Jeans & Heels

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I practically never wear heels, like real heels more than 2″ high. Those are reserved for weddings, parties, and events where they will be coming off in exchange for socks. Heels are painful, I can’t walk in them and why the heck would I wear heels when the comfy birkenstock trend is at its peak?! I made it through the day without crying, whining or falling on my face. Quite the achievement on my part. I always love when I see fashion bloggers and celebrities wear jeans and heels. It’s the perfect way to dress up an otherwise casual item in your closet. I work in a fairly casual environment, but I mean, it’s still Barneys New York. Casual there is more like at least one luxury designer item on your body at any time. Some of the stylists were wearing jeans and heels yesterday and since I recently rediscovered these lost heels in my closet this week I figured I’d give this trend a try. Heels really streamlined my legs more in these boyfriend jeans and I added a little flare with this V-neck tank (another great J. Crew sale find!). Definitely give the jeans and heels trend a try with a pair of your favorite heels! It’s great for work, day to night, or even just going out for a drink.

Shirt: J. Crew   Jeans: Sold Design Lab   Necklace: ASOS – similar   Shoes: Michael Kors   Bag: Furla

J.Crew’s Perfect Preppy Basics

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It’s that time of year again for J.Crew’s massive sale. J.Crew can be kind of pricey (although completely worth every penny for their quality basics), so when they have racks after racks of sale items with an additional 50% off the lowest marked price, how can a girl resist?! I raided my local J.Crew and tried on literally everything in my size and came out with some great items that I can really wear anytime with anything. One thing I love about J.Crew is that their clothes are really well-made and they use quality materials. Some fast-fashion retailers are pretty pricey (I’m looking at you Urban Outfitters) and their clothes don’t hold up for more than a few washes. Even without a student discount anymore (that’s really the only use for a student ID) I still frequent my local J.Crew. I got this preppy pastel crewneck pullover and flouncy lightly flared navy skirt amongst other things. I wasn’t necessarily planning on wearing them together when I bought them, but they really worked together. They created this subtle tonal color palette that worked as a base for my vibrant multicolor necklace and these hot pink sandals. That’s the great thing about a tonal color palette – you can easily wear more exciting accessories.

Sweater: J.Crew   Skirt: J.Crew   Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita   Necklace: Glam Scope, Greece   Lips: Sephora – “Loveable”   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Silky Sheer Cobalt Rebecca Taylor Blouse

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I’ve always loved Rebecca Taylor clothes; they’re tailored and sophisticated and flatter every body type. Unfortunately, they’ve always been a little, okay a lot, out of my price range. I was so excited to find this blouse and several other Rebecca Taylor items at T.J. Maxx Runway that I could afford. This blouse is a perfect day to night transition piece. I can easily transform it from modest and chic button-up blouse by wearing a cami underneath to sexy and sheer at night. I covered up and buttoned up on top, but chose to wear a bodycon skirt, playing off of the blouse’s sheer chiffon nature. I normally would have worn this tucked in, but Rebecca Taylor intended this blouse to have a loose fit and I wanted to show that off.

Blouse: Rebecca Taylor (T.J. Maxx) – similar  Cami: Zara (in stores)   Skirt: ASOS   Shoes: Schutz (T.J. Maxx) – similar   Sunnies: Valentino (old) – similar

High-Waisted Ribbon Shorts

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Blouse: Zara (old) – similar   Shorts: Reiss - similar   Boots: Franco Sarto   Necklace: Baublebar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Bag: Charles Jourdan – similar

Shoe Crush Saturday: Dries Van Noten Snakeskin Oxfords

I was writing copy for some amazing, super funky Dries Van Noten shoes yesterday (that will soon be up on Barneys.com) and I can’t stop thinking about them. There was such a wide variety of styles, but each style was unique in its’ own way and I’m already picturing the outfits I would wear with each one (if only I could afford them). These amazing shoes will be available to purchase at Barneys and Barneys.com soon, but for now, it inspired me to use a pair of Dries Van Noten shoes for my shoe crush saturday. I love a good pair of oxfords – they’re comfy, they’re practical, and strangely, they go with almost anything. Oxfords are kind of an androgynous shoe and that’s part of what makes them appealing to me. I feel like both men’s and women’s styles can be worn by either gender and that they can be worn with the likes of a slouchy tee and jeans or with a flirty pleated summer dress. These red snakeskin Dries Van Noten oxfords are a showstopper. These may not be quite as versatile as a solid leather pair, but the colors are so vibrant and exciting that I can’t imagine the feet inside them wouldn’t be happy. I can imagine them now with a pair of black cutoff skinny jeans, an oversize sweater and a pair of wayfarers. Some gold jewelry and you’ve got yourself a sleek, New York chic outfit.

