Accessory Swap (2 Looks, 1 Outfit)

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Today, I’m showing all of you the impact of just accessories. They are the ultimate transitional touches, taking you from casual, cubicle life and even cocktails. Everyone always asks me how I can live out of a single suitcase for study abroad or my internship. Well, here is my greatest and best secret: it isn’t about the clothes so much as the finishing touches.

I’m turning this must-have trench dress into a fashion-forward duster vest simply by leaving it unbuttoned. It can switch from J.Crew catalog to street style effortlessly.

For me, a fedora and flats are my clutch elements for making a look casually chic. If I’m trying to elevate an ensemble; heels, lipstick and sleek jewelry are a natural choice. Continue reading

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Wonderful Weekenders

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1. Baggu Striped Weekender Bag // 2. Forever 21 Cognac Faux Leather Weekender // 3. Forever 21 Minimal Black Weekender // 4. Mango Burgundy Weekender // 5. Betsey Johnson Leopard Weekender // 6. TopShop Quilted Weekender Bag // 7. Sole Society ‘Cassidy’ Duffel Bag  // 8. Stella & Dot Jewelry Roll // 9. Tory Burch ‘Ella’ Nylon Weekender Continue reading

Ms. CoCo

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Of all the people who inspire me stylistically – CoCo Chanel tops the list. Her unapologetically forward take on fashion (especially for her time) was both gusty and glamorous, something I can most certainly appreciate.

I mean, who can’t respect the woman invented the LBD, modernized it and made black chic? All of her signature styles, I also adore and I can’t help but completely channel her at times… like today. Continue reading

A Cinderella Story

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As all of us know, Cinderella wore a glass slipper. What I believe is she should have been wearing these silver glitter, Badgley Mischka Heels… far more glamorous.

But I’ve never been that tutu, bubblegum pink or overtly frilly add ons, but feathers, thats a detail I can get with. A slightly edgier version of girly abundance, especially when paired with a bomber jacket.

I love the idea of taking stereotypical “fancy” shoes and making them 100% street style. Continue reading

Budget Breakdown: August

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1. Lush Track Pant: $30.40 (unspecified employee discount)

2. Frenchie Swing Tank: $22.40 (unspecified employee discount)

3. Steve Madden ‘Swift’ Pointy Toe Pump: $71.16 (unspecified employee discount)

4. CL by Laundry ‘Janella’ Sandal: $24.94 (Org. $55, on clearance, $5 off and free shipping)

5. Old Navy Graphic Tee’s: $10 each

6. Old Navy Drapey Tuxedo Pant: $11.97 (additional 30% off sale price)

7. Ann Taylor Trench Dress: $74.50 (50% off)

8. Ann Taylor Tortoise Belt: $17.75 (50% off)

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Style in the Streets

_MG_1956Even at my most casual end  of my style spectrum, I always try to incorporate a couple polished touched into the mix. Whether it’s some sort of height in a heel, a fab necklace or a sleek clutch (or all three), it brings a chambray and olive skinny jeans to a whole new level.

This elevated casual look works very well in Seattle. In a city where fleece is not a material, but rather a way of life, I many times feel grossly overdressed. Not that I would ever let that dictate what I wear, but sometimes, it is nice to feel like a local in Seattle.

Speaking of locals, I would like to thank my extremely talented, street-performing friend Dre for livening up the background of these shots. His voice is mesmerizing if you love that acoustic sound, check out his work here. Or, for the true experience, walk through Post Alley in Seattle… Continue reading

Top 10 Transitional Pieces For Easing Into Fall

Untitled #1641. Utility Jacket: Update your favorite utility jacket style with a camo print. It’s a pop of pattern that will elevate any causal look.
2. Sophisticated Shirtdress: Go tights or sans tights and layer to have it work throughout all seasons. Try adding your favorite faux fur vest for a boho vibe or a sleek belt and stilettos for enviable city-chic.
3. A Go-To Ankle Bootie: Black is an obvious choice for your go-to bootie. But to avoid the blah factor of black, look for a standout detail, like calf hair. The one’s featured are 50% off too!
4. Lace Blouse: Lace is a must because it brings a soft, even romantic element to a season full of edgy staples.
5. Chunky Knit Sweater: With the trends of sprayed on skinnies, leather everything and crop tops galore, this is a refreshing style switch. Now all we need to complete the look is a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.
6. Faux Leather Shorts: This is my go-to transition item that can be paired with anything from sandals and a basic T-shirt to tights and ankle booties. It is an unexpected basic in my book.
7. Elevated Tote: A fresh winged shape makes a practical tote covetable. Whether you are a collegiate kid like me hauling textbooks or booing to your next meeting, this tote is sure to do the trick.8. Coated Skinnies: Up your pant ante with a coated finish. Who said covered up couldn’t be sexy?9. Edgy Statement Necklace: This BA extra is exactly what you need to transition girly lace to fall fierceness.10. Bold Lipstick: Bring runway to reality with a bit of rouge. My favorite hue for the season is ‘All Fired Up’ by MAC. It pairs well with all this seasons hottest colors like army green, blush and obviously all the neutrals.

What is your go-to pieces to transition from summer to fall? I’d love to hear.

As always, thank you for reading.

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