Summer to Fall: 3 Wardrobe Staples That Bridge the Gap

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I know you were all expecting a Black Card post yesterday that included all my favorites from New York Fashion Week, but honestly, I’m only planning on doing one post, so I figured it would be best to wait until ALL the shows are complete. I’ve been following along via Instagram, Style.Com, and twitter and there are some beautiful pieces coming down those runways. But we’ll come back to that.

Today is all about the summer to fall transition. You’ll notice that I haven’t really mentioned much about fall fashion around here, and it’s not just because I’ve been quiet. I honestly can’t really consider fall clothes until mid-September. I know Labor Day is the “official” end of summer, but in my book we have until September 21st. Mother Nature apparently agrees with me, because it was at least 90 degrees in Charm City on Saturday. So how to start that transition into fall? I play with 3 key wardrobe staples.

1. The Bootie

 

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Booties are the perfect footwear to fill that Summer to Fall gap. They are also going to be pairs you reach for when the temperature allows you to wear tights, so investing in something that you love and can style in multiple ways is ideal. These are shoes that you can easily slip on with a dress or skirt, but also look adorable with shorts, or skinny jeans. I’m seeing tons of images of Chelsea style booties and loving them for the fall and winter.

2. The Chambray

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Honestly, I feel like this is a wardrobe piece you can have 5 of and it won’t matter. You’ll always find something new to wear it with, or find one in a new shade that you have to have. Worn with cut offs? OK. Tied at the waist with a midi skirt? Why not! Worn on “casual Friday” with black pants? Perfect. A Chambray button down is something you can probably get a solid 10 months of wear out of, depending on your climate. I avoid them in August, but I usually avoid anything with sleeves in August around here.

3. The Denim

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All hail the season of wearing full length pants again! I love a pair of cut offs as much as the next girl, but can I just tell you how happy it makes me to be able to throw on a pair of jeans in the evening, and not worry about if I’m going to start sweating at the thought? I’m a self diagnosed denim addict, so the fact that all my favorites are back for another season makes me one happy girl.

Sweaters, blazers, scarves, tights and boots, it’s all right around the corner, but for now, what are your favorite items to bridge this seasonal gap?

XO

 

 

 

5 Links: Weekly Wrap Up

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Sometimes a morning scroll through Pinterest (do you follow me there? you should.) is a great way to be reminded of things. This reached out and smacked me. I feel like my life is giving me a feeling of chaos to force me to practice focusing.

The internet is a magical place, but its freaking HUGE and sometimes you just simply can’t find all the things you know you’d love. I’m going to give this a whirl for a few weeks, sharing five links to things I’ve found that are insightful, interesting, pretty, whatever. So today, the first “Weekly Wrap Up” (that’s a working title, just go with it for now.)

1. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz, and these are a marriage of the movie and modern designers. They are so good. Bidding is open until 9/14 if you are so inclined.

2. What are your thoughts on this article from the Wall Street Journal? Has the way you shop changed?

3. I don’t know how I haven’t found this site before. So much boho chic goodness! I’m head over heels for this.

4. That Pinterest pin above lead me to this amazing Etsy shop. I just need to order this. Seriously? It’s not even a want, it’s a need.

5. ShoeMint (you can sign up here) had a sale and I went a little nuts. But these? These are everything. And they are actually comfortable! I’m also drooling over these in blue.

It’s been quiet around here, and I don’t like that. I’ll be honest, that in part, it’s because I want to share only the best with you. But it’s also because I just haven’t been focused. That’s got to change. So if there’s anyone still out there (Pleeeeeease still be out there!) I back. And I’m focused. And this stylish little place full of charm is back…..well at least next week…..because I’m planning a surprise :) More to come, I SWEAR!

XO

For The Ocean

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So I was flipping through my September issue of InStyle Magazine, you know, just drooling over new fall pieces, this month’s Man of Style Dan Stevens, and all the beautiful marketing when a particular ad jumped out at me. Don’t misunderstand, lots of the ads in magazines grab my attention, but this one made me head to my computer and look it up. Why?  It said:

RAW For The Oceans. Denim From Recycled Ocean Plastic.

Were they serious with that? Saving the Ocean with deinm? I needed to know more. Immediately. If it was real, this was going to be the marriage of two things I love: Denim and the Ocean.

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And guys? It’s real.

I don’t know what I expected, but all I can say is go check out the website for yourself. Bionic figured out a way to take plastic floating in the ocean, crush it into pieces, and turn it into yarn that gets mixed with cotton. You can read the step by step process here.

But then they take that plastic/cotton hybrid called Bionic yarn, and make some pretty awesome clothes with it. Personally I’m drooling over this

G-Star, RAW FOR THE OCEAN, Denim, bomber jacket

 

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And that beauty is 28% recycled ocean plastic! And it’s beautiful! These are equally as beautiful

G-Star, RAW FOR THE OCEAN, Boyfriend Sweatshirt

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Of course what would anything these days be with out a little Pharell magic. And this is no exception. The collection is currated by Pharell Williams, and also partners with Parlay For The Oceans.

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Aside from being fashion forward, this collection is actually doing something to help save the planet. So when you’re done your lunch today, or your workout later, can you please recycle that plastic bottle? Who know’s, you may be wearing it next season.

XO

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