City of Roses

black perforated flats, black skinny jeans, vince jacket, vince leather jacket, rag and bone tank, karen walker super duper strength sunglasses, rose garden portland

I came across this heart-wrenchingly true quote, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying those roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” (Courtesy of one of Dale Carnegie’s corporate leadership pieces.) It inspired me to re-prioritize enjoying that I have and wanting nothing more. If you’re particularly boss at doing that, share your tips below!

portland rose gardenLambskin jacket, Vince Scuba jacket, Shawl collar, asymmetrical zip leather jacket, vince jacket, leather jacketpink rose portland or rose garden  vince leather jacket white roses

While we are on the topic of priorities- comfort is one of mine; especially while on vacation. I practically lived in these shoes while we were in Portland (as you might expect from the last post). Why not?

Wearing: Vince leather jacket / Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans (with DIY holes) / Rag and Bone tank (white not avaialble, similar here and here) / DV by Dolce Vita flats / Reiss bag / Karen Walker Super Duper Strength sunglasses

P.S. I am participating in a fairly epic giveaway that you may want to enter!

Back to Black Outfits

Asos dress, perforated flats, karen walker sunglasses, casual dress, black in summer

After college, I was more than partial to black outfits. I mean head-to-toe, no-regard-for-seasons black wardrobe for an entire year.  Now, several (not that anyone is counting) years later, I’m resistant to the dark monochrome strategy; yet something about this dress and some casual shoes seems perfect. Wonderfully comfortable too.

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Black Lace

lace to work, work shirt, piperlime, rebecca minkoff bag, rebecca minkoff MAB, work bags, black work tote, black tote, mavi jeans, boyfriend jeans

Summer doesn’t mean tucking all of your dark colored clothes away (I’m looking at you, New Yorkers), it just means wearing them in lightweight, breathable fabrics. I am obsessed with this lace top for it’s gorgeous scalloped details and it’s versatility. When I saw it online it reminded me of my lace Joie top and I had to have it.

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Denim Shorts: Wardrobe Staple

open back, white zara shirt, zara short sleeved shirt, white short sleeved shirt

What beats a great pair of ‘adult-length’ denim shorts? Nothing. At the risk of being completely predictable, basic pieces like these shorts (last seen here) are the key to creating a versatile wardrobe based on items you are actually thrilled to wear. The biggest plus is they’ll go with everything. Stay tuned for more ‘Versatile Wardrobe Staples’ as I continue this TBD length series next week.

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Blazer and Jeans

graphic tee

I wore this for some last minute trip prep. Read: Shopping.  When comfort and agility are necessary, there is rarely a better option than Birkenstocks. I paired my jeans with a smart blazer to dress it up a bit. For night, I’d add heels (reluctantly) and a statement necklace like I did here.

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8 Wardrobe Essentials For Spring + A Giveaway

Springs Musts for Women

Hi friends! Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments yesterday.  I feel so blessed to have such supportive internet and IRL friends! Speaking of which, I have teamed up with some friends to give you the chance to win a ‘Spring Essentials’ Package. The winner will receive $150, the March Popsugar ‘Must Have’ Box, $50 credit to TennesseeMeVNTG on Etsy and one dozen flower cookies from PPGBakery!

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