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

 

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

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