wedge you say?

Happy summer solstice!  It’s the first day of summer (ha!) and the longest day of the year.  So let’s celebrate with my official summer shoe: the wedge!  I love wedges because they amp up any day outfit, but are equally wearable into the night.  They’re usually slightly easier to walk around in than heels and make just as much of a statement.

1. Steve Madden Riddgge Wedge — $69.50 (was $99.95)
2. Forever 21 Tribal Weave Wedge — $25.80
3. Jessica Simpson Tamandy Wedge — $59.99 (was $89)
4. Betsey Johnson Byrne Wedge — $99.99 (was $200)
5. Seychelles Purr Wedge — $89 (was $100)
6. Aldo Goodstein Wedge — $100
7. Mea Shadow Medea Wedge — $109.95
8. Steve Madden Fantsikl Leopard Wedge — $69.96 (was $99.95)
9. Coconuts Quigley Print Wedge — $44.95

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?

what the frock?

Nothing says summertime like a patterned frock.  Whether it’s floral, tribal, or graphic, printed day dresses are easy to throw on and even more fun to oogle.  Can I have them all, please?

1. Collective Concepts Print Shirtdress — $78
2. Lulu’s Konnichiwa Pretty Pink Dress — $39
3. Lulu’s Peggy Sioux Tribal Print Dress — $40
4. Forever 21 Dots & Doves Woven Dress — $22.80
5. Volcom All Together Now Tube Dress — $39.50
6. Rachel by Rachel Roy Sleeveless Sashed Dress — $109
7. Forever 21 Woven Flora Paisley Dress — $19.80
8. Forever 21 Watercolor Tribal Print Dress — $10.50