Purple Rain

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Ok, so I am not Prince, but I couldn't resist using the title to his infamous song 'Purple Rain' for this post.  If you haven't made the connection yet, this look is dripping in purple--no accident, as you may have imagined.  Since I bought these Stuart Weitzman stilettos, I have been making a point of incorporating purple into many of my looks.  Starting with the stilettos to the dress and the lastly to the hat: I'm absolutely loving the purple coordinates.  

In addition to the purple theme, this look emulates how to dress during the turning of the seasons.  I have been looking for ways to wear my summer clothes into the fall and topping this Club Monaco day dress with a leather jacket was just the style trick (take note!).  So before it starts to get too cold, try wearing some of your favorite summer pieces with a fall twist: a jacket, blazer, hat, etc.  See some suggestions below!

Wearing: Dress and Hat: Club Monaco, Jacket: Doma, Silettos: Stuart Weiztman, Bangles: c/o Bluefly

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Cold Weather Accessories for Fall

It's getting chilly here in NYC--although it's still sunny out, there is a definite shift in the air and it truly feels like fall.  In honor of Fall officially making its debut, I put together a boutique of some excellent cold-weather accessories (and some rainy ones too!).  

All Sparkles Today

It's all sparkles for this Fall Friday in NYC!  I thought it'd be fun to mix in a sequined and sparkly piece I bought last winter into a casual Fall look.  It always makes for a unique look when you can put together a fancier piece with a casual one.  This outfit was really well-rounded--from the color palette to the matching of the quaintness/daintiness of the West Village.  This look was shot in front of a West Village favorite: Buvette.  (Try Buvette for breakfast!) The sparkle in the trees perfectly complimented this Club Monaco skirt.  Start thinking about fun ways to incorporating fancy pieces with casual ones for this fall/winter!

Wearing: Top: Reiss, Skirt: Club Monaco, Purse: Chloé via Net-A-Porter, Sandals: Chloé, Necklace: made by me. 

Photos by: Lydia Hudgens.

Clashing Patterns in Honor of London Fashion Week

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Reiss, Topshop, Rebecca Minkoff, LFW, NYFW, MBFW, fall, winter, style, blogger, lydia hudgens photography, Gotham Magazine, StyleLine, AOL
Reiss, Topshop, Rebecca Minkoff, LFW, NYFW, MBFW, fall, winter, style, blogger, lydia hudgens photography, Gotham Magazine, StyleLine, AOL
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Reiss, Topshop, Rebecca Minkoff, LFW, NYFW, MBFW, fall, winter, style, blogger, lydia hudgens photography, Gotham Magazine, StyleLine, AOL

Seeing that it's the start of London Fashion Week, I thought it was fitting to post about some of my favorite British brands.  No, I am not attending London Fashion Week (although it is on my to-do list--one of these years) but, this year, I am merely an observer and following along.  With NYFW coming to an end last week--LFW started, almost without any break, so I have been keeping close tabs on the happenings over in London.  In regards to NYFW, it truly was an absolute success and a whirlwind of a week!   If you haven't had a chance to see my whereabouts--check out my NYFW week posts now.  Aside from the flurry of shows, parties, and events, My Stiletto Life was fortunate to be included in some great NYFW articles.  StyleList named me as one of 25 fashion bloggers to follow on Instagram and Gotham Magazine interviewed me for a fantastic piece on 10 fashion bloggers' NYFW experiences.  I hope you all had time to check out the pieces.

