All walls are not created equal. Sometimes an #ootd is only as good as its backdrop and finding the perfect one can take a lot of time and effort. Luckily, I've spent countless hours driving, walking, biking, or otherwise aimlessly wandering around to find some of the best so you don't have to. Pretty sweet, right? After a few years of fashion blogging, I've stumbled upon some absolute gems in (and around) Philadelphia. I'd be remiss to not share a few of my favorites so here's part one of what's sure to be an expanding list.
I've been all about experimenting with clothes and combinations I wouldn't normally wear lately. Gingham and borg: kindest of bedfellows? Probably not. Am I into this look regardless? Very much so. Paired with the most chic little graphic tee I could find and some classic little booties, this ensemble proved to be the perfect getup for a Sunday afternoon down the shore.
At the risk of bringing a streak of misfortune upon myself, I have to say that I've been feeling pretty fantastic lately. I've really prioritized self-care and haven't been depriving myself of things like Workaholics marathons, early-2000's-girl-power-jams at full-volume in the car, and carbs. I'm finally starting to feel like myself again after months-- maybe even years-- of tumult.
Despite allergies and that whole "spring forward" thing, spring may very well be becoming my favorite season. The symbolic rebirth is something I've really needed lately and the cherry blossoms are a fantastic visual reminder. I've been in the winter of my life for so long and now to see brighter days ahead is so important and so beautiful.
One of my favorite things about fashion is that it is so open to expression and interpretation. You could give three different people the same pair of trousers to style and I guarantee you'd end up with three completely different looks. It's truly a beautiful thing, and that's why I'm loving these monthly PHLBloggers collaborations. This month, we settled on florals. (Of which you know I'm a huge fan.) After deciding on that trend, we all had the freedom to style it however we wanted. Don't we all look fabulous?
I love this outfit but it also served as a cruel reminder to the harsh reality that is chub rub. This early in the season, I can kinda deal with it because my legs are just happy to not be suffocating in the darkness of their denim shroud. I can tell you this though: it gets real old, real quick. Nonetheless, I'm probably going to be wearing this black denim skirt almost every other day this Spring and well into the summer.
There have been but a handful of days in my entire life when, mostly in early summer, I've woken up, rolled out of bed, and miraculously looked adequately presentable. Something about that sun-kissed glow, the perfectly-tussled bedhead-- so effortless. However, I can't be so lucky every day and more often than not, I need a bit of help. Recently, instead of putting on my whole "face," I've been doing the bare minimum for some barely there vibes. Since I had so much fun putting together a post about my nighttime skincare routine, I decided to do one for my morning ritual. All you really need is some lotion, a dab of foundation, highlighter, some strategically-placed bronzer, and mascara. Ready? Let's go!
I've always been more of an autumn girl but as the years have gone by, I've grown to adore spring fashion. I always look forward to watching the shows, as they give me a little ray of hope to hold onto when those winter nights get long. Spring 2017 has been especially wonderful. You may have already seen my yellow dress? Be prepared to see a lot more yellow-- not necessarily on me-- but you know, just "out there." Also be prepared for stripes, platforms, and HELLA asymmetry.
Read more to see where you can find some of my favorite pieces that may very well get you through Labor Day:
Ah, spring in Philadelphia. It's a beautiful thing. You don't have to wander too far to stumble upon a charming row of cherry blossom trees. The streets are full of bright-faced pedestrians ambling, tentatively stepping and welcoming each distraction. It's a nice change from the rushing, bumping into every other person, just trying to get to wherever they need to go. We had such a day. These photos were taken two-thirds of the way through a leisurely stroll that accidentally turned into a multi-neighborhood trek with various distractions and no destination in particular.
Ah, April. After a few emotionally exhausting days, B and I are laying in bed as I write this-- eating soy nuts and watching Archer. Have you ever thought you had everything planned out perfectly, got invested in it, then had it all fall apart? We're reeling, which is why I'm taking a few days off from blogging this week. Need to use that creative energy to clear my thoughts and think about our next more. More on that later though.
