Well there’s really only an hour left of this Monday. Things have been hot & heavy between good ol’ F21 and me this week- with 50% off sale items and free shipping on any order. I couldn’t resist picking up a few fun fall pieces both online and in store. I think we can all agree I will rock the hamburger tee I ordered like no other (stay tuned for an OOTD with it, hehe).

Anyways, here’s a couple quick, blurry shots selfies from the past week of my 21-sportage. I don’t even know if that is a word. Does that make any sense? I am delirious from lack of sleep and a newfound espresso habit. Working at Nordstrom means a discount at the eBar which happens to make the best quadruple shot mocha bianca I’ve ever come across.

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F21 Textured faux fur vest here, Zara dolman sweater, Spring Tree gold tassel necklace.

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F21 shearling moto jacket here

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F21 abstract polka dot mini dress, similar here

And these three below are a couple of lil’ beauties I’m waiting for to come in the mail. Don’t you dare judge the hamburger, I will make it work! You shall all see…

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 F21 scuba blazer, woven shift dress, and hamburger tee

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Below is a collection of some other F21 pieces I was eyeing. That leopard pony hair belt tho…

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Well that took forever. I can’t even begin to describe how “over” 80- degree days I was getting. Now I can wear real pants again! And boots and sweaters and scarves and hats and long sleeves and all those other things too, I guess. Below are some some Polyvore sets I made with a few of my favorite fall pieces that I’m currently eyeing (Those Hudson snake print pants?! Ma gaww!)

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Hermes rose gold crocodile collar, Halogen hi-low tunic sweater, Sanctuary Clothing waxed jeans, Del Toro ponyhair sneakers, Lord & Taylor Fashion Fair lipstick

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Calypso St. Barth rabbit fur vest, The Row cashmere sweater, Gucci trousers & riding boots, Kelly Wearstler ring.

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Acne t-shirt, Alexis Bittar jewelry, Hudson Jeans snake print denim, Jimmy Choo metallic flat, Baggu leather shopper.

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Zara assymmetric sweater, Hudson Jeans snake print denim, Baggu leather shopper, Casadei blade pumps, Pyrite stud earrings from Etsy. 

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Rebecca Taylor t-shirt, Iro leather moto vest, Hudson Jeans wide leg pant, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Avery’ crossbody, Low Luv by Erin Wasson scarab ring, Adornia emerald ring, ASOS felt fedora, Laura Mercier tightline cake eyeliner.

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H&M cropped tee, Zero + MariaCornejo Nebi skirt, Gianvito Rossi sandals, Alexis Bittar earrings & bangle, Nordstrom brand cut out cuff bracelet.

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I’m back with another treasure trove of dirt- cheap goodies I’ve curated from good ol’ F21 and H&M. This week, I’ve included a lot more fall styles, since it’s getting to be that time of year again. Thank God. I always loved summer growing up on San Juan Island, but this 80+ degree summer weather in Seattle has been rough the last couple of years. I’m ready to wear long pants and layers again! And closed- toed shoes! I swear, I don’t think I’ve worn anything but sandals since May. Stay cool!

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I like to start things with a little humor :)

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Admittedly, I spend FAR more time on Pinterest than I should. Hours, sometimes. Who doesn’t these days, though? I’m not so much into the recipes and 1,000,000 ways to repurpose a wooden palette. I use Pinterest mostly for saving fashion inspiration that would otherwise be eating my laptop’s harddrive alive. In addition, I compulsively pin photos of different designs, patterns, and works of art I like. Many of them, I’ve thought, would translate well into garments or accessories.

Below I’ve paired up some of my favorite prints I’ve pinned, and existing products that resemble what I think the prints would look like if brought to life. Of course, however, these are NOT all things I would wear myself (A metallic Burberry trench is a bit much for me), but they help to give you an idea.

Ye be warned, this is only one of many installments of this kind, as I have created OODLES of these pictures. I almost chose to post them all at once, but even I got overwhelmed. Anyways, get inspired!

