Shark Attack

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After living the first 27 years of my life in much colder states, I still can't get used to the fact that I now live so close to the Pacific, with palm trees in abundance. While a flowy maxi might be the more obvious choice for a sunset gaze over the ocean, I like to opt for something a bit more edgy, structured, and a little kitschy. The only kind of shark I like is one on a cute tee with pretty colors like these, worn with a seafoam embroidered moto blazer and some sharklike accessories in gray leather and razor sharp silver to match. These sunnies from Ivory + Mason remind me of something you'd see in Miami in the 70's, which makes them perfect for this outfit. This is about as beachy as my wardrobe gets, and I'm totally fine with that.

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20130406-IMG_6176Zara blazer and tee, Joe's jeans, J.Crew flats, Rebecca Minkoff purse, Ivory + Mason sunglasses (c/o), Michael Kors watch, Workhorse Jewelry necklace (c/o), Bracelets: HRH Collection and Moondance Jewelry, Kate Spade earrings, MAC lipstick in Costa Chic
Photography by Ian Sheppard

Optical Dress-Up

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Growing up I was definitely one of those girls who was "jealous" of those without 20/20 vision and got to wear cute glasses. I even had a few pairs with plastic lenses so I could pretend but back then it wasn't cool to wear "pretend" glasses. Lucky for me that's not the case anymore and glasses are there to use for our styling pleasure. Warby Parker makes it even more fun with their at home try-on program, not to mention the fact that they give a pair to someone in need for every pair purchased. I must have spent three hours on the site playing virtual dress-up before finally narrowing down to my five picks. I'm a huge sucker for sunnies as well so I had to include a couple of those too. It was hard enough to select just five (there's at least three or four I am sad to have left out - eh hem Percey), and now how am I going to choose between them? What do you think - which ones should I keep?

Warby Parker glasses from top to bottom (c/o): Beckett specs in revolver matte black, Tenley sunglasses in midnight blue, Crosby specs in black, Jasper sunglasses in marine slate, Winston specs in lunar fade, Outfit: Theyskens Theory leather jacket, T by Alexander Wang tee, Joe's jeans, J.Crew flats, Valentino bag, Forever 21 bracelet, Michael Kors watch (similar)
Photos by Ian Sheppard

Noir Neutrals

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So many of my wardrobe staples are black, I often forget there are other rich neutrals that can mix in just as well. I'll admit I even felt a little weird pairing these pieces together - oxblood + olive + blue gray. How... colorful? Maybe for a girl who uses black as an anchor to every outfit. It's slimming, chic, and goes with everything, which is why it's always the first color I go to if I'm investing in something pricier that I expect to have forever. But my latest challenge is to stray a bit from the black and start playing with other sleek, sophisticated colors. These Alexander Wang booties were my first non-black investment shoes and I like where they've taken my wardrobe. I've still got the Helmut Lang oxblood version of my black waxed skinnies (seen here) on my list as well. It's a whole new world of possibilities.

BCBG blazer (last seen here), Gold Hawk top, Joe's jeans, Alexander Wang booties, 3.1 Phillip Lim pouch, Tom Ford sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Forever 21 necklace, NARS Scarlett Empress lipstick

Photos by Ian Sheppard

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