Look: Leather & Distressed

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Leather and Chiffon Tank: Elizabeth and James via Saks Off Fifth (sold out, similar linked below!)| Cutoffs: One Teaspoon Bandit Shorts via Shopbop | Sandals: J. Crew |Leather Crossbody: Gucci Soho Disco | All available items linked below: 🙂

A black leather (or faux leather if that’s more your speed or style) is a must have, in my opinion, for every stylish gal’s wardrobe– it can be paired with literally ANYTHING, as it’s a neutral color and cut, but the fabric and texture really bring edge and life to an otherwise simple or boring outfit.  One of my absolute favorite things to pair a this leather tank (found at Saks Off Fifth for about $120; real leather with a chiffon underlay for an awesome hard/soft contrast!) with is distressed denim: baggy boyfriend jeans in the winter and fall, and these cutoffs in the summer (albeit, today wasn’t super hot or humid, hence why I was able to wear this top lol). I also like pairing a leather tank under a blazer for work, with a poufy or feminine skirt, with structured colored or denim culottes, or even under overalls… This exact top is sold out, and I wasn’t able to track it down for you guys anywhere, so I linked a few similar options I like below– now these aren’t the thriftiest purchases, true– most of the ones below are over $100– but this is me trying to convince you that this particular purchase is worth it and you will find yourself wearing this top with 9579453947 different outfits, I swear!

xo, ❤

Christine

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Mix List: Staycation Island Vibes

As a teacher, I always have mixed feelings on the last day of school– obviously I’m looking forward to this much needed summer break…but at the same time, as someone who loves being part of a school community, and someone who likes structure and routine (f0r the most part), leaving my students and coworkers who have been a part of my day for the past ten months isn’t as easy as it seems.
So what I like to do on my last day of school, to mark the beginning of SUMMER, and to ease any anxieties I might have about the freedom of the next two months, I like to create summer lists…to-do lists of small tasks (clean out car, clean out closet – again!), lists of activities I want to do (lots of bike riding, outdoor movie nights in NYC, surfing in Montauk), and of course, shopping lists!  Since we bought our house last summer, and pretty much spent our savings on it and the renovations we did, we decided not to travel anywhere special this summer…so a staycation it is for us! But just because we aren’t getting on a plane and busting out the passports doesn’t mean we can create our own “island vibes” right here at home, am I right? Thus, the theme of this Mix List…shop my favorite beachy-island inspired finds to create your very own personal summer paradise…(How cute is the beach radio?! And the Island Vibes one piece [super on trend this summer season] is already on its way to me as we speak!)
Happy staycation guys!
xo,
Christine
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Topshop ruffle dress
nordstrom.com

Mara Hoffman sleeveless romper
otteny.com

Swimming suit
shopprivateparty.com

J Crew j crew espadrille
jcrew.com

Sole Society fold over clutch
nordstrom.com

Baublebar jewelry
baublebar.com

Illesteva j crew glasses
jcrew.com

Sun Bum sun care
nordstrom.com

Essie coral nail polish in “peachside babe”
beauty.com

Ruby mint beach towel
shopbop.com

Sunnylife picnic basket
shopbop.com

SunnyLife Beach Sounds Speaker & Radio
shopbop.com

Sunnylife Inflatable Swan – White
shopbop.com

Mix List: Summer Wishlist

Even though its only been in the 60s this past week (in New York at least), school is winding down (only three more weeks, fellow teachers!), and it’ll be summer before we know it! I always say that during the summertime is when I feel most like myself– in terms of being carefree, like a kid again, happy to run around in cut-offs and sandals.  And in order to prepare for the ease of the next few months, I’ve rounded up some of the items on my personal summer style wishlist– some, like the metallic J.Crew sandals and One Teaspoon cut-offs (by far, the BEST DENIM SHORTS EVER!!!!!) are pillars of my hot weather wardrobe, and have proven themselves worthy of repeat buys this time every year!  There’s kind of a blue, white and gold theme going on here, which only became apparent and intentional when I was three quarters of the way done selecting these items for you…again, the denim-on-more-than-just-jeans trend continues from spring, with a heavy 70s influence, and white is pretty much synonymous with summertime and Popsicle stains, right? Gold is just, well…is there literally anything better than shiny gold on sunned skin on a night out with a drink in your hand and a warm breeze in the air?! No, there isn’t.
Shop the exact items below, and enjoy the countdown to salt in the air and sand in your hair!
xo,
Christine
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Madewell shift dress
madewell.com

Abercrombie Fitch romper
abercrombie.com

Joie sandals
shopbop.com

Schutz shoes
shopbop.com

J Crew  jewelry
jcrew.com

Shashi gold jewelry
shopbop.com

New to the Mix: Grown-Up Overalls

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Lightwash denim overalls: Hollister (On sale NOW for less than $25!!!!!)|Striped tee: Zara|Neon pink pumps: J. Crew (old and sold out, but similar linked below!)|Crossbody bag: Rebecca Minkoff
When I was a kid, I always loved overalls.  I remember a specific pair, that I wore ALL THE TIME when I was about 10, that I had gotten for a birthday present from the Gap…they were a medium wash blue, with embroidered flowers across the front bib.  They were everything.
So obviously, I was overjoyed when grown up iterations of my favorite 90s staple started showing up in stores and coming down runways…I feel like the jumpsuits and rompers that have become ubiquitous over the past few years kind of paved the way for the return of the overalls– plus, we’re always looking for a new way to wear denim, right?
Last summer, when my husband and I were renovating our newly purchased house (!), I dug out an old pair of short overalls (shortalls?) to paint and work around the house in– and it was literally like riding a bike, or reconnecting with an old friend– It was like I had never taken that flowered Gap pair off– overalls and I were reunited!
The pair I’m wearing above is actually my second pair of full-length overalls.  My first was a black pair from H&M (making it to a post some time soon I hope!).  This second pair was a major sale score at Hollister, a store I don’t normally shop in.  I stopped in to pick up a few ribbed tanks for summer and came upon these guys in the super sale section for only $21!!!! I love these particular ones for the light wash, which is less expected than a medium wash blue, and the fit– a slouchy but not too slouchy boyfriend-ish fit that isn’t baggy on my rear.  Seriously, the combinations I’ve come up with for wearing overalls are endless!! With converse, with heels, with loafers…with a leather moto jacket over them and any tee-shirt or tank underneath… they really can be dressed up or down.  Here, I paired them with a classic striped tee and neon pink heels, for the something unexpected part that I usually to throw into an outfit.  The gold choker keeps the look modern and fresh and the crossbody bag fits the (kind of) sporty vibe.  I hear so many girls and women say “these are so cute on you, but I could never pull them off”–and I always say “of course you can!”  I truly believe this– fashion is all about taking risks and developing your personal style through trying new combinations and trends, but anchoring them with classic “you” staples– for me, it’s the neon heels and gold choker that make the overalls feel most “me”.  I would wear these every day if I could.  I’ve linked some favorite pairs of mine below (and my EXACT pair from Hollister is still on sale, and linked above! Hurry!), along with my same striped tee and some pink heel picks.  Enjoy, and have a great week guys!
xo,
Christine
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