Due Credit

Dress: Madewell (similar) / Shoes: Gap (similar)

Though I have a sizeable collection of LBDs in my closet, the one thing I’m always on the lookout for are little white dresses. Sadly I only have a few in my collection so far, but they are some of my absolute favorite finds, and I’m constantly on the lookout to expand my collection. Just like an LBD they can be both dressed up or down–just as easily paired with flip flops as they are with heels, and just as perfectly suited for summer as they are for winter. They are a classic closet staple that will never go out of fashion–even after Labor Day!

Thirty, Flirty & Thriving

Dress: Parker / Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar) / Bag: Like Dreams (similar)

This past weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday, and to celebrate I got together with those dearest to me and danced the night away (shout out to all my amazing friends and family who made the whole entire weekend absolutely magical! I decided after about 3 weeks of searching to keep my look simple with an LBD with sheer paneling by Parker and nude heels by Chinese Laundry. To bring in some color I added a little yellow bag and some rainbow sunglasses for some playful pops.

A Case For Trousers


Top: H&M (similar) / Pants: Cynthia Rowley (similar) / Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)

It was sometime last summer that I stood staring into my closet trying to figure out what to wear when I realized that I didn’t own a single pair of trousers anymore. Somehow over the years, I had accumulated a quite impressive denim collection, while also slowly weeding out the items I didn’t wear–which apparently included more formal/business wear. Now as a nanny I have the major plus side of being able to wear sweatpants and flip-flops to work if I so desire, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve also realized that when I do that, I just end up feeling blah throughout the day. So later that week I kicked my butt into gear and decided to step up my game by adding a few staple “adult” items back into the rotation of my closet–including these wide-leg navy blue trousers (which I also ended up purchasing in black). Not only do I wear them all the time, but during the hotter days, the loose fit is much more tolerable than a pair of skinny jeans. Now, that being said I will likely always reach for a good pair of jeans first, but I have truly found there is still a place for more “businesslike” clothing–it’s about balance. #Adulting

Buttoned Up/Buttoned Down

Dress: B.B. Dakota / Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)/ Clutch: Ross Dress For Less / Sunglasses: Wildfox

Maybe it’s because I simply love denim and how easy it is to dress up or down, but there is something about this BB Dakota dress that has me completely head over heels! Well, quite a few somethings to be honest. It’s one of those rare pieces that fit me like a glove and I can’t find one single thing I dislike about it. The material, the cut, the length, the buttons down the front, even the little pockets in the front all combine to make the perfect dress! Not since those Minkpink jeans have I been so tempted to cheat on my little challenge and splurge–my 30th birthday is coming up…does it count as cheating if I buy it as a birthday gift to myself?

Trend Talk Tuesday

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From ruffles to patchwork, to button details, these denim skirts are all a fresh take on an old classic. As I’ve said previously, I swore off denim skirts well over a decade ago, but these beauties have me eating my words and then some! I love the super 70’s vibes of the patchwork and the more professional take with longer midi lengths and ruffles. They pair perfectly with both a simple white tee or statement top. Anyone else loving this trend?

 

Below are some of my current favs I cannot wait to try!

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Left to Right: Veda / Harvey Faircloth / Opening Ceremony

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Left to Right: Joie / Elizabeth & James / BB Dakota

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Left to Right: Vilshenko / Milly / N12H

Neon Pops

When it comes to neon it’s all about balance.

Dress: Target (similar) / Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction / Sunglasses: Banana Republic (similar)

Neon is something that screams summer to me. That being said, it’s something that can easily be over the top if you’re not careful. I knew when I spotted this dress at Target a few years back, that I absolutely had to have it. The pattern, while busy, isn’t an eyesore and the different pops of neon punch it up a few more notches. I tend to keep the accessories simple to let the dress shine on its own and paired it here with some classic cat-eye shades and pink lipstick to bring out the pinks and yellow bralette to bring out the pops of yellow throughout.  What are some of your favorite ways to wear neon?