What I Wore: Casual and Cool Gray

It's still broiling hot in Phoenix, but I've decided to use this extended summer to wear all of my favorite hot-weather looks just one last time (at least I keep telling myself it is just for one. more. time). I've always thought I was too vertically challenged to wear long dresses, but when I spotted this dress on final sale, I decided I would see what  I could do with it! It's become one of my staple pieces these last few weeks, and I wore it to work and then to lunch with my friends Meggie and Shannon. I bought these platforms a couple of years ago, but I love wearing them when I need a little extra boost!

Dress: Gap, Shoes: Aldo, Belt: Forever 21, Jewelry: Vintage and Marc by MJ

What are you wearing during this transitional weather? 

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Street Style Inspiration: Olivia Palermo

This weekend, I was perusing one of my favorite street style blogs, Vanessa Jackman, looking for Fall outfit inspiration, and i came across this photo of Olivia Palermo. I don't watch The City, so I can't comment on her personality, but I absolutely adore this outfit. She looks perfectly pulled together, but like she still has fun with clothes. And don't get me started about how perfect her hair is!

Do you use street style blogs as inspiration for your real-life wardrobe? Do you like this outfit? 

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Tiny Treasures

I've previously documented my love for aggressive accessories, but lately, I've been craving more delicate jewelry to wear. While I think I'll always love big, bold pieces, sometimes, you just want to wear something a little more sweet. I recently discovered Catbird, a Brooklyn-based boutique that specializes in gorgeous jewelry and other gift type items. Fortunately for the rest of the country, Catbird has an amazing online shop, as well! They have some really creative, unique pieces, and a plethora of delicate items. Check out three of my favorites below.

These alphabet rings, $88, are pretty much perfection as far as tiny jewelry goes. There are plenty of options for alphabet rings floating around, but the scale of this particular version is what sets them apart.  You could wear these either on their own, or stacked to have initials or a different message. In addition to the letters of the alphabet, there is a tiny heart ring that is absolutely precious.

This super simple heart bracelet, $325, is dainty and sweet. I love the organic look of the heart- it isn't super defined or perfectly shaped. This would be a great option to wear on a daily basis, and would be the perfect gift for a loved one.

I love really unique jewelry, and I love a good cheap thrill (that doesn't look cheap!). This necklace is the best of both worlds. The magnifying lens necklace, a steal at $22, would be a great conversation starter. I love the long chain, and it would look great layered or on its own.

Would you wear any of these delicate pieces? Which is your favorite? 

The Cords that Bind

In the colder months, if I'm not wearing a dress with tights or boots, it is a pretty safe bet I'm wearing skinny jeans. Predictable? Yes. But it has become a sort of uniform of sorts, or at the very least, a jumping off point. In the last year though, I've tried to branch out a bit. When I was shopping for Christmas last year, I came across a pair of skinny corduroy pants on sale, and they fit perfectly. I wound up getting a lot of wear out of them, and am anxiously awaiting the temperatures to drop again to bring them out of my closet. This Fall, I saw tons of skinny cords in the pages of magazines, and here are my top three picks:

I love these Always Skinny cords from the Gap, $60. They certainly live up to their skinny name- totally tight all the way through the ankle. These come in a variety of colors, but I'm really digging the tomato red (I don't have to tell you not to wear these with green in December...right?). Paired with a denim or white button up, these would definitely make my day a whole lot brighter.

J. Crew never disappoints, and these Vintage Matchstick corduroy pants, $79, are no exception. They have a variety of muted shades, and the dark loden, in my opinion, would be a great, less literal, way to get in on the military trend. I'd hem mine to ankle length, and sport them with a black v-neck sweater and black ballet flats for Fall shopping and lunch with friends.

I haven't personally tried on these Joe's Jeans The Chelsea cords, but I have heard great things about the fit and the fact that they don't stretch out as easily as other cords. They run $139 at Piperlime, and the soft charcoal would be perfect with a bright top and wedges for a dinner date.

Would you wear corduroys? If so, what would be your color of choice? 

