My Current Go To Outfit

 

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I wanted to share with you one of my favorite go-to outfits lately when I have felt like just throwing something together and heading out the door. For me, a simple T-shirt and skirt can be so comfy but also cute when you throw on some accessories like a denim jacket and a hairpiece.

Can I just have a minute to talk about how much I have been LOVING bandanas the last few months? They are seriously so versatile! I love throwing my unruly curly hair into one, or using one to jazz up a handbag. If you are interested, Carly the Prepster did a great video about how to fold scarfs and bandana on her YouTube channel.

My love for the knotted T-shirt has been pretty well documented on this blog, and I love that Madewell is now selling T-shirts that have tails in the front that are meant to be knotted! It creates the perfect fitted look without adding too much bulk. What have been some of your go-to outfits lately?

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Shirt: Madwell Skirt: ASOS (old) (similar) Necklace: Local Artisan (similar) Shoes: Converse Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters Bandana: J.Crew

 

Penchant for Pumpkins

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Earlier in October, I went down to Half Moon Bay with some friends to go to a pumpkin patch. It was such a fun day complete with a hay maze and lots of festive flair! You can actually see part of that day in my Vlogtober here:

For this day I wanted to wear something very fall feeling, but it was still pretty hot in the Bay Area so I had to wear something pretty light. I opted for this red plaid skirt from Banana Republic that I got a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite fall pieces with its fun full skirt, and the pattern was perfect for a day on the farm! I paired it with a tank top made out of an oatmeal colored thermal material. This was actually the only piece that I picked up from my trip to the Mall of America and it has proven to be a great option during a warm fall. Of course, no fall outfit is complete without some booties!

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Shirt: Alter’d State Skirt: Banana Republic (similar) Boots: Kate Spade (similar) (last seen here) Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co. (similar)

Fall Watermelon Hues

fullsizeoutput_2520Dressing for fall is such a struggle for Northern Californians! It stays warm here basically until Thanksgiving, so it can be hard to pull out the cords and the thick sweaters!

I have loved this outfit throughout the warm fall because of the beautiful rich color of the green skirt matched with the dusty pink top. The outfit is also perfect for warm weather with the loose flowy skirt!

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Shirt: Madewell Skirt: GAP (sold out online, but here’s a similar one) Shoes: Tory Burch

Elephant Print Skirt

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I have had my eye on this J.Crew skirt ever since it popped up on their website in late summer and when it finally went on sale I knew I had to snag it. It has been the perfect piece to wear in these early warm days of fall. It makes such a great statement all on its own, so I frequently pair it with a basic black T-shirt and flats. When the weather finally turns cooler I’m planning on wearing it with some red sweaters to bring out that color in the print.

These photos were actually taken by my lovely cousin Hannah on my recent trip to visit her in Minneapolis. You can see more of that trip by checking out my vlog here. We went to Minnehaha Park to take the pictures and it was such a cool place, I would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to the area!

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Skirt: J.Crew Shirt: GAP Shoes: Tory Burch Bag: Longchamp

Gingham Goodbye

 

fullsizeoutput_2318Gingham has kind of the preppy-yet-trendy runaway hit the summer, and it was a total must-have for me all season long. Since the weather in Northern California is still pretty warm I have been wearing my favorite summer looks one last time as sort of a goodbye gesture.

To me, this look perfectly summed up the summer 2017 trends— gingham, ruffles, off the shoulder tops, and a bright color. I loved pairing the busy pattern of the top with the bright solid skirt. The ruffle wrap in the skirt gave it such a great flare, but it did make me a little nervous when I would wear the skirt on windy days!

 

What have some of your favorite summer looks been?

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Shirt: J.Crew Factory Skirt: J.Crew (Similar) Shoes: Tory Burch (Similar)

Sausalito Summer

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As summer starts to come to a close, I find myself reaching for my favorite warm weather pieces more and more. We have had record heat here in Northern California the past month, and it is hard to feel excited to wear fall piece when it is still over a hundred degrees outside! While I probably won’t be transitioning into my riding boots and puffer vests anytime soon, I am starting to think about putting away some of my very summery pieces. One fashion rule that I follow very closely is not wearing bright white after Labor Day. Give me an antique white or a winter white in autumn, but for me the bright summer hue has no place in my wardrobe come September.

