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Ruffles & Fringe

Dress: Tabula Rasa Akoto || Dress: Fame & Partners
                                                                Earrings: Banana Republic 
     I am back from my trip, and in case the lei doesn't give it away, these photos were taken in Hawaii. Today, I am featuring two outfits that each have a fun architectural element, in this case fringe and ruffles. 
     First up, this Fame & Partners Amelia Dress in Navy. I am wearing a size 0, without any customization (although, per the website, I did enter my height). This dress has a much shorter and tighter skirt than what I usually wear (plus an open back(!), although I actually love the open back), and so the first time I wore it I was a little bit fidgety - pulling it down every few minutes, even though it wasn't really riding up. However, the feedback I got was overwhelming positive, and after wearing it around a bit, I became more comfortable. As this trip featured two rehearsal dinner-type events, both in warmer climates, I decided to pack this dress and wore it for both of those events. 
I wore different shoes to the two events (one pair of metallic flats and one pair of sandals) but I wore the same earrings, as I sort of feel they were made for this dress. These are from Banana Republic, and were a total impulse purchase. I love the fringe and the beading, and that they aren't that heavy, all things considered. I think this dress would also look good with simple minimalist jewelry (my usual impulse) but I thought I'd spice it up a bit and echo the volume of the ruffles with the volume in the earrings. 
Next up, a dress I actually reviewed previously on this site, which is by the brand Tabula Rasa. I still love the color, the fun woven texture, and of course the fringe, and I still think it most appropriate as a swimsuit cover-up, as it really is quite short. I tried diligently to get a movement picture, showing the fringe in its true glory, but sadly it wasn't in the cards. The Real Real currently has a few alternatives, including the dress in white and the top version of this dress, which seems like it might be more practical than the full dress. That one, however, doesn't look lined, like the dress is. 
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Retro + Weekend Reading

Sweater | J. Crew (Thrifted)
Dress | Diane von Furstenberg (Secondhand)
Shoes | Matt Bernson
Hello and happy Friday! Just a simple outfit today, featuring my tried and true system of putting a black sweater over a printed dress, and calling it a day. It is a particularly nice Friday for me, because I am going on vacation next week, so all I need to do is get through the day. I am looking forward to coming back refreshed, and sharing some photos from my trip (as there are weddings involved, I think it'll be a much more fashion focused sort of vacation). The two weddings I will be attending are the last two I have for the year, and I plan on doing a recap of how I interpreted dress codes, and what I wore, including for my own wedding day (dun dun duuuuuunnnnn). 😊 

Long Game

Cole Haan Marina OTK
Coat | Reformation
Boots | Cole Haan Marina
     About once a year, I'll see some item that clothing that, even if it seems wildly impractical or unusual, I know that it will pay off in my wardrobe if I just buy it and play the fashion long game. It really has to be something special, and even though it may seem like a surefire method for closet-disappointment, it is almost never the case. This coat, was my 2015 gut-driven purchase, and even though it has been taking up precious space in my closet the last two years, I have no regrets. (In case you were wondering: my 2014 one was a vintage couture jacket, this top was my 2016 one, and I haven't made such a 2017 gut-driven purchase yet, so hopefully that means I'm in for a treat over the next 3 months 😉.)
If you are reading this, thanks E and K for taking these photos.

Pack of Peplums

I love a good peplum, and think that a peplum top is a nice way to add a little visual interest to a work wardrobe. They are a bit unusual and fun - I mean they are basically a kooky little skirt for your top, but I don't think that means they can't also be office appropriate. Here are two examples of how I recently wore a peplum to work.
Top | Rebecca Taylor
Cardigan | Abound
Pants | DvF
Shoes | Coclico 

Rose

Top | Nordstrom Collection
Jeans | Citizens of Humanity
Shoes | Paul Green
Bag | Baggu Basic Tote
     It is taking all of my restraint not to make a "on Wednesdays, we wear pink" joke (not the least of which because it is Monday). I've had a bit of a posting hiatus, but hopefully will be getting back into a rhythm soon (I mean not like the sartorial world has just ground to a halt without my astute observations, but whatever, blogging makes me happy). I think about my outfits, take the photos, and write the posts in order to capture the creativity that my clothes allow me to convey. Also, I love talking about clothes and outfits more than most people I know want to hear me do so, so I write those thoughts down here, instead.