Tom Ford Feather Handbag

Tom Ford Feather Handbag

Jeffrey Campbell Heel

Jeffrey Campbell Heel

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Erdem Runway

Erdem Runway

Cynthia Rowley dress

Cynthia Rowley dress

Burberry Runway

Burberry Runway

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Clemence Poesy in Balmain

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Aurelie Bidermann necklace

Adrianna Papel dress

Adrianna Papel dress

Pencey dress

Pencey dress

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Valentino dress

Spell & The Gypsy kimono, Snake The Rules maxi dress

Spell & The Gypsy kimono, Snake The Rules maxi dress

Alexander McQueen dress

Alexander McQueen dress

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Anna Sui dress

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

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Essentially, this is just a repost of a fabulous existing post from StyleCaster.com- 50 Minimalist Summer Outfits to Copy. They shared a slide show of modern, simplistic summer looks to draw inspiration from. They were all on- point, & I’d like to show a few of my absolute favorites, as well as a few of my own findings that I believe would fit the bill.

**Link to original StyleCaster article at bottom of post**

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Below are some looks that I found elsewhere & thought would also serve as great minimalist summer style inspiration (Those of you who follow me on Pinterest may have already seen a number of these)

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ORIGINAL STYLECASTER ARTICLE: http://stylecaster.com/minimalist-fashion-outfits/

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Considering the amount of time I usually waste shopping online, I figured sharing some of my weekly treasure hunting spoils with the blogosphere might be fun- and make it easier to abandon my shopping cart rather than finding myself broke with a bunch of opened packages strewn across my apartment floor. Seeking validation as to my fashion choices can be found through different methods besides actually purchasing and wearing things, I’ve found. Very healthy… very skillful… very proud of myself :)

I, just like everyone else, am a bargain fiend and routinely check up on what’s arrived at Vomit 21 and H&M each week. As long as you can accept that the shirt you purchased will warp and shrink after one wash, and completely fall apart by the end of the season- go for it! You get what you pay for with fast fashion, so as long as you can handle buying something that is the clothing equivalent of a disposable wet wipe, it’s all good.

Here’s some junk from my favorite junk stores that I’ve been eyeing lately… a couple of which I am guilty of actually purchasing -

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Here’s a few of the pieces I picked up and wore recently-

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Happy to find this snake print kimono at H&M while on the hunt for the perfect pool cover up!
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ImageDisclaimer: Forgive the coarse language, and remember these are my personal opinions. Your retaliation in defense of flower crowns is not what I’m looking for.

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a subject I am more opinionated about than almost anything in current women’s fashion. I can take a deep breath and let go when I see those hipster jorts strut by. I can center myself when I pass a metallic Chanel knock- off. But one thing I CANNOT be zen about is festival wear.

Good. Lord. Not only are the many disastrous components that make up popular festival wear horrid on their own, but the overall idea is terrible as well. I DO NOT claim to be any kind of music buff (I spent today listening to Dolly Parton for Christ’s sake) or experienced festival- goer. I did Sasquatch a couple of times back in 2009 & 2010, and of course the occasional bumbershoot and quad stock. Admittedly, I dressed terribly… and that’s ok. I was there because… GO AHEAD AND CALL ME PRETENTIOUS… I wanted to hear the music. I got sunburnt, didn’t wear makeup, and let my frizzy- ass natural afro hair do its thing while I didn’t shower for a whole weekend. And I couldn’t have had more fun. I got to see so many of my favorite artists and groups (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gogol Bordello, Bon Iver, Decemberists, Mayer Hawthorne, Deadmau5, Nine Inch Nails, Band of Horses, and MORE!) It was fabulous! Of course If I were to attend a Gorge event now, I would probably give a few more f*cks about my outfit than I did when I was 16 and ensemble-y challenged. But something about music festival “culture” has changed. Another admission I must make is that I do not listen to any type of EDM/techno/dance/dubstep/house/whatever the hell music. At all. Ever. I have no problem with it, I simply find that’s it’s not for me. From where I stand, it appears that so much of the music at festivals now is of this nature, and has started a whole new middle class, white kid, fashion culture (I guess replacing what were the early days of hipster-dom brought on by many of the bands I just listed above).

My point is, it appears that the culture surrounding this type of music has become more prevalent than the music itself. I find this very sad. But then again, if the only point of the music is to be a background noise to trip balls to, no surprise they come dressed like they’re ready for a rave, a drum circle, or a stripper pole. 

