your best body

this sounds random, but i have been on a bodysuit buying rampage lately, which may or may not be partially inspired by lauren bushnell (which i cringe to admit). while they can get a bad rap for being very 80’s jazzercise, the seamless smooth look achieved when tucked into high waisted pants or shorts can’t be beat. the photos below show just how versatile a bodysuit can be — from tucked into a dressy skirt, worn under a baggy sweater, paired with a leather jacket for date night, or put beneath a blazer for the office.

the tip to keep from looking too kardashian (unless that’s the vibe you’re going for) is of course something looser over top. my favorite picks so far? a simple asos tank (which i’ve now ordered in 3 colors), a scoop back american apparel, this plunging alice and olivia, a deep double V with long sleeves (which did need a little altering from my tailor), a bright ruffled free people, and a soft j.crew knit (on sale). try one and see, i guarantee it’ll work its way into your weekly rotation and you’ll be stocking up on a few more.

party hearty

this weekend i’m headed south for my baby sister’s college graduation. SEK– where did the time go??! it seems like just yesterday I was the one walking the lawn, drinking mimosas at 6am and tearfully saying goodbye to four years at the best school on earth. since graduation weekend at Virginia is truly a marathon of social occasions– bopping from one party, brunch, or dinner to the next, plus a few school sponsored events between, a corresponding marathon ready weekend wardrobe is required. in preparation, i rounded up a smorgasbord of spring dresses, for graduations, bridal showers, christenings and all the other warm weather events coming your way.

graphic: 1- scotch & soda 2- tory burch 3- self portrait 4- just cavalli

girlie: 1- iro paris 2- rebecca taylor 3- goodnight macaroon

floral: 1- alice & olivia 2- goodnight macaroon  3- ted baker 4- house of holland

stripes: 1- dRA  2- topshop 3- for love and lemons

wish me luck at surviving the undergraduates!! not sure this old lady is quite up to reliving her glory days…

into the fringe

When I saw my girl OP rocking this fringe skirt along with some other snazzy ladies, I knew it was going to be one of my more daring fall purchases. theres something tough and western but distinctly feminine about the look. I first discovered a lux one at Scoop and was mulling over a splurge purchase when I luckily found Zara’s copycat last week (what did we do before inditex??!)—three clicks later its on the way to me. Love the idea of pairing the dramatic fringe with a simple cotton T.

op fringe skirt 2

black fringe skirt

fringe skirt 4

fringe skirt 3

i figured it has been a while since i did a little splurge vs. save post, so channel the looks above, no matter what your budget
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tshirts: splurge on an alexander wang (pricey but last forever) or go more basic with j.crewimage003

skirts: scoop keeps it classy in a more tailored style while zara offers an identical style for less

**third option by alice + olivia if you’re looking for a mini

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bags: dying for the combo of red/green + camo/studs on this last season valentino, but BR’s stripe offers a citron pop

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shoes: to master the fall transition, stick with a open toe bootie to transition from sandal weather. keep it sleek in the Vince addie or save with a similar style at urban outfitters (in a dream world, channel OP in these alaia

p.s.– don’t these new fall clutches at BR take a page from Anya Hindmarch?!