Let's talk about these overalls, okay? When I don't know what else to wear, they're my go-to when I just want to be "cute." Not necessarily sexy. Just cute. Same with a good boho top. Because I've been in such a bad place, I needed to double-up on the foolproof cuteness to make sure I was presentable.
So I can't believe that I've been blogging for five (yes, FIVE-- I completely forgot to do something special so I'm going to have to do so very soon...) years without mentioning one of my biggest style icons: a certain Miss Jackie Beulah Burkhart. (Middle name necessary.) Yes, Mila Kunis's character on That 70's Show. She's a babe with a wardrobe made of dreams.
A quick search will reveal that I've always had a little "thing" for 70's-inspired ensembles. Though this one felt a little more like a costume and a little less like an "E.M." outfit. Still, I love it and had a lot of fun wearing it. Note to self: sometimes going overboard is necessary.
Two blue jeans posts in a row: who am I? I usually start out posts like these by saying, "now, I don't usually enjoy blue denim..." but I think it's time I admit that I've been lying to myself. How about these bad boys though? I'm into embroidery and birds so of course bird embroidery wins me over. To let these magnificent trousers speak for themselves, I kept the rest of the outfit simple: a black turtleneck, vegan leather jacket, and my favorite nude mules.
Every once in a while you find an article of clothing that makes your heart sing. I often say that I'm not a blue denim girl but as soon as I saw these, I had to have them. (Because singing, guys.) I'll be wearing them a LOT more but for their glorious debut, I figured I'd keep it simple: some of my favorite lace-up flats, a cozy sweater, and my trusty satchel.
What do you do when you want to see how to wear a trend several different ways at once? You call your PHLBloggers friends and have a photoshoot, of course! On this month's agenda: RUFFLES. (And lots of 'em.) All six of us were given the task of styling a ruffled piece of clothing or accessory. I love how we all took the trend and put our own little spin on it. Added bonus? You can find an in-depth look at this shoot in the next issue of Philly Streats.
Sundays are special days around here. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are for juggling my full-time job, my startup, house hunting, the blog, etc. Sundays are our day to relax, grab a cup of coffee, and catch up on our shows. (Read: watch through The Office again, in its entirety.) Sundays are also my day to dress how I want to dress since I don't really have to do anything. Since I already loved this corset belt trend, I decided to try it out in a little dressier manner.
I'm an old soul. Nothing repulses me more than the thought of going to a night club and my ideal friday night includes Chinese takeaway, watching Cheers on Netflix, and being in bed by ten o'clock. Naturally, I enjoy dressing like the little old lady that I am inside. Maxi dress, turtleneck, oversized handbag, and all. Because I'm still 25, I like to add some edgier elements to my granny style-- in this case, knee-high boots and a vegan leather jacket.
The older I get, the more I realize just how important a nightly skincare routine truly is. For one, it makes my morning makeup regimen so much simpler when my skin is fresh and clear and there's not much that needs covering up. (Read: I'm able to sleep in a little more.) I've also found that it's healthy to have some sort of ritual before climbing into bed.
Thanks to this blog, I've received many, many skincare products so I've gotten to try out a plethora of different lotions, serums, cleansers, toners, etc. Some made my skin feel greasy. Others worked but didn't play along too well with other products I was trying out. Some made me break out for a week straight. (That was not a great time.) After trying out what feels like a hundred combinations, I found one that not only works for me, but works really, really well.
Not all outfits are created equally and I definitely do not look blogworthy every day. I'm trying to get better at dressing myself on the "off days"-- not because I need to look good for anyone else but because I enjoy coming up with new looks. Not to mention, I feel better when I put a little pride into my appearance. I rotate through articles of clothing but rarely wear the same outfit more than once. (Except this one. I wear this one at least once a week.) Because I've been all about stretching myself creatively, I've been challenging myself to do "casual" interestingly. Easier said than done.
While I'm a bit annoyed that every single day is "national something day," (I think we've had this conversation before?) how could I not celebrate National Dress Day? Dresses are my favorite way to look good while putting in the least amount of effort. It took a while to find a style of dress that really suited me but once I found it, (with some help from Alexa Chung) it began a long storybook romance. A smock dress, black tights, and flats are my go-to look so here are some of my favorite styles.
