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!

chic sneaks

the artic tundra is keeping me on house arrest so expect lots of exciting posts to come!

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the sneaker fad has been in for a while, and while i have my fair share of supergas and converse for the summer, im in need of a heartier pair to brave the cold. my search had led me to this amazing loeffler randall pair, some color blocked new balance ones and a basic pair of nikes. ill take all 3! Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 9.18.51 AM

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a basic leather jacket

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a classic striped tee

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some non-basic cargo pants (the olive is more versatile than you think and cargos are going to be a big trend for spring!)

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a fun printed scarf

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an easy weekend bag, perfect to transition into spring (and also mentioned here)

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bucket list

one item my closet has been craving since the fall (but i have yet to pull the trigger on) is a bohemian staple turned fresh again – the bucket bag.

yellow bucket bag

part city slicker cross-body, part Coachella free spirit chic, im dying for this practical black zara version– it looks SO much richer and lux than it is (a little bottega veneta influence I think.)

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 7.23.16 PManother classic option is the alexander wang Diego. It’s a street style favorite that comes in a ton of different colors (shown in neon yellow in the photo above.) i also love this pastel pink Elizabeth & James for spring- MK & A sure know how to make a hippie satchel fresh again.

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both are the perfect for the coming warmer months- guaranteed to hold everything you need while running errands, and toting plenty of sunscreen to the pool and beach.

beach bucket bag