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

Friday Links

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Will you look at that - it's Friday! This week flew by because I've been a busy bee, and in my spare moments I've been rapidly catching up on both seasons of Scandal. Help, I can't stop! Speaking of things I'm obsessed with, I'm starting a new series on the blog where I'll be sharing a list of random things each week that interest me and that I think you might be interested in too. Little things that don't necessarily fit into another post but that I still want to mention. It could be anything from a fashion trend I'm not sure about, an app that's changed my life, a new recipe, a blog I'm into, etc. I love seeing what other little things people are noticing, considering, obsessing over, and I hope you do too! So here we go with Round 1...

I would be completely lost without Teux Deux, a daily list making app that keeps me in check everyday.

I'm contemplating Tom Sawyer suspenders for summer. Would you rock em?

This song is my guilty pleasure of late.

Everyone and their mother seems to be stock piling these minimal Zara sandals in every color, but I found them to be very ill fitting. Have you tried them?

Say goodbye to those stacks of magazines dating back to October 2010. I don't know what I did before Next Issue. It's especially nice for plane rides - my travel tote has never been so light yet full of fun reading!

Fascinating e-mails from Steve Jobs that show how to win a tough negotiation.

I have been searching high and low for long flowing caftans for summer like the ones by Camilla Franks (which are only available in Australia and very pricey) but there seems to be a national drought on good affordable caftans. It's a problem. Anyone know something I don't know?

I adore this tour of Max and Margaux's nursery for little Dash. The baby elephant is too precious.

 

Enjoy this first official June weekend!

Photo: Coco Rocha in Flare Magazine