End of Summer Clothing~ For Love & Lemons, Paige

For Love & Lemons Gracie Midi DressI love how generously cut this midi dress is. I got a size small and there is still plenty of room in the dress. The fabric is light-weight and partially lined. The dress is not see-through. I wanted this dress because I love the retro 70s style cut and floral print. I wanted a dress like this for years because it looks like something Jackie from That 70s Show would wear. It is perfect for the end of summer because it provides coverage but is still light. A bonus, is it has a leg slit. It’s currently 15% off too!

Free People Lime BRB BodySuit – This bodysuit is supportive and vibrantly colored. The back is cutout to give the bodysuit a youthful edge. It is sold out but Free People has many body suits of a similar style. A vibrant bodysuit is a great way to spice up summer lounge wear.

Free People Levi’s shorts – I love the cut of these shorts because they have enough coverage in the back. The denim is very thick and they have minimally shrunk after getting washed several times.

Paige White Genevieve Pants – These pants are incredibly stretchy and forgiving. The downside is that they run long. I am around 5’6 and I wore heels yet they still were long, but if you are tall or don’t mind wearing heels I highly recommend them.

Free People Tortuga Straw Cowboy Hat – This hat is sold out but Free People has many cowboy hat alternatives. I think hats are a great accessory to use in the summer to make a simple outfit more festive while protecting your face from the sun. ❤

Rebecca Minkoff Bag Review

I recently got my second Rebecca Minkoff bag! The first bag I got was a tote bag I blogged about two years ago. I purchased a Chevron Quilted Jumbo Love Crossbody and a Leo Zip Card Case with Eye Stud.

I had my eye on this bag for about 5 months but I purchased the card case on a whim because it was on sale. I’m really happy I got it because I wanted a lighter wallet option to use daily.

My other Rebecca Minkoff wallet I blogged about in the past I love but it does feel weighted and heavy when used regularly. This small card case only needs the essentials and it also has a coin pouch as well for added organization.

The Chevron Quilted Jumbo Love Crossbody is LARGE and I love that about it. I wanted an everyday brunch worthy bag that could fit my essentials and not feel heavy on my shoulder. This bag fits the bill because it is lightweight and spacious. The dark sand color is delightful and wearable for several months from early summer to late autumn.

The back of the bag has an additional flap, perfect for quick reach items like my cellphone. I think a back flap is essential during these times because it allows you to not have to open your purse too often and put potential germs inside.

The inside of the bag has three pockets, one large one with a zipper and two smaller ones. This makes purse organization easy and practical. I put my hand sanitizer in one pocket and a sizable hand lotion and face tissues in the other smaller pocket. I also can fit two purse organization pouches inside as well so my bag remains organized.

https://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/products/chevron-quilted-jumbo-love-crossbody-hh19gcqx60-sandrift

The bag does come with a dust bag cover, how perfect! ❤

Spring Clothing ~ Reformation, Realisation Par, Express, (Nordstrom Tops $10-$13)

Spring Outfit Ideas:

The yellow bucket hat is from Pacsun and I got it on sale for $13.96. I looked it up on the site and it is now full price again but they do have a 15% off email sign up discount. The black top is from Express, as are the earrings, and the pants are from H&M. I bought these items in-store before lockdown and I cannot find it online (except for the linked earrings) but there are many versions of these pieces sold everywhere.

Similar looking pants sold on H&M:

Ankle-length Cotton Pants

Pima Cotton Chinos

Slacks

I think a baggier style pant and off the shoulder top make a nice combination because it strikes a balance between masculinity and femininity.

Pictured above my necklace is from Venessa Mooney. I think that store makes excellent fashion jewelry. I cannot find my necklace online but I think this one looks similar. My jeans are Jordache, I got them for around $73 and the original price is $245, so an excellent sale! I think jeans and bags for work or school are great pieces to purchase on sale during this time. My top is from Reformation in the color Peony. 

Long-sleeved wrap tops like the one pictured from Reformation are great for spring and summer nights because they offer some warmth when it gets breezy.

My white top is from Revolve and my jeans are from Reformation. I like the combination of a white top and light blue denim. 

Pictured here are honorable mention items: I love the Realisation Par Elton John collection. I paired the Baby Hercules t-shirt with Yesstyle earrings. 