Since I’ll be packing up these pieces soon, I’ve been trying to get some extra love out of them. I have loved this skirt from the Banana Republic Outlet this summer. The cut outs are very on trend and it’s so easy to pair with things. I paired it with a simple button down and of course my white Jack Rodgers which will also be going away soon. What have you been wearing during the end of the summer?

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Shirt: J.Crew Factory (on sale!) Skirt: Banana Republic Factory (similar) Shoes: J.Crew Factory (on sale!) Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Whale of a Good Time

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My brother Thomas recently graduated from college in Upstate New York, and of course this was not an occasion this California girl was going to miss! Tom went to school in Poughkeepsie, and since we had a lot of family traveling for the big event my parents decided to rent a house in nearby Rhinebeck for the occasion. The white shuttered house was so cute and on an amazing property with lush green lawns. It truly had that Northeast charm that I grew familiar with during my childhood summers in Massachusetts. The classic aesthetic inspired me to wear one of my preppiest outfits. I love love love this J.Crew whale sweater that I bought a few seasons ago, but in Northern California it always feels like a bit too much. However, in Upstate NY the preppy look fit right in! I wore it with a fun full yellow skirt for a look that’s perfectly summer.

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Sweater: J.Crew (Similar) Skirt: Anthropologie (Similar) Sandals: Tory Burch Bracelet: Vineyard Vines Purse: Tory Burch (Similar)

Summer Greens

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Green is undeniably one of my favorite colors. Forest green in particular is a favorite because of the way it complements my green eyes. For whatever reason, it seems forest green is not a color that is incorporated in many women’s clothing pieces, so when I saw this shirt at Anthropologie, I knew I had to pick it up. Even though darker jewel tones are more of a winter staple for me, I couldn’t resist wearing this flattering color right away. What’s great about this shirt is that it’s very lightweight and easy to style. I love wearing this shirt with a high-waisted skirt and then tying the fabric off to the side to create a silhouettes similar to a crop top. For this outfit I kept the knotted theme going with my knotted headband, I love headbands and this is a much needed update on the accessory. I picked a tassel necklace because I have really been loving the tassel jewelry trend and the color of this necklace looks so nice against the dark green backdrop of my shirt.

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Shirt: Anthropologie (Similar) Skirt: J.Crew Necklace: Target Sunglasses: Chanel Headband: Cara (Similar) Shoes: Bought in a boutique in Spain a few years ago, but here’s something similar.

Monterey Stripes

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This past spring my brother and I took a trip down the California coast to Monterey Bay. We had a great day going to the aquarium, checking out the historical district and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area. I feel like standby pieces for full-packed touristy days are jeans and T-shirts. However, since I am not really a jeans and a T-shirt person I had to reimagine a simple yet sophisticated outfit set for spending the day exploring.

I decided to wear one of my favorite sundresses from Garnet Hill. The cotton dress is so comfortable and the stripes were a nautical complement to the Monterey vibe. I added a panama hat to protect myself from the sun along with my comfy and classic white sneakers. To finish the outfit I added a jean jacket which paired nicely with the loose dress.

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Dress: Garnet Hill Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar) Hat: Gap Earrings: Madewell Shows: Converse

Living in Layers

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A very popular theme this past year has been the revitalization of ’90s trends. It’s so funny how cyclical fashion can be, now as an emerging adult I have been wearing items very similar to those I wore as a child. This past winter I started to embrace the layering trend. I remember in the late aughts being exposed to this trend through one of my favorite movies Clueless.  During a scene in the movie, Cher wears a black spaghetti strap shirt over a white T-shirt. I remember thinking at the time that is so ugly, who would ever wear that? And yet, here I am a few years later embracing the trend. I think what’s great about the trend is it’s versatility. In this outfit I was able to layer a warmer winter turtleneck under a summery cotton sundress for a transition look. Looking forward to seeing what past looks will be revised soon.

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Dress: Gap (Similar)  Top: Gap (Similar) Shoes: Coach