Coloring to Work

If you know me, you know that I have a pretty strong attraction to color. Bright colors instantly perk me up and, frankly, make my pretty mundane routine days much less boring. I think a lot of times people shy away from color, especially at work, because they don’t know how to wear it. Here’s the key: it’s all about balance. In this look, my bright red sweater and jacket are evened out with navy pants and nude pumps. And, as you can see, the fun didn’t just stop at the color. The pants have an awesome fringe-pattern texture and the patent faux leather on the shoes adds a bit of shine to the color-blocking.

So where to find fun affordable work-appropriate duds? Come H&M to the rescue. We drifted apart over the years, but our love has suddenly rekindled. After years of having it as one of my go-to staple stores, I went through a dry spell where I would find nothing that I liked. Not sure what was going on, but everything felt uninspired and low quality. However, lately, the styles have been feeling fresher. This outfit is all H&M minus the shoes, and, no, this is not a paid post.

What are your favorite fun work pieces and where did you get it from?

H&M Jacket | H&M Sweater | H&M Pants | Nine West Pumps

Off-the-Shoulder Summer

I can’t get enough of the off-the-shoulder look this summer. Playful and flirty with an infusion of island vibes, this style oozes effortless chic. I’ve been especially in love with off-the-shoulder dresses after being in a dress rut for quite some time. Most dresses were feeling boring or unflattering for my body until spring and summer inventories rolled out with all the versions of off the shoulder looks. What was even better was finding this super unique piece from ASOS at a reasonable price.

I haven’t quite figured out how to wear this trend to work, however, summer brunches are definitely made for colorful, flirty dresses and sunglasses, so I took it for a spin this weekend. I can see this dress becoming a staple in my closet for quite some time. It’s structured, yet comfortable, and all around well made. Usually dresses without stretch are too tight around my hips, chest, or both, but this one fit just right and was very forgiving of food babies (yes, plural).

Check below for this look and my current favorite picks for easily brushing your shoulders off.

Color Pop

Last post I was all about why I love museums and this one is just a more colorful extension of that. I remember when I lived in New York and the David Zwirner gallery had a Yayoi Kusama exhibit in 2015…I wanted to go, but the waits were half a workday (#aintnoemployedpersongottimeforthat)! Fast forward to now in my new D.C. life and the exhibit comes to the Hirshhorn. I HAD TO GO.

“How did this artist predict Instagramable art decades before it was a thing?”, I wondered as I was being joyfully mesmerized. The one downside was that the multiple rooms had time limits under a minute, which significantly decreased the opportunity to really take in the art. But I get it, they had to keep lines moving. Wish this exhibit stayed through the summer (it closed two weeks ago) and hoping I get to see more Yoyoi Kusama in my backyard, wherever that may be!

Zara jacket | H&M shirt | Zara leggings | Nine West boots | Rebecca Minkoff bag

October Heat Wave?

Exposed legs and sandals in October? Yes, thank the 80 degree weather gods. I feel like October’s becoming one of the most unpredictable months in the Northeast — remember Snowpocalyse a few years back? I mean, I’m not complaining about this, since it doesn’t come with the dreaded humidity that has me swimming in my own sweat.

This outfit is definitely throwing it back to summer, but who cares, right? Winter is coming so I’m taking full advantage of these warm rays.

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Nine West wedges | ASOS shift dress (sold out): similar here | Bag from Amazon.com: similar here

Cool for the Summer

Spring is still trying to find itself this year in D.C. First, it felt like fall, then the cool rain clouds rolled in, and now the heat is borderline sweltering, but I totally will take summer over the its other two moods. It’s been consistently in the upper 70s and 80s so I decided to keep it light, both fabric and color-wise, this past weekend.

This tunic top from Zara with a slight gold and silver shimmer is gorgeous and can be dressed down or up. If you’re tall like me (I’m 5’9′) and looking for something structured, yet flowing, it’s definitely the way to go!

I paired it with lightweight pants from a coordinated set that I got from Lulus last year, but white capris shouldn’t be too hard to come by this time of year.

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Zara Tunic Top | Lulu’s Pants | Kate & Kelly Sandals | Bag