Floral Jumpsuit

Floral Jumpsuit

Majorelle Jumpsuit | Valentino Sandals (similar  less expensive here) | Cult Gaia Dupe

This floral jumpsuit is one of the prettier more flattering jumpsuits that I currently have in my closet. Full disclaimer: I don’t own many jumpsuits and rompers because I am often reminded by males around me that they aren’t flattering or liked! I was really shocked to hear that. With engagements and holiday parties on the horizon, I thought this floral jumpsuit would be the perfect addition to my closet. Not only is the floral print subtle yet somewhat dramatic, the material and versatility of the jumpsuit makes it perfect to wear to everything from a happy hour to an engagement dinner.

I don’t often direct my attention to jumpsuits because of my wider hips, but I thought the style was flattering and i loved that it has pockets. I am wearing a small but if you want a little bit more wiggle room, I recommend sizing up. I feel like with the print of this jumpsuit, it is unlikely to go out of style anytime soon. With the weather still warm in LA, I am pairing this jumpsuit with all things summer but I am looking forward to pairing it with some darker maroons in the fall/winter seasons.

 

 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall

 

 

Slit Maxi Dress

Slit Maxi Dress

As we transition to fall wardrobe, I still can’t help but get some summer pieces with the heat wave we’ve been experiencing. It seems as though this heat wave is never ending but it’s starting to finally cool down a bit, down to the 80s which is far better than the 100 degree weather we were having. If you are still experiencing this warm front and not ready for fall clothing but love a good transition dress, look no further than this maxi buttoned down dress.

Maxi Dress (similar here)

I have been wearing this dress on major repeat to so many different occasions. I originally wore it with a pair of nude heels (also love these pearly heels) to my brother’s law school convocation. I’ve since then worn this dress to several different occasions and most recently to my friend’s birthday, who’s recently engaged! I got so many compliments on it. I chose to wear it more casually with my low-heel rockstud heels or see here for something more budget friendly. As we move into fall, pairing this dress with a cute pair of booties. I bought these booties during last year’s Nsale but they are still available or a more budget friendly option here too.

 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall

 

 

 

two pieces to transition into fall

two pieces to transition into fall

Daisylace Crop | Ruffle Sweater | Cult Gaia Dupe | Valentino Heels (duper here and here

I’m always on the hunt for pants that I can wear to work, that aren’t jeans and that transition well. When I came across these at J.Crew, I just knew I had to have them. I’ve already worn them a few times, from work to a dinner with my family. I find they are so versatile which is important when I am buying clothing. I love that that I can dress them up if I wanted to, or keep it casual like I did here. In addition to being on the hunt for crops, I have been in love with just about every ruffle sweater, dress or top that I come across. I saw this ruffle sweater and thought about the many things I could pair it with this fall. Not only did it arrive and it was so cute, but it is so soft you just want to wear it with everything. You’ll see me pairing it several different ways this upcoming fall.

I chose to dress this outfit down with a perfect look-a-like of the Cult Gaia bag that I found here. I went with the large size but think I could have been just as happy with the small (they’re basically the same price). If you want a different variation of the traditional bamboo look, I found a look-a-like in black and white, see here (under $30). I also found these Valentino look-a-likes which I recommend. I wear my Valentino sandals all the time. I feel like I definitely got my money worth out of them so to speak. They are the perfect height and go with nearly everything and make for easy walking.

Photgraphy: Christy Kendall 

 

 

Wrap Floral Maxi Skirt

Wrap Floral Maxi Skirt

Floral Maxi Skirt | Ruffle Bodysuit | Chloe Dupe Bag (also love this one)

My love for ruffles and floral continues today with this amazing wrap floral maxi skirt from Lovers+Friends exclusively sold at Revolve! Since it’s a self tying wrap skirt, the adjustable waist allows gals, like me, who usually wear a small to go down to an XS (*however I am currently wearing a small here, I could have sized down for a fitter look). The skirt is so fun and you can dress it up with a dressier top or dress it down with a ruffled bodysuit like this one.

With the end of summer and as we enter into fall at least per the fashion calendar, I’m starting to look for pretty outfits that will transition well. Living in LA typically means that our summer gets a little warmer through early fall. I especially love this look for a transitional outfit as I can transform it into a fall look with a jacket and some cute booties like these ones. Maxi skirts are a great alternative to the maxi dress look and can be worn with more versatility. I’ve linked several other wrap and non-wrap maxi skirts that would work well as we make our way from summer to fall. Plus, I think maxi skirts are one of those staple items that we can pull out next season too!

 

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

 

 

 

5 ways to beat the monday blues

5 ways to beat the monday blues

Club Monaco Dress (sold out) 

1. Prepare for Monday on Friday-Mondays tend to be extra stressful from work that piled up the afternoon before you left for the weekend on the previous Friday. For many of us, it’s hard to jump back in to the swing of things. To help ease the anxiety on Monday, try taking care of a few of the dreadful tasks on Friday afternoon rather than leaving them to do on a new work week, that way you leave it behind you with the previous week. If you have a task that causes you more stress on Monday morning, try taking care of it sooner rather than later so you don’t have a black cloud hanging over your head. 

2. Make a list of things you are looking forward to-We often look at the week ahead of us with an endless tasks list and all the tough stuff that we have to do. Try turning that around and Sunday evening before going to bed, make a list of all the things you are looking forward to. if you can’t seem to come up with at least a few things, perhaps it’s a sign that you may want to change things up. 

3. Unplug for the weekend-If you can or have the luxury to do so, try to avoid checking emails or voice mails over the weekend. If you don’t think you will respond until Monday anyway, why not leave those emails and tasks until Monday morning. Though it may be tempting to know what’s going on or what you might be missing, it’s important to draw a boundary between work and personal time. 

4. Make sure you get enough sleep and wake up early-Get to bed a little earlier on Sunday night knowing that you are getting a full night of sleep so that you can wake up feeling extra rested and prepared to take on the new week. Take the time to enjoy breakfast, do some exercises, take the dog for a quick walk, are all things that can help you feel more centered for the rest of the day. I’ve noticed a significant different when I get up an hour earlier and take some time for myself and how it affects my attention at work.**

5. Dress for success-Use Monday as the day to wear your favorite outfit or your favorite new outfit. This can help build your confidence around the office and even get you a few compliments from co-workers. When you look good, you tend to feel good. And, feeling good on a Monday morning is half the battle because instead of not wanting to be there, you have the urge to excel. Try showing and sharing your happy spirit with those around you creating a positive vibe all around. 

Photography: Christy Kendall