Thursday, September 21, 2017

jumpsuittin' around

over the past few summers, rompers have
become a wardrobe staple! as we transition into
fall, i am not quite ready to ditch the romper trend,
but it is often too chilly for shorts (romper style).
a jumpsuit, whether cropped, such as the one
i am wearing, or long, is a great weather-
appropriate alternative to a romper.
grab your denim or leather jacket, and you are
ready for brunch, date night, or girls' 
night out! 
disclosure: today, i am partnering with cy design studio. they graciously
provided me the earrings i am wearing in this post. as per usual,
 all opinions are my own!

jumpsuits come in all styles, lengths, and patterns 
(glam, casual, sport, etc.). additionally, a jumpsuit
 can be dressed up or down, depending 
on your shoes and accessories. 

i previously thought jumpsuits were 'not my style'
because they were often too short, too long, or hit
my mid-section in an odd place (i have a fairly
long torso), so finding one that fit well
was a struggle. i picked up the jumpsuit i am wearing
today at my local target (while 'grocery 
shopping;' you know how it is). 

despite purchasing it somewhat recently,
i have already worn it both to work and out for
coffee with a girlfriend. whether paired with 
wedges, a flat sandal, or white sneakers,
a jumpsuit will leave you feeling feminine 
and ultra chic!
the variety of ways you can style a 
jumpsuit are seemingly endless! dress it up
with heels and a blazer; dress it down with
an oversized sweater and sneakers; find comfort
by pairing it with a denim jacket and slides; 
you see? you need a jumpsuit (or two)
in your closet. are you convinced? ;)

wedges, a small clutch (the perfect size
for my essentials: car key, debit card, and phone), 
a vintage-inspired bracelet, and teardrop earrings
completed my look!

jumpsuit: target (exact here), wedges: lucky brand,
bracelet and ring: forever 21, clutch: american eagle,
earrings: c/o cy design studio (exact here)

delicate, yet fun jewelry felt like
the perfect way to accessorize this look. 
i opted to wear my gorgeous teardrop earrings, handmade
by candice of cy design studio. candice is a 
passionate designer (and dog lover!), and her
skill and attention to detail are prominent with these
beautifully crafted earrings. 

they are a matte gold
with polished czech beads. as fall and the
holidays quickly approach, i am eager
to style these earrings with a variety of sweaters, 
blouses, and dresses. in the meantime, however,
i will be here jumpin' and hanging
 around in my jumpsuit!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

white after labor day :: fashion faux pas?

wearing white after labor day; a fashion faux pas?
i know, i know, people often say wearing
white after labor day breaks one of the
cardinal rules of fashion. the same could be said for
pairing navy and black or black and brown. however, i think 
these colors compliment one another. similarly, i 
refuse to put away all my whites come september! 

while this particular white floral dress is
truly indicative of 'summer fashion,' i have white pants, 
a white sleeveless top, and other white/light
clothing pieces that i am not ready
to part with. wearing white after labor day
is more than okay, and incorporating white with
darker colors can be a great way to transition your
wardrobe from summer to fall. 
do you typically wear white after labor
day? if so, how do you style your favorite 
white pieces? 

i do have a small confession...
part of the reason this post has such a prominent
summer theme is because these photos
were taken almost a month ago.
sometimes life happens and your schedule
prevents you from posting as often as you'd like.
however, i couldn't not share these photos,
as i love this dress and am eager to wear
it again next spring and summer!
photos by jenn from hello rigby

dress: billabong (similar here; exact print, romper style here),
sandals: kohl's, purse: forever 21, bracelets: alex & ani

these photos were taken shortly after 
changing my hair color! this is very close
to my natural color (with some highlights). i have
had blonde balayage for two years and
was looking for a change. with fall fast approaching,
i thought a warmer color (with less maintenance) 
would be fun! my very dry, brittle
ends appreciate the lack of bleach, too!
^^^ loving the brown! ^^^

i rounded up a few white clothing pieces and
accessories that can easily transition from 
season to season (all are under $100, too!):
jeans / clutch / blouse 

happy fall, everyone!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

how to wear shorts in the fall

i know i have said this before, but summer
is my favorite season! there is something special about
the bustling city - people out walking, biking,
and enjoying time on the water; farmers markets;
traveling to our family cabin; of course, summer
fashion can be a great deal of fun, too! 

although fall has begun to make an appearance
in seattle, i am determined to hang on to some of
my favorite summer clothing items. i am not ready
to put my sandals and shorts away. just
hang in there, summer. i need a few more days weeks
of sun (and i have a few outfits i would like to wear)!
disclosure: asa of lace and pearls jewelry graciously lent me the necklace
i am wearing in today's photos. i am thrilled to support my dear
friend and talented business owner! as per usual, all opinions are my own.

despite my pleading, i think fall weather is
around the corner; while i love jewel tones, knits
and layering, and anything plaid, i am determined
to re-style a few of my favorite summer pieces
in the coming weeks. first up?
these adorable floral shorts from zara!

shorts are an essential in every woman's summer
wardrobe. after labor day, i typically pack up
my shorts and exchange them for leggings,
jeans, and other cool-weather styles, but not this year!
here are a few simple ways you can wear shorts in the fall:

1. add tights
black, grey, colorful or patterned tights are a quick 
and easy way to add warmth and excitement to your
outfit (i.e. your shorts).

2. grab heels or booties
looking to dress up a pair of black shorts
(while also making your legs appear longer)?
heels can do this! booties are a casual alternative 
and pair perfect with any fall look.

3. add a blazer or structured jacket
i recently pulled out my navy, denim, and black
blazers. i have a green bomber jacket from last
season that will pair well with casual shorts (such
as the floral pair i am wearing today). 
a structured jacket of any color, fabric, or 
print will go well with darker-colored shorts.

4. grab a chunky sweater
your favorite knit sweater? structured
shorts with booties (or tights and ballet flats)
are a fun way to style shorts in cooler weather.

top: tj maxx, shorts: zara (exact here),
rings: forever 21, purse: nordstrom, 
flats: madewell, necklace: c/o lace and pearls jewelry

earlier this week, i spoke of my passion for
supporting local business owners and creatives.
today, i am thrilled to be wearing one of my dear
friends' designs, (and fellow blogger, asa of lace and pearls)
'lace and pearls jewelry.' asa and i have been
friends for more than two years, and i have to say, she is 
one of the sweetest and most hard-working women
i know! she juggles a full-time job, blogs,
and maintains her beautiful social media platforms.
recently, asa also began making jewelry.

asa's designs are handmade, and each piece
is crafted with exquisite detail and care. i am wearing
 the lariot pendant necklace, and i cannot wait
to style it with other tops and dresses.
asa's website will be launch soon, but in the
meantime, be sure to follow along here for updates
and new designs!

do you wear shorts in the fall?
if so, how do you style them?