Wearing a Jersey Maxi

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J.Crew gingham top (here in solids), Gap maxi dress (similar), J.Crew belt, Sam Edelman sandals, Prada sunglasses, YSL lipstick

This is seriously one of my favorite new outfits. A comfy jersey maxi paired with longer length button up is cinched at the waist with a thick belt. I mean, could it be any more perfect for San Francisco?

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I also love tying this maxi up in the corner. I think it creates more interest and dimension in the outfit and also breaks up the awkward ankle-length that this dress tends to hit me.

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See the other way I styled this maxi dress here!

*Photos by Luci

Sheer Top for Daytime

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Forever 21 top (old)(similar), J Brand jeans, Sam Edelman sandals (here in another color), Prada sunglasses, Target belt, Gorjana necklace

I wore this outfit during a day spent with one of my favorite blog friends, Luci. We were walking around her adorable Oakland neighborhood snapping photos for each other. It was actually rather hot that day (darn suburban weather being so awesome), so I wanted to wear something light but still put together. This sheer-backed top from Forever 21 is literally ancient, and was probably around $17 when purchased. It has become one of my most worn items. See it here for the last way I styled it, almost a full year ago to the day.

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When dressed down with high-waist jeans to camouflage some of the backlessness, and comfy sandals, sheer for daytime is such a winner.

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Florals for Cold Weather

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Madewell silk blouse (similar), H&M sweater (last seen here), Ann Taylor jeans (here in other colors), Kelsi Dagger wedges, Louis Vuitton speedy 30

Sometimes I have an insatiable desire to wear florals. Even if the weather in SF is freezing and it is completely impractical, I find myself looking for ways to mix it into my outfits. This floral blouse is a Springtime favorite and the multitude of colors within it make it perfect for layering under a number of different sweaters. This last Sunday during a brunch outing with my favorite guys, I layered this top under my favorite chunky knit sweater to incorporate florals without having them read as overpowering in the colder weather.

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The looser weave of the knit allowed details of the blouse to shine through and the collar and cuff kept the florals peaking out just enough. Paired with my new favorite Kelsi Dagger cutout wedges (sooo in love), I was incredibly comfortable and warm for brunch. Oh, and as a side note, this lipstick is seriously the greatest thing ever. It keeps my pout looking full and is the smoothest, creamiest shade of pretty pink.

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On another side note, tomorrow is a very special day for me. Stay tuned for a special post + a little something for you!

Transforming an Old Dress: Layering a Shirt

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Brooks Brothers shirt, ASOS dress (very similar), Madewell flats, Prada sunglasses, Target clutch, J.Crew bracelets, YSL lipstick

Recently i’ve been trying really hard to rework items in my closet from past seasons, or wear them in new ways. Last week I talked about a beloved knit vest from Zara that I have since worn as a scarf and as a layering piece during cooler evenings this Spring. One of the items that is the easiest to rework is the dress. This particular one is a skater skirt and the nipped waist lends it beautifully to layering.

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I absolutely love the look of oxblood and white together and found it oddly appropriate for Spring when worn with casual flats and nude sunglasses. Paired with a hot pink lip and loose waves, it was the perfect outfit for dinner and drinks with friends.

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One of the things I did to keep it more casual and not stuffy, was tie the end of the shirt and leave it somewhat messy rather than adding a belt or hiding the looseness. This made the outfit feel more effortless and gave me the easy option of removing the outer layer if I got too warm. I could easily see doing this with a slouchy printed t-shirt or sweater for an even more casual-chic look.

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Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend!

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