Now onto my outfit:

In this look, I am wearing a striped Topshop dress, a Reiss hat, and Rebecca Minkoff stilettos.  Topshop and Reiss are both exceptional fashion brands based out of London and always bring charm and style to their clothes.  Topshop, is often very girly, fun, and trendy whereas Reiss is much more classic and ladylike--Reiss happens to be a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge as well!  I've been a customer of Reiss for a long time and I can always find timeless pieces from their collections.  The hat, I am wearing in this post, is a perfect fall/winter piece and will carry me through the NYC winter.  I was also really excited to play with patterns and colors in this post.  The entire look is black and white and offers two kinds of patterns, with the dress offering symmetry and the stilettos offering a funky look.  I absolutely love the way they clash.  Try incorporating some of these pieces into your look for fall and keep an eye out for the the latest collections coming out of London this week!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

NYFW Wearing Alexander Wang and Stuart Weitzman

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I hope you've been following along with my NYFW week adventures!  It's been quite an exciting few days (and it's not over yet!).  From meeting the iconic Diane von Furstenberg to connecting with fellow bloggers on the rooftop of The Empire Hotel, this Fashion Week has been quite the marathon.  For this post, I am sharing the look I wore to the rewardStyle party at The Empire Hotel--what a fantastic venue!  You may remember this Alexander Wang dress from earlier this summer and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to wear it on a warm NYC day; and on a rooftop no less!  I did take the opportunity, however, to style this dress in a new way with a new pair of Stuart Weitzman stilettos.  I absolutely adore these stilettos.  They are not only a perfect height and silhouette but their coloring is what really makes them stand out: plum!  I paired the plum stilettos with my long druzy necklace--also the color purple--which brought the entire look together. The plum against the white is a great contrast.   The mixed white granite background of Lincoln Center provided the perfect backdrop for this look.  Keep following along as I post outfit and event details here on MSL and Instagram.  

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.


NYFW Continues with rewardStyle and Diane Von Furstenburg

The fashion shows and street style looks have been in full swing since this past Thursday and NYFW carries on in its ever persistent way (even with Joan Rivers' memorial right in the middle of the week).  It's almost fitting that Joan had her final 'show' during NYFW--RIP Joan.  

Well I did not make it to the Upper East Side to stand with Joan's fans, I do have some fantastic snaps I have been taking for the past few days.  From parties, to designer chats to shows, the past few days have offered some amazing moments.  Make sure to keep up with me on Instagram, where I do real-time posting!  Click through the gallery below to get a glimpse into NYFW from where I stand.

Kinvara Balfour Interviews Zac Posen for NYFW

Hello Everyone!  I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day weekend!  I was in Chicago and sadly ended up getting sick and didn't get to see as much of the city as I had hoped (hence the lack of posting and Instagram photos).  Oh well--I will have to visit again.  

With Labor Day behind me, it's full steam ahead in NYC with NYFW starting.  I already attended a great event put on by AOL and The StyleList, which was a conversation between Zac Posen and Kinvara Balfour. (You might remember her from my 'NYC Photo Diary' of NYFW in February.)  Kinvara is always a sensational moderator and Zac is giggly, fun, and personable.  Kinvara looked lovely in the Zac Posen gown Heidi Klum wore at the Emmys, just in a shorter version.  Zac even suggested a 'who wore it better' contest. . . I say Kinvara for the win!

Kinvara Balfour chatting with Zac Posen at the AOL Headquarters during NYFW.

Kinvara Balfour chatting with Zac Posen at the AOL Headquarters during NYFW.

I'll be posting social media updates throughout NYFW, so be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter!


Since the cooler fall weather is on its way, I've put together a boutique of some great, transitional, fall pieces to buy!  A chunky sweater and a pleated skirt is always a lovely fall combo and exchange your strappy sandals for a stiletto bootie.  Click-though to get the details on each piece.  


Farewell to Summer in Bec & Bridge

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labor day weekend, style, summer, fall, september, bec & bridge, australian designers, ray bans

Well the last weekend of summer is upon us and it's quite the double edged sword.  On the one hand we have a three-day weekend to enjoy but you know that come Monday night, summer is officially over (insert sad face emoji).  I personally look forward to this time of year.  September is often considered to be the (unofficial) fourth month of summer.  The weather is perfect: not too hot or too cold, the city is bustling again. New York Fashion Weeks kicks off a month of fashion weeks all over the globe.  College football begins anew.  Wait, what?  Yes, I do enjoy college football.  I used to be quite the fan but these days I just watch a game here and there.    September just makes you feel like anything is possible (think Mary Tyler Moore throwing her hat in the air!).

