Key Transitional Pieces for Fall

1. // The LBD

No no, not the little black dress - I'm talking about its sister, the little blue dress. A navy blue dress is a perfect piece to take you from the heat of summer (pair it with a pair of Jack Rogers sandals and statement earrings) to chillier fall days (pair it with a cardigan or jean jacket, loafers, and pearls). If you can layer with it, then that's a bonus! I have a navy scalloped shift dress from J.Crew that I love to wear white oxford underneath in the fall.

2. // Dark Wash Denim

When it comes to denim, dark wash is the perfect transition from warm to cool. Cuff them and wear them with a flowy white eyelet top and flats in the summer; switch to boots or flats and a sweater in the fall. It looks equally as stylish with richer fall palettes as it does lighter summer colors, while light wash and white denim is trickier to pair in the cooler months.

3. // Cardigans

Cardigans are definitely a no-brainer when it comes to layering. The best part about them is that they're more versatile than sweaters in that you can pair them over dresses, and it's a bit more practical to take them off if you overheat. Personally, I'm looking to update my fall wardrobe with a new navy and white cardigan to help carry it over into cooler weather.

4. // Loafers

Boots can be a bit too hot in early fall, and obviously, sandals are mainly a summer staple. That leaves us with flats or loafers -- and personally, the latter is my favorite! Loafers, for me, are the quintessential fall shoe. Maybe it's because I associate them with school and therefore back-to-school season, but whatever the case may be, I simply love them for fall weather. They pair wonderfully with a dress or skirt, and equally well with jeans and a sweater.

5. // Cotton Scarves

Cotton scarves serve a dual purpose; they can help keep you warm (but not too warm!) and really elevate an outfit. They're perfect for the in-between weather when it's chilly but not cold enough to wear a true wool scarf.  I also love neck scarves, as well - they look so chic and classic tied around the next, especially with a striped tee! J.Crew has a great selection right now if you're looking to find one, and they're very inexpensive.

6. // Oxford Shirts

I consider myself to be almost an oxford shirt connoisseur (haha, just kidding!). I love them year-round, but they really come in handy during the fall. On warmer days, roll up the sleeves and tuck them into a sidewalk skirt with a pair of flats, and on cooler days pair them with chino pants and loafers. If it gets especially cold, they also layer perfectly under cardigans or sweaters!

7. // Lightweight Sweaters

Speaking of sweaters, there's a special category that is essential for the transitional wardrobe. "Summerweight" sweaters (usually made of cotton or a cotton blend instead of wool) are really perfect for the summer-to-fall transition. Layer them or wear them alone, or tie them around your shoulders (a-la 1950's sweater sets!).

8. // Pearls 

I couldn't resist mentioning my favorite accessory that's appropriate for all seasons -- pearls! They are the perfect neutral and classic accessory to accompany any outfit. When in doubt during the summer-to-fall transition, pearls are my fall-back accessory because I know they'll pair perfectly with any outfit.

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Are you looking forward to the fall fashion season? I'm so excited!


My New Favorite Lilly Print

I adore a good Lilly shift dress as much as the next girl - don't get me wrong! However, when I saw this Eryn dress I knew it belonged in my wardrobe. Fit and flare styles are just my thing. They're so insanely flattering, especially on a more hourglass shape, and I adore the swishiness of a flared skirt (what can I say, I like to twirl in my dresses).

The print of this dress really pushed me over the edge to make the purchase. I had never seen it before, so I did a little online digging and found out that it's called Lilly's Pink Lilet.

Isn't it gorgeous? When the dress came, the print was even prettier in person. I love the combination of bright marigold yellow, mint and pastel pink.

This sort of fit-and-flare style reminds me so much of classic 1950's dresses, so of course, I paired it with a sweater tied over the shoulders. Completing the look is my new Vineyard Vines woven clutch, a J.Crew pave link bracelet, and my monogram bangle from C.Wonder. On my feet are my favorite pair of lace up suede ballet flats. The soft pink really compliments the tone in the dress! I've been enjoying this dress all summer, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for more items in the Lilly's Pink Lilet print.


Block Island Blues

Nantucket has Nantucket red, but Block Island has BI blue.

Due to my crazy schedule this summer, I wasn't able to spend as much time on Block Island as I usually do. While I'm still sad to be gone so soon, I feel really lucky to have experienced peak hydrangea season while on the island! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, and there is nothing like those on Block Island. The front porch of my grandma's house is surrounded by huge hydrangea bushes, and it makes me so happy to sit on the porch and look out over all the flowers just spilling through the railing.

I'm also loving this white skirt from J.Crew! It's so flowy, easy-going, and easy to pair with almost anything. My favorite scalloped blouse goes perfectly with it (and they match the flowers!). Finished off with Jack Rogers and my favorite strand of pearls from Kiel James Patrick and you have the perfect island outfit.

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How has your summer been going?


Dorm Room Decor Inspiration

I'm not headed off to college just yet, but I'm guilty as charged for jumping the gun and starting to think about college dorm decor. Those of you that have been following along will remember that I lived in a dorm as part of a university program that I did in July, so I've already gotten a few of the things I'll be using for my dorm next year! 

In general, I'd say the "look" I'm going for is simple, classic and more on the minimal side. I love a navy and white color scheme because it's clean and bright but also very easy to follow (almost everything can be bought in either navy or white!). For my metals, I plan to stick with gold accents when I can. 

I'm having so much fun browsing online and looking for possible pieces I might want for next year. It's never too early to plan ahead (right?)! Target has some amazing and affordable pieces, especially in terms of bedding and lighting, and Wayfair is my go-to for furniture. I plan on creating a gallery wall with prints and my vintage squash racquet next year. Etsy is the best place to find beautiful artwork and I have more prints than I could ever hang on my wish list!

Keep up with my dorm inspiration board on Pinterest! I update it each time I find something new. You can also find all the pieces in the graphic above there too.