Friday, October 31, 2014

Mini Dress & Boots


No tag on the dress, found in a boutique in Norman, Oklahoma | Vince Boots via TheRealReal | J.Crew Bag (old, major upgrade here) | Essie She's Pampered Nail Polish

This whole blogging thing is really exciting and fun, but it does make me feel nervous to share this project with family and friends. The outtakes from this post show me turning bright red when my roommate & her boyfriend drove by and spotted us taking pictures. While I was embarrassed - I'd been found out! - it meant that I finally had to tell someone besides my mom & sister that I've been working on this. I've since told a few more people, and everyone has been great.. very positive and encouraging. Thank you!

My days of wearing dresses without tights are numbered now that it's almost November (!!!) but this is easily one of my favorite looks. I really really really love a mini-dress, and as someone who is hot-natured, fall is such a fun time to wear one with boots. This Vince pair (found through TheRealReal), are my favorite shoes at the moment. I've only managed to wear them to work a few times, but they are getting more comfortable each time I wear them. I'd love a pair with a shorter heel for the rest of the season (like these).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Essie: She's Pampered



I've spent the last few months trying all sorts of crazy nail colors, so it feels great to go back to a classic red. Not to mention that my bestie Hillz always has her nails painted this color, so I have to copy her every once in awhile :) This photo was taken yesterday morning, and I painted my nails on Sunday, so you can see that the application is great. I always use Orly's bottom coat & top coat, but red polish usually chips easily for me. I'll definitely have this one on high rotation during the holidays, plus it would make a great stocking stuffer too. I happen to know someone who would love it...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sweater & Thigh High Boots



J.Crew Sweater (on sale!) | J Brand Jeans | Comptoir des Cotonniers Boots (similar in grey here) | Clutch bought from a woman in La Paz, Bolivia | Prada Sunglasses (in black here) | Essie She's Pampered Nail Polish

I picked up this sweater at J.Crew on Saturday, and wore it all day Sunday and to work on Monday. The wool is super warm, although I wish I had bought a size down since it still looks a bit boxy.

I bought the boots during the semester I studied abroad in college. I found them at Comptoir des Cotonniers in Florence during a sale, and they were marked down from 500 euro to 85! It was still a splurge for me then, and unfortunately, they've been sitting in their dust bag for three years now because I never had a good opportunity to wear them. But with thigh high boots popping up everywhere this season, I decided to finally pull them out to pair with this sweater. I'm looking forward to wearing them even more this fall and winter.

The clutch is something I picked up while I was in Bolivia in August, and I love the bright colors. It's the perfect size for an iPhone, a credit card+ID, and a whole bar of chocolate (my favorite at the moment)... ideal for walking around the neighborhood when you don't need a full bag. Pouches like this are also great for keeping a big tote organized - I definitely need all the help I can get in that department.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pink Scarf & Teal PS1


While I don't have a problem investing in beautiful, well-made items that will stand the test of time, I always prefer to buy something for a great deal. Everything I'm wearing in this post represents that philosophy.


After lusting after leather leggings on all of my favorite bloggers last fall and winter, I put them on the top of my "want" list this season. The high price tag was something I couldn't swallow, but after trying on a few pair of the much less expensive, "leather-like" options, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I had the real thing. Luckily, I spotted this J Brand pair on my #1 favorite place to shop: TheRealReal. TRR is a designer consignment shop where I have found so many great pieces, often in pristine condition with the tags still on! You can't beat it.


This teal PS1 was another TheRealReal find. While it was more of an investment than anything else I'm wearing, I saved up for what I considered a "major" handbag for years before making this purchase. To me, it feels like the perfect bag for a girl in her twenties: the color is bright, the leather is relaxed, and the whole bag feels luxurious. Plus, the lack of designer logos gives the bag a subtlety that makes me feel like I belong to a secret society of fashion gals and blog lovers.


While a $15 scarf is just the right price for something that may only be in style for a season or two, I plan on wearing the leather leggings & PS1 until I physically can't any longer. Mixing closet building blocks with less expensive accessories (and a manicure!) is my favorite way to get dressed in the morning.

James Perse Top | J.Crew Scarf | J Brand Leather Leggings via TheRealReal | J.Crew Sandals | Proenza Schouler PS1 (really love the orchid color) | Michael Kors Watch | Essie Sand Tropez Nail Polish