PART 1 - VERSATILE SEPARATES WITH BANANA REPUBLIC: WORK STYLE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Work Style - Versatile Separates with Banana Republic
BLAZER: C/O BANANA REPUBLIC | PANTS: C/O BANANA REPUBLIC | BLOUSE: BANANA REPUBLIC | SHOES: OLD, SIMILAR HERE

If you've been to my blog before you know that I like a lean wardrobe. And a lean wardrobe needs to be made up of versatile pieces that can be styled in different ways. This blazer and my Avery cropped pants are two key pieces that are truly versatile and can be worn together and separately, for work or for play. I wore them here together for a formal suit look but I also wore the blazer over a dress for dinner the other night. With Fall around the corner, a light-weight classic blazer that you can layer under is such a good investment.

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Having one classic suit in your wardrobe can be such a time-saver for work dressing even if your office environment isn't terribly formal. I like the full suit look from time to time - it's a little different and it makes me feel like I'm ready to tackle anything. Power dressing!


Did you get a peek at that grey lining inside the collar that I mentioned? Love this little detail so much, especially for Fall. It adds such a luxe feeling and it's perfect for pairing with Fall sweaters.

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I started to wear these pieces right away because the light-weight wool is perfect for the office chill but on the walk home, off comes the blazer.



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Versatile Separates with Banana Republic

BLAZER: C/O BANANA REPUBLIC | PANTS: C/O BANANA REPUBLIC | BLOUSE: BANANA REPUBLIC | SHOES: OLD, SIMILAR HERE

Banana Republic has always been one of my favorite places to shop. Their classic pieces are elegant and timeless so I know I'll wear them for a long time. And as a petite with a long torso, I wear both regular and petite sized clothing so I really love that at Banana you have both options.

My blazer and pants are very light-weight wool - perfect for Fall and very classic for work. I also love this ruffled lapel blazer, also in light wool with a single button versus the two on mine. My blazer has a soft pin-striped lining that seems to pair well with anything you wear underneath it. Love when you catch a glimpse of the lining inside. Makes you really want to roll up your sleeves at work:)

As I mentioned above, this blazer also has the cutest stand up collar with grey felt on the back (collar inner lining isn't shown on the BR website). It adds a really nice detail to this blazer and makes it look more expensive than it is. How cute would this be over a grey sweater for Fall, or a simple grey tee for now!

If you're looking for other colors in your wardrobe, these two separates also come in grey or chambray (chambray on sale right now). Banana is also running a 50% off transitional pieces promotion (no code needed) as well as an extra 40% off sale items so this is THE time to do a little BR shopping and stock up on classic versatile pieces that you can wear now and through Fall. The sale includes so many summer goodies so check out my picks below!

Given we're still getting some very hot days in Boston, I wore my blazer over a light-weight silky blouse. I wanted a neutral look for this outfit so I stuck with classic dark grey and white pin-stripes. I really love this blouse! It's total perfection. To start it's super soft and the drape is perfect. Then the details - the chic stand-up ruffled collar as well as ruffles down the button-line! The ruffles make this classic piece so much fun and make this blouse play well out of the office. I'm definitely going to be wearing this blouse paired with jeans and loafers on the weekend or for casual Friday at the office. The cocoon color is still available in the smaller sizes in both Petite and Regular sizing. There's also an "preppy navy" color which I love but the smaller sizes have sold out in Petites.

I was trolling the sale and a view things jumped out at me. The Riley fit bow top is beyond adorable (can't resist giant bows) and is included in the 50% promotion. It also comes in white and both are less than $50 each. I'd jump on it right away if you like it because in my experience blouses with bows seldom stay in stock for long, especially at this price.

Last but not least, special thanks to Banana Republic for gifting me these pieces. I chose these out of several classic options and my post is entirely my own opinion and totally candid.

Hope you like this look and thanks for reading! xo

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PRINTED MAXI AND STYLE TIPS FOR LAYERING

Friday, August 19, 2016

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DRESS: NORDSTROM | TEE: NORDSTROM, similar HERE | HAT: FOREVER 21 | SHOES: VINCE CAMUTO | SUNGLASSES: LOFT

I appreciate hot weather so much more now than back when I lived in LA. In Boston, I try to get the most outdoor time possible because I know that in a few short months I'll be surrounded by snow and will never want to leave my couch! This weekend I'm packing in a mix of city and beach activities and will be relying on my printed summer maxis for easy weekend style. I tend not to spend over $50 for any one printed summer item and this dress is no exception, currently on sale for $28 (almost half off).

WORK STYLE: BLUSH DRESS AND NAVY BLAZER

Monday, August 15, 2016

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DRESS: UNIQLO, also got this STRIPED BELTED SHIRTDRESS | BLAZER: BANANA REPUBLIC | SANDALS: VINCE CAMUTO | BELT: ANN TAYLOR | BAG: MARC JACOBS

Blush is one of my favorite colors this year so it's not a surprise that I was drawn to this dress. I love that this dress is a different style from my standard work go-tos. My standard picks tend to be wrap dresses and pencil skirts, so this is a nice change. The pale pink keeps you looking cool on hot summer days and it would be perfect for a brunch or a baby shower too! I'm thinking pink cupcakes,  pink lemonade, and this pink dress:)  I definitely didn't do it justice with my frizzy hair and my end of the day pictures - sorry!

