Eccentric Short Suit & Work Attire

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My entire wardrobe has made a complete 180 degree turn in comparison to a year ago. While I still indulge in a sometimes tasteless and overly revealing cropped top, graduating college and entering the workforce really puts a damper on your “free dress spirit”. Balancing work and school gave me an outlet to express myself without limitations while attending classes and bringing out my dressier side for work. It’s a difficult route for a fashionista considering you get inspired to wear certain things on certain days which might not always be deemed “appropriate” to stuffy corporate America.

I have really tried to embrace a new outlook on “work attire” and have been inspired by the Resort 2014 collections, specifically Rebecca Taylor. I have also noticed a few bloggers taking on this route, in particular Sincerely Jules and We Wore What caught my attention for their daring colors, smooth textures, and matching pieces.

Here are some of my inspiration pieces.
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Rebecca Taylor

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Corporate Casual

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I finally received my new pair of Zara heels in the mail the other day, I immediately began running styling options through my head once I received them. I looked towards a casual style to mix up the dressiness and shine of the shoes. Believe it or not, all of these pieces are at least a year old. It is so refreshing to be able to incorporate older pieces in your closet that have been neglected. This is one of the ways that I keep myself sane if I am unable to head out for a shopping spree. Usually I hit the back of my closet for some inspiration and usually, it’s there to meet me halfway.

Laminated High-Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap – Zara

Basic Messenger Bag – Zara

Plaid Button Up – BDG Urban Outfitters

Sunnies – ZeroUV

Boyfriend Blazer – H&M

Style Inspiration: 90s Friends

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Jennifer Aniston Inspiration

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This past weekend TV Land was hosting a Friends marathon. I caught myself saying “I love her outfit” or “I’d wear that” in almost every episode. The early 2 seasons of Friends have the greatest classic 90s style that I am obsessing over lately. I was cruising through Urban Outfitters and ASOS and found these amazing pieces that are channeling a 90s Jennifer Aniston. Who would have thought re-runs would bring you style inspiration?

Denim Dress – Urban Outfitters

Cheap Monday High Waisted Denim – ASOS

Ultra Denim Pencil Skirt – ASOS

90s Cropped Top – ASOS

River Island Turn Up Overalls – ASOS

Mini Vaca & Printed Shorts

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This past weekend Nick and I visited Laguna Beach to celebrate our one year anniversary. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever been on and the weather was perfect. Nothing like walking out of your hotel room and onto the sand. Aside from eating some amazing food, laying out and taking some long walks on the beach, I still managed to get a few shots of my outfits. The theme for this relaxing getaway… printed shorts. The first pair you see are from H&M. I got them for a steal last year as they started blowing out their summer items. The second pair are a printed trouser short from Forever 21 which makes them a little dressier. Both outfits are perfect for this vacation, simple, light weight, but still a fun pop of color!

Cropped Top – Brandy Melville

Printed Trouser Shorts – Forever21

Sunnies – ZeroUV

Isabel Marant to H&M

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Isabel Marant Spring 2013 Collection

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As we all know, Isabel Marant is collaborating with H&M this coming November! Her bohemian rock inspired style style will give H&M a fun new spin on their already countless number of successful designer collaborations. This collection will feature clothing and accessories for women and teenagers and for the first time Marant will be designing a men’s collection. I have posted a few of my favorites from her Spring 2013 collection. (aside from the shoes) I’m really anxious to see what comes of this collaboration. Usually I find a few pieces that catch my eye but usually those are the first to go. Looks like I’ll have to put up a good fight this time.

Downtown Orange, CA

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Had some fun at the driving range this morning and afterward Nick and I cruised to Downtown Orange for lunch and a little window shopping. This Quiksilver Women’s top just screams “takin it easy” so it fit pretty nicely for our laid back day. I also think I’ve worn my Zara flats 5/7 days this week but hey, at least I’m getting more bang for my buck.

Sunnies – ZeroUV

Umbrella Cropped Top – Quiksilver Womens

White Cigarette Jeans – Hudson Jeans

Glitter Flats – Zara

Style Muse: Lily Collins

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As if I could love Lily Collins anymore (aside from her being the spawn of Phil Collins whom I LOVE), her latest feature in the July issue of Glamour is seriously inspiring. The styling for this shoot is amazing, it really grasps how my style has felt lately, edgy and 50s classic. Not to mention she really makes me want to go back to dark hair. By far my favorite quote from the interview was this: “I’ve never been the girl to run around in sweats. I love fashion.” Probably the best description of my entire high school and college career, people always assumed I had a presentation or interview after class from how I “dressed up” on a daily basis. To me it isn’t dressing up, I don’t feel uncomfortable in anything I wear which is probably why I enjoy fashion.

Photo’s Courtesy of: IHEARTCOLLINS

The Slit Maxi

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June gloom has been in full swing this week. My outfits are becoming seriously bipolar. With it being so cloudy outside I can’t help but want to wear my PJ’s to the office, unfortunately, I think thats frowned upon here. I grabbed my favorite Brandy Melville oversized sweater instead. It’s super soft with the perfect amount of thickness to make it easy to wear when its cool out. I haven’t worn this maxi skirt in awhile but I love the maroon color and slit. I know, I know, it’s a little too fall for June but hey, I also broke out my beanie, weather is too unpredictable!

Glitter Flat Sandals – Zara

Sweater – Brandy Melville

LA Beanie – Brandy Melville

Lauren Conrad for Kohls Spring Collection

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After following Lauren Conrad on Instagram I came across a few posts regarding her Kohls collection. I’ll admit, I’m not one to stop into Kohls to take a peak at what’s “trending” but with well known designers partnering with companies like Target, JcPenny and Kohls I can’t help take a peak. The great thing about working with large discount department stores is that you are reaching for an entirely different market. Here you are hitting individuals who are trying to catch up to the latest designer trends but who can’t necessarily afford designer prices. It’s a smart move for any designer. While I used to think they were “sell outs” my thought process quickly changed once I looked at it in a business way.

Here are a few of the pieces I really like. Lately I’m a sucker for blazers, mint, and chiffon blouses. That’s what you get when you have to dress for work. The collection also includes house wares like bedding. Be on the lookout for Phillip Lim for Target this fall as well.

Thoughts on the collection?

Tropical Vacation Attire: Evening Wear

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With Summer rapidly approaching I’m sure many of you are preparing for at least one vacation getaway set in a sunny spot. Whether you are taking a weekend trip to Palm Springs or heading over the pacific to Hawaii, shopping and packing for evening wear is probably the hardest thing I’ve come across. We all know what to bring to a hot destination: shorts, tank tops and bikinis. But what about when your heading out for a night on the town? It seems silly to get overdressed for your hotel’s Luau but you don’t want to wear your bikini at the dinner table. I found all clothing and accessory items here from Zara and Mango (aside from the Gladiator Jeffrey Campbell Sandals). Floral prints, whites, and pops of shimmer and color are keys to keeping yourself looking relaxed yet polished.

Vacation Staples:

Printed Shorts – perfect to pair with your baggy tanks and tees you packed for the beach.

Boyfriend Jeans – keeps you looking casual and laid back but polished when paired with statement jewelry and silver sandals.

Infamous Gladiator Heel – Let’s be honest, Alexander Wang did us all a favor when these came out, luckily Jeffrey Campbell provides you with a more price pleasing alternative.

White Blouses – Perfect for those humid destinations, it keeps you protected from the sun and heat while maintaining your poise.

The best part about all of these pieces is that they can be mixed in with your daily wear. ALways remember the most important rule for vacations… don’t overpack!

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