I love a neutral look for work, and one that incorporates layers and ruffles is even better. I find LOFT blouses to really stand the test of time – I’ve had one particular pleated blouse for years and I wore it to pretty much every conference, presentation, and interview and I still love it. Looking for another staple to add to my wardrobe, I was excited to find this ruffled, fluted sleeve blouse in their spring collection. The front and sleeves are their signature woven material that doesn’t crease, and the back is a jersey fabric. I topped it with this gorgeous faux-suede jacket from blankNYC that I talked about in a previous post. I paired the blouse and jacket with the most comfortable black jeans ever from Old Navy. They aren’t traditional denim type material – rather they are a very soft, almost twill-like material with tons of stretch. I basically feel like I’m wearing leggings in them.
With the spring and summer months come weddings, cocktail parties, and other happy events for which you want to pull out fancier dresses and high heels. In the past though, I hadn’t really been too adventurous with my occasion wear – I had a few dresses that I would rotate (most of them some sort of black lace) and that would be that. However, for the first wedding of this season, I was really inspired to choose a dress that encompassed the design details I’ve been loving in my every day clothing recently – pastel colors, lace, and ruffles. This dress from ASOS was unlike everything else I had been seeing, and I immediately gravitated towards it for its feminine details and fitted shape. Once I tried it on, I started thinking about how even just the dress elevated my occasion wear game significantly, but there were a few additional tips I wanted to share to help you put together the perfectly styled, event-ready outfit!
Finding the perfect work pants has got to be one of the more difficult style challenges. I prefer my pants to be very form fitting, basically a denim/legging fit, otherwise I just look kind of stumpy. The other day, I stopped into several stores that are known for their workwear pants: Express, JCrew, Banana Republic, and White House Black Market. I was on the hunt for a lighter color pair of pants, in a taupe or warm neutral. I tried on so. Many. Pants. (I considered it research both for you and for me) and I was irked at how many pants claimed and looked on the model to be slim or even legging fit, and were anything but! I don’t know if I just have small calves, but they would fit right on the top, but then look baggy past the knees.
There’s no better way to introduce spring into your wardrobe than with a denim miniskirt. Recently, denim skirts have been popping up in dark, sophisticated washes and front details like buttons or zippers. The hardware details going down the front of the skirt elongates the legs and I love a classic dark wash for versatility.
In anticipation for warmer weather, I’ve been looking for a lighter jacket – both in color and in weight. While strolling through Nordstrom, I was immediately drawn to the soft neutral color of this BlankNYC jacket. It isn’t quite cream – it has a very slight blush tinge to it. I was sold when I touched the fabric – it’s a faux suede, and literally the softest item of clothing I’ve ever felt and owned in my life. The craftsmanship on this piece is incredibly refined and beautiful.
I’ve been looking to invest in a new watch since finishing graduate school, and definitely had a very specific idea of what I wanted. I was looking for a clean faceplate, silver toned, and most importantly, a band that was comprised of intricate link segments. I love the bands on the Michele and Cartier Panthere watches that look almost like basketweave – so detailed and feminine. The Rosefield Upper East Side watch has that exact band. The face is a lovely mother-of-pearl dial, very simple and classic.
With starting my new job soon, I’ve got workwear on my mind. One of the things I was looking for in new pants were neutral, yet unique colors. It’s easy to find pants in the standard black, navy, or gray, but when I saw the J. Crew Cameron pants in this lovely camel shade, I knew they would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. On me though, the Cameron pants were wider on the legs than I liked, so here, I’m sharing some quick tips on how I tailored them myself for a more fitted look.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting up with some blogger friends for my first visit to the cute neighborhood of Georgetown. I connected with Jessica from Emily in the Middle through Instagram, and Carla is an amazing instructor at Pure Barre who is starting a wellness blog! We grabbed breakfast at Simit + Smith (it was ok, probably would not recommend if you aren’t a sandwich person), and then walked around snapping some style photos. The main “M” street is lined with stores, but the side streets have the cutest pastel colored houses. I loved hanging out with these ladies (and met another new friend Maddie, through Carla!) and am so thankful for the connections that this blogging community has already given me. Keep reading for the details on what I wore!
I’ve been doing barre for over a year now, and it’s the only workout that I love and consistently stick with. With barre, I think “today, I get to work out”, not “ugh, I have to work out.” Of course, cute outfits help, and I always find I have cleaner lines and higher heels when I like my outfit (or so I like to think). I mostly find my workout pieces from Forever21 or TJmaxx. Here are some items that I have really enjoyed incorporating into my barre wardrobe!
I feel like going to Charleston with “blogger eyes” is some rite of passage – it’s so picturesque everywhere, there are countless cute restaurants serving delicious food, and definitely lots to photograph.