Wild Noir

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20131006-IMG_6611-EditEven though I try really hard to incorporate color into my wardrobe (this isn't New York, after all), I'm most comfortable in black. A lot of it. Whenever I'm making a purchase (especially a splurge), I always push past the other color options and opt for black in pretty much every instance. It's the most flattering, classic, and best for my features. Sure my closet might feel a bit repetitive, but it's important to know what works best for you. Once you've got a vast collection of staple items in your best neutral shade, then it's safe to expand to new territories. But for me, I'm not done buying black for the base of my wardrobe. This outfit is comprised of one investment piece (the hat) and the rest were more wallet friendly options from Zara and Forever21. Even though this dress wasn't super pricey, I know I'll still get a lot of use out of it for a few years to come. This was a more dressed down way to wear it, but come the holidays I'm going to Audrey it up with an updo, sparkly necklace, deep red lip, and ladylike heels, or winterize it with tights and black booties. 20131006-IMG_6728-Edit

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20131006-IMG_6809-EditRag & Bone hat (similar versions here and here), Zara dress and shoes, Forever21 cuff, necklace, and bracelets, Luv AJ bracelet (love the rose gold version with paves)
Photograhy by Ian Sheppard

 

Love Love

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Love Love - The Life Styled - Photo by Ian Sheppard

When it comes to sports, tennis wins the award for most charming in my humble opinion. Not only because us girls get to play it in skirts and dresses (and in my case heels apparently), but it's the only sport that keeps score with love, and don't get me started on the perfectly "on trend" neon yellow balls. This was another sport I played growing up, and like hockey, I was never very good at it (notice a pattern with me and sports?). Luckily tennis is such a satisfying game to play whether you're skilled at it or not, not to mention a fun one to watch - I still have goosebumps from Andy Murray's Wimbledon win! These courts at Carleton College are surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, providing the most ideal setting for an afternoon match. Lately, I've been inspired by sporty details so I was thrilled to find this Rag & Bone number on Shopbop marked way down. It's almost as if it was made for tennis. If Rag & Bone made actual tennis clothes, you'd probably find me on the court a lot more often.

Love Love - The Life Styled - Photo by Ian Sheppard

Love Love - The Life Styled - Photo by Ian Sheppard

Love Love - The Life Styled - Photo by Ian Sheppard

Love Love - The Life Styled - Photo by Ian SheppardRag & Bone dress, Elizabeth & James blazer (similar), BCBG heels, Carrera sunglasses, Nixon watch, J.Crew and Forever21 bracelets

Photography by Ian Sheppard