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I was in J. Crew over the weekend for the first time in ages. I’m in love, love, love with the new look! So many of my favorite things–sequins, beads, chunky necklaces, short skirts, fringe, satin, many layers, tailored looks, a dusty fall color palette. I definitely need to pick up one of the sequin skirts for fall. Sequins for the office? Of course! Head over to J. Crew and see for yourself….

J. Crew incorporated the best of the season in the photo shoot they did with the cast of the upcoming movie The Romantics. Aside from the fabulous clothes, this behind-the-scenes video shows how much fun the cast had.

shirt express, jeans j brand, shoes bcbg, necklaces vintage

Yesterday was a disaster. At least that’s how my room looked by the time I (finally) headed out to work. I couldn’t decide what to wear and must have tried on six different outfits. The skirt I wanted to wear was way too dressy for the office, but would have been perfect for the MoMA party after work (guided tour of the Matisse: Radical Invention exhibit–incredible!). In the end, I settled for this shirt and was uncomfortable all day. The belt helped give it some definition, but there was just way too much fabric for my liking. I’m learning that I like clean, tailored clothes best, especially when made out of interesting fabrics or embellished in any sort of way.

I finally hemmed these jeans (last seen here). Now they are the perfect length, no more trying to tuck massive cuffs into my boots!

Today I was channeling the newsboy look, just missing the cap.  The straight skirt and tailored vest keep the look clean and streamlined, perfect for work. I had wanted to wear my red patent mary janes (last seen here) for a splash of color, but my heels were too torn up from yesterday’s shoes. I hate when that happens! But as it turns out, these high-heeled oxfords work just as well, probably a little better.  

shirt old navy, vest h&m, skirt f21, shoes payless

I’m pretty lazy when it comes to jewelry. I wear the same things over and over, rarely taking them off. These are most of my usual cast of characters: black onyx ring from a craft fair in Seattle; two of the bracelets are from Tiffany and the other is a Pandora-like charm bracelet my mom gave me; the necklaces are gifts from ages ago (the circle one is monogrammed). I added the long chains (picked up on vacation somewhere) for a little edge, the look seemed too conservative without it.



This weekend was a whirlwind trip home to celebrate my brother’s birthday. It’s become a family tradition to go to our favorite crab house, sit by the water, and devour as many crabs as we can. This year was no exception and we polished them off, not a single claw left.

A few of my favorite moments: relaxed sunsets; the smell of freshly-cut grass; spending time with Daisy and her boys; driving around with the windows down, wind in my hair, and the music turned up; peach martinis; falling asleep to the chorus of nighttime insects outside my window; sun glistening on the water; lightning bugs at dusk; watching football with the family; late-night browsing at Borders; the gas station buffet.  






dress urban outfitters, belt ann taylor, shoes jeffrey campbell, bag maxx new york

 

My friends laugh and tease me for my boot addiction. I’m not sure how many pairs I own, but no two are the same. Tall, short, booties, suede, leather, black, brown, red…I’d wear boots all year long if the summers weren’t so hot!

I bought these pirate-esque boots (last seen here) last winter because they were different than anything that was out there. They were edgy and unique, and I loved the fact I could wear them folded over or pulled up to expose the suede underside. I had a little trouble styling them at first (do I wear them with jeans? Tights? Both, as it turns out!), but decided to stop doubting myself and just to go with it. As it turns out, people love these boots. I receive so many compliments whenever I wear them. Since they aren’t that tall, they will be one of the first pairs to come back into rotation once fall arrives.

On a recent web search for the perfect pair of clogs, I came across this cuffed convertible style of boot on several websites. I haven’t seen it in magazines yet, but I’m guessing it won’t be too long. So go ahead, get noticed and have a little fun:

Top row:
Ariell, Report $150
Belle, Sigerson Morrison $450
Jupiterr, Steve Madden $189

Bottom row:
Carlsen, Steve Madden $89
Gayle, Miz Mooz $265
Turn Out, Naughty Monkey $89

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