Jeans Gap, Blazer JCrew, Top is Madewell (similar), Boots JCrew (old)
Do you ever have those outfits that feature all of your favorite things? Well this is one of those outfits for me. I’m obsessed with boyfriend jeans this fall, they are so comfortable and look great dressed up with heels and a blouse or casual for the weekend with loafers. I would totally recommend adding a pair to you closet! I love getting a good deal on a trend, so this pair of boyfriends is from the Gap. They run a little big, (order a size down) but the fit is great and look as good as the expensive versions. I like to play with proportion so I added the shrunken schoolboy blazer and the silk blouse gives it a nice masculine versus feminine twist. Truth is, I love a good preppy nod, so I wear this blazer with just about everything!
The blowout is one of the most important hairstyling techniques to master, but it can also be one the trickiest. I love blowouts since they make your hair look impossibly gorgeous, and a good blowout will actually give you a few days worth of hairstyles. Great for those crazy busy weeks! After plenty of research, along with trial and error, I think I have it down to science…simple and easy, perfect for getting ready in the morning.
- Start with wet hair, make sure you have done a really thorough shampoo and condition, then add a few drops of smoothing serum like Morrocanoil. Give your hair a rough dry until it’s about 60% dry.
- Section your hair into 8 sections (two sections at the top of your head, a section on each side, two at the back of your head and two at the bottom)
- Grab a round brush a dry each section starting with the top, make sure the hair is completely dry, this is really important. (TIP: start with the brush on the outside of the hair to pull it tight, then when it’s almost dry move the brush under the hair to give it bend and body)
- Divide the dried hair into two sections and roll each section with velcro rollers. Once you have all your hair in rollers , go over with the hairdryer on low speed but with heat. Add an allover spritz of hairspray and let your hair set for 10 minutes. (Perfect time to do your makeup)
- Undo the rollers, turn your head upside down and lightly spray with hairspray. Run your fingers through and you are good to go!
Don’t get me wrong, I live for summer, but when the weather starts to change and I feel that chill in the air, I start looking forward to fall. The pumpkin spice lattes, colorful leaves, family holidays and especially the fall fashion. I love the thick September issues of InStyle and Lucky and I start planning my fall shopping… this year one of my must haves is the loafer.
My Mom has worn Stubbs and Wooten loafers for as long as I can remember, and I love their preppy Palm Beach esthetic. I can’t really justify the $400 price tag, so I love that stores like the Gap and Nine West are doing an affordable interpretations (you can also pick up Stubbs and Wooten for JCrew if you like). I picked up the polka dot Gap loafers the other day and the studded Steve Maddens will be my next purchase. This style is really versatile, depending on the fabric you choose, loafers can go with a a great skirt and blouse for work, an LBD for evening and skinny jeans and a sweater for the weekend. Plus I love that they are practical enough to make running errands and being on your feet all day both achievable and stylish! ”If you’re priority is comfort and you’re on your feet all day, make sure you take a look at these comfortable shoes from Simply Feet.
- rose snakeskin and cap toe loafer (san edelman, $149)
- polka dot calf hair loafers ($49, Gap)
- stubbs and wooten blue velvet loafers (jcrew, $400)
- animal print loafers (nine west, $68)
- nine west panto loafer ($79, nine west)
- gold studded loafers (steve madden, $99)
- tassel loafer (jcrew, $238)
My style tends to be pretty classic, so experimenting with nail color is one my favorite ways to partake in new trends. This year anything goes in the nail polish department, from dark shades to light ones, glitter to crackle finishes, plenty of intricate designs and one of my favorite trends… the multicolor or ombre mani.
I love ombre, in fact this cream to coral ombre is pretty close to the colors I used for my wedding last year. We used a white peach bellinis is as inspiration and incorparted shades of champagne to coral to create a graduation of color. (That’s how you know it’s ombre).
I was looking through some of my favorite polishes and realized I could do a similar look for my nails which I really ended up loving. It was playful and modern without being overtly trendy, and the best part, I didn’t have to choose between my favorite Julianne Juelp polish and Mango-get-em from Loreal:)
To recreate the look find 5 polish colors in the same color family that get gradually lighter, start with the darkest on your thumb and move to the lightest shade on your pinkie. This ombre trend a fun way to sport some of this summer’s bright nail polish colors! Enjoy!
If you don’t have 5 polishes that fit the bill you can layer polshes from the same family over each other to get a gradation of color. (The color on my middle finger is a combination middle two polish colors).
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar in Marshmallow (similar here and here), Top: Madewell (similar here & here & here), Shoes: JCrew (similar here & here), Bag: JCrew, , Necklace: JCrew (similar here & here & here).
All right, it’s after Memorial Day so for all you Emily Post fans, it’s officially time to wear white! While I recognize that white is technically the absence of color…it’s actually my favorite color, so truth be told, I love wearing it all year long. I think it’s chic and sophisticated and pairs perfectly with both neutrals and bold colors. This Madewell top is one of may favorite’s, it’s silk, has a great pleat detail in front and happens to be the bold orange Pantone color of the year.
The jeans are actually from Old Navy so they are a great budget buy. (The key to white jeans, they have to be heavy enough denim so you don’t see through them:) I paired the jeans and top with neutral accessories and my go to acrylic statement necklace to keep focus on the great orange color. It’s a comfortable, classic outfit perfect for early summer dinners with my husband.
(This coral ombre manicure includes some of my favorite Julep and Lancome polishes and I’ll have a how to post coming up next week)