Happy March! (For real though, I seriously can't believe it's already March.) It's time to start transitioning from all-winter-all-the-time to some winter mixed with some spring. I love layering cozy shirts under spring dresses, such as this striped turtleneck with this very-90's asymmetrical dress in the loveliest dust pink.
There's nothing I appreciate more than a good lazy Sunday. You know, just a nice day to dress down, wander a bit, and eat some food you'd feel guilty about eating any other day of the week. Our Sunday was a bit busy with a shoot for Philly Streats magazine (more on that later) but after that, we had the rest of the day to just hang out and take a much needed stroll around our favorite part of the city. My go-to look for such occasion is jeans, flats, and an oversized band tee. I was feeling a bit sassy though and tried to make my signature look a little more blog-worthy by adding a corset. What do you think?
Despite this warm weather I've been talking about, I'm starting to get a little bout of the mid-winter sads. It's not quite Seasonal Affective Disorder but I've been feeling a little low on inspiration lately, which means it's time for another muse! Since I'm trying to get my body ready for spring dresses and skirts, I'm inspired by Bond Girl Claudine Auger's classy-yet-sexy vibes. We've all got a little Domino in us, so why not try the look?
It's been a while since I put on this linen jumpsuit (last seen here) but figured with some more unseasonably warm weather, it had to be done. I know it's not actually spring yet but Stacy and Clinton taught me that it's okay to wear white shoes after Labor Day. Even if you want to stick to those old rules, 70 degree weather has to be the exception, no?
I've been wearing this jegging/shoe/coat combination basically nonstop lately. If you read this blog often, you already know this. Today was certainly no exception, just with a few changes. Instead of the usual almost-all-black, I peppered in some grey tones and added a different kind of hat. It's a little more casual-- and dare I say sportier (minus the shoes)-- than the usual and that's why I like it.
I've always worn black and have found myself wearing more and more but I still have a huge soft spot in my heart for pink and red-- especially when it comes to accessories. I'm not one for celebrating Valentine's Day but I'm all about that V-Day aesthetic. I'm all for pink and red year-round.
Every once in a while, we'll get an unseasonably warm day in February. When these happen, you just gotta get your booty to the great outdoors and enjoy the springlike weather while it lasts. This was one such day. You know that fresh feeling you get when you wake up on an early spring day? There's a hopefulness in the air-- birds are singing, the sun is shining, and you just can't wait to step outside. I love winter but it's easy to get lost in the cold-weather doldrums. A warm day is all you need sometimes: just that little glimmer of hope to get you through to April.
I've been wearing this floral suit quite a bit lately (seen here and here) so of course the blazer made an appearance.
I laughed out loud when I saw that Vetements started selling their own black metal-style tees for $1,300. If you know anything about black metal, the irony won't be lost. While some were up in arms about it, saying they can't believe a design collective is cashing in on something we all used to get made fun of for being into, I decided to roll with the punches and dust off some of my old band tees. Let's see how it turned out.
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V-day is only a week and a half away, which means it's time to start dropping hints to that special someone. I love a night out and some chocolates but now that I've reached the ripe, old age of 25, I think it's about time to start adding some fine jewelry to my collection. (Did you read that, Brenden?) So, whether you're subtly telling your significant other that you're hoping for something shiny, you need some inspiration for what to buy your sweetie, or you just want to treat yourself to a necklace or bracelet that you'll keep around forever, you should absolutely keep reading.
It's been a while since I've shared a journal-like post on here. Honestly, last time I spilled my heart out, I got a lot of negativity back so it kind of frightened me away from being open and honest for a bit.
