a sentiment about personal style

Here’s a little style inspo’ brought to you by Pinterest (follow me!)  and the some good ol’ bloggies I love.  I’ve been doing a lot of online window shopping (not sure if that’s a thing?) lately, and I’ve realized how much of an outfit is about the styling.  Upon first consideration, a person’s personal style may seem to be comprised of their clothing, accessory and jewelry taste- that is, the individual pieces they decide to purchase and add to their closet.  However, I’ve realized that there is an entirely other level of personal style, and that is composition.  How a person choses to pair up the items in their style library is what truly defines their persona.*

At any rate, composition is the critical factor in creating one’s “personal style”.  Whether it’s calculated or organic, personal style can say a lot about someone, for your clothing is almost always the first thing that strangers notice about you and can leave a lasting impression.  To quote a famously girly, fashion-savvy, over-the-top, amazing movie…

“Don’t you know that you are working at the place that published some of the greatest artists of the century?  Halston, Lagerfeld, de la Renta. And what they did, what they created was greater than art because you live your life in it.” –The Devil Wears Prada

Couldn’t have said it better, Nigel.  I rest my case.

*save the days where this filtering process leaves us with nothing but non-matching sweats and bare feet…those are personal style holidays, I think. (again, not sure if that is actually a thing.)


Okay, it’s time for me to stop skirting around the issue……       (ha. ha.)…I used to dash away any possibility of my maxi-skirt-ability.  UNTIL NOW.  I have recently become  obsessed with the idea of sporting one of these floor length babies.  It’s the perfect outfit component for a breezier summer day, and so easy to adjust for night!  And what I love about the maxi skirt is it’s all about how you style it.  Now onto the photo inspiration…

{blush colored}
{bright + tight}{red + tapered}

What do you think of the maxi skirt trend?  How would you wear it?


The “Little White Dress” is a summer staple.  Something that can be dressed up or down based on the occasion; thrown over a bikini and paired with flip flops for the beach or jazzed up with some sparkly jewelry and wedges for a dinner out.  So why don’t I own one?  Hmmm, the official mission to change that begins now…

outfit envy

{mustard+navy/white stripes+classic brown clutch}
{nude lace+soft white+pale blue denim}
{floral jeans+bright nails+grown-up jellies}

{oversized striped blazer+casual jersey tee+retro sunnies}{pale pink+white}
{orange+blue/white stripes+classic shoulder bag+gold jewelry}{painted floral denim cutoffs+black belt+cozy sweater}{neutral wide stripe sweater+preppy pants}
{polka dots+polka dots+polka dots}{bright yellow+muted grey+white jeans+bling}{girly pastel skirt+chunky white cable knit+floppy hat}

[images via here, here, pinterest, & tumblr]

Set It Up Right

Here are a few quick shots of my post-show outfit for tonight- the last UpCloseOnHope of the season!  I’ll be wearing my new Joie top (which happens to be the softest shirt I have EVER felt), my new Lucky jeans, the infamous stilt-like Kimchi Blue wedges, a Juicy Couture multi-chain chocker necklace, and a silver Tiffany’s cuff.  I’ve been loving the pajamas-in-public trend lately (see here and here), and the buttery softness of this top combined with the double chest pockets give the effect of relaxed jammie style without being quite so literal.

{The title of this post is also the title of the piece I’ll be dancing tonight.  It’s a contemporary ballet piece set to The Vitamin String Quartet’s rendition of several different Lady Gaga songs.  I know…awesome, right?}


{CC top, UO bralette & necklace, Hudson shorts, Coach Bag, TOMS shoes}

Apparently, this is what it looks like when I go antiquing.  Casual, comfy, color blocking.   I love this tank for a whole plethora of reasons…it’s softer than your favorite blanky, it’s my favorite shade of heather-y grey, it’s oh-so-swingy and loose and perfect for lazy days, and, if you squint your eyes really hard at the last photo, you can see that it swoops waaaay down in the back.  Love love love.