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Tucked-In Slouchy Sweater

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I frequently read articles on style websites such as Who What Wear, Refinery 29, StyleCaster and Style.com and draw some outfit inspiration from those articles. I read this article on Who What Wear yesterday, “30 Summer Outfits That Make Everyone Look 10 Pounds Thinner” and though I agree with some of these tips like flouncy skirts minimize and mask and that an A-line makes your waist look small, there were other points with which I definitely disagree. While wearing a voluminous skirt will definitely make your waistline look small and your legs look lean, wearing an oversize sweater, even tucked into a big skirt, will only make you look larger on top and more disproportionate. They claim that “adding fabric also adds the pounds” is a myth, but I’d hold true to that “myth.” I decided to try my own take on this “slimming” trend with a thin, lightweight, relaxed fit sweater tucked into a flouncy skirt. I think this works much better than wearing a truly oversize sweater. You draw attention to your waist and create this hourglass figure. Adding a pair of heels will only accentuate your lean-looking legs and balance out that extra top-heavy fabric.

Sweater: Zara (old) – similar   Skirt: Romeo & Juliet Couture (old) – similar   Shoes: Schutz   Necklace: J.Crew   Sunnies: Vera Wang

Boho Chic Birkenstocks

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Thirteen-year-old me got something right: Birkenstocks are a smart shoe to invest in. In 8th grade I was already fashion-savvy enough to buy not just one pair of Birkenstocks sandals, but also a pair of clogs. They’ve been through hell and high water (literally… I definitely accidentaly wore them in the shower a few times after swim practices), but they’ve made it to their time in the spotlight. I bought them as a comfortable shoe and they weren’t exactly a trend back in ’04, but now they’re crazy popular and I’m proud to say that I’m now officially rocking them, not just wearing them, 10 years later. I prefer my patent leather birks to these because they’re a little more feminine and sleek, but these just so happen to go perfectly with these boho-chic culottes. This entire look is very boho-chic, which isn’t my normal look, but hey, it’s comfy and I’m all for cute comfy clothes.

Sweater: Peruvian Connection   Top: Tahari – similar   Pants: H&M   Shoes: Birkenstocks   Sunnies: Ray Ban

Jacky O. Capri Sandals

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One of the highlights of my trip to Capri a few years ago was going to the historic sandal-maker that made Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ original ‘Capri sandals’ at Canfora. He customs fits the sole to the size of your foot and cuts, straps, and hammers the leather straps of your choice (design and color) right there while you wait. They also happened to give us limoncello and chocolate samplings while we waited (that was just an added bonus). I chose these rose gold leather strappy “gladiator” sandals. I rarely wear them as I have to tie them so tight so that they don’t slide down. These sandals really add some flair to this black romper. I think they lengthen out my legs, yet they’re a completely flat sandals. They also work well with a midi skirt as seen on Who What Wear.

Romper: French Connection – similar & similar   Sandals: Canfora   Necklace: Anarchy Street   Sunnies: Coach (old) – similar   Bag: H by Halston – similar

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Orange and Afghani Statement Necklace

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Vibrant colors for a bright, sunny day. I feel like people underestimate orange and think it’s a hard color to wear, but I think it’s actually pretty easy to wear. Pair it with something that picks up the colors or a bunch of different earth tones/neutrals and you’ve got a fun, sleek look. Even though orange is a loud color, this simple sheath silhouette doesn’t allow the color to detract from this colorful vintage Afghani statement necklace.

Dress: Marc New York (Andrew Marc)   Shoes: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Necklace: vintage Afghani   Bag: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Wicked Game”

Shoe Crush Saturday: Charlotte Olympia Take 85 “Film” Sandals

I’ve always been incredibly into photography. Not just as a hobby or like everyone who has a DSLR and uses it on auto, but really truly into film photography and the magic of the darkroom. I started working in the darkroom and with film in high school and continued to be a photography major in college. I lost interest in digital photography because it just didn’t hit me like film. There’s a real feeling of pride and magic the first time you develop your own film, hang it up to dry and all your memories appear. Then, the first time you make a print and drop the paper in the developer and your image appears, it’s really magic. I’ve recently been going through my old film and want to get back into photography. These shoes are surprisingly inspiring. I know they’re just shoes, but they really appeal to my inner photophile. Charlotte Olympia’s vinyl film “Take 85″ sandals are a pretty realistic-looking depiction of film and while these shoes are so artsy and edgy, they’re also simple and have a very sleek, popular silhouette. I’m not normally a fan of suede shoes in spring and summer because it feels like a winter fabric, but I love how subtle it is in contrast to the film straps.

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