sunshine state (of mind)

after a cold, and somewhat uneventful, January (sorry there’s been little to write about in the fashion department; i’ve been wearing the same leggings, stretchy jeans, cashmere sweaters and giant black coat for the last six weeks), the weather gods smiled upon me with four days of sunny and 65 on a trip to san francisco. the exceptionally good weather, even by california standards, was exactly the thing i needed to pull me out of my gloom and back onto the sunny side of the street.

as i gear up for my next pilgrimage to a warmer climate, this time down to the sunshine state for one of my bestie’s birthdays next week, i’ve decided i need to incorporate some sartorial sunshine into my suitcase. whatever your locale, a healthy dose of yellow is guaranteed to brighten your day. check out my top packing picks below…

 

1- faithfull the brand striped jumpsuit

2- rimless sunglasses by my fave brand illesteva

3- topshop ruffle detail top

4- the best water proof mascara

5- high waisted denim by madewell

6- intermix peasant tunic dress

7- half moon raffia clutch

8- forever 21 flower slides

9- sea ny rosalie maxi dress

10- rye polka dot bikini

11- wear with everything suede micro heels

12- pool side essentials– the best weightless sunscreen & a margarita (or three)

13- h&m leather strap sandals

werk it

I am probably the last person on the planet to watch the movie the Intern…I think it was a combination of being scarred from watching the first half of The Internship, the worst movie ever (titles are too close for comfort, imho) and hating Anne Hathaway. However a rainy night and HBO Go led me down the rabbit hole, and I ended up loving the movie. How precious was Robert De Niro??

One of my favorite parts, as with any movie, was Annie Boo’s serious work wardrobe. As a pretend fashion startup CEO, the girl had serious fashion game, a mix of tailored, slightly boyish pieces that perfectly matched the vibe of her Park Slope townhouse, despite sleeping 4 hours a night and having a toddler. Ah life according to Hollywood *sigh*. However, the movie did kickstart me to refresh my work wardrobe. A few new necessities…

#1 a pussybow blouse. this isn’t the first season of this school girl inspired trend, but the fall I’m seeing all sorts of variations popping up. I particularly love this slightly western dvf style, a bargain find from h&m and an all white version by frame.

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#2 a light blazer. not just for memorial – labor day anymore, a well tailored white, grey or cream blazer has now secured its place on any working girls list of staples year round. try this one from RL’s club monaco, a classic by rag & bone (60% off!), or a light grey veronica beard.

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#3 borrowed from the boys footwear. footwear this fall is all about masculine-looking loafers, brogues and flat slides. i’m lusting over these metallic loafers, these tasseled loeffler randall oxfords, a classic jcrew pair of brogues and a copycat tabitha simmons black & white everlane pair.

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#4 a work appropriate sweater. for cooler days ahead, ‘nuf said. try stripes by sonia rykiel, ruffles by rebecca taylor (i tried this on at saks last week and may have to have it), an embroidered ann taylor and a rolled neck vince version.

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#5 sharp accessories. to add pizazz to any old outfit, try a skinny leather beltsleek nude backpack (or this one!), and timeless square faced watch.

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for all you working girls– check out this ellevate piece on the pressures of being perfect in the working world– definitely worth a read!

strap happy

happy fri-yay! as we finish off the last few blessed weekends of summer and step into fall, meet this seasons new it shoe silhouette, the strappy mary jane. (see what I did there?) while mary janes might remind you of childhood church and/or back to school uniforms, these ladylike styles are an updated, more structured version of last year’s popular lace up flats. they’re perfect for work with some J.Crew martie pants and a pullover sweater, or to jazz up an old favorite dress for an easy date look. check out this cp rocking a serious pair at paris fashion week…

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see all of my favorite options below:

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adorable mango mary janes

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dream closet ready pair by malone souliers

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a simple gianvito rossi single strap option

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gigi hadid favorite tabitha simmons ginger (and doppleganger calista version by sam edelman below)

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a little punk, and my newest closet addition, zara’s flat strappy version (similar to the street style pic)

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other options include a classic version by topshoppatent ones by nine west and a budget breaking luxe givenchy pair