Kimono & Clogs

(Kimono: Vintage / Blouse: H&M / Overalls: Think Closet / Clogs: Vintage / Bag: Vintage / Sunglasses: See Eyewear / Watch: Fossil)

There's something in the silhouette of a kimono that just keeps me coming back for more. The fluidity of the shape gives a nonchalant ease that I constantly crave. Not to mention, for layering junkies like myself, this piece allows you to keep up your old habits of wearing multiple pieces at a time, while still keeping it easy, breezy, and cool for summer (all good things!). I paired it with my favorite black overalls, a Victorian high collar blouse, and some orangey-brown clogs for a contrast of color. Speaking of summer dressing, I've recently realized clogs are the perfect substitute for ankle boots for these scorching days upon us. They wrap around your ankle and still look great with cropped pants, but conveniently also allow your feet to stay cool. Praise! This is where style and climate must find a middle ground, and these clogs seem to be just that. 

Long Live a Good Tee and Jeans

(Jacket: Anthropologie ~ now on sale / T-Shirt: Never Elsewhere / Jeans: Vintage Levi's - Similar: here / Shoes: Free People / Sunglasses: zeroUV / Bag: Vintage - Similar: here, here, or here / Watch: Fossil / Necklaces: Perch Jewelry Studio / Lipstick: Maybelline

We're going back to basics, back to the tried and true jeans and tee combo. But just because these wardrobe staples have stood the test of time, doesn't mean they can't be given new life. For me, that's where layering, a bold lip, and fun accessories come into play. I found this straw tote in my mom's closet just the other day, and I haven't put it down since. Thanks, Mom! Not only that, but I think to look pulled together while sporting casual pieces, it all comes down to getting the right fit. Right now, I'm really obsessed with Never Elsewhere's graphic tees. The fit is incredible and the fabric is unbelievably soft and lightweight. Yep, so good for summer. As for the jeans, I just recently found myself the perfect pair of vintage Levi's 501s (finally!!). You guys, believe the hype. They really are too good to be true and fit in a way no other jeans can compete. Honestly, I'm completely stumped as to why it took me so long to make such a cornerstone-of-my-wardrobe purchase. 


Checkers

(Coat: Topshop - Similar: here, here, here, here, or here / Dress: Vintage - Similar: here, here, here, here, or here  / Boots: Vintage - Similar: here or here / Scarf: Vintage - Similar: here / Cuff: Vintage - Similar: here / Hair Color: Manic Panic / Lipstick: Maybelline

Earlier this year, Ashley and I, needing a relief from school and feeling like we both were sliding into a bit of a creative rut decided to get together and create something that was unlike anything either of us had done before. Our main hope was to go beyond the comfortable boundaries of the standard outfit shoot, that I, for one, have grown so used to. And these images are the result (along with an earlier photo series > here < and one coming soon, so stay tuned). 

We ended up at a very happening Checkers, dodging cars, and snapping away. We drew a bit of an audience and turned the heads of many curious faces, something that instantly makes me freeze up and want to crawl into a hole no matter the amount of photos I have taken throughout the years. But once that initial wall of uncomfortableness was broken, we were both having so much fun and flowing with ideas.

I guess all I want to say is push your boundaries, try new things, and please, please, please get out of your comfort zone more often than not (primarily speaking to myself here). I know they always say it, but man how it rings true, that you just might be surprised by the cool things you've been capable of creating or experiencing all this time, when you do. 

(Photos by the incredibly talented and cool Ashley Kickliter)


Brocade

(Vest: Zara - Similar: here / Pants: Zara - Similar: here / Top: Free People - Similar: here / Sandals: Zara - Similar: here, here, or here / Belt: Old Navy - Similar: here or here / Sunglasses: zeroUV / Jewelry (except for rings): Perch Jewelry Studio / Lipstick: Smashbox)

For so long being someone who was strictly against anything that even remotely matched (maybe I still kind of am?), I can't say I own too many matching sets or really tend to lean toward them at all, but when I found this vest and pants combo last summer in New York, I was instantly converted. I love the rich fabric, the long vest, and the high waisted crop pant. I paired it with a blouse with an equally elaborate fabric, though I think it would be just as cool with a simple white tee, especially as the weather continues to get warmer. I paired the dressier fabric with a more rugged western style belt to tone it down a bit. I guess you could say I'm a changed gal and am a believer in the matching set. Now off to find my next one!


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