Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Half Tuck




Top: Nordstrom // Skirt: Forever 21 (old) // Necklace: Bauble Bar // Shoes: Valentino // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim 

I went to Nordstroms with the full intention of finding a cocktail dress for an upcoming wedding, but of course, ended up with nothing for the wedding and whole bunch of other goodies. This top was one of my lucky finds that I just had to have because a. it's neoprene and b. it has perforated sleeves. I'm. So. There.

While my love for all things nautical has been well-documented, I feel that it is worth confessing that I am totally obsessed with all things neoprene--which is why I am currently coveting this and this. Neoprene offers the same comfy factor as jersey, but lends more structure to outfits so the pairing possibilities are endless!




Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fast Casual





Top: Gap // Jacket: Club Monaco (Last seen here and here.) // Jeans: Rag & Bone // Bag: Coach // Shoes: Alice + Olivia // Necklace: Anthropologie // Sunglasses: Prada

There are some mornings when the only clothes I want to put on are sweats. Because sweats at work aren't exactly a real option, I resort to a super soft tee and jeans instead. I figure that gold heels and a necklace makes it seem like I'm at least trying...right?

P.S: If you love the shoes, they're still available here at an uh-mazing price.

Happy pre-Friday everyone! :)


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Windswept



Dress: Club Monaco // Heels: Sigerson Morrison // Bag: Coach // Sunglasses: Prada

One of the joys of having yet to fully unpack my closet (I am this close, I swear) is that I am finding things I momentarily forgot I had. Like this dress. I bought a few months ago for a work lunch and it's one of my favorite Club Monaco pieces. Their clothes have a way of balancing style and simplicity, which is why I scooped up this dress vowing to make it a closet staple.

As my big Arkansas trip approaches, I'm thinking that this frock, sans belt, might be a contender for my travel dress. Thoughts?

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stripes 2.0



 
Dress: J. Crew Factory // Denim Jacket: J. Crew // Purse: Coach // Shoes: Rebecca Taylor // Lipstick: Urban Decay "69"

Remember when I said I have an obsession with stripes? I'm such a stripe addict I didn't even realize I was a repeat offender till I saw these pictures. Oy!

I was out shopping for a dress for summer wedding season when I spotted these lovely Rebecca Taylor heels on super sale. I'm never one to say no to shoes looking for a good home, so home with me they went.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Stripes & Sequins






Top: Club Monaco // Sequin Cardigan: Forever 21 (Old) // Shorts: Club Monaco // Clutch: Kate Spade // Shoes: Valentino // Bracelets: Forever 21, Bauble Bar, J. Crew

It's a wide known fact that I am utterly obsessed with nautical stripes. I have an embarrassing amount of  striped items in my closet, which is why I've been looking to add a twist to the classic print. I took a cue from two of my favorite bloggers (here and here) and paired my striped top with an old sequined cardigan.

I figure that the birth of the Royal Baby calls for some daytime sequins, amiright? ;)

Happy Monday y'all!  






Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Black & White








Top: Club Monaco // Skirt: Francesca's // Clutch: Gap // Shoes: Zara // Necklaces: Forever 21, Anthropologie // Bracelets: Forever 21, Bauble Bar // Sunglasses: Forever 21

I'm quite grateful that I work in an office that has an uber lax dress code (check it out!), so I try to take advantage of that with adventurous outfits as much as possible. This knit skirt I scored on super sale is great to mix with airy silk tops for summer but will also be just as versatile in the fall when paired with chunkier sweaters.

I've had my eye on these sunglasses for quite a while but the $280 price tag is holding me back! To satiate my appetite for fun eyewear, I indulged in these wallet-friendly sunnies courtesy--a steal at only $5.

Thanks for stopping by y'all! :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Seeing Red



dress: ASOS // necklace: Bauble Bar // shoes: Valentino // bag: Charles & Keith // bracelets: Bauble Bar, Forever 21, BCBGeneration

I've been gravitating towards comfy clothes these days. Summer is making me lazy I suppose... This ASOS swing dress is soft like butter and while the volume can make it look slightly like a maternity dress, I found that anchoring it with a statement necklace seemed to do the trick.

Love the lipstick? I'm wearing Urban Decay's new Revolution lipstick in Catfight.

Happy Monday y'all!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Life Lately

1. This monogram mug from C. Wonder makes my morning caffeine fix just a tad prettier.
2. Sophie and I were simply ecstatic about the DOMA rulings, so naturally she rocked her pride shirt at the office. Yay equality!
3. Yummy basil strawberry lemonade for a refreshing summer drink. Recipe to come soon!
4. Safety first, y'all. Sophie got a car seat.
5. Utterly giddy that I found a unicorn!
6. New friends at work.
7. Wine country with an old friend from high school. This winery was, by far, our favorite of the day.
8. We finally found the time to check out this aquarium. The jellyfish exhibits were beautiful, plus, I got to pet a moon jellyfish!
9. Unpacking the new place has been a slow and arduous task but I'm finally done with the dining room area!

My Instagram posts aren't all Sophie posts, I swear. For proof, follow me! @bernicetheshoeaddict

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Noteworthy



  • English majors seem to catch a lot of grief these days, but I truly believe there is nothing more important than a strong literary foundation. This article makes that point far more eloquently than I ever could. 
  • Summer is officially in full swing which means refreshing cocktails are on my radar. This delish sangria is on the top of my must-drink list. 
  • Sometimes the stars just align--the Clinton library in Little Rock, Arkansas will be hosting an Oscar de la Renta exhibit while I'm in town. To say I'm ecstatic doesn't begin to cover it. 
  • Ron Swanson fan? You're welcome.

I hope everybody is having a fantastic 4th of July weekend! 


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Print Play




 

 Top: Ambiance (old) // Shorts: Zara // Blazer: Zara (old) // Necklace: Anthropologie // Shoes: Valentino // Clutch: Kate Spade

Would you believe me if I told you that these Valentino pumps are the comfiest pair heels I own? Well it's true. And they seem to go with everything so that only means one thing: Worth. Every. Penny.

Speaking of comfy, these Zara shorts are oh-so-soft and feel more like pajamas than they do real clothing. I'm not quite daring (or tired) enough to pair these with a sweatshirt, mostly because I fear that I will simply fall asleep at my desk out of sheer comfort.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Puppy Love

Last week was a tough one.

It brought two doses of sad news: both my childhood best friend's dog and the man friend's family dog passed. Both dogs were incredibly sweet and loving--I will miss them terribly. 

Their passing has allowed me to reflect on how transient life can be and how much joy and love Sophie has brought to my life. While owning a dog is an enormous responsibility, I truly believe that the experience has made me a happier and more whole person.

I leave you with this: "Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them; filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have." - Thom Jones