Like A Rose // jumpsuit + metallic purse

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's date night outfit ideas
Roses are having a major moment. I'm making the trend my own in a rose-printed jumpsuit and rose statement earrings. The combo is everything a good date night outfit should be: comfortable, classy, polished, and dramatic. Because let's be real, date night is not the time to be #basic.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer fashion
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a jumpsuit in summer
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit ideas
This jumpsuit is from Sears. And while I have to admit that I didn't even know Sears sold clothes up until recently, I'm pleasantly surprised by how beautiful this piece is. Better yet, its $36 price tag can't be beat! So if you're in the market for cute yet affordable clothes, give Sears a try.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing rose statement earrings
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Naperville Illinois photo shoot spots
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper
I'm a big fan of high-low fashion. So although this jumpsuit is inexpensive, I dressed it up with investment-worthy accessories. For example, these Nic + Zoe heels are my newest obsession because they're uber stylish and insanely comfortable. With a block heel and stretchy fabric, they're well worth shelling out $170 for.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a rose jumpsuit from Sears
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style
 Photos by Sarah Harper & Dan Harper 
[jumpsuit: Sears' Cloud & Sky collection // heels: Nic + Zoe // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // sunglasses: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // earrings: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // headband: Anthropologie // lip color: Milk Makeup in "Dip Out"]

I love this outfit because it proves you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to feel trendy and beautiful. I'll be getting a ton of use out of this jumpsuit and I cannot wait to pair it with a black leather jacket in the fall. 

Style rule #34: When it comes to putting together an impressive look, it's all about how you style it -- whether that's with hair, makeup, jewelry, or accessories. And don't forget your confidence! OWN it. 

// SHOP //


Skirt The Rules // chambray + ruffle midi skirt

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Banana Republic striped ruffle midi skirt
Oh hello, summer! It's time to get playful with your closet -- I'm talking bold prints, bright colors, and eye-catching accessories. For me, this fabulous skirt is the ultimate statement piece!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer date night outfit ideas
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer 2018 outfit ideas
This ruffle skirt is everything. Not only is it super flattering, but I love the nautical stripes and high-low ruffle tiers. You'll be seeing me in this baby a lot this summer! While I can't wait to pair it with every crop top in my closet, it'll also look great with a graphic tee and sneakers.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a sleeveless denim shirt
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style 2018
I'm all about color this summer, whether that means incorporating it into my outfits in subtle pops or wow-worthy bursts. I tied pink into this look with my earrings, sandals, and lipstick. My orange lenses (can you spot the Chicago skyline in them?) serve as a fun compliment to the cheery hue. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing summer statement earrings from Anthropologie
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 summer fashion
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Chicago summer street style
Photos by Sarah Harper & Dan Harper 
[skirt: Banana Republic // top: Forever21 (similar style here) // sandals: Ann Taylor (identical pair here) // sunglasses: Banana Republic (I also like this pair) // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff // earrings: Anthropologie // necklace: Tiffany & Co.// lip color: Marc Jacobs Beauty Cream Lipstick in "Willful"]

I was home in Chicago for 9 days last week, and it was glorious! I got to hang out with my family and oldest friends, and we had tons of fun making meals together, wandering the city, and shopping. Oh, and I went to the Taylor Swift Reputation tour with my dad! For all you going -- you're going to LOVE it. T.Swift does not disappoint!

I'm leaving you with a pic of me, my sister Sarah, and my mom -- taken by my dad. And that last photo is me and the man-behind-the-camera himself, my dad! Isn't family the best?
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper with her mom and sister in Chicago

// SHOP //


Spot On // polka dot blouse + mini skirt

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a black mini skirt
The unofficial start of summer has arrived, and I am fully embracing this 85 degree heatwave with short hemlines and light-as-air tops. The result? A preppy chic combo with a touch of retro flair!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's street style
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's purple Rebecca Minkoff top handle purse
A spotted blouse is playful and eye catching. I tied mine at the bottom as a trendier alternative to tucking it in. And to contrast the business-casual vibes my button-down suggests, I paired it with a mini faux suede skirt in edgy black. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a tied a blouse
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit ideas
A thick fabric headband, sharp cat eye sunglasses, and a ladylike purse are the accessories that seal the deal. This season especially, I'm turning towards small extras that make a big impact. Think bold earrings and even bolder lipstick!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's polka dot button down outfit
[blouse: Loft (similar style here) // skirt: Zara // heels: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // choker: & Other Stories (I also like this one) // headband: Anthropologie // watch: Daniel Wellington // lip color: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in "Dolce Vita"]

I wore this look for last week's Friday evening date night where we dined al fresco and enjoyed fresh brick oven pizza on the Upper Eastside. We walked to our dinner reservation from my midtown office and got to enjoy the weather and the sights along the way. There's nothing like almost-summertime in NYC!

// SHOP //


8 Ways To Wear Shorts Like A Grownup

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Shorts season is just around the corner! To celebrate, I'm sharing 8 fail-proof ways to rock your favorite shorts like a fashion star this spring & summer. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing shorts like a romper
This is a super easy and quick way to create an effortlessly polished outfit. It can be achieved by either wearing a bottom and top in the same exact color (hello black and white), or by throwing on two separate pieces in the same print. It's one of my favorite summer-outfit hacks!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Paris street style
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a matching shorts outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a nice shorts outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear shorts like a grownup
Ideal for work or special occasions, a blazer is the perfect way to top off a shorts look when you went to take your fashion game to the next level. Throw on nude heels to elongate your legs even further while taking your look into happy hour.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to dress up a pair of shorts
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear shorts to work
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear shorts with a sweater
For fickle spring temps or chilly summer nights, a sweater is the way to go. Opt for bright bold colors or a preppy neutral. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear jean shorts
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing shorts with a bodysuit
Perhaps THE simplest outfit on the planet is a pair of jeans (or jean shorts) and a bodysuit. It's a definite throw-on-and-go look that won't let you down.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear shorts with tights
While we've (hopefully) passed this point until fall, this is a great hack to keep in the back of your mind. I love wearing dressy black shorts with matching black tights when it's cold - it's a refreshing switch-up from the classic skirt & tights combo.
Nyc fashion blogger and model Kathleen Harper
Shorts and heels can be a daunting combination, but it can totally work if your shorts aren't too short and your heels aren't too high. It also helps to keep the rest of your skin exposure at a minimum since all eyes will be on your legs. Wear something like this for a fun night out or a hot date.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing shorts in Naperville, Illinois
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing denim cutoff shorts at the beach
Ah, the much-loved tee & shorts combo. This is what summer outfit dreams are made of! Even better - you can totally wear this type of outfit everywhere from the beach, to a barbecue, to a night out on the town. It all comes down to accessories and shorts style. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear shorts with heels
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white button-down with shorts
And lastly, don't think for a minute shorts can't be dressed up with a nice blouse or fancy(ish) top. Have I convinced you yet? There truly aren't too many places shorts can't take you!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style with shorts

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