Hardworking, Detail Oriented

As much as I like to look at the big picture over all, everyone knows the devil’s in the deets. Even the most elementary of outfit formulas can be jazzed up with a key element or two – a little pattern play can spice up your go-to work outfit and a blazer and jeans are the perfect backdrop to some mixed metallics. I love taking something basic and elevating it with a tweak here and there. Take this outfit, for example – blouse and jeans, seems simple enough, right? What if I were to tell you that the reason it works is that all of the additional pieces are working together to tell a cohesive story? The braided detail on the clutch’s zipper pull mimics the weave and exaggerated pull on the shoes. The x ring also winks at that criss-cross pattern while creating triangles in the negative space that give a nod to the earrings. And the earrings? Well, they point directly to the cool pleated detail on the back of the blouse (which also happens to be reminiscent of the slashes on the shoes #nbd)

In fashion and life, teamwork makes the dream work, you guys. So even when you’re rocking something that seems pretty straightforward, don’t be afraid to add in a cool element (a scallop short here, a bunny rabbit there…) to keep it interesting.

pleated back blouse: LOFT

skinny jeans: American Eagle

woven peep-toe booties: Target

fold over clutch: Target (similar)

triangle dangles: Fashion Lane truck (similar)

rose gold x ring: Charming Charlie

tortoise shell sunglasses: Charming Charlie

initial E ring: Down by the Station boutique (similar)

Beyond the Pale

Well, it officially hit 90 degrees here this weekend and that means that summer is *just* around the corner. It’s that time of year where people are stocking up on bronzer, hitting up tanning salons, and practicing crazy, voodoo witchcraft, all in the pursuit of that “healthy summer glow”. Me? I’ve never been one of those girls for a multitude of reasons: 1) I’m way, WAY too afraid of cancer to ever lay in a tanning bed or sprawl out in the sun without SPF 100, 2) No matter how hard I try, I always miss a spot whether I’m shaving or applying lotion, so I’m pretty sure self-tanner would be a disaster and 3) I don’t tan, I just burn BAD. Now, do I sometimes wish I was one of those perfectly bronzed goddesses? Hell yeah! The chance to lounge poolside and look like a person who belongs there rather than a lobster who escaped the dinner plate? Who wouldn’t want that?! When I was younger, I was super self conscious about my pale pallor, but as I’ve grown older I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin (both figuratively and literally), That isn’t to say there aren’t still days (usually when I discover yet another mystery bruise I probably got from running my shin into something) where I wish that I didn’t glow in the shade. But on those days, I try my hardest to remember to love the skin I’m in and make sure I celebrate it (usually by putting my ghostly gams on display).

Shift dress: Old Navy (this season’s floral)

Lace-up flats: Old Navy

Loop belt: Target

Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar for Target (similar)