April 19, 2016

The Jean Jacket

The hunt for the perfect jean jacket, aka the last 12 months of my life. A great denim jacket has always held a special place in my style psyche, but I probably haven't owned one since I was a child, when the 90's demanded everyone own a jean jacket. This is one of my favorite trends to resurface in recent seasons, but as a tall, picky girl on a budget, this was no easy item for me to acquire. It took lots of internet searching and exasperated moments in department store aisles to find "the one". But boy did I find it! This Old Navy denim passed my two most important requirements: its made of a soft, medium washed denim, and, it fits. Both of which, are no small victory, and trust me as someone who has tried on piles of denim this past year. Finding jackets (on a budget) has always been a struggle for me, and I often end up buying in the men's section just for fit. I have never been a fan of the shorter waist jacket trend, and I need to be able to actually move my arms while wearing something (go figure, right?). And this jacket actually has sleeves long enough for my giant wingspan, hurray! I also do not like "dirty denim", or the light wash that you often see that has a yellowish, worn look to it. I knew I would want to wear my jacket with dresses or office outfits, so a medium wash was a must and will keep this piece super versatile.

Jean Jacket and Shift Dress, Old Navy // Earrings, Poe & Arrow // Purse, TJ Maxx // Booties, Nordstrom Rack

April 4, 2016

Navy Days

I recently had happen to me what is every true shoppers worst nightmare: my closet collapsed. And I don't just mean that a rack tipped over, no no. I mean the main shelf buckled under the weight of my AMAZING STYLE AND SHOPPING ABILITIES (and some shoddy apartment-living craftsmanship) and an avalanche of clothes and shoes tumbled out in what is now referred to as "The Great Crash of 2016". It was bad. So in light of this tragic event, a major closet renovation and impending clean-out was called for. And in doing so, I found out that precisely one-third of my wardrobe is made up of dresses. Even though this wasn't a particularly shocking find for me, it definitely amused me, as someone who until college only wore dresses to dances, weddings, and award ceremonies. But the right dress should easily be the most versatile, most loved, most worn item in your closet.

Navy is going to be in heavy rotation in my wardrobe, starting now. As a lover and owner off massive amounts of black clothing, navy is the perfect, lighter, softer alternative for spring. And can we talk about these INSANE earrings? They are made of giant sequins and beads, and my extreme love for them is prompting a major jewelry re-evaluation for me. Special pieces only, the rest goes. I also battled the basic white girl in me over my desires for white Chucks for months. As you can see, I gave in, but with an all leather pair, because I have to maintain some level of uniqueness. Not to mention, I am in LOVE with them and will be wearing them alllll summer long.

Sweater dress, Nordstrom Rack // White Leather high top, Converse via DSW // Metallic Bag, Aldo // Purple Puff key chain, Nordstrom // Sequin Earrings, ASOS