Make a Statement

Statement pieces are here to stay this fall and winter, and I’m loving it. The cold weather can be a drag, but unexpected textures and embellishments infuse excitement into your wardrobe and your day. With faux fur, velvet, metallic accents, embroidery, and faux pearls on everything from t-shirts to coats, there’s no shortage of fun ways to jazz up the typically drab cold-weather looks.

So how do you wear these luxe, seemingly extravagant details every day? Keep it simple. Obviously, the simplicity that I started going for got lost here since I was in an experimental mood. I wore all black with and added some color with a multi-colored faux fur jacket, red lipstick, and pinned my fro to the side, giving me an edgy 80’s look. My dress and boots are on the dressier side, but if you’re looking for a more casual feel, a black turtleneck, black jeans, and black ankle boots make a nice base for any statement jacket.

This jacket is now on sale for 30% at ASOS with code EPIC30. Take a look at other fun jackets to make the winter go faster after the outfit details.

Ivyrevel Faux Fur Coat | Calvin Klein Over the Knee Boots (similar here) | Forever21 Turtleneck Dress | Rebecca Minkoff Jumbo Love Crossbody

Me vs. the Big Blue Cock

What does this girl love more than art? Cheeky art.

This 15 foot chicken, appropriately named “Hahn/Cock” is towering at the National Musuem of Art’s East Building. I spent hours in the East Building alone, traversing rooms of modern art and eventually ending up on the roof on an overcast Spring day. I definitely need to plan my few trips back to explore everything the museum has to offer. It’s always crazy and awesome to me that D.C. has such easy and FREE access to cultural institutions, which I fear, are underutilized by locals.

Other than the art, another reason I love museums is because I feel like they’re one of the few places I’m comfortable going to alone (I wasn’t alone this time though). Art is one of the few personal, yet paradoxically universal things…how does that even work? I don’t have any answers, but I have all the love for it.

Zara Studded Jacket (similar here) | Calvin Kleinn Knee Over the Knee Boots | H&M Sweater Tunic (similar here and here) | Uniqlo Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Bag

Holding On

Sometimes you just can’t let go of something. That can be good or bad depending on what that something is — in my case it’s the heat. I try to find any and every excuse to still wear sandals, so when the weather peaks above 65 on a sunny fall day, I’m there. Not to discount all transitional pieces, but layering can exhausting, so I’m more than happy when I don’t have to. On this day I decided to frolick on down to the coffee shop (La Colombe mocha’s are amazing FYI), feeling whimsical and classy at the same time with my gold skirt and off the shoulder top.

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Forever 21 Off-the-Shoulder Top (similar here and here) | Zara Gold Skirt (similar here and here) | Cole Haan Sandals (similar here) | Rebecca Minkoff Jumbo Love Bag

Local Adventures

As summer comes to an end I have a tendency to overbook myself on little adventures that I know I’ll be too lazy to do once the colder weather hits. Since I’m a recent D.C. transplant there’s a ton of undiscovered charm that’s waiting for me. I recently decided to walk through the overgrown green neighborhood of Takoma Park, off the main street, to explore the unique town. Since it was a cooler day and I needed comfortable shoes for the walk, I threw on this medium-weight striped dress and some gold Keds.

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If you’re in the area I would definitely recommend checking out the individuality of each home in the neighborhood! And a fun game to play is “name that plant” because there are tons of cool, exotic, and mysterious greens that you wouldn’t expect to find in a D.C. suburb.

P.S. I can’t wait to wear this dress again in the fall with a leather jacket and boots!
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ASTR Dress | Keds Shoes | Forever21 Bag (similar here and here)

Dog Days of Summer

The sticky dog days of summer are here causing most of my outdoor adventures to shortly end under the closest AC (#firstworldproblems indeed). Since going naked isn’t an option and I have what I’ve deemed overactive sweat glands, my closet is stocked with pieces that make me look cool even when I’m dripping. Take that, heat wave.

Pro tip: moisture-wicking fabric isn’t just for the gym, which is why I love Uniqlo’s AIRism camisole. Eyelet, lightweight anything is a classy way to let air in without risking decency–here I went with white 5 inch shorts from Target to catch those elusive breezes. I added some color & character to an otherwise all-white ensemble with a loose printed kimono top from H&M to hide the expected stream of sweat down my back and armpits.

But, not going to lie, the iced coffee was the real MVP here.

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Uniqlo Camisole / Merona Shorts / H&M Kimono (similar here and here) / Calvin Klein Wedges (similar here) / Street Level Crossbody Bag