The Classics With Miss Me

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It’s been raining like crazy in SF lately, which is kind of uncharacteristic for here. We typically get extreme fog and overcast dreary days, but not too many torrential downpours (it’s actually rained for a week straight!). I’m trying to stick to neutral basics when I head out in the rain, so jeans, boots and breezy blouses with rain coats have been my go-to. These Miss Me jeans are so comfortable and they go with literally everything. Paired with my trusty white Equipment blouse and a sweater for added comfort, this is my work look as of late.

Speaking of trusty basics, the other day I went through my closet and found I have 17 pairs of pants… And the majority (like, vast majority) of them are blue or black jeans. What can I say — they just go with everything! Basics like these Miss Me jeans, this Equipment blouse and this plain white waffled J.Crew sweater are the way to go in the colder months. When it’s chilly in the morning and I’m getting ready, I don’t want to have to think about what patterns go with what or how fancy I can get — I want to reach for something cozy, classic and basic that will look great throughout the day.

Speaking of wearing a look throughout the day, the holiday season brings so many events after the work day is over. These Miss Me jeans can be dressed up so easily from work to night — especially with this gold jewelry from their new line with Dominique Cohen. From work to holiday parties, happy hours or events, these jeans can be dressed up or down.

What are your go-to winter basics? Do you have an extensive jean collection like me?

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T-Shirt Weather

I’d say that I definitely tend to shy on the side of being a little overdressed for life – I walk that line between moderate and severe dressiness. As much as I love a great, put-together and well thought out outfit, that isn’t always realistic. I’ve come to learn the importance of being able to pull off a variety of looks – you should feel comfortable walking out of your house in jeans and a t-shirt and feel great about yourself. I’ve always said that the measure of great style is being able to look just as great in jeans and a tee as you do when you’re dressed up for an event with a big dress and full face of makeup. My version of jeans and a tee right now is spiced up with some great shades, a comfy vest in the perfect fall shade and classic ballet flats. I love that we’re in that stage of fall where you can leave the house in a long sleeved tee + vest!

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ray ban sunglasses // gap tee // nordstrom savvy vest // 7FAM jeans // j.crew ballet flats (on sale!) // tory burch bag

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The Blues

I’m a huge lover of navy blue. I treat it like black in my wardrobe, and frankly I probably wear navy more than I do black. It’s so preppy but at the same time can be so cool, especially when you pair different navy pieces together – that’s so chic. I didn’t mean to, but yesterday I walked out of my closet in head-to-toe navy, and it just felt so right. Remember yesterday’s talk about comfort zones? Yep, navy is definitely mine. Some of my favorite details in this outfit: the leather embellishments on my tee (I’m dying) and the slight, dainty peplum on this tweed jacket. I love that the peplum trend has calmed down (severe peplums make me feel like a whale) and this jacket has just the right amount. Also, side note, can we talk about how beautiful the colors on my campus are right now? Those changing leaves behind me are the sole reason that I love fall. Oh, and fall fashion is pretty great too, I guess…

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photography by josh erickson

zara top with leather pockets // j.crew factory tweed peplum jacket (on major sale!) // samantha wills aries necklace c/o // j.crew minnie pants // burberry watch // tory burch reva flats (not pictured)

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Comfort Zones

One of the most interesting parts of fashion has to do with comfort zones – either your clothes make you extremely comfortable or they push you to new places you didn’t think you would go. The longer I’ve been a fashion blogger, the more I’ve realized that a truly great outfit combines both of these things – being secure in what you’re wearing while also testing your boundaries. Black is definitely my comfort zone, but adding a few richly colored accessories like purples and greens (especially a hat – hats are completely new to me) tests my boundaries in all the right ways.

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nordstrom hat // free people dress (similar// h&m scarf // uniqlo leather jacket // daniel wellington watch c/o // gap tights // boutique boots

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I’m Inspired By…

Some days when I wake up in Washington, look outside my window, and see how grey and dreary the day is, I need some added inspiration. Pinterest is my main source, and some nights I’ll spend an hour scrolling through everything just feeling the fashion, art and incredible homes. Here are some images that caught my eye as particularly special… What do you use to get inspiration when you need it?

