Summer Layering.

Living in a place where everyone knows the phrase “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” grooms a person to always be prepared. It’s not unusual to experience wind, rain and a scorching sun all in a 24 hour span.  The difficulty comes in the summer, when it’s 90° in the morning and seemingly impossible to imagine that a cool night might be in forecast.

I opted for a lightweight oversized shirt and a denim jacket that could be layered any way the weather needs you to. Plus, take off all layers and this cutout dress is the perfect LBD for a night out.

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Dress: Zara | Oversized Shirt: Express | Denim Jacket: Urban Outfitters | Sneakers: Converse | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Sunglasses: Sunny Rebel | Bangle: Alex & Ani

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So Hot Right Now: The Wrap Tuck.

Need to switch up your regular oxford shirt? A quick and easy styling trend this year is ‘the wrap tuck’; a simple way to transform an average button down shirt into a chic up-to-date look. I’m a huge advocate of reworking pieces I already have in my closet to make them new again, just like this.

This tutorial from Refinery29 shows you how to do it yourself.

 

Memorial Day Weekend White.

The #1 fashion ‘rule’ I always break: white pants are only to be worn after Memorial Day and before Labor Day. If you ask me, white pants (aka head to toe) is for any season, year-round. Besides the fact that I’m a sucker for white, fashion is one of the few things that has no guidelines. Sure, trends inspire us and keep us ‘in the know’, but the important thing to remember is that fashion is meant for self-expression and we should wear whatever makes us happy… no rules necessary!

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Culottes: Tibi | Top: TY-LR | City Sandals: Zara | Bag: Elizabeth & James | Choker: Express

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Off-the-Shoulder Top.

If there’s one clothing item of Summer 2016 it’s certainly the off-the-shoulder top – just ask Tibi who has created a capsule collection for Bergdorf Goodman revolving around them… I paired mine from Topshop with my favorite high-waisted jeans and this Zac Posen bag.

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Top: Topshop | Jeans: J.Crew | Heels: Aldo | Bag: Zac Zac Posen | Choker: J.Crew

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The Leather Jacket.

 

When it comes to versatility, a leather jacket just can’t be beat. Whether you’re running around on the weekend or going to an evening event, a leather jacket just seems to ‘go’. Not to mention, it’s the quickest way to feel like a cool off-duty model that the fashion world just can’t get enough of.

I paired mine – which is actually a vegan version from  Members Only – with a (faux) leather dress from Zara  (because why not do leather on leather) and lace -up sandals from Forever21. Even with the jacket, this whole look is about $235… a girl on budget’s dream!

P.S thanks to my giant pup for his debut cameo appearance! ( #nailedit)

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The Camel Uniform.

Camel has certainly become my most loved color to wear. It’s versatile, luxurious and utilitarian for on-the-go wardrobes. So it only makes sense that some of my closet staples are this lovely shade of brown, like the well-renowned J. Crew cocoon coat and this fitted pencil skirt. Platform sneakers, like the ones I’m wearing, are (still) a hot commodity, taking any formal outfit from office wear to street chic.

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