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

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Skirt by LOFT

Socks by TOPSHOP

Shoes by H&M similar ones here

Bag by Gucci

Photos by Elaine Torres

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Anything But Ordinary

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Hello Pretties! Something about this outfit make me feel tres sophisticated. But in the quirky Aunt sort of way–you know what I mean? The person in your life who is unapologetically odd, enjoys trying out bold accessories, and doesn’t shy away from something that’s a little off the beaten path. 

I’m in the midst of a personal life + style evolution. Aesthetically for my blog, I’m in the process of redesigning it to be more user friendly and share more content here on the main page, allowing you to peruse more of my content that get’s lost after a week in my main feature slider. On a personal style note, I’m trying to foster my inner love for the weirder side of fashion, because I think that’s what sets me apart in this super saturated blogger industry. Sure, I love a Chanel boy bag and off-the-shoulder dresses from Revolve just as much as the next girl, but I’m looking to challenge myself to share innovative outfit inspiration that you can’t find elsewhere.

And when it comes to the other part of my job, which is hosting and producing video content, I have some really exciting series coming out on several different platforms, which I cannot wait to share with you! I have been working really hard on making beautiful content for Refinery29, Entertainment Tonight, and the Digital Shopping Network, but have nothing to show for it until the projects go up, which is frustrating for an instant gratification seeker like myself. It’s taught me patience, that’s for sure!

All of this is the long way of getting to the real point of my post: what else would you like to see from me? Do you enjoy personal essays on here, or are you looking more to just see pretty outfit photos? Do you like seeing my favorite beauty products weekly? I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re here just for my outfit, have no fear, I’ve put all the details below along with a pretty gallery to shop!

Dress | Objects Without Meaning    Shoes | H&M    Scarf | Vintage    Glasses | Linda Farrow    Bag | Clove and Revel   Photos | Elaine Torres

Western Feels

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I’ve been really into Western vibes lately. I know we associate bandanas with Western because of cowboys and old movies, but I’ve been digging a bit deeper. I’ve been on the hunt for awesome turquoise brooches, bolero ties, and anything old and silver that I can get my hands on. This vintage neck scarf I picked up at the Melrose Fairfax Trading Post flea market the other week, and I’m obsessed. I’ve been wearing regular bandanas for awhile – you know, the kind you order off of Amazon for super cheap. But this one feels soft and worn in, like a really worn in cotton band tee. It’s (allegedly) from India, and I can’t wait to find more like this.

On another note, this dress is one of my favorite purchases in recent months. It’s from the Who What Wear x Target collection. I went to Target to check out the line, because I used to intern / work at Who What Wear many moons ago. I didn’t expect to buy anything, but ended up with this dress and a skinny neck scarf (seen here.) Sadly, it’s all sold out, but I put some other great options below – you need to get a black trench wrap dress for summer, because you can style it so many different ways! xx

Dress | Who What Wear x Target    Bandana | Vintage from India    Bag | Vintage   Sunglasses | Perverse    Shoes | Zara    Photos Elaine Torres

Denim on Denim Redux

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Trends come and go, but I think the button down skirt is here to stay for me. It’s funny how things go in and out of fashion. If you would have said to me 5 years ago I’d be slipping myself back into denim skirts in 2016, I would have said you were crazy. Low and behold: me, in a denim skirt, loving life.

Granted, this rendition is much more refined than the super short, frayed, Abercrombie and Fitch mini skirts of yesteryear. This style is undoubtedly ’60s and oh-so polished. I wanted to try giving the illusion of a denim, A-line dress, so I let a lighter chambray top hang out over the skirt instead of tucking it in. Cute right? It’s fun to experiment with different ways to wear pieces I’ve worn a million times! The rest of the outfit is pretty self explanatory. White accessories, because they are my favorite, and a pink scarf, because my scarf obsession is real, and a round of applause for kind of looking like a super casual flight attendant 🙂

I hope I gave you a little inspiration! xx

Top | Paige    Skirt | Zara    Vest | Mackage    Scarf | Vintage    Glasses | Westward Leaning    Shoes | Soludos    Photos | Elaine Torres

Red, White and Blue

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Long weekends are my absolute favorite — especially during this time of year! I’m spending Memorial Day weekend relaxing around the house, gardening, hiking, and having a BBQ. Recently, I’ve been loving red, white, and blue together — I’ve actually been wearing this color combo a lot!

So naturally, I wanted to put together a festive, patriotic look for our Memorial Day BBQ. I decided to go with that skirt that was oh-so popular last summer – the button front denim skirt. I still like the way it looks and have no intention of retiring this style anytime soon. This look is simple – baggy white button down, tied in the front, and unbuttoned to show off a red banana choker. I’ve been wearing my scarves like this on repeat, so expect to see more!

Finished off the look with a matchy matchy red bag, and a red lip, because why not. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day! I’ve put together a great gallery below – heck, I might even wear this outfit for July 4th. xx

Top and Skirt | H&M    Shoes | Soludos    Bag | Loeffler Randall   Bandana | Amazon    Photos | Elaine Torres