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a4d5e5569f3164661eea1ad6ed797c38Lately, I’m inspired by the simplest of things – a smile in a street style photograph from fashion week (we all take ourselves way too seriously), the best city view in the world, and sweet moments and thoughts. Have a great Wednesday, everyone.

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Let’s Talk Hats

I have to preface this post by saying that I’m really not a hat person. I wear a beanie here or there if I think my ears are going to freeze off otherwise, but I have typically steered clear of hats. Something about wearing them has always seemed so purposeful and dramatic (in a bad way) to me. That was until I strolled through Nordstrom the other day and found a deep green felt hat that I just couldn’t live without (the $38 price tag didn’t hurt, either). As I was trying on hats throughout Nordstrom’s accessories department, I realized hey, hats aren’t so bad, and they even can really make an outfit. Here are a few that have caught my eye since then – I think that pairing the right fit for your face (whether it be a beanie, fedora or floppy) with the perfect fall hue can really make hats worthwhile.

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1. otte new york // 2. fendi // 3. h&m // 4. sole society // 5. miss selfridge // 6. vince camuto

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#OOTD

The one thing that I genuinely dislike about my school is that everyone wears sweatsI can’t stand when people wear sweats or pajama-like clothes to school (or in the airport, that just drives me nuts), and in the words of Karl Lagerfeld, “sweatpants are a sign of defeat”. Unless I’m deathly ill you won’t find me in sweats and since I work in a career office on campus during the school week, I have to dress at least somewhat professionally (which I just consider an added bonus because I like looking good anyway). This is a pretty standard fall outfit of the day for me – temps are lingering between 50 and 60 in Washington right now so we’re fully immersed in the fall season!

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IMG_5159nordstrom rack vest // a cut above blouse c/o (here in light blue// burberry watch // joe’s wax coated jeans // steve madden boots

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Details

I’m a regular guest blogger for the Stylebug blog, which is a truly awesome gig. Stylebug sells designer clothes at discounted prices, and from time to time I get to try on some truly beautiful clothes and accessories (what’s better than that?!). After my recent batch of photos in Stylebug clothes, I was flipping through iPhoto and I realized how beautiful the little details that my boyfriend photographer captured so wonderfully. Take a peek at some of my favorites! You can also check out my guest posts every week on the Stylebug blog.

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Fall Lists

I love a good to-do list, but I love lists even more when they contain fun things rather than lists of homework I have to finish or tasks I need to accomplish at work, which is why I was so extra inspired by Emily’s Fall To-Do List from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, which meant no real seasons. While I could definitely do without the Washington winters, one of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is that you truly get all four seasons. Right now we’re in the midst of those 60-something days with crisp mornings and even chillier nights, and I can’t help but smile at the fact that I get to curl up under a blanket while drinking cider and make lists of all of the things outside of school and work that I want to do this fall and winter. I’m dying to know – what’s on your fall to-do {for fun} list?

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1. Pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve {and carve it, obviously}

2. Get fall produce, pumpkin donuts and kettle corn at Greenbluff

3. Take an outfit post in a pile of fallen leaves

4. Take a walk downtown to get pumpkin spice lattes and brunch

5. Decorate my house for Halloween with all of my housemates

6. Bake a yummy fall {preferably pumpkin spice} treat from scratch

7. Watch some cheesy scary movies to get in the Halloween spirit

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Welcoming Fall

I’m typically hesitant about embracing fall with open arms because I know that the days of 4 PM sunsets and snow up to my ankles are imminent. This year, however, I’m taking an entirely new approach to the season and I’m getting in the fall mood just at the thought of trading 95-degree days for 60-something degree afternoons and pulling the riding boots out from the back of my closet. For fall 2013, I’m loving light denim (not everything has to be black), great leather boots and oxblood (my outfit today happens to combine all three!). This is my typical gone-from-9-to-6 look, and it transitions me from work to school to dinner easily.

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kenar cashmere sweater // fire los angeles acid wash jeans // boutique boots // everlane tote (gifted – thanks boyfriend!) // michael kors watch // j.crew earrings (sold out)

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