…and repeat

Lately, as you have probably noticed, I have been turning to two staples on a more than regular basis.  First being my faux leather pencil skirt (seen here and here) and second these trousers (also seen here).  They both are those “go with everything” pieces.  I can literally grab anything else from my wardrobe without having to wonder if it will work.  I am sorry if you all are sick of seeing them, I promise I will get try to be better about it.

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-24

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-25

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-18

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-22

Coat: Forever 21 (old) similar here.  Blouse: Everlane.  Trousers: ASOS (identical here).  Shoes: Tony Bianco.  Jewelry: Zada Official (use code: CARA15 for 10% off your order), Marrin Costello, Marrin Costello, James Michelle.  Hat: Lack of Color via Lack of Color AU (also available here and here).

haute hippie

I am finally back!  I had my in-laws in town for the past week, who I rarely get to see, so needless to say family took priority!  I hope ya’ll understand!

I recently discovered Eight Slate and have become addicted.  Think chic, minimalistic, tops at a more than affordable price point.  I have been on the hunt for a lace bustier for what seems like forever, but a $300+ price point just wouldn’t do.  When I saw this one at a fraction of that cost, at what just a weeks worth of Starbucks would cost me, I was instantly sold.

Eight Slate Lace Bustier White-6

Eight Slate Lace Bustier White-7

Eight Slate Lace Bustier White-8

Jacket: Zara (old $10 sale find) great option here – go up a size for the same loose fit.  Top: Eight Slate via online (note prices are displayed in SGP).  Skirt: Zara (old) I have this variation too and love it.  Heels: Tony Bianco (on super sale).  Purse: Fendi.  Jewelry: Zada Official (use code CARA15 for 10% off your order).

out to lunch

There is nothing more effortless than a button down, loose slacks and strappy heels… at least in my book!  There is also nothing that makes as much of a statement with such little effort.  It is a combo allows for the perfect game of mix and match with endless possibilities.  Now just give me this top in every color and I am ready for the dreariest or the warmest of days.  I can’t wait to pair it with boyfriend shorts and culottes alike.

Mode Collective Multi Strap Sandal Red-15

Mode Collective Multi Strap Sandal Red-14

Mode Collective Multi Strap Sandal Red-8

Mode Collective Multi Strap Sandal Red-9

Mode Collective Multi Strap Sandal Red-1

Shirt: Uniqlo (obsessed with this option– and it’s 25% off with code: SHOPNOW).  Pants: Zara (old) identical here – also 25% off with code: SHOPNOW.  Heels: The Mode Collective (also love these).  Bag: Fendi.  Jewelry: J. Crew, Zada Official (use code: CARA15 for 10% off your order).

stepping out

Ya’ll know how much of an addict I am when it comes to a “borrowed from the boys” look.  I love feminine pieces and details but can never go all out and just run with them.  I guess you could call it my way of adding myself into an outfit.  I have always been oddly obsessed with loafer pumps, the masculine touch in such a feminine shape intrigues me.  You wouldn’t know it by looking at my show wall, yes I have a shoe wall (they are my weakness), but I am incredibly picky when it comes to my shoes.  The color, the heel, the cut, has to be perfectly suited to not only how I envision the style but to me.  These pumps may be oldies but they are definitely goodies!

Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt-1

Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt-6

Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt-2

Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt-9

Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt-12

Sweater: H&M (another great option on major sale here and love this sleeveless option for summer).  Skirt: Zara (old) Identical here.  Pumps: Fendi (old) similar on mega sale here and these are also amazing.  Purse: Fendi.  Jewelry: Zada Official (use code: CARA15 for 10% off your order).

 

tall order

“You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” Marissa Mayer

Mango Seventy Flare Jean White-12
Mango Seventy Flare Jean White-8
Mango Seventy Flare Jean White-14
Mango Seventy Flare Jean White-5
Blazer: Poshmark find (gorgeous option here).  Tank: BR.  Jeans: Mango via online.  Heels: The Mode Collective (similar here).  Jewelry: Zada Official, Marrin Costello, Marrin Costello, Zada Official (only one available – use code CARA15 for 10% off any order).  Purse: Fendi.

