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My Grandmas Shirt…

 

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Top: Vintage (similar here)

Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)

Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

 

This is by far my favorite top – ever. While visiting my grandma this summer I decided to do some snooping through her closet and took it into my own hands to inherit a few things (; In my suitcase back to DC I had managed to bring this top and a plain white one just like it, as well as a curtain (I know, sounds weird, right? Lets save that for a different post). My grandmother is a bigger woman, which explains the size, but I adore oversized clothes – adore being the understatement of the year. There’s nothing like a classic red lip and a polka dot top – so vintage chic! I’ve never really owned anything vintage in my life so I cherished this top over summer, wearing it far too often. Surprisingly, it matched everything, or I was just wearing it with everything – either way, in the words of my best friend, it was tres chic.  Unfortunately for me (but luckily just at the turn of fall (; ) my grandma called in a rage saying it was her favorite top and she needed it shipped back to her before her doctors appointment so she could look cute for her hunk of a doctor. So, bye-bye to my polka-dotted love. Until next summer!

Elegant Gardens…

 

Top: Boohoo

Skirt: Forever 21

Choker: Revolve by Ettika

Shoes: Aldo

I ventured through the beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Washingston, D.C. yesterday and felt like a princess – like Drew Barrymore in Ever After, to be exact (if you haven’t seen it, you must!) The beauty was astonishing, even with the flowers out of bloom. Of course, I had to wear a lovely outfit to match! This Forever 21 pleated silk skirt glowed in the sun. Instinctively, I wear this Ettika Choker with whatever outfit I possibly can, possibly being many, because it surprisingly brightens up more outfits than you would think! It’s not a simple piece, yet matches most things in a very simple yet eye-catching way. See more about this choker and Revolve on my latest Ettika post. It’s safe to say, the scenery is the real beauty here. Find the little treasures around you and explore them as much as possible!

Mustard With a Side of Style… 

 

   

  

  

  

  

  

 

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Forever 21 (on sale!)

Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)

 

Forever 21 in all honesty is the goldmine of affordable trends. This 70s inspired outfit is just a few things among the hundreds of pieces Forever 21 has that is modernized from the decade. Not only that, but different parts of their stores carry different trends. I’m crazy in love with this trend, as I think the pieces put separately with other modern pieces from your closet are effortlessly timeless.

Kendall Jenner High Waisted Leggings…

Kendall Jenner is the epitome of chic street style… She’s a major inspiration for me and I know for many others. Her effortless street style is to envy! She is definitely known for wearing leggings for her morning strolls and coffee runs and even just errands with friends, and even with such simple outfits she looks amazingly chic! Here below are just some of her cutest comfy street style looks, and where you can find similar and amazing affordable leggings just like hers….

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Cozy Days…

   
    
   
    
   
Sweater: Urban Outfitters

Tunic: H&M

Leggings: Garage

Boots: Aldo 

Sunnies: Forever 21 

I know for me, as a nanny, getting up and doing my hair, makeup and the full nine yards isn’t necessary and takes away sleep time for those 530 am wake ups, but I always try to make sure that even when I’m cozy and lounging about for the day, I’m doing it in style! And there’s no better way to do that than some leggings and an oversized knit sweater! 

Plaid Accents…

 

  
  
  
  
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Top: Forever 21 (last season)

Jeans: Missguided

Heels: Missguided (On Sale!!!)

Plaid Shirt: Charlotte Rousse (last season)

It’s an extremely gloomy, rainy day here in DC. As soon as I was ready to take some pictures, it started to pour 😦 Lucky enough, it cleared for the rest of the night! My lovely boyfriend was my photographer and actually did so much better than I expected! Although he made fun of me most of the time, I think I’ll keep him (; This is such a casual chic outfit that can be worn for a night out, or with a pair of sneakers for a day having lunch with some friends. I haven’t had many opportunities to expand my closet recently (aka go shopping :P) so I’ve done a lot of playing around with the pieces I have. I think that’s one of the key necessities to being a stylish individual. Spending isn’t always available and we don’t all get clothes for free like the many blogger inspirations we see with new pieces nearly every other day. Making the most of the pieces you have is key. One pair of jeans can make 5 different significant outfits that never look the same! Keep an open mind 🙂

XO,

Al

Top 10 Summer Must-Haves…

Here’s too sunshine, sweat, and ocean water. And a list of my summer top 10 must haves…
(All pieces can be found at stores when the picture is clicked on… XO)
1. Bodysuits
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2. Throw On Go-to Rompers & Sun Dresses
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 3. A Sexy Bikini (Just bought the Coulbourne one… what a gem!)
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4.  Every Day Basic Flips with Style
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5. A Good Moisturizer & Glow (LOVE the Honey Bronze Oil!)
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6. Selfie stick
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7. Waterproof mascara
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8. Good bronzer + Highlighter Shimmer (I use both of these!)
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9. Body chain
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10. A Stylish Pair of Sunnies
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(other colour options available)
XO,
A

NYC Streetstyle…

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Hat – Forever 21

Sunglasses – Steve Madden

Blouse – Francesca’s Boutique

Jeans – Tommy Hilfiger

Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

I had an absolute BLAST with my friend in NYC this weekend. We hit every great spot in the city (especially shopping spots – of course (; ), relaxed, took our time, and enjoyed every bit of it! It is by far my favourite place. My dreams are to hopefully live there someday! I’ll just keep adding to that savings account… haha. Usually I try to throw on something casual yet chic and comfy because walking around the city all day can get very tiring, but yet I still always feel not fashionable enough to compare to those New Yorkers! I was very pleased when I got quite the few compliments on my attire so I took it as a must to share. (Oh and I was enjoying some beautiful cappuccino gelato in these pics! haha) I hope you all had a weekend as great as mine!

xo,

A

PS. a few pics from my trip….

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Boyfriends Closet…

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Spring is actually here and my excitement is just plain old ridiculous. I can’t wait for summer – so much that I’ve already switched all my clothes from my closet to my spring/summer ones (even though it’s supposed to snow this saturday *tears*). I’m so ready to throw on some cute crops and pull out my shorts… but outfits like this are as close as it gets for now. I thought I literally looked as though I could’ve stepped out of my boyfriend’s closet in this outfit – boyfriend jeans, relaxed button down. So chic, comfy, and casual.

Boyfriend Jeans: J.Crew (on sale!)

Pin-Striped Shirt: L.L.Bean Kids (lol)

…similar here…

Wedges: Aldo

Sunglasses: Forever 21(in store)

Earrings: J.Crew

xo,

A