Independence Day

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As you can already tell, this post is all about Independence Day attire. My day would be spent BBQ-ing and hanging poolside with friends and playing with fireworks with my boyfriends family. While the temperature was going to be in the mid 80s it was the usual Southern California beach weather that would shift towards a cool evening by the time fireworks were ready to be lit. My new thrifted overalls made their second appearance as they are the perfect fit for an active day. I paired them with my new ASOS white v-neck tee which I might add is incredibly soft and loose fitting, my favorite when it comes to tees. The plaid flannel doubled as the perfect touch of red and the perfect jacket when it got cool out. Hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th!

New Forever T-Shirt – ASOS

Overalls – Thrifted

Sunnies – ZeroUV

Flannel – Thrifted

Baby Blues

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Denim is never out of style, however, we are breaking the barriers of the “Canadian Tux” and piling on the blues to exponential heights. I found this denim blazer at the Melrose Trading Post awhile back and have found it is the perfect fit to pair with a cute above the knee dress. “Girly” and “Boyfriend” fits are perfectly balanced with just the right amount of leg showing to offset the heavy top half of my body. I wanted to give off the illusion of all denim so I threw on my ASOS cotton dress that has a worn denim look.

I paired this outfit with dark accessories like my Brandy Melville beanie and Zara lunch bag purse to give some additional edge. I picture this outfit strolling along the New York City streets for a day filled with meetings and overpriced lunches.

Denim Blazer – Thrifted

Cold Shoulder T-Shirt Dress in Acid Wash – ASOS

LA Beanie – Brandy Melville

Basic Messenger Bag – Zara

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Criss Cross Cropped

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I would like to take a few minutes to discuss the amazing job that PacSun is doing in rebranding their stores. Their “Golden State of Mind” marketing campaign has brought them back to their roots as a California based retailer with heavy southern California beach babe vibes (for girls at least). Finally they have transitioned from graphic tees and into trendy cut and sew pieces for women. They were incredibly smart to capitalize on Kendall and Kylie Jenner as well, two young girls who are not only influential for their better known siblings (the Kardashians) but also for their modeling and fashion influence on the young girls/women in America. I picked up this cropped top on sale from their last collection. It fits incredibly well and is the perfect price point for young girls working on a weekly allowance (part of PacSuns target audience). I paired them with my thrifted high waisted Levis shorts and Platrane Jeffrey Campbell boots. A true hot California weekend look. Nothing better than throwing on some majorly distressed shorts and a cropped top. My signature outfit when the temp turns up.

Kendall & Kylie Criss Cross Cropped Top – PacSun (SALE)

High Waisted Levis Shorts – Thrifted

Platrane Boots – Jeffrey Campbell

Sunnies – ZeroUV

Jersey Monochrome

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I have styled this mesh jersey top from H&M in an earlier posting but decided to take a different route today to show it’s versatility. In my previous post I paired this jersey with some high waisted shorts and DC tennies, taking the jersey somewhat literally as we also shot the pictures on a baseball field. This jersey trend isn’t just for the ballpark however, today I transitioned the top into a chic and somewhat professional look for work. These black high waisted denim jeans from Urban Outfitters was one of my better purchases last year. The dark wash allows them to be disguised as “dressy” for work but when paired with a cropped top you can easily slip into a more casual overtone.

Accessories are what finish off this look. Gold, gold and well…more gold. Gold accessories are my favorite when I’m pushing a monochrome look. Adding a gold chain to a jersey top helps us understand why football players and baseball players wear those ridiculous gold chains around their necks, because it really does play off the jersey quite well. Maybe it is just the ridiculous notion that athletes make millions of dollars by throwing balls at one another but hey, it’s entertaining right?

Mesh Jersey Top – H&M

Platrane Boot – Jeffrey Campbell via MissKL

BDG Cigarette High-Rise Jeans – Urban Outfitters

UNIF Vapor Moto Jacket – Dolls Kill

Summer Music Inspiration – Pharell Williams

Pharell Williams has been resurrected from the depths of producing music and is back on the forefront of the Billboard charts. His latest collaborations with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk are the perfect summer jams that make me feel like cruising in my car with the windows down and the wind in my hair. His beats never fail to get me up and dancing and his latest collab is a perfect example. I heard this song earlier this morning on Power 106 and I AM OBSESSED. Did I mention that the song includes Nelly and Nicki Minaj as well? Enough said, I KNOW.

