The Sleeveless Turtleneck

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I love the retro look of sleeveless turtlenecks. I find them incredibly flattering and stylish.

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When I was in elementary school, and my mom still helped me pick out my outfits for the day, she used to always suggest I wear a turtleneck. At the time, I refused with all my might. Now, I reach for them all the time and laugh at the irony.

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Sleeveless turtlenecks are perfect for the hotter months of the year, when you still want the same look of a turtleneck without the extra warmth.

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On a side note, I love the way black and brown complement each other. I know that’s an unpopular opinion—to each their own. To me, there’s something so effortless about the combo.

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Whenever I wear this top, I pair it with a simple outfit—jeans, low heels, and cat eye sunglasses. Everything fits together seamlessly, putting a vintage spin on the classic jeans and a tank top style.

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Shop my look: slide sandals/ jeans/ top/ purse/sunglasses

Summer Slides

red sweatshirt, high waisted jeans, heeled slides, cross body purse

Every summer I find myself slipping into these slides again and again.

red sweatshirt, high waisted jeans, heeled slides, cross body purse

Aside from being incredibly comfortable, they go with everything. I wear them with dresses when I’m going out to dinner, or with jeans on casual day.

red sweatshirt, high waisted jeans, heeled slides, cross body purse

I love the way they elevate a simple outfit like you see here. What would have been the equivalent of a “moving day” outfit is now enhanced to create a cute weekend look.

red sweatshirt, high waisted jeans, heeled slides, cross body purse

Being just under 5 “4”, most of my favorite shoes have a small heel. I have seen a lot of flat slides recently, but this kitten heeled one is perfect for me. It’s high enough to make a difference, but low enough to walk in for long distances.

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Shop my look:

Nine West Jaya Solid Crossbody • Nine West • $44.25
Who What Wear Women’s Carolina Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $32.99
Women’s Free People Found My Friend Sweatshirt • Free People • $78
BDG Twig Super High-Rise Skinny Jean – Indigo • BDG • $59

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Put Together

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I have always been told that I look “put together”, and it’s something I strive for when I am getting dressed each day. It doesn’t mean that everything matches perfectly, or that I have a million accessories on, but instead that everything together creates one, unified look.

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I have a few tricks that can make this process a little bit easier. 1) Always start planning your outfit at the basics—the shirt and jeans, the skirt and top, etc. For instance, if you’re wearing a pair of high waisted jeans, choose a crop top. If the baseline of your outfit looks off, then your whole ensemble will suffer.

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2) Match your shoes to your blouse. This doesn’t have to be a perfect color match—it could mean that stylistically they go really well together. For example, a lot of jobs allow you to wear jeans to the office, but you still need to look professional. To do this, wear a button down top and a pair of pointy toe pumps. The top and shoes always signify the mood of your look.

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3) Pick one statement piece. In the look I’m wearing, I chose the bell sleeve cardigan. You want something that stands out from the rest—something that draws the eye in, but still subtle enough that onlookers won’t be able to pinpoint it. This goes for jewelry too. Have you ever heard the famous Coco Chanel saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Overdoing it is an easy mistake to make. Wearing just one statement piece of jewelry is a good way to play it safe, be it a dramatic earring or a beautiful necklace—you can’t go wrong.

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On Me: Similar Nordstrom Cardigan

Similar Clarks Shoes

Forever Top

Urban Jeans

The Utility Jacket

gap utility jacket, bdg jeans, lucky brand shoes, nine west cross body

I’ve been trying to find a cute, everyday utility jacket for a long time. I wanted something that was light enough to be worn year round, but also heavy enough to keep me warm on a chilly day. This Gap jacket fit my requirements perfectly.

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Utility jackets can often be a little too masculine for my liking, but this one was cut in a more feminine way. It’s both cropped and loosely fitted, which adds a little extra style than a typical cut.

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I love the versatile collar too. I’ve been wearing it untucked recently, but folded down is great for a warmer day. All in all, I highly recommend investing in this closet staple–especially if you’re living in a city like San Fransisco that’s freezing one minute and hot the next.

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On Me: Gap Jacket

BDG Jeans

Lucky Brand Shoes

Nine West Crossbody 

Jeans and a T-shirt

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

I love being comfortable, but I also love being fashionable. The jeans and a t-shirt look, though very popular, used to bore me. I just thought it wasn’t stylish enough.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

I started to brainstorm a few ways to elevate the casual look and came up with some ideas. First, opt for high-waisted jeans as opposed to low-rise. Then, try tucking in your t-shirt. You immediately begin to accentuate your figure, adding personality to the outfit.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

Finally, ditch the sneakers and pick out a pair of feminine flats to balance the look. Before you know it, your outfit will be turning heads.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

You can find my t-shirt and jeans here and here. My flats are sold out of blush, but here are a few similar options in the color:

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Marc Fisher

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Kristin Cavallari

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Nine West

Sunset

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada

Summer Ride

Nordstrom Blouse, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Joel and I love going for scenic drives. It’s our favorite way to pass the time.

