Brands I Love

I’m constantly on the hunt for new brands and retailers on the market. In the past few months I’ve discovered some companies that have earned my stamp of approval and quickly become a few of my favorite places to shop. Today I thought I would talk about three of them—Everlane, & Other Stories, and Monday Swimwear.

Everlane:

As a young woman who just started her first full-time professional job, I’ve come to see Everlane is a great resource for finding high quality, basic pieces at a reasonable price. Their clothing is nice enough to wear at the office, but comfortable and balanced. I find them both trendy and classic. See for yourself:

everlane, professional clothes

everlane, professional clothes

everlane, professional clothes

everlane, professional clothes

& Other Stories:

If you love H&M’s fashionable pieces, but find yourself disappointed in the standard of their quality, look no further than & Other Stories. Coming from the same people who brought you H&M, & Other Stories is literally a couple of stories above them, unintended he he. This collection is more expensive than H&M pieces, but you’re paying for better made items. Though just as stylish, & Other Stories is not competing with other fast fashion retailers like H&M and Forever 21. Instead they are selling items that are built better and can last. Check them out:

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

& Other Stories, Fashionable Clothes

Monday Swimwear:

I’ve talked about the subject of swimwear many times on the blog, usually with a heavy sigh, because it’s the one category of clothing that is difficult for me to find a good fit for my form. That’s not because I don’t see tons and tons of styles that I would love to wear, but instead it’s because the bathing suit industry rarely offers sizes and cuts for the common woman. Luckily Monday Swimwear is here to make the swimsuit buying process more fruitful for your everyday girl. They offer a range for women up to an E/F cup with an impeccable fit and standard. They refuse to include any piece that has not been tried on and fit the buyer’s body and needs. Their Clovelly top, in particular, is well known for being supportive and flattering. Keep scrolling:

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

Monday swimwear, bathing suits

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” –Bill Cunningham

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Swimsuit Cover Ups

With warm weather, the beach, and bathing suits on the brain, I can’t forget about an often overlooked yet equally (if not more) important summer staple…cover ups. There’s nothing worse than shopping for months and finally finding the bathing suit of your dreams only to realize that you have nothing to wear over it on your way out the door to a last minute pool side BBQ. We have all been there—your favorite low rise jean shorts look weird with a high waisted swimsuit bottom underneath; or maybe your bikini top isn’t sitting well beneath your tank. Or worse, your swimsuit ties are rubbing uncomfortably against your hips because your shorts are too tight with your bathing suit bottoms on, but you hate the tacky look of ties hanging out the waist of your jeans so you just can’t win. No matter what the issue might be, there usually is one (if not a couple) of set backs that make getting dressed for a swim day a drag.

Instead of going through this fashion fumble another year in a row, I’m planning ahead and shopping for cover ups early. To me, the best type of cover up is one that can be worn all year long, like an oversized t-shirt dress or a lightweight cardigan. Take a look at my cover up shopping list and save yourself from the stress of picking out an outfit that doesn’t make you feel confident. It’s not worth it.

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Vineyard Vines

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Anthropologie

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Zappos

swimsuit cover ups, summer, bathing suit

Nordstrom

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” –Charles Bowden

Holiday Gift Guide: Part Two

Part Two of my Holiday Gift Guide focuses on the women in your life—your mom, sister, girlfriend, or best friend. Whether they’re a homebody, self-care enthusiast, girly girl, or an active, outdoors lover, you’re covered.  Now’s the time to splurge on the ones you love…happy shopping!

marc jacobs sunglasses, xmas shopping

Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Leather backpack, christmas shopping

Cuyana Leather Backpack

Chanel Lipstick, Holiday Shopping, gifts

Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Colour

dyson hair dryer, holiday gifts

Dyson Supersonic

Aesop lotion, christmas shopping

Aesop Hand Balm

Kendra Scott Bracelet, christmas shopping

Kendra Scott Cuff Bracelet

ClassPass, Christmas gift

ClassPass

Ugg Slippers, Holiday shopping

UGG Slippers

Patagonia, winter, shopping, christmas

Patagonia Jacket

Nikes, running, christmas shopping

Nike’s Running Shoe

“Christmas isn’t a season—it’s a feeling” – Edna Ferber

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part One

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to start shopping! No matter which holidays you celebrate, gifts are usually a big part of the ritual. The Holiday Season is the perfect excuse to spoil the ones you love. Part One of my Gift Guide is for the men in your life—in my case, the most difficult to shop for. Hopefully this can provide some help. Cheers!

Jeans

Selvedge Denim

beanie, xmas shopping

Carhartt Beanie

Vests, winter, Christmas

Patagonia Reversible Down Vest

Cast Iron Skillet, Winter, Christmas shopping

Cast Iron Skillet

cooler, camping, Christmas shopping

Yeti Cooler

Fishing Round Float Tube

Fishing Float Tube

Shell cordovan Watch strap

Shell Cordovan Watch Strap

Boat Shoes, Summer, Shopping

Sperry Boat Shoes

Climbing Shoes, Hiking, Outdoors

Evolv Climbing Shoes

Mad Men sunglasses, aviators

“Mad Men” Aviators

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” -Johnny Carson

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Autumn Boots Wish List

Am I the only one who’s noticed it’s getting a little chillier? It’s finally time to pull back out my favorite type of shoes…BOOTS! For the rest of the year I’ll probably wear boots more than anything else. Aside from the added warmth, boots can elevate the average outfit, add personality and flare, or simply act as a delivery system for an easy-to-walk-in heel. I love all different styles of boots— be it ankle length to over the knee, or a bright color to a classic black. Check out my Autumn Boots Wish List below; you’ll be ready to go pumpkin picking in no time!