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Cowboy Down

When out shopping the other day, I noticed an interesting footwear trend. In nearly every shop I went into, I spotted ankle-height, flat cowboy boots. A couple days later, I'm still sorting out how I feel exactly about this trend. While it might not be for me, I think certain girls (especially ones with longer legs than yours truly) could totally rock it. I think paired with the right dress or pair of skinny jeans, these could be a fun alternative to a ballet flat. Here are a few of my picks:

First, if you're looking to get in on this trend without breaking the bank, the Vestted boot, $99, by Steve Madden will do the trick. It comes in cognac and grey, but I'm digging the black version. If you're uncertain about these, I'd pair them with black skinny jeans- you'll definitely be making a statement, but less obviously so.

If you  want a little more detail on the boot, try this Corso Como pair on for size. At $190 at Piperlime, they aren't a steal, but they have such a gorgeous color and I love the buckle and wraparound cord. I think these would look great with a floaty dress, tights, and a military jacket for fall, and would definitely work into spring, too.

Looking to splurge, and want something slightly more sophisticated? This VPL cut off boot at Barney's New York, $545, is made out of buttery soft leather, and is a sleeker take on this style. I like how they kept the stacked heel of a cowboy boot, but simplified the design.

Are you a fan of this trend? How would you style these shortie boots? 

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Classic Camel

With the exception of basic black, you don't get much more classic a color than camel. To me, camel is a great hue for daytime, as it is a little more casual than black, but still very versatile in that it can still be paired with black or brown accessories. This is a "trend" you can invest in, because it never really goes out of style. This season, you can pick up a camel sweater, skirt, coat, and just about anything else you can think of! Here are a few favorite pieces to save and splurge on:

First, this absolutely gorgeous coat by Burberry, certainly a splurge at $895 at Nordstrom. This is definitely an investment piece, but you can't deny that it is going to last a lifetime. I love the toggle closures- they take this topper from just another camel coat to wow, a camel coat!

Next, this blazer, $135 at Asos, would be the perfect wear-everywhere piece for the fall. A classic blazer can be worn with almost anything, and I love this update on basic black. This would go perfectly over both an army-green dress and black skinny jeans.

Asos.com has a ton of camel pieces, like this sweater, $53. I love the camel and black combo, and if you, like me, live in a place where you are still sweating in shorts, this piece would be a great alternative to a coat this Fall and Winter.

Will you be purchasing anything camel colored this Fall? 

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Here are a couple of my favorite pieces from the shops: 

Modern End Table, $132

Starburst Mirror, $46

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What I Wore: Orange You Glad?

Orange is not one of my favorite colors. A couple years ago, I was looking for a dress to wear to a few bridal showers I had to go to, and I stumbled on this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress on Gilt Groupe, and I loved the unique back, so I ordered it. The color listed was "madras red," and I thought it would be a fun, bright color to wear. When it came to my house, it was orange. Not even close to red, madras or otherwise. But, I was strangely drawn to it, so I wore it to that shower, and its become a favorite of mine. I wore it most recently to dinner with my parents, and I had them snap a couple of pictures of it.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress, Vintage Jewelry, Soft Shoes


Details, details

Do you have any colors you won't wear? 

Velvet Touch

Velvet. When I hear that word, I instantly have flashbacks to the awful black velvet overalls I adored in fifth grade. So, with fear and trepidation, I'm going to try to give velvet the benefit of the doubt, and look for some fresher velvet pieces this fall. I must admit, it is a really festive fabric, and would be a comfortable way to dress up when the holidays near. Here are my three picks from around the web.

First, this panne velvet bell skirt, $78 from J. Crew. I like the weathered wood color, but I love the dark charcoal hue. I think this could be paired with anything from a blazer, white shirt, tights and ankle boots, to a  dressier look with sparkly shoes and a jewel tone top. 

Next, this gorgeous Madison Marcus blazer, $255 at Neiman Marcus. I'm in love with the soft grey color, and the belted waist would make it super slimming. I'd toss this over my favorite little black dress for Fall parties, and wear it to work with skinny black pants and pumps. 

