Skirt and Top Free People Sunnies Stella Mcartney Bag Coach Shoes Christian Louboutin
Some people say you can only wear white through Labor Day. Well according to those folks I’m still well within the calendar to rock one of my favorite skirts, accompanied by a top with one of my favorite stories.
Summer is one of my favorite seasons for a multitude of reasons. Longer days, especially for one who works random hours of the day, it’s nice to walk outside and not feel like a vampire. An excuse to bust out fun accessories. Big hats, and big sunglasses for starters! Because who likes a sunburn? Not this gal. And one of my newest favorites is this fun parasol.
Naturally, a fun accessory requires an equally fun ensemble! Fortunately, I have this ruffled Free People skirt on standby ready to step up to the plate! When you are anything less than 5’5 wearing anything maxi can be a bit tricky. You never want to wear something that makes you appear even shorter than you already are. But a little trick I learned years ago is to emphasize balance. In this case I created an empire waist by wearing the skirt a little higher than normal. Also, the black waist band helped accomplish this. Have a fabulous piece without such a nifty add on? It always helps to have a solid wide belt on standby. Not only does this help with maxi dresses but sometimes I’ve found that a belt even helps with dresses or tunics that also appear to be too long. Just grab a belt and create a flowy effect by pulling the remaining fabric up just enough so again you don’t look like you’re drowning in fabric.
A few summers ago I read a style tip from Victoria Beckham which suggested the importance of balance in an ensemble. For example, if you’re wearing a short skirt, you want to make sure you don’t wear an equally revealing blouse. I find this to be equally true when a long skirt is the piece of choice. Turns out a sleeveless blouse was just what I needed to find the perfect style balance.
Fun fact. This top is the only piece in my wardrobe that only cost a penny. And it was discovered entirely on accident. Initially when I found it, the normally $70 was on sale for $7. Total bargain right? That’s what I thought until it rang up a penny! The sales girl informed me it was on the floor by accident and as a result was only a penny!
Hat: H&M Necklace: Forever 21 Ring: Some random Haute Look Sale Sandals: Elizabeth and James Shorts: Free People Top: Vince
So I was watching a documentary the other day on the editors of Vogue. And while they all had intriguing things to say about ground breaking editorials of the past century, one the things that stood out most was one editor (forgive me I forgot her name, but it wasn’t Anna Wintour) and her loathing of the grunge phase. So much effort was spent on establishing this phase in fashion history, even for some to look back and say that it was the worse period of their lives!
Then I started thinking. Is that ever going to be me? I am hardly a prestigious writer. I have never been published in Vogue (yet.) But is that part of the initiation rights of being a well renowned writer? Giving up what you believe in? It would seem so. For me part of this journey of becoming a blogger was inspired by my short lived internship as a Fashion Editor for Orangecounty.com. They were Roxy and surf and I gave up that life in 9th grade. (Partly because I’ve never surfed in my life and I was called out as a poser. Oh the vocabulary of my generation <insert giggles here>) It wasn’t me. My editor knew it, I knew it thus I gave myself my own platform. Where I would never be subjected to force out an article or force inspiration. Am I going to look back on these posts one day and think to myself “God, what was I thinking?” God I hope not. Truth be told, the only fashion phase I’ve ever gone through and regretted were more so of the beauty kind than the fashion kind. Blue eye shadow works on some, for me I end up looking like Mimi from Drew Carry. I wish someone would have told me this when I went down that road in high school. Alas, Britney wore it so I had to try it. She wins the “who wore it best look” on that one.
While these days my style is much more toned down in comparison to previous years I still feel like I’m coming in to my own. And I don’t regret the decisions that will ultimately determine the direction of my next fashion phase, even if it means trying out the all pink on pink look. I do still own my hot pink bubblegum pants! Either way since I’ve come into this whole concept of doing things on my own terms in my own way, I highly doubt I’ll be that person that looks back and says “that worse time of my life.” Nobody has forced me to do anything. My mistakes and triumphs are my own and like with everything else I prefer it that way.
Hat & Necklace: Saks Sunnies: Prada Romper: Free People Sandals: Elizabeth and James
There’s nothing I love more than casual Mondays. And not only do I love this romper but I have noticed most of the pieces I find myself oodling over in the stores are the short onesies. Whether long sleeve or interesting silhouettes with cutouts like this Free People number, rompers might just be my signature style this summer!
