Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What I'm Wearing This Spring + Summer

Happy Wednesday, friends, and happy belated spring. As the weather turns, I’ve been finding it harder to moderate my excitement for warm weather activities. Highest on my list has to be bike riding. I can’t believe I only got around to it just once last year, but this year I’m trying to take as much advantage as I can. Just remind me to actually get a bike rack for my car (I know, haha). Another of my favorite outdoor activities I look forward to this season is picnicking. Just being outdoors, somewhere spacious and green is a simple pleasure, but there’s nothing like adding some bread and marinated mozzarella...maybe a little rosé to the mix, right?

Beyond my little spring daydreams, I’ve had ideas floating around in my head about what my wardrobe will look like for these sunny activities. Here are my top three, so far:

1. Puff Sleeve Tops
If you can’t tell by this post (or some of my favorite prior Femme Luxe looks, like this or this), tasteful puff sleeve tops have become a total go-to in my wardrobe. It’s a criminally easy way to make any outfit more feminine; plus there are truly so many ways to do this style—long or short-sleeved, sheer or solid, cropped or full length—and none get too hot in warm weather. I speak from experience, in fact, since these photos were taken in St Croix, USVI a couple of weeks ago.

2. Corset Tops
I probably did enough waxing poetic in my last post about how much I’m loving the current spate of the corset tops trend. Buuut in case you were wondering, they do pair just as well with items other than joggers. I think I’d love to wear them next with a fun plaid shacket and a pair of shredded denim shorts, like these:

3. Athleisure/Loungewear Sets
I can’t tell what it says about me that loungewear has landed in the top three for my spring wardrobe, but hear me out. My most important reason is that I will still be staying home more often than not this spring. While I am vaccinated, and I hope you are or will also be, dear reader, I understand that there’s a ways to go before it's safe to be frequently out around others. So what does that mean for my wardrobe? Well...I will definitely still be wearing sweats most of the time. Like I’ve been practically living in these grey loungewear sets, easily pairing them with a couple gold necklaces and a colorful bag when I do have to go out. So I've learned about myself, during this lockdown, that if I'm going to be home all the time, I want to like what I'm wearing. I still want to feel cute. And since I’ve been feeling that way in my loungewear from Femme Luxe, I had to include them.

What I'm Wearing

puff sleeve top c/o Femme Luxe / H&M palm leaf print pants (sold out, similar here) / lace-up sandals: Etsy / Shein croc mini satchel / cat eye sunglasses c/o Mulberry and Grand

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Spring 2021 Athleisure feat. Femme Luxe

I have to say, I love that in 2021, athleisure is still going hard. It's fitting, of course, seeing as we (in the United States) have spent the last year in various lockdowns. But I mean it; I've spent more time in the past year discovering just how many ways you can style a pair of joggers than I think I ever have. Thus far I've paired them with blazers, bodysuits, and crop tops, but this corset look takes the cake as my favorite. I love that it gives some structure and pumps up the sportiness in an otherwise very relaxed look. That's the kind of energy I want to bring into Spring 2021, which begins in just a few weeks.

Another of my favorite sporty pairings is this ice blue mini bag with my Fenty x Puma Mid Geo trainers. Mini handbags have been on trend for a while now (shoutout to Jacquemus), but as the seasons change I find myself glomming on to more colorful ones like this to add some life to my outfits. Aaand...it helps that the bag matches the blue 'Puma' detail on my sneakers.

Aside from this spring's trends, I've been thinking about how the tides of everyday fashion have turned over the past year. I think I speak for everyone when I say that proper loungewear has become a total mainstay in my life, and I'm not complaining. Spending so much more time at home, including socializing and working for many of us, has emphasized the need for "at home" clothes to feel a bit more real and a bit less like "my oversized t-shirt from the past two nights".
This time last year, as we entered into spring and into the pandemic, I wrote about how continuing to get dressed at home can help create a sense of normalcy in utterly abnormal times (click through to read).
I'm glad that I can still stand by those feelings, and only hope now that the reminder will be a bit less relevant this time next year.

What I'm Wearing

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Lazy Sunday feat. Mulberry & Grand

How is your fall, so far? I think the part I've been enjoying the most this week is messing around in my closet, coming up with transitional summer-to-fall looks. I don't know if it's the love I have for clothes or just spending more time indoors, but I feel like I have at least five outfits ready to go for each item I own. This look is actually one of my go-tos this season. This blazer goes with literally eeeverything, and the tonal jewelry from Mulberry & Grand pulls the outfit together so perfectly.