Proving that velvet is a classic "trend" of sorts, this vintage (1920s) skinny black bow belt, $65 from My Vintage Wear is seriously sweet. This would be equally adorable over a cardigan with jeans as it would cinching your favorite cocktail dress. 

So, do you have any velvet horror stories? Will you be giving it another shot this fall?

What I wore: Virginia edition

I thought I would do a quick outfit post from a couple days this weekend. I visited my boyfriend in Charlottesville,  Virginia, and the first outfit is what I wore exploring his new town, and the second outfit is what I wore to dinner to meet some of his new friends! It was a great weekend, and so nice to wear some of my "fall" clothes, since the weather is still in the triple digits at home.

Ray Ban Wayfarers, H+M top, Uniqlo skinny jeans, Repetto flats, Gap bag

Michael Kors shoes, Gap pants, Forever 21 tshirt, Gap bag

What do you usually wear on the weekends? 

New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

Although New York Fashion Week isn't quite over, I thought I would share a few of my favorite looks from the shows so far. I had a lot of favorites this season, so it was hard to narrow it down to just these! 
Timo Weiland

Vena Cava


Rag & Bone


Michael Kors

Marc by Marc Jacobs

All images from style.com

What are your favorite collections so far?

Ladylike Leopard

A trend that seems to resurface with a vengeance every few years is leopard print. I mean, there are always leopard print items in stores, but I think this Fall, we will see even more of it! I think leopard, when done right, can be a really fun, fashionable trend. When done wrong, it can drift a little (or a lot) too far into ahem...tarty territory. Here are my top three picks for the right leopard look this fall.

First up, this crop faux fur coat, $170 from Topshop, would be the perfect jacket to wear, well, everywhere this fall. I love how the spots are a little less subdued- it just makes it so much more sophisticated. Personally, I'd pair this with black skinny jeans and some great wedges.

If you're feeling a little less bold, I'd go for this super chic leopard clutch, $100, also from Topshop. This would certainly jazz up your favorite little black dress, or any other color, for that matter! It may be tiny enough to only hold your cell phone, lipstick, and house key, but it packs a big punch in the style department. 

This next piece combines two of my favorite fall trends: oxfords and leopard print. These leopard brogues from 3.1 Phillip Lim are a major sartorial statement, and they would bring so much to so many outfits this fall. At $475, they aren't cheap by any means, but they are the kind of piece you could wear for years to come. 

Do you like leopard? Which of these pieces is your favorite?

Warmer Wedges

I spent this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the weirdest thing happened. This desert girl felt fall air. I must say, it was wonderful. But somehow, the espadrille wedges I had tossed in my suitcase felt a little out of place in the cooler weather. Even though the espadrilles need to be retired until next Spring, I've decided that wedges are way too comfortable not to have a pair (or two!) in rotation during the colder months, too. Here are a few of my favorite wedges to keep your feet a little warmer!

Wintery Wedges

Will you be wearing wedges this winter? 

Tucker for Target

Tucker, the label best known for its loose blouses and floral dresses, is the latest designer collaboration with Target, and the line hit stores this past weekend. In the past few years, Target has really stepped up its game in the designer collaboration department. This collection, along with the collab with Rodarte, are probably my two favorite ones to date. While I'm not a huge butterfly print fan, there are plenty of wearable pieces in the line, the diamond print being my favorite. Here are my top three picks from Tucker for Target.

First, my runaway favorite, the Signature Dress in Diamond Print, $39.99. This dress would be the perfect fall piece, since you could layer it up as the temperatures drop. The cut looks super-flattering. I would probably switch out the fabric belt for a leather one, and add heels for night, or boots for day. This dress also comes in a floral print that is sweet and adorable. 

Next up is the Signature blouse in Navy, $29.99. This top is one of Tucker's signature pieces in their main line, and this version is certainly a steal compared to the usual price tag of over $250. Obviously, the material isn't the same, but, it is still the same idea. The loose fit would be perfect tucked into a pencil skirt, or worn loose with skinny jeans. Again, this also comes in a few different patterns, as well. 

