As a newly adopted southerner I am still figuring out how to deal with this heat. September is the time when kids go back to school and you start needing an extra blanket at night. Here, I feel like summer is still in full swing and I can never escape the sun. Despite my need for jeans and hot chocolate, this warm weather allows me to extend my summer clothes and try to style them in different ways.
I bought this romper at a small boutique back home with the intent of wearing in at school. I love the blend of bright and cheerful colors as well as the play on herringbone print. I’m also dipping my toes into the off the shoulder trend. This trend reminds me of the days back in middle school when my friends and I would wear baggy shirt or sweaters and pull one sleeve down so we had a cool and quite sophisticated “off the shoulder” look. As much as I admire this trend and think it is very flattering on many people, it tends to annoy me. I wore this romper to class and found that I couldn’t really raise my hand or else the whole thing would fly up, turning a cute outfit into a fashion disaster.
Despite my own issues, this is one of those outfits that wakes me up in the morning and makes me happier. I paired the romper with sneakers to give it a more relaxed look which also made me feel just a little closer to fall.
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Unfortunately I did not get to watch the Emmy Awards this year however I am very excited because I just read that one of my favorite cast members on SNL, Kate McKinnon, won outstanding supporting actress. Anytime she would play Justin Bieber I would be on the floor laughing hysterically. I was also keeping up with the red carpet fashion (as per usual) and I was pleasantly surprised by a few people who broke the mold. Going through all of the looks I was seeing the usual red gowns, black and white dresses, and high slits that did not seem to be that different or interesting compared to any other red carpet. The people who I chose as my best dressed celebs decided (or their stylists decided) to take a bit of a risk and I think it paid off well. Here are my best dressed pics for the 2016 Emmy Awards:
Kristen Bell wore this Zuhair Murad gown beautifully last night. I love how the jewelry was kept simple and classic to let the dress speak for itself. Her neck was left bare to draw even more attention to the plunging neckline. Her skin is glowing, nothing to heavy on her face and her hair is just messy enough to relax the look. This nude color is not easy to wear however Kristen pulls it off effortlessly.
This dress may be one of the most interesting looks I saw at the Emmys this year. I like how Olivia Culpo took a risk with the midi hem and sheer details. The dress is also interesting because it is a Zac Posen piece which is unusual as he is known for solid, more sophisticated gowns. This look is fun which is not always a celebrity’s number one criteria for a red carpet look although I believe it should be.
This Atelier Versace dress is extremely hard to wear because there is no hiding anything. The color, the fabric and the silhouette are all beautiful however they are made for a specific body type, which Emilia Clarke has. This dress accentuates her curves and creates a dramatic waistline that gives the dress its sexy edge. The classic old Hollywood feel that the gown and Emilia’s updo have makes this look shine on the carpet.
Rarely do I have men on my best dressed lists because is it often times much harder for them to stand out among the glamorous and dramatic gowns. Trevor Jackson looks tailored and stylish in this Anthony Franco velvet suit. Not only is he on trend with the velvet but he also pulled off a colored suit which is very difficult to do without looking over-the-top. I always appreciate a man who tries to wear something different or who has fun with fashion on the red carpet. Well done Trevor Jackson.
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I am in North Carolina, nine hours from fashion week but don’t worry, I am keeping up with all of it. Thank goodness for Vogue.com and Snapchat. Fashion week has become more and more of a spectacle every year. Between Rebecca Minkoff’s Soho show to Tommy Hilfiger’s carnival, shows have become more than just a display of clothes. Designers and brands are able to expression their vision not only through the clothes but how people see the collection. This new revolution has made the fashion industry as a whole more accessible, especially with social media. I have seen so many shows and cool parties through Snapchat it really makes me feel like I am there even though I am in sweatpants taking homework breaks when I watch them. Seeing many of the collections it seems like all of the designers decided to see who could create the coolest and craziest sleeves. Here are some of the sleeve trends from New York Fashion Week:
Tied up:Adam Selman | Milly | Cinq a Sept
I love this trend because it is so simple but can completely change a look depending on how the tie is done. The small bows on the top of the shoulders of the Adam Selman dress create a romantic and feminine look while the laced up sleeves on the Milly shirt add an edge to the outfit. The bows on the Cinq a Sept shirt add a playful twist and complement the laced up shoes.
Parachute Sleeves:Milly | Nicole Miller | Cynthia Rowley
This trend has been slowly but surely coming onto the seen since the summer. Many of the fast fashion companies have done simple versions of this trend but the designers in NYFW have taken it to another level. Milly plays with proportions to make the sleeves stand out even more in this look. Nicole Miller adds a modern twist to the classic black button up blouse while Cynthia Rowley created an etherial look with these huge white satin sleeves.
Peek-a-boo shoulders:Rachel Zoe | Zimmerman | Christian Siriano
I have never been a huge fan of the peek-a-boo shoulder shirts. I always thought they were slightly cheesy however this season’s collections have definitely made me reconsider this trend. The Rachel Zoe collection this season was absolutely stunning and this dress may be my favorite look mainly because of the cascading, off-the-shoulder element. Zimmerman did this trend a little differently, only exposing one shoulder which was unexpected among all the lace and sheer fabric. And lastly, Christian Siriano added drama to the trend with this glamorous black satin gown.
