Fall 2015 Couture! Yes! Bring back the flower crowns!
If you’ve been to the mall at all recently, then you’ve been noticing that some of your favorite stores are putting high-necked cropped tops on display. I had been holding off on buying something like this for a long time, but was always so curious about owning this type of piece. When I was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, I actually tried this on in purple and I remember feeling so self-conscious about wearing something that would show a bit of my stomach. Dresses with a slit in the back or in the side, sure. That doesn’t feel like that much skin to me, but showing some skin in the front? Well, that’s another story. Going into Aritzia the other day, I was feeling a little bit more confident so I gave it a second go. The XSmall made me feel like I was drowning in it, but the XXSmall was just right. It was black, chic, and fitted. But the bigger question was, “Could I pull this off at work?” If the answer is no, then there’s no point in buying it. One of the best perks about my job is that I can pretty much wear what I want within reason and I don’t typically like to push the boundaries very much. I used to hate working in finance and having to buy a second wardrobe – one where I knew I wouldn’t be wearing most pieces the majority of the time. Chelsea – who’s my girl at Aritzia handed me a gray slinky skirt to try on with the top and while it worked, I still didn’t feel completely 100% about it. So what’d I do? I bought it anyways and told myself that I would find a way to make it work with a piece at home. Happy to report that we made it happen today and it wasn’t that bad! It worked with actually the very first piece I ever bought at Aritzia – an olive green fitted skirt. Now, let’s go find other pieces to make this work.
Striped Top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Pants – Uniqlo / Black Heels – Vince Camuto / Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs
Summer in South Bay is just the best! This must be one of my favorite parts about living in the Bay Area. I just went on a shopping trip with my friend Kelly the other day and while we were both seeking things with color, I ended up taking the black and white route. I know what you’re thinking. What are you doing buying a top from Abercrombie & Fitch? I went into the store the other day because I had seen a dress on Jamie Chung from there that looked incred. After trying it on and realizing that bell sleeves were never going to work for me, I let that dream go. I did, however, still wanted to peruse since I was there anyways. This striped top with a criss-cross back was $10. What a steal! I remember when I was in middle school and was saving up my allowance to buy a $65 skirt from them. The brand, I’ve heard, has actually been making moves in a more positive direction. I’m not sure if it could ever replace the way I feel about Aritzia, but I’m willing to give them a shot.
Nessah Wedges – $180
I’m always a huge fan when it comes to brands in Seattle and Dolce Vita is definitely one of them. I bought my first pair of wedges ever from them two years ago and a pair of sandals that I still live in last summer. It’s my dream to be invited to their showroom downtown! Now another summer has rolled around and I’m looking for my next pair to conquer! Here are just a few of my favorite picks. Anyone have a favorite? Which one do you think looks the best?
Tank top – Aritzia / Black cardigan – Urban Outfitters / Sneakers – Converse
I wish I could remember where these denim shorts came from, but I can’t! I think I’ve had them for years, but don’t even remember when and where I purchased them. I was feeling like I wanted to dress like I was going to the beach or a BBQ this one day at work so this is how I came to this getup. We took this photo in front of a Mortuary’s garage which is very depressing, but I love the shadows that were cast on the photograph and all of the lines.
– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]
– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]
– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]
– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]
– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]
– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]
– When to close your eyes [Instagram]
Tank top – Topshop from Nordstrom / Flannel – Urban Outfitters / Black jeggings – Uniqlo / Birkenstocks
We actually took this picture about a week and a half ago and because I was so excited about my trip to Seattle. I wanted a photo that would represent my true Northwest style as much as I could and it’s kind of nice to be wearing the flannel and Birks because I don’t feel like this is a combo I wear a lot these days. I’m not entirely happy with this photo only because it’s blurry and that to me, is a little unacceptable, but on Instagram you can’t even tell the difference! This is the most outdoors we could get, but really, we’re right next to my building and outside of a Starbucks. Caught!
This morning, one of my favorite bloggers – Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere – revealed some very big news! She’s on the verge of launching her very first clothing line that will be sold at Nordstrom and ShopBop! I’ve been admiring Emily’s style for years and have been following her blog for longer than I’ve even had Yow Yow! Emily paved the way as one of the first notable bloggers and has made Cupcakes and Cashmere something more than just about fashion. In addition to featuring her style, she has discussed recipes, decor, career advice, and lifestyle tips. Some of the more important posts that I can still remember as being my favorites are the ones that have a huge impact on her life like getting married and starting a family with her husband. In the blogging world, Emily is kind of a role model for me so I’m very excited for this news and any news that is to come! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the pieces we can look forward to on July 6th for her Fall 2015 line.
With Father’s Day being just the day before, we really couldn’t help ourselves by selecting a wedding video that highlighted a touching relationship between a father and a daughter. Ashley and Mike’s wedding looked like a ton of fun for not only them, but all of their guests. Honestly, what’s not to love in this video?
Ugh, I loved all of the elements featured in this wedding video.
To view the entire feature and all of the photos, visit Style Me Pretty.
Black dress – Aritzia / Black boots – borrowed from my mom / Gold wallet – Urban Outfitters
While on that “pop of color” train last week, I decided to make the modern little black dress something that was wearable in the day time. We were also in the middle of the NBA Finals that week too so I had to bring in the gold with one of my previously loved wallets. I’m no longer using this anymore because I’ve downgraded to a much smaller purse so it doesn’t fit, but I keep it around because you never know when it might be put to good use – like as a prop in a photo! We’re starting to even run out of back drops for these photos, but I feel like I saved this one for a very special reason. I just love the pink and green together. Everything just works so well!
After watching a makeup how-to video by Nicole Loher recently and reading an article on WhoWhatWear, I learned a new word to add to my vocabulary. BB Cream. I’m still not sure what the BB stands for because when it comes to makeup, I’m just awful, but what I took from the article was that I needed to have it. A BB Cream is kind of what you would call a tinted moisturizer. It is often used for when you need something for your daily look and a) don’t have time or b) don’t want to put that much effort into your face. For the longest time, I thought my Benefit light oxygen foundation was something like a tinted moisturizer, but it just isn’t. It is truly a foundation. For the first couple of weeks, I was wearing my Olay moisturizer with the BB Cream and then my foundation and only recently realized that I was overdoing it. The BB Cream does exactly what I want it to do and gets the job done so I have since eliminated the foundation except for certain occasions. I’m so impressed by how great the BB Cream neutralizes my skin tone and easily makes it all one shade in a very simple way while keeping it moisturized all day. You really only need to use a pea-sized drop of it. According to bareMinerals, it’s one of their best selling products too! I use it in “Ginger.”