Joe Fresh

LBD

Joe Fresh Dress, Yoki Loafers, Rayban Sunglasses 

Love me an LBD. This one I don’t know why but I hardly have worn it since I bought it three years ago. I’ve mentioned before I have trouble wearing dresses. I always feel over done and I really don’t know why. I wore dresses as a child a lot. This dress is really cute and I can’t believe Joe Fresh produced it. It’s hard to get all the details of a black dress on camera, it is silk, with two slits on the side up to the knee area. It cinches at the waist which is flattering and gives you some shape or you’d look like a sack. The neck detail is also really cool, I wish I had gotten a closer photo for you. This dress is super effortless chic and perfectly light and breezy on a hot summer’s day like this day in particular. I just threw on some loafers, black sunnies and a black backpack (not pictured as it was stuffed with Value Village finds). 

Nautical Stripes 

Value Village top, Joe Fresh shorts

Something about navy and white striped anything that gives you a nautical feel. I really like pairing something like this was deep cherry red pop of accesories or nails and keep everything else super neutral. I’ve had these shorts for a few years so unfortunately you can no longer find them at joe. Though I wish they would re-do this design because they’re so comfortable and I wish I had bought more. They’re we’re only $39 and they’re silk, like hello! I also wish I had bought the matching top but you live and you learn right! I found this top at Value Village and instantly wanted to pair it  with these shorts. So, who has a boat I can hop aboard?

Off Duty

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Life of Manek Bomber, Forever 21 T-shirt, Joe Fresh Jeans, Catherine Malandrino Mules via Winners, Philistine Sunglasses

 Most days you’ll find me in some variation of a jeans and t-shirt combo. I’m all about being comfortable. I remember I used to dress in ways that I thought was on trend, and it may have been, but I just never felt comfortable. I remember putting outfits together that I knew I wouldn’t wear but would photograph for my blog because it was spread across magazines and was the “trend at the time”. Meanwhile after shooting pictures I would change back into jeans and t-shirt. That has become such a go-to for me that it’s comical when I put a dress on I feel extremely over-done. 

Jeans and a t-shirt is how I feel my most comfortable and I like to spice it up with accessories. A statement jacket, interesting shoes, dramatic sunglasses, unique bag and the list does on. 

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Mixing the Elements of Your Closet: Dressy with Casual

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H&M kimono, DIY sweater (Halloween Costume), Joe Fresh jeans, PUMA shoes, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

I recently saw on Instagram a girl wearing a kimono over a sweater and I was instantly inspired. I love mixing elements of my closet to create looks that wouldn’t necessarily make sense if you wrote them down, but put them on and somehow this casual dressy mix really works; ie the kimono sweater combo. Of course depending on your lifestyle, job etc it’s not as easy to wear a sweater to work, but I would say this is perfect weekend wear. Off to brunch? Don’t want to look like a total slob but you’ve worked hard all week and feel lazy? Well girl keep that sweater on and find a cute kimono to layer on top for some added class and style. Your outfit will go from couch potato to breakfast hash brown appropriate in a second.

Honestly I think Kimonos are a super cool way to dress up any outfit and are super handy to have in your closet. I wear mine when I’m going out with jeans and a plain tank top and it’s given me that confidence I need to feel going out ‘apro-pros’. Getting a legit kimono can be harder to come by, I suggest vintage shopping and shelling out the extra bucks for something legit and unique. If you aren’t a savvy vintage hunter then stores like Anthropologie, Urban OutfittersFree People, and Zara always have items like this as they’re hot on the trend game always. I’ve linked these store above with some of my fave kimonos I spotted on their site.

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