I’m not over the off the shoulder look yet. I get that it’s a more spring and summer appropriate style, but throw on a leather jacket and some high boots and you’ve got yourself a fall look right here. Luckily, it’s been warm enough lately for me to wear this little striped dress as is!
With the acceptation of Hurricane Matthew’s overflow of rain the past few days, it had been relatively nice out around here. During the day it’s nice and warm in the sun, the perfect weather for this dress. I picked this dress because of the color, first. I really don’t own a whole lot of gray. It’s either black, or white. There has been no in-between. I wanted to try something different. And of course, I love the off the shoulder trend and I own nothing with bell sleeves! So it’s a win-win all around.
This choker gives me liiiiiiiiiiiife. I literally try to wear it as often as possible. I love that it’s more bold than any other choker I own, it’s so fun. I’ve started wearing Schiap from NARS on the reg again. It was my summer color last year, but I tried to wear less lipstick this summer (honestly it’s a pain in the butt to keep up with hah) but I forgot how much I loved this shade. Much like this choker I’m trying to work this lipstick into every outfit these days.
A couple weeks ago (yes, a couple… I am so bad at blogging right now! Yikes!) I showed you guys how I styled this full skirt from Closet London for a day time look. Today I’ll show you guys how to switch it up for a night on the town by just swapping out a few pieces.
CLOSET LONDON SKIRT C/O || FRANCESCA’S CROP TOP (old!) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS (so old!) || DANIRISI BAG C/O
I switched out my lace up sandals for some sky high platforms, changed into a crop top, and added a bag with a little more attitude to bring this skirt from day to night. This is the last post from me with light hair! Gasp. I must say though… everyone seems to like me with darker locks. It feels a little bit more… “me.” Like throwback Rachel, if you will. You’ll see. :]
Remember my beloved pockets? Seriously. I love them. I’m a little bit sad that the blog posts are going to feature more layers soon. As in like…. the next thing I post. WAH. I love fall but it’s been a pretty cold one already, right?
Remember my post on Monday talking about smarter shopping? One of my favorite things to do is invest in pieces with versatility and wearability. What I mean is, they can easily be worn from day to night, dressed up or down, with just a few key changes. This full skirt from Closet London may not look like a day time pieces at first, but paired with a simple tank top and sandals it’s an easy look to pull off.
Again, this is a great item to wear to work! My office is more on the casual side so I’d probably wear it this way, if you have more of a fancy schmancy office environment you could opt for a crisp button up or blouse. And you may want to throw on a cropped leather jacket now that the weather is starting to cool off.
Side note! This skirt also has pockets! Holler. Pockets just make life easier, don’t they? So next week I’ll be showing you guys how I change this look up from office appropriate to out on the town. Check back!
With my new career I’ve started changing the way I shop. I have to be smarter about what I spend money on and make sure it has a lot of wearability. This little red dress from Closet London stuck out to me because it’s wearable for a variety of different occasions. I can wear this to the office, weddings, holiday parties… pretty much anything!
CLOSET LONDON DRESS C/O || JESSICA SIMPSON HEELS || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG || CHANEL SHADES
This dress is so soft! It’s not one of those fits-like-a-glove dresses, which I’m actually pretty happy about. Sometimes I really need a break from sucking in all the time, hah!
The ties around the shoulder actually tie, which is lovely because it makes them adjustable! Also, it has pockets. Which is a win in my book. I am a firm believer that everything should have pockets. This dress is going to be perfect to get me through the next few months! I’ll be wearing it A LOT.
I have one place where I typically stop when I need a dress or outfit for a special occasion/night out. South Moon Under, duh. As if you couldn’t tell from previous blog posts! ;] I’ll be attending a small private shopping party there next week to stock up on some fall essentials, and I can’t wait to browse their new arrivals! I have a few weddings coming up this season and they have started to expand on their special occasion dresses and this one is PER-FECT for these events!
I was torn between a few different styles, but I loved the subtle cutout on this dress. It’s a little bit edgy without being overly sexy, ya know? The sequin detail is so swoon-worthy as well! Everything about this dress, I love.
So I’m torn between wearing this dress, or a long gown I bought from Shein (for literally less than $30 hiioo!!) to the wedding next month. It’s October, so I feel like I could totally get away with a floor length dress… but you just never know how fancy the event is going to be or what the brides maids are going to be wearing! So I just don’t know… this SMU dress might just be the perfect stress reliever!
Guys…. this dress is hands down one of the most comfortable I have ever owned! It fits so well, it’s super flattering, and it’s SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE. Are you sold yet? Because you should be.
Side note… this is my last post with blonde hair!!! ::tears:: So many tears, haha. I absolutely loved being blonde…. it was my jam. My hair on the other hand? Not so in love with it. My hair took a serious beating over the past few years in my epic journey to becoming a blonde. It basically got to the point where it would just break off. I decided as fun as being blonde was I needed to give my hair a break and let it get healthy again. I’m now on a journey to go dark again. I’m the most fickle person EVER when it comes to my hair… seriously. But looking at these pictures makes me super sad… I’ll miss my blonde alter ego!
Anyway, back to the dress. It’s perfect for fall! The neutral tone totally compliments the season, the knit material makes it perfect for cooler temperatures. Throw on over the knee boots and a mini leather jacket when it gets cold and you’re good to go. The dress comes with a nude slip to wear underneath because being knit it’s obviously a little bit on the see-through side. Although the slip tends to ride up A LOT over my butt. I was already pretty well endowed back there, but my boyfriend who is a personal trainer has been kicking my ass hardcore at the gym the past few weeks and squats and lunges are basically his favorite thing in the world. I’m not complaining, your butt could always use the help… but my clothes are starting to fit a little tighter, haha. I would assume the slip doesn’t fall so short on everyone.
