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Festival Uniform

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Last year, I went to Coachella without really thinking too much about what I would wear. Once I got there, I realized that the festival had a dress code of its own—and I was completely unprepared. So this year, I was determined to dress the part. I wanted to embrace the flower child festival spirit without looking like I was wearing a costume. I also wanted to buy pieces that I could incorporate into my daily life in SF and that would be comfortable for a day and night spent in the desert.

So, I took a trip to Forever 21. Since I was on the hunt for more trendy pieces, I wasn’t too worried about buying things that would last beyond the season. I knew I wanted to try out the crop top trend (without baring too much), so I opted to pair this blue ikat top with a high-waisted asymmetrical maxi skirt. I added in a few Southwestern-inspired accessories and obligatory round sunnies, slipped on my wristband and skipped into the sunset a happy hippie—for the weekend, at least.

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Top: Forever 21 // Skirt: old (similar) // Necklace: Forever 21 // Sandals: Dolce Vita // Bag: Forever 21 (similar) // Sunglasses: Kate Spade Saturday (similar)

Accessories, On the Cheapish

Cheat Sheet: Sunglasses

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Karen Walker // FE NY
Illestiva // C. Wonder
Karen Walker // Triple Optic
Prada // Forever 21

With the start of summer finally in sight, it’s time to start thinking about sunglasses. For the past year, I’ve worn the Prada cat eye sunnies pictured above almost exclusively. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve been very happy with them. But lately I’ve been craving a bit of variety in my sunglasses selection. Since I already have a nice pair of standbys, I’m not quite willing to shell out for five new pairs of pricey shades.

Luckily, on a recent trip to Vancouver, I found some Karen Walker Super Duper Strength lookalikes that have hardly left my face since. That great find inspired this collection of sunnies that take serious (and stylish!) cues from designer shades.

Clothing

White Out

white-out-3 white-out-4 white-out-1white-out-5white-out-6white-out-2Sweater: Gap // Earrings: BaubleBar // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: Zara // Bag: Steve Madden // Bracelet: BaubleBar

Something about Spring makes me want to dress in as much white as possible. I keep thinking of Daisy Buchanan, lounging in gauzy white dresses while linen curtains billow over her. So when I wandered into Gap over the weekend and saw this drapey v-neck sweater in a perfect, creamy shade of white, I snapped it up.

It was the last one left, it was my size, and it was on sale! Plus, it’s about 10% silk, so it’s super soft and lightweight—perfect for San Francisco. Since I’ve been hoarding white items as of late, I decided to wear them all together for a fresh and clean look. I balanced the casual style of boyfriend jeans with these sparkly new earrings and ladylike white d’orsay pumps. Something tells me I’ll be wearing a lot of white this season.

Accessories, Clothing, On the Cheapish

Neon + Leopard

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I’ve always thought that the best cure for a gray, rainy day is wearing something bright.  In this case, I wet full neon. But I decided to temper this shocking shade of green with some leopard print so as not to blind everyone I came in contact with.

The chestnut and black chevron pattern on the back of this drapey, cozy sweater matched perfectly with my leopard scarf and umbrella. Subtle polka-dotted tights kept me warm while adding another playful element to the outfit.

Finally, I added in these mirrored Ray Ban-esque shades I got for a steal at Nordstrom, in hopes that soon I’ll be seeing nothing but blue skies.

Clothing

Game, Set, Match

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To date, my involvement in tennis has been purely tangential: I can claim more than one tennis pro as a friend, I enjoy watching Wimbledon, and I spend a few minutes every day throwing a mini tennis ball for my mini dog to fetch. It’s only natural, then, that the sport would gradually move off the sidelines and into my wardrobe.

Enter this pretty preppy dress. The drop waist paired with pleats in a watery green shade immediately calls to mind 1920s tennis dresses à la Coco Chanel. Yes, the hemline might be a bit shorter, but the slouchy silhouette and flowing fabric pays a pretty good tribute. And just like Coco’s relatively comfortable sportswear—which allowed women to actually play tennis—this little number is one of the easiest daytime dresses I own.

I don’t care if it means nothing, when it comes to this dress I am in love–love!

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