More or Less

 

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When I can’t decide whether less is more or more is more, I do less and more. The silhouette and muted colors of this outfit are less, and my rings are more.

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Unpacked:

Leggings, Zella.

Unravelled tee, Ranemade.

Boots, Brako.

Hat, Brixton.

Necklace, Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop.

Brushed silver ring, Silpada.

Seahorse ring, Mayfair art festival (unfortunately, I have lost the paperwork of the artist).

80s ring, vintage.

Silver bubble ring, Silpada.

Fingerprint charm bracelet, my design.

 

 

 

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The Student Becomes the Master

Have you ever met that person you become a complete and utter fangirl of the first time you meet them?

That was me the first time I met Brookellyn James. She was twelve.

We met in a small town in Ohio where I was a recent college grad doing nonprofit work with middle school students, and if Taylor Swift had already penned, “Some day I’ll be livin’ in a big ‘ole city, and all you’ll ever be is-mean…” it would have rang out clearly as her theme song.

I loved seeing her find herself, her voice, her style (really just another voice, right?), and following her journey through the design world.

 

 

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So when I saw her recent endeavor, poundsign.online, a collection of of-the-moment apparel designs dandified with cheeky hashtags, I was delighted, but not surprised.

Of course I nabbed this snapback as fast as I could decide black-with-white text or white-with black text (the Florida heat won that argument).

 

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Feeling like a #happychewbacca? Want to warn passersby that you have #nofilter? Check out her other designs.

And because B loves me and I love you, use the promo code F#F to get 15% off your first order!

Happy #ing!

Unpacked:

White tee, Mossimo, Target.

White shorts, Elie Tahari.

Silver oxfords, Calvin Klein.

#fashion snapback hat, poundsign.online.

How to Wear: Dress Over Pants

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Sometimes what we need to push us out of our comfort zone is an accident or necessity (the old mother of invention herself).

I purchased this lovely lightweight summer dress on sale, but when I put it on at home and started moving around (and sitting down) in it, it felt way too short for my tastes. I couldn’t return it because it was final sale, so what to do?

 

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You may have seen the recent street style trend of wearing a dress over pants. While it’s not my natural inclination, I decided to give it a go with these leggings I picked up last week.

I know you thought I had a abhorrence for wearing yoga pants in public that rivaled only my animosity towards slow drivers in the left lane, but leggings and yoga pants are not the same. Leggings are a fantastic complement to a flowy top and I fully endorse donning them at every possible opportunity.

So how can you determine if that pair of stretchy pants you’re reaching for are polished enough for everyday wear? Here’s a handy comparison to help you out:

Yoga pants:

  • Are usually made of performance or moisture-wicking fabric.
  • Have brightly colored or bold athletic designs.
  • Are sold with a matching sports bra.

Leggings:

  • Are made of soft fabric representative of real clothing (yes, I said it).
  • Resemble a slim-fit pair of pants.
  • Have intelligent details that clearly elevate them to pants status. Sophisticated design, regular seams, pockets, zippers, buttons, lacing, trim, or–my favorite–studs often differentiate leggings from their sporty counterparts, giving them a leg up (no pun intended) on the fashion food chain.

 

These leggings from Population are softer than a baby bunny, so I anticipate they’ll enjoy a heavy rotation in my wardrobe.

 

Unpacked:

Dress, Greylin via Hattie’s Branches.

Leggings, population via Babe’s Shoes & Apparel.

Shoes, Cole Haan.

Hat, Brixton via Bearcat & Big6.

Earrings, TJ Maxx.

Necklace, Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop.

I’m going to be wearing this a lot

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Every once in a while you happen upon an article of clothing so perfect, you wish you could buy it in ten colors.

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I picked up this floaty belted kimono top on a quick jaunt to local boutique Hattie’s Branches, and feel like I could wear it every day for the next year.

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Another favorite is the Brixton hat that found me at Bearcat & Big 6 at 801 E. Main. I’ve never been drawn to wide-brimmed hats until I saw this one, and it’s rarely been separated from my head since (bonus: it has absolutely the PERFECT pinch!).

Unpacked:

Floaty silk kimono top, Hattie’s Branches.

Boyfriend jeans, GAP.

Metallic oxfords, Calvin Klein.

Brixton hat, Bearcat & Big 6.

Silver pop-tab bag, Sisters United with custom strap from Boondock Studios.

Silver earrings, TJ Maxx.

Gothic ring, Marshalls.

Good day, Sunshine!

I used to have no fewer than 7 coats (I think it was more, but 7 is the most I can swear to, and it’s egregious enough a number to demonstrate unnecessary levels of acquisition). When I lived in northern Ohio, the weather dictated that level of collection, but (thankfully) those heavy garments have all but since disappeared since I returned to live in my home state of Florida.

Not wanting to miss out on any type of obsessive behavior, however, I summarily began a new collection—that of summer hats. Even while living in the northern climes, my hat collection has never been what you might call spartan, but ever since I crossed the Florida-Georgia line, I’ve been more actively collecting hats to shield my face from the Sunshine for which this state is so famous.

Good Day Sunshine - Hat1Luckily (some would argue that point, but we ignore them and move on), I stumbled into a menswear shop in my hometown’s downtown district that has all the straw fedoras and trilbys a girl could dream of (classic colors! Functional venting! Small sizes!) at prices indicative of quality construction but not so prohibitive that said perfectly ventilated hat couldn’t be taken out on the boat for fear of losing it to the glassy, cool, translucent wave.

Good Day Sunshine - Hat2To these pretties are added crushable, high-SPF ribbon hats full of sand from trips to the beach, wide-brimmed straw hats that would be at home in My Fair Lady, and the random Target find, now stashed in the backseat and trunk of my car (and to his chagrin, my man’s truck) for afternoon drives with the moonroof open.

Not only do I feel just a bit more glam when wearing a hat, seeing other people wearing amazing hats adds a rosier tint to my aviators and makes me feel as if there is a bit more verve in the world.

This summer, I hope to see you out and about (or even in the comment thread) wearing your favorite summer topper. What do you look for in a summer hat? Any pieces you especially appreciated this season?

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