The green top is from Reformation and I paired with a Venessa Mooney necklace and old white Kate Spade flower studs. The floral top is from the Leith brand sold at Nordstrom. I like this brand because it has many spring and summer pieces, especially tops for only 11-13 dollars. I’d recommend hand washing or dry cleaning any tops from this brand. Leith is a great brand to check out on a budget and I think many of their items look similar to Reformation’s style or Rebecca Minkoff. 

Lastly, pictured is a Reformation cropped knitted white top and statement earrings from Macy’s. I purchased a top similar to this from Forever 21 back in the fall and it completely shrank due to poor quality after getting washed. But in owning that top I realized how practical a basic long-sleeved knitted white crop top is. I expect that this top has better quality and will last a lot longer to work as a staple for the spring, summer, and later fall. 

Next blog posts:

NuFace Review

Hair Products for softness and growth & Hair Update ❤

Recycled Clothing Brand & Color Inspired Outfits

Vanessa Mooney is a brand I love because its locally made in Los Angeles, CA. A major bonus is that they use recycled fabrics! I love supporting smaller businesses that encourage environmentally conscious shopping. Though I do partake in fast fashion I’m trying to cut down. I love the romantic aesthetic of Venessa Mooney’s clothing and jewelry.

Another small brand I love is Telfar. I love the faux leather classic design and I plan on purchasing one to use this fall for my notebooks and laptop.  https://shop.telfar.net/

I gravitate towards the 70s and 80s inspired outfits because of two distinctive points in my life. 80s fashion is dear to my heart because I grew up during a major 80s clothing revival period during the mid-2000s. I vividly remember the transition from baggy pants to colorful skinny jeans sported in hues ranging from cherry red or emerald. I would always watch my older sister and her high school friends listening to Slick Rick while wearing thick gold chains layered over short-sleeved shirts. Later I grew a likeness for the 70s inspired clothing popular in California at the time. I still enjoy the 80s and 70s fashion wave.

Brands like Venessa Mooney and Stoned Immaculate cater to vintage-inspired looks and I plan on doing my spring and summer clothing shopping at both stores. Lately, I’ve enjoyed taking pictures of nature and creating outfits based on the colors I see. ❤

Color Inspiration

Shades of Blue

Urban Outfitters dress in blue

Pink, Peach, & Fuchsia

Vanessa Mooney Romper
Sunset colors in nails and earrings

Now that Spring is almost here, get inspired by the colors around you

Winter Look and Accessories ❄️

Winning Winter

For Love & Lemons Green Mini Dress ~ I wore this look on NYE and loved it! The quality of the sequins is fantastic and the dress sparkles perfectly in pictures. I saw that this dress is available for rent as well on Rent the Runway.

NYE

I’ve also purchased YesStyle accessories to get me into a wintery mood:

I think hearts and faux pearl fashion jewelry suits winter with Valentine’s Day in February. I also love the faux pearl hair accessories in the winter as well because they can dress up simple jean outfits. Accessories can help refresh boring turtleneck looks. There are limited options for what to wear in cold weather but a wide variety of accessories that can spice up everyday clothes. I recommend checking out YesStyle for inexpensive fashion jewelry.

Links:

https://www.yesstyle.com/en/isle-of-green-faux-pearl-heart-dangle-earrings-1-pair-hook-earring/info.html/pid.1069812324?cpid=1069812541

https://www.yesstyle.com/en/isle-of-green-marble-disc-drop-earrings-clip-on-earrings-hook-earring/info.html/pid.1065942465?cpid=1065942467

https://www.yesstyle.com/en/twin-bear-faux-pearl-flower-bow-hair-clip-black-one-size/info.html/pid.1073580587

https://www.yesstyle.com/en/isle-of-green-non-matching-faux-pearl-heart-dangle-earring-1-pair/info.html/pid.1068928638?cpid=1068928637

https://www.yesstyle.com/en/azalea-rhinestone-hair-clip-2-purple-champagne-one-size/info.html/pid.1073182107?cpid=1073182115

https://www.yesstyle.com/en/pouffle-rhinestone-hair-pin-as-shown-in-figure-one-size/info.html/pid.1072866970

Fall Looks & Accessories

I hope you’re doing well and feeling cozy this fall if wherever you are is experiencing autumn at this moment. The weather is taking a frigid turn on the East Coast of the U.S. I have been wearing accessories and clothes that fit current seasonal whims. One accessory I particularly like for its unique edge is my Marc Jacobs belly chain from Shopbop. The chain can still be purchased from the Marc Jacob site directly. It is a beaded chain that pays homage to the 90s Supermodel era. https://www.marcjacobs.com/beaded-belly-chain/M0014662.html

