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.
FOREVER21 TANK (old, similar here) || BB DAKOTA SKIRT, C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER (similar) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS || LINEA PELLE BAG C/O || FOREVER21 SHADES
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? ;]
So I’ve had these bells for over a year now and I’ve only worn them a handful of times. I bought them at the beginning of last summer, but they were one of those things that I couldn’t figure out what to pair with them, so I didn’t really wear them that often. However, this summer I just decided to say F it, and throw on little crop tops (shocking, I know) and call it a day.
HOLLISTER PANTS & TOP (old, similar here, here) || CHARLOTTE RUSSE SANDALS || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || FOREVER21 CHOKER
This crop top, on the other hand, I wear quite often! It’s one of my favorites to throw on with pretty much everything from bells, to skirts, to my trusty overalls! It’s comfortable and to be honest, anything I don’t have to wear a bra with gets extra gold stars in my book. Comfort is key in the summer.
Side note: this is the first time I’ve actually shown my belly button on my blog, hah. It’s become one of those body parts that I spend an unusual amount of energy trying to cover up and hide all the time. It’s become way too exhausting trying to conceal it constantly, and ya know what, I’ve had two babies. This is what my body looks like. My belly button may not be my favorite part of myself anymore, but it’s mine so whatever, here it is world! Deal with it. ;] Anyway. These bells are amazingly comfortable, AND they’re still available, AND on major sale. YAY! Go, go, go!
As you may or may not have noticed, and if you haven’t you soon will, I am in love with fringe. I’ve made no secrets on my blog that I was incredibly weary of this trend coming back around. After all, I am scarred for life after seeing the most ill-fitting unflattering camel suede jackets with fringe so long you could sweep the floor with them everywhere during my adolescence. So, needless to say, I was late to this trend party, but as with all trends, you experiment and you find the right fabrics and fits that work for you. I mean, I love me some Randy Savage, but I’m not about to channel him in my wardrobe, you know? Sometimes, less is more.
FOREVER 21 TANK (similar) || TARGET SKIRT || COSMO HEELS (SIMILAR) || RAY BANS SHADES || LINEA PELLE BAG || ROMAN & SUNSTONE EARRINGS
I’m really into how warm it has been lately; I think September and October may be my favorite months as far as fashion goes. It’s a little cool one day so you can layer on your favorite fall essentials but then it’s like 70 degrees the next day so you can still tap into your summer favorites; like this tank top or strappy heels. I didn’t even have to throw an extra jacket in the car to go with this outfit, it’s crazy but I’m so into it.
Isn’t this skirt fun? It’s a whole lot of fringe and leather; two trends I’m really enjoying at the moment. I love when designers mix trends like these two without going overboard. It’s a win win for everyone. Speaking of fringe! I’m going to be teaming up with a few of my favorite bloggers next month to show you how we all do fringe, so be sure to keep checking back for that! You will not want to miss it, promise!
When you’re shopping with a good cause in mind it kind of takes the sting out of spending, doesn’t it? When what you’re shopping for is 20% off it makes it even that much sweeter! All month long South Moon Under is offering 20% off their exceptional denim selection. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with SMU and Citizens of Humanity Jeans to tell you guys all about it!
TARGET SHIRT || CITIZENS OF HUMANITY JEANS ℅ COH & SOUTH MOON UNDER || STEVE MADDEN BOOTIES || LINEA PELLE BAG || KAREN WALKER SHADES ℅ DITTO EYEWEAR || H&M HAT || ROMAN LUXE JEWELRY ℅ (here, here, here)
Before I tell you guys all about this denim event, let’s talk about designer sunglasses at insanely affordable prices. If you have not heard of Ditto Eyewear yet, let me drop some knowledge on you. I am a sunglasses addict. I have more pairs than I can count and I think I legitimately buy a new pair at least weekly. Ditto Eyewear is a new and exclusive service that lends you designer shades (and actual glasses) for a small monthly fee. Once you’ve tried on your most recent heart’s desire, you simply request a new pair with your personal stylist. They mail out you next shades immediately with a prepaid shipping label to return your original selection at no cost to you. It’s brilliant I tell you, BRILLIANT! You can try out the service for free for your first month by using code THERACHELROSS at checkout here! I’ve already taken two pairs of Karen Walker’s and a Prada for a test run and I plan on basically trying them all.. because I mean… I’m addicted right?
