Peplum, Pearls and Pencil Skirts

Peplum, Pearls and Pencil Skirts

Top: By FCUK (French Connection United Kingdom) Skirt: Forever 21 Bow Ballet Flats: Miu Miu

It kills me that the predominant colors in my dress code for work are black and white. But sometimes, on rare occasions I find ways to jazz up even the most mundane colors on the color wheel.

Typically I infuse splashes of color with shoes, jewelry or a sparkly head piece of some sorts. But sometimes, classic is classic and today I discovered you can never go wrong with a lace, pearls and peplum.

This would even be a perfect day into night piece! If you’re thinking to yourself this ensemble would have been perfect with a pair of heels, you better believe I had my Prada peep toes in my bag in the event I felt inspired to jazz things up at some point during the day.

Celebrities who look pretty in peplum too.

Celebrities who look pretty in peplum too.

Summer heat got me feeling blue in the best way possible

Top: Splendid Shorts: Free  People Sandals: DVF Hat: H&M

Top: Splendid Shorts: Free People Sandals: DVF Hat: H&M

There is nothing like celebrating your independence than doing so in style. True, if it were up to me I would have celebrated in a bikini lounging by the pool or catching some waves at a beach, but alas when you work in retail, such luxuries are non existent. After catering 8 hours to tourists who have no concept of how special the 4th of July is, I came home from work and immediately scoured my wardrobe for 4th of July essentials. After days of putting together my outfit in my head, I decided on a blue paisley printed linen top by Splendid, white lace shorts by Free People, hat by H&M, and gold gem gladiators by DVF. So I’m a label whore, sue me.

Dear DVF gladiators, baby you're a firework.

Dear DVF gladiators, baby you’re a firework.

In case you were unaware, it has been hot in Southern California, particularly in the desert areas. Which has it’s pros don’t get me wrong. Like I burn almost as much calories walking to my car as I would running on the treadmill for 30 minutes. But it’s rather difficult to make cute wardrobe choices considering it is triple digits outside, and if I could I’d walk around wearing practically nothing, I would. I know we just celebrated our freedom but nobody should be that free unless you’re rocking a Britney circa 2000 body. Alas, I decided on this chic and cool (in the literal sense) outfit that was slightly inspired by Mrs. Banks from Mary Poppins. I was always fascinated by her independent spirt and the hat is an ode to her fight for equality for women. WELL DONE MISS BANKS! I realize she was British, but a fight for freedom is a fight for freedom. Completely random I am aware, but what can I say I am a random person. I hope everyone enjoyed their fourth just as much as I did. In the company of loved ones, and rocking a fierce outfit.

linen is no joke the most perfect material for staying cool and chic during a typical so cal summer day.

linen is no joke the most perfect material for staying cool and chic during a typical so cal summer day.

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Shades

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Style

My favorite sunglasses, my purple baroque frames by Prada

In case you have not heard, us So. Cal folks have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine these past couple days. Dear Mr. Sun, won’t you stay awhile? We have missed you oh so very much.

While, enjoying the sunshine means a variety of things for fashion, one of my favorite summer essentials are sunglasses. To be truthful, I don’t think I own one pair of actual, traditional black sunglasses. Everything I own is either dramatic frames in the shape of apples, cat eyes, hello kitty cat eyes, or dramatic baroque design a la’ Prada. Even my black Chanel sunglasses had a lace design on the frames.

Last summer I invested in one of the most classic, traditional glasses (by my collection’s standards anyways.) A pair of leather embellished Choloe’ aviators. And much to my surprise I loved them! Almost makes me want to invest in more classic looking glasses…almost. Side note and friendly word of advice for fellow consumers who also may have purchased this style, the screw that connects the leather to the glasses ALWAYS falls out. Working in retail, these are a pair of glasses that always seems to come with issues. Nothing that can’t be solved though. Any sunglass place should sell extra screws to solve this problem, or if you are like me and don’t have the patience to do this yourself, hold on to the card that comes in the sunglass case that shows certification of authenticity, and according to the manufacturer they will fix the problem.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Every summer, I bedazzle a new pair of sunglasses. I miss my cherry red ones that I gave to one of my besties, but she looks fab in them. Perhaps, I’ll bedazzle my favorite Apple rimmed glasses (literally these are in the shape of bright red apples.)

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

Other must haves on my sunglass list are a floral pair of Dolce and Gabana’s, some House of Harlow cat eyes, white baroque Paradas, and maybe a black framed Chanel pair. If I’m going to finally do classic, what better way then to go Chanel. Ooo, and for days when I’m feeling a little crazy, Urban Outfitters has some really fun metal laced framed glasses.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

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House of Harlow 1960 Sunny Daisies Sunglasses available at Amazon.com

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18