Let’s talk about this choker too! It gives me life. I love the choker trend but most right now are on the delicate side… which I also really like, however, it’s fun to go bold every now and then! I wore this to work last week with a bold plum lip to match and I got so many weird looks… I guess a bold lip & statement choker early in the morning are a bit much for some people (LAME).
Labor Day weekend is usually a pretty exciting time of the year for me. It’s a long weekend which includes either a short trip, celebrating my best friend’s birthday, quality time with my family, boyfriend, and sometimes if I’m lucky… all of the above! Then, immediately following, the beach quiets down, everyone goes back home for the rest of the year, and my town belongs to the locals once again. I love this time of year. ;] This year I spent part of the weekend at Laurita winery for my best friend, Justine’s, 20…..(something) birthday, haha. I knew this floral wrap dress from Make Me Chic would be the absolute best thing to wear for the occasion!
The winery was absolutely perfect! We were supposed to get hit by Hurricane Hermine over the weekend, which apparently ended up being the Hurricane of Sunshine because the weather could not have been more beautiful. After a quick and delicious wine tasting, we grabbed a few bottles of our favorites and headed outside to enjoy the view and warm weather. Frolicking through the vineyard was a must. Lucky for me, Justine’s boyfriend Dave and her cousin Amanda are both photographers, it was a great opportunity to get a few shots of the dress in action. I had actually worn it the week before with my girls on the boardwalk and then to dinner with my boyfriend so I have a TON of pictures of this dress, haha.
One thing I must mention about this dress, which is probably a no-brainer for everyone else but it was a palm to forehead moment for me… it’s a wrap dress… if there’s even a slight breeze, hello underwear! When my boyfriend and I were walking to dinner my dress flew open… hah. Luckily there was no one around (at least that I could see!) but I had to awkwardly hold onto my dress the whole walk. Next time I wear this I might throw a slip on underneath, just to be safe! Now enjoy some pictures of me and my girls being silly!
I wasn’t lying when I said I had a whole bunch of pictures in this dress! Anyway, it’s comfortable and affordable, and definitely wearable! I can throw this on for dinner and drinks or wear it to the office. What more could you ask for?
I say it every year, and then I fail miserably… I want to wear more matching sets! There are so many cute ones that range from casual and beach ready, to fancy for a night out. I don’t know why it takes me so long every season to add a new one to my wardrobe, but at least I eventually got around to it!
Oh hey guys, just giving a tour of my summer home! Juuuuust kidding. I wish! This is actually “the Annie Mansion,” as everyone in our area refers to it. Where the original Annie was shot many moons ago. However, if you’re a Monmouth University student, you just call it Wilson Hall… which is way less exciting.
LOL my mom made me take this last picture, after several failed attempts on her part to take a selfie with the big stone creature (and a huge fountain she was also obsessed with). My mom’s a cutie. Anywho! My favorite thing about this set, and most matching sets really, is the versatility. I love that you can wear this together as intended, or swap out the top or shorts for something else. It’s like having 3 different outfits in one, really. This was a great day-to-night look for me too! I hung around most of the day wearing this set and flip flops, and threw on the heels for dinner with my family. It’s incredibly comfortable! My only gripe with this… it’s a “one size fits most” situation. And let me tell you, it would certainly not fit “most.” Hell, it barely fit me. If you’re super skinny it will hang off of you, and if you’re even a centimeter thicker than I am, it will definitely be snug, if it fits at all. I got lucky that it ended up fitting me, but I really don’t have any wiggle room in it!
It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, isn’t it? Usually around this time bloggers start throwing up some fall inspired looks to get you guys all pumped and ready, but honestly, it was 100 degrees outside yesterday. There was NO way my ass was throwing on jeans or a suede jacket, even for 5 minutes. So the summer styles live on!
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t know how to wear anything without getting wrinkles. Unless you carry around your clothes in a garment bag with a portable steamer, like, is it even possible?! Don’t judge me guys. The struggle is real.
I love how trendy off the shoulder tops were this summer. I think it’s a little late to grab one with pom poms or fringe now, but if they’re still in next year I’m obsessed with this one! Holy cute! For only $14.99 it might just be worth throwing in the cart anyway. There’s so many warm days in September, it could still be worth it.
Fun fact.. most of my blog pictures are taken in an alley behind my mom’s office because she takes most of my pictures when we have about 10-15 minutes to spare while she’s at work, hah. Other times, we hop out of the car in other random alleys on the way to dinner to take pictures. That happens to be the case here. Alleys apparently make for some pretty backdrops.
This is one of my favorite skirts and I only got to wear it twice before it disappeared for over a year! Luckily, Matt found it in a long lost dry cleaning bag and returned it to me, haha. I’ll never let it out of my sight again! This skirt is perfection. The pleats and the midi length are a far cry from what I can usually be found wearing, but I love that it pairs perfectly with just about anything. So versatile.
I wore this ensemble into the city for a meeting last week, and this must be my lucky #ootd because it landed me a brand spankin new job! HOORAY! I’m so excited to be back in the city, aaaaand lucky for me, it’s only 3 days a week so I still get to spend a lot of time with Charlotte and Kennedy. Actually, my new job is with a company I’ve been working with for about 3 years now in another role, so yeah… hah. But doesn’t it show how friggen cool this company is that you can show up for an interview in a Rolling Stones tank top and they love it? ;]