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)

Too Pure To Be Pink

Ah summer, I am hopelessly devoted to you. From those summer days to (Oh!) those summer nights, I just cannot get enough. And the moment that the warm weather arrives, I throw aside my black denim, my jewel-toned tops, my plaid button ups and I say to my sundresses, my white knit tops and my sandals “you are the ones that I want”.

But, as fun as it is to dress for the season you have, its worth bringing a few of those not-so-summer items out to play every so often. You know, let your sunshine-y dress and your ankle booties go together like ramma-lamma-lamma!

That idea, and perhaps a favorite movie of mine, is what inspired this little ensemble. Because, if I do say so myself, I think I may resemble everybody’s favorite Aussie, Sandy from Grease! (Which, as much as I adore this movie, I have to say as a feminist, the end is a bit insufferable. Anytime a woman has to change to get a man, my eyes roll back so far in my head I worry they just may get stuck. And don’t even get me started on the flying car thing….). I just paired my new favorite off the shoulder top with my thrown in the back of the closet til Fall black jeans, and BOOM, I was all ready to have you tell me about it, stud.

So as much as I enjoy my strappy sundresses and my easy breezy summer tops, I will have to remember to mix it up every so often. Because when I do it right…why, it’s greased lightning!


Jeans: Gap

Earrings: Paperdolls Boutique (Similar)

Heels: Carlos (Similar 1Similar 2)