Category Archives: Fashion

Changing Times

How did it get to be fall already?! As Hannah mentioned in her previous post, fall is our favorite season. Growing up in Upstate, NY we always experienced beautiful, color autumns, we were spoiled with delightfully cool (but comfortable) days and bright red, yellow and orange leaves everywhere you looked. While we always embraced fall, we knew it was a transition (sometimes a quick one – there were many Halloweens spent in snow!). As we shift into this ever-changing and unpredictable season, here are few transition pieces to guide you through. The best part: these pieces can be used year round! Stock up now and you’ll be able to save a few pennies come June.

Nothing is as versatile as a cute, quirky sweater. Layer this over more and more bases as the seasons get colder. When warm weather finally appears waaaay down the road, be sure to take it with you when you head out in the evening (movie theaters always seem to be cold, don’t they?).

I love these printed pants. While it’s still warm, show those ankles with cute shoes. When the chill sets in, pull on some boots or layer up with tights!

I love these wedges! Great colors for year round wear. Pair them with some thick tights in the coming months, then show them off with bare legs and a cute sundress in warmer temps.

Hannah and I both own this scarf. It’s large enough to wear it like a shawl, letting the breeze come through the linen, but also can be wrapped to keep your neck warm. And it comes in tons of great brights!

Ask any girl – regardless of her style – and she probably has a cardigan in her closet. I love this classic simple one – worn around your shoulders over a sundress in summer but also perfect for layering to go apple picking and on fall hayrides!

What are your transition pieces?

We’re Back!

After a much too long hiatus – we are back! And just in time for our favorite season – fall! To kick start our return, we thought we’d show you some inspiration for the upcoming months.

 Braid

Green Nails

Tulle

Black

Foliage

Pumpkin Bread

Prep

Red Lips

Chunky Knits

Coffee in Large Mug

Cones & Candles

Nerdy Glasses

Memorial Weekend sales list!

Three cheers for long weekends, the start of summer, and new additions to your closet. Here’s a list of just a sample of the sales that are happening over the next few days.

And *please* take time to remember what this holiday is truly about.

Elevated Style

Fashion has gotten expensive. This isn’t exactly news, but it sometimes still blows my mind how much things cost – $900 for a tee-shirt? $500 for a pair of flats? In this day, when one item in your outfit can cost almost as much as a month of rent, more and more companies that were once viewed as less-than-trendy are designing products that are affordable and stylish. Here are a couple to check out:

1. Birkenstock – Once known for simple 2-strap sandals, this company has grown to make some of the cutest and most comfortable sandals. I’ve had 2 fun pairs for a few years now and STILL get compliments. People are always surprised to find out that my metallic silver toe-wrap sandals or my t-strap black patent sandals are made by Birkenstock. They also have many veg-friendly options! (All options below found here and here.)

2. Land’s End. The source of many grade school backpacks and plain turtlenecks has developed a younger, more stylish line called Canvas. They have many cute options including fun dresses and comfy chambray shirts!

Where have you found affordable, stylish pieces?

Summer Style: The Beach Tunic

With Memorial Day just around the corner, I find myself constantly browsing pages and pages of cute new bathing suits and cover ups. I have gone on many beach vacations throughout my life and recently went through some of my old swimwear (some of which was probably was still from high school and well past its expiration date). Therefore, I’m in need of some new suits and cover ups. I love the look of a light tunic that you can pair with a bottom or wear solo. I have been lusting after the Tory Burch tunic for quite some time but unfortunately don’t feel like my current budget can allocate to a $300 cover up (but hopefully someday!). In the mean time, I’ve found some more wallet-friendly alternatives. Wear these on their own to the beach or pool and then throw on some cut-off shorts and strappy sandals when grabbing a bite to eat.

  1. J.Crew Whisper Gauze Beachcomber Tunic
  2. Billabong Fringe Beach Cover-Up
  3. Madewell Lowtide Tunic
  4. J.Crew Feather Paisley Tunic
  5. The Webster for Target Cotton Jacquard Tunic

What’s your favorite type of beach cover up?

