Last month, I went to Tea Bar with my best friends Bella and Will so we could catch up with each other before we all graduated high school and launched into our hectic summers. Bella and I accidentally color coordinated and Will was armed with his new camera to capture it.
I’ve been living in this swingy tee shirt dress and decided to accessorize a little (or hide a bad hair day?) with my favorite felt bowler hat. Bella’s bralette color matched my hat and she opted for a casual floral dress like mine.
Tea Bar is the go to spot for cold drinks on a hot summer day in Portland. Bella ordered a lavender boba tea while I ordered an iced matcha, which is one of my all time favorite drinks.
Me and B cheesin’ because we love Tea Bar!
I’m headed off to college in the big apple in just less than 2 months and I’m very excited to start school and continue blogging my outfits and adventures. I have a lot of time on my hands this summer and just recently bought my own computer so I hope to really put out some good content before I leave for school.
Thanks for reading, as always!
All images by Will Nielsen
They’re not unmentionables if you mention them… right? With summer around the corner, the desire to ditch clothes and wear a bikini all day is strong. But since it isn’t totally socially acceptable to walk around wearing just a bathing suit, I have the perfect solution to your warm weather woes: bralettes. Bralettes have been trending for the past year and I can easily say that they are the most comfortable and useful trend item I have ever encountered. This year I chose to invest in a few bralettes and ditch my unbearable bras. Check out a few of my favorites here:
simple gray | detailed back | longline | sheer | lace | detailed front
In terms of most supportive, I would go with a halter or racerback style if you’ve got a bigger chest because these tend to have more support and come in larger sizes. Strappy bralettes are my favorite for tops with low backs or fronts and the simpler styles come in more fun colors. I own a few lace bralettes but have started shying away from them recently because of how bumpy the lace can look under t-shirts. They’re great for layering with more silky dresses, but cotton bralettes are more comfortable for everyday wear. Urban Outfitters and Free People have carried several versions of the bralette for years now, but Forever 21 and Etsy have released a lot of interesting and affordable styles this season.
Now that school is out and it’s officially summer for me, I hope to be blogging a little bit more than I did in the school year. Leave me comments of posts you would like to see! (A college application blog post is on it’s way, as promised!)
Layering is a skill I’ve been trying to tackle for quite a while now. Since I’m petite, I find myself drowning in layers of clothing and never being able to find the perfect balance. In this OOTD, I took a fluttery shift dress and threw on a drapey turtleneck. It almost looks like it’s one piece, but since both pieces are light, I can get away with layering them because they don’t overwhelm my figure. Take a look:
I broke up the mass of black with my new favorite purse: a structured white crossbody. The watch I’m wearing is actually a calculator; I’m not taking any math classes currently, but it’s come in handy a few times for being such a novelty piece.
Photography — Will Nielsen
After doing my white on white post, I decided to try out the monochromatic outfit trend for myself, styling two separate looks around one color.
I’ve had this leather wrap skirt from Topshop in my closet forever and I can never seem to find any tops to style it with since it’s a strange shade of taupe-gray-neutral-mushroom-dirty white shoe. I decided to just stick with the gray color scheme and pair my skirt with a structured scuba crop top in a smiliar shade. The sides of the shirt have zippers which can be left zipped for a little extra detail, or unzipped for a little extra skin.
Besides white, blue is my favorite color. I got these oil slick blue Miista oxfords for myself on my 18th birthday this year and I love them to death. I styled them with a pair of worn in Levi’s and a silky white tank to break up the sea of blue. This coat is probably the best purchase I’ve ever made. It’s fuzzy without being furry, long without drowning my petite figure, and thick enough to keep me warm in subzero temps.
Don’t get me wrong– I really do appreciate a nice black on black outfit. Black matches everything, it’s easy to find when shopping, and looks good on just about everyone. However, I think it’s time white gets a turn in the spotlight. There’s nothing more clean and chic than an all white ensemble. I was intimidated by wearing white on white for the longest time, but now I’m slowly introducing more and more white pieces into my wardrobe.
My white on white mood board contains looks that aren’t necessarily ALL white. A nice gray or taupe accent can easily break up the white blob of an outfit that could result from too much of one shade.
This off-white bag is ideal for the upcoming spring season. It’s large enough to tote around beach and picnic essentials, while still being a practical and more interesting alternative to an everyday crossbody or tote bag. The perforated detail adds a little edgy twist to an otherwise classic bucket bag.
I bought these chunky heels last year and can’t get enough of them. They’re extremely comfy and the heel height isn’t too crazy for a platform wearing novice like me. White shoes can be tricky because of how easily they get dirty, but I’ve been careful with mine and haven’t had a problem so far (knock on wood!)
If you’re wary about incorporating more white into your closet, a hat is a good place to start. For one, they’re hard to get dirty, and secondly, they’re inexpensive and will last you from fall to spring. I’m a fan of beanies like this one, but a floppy white felt hat would be the best finishing touch to an outfit.
Don’t let black weigh you down this spring. Let white be your new neutral!
I recently got back to photographing my looks and decided to share this one with you– the first outfit post of 2015!
In this outfit, I paired my favorite t-shirt dress from this summer with the fur coat I got for Christmas (thanks, mom!). I wore my striped dress to death this summer and in bringing it out of the depths of my closet, I fell in love again. The shoes I’m wearing are from Topshop and are quite possibly the most comfortable pair of heels I own. If you’re not very skilled at walking in heels, I recommend picking a pair that has a chunky heel and multiple straps to keep your feet from sliding around in the shoe. It’s hard to tell in these photos, but my sunglasses are actually clear frames with a duochrome yellow + red lens. They’re crazy and outlandish and I love them. I snagged them for half price at a vintage store closing sale and haven’t taken them out of my purse since purchasing them. If you’re interested in similar styles, check out the brand Quay.
More posts to come!
Apologies for not posting on here in over two weeks! I’ve been focusing my efforts on something a little different: YouTube. I started a YouTube channel with my best friend Bella early last year and we’ve been making a lot of videos recently. I greatly enjoy filming and editing, and our latest lookbook was a blast to put together. Instead of showing you photos of all my favorite fall outfits, I thought I’d just include this video for a short snapshot of what I’m feelin’ for fall.
Bella and I would really appreciate if you checked out our YouTube channel and subscribed. We’re working hard on putting out great, consistent content for you guys. I’m going to start posting our videos here on my blog in a series called “On Film”. Let me know if you enjoy and want to see more.