summer in the city

while most people (at least life according to Instagram) are currently headed to various summer vacations, beach getaways and tropical destinations, this working girl is sticking to the mean streets of nyc, at least Monday-Friday.

leave it to one of my favorite fashion blogs, le catch, to have me clamoring for the perfect new summer office staple — a linen blazer. as with anything featured on le catch, most items go quickly, so I was happy to snap up the j.crew style below before it sold out (hopefully it will be restocked soon).

a lightweight linen style can be thrown over a shift dress for days you don’t feel like getting dressed (ie after too many margs at happy hour the night prior), or it can do double duty over a t-shirt on chilly weekend evenings. but since the temperature in my building is set on arctic, I can’t wait to wear mine with some crisp white loafers, a knit shell, and basic work pants. of course, oversized black shades are also necessary for warding off the summer glare on Park Avenue– perfect for stating “I might be relegated to a concrete jungle, but I’m on vacation in my mind!”

links to items above (left to right)

sunglassesle specs, saint laurent, krewe, tom ford

blazersrebecca vallance, lafayette 148, j.crewbanana republic

(plus more blazer options by h&m, white house black market, mango, and zara)

pants– rag & bonetibinanette leporej.crew

loaferssteve maddenjoie, freda salvadorgucci

steal her style #1 – the tweed dress

bon jour chic peas! long time, no chat. today i have a brand new type of post to introduce – steal her style. i have a major frustration with pinterest in that it’s always impossible to figure out where an item someone’s wearing is from. i mean, clicking on the picture should totally take you to all of the websites to easily purchase- non? anyways, i consider myself a pretty serious shopping sleuth- so I will now be trying to break down certain street style pics into items for us to easily ‘steal’ – either the original items or similar substitutes. wish me luck!

tweed dress 1

the first up is one of my favorite looks- Vogue editor Giovanna Battaglia – wearing an elegant tweed shift. the simple shape of the dress somehow is completely enough to make the look. perfect for a summer day at work or a fancy ladies- who- lunch ensemble. i’m sure hers is Chanel or someone equally fabulous.

steal her style:

  • this zara tweed dress is an identical style in a lighter shade (the raw edges are perfection- click the link to see better detail)

zara dress

 

nude heel 2

  • add a colorful watch, like this one (from target!) for a little arm party

watch

  • and a printed clutch to spice things up (the snakeskin one is DVF, stripes is by loeffler randall- a fellow UVa gal)

snakeskin clutch

striped clutch

 

  • make the whole thing more glamorous with some cat eye sunnies by Tom Ford

cat eye sunnies

knot ring

ta-da! there you have it. kid tested and vogue-editor approved! what do yall think of my copy cat look?