Anyways, onto my outfit (the important stuff!).  For the last days of summer, I decided to pair this colorful and abstract skirt by Australian designer Bec & Bridge with a textured crop top (which is on sale now!) also by them.  This is a really eye-catching look (just the way I like it!).  To make it even louder, I added the reflective Ray-Ban sunglasses and a pop of color on my lip, neon accessories and a bright blue clutch--better get all my bright colors in now, right?!  Bec & Bridge makes fantastic womenswear pieces that are edgy, feminine, and sexy--I'd suggest checking them out when you're looking for some party clothes.  If you mix and match their pieces they can certainly be worn in different settings than that, however.   

Hope everyone has had a great summer and has plans for Labor Day.  I'm actually in Chicago now for the long weekend--I've never been!   So I'm really excited to explore the town.  Any food, shopping, or recreational recommendations?  I'd love to hear them!

Follow me on Instagram to see my day-to-day updates!

Wearing: Top and Skirt: Bec & Bridge, Stilettos: Maison Margiela, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Lipstick: Mac, Clutch: Stella and Dot, Rings: Marrin Costello, Bracelet: J. Crew


A Tutorial in Necklace Layering

For the past few months I have been layering necklaces quite a bit.  I love the layered necklace look and I believe they are a big trend for fall.  As I've mentioned before, layers and fall tend to go together (in any form).  Necklace layering is a great way to add some dimension to a look and also to get creative with your accessories.  Here is my easy tutorial on the best way to layer necklaces.

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1.  The first necklace to layer is the longest: that necklace acts as the anchor to the layering sequence and preferably you want it to carry some weight.  I personally like the necklace's chain to be thin and dainty with some kind of stone or pendant on the end.  In this layered look, my longest necklace has a lot of length and carries a tear-drop chrysoprase stone.  

2.  The second necklace should fall in the center of your upper chest.  This necklace can have a pendant with a little less weight--I chose mine to be dainty with a thin snake piece hanging, which adds to the layering effect.  

3.  The third necklace should fall at the center of your collarbone.  It can be a circular, square, or triangular piece but something small.  

The layering length shouldn't just vary but the weight and heaviness of each pendant should correlate to the layer it's on.  (I.e. the longest necklace has the heavier pendant or stone.)

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The first necklace to go on is the longest (1), the second is the medium length piece (2), and the third is the shortest in length (3).  Once you've layered all three, you have your final look (4).  Try these guidelines with your own necklaces and give your entire look an added dimension! 

All necklace used in this tutorial were made by me--see the entire look here.

Check out this lookbook, below, to get some great necklaces (of all lengths) to layer.

Separate but Matching in Topshop

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I'm feeling very mod and sixties in this matching separates number by Topshop.  I'm like Twiggy minus the twig!  Matching separates was another one of the summer trends I called out recently and I was really drawn to this look.  The geometric style and light color palette, felt very natural and summery.  It has been quite some time since I considered wearing a crop top, but when it is with a high-waisted skirt, it is quite flattering.  (Gone are the days of wearing a crop top with denim cutoffs, for me!)  

This look came together rather easily.  Since it's a matching two-piece, the body of it was a cinch and the accessories were left to be adorned.  The Alexis Bittar cocktail ring, I featured a few weeks ago, was practically made for this color palette and was a gorgeous addition; as were the chrysoprase tear drop earrings I made.  Yellow and grey accessories, in my purse and stilettos (respectfully), rounded out this look.  This look can easily transition into fall--so I'll be wearing this a couple more times!  Get this look below and see other suggestions for matching separates.  