Ok, so now about the jeans! Like I said, for the entire month of October South Moon Under is offering their amazing denim selections at 20% off. Brands include Citizens of Humanity, BLANK NYC, Hudson, Free People, AG and more! Want to know what the great cause is? Great, I thought so! All month long you can bring in your old jeans to be donated to the Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program where your old wardrobe will be recycled into denim insulation which is pretty friggen amazing if you ask me! I’m somewhat of a hoarder, really… I still have jeans from high school, but over the weekend I cleaned out my drawers and I’ll be stopping at SMU soon to donate these old rags as soon as Joaquin heads out of town. So be sure to stay safe if you’re on the east coast! THEN be sure to head to South Moon Under to do your part for a good cause, and THEN reward yourself with 20% some new jeans. ;]
Ok this blog title makes like 0 sense, really, but I like it and it makes me happy, ha. I saw a pair of orange heels on Pinterest years ago… literally, when I first signed up for the website. Ever since I have always wanted a pair but could never find the perfect ones. When you shop with something specific in mind you never find it, isn’t that always the case? Ami Clubwear recently sent me the perfect pair of orange heels that I have been hunting for and I am oh so stoked on it!
HOLLISTER SHIRT (similar) || FOREVER 21 JEANS || AMI CLUBWEAR HEELS ℅ (similar) || LINEA PELLE BAG || ROMAN LUXE BRACELET & NECKLACES ℅ || JORD WATCH ℅ || RAY BANS SHADES
I mean come on guys! Don’t you love these shoes? They are so bright and cheery! Plus they added the right amount of sass to an otherwise pretty casual outfit. I love the way distressed boyfriend jeans look with a chunky heel. Shoes like this can tend to be extremely uncomfortable, so I was worried about that since I never got to try them on first (damn you online shopping) but I was pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to wear!
One of my favorite ways to update a look is to play around with my accessories. I happened to have two of these identical necklaces from Roman Luxe that have an adjustable chain. I wear one a little looser and layer on a second one with it for a bold look. If I had five of these I’d probably wear them all together at once to get this look. I’m obsessed with this necklace! It’s on sale now too… may have to scoop one up!
With the temperature slowly rising I cannot help but get giddy over spring and summer garments. Just this morning I tried to walk out of the house in a backless t-shirt only to have to turn around and throw on a sweater because it was slightly more breezy than I had anticipated. However, there is a perfect combination for these not quite hot, not quite cool days; a light dress and a long cardigan.
DRESS: C/O PINK BLUSH || CARDIGAN: H&M (similar) || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || SHADES: TOM’S || BAG: LINEA PELLE || EARRINGS: H&M (similar)
Isn’t this necklace so cute? I love how delicate it is. When my cousin and I were in Florida she took me to this store that was packed from wall to wall with delicate little pieces like this or bold statement accessories. They pretty much had anything you could think of, and the best part, almost nothing was above $20. (This necklace was only $12…. for real). I can’t remember the exact name of the place, but it’s in Naples… if you’re ever in that area, haha!
When I think of slip dresses it only feels appropriate to pair them with a slinky little bralette. Slip dresses tend to be a little looser and a bralette is often times supposed to be seen, so they pair perfectly together. I love this dress from Pink Blush; it is so sweet and feminine! I felt very cozy with this light dress wrapped up in my long knit cardi. Although… as much as I love my layers, I am SO looking forward to shedding a few this summer and wearing this dress with nothing over it. Who’s with me?
I live in such a pretty area, I love exploring! I’ve lived in the same time my whole life [save for a few years in College and after I move next month!] but I still feel like there’s so much to see here… like this gaawwwwwwgous waterfront in Red Bank. My husband used to go fishing here with his Grandfather all the time when he was young, but I didn’t even know it existed!
DRESS: H&M || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN [on sale now] || SHADES: ANTHROPOLOGIE
That “little” white house behind me? Yeah, that’s Bon Jovi’s. No big deal. And by little house I really mean small compound.
NECKLACE: H&M || EARRINGS: C/O ROMAN LUXE || BELT: H&M
I love the color of this dress. It looks perfect with my skin color since I can’t seem to catch a tan for my life! Thank goodness for Arbonne’s sunless tanner! It’s a life saver. (I’m on my 3rd bottle since April… don’t judge me).
RINGS: C/O ROMAN LUXE || BAG: C/O LINEA PELLE
The small gold square ring is actually a pinky ring! Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how ya look at it, it doesn’t fit on my pinky! It’s too big :[ It only fits on one finger… my left ring finger. Figures! But I love it so much sometimes I wear it instead of my wedding rings… my husband hates it, but he just doesn’t understand what us women do for the love of fashion!
These earrings are known as “The pair that goes anywhere.” So versatile and perfect! Don’t mind my necklace here… I switched it out before I left, hah. Anyway! It’s a crappy day here in NJ, so I’m planning a fun shoot for later! Stay tuned ;] Until next time, kisses!