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White Blazer and Cutoffs

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Cutoff shorts are a weakness of mine and I find myself wanting to dress them up and down all summer long and into the Fall while I still can. After hunting far and wide for an “appropriate” pair, I was so happy to find that Free People had an affordable, boyfriend style pair last year. They have a similar version this year that’s pretty darn close, too! My favorite thing about them is that you can roll up the edges for a shorter look or leave them down and let them hang on your hips for a true boyfriend style.

I’ve been building up my staples and a crisp white blazer was definitely on the list. It’s a closet must have and I was excited to pick up the same favorite version finally in white. I invested in a black Helmut Lang number that I wear all of the time, but for these colors opted for more affordable versions.

I wore this outfit to dinner one Friday night recently and loved that it was a casual but dressed up way to wear shorts. It could easily be made more casual by swapping the ankle strap sandals for gladiator sandals, d’orsay flats or my new favorite camo oxfords that will be making their debut very soon. How are you keeping your shorts in your rotation as summer winds down?

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JACKET: Topshop white slim blazer  •  TOP: Zara cowl neck faux leather sleeve top (similar)  •  SHORTS: Free People boyfriend cutoffs (similar)  •  SHOES: Steve Madden ankle strap sandals  •  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban mirrored aviators (via Ideel)  •  BAG: Alexander Wang Rocco duffle  •  BRACELETSJ.Crew linked arrowhead bracelet c/oBCBG boho stone cuff c/oBCBG beaded bracelet

Photos by Blair Culwell

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Black Ripped Skinny Jeans

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TOP | Rag and Bone The Skinny in stone  •  AG the leggging ankle in emerse  •  Topshop moto ripped slim jeans  •  J Brand 8227 Mid-Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans

BOTTOMFrame Denim ‘Le Color Rip’ skinny jeans  •  SP black destroyed high waist skinny jeans  •  MiH bodycon jeans in power black  •  Blank Denim ripped skinny jeans

I tend to go through phases where there are certain things that are stuck in my head and I cannot get them out. Black ripped skinny jeans have been stuck in my mind for weeks and of course, once I decided they were the next item on my list that I really wanted I started seeing them everywhere. I’ve been making a mental list of ways I want to style them – one of my favorites is Liz’s look with an oversized button down for a more ladylike touch that softens the edge a bit.

I actually swung by Bloomingdale’s to try a few pairs on in person and I’m so glad that I did. I ran into one hiccup that I wasn’t anticipating on the pair I was about to purchase online. Being petite and shorter than the average person, the JBrand pair with rips actually hit me below the knee instead of right at the knee. What a letdown. That is definitely not how they’re supposed to be, so I had to pass on that pair. I also measured from my hip to my knee to get an idea and looked at the length of some of the other pairs and where the holes hit to see if they would work for me.

I ended up switching my order to the AG version because they’re actually more distressed than actually ripped, which I tend to prefer over time and in the winter. You could also DIY your own and control the placement yourself with a pair like these MiH bodycon jeans – they’re the perfect shade of black and have a good, snug skinny fit.  I’m excited to dress these up a bit with girly blouses and blazers. I think first up will be a crisp white blouse for a really simple look. This Madewell essential boyshirt is not only on sale, but also an extra 40% off right now making it a complete steal if you don’t already have a staple white shirt in your closet.

I had a great first weekend in the city and actually was out exploring Long Island and the Southampton for a day with a friend! I hadn’t been in a pool in probably over a year so it was a welcome escape from all of the moving, unpacking and arranging. My love for summer is at an all time high right now – I can’t even fathom that it August is over half over! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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What a first week it has been! I cannot believe I’ve only been here for 6 days, it feels like much longer than that already in the best way. I am starting to feel settled and already have a morning routine that I’ve been loving. This is my favorite time of year – the temperatures are nice and warm, the sun stays out long past 8 p.m. and the streets of New York are making me feel more alive than ever!

Highlights from the week have been getting organized and pretty much all moved in, a great first week in the office at work, and a few little splurges that I’ve been eyeing and in the move decided would make sense to reward myself with. It sounds silly, but every time I move I find myself picking up a few things that I normally would think a little harder on just in the spirit of the change. I’m maybe most excited about this Valentino fragrance I discovered a few weeks ago at Nordstrom just passing through stocking up on a few makeup items. It turns out what I picked up was actually cologne, but the salesman informed me that more women buy it than men – not that I needed much convincing. The scent is pretty unisex and sultry and I found myself thinking about it day after day, so I figured it was time for a new scent. New city, new smell right?!

I’ve had very little time at my personal computer, but I did manage to decompress one night and check out the items recently added to the Shopbop sale. I don’t find myself on Shopbop regularly, but they have a ton of great closet staples on sale right now. In particular I love this casual LBD because it could be dressed up or down and easily layered for Fall. I also love this pleated dress for the same reason – pleats are great for layering and as a petite are very flattering.

I’m looking forward to the weekend and hope you have fun plans too! Follow along with my weekend plans over on Instagram and I’ll see you guys next week!

 

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dolce vita sedona embroidered top, white embroidered shorts, kendra scott skylen ring, kendra scott skylie necklace

Delicate Details

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On my last day of work I pulled together a quick outfit for a warm summer day in Chicago. I have been wearing these shorts and this top on repeat because of the detailed embroidery - it just feels like summer when I put them on! After combing through my closet and really honing in on the pieces I wanted to keep for the move, I reminded myself of a few pieces that I love because of the attention to detail. It’s the little things that really make a difference in a simple, everyday look like this one.

Kendra Scott recently launched a new line for Fall that includes some more delicate pieces featuring one of my favorite shapes of theirs – the small arrowhead. I have been getting back into layered necklaces, especially several delicate ones together. The Skylie pendant is my favorite new piece of jewelry for Fall because it can be worn with long necklaces and short or simply by itself. I love all of the Kendra Scott pieces, but being a petite (and sometimes a bit minimalistic) there are definitely days when I prefer a smaller sized necklace or ring. I find myself gravitating to those smaller pieces on a more regular basis and save the larger ones for days when I have more of an occasion to dress for.

Maybe it’s the move, or maybe it’s just a season that I’m in but I’ve been in the mindset of noticing and appreciating the little things as of late. What about you?

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TOP: Dolce Vita Careen Sedona Embroidery Top (similar)  •  SHORTS: Madewell embroidered shorts (similar, another embroidered option)  •  SANDALS: Vince Camuto studded gladiator sandals  •  RING: Kendra Scott Skylen ring c/o  •  NECKLACE: Kendra Scott Skylie gold pendant necklace c/o  •  SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker Super Duper  •  BAG: B by Brian Atwood calf hair crossbody

Photos by Mary Graves Photography

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