Fact: the last time I genuinely chose to wear normal shorts was in 8th grade. Yes, 10+ years ago and really because I was obsessed with my Abercrombie & Fitch collection of possibly too short shorts. Eventually as an angsty teen I decided to wear the most unflattering longer shorts and I truly wish I could forget this time of my life.
Cut to now where I have rekindled my love of denim shorts. This is quite possibly due to one of two things. Either my self confidence has grown (along with my ability to give no f*cks about imperfect thighs) OR I’m just tired of overheating during the summertime while wearing jeans. Doesn’t really matter either way because now denim shorts are my go-to whether I’m running errands or just hanging around all day. Embracing shorts has made my life 35,000 times easier and I regret having ever given them up. No offense, teen angst stage. You were pretty pointless style wise.
Of course it’s really easy to have denim shorts go south fast. If they are too short or distressed it’s simple to head into “no one wants to see that” territory. I have 2 formulas for rocking denim shorts right now, and both are equally simple but stylish. A tank top when it’s warm out and a sweater when I’ve had a bit too much sun or will be hanging out in the air conditioning.
Shop this Post: Frame Denim shorts, H&M sweater, Adidas sneakers, Zara crossbody bag, Clean UP Dodgers hat, Topshop tank top, Michael Kors duffle, Quay sunglasses, Ancient Greek sandals, Madewell rings
A good pair of boyfriend jeans are a wardrobe essential. A girl can never have too many different pairs of jeans. Boyfriend jeans go in and out of style, but right make an outfit look relaxed without trying very hard. They are often baggy with a low waist which is a very 90s type of silhouette for girls. Boyfriends jeans can offset dainty pieces like lace or crop tops to add a little something extra to an outfit.
It girls and fashion girls love boyfriends jeans so there’s plenty of places to look for inspiration. One of my favorite ways to wear distressed boyfriend jeans is with a baggy sweater and loafers. It looks effortlessly chic but not too relaxed where it becomes frumpy. There are tons of different washes, styles, and brands to check out so it’s easy to find the right pair.
If you haven’t considered them before or thought they were out of style here is some inspiration to guide you.
Bodysuit, Jeans, Sunglasses, Heels, Handbag
A way back somehow (I’m not very sure how) I began receiving the Goop email newsletter. A long with links to interesting stories on their website the offer tips and tricks, how-to’s and product recommendations on fashion and style. At the very end of the newsletter there’s a section of clothing and accessories they currently love. I think it’s pretty cool because what they choose often puts together a really chic outfit with clickable links to buy.
So I’m super casually borrowing it for my blog. I can’t confirm the people at Goop actually use, wear, or love those stylish pieces, but because this is my blog I can confirm I do. I thought this might be a little different than an #OOTD because I want to share the outfits I’m obsessed with or just think are pretty great.
This outfit I wore to Easter dinner at my parents this past weekend. The birdcage skirt is brand new in the spring releases of Who What Wear’s collection with Target. My only gripe is the white is very…thin when it comes to the sun. No matter what color underclothes I tried to wear there was a shadow or they were visible. I would much rather have this skirt in black (it’s available online). Other than a pretty spring skirt the rest of what I chose were just classics in my closet.
Shop This Post: Tank Top, Birdcage skirt, Sunglasses, Denim Jacket, Sandals, Bag
There’s two times I get incredibly bored with myself: the beginning of the year and when something happens that makes me feel like I just need a change. It’s the beginning of the new year so naturally I’m bored with my hair. I think it’s too long and too dull (despite the pretty highlights near the bottom), so I’ve been browsing for ways to change up my hair. Although I probably won’t end up doing it. What I do know is I would love to try out the whole “rose gold” trend. I’ve done it by accident years ago (purple faded to a darkish pink) but after the awkward Bayalage saga of last year I’m avoiding colors at all costs.
