August 19, 2014

Feeling Flirty

Sometimes there's nothing better then getting glammed up. Am I right? That's one of the things I love about cruising: every night is a fashion show if you want it to be! Borrowed this dress from The Stylist LA and paired it with my new fave capelet for a flirty dinner look:
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
sam edelman heels, parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear
sam edelman heels, parker dress, bb dakota capelet, date night look, vacation, what is fashion, how to wear

The fit and flare style of this dress is super flattering and the length shows just enough leg. Secret: I was super indecisive about these heels originally and now I don't know what I was thinking because a) they're beyond comfy b) they're hot c) I wear the all the time! 

Happy Tuesday! 

August 18, 2014

Gingham + Guinness

Back from vacay! Holy moly this week is going to be rough. Post vacay blues haven't set in yet but I can predict that they will hit around Wednesday. You know how it goes?! Thank goodness I can re-live some of my fave moments (and outfits) right here.

My number one stop in Ireland was Dublin; it's a metropolitan city buzzing with culture, amazing architecture and Guinness!! Yes, the fam and I took a tour of the Guinness Brewery (more on that come Friday). The best part? Seeing my 18 yr. old siblings try the Irish stout for the first time. Hah, it's definitely an acquired taste to say the least. The trip called for a test drive of the Sole Society booties I mentioned a few weeks back
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
gingham blouse, distressed denim, how to dress for fall, what is fashion, Ireland Guinness
{j brand jeans // equipment top // sole society booties & bag c/o // karen walker sunnies}

These babies didn't disappoint - just enough height without being uncomfortable + perfect perforated details. I also brought out what I like to call my Peter Pan pouch aka the Sole Society bag. The size lends itself to adventure time; I was able to fit my big Canon T5 in it as we went from port to port.  More and more I realize how much I love a nice blouse and jeans combo. Does that mean I'm getting old?! 

{pursuing gingham style}


August 13, 2014

#TargetStyle: Denim Dare You

So… it’s time to talk fall. As much as I don’t want to acknowledge that summer is coming to an end, I’m kind of excited for new denim, cute booties, and layers. I’m continuing my partnership with Target (yay!) and this month we’re talking all about denim. As you know, denim for me is EVERYTHING. It’s not a seasonal staple, it’s a 365-days-a-year staple. As we prep for fall I challenge you, or rather, denim dare you, to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. That could be a new wash (go grey or distressed!), cut (boyfriend jeans? yes, please!), or new brand (Tarjay all the way). I recently dared myself to pursue denim at Tarjay and picked up these beauties.


Yes, I’m totally in to distressed denim at the moment (as proven here, here and here) and my number one reason is the “cool” factor. Just when you think you look too dressed up in a pair of Valentinos and a capelet - in comes the distressed denim to add a laid-back California casual chic twist. You know what I mean? I stepped out of my comfort zone by trying a new brand of denim (Target) in a style and wash I know I love. It’s really the best of both worlds and my bank account isn’t complaining; we all love a good high-low mix. Are you guys ready for fall? Kind of? Btw, don't forget to find your style @targetstyle.



Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

August 12, 2014

8 Ways to Wear Black & White


Yesterday I stumbled upon this roundup from StyleCaster about How to Wear Black in Summer and was so excited to see my James Perse look featured.  The timing is perfect because I was just prepping the second Installment of  “Ways to Wear Black & White” (see the first here). Here are a few ways to wear my fave color combo this season: 
ways to wear black and white, fashion, what is fashion,
{maxed out // everything in back & white // white out // b&w summer}
ways to wear black and white, fashion, what is fashion,
{gingham style // the summer work edit // bing bing // casual date night}

50% of the time there is some form of leopard involved with my black & white combos; it's a good neutral that adds a great printed touch. 


Headed into Scotland today after a tough few days at sea - we’ve been battling Hurricane Bertha which kept us from docking at our previous port and gave us quite a wavy ride through the North Sea. 

August 11, 2014

Luck O' the Irish

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” - Joseph Campbell

Guys, vacation is awesome. I know you’re saying “thanks captain obvious” but let me explain. My ideal vacay typically consists of beach, sun and a margarita margaritas. That’s why I was a little surprised when the family decided on a two week cruise through Ireland, Scotland and England (with a stop in Paris). An adventure — that’s what this trip has been, and I’m so thrilled that I’ve embraced every moment, every historical ruin, rainy afternoon, castle, mythical story, and green countryside. We’re only half way through the trip and I’m already so inspired. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get caught up in my day to day; it’s hard to imagine life outside your everyday bubble until you actual get out and see the rest of the world. 

I wore this for dinner last week after spending the day at Blarney Castle (Yes, I kissed the Blarney stone). 
what to wear on a cruise ship, clare vivier clutch, green parker new york dress
what to wear on a cruise ship, clare vivier clutch, green parker new york dress
what to wear on a cruise ship, clare vivier clutch, green parker new york dress
what to wear on a cruise ship, jimmy choo heels, clare vivier clutch, green parker new york dress
what to wear on a cruise ship, jimmy choo heels, clare vivier clutch, green parker new york dress
what to wear on a cruise ship, jimmy choo heels, clare vivier clutch, green parker new york dress
{parker NY dress - borrow from the stylist LA for $60 // jimmy choo heels // zara leather jacket // clare vivier clutch}


Green: it’s EVERYWHERE in Ireland and beyond beautiful. The rolling hills inspired me to bring out this dress I borrowed from The Stylist LA. Before I left, I picked up this Zara jacket to pair with all my silky dresses; just love the feminine and masculine contrast. Surprisingly this is the first (real) leather jacket I’ve ever owned. Gasp! I’m a “gold” girl and it’s not very easy to find gold details on leather jackets, so when I saw this one I had to scoop it up. 


Btw, I’ve also been inspired by the book I’m currently reading: You are a Badass. Definitely suggest it for anyone looking for a little guidance or even more clarity on their already existing path! Have a great week. 





August 8, 2014

Fringe Benefits

The fam and I are on day 5 of our European adventure and I must say vacay is amazing! It feels so good to disconnect (kind of) and explore new cities. Denim and booties have been a staple over the past few days since the weather in England and Ireland is a bit temperamental; it's all about layering! 
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
what to wear on europe vacation, travel outfits, fringe boots
{j brand jeans // zara top // zara leather jacket // sole society booties c/o // sole society sunnies c/o // sole society bag c/o}

The year-around weather over here lends itself to beautiful flowers EVERYWHERE! I mean every street corner, every window... it's stunning and so refreshing. I tested out my new Sole Society booties during our first stop in England and have to say I'm in love. The cut, the fringe, the color - let's just say they're destined to be a fall favorite. We head to Scotland tomorrow and then France  (eek, Paris!) - sharing a day by day diary on Insta, so make sure to follow! 

August 6, 2014

I Woke Up Like This

It’s fair to say that there are some Saturday & Sunday mornings that one does not want to get dressed in real clothes. That’s when a shirt like this just works…
i woke up like this shirt, tank, summer outfit, graphic t
i woke up like this shirt, tank, summer outfit, graphic t
j crew sandals, slides, gold sandals, how to wear slides, summer outfit
i woke up like this shirt, tank, summer outfit, graphic t
i woke up like this shirt, tank, summer outfit, graphic t, what is fashion
{private party tank // joes jeans shorts- diy'd // j. crew metallic sandals, forever 21 bag}

What’s funny is that I may or may not have worn this to bed the night before. I really did wake up like this! What’s also funny is that I swore to myself I would never take part of this new “slide” trend - you know, the Berkinstock resurgence thing - well, feminine J. Crew slides is the closest I’m going to get. What about you?