Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stripes + Brights

A recent summer trend I have noticed everywhere - on city sidewalks, in fashion magazines, and on Pinterest, is the mixing of navy stripes with bright colors.   

{images sourced from Pinterest}

I love this concept and had to try it myself so I scoured my closet to use what I had.  I found some items I had purchased within the last year that allowed me to attempt this preppy look.  I finished off my ensemble with simple jewelry, a vintage bag, & loafer shoes that I wore to a golf tournament – how fitting! 

J Crew navy striped shirt

J Crew skirt

silver earrings by Gorjana

vintage Hungarian leather bag from Flower Child Vintage in the Short North + brunch at Tasi Cafe - my favorite Columbus restaurant!

Salvatore Ferragamo loafers

at the Memorial Tournament to enjoy all things GOLF

Enjoy the rest of your week!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Signature Silver

As much as I love shopping for anything new, I do have some favorite jewelry items that have become my go-to pieces.  I wear these silver earrings, bracelets, & rings almost everyday.   Whether it’s day or night,  whether I am wearing a casual outfit or something a little nicer, these are my standard pieces.  Although these are all silver, I love the mixing of designers to create a unique look.  

Tiffany & Co. post earrings {buy here}

David Yurman Cable Classics bracelet {buy here} + fresh soup from The Fish Guys at the North Market

John Hardy Classic Chain Collection bracelet {buy here} + a copy of 614 Magazine's June issue, my favorite Columbus magazine

Ellen Himic Rondelle Bracelet {buy here}

Rings - from left: Gorjana {shop here}, Ellen Himic Trelis ring {buy here}, & Pianegonda {shop here}

up close of signature silver jewels {Nail polish: Essie's "Navigate Her" c/o my dear friend Glenna} + the infamous Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag {buy here}

Enjoy the last week of June!



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Color Blocking: Part 2

Another recent color blocking outfit I wore involved the mix of orange & light blue {again, I’ve worn this outfit TWICE in the last 2 weeks – did I mention I love color blocking?} I chose to add neutral accessories to balance the 2 contrasting colors, and wear my favorite signature silver jewelry I almost ALWAYS have on {I plan on highlighting my go-to jewelry in my next post!}

Ann Taylor LOFT dress + BCBG Max Azria blazer

Aldo nude pumps

Jessica Jensen clutch + signature silver jewelry 
{Sephora by OPI nail polish in Rumba Romance}

Happy Hump Day!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Color Blocking: Part 1

I absolutely love the concept of color blocking, and am so excited it is all the rage in fashion currently (so much more original than predictable “matchy-matchy” outfits).  I love it so much in fact that I plan on highlighting 2 recent outfits I wore that involve this trend that I hope is here to stay.  

I wore this ensemble to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ concert in Columbus a few weeks ago (although I must admit I wore this outfit even before that!) and was pleased to realize how much I have in my closet that can be used to color block.  No shopping necessary!

T-shirt by StyleMint, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's exclusive T-shirt line

olive green J Crew pants + LC Lauren Conrad gold wedges 

side view of wedges {However, I opted for flats for the concert!}

rose gold Gorjana earrings + candle from The Candle Lab, a favorite local Columbus business

Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert, an incredible show!

Happy Sunday, have a great week! 



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Neutral + Neon

I have always loved neutral colors (I do not care to admit to how much gray I have in my wardrobe), and I think there are few styles more chic than a neutral pallete of clothes and accessories.  I adore the contrast of neutral & neon together, and love that it is seen all over Pinterest and current fashion trends.  

{images sourced from Pinterest}

I recently tried out this look with neutral shorts, a blazer, an oversized clutch & my nude Jimmy Choos with a neon green shirt.  Best part? I didn't even need to buy anything new to wear this trend.  

LC Lauren Conrad blazer + old shirt from The Limited

Helmut Lang shorts

Jessica Jensen oversized clutch

night out in Cleveland with best friends 

Enjoy the rest of your week!



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Last of the New

    I recently wore a green dress that was one of the last purchases I made before I gave up shopping.  I had been looking forward to wearing it, but had no idea how to wear it and with which accessories.  I decided to go with a non-matching clutch (LOVE color blocking), neutral heels, and gold jewelry.  The best part about this dress is it is made of material that will work in almost any season – can’t wait to repeat in the fall!

green dress from Anthropologie

Alexander Berardi for Jessica Jensen clutch + my Mom's homemade red velvet cupcakes with homemade icing - delish!

gold hoops + pendant passed down from my Grandma

dirty martini + dinner at Morton's in Cleveland

Have a great week!



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

MAY without shopping

As I mentioned in my first post, this year I would like to invest my money I'd normally use to shop to engage in more meaningful experiences.  These experiences can range from buying local produce from Columbus' beloved North Market, hosting birthday celebrations for friends, or attending the plethora of (free!) art shows and festivals that happen throughout summer.  Each month I'd like to highlight some of these occasions to remind myself of all of the exciting things I did that did NOT involve shopping.  

Here is what I did in May:

fish taco dinner on the patio of MoJoe Lounge

The Avett Brothers concert at the LC Pavilion 

Cleveland's Guitarmania outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

cookout + rooftop living with friends from home

Memorial Day with a Columbus-made Luna Burger + my mom's fabulous potato salad

Enjoy the rest of your week!



Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hidden Gems

In my previous post I mentioned using items in my closet that I may not love, but am learning to appreciate.  I am also keeping myself out of temptation by rediscovering clothes and accessories I fell in love with at one time, but have been forgotten and/or pushed to the back of my closet. 

Whether it’s a classic clothing item or trendy piece of jewelry, I am actually excited to shop in my own closet for the next 11 months + 2 weeks!

Me & Ro earrings {buy here}

lace piece from Anthropologie 

pair of older Dior sunglasses - rediscovered them in time for summer!

black Gustto clutch {shop here} + enjoying gourmet chocolate & champagne at the wonderful Chocoholique in the Short North

Have a great week!