The inspiration from this look is truly any man in the late 80s or early 90s, but more directly from some real throwback television I was watching recently, Degrassi High. (Any other Degrassi fans reading?) One of the show's characters, Alex, had a look which probably falls under "90s dad fashion" today: a leisure blazer over a pair of denim cutoffs or jeans. I gave it a little modernizing, and a little more of a feminine touch, but consider the cap-and-blazer look to be a true ode to that inspiration.

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What I'm Wearing
tortoise and gold bangle, gold hammered ring c/o Mulberry and Grand / Missguided oversized blazer (avail. in petite and tall; similar here) / New Look straight leg jeans (sold out, similar here): ASOS / PrettyLittleThing basic strappy mules / Aerie Lazy Sunday cap

photos: Jose Flores

Monday, October 12, 2020

What To Do In Fall 2020

I've enjoyed so much time outdoors and with myself this summer, from beach days to day trips to my area's coastal towns. And lately, with Coronavirus still a present concern, I've been thinking of all the ways I plan to carry my activities into fall.
To share a few, here are some ideas for outdoors:

 socially distanced hiking and Rail Exploring
 any foliage-viewing activities, like long drives
 visiting a farm/orchard to pick a perfect pumpkin and have some apple cider donuts
 doing my holiday gift shopping locally, in downtown New Bedford
 limited outdoor dining at local restaurants (those outdoor heaters are much more powerful than they look)

I think this look works so well for the last idea, by the way. This ribbed loungewear set from Femme Luxe is one of my recent favorites -- it's so comfortable and so easily dressed up for a luxe look. I picture myself wearing it to a sunny brunch or for a cozy dinner date under fairy lights.

What ways are you branching out for outdoor activities?

Staying indoors is also always the best choice all things considered, so I will be opting to stay indoors more often than not, and encourage you all to do the same.
The idea of staying in brings me to what I love about this Femme Luxe loungewear look -- that it's loungewear. It can be dressed down to feel cute during at home chills, too! Femme Luxe has my favorite chill-wear, from stylish joggers to playful slogan t shirts. I love these pair of cloudy looking tie-dye joggers; I think they'd be so fun with this 'Overdressed' slogan t shirt for spending time indoors.

Selenanne Tie Dye Joggers                         Lilian Overdressed T Shirt

For good balance, here are some great indoor activities for the season:

 spooky movie nights, complete with snacks and (if you're me) a glass of wine
 virtual hangs with apps like House Party (remember that from the start of quarantine?) or Watch Party on Hulu
 toasting pumpkin seeds after the carving, of course
 supporting your favorite local restaurants by buying takeout and gift certificates

What I'm Wearing

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Secret Garden

I first heard about the Haskell Public Gardens roughly about 11 years ago in my freshman year of high school. And I was surprised to say that, in the span of eleven years, I had never actually visited the space. Unlike most of the city's parks, courtyards, and other green spaces, this garden is a truly and well-hidden gem. It's a primly kept expanse of six acres tucked directly off of a main road -- one which I've driven down more times than I'd ever be able to guess. But, suffice it to say, Sunday was my first official visit.
The gardens are the work of, and accordingly named after, the late Allen C. Haskell. Haskell was in an internationally renowned horticulturist, known for featuring a host of plants, trees, and animals in this diverse nursery. It's hard not to admire his work; he cultivated this public space for over thirty years, in the middle of a small but culturally rich city. It made me think, though, and I took some time to consider why I, someone who cares for and particularly enjoys natural spaces, might hesitate to step into a space that looks so assiduously private.

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I will preface the resulting thoughts by saying that I a) won't be going too deeply into this topic, but b) am going off of the assumption that you lovely readers have had either the prior experience or at least the prerequisite learning to understand.
To put it plainly, there's a foundation of racial bigotry in this country that follows every person of color, but specifically Black people here throughout every facet of our lives. This, of course, extends to being less than welcome in even public spaces, as exemplified by the recent spate of "Karens" on social media.
We end up having to approach many things we do with a cautious hesitance, considering which spaces are truly open, and to whom. So I'm glad to have reclaimed that fear, and that my experience was pleasant and undisturbed, but still want to share this bit of honesty to illustrate why a visit to an otherwise unobtrusive space might initially be intimidating from certain perspectives.

What I'm Wearing