{Wearing: Top and Skirt: Topshop, Stilettos: Jean-Michel Cazabat, Purse: See by Chloé, Ring: Alexis Bittar, Necklace and Earrings: made by me}


Summer Style in American Eagle Outfitters

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Do I love a summer trend or what?!  You may recall that jean shorts were a highlighted trend in my post: "Summer Trends" and I have put together this look to incorporate the trend into my style.  I had a vision for this look: casual meets fancy.  I wanted to wear a very laid back loose-fitting top with a fitted pair of jean shorts and dress it up with stilettos.  Mixing and matching a casual piece with a dressed up piece, has always been a favorite styling trick of mine.  J. Crew seemed to be the obvious choice to find the perfect casual button up (of course they did not fail me) and American Eagle Outfitters was the perfect place to find jean shorts.  Truth be told, I had not shopped at American Eagle for a long, long time.  (I have memories of my 13 year old self wearing AEO and for the most part, I had left that memory untouched.)  However, it came to my attention, that they had some great fitting jeans at an even better price point!  So I figured, why not revisit my childhood?  I'm happy I did because I was able to create this playful look.  I also made this look even cooler with my new Ray-Ban sunglasses.  The 'clubmaster' style is new to me, but I am really enjoying the old-school frame with the reflective optics.  

Wearing a loose-fitting button up, like the one in this post, allows for some great necklace layering, which will be huge in the fall (layering and fall are a thing).  I actually made all the necklaces I am wearing and it has been fun to mix and match my pieces with others.  Necklace layering is a great way to add dimension to your look and style--I strongly suggest trying it yourself.

Wearing: Top: J. Crew, Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters (see similar below), Stilettos: Jean-Michel Cazabat, Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim,  Midi-rings: Marrin Costello, Sunglasses: Ray-Bans

Try these necklaces for layering:


Midi-Skirts All Year Long

Midi-skirts are a really playful trend that came out this past spring and have been worn all summer and according to WhoWhatWearit's a trend that isn't going away anytime soon!  These skirts can be worn into fall very easily with a chunky sweater on top and some booties.  Also, depending on where you live, you can wear them into winter without any tights!  What do you think of the trend?  Have you tried it?  See how I styled my Topshop midi-skirt back in May!

Shop the boutique, I have put together, of some lovely midi-skirts that are still on the market! 

Topshop Romper 2.0

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Monday, Monday, Monday!  

The only way to get past Monday's blues is with this colorful look I've created. You may remember that I styled this Topshop romper in a much more simple and casual manner a few weeks ago--and because this romper is so versatile, I wanted to show it styled another way.  This look exudes summer--every piece has a bright color and they all end up complimenting each other!  I chose the Stuart Weiztman wedges (which Kate Middleton has now made famous in blue suede) in nude to offset the already bright look.   My necklace is a fabulous piece by BaubleBar which is always a great place to find statement necklaces.   My cocktail ring is by my friend and designer Marrin Costello and the purse (as you've seen in other posts) is See by Chloé.  This purse has quickly become my favorite of the summer--mainly because it's simple, easy to carry, and has that gorgeous summer yellow hue.  

What do you all think of this look compared to the other?  

Do You Like it to Know It?

Happy Friday Everyone!

I wanted to take an opportunity to explain an application that I have been using for a few months now and I think you should all use it too!  How often do you see a fashion blogger's Instagram photo and want to know what they're wearing and exactly where they got it from?  Well, the good people, at rewardStyle, have taken the guessing out of that game and made Instagram instantly shoppable!

Here are the details: if you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that I often add a detail in the text, below or next to my photo, that says: 'get the full look here,' followed by a link (see my Instagram shot below).  That link will lead you to LiketoKnow:It, where you can create an account and every time you 'like' one of my Instagram photos, with the appropriate link, you will receive an email.  That email will contain the photo you liked and shoppable links for each piece I'm wearing!  It makes it super easy to find out what I'm wearing and where to get it!  Below is my Instagram feed--click on the photos and you will be taken to the app to shop my looks!

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Have a great weekend! 