Trending: The Oversized Clutch

If you are like me, you are slightly fearful of clutches. Not for their small size, but for their ability to get separated from you. Just like those parents who need to attach a leash to their kids, my purse needs to be at my side at all times. As a girl constantly on the go my purse seconds as a mini suitcase with all the necessary items needed incase of any type of emergency. I have however been warming up to the idea of clutches after seeing such chic (and much larger) pieces popping up online. Here are a few of my favorite trends:

The Envelope Clutch

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Lunchbag Clutch

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Marie Turnor

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Oversized Zip Clutch

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ASOS

Easy Breezy White Tee

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It’s clean up day in the office and as a way to get everyone in the spirit we were allowed to dress casual. While I normally don’t wear jeans, I have gained a new love for this old pair of distressed jeans I used to wear in High School. For once my clothes hoarding has paid off! I paired them with my loose fitting white cropped tee and a Roxy jacket. I have ignored this jacket for way too long! It has a quilt like texture which keeps me warm and comfortable. Almost feels like I’m laying in bed….almost. The print is really subtle but adds a little pop to this somewhat basic outfit. I love purchasing good quality basic tops and bottoms which can be paired with fun prints within your wardrobe. I’m currently on a hunt for new jeans and basic tees to accent all the trend pieces I’ve been buying. Shopping is hard work!

Distressed Boyfriend Denim – Similar Here

White Tee – Similar Here

Quilted Jacket – Roxy

Wedding Wear: Black & White Romper

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This past Sunday was a whirlwind of decorating, love, and laughter as my father walked down the aisle for the second time marrying the new love of his life. I was actually planning on wearing a dress I already had for this beautiful day but to my surprise Mango was having an awesome sale and this black & white romper I had been eyeing was on a ridiculous clearance price. I just had to have it! It really worked out well considering it was 75+ degrees most of the day with no breeze. Setting up the wedding plus dancing the night away wouldn’t have been as easy had I worn the original dress I planned. I would highly recommend wearing a romper to a wedding or any other formal event. While it is a nightmare trying to use the restroom (especially if you are drinking) some of the rompers I have seen are so easy to dress up or down and especially since this was a more “laid back” affair it was the perfect fit. Don’t miss out on Mango’s sale! They have some awesome pieces!

Open Back Printed Jumpsuit – Mango (SALE)

Laminated High-Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap – Zara (SALE)

Sunnies – ZeroUV

ASOS T-Shirt Dress

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Took a stroll around the swap meet at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds today. I found a really cute pair of overalls so it was worth the trip, not to mention it is a beautiful day outside. I have come across ASOS a few times over the past few months but never really dug deep enough into the site. Recently I have become obsessed with their pieces. I grabbed this cotton t-shirt dress and am so happy with it! It’s super comfortable and the fabric gives off a soft washed denim feel. I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this dress a lot considering you can throw it on so easily. I would definitely recommend ASOS for those who are looking for quality basic pieces at a good price.

Cold Shoulder T-Shirt Dress in Acid Wash – ASOS

Microstud Buckle Booties – GoJane

Sunnies – ZeroUV

Photos by: Nick Arant

Star Trecking: Galactic Denim

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It’s finally Friday which means I can indulge in some printed denim at work! This Galactic print is so fun and exciting I kept my top half mellow with a chiffon blouse from Foreign Exchange and my LA Hearts Bralette from PacSun. You can’t really tell but the bralette is actually holographic which I thought would look rad with my new silver heels from Zara. Printed denim really makes me feel a tad bit wild and I think a lot of my coworkers agree.

Chiffon Blouse – Foreign Exchange

Galactic Denim – Topshop

LA Hearts Bralette – PacSun

Laminated High-Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap – Zara

Basic Messenger Bag – Zara

Sunnies – ZeroUV

FIERCE Bracelet – BCBG Generation

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