breath of fresh air

Whew! and I’m baaaack. I’m sure a few of you noticed my absence this summer and the truth is, with my summer purchases behind me in June and a whirlwind schedule of weekend travel and work, I honestly didn’t feel very inspired or on top of things lately. I’ve also been busy with the annoyances of apartment hunting, finding movers, buying furniture, and figuring out all those pesky #adulting details. Now that the worst is behind, and I’m sitting here nestled in my new Nolita digs, this gal is ready to get back in the game.

While I was sad to give up the west village, the westside highway, and all of my favorite neighborhood spots discovered over the past four years (true confession I almost cried saying goodbye to my coffee place, my dry cleaners, and all those little haunts that make this city a home), I can already tell my new ‘hood is a much needed change of pace. The sartorial flavor is a little different, edgier, and just what I needed. Which leads me back to the point of this story- it just takes one great outfit and bam! inspired to blog all over again.

such was the case last week, when on a very hot muggy pre Labor Day afternoon, I was walking home in a haze, lulled by the slow pace of the city, and passed a pretty blonde girl with long beachy locks. she was rocking a crisp white button down with rolled sleeves, half tucked, and a pair of electric blue feather earrings by mignonne gavigan (these to be exact). It was so crisp, so easy simple, and yet such a pop– a total anecdote to my mood and the weather! i’m sure most of us have the makings for this outfit already in the closet, but she inspired me to refresh my button down game with something slightly oversized, and use some tucking, rolling, and bold accessories to make it fresh for fall. some inspo below…

shirts (left to right): vince, by the way, misha nonoo

earrings (clockwise from top): j.crew, ranjana khanlizzie fortunato, mignonne gaviganelizabeth coleholst and lee

crop swap

i love the unexpected styling of this black aritzia wrap top with a pair of cropped navy pants, but the look got even sweeter when i found a $20 dupe for the shirt at h&m! the sexiness of an open back pairs perfectly against slightly tomboyish chinos, for a Gwen Stefani sort of vibe. Try it two ways, dressed up or down…

1– h&m tie top    2– aritzia crop top    3– flared chinos

4– sunglasses    5– bucket bag    6– wedge sandals

7– superstar sneakers    8– gold bracelet    9– rainbow bracelet

hope you have a good week CPs!! Xx

going gaga

while it may still be thirty degrees out, i have spring fashion and bare legs as my current top priorities (PLSZZZ GOD at least this weekend!!!)

thankfully, zara just dropped some amazingggg bargain buys right now, including this button down dress which is comparable to this way more expensive tibi. i went a little gaga and did a huge order this week, with lots of fresh white tops for the weekend and easy dresses for work. i can’t wait to see what works! hilariously, almost every item (sans this bright headband, which i plan to wear pool side) that found its way into my cart was white or navy, so I guess that’s my official color palette this spring. did i mention that you, too, can go gaga since every item i bought was less than $70!

what i bought…

knit with it

as is usually true with fashion, everything eventually comes full circle. however, this micro trend takes me wayyy back to the 9th grade, when my daily school uniform was a pair of true religion flared jeans, clarks wallabees, a black north face jacket and one of my many many pastel colored lacoste slim cut polo shirts. i thought this ensemble qualified as the HEIGHT of fashion??! sick.

this spring, however, polos are very much baaaack. but in a fresh new fash-shun way, with a nod to the 70s, more knit fabric constructions, banded stripes, and bolder primary colors.

the vibe reminds me of this blue sandro set i wanted last April and waited too long to buy (#sad).

besides pulling out your old faithful lacoste from the closet, here are some newer options out there to try– a slim fit tory burch, a classic white fred perry, a ladylike reiss, this ribbed yellow or an open weave version, both from zara, a printed stella jean, an uber chic striped lacoste, and a clearance steal at sandro. as many of the CPs above did, i recommend tucking them into a sleek skirt for an athletic/ladylike mix.