Labor Day Sales Are On!

Summer sales are to women what children are to their mothers: always on their mind when they’re around, but definitely anxiety-producing creatures. But before you know it, they’re gone with your money and your heart. And there you are left with only memories of what you could have, should have, didn’t do. Oh the joys of motherhood!

I only relate to this because now is the time my friends…time to scoop up all your favorite things at the end of the season sales before they slip away. Who you do you know that doesn’t LOVE a good sale? Especially a sale that will lead right onto Fall? Nobody.

Right now everyone from Old Navy to adidas, to Sephora and Birchbox, Tibi and J. Crew, are clearing out summer merchandise to make room for fall. Surprisingly, I am finding some great basics, and transitional pieces on sale. I found a few great jumpsuits that could easily work into fall layered with a denim or leather jacket, some amazing pieces from J. Crew, and a slew of denim and leather jackets on sale.

See below for my top pics for what I am craving right now.

Labor Day Sale3.1 Phillip Lim mint backpack// Frame Le Garcon jean // rag & bone Nancy top / Tibi skirt use code HELLOFALL // Kelly Wearstler paper code LABORDAY // Sephora liner summer sendoff sale // Old Navy flannel shirt // Pamela Love ring and cuff enter code WHITE // Marc by Marc Jacobs watch // Tibi mules and loafers enter code HELLOFALL and finally Vans  found on sale at J. Crew with 30% off purchase of $125 or more with code 24HOURS

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

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Labor Day Getaway

There are a few details that contribute to my happiness regarding hitting the road and getting out-of-town. First and foremost, I am an irrational packer, taking way too many things. Packing for me is quite paralyzing because I am afraid of anything awry. Second to this, I hate living out of a suitcase. The thought of a mobile closet doesn’t sit well with me — chiefly because I like to have options, and wear what I feel like wearing, not what is directly in front of me.

This last quick summer getaway Labor Day weekend though, things will be different. As the final weekend before September comes way too soon, the constant shlepping, packing and unloading, is getting gruesomely tiring. It has taken me till the 24th hour of August to realize that it just doesn’t matter to anybody else what I am wearing except me.

Finally, whether you are heading to Palm Springs, Maine, or Montauk, enjoy the moments, savor the smells, and take it all in for whatever its worth. I have my predictions for what will be happening on the streets come September, so I’m just planning now on what I am going to wear in the coming weeks.

denim shorts

 

Photos: Michael Crook

denim shorts

Here’s what I am packing for the long weekend: a white T-shirt, a denim shirt to tie over my shoulders in case it gets cool, denim shorts for morning noon and night, wedge sandals, a pair of white sneakers, and a bikini. And a bag to pack it all in.

Shop the look here and don’t forget the click on the photo to head right to the website. Happy Friday!

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Print Scapade

This has been one of the best summers, mostly because of the sensational weather. But there is a nip in the air and it feels like Fall and back to school, are right around the corner.

With that in mind, its time to edit my closet and move aside the summery florals. Now is the time for punchier, wackier prints to take center stage. Geometrics, swirls, crazy python prints, and multicolored digital mashups vow to keep this Fall weather feeling decidedly upbeat.

I am normally not a print lover but I love the take on this dress, the green and blue python-inspired Champs-Élysées dress featured below by Cluny. I have a feeling that I will continue my love of flats going forward as well.

Cluny dress
python print dress
Cluny dress // Super Sunglasses // Marni sandals
python print dress
green and blue python dress
green and blue printed dress
Super Sunglasses
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End of Summer Uniform

I went Fall shopping yesterday. It was a mini disaster, not because there wasn’t a huge selection of choices, but because I am not ready to indulge in mustard-colored sweatersdark florals, and other fall favorites quite yet. I am a summer girl at heart and am still relishing the late summer sun before the autumnal breezes start coming in.

With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off my summer to-do list. Things like replacing white sheets and towels for fresh ones, sorting through that huge pile of mail, and deep apartment cleaning.

But before I bid summer adieu, here is what I will miss.

1. Climbing out of the freezing cold ocean.

2. Exercising and then eating those calories outdoors.

3. Editing my closet  down to a science. Just kidding.

This season, I put away my white jeans and instead opted for gauzy sheaths.  Maybe it’s because everybody wore white denim 24/7 and they felt so over and done, so I retired my 10 pairs to the back of my closet. Until this week when I started wearing them again.

If striped tops and baggy white jeans would have to be my go-to uniform for fall, I would be fine with that. The best part of summer is being able to grab your uniform, whether it’s a white T-shirt and shorts or a dress from the night before, then slipping your feet into the nearest pair of sandals and heading out the door for the next 12 hours. Like I always said, white jeans are a year-round staple, not just a summer fling.

white jeans

Wearing: Bec and Bridge cropped top // Paige Denim jeans // Topshop Fang sandals // Chanel vintage bag // Jeepers Peepers sunglasses

striped shirt

vintage Chanel bag

striped shirt and white jeans

white jeans

striped top

There is a chance to squeeze in two long, languid weeks left of summer if you stay true to the autumnal equinox so tell me, for the love of a sunny weekend on the horizon, what are you going to miss about summer? Chime in!

Happy Friday!

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Code White

End of summer = code white. I have been wearing white as planned the entire month, enjoying these blissful long summer days and end-of-August evenings, pairing stripes, or denim digs into my look. I wish I could extend the season, but I haven’t cracked the code on how to stay in white dresses past September. If you find a way, please alert the media.

