:: Black Target Chiffon Tunic (super old) :: Black Target Harem Pants :: Oscar de la Renta Sunnies :: Loeffler Randall Clutch (ah-maz-ing option here) :: Sam & Libby Flats :: Nixon Cannon Watch ::


Guess what – I’m baaaaaack!  The past month or so has been particularly difficult for my family, and unfortunately I needed to take some time off to cope with the loss of two family members.  Nevertheless, I am officially back and stoked for all the spring and summer fashion that has already been hitting the shelves!  I’m keeping this post short and sweet, but be on the lookout for more posts going live soon!!!











:: Target Chambray Button-Down :: Olive Old Navy Vest :: Gabrielle Rocha Booties :: BCBGeneration Bracelet (similar here) :: DVF Handbag :: Kendall and Kylie Hat (similar here) ::

I can finally say it: I am done with my first semester of graduate school!  I know I’ve been MIA for the last week or so, but I have to say that finals week was brutal.  Now that I’ve survived finals, I can enjoy this beautiful holiday season!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe Christmas is just two weeks away, and I am so thankful that I’ve finished my Christmas shopping already.

I’ve always loved chambray, and recently I have experimented with the whole denim-on-denim look.  One thing I’ve learned is that it’s good to visually break up the denim pieces so you don’t have a Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake effect – I KNOW you know what I’m referring to 😉  I decided to layer a cute vest over my chambray button-down and top it all off with my favorite felt hat to add a little more color.  Super comfy and cute, right?











:: Red Target Blouse :: Black Nine West Skinnies :: Simply Vera Jacket :: Sam & Libby Flats :: Black Rabbit Scarf ::

You always hear people say that New Yorkers are renown for wearing black all day, every day, and I honestly think I might be a New Yorker at heart.  I would wear all black all the time, but I’ve had a recent love affair with bright red clothing – I guess that makes me black, white and red all over!  Honestly, I think that the simplicity of black enables you to experiment with different textures and fabrics in a way that is gorgeous and timeless.  Plus, you can add a fun color to an all black ensemble and break it up if you want to change it up every now and then.


Tie It Up



>< Merona Men’s Flannel >< Asos Black Skinnies >< Sam & Libby Flats >< DVF Handbag via TJ Maxx ><

If you’re like me, you totally associate fall and winter with flannels – especially plaid flannels!  I love a good boyfriend flannel, but it can be hard to style if you have a super short torso and you’re a shortie like me.  I mean, I love a good grunge look, but an oversized shirt can make me look absolutely horrible due to my size (I’m 5’3″ with long legs and a suuuuuper short torso).  Then I made a discovery: tying the front tails! It’s a great way to make your favorite oversized shirt look more tailored and proportionally appropriate.  I know, I know it’s a simple fix, but it makes all the difference in the world!


Photo Credit: Shaoping Zhu

What I Want Wednesday 9.10.14

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Black and Tan




>< Black Chiffon Target Top >< Abercrombie & Fitch Shorts >< Franco Sarto Sandals via TJ Maxx >< Bauble Bar Trillion Necklace (not available anymore, but this is a great option!) >< Louis Vuitton Handbag ><  Pura Vida Bracelets ><

I’m trying my hand at another black clothing option during the summer!  Here I’m wearing a black chiffon top, so it breathes beautifully in the humid Raleigh climate.  I have been spending a TON of time in the sun lately – I took a surf trip last week AND I’m taking one tomorrow – and a summertime tan is perfect with black.  Honestly, I think I feel tanner while wearing black than when I wear lighter clothing!

Ocean Pano

Here’s a little piece of summery inspiration for you guys – go hit the beach!


Summer in the City






>< Chiffon Shift Dress from Target >< Calypso St. Barth for Target Necklace (super old, but loving this and this from Anthropologie) >< Franco Sarto Sandals via TJ Maxx ><  Cole Haan sunnies ><

Black is the ultimate city girl color: it’s versatile, classic, and goes with everything, but when summertime rolls around, the boiling temperatures can tempt you to completely avoid the color.  But guess what, you can easily wear black during the summer and it all boils down to one rule: mind your fabrics.  By this, I mean make sure the black pieces you buy for summertime wear are light enough to breathe and let the breeze in.  The best summertime fabrics are chiffon, linen, cotton, other natural fabrics, and loose woven textiles.  If you stick to these fabrics, you’re golden!

This rule made this outfit super comfortable for romping around North Hills in Raleigh (did anyone else check out the Boho Beads trunk show at Monkee’s today?).  Even though my top was technically a tunic (with rather large slits in the side), I layered it over a pair of breathable shorts and didn’t even break a sweat!

What styling tricks do you guys have to stay cool during the summer?


Welcome, Summer






>< Roxy Ruffle Crop Top (old) >< Target Aztec Maxi Skirt >< Target Sandals >< Vintage Necklace ><



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>< Target Chambray Button Down >< Jolie Shorts >< Nine West Calf Hair Flats >< La Mer Wrap Watch >< Louis Vuitton Handbag >< Bauble Bar Trillion Strand Necklace ><

After moving to North Carolina, it became apparent to me that what I had always labeled as “sorority chic” in Florida is actually the essence of the Southern woman’s style.  That being said, I’ve never considered myself a preppy girl, though I have tried my hand at it once or twice and quickly realized it just isn’t me.  This is the land of flats, button downs, and bright color, and in honor of that I decided to try a spin on the North Carolina preppy look.  I will always be a beach girl at heart, but sometimes it’s just fun to try new things, right?  Either way, this spin-off kept me comfortable, somewhat Southern, and beach ready all at once.

I really love mixing textures in outfits and this was no exception.  I paired my lovely chambray top with a loose cotton short, calf hair flats, and a sleek yet casual handbag – add some pearls and a hint of glam and BAM, there you go!


Drop Off the Grid





>< Top: ASOS >< Skinnies: ASOS >< Flats: Sam & Libby for Target >< Sunnies: Amazon, similar here ><

If you haven’t noticed yet, I love creating black and white outfits that mix femininity and masculinity.  Here, I paired a drop-waist ASOS tank with basic black skinnies and textured d’orsay flats.  The feminine design of the tank and the androgynous grid pattern are balanced by the simplicity of the rest of the outfit.  I kept my jewelry simple and mixed rose gold, silver and gold pieces.  Looks like this are perfect for city life and the black skinnies + textured flat combo is extremely versatile on a daily basis.  You can throw on a blouse and be office-chic for your day job, and later swap the blouse for a night-ready top and be ready to grab dinner with your friends at that hot new bistro everyone’s been talking about.


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