Monday, August 31, 2015

LOST FILES

 
A forgotten set of photos from a 4th of July trip up to Lake Tahoe. There was a thunderstorm in the distance while in en route, so dramatic that I had to hop out for photos.

Friday, August 21, 2015

TRANSITIONAL DENIM


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sears. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog post.


It's mid-August and we're in the midst of a brutal heat wave. This is the time of year where I desperately crave cooler temperatures and fall fashion. I'm over the glaring sun, blazing heat and all of the barely there pieces of clothing that I've been wearing for the past few months. It's time for blazers, denim, leather, boots, sweaters, scarves, etc., but sadly the weather dictates otherwise for a few more weeks. In anticipation of fall, I've already begun my "back to school" shopping, or more appropriately, back to fall shopping at Sears. I couldn't wait to start incorporating these pieces into my wardrobe and created a look that works well for summer. With a few slight tweaks (adding boots and/or blazer), this can easily be worn for cooler seasons as well.

I'm a big fan of simple tank tops like Metaphor's Long Layering Tank Top, whether worn alone or thin enough to wear as a layering piece. Everyone needs a chambray button down shirt and Bongo Junior's Chambray Shirt has a classic fit and wash. Denim can be challenging during a heat wave so chambray fabric is the perfect alternative. It gives off the same casual look in a much lighter weight fabric. The air conditioning is always blasting indoors due to the heat, so I always carry (or tie) a long sleeve shirt/sweater with me. Following the same thought process as chambray are Bongo Junior's Coated Shorts. The coated finish gives a leather-like effect, in a comfy jersey fabric.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

POLISHED PUNK

CALL IT SPRING KESKE BACKPACK AND DIGOSSI BOOTS

The key to fashion trends is taking what's currently trending and incorporating them in a way that's true to our own style. By injecting trendier pieces with the pre-existing pieces that's already part of your wardrobe makes for a more effortless look. This look is the perfect hybrid between my personal style, which can be best defined as "casual-chic" and mixing in edgier pieces for a "polished punk" ensemble. I like to mix-and-match 1-2 statement pieces with simple and classic never-go-out-of-style staples for a more balanced look.
 
When I saw the Keske Backpack and the Digossi Boots from Call It Spring, I knew I had to have them both. I'm a sucker for anything that's black, anything that's gold and everything that's both. The gold studded backpack is a great alternative to the cross body bags that I'm always carrying because it holds twice as much and keeps my hands free at the same time. And the ankle booties make for the perfect addition to my already massive ankle bootie collection. I have nothing like it, given that its made of a grey wool-like material and features a black chain detail. The chunky heel provides additional height in a way that's still comfortable enough to rock (get it?) all day long.
 
Given that these 2 pieces are edgy, I stuck with a darker color palette of blacks and greys to allow my accessories to own the spotlight. A classic black v-neck tee and a pair of dark grey cut-off shorts to keep things casual, and a black blazer adds a touch of polish to finish off the look.

Monday, August 3, 2015

DENIM TRUTH & DARE

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.

Truth or dare? This favorite pastime game of mine just isn’t fun without playing both sides of the game. Now that fall is quickly approaching and is the official season of denim, let’s apply the game to denim. 

The truth about my personal taste in denim is that I love skinny silhouettes. The tighter, the better, but in a lightweight fabric that stretches and doesn’t cut off my circulation. Also, I love a light wash that has a vintage feel. Whether it’s in the wash itself with hand-sanding details or rips and tears, or even all the above, I’m always looking for something that makes it unique. Lastly, the inseam is important to me. I find that an ankle-length fits me the best and pairs well with any type of shoe. They easily tuck into boots and are the perfect length for flats, sneakers and heels, without any scrunching at the bottom. 

And now comes the fun part – as part of a denim “dare”, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to wear a denim style that I typically don’t gravitate towards – boyfriend shorts. I’m a big fan of boyfriend jeans, but have never worn boyfriend shorts because I’m never sure how to style them. Because boyfriend shorts are longer than the short shorts that I normally wear and usually aren’t flattering when you are trying to elongate the legs, I paired it with a pair of heels. A plain black tee to go with the casualness of the rips and tears, with a classic vest to pull it all together. How did I do for my dare? 

Now, I dare you to do the same! Have a little fun and experiment with a denim style that’s outside your norm. Share your Target denim style on social media by using #TargetStyle with your posts. And the best part? From August 2 through August 15, enjoy free shipping and free returns when you shop denim on www.target.com/jeans. This makes shopping for denim online super easy – just keep what you love and send back the ones you don’t! 

Find your style @targetstyle and slip on a pair of jeans from Target.
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