work + play.

workzara cardigan; f21 top; anthropologie skirt; coach clutch

Working hard or hardly working?  That’s what my mother always jokingly (or maybe seriously …) asks me when I visit.  My standard answer: both.

The balance between work and play (with a slight tip toward the latter) is at the top of my priority list and fostering that business/pleasure equilibrium involves wearing outfits that transition easily from day to night.

Per usual, my 9-to-5 uniform starts with a skirt, but this time with a playful geometric pattern in a neutral palette.  I threw on a deep red boyfriend cardigan for a pop of color, classic closed-toe pumps, and a buttery yellow clutch.

playf21 top + belt; anthropologie skirt; gifted clutch;  l.a.m.b. heels

After punching out, it’s time to play!  Happy hour, dinner with friends — you name it, I’m there.  The switch involves removing the cardigan, playing up the waist with a wide belt, and kicking off the pumps in exchange for some killer heels.  The darker clutch (thanks B!) ushers the pop of red into my nighttime look.

Now that we’re ready to hit the town … is it 5 o’clock yet?

easy does it.

josh brody dress; ray-ban aviators; michael by michael kors clutch; rosegold heels

Summer is the time to kick back and get a little free spirited. It’s a time when the only reading to do is for leisure and the only items on the agenda involve travels and adventures. It’s already one month into summer break (time flies!) and I’ve been embracing the easy spirit with a loose dress, wavy hair, and big ol’ shades. Hope you’re enjoying it as much I am!

lemon lime.

express skirt; rosegold heels; juicy couture wallet/clutch

For over a year now, I’ve had this neon green skirt sitting in my closet without any idea what to do with it. When I bought it online, the color was called “citronelle” and it didn’t look nearly as intense as it does in person (even the picture doesn’t do it justice). So for a year, I let it sit in my closet while it taunted me with its radioactive glow.

I finally decided to take a stab at incorporating the skirt into an outfit by balancing the intensity of the neon with neutral pieces. Paired with a dark gray top and my new favorite cut-out nude heels (perfect for elongating the legs), the neutrals let the neon shine without blinding any bystanders.

A neon outfits is definitely manageable when tamed with the right neutral pieces. And my favorite neutral accessory happens to be furry and scurrying through the bottom photo.