Fall Ankle Boots

Like any true romantic, fall makes me reach for dark, floral patterns and feminine details. To balance out that vibe, I occasionally drift toward something a little more rugged like these Hinge ankle boots from Nordstrom. The side slit had me at hello and is a great update to a classic boot. They look great with jeans or bare ankles. Since the weather has only just started to feel like fall, I took advantage of the opportunity to wear these boots with bare legs. And when I can top off a look with my floppy hat, I am pretty much in own personal fall heaven. I wore this outfit (sans hat) to my sorority’s alumnae association founder’s day celebration. It was equal parts comfy and cool-girl dressy for a relaxed yet special occasion fall brunch.

Details:
Hinge Angle Boots via Nordstrom (Currently 33%Off)
Last Year’s Billabong Dress via Nordstrom (Similar)
Last Year’s Hat via Pavement (Similar)
Charming Charlie Necklace (Similar)
Kate Spade Purse (Similar)
Old Rayban Wayfarers (Similar)

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Black and White Print Dress

Details: Banana Republic Factory Dress / Gap Shirt / Halogen Flats / Target Necklace

I hope 2017 is going well for you so far. I accomplished my first “first” of the year. I went indoor rock climbing over the weekend. It was an amazing experience. I was filled with adrenaline and pride in myself for overcoming my fears. I have to admit I was really scared. I have a bad fear of heights. I could barely get up the wall at first. Putting your safety in someone else’s hands when you’re really scared is hard to do. The nice thing is that you get to be the person holding the rope too. Once you figure out how it all works it’s a lot less scary. Over time I gained confidence and was trying some of the more challenging walls.

Luckily, getting dressed in the morning in not as stressful as rock climbing — especially when you can wear a dress to work. Dresses are the best go tos for the office because they can often times be more comfortable than pants and are much more stylish. This dress in particular is a great staple because the black and white pattern goes with any color and any season. For the colder days ahead, I wanted to try wearing my ballet flats with tights. This dress was the perfect opportunity to test out this look because of its simplicity. I love how the contrast of black and pink turned out.

Annapolis Trip

Details: H&M Dress / Baublebar Earrings / Coach Purse / Jack Rogers Sandals 

At the end of June, the boyfriend and I went to Annapolis, one of our favorite cities. We go almost every year. The downtown area of the city is so charming with its classic blue, yellow, red and white houses with gorgeous porch gardens and wreaths adorning almost every door. The restaurants and bars are an eclectic mix of Irish pubs, seafood restaurants and newer concepts such as a sushi joint and taco place. Here is last year’s guide to Annapolis including specific shopping and restaurant suggestions.

This year we split our time between Annapolis, Arlington, D.C. and Baltimore to see friends and family. We saw a great exhibit at the American History Museum on the flag from the War of 1812 that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner.” It was awesome! I highly recommend it. I tried a great restaurant in Arlington called Fig and Olive. And I got to watch the Cavs win a championship with my sister. All in all it was a great trip.

One of my favorite outfits from the weekend was this H&M dress. I think the blue and white pattern is perfect for summer and will look even better once I have a tan. The wide ruffle at the top is a great flirty detail.

While in Baltimore, I found my hat soulmate, spirit animal and partner in crime if I ever go to the Kentucky Derby….

Flag at the Naval Academy

Downtown Annapolis Harbor

Me doing a handstand in front of the Washington Monument

White and Floral Print

I got this dress at Old Navy Factory store for Easter. It’s spring pattern seemed like the perfect fit for that time of year. Since then I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it for special events such as my sister’s White Coat ceremony in Baltimore and my other sister’s Bridal Shower in Cleveland. In this picture, I try to take it from special occasion dress to every day work dress by layering a white button down under it. This button down is a no iron blouse that I got at Marshalls for $16. So far it has lived up to its name. I can definitely see this outfit working for fall with a cardigan, tights and booties.

Details: Old Navy dress / Jennifer Grace shirt / Nine West heels / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff

One Jersey Dress, Two Ways

I’m sure you have a piece or two in your closet that leads a double life. This dress with its sporty cut and jersey material is especially adept at shape shifting from casual to dressy. Just swap out a few accessories and I’ve gone from baseball game to dinner and drinks without much effort. What versatile piece do you rely on in your wardrobe?

Casual: Banana Republic dress, Old Navy jean jacket, Chuck Taylors, Stella and Dot earrings

Dressy: Banana Republic dress, Ily Couture necklace, Stella and Dot earrings, Tommy Hilfiger shoes, Coach purse

A Perfect Dress

 This dress comes pretty close to perfect in my opinion. It has so many of the elements I look for a in a dress. When I saw it at the H&M in Georgetown, the sophisticated cut of the skater skirt with fitted bodice was something I couldn’t easily put down. I like how the skirt is high on the sides giving it that flirty edge, while the neckline is prim and proper. And the print? It’s just so fun and makes the skater skirt and high neckline look modern. The test of wearability? I wore this to my sister’s bachelorette party and out to dinner, and I have to say it performed equally well in both situations.

Details: H&M dress / TJ Maxx necklace / Tommy Hilfiger via TJ Maxx shoes / Target bracelets

Cat Woman

Although I love my Mad Hatter costume and its accompanying hat that I shed blood and tears over, this would be a nice outfit to wear on Halloween if I were going to a fancy party. Hint, hint. I want to go to a fancy party. Someone please invite me to a fancy party so I have an excuse to buy this dress! When I came across it the other day, I was instantly obsessed with the print. It goes beyond the usual animal print and the result is quirky and fun without being something only an 11-year old would wear. Typical Anthropologie genius! I think the print could be used for just about anything, but in the form of this perfectly girly dress, it’s the cat’s pajamas.