Feelin' Fancy

although my closet may say otherwise, i'm not one to dress-up much. i really wish that i was because i always feel great in a dress or cute skirt, but i just naturally opt for shorts or jeans. i'm working on branching out of my stubborn ways and reaching for those dresses and skirts in my closet that are just begging to be worn. 

when i spotted this dress by Chicwish, i knew i had to have it. the pop of blue florals, flowy material, and trapeze shape just beckoned me in. 

shoot, i'll start dressing up. but only if i can wear this outfit every time. 
dress | c/o Chicwish
shoes | Marshall's
bag | Steve Madden (similar)
earrings | Forever 21 


My Summer Uniform

this summer has been all about easy, simple outfits for me. since most of my days are spent at my desk in my apartment, there isn't always a need for me to 'get ready' for the day. many days i roll out of bed, throw on some house clothes, and sit at my desk 'til about noon...when my stomach starts to growl. if i do need to run an errand or decide to go to a coffee shop, i find myself reaching for things in my closet that i can just throw on with my bed head and one swipe of mascara face. 

whether it's jean shorts and a tee, a maxi skirt and tank, or a dress: the simpler, the better. this striped tunic dress is perfect for me. i just throw it on with a pair of fun sandals and an interesting necklace and i'm good to go. 

this necklace is particularly near and dear to my heart because it was handmade by an artisan for the exclusive summer collection for BRIKA. as a handmade shop owner myself, i love to wear and share other handmade goods by artists. the necklace is super lightweight and would be a great addition to plenty of outfits. i'm thinking i'll pair it next with my destructed denim shorts and simple grey v-neck or a knit sweater and maxi skirt (for cooler days!). be sure to check out their summer collection for other beautiful handmade necklaces! 

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dress | c/o Gracie B.*
sandals | Franco Sarto (similar)
bag | Rebecca Minkoff (via Nordstrom Rack)
necklace | c/o BRIKA

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High Five for Friday

happy friday - we finally made it! this week went by fairly slow for me, probably based on the fact that i've been sick for the better half of it. i mean, honestly, who gets a cold in the middle of July? it's ridiculous.

despite not feeling my best, i still had a pretty good week. here's a look at some of my favorite moments:

1. i took my mom over to my soon-to-be new apartment on Monday so that she could see the space and help me figure out what furniture i need to pick up. this is the first time being back since we signed the lease and will officially be living there, so it was fun to walk through it again! i was able to pick up me keys, too! 

2. the weather has been absolutely delightful the past few days. it's been in the 70's, which is my new favorite temperature range - it's cool enough in the shade that you're not sweating, but warm enough in the sun that you're not cold. perfection, i tell you.

3. i'm seriously, seriously considering having Kate chop my hair when i see her in a couple weeks. i'm used to changing my hair often and haven't had a dramatic change in awhile, so i'm itchin' for one. i'm not totally convinced that i'm going to do it, but it just might happen. i've basically spent all week browsing Pinterest for inspiration here's what i'm thinking:

4. although being sick is no fun, it has been nice to take it a little bit easier this week and relax a bit more. i truly can't say how thankful i am to be self-employed and work from home and am able to take a sick day or two. 

5. i decided on a Starbucks workday earlier this week and it was a pretty brilliant decision. i can feel so secluded and alone spending all day in my apartment, so even just sitting in a coffee shop can make a huge difference for me. also, wearing workout clothes is just the most comfortable thing.
sweatshirt and bag: J.Crew | pants: Athleta
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Style Profile: Maxi Skirts

one of my favorite items to wear in the warmer months is a classic black maxi skirt. it's comfortable, versatile, and is a great alternative to denim (or other pants) on a chilly day. you really can dress them so many different ways - casual, dressy, or somewhere in-between. most often, if i'm wearing a maxi skirt, i pair it with a graphic tank and pendant necklace or solid tee and statement necklace. i tend to be a repeat offender with outfits, but with such a versatile piece it's easy to mix it up. another fun way to wear it (which i did recently) is with a fitted knit sweater on a chilly summer evening.

with a simple black skirt, you can have fun mixing and matching prints, colors, and textures. here are some ideas:
WEEKEND // top, J.Crew Factory | bag, Forever 21 | sandals, Sole Society | necklace, Forever 21 | lip tint, Bite Beauty (Sephora)

DATE NIGHT // top, H&M | sandals, Sole Society | clutch, Forever 21 | earrings, BaubleBar | nail polish, Julep

BRUNCH // top, Gap | sandals, Sole Society | watch, Kate Spade | bag, Forever 21

are you a maxi skirt girl? how do you like to wear yours?


A Perfect Pair

do you ever come across things in life that go together so seamlessly that you wonder, 'how on earth did i not realize these would be a perfect match?' some things like that in my life are my cats, Milo & Otis. they're litter mates and best buds, truly. they spend just about every waking minute together: sleeping, eating, playing, everything. i sincerely worry about the day that one of them passes and the other is left alone - they would be so lost without each other. 

other perfect pairs:
- rainy days and naps
- binge-watching shows on Netflix and any time of day ;)
- chocolate cake and vanilla frosting
- fritos and green grapes (seriously, try it)
- clothes and a good cause
- the Marching Elephants Tunic and Grey Flats:

i love this outfit for a casual day running errands or quick trip to the farmer's market. on chillier days, i'll pair the tunic with my favorite black maxi skirt or white skinny jeans.

i introduced some of you to Symbology Clothing several months back, but for those that missed it, they're an ethical fashion label that employs marginalized artisans and connects women through fashion worldwide. it's truly amazing what they're doing, you can read more about it here

they've collaborated with The Root Collective, another ethical accessory & shoe label that tackles poverty through partnering with artisans in developing countries, while giving back 10% of each purchase to nonprofits working in the same communities that the artisans live, to bring together the Perfect Pairs for a Perfect Cause Campaign:
i love that these two companies are coming together to make a difference in the world and i'm honored to be part of it while wearing my tunic and flats. the flats were handmade by Otto, a Guatemalan artisan with a passion to transform his community through honest jobs and relationships. i like that i can look good and feel good while wearing them. 

if you're interested in one of these perfect pairs, use code PERFECTPAIR for $15 off at both SymbologyClothing.com and TheRootCollective.com (for a combined discount of $30). coupon expires July 23rd! 

tunic | c/o Symbology
shorts | Gap
flats | c/o Symbology + The Root Collective
bag | Steve Madden 
necklace | mae + nolia, gift from my sister