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Photo Credits: Vogue
Shirt- Madewell | Shorts- Hidden | Wedges- Ralph by Ralph Lauren (similar) | Tote (similar) | Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear
I’m so excited to share my first Like Lillian post since starting college. I am so lucky to live on one of the most beautiful campuses so the photo shoot opportunities are pretty much endless. Also I have to thank my fashionable friend Rebecca for taking these pics for me!
Recently I have been in a more preppy mood, especially since coming to school where I wear my Jack Rodgers almost everyday. For this post I wanted to try to branch out a bit. Although this look has some preppy aspects like the monogrammed tote and the espadrille wedges, the overall look is more indie and urban. I recently bought this shirt from Madewell and I have been trying to figure out how I could incorporate it into a more summery look. These cutoff shorts are a bit of a looser fit so to balance out the two oversized pieces I pulled out one of my favorite fashion hacks and half tucked my shirt. I love this trick, especially when styling a button down shirt because it makes the look much more modern and unexpected. The half tuck works well here because it defines my waist but still maintains the loose, effortless feel to the entire outfit.
The purse I am wearing here is actually my school bag that I use everyday however I think the neutral canvas tote grounds the look, keeping it from crossing entirely over the preppy boarder.
If you have seen my last few posts then you can probably notice I have been where shorts with wedges quite frequently. I always thought that heels and wedges were saved for dresses, skirts, or jeans and a nicer top. I enjoy breaking this mold and experimenting with the traditional look of an outfit with heels. This combination also elongates your legs and makes them looked toned, which complements any look.
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I often take the boat into New York City and meet my dad and stepmom for dinner. I am so fortunate to live so close to the greatest city in the world, at least in my opinion. My dad and I took these pictures on the last day I was able to come into the city before I left for college. When my dad asked me where I wanted to take the pictures I thought of Bryant Park immediately because it is one of my favorite places in the city. Whenever anyone thinks of a park and New York they almost always think of Central Park before anything else. It is true, Central Park is beautiful and full of amazing things to do and see, however I think of Bryant Park as Central Park’s cool younger (much smaller) sister.
Back in February, a few of my friends and I went into the city for dinner and then went to Bryant Park for a silent disco. You have probably seen one on a tv show or on social media. It is basically clubbing but instead of the music coming from a speaker the DJ is hooked up to headphones that everyone at the disco is given. While we waited on line for our headphones, my friends and I bought waffles from a small shop in the park, Wafels and Dinges. I had a waffle with powdered sugar, strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream which I later danced out for three hours. The silent disco was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had in the city and I have been dying to go to another one ever since. Because of that night, Bryant park will always bring back great memories so I was very excited to shoot there.
This look is my go-to for summer. I love wearing light colors and feminine details in the summer which are both shown in the baby blue color and the eyelet panels outlining the dress. I recently purchased this dress from the J.Crew sale rack. They only had my size left in this dress which never happens so I took it as a sign from the universe that I had to get it. I wore a blue lace bandeau to add another soft, delicate touch to the look and also to keep the outfit more reserved. I paired the dress with colorful sandals which are great for walking around in New York in the summer and a wax canvas tote with a blue monogram to anchor the preppy look. I wore my hair up here because it adds to the drama of the deep v-neck silhouette and draws attention to the top of the dress. I will definitely be sporting this dress well into fall by either layering long-sleeve shirts underneath or light jackets on top.
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For this week’s post I am collaborating with an athletic apparel boutique, Physhion, located in Fair Haven and Red Bank, New Jersey. Walking into the Fair Haven location, I was immediately draw in by a pair of dark blue camo leggings, which I later discovered were so popular that the pair I saw was the last in stock. I spent hours in the store drooling over the soft fabrics and unique pieces. Many, if not all, of the pieces I found in Physhion were items I would wear outside of the gym. I would describe the overall style of the brand as effortlessly edgy. Physhion’s owner, Lisa Taffin, has compiled a collection of comfortable, stylish, and most importantly functional pieces that will satisfy many different tastes and styles. She has turned athleisure into athluxe. Here are three of my favorite looks:
Vest- Vimmia | Bra- Phat Buddha | Leggings- Alo
Tank-Lanston | Bra- Phat Buddha | Sweatpants- Michael Lauren
Tank- Splits 59 | Shorts- Nux | Bra- Phat Buddha
Fitness is and has always been a very important part of my life. I like most children living in suburbs played almost every sport my parents could drive me to. I focused on swimming and then switched over to tennis in middle and high school (partly due to the adorable tennis outfits) which forced me to condition and train for matches. Conveniently for me, my mother is the owner of a fitness studio, Fuel Fitness, where she and her staff teach spin, TRX, sculpt, pilates, yoga, and barre classes so I would often workout with her at Fuel. After taking many of these classes I grew especially fond of spin classes. I loved the energy and intensity of the class and how each class is completely different from the last. I recently earned my Spinning certification back in May and I have been teaching as many spin classes as I can this summer. Last week I taught a “party-themed” spin class where I created a playlist consisting of mostly EDM and club music and held the class at night so the studio would be dark. I put out a disco ball and told all of the people coming to class to dress crazy. I was so excited to see everyone come dressed in loud, bright colors and patterns. They were so excited to get on the bike and ride. This is what I love about workout clothes. They have the ability to motivate people to not only workout but also to have fun while doing it, which is not always easy.