Summer Trends

This summer has produced some great trends that I have happily taken part in--have you?!  

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1.  Gingham--I love this trend that took the blogging world by storm this summer.  

2.  Matching Separates--did you know it's cool to match again?

3. Abstract Patterns

4. Denim shorts

5. Statement Necklaces--did they really ever go out of style?

6, 7, and 8. Strappy stilettos, mules, and flat espadrilles 

I'm So Fancy

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summer style, alexander wang v-neck dress, T by Alexander Wang, B by Brian Atwood, stilettos, white, Alexis Bittar

This dress though.  A couple things: I love a summer white and I am a huge fan of Alexander Wang's minimalist style.   This dress is the perfect look to round out summer and fall.  Its classic style makes it the perfect chic piece for any occasion.  I love mixing the creamy white color with bright accessories and for this look I stuck with shades of emerald.  The laser cutout stilettos are from B by Brian Atwood and I've actually had these since last season and they still have found a place in my wardrobe this year.  I also paired simple jewelry together and did some layering with my necklaces (both of which I made!).  The Alexis Bittar cocktail ring brings the glam to this classic look.  This look can easily go from daytime garden party to evening in the city--just change up some of the accessories and you're good to go!  

Get this dress, similar stilettos and accessories below! 

Dress: T by Alexander Wang

Stilettos: B by Brian Atwood

Clutch: Zara

Cocktail Ring: Alexis Bittar

Necklaces: My own

For my make-up and hair details, check out my previous post!

National Lipstick Day?

Apparently, yesterday was National Lipstick Day.  I love lipstick as much as the next fashionista but there is an actual day dedicated to lipstick--what's today: national mascara day?  HA!  Well, in honor of the creamy colors us ladies (and some men) like to paint on our faces, I have composed a make-up and hair post to showcase my new tresses and some of my favorite make-up and hair products.


Make-Up

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1. Eyebrows: I fill in my eyebrows with Benefit's Brow Shaping Kit.

2. Eyes and Lashes:  For my eyes, I often use a mix of shadows but my go-to palette is by Stila.  I use Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner to define my eyes and for mascara, I love YSL's version.

3. Face: I start by using concealer to cover up blemishes and I love the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick,  I also use YSL's 'Touche ´Eclat' to brighten the skin under my eyes.  I blend that in and then, on my entire face, I use a cream foundation by YSL.  To set the foundation, I use Laura Mercier's loose setting powder

4.  Cheeks: On my cheeks, I begin with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in 'Pink Quartz' (as a base).  I then, depending on the season or my look, top it off with Bobbi Brown's blush in 'Pale Pink' or Benefit's 'Dallas' bronzer.  Recently, I have been mostly using the bronzer as I love the tint it provides in the summer.  

5.  Lips:  For this look I decided to go with a really standout lip because of the color of the dress.  (Which you will see more of later in the week.)  In the above photo, I am wearing a Mac lipstick in a somewhat off-red color.  It's a great summer color--very playful and fun.  If I want a more neutral look, as I have in this post, I go for this pale pink lipstick by YSL.    


Hair

 As I mentioned in my last post, I finally got my hair cut and colored and got quite a bit of hair chopped off.  My hair grows very quickly and in the last month it was all the way into the lower part of my back!  Since it's still summer and I was in need of a refreshing look, I thought a shorter cut would be perfect.  I still have long layers and I love how the hair in the front is much shorter.  It's always nice to change your look up a little as it can give you that much needed energy you might be missing from time to time.  

As a result of the shorter length, it is lightweight and easy to style.  To style my hair, as I have done in the above photos, I use an inch and a half curling iron (mine is by Revlon and is great!) and start to curl the hair throughout.  The hair in the back can sometimes be harder to curl but if it doesn't completely curl--no problem--if you blow dry it, it will still have a very stylish and chic look.  I use a John Frieda blow dryer.  For styling products, I love Bumble and Bumble such as the 'Brilliantine' cream and their hairspray.  

