So, something kind of amazing happened when I took these photos.
In one last burst of Houston humidity, the air outside was literally wet. I’m used to this by now: I feel my hair starting to frizz, my skin starting to “glow” — it’s a familiar drill.
But this time, my camera lens got in on the action. And when I took a look at one of the photos, I found that they all looked like this:
Do you know what those remind me of?
Kind of amazing, right?
Truthfully, my logical mind knows that Glamour Shots were totally absurd and ridiculous, but can I confess something?
I know I shouldn’t admit this…
But as a kid…
I wanted them.
Oh my gosh, I wanted them so badly.
And I know Glamour Shot were more than just the super-blur filter (there were also the props! and poses! and perms!) — but to me, that super-blurry filter was just the epitome of cool.
(Or something like that. Man, though. I wish I’d gotten some as a kid, just to look back on them now and laugh myself to tears.)
So these photos are my consolation prize. Frizzy hair, check. Blurry filter, check.
The outfit, on the other hand. Very current, very subdued, very chic (if I do say so myself).
And — best of all — it’s full of pieces that look expensive but aren’t. The dress is from Macy’s and under $100. Brahmin bags are decidedly affordable and insanely beautiful — I get compliments every time I wear one. The necklace? Forever 21. Boom.
And the bracelet, I have to say a special word about — it’s from a website called Soko, that connects women artisans in sub-Saharan Africa with a global market for their beautiful creations, using principles of fair trade and sustainable design. This bracelet was made in partnership with an organization called Sasa Designs by the Deaf, and each bracelet is made by a deaf woman in Kenya (you can read more about it on their blog here).
Projects like this are a great reminder that fashion and technology can change people’s lives and offer opportunities to support communities that we couldn’t otherwise reach. It’s a beautiful piece and I love how it looks — but more than that, it’s a reminder to be grateful, to give back when you can, and to think about the small ways that you can make a difference for others.
Fall is my favorite time of the year in Texas — when the heat and humidity of the deep summer melts away, it feels like I’m living in a tropical paradise. The weather calls for light dresses and tank tops, and the days are long and sunny until daylight savings hits. As much as I miss the changing seasons in the Northeast, I love my long summers here in the south!
And what better pick for a late summer night than these mirrored Foster Grant aviators? These have been my favorite sunglasses all summer long, and they’re not going away anytime soon! I love the classic aviator style, and the reflection on the lens makes them fresh and modern. Swoon! (If you haven’t seen them yet, Foster Grant sunnies can be found everywhere from CVS to Walmart — they’re super affordable and come in a ton of amazing styles!)
I matched them with this new scarf top — the print is perfect for a hot evening, or it could be adorable under a blazer (and in case you want something with a little more coverage, I’ve linked to some other options below). Here’s to summer nights!
One reason I’m actually sort of happy I didn’t go to Fashion Week: Bear got his first cold last week, and I promptly caught it from him about two days later. So I’ve been completely knocked out this weekend, and very relieved I wasn’t dealing with traveling, hotels, crowds, or anything NYFW-related these past few days.
However, back when I thought I was going, I bought a few cute little outfits as potential choices to bring with me, and this romper is one. I’m not sure it would have ultimately made the cut — it’s a little too casual for Lincoln Center, not quite my A-Game style. On the other hand, for everyday life here in Houston, I completely love it. (Also, the deep-V is incredibly breastfeeding-friendly… which most of my clothing choices revolve around these days!)
On the model, this was worn with nothing underneath (check it out here), which, OMG — they did a great job pinning it or something. Because I put it on without anything underneath… and I was naked. Fortunately, this little bandeau gave me a little coverage, and I think a tank could work underneath too.
And for those of you who like the style, I’ve linked to a few other cute options below! xo
Sabo Skirt romper, LF bandeau top, FEED x Rachel Roy purse.
If there’s one thing I update in my wardrobe every season, it’s my favorite pair of jeans.
I know, I know. Shouldn’t I pick out a new trend? Crop tops or leather or something novelty-ish and cool?
Nope. The pieces I reach for, day after day, aren’t those novelty trends. They’re denim.
This season, I’ve fallen completely in love with this par of Low Rise Slim Jeans from Land’s End. (Yes, Land’s End.) They’re the perfect fit and come in multiple different lenghts, so even petite girls like me can find the perfect fit! (The pair I’m wearing is size 2 and a 30″ inseam, if you’re curious!) I rolled them up a tiny bit at the cuff, but they fit great with or without that little accent. The quality is amazing and I love their dark wash!
And even better — they’re a total bargain at $69! For a girl who usually spends $150 or $200 on the pair of perfect jeans each season, these are completely mind-blowing. I need them in every style!
I paired these jeans with this adorable breton-striped top and a denim jacket, both from Land’s End too. The denim jacket is a total find as well — their fabric is soft, classic, and looks great dressed up or down. It has just enough stretch to flatter, but not so much that you have trouble moving or breathing. For this new mom who’s on the go constantly, they’re the perfect pair.
What are your favorite pieces to update this fall? For more selections of Land’s End denim, check out their entire line here!
Remember these sunglasses? They were my absolute favorites last season, but this year, I’ve been falling in love with aviators more than ever! Still, though, when I was searching for the perfect pair to go along with this dress, these were what I reached for in an instant.
Because, let’s face it: they’re fun without being too serious, flattering for just about any face shape, and totally easy to wear. Best of all, they’re about $20 a pair (you can find them at your local CVS, Walmart, Walgreens or Target), so at that price, stock up in case you need extras!
And, seriously: this outfit is all about the accessories. Perfect sunnies, perfect chic necklace, perfect purse. This jeweled necklace is part of the Stripes and Sequins x Bauble Bar collection, and Grace is so incredibly talented and I’m thrilled to wear her beautiful pieces! Look for lots more in coming posts.