And in this special little fashion tribe of current festival- goers, they’ve managed to put together some of the most truly infuriating (again, only my personal opinion) outfits I have ever seen. The enormous amount of effort and douche baggery put into looking just right at events such as Coachella, almost bastardizes the whole experience. There are whole blogs devoted to Coachella fashion, that make absolutely no mention of any music. People don’t even post cruddy, fuzzy photos of the bands on stage anymore- its selfles of them duck- facing & peace- signing with daisy chains and dip- dyed hair. While everyone strives to look as unique as possible with the exact same shredded shorts and feathery head nonsense, they end up looking like different messy pieces of the same horrible pie.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at a few of the offenders-

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Vanessa Hudgens has definitely been a repeat offender the past couple years. I know a lot of girls worship her festival style, but I just… ughhhhhh.

 

BUT NOW I AM GOING TO BE NICE! Yay positivity! I’ve decided to share some festival- appropriate looks that I think could fit the bill, and not have us looking like the vomitous love child of American Apparel and Spencer’s Gifts.

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There are options! There are many ways in which the genre of festival wear could redeem itself in my eyes, and should I attend something in the near future, I definitely plan on implementing some of the above looks. I’ll instagram and douche- out with the best of ‘em. I’ll just look better doing it ;)

 

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L’été is upon us! Perhaps not according to the calendar, but certainly with the toasty weather we’ve been enjoying lately. Seattle has been sunshine-y for more days in a row now than I can remember. A little distressing, honestly, as some are suffering slight rain withdrawals.

I don’t know if anyone else feels similarly, but I always find making a very sudden wardrobe shift (As I have since it went from 55 degrees with endless rain to the sweaty high seventies) sort of awkward if not down right frustrating. I didn’t spend a lot of time this spring thinking about what I’d wear this summer, and thus made a lot of impulsive decisions recently when I spied all the summer 2014 goodies out in stores. Summer wear can be tricky for some people, but an absolute delight for others. There’s a lot more variety in the colors, patterns, fabrics, etc of summer pieces, but the more complex the clothes- the bigger the challenge it is to put together a decent outfit.

Summer is the season where I see more disastrous yet highly- thought- out ensembles than any other time of year. You can tell people are stoked to get all dressed up in their summer finery, but managed to make a few mistakes amid all the excitement. Namely ignoring the age old saying “less is more.” Your crop top + high-low skirt + kimono + fedora + ray bans + gladiator sandals + body chain get up is a little excessive, my dear. Summer is the perfect opportunity to keep it simple and make one bold piece pop. You can get away with more colors, festive jewelry, and don’t have to hide behind a coat as you do on colder days. Just remember to pace yourself. One at a time. If you bought a giant sun hat, rock that sun hat- just not with an additional heap of accessories. You guys get it.

 

FOR SUMMER 2014, EVERYONE NEEDS:

1) Shorts. Duh. But I mean everyone needs a pair. There are a million options out there that suit a variety of body types and personal tastes. If you’re gam-shy, try some sateen bermudas, especially in white to show of a killer tan, then paired with a nautical striped top. Calves of steel? Strong legs actually look great in faux leather track shorts paired with an ankle strap heel. Again- theres an infinite number of options for every person. My personal pick are a classic black leather short that will go with everything and its mother.

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2) A big-ass hat. And I mean big. What I really want is Stockard Channing’s giant straw hat from Practical Magic. I searched the internet high and low for a dupe, but no luck *sigh*. I have a whole separate post on hats planned, after I went on a Brigitte Bardot internet- binge. I’ve seen a lot of “boater” hats around, which remind me of Mary Poppins, honestly. But the classic, wide brim sun hat is still my favorite.

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3) A denim jacket. Stay with me here. I know jean jackets are historically questionable garments. They’ve suffered some truly unfair criticism in the past due to poor styling. Yes, you can easily look like a rodeo princess or Marty McFly if thats what you wish. But denim jackets are actually staples in some of the most highly-respected wardrobes such as those of Kate Moss and Rachel Zoe. My take on the denim jacket would be to pair it with a white top and leather pencil skirt. 1, 2, 3 simple pieces. Bam. Done. Then you could do some converse or dress it up with a heel.