I wanted to create a post of athletic outfits that would motivate me to want to work out. Physhion was definitely the perfect place to find clothes for that purpose. After spending hours in the store picking out outfits for the post I felt so motivated and inspired to exercise.
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Shirt- Blu Pepper (similar) | Shorts- Hei Hei | Bag- Francesca’s (similar) | Wedges- Ugg Australia (similar)
I was recently given this shirt by my cousins as a graduation present and I have been planning the perfect outfit for it ever since. This outfit has some of my favorite pieces. I just bought these shorts at Anthropologie for a concert that I was going to (Florence + the Machine, it was amazing!). I love the stitched detail and the color of the shorts which compliment the shirt perfectly. I also love the loose, bohemian silhouette that these two pieces create together. The shirt is the real statement piece in this outfit so I kept the accessories to a minimum and chose a simple espadrille wedge to keep the focus on the shirt. The bag that I wore with this look was another recent purchase and has become my new everyday purse. It was actually an emergency purchase as I was on a shopping trip with a friend when the bag I was carrying broke. I bought the bag from Francesca’s and I love its medium size and slouchy feel. It also matches pretty much everything I own and I can wear it into the fall. This outfit is a great example of my style during the summer which is usually a mix of boho and feminine.
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Dress- Billabong (similar here) | Necklace- Filigree Clovers | Sandals- Lord and Taylor 424 Fifth (similar here, only $26!)
I just got home from another amazing trip to Vermont. I love shooting in Vermont not only because of the gorgeous scenery but also because the small towns, inns and farms make me feel like I am in a different, more elegant time period. I always get dressed up for dinner when I am there even if we are just going to a small, casual tavern simply because the food and places are so amazing there and putting on a nice dress makes dinner feel like an important event. I wore this outfit on the last night of my vacation in Vermont. We ate at one of my favorite places, the Inn at Weston. I love this place not only because the food is fantastic but also because it is a classic, proper Vermont inn with green shutters, local artwork inside, greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and my personal favorite, an extremely talented and friendly pianist who plays while you eat dinner. Eating at the Inn at Weston feels like you are eating in the 1800s. I wore this dress mainly because it was very warm in Vermont that day and the dress is breezy and comfortable however I think the Vermont surroundings compliment the dress’s earthy pattern. I paired it with this long silver necklace to make it a bit fancier and my new brown buckle sandals. Look out for another new post this week featuring pictures of Vermont and all the fun things I did there!
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Dress | Wedges (also comes in blue and black!) | Purse (similar here)
The slip dress has been a huge trend recently so I thought I would show you how I wore this trend in a more bohemian way. One of the reasons I think the slip dress is so popular is because it is so simple and comfortable and looks so chic in that effortless way. Keeping that effortless style in mind I chose this dress because of its lace details, adding a feminine touch to the look, and its handkerchief hem adding that boho feel that is perfect for summer. It also didn’t hurt that the dress was on super sale at Saks Off Fifth for about $40! I paired the look with my favorite pair of lace up wedges that I bought at DSW for only $60 (I just wore these to my graduation!) which also adds to the boho vibe. I added this woven cross body bag as opposed to my usual saddle bag that I would wear with a bohemian look because it is less structured, like the dress, and acts as an interesting focal point in this simple look. In many cases bohemian looks can seem overwhelming with tons of layers, colors, and textures which is why I love this look because it achieves the boho style while still looking simple and effortless.
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Dress- Free People (on sale!) | Shoes- Kate Spade (on sale!) | Bag- T-Shirt and Jeans (on sale!) | Earrings (similar here)
Everyone has that one light, comfortable dress that they throw on at least one a week during the summer. This dress is mine. I recently purchased this Free People dress at a local boutique, South Moon Under, on sale for about half off. I almost never buy Free People clothing for full price because discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Saks Off Fifth often carry Free People pieces for a fraction of their original cost. I love how this dress incorporates my preppy side with the seersucker design and my more minimalist style with the loose silhouette and lace-up detail. I am also in love with these new Kate Spade daisy sandals that I purchased discounted from Saks Off Fifth. Anytime I feel like my outfit is boring or needs an extra pop of color I put on these shoes which make me and my outfits brighter and happier. If you have followed my blog for a while you have definitely seen this bag before. I love saddle bags and this T-Shirt and Jeans one especially with its western inspired design. Finally, these earrings were a graduation present from my mom and I think they add the perfect classic touch to this look as well as some sentimental value.
Thank you so much to my friends Brian and Emma for not only taking these awesome pictures for me but for also making the shoot fun and energetic.
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