Fun story. I actually tried putting this romper on a mannequin a few months back. It took me a few attempts thinking that it was a dress to realize that it was actually a romper. It’s one of those pieces that has an odd hanger appeal (or rather none at all for that matter) but alas something about it begged me for spotlight. So eventually after realizing the reason it wasn’t slipping up with ease like a dress would was because it was actually a romper! I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with it though. It was only a few days after I put it up that we actually sold out. Ah the power (and danger in my case) of visuals and stylings of a mannequin.
Olivia needed her turn in the spotlight. Or rather she hates not being within 5 ft of me and prefers being in my arms. She’s my bestest friend 🙂
Swimsuit: Juicy Couture Hat: Charming Charlie Necklace: Tarina Tarantino Shorts: Free People Sunglasses: Prada
Do you ever pick up a piece of clothing off a rack and automatically get inspired? No? Oh, well that happens to me like all the time. And not even just for myself. I could totally be talking to a complete stranger and give them not just accessory ideas, but full on “you need to be on a yacht with a martini glass in hand with your hair blowing in the wind.” Perhaps I’ve always been destined to be a fashion blogger.
This outfit was inspired by none other than Lene Nystrom, other wise known as the lead singer for my all time favorite Pop group (ok maybe second after Backstreet) Aqua. I’ve always loved this music video. And how could you not? The silliness. And the mod yet chic interpretation of what it would be like to be a real life Barbie doll. Plus, an interpretation of Barbie where she’s not blonde? Sign me up! I’ve been told several times over the past few weeks since cutting my hair that I can’t be a Barbie girl any longer because I don’t have long blonde hair. My response? Umm hello! Girl from Aqua! Plus, Barbie’s BFF Midge had a super cute super chic hair cut. And truthfully Midge has always reminded me of the doll version of Anna Wintour.
Alas, Barbie and retro 70’s mod were the inspirations behind this vibrant swim ensemble. While I know Juicy Couture lost their mainstream appeal years ago, I couldn’t help but snag this super cute and ruffly swimsuit! And in case you just got the memo and are scratching your head as to why you don’t see every house wife running errands in their velour track suits that’s exactly what happened. Every one had a piece of Juicy Couture. Sometimes what everyone already has is the last thing you want. Anyways, while I don’t recommend pearls for swimming they are perfect for an impromptu blog shoot on a hot summer day. And trust me, there is no better place to do a photo shoot on a day when you have triple digit temperatures than half immersed in a swimming pool.
One of the best parts of this outfit was it gave me an opportunity to debut my new Simpsons inspired MAC lipgloss, Nacho Explosion. I know I’ve read some reviews of girls saying they were disappointed in how sheer the gloss is. My recommendation? Put it over a nude matte lipstick and the yellow really pops! Who would have ever though wearing something that made your lips look like they were covered in nacho cheese sauce could be so glam?!
Dress: Forever 21 Boots: Joie Sunglasses: Miu Miu
We all have those days where you are reminded life regrettably does not revolve around fashion. Which is a darn shame because the amount of money I’m about to spend on getting my car fixed I could buy so many cute shoes or even a Chanel bag…a small one but a Chanel bag nonetheless. Yup that’s what happens when your fuel pumps in your car feel as though it is no longer important to stay attached to your car. I’m lucky I didn’t’ die when they decided to part ways with my poor little bug. Who said tires don’t make good accessories? Oh, ya. That was me. Haha. What I didn’t think about is while they don’t look as pretty or sparkly, car parts are sadly more important. Ugh, sad day. Sad revelation.
But alas, like previously mentioned sometimes the universe kicks ya in the but only to remind you there is more to life than Stella Mcartney. And truthfully its days like this where I remind myself not all fabulous investments need to involve a triple digit price tag. This dress is actually one of my favorites and it came from the racks of Forever 21 nearly 5 years ago. Sometimes style that is inherently just you is the best investment because in circumstances such as that it’s not the label that makes the dress, it’s the person. And I suppose for the rest of my lifetime I will forever be known as that girly girl who loves pink and flower dresses. I can live with that!