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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dressing For Spring In Quarantine

It's quite a confounding experience being thrust into a "new normal" every day. Things are changing so rapidly and there's so much to say that there's almost nothing to say -- just actions to adjust to and rules to abide by. I realize that I'm speaking from a place of pretty immense privilege right now; I've lost minimal income due to COVID-19, I'm a young person with a strong immune system, and there are people for whom this lack of predictability day-to-day is the normal occurrence.
But even being mandated to stay home has proven to throw many of us for several loops. I'm combatting that feeling by keeping even the most simple routine, and enjoying the Spring, even in quarantine.

Click here to read my article for Abide Magazine, where I discuss the importance of style and maintaining normalcy during quarantine along with some outfit ideas.

On the lowest of keys, the trend I've been most excited about for Spring is puff sleeves. I've been watching a ton of Karen's (of Where Did U Get That) Youtube channel, getting slowly riled up and inspired by both her enthusiasm and balloon-sleeved frocks and well...here we are. This Femme Luxe top was a perfect choice for me; I love any playful white top, but this one was special because the detail is primarily in the sleeves. That takes a potentially challenging top to style and marries it to a basic mock neck top, which slyly makes it as easy to pair as the latter.

I'd alternatively love to see this top paired with another style of jeans I've been eyeing from Femme Luxe's current collection, i.e. this high waist boyfriend style. You could always cuff the jeans to expose some ankle, but I'd really like the fitted waist and slightly wider hem fit with this top.

Dana Boyfriend Style Jeans 

It's still spring in my book. So tell me, what trend are you excited to break out this Spring?

What I'm Wearing
mesh floral puff sleeve top c/o FemmeLuxe / Guess 90s High Rise jeans / similar white croc mini bag / Primark mint square toe heels (similar here)

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

What To Wear Inside

I'm thankful to say it's been a peacefully quiet day for me, friends. Massachusetts, like much of the country and world, really, is in a declared state of emergency throughout at least early April. I'm sure it's not news to anyone reading this that things are pretty...weird. Uncertain, uncomfortable at the least. So in the interest of not dwelling further than the change I'm able to effect, I've been taking advantage of unscheduled down time by striking a few things from my to do list.
Today, for example, I got around to uploading some new items from my closet to Depop -- click here to check those out (which helps me out). That was a result of another done "to do", which was the closet purge and organizing I mentioned in my last post.

Sharing these jeans here was in fact a far more exciting strike from another (far more dedicated) to do list, which is my blog post planner.
I bought them a couple weeks ago, immediately upon seeing Monroe Steele of Fashion Steele NYC share a similar pair to her Instagram story -- a wonderfully baggy double-waisted dupe for her amazing Y Project jeans. Those had sold out in my size but I luckily nabbed these pair (I went a full size down for a US 2/UK 6, by the by).
I've thought of a million ways I'll be styling these jeans already but today's post felt right to keep it simple. It was such an effortless match to pair them with these gorgeous, emerald green faux croc pumps from Lulus and minimal silver jewelry -- don't call me out if you see me outfit repeat!

What I'm Wearing
thrifted menswear button down / double waist mom jeans: Nastygal (similar also here) / green faux croc pointed toe pumps: Lulus

Monday, March 16, 2020

What You Can Do

In times like this, with COVID-19 running unchecked and major global shutdowns in response, it's an understatement to say things are getting hard and worrisome. While things are looking hopeful in the long term, I hope that sharing advice that I've been focused on adhering to will be helpful to some of you, too.
1. Self isolate as much as possible. I’ve really taken this to heart over the past few days. it doesn’t matter if you’re less likely to be affected because it’s not just about you, it’s about those in your community and the world around you who may be more at risk during this outbreak.

2. Do not ignore symptoms or risks — check out all current information on symptoms and guidelines here at CDC.gov, wash your hands with soap and water as much as possible, disinfect disinfect disinfect! Especially if and when you decide to go out.

3. If you live in the US and your income has been affected by the shutdowns, please make sure to see if you’re eligible for unemployment benefits, even for temporary unemployment. Not every situation qualifies unfortunately but it may be of use in many situations.

4. One of the best ideas I’ve seen recently is buying gift cards to local restaurants and businesses to support them while they’re under business restrictions. If you can afford it definitely keep this in mind. The same goes for helping keeping friends afloat while they may be affected significantly financially; this economy and capitalist system are honestly trash and we need to take care of each other!

5. Lastly, if you’re lucky enough to not be losing money due to the closures/are working from home, take care of yourselves! For me, that's meant planning upcoming work/blog posts, organizing my closet, and trying to listen to my skin and my plants. Whatever that means for you -- meditation, rest, exercise -- try to get it in where you can fit it in.

Take care, friends 💜
five tips for coronavirus

Monday, February 17, 2020

How To Wear A Casual Blazer

Blazers really never go "out" of style, but the oversized, longline, dad blazer if you will, is kind of on fire right now. We've been given countless interpretations from the runway--like this season's Jacquemus or 3.1 Phillip Lim--to the likes of Primark and Target. Their consistent relevance is why I say the first and most important part of wearing a casual blazer doesn't even start with the outfit, really. It starts at the thrift store.
I found this gorgeous double breasted blazer, for example, at my local thrift. I knew I'd have the most luck and even the most options there because we've been here before with blazers, in the 80s and 90s. In fact I was just watching an episode of Living Single and laughed to myself a bit because the outfit Regine was wearing was so similar to what I put together here. Anyone who's been thrifting even once knows that it can take a bit of digging to find gems, but it's worth it to find on trend pieces without spending full price or consuming fast fashion.

My other favorite part of this outfit, never to be overlooked, is the beautiful set of mauve tassel earrings from H&M (which are sold out, but this pair from Jam+Rico is similar). I bought these two years ago to wear to Style Week FW 2018 and have truly neglected them since then which is a shame. I usually reach for necklaces so honestly most of my earrings end up a bit neglected, but this borderline proper outfit practically grabbed me by the arms and yelled, "I deserve something different and fun!", so here we are.

What I'm Wearing
thrifted long double breasted blazer (similar here and here) / Target ribbed turtleneck / H&M tassel earrings, high waist ankle jeans / Old Navy mint crossbody bag / Dr. Martens 1460 boots

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Be My Valentine?

Happy Valentine's Day, lovers and friends. How did you spend your day or your night? I can usually take or leave Valentine's Day, but as I mentioned last week, I've had my mind set on good food and a romantic atmosphere for a while now. I knew I'd been wanting to go to Metacom Kitchen, a local restaurant I found via Instagram, for ages it feels, but it was a done deal when I saw their prix fixe Valentine's Day menu. And if you're wondering, I decided to go with the carrot lavash then roasted duck breast, finishing with some amazing creme brulee (can you tell I was not disappointed?)

Aside from a great Galentine's dinner, I was so excited to wear this beautiful organza puff sleeve top from Femme Luxe. I talk extensively about how universal good jeans and a tee shirt are style-wise, but as I also mentioned recently, there's nothing like a stand out piece which you don't have to think twice about--you know immediately that it's love at first sight. Like, "that is the statement I want to make"; and that's what this top did for me.
I styled three more Femme Luxe pieces in my most recent IGTV video to share some V-Day outfit inspo, but I'm definitely trying to wear these looks for a regular date night sometime soon. This emerald green slinky dress I chose from their bodycon dresses collection is my fave! It seems so simple from the front but the super low back is such a killer look!

What I'm Wearing

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.