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4) A striped shirt. Because everyone wants to look like a retro, venetian, boating, mime- goddess. But really, a striped shirt is a classic staple that screams summertime. I’d go with a classic boatneck or a feminine scoop neck. And black or navy stripes on white. Y’all don’t wanna start looking like candy stripers.

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5) The perfect leather sandals. These can be SO hard to find. It took me all winter to find the Steve Madden ones I eventually settled on. Whether a true gladiator style, or a simple t-strap, the right leather sandal will stand the test of time, and go with pretty much everything you already own. I wear mine to the beach, to school, to work, and even to the bar because no one actually wears heels in Seattle. Even when they go out. Such a tragedy. I’d stick with black, but thats just me. wider straps have a more modern look and are perhaps more durable. The pair below are somewhat similar to mine.

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6) A floral dress. This can go so wrong so fast, I know. Here is where we use our amazing, discerning style skills to guide us towards the light of good taste. The type of “floral” pattern on said dress is the main factor. I find “tighter” patterns (smaller & closer together) that are non- traditional and in muted colors tend to be chicer. Think an oriental floral or faded english rose pattern as opposed to bright, in-your-face tropical messes (Lookin at you, Forever 21). I’m liking floral maxis, but obviously theres a million choices to be made in regards to the style of the dress itself. I’m loving the one in the photo below. A lot of the best prints I’ve seen are calling themselves “botanical” instead of floral, actually. And once you’ve found your perfect floral dress, you can top it off with your big-ass hat, naturally.

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There’s worlds more summer looks that I love, but aren’t quite as “universal” as these few. Each of these are relatively ageless & timeless. They can be mixed and matched even with some of your old fall pieces. Anyone else have their own take on summer staples? Let me know!

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Hello all.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Around three months, I believe. During my brief hiatus, I took care of a great many personal things- moving, working, studying, and attending to a serious health scare. As dear as this blog is to me, there’s an appropriate time and place for it in my life. These past few months just weren’t it. But I’m happy to be back in action, and find myself oozing with upcoming post ideas, so stay tuned.

OK TIME FOR THE FUN STUFF! This evening, I want to touch on the deliciously extravagant trend of necklace layering. Not just any necklaces- statement necklaces. I was enthralled by all the excessive, blingin’ neck candy I found in the inspiration photos I’ve posted at the bottom here. I myself am not dripping in diamonds, but I had fun messing around with what necklaces I do have- flipping some backwards and piling them on top of one another- to create my own take on this look. I am wayyyy too lazy to list the source of each necklace- which I’d typically do- so if you’re curious just ask.


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Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 9.07.55 PMSo despite the sunburn I had on my shoulder, this was way fun to play with. I love extreme looks, and this is no exception. Below are the photos that inspired me. Much more impressive, I know, but perfect to draw ideas from. Once my sunburn heals, I plan to rock some chest armor over a casual tee shirt like the first pic below.

At the verrryyyyy bottom, I posted some for-real (as in us lesser folk can actually get our hands on them) necklaces I found for sale online.

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Bonus points if you get the post title. I was leaning towards “Hot to Trot” as well, but my inner hipster decided making an obscure Twin Peaks reference was cooler. Feel free to punch me in the horn rimmed glasses/ironic facial hair/peter pan collar next time you see me.

As soon as it gets warm enough here in Seattle, I am so done with all these boots I’ve been living in. There is still a poorly dressed 17 year old in me that just wants to wear flip flops every day. Even in the snow. But man oh man here is a fun trend I can get on board with this spring! RED SHOES! ZAPATOS FUEGO! Fire shoes? I took French in high school, not Spanish, so I apologize.

Pop color shoes are such an easy way to add color to an outfit, especially if you are prone to wearing head to toe black on a regular basis (as I am) and are somewhat hesitant to invest in a bright garment. If you’re going to rock some festive shoes, however, be mindful that the rest of your outfit should be low key. A bright red shoe loses its chic/cool factor if you start adding insane prints or other brights, and you may begin to spiral into the under style worlds of Jersey Shore or Clown College. Keep it simple.

So here’s my current red shoe picks – followed by some inspiration 

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