Thanksgiving Rompers & Jumpsuits

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With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, there’s so much to do–grocery shopping, meal prepping, decorating, and most importantly…outfit planning.

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It can be difficult to know what to wear as a guest. You don’t want to be over the top, uncomfortable, or too casual.

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Wearing a romper or jumpsuit is the perfect answer. Rompers effortlessly evoke the appropriate combination of looking like you tried while still being able to move.

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I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

On me: Forever Jumpsuit // Alfani Heels // Adrienne Vittadini Sweater // Fossil Purse

Before you go, take a look at a few other rompers & jumpsuits I love:

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Topshop

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Nordstrom Rack

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

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Piling On The Bling

Layering jewelry has been a fashion practice since ancient times, but the trend has really been taking off recently. I personally love the style. I have always gravitated towards more feminine, delicate looks as opposed to big, bulky pieces. Layers help make what was once reserved and shy into a subtle statement. Why wear one necklace when you can wear three? The secret is making sure that each individual item isn’t over the top on its own, so when they come together they mesh perfectly. Keep scrolling to see what I mean.

Necklaces

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Bracelets

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Rings

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Check out my three favorite places to shop for jewelry right now:

Mejuri // BaubleBar // Sundance

“Jewelry is the most transformative thing you can wear.” —Iris Apfel

Spring Sweaters

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This time of year is always difficult to dress for—especially in the Bay Area. It starts out chilly and overcast, and by 1pm it’s 73 degrees and sunny.

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That’s why it’s so important to own a lightweight sweater that can help make the cold to warm transition effortless.

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I’m wearing my grandma’s vintage Eddie Bauer sweater. It’s the perfect amount of material to keep me warm in the morning but loose enough that I’m cool in the afternoon. My favorite aspect is the bright, white color that doesn’t attract the sun.

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My sweater is no longer available, but here are similar alternatives ideal for spring:

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Revolve

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Tory Burch

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Free People

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Revolve

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Revolve

On Me: Articles of Society Jeans

Universal Thread Mules

Nine West Purse

Marc Jacobs Sunnies

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.” 

― L.M. Montgomery

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.

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Zappos

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Nordstrom

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Zappos

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

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Vineyard Vines

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Anthropologie

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Zappos

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Zappos

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Nordstrom

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

How To Style Boyfriend Jeans

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Create a one to one and a half inch cuff a couple inches above your ankle to achieve the trendy cropped look (if jeans are longer then fold over twice).

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Pair with structured or fitted top (in my case structured) to compliment the loose and unshapely bottoms.

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Add a heel to make your legs appear longer.

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Accessorize for elevation.

On Me: 

Lucky Brand Jeans/ Topshop Blouse/ Life Stride Sandals/ Nine West PurseMarc Jacobs Sunnies

Check out some more boyfriend jeans outfit inspo:

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“Jeans represent democracy in fashion.” — Giorgio Armani

Silk Scarves

When I was in Paris this Summer, I was immensely inspired to upgrade my daily look. The Parisians know how to elevate their style effortlessly with a bold lip color or fun accessory. One element I noticed again and again was their creativity when it came to silk scarves. Paris is known for the classic silk scarf tied around the neck, but my visit proved they have broadened their signature look quite a bit. If you’re like me and constantly try to emulate a Parisian, check out a few simple ways adding a silk scarf to your wardrobe can do just that…

Classic

Silk Scarves, Paris

Headband

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Hair Tie

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Loose Classic

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Shrug

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Bracelet

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Anklet

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Vintage

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Belt Loop

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Purse

Silk Scarves, Paris

“I wanted to be a certain kind of woman. I became that kind of woman.” —Diane Von Furstenberg

Interview Style

As a recent graduate, I’ve had a lot of practice going on interviews. As usual, one of the most difficult aspects of preparation for me is picking out my outfit. Though this will never be an easy task, I have come up with a few solid guidelines that help make the process a little bit easier. Check them out:

  1. Always dress to project professionalism. Even if the company you are interviewing with prefers a more laid back look, they don’t want you to adapt your style until you’ve gotten the job. For an interview, you actually want to look even a little bit better than you would normally dress for the actual job you are trying to get.
  2. No matter the weather, keep your jacket on. The jacket is a symbol of respect and professionalism. If you are extremely hot, you may ask if they mind if you take it off once you have been seated and introduced.
  3. Wear something you feel great in too. Confidence is key. If your family and friends swear you should wear one thing, but you feel more like yourself in the other, choose the other.
  4. Break in your heels. Especially if you live in a big city. There have been a few times that I bought new shoes for an interview and have ended up in pain because I didn’t realize how far I would have to walk from the parking garage to the building, etc.
  5. Accessories matter. For an interview, jewelry takes a back seat to your outfit. This time, under-do it. Wear studs instead of dangles, limit yourself to two rings, and choose between a modest necklace or bracelet. You don’t want your jewelry to distract from who you are and what you’re saying.

Here are some pieces of interview attire that I love!

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Express

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Topshop

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Alice & Olivia

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Vince Camuto

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W Concept

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W Concept

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Topshop

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Express

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Everlane

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Cole Haan

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A New Day

 

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Clarks

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Talbots

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Etsy

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7 For All Mankind

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Need Supply Co.

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Urban

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W Concept

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Jennifer Meyer

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Loft

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

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Carhartt Beanie

Vests, winter, Christmas

Patagonia Reversible Down Vest

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Cast Iron Skillet

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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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The Floral Dress

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A simple floral dress is one of my go-to looks for the summertime. It’s effortless, season appropriate, and just plain pretty.

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Finding a pattern that doesn’t cross the line into grandma territory can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions that can help:

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Choose a flattering silhouette. I have been reaching for off the shoulder dresses recently. As long as the dress itself looks good on you, the pattern will take a back seat.

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Stick to a pattern that only focuses on two complementary color categories. In the dress I’m wearing, black and gold stand out. This way, it isn’t too overwhelming.

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Unless your flowers are smaller (like in the dress I’m wearing), make sure the print is a bit scattered and spread out. It’s easier on the eyes.

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“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” -Christian Dior

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On Me: Similar Urban Dress/Clarks Heels/Nine West Purse

Here are a few floral dresses I love:

ASOS floral dress

ASOS $35

Calvin Klein Floral Dress

Calvin Klein $74.66

Forever 21 Foral Dress

Forever 21 $35

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