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

 

 

 

Frankenstein at SF Ballet

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Last month I went to see San Francisco Ballet’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Admittedly, I have never read the book and all my impressions of the story were of the green monster variety. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the gothic story paired with the romance of the ballet. Ballet always seems to be based on pushing the physical body and seeing what composes us, while Frankenstein wrestles with how the emotional and conscious sides of humans are developed and furthered.

I love taking inspiration from events when planning out my evening outfits, and this was no exception. I opted for a beautiful tulle skirt with sequined stars and moons embroidered onto it for something reminiscent of a ballerina skirt. Naturally I had to pair the skirt with a delicate pair of metallic ballet flats. To this I added a sophisticated cold shoulder top in the ultimate romantic shade—pink. Of course the drama of the outfit would not be complete without some sparkly earrings!

Top: Topshop Skirt: Anthropologie (Similar) Shoes: French Sole Bag: Kate Spade (Similar) Earrings: Anthropologie (Similar)

Far West

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One of the trends I have really loved this winter has been velvet. The luxurious fabric just seems to add an unexpected element of elegance to any outfit. One of my favorite variations of this trend has been found in a dress I picked up from Anthropologie on an amazing sale. The dusty rose color is perfect for the romantic tones of late winter. I really like the western style detailing on the bust, it mades it a perfect pairing for booties.

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Dress: Anthropologie (Similar) Shoes: Kate Spade (Similar) Bag: Coach (Last seen here) (Similar)

Miss Independent: What I Wore on The Fourth of July

IMG_3206Shout-out to my girl Kelly Clarkson for this blog post title. Here’s a brief, and very very delayed, look at what I wore during my Fourth of July festivities. I love to keep things festive and dress in my very best red white and blue. I adore the United States shaped necklace I wore. At school I’m an American studies major and I wear this necklace when I have tests or papers due for good luck.

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Dress: Gap Shoes: Brooks Brothers Sweater: Juicy Couture Necklace: LF Bow: Bought from a local crafter

Check out what I wore for The Fourth of July last year!

Landslide

IMG_5094With the days warming up and summer just around the corner, I find myself abandoning my spring florals and frequently opting for my summer staple—stripes! I love the unusual style of this  black and white striped dress. Placing stripes of differing sizes on the top and bottom of the dress creates a nice take on the traditional striped sundress. Since it’s black and white, I find the dress incredibly easy to change up! I’ve styled it a different way each time I’ve worn it—I’ve dressed it up with pearls and flats, I’ve worn it to school with a cardigan and a statement necklace, I’ve paired it with a clutch and heels for a date—there are endless possibilities! I love to add a bit of summer flair to the dress by throwing on my jean jacket. I think the cropped jacket works perfectly with the structured dress and it adds just a hint of menswear to the look. To keep things fun, I added a simple mint bangle and metallic gold flats.

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State of Grace

IMG_2571I recently found myself with some free time during an afternoon in San Francisco. So, I did what any sensible style blogger would do—I acted like a tourist in my own city and took some blog pictured in one of my favorite areas of the city, Union Square. This is one of my go-to outfits during spring. I love this dress and how easy it is to dress up with accessories. Since it’s finally spring, I had to add some mint and lavender jewelry pieces! I toted around my favorite kate spade new york carry-all (perfect for days in the city when I need to bring a lot of things). I wore a pair of chic and comfortable snakeskin flats. The outfit comes together in simple, understated elegance— it puts me in a “State of Grace”.

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Just Be

IMG_2458In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve never been much of a jeans and a T-shirt kind of girl. So when I want something low-key and easy to wear, I usually opt for a cute dress. It’s preferable if the dress is detailed enough to need few added accessories. I recently wore this Anthropologie dress to the weekend farmer’s market and it worked perfectly! I paired it with my trusty Converse (seriously I have started to wear these non-stop!) and my cross-body bag (great for when I’m in a crowded area and don’t want to fuss with a bigger bag). I didn’t feel like battling my unruly curly hair, so I twisted it into a simple side braid and tied it with a gold hair tie for a bit of sparkle. What’s your go-to easy outfit?

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Dress: Anthropologie Shoes: Converse Bag: Coach (Similar) Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Thanks to my friend Alexis for taking these photos! To see her other work on my blog click here.