I mean what if they ask me just how many strands of rose gold hair color I want to end up with? Yes…that’s basically what happened last time I added color to my hair. Color isn’t the only issue, styling becomes boring too. Not to mention the damage caused by styling tools. Hopefully I can find something new to do with my hair…
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The strange thing about fall around here is it lasts for about 15 minutes. It honestly didn’t cool down the slightest until about last week when it rained one Sunday and suddenly everything was freezing. Now every morning I leave it’s under 50 degrees which almost full blown arctic winter to an Arizonan. It does get colder, but I shudder thinking about what’s to come.
I mention this because I brilliantly thought I would share my go-to outfit formulas for fall similar to summer, but shortly I realized fall is much shorter than summer around these parts. Thus, these outfits quickly change in a New York minute to something else, but I decided to roll with it anyway because hopefully anyone reading this has a better fall and could use some inspiration.
Outfit formulas have a way of coming together typically on their own. They usually begin with items or pieces I love quite a bit or something trendy for the season. They become my easy to put together outfits when I’m rushed or don’t want to give much thought to an outfit. Plus with things like sweaters typically people own more than one so it’s not really just wearing the same thing over and over. There’s opportunity to mix it up with similar items already mixed into my closet. Although most of my choices are “this black sweater or this other black sweater?”
The Row blazer, R13 Graphic Tee, Matiko flats, H&M jeans, Jet Set Candy ring, Saint Laurent sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff bag
Who What Wear leather skirt, H&M top, Mango boots, Forever 21 rings, Loeffler Randall clutch
Madewell jeans, Stuart Weitzman boots, Zara blouse, French Connection bracelets, Marc Jacobs bag
H&M sweater, Rag & Bone jeans, J. Crew loafers, Sam Edelman bag, Elizabeth and James sunglasses
Forgive me for the fall overload. Of course, I’m sure it’s really no bother since it really is the best time of the year. One of the best things about it is finally getting to update my beauty essentials.
This is nearly every piece of my daily makeup routine. You may be saying “been there done that” but with fall it’s a little different. I switch out my beloved tinted moisturizer for real foundation because finally it won’t melt off my face or cause a crazy irritation by the middle of the day. Another change is I’ve gone back to my Maybelline Nudes palette. I think I’ve used the browns in the palette so much more than any other eye shadows I own. This NARS lipstick is my favorite during autumn because it’s a really great color that is just dark enough without being too overbearing. It’s a really nice rosy tan.
I picked up the Estee Lauder Edgiest mascara on whim to try new mascara a month or so ago. If you’re looking for spider lashes in an instant you’ve found your perfect tool. It does create volume and length but at a price. It does not come off no matter what remover I use. Straight coconut oil, makeup wipes, or eye makeup remover: it takes a lot to remove it. Other than that, I highly recommend it.
Shop: Maybelline Blur + Illuminate primer, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Sonia Kashuk under eye concealer, Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer, NARS Orgasm blush, Maybelline Nudes palette, Rimmel eyeliner, Rimmel eyebrow pencil, Estee Lauder The Edgiest mascara, NARS Lipstick
London Fashion Week is in full swing, and one of my favorite shows to catch up on is Topshop Unique. Topshop is a staple of my closet and life. I’m always browsing for new things because they are always up on the new trends. Topshop is way of life sometimes, and Topshop Unique adds a little something extra to a invest in.
Spring/Summer had one theme: the 80s. Not even just the 80s, but the 80s new wave. There are brightly colored pieces, animal prints, and vinyl skirts. They give off the feel of being the coolest girl heading off to a club to see Talking Heads. There was also quite a few business casual pieces like trousers and blazers which were mixed with these new wave-esque pieces. I didn’t hate it. As per usual, Topshop Unique had edginess with a softer touch tomboy looks as well. For example florals and feminine pinks mixed with harsher denims. Oh, and Zebra > Leopard. There’s really something for everyone.
See my favorite looks below, and Topshop Unique is available online now at Topshop.com.
This dress though….