case of the mondays.

express blouse; zara skirt; kate spade nylon tote; juicy couture bracelet; pour la victoire suede pumps

The general consensus: Mondays suck.  It means back to school or work for most and a whole ‘nother five days until it’s the weekend again.  And while we can’t escape the beginning of the week, we can certainly lessen the blow with some kickass heels.  With another long week ahead, these bright red suede pumps will surely help me start it off on the right foot.

short + slouchy.

h&m sweater; j. crew chino shorts; cynthia vincent x target wedges; juicy couture necklace
michael kors watch; j. crew i.d. bracelet; madewell friendship bracelet

This year, I’m determined to dress like it’s autumn, even though the season only lasts about two weeks in Arizona.  So when I found this lightweight, oversized sweater at H&M, I knew I had to have it.

You would think that a tiny person in huge clothes would look ridic.  Well, you’re partially right.

Although the top pretty much consumes me, I threw in a few tricks to make sure I wasn’t swallowed whole.  I tucked in a corner of the sweater so I didn’t look like I was walking around pantless (pretty key, unless your name is Gaga).  It’s easy for the shorts to disappear behind all that fabric, but I prefer the bagginess to be balanced with something short and crisp.  The statement necklace breaks up the sea of blue and the wedges give me some much needed height.  The end result: comfy and chic combined.

first signs of fall.

rachel by rachel roy blouse; f21 dress; rosegold heels; juicy couture wrap bracelet; erin wasson x low luv bangle

Considering I live in Arizona where the temp doesn’t drop until November, I use the term “fall” pretty loosely.  But even though we’re still in the triple digits, there are hints of autumn all around (Sbux Pumpkin Spice Latte!).  From aisles of Halloween candy to racks full of coats (I start sweating just at the thought of outerwear in this weather), I can’t help but feel it’s time to put away the flip flops.

I’m left in a limbo of stylistic sorts.  It’s too hot to fully embrace fall fashion, but it’s too late in the year to be prancing around in a tank top and cut-off denim.  So after playing around in my closet last week, I accidentally concocted what might be the perfect solution.  I combined a lightweight frock (you can’t see it, but the cut of the upper half totally reads summer sundress) with a boldly patterned button-up shirt (last seen here).  Finally, the best of both worlds!

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