the in-between

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wearing...    Porté top | thrifted sandals and bag | UO kick flares (on sale!) | photos by Chelsea Deen 

I've found the in-between to be most moving... The movement between poses, the weather between spring and summer, the growth between heartbreak and renewed passion. These days, I seem to be caught up in all three.

 

 

easy like Monday morning

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 wearing...  Madewell Muralist Jumpsuit | Shinola Relaxed Hobo bag | UO sunglasses (similar) | H&M slides (previous season) | photos by Jamie Hopper

It's been a while since I've updated this little space of mine,  but I'm excited to be making my return. I recently started a second job at a beautiful local boutique, and though I've been working almost seven days a week for the past two months, I'm left feeling more satisfied than exhausted. The only true downside is not being able to pursue blogging the way I once could, but I'm attempting to find ways around that. 

In our wardrobe arsenals, we all need something for those Monday mornings when oversleeping (or hitting snooze a few too many times) is on the agenda. This jumpsuit is a chambray dream come true, ideal for when I can't be bothered to think too much about what to wear but still want to feel pulled together. Because of the lightweight fabric and timeless silhouette, I know it will be a staple that will carry me through spring and into summer. Oh, and it's on sale! 

I have no idea what I did before this perfect Shinola carry-all came into my life. It's already come in handy (pun intended) several times this past week when I found myself at a photoshoot and crossing town via public transportation on multiple occasions. I've found I can fit my entire life in this bag, including shoes and a change of clothes, and it looks perfectly unstructured when only filled with the essentials. The leather is so supple, and it actually carried a whiff of "new car scent" when I first opened the package. It's way more refined than a tote bag, and I can't wait to use it as a carry-on for my NYC excursion next month. 

My lovely friend Jamie snapped these yesterday morning before a little coffee date. I'm so fortunate to have made such sweet, talented friends; she is truly something special. 

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silk scarves + sock boots

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wearing...   thrifted turtleneck, jeans, and boots | EyeBuyDirect glasses | Leila + Olive Desert Flower scarf

Silk scarves and sock boots -- a match made in heaven. In an attempt to branch out from my typical all-black attire, I've been donning other neutral hues. I love how this gorgeous scarf by Leila + Olive adds pops of color to any ensemble. Not only is the material rather luxurious, but the muted tones and desert motif have me wanting to frame and display it as a work of art.

Helpful tip for making even the most dated mom jeans feel current: cut the hem off just above your ankle. I'm finding it freshens up the entire look, and I plan to be living in these jeans (that I scored for just 75 cents!) straight through spring.

wearable art

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 wearing…  Haute Bandit dress | Cedric Brown Collections scarf | ASOS coat (similar) | Silence + Noise oxfords (similar) | photos by Brandon Barr

With the monochromatic palette of my wardrobe, it's fun to add a pop of color ever now and then. When paired with my favorite shirtdress and blazer-esque coat, this glorious scarf by Atlanta-born (and internationally recognized) designer Cedric Brown fits the bill perfectly. While I almost want to frame it to be hung on my wall, I adore wearing it over a coat, tied around my neck, or gracing the handle of a handbag. Being sartorially inclined, I find wearable art is among the best art.

l'instituteur

wearing... Megan Huntz jumper | Nanushka high neck top, Komono sunglassesVere Verto bag, all via Henry & June | H&M boots 

When I sat down with my lovely friend Megan to check out and discuss her SS16 collection, she mentioned that a fictional muse for her designs was a "lost schoolteacher in the south of France in the 1970's." The link is visible, almost tangible, and I felt it acutely when donning this particular number: adorable pinafore/jumper. We styled it with other vintage-inspired modern pieces (and a lavender nutmeg latte as the ultimate accessory), resulting in a look I'd gladly adopt as a uniform.

This is the third installment of my collaboration with fashion designer Megan Huntz and photographer Jennifer Grimm. To see the other looks, check out here and here.

 

modern glamour

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wearing... Megan Huntz dress | Nanushka sweater via Henry & June | H&M boots | vintage handbag | Komono sunglasses

Because my workdays consist of chasing a toddler around in more casual attire, I often use the rest of my life as an excuse to dress up. Sometimes, that excuse takes the form of playing a grown-up version of dress-up.  On any given weekend, I'll find myself hopping in my photographer friend's car, loading it with designer duds, and sneaking onto the property of a church down the street that boasts to-die-for marble steps.

Lately, I've been inspired to create with my ensembles a feeling of modern glamour, my phrase for the the vibe the Olsens embody: a chic yet attainable look that says "I'm on-the-go; I'm comfortable; I'm fabulous, but subtle about it." This beautiful answer to the LBD from Megan Huntz's SS16 collection can achieve the vibe all on its own, with its daintily sexy details. When paired with this impossibly soft maxi cardigan and perfect cat-eye shades, the look exudes impeccably that feeling of wearable luxury.

This is part two of a series in collaboration with photographer Jennifer Grimm and designer Megan Huntz. Check out the first installment here.