LET’S GET GRAPHIC

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Dress | French Connection

Sandals | 1.STATE

I love the idea of a t-shirt dress in the summer because you can just throw it on with a pair of sandals or sneakers and you’re ready to go. It’s pretty much just an easy way to trick people into thinking you’re put together. This French Connection t-shirt dress is my favorite because of its boyish fit and fun darkly graphic design. I think this heavy looking pair of black gladiators make it a little edgy, but I would wear it with black and white sneakers as well for a sportier look. The breathable cotton is perfect for a hot summer day when you just can’t stand to wear another pair of shorts. Shop this and similar looks below!

 

 

 

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APOCALYPSE – CIGARETTES AFTER SEX

I recently heard Cigarettes After Sex’s song ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby’ somewhere and realized I somehow knew all the words without actually being aware of who sang it. I looked up the band and could not believe they had only just released their first album on June 9th because I felt like I had known this song forever. As for their debut album, ‘Apocalypse’ is one of my favorite songs. It perfectly embodies the band’s dreamy, hazy, melodic sensibility.

There is no rational reason that the lyrics “Your lips, my lips, apocalypse” should work. Even writing them now makes me cringe a little bit with secondhand embarrassment to be honest. HOWEVER, I hear Greg Gonzalez sing them within the context of this song and all of a sudden they sound beautiful and heartbreaking to me — such is the power of the band’s ability to create an atmosphere of warmth and the perfect kind of romanticism that borders on melodramatic without tipping over the edge.

 

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LEATHER SKIRTS AND RAINBOW STRIPES

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Top | Vince

Skirt| Free People

Espadrilles| Paul Smith

When the temperatures start to rise, I would almost always rather wear a skirt than a pair of short shorts. I truly think skirts are so much more comfortable for roaming around the city (even if I try to mind myself when I’m walking up the subway stairs so no one gets an eyeful). I love the unusual color of this vegan leather skirt from Free People. It’s a great piece to dress down during the daytime but also for going out at night. These bright yellow espadrilles from Paul Smith have such fun rainbow detailing and I think the green skirt really sets the color off! I get compliments from strangers every time I wear them. I chose to keep things easy and neutral up top by tucking in my favorite breezy cotton grey Vince tee. Click the links below to shop similar looks!

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A TEA DRESS FOR ONE, PLEASE

There’s a reason tons of fashion blogs write about the ‘secrets to dressing like a French girl’ and ‘mastering French girl style’. Who doesn’t want to be effortlessly glamorous and look put together without trying too hard? I envy this look myself and try to replicate it with tousled hard and minimal makeup besides red lipstick. The latest look that epitomizes French girl style for me is the tea dress. This dress is sweet with its romantic and girly prints, yet sexy with its short hemline and body-hugging silhouette. French brand Rouje and Australian brand Réalisation Par have been the pioneers behind this look and while they make gorgeous dresses, I thought I would give you some more affordable options. All the pics above are shop-able!

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DREAMING OF…

I really think that my style changes with the seasons. Summer brings out both my bohemian and feminine sides, making me long for loose-fitting gauzy fabrics and girly dresses. I’m in love with this Madewell dress because it’s linen, but mostly because of that bubblegum pink color. I’ve been searching for tie-front tops like this Asos one lately, but I really want to wear more color in the summer and I think red would look so good against a tan. Sooner or later I know I will give in to this gorgeous ASTR striped midi dress that I think looks perfectly breezy, but at the same time put together. I’m also really into the lush tropical prints that are everywhere right now, particularly on this cute high neck bikini. (And practical because you won’t burn your chest, right? That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway).
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MILLION ENEMIES – WAVVES

The first song I ever heard by Wavves was ‘I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl’ and I loved it for it’s punk-y humor and catchy melody. Punk music has always had a kind of self-loathing sense of humor, as it’s roots lie with youthful anarchists who, by their very nature, exist on the fringes of society. Wavves also has the DIY spirit that punk is traditionally associated with, having chose to self-release their first album back in 2008.

I’ve written before about my my soft spot for garage and surf rock and Wavves definitely falls under that umbrella. With their lo-fi fuzzy sound and mischievous lyrics, Wavves are the perfect summer band. Their music always sounds sun-drenched to me and yet this album sounds like a maturation for the band. This song feels a bit different for them, with it’s hip-hop influenced stomping beat and barn burner of a chorus, but I love it all the more for it.

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LOOK BACK IT AT

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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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