final sale with code WEEKEND

Nordstrom’s Clearance Sale

Old Navy: up to 50% off entire store

But one of my favorites from the weekend deals is 50% off full-priced items from Ann Taylor. Their fall collection is s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. A mix of edgy finishings, tortoise and metal (all my favorite things) unite to create the ultimate autumn attire.

Which piece is you favorite?

As always, thank you for reading.

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Olive + Blush

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An instant way to freshen your style is through choice of colors and the pairing of unexpected ones. Try new things, see what looks appealing, get inspiration and the end product is always fashionable ingenuity.

I find that the best color combinations are those with equal saturation (i.e. a pastel with a pastel), like in today’s post. Blush plus a soft olive hue in a perfect juxtaposition of definitively feminine and a nod of androgyny.  Continue reading

Rewind Time

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There has always been something about past decades, particularly in clothing form, that has always inspired me. Back when the peplum shape started to reemerge, I was drawn instantly to the vintage-like and full-out feminine silhouette.

So the question surfaced in my mind, “how can I translate this into a work setting?” My solution: a pencil skirt and peplum combo, belted at the waist to exaggerate the volume of the peplum. I added a touch of leather to bring this look up to date for a modern, working woman. Just top with a crisp, white blazer and you have a dynamic and retro style for your 9 to 5. Continue reading

Lemon Twist

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There is something about a midi skirt that lends itself to a 1950s feel. A sliver of midriff showcased by a tied blouse only adds to that effect. It’s truly the details that can translate a vintage silhouette into a modern-day ensemble. Fusing bright colors in an unexpected pairing adds an element that feels new. Lemon and pink hues are a refreshing touch that exemplifies summer, much like lemonade, the drink that inspired this look. Continue reading

Chic Cravings: Campus-Friendly Kicks

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 1. Louise et Cie ‘Menton’ Leather Sandal // 2. CL Chinese Laundry ‘Janella’ Sandal // 3. Chinese Laundry ‘Kalifornia’ Sandal // 4. Vince Camuto ‘Halia’ D’Orsay Flats // 5. Sole Society ‘Susie’ Studded Strappy Flats // 6. Kate Spade ‘Gabe’ Flat (50% off) // 7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Slip On’s //  8. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Jonas’ Bootie // 9. Seychelles Leather Bootie Continue reading

Aqua Stripes

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In my opinion, there a a few key elements that truly exude summer style to be. Beachy waves, stand-out hues, layered gold jewelry and shorter (than maybe ok) shorts all come to mind.

Fuse all of these details, textures and colors into one outfit and you have my summer uniform if you will. When I’m off duty, my style doesn’t switch off en suite. It simply transforms to a sassier, more personality-filled identity with different silhouettes than I would choose for an office.

I can easily swap out printed trousers for striped shorts and be ready for happy hour with ease. Professional to Post Alley in a single item swap. Continue reading