When putting on said white summer dresses, I feel like such a lady, so I always make sure there’s something boyish in my look. I felt the urge to pair my white dress with white sneakers to add a playful element. See how to achieve this below.

white dress

white dress

Zara dress // SUPER sunglasses // Harvey Faircloth clutch // Saint Laurent sneakers

white dress

white dress

white dress and striped bag

Accessories by Forma de Ser // Chan Luu // Charlotte Lebeck ring

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Summer Baubles

If there is anything I have learned about summer, is that it is short-lived. It occurred to me yesterday morning when I went to take a walk in my neighborhood, I was experiencing a textbook case of bittersweetness. August signifies heat and humidity, and after the winter we endured, I marveled in the fact that my fingers were ballooning as the humidity expanded their width.

It is already mid-August which means September is right around the corner. And fashion week! Until that circus, I am reveling in the fact that my legs flap around in shorts, my neck is exposed to the sky, and my wrists, legs, ankles, and lobes are just letting loose. In an attempt to keep summer long-lived, I will wear things that scream summer which for me translates to… accessories!

This summer I was introduced to Vanesa Farfan, a unique collection of minimalist and simplistic designs with delicate details that make a statement. Elegant and refined, I love piling on layers of suede, 14K gold, and silk cord bracelets to decorate my limbs and define my style.

Launched in June of 2011, the brand is sold online and in high-end fashion boutiques throughout the country and ranging in price point from $10 to $120, there is something for everyone. Check out her looks below. All are available at Vanesa Farfan.

vanesa farfan

accessories for summer

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

vanesa farfan

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Recycling The Goods

It’s Wednesday morning, happy hump day! and I am fresh out of ideas of what to wear. The paradox of summer ease is in how difficult it becomes to remove yourself from the black hole that is comfort, wear what I have been wearing every single freaking day, a T-shirt and some form of denim to avoid that inevitable thought that is 100% inaccurate: I have nothing to wear.

Instead, I am combining reliable looks that I have worn previously,  and will tango with the thought that I will copy myself. I will wear looks that I have previously put together, verbatim. BORING? No, not quite.

My body is tired of shopping, WHAT? and my mind is bored, (I’m reading my books) that is until the weather starts to change and inspire me to turn me on to move past the recently used section of my closet. It’s just sheer laziness but I don’t mind. These looks looked good on me last year and life is too short to leave a closet full of goods pristinely folded and unworn. So, its time to get the wheels of our closets in motion and recycle some of our favorite looks from our perspective closets.

In this look below, I am wearing a Mango white t-shirt, a Zara skort so in vogue last season that I just recently took it out to play, get it this season at Nasty Gal, and this JW Anderson vest. Didn’t forget about those cool accessories: bracelets from Emily Kammeyer, this Reed Krakoff bag and crocodile Givenchy babies.

white skort and blue vest
white Zara skort

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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The Dog Days

I tried a social experiment on myself over the weekend, which was to reclaim my life before the smartphone took it over. At first, it was difficult to combat, as my blog, is in a constant state of motion. I am incessantly checking my instagram feed, and keeping on the fashion world’s radar, enough to make your head spin. But as the hours went by, my third limb slowly disappeared and become part of my habitué. I almost forgot my phone was there. Well, almost.

Without being attached to my phone I was able to:

1. Converse with people and open up my ears even more.

2. Surf.

3. Read.

The onset of August means only one thing: Fashion month is near. But until then, it’s time to get in as many final beach days as possible. I’ve already given you the rundown on what to wear, and how to look like a sun-kissed goddess. But what about the ultimate sunbathing accessory—a book? Whether you are bound for Ibiza or the Rockaways, this is the time to dig into those yummy stories knowing you have a full month to get polish them off.

read a book the dog days of August Reading a book photo

 

Here’s what’s on my hit list. What’s on yours?

Photos: Jeff Thibodeau

 

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Fit To Be Tied

There have been so many times when I wish my laced-up sneakers didn’t have laces. They hang loose until I inevitably trip, I turn a nice shade of black and blue, and the rest is history. What would I wear instead? Not slides, not slip-ons. Sneakers are laced-up for a reason, to hold your feet in place. It’s so much easier to tie a top than a shoe, right?

Remember the tie front shirt? If you vividly remember the 90′s like I do, the tie front shirt trend feels like a bit of a déjà vu. I did own several in gingham. When undone, it looks like you have two rabbit ears hanging from the hem of your shirt, but when tied, the tie front shirt creates the look of a relaxed cinched waist. Natch.

black tie-front shirt

 

It is very hard to accept the fact that I’m old enough to see trends recycle themselves. When it comes to fashion, the tie front trend was bound to come back. And the best part? Since showing skin really works for summer, consider how many times you bend down to tie your shoes. A million right? Consider a pair of high-waisted shorts to pair with the tops, and in the southern region, espadrilles or Birkenstocks that signify an easy breezy summer style.

tie front shirt

tie-front blouse

tie front  black blouse

black tie-front shirt and long shorts

white sunglasses

Take your pick below.

 

 

All photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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Currently Craving

fashion inspiration

There is nothing better than refreshing my wardrobe on the world wide web. The process leaves me with inspiration as to how to update my wardrobe without having to actually purchase anything. The feeling that I can leave it there, walk away, and dream is priceless. I will revisit these another time when I realize that a pair of black snake-embossed espadrilles would only enhance my denim digs.

Happy Friday!

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Maison Martin Margiela silver cuff // rag & bone T-Shirt // Dior black polish // Levi’s denim shirt // Alexander Wang pinstripe boxer shorts // Penelope Chilvers  snake-embossed espadrilles // woven scarf // Sophie Bille Brahe bracelet // Vince leather scuba jacket

 

 

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