Here I’m wearing one of my favorite shirts, a crop top from H&M circa 2007. It’s got black square metal studs all over that has beautifully aged and chipped in all sorts of random places revealing speckles of silver underneath.
[outfit: H&M crop top circa 2007, Zara military shorts, generic gifted tote, Kork Ease Myrna classic wedges]
Crossover sliders are just as ubiquitous as arizona Birkenstocks these days. I’ve been eyeing them for quite a while but haven’t been able to find the right ones for my foot type (long and narrow). But alas, today I stumbled across this version by Johnston & Murphy. The stock photos were not immediately appealing to me; first I felt these shoes were kind of ugly and made for old people, but I fell in love with them after I saw how JetsetJustine styled them with modern casual pieces in this photo: Continue reading
Again, here’s my throwback AE corduroy skirt from high school circa 1999. Love the buttoned back pockets and minor details of this skirt like the lavender lining along the zipper that peeps out sometimes. To keep it grown up I paired it with this modest classic cotton sweater from Everlane. Maybe this is boring, but I for one like seeing bloggers wear the same items in different ways; it helps me understand how their style works for them. Continue reading
Here is my go to outfit for lazy days at home.
[outfit: Madewell jumpstart sweatshirt dress, Kork Ease Myrna classic wedge, generic gifted tote]
Because it’s hot, humid, windy and cold all at the same time in June… getting nostalgic by breaking out this old school American Eagle corduroy skirt from sophomore year high school, cuz why not- still looks good! What is the oldest piece in your closet? Continue reading
Imagine waking up in the morning to get dressed, you open the doors to your closet, and you feel calm and serene because:
You love every item of clothing in your wardrobe.
You have many outfits to choose from,
but you don’t have too much.
You have something to wear for every occasion.
You are satisfied in the quality of your clothes.
Everything fits well
and you feel chic and comfortable in every outfit you own.
These are the ideals of an essential wardrobe. I’m certainly not fully there, but since editing/reducing my wardrobe I’ve noticed my morning stress level has significantly decreased. I’m no longer panicked about what to wear and running late in the mornings. Now I can start my day feeling relaxed and ready to face what lies ahead.
Creating an essential wardrobe requires one to be more thoughtful and selective. To make it in, an essential wardrobe piece should meet the following 6 criteria: Continue reading
Between all the seamless orders, cafeteria food at work, and eating out, it’s refreshing to get regular doses of good ol’ wholesome food that is barely transformed by the cooking process. I’m talking about simply roasting fresh produce or meat with evoo, sea salt and freshly ground pepper in a high temperature oven to get tasty charred edges while preserving the food’s structural integrity and nutritional value. My 5 favorite things to cook this way are:
- whole fresh okra
- cauliflower florets
- broccoli florets
- portobello mushrooms
- high quality fresh salmon steaks
In celebration of this summer heat, thought I’d mix things up a bit. Somehow the two loudest patterns in my otherwise basic wardrobe go perfectly together. Here’s a close up: Continue reading
Back to basics. This extreme acid wash pattern is pretty awesome, but really only goes well with a basic white tee.
[outfit: Uniqlo white tee, Topshop acid washed Moto jeans, vegan Arizona Birkenstocks, Madewell oversized hepcat sunnies]
I’ve been admiring high waisted white linen culottes lately; they have such a breezy, modern feel to them. I especially love the ones designed by the high-end basics label Apiece Apart. But I’m not quite ready to experiment with culottes yet (not sure if I’m really tall enough to pull them off) so will resort to the next best thing- foldin’ up my chinos! Continue reading
Here’s a little lifehack tip girls: expand your reach by gifting your boy clothes you can wear too. Yes it’s a little selfish but I think most boys get a kick out of seeing you (look better) in their clothes. And even if you’re single, I’d suggest browsing the men’s section the next time you’re in a co-ed shop. Menswear tends to be more focused and pared down, and you can often find high quality chunky oversized knit sweaters that you can’t find in the women’s section. Here I’m wearing a Steven Alan men’s zip cardigan over a sleek shirtdress from Madewell. Here’s a close up and the same sweater on a boy: Continue reading
There is something so naturally beautiful about solid basic earth tones in womenswear. These colors draw from pigments found naturally in the earth’s foundation- umber, sienna, ochre, and greys -in all shades. When I was decluttering my wardrobe, the clothes that got sorted into the donation pile were there because they hadn’t been worn in over a year. It was a pile full of loud synthetic colors, reds, fluorescence, and neons, which by themselves are pretty but I don’t think they speak to my sensibilities enough to get worn often, a realization that will hopefully inform my wardrobe planning and help me reduce wasteful spending in the future. Here I’m wearing one of my foundational pieces: sienna colored skinnies from Madewell. Continue reading
For me, the hardest part about decluttering was letting go of gifts and sentimental objects that I know I don’t need/want. It’s easier with little objects but harder when a gift is large (and more obvious when it’s no longer in your home). The struggle is an emotional one. What will they think? That I’m ungrateful, that I don’t care, that I’m a callous bad person? But don’t they say it’s the thought that counts? After the moment you’ve shared your genuine appreciation, shouldn’t you be free to do what you want with the gift? I felt conflicted, so I searched the internet to see if anyone else has ever wondered about this and found a great essay “on getting rid of gifts” from the guys at the Becoming Minimalist blog. Their conclusion was that most people would not notice or care and one should go ahead and let go. And so I did, and instead of guilt, I found relief.
(relief: your mind’s way of letting you know you did the right thing)
Sometimes it’s hard to find an outfit appropriate for work that also feels authentically you. But this grey work outfit is so relaxed and chic, I really do feel like myself in this. Pairing top-to-bottom grey tones with this menswear silhouette adds just the right amount of feminine softness. Love it because it’s important to look good and feel like yourself at work too.
Here’s a close up of the trousers: Continue reading
The weather has been hot and humid lately and the only bearable way to wear my hair has been to put it up in a high knot. Sort of by accident I tied it just slightly off centered and realized that the uneven bulges it created looked really cute and youthful. I would warn against going more than an inch off center though (it could look obnoxiously juvenile if you go too far). I’ve been rocking this up-do with a bare face and berry stained lips. Love its chic simplicity.