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

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

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

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