The Big One-Eight

I have a day and a half left to be seventeen. For the past two years I have spent my birthday getting a mani-pedi, going to the Barney’s Warehouse sale, and spending the evening with my friends. It’s been a good routine, but three times isn’t the charm this year. The Barney’s sale is online (there is a physical sale, but it starts the day after my birthday, which is also the day I leave for college). So I will most likely be spending at least part of the day packing, and the other part of the day trying to figure out how to register to vote. Exciting, I know.

Anyway, I hate when you ask people what they want for their birthday and they say “I don’t know”, so here’s my birthday wishlist should you feel so inclined to get me a present. 😀

Free People Blue Velvet Chambray Buttondown $118

I wear my Madewell denim shirt, like, all the time (see it in action here, here, here, and here), so I know I would get a lot of use out of this one. It would be fun to change it up with a darker wash, plus I love the bib-like top and the velvet detail.

Zara High Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap $70

I saw these shoes on Carolina of Fashion Squad and loved them (see her posts featuring the shoes here and here). I have a few pairs of black heels already, but none of them are very college party appropriate. They are all either too uncomfortable to realistically spend more than five minutes in, have more of a job interview-height heel, or are a little too fancy. These have a high enough heel to be fun, but are also much more wearable because they have minimal contact with skin, especially around the heel, which makes them much more comfortable. They would look cute with any party dress and tights for a night out, or even with jeans and a fitted sweater for a day when I want to look more put-together.

Karla Deras x Roman Luxe Python Cuff Bracelet $77

I’m not as oh-my-god-I-need-that about this as much as the other items on the list, but I do think it’s really fun and cute and a great way to add umph to an outfit. Check out Karla’s fashion blog, Karla’s Closet, and the rest of her collection for Roman Luxe here.

Influence Leopard & Mesh Skater Dress $42

This is hands down my most wanted item on the list. I’ve had my eye on this dress forever, it’s so adorable. The black mesh panels tone down the leopard print, and the full skirt makes it effortlessly cute and feminine.

Mingle iPhone Case $35

How perfect is this iPhone case? I love the blurred gold sequins and the hint of light purple (my favorite color).

Or a Sephora gift card. I would always be happy with a Sephora gift card. What do you think of my birthday wishlist?

Sorry for the silence in the last week, I’ve been super busy trying to get everything I need for college. I will try as hard as I can to keep posting regularly but, you know, I am moving in four days.

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Loving the Crew

J. Crew, that is. Why, what did you think I was talking about? That bad Drake song? No, silly, this is a fashion blog.

I got these shorts on sale at J. Crew two years ago. Aren’t they great? Isn’t the pattern perfect for spring?

shirt: J. Crew (similar version here), shorts: J. Crew, denim shirt: Madewell (J. Crew’s sister brand), green bracelet: J. Crew, brown bracelet: somewhere in Mexico, ring: Marc Jacobs, necklace: free people, boots: somewhere in Italy

Pattern Mixing with a Pop of Pastel

Pattern mixing? Go for it. The only rule: keep your patterns within the same color family, or at least have a common color with all the lovely patterns you decide to layer on.

The skirt and the button down go together because they both have blue and white. And since I wasn’t cold while taking these pictures, it’s officially spring. That means every outfit deserves a pop of color, preferably a pastel one. I’m so trendy.

Hey guys, way to crash my photo shoot. I clearly take myself very seriously.

sweater: vintage Dalton Cashmere, button down: Rag & Bone, skirt: LF, boots: somewhere in Italy, necklace: Free People, green bracelet: J. Crew, black bracelet: vintage, watch: vintage

So, three trends in one outfit: pattern mixing, color-popping, and pastels. Beat that, I dare you.