neon and navy

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I can’t get enough neon. It epitomizes summer for me (though I have no qualms about wearing it year-round either). It’s great for offsetting a tan and adding some bright contrast to summery outfits. Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled when I found this gorgeous Karen Millen skirt on sale a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to feature it in a post. It’s the perfect combination of color and texture, with a neon floral overlay and full skirt — and the navy top seems to make the yellow glow even more. In fact, I think it almost qualifies as reflective safety gear.

To make this a next-level outfit for summer soirées, I added peach patent pumps (hello, alliteration) and a clutch that offers another dose of fluorescent floral. All together, the look makes a pretty bright statement.

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Outfit details:

Skirt: Karen Millen neon floral skirt // Top: J.Crew (old, but similar here) // Bag: Ted Baker floral clutch // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik patent leather BB pumps // Sunglasses: c/o Warby Parker Reilly frames // Jewelry: J.Crew translucent stone necklace, J.Crew textured bangle set, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring

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midi moment

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To be perfectly honest, midi skirts have always been low on my list of trends to try. They look absolutely amazing on some people, but if I’m going to wear a skirt I generally prefer one of the two extremes: mini or maxi. I guess something about this ASOS pleated midi made me reconsider. Probably the fact that it’s so simple and effortless to wear, but still feels chic (…and the price was great).

I decided to go fairly low-key with the rest of the outfit: a neutral cotton cami that coordinated perfectly with my beloved rockstud pumps (to add a hint of sparkle), plus a statement necklace and leopard clutch. After these photos, I changed into neutral sandals (this pair of Jack Rogers) and threw on a distressed denim jacket for a quick trip to Whole Foods. A few simple switches transformed the look completely and made me feel like this was actually a trend I could incorporate into my style repertoire after all. What do you think?

Outfit details:

Skirt: ASOS pleated midi skirt // Tank: Diane von Furstenberg cami (similar here and here) // Bag: Clare V leopard flat clutch // Shoes: Valentino rockstud pumps // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban classic wayfarers // Jewelry: J.Crew stacked flowers necklace, Madewell bangles, vintage gold cuff, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring

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white washed: boyfriend jeans + sequins

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Hellooo, Friday! It’s been a super busy week, so I’m ready for a relaxing weekend — and kind of excited that tomorrow is officially the first day of summer. What’s more appropriate than an all white ensemble to kick off the season?

Recently, I’ve been living in the same pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans — they’re comfortable for all-day wear (in a casual office environment or for weekend errands) and easy to dress up with a pair of colorful pumps. Plus, they don’t feel suffocating and clingy like skinny jeans in humid weather. So, based on how often I wear my blue denim boyfriend jeans, I decided it was time for a second pair. I was pretty pumped to find these Gap “sexy boyfriend jeans” (and for such a good price). Plus, white is perfect for summer and expands my styling options on those days when effortless dressing is key.

Wishing you a happy first day of summer!

Outfit details:

Denim: Gap destructed “sexy boyfriend” jeans // Top: Gryphon sequin flare tank (also similar here) // Bag: Saint Laurent via Fashionphile (newer style here) // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB patent leather pumps (major sale score) // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard with blue mirrored lenses // Jewelry: Michael Kors rose gold watch, Jules Smith rose gold Americana cuff, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring

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