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The Best Dress For Any Season

September 3, 2015

This dress is $40 and it’s the one you’ll keep reaching for well after the snow hits the ground.

Promise.

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THRIFTED DRESS identical here | NORDSTROM DENIM JACKET less expensive option | SHOEDAZZLE BOOTS | NORDSTROM TOTE

Long, long ago, you could walk down M Street and pop into Annie Creamcheese (RIP) and unearth a gem of a find every single time you showed face. Now, times are a little different. Thank God for ASOS. I found this dress years ago crumpled in between two beaded numbers that were easily 40 pounds each. I thought it was a little short but for somewhere are $20, I bit the bullet. Since that day, I’ve worn this thing at least 100 times. Shit you not. Date nights, shopping excursions, road trips, boozy brunches, birthday dinners… Other than work and a conservative luncheon with your waspy boyfriend’s mother, this dress is appropriate for about every occasion and it’s super easy to style. That’s a win, win in my book. I actually had this thing on last night but got a look… That look that says, “Lady, you’ve worn that thing 5 times in the last 2 weeks. Give it a rest. I know you have their clothes.” But none are as easy as this dress.
It’s perfect for summer, paired with banded flats on super hot days. Or add a denim jacket and boots as the temperatures drop a bit. Once winter rolls around, throw on a black faux fur vest over a leather jacket and add black opaque tights with a little black boot action, flat or heeled. This dress is easily the most versatile dress in my closet and since the discovery of this extremely similar one on ASOS, I’ve bought two more. You can never be too prepared. ** A word to the wise: Do not belt this dress – it’ll be way too short.
Summer days:

Summer nights:

Date nights:

Fall:

Winter:

all images Laura Metzler

Texturizing

August 27, 2015

Yes, that’s a word.

Pleated Top Fringe Bag District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Pleated Top Fringe Bag District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Pleated Top Fringe Bag District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Pleated Top Fringe Bag District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Pleated Top Fringe Bag District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

MISSGUIDED TOP ℅ | ONE TEASPOON SHORTS on sale | STREET LEVEL FRINGE BAG c/o SOUTH MOON UNDER similar | KELSI DAGGER BOOTS via GILT similar option

When you’re like me and you tend to play in a colorless palette pool, prints and textures are your best bet when you’re looking to make a fashion statement. Or maybe you’re not even looking to make a statement. Maybe one day you’re feeling extremely adventurous and instead of pairing greys with darker greys, you’re interested in mixing a deep purpley oxblood with a rusted orange. ‘Tis the season, after all. Why stop there, you animal?

Take that color mixing up a notch and choose pieces that are textured: jacquard, fringe, suede, pleats.

I must warn that too much of a good thing can be a bad baad thing, so stick with two pieces… for now. We’ll get into the trifecta later next month. For now, find peace in knowing you’re not that hooligan walking down the street wearing layered pleats.

I should also note my recent obsession with this top. You always hear people talking about how they’re living in some piece or clothing or another to try and get you to buy it. And I’m about to be one of those people. Because you have to buy this top. Open back. Tied neck. Flowy enough to hide those nachos you know you want. No bra needed. HELLO. This is a must have. And I wear it at least once a week. No shame.

 

SHOP OTHER BOOTIES HERE all for under $150:

all images Laura Metzler

The Day I Wore Lilly And Survived

August 25, 2015

“No black”, she said. “You have to wear color”, she said. “You’ll be fine”, she said.

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

Lilly Pulitzer Romper District Sparkle Meaghan Moynahan

LILLY ROMPER c/o | LILLY CLUTCH c/o | BAUBLEBAR NECKLACE  also love this one | STEVE MADDEN HEELS | TORTOISE RAYBANS

You don’t get it. I’m not comfortable in color. Like. Actually not comfortable. I’m way more self conscious. A crop top paired with culottes and 6 inch stilettos? Done. But color? Not so much. Everybody has their thing. Muted tones are mine. Can you imagine this personality on top of bright patterns 24/7? Me neither. But for a friend during her wedding week I’ll do almost anything. Almost.

So, this broad. She paints the town with color. Paints. The. Town. And has always given me shit for my dreary colored wardrobe which I enjoy more than life itself. Well, she got married. And her one request of me was that I wear color to her Bachelorette party. It was one of those day-boat-drinking situations so I figured it would be fine. And it was. Until I left the house and felt so uncomfortable and awkward. Cutest romper ever. But it’s just not my jam. And you know what? I tried it. Like I always tell you people to do. Whether it’s a new trend or mixing prints… I wore the brightest thing I could find and paired it with more color and survived. Barely.

Needless to say, I made up for lost time and wore shades of black to her rehearsal, wedding, and post wedding brunch :)

 

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