Happy Styling!

Getting Gingham With It. . .

Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand
Equipment gingham blouse, See by Chloe purse, stilettos, StyleList, white and black look, Marrin Costello, J Brand

So Will Smith got 'jiggy wit it' and I'm getting 'gingham with it,' because I'm a fashionista and I really can't pull on the 'wit' part.  I am pretty tried and true when it comes to my English pronunciation.  

If you haven't gotten 'gingham with it' this summer, you're about to!  Gingham is all the rage and I love a good trend.  I first noticed this trend a couple months ago but couldn't decide just how I wanted to approach it (yes, this is my inner monologue when it comes to fashion.).  I spotted this Equipment blouse originally in the cami form and really loved it--however, I thought it might make more sense to get it with sleeves for the cooler days.  So I went with the same print, different style, still by Equipment

Since I have been living in these J Brand white denim pants, they were the obvious choice to pair with a white and black top.  I also love the crisp look white pants provide.  I added my black suede stilettos (which are a great staple black pair of heels), and my other new addition to my wardrobe: a See by Chloé purse.  Could this purse be more fabulous?!  I snatched up this purse when Net-A-Porter was having their massive sale. It's a beautiful summer piece, with its pastel yellow and simple refined style.   

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently got my hair cut!  I had been waiting some time to get my hair colored and cut and boy, does it feel good!  This length is super new to me. . . I have almost exclusively been a long-haired gal.  (Except when I went through the Jennifer Aniston 'Rachel' phase--don't lie you did it too #goodtimes.)  Anyways, I am thrilled with the look and love the lightweight feel.  Stay tuned for a hair post coming soon! 

Have a great week Everyone and get this look below!

Top: Equipment , Denim: J BrandStilettos: Jean-Michel Cazabat, Purse: See by Chloé, Bowzer bracelet: Marrin CostelloStacked rings: Stella and Dot




Accessories from the Nordstrom Sale

The Nordstrom sale is still going strong and I've pulled my favorite accessories from designers such as Alexis Bittar, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rebecca Minkoff.  Click through images below!

'Tillie Camping' + Nordstrom's Big Sale!

romper, topshop, nordstrom anniversay sale, havianas, summer, summer style, shop, lair of the bear, camp blue, cal alumni
romper, topshop, nordstrom anniversay sale, havianas, summer, summer style, shop, lair of the bear, camp blue, cal alumni
romper, topshop, nordstrom anniversay sale, havianas, summer, summer style, shop, lair of the bear, camp blue, cal alumni
romper, topshop, nordstrom anniversay sale, havianas, summer, summer style, shop, lair of the bear, camp blue, cal alumni

And I'm in the woods!  Normally, it's My Stiletto Life,  but sometimes, even a diva like me has to 'let it go' and slip on a pair of Havianas.  When I first spotted this romper, I immediately knew I had to try it--it arrived and fit like a glove and it's very reasonably priced.  Thank you Topshop via Nordstrom!  Topshop always has adorable pieces that don't break the bank.  

Since I was 'Tillie Camping,' I put my hair in a loose-side braid and got these sunglasses at the camp store (9 dollars!) and pranced around camp all night in this coral number.  This was the perfect look for a fun night in the woods (at least for a fashionista like me!).  If you're curious about where I go camping it's called Lair of the Golden Bear--it's a family camp centered around University of California, Berkeley and it's a whole lot of fun for kids and adults alike.  

If you like my look above, see the romper, sandals, and more summer pieces below! 

Wearing: Romper: Topshop, Sandals: Havianas, Glasses: Lair of the Bear (similar here).


"I don't like sales:" said no one ever.  Well except maybe Debbie Downer--but I think even she would get down with this sale!

Drumroll please! It's hereeeeeeeee: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and there are some amazing pieces with some major markdowns!  Take a look at my curated look book (for women and men!) below or click-through and find your favorite pieces!

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!