haute hippie

HAPPY thursday chickens!  I hope you all had a fabulous day.  This is just a quick little post about a new skirt I’m completely and utterly obsessed with pretty fond of.  I snatched this Haute Hippie beauty up last night and I’ve already tried it on with several different toptions (see what I did there? combined top + options into one word…genius I know it).  I love it for a whole bunch of fun reasons: 1. The colors are amazing.  My poor quality photo does not do it justice, so please check this out.  2. The fit is almost too good.  It’s short, it’s tight, it sits low on the hips, yet somehow it evades that whole “I just stepped off a pole” thing.  Always a plus in my book.  3. Remember my recent creation of the word toptions?  This skirt is surprisingly versatile, people.  I cannot wait to wear it to the final Up Close On Hope after party Saturday night.  Curious to see which toption I’ll choose?!  Stay tuned…

style inspiration

denim shirt + blazer + eggplant cords
layered pea coats + beanie
solid neutrals
all black + stripesrolled up varsity jacket + fitted green cargosstructured jacket + a pop of redblazer + stripes+ ballet flats + skinny jeans
retro sunnies + statement jacketnavy/tomato/camel stripes + leather skirt
tweed + lace + delicate gold necklaces
layered tops + detailed back mini
bright cozy knit + aviators
button-up + sweater + cuffed camel pants

Here’s a little outfit inspiration, brought to you by my unhealthy obsession with Pinterest.  Enjoy!

the color of the season

Happy October 1st, everyone!  I’d like to start off the year’s spookiest month with a little discussion about this season’s most gruesome new hue: oxblood.  Also known as maroon/burgundy amongst the squeamish, this deep brownish red is EVERYWHERE right now.  From blazers to sneakers, oxblood is coating the fashion industry with a thick layer of its rich hue, bringing an element of drama to everything it touches.  As for me, I’d like to try out the trend with some oxblood tinted jeans or maybe even a burgundy felt hat?  How would you wear fall’s most popular color?

flower power

I was feeling pretty groovy in this flower power top from H&M today.  There’s something about the juxtaposition of the retrograde pattern on such a crisp silhouette that just radiates cool.  H&M, you’ve done it once again, providing trendy, uniquely current pieces that have true staying power.  Which means I can rock the flower power without feeling like I just raided Marcia Brady’s closet…score.

scenes from nyfw

Just a few of my favorite detail shots from New York Fashion Week, courtesy of Jak & Jil.  I love the retro vibe in the first photo of the girl in all blue, and how amazing are those gingham slingbacks?!  Then there is Olivia Palermo, who can do no wrong.  Gorgeous.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous week!  I am so happy to be back at work, but my bruised toenails would probably beg to differ…

cashmere and chai

{yoon sweater, free people tunic, frye sandals, marc jacobs crossbody, ray-ban clubmasters}

It is reeeaallly feeling like fall here in Providence!  I must say, as much as I love warm weather and tank tops, I cannot help but miss my cozy sweaters and knee-high boots during those sweaty summer months.  Today I “bundled up” with this ultra soft cashmere cropped sweater by Yoon (last seen here) thrown over my favorite Free People tunic.  Honestly, this dress was without a doubt my most frequently worn item of this summer- I swear I just kept reaching for it over and over, and it never got old.  I can’t wait to bring it into fall with boots, jackets, sweaters, and heels.  Of course the vanilla chai is a mandatory accessory!

What makes you excited for fall?

today

Today I walked the streets of downtown Providence…

…took a moment to enjoy the urban beauty in this alley way…
…shopped around Craftland and admired their window displays……sipped hot tea, drew on chalkboard walls and played Connect Four and Crossword Cubes…
…spotted some of Shepard Fairey’s legendary street art…
…and bought some fun new hoops at Queen of Hearts on Westminster.

It was a good day, to say the least.  Tomorrow is my last full day of summer before the new season starts and it’s back to the studio.  Such a bittersweet feeling…sad to see summer end but hopeful for this upcoming year.  Due to my increasingly superb procrastination skills, it looks like tomorrow will be spent sewing various ballet shoes.  Wishing you all a fantastic Monday!

xx

duck walk

One of the tell-tale signs of a ballet dancer is that unmistakable “duck walk”.  Do you know what I’m talking about? That toes-to-the-sides, awkwardly-outturned-hips strut that can only be acquired through years of pliés and ponchés?  Well, now the duck walk (or at least the bunhead behind it) is entering into the world of high fashion.  It’s mode of transportation?  Why, these pointe shoe poser Chloé ballet flats, of course.

The soft leather shoes feature a square tip and a ribbon-mimicking ankle-crossing strap, both very reminiscent of the shoes that keep ballerinas like myself on our toes every day.  With an assortment of ballet themed color options, Chloé’s expert design has finally made it possible for everyone to feel like the sugar plum fairy, tiara and 32 fouettés optional.

8 things i want this autumn

Seeing as it is officially September and all, (when did that happen?!???), I thought I’d share with you 8 items I’m dreaming of adding to my closet as the air gets just a tad crisper…

  1. A high-neck, a-line, well-tailored LBD.  AKA The modern-day Audrey Hepburn dress.
  2. A fun-patterned, neutral-colored raincoat.  I walk to work.  ‘Nuff said.
  3. Sneakers that my eyes like as much as my feet do.  Dancer probs.
  4. This exact backpack.  (Or one very very similar, for picnics and adventures to museums and such.)
  5. Many, many more peplum shirts.  I’ve yet to purchase one with any form of sleeves…
  6. Ankle-strap flats.  This is such a cute detail for dresses/skirts and cropped jeans.
  7. A thin studded cuff.  To add just a touch of badass to every outfit.
  8. Patterned mini with accent pockets.  I love how the garment is small, so the pockets become the focal point.

Besides apple cider and pumpkin pie, what are you craving this fall?