A Casual Affair // Bike Shorts + Cropped Blouse

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a bike shorts outfit.
A classic workout staple, bike shorts have quickly become an essential in everyday wardrobes. While I was tentative at first to try the trend for myself, I haven't looked back since I did. Don't be fooled — this look may be casual, but my love affair with bike shorts is anything but!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white blouse summer outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing high-waisted American Eagle bike shorts.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper carrying a printed Kenzo purse and wearing white Nike sneakers.
Here, I put an elevated spin on a sporty athleisure look by teaming my bike shorts and sneakers with bold accessories and a crisp white blouse. These shorts are so versatile though, and I especially love how high-waisted they are. The styling opportunities are truly endless. From a crop top and a blazer to an oversized tee and slides, it's almost hard NOT to wear these bike shorts every other day...  
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a dressy bike shorts outfit with a white blouse.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing high-waisted bike shorts, a white blouse, and sneakers.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer weekend outfit.
A splash of color goes a long way in an otherwise neutral outfit. These vibrant bursts of orange are fun and playful and oh-so summery!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an easy summer 2019 outfit of bike shorts and sneakers.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer outfit of bike shorts and a white blouse.
[top: Theory (I also like this one) // bike shorts: American Eagle // sneakers: Nike // purse: Kenzo (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Banana Republic (I also like this pair) // hoop earrings: Banana Republic // lip color: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in "Hudson"]

We have a heatwave coming through NYC this weekend and it's going to be an absolute scorcher. We're talking a real-feel of 104 degrees 😱. Antonio and I are planning on going to the beach on Sunday, but now I'm starting to think — is there such a thing as TOO hot to take a dip? I guess we shall see! 

At least on Saturday we'll be nice and cool in a movie theater, because we're seeing the Lion King and I am pumped! We also have acupuncture appointments, which will be rejuvenating and relaxing. And who knows, maybe I'll break out my bike shorts!

// SHOP //


Summer Heat // Satin Maxi Skirt + Crop Top

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a maxi skirt with a black crop top tank.
I wasn't kidding when I said I have a new uniform! For my third post in a row, I'm shamelessly rocking another crop-top, high-waisted combo. This one is especially playful and bold, with a pinch of sexy, making it a perfect go-to look for hot summer days, and even hotter nights 😉.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a black crop top outfit with a satin polka dot maxi skirt.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer date night outfit of a crop top and high-waisted maxi skirt.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing black platform embroidered heels by Nanette Lepore.
A satin, body-skimming skirt like this one hugs your curves without feeling clingy. Paired with an extra short tank, it looks especially effortless. Meanwhile, you can always count on platform heels to help elongate and sculpt your legs - these babies do just that, plus I love the floral embroidery.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer date night outfit idea of a crop top and high-waisted maxi skirt.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer date night outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing statement gold hoop earrings with a yellow headband.
Red, yellow, and black complement each other so well. Throw polka dots into the mix and you’ve got a punchy combo worthy of hitting the town! For jewelry, I’ve been loving all sorts of hoop earrings lately. This vintage pair, gifted to me by my mom, is chunky, glam, and all sorts of fabulousness 👌. Styled with the headband, they give my outfit a fun, retro flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a satin maxi skirt outfit with a black crop top.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing the perfect black crop top for summer 2019.
Photos by Dan Harper 
[top: Aritzia (similar style here) // skirt: Anthropologie (I also like this one) // heels: Nanette Lepore (I also like this pair) // purse: Trina Turk (I also like this one) // headband: Anthropologie // necklace: Kevia (I also like this one) // earrings: fine jewelry, a gift from my mom (I also like this pair) // initial earrings: Diamonds Doing Good // gold bangle: Alex & Ani // lip color: HUDA Beauty Matte Lipstick in "Joyride"

These photos were taken last week on Notre Dame University's campus during a visit with my family. My sister is currently a rising senior at Notre Dame, and I personally haven't been back on her school's turf since I helped her move in three years ago. 

At first, my sister just needed to be in South Bend to complete a shift at her summer internship, but my fam decided to turn it into a fun day-trip where we explored campus, ate locally, and took a stadium tour. We had a great time, and this outfit helped me combat the heat in style all day — and evening — long. 

