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Transitioning to Fall

Summer: Forever21 shorts / Tinley Road chevron necklace / Old Navy tami (tank + cami) / Guess flip flops / Fall layers: Old Navy cardigan / Forever21 layered necklace / Forever21 striped knit tights / Steve Madden oxfords

One of my favorite things about fall is the layers that go along with it. As it slowly gets cooler, we pile on more and more pieces to stay warm–which means we really get to experiment with what’s inside our closets.

The look I put together here is the perfect example of what I mean. It’s a mish mash (which, I’ll have you know, is a seriously technical term) of some of the most versatile pieces you could own.

If you’re trying to save some money, there’s no reason to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe for fall. Instead, shop your closet and add fall colors and textures to your summer faves. Think chunky knits and jewel tones mixed with some of summer’s bright colors. Cobalt is one of the best transitional colors. It goes as well with summer’s carefree tropical palette as it does with fall’s deeper jewel tones.

I am seriously cheap and trying to get on a tight budget, so I will most definitely be using this little tip in the coming weeks. In fact, if I invest in anything this fall it will probably just be a pair of oxfords. I’m kind of obsessed.

How do you transition to cooler temperatures? Are there any pieces that are on your must-have list this fall?

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Get the Look: Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale has been looking amazing on her Total Recall publicity tour. Seriously amazing. My absolute favorite look so far has been an H&M/Diane von Furstenberg combo that she wore for interviews in Dublin.

While the skirt is kind of a weird length, it’s my only complaint about this look. I love the top tucked in and loosely draping over the waist of the fitted skirt. It’s a gorgeous silhouette. But my favorite part about this look is the color combo. It’s bright and cheery and so incredibly summery. I want it in my closet!

office: H&M sleeveless blouse, ModCloth skirt | date: ModCloth dress, Michael Antonio heels | errands: Mossimo Supply Co. tank, Mossimo Supply Co. shorts

Are you as obsessed as I am?

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Must-Have Fall Fashion

I don’t want summer to end either. But if you’ve stepped into any store recently, you’ve had fall all but shoved down your throat. I’ve been reluctant to jump on the train, but all this fall fashion has me creating a little must-have list in my brain.

And if it’s in there, why not share it? Without further ado, here is a round up of my top five fall essentials… Continue reading

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Summer Trends: Nautical Fashion

Something about summer awakens a nautical craze in us ladies. Maybe it’s the promise of sea breezes or the longing for a scenic boat ride. Maybe it’s the easy, breezy style. Whatever the reason, once the weather turns warm, nautical looks are everywhere.

I’m certainly not complaining. I absolutely love the fresh, classic feel of a nautically-inspired look. With a combination of a few basic ingredients, anyone can pull off this trend.

dress :: headscarf :: cardigan :: ring :: earrings

By combining two or three of these details (there’s no need to pile them all on at once–you’re not trying to slam the theme home!) you can create a look that screams summer casual. Best of all? Nautical styles can easily transition into fall with a little bit of layering.

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Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em: Lace Shorts

clockwise from top left: white, cobalt, hot pink, black, blush, blue

I always swoon a little when I see a pair of lace shorts, whether in a store or online–especially when said shorts have pretty scalloped edges. There’s something so feminine and pretty and somewhat unexpected about them. I guess it’s that you expect to see lace on lingerie and the occasional camisole, but shorts? Not so much.

Some people find them a little much. They think they’re a little too much like lingerie. I’m not about to traipse around town in lace hot shorts, but if they’re long enough I’m all for them.

Still, I don’t own a pair–yet.

Where do you fall on the lace shorts continuum? Are you a lace shorts cheerleader or do you think they’re just for harlots?

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Trend To Try: Hi Lo Dresses

If you’re on the prowl for something to shake up your same-old summer wardrobe, you should most definitely consider this summer’s It Dress, the hi lo dress.

1 Noli / 2 ASOS / 3 Loveapella / 4 Bebe / 5 Forever21 / 6 ModCloth

I’m particularly in love with the sheer, flowy, bohemian versions of this silhouette. They look effortless and chic and oh-so comfortable. You can also style them for anything from BBQs to weddings. I don’t know about you, but I love me a versatile article of clothing.

I have one of these so far (a comfy color blocked beauty from Old Navy) and would love to add more to my closet. Have you tried them out yet?

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Fourth of July Party Inspiration

The Fourth of July crept up pretty quick this year. We’re having a game night at our house with some friends the night before and I’m thinking of getting all festive and nerdy with it.

Do you go all out for the Fourth? Here’s a little party inspiration if you do. If not, it’s awfully pretty to look at anyway, no?

pinwheels / straws / ice cream sandwich

sweet potato burger

kabobs

strawberry lemonade

backyard

dress / necklace / sweater / bracelets / wedges / sunglasses / head scarf

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Coral Crush

I’ve never really been an orange-loving girl. You’ve got some water-colored pretties? Sign me right up. Neutrals? I’m with you. But orangey shades? No thanks. Until this year.

The year of Tangerine Tango have thrown this color into my face so often that (gasp!) I’m finding myself loving it. I’m starting small, by adding coral nail polish and lip color and then maybe–just maybe–I’ll go with something like one of these cute striped dresses.

1 ASOS skate dress :: 2 Proenza Schouler bag :: 3 Ella Moss swim dress :: 4 Revlon creme lipstick :: 5 Forever21 skirt :: 6 ASOS clutch :: 7 Anthropologie fedora :: 8 Felicity & Coco maxi :: 9 Essie nail polish :: 10 ModCloth dress :: 11 World Market infinity scarf

What are your thoughts on this orange explosion? Are you loving it or are you ready for a new color of the moment? Do you have any favorite coral pieces? I’m on the hunt for inspiration!

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Fashion Inspired by Nail Art

I was cruising through my wedding blog feed the other day and came across a fab post on Grey Likes Weddings that paired photos of manicures with complementary bouquets. I thought that was a pretty genius idea and it immediately made me think about how all of the great nail art that’s out there right now can inspire fashion.

I put together two outfits that were designed specifically around awesome manicures I found around the internets:

nails / ASOS cami / Forever21 shorts / Dorothy Perkins necklace

nails / Kate Spade romper / Kate Spade bag / Sam Edelman sandal

What do you think? Would you pull together an outfit around your manicure or do you think that’s just crazy talk? I happen to think it’s kind of fun…

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Red Carpet to Closet: Amanda Seyfried

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know I’m a huge red carpet geek. Any excuse to drool over pretty gowns and fab styling is OK by me.

What I (almost) like more is figuring out how I can translate my favorite looks into pieces that wouldn’t look terribly out of place in my own closet.  Last night’s Tony Awards gave me just that opportunity.

Amanda Seyfried / J. Crew dress / J. Crew belt / Marc Jacobs clutch / ASOS sandal

Amanda Seyfried strutted her stuff in a beaded Givenchy dress last night. I won’t lie, this look isn’t my favorite. The beading and change in color of the dress plus the bright belt is a bit much. What I absolutely love, however, is the combination of bluish-purple with bright pops of neon orange. So fresh and modern, don’t you think?

I decided to create a look that is inspired by Amanda Seyfried’s, but which is stripped of unnecessary extras. I focused on the color and I think the result is much cleaner and kind of perfect for summer. What do you think?

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