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!

Banana Republic Sheath Dress for Summer + Review

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Banana Republic dress (in stores only, but very similar here online), Anthropologie pin, Sam Edelman sandals, Target clutch (old, amazing option here)

I wore this new Banana Republic dress in the sweltering heat while in DC visiting my best college girlfriends. We had an amazing weekend filled with brunches, late night talks, girly drinks and lots of laughs. I don’t think i’ve had that amazing of a weekend in a while and i’m so thankful I got to see them. In other news, this dress is wonderful. It is the first of it’s sheath kind in my closet and though it is very basic, when dressed up with a fun pin or a glam hat, I think it is going to be a great staple for Summer.

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This particular dress is only sold in stores, unfortunately, but I love the line down the back to give some added interest, and the slight high-low hemline for extra coverage. It is a thick ponte material and has a cap sleeve that was a smidge too tight on my arms, but was easily fixed with a slight tug on either side.

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As with any sheath, the dress was slightly roomy in my torso area but hung nicely over my hips. I walked without feeling like it was riding up and felt covered and comfortable all day.

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Have an amazing Monday and thank you for reading!

BCBG Architectural Beading + Casual Printed Pairing

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BCBG top, J.Crew skirt, Nordstrom flats (loving these), Prada sunglasses, Anthropologie belt (old)

I’ve had this shirt in my closet for a few weeks (see on instagram here). I am so in love with it that I wanted to really think about the best way to pair it before wearing it. Not to mention that it is a very delicate white silk and would likely stain on first wear, so I really had to get it right the first time. Paired with this all-time favorite shoe-print skirt and a waist cinching belt, I love the more casual vibe given to this otherwise dressy top.

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Paired with my years old snakeskin flats (clearly a flat girl at heart) and a high bun.

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I mean seriously, this top looks like something that would have appeared on Project Runway. The architecture of the beading is so unusual.

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Thank you for reading!

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