boots

Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties

rain boots

Hunter Original Tall Gloss

Booties, Fall

 

Sole Society Flynn Wrap Around Bootie

Bootie

Everlane The Chelsea Boot

Leather Boot

Madewell Brenner Bootie

Tall Boots

Marc Fisher Faux Suede Tall Shaft Boots – Lupo

Tall heeled Boots

Dv Afton Heeled Tall Boots

Boots, Fall, Autumn

Kork-Ease Mercia Suede Mid Boots

“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” —Christian Dior

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WhoWhatWearXTarget Collection

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I recently went into Target to pick up the new Kristin Ess Haircare line, which I love by the way, and I came across the WhoWhatWearXTarget collection!

whowhatwearXtarget

I have been a huge fan of their fashion content for a long time, so when I saw they created their own line with Target I knew I had to check it out!

whowhatwearXtarget

As expected, they did NOT disappoint.  This top is one of my all time favorites! It’s feminine, flattering, and affordable.

whowhatwearXtarget

Not to mention, perfect for a last minute Valentine’s Day outfit. When I say Target is killing it recently, I mean it.

Check out their collection here.

Burgundy

I associate the color Burgundy with Fall. It’s deep, warm, and romantic. I wear it all year long, but especially this time of year. Shop some of my favorite shades of Burgundy for Fall:

burgundy sweater

Free People, Wine

burgundy boots

Madewell, Deepest Burgundy

red scarf

Topshop, Check Mix

burgundy coat

Urban, Maroon

plum coat

ASOS, Oxblood

burgundy bootie

Lucky Brand, Beet Suede

burgundy flannel

Nordstrom, Burgundy Stem Jen Plaid

burgundy sweater

Madewell, Dark Cabernet

burgundy pants

Topshop, Berry Red

“The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.” -Enya

What’s in my backpack?

School Supplies

It’s that time of year again. As Mark Twain once said, “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” Nonetheless, it’s good to be prepared. As a college senior, I have lots of experience with school supplies. Check out my backpack essentials:

baggu backpack

Baggu backpack

baggu laptop sleeve

Baggu Laptop Sleeve

Baggu is my go-to bag brand. Their designs are simple and their material lasts.

bareminerals lipstick

bareMinerals Lipstick

I never leave the house without this lipstick. The formula is comfortable and the nude tint is perfect for everyday.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up

Boo-Boo Cover-Up

I can’t tell you how many times I have been so happy I had cover-up with me at school. It can be a life saver.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

When school is stressing you out, a whiff of this will do the trick.

Gucci Glasses Case

Gucci Glasses Case

Not only is this case chic, but it is also extremely durable–perfect for inside your backpack.

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Staying hydrated is key for a productive day at school. Keeping a refillable water bottle with you is cost effective and good for the environment.

Target Planner

Target Planner

My planner is my most prized possession–it keeps me organized and sane. The cute floral design is an added plus!

Etsy Pencils

Etsy Pencils

Speaking of cute designs, these pencils make a dull writing tool into a fun accessory.

Louis Vuitton Wallet

Louis Vuitton Wallet

It’s always good to have your wallet on hand, especially when you need to buy a coffee and scone between classes.

Bobby Pins

Bobby Pins

Mundane, yet vital. Studying is impossible with your hair in your face.

Fall Bootie Wish List

The colder months are upon us. Sigh…but it’s not all bad news! Fall is one of my favorite seasons for fashion. The change in weather means it’s finally time to pull out those booties! Check out my Fall bootie wish list:

UGG booties

UGG

Sam Edelman booties

Sam Edelman

Sole Society Booties

Sole Society

Dolce Vita Booties

Dolce Vita

Lucky Brand booties

Lucky Brand

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” -Elizabeth Lawrence

The Keyhole Dress

Tillys Keyhole Dress

A couple weekends ago I went to a beautiful wedding up in Sonoma. I had never been to Wine Country before and found myself stressing over what to wear….what else is new? I wanted something that would keep me cool in the heat, but also polished enough for a wedding. Enter The Keyhole Dress.

The day before the wedding I found myself shopping at a nearby mall, just in case I came across a dress better than the one I brought. And I did. At a Tilly’s. I was reluctant to try on the Keyhole style. I usually prefer a silhouette that accents my waist, and a neck line that isn’t too revealing. With pressure from my mom and sister, I tried it on and was pleasantly surprised. The neck line added a hint of elegance, and my waist didn’t completely disappear beneath the loose fabric. On such a hot day, I was thankful for the flowy design. I was reminded of why I love fashion so much–it pushes me to step out of my comfort zone.

Here are my favorite Keyhole Dresses from Tilly’s:

Tillys Keyhole Dress

Full Tilt Floral Medallion Dress

Tillys Keyhole Dress

Chloe & Katie Border Print Keyhole Dress

Tillys Keyhole Dress

Socialite Floral Keyhole Dress

Tillys Keyhole Dress

Full Tilt Keyhole Bodycon Midi Dress