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.

Man Repelling, Sort Of

I went to this sale for my internship and saw the vest pictured in the article and tried it on. It was military style and over-sized, and I liked it. I wasn’t sure though, so I left empty-handed. I’ve been into vests lately (like here) and military trend pieces are great to contrast with girly, floral stuff (of which I own a lot), so I went back for it. Oh, and it was $21. It’s, um, pretty man repelling in the literal sense, but perhaps the floral mini skirt cancels that out.

I can do the Angelina leg, too

vest: Whillas & Gunn, blouse: Italian H&M, skirt, Madewell, shoes: Chocolat Blu, socks: Hue, watch: vintage Timex, ring: gift shop in the Denver Art Museum

Neon Shoes. You’re Welcome.

So remember when I said I don’t own anything neon? Not anymore. In an awesome shoe store in Rome, I found these babies.

They actually weren’t what I was initially drawn to in the store and wasn’t interested in trying them on, but thank god for pushy sales people. Once the shoe was forced on my foot, I fell in love. When I wore the outfit below the other day, I got countless complements on my shoes and skirt.


What do you think of my new shoes and new skirt? The ring and bracelet are new too.

shirt: Madewell, skirt: AllSaints, belt: ribbon, shoes: somewhere in Rome, bracelet: Henri Bendel (similar version here), ring: gift shop in the Denver Art Museum

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

Red and Black and New All Over (Mostly)

I finally got new wedges!!! I can throw out the billion year old ones from Target because I got two new pairs of wedges. These ones I bought yesterday at Paragon, a store in Florence. I wore them out of the store and took these outfit pictures right afterward. The shorts I got a few days ago at a vintage store in Rome.


shirt: Madewell, shorts: vintage, shoes: Paragon

Do you like how I styled my new shorts and shoes? I have a million ideas for both…

Fish in the Sea

And on my dress.

Good morning all! It will probably be afternoon by the time I post this since I have yet to take pictures, but I’ll pretend it’s still morning. I like this outfit and I hope you do too. I’ve had this dress forever, it was a hand-me-down from my sister. I think the first time I wore it was four years ago. Since it’s extremely short, I thought I should wear it with extra-thick tights since, you know, it’s still winter. The dark purple tights bring out the light purple in the dress, and I like the contrast between the dark purple and the red stripe. My everyday boots and denim shirt keep it casual. As much as I love designer clothing, you don’t need a label to look good.

I call this one “The Angry New Yorker”

dress: vintage, belt: from somewhere in Italy, boots: from somewhere in Italy, tights: Hue, denim shirt: Madewell

Happy Wednesday!