If I had to pick a shoe to wear every day for the rest of my life, it would be the Valentino Rockstud. Valentino completely nails the art of being edgy yet feminine. I mean, how stunning are these blush pink pumps via Luisa Via Roma?
Surprise surprise, I don’t have a spacious walk-in closet. If you read my first home series post with a few confessions about our apartment, you may have guessed that though. Like 99% of America, I’ve fought with my hangers using all my strength, pushing them aside to excavate that one top buried way in the back. And of course, the top I need is always in the back. Upside: moderately toned biceps. My heels have often found themselves in a pile so gigantic I give up mid search, opting for a different pair. With any luck, that set of 2 is at least the color I was looking for. I’ve also had things fall on my head as I try to get another item down from the top shelf. Glamorous? I think not. More like reality.
I found myself at the LF sale this weekend, surrounded by screaming teenage girls. How did I know they were teenagers? Aside from the obvious, they were still shopping with their mothers. No offense to mine because I love her dearly but by now, we’ve learned shopping is best conducted as a solo mission. After listening to a high pitched series of chants involving words like “sooooo cute”, “I looooove it”, and “ohmygosh” coming from the dressing rooms, I found myself wondering: should I be really shopping here?
With 30 right around the corner, I have some preconceived notions of what ladies at that age wear: the J.Crew catalogue. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely picked up that catalogue for inspiration last week but I’m not ready to look like I’m from Connecticut just yet. At least not every day. After some reflection, I realized that while I may have just purchased the exact same crop top as a 14 year old, I definitely wasn’t intending to wear it the same way. It’s all about pairings. I mean what else have we learned from all those girls weekends spent wine tasting?
One of my favorite ways to pair is the matching set like this one from WAYF. Yes, it’s still a crop top but it’s far from what you would see on an angsty teen wearing a Jansport backpack. It’s the perfect date night look that shows a little skin in the most tasteful way. When channeling date night looks, I lean toward pops of red and I always go tasteful. Whether it’s speculation or Matt doing an incredible job at subconsciously training me, I’ve learned guys love red. Heck, guys love a little edge too which makes the rockstuds on this clutch perfect. Not to mention, it was a gift from him and you know how happy guys get when you wear their gifts.
Leave it to this pink fit and flare dress to make me feel like Barbie (without all the negative stereotypes). Florals and bedazzled details are the name of the game this time of year. As we head into the thick of wedding season, some of us are digging deep in our closets to find the perfect dress that we haven’t worn to too many weddings before. Others may be looking to expand our collection. This Eliza J number is the perfect piece to do that. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers (where I wore mine), or date night with your man, it brings the sweet and the sass.
I love a good fit and flare specifically for the way it gives every girl that coveted hourglass shape. A long time fan of the belted waist, I’m no stranger to the wonders it does for slimming down my mid section. I mean, I might have a six-pack under these belted jewels. I’ll end the suspense immediately and tell you that I definitely do not. And with a skirt like this – how could you not have fun twirling around (until you get nauseated, of course)? So lace up those shoes, drop your favorite pink lip stick in your clutch, and let’s enjoy this year’s wedding season. Love is in the air, y’all. Whether you like it or not. If nothing else, you’ll at least get a few slices of cake out of it.
Eliza J pink dress | Prada crossbody (steal, splurge on this Versus) | Valentino pumps (splurge on these by Valentino, steal)| Gorjana cuff | olive + piper knot bracelet | Nordstrom hoop earrings | See Eyewear sunglasses (similar pink sunglasses) | Shinymix ‘I’ cuff
As I’ve aged, I’ve started to realize styles that work for my body and styles that definitely don’t. When it comes to looks that are borrowed from the boys, I have to be super careful. Balancing masculine pieces like this Riley & Coco blazer with more feminine pieces like a flared skirt, is the key to menswear inspired looks for me. If I’d had been a boy, I could have been a linebacker for the Texans. That’s football for those of you that don’t live with a sports fanatic like I do. I’m built pretty athletically so I rely on skirts (especially high waisted ones) to create that hourglass shape.
I love a good juxtaposition and this combo is the perfect girl meets boy of fashion. I think it goes without saying that this ‘Tomboy’ clutch is the perfect accessory for an outfit like this. Super affordable at 25% off right now, it’s an easy choice for this summer. It’s a statement you need to make because even the girliest of girls wants to be a tomboy sometimes!
*This post is sponsored by Riley & Coco but all opinions are my own.