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Snapshot 10/16

I’m going to write about that heart-stopping, joyful sensation that occurs when you find a perfectly distressed, perfectly fitting vintage piece. That feeling – after flipping through racks, digging through piles, and trying on garment after garment – of discovering something that’s one-of-a-kind. If you’re like me and the idea of mixing vintage and contemporary looks excites you, then you understand the possibilities that finding a vintage wardrobe staple like a pair of Levi’s jeans can hold. Jeans and a t-shirt is an unbeatable combination, but adding high-waisted timeworn jeans that are undoubtedly as rugged as they are feminine to the mix takes it to another level. I have found some pretty sweet vintage pieces in unlikely places, but I have yet to find, yes find (not “find” in Urban Outfitters, which, not going to lie, I’ve been tempted to do) my own pair of vintage Levi’s. In cherishing these timeless jeans (or jackets, or shoes) of the past I feel as though I can bring nostalgia to an outfit of otherwise current pieces that were most likely manufactured in this decade. A pair of vintage Levi’s can stand alone with a modest shirt and not much else and can add something special in their own subtle way.

Cheers to Friday, and have a fantabulous weekend!

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My ode to vintage Levi’s jeans

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reads

Sick and Far From Home Slate

Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars? (Jennifer Lawrence speaks out!) Lenny

The Making Of John Wayne Buzzfeed News

Donna Karan On Motherhood, Fashion And Designing The Perfect Pair Of Jeans Fresh Air

The Powerful Appeal of Modern Witchcraft — Even for a Skeptic The Cut

Tour a Creative Couple’s Elegant and Fresh Nashville Home My Domaine

 

Snapshot: 10/02

For the past year or so, my boyfriend, Michael, has been asking if we can get a dog. I kid you not, this is pretty much a daily occurrence. His tone is always half kidding, but to his dismay (read: sad puppy eyes) I have responded “no” every time, which in a sense, makes me the sound like the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong though, I definitely want a dog or two, and he gets why now is not the right time. I grew up with two amazing dogs and look forward to again experiencing the same unconditional love and playfulness that my dogs brought to our family. Just not right now!! Our recreational space – a necessity for a dog as far as I’m concerned – is non-existent and our schedules are somewhat unpredictable from day to day.

Luckily we have friends with dogs! This weekend we’ll be dogsitting an energetic black lab named Rufio, taking him on walks, bringing him to a local beer festival, and pretending we are dog owners.

Enjoy your first weekend of October! Bring on the pumpkin everything!

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reads

I Wish the Intern on “The Intern” Had Been a Woman The Cut

Why Podcasts Have Such Terrible Ads Vox

See the Interiors of Nancy Meyers’ Latest Film Vogue Living

Closet Visit Cargo Collective (my favorites are Hannah Soboroff, Roxanne Marie, and Clare Vivier!)

What Was Brand Loyalty? The Hairpin

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland The Atlantic

#160: Jessica Hopper (EIC of the Pitchfork Review) Longform Podcast

 

Little Gray Dress

Michael calls this my “Indiana Jones dress.” Maybe because of the collar, flap pockets on the chest, and overall utilitarian look of it? Harrison Ford could wear the heck out of a khaki shirt, so I’ll take the compliment. The dress is also made of a light tweed-y material reminiscent of his professorial look. When I saw the dress I knew it would be a great one to wear to the office: closer to the knee (I sometimes lift boxes), lightweight, dressed-up without being dressy. It’s one of those “old reliable” pieces I can throw on and know I’ll be comfortable and confident. Oh, and it’s thrifted. $12. Score!

Monday Blues (Color, Not Mood!)

And the Canadian tuxedo lives! Although I wouldn’t actually consider this a true canadian tuxedo … we can thank Justin Timberlake for providing us with the utmost example. Mine is a little more toned down, utilitary-ish chambray on top (best Forever 21 purchase of all time) and my ever-loved Mother high-rise jeans. Sometimes, a monochromatic look is just the sartorial canvas that I need to make some of my more flashy accessories stand out; denim, as we all know, is a neutral. Maybe it was because the clock was creeping a little too far past 7:30 am, or because I’m still not-so-secretly in love with my new faux gemstone necklace, but I ultimately chose to pair my dark blue statement bauble with my blue ‘fit. Blue on blue on blue. Because why the heck not?

