Happy Birthday America // red + blue + polka dots

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Time to break out your fave red/white/blue combos to celebrate America's birthday in true patriotic style! But of course, while staying spirited is essential, avoiding the whole gaudy, over-the-top thing is ALSO essential. So consider this your guide to staying festively fashionable...without looking cheesy! 
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Sophisticated chic, meet effortless comfort! This matching two-piece set is ideal for hot days and long nights. It's truly a no-brainer look that's certainly eye-catching and totally ideal for the season. Even better, the navy coloring with nude polka dots echoes the stars on our beloved flag! 
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No patriotic ensemble is complete without a dash of red! And to keep things from looking TOO planned and coordinated, bringing along a crimson bag is the perfect way to subtly introduce the bold hue. Paint your nails white for bonus points! 
red suede clutch
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And of course - the red lip. You all must know by now how I feel about a red lip. Here I chose a light shade that matches my clutch. And while mattes and creams are great, I opted for a sheer lipstick to give my look a more laid-back, summery vibe. Sheer lipsticks are great for this time of year because they give you color while keeping your look effortless and carefree - the idea: not too much, not too little. 
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Not wanting to take anything away from my polka dotted ensemble, I decided to pick très casual sandals that are virtually invisible. I think these guys did the trick! Plus, they make roaming around the city OR the beach a total breeze! 
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Sunglasses are a must during these sunny months, and this pair is a go-to for me. I have a very small face so it's a challenge to find sunnies that don't completely overwhelm me, but these pretty much look custom-made! 
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I didn't want to overcrowd my look with a statement necklace, but I also felt a little bare without ANY necklace on. So I chose a dainty gold choker. Just like my flip flops, this piece blends in perfectly and is pretty much invisible from afar. Mission accomplished! 
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A sneaky way to inject some white into your 4th of July outfit is to add pearl earrings. Especially teamed with a red lip, you'll be completely on theme while avoiding the dreaded I-tried-too-hard look. 
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It's a bit hard to tell here, but my watch is actually polka dotted - just like my shorts and top. It's another one of those barely-there pieces that kind of blends in with the rest of my look. 
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The polka dots here are definitely the focal point of my look, which is why I stayed clear of statement accessories and wild colors. And while I certainly love to go bold, sometimes simpler is better! 
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[top: Ann Taylor // shorts: Ann Taylor // sandals: Sam Edelman // clutch: BCBG Max Azria // sunglasses: Anthropologie (similar here) // watch: Kate Spade // earrings: Ann Taylor (similar here) // necklace: fine jewelry (similar here) // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Slowburn by Urban Decay

For the 4th I just love the idea of rocking an adorable shorts suit rather than a fussy sundress, which can be a bit risky during weekend adventuring. In fact, I've already sported this exact outfit on TWO separate occasions since I bought it - talk about getting enough bang for your buck, right? 

I wore this for a day out in Brooklyn that was filled with Smorgasburg food, flea markets, bars, and LOTS of walking. I've also worn this out shopping on 5th Ave. followed by an Italian-themed date night. See? The possibilities are endless! 
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Rainbow Brite // striped skirt + top

