Black & Blue

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Isn't it funny how your taste can change so suddenly? It's like you wake up one morning and there's a whole new world of things you are loving and wanting in your life that you would have frowned upon in the past, just because times change and we change. Well here are two things I never used to give the time of day to: 1. Sporty styles, and 2. Matchy matchy. But these days I'm scouring stores for anything with a rugby stripe, complementary color blocking, big numbers, or a "uniform" quality to it - and this Rag & Bone suit is no exception. I became obsessed with it when it hit stores back in the spring, then cyber stalked it until it went as far on sale as it could possibly go. Even though spring is long gone, this particular shade of cornflower blue with smokey gray accents transitions into fall quite nicely, especially when paired with chunky black staples to darken the look up a bit. I have constantly been reaching for my classic 11" Cambridge Satchel with a personalized, gilded touch that I couldn't resist. The traditional boxy flap style just oozes an academic fall energy that I crave this season, and it's perfect for a field trip... or any day when you have places to go and you want to keep things simple and hands free.

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20130921-IMG_6029Rag & Bone blazer (out of stock in blue but love it in coral + black and tan + black leather) and shorts, Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (c/o), Gold Hawk silk tee, Zara heels (similar ones by Steve Madden and Nicholas), Celine sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, HRH Collection necklace, Bracelets: Luv AJ, Forever21, H&M
Photography by Ian Sheppard

Genie Glow

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20130505-IMG_9225Fashion never ceases to surprise me. If there's one thing that I never thought I could pull off with my pear shaped figure, it was harem pants. I've tried many times, but they tend to bring out all my worst features in every possible way. Don't you hate that? For some reason though, these Gold Hawk ones manage to pass the flattery test by a hair, which makes me a happy (and shocked) girl. Of course, this means I have been wearing them tirelessly. How could I not? They are basically silk sweatpants - casual comfy and luxurious elegance combined. On this dreary day, I enjoyed brightening them up with not one but two sources of neon pink pop. I'd been wanting this fluro Cambridge Satchel forever and now that finally got my hands on one, I display it on my dress form's shoulder and simply glance over at it whenever I need a mood booster. This top serves the same purpose but takes it one step further with its geometric line party and glammy silver glitter panel down the front.

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20130505-IMG_9254Top from Esther (c/o), Gold Hawk pants, Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (c/o), Vince Camuto booties, Nixon watch, Bracelets: HRH Collection, H&M, J.Crew, Forever21, Nails: OPI You're Such a Budapest
Photography by Ian Sheppard

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