I wore it over a black sweater dress from Express I got on sale. I recommend this sweater dress because it is incredibly soft and warm and it washes well in a standard washing machine. https://www.express.com/clothing/women/ribbed-turtleneck-bodycon-sweater-dress/pro/07876074/cat3960001

I got a tan beret from YesStyle and the mustard top from Reformation. I love the quality of the beret, it is thick and stays put on my head. It doesn’t slide down during the day. The Reformation top washes well. I’ve re-worn this top countless times already and will keep it for years to come. https://cutt.ly/XeP1wNe

Excuse my ripped tights, I got the polka dot tights from Anthropologie and they ripped the first time I put them on, so I do not recommend them. The dress from For Love and Lemons I do recommend. The silhouette is retro with big puffed sleeves. I enjoy the deep rich royal purple color of the dress. I’m excited to dry clean it and wear it out again and hopefully take better pictures. I wore the dress during my sisters’ weekend trip last week in NYC and got many compliments! ❤

Autumn Celebration 🍂 Vanilla Perfume & Free People Sweater

I bought Floral Street Wild Vanilla Perfume as a fall scent. The 0.27 oz (pictured) costs $26 and 1.7 oz (full sized) costs $75. The key notes are Vanilla Bean, Cashmeran, and Ambroxan. The scent smells most like vanilla beans and jasmine to me. Sephora explains the fragrance has vanilla beans, blossom, cassis, citrus, jasmine, bamboo, and sandalwood. I love that the scent sinks into my sink very quickly and is not overpowering but still smells present. The vanilla scent smells sophisticated, not like cupcakes vanilla but gourmet hand-rolled vanilla bean ice cream type vanilla. This scent is a nice affordable way to change up my signature perfume routine in celebration of the new autumnal magic season. https://www.sephora.com/product/wild-vanilla-orchid-eau-de-parfum-P448129?skuId=2254753

I also got my first sweater of the season to celebrate from Free People ––– a pullover in burgundy. I love the color and look of the sweater. I purchased an extra small as advised by the comments and I’m happy about it because it does indeed fit super oversized. Online the sweater looks like it would feel soft and cozy but it doesn’t. It’s warm but not soft to the touch. https://www.freepeople.com/shop/angelic-pullover/?color=061&quantity=1&type=REGULAR

I got a pair of front tie black jeans too. They are super cute but not forgiving when it comes to sizing. They’re true skinny jeans that require a little bit of a wiggle to get into. I love them! ❤ https://www.freepeople.com/shop/crvy-high-rise-lace-up-skinny-jeans/ . ❤

Work Outfits

I’m in dire need of more work clothes. I think I plan on donating most of the clothes I have with me and slowly getting new things. Please ignore my shabby background.

I have two jobs, one casual one at a court house and another teaching position. Below are some work outfits:

Pink pants from New York and Company – shoes and snake-print hair bow from Topshop

Lily Silk top with gold pearl clip – the top feels weighted and of quality, I highly recommend this brand!

Same Topshop shoes and New York and Company button up, old necklace from like four years ago (I think Forever 21)

Old Ann Taylor silver chain necklace worn with a pink bell sleeve top from Versona. New York and Company pants and Kate Sade heels. ❤

Reformation Try-on

Reformation is currently having a massive sale, so it’s a great time to look into this sustainably made brand that pays workers fairly. Pictured above is the Lottie Top Black and Cynthia High Relaxed Jean Color: San Lucas. I got the jeans in a size 25 and I think I should have gotten a smaller size because they run a little big. I love that most Reformation pieces are hand-washable, including this top. Also, after hand washing the clothes, they do not look linty or worn.

The Nebraska Dress in the color Ochre — the straps are strong and supportive when tied. The color is beautiful in person, a definite show stopper dress that can last a lifetime.


This is an old picture from last fall — I wore the Proust Top. I love the fabric the shirt is made of because it feels thick. I hand wash it often and it still looks the same as the day I got it.

I have a few more Reformation pieces but have not had the time to wear them and take pictures. I’ve been locked away most of the summer studying haha. Hopefully, I can wear my Reformation dresses during future vacations. ❤