LBD for Fall

headband: J.Crew Factory (old, similar) // dress: LOFT // flats: Kate Spade (old, similar) // bag: L.L. Bean // watch: Michael Kors (old, similar) // belt: Target (old, similar

I've finally found it - my perfect LBD for fall. Surprisingly, this one comes from LOFT. I don't usually shop there, but I opened an email from them in my inbox and fell in love with a few of their fall dresses. The thing that really sold me on this one was its adorable ruffle neckline. When I first saw it on the model, I was a little concerned that the ruffles might be unflattering. After I got a chance to try it on I was happy to discover that they're actually perfect, and hit you at just the right angle!  The A-line silhouette is something different for me and my dress collection but I love how flattering it is, especially cinched in with a belt (my favorite leopard belt is featured here!).

I paired the dress with my favorite pearl headband and monogram tote to keep the outfit from becoming too dressy, and my bow flats add an extra detail that ties everything together. On my wrist is my Michael Kors tortoise shell watch from last year; tortoise and leopard are something I wouldn't normally wear together but I am surprised by how nicely they compliment each other! I got a ton of use out of this watch last season and I can't wait to pull it out more and more as the weather becomes more autumnal.

My Autumn Uniform

When fall comes around, I often find myself drifting back into the same basic outfit combo - what I like to call my autumn "uniform". Nine times out of ten, I can be spotted wearing some kind of variation of a top + skirt + flats/loafers. I might add some tights one day, or pull on a sweater over my button down, or switch up the pattern or color of my skirt, but the basic principle is the same. It's just such an easy and put-together outfit that often I just find myself gravitating to the same formula each day.

Especially on busy mornings, having a "uniform" makes deciding what to wear much easier. Today, I thought I would share a few different variations on the same look to see how you can take a simple outfit formula and change up the pieces to create the illusion of a different look each day.

I love this button-down chino skirt from J.Crew, and pairing it with a lightweight turtleneck makes the perfect combo for those warmer early-fall days.  The star of this outfit, however, is definitely these tiger-print loafers. J.Crew had several printed items in their later summer line, but this pair of shoes definitely took the cake in terms of the most adorable item from their collection.

Cabernet is one of my favorite shades for the fall time, and I love pairing it with black and marled gray (like this gorgeous sleeveless sweater!). A leopard belt cinches in your waist and elevates the outfit. This would be the perfect look for an outdoor walk during the early fall. 

The dusty blush color of this sailor skirt with the gold buttons is gorgeous and so unique. To bring out the gold, I paired it with loafers from G.H. Bass (one of the most comfortable shoe brands I've ever owned) and a simple black off-the-shoulder top. To warm up off-the-shoulder trend and make it appropriate for fall, add a blanket scarf!

This skirt is the factory version of the J.Crew mixed houndstooth skirt from last year (I wore it in my post here). Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns and I am so glad they brought it back this season! When I just need a quick, easy, and pulled-together outfit this is my go-to. Ralph Lauren button downs are the best. I have several different colors and they always look pressed and perfect with minimal fuss. Tucked into a skirt with a pair of riding boots and pearls, and you have the perfect outfit!

Do you have a go-to "uniform"?


Welcome Fall!

sweater: J.Crew (old, similar) // skirt: J.Crew (old, similar) // shoes: Banana Republic // watch: Fossil (old, similar) // bracelet: Kiel James Patrick

I can't wait for the fall season! Honestly, most days it's not quite cold enough to really wear fall clothing, but I do anyway. This outfit is a combination of some of my favorites from the previous fall season - my mixed houndstooth skirt and bow-neck sweater. Both of these are wool blends, so they're perfect for chilly autumn weather (which I'm hoping we get more of very soon!). I love how the gray of the sweater brings out the gray woven into the houndstooth. 

I paired them with my scalloped Banana Republic loafers, which have quickly taken over my wardrobe. I wear them at least twice a week these days! They're just so versatile and easy to pair with absolutely everything. On my wrist, I've brought back out my Fossil watch (I've had it for years now and still looks as new as the first day I wore it), and a delicate KJP pearl bracelet. 

Are you ready for autumn? I've already changed over my wardrobe and I am eagerly anticipating a change in the weather. While I love the summer, I'm really a cold-weather girl at heart. The start of fall means we're in the home stretch towards my favorite time of year - the holidays - and that thought is so exciting to me!


Friday Roundup #2

1. The in-between season

I have to admit, am not a fan of the weather right now. It's right on the cusp of fall, but minus any of the pretty foliage and chilliness. It's so hard to dress these days, especially given that shorts are no longer appropriate but it's just not the time to pull out the knits yet. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of autumn!

2. Balancing it all

College application season is really kicking my butt! I know I've been very MIA both here and on social media recently, but I promise that it's my goal to keep this space updated even in the midst of it all. I plan to get out this weekend and do a few shoots, and in the meantime, I have some text posts drafted and ready to go up on the blog soon!

3. In search of the perfect crossbody

I have been on the market for a crossbody bag for what feels like years now. I have my Longchamp and L.L. Bean tote (above), but I just need something a little less bulky that I can carry for causal nights out when all I need to bring is my phone, wallet, sunnies and keys. Ideally, I'd like to invest in something of good quality, but I'm just having a hard time finding something that really suits what I'm looking for. This week I came across this option, which I love, but wish it came in a lighter brown color. I also love the bags from Cambridge Satchel Co., but they're a little outside my budget! Let me know if you have any recommendations.

4. Anthropology 

This year I'm taking a really fascinating IB Sociology & Anthropology course. It's the first year that the class has been offered at my school, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I enrolled, but my teacher is so passionate about the topic that the class has been amazing thus far. Right now, we're doing an in-depth study of an ethnography about the Amish. It's been really refreshing to get a change from regular classes and expand my understanding of other cultures and social systems!

5. Boys by Charlie XCX

Up until this week, I had never really paid particular attention to Charlie XCX's music, but when Spotify included this song in my Daily Mix on Monday I couldn't get it out of my head! It's been on constant repeat ever since. I love the simplicity of the tune, but it's so so catchy! The music video is also really well done.

What has been on your mind this week?