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How to Wear...Ruffles

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Earrings: J.Crew; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega.
Hello all! Happy Saturday and what a beautiful Saturday it is turning out to be! Even though I work on the weekends, I always look forward to Saturday morning because I get to sleep in a little and enjoy some productive downtime in the morning before I head off to work. Today, I've been thinking a lot about ruffles. I adore ruffles because they are a fun, girly detail that fits perfectly into my style aesthetic. However, they aren't the easiest thing to integrate into your wardrobe or even to start wearing in general. Here are some tricks I've discovered a long the way for adding ruffles into your wardrobe in a girly, but still adaptable to your style way. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Necklace: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Top: Old J.Crew, similar here; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Shoes: Pour la Victoire.
The easiest way to start with ruffles is to keep the ruffle small and unassuming and keep the rest of your outfit unassuming. This black t-shirt, for example, is the perfect introduction to ruffles. There is just a small detail on the bottom, but it doesn't overtake the entire outfit. Because the t-shirt is black, your outfit is not automatically girly so you can make it as girly or not as you want.
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Top: J.Crew, similar here and here; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here.
Finding a top with only a small amount of ruffle detail might be challenging. But, if you find one with ruffles on the top, you can use your hair or a cardigan to up-play or down-play the ruffles depending on your mood. Also, if the piece is patterned, this tends to draw attention away from the ruffles because there is other stuff happening that you can focus on. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Top: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Skirt: Old J.Crew, similar here, here, and here.
A ruffle does not have to be big to pack a punch. Some small ruffles at your neckline feels classic and you can easily amplify the impact by drawing attention to it with a big necklace. For ultimate impact, put your hair up. There is no where for the ruffles to hide and it will make your neck look longer. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Hat: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew, similar here and here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here; Watch: Omega; Jeans: JBrand; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Madewell, similar here
If you love ruffles, but want to down-play the girly aspect, toughen up the look with bold, neutral accessories. Stay away from anything pastel or neon and stick to a black, brown, and gray color palette. Add accessories that speak towards a completely different style like a hat and motorcycle boots. Ruffles can be whatever you make them so don't feel pinned into the girly corner if that's not you. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Top: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega
If you are really ready to take it to the next level, go for something one-shouldered or off-the-shoulder. This allows for maximum impact of the ruffles and is the perfect way to wear this fabulous summer trend. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Belt: J.Crew; Shorts: J.Crew; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Bracelets: Similar here, here, here, here, and here; Watch: Omega; Ring: Similar here.
Don't forget that with this, like with anything else, stay true to your own style and personality. It's always important to branch out, but don't wear things that make your feel like you're trying too hard. You always want to be comfortable in your own skin because that is when you will look the most amazing! Until next time, XO








Summer Red Stripes

Friday, June 23, 2017

OOTD, 2017, summer, stripes, statement piece,

Hello all, happy Friday! Thank goodness it's Friday because I am in need of some R&R! Although I am not a huge t-shirt person, I love a good striped tee. Especially a red striped one. There is just something so classic and summer about a red striped t-shirt. 
OOTD, 2017, summer, stripes, statement piece,

I like this one in particular because it's interesting. It is almost a terry-cloth material, but much lighter. I like that it has a variety of stripe sizes too. It is slightly cropped, which is not normally my speed, but the back is so unique that I decided to make an exception. 
OOTD, 2017, summer, stripes, statement piece,

I love how the top has a bit more a sleeve and a higher neckline to off-set the cropped nature. It also makes the perfect backdrop for a statement necklace. I hope y'all have a fabulous Friday. Until next time, XO

Necklace: J.Crew; T-Shirt: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega, Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Similar here



Big Jewels and Cheetah Print

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017, OOTD, work wear, statement piece, cheetah, mint,

One of my favorite things about being in the working world is being forced to experiment with clothes. Wearing the same dress or skirt over and over again can get so boring and repetitive. So, I always try and mix up my outfits in one way or another.
2017, OOTD, work wear, statement piece, cheetah, mint,

Skirts are a little easier because you can mix up your top, shoes, and accessories. Changing a statement necklace or other aspect of your outfit can not only change the vibe of an outfit, but can always make it almost unrecognizable. As long as you aren't wearing the same skirt in the same week, this is an easy way to mix up your work outfits.
2017, OOTD, work wear, statement piece, cheetah, mint,

Dresses can be a little more difficult, especially if they are patterned and recognizable with this one. The key is changing up your accessories. The last time I wore this, it was quite a bit cooler outside so I wore over-the-knee boots and lightened up the look with peach accessories. 
2017, OOTD, work wear, statement piece, cheetah, mint,

Now that it is warmer, I really wanted to lighten up the entire look and emphasize some of the lighter colors instead of the richer tones. Mint and pastels in general are a great way to lighten up an outfit and are one of my favorite color trends to wear in the summer. I also love the cheetah print with this because it is more interesting than just a plain black flat. Until next time, XO 

Earrings: J.Crew, similar here; Dress: Anthropologie, similar here; Bracelet: Similar here and here; Watch: Omega; Purse: Kate Spade, similar here; Shoes: Madewell, similar here

Classic Red Lips and Stripes are Perfect for Summer

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017, OOTD, summer, red, red lips, classic, top knot,

