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denim skirt-graphic-tee-summer-outfit-espadrilles

denim skirt-graphic-tee-summer-outfit-espadrilles

denim skirt-graphic-tee-summer-outfit-espadrilles

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Top | Zara

Skirt| Topshop

Espadrilles| Rebecca Minkoff

I’m beyond happy that denim skirts are a thing again because they’re pretty much all I wore when I was in middle school, only this time I’m not wearing them with flip-flops and colored leggings – thank God. I love the seventies vibe of a button-front mini, but I chose to pair it here with this amazing graphic blouse I found at Zara and my favorite pair of Rebecca Minkoff espadrilles. These espadrilles and I have SEEN things together. I was dying for a pair of beaded tassel earrings for the summer and Baublebar had the perfect pair for me. I’m sure I’ll be using them a ton as temperatures continue to rise here in NYC. Click the links below to shop similar looks!

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WAITING ON A SONG – DAN AUERBACH

This is the perfect song to play going into Memorial Day Weekend. I’m currently loving Dan Auerbach’s second solo album, released eight years after his debut solo album. I’ve read a few complaints about the pop-ier direction he has gone in for this album, but I think The Black Keys have always maintained a bit of a pop sensibility despite their retro-influenced blues-rock sound.

Auerbach’s solo albums are little more laid back than the band’s music; more ‘The Lengths’ than ‘Howlin’ For You’. The song has a warm sound that’s heavily influenced by music from the early 70’s, my favorite era of music. To me, this song is all blissed-out sunshine, perfect for the summer days when you have nothing to do but lazily enjoy yourself. Dan Auerbach knows how to craft a timeless pop song and that’s alright with me.

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SHOW YOUR STRIPES

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Top | Rag & Bone

Jeans| Topshop

Shoes | Stuart Weitzman

Purse | Rebecca Minkoff

I’m a firm believer in basics. I would rather have a wardrobe that consists of a few high quality basics than a million uber-trendy pieces of lower quality. That being said, this Rag & Bone striped tee is one of the most-worn items I own. I think these metallic Stuart Weitzman flats are such a fun way to dress up what would otherwise be a t-shirt and jeans. I’m always scared to buy accessories in bright colors even when I love them because I think I’ll use black more, but I proved myself wrong with this Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag. I think I use the red even more than any of my black bags! Click the links below to shop this look and similar looks.

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HALF AND HALF

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Top | Zara

Coat | Banana Republic

Jeans| Express

Shoes | H by Halston

As someone who lives the majority of her life in jeans, I was more than happy that this Spring’s trends included unique innovations in denim. One of my favorite forms of this trend is two-tone denim. I couldn’t believe it when I found this perfect pair at Express! I love to break out a trench coat in the Spring and this one is such a classic wardrobe staple that I know I will be using it for years to come. Shop the links below for similar looks!

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CURRENTLY LUSTING AFTER…

Just what you need on a Friday afternoon: more reasons to online shop. I’m still lusting after this perfect Reformation dress, Madewell shorts, but have yet to pull the trigger. I’m loving chunky espadrille sandals right now and these Splendid pairs have great detailing. I haven’t worn a one-piece swimsuit since I was maybe ten years old, but I absolutely want one for this summer. Lastly, I’ve always been averse to rompers, but I’ve slowly come around to them. I’m still picky, but I usually like them in neutral colors with a but of a tomboy edge. All pics are shop-able, have at it!

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PUNK-Y PANTS

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Top | Zara

Pants | H&M 

Sneakers | Louise Et Cie

As I’ve written before, I am having a bit of a moment with vinyl pants. They’re such a statement piece that they instantly elevate any outfit and they can be dressed up or dressed down to your liking. I only had to see them a few times before I gave in and grabbed a pair for myself. Who am I kidding…I bought them as soon as I found a pair that fit. They’re stretchy, surprisingly comfortable, and even a little bit punk-y. I love them with this cool graphic pair of sneakers and their tight fit is perfect for this oversized shirt I didn’t quite know what to do with. Click the links below to shop similar looks!

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IN COLD BLOOD – alt-J

Out of the many, many things there are to like about alt-J, my favorite may be that they don’t sound like any other band I can name. They produce songs that are both catchy and musically creative, all the while being utterly original.

This song is the second single from their upcoming third album, RELAXER, now set for release on June 2. The first two singles are so solid, the release date has been pushed up a week — and deservedly so. This song has a killer chorus that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since I first heard it and I love how it grows in sound when the chorus gets repeated. Throw in an intense horn section and key change at the end and I’m hooked.

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STRIPES | SUEDE

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Jacket | BlankNYC

Blouse | H&M

Jeans | Current/Elliott (similar)

Sneakers | Rebecca Minkoff

I could probably wear stripes of some sort every day of my life. At the moment, it seems that they’re the pattern I’m always reaching for in stores and in my own closet. This jacket is such a good value for real suede that BlankNYC has made it in five more colors since I bought mine! The majority of the time I wear high-waisted jeans, but I love the moto detailing on this Current/Elliott pair so much that I tolerate their low-rise. I live in these Rebecca Minkoff sneakers, so it’s not their first appearance here and it surely won’t be their last. Shop the links below for similar looks!

 

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PEARLS ARE ALWAYS APPROPRIATE

Excuse me for quoting Jackie O, but there’s a reason she’s a style icon. Pearl embellishments are all over the place at the moment, but these aren’t your grandmother’s pearls. They can be ladylike or even a little bit tough, almost replacing studs as a cool girl go to detail. My favorite version of the trend is pearl detailing on shoes whether it be sandals, loafers, boots, or even sneakers.Follow the links above to shop my favorite shoes with pearl embellishing!

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ROSES AND BLUE VELVET

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Jacket | AllSaints

T-Shirt | Current/Elliott

Skirt | Topshop

Boots | Steven by Steve Madden

My practicality almost got the best of me when I bought these boots, telling me that I would wear them much more if they were black. Then I remembered that most of the items in my closet are neutrals anyway so why not get them in blue, the color I really loved. I was obsessed with this Topshop skirt immediately.  Embroidered denim is everywhere at the moment and this skirt is the perfect balance of tough and sweet. It sold out pretty quickly, but click the links below to shop similar looks!

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