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Fashion Week(end)

Johanna Ortiz Sizing
Dress| Johanna Ortiz Bluebell Silk Embellished Maxi Dress
Shoes | Paul Green
Jacket | Veda
     I recently attended the amazing wedding of some friends, for which I was lucky enough to borrow an outfit for one of the nights of their celebration. After seeing what I would be wearing that night, I decided to double down and just make it a fashion weekend. I love clothes (obviously) and I think that style and fashion should be fun, and sometimes, dramatic. 
     This is what I got to wear the first night:
I was only borrowing this shalwar kameez (and if you ever happen to read this blog, thank you S!) and thought it was amazing. It is three pieces, the heavily embroidered dress, a pair of pants (which in this case were a loose, palazzo pant), and a scarf. The dress is designed for maximum twirl-ability and the whole look is insanely comfortable. I loved wearing it, and as almost all of the other guests at the event were similarly dressed, it was a great way for clothing to help me feel even more connected to the festivities. 
The henna also helped as well, although as I am sometimes lacking in grace, I got it all over my other hand, and was narrowly stopped from getting it on my face, as well. 
 Knowing I was wearing that first outfit for night one, I decided to break out a Johanna Ortiz dress that I bought this year from UAL (I did a brief write-up on them here), in all of it's peplum-glory. As an FYI, I am wearing an XS, and while it zipped, I could have easily sized up. This dress is totally special, and I felt great while wearing it. I love the print, the little embellishment beads in the middle of some of the flowers, adding a fun 3D effect, and obviously the peplum. 
A peplum, for anyone who doesn't know is a "short, flared, gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a women's jacket, dress or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce" (and per Dictionary.com). I found out at this wedding that very few men know what a peplum is, so I took upon myself all night to get the word out (and if you don't know, now you know).
I felt like a very fashionable statue all night (I think due to the draping) which is good, because the open back (sadly no photos of this) and the tight waist basically demanded very good posture. I am thinking of having a tailor transform this into a separate peplum top and skirt, so that I can wear get more wear out of it. There is also an itty bitty pocket in the peplum (photo below), but it isn't really large enough for more than some dollar bills and a hair tie. When I found myself alone in the bathroom, some selfies were obviously a necessity:

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What is your favorite wedding outfit? 
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Fall Redux

Sweater | Uniqlo x Lemaire
Top | No brand tag
Jeans | DL1961
Shoes | Cole Haan
     The weather around here has been a little chilly lately, which is bit of a bummer. It means a windy walk to work and then an even colder office (why can't we tone-down the office A/C, why?!), so I've had to dig some of my sweater and jackets out of the back of the closet. What is an even bigger bummer is a recent crush of work, and thus the more infrequent posts. 
     The first look features my trusty Uniqlo x Lemaire sweater (read more about it here) layered over a breton stripe top. I like that while these two items aren't the same length, they both have a similar loose shape that floats away from the body. To play this up even more, I paired them with skinny jeans. (I also paired them with skinny jeans because that represents 90% of the jeans that I own).
The jewelry is a matching vintage malachite pin and ring, which always make me feel good, due to their sentimental importance to me, and their just general bad-ass-ness.
This second look is mostly all about this jacket. It is a great Theory jacket that I bought from a consignment store in New York, and was my very first New York consignment purchase, when I lived there. It is from the now closed (and slightly infamous) 2nd Time Around, which apparently unexpectly, and quickly shuttered, much to the disappointment of some consignors who hadn't received their money yet. In happier times, I stumbled in there during a summer sale and walked out with this jacket. 
Jacket | Theory
Sweater | J. Crew
Jeans | Paige
May all of your, and my, consignments, be less dramatic. Thank you for stopping by.

Shashay all Day

Blazer | Theory
Sweater | J. Crew
Skirt | Alyssa Nicole
Today, I have one more look at an Alyssa Nicole piece I bought at the Femme Fair (read about it here), this amazing skirt. I was initially a little hesitant because I thought it was too fancy for work (and since I don't have an elegant enough social life, all my purchases are made with work in mind), but I was talked into it by some fellow fair attendees and I'm so glad I purchased it. It is a trumpet skirt in a shimmery white fabric, a little bit corporate and, due to the color and glittery material, a little bit bridal. (I badly want to wear it with a metallic tank that I have, but need to find the right occasion).  
The flare in the skirt is pretty dramatic, but since it fits so well, and I kept the rest of the look very streamlined, the volume didn't overwhelm me. I decided to double down on the bridal element, by pairing the skirt with a cream colored sweater, which also has a little jeweled element. Then, to try to drag myself back toward the corporate end of the spectrum, I added a tailored black blazer. I was pretty pleased with the end result - maybe I should be fancy more often.
This skirt makes me want to sashay. 
Do you incorporate fancier dress pieces into your everyday wardrobe? If so, what sort of pieces? 

Happy Fourth of July!

Top | James Perse
Pants | AG Jeans (Made in USA)
Shoes | Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66
Jacket | Rag & Bone (Made in USA)
In honor of the holiday and the time off of work, I wore blue and white and decided to pose moodily on a stoop - just as our forefathers anticipated, I'm sure. 
     Half of this outfit is secondhand (the jacket and the jeans) and the top and shoes were purchased new. The top is actually the same as the James Perse top I sung the praises of here. I rarely buy multiples of anything, but in this case, I loved that black top so much I hunted it down. It wasn't super easy, but I eventually found it online. I bought it in blue and also bought a backup black top as well. Basically, if you see me around in the next few months, there is a good chance I'll be wearing one of those shirts.
    Speaking of which, I luckily avoided a situation where I needed multiple varsity jackets. I was doing laundry too quickly and dumped this one in the washing machine (it is a wool blend and dry clean only). I caught it before it was transferred to the dryer, but even just the short trip in the washing machine caused it to shrink quite a bit. Luckily, it was a medium and oversized before, so the sleeve length is almost perfect now, but I got quite lucky. I wear this jacket all the time too, so it would have been a real blow. It is the only jacket I have that I can drape over my shoulders, like you see in fashion magazines, and doesn't just look (totally) ridiculous. 
Happy holiday, if you are in the US, and thanks for stopping by!

Ya Ken?

Top | The Kooples
Dress | Madewell
Shoes | Paul Green
Bag | Baggu
     I recently finished reading Outlander, and just started watching Season One of the show. The book is so good, btw, and I would recommend it - perfect summer reading material. In addition to inspiring the title of this post, all the ruffly-sleeved tops that the Scottish men wear were the inspiration for this look, as well as the decision that it should be photographed in front of some foliage. Unfortunately, I have no plaid.