Review: BDG High-Waist Black Jeans

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Nordstrom top (similar), J.Crew belt, BDG high-waist jeans, Sam Edelman sandals (my color is sold out, but my next pair will be these)

Get ready to see quite a bit of these jeans in the months to come. I tweeted a few weeks back that I was searching for the perfect pair of high-waist black jeans and one of my lovely readers, Franziska responded with a recommendation for these BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters. I quickly went online and at $38 a pop after sale, I ordered two pairs at varying sizes to test them out. I ended up with my usual size (i’m typically between a 30-31, and went with a 31) and love them.

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They are true skinny jeans, tapering very tightly around the ankle which I appreciate. They also are very high-waisted on me, sitting about an inch above my belly button. The material isn’t as sturdy as some designer jeans, and it feels like I might have to repurchase these after a few months of wear, but i’m so thrilled to have found a cheap black jean alternative.

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The pockets are placed just a tad bit wide for my particular rear end but boyfriend gave them the nod of approval, so I decided to keep them regardless. To this day the only pair of black jeans I have found that have the proper pocket placement for me are Ann Taylor curvy slims, and those fade very quickly and don’t taper narrow enough to tuck into boots.

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 Please let me know if you check out these jeans and what you think!

James Perse Anniversary Dress for Everyday

IMG_0224-2James Perse dress, Prada sunglasses, Jack Purcell shoes

You may remember this dress from Cesar’s and my 3 year anniversary shoot. Made of a lightweight, yet oh so flattering cotton, I love this dress for an evening out or paired with casual Chuck’s and big hair.

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IMG_0229-2I swear, sneakers go with literally any dress.

Reworking a Club Monaco Maxi

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Aritzia top (love this one from Equipment), Club Monaco maxi (last styled here), Madewell belt, Sam Edelman sandals

Bringing an Outfit of the Day from Instagram to the blog for a change! Just a casual daytime outfit reworking my favorite Club Monaco maxi for a sunny but chilly day in the city. I added a classic belt to cinch the waist and fun curly hair for an even more casual look. To achieve this layered look simply take your favorite silk shirt, button the first two buttons and tie the remaining in a knot. Tuck it under a wider belt and you’re done!

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If you’re interested in how I achieved this curly haired look, check out this video on my youtube channel.

Leather Dress Styled Two Ways + Video!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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