The Cape Blazer

9.01.2015

Lavish Alice cape blazer c/o ASOS, American Apparel racerback tank, Lovers + Friends boyfriend shorts, Vince Camuto crossbody bag, And Other Stories sunglasses, PacSun necklace, Antique rings, Schutz boots. Shot by Isaac Lacey. 


While the thought of Fall is enticing (cooler temps, cozy sweaters, knee-high boots), I'm still trying to hold on to every last bit of summer that I possibly can... and this seems to be reflected most in my wardrobe decisions. I'm not ready to say goodbye to my cutoffs and tank tops, so right now I'm all about finding that balance by slowly incorporating subtle layers and chic close-toed shoes into my looks. 

One of my must-haves for in-between seasons? A lightweight blazer. So when ASOS reached out to me to style one from their collection I was super quick to jump on board. Between sleeveless styles, cropped numbers, funky prints and cape blazers like the one I'm wearing above, there are so many original pieces to get you excited for Fall. Plus you can never go wrong in crisp white while you're still sporting that summer tan!
xL

A-Lined

8.29.2015


See by Chloe tank, Button-front A-line denim skirt c/o American Apparel, Vintage hat, Old Navy bucket bag, Jennifer Fisher gypsy ring, Zara gladiators (similar here). Shot by Isaac Lacey.


September is almost here, and with that in mind I've been trying to get the most wear out of a few wardrobe items that I know won't transition well into Fall. Top on my list are summery sandals, like these lace-up gladiators, which I'll surely be swapping out for boots soon. On the other hand, there are also a ton of items in my closet which I know I'll be wearing far into the new season, and this denim A-line skirt is no exception. Button-front skirts are undeniably having their moment in the fashion spotlight and as a lover of all things denim, this one was calling my name. Wear it now with sandals and a loose tank, then rock it later with a cozy cropped sweater and knee-high boots. The possibilities are endless!
xL

Secret Summer Soirées

8.26.2015

The Reformation dress (thrifted via Wasteland), Sandals (last seen here) and bag c/o Coach. Shot by Isaac Lacey at Secret Summer NYC. Group shot: Hanging with Erica Lavelanet,  Kai Stamps, Jamal Jackson and Landon Mcgregor


With summer quickly coming to an end, it's only natural to look back at some of your favorite memories of the season. Those long days at the beach, that sweaty rooftop party, the sunny afternoons spent lounging in the park with a bottle of rosé...

The snaps above were taken at one especially memorable event, Secret Summer NYC, a Midsummer Night's Dream-themed cocktail and food festival that happened earlier this month at The Foundry in LIC, Queens. I tossed on this lightweight Reformation dress that I thrifted in Los Angeles, my roommate & hairstylist Shane Thomas helped me with a quick, romantic updo to deal with the heat (here's an easy how-to if you're interested), and I grabbed my favorite date (and photographer) to sample summery cocktails by brands like Cachaca 51 & Herradura Tequila, feast on unlimited oysters & farm-to-table eats, and listen to ragtime while hanging out in beautiful, ivy-lined courtyards. All in all, a day well spent!
What are some of your favorite summer memories?
xL

Pattern Play

8.24.2015

Zara embellished jacket (similar here), Mossimo blouse, House of Harlow pom pom trim shorts (last seen here), Abercrombie hat (similar here), Alexander Wang Brenda crossbody bag, Lace-up wedges c/o ASOS. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


I bought this jacket on sale at Zara about two years ago, and it's still one of my favorite Summer layering pieces. The intricate, embellished pattern made the jacket look vintage from the get-go, and it only seems to get better with wear. I'm also always on the lookout for ways to pair different prints together, and this one seems to go with everything. 

My key to making mixed prints work? Pair smaller, intricate designs with bolder, larger prints (stripes, polka dots, or even a tribal print like these shorts). You can also try to match things up using similar color themes and tones. But most importantly, don't be afraid to experiment! You might surprise yourself with the results...
xL

Somedays Beachin'

8.21.2015

Somedays Lovin' bikini top, The Reformation maxi skirt, Free People boater hat (similar here) Leaf headpiece c/o Wren and Glory, Abercrombie sandals. Shot by Isaac Lacey on Rockaway Beach. 


Need I dedicate another blog post to the beach? I figure it's Friday... so why not? It is my happy place after all. No matter what coast I'm on or country I'm in, no matter whether I'm standing on sand or rocky shores, just plop me by the ocean and I'll be fully at ease. Honestly, my life is pretty much spent searching for the next beach to lay on. Not sure if that's depressing or actually the perfect way to live.

Anyway, it's probably not surprising then that I'll be taking off shortly to the Rockaways to have a mini staycation at an Airbnb that I rented with Isaac and a few friends! And even though it's only a stone's throw away from Brooklyn, I'm eager to be back seaside. Sometimes the shortest trips are the most memorable. 
xL