Summer Lovin’

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As summer winds down and fall becomes more and more eminent, I’m taking a look back at my favorite summer outfits. Below I chose my favorite casual, elegant, and sexy looks from the past few months. This has definitely been a summer of great style, and now I feel like I can successfully move on to a new season.

raisesummerlooksWith summer style put to bed on a good conscience, I’m ready to start shopping for fall clothes. There’s nothing better than a little back-to-school spree (whether you’re in school or not). This year I’m partnering with Raise.com to help you get ready for fall on a budget.

Raise is a website that lets you buy and sell gift cards at a discounted price. It works great both ways, so you can sell that Talbots gift card your great aunt gave you (because it’s just not time for sweater sets yet) and buy a TJ Maxx card instead. They have an incredible amount of companies and cards available, so you can also stock up on everything you need for the new season. I know I’m headed straight for the Barnes and Noble and Starbucks cards.

I’ve seen cards for sale at up to 90% off, so we’re basically talking free clothes here. They also have cards for places like Home Depot, and Redbox, as well as for restaurants and other venues. I’m not exactly strolling into Home Depot on a regular basis but it can save you some cash on a great gift. The only tricky part is choosing which cards to buy!

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Starlit Sapphire

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Sapphire is my go-to color as I’ve shown here, here, and here to name a few. Well I’ve gone and done it again. I couldn’t resist this sapphire romper. It’s so easy and so comfortable. The slit open back and lace neckline give it some visual interest but it’s as easy as wearing pajamas out.

starlitsapphireI love the idea of wearing a romper out at night. It’s a fresh take on evening wear and can work perfectly for a casual summer night.

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starlitsapphire5Romper: H&M, Belt: Thrifted, Shoes: Tahari, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott, Rings: Assorted

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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From left to right: 1) A mimosa at brunch to celebrate my birthday. 2) Flowers from my lovely coworkers! 3) A ham and cheese crepe from Petite Robert. 4) Can’t go wrong with gnocchi. 5) Birthday macarons, because, what else? 6) Birthday lunch with my boss and coworkers at DressMe. Thanks, ladies!

Bookworm

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This dress reminded me of the one Belle wears at the end of Beauty and the Beast. So naturally I had to photograph it with a book. Although I can identify with Belle as a bookworm, we have very different tastes. She prefers fairytales while I’m currently reading a biography of Francisco de Goya, one of Spain’s most prolific and grotesque artists.

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bookworm4This biography, by Robert Hughes, is the best book on Goya that I’ve ever read. If you’re interested in learning more about the artist I can’t recommend this enough. It’s funny, relatable, and just so readable.

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bookworm3Dress: SammyDress, Belt: Borrowed from a pair of shorts, Flats: Tahari, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott, Book: Goya by Robert Hughes

Photos by Jenni Heller.

 

 

Have a Little Faith

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Ever since I bought this dress I’ve been in love with the stained-glass/religious kind of print. There’s something so unexpected about pairing a print like that with a leather crop top and a statement necklace. It’s very Alexander McQueen, and that’s always a good thing.

havealittlefaith4Although I don’t currently subscribe to a particular religion, I grew up Catholic and I’ve come to associate religious symbols with art and literary history. In my years of studying art I’ve learned more about religion than I ever did in Sunday School.

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havealittlefaith2Now instead of associating iconography with long masses and countless motions to memorize, I think of it as an important component of a rich European cultural history.

havealittlefaith3Skirt: SammyDress, Top: Forever21, Necklace: H&M, Shoes: Tahari, Rings: Assorted

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Urban Gladiator

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I can’t get enough of the knee high gladiator trend (see here, and here). There’s something so cool about the edgy, warrior-woman vibe these shoes give to an outfit. I paired them with a simple black dress to keep the shoes as a focal point. urbangladiator3 urbangladiatorMajor props to my photo intern, Jenni Heller, for snapping these photos in the 4 minute window I had for shooting. I love a girl who can turn things around quick!

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urbangladiator4Tunic: Hand-me-down from my boss, Shoes: ShoeDazzle, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott, Rings: Assorted

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage8102014From left to right: 1) A new haircut from Viselli Santoro2) Pink roses to brighten up a rainy day. 3) My latest vintage score at SoWa. 4) Some weekend reading at the MFA. 5) Had a blast at the Shop & Shoot event at Savas Studios. 6) New babies from Fetysh Shoes.

Today is my 21st birthday! Follow my Instagram @trendsandtolstoy to see the celebration.