Last, the adorable tie neck blouse is such a fun print, and is perfectly priced at $24.99. I think that this top would look perfect under a boyfriend cardigan, and with jeans and boots. This is definitely a more girly look than I usually wear, but I like how the navy background subdues the whole look enough that it would work in most girls' closets. 

So, did anyone else check out Tucker for Target this weekend? 

Alexa Chung for Madewell

Alexa Chung, the British former MTV host, has designed a line for Madewell. Chung has been a fashion darling for the past few years, with countless girls trying to imitate her signature undone style. You can often see Alexa in a mix of vintage and current designer items, and she always looks amazing. Out of all of the pieces from her line, shown here, the Annie blouse is my personal favorite. The burnout blouse with perfect polka dots, $128, would be the perfect early fall piece, paired with a black skirt, or even denim shorts and tights, for the more daring.

So, what do you think about Alexa Chung x Madewell? Will you be picking up any of the pieces? 

A Sticky Situation

I love a good manicure as much as the next girl. However, I'm not a huge fan of the inevitable chips that follow a couple days later. So when I was browsing All Lacquered Up (a great nail polish blog for those of you not in the know) last week, I saw she had linked to an old post that mentioned the "Stickey Sandwich", which promised longer lasting lacquer.  Since I already had all of the necessary supplies, I decided to give it a shot. First, you do a coat of CND Stickey  base coat, then two coats of color (I used essie Sew Psyched), then you "sandwich" the color with another layer of the Stickey base coat. To top it all off, use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, which is my favorite top coat because it keeps your nails shiny, and it dries your entire manicure in about a minute.
So I know you are dying to know the results of this (or not, but shh.). Although the polish took a bit longer than usual to dry, I seriously had not one chip in my polish SEVEN days later. I was on my computer quite a bit, and was not easy on my nails at all. I only removed the polish because I was bored of the color and you could see the growth close to the cuticle. All in all, worth the extra few minutes on manicure day!

So tell me, have you ever tried this trick for getting a manicure to last longer? 

Guy Style Guide: Fall

Last weekend, I was hanging out with some of my guy friends, and they were asking me for advice on what to wear. For work, most of them wear dress clothes or suits, so it was a more casual look that they were after, without spending a bundle to look good. I've compiled a list of seven pieces to round out every man's closet for fall weekends. Some are splurges, and some are steals!

First, the absolute non-negotiable item every man needs: perfectly fitting jeans. Good jeans can last for years, so these Citizen jeans are worth the money. Hint: go to Nordstrom Rack, or other discount stores to score high-end denim at lower prices. Keep it simple with a straight leg, dark wash, and minimal pocket details.

To look a little more pulled together, ditch the flip flops, and try these Jack Purcell sneakers, $60, at Nordstrom (and almost every other shoe store in the world) on for size. The gray garment-dyed fabric looks fresh, and they are comfortable, to boot!
Every guy should have a few plaid shirts in rotation. This option, $50, at Gap, is super soft, and you will get tons of wear out of this! Note: Gap always has new stuff going on sale, so there is no reason to pay full price, and you can buy a plaid shirt almost anywhere.

These V-neck sweaters from Old Navy are a steal at only $20, and would be a great alternative for your college sweatshirt when you are a little chilly.

When the weather dips more, this utility jacket, $98 from the Gap, is the perfect choice for crisp fall days. All of the pockets make this a functional piece, too, and you won't have to carry anything!

For the days when you have to tote books and your laptop across campus, this Bowery messenger bag, $98 from J. Crew is a masculine take on the messenger, and is sturdy enough to carry all of your essentials.

My last essential is a watch. This Timex for J. Crew  is definitely too casual to wear with a suit, but is perfect for the weekends. It is a classic piece with a twist, and I'm loving the bold face.

Did I miss any man musts? What do the guys in your life wear on weekends?