• Pom-Poms

  • May 22, 2015
  • IMG_0009With warmer days not too far ahead, I’m defaulting back to my summertime style of blouses and statement shorts. I love this mixture because it’s as classy as it is easy and it’s a foolproof dressing formula for those days you get “style block.”

    The key to executing this comes down to two things: the tuck and the accessories. For these type of dolphin shorts – and many other shorts for that matter – the front tuck is what looks best. It is laid back, highlights your waist (and therefore makes the look more flattering) and makes it feel stylized, like your favorite J.Crew catalog.

    As for the accessories, this is what brings the outfit to life and gives it personality. For me, gold is my favorite metal, especially against bronzed summer skin. So it’s a no-brainer to layer dainty gold necklaces to lend the look to a slightly boho feel. My favorite is this JLynn circle pendant, with my birthstone (and what’s becoming a huge part of my wedding), pearls.

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  • Preppy & Springy + WIWW

  • May 20, 2015
  • IMG_0006When I first begun to define my own personal style, it was mainly preppy in nature. Over the years, I’ve added other inflictions to my way of dressing like edgy jewelry and vintage touches here and there. But for today, I’m returning back to my fashion roots in a nautical inspired palate and an overall preppy feel.

    In my opinion, it’s hard to go wrong with tailored skinnies, pumps and a blazer. It feels put-together and fashion forward all in the same breath. I have loved playing with a monochromatic base to my outfits (i.e. the white on white) to give my tried-and-true dressing tactic and updated spin. This navy Byer California blazer has a soft and relaxed feel from the forgiving material but has a long-lined boyfriend shape that looks tailored. That is a blazer win.

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  • A Cozy Cape

  • May 18, 2015
  • IMG_0007If any of you were to know me on a personal level, you would know I am an extremist. In the way I dress, my personality and the way I just in general live. So, for an extremist like myself, middle ground and limbo is the most stressful state of existence. That is my life for the next couple weeks. I will be living in my old stomping grounds of Minneapolis while our apartment is “getting ready for us” in Seattle (whatever that phrase means Mr. leasing man). 

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  • Blush Bridal Inspiration Shoot

  • May 17, 2015
  • View More: http://everlastinglovephotography.pass.us/spring-elopement-inspirationRecently, Z and I had the opportunity to “model” – I put that in quotations because I’m certainly not – for a bridal inspiration shoot. I hate to burst your bubbles, but we did not elope. We teamed up with a super talented group of wedding photographers, florists, dress designers and more to bring some inspiration for some spring nuptials for all of you. 

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  • Flowy Forever

  • May 15, 2015
  • IMG_0003Like many college graduates, on graduation day I donned a little white dress. There is just something about a white dress that signifies a change or something special. This number had a golden off-the shoulder detail that had me instantly swooning, exactly what I was looking for.

    My college colors were cardinal and gold, so naturally, these pumps were my “school-spirit” shoes – no Converse for this girl. They added a perfect punch of crimson while complimenting the details in the dress. It had an etherial feel with the flowy fabric that made me feel more of a goddess than a college graduate. That is one swap that I’m willing to make.

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  • Water Colors + WIWW

  • May 13, 2015
  • IMG_0068In my opinion, there are very few easier silhouettes to pull of than a pretty and slim maxi dress. They key to making a maxi dress look sophisticated rather than so-so is all in the fabric. Let me translate the language of textiles to you. Jersey equals casual, chiffon equals beachy and silky means elevated. I opted for the later of those three for my college graduation party, but glammed it up a bit with gold details in the belt and clutch. Fuss-free sandals allowed me to kick back and socialize all day long comfortably.

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  • With A Bow On It

  • May 11, 2015
  • IMG_9612I have been rocking the denim on denim look for a while now because of it’s effortless polish. Cognac is my favorite neutral to pop a lot of true blue, along with nudes and metallics. But never before have I worn the “Canadian tuxedo” with flare jeans.

    The mix of the dark, sophisticated and slightly 70’s jeans with a lighter, chambray top with a bow struck just the right mix. This is how casual Friday denim is done in my book.

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  • Lessons Learned and Dreams Made: College Reflection

  • May 10, 2015
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    On Friday, I graduated from Iowa State University with my bachelors degree in apparel merchandising. Like I announced on social media, for the last four years, I’ve pretty much kept the fact that I went to school in Iowa a secret. For me, this was a personal decision to protect my privacy and to avoid what I thought may have been judgement. This was a judgement that I myself had experienced before I started school there. Studying fashion in the middle of cornfields didn’t instantaneously make sense to me, so I thought it wouldn’t to others either. Little did I know before coming to campus, ISU is one of the top 40 fashion schools in the world and top 10 in the nation for fashion.

    Coming to Iowa State happened very serendipitously, through a series of disappointments and moments of redirection. When I found Iowa State and drove to campus for the first time, my gut told me this is where I needed to be. If you know me in any way personally, you know that I always listen to my gut.

    I started this journey as a wide-eyed, 18 year-old girl with equal amounts of ambition and insecurity. I knew what I wanted and I thought I knew who I was. But the first day I set foot in Iowa was ironically the moment I started to find myself.

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  • Fresh Black & White

  • May 8, 2015
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    Traditionally speaking, black and white looks lend themselves to the cooler season because of the “heavy” effect of it. But I went out to make it airy, spring-appropriate and sophisticated for a dinner with friends recently. White flares are a fresh take on denim and with my great-for-every-occasion leather jacket I felt pulled together, with a bit of edge.

    I also tried a low slicked back pony tail, because I tend to be a hair monogamist. This is meaning I wear by hair down and wavy virtually every day. I’m trying to break the rut. Let me know what you guys think.

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  • Silver Statement + WIWW

  • May 6, 2015
  • IMG_9777After what seems like an eternity of a head-to-heeled toe black uniform, I’m craving airy and light outfits. I had actually been on a hunt for light grey skinny jeans for the longest time (that weren’t like $200) with no such luck. I found these DSTLD skinny jeans in the perfect light grey hue, just right amount of stretch and rise for a fraction of what I had found for other premium jeans. That right there is a win.

    As my obsession with blush continues, I keep finding new pairings for the feminine color. I love how refreshingly industrial light grey and light pink looks, especially with a bit of silver sparkle.

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