// SHOP //


Lavender Dreamsicle // Off-the-Shoulder Crop Top + High-Waisted Pants

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute summer date night outfit.
I've never been a midriff gal, but when done right, the trend feels fresh, current, and surprisingly elevated. As I mentioned in my last post, my new go-to combo is a crop top paired with high-waisted anything. And this look in particular is high on my list of current favorites!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer outfit with a white crop top and lavender pants.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an off-the-shoulder top with high-waisted pants from J.Crew.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing delicate gold hoop earrings and an Alexis Bittar necklace.
To tone down my bare stomach, I opted for office-approved trousers teamed with close-toed pumps; and just like that, a crop top becomes polished and completely wearable for all sorts of occasions. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing high-waisted pants at work.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a lavender pants outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper providing summer outfit inspiration by wearing a white off-the-shoulder crop top and high-waisted pants.
Lavender and white is such a dreamy duo — especially in summer!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white off-the-shoulder crop top.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white Aritzia crop top.
[top: Aritzia // pants: J.Crew (I also like this pair) // pumps: Naturalizer // purse: Anthropologie (I also like this one) // necklace: Alexis Bittar (I also like this one) // earrings: fine jewelry, a gift from my mom (I also like this pair) // bangle: Alex & Ani // lip color: Fenty Gloss Bomb in "FU$$Y"]

I wore this outfit for mine and Antonio's recent engagement party. We're currently home in Naperville/Chicago area and our intimate get-together was absolutely perfect. Of course I wanted to wear the perfect outfit as well, and this seemed like the obvious choice. I ended up feeling so great in it, but of course I did manage to get red sauce on my right sleeve. Lucky for me, Antonio managed to scrub it out using bleach 👌. Am I a lucky girl or what?

// SHOP //


The Formula // Strapless Crop + Midi Skirt

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer street style.
I'm all about easy outfit formulas; something reliable you can confidently reach for time and again. I recently discovered a combo that I truly can't get enough of, and you'll be seeing a WHOLE lot of it on my blog this summer. All you need are two things...
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute weekend outfit featuring a strapless crop top and Tibi floral skirt.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a crop top outfit with a floral midi skirt.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing green summer heels from Zara.
I'm not pretending I discovered the eighth Wonder of the World. My formula is simple and something you've probably worn yourself. BUT it felt like an epiphany when I realized just how versatile —  and flattering — it really is. 

I'm talking crop (or short) tops paired with anything high-waisted. It's SO easy (no tucking required) and looks SO put-together. I've quickly become obsessed and decided ALL I want to buy right now are shorter tops and super-high bottoms. In fact, I even took the long-time favorite top I'm wearing in this post and got it tailored, cutting off major inches from the bottom to make it significantly more cropped. #Dedication. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a midi skirt outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer outfit in New York City.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a strapless orange crop top and floral skirt.
This formula is especially convenient for summer, as you can apply it to shorts, lightweight pants, and skirts of all lengths. Whether you want to go super cropped up top with a bandeau, or opt for something that hits at your belly button, there's definitely a rendition of this combo that will work for you — that's part of the beauty! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's summer outfit formula.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a summer date night outfit of a strapless crop top and floral midi skirt.
[top: J.Crew, with tailoring (I also like this one) // skirt: Tibi (I also like this one) // heels: Zara (old, but I also like this pair) // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (similar color here) // sunglasses: Banana Republic (I also like this pair) // necklace: Uncommon James // dangle earrings: Kendra Scott // initial stud earrings: Diamonds Doing Good (I also like this pair) // lip color: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in "Hudson"

I'm serious when I say I've become somewhat obsessed with this pairing! Virtually all of my upcoming posts will feature a version of a crop-top, high-waisted-bottom look (some more cropped than others...). 

The duo works especially well on hourglass figures, as it highlights our waist and gives our curves shape. I'm finally starting to realize that I can't waste my money on passing trends just because they're popular. It's way more satisfying and beneficial to invest your money in items that work for YOU and YOUR body. Mastering this formula and making it a signature of mine is exactly how I plan on doing that!

// SHOP //


Python Pursuit // Jumpsuit + Invisible Heels

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute summer jumpsuit in New York City.
If you’re ready to make a statement this summer, opt for a full-body print. I particularly love animal print for its chic neutrality; and lately, python has been my poison of choice.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring street style.

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing her evening beauty look.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring jumpsuit outfit idea.
More and more, I’ve been hearing friends and coworkers praise the ease and versatility of a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits elicit a real power moment that’s equal parts fierce and professional. When the office AC gets the best of you, add a leather jacket or sharp blazer. When winter rolls around, layer a turtleneck underneath.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a snake print jumpsuit from Banana Republic.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a jumpsuit outfit for work or date night.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing nude and clear Who What Wear heels from Target.
 I couldn’t wait to try these heels after discovering them on Target.com. Available in both black and nude, I immediately added the nude to my shopping cart, knowing they’d make my legs look super long. I’m happy to let you all know that they have not disappointed! 

They blend into my skin so well, giving my feet that of-the-moment bare-foot look. And in return, they not only pair well with anything, but they enhance my legs, which is ultra-important for a 5′1″ shorty like myself. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper holding a Furla mini bag with birds on it.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a snake print jumpsuit.

I wore this look this past weekend for a day filled of NYC adventuring with Antonio. We started our day on the Lower East Side and made our way through SoHo and into the West Village - all on foot (yes, I did have to slip out of these heels and into some nude flip flops). We ended the evening at our favorite Manhattan pizza place - Emmett’s! Nothing like some Chicago-style pizza to round out an amazing Saturday!

// SHOP //