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#OOTD: Apron Dress

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ASOS Denim Premium Textured Minimal Midi Dress,

Mishca Cardigan (sold out, similar), Madewell Alena Sandal,

Madwell Camera Bag (similar)

 

According to my wardrobe, this season is all about mid-length dresses and skirts… and cardigans. The length elongates and streamlines—even on my 5’2″ frame. When I slipped this dress on, I thought, “wow, this looks like an apron.” Then I Googled “apron dress” and learned it was a thing—and for good reason! The halter neckline, plunging back and slimming waist ties are small features that give this sack dress shape. If ankle-sweeping styles feel intimidating, I  can assure you they’re worth the risk. And, if they don’t work out, you can always use them as a nighty or robe. 😉 

 

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

If you follow other style blogs or fashion Instagrammers you’ve probably been hearing all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. For the past couple of weeks the shiny “Early Access” tab on Nordstrom.com has had me salivating at the thought of a new fall wardrobe. After much anticipation I’m happy to report the sale is now live. I’ve purged the site and found my favorites—scroll through above to check them out! 

 

What I’m extra excited about:

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#OOTD: 4 Pieces To Own

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Only Soft Wrap Coat via ASOS, Equipment Brett Blouse via Stitch Fix,

Henry & Belle Lila Super Skinny Jeans,

Zara Block Heeled Flats (similar)

 

I’ve been snapping my daily #OOTDs in the morning before work. And although I try to plan my outfits the night before, more often than not, things just don’t look right when I’m getting dressed (the struggles). Usually when I’m having an internal temper tantrum—and the clothes are flying across the room—I can always count on my closet staples to bail me out of a nothing-to-wear day:

 

  1. Trench Coat or Long Jacket: A knee-long outer layer can do wonders. It transforms a basic look into a street chic one with little to no effort. Of course, you can’t go wrong with black or khaki, but my current faves are camel and navy for a more modern feel.
  2. Button-Up Shirt: Obviously, I’d rather be wearing a sweater or tee, but in efforts to look slightly put-together, a button-up shirt will always do the trick. I like cotton styles, but silk seems more forgiving in the wrinkle department and I can usually get away with a little steaming from hanging it in the bathroom when I shower. 
  3. Pointed-Toe Shoes: Flats, heels or boots—pick your poison. Rounded-toe shoes are beginning to trend again, but the sleek, elongating look of a block-heel flat with pointed toe looks plain sexy. I’m probably the only person to put “block heel” and “sexy” in the same sentence, but just remember you heard it here first.
  4. Jeans that fit: I despise when people say, “you get what you pay for,” but in the world of denim—you get what you pay for. I don’t believe you need to spend $200+ on jeans that fit well, but I definitely think you can feel the difference when it comes to designer versus fast-fashion stores. My favorite, no-fail styles come from Henry & Belle. They’re a Chicago based brand with a cult following—they’ve been flying under the radar, mostly being sold in local boutiques. I love them because they suck everything in and I never have to worry about them stretching out. The pair I have on repeat are currently on sale (under $100) here. Note: Size down, the waist runs big. 

 

 

 

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Fancy Finds: Summer Sweaters

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left to right, top to bottom: 1. navy off-the-shoulder, 2. white sleeveless, 3. striped crewneck, 4. rust crochet tank5. mauve mock neck, 6. olive off-the-shoulder, 7. white layered, 8. grey halter

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that summer in San Francisco isn’t quite “summer” (and if you live here, you totally get it!). Since the thought of passing up warm-weather outfits gives me major FOMO, faking summer with sleeveless sweaters and season-less colors are my only solve. Those in hot climates may start sweating as soon as they see this lineup, but  blustery, 50° days call for thick knits and sweaters.  

 

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#OOTD: High-Tops

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New Look Suedette High Top Sneakers (only $33!), BlankNYC Splatter Crop Skinny Jeans,

Brandy Melville Margie TopQuay Australia All Of My Love Sunglasses,

ALLSAINTS Mini Pearl Bag, Everlane Anorak

 

I had such a fun week exploring LA and I can’t wait to visit again. The weather was amazing and the eating was good, but there’s something about San Francisco that makes coming home worthwhile (even if that means going from 80° & sunny to 50° & foggy). And whether the temperature is warm or cool, sneakers are my #1 shoe choice. Well, mules are a close second—but then again anything that pairs well this nightgown—I mean dress is a winner in my book. 

 

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#OOTD: Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt

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J.Crew Ruffle-Sleeve T-Shirt, Mavi Jeans (similar),

Rebecca Minkoff Geo Love Handbag, Rebecca Minkoff Sandals (sold out, similar),

Quay All My Love Sunglasses

 

I was originally eyeing this top from J.Crew but never made the plunge. I’m happy I held out because I found this one, which I think I like more. It’s a bit more casual and easier on the wallet. It’s kind of a boxy fit, so if you want it more fitted, size down. I’m wearing an XS here—I tend to like my tops a little loose and found that the XXS was a tad narrow throughout the torso. The material is thicker than a regular t-shirt—perfect for our San Francisco summer.  

 

 

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#OOTD: ASOS 90s Midi Dress

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ASOS 90’s High-Neck Midi Dress, PONY TopStay XO Sneakers (under $50!),

Capulet Suede Moto Jacket, Quay Chrisspy Sunglasses via Urban Outfitters,

ALLSAINTS Pearl Hobo Bag, Bandana (under $10!)

I do a pretty good job of pretending that I don’t like dresses. While I prefer skirt or jeans when I can get a way with it, dresses aren’t too bad—especially this one. It’s flattering, cool, and versatile—oh yeah, and it’s it’s only $33! It comes in white too, which I’m seriously contemplating on purchasing. Though, I’m hesitant because I become a major stain magnet whenever I wear white. 

 

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