Weekend Wear

{Top: Elizabeth and James, Jeans: True Religion, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Shoes: TOMS, Necklaces: Lulubug Jewelry, Bag: Handmade by me}

Temperatures are really on the rise here in the District. If you’ve ever been here between May and September, you’ll know why this place is nicknamed “The Swamp.” Steamy temperatures prompt the need for loose blouses, cropped pants, and slip-on sneakers. And of course, my favorite pair of sunglasses.

Have a great weekend!

Shop for a Cause: Tory Burch Foundation

We both try to be socially conscious shoppers as best we can. There are many designers who incorporate social responsibility into their companies, which is awesome. Tory Burch started the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 – its mission is to help provide economic opportunities to underprivileged women and their families in the United States. According to their website, studies show women have been disproportionately affected by the financial crisis and have more difficulty qualifying for loans. The foundation teamed up with ACCION USA, which provides microloans and financial services for these women to help them start their businesses. If you buy certain Tory Burch products, all of the profits benefit her foundation. Here are some great items you can buy to help support this great cause! Hurry because they go fast! (And just in time for Mother’s Day!)

  1. Saffiano Foundation Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet
  2. Tory Burch Foundation Sunflower Scarf
  3. Tory Burch Foundation Metallic Foldable Tote

Print Love

{Dress: Zachary’s Smile for Anthropologie, Shoes: Corso Como, Sunnies: Theory, Clutch: vintage Coach, Bracelets: Etsy/Tai/Dogeared/handmade from Africa, Cocktail ring: vintage (my grandma’s)}

I am a big fan of prints, especially for dresses. I’ve had this cute little number for a few years now and it never fails to disappoint. Comfortable (with pockets!), classic (a very flattering shape) and fun (the African print fabric makes me nostalgic for Cape Town). I like to pair it with fun accessories – great for work or going out!

Real Girl Style

Look: Work Denim

Since denim seems to be a big trend that has stuck, I wanted to find a way to incorporate the look into a work appropriate outfit. I paired black pants, a silk shell tank, with a ruffle grey denim jacket – a bit different from the traditional one, giving it a more professional feel.

{Jacket: LAmade, Pants: Banana Republic, Shell: Vince}

{Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita}

Handmade Wardrobe

During my last semester of graduate school I got a sewing machine (which was a wonderful distraction while I was trying not to panic about entering the real world). I have always been a crafty person, growing up with lots of markers, rubber stamps, and other projects (Hannah and I each had official drafting tables that we dubbed our “art tables”) so it was only natural to work in a new medium. I have been knitting for over half my life – it was only a matter of time before adding more textile crafts to my repertoire. My sewing now mostly consists of quilts (you can check out my craft-focused blog here) but I have recently started sewing clothes. Nowadays, so many of the styles that I’m drawn to are fairly simple silhouettes featuring fun prints and bright colors. Why not try making my own clothes? I don’t expect to revolutionize the classic DVF wrap dress, but I think I can handle a simple tank or an a-line skirt.

Armed with lots of inspiration (just search for “handmade clothing” on Flickr), some great resources for instructions (thanks Etsy and YouTube!) and a tight budget, I decided to have a go at garment sewing. I purchased this pattern which came in PDF form (you print the pattern pieces and tape them together), purchased 2.5 yards of fabric (this beautiful flower print voile is by my favorite fabric designer, Anna Maria Horner), and in one afternoon, I made a top that is now in my usual clothing rotation! Hannah bought me this book and it was a great guide – it’ll definitely be my go-to as I learn new techniques.

Do you have a sewing machine, or access to one? If yes, I highly recommend getting acquainted with the wonderful world of garment sewing! One of the best resources I’ve found is the online mecca of tutorials and patterns, Burda Style. It’s a great community with how-to’s, patterns (and reviews) and much more. These are not your grandma’s sewing patterns! There are tons of options, including trendy tunics, cute sun dresses, and even bags.

Here are a few fabrics that I love and think would be perfect for clothes (a simple tank or a sweet skirt, perhaps?) All fabrics can be found on one of my go-to online shops, Hawthorne Threads.

Washi Tape in Beige (Washi by Rashida Coleman Hale)

Starcomb in Silver (Parson Gray by David Butler)

Rivera in Blue (Maya by Leah Duncan)

Mara - Blue (Maasai Mara by Dear Stella House Designer)