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Anyone else love breaking out their brightest, baddest, most colorful pieces once the temperatures rise? I mean, let's be real, summertime was MADE for showing off just how fabulous you look in color - and with a rainbow set like this, staying on trend is easier (and more fun) than ever! 
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Although looks can be deceiving, this is NOT a dress - did I fool you? This is actually a matching top and skirt set. And the glorious thing is that I can also pair this fun tank with a plain black skirt if I'm not in the mood to look like a walking, talking rainbow. 
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This pleated midi skirt is so fun! It's flattering, full of personality, and perfect to twirl in. Plus, paired with my tank it becomes the anchor to a magical, unbeatable combination. And for a more toned-down look, it also looks just as fabulous with a white v-neck or black crop top. 
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Black suede ankle-strap heels are timeless and effortless. I prefer mine with a chunky block heel because it ensures I can dance the night away in blissful comfort! 
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With no green in my striped ensemble, I decided to incorporate the hue through my shades. This round-framed pair has a retro flair, which I love, but they're also very modern due to the oversized silhouette. 
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Same with green, there's no purple in my skirt or tank, so I thought pairing my trusty lilac bag with this look was perfect. It really gives my outfit the total rainbow effect! 
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This gold and black layered necklace makes a bold statement. I find myself reaching for it when I'm wearing much simpler outfits, but I love how, here, it blends in so effortlessly with my stripes. 
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Surprisingly, as well as these studs compliment my necklace, they are from two totally different designers. Don't you just love when that happens? These earrings are Marc Jacobs while my necklace is Kenneth Jay Lane
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For a sultry, summertime vibe, I gave myself a golden smoky eye using Urban Decay's Naked palette. Pretty striking, right? It reminds me of a summer sunset! And as for my lips, I went for a rosy, nude hue in a matte finish. The color is Backtalk from Urban Decay, which is part of UD's newest lipstick launch! If you haven't already, check it out. 
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[tank: Ann Taylor (sold out but similar top here) // skirt: Ann Taylor (sold out but here's another rainbow option I love) // heels: Ann Taylor (sold out but similar here) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // sunglasses: The Row // necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane (I also like this one) // earrings: Marc Jacobs (I also like these) // gold knot bangle: Kate Spade // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // lipstick: Backtalk by Urban Decay // eyeshadow: Naked palette

This look was made for summer parties! It's easy, it's fun, it's comfortable, and it's totally twirl-worthy. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to wear this to a soiree YET, but I HAVE worn this number out and about on a gorgeous NYC Saturday; a weekend that involved brunch, shopping, and a whole lot of sunshine! 
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Pineapple Fineapple // striped off-the-shoulder top + pineapple skirt

Monday, June 6, 2016

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Have you heard? Pineapples are THE hottest accessories for summer! 
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I can't help smiling when wearing this bold midi skirt! From its sunshine yellow hue, to its fun pineapple print, this piece is definitely a standout AND completely on trend for summertime. Pair it with sexy, strappy heels for date night and get ready for endless compliments! 
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Confession: this is actually NOT a top - it's a bodysuit! Sneaky sneaky, huh? Bodysuits are totally my jam right now as they're super easy to wear, completely comfortable, and 100% fuss free. And the off-the-shoulder touch? Perfection! 
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Metallics are totally having a moment this season and I am loving it! These minimal sandals are sleek and stylish and, actually, super comfortable! You can bet I'll be rocking these beauties ALL summer long. 
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Available in tons of colors (neon yellow, navy, black, bright pink, and more), this Rebecca Minkoff bag is my new go-to purse. It's cute and dainty but packs a major style punch - and is able to hold ALL my necessities.  
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Keeping the rest of my accessories minimal, I decided to pile on bangles to make a statement. 
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Big yellow earrings really tie my whole look together. And I just love this warm shade - it definitely brightens up a cloudy day! 
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I knew I had to opt for a bright, fun lip shade for this look so I chose a demi matte lipstick in fuchsia! I love the pop of color it adds to my outfit - it feels so summery and fresh! 
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How gorgeous is this pineapple floral arrangement? My roommate actually made it! Isn't she talented? I couldn't resist taking some photos with it in my matching skirt. 
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[skirt: Ann Taylor (sold out but I also like this one) // off-the-shoulder bodysuit: Express // sandals: Ann Taylor // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // earrings: Kate Spade // gold knot bangle: Kate Spade // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Bittersweet by Urban Decay (available in stores June 16th, but similar shade here)]

Pineapples, off-the-shoulder styling, and metallics; these trends are super hot this season! And I had so much fun styling an outfit incorporating all three into the ultimate daytime look. Tell me, are YOU psyched to rock these warm-weather trends? 
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