For me, there is nothing more classic than stripes and red lipstick. It just has that feel of the French Riviera or Rome in the 60s. As much as I love it, I really only wear this combination in the summer. When it's cold, I'm way too tempted to add multiple layers and patterns to the point that you lose that classic vibe
2017, OOTD, summer, red, red lips, classic, top knot,

Because this is such a classic look, I like to maintain as much of that feeling as possible while still having fun with accessories. To do that, I like to have big, but classic accessories. That add just enough of a punch but you don't loose the original combination of stripes and lipstick.
2017, OOTD, summer, red, red lips, classic, top knot,

These earrings, although I bought them at J.Crew last year, have a classic vibe and the neutral colors don't make them overtly contemporary. Same thing goes for this bag, which happens to actually be vintage. 
2017, OOTD, summer, red, red lips, classic, top knot,

Red lipstick dresses up an outfit so much that I always like to have something a little undone about the rest of my look. A messy bun was the perfect option because it toned things down and shows off my earrings. What's not to love? Until next time, XO

Earrings: Old J.Crew, similar here; Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; State Necklace: Baublebar; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Bracelet: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Jeans: J.Crew; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Jack Rogers, similar here

Father's Day

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Hello all and Happy Father's Day! I hope you have had a relaxing and family filled weekend. My dad has always been an amazing role model and supporter of me and it's always nice to take some time and thank him for all he has done. So thanks Dad! I love you! 


From my dad, I got both my love of art and he probably had some influence on my fashion tastes as well. Dad's style is all about the classics and keeping things simple, with pops of fun, especially with his socks. I remember when I was little always being fascinated by Dad's expansive sock collection, which is filled with different patterns. 

Dads get a bad reputation for having a poor sense of style, but take a a lesson from my dad. Classic button-downs and khakis never go out of style and you can never go wrong with looking nice and put together. Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there! Until next time, XO



Not Just a Black T-Shirt

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017, summer, black, t-shirt, statement piece, OOTD,

There are some pieces that you can always rely on and can't go wrong with. A black top for example, which is the basis for any wardrobe is one such piece. It is important to have a simple black t-shirt when you just want to throw one on, but it is equally important to have one with a little detail. I like this one because the little ruffle detail is subtle but makes it look complete without a cardigan or a jacket. 
2017, summer, black, t-shirt, statement piece, OOTD,

This kind of top is perfect for experimenting with statement necklaces because you essentially have a blank canvas. Almost any jewelry you wear will look good against black. I like to wear lighter colors that will really stand out against the black, especially pastels. This not only softens up the harsh black but also helps your jewelry make even more of a statement.
2017, summer, black, t-shirt, statement piece, OOTD,

Especially at this time of year, you want to lighten up your black top a little bit with lighter bottoms whether it is a colored skirt or shorts or lighter wash jeans. I've never been a fan of the super light-wash jeans, but these mid-range wash work just fine for me when I am wearing a lighter top or looking to mix up my typically dark jeans look. 
2017, summer, black, t-shirt, statement piece, OOTD,

Once you have the top and bottom figured out, it is all about accessories...in this case, shoes and a purse. I love a dark chunky heel. There is something so classic about it and it instantly makes my outfit. I just recently got these as my "anesthesia shoes" after some medical procedures. Check back at this post for the whole "anesthesia shoe" story. But they are absolutely fabulous. The heel height is perfect and I love the suede and pointed toe. 
2017, summer, black, t-shirt, statement piece, OOTD,

The finishing touch for this outfit was just a little pop of color with my bag. I've been wearing a lot of neon and decided to take a slight break, so pastel pink was the perfect solution. Until next time, XO

Necklace: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Top: Old J.Crew, similar here; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Shoes: Pour la Victoire


Neon for Work

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017, summer, work wear, neon, Kate Spade, J.Crew, OOTD,

Hello all! This week, as I've tried to be work-place professional, I've also been trying to integrate neon pieces into my outfits. From this post, I think you could probably tell I love neon, but sometimes it can be so over the top and just feel like too much at work. However, I am all about a challenge and I think this outfit really manages to make neon appropriate in any situation. 
2017, summer, work wear, neon, Kate Spade, J.Crew, OOTD,

The first key was finding the right neon piece. At work, a neon shift dress like this or a neon necklace over black is easy. You maintain your typical work place uniform, but make it more interesting with color. Also, it is very hard to be unprofessional when wearing a shift dress! 
2017, summer, work wear, neon, Kate Spade, J.Crew, OOTD,

Once you choose your piece, it is important that the rest of your outfit is a little more subdued and very business professional. Now I am not normally one to say tone it down, but at there is a time and a place for everything and an office job is not the time or the place for an extremely over the top outfit. 
2017, summer, work wear, neon, Kate Spade, J.Crew, OOTD,

My go-to when trying to be professional is a shift dress, suit jacket, and statement necklace so it was easy to transition those over to this dress. A light gray suit jacket is perfect of summer because it lightens up your outfit while also making your more summery pieces business-like. 
2017, summer, work wear, neon, Kate Spade, J.Crew, OOTD,

Finally, my favorite part of this outfit is my bag. I just got it from the Kate Spade sale and it is absolutely perfect for work. The style is professional and it is big enough to hold my computer and all of my other stuff without being too overly large. Well, that's all for now, so until next time, XO 

Dress: J.Crew; Jacket: Zara, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Bag: Kate Spade, similar to this one; Shoes: Aerin, similar here
 
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