Black + White

there's something so classic and effortless about an outfit made up of black and white (with a splash of grey!). starting with a basic palette of those two colors, you can easily add some interest by mixing textures, like the ribbing on the sweater with the lace detail layered underneath or the suede on the booties and the leather on the sleeves. finished off with (necessary) gloves, a cool necklace, and a structured bag, this outfit can be worn for so many different occasions. in my case, it was thrown together, walked around my neighborhood, photographed in a moderately questionable alley, and then quickly traded for yoga pants and a tee. but, ya know, now i have a great outfit in my arsenal for a future occasion that calls for black and white with a feminine, city-girl feel. 

also, white pants can totally be worn after labor day. 

sweater | Madewell (similar)
lace top | Marshall's (simlar)
pants | Target
coat | J.Crew Factory
booties | DSW
bag | Target
necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie
gloves | J.Crew Factory
sunglasses | Kate Spade


Feminine Neutrals

i've been seriously crushing on all things feminine, neutral, and light lately. i don't know if it's the fact that i've basically been living in workout clothes and dirty hair or it's just that time in winter when i'm ready for spring, but it's fiercely strong right now. to the point of me browsing pinterest and living vicariously through every pin that is pretty, soft, and lady-like. i've been making myself a lot of delicate jewelry, rifling through my closet every morning trying to find something to wear that isn't black or dark grey, and wearing the lightest colors on my nails that i have in my collection. here's a few other things that i'm craving:
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Weekend Wear

we've made it to friday! it's felt like a long week to me, so i'm definitely looking forward to this final workday before kicking my feet up this weekend. if you've been around here this week, this is the last installment of chambray week! i've enjoyed sharing outfit ideas for wearing chambray and this last one is about how you can style it for the weekend. paired with the right accessories and accents, it can be worn all weekend long but look entirely different with each outfit. here are a few ideas for transitioning chambray from a fun friday night, to a casual saturday, and a bit of a fancier sunday:
chambray | J.Crew Factory
top | Lush
denim | AG
necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie
hat | Michael's Craft Store (similar)
chambray | J.Crew Factory (similar)
cardigan | Target
denim | ZARA
purse | Kate Spade
chambray | J.Crew Factory (similar)
jacket | Lou & Grey
denim | Calvin Klein (old)
bag | target
necklace | J.Crew Factory

just a few changes in what you pair the chambray with and you have a totally different style of outfit for whatever occasion you might need! 

hope you have a great weekend! 


Pattern Mixing with Chambray

aside from the 6-week long phase in middle school (hello, popped collar!), i've never really considered preppy as a word to describe my style. especially after living in the south for over two years, i know that i cannot fit into the real group of prepsters around. however, chambray is one of those pieces in my closet that would argue my non-preppy ways. and so, on days when i'm feeling anything but proper and collected, i like to use a chambray top in a bit of an 'edgier' outfit. actually, i don't even think i can call this outfit edgy because it involves polka dots, but you know what i'm getting at. used as a layering piece, this chambray shirt is the perfect base for a look that combines patterns, textures, or even different colors. add a bright lip and your favorite boots and you're good to go! 

chambray | J.Crew Factory
cardigan | Target
jeans | Madewell (old)
necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie
watch | c/o Daniel Wellington
lip | Poppy by Bite


Chambray Layers

in continuation of chambray week, today's look is one of my favorites. you guys know that neutrals are the way to my heart, so this little ensemble walked itself right on. one of the reasons i love a good chambray shirt is because i feel put together without feeling stuffy. the structure, collar, and button-up aspect of the shirt adds a little more style to a look than just a tee. i particularly love how this popover pairs with my new favorite drape front cardigan:

happy wednesday! 

chambray | J.Crew Factory (similar)
drape front cardigan | Lou & Grey (similar)
pants | Gap
booties | DSW
initial necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie
crystal necklace | Stella & Dot
long necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie
bangle | Loren Hope
watch | Kate Spade