work it girl

ah, dreaded monday is here again.

a friend of mine is starting a new job at a tech startup this week and reached out for some advice on how to nail a very casual office dress code. While most people would be psyched to have the freedom to wear pretty much whatever you want to work, as a female who’s grown up in pretty formal business settings, I can relate to how untethering this transition might be. sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming.

first, let’s source some inspiration…

as you can see highlighted in many of the shots above, there are a few staples any working girl should own. these include a white cashmere crewneck, well tailored cropped black pants, a pointy flat (these or these) and a navy blazer. however, outside those parameters, i have come up with a pretty standard recipe of key items for getting dressed in a hurry monday – friday.

my six piece recipe:


Links (listed left to right)

studs: j.crew    elizabeth & james    blue nile    tiffany

jackets: iro    banana republic    helene berman

bags: asos    tory burch    proenza schouler    bvlgari

tops: banana republic    theory    iris & ink

bottoms: tibi    re/done    rebecca taylor    iro

shoes: jcrew    nicholas kirkwood   ann taylor    frye


CPs- are there things I missed? what are some of your go-to work staples? let me know!

girl at the rock show

TGIF chicpeas! i dont know about you, but it’s taken me a lot of angry teen rock music to get through this week, especially Blink 182’s take off your pants and jacket album, which has been on heavy rotation (do it- you’ll feel better).

band tees have made a big comeback in street style of late, as you can see from the bloggerinas below. as a result, i’ve been inspired to edge up my typically conservative style and make it a little more ‘rock and roll’ by incorporating a faded tee, leather and some studs. try some for yourself, get angsty, and and prepare to party all weekend long…

1– leather jacket 2–cat eye shades 3– choker 4– cherry tee (another great option)

5– studded backpack  6– military jacket 7– sleek sneaks 8– crystal shades 9– rainbow hoops

10– beats headphones  11– leather pants 12–vegan leather skirt 13– moto boots

14– waistless denim  15– embellished crossbody 16– faded logo tee 17– shirred tank



powder puff

as with everything in fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out (cut heidi klum project runway voice here). to me, one recent transition has been particularly stark– the last or two have been all about the statement shirt, but we swiftly transitioned from 2016’s off the shoulder (“OTS”) bohemian moment straight into a world of late 1980’s poufed power sleeves. volume, ruching, structure and even shoulder pads are showing up EVERYWHERE this fall. let’s peruse…

while i’m ready to stick padding in my blazers, i am digging the puff sleeved vibe. in my head, i envision a crisp white pirate shirt of sorts, paired with dark high waisted denim, a big ole pair of ear baubles, and some slick patent loafers. is it just me, or do other people plan dream outfits in their head as much as i do?

1- blouse, 2- earrings, 3- straight jeans, 4- loafers, 5- hooded parka, 6- mini bag

when i found this blouse by Sea at bergdorf’s last week, i immediately fell in love with the detailed sleeves and elastic bodice ruching. however, i did not love the $350 price tag– for a top i will a) be sick of in 3-6 months and b) get a bronzer stain on the neck immediately upon wearing.

i love my statement shirts and their ability to make an easy outfit, but as a “late 20’s lady” as my boyfriend calls me these days, i’ve also realized how quickly they rotate in and out of my closet. with that in mind, I set out to find some less pricey internet dupes. my five favorites are below…

1- sea, 2- asos  , 3- pixie market, 4- urban outfitters, 5- anthropologie, 6- asos

CPs— what are your feels on this trend?! love it or leave it? lemme know!  

back to school

two days of much needed girl time in DC this weekend led to the usual discussions of jobs, puppies, weddings, workouts, and of course– fash-shunnnn. the unanimous decision on fall’s ‘must have’ shopping list? a denim skirt. let’s review…

to avoid a full throwback to our middle school A&F mini days, look for one that’s 60’s inspired, dark colored and tailored. i’ve rounded up a plethora of inexpensive options out there– a pocketed madewell and nearly identical jcrew version, a wrap style from asos, topshop, snap front by rag & bone jean and one marked down at club monaco. perfect with a striped t-shirt half tucked for now, and worn under an oversized fluffy sweater once the real chill sets in. ammmirightttt?!