In the beginning of 2016, I set a list of goals for myself. I achieved some of them but lost myself in the process. That year started strong. I had just gotten married, I had just gotten a fantastic promotion at work, and I was generally content. Then, somewhere in the middle of January, something happened that threw everything into flux. I quit my job, I lost my mind, and I almost drank myself to death. Funny how one seemingly insignificant moment can change the trajectory of your entire life, sort of undoing everything you'd worked hard for. Before last January, my mood disorder had been palpable but the shifting between depression, slight discontent, slight content, and euphoria only felt like minor tremors. Enough to throw me off but not enough to shake me. I'd liken January's event to more of a quake-- or whatever is bigger than that. It rattled me to the core and the aftershocks are still being felt over a year later.
Does anybody else have trouble finding winter-appropriate date night looks? Or is it just me? Though B and I don't go on many dates because we're the biggest homebodies, when we do have an evening on the town, I like to get gussied and do it right. Velvet is perfect. It's fuzzy but in a very sleek and sexy way. The fact that it's extremely touchable doesn't hurt either. (Imagine me raising my eyebrows and winking just then.)
While neither the most interesting nor the most planned-out outfit I've put on, I think this one is going to have some sentimental specialness attached to it. Why, you may ask? Well, it happened to be the outfit I chose while B and I took a big step towards becoming "proper" adults: we started looking at houses. Crazy, right? While we get our finances in order (and prayer up-- startup life-- right?) we're still casually browsing just to get an idea of what we want. I gotta say though, this kind of responsibility is harrowing. All I can say is that I'm so thankful that my parents came with us because every time the realtor asked me a question, I kind of forgot that she was asking me. I had many "I need an adult" moments. That might be what adulthood is though, no?
Anyway, I wanted to pick out clothes for the day that would do this occasion justice. Something grown-up but not too grown up. I actually ended up piecing together some of my favorite basic pieces-- something I need to do more often.
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This year thus far has been all about me getting out of my comfort zone. I tend to wear a lot of dresses and skirts and save the jeans for super casual days. I always saw skirts and dresses as a way to cover up the undesirable parts of my body. You know-- just get a flowing dress or structured high-waisted skirt and nobody will know that you're-- well-- a little chubby. Plus-- our bodies are immensely different. There's no way the average pair of jeans is fitting over these buns, you know?
When eShakti reached out and wanted to send me some clothes, I gravitated towards their dresses (which I've done in the past, as seen here and most recently here) but decided to get a pair of custom-fitted jeans.
When I was in middle school, hot pink and black was the color combination du jour. I can still feel those jelly bracelets on my wrists and specifically recall my AIM profile: a pink Circle Takes the Square lyric with a black background. (I know. So edgy.) Now that I'm older, it makes me cringe a bit but I've still got a soft spot for pink and black. I like to think of dark floral and blush as the grown-up version of my angsty teen aesthetic.
Not sure if this look is necessarily "blog-worthy" but I kinda like it. It's definitely a lot more "street style" than usual for me but I'm into it. It's actually so street that I had to make a Workaholics reference in the post title. (If you knew what it was before watching the video, we might have to become best friends.)
Hey y'all! (That was my best Nashville impression-- how did I do?) My BFF and I just got back from a road trip to Nashville and Richmond. It was a whirlwind, sort of this last-minute idea that we forced to happen. I'd say it turned out quite well.
I don't usually try to match my surroundings when I travel-- because why wouldn't I just stamp "mega-tourist!" on my forehead instead?-- but when it came to brunch in Nashville, I went full-on floral pantsuit. That's somewhat southern, right?
I love me a good winter coat. If I had unlimited funds, I'd probably own one in every color and every style. I don't have a ton of cash at the moment though so I'll stick to admiring from afar. Here are a few of my favorite coats and scarves for this season -- especially that dreamy little striped number on the top left!
I'm about a week and a half late but happy new year, guys! I took a short but unexpectedly much-needed break. (Though I must say, I missed you all dearly.) Something about the winter gets me down. I don't mind the cold but there are only so many ways you can gussy up a winter coat. I kinda balled out at the Zara sale and snagged me a pajama-style-pant-suit. (No, they're not actual jammies.) I've been trying to find ways to mix and match it and am kind of loving it-- sans jacket-- with boots and a turtleneck. What do you think?
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