Nordstrom Blouse, Urban Jeans, Clarks Heels

But first, we needed to stop for root beer floats from The Penny Ice Creamery here in Santa Cruz. They make the best ice cream in the area—from scratch! They always offer unique flavors and fun toppings, like marshmallow fluff. If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, make sure to stop by.

Nordstrom Top, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

Once we got our sweet tooth fix, we started to work our way through the Santa Cruz Mountains. We decided to pull over at the top just as the sun was beginning to fall.

Nordstrom Top, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

There is something so peaceful and serene about driving on the backroads. It makes the rush of everyday life feel a little less urgent.

Nordstrom Top, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

My go-to outfit during the summer months is a pretty blouse, cropped high-waisted jeans, and a comfortable heel. I bought this top at Nordstrom a few years ago, but here are a couple of similar styles they have in stock now:

nordstrom blouse

Halogen

Nordstrom Blouse

Free People

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

―John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

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Windy Oaks

windy oaks winery

This weekend Joel and I went to Windy Oaks–a beautiful winery hidden at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Corralitos.

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We are always up for an exciting car ride, so getting there was half the fun.

windy oaks winery

We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day for the adventure. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and there was a calming breeze to keep us cool.

windy oaks winery

The winery is absolutely stunning. We sipped delicious wine out on the patio overlooking what seemed like an endless amount of vines that flowed farther than the eye could see.

windy oaks winery

Eager to go exploring, we headed up the hill, making our way between the vines to take in the view.

windy oaks winery

We could have spent the whole day there.

White button down, high wasted jeans, wedge sandals

I opted for a casual outfit–a breezy button down with high waisted cut-offs and a pair of comfortable heels. If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, I highly recommend making the trek out there. And make sure to taste the Syrah–it’s almost as magnificent as the winery itself.

Striped button down, high waisted cut-offs, wedges.

“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.” Sophia Bush

On Me: Forever Top

Levi’s Jeans

Clarks Sandals

The First Day of Spring

Forever 21 Lace Top, Guess Jeans, Zigi Soho Mid Pumps

Spring is finally here! I’ve always felt that I gravitate towards Spring looks more than any other season. For me, Spring means cropped jeans, lace shirts, and playful heels.

Forever 21 Lace Top, Guess Jeans, Zigi Soho Mid Pumps

These high-rise straight-leg jeans by Guess are definitely a denim staple. You can wear them with a t-shirt and a pair of Keds on a lazy Sunday, or dress them up with heels and a fancy top for date night!

Forever 21 Lace Top, Guess Jeans, Zigi Soho Mid Pumps

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with my style. Taking fashion risks is one of the few things in life that don’t scare me. Rather than play it safe with a simple top that didn’t compete for the spotlight next to these statement jeans, I went with this eye catching top by Forever21. And luckily, they ended up complementing each other nicely.

Forever 21 Lace Top, Guess Jeans, Zigi Soho Mid Pumps

I finalized the look with these Ziginy Mid Pump heels. There is something so classic and “Audrey-esque” about round toe mid pumps–they tie a look together effortlessly.

“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” -Henry Rollins

The Last Days of Summer

Topshop pants, Urban Jeans, Lucky Shoes

With my senior year in full force, it’s hard not to look both back and forward with a sense of longing.

Topshop pants, Urban Jeans, Lucky Shoes

Believe me, I want to graduate desperately. If I could do it tomorrow I would! But I also want to go back to the simpler days of Summer when all I had to worry about was what I was wearing.

Topshop pants, Urban Jeans, Lucky Shoes

This blouse is one of my absolute favorite tops. It can be dressed up for an interview, but also worn casually on a windy walk out to the cliffs.

Topshop pants, Urban Jeans, Lucky Shoes

After having gone away for college, I am constantly reminded of just how much I took Santa Cruz for granted. Though the fast paced life of a big city can be fun, nothing compares to a laid back beach town.

Topshop pants, Urban Jeans, Lucky Shoes

I often wonder where I will be one year from now. I’ll probably be blogging about how much I miss San Francisco.

Topshop pants, Urban Jeans, Lucky Shoes

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” Marie Curie

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On Me: Topshop Blouse/Urban Jeans/Lucky Shoes