Black Magic

Black Magic

Free People Top, Jessica Simpson Jeans, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, Urban Outfitters Clutch, Earring from New Orleans

It’s all in the details when wearing head to toe black to keep your look from falling flat.  Hence the netted peplum top with beading and the lace up faux leather heels.  It’s fun and easy to combine different textures when they’re all the same color, especially in something neutral like black.  The result is anything but basic.  However, if you’re in need of some extra color save it for small accessories like a clutch or dainty jewelery.

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I Can’t Stop, I Won’t Stop

I Can't Stop, I Won't Stop

Anthropologie Dress, H&M Vest, Nine West Heels, Gifted Necklace

As summer is quickly coming to an end, I’m both excited for everything fall has to bring and frantically trying to wear my favorite seasonal pieces before the weather gets too cold.  Case in point, this green marbled cut-out dress from Anthropologie, and my sleeveless blazer from H&M.  I had visions of myself sipping white wine and eating oysters overlooking the Charles River and Boston at sunset wearing this dress this summer.  Sadly, that did not happen, but there’s always next year.

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Orange Crush

Orange Crush

Shakuhachi for Free People Dress, Charles by Charles David Heels, Anthropologie Clutch

Orange is not one of the colors that I’m typically drawn to, but this dress was too special to pass up.  The cut-out and the asymmetric draping, combined with the bright color, made for the perfect summer wedding (or drinks at home) attire.  This dress is certainly interesting, but, more importantly, very comfortable, which made dancing all night with friends that much more enjoyable.  My heels, however, were a different story.  They’re just so pretty!

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Stripes To The Max

Stripes to the Max

Calvin Klein Dress, Nine West Wedges

I’m sure everyone can agree that a cotton striped shirt is a wardrobe staple.  It can be dressed up or down, and somehow makes you feel more pulled together than wearing a plain t-shirt.  Well, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m adding a striped cotton dress to my list of must haves.  You can wear it with flats and a denim jacket for a casual look or with wedges and a leather jacket for an edgier feel.  I find myself reaching for this dress when I want to be comfortable and chicly dressed, but give my striped tee the night off.  I’m also a huge fan of the combination horizontal and chevron stripes that add an extra element of fun to the dress.

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Wildflowers and Banana Leaves

Wildflowers and Banana Leaves (3 of 6)I’ve seen banana leaf print all over the place this summer and I’ve admired it from afar, until I found these jeans.  The print is large and condensed enough for me so that it’s not too obvious what it is.  Patterns can be a little intimidating so I prefer wearing these pants with neutral tops and accessories so my outfit isn’t overwhelming.  Turns out banana leaf print isn’t that scary after all.

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Boardwalking

Boardwalking

Free People Top, Joe’s Jean, Sam Edelman Sandals, LOFT Sunglasses

At the end of summer I always get nostalgic because the time seems to fly by quicker and quicker every year.  I never seem to have enough time to visit with friends and family as long as I want to, or accomplish all of my warm weather plans.  However, I am especially looking forward to the beginning of next summer when my cousin will turn this beautiful boardwalk into an aisle when she gets married on the beach here in Maine.  There will be dancing, and laughter, good food and drink, plenty of loved ones, and some seriously beautiful clothing!  Until next time summer, it’s always a pleasure.

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Silk Shorts

Silk Shorts

Calvin Klein T-Shirt, Urban Outfitters Shorts, Victoria’s Secret Sandals

When I’ve worn these shorts in the past, I’ve always dressed them up with a pair of heels and a fancier top for a night out.  I wanted to try something a little different and dress them down for a more casual day spent hanging out with family.  My main goal was to avoid the pajama look, which can sometimes happen when wearing silk bottoms.  I opted to wear a white tee and hot pink gladiator sandals, letting the shorts do all the talking.  I don’t think they said “I’m wearing pajamas,” so I’ll call this one a success!

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