Review: Madewell Deckhouse Sweater


Gap jean jacket, Madewell sweater, ASOS scarf (similar), J.Crew pixie pants and boots, Tory Burch sunglasses

Since moving to San Francisco i’ve found myself stocking up on sweaters. Because the temperature isn’t freezing, but also isn’t warm enough for short sleeves or just a long sleeve t-shirt, lightweight sweaters are essential for surviving here. This Madewell striped number is a departure from anything else I own and i’m loving the slouchy fit but girly detail with the low neckline. And, confession, this is only the second patterned sweater I have. I know, i’m bad.



Check out my Instagram for a second way I paired this sweater for even more definition and flirtatiousness!


Oh, and because i’m always up for a fashion challenge, I took on one of my readers who dared me to style a leather dress in a flattering way. So, I give you the leather dress styled for day and evening!

Leather Dress Styled Two Ways + Video!


Daytime Outfit: J.Crew sweater (similar), DVF dress, SPANX tights, J.Crew boots

The styling of a leather dress started as a reader challenge, posted on Twitter. Always willing to take on a style challenge, and having wanted a leather dress for years, I went on a hunt. It took quite a while, but in this year’s Nordstrom anniversary sale I came across this stunning DVF piece for 75% off it’s original price…I literally jumped for joy. With stunning buttery leather panels and the most flattering fit and flare shape, I have worn this dress countless times already and wanted to share two simple day and night stylings with you here.

Also: scroll down for a little extra, unique media as an addition to this post!


For day, to tone down the dominatrix-esque feel of leather, I layered a casual white sweater and used a belt to cinch in the waist and keep the sweater from draping over my tummy. Basic boots and loose curls complete the daytime look.



For evening, I went a little more glam, showcasing the leather and my shape by layering underneath:


Evening Outfit: J.Crew blouse, DVF Dress, Sam Edelman sandals

A basic white blouse and red lips allow the full focus to be on the dress, complete with exposed zipper and stretch back. The fit and flare makes my waist look tiny and the covered chest area balances the short length.



I’m so in love with the stretch back of this dress that allows it to truly hug my figure, making for a perfect fit off the rack!



I want to start doing a little bit more animation with my outfit posts so I put together a little video for these particular pairings in an effort to showcase the movement and beauty of this dress. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for reading and to Mallory Mitchell for shooting these photos!

Daytime Sequins


J.Crew blazer + sequin top (old), Banana Republic jeans, J.Crew boots, Prada sunglasses, Vintage necklaces

Apologies in advance for the slightly grainy photos. The disgustingly gloomy weather in SF coupled with long work days make taking pictures difficult, and ideal lighting hard to come by. On that same vein, i’m really really not enjoying this whole “Summer is the coldest Winter I ever had” truth i’m experiencing as a first time SFer. It’s frigid!


My boyfriend totally loved this outfit, which just makes me that much happier. Blue on blue with a little sparkle, and a bold lip are all good in my book.



Isn’t this nail polish awesome? It was my girlfriend’s from DC and I took the liberty of borrowing it during a mini manicure session last weekend. She’s just the best.



Hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday!

Mixing Animal Prints & Larger Than Life Hair


Equipment sweater, Target belt, Ann Taylor curvy slim jeans (here in traditional denim), Chanel vintage flats (obsessed with these), Etsy tassel keychain

Hello lion hair, Batman! My hair is getting seriously thick and curly. I’m secretly obsessed with it but boyfriend thinks it’s time for a trim. In other news, this is so the traditional SF evening outfit. Read: it’s freezing and i’m wearing cashmere in July.



Even though it’s freezing out at nights, I try and keep things a little interesting by mixing animal print patterns (always in the same color family) and wearing my favorite designer flats.



Oh, and how amazing is this tassel! I finally dressed up my keys (mainly so my boyfriend would stop mixing ours up) and ordered this keychain from Etsy.


Thanks so much for reading! And if anyone knows of any amazing hairdressers to tame this mane in the SF Bay Area, please comment below!

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