Faux Gem Necklace

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Sometimes the equation for an outfit doesn’t have to be complicated. That proved to be the case with this Thursday-but-really-Friday ensemble I pulled together yesterday. The last day of the week before a holiday weekend can be tough to remain productive and not in full relaxation mode, and like “casual Friday”, the last day of the week can yield to some of the most leisurely pieces in my closet. But I resisted the urge to wear my most casual of office looks (usually a t-shirt, drapey pants, and sneakers) thanks to a super arty and beautiful necklace that was gifted to me by a Jewelry Affaire published artist. Like a kid who gets a new toy on Christmas, my excitement caused me to want to wear it right away, which meant forgoing a thoughtless Thursday outfit for something a little more pulled together.

I won’t say that I didn’t try on a few different tops before realizing the most reliable outfit equation – neutral basics + statement accessory – works 95% of the time. So that’s what I did. I pulled on a simple grey top, my favorite black jeans with rips in the knees (yes, Dad, I bought them like this … EXTRA 40% off though, THANKS, J. CREW), my St. James striped shirt for an extra layer for the AC in my office, and a pair of slightly heeled sandals from Topshop. Those basics provided an ideal canvas for my new decorative, one-of-a-kind bauble. The artist, Melinda Barnett, carved a block of wood to look like a faceted gemstone  and finished it with a couple layers of blue paint and gloss. This is, without a doubt, my most handmade looking piece of jewelry, and I’m so happy to add it to my collection of mostly manufactured, mass produced pieces. Not knocking the jewelry sections at my favorite stores, however, there’s something special about speaking to the artist who handcrafted the piece and asked you to have it, you know?

I am currently in an Independence Day state of mind (three day weekend!), listening to a Billy Joel record, sipping iced tea, and thinking about how I will incorporate red, white, and blue into my outfit tomorrow. That being said, have a very delightful and safe 4th of July!

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Modern Hepburn Wedding Look

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The phrase, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride,” has taken on a negative connotation for years. I haven’t experienced bridehood (yet…) so I can’t speak to the feeling of walking down an aisle – friends and family surrounding you, dad (mom? both parents?) on your arm, walking toward your soon-to-be husband – which I can only assume is magical, but I do know that attending a wedding as a guest, bridesmaid or otherwise, can be just as awesome. Dancing, creative desserts, and festivities aside, being part of a wedding usually means dressing up and stepping out in a snazzier look than normal (unless you wear cocktail dresses on the regular, in which case, you go, Glen Coco). Being asked to be a bridesmaid is an honor that comes with planning, supporting, and of course, choosing a dress. I don’t have it totally mapped out yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m in the camp that says, “let your bridesmaids decide on their own dresses in the color scheme of your choosing.” That way, individuality takes the cake (pun so not intended) and everyone is comfortable and looking fabulous.

I recently had a friend who was put in this exact situation and was on the hunt for a bridesmaid gown in the requested “champagne” hue. She wanted something appropriate for both cocktail attire and July-in-Napa-Valley weather, and she asked for my help. I referred her to Weddington Way, basically the dream web destination for anyone seeking a classic bridesmaid dress, and she found one in no time. Because they primarily filter their dresses by color, Weddington Way was a great first place to look for a dress because my friend’s only parameters were “champagne-hued” and “cocktail attire.”

With July being one of the most popular months to exchange nuptials, I decided to pull my ideal bridesmaid look that centers on a balance between stylishness, comfort, and danceability. You really can’t go wrong with an A-line cut in classic navy. For weddings that take place in the most summery and patriotic of months, this festive look would make a statement that classic Hollywood beauty Audrey Hepburn would undoubtedly agree with.

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1. This polished dress by Weddington Way can be worn over and over again. 2. Crystal ear jackets from Rue Gembon add some edge to the outfit. 3. Add a little sparkle to your wrist with a simple bangle by Nadri. 4. Before you walk down the aisle, who knows how long you’ll be standing in the sun … no squinting with a pair of Clubmaster sunglasses from Rayban. 5. The perfect wedding clutch is not too cumbersome but roomy enough to carry the basics. I love this one from Vince Camuto. 6. Marc Jacobs makes this “new nudes” lipstick that goes on sheer but not too sheer. 7. Bring a roller ball of your favorite fragrance along (mine is Lys 41 by Le Labo) when you need to freshen up. 8. Delays in the wedding schedule can occur and the last thing you want to be is hungry. Health Warrior chia bars are delicious and clutch-sized. 9. Strappy metallic heels, like these from Tory Burch, with a navy blue dress are a match made in summer wedding heaven.

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