CASUAL STRIPED DRESS

Friday, August 12, 2016

 Summer Style Tank Dress
DRESS | SNEAKERS | STRAW TOTE (similar, mine isn't available online) | HAT (similar to mine and comes in different sizes versus one size fits all) 

When the weather turns blazing hot, a simple tank dress does the trick. This one is one of the most comfortable ones I've worn all summer. The material is really soft, it has a relaxed cut, and bonus - it comes with a built-in shelf bra. This is a huge benefit for me since the bra is actually supportive versus just a flimsy piece of padding. This little tank dress is perfect for my weekends when I'm doing kid stuff (playgrounds and other outdoor activities) as well as meeting up with friends. And also running a million errands. It's like being in hyper-drive so I need an outfit that works for all these different occasions and locations, and looks cute as well.

SOFT TRENCH AND LACY CAMI: PRE-FALL STYLE

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Happy Tuesday! I wanted to share this pre-Fall look with you because Fall is only a few short weeks away. Hard to believe right now as we sweat through 90 degree days but as Fall pieces flood the stores the reality of cooler weather coming soon is impossible to ignore. At least Fall fashion is so much fun! One of the most important things in my closet for Fall is light outwear and my favorite style is a trench. I love this draped soft trench for under $100 and was happily surprised that it worked on my petite frame even though it's not petite-sized. It also comes in Camel, which I might grab.

TASSEL SKIRT AND METALLIC SNEAKERS

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Ah the weekend! You guys know I typically spend weekends in some sort of dress or skirt, plus wedge or platform sandal combo. So cropped top and sneakers is completely different for me. Are you surprised? Sneakers have for the past few years featured prominently in the model-off-duty look - so very chic. Over the years I've flirted with this trend but honestly was never fully happy with the results. Anyway, fast forward to this awesome metallic pair I found just a few days ago and I was sold. After buying these, I'm now in a sneaker shopping frenzy and bought this cute printed pair that has a platform - best of both worlds!

WORK STYLE: NAVY PLEATS WITH A SPLASH OF LEMON AND LIME

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Work Style Navy Skirt Stripes and Lemon Lime
Pleats, midi length anything, and stripes - these are a few of my favorite things! Hope you guys aren't getting bored of seeing midis on the blog because I have a feeling this trend is going to stick around for a little while yet. This navy skirt from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, which I had linked on the blog a few days ago, finally arrived and it's perfection, particularly for under $60. It's going up to $85 on August 8 so if you like it, grab it soon. I like to think of myself as something of a midi-skirt connoisseur and seriously, this skirt is one of the best I've had. Read more to see why.

MATCHY MATCHY - STRIPES, PEPLUM AND MIDI

Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer StripesI've been looking for a matching separates for a while and finally found these - love! If you like color or stripes or a lean wardrobe, you have to grab this matching set. Wearing them together is such an easy and trendy color statement, and of course you can also wear them separately with so many different things.

The colors are so vibrant, just right for summer. I like that you can play with the look by matching accessories to either the navy, pinks or bright orange color bands. It's nice that you can get little slices of all of these colors without having to commit to one. This top, for example, is perfect with my favorite skinny jeans, now part of the Nordstrom sale, or a pair of classic white shorts. Read on for more details on the outfit as well as a fun weekend surprise giveaway.

WORK STYLE: THE WRAP DRESS

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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It's been a very hot July and when the weather gets so sticky it can be harder to figure out what to wear to work. Blazers are less appealing and pants on a hot summer day are out of the question for me. On those days one of my favorite things to wear to work is a wrap dress. It's a feminine, yet structured - perfect for the office.

I picked this one up a few days ago because of the pretty navy diamond print and the fit of this dress. My summer wardrobe has been dominated by floral prints recently so this diamond print lets me mix it up a little! This is definitely going to be a regular in my weekly rotation. Read on for details on fit and sizing and how to wear this dress for evening.

CASUAL SUMMER DRESS PLUS MORE NORDSTROM SALE PICKS

Thursday, July 21, 2016


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We're in the dog days of summer now, with high heat and humidity every day, and this dress has been on repeat. I notice that the dresses I wear the most are the ones that are comfortable, don't require too much styling and are machine washable. Not to be gross but on a 90 degree plus day there's inevitably some sweat involved and anything I can't machine-wash is much less likely to be worn.

Also, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public today and there are some major deals to be scored. Last week I linked some of my first round picks and after going through the sale some more I've rounded up 3 super cute dresses, an amazing skirt for work, and a couple of gorgeous Fall jackets (I can't resist coats and jackets!) If this dress doesn't interest you all that much and you want to get straight to the sale stuff, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to see my Nordstrom picks!