Stripes + Whites

Oversized Sleeve Stripe Tops with Gucci Bag and White Jeans Allison McNamara

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Voluminous Sleeve Stripe Top

Does anything say August quite like stripes and whites? I picked up this oversized sleeve stripe top from Zara a month or so back thinking that it was a dress. However, when I went to wear it, I quickly realized that wearing this piece as a dress (sans pants) was going to be an issue because it definitely wasn’t long enough to be a dress, les sigh. But that’s OK, I’m digging it as a tunic as well. 

I’ve been really into oversized sleeves all year long it seems. There’s something about a poufy, dramatic sleeve that I adore so much because it adds such a dramatic element to a look. I also love wearing dresses over jeans, which quickly became the inspo after realizing this piece was indeed not a dress haha. Wearing dresses over jeans almost reinvents the entire piece and breathes new life into a dress you’ve worn over and over again. 

I’m a firm believer that you can wear stripes and white all year long, so I’ve rounded up some of the best deals on stripes below! Sadly, this Zara beauty is sold out but I’ve curated a few more of my favorites for you pretties to shop.

Jeans | Uniqlo

Top | Zara, similar one here

Shoes | Miu Miu, similar ones here

Bag | Gucci, similar one here

Sunglasses | Ray Ban

Photos | Elaine Torres

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How sweet are these cheeky Soludos sneakers? They are from a collaboration where graphic designer Ashkahn designed a capsule collection for the brand, and I actually got to meet him and talk to him about it. You really can’t help but feel good when wearing these sneakers, right? Snag a pair for yourself right here!

Today’s look is all about summer suiting and millennial pink. I’ve always loved a good suit moment, and summer is the perfect time to play with different color and texture. This pink suit by Smythe is a fave of mine, especially because the preppy pink is juxtaposed with navy sporty stripes down the arms. Playing off the stripes,  I went with navy trousers, cuffed up, and a laid-back white button down from UNIQLO. When choosing summer suiting, you need pieces that look effortless and that breathe–there’s no where I wouldn’t go in this outfit.

Jacket by Smythe, similar jacket here and here

Trousers by TOPSHOP

Top by UNIQLO

Shoes by Soludos

Watch by Nixon

Sunglasses by Rayban

Photos by Elaine Torres

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’60s Darling

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I’ve been on a major vintage kick lately. I think because I’m sick and tired of seeing the same sh*t on Instagram. Seriously, everyone looks the same, it’s mind-blowing! There are a few reasons for this… 1) a lot of the same fashion PR places and fashion brands gift more heavily than others 2) when a silhouette becomes popular, every other brand jumps on the bandwagon thanks to fast fashion and 3) because style has become so homogenized. 

Which is why I love going to places like Shareen Vintage in downtown Los Angeles. It really is a pretty paradise where you can get lost perusing vintage clothes for hours. I wore this 60s vintage dress years ago for Coachella and decided to bring it out of the woodworks, pairing it with seemingly fitting Docs and white sunglasses. This outfit feels decidingly British, and I love it. What do you think? 

Dress from Shareen Vintage

Shoes by Doc Martens, Vintage

Glasses from random Thrift Store

Bag by Alexander Wang

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Pretty Polka Dots

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A sweet mix of polka dots is the best way to kick off summer, no? I’ve always had a penchant for polka dots, especially in the form of silk scarves and skirts. There is something so decidingly sweet and subtle about a polka dot print, and I love mix and matching colors of dots for maximum impact. 

Let’s talk about this polka dot scarf for a second. It’s from the inaugural Who What Wear x Target collection, and I loved it so much I bought two, for I feared one day I’d need another. Does anyone else do that besides me? When I find an item I love profusely, I sometimes (always) buy two. It also came in this other beautiful color way that I still regret not purchasing.

Anyway, this polka dot scarf is the perfect piece for mixing with other dotted pieces. Something about the crimson color plays so nicely with others, especially navy. I got this skirt years ago. When the whole blogging space was in its infancy, I was a brand ambassador for LOFT, and they gifted me tons of pieces to wear for Instagram and on my POPSUGAR shows. This is the only piece I have left from that partnership, and I never plan on letting it go. I’ve always been titillated by knife pleats, especially when covering a slim fit midi skirt. Midi skirts are hard for petite girls to wear, but something about this cut and silhouette works for me. I’ve been on a sock kick recently, and added on frilly heart-covered sock stockings underneath my sandals. IDK, I love a granny chic moment and these sock stockings deliver.

Scarf by Who What Wear x Target, similar one here and here

Top by Equipment

Skirt by LOFT

Socks by TOPSHOP

Shoes by H&M similar ones here

Bag by Gucci

Photos by Elaine Torres

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Green With Envy For Pretty Pleats and Olive Tones

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never worn a dress quite like this before. I’ve been venturing into different colors and patterns as of late–including this yellow floral print dress from last week–and couldn’t help giving this bold, olive green color a try.

I’m obsessed with shopping vintage, and one of my top spots to snag cool vintage finds in LA is Shareen Vintage. I’ve purchased everything from black, velvet, fur trimmed jackets to peasant dresses there. However, this olive green dress is truly a gem and such a find. Ever since I dyed my hair red, people tell me I should explore all things green, but I’ve been wary about it for fear of looking like a bad version of poison ivy. After giving this color a whirl, or more literally, a twirl, I’ve reached the definitive decision that green is indeed my color and the I plan on shopping it much more often.

Are you feeling green with vintage envy for all things green dresses? Shop my top picks below!

Dress by Shareen Vintage, similar one here

Shoes Target, similar ones here

Scarf Vintage from Dubai, similar one here

Sunglasses, similar ones here

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