personal style

Palms

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From the beginning of summer I’ve been crushing on palm prints. No secret that I’m a fan of summer and tropical places, and when I wear the print I’m instantly put in a better mood! Bright colors, flowy skirt, and a light material that isn’t too heavy for those tropical temps! I love this dress, dying over this romper, and how adorable are these espadrilles! I wish that it wasn’t already August because I don’t know if I can transition these into the snowy months! But maybe. Or maybe I’ll just have to plan lots of tropical getaways!

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Dress, One Clothing via TJ Maxx (similar) / Heels, Nine West (here) / Blazer, J.Crew (love this) / Clutch, Steve Madden (similar) / Earrings, Ann Taylor (here) / Bracelets, Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Fornash

Solids

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I love prints. My closet is filled with mostly prints so putting together an outfit of solids isn’t as easy as one would think. But, as much as I love prints, this outfit reminded me of how much I love simple, staple, solid pieces. This skirt is a long pencil skirt from J.Crew which has become a regular in my 9-5 rotation. And this racerback silk cami, another J.Crew buy, I can’t seem to get enough of. I have a million outfits spinning through my mind where I can wear it… to a picnic, on a date night, or just running errands. (And I love it so much that I bought it in a print!) And lastly my shoes… my new shoes that I have to give the boy credit for since he told me to go with these beauties… which were 50% off. So yeah, he gives pretty good advice… I’ll keep him around ;)!

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Skirt, J.Crew (here) / Racerback Cami, J.Crew Factory (here) / Heels, Ann Taylor (here ON SALE!) / Ring, BaubleBar (here) / Purse, Kate Spade (here) / Watch, Coach (here)

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Sun Deco

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I saw this dress on J.Crew Factory’s site and immediately had to buy it. Screw my “no shopping for a while” promise to myself, this dress needed to be in my closet. Plus it was the perfect dress to pack for my whirlwind of graduation trips! The color, the sporadic print of art deco beach scenes, and the fact that it is beyond comfortable… this dress very well may be my new favorite! I can’t wait to dress it more casually with flip-flops and my panama hat or continue to play on the lilacs, corals, blacks and reds in the dress!

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Dress, J.Crew Factory (love this one) / Shoes, DV by Dolce Vita (here) / Necklace, gifted (similar) / Wallet, Tory Burch (here) / Rings, Hammered, Leaf, Jewel, Pink, Midi / Lipstick, Chanel 129 (here)

New Shoes

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Back in D.C! What a crazy jam packed couple of weeks I’ve had, and it feels so good to be home, but it was worth it! Graduations were great, the conference was inspirational, and now I have a to-do list that puts any little kid’s Christmas wish list to shame! I saw the top HR leaders in the industry speak, I listened to Robin Roberts, David Novak, Tom Friedman and Laura Bush give inspiring messages and now it’s my turn to take the reigns and do something to give back. Pay it forward.

But first, let me talk about these shoes.

When I got this box on mail day, I couldn’t even wait until I was in the elevator. I opened these babes outside of my apartment building, took them out in the elevator and was wearing them walking into my apartment. White, black and gold. Lace up and they’re comfortable! What is there not too love?!

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Shoes, Dolce Vita (here) / Skirt, Ann Taylor (similar) / Peplum, Forever21 (tank, long sleeve) / Purse, Michael Kors (similar) / Necklace, Stella & Dot (love this one) / Earrings, HoH (here)

Brights

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Lots of colors. Because I like colorful outfits. A lot.

Isn’t it funny how at the beginning of the warm season in DC, if it reaches 70 everyone dresses like it’s 90 out. Yup I’m guilty! And I’m also guilty of being somewhat jealous of the heat wave that struck through LA. (All you bloggers I follow, I’m talking about you!) When are we getting 80, 85, 90 degrees?

In the meantime I’m pretending that it’s 90 out in these bright colors. Bring on the neons, shorts and panama hats!

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Shorts, Vince Camuto (similar) / Shirt, Banana Republic (similar) / Necklace, [gifted] JewelMint (love this one) / Purse, J.Crew (similar) / Jean Jacket, Old Navy (here) / Nails, OPI “Live. Love. Carnaval” / Hammered Ring, Midi Rings, Elephant Gold Ring

Disco

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My brother made fun of me the minute I walked into my parents house in this outfit. There were some definite jokes about the 70s but I’m over the jokes from my brothers at this point- that’s what brothers are for. What I’m not over is jumpsuits. I now have a growing collection hanging in my closet and I can’t seem to get enough! I love that, like dresses, they’re an instant outfit. I love the way they’re easily dressed up or down, can be worn to a variety of events and they’re surprisingly very comfortable. When I blogged about my black jumpsuit I talked about how they’re a little difficult to find one that fits correctly, but if you have some time to try them on- go! I promise you, you will want to keep jumping into them as well!

P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Hope you’re having a marg tonight to celebrate!

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Jumpsuit, Forever21 (similar) / Belt, Forever21 (similar) / Jacket, Old Navy (similar) / Shoes, BCBGeneration (here) / Sunglasses, Ray Ban (here) / Rings, (love this stack) / Purse, Michael Kors (here) / Bracelet, Michael Kors (here ON SALE) / Nails, Essie “Go Ginza

Easter Sunday

Put down that peep. You have had enough.

Just kidding! Eat as much of your Easter candy as you can without getting sick! I’m not judging!

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter yesterday and a great weekend. I went home to my parents house had breakfast, opened my Easter basket and went to mass with my mom,  younger sister and brother. With my older sister’s wedding in a week, and some unfortunate family news, Easter was different than past years, but one that made me appreciate family that much more. I did a lot of reflecting on my drive back to Arlington and I truly am so blessed. I have a big family & sometimes it’s hard not to get lost in the mix, but when something comes up you have such a support system- and regardless of how strong you are,  you need that support system. Stop and take a minute not to ask for anything from Him, but simply say thank you for all that you have.

I have a busy week ahead and I’m so excited for all the wedding festivities so follow along!

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P.S. My Easter bunny stuffed my basket with goodies!!

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Skirt, J.Crew Factory (similar) / Crop Top, Soprano via Nordstrom (here) / Heels, Jimmy Choo (here) / Necklace, Baublebar (here) / Moto Jacket, ASTR (similar) / Sunglasses, Kate Spade (similar)

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NY Harbor

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This past weekend was a great weekend spend between Long Island and Manhattan, New York! My brother attends the Merchant Marine Academy so my family and I headed up there to spend time with him. I wore this outfit to the parade and it was the best decision I could have made for the weather! This leopard romper was an impulse buy and super comfortable and easily transitioned from day to night. It was a great weekend and ladies… he’s single! 😉

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Romper, Bebe (similar)/ Blazer, Gap (here)/ Shoes, Michael Kors (here ON SALE)/ Purse, Tory Burch (here)/ Ring, Forever21 (similar)/ Watch, Akribos via RueLaLa/ Bracelets, Kate Spade/ Sunglasses, Forever21 (here) / Nails, OPI “Flashbulb Fuchsia”

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