free falling

“She’s a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America, too
She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend, too
It’s a long day living in reseda
There’s a freeway runnin’ through the yard
I’m a bad boy ’cause I don’t even miss her
I’m a bad boy for breaking her heart
And I’m free, free fallin’, fallin’
And I’m free, free fallin’, fallin’
All the vampires walkin’ through the valley
They move west down Ventura boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
And the good girls are home with broken hearts
And I’m free, free fallin’, fallin’
Now I’m free, free fallin’, fallin'”

– Tom Petty “Free Falling”

Zara Wide Leg High Waisted Trouser Jean-4

Zara Wide Leg High Waisted Trouser Jean-1

Zara Wide Leg High Waisted Trouser Jean-10

Zara Wide Leg High Waisted Trouser Jean-5

Zara Wide Leg High Waisted Trouser Jean-6

Top: Mango via online.  Pants: Zara (similar here).  Heels: Zara (old) identical here.  Jewelry: Riavianna, J. Crew, Lulu Frost, Zada Official (such a necessity and only one in stock).  Scarf: Zara (old) similar here.  Purse: Fendi.

abandon the plan

No pants are the best pants!  While I am wearing a shirtdress, yes, it is a dress!  It is meant to be a dress, not a nightshirt, not a top, and it is not stolen from my husbands closet!  Yet, if you ask my sister she will swear up and down that I simply forgot my pants or that I left the house in such a hurry that I must have though they were not necessary.  She will even insist to extended family on a phone call that when she saw an outfit sneak peek on Instagram I am “almost naked and left the house in my nighty”.  This is the same sister who called my cape a couch throw so I will chalk this up once again to our ever differing fashion sense.  Don’t get me wrong, she always looks amazing but we have very different taste (although we do agree on handbags and jewels).

Now to test her reaction to my bell bottoms and sailor denim…

ASOS Abandon the Plan Sweatshirt-7

ASOS Abandon the Plan Sweatshirt-10

ASOS Abandon the Plan Sweatshirt-2

ASOS Abandon the Plan Sweatshirt-6

ASOS Abandon the Plan Sweatshirt-5

Sweater: ASOS.  Shirtdress: H&M (another great option here).  Boots: Steve Madden (love these too). Hat: Nordstrom (old) nearly identical here.  Purse: Fendi.  Jewelry: Zada Official.

 

fringe full

In the past two months I have worn this skirt on a more than regular basis that could almost definitely be considered embarrassing!  With everything from an oversized turtleneck and strappy heels, to a tee with classic pumps, and even a button down with my tried and true new balances… I just can’t get enough!  It works with anything and everything I have thrown it’s way and in my opinion that is a piece that has fully earned it’s front row spot in my wardrobe!

BCBG Rachelle Leather Fringe Skirt-1

BCBG Rachelle Leather Fringe Skirt-12

BCBG Rachelle Leather Fringe Skirt-8

BCBG Rachelle Leather Fringe Skirt-6

Bomber: Forever 21.  Tee: Zara (old) identical here.  Skirt: BCBGMaxazria via Bellevue Square (on sale here and 20% off here automatically applied at checkout).  Heels: Manolo Blahnik.  Purse: Chanel.  Sunglasses: Cheap Monday.

 

slouchy

…not a word that is appealing to most, but describes my obsession to a “T”!  If you haven’t noticed by now I am all for slightly oversized and just a little bit slouchy!  There is something about it that just makes me so comfortable and walk just a little bit taller.  If it has a “borrowed from the boys” influence I am sold.  I guess it’s the sports playing, barbie marries G.I. Joe not Ken, worm selling, 12 year old tomboy in me coming out again.  I do like to add a feminine touch and slight sex appeal though.  Sex appeal, haha, why do I feel so weird saying that?!

H&M High Waisted Chino-13

H&M High Waisted Chino-10

 H&M High Waisted Chino-11

Top: H&M (love this).  Pants: H&M (bought a size up and worn at regular waist vs high waisted) similar here and here.  Heels: Manolo Blahnik.  Jewelry: Zada Official (shark tooth and black diamond ring restocking next month), Baublebar.  Hat: Forever 21.  Purse: Chanel (save here).

in the black

…and yet again, right before the weekend, I came down with a cold, the flu… the plague!  Whatever you want to call it, I was the sickest I have been in years (I am normally the one who never gets sick)!  Once I thought I had overcome the germs from just a few weeks ago they came back full force.  You see, when I am sick, I can get slightly whiny.  To the point where my husband is praying for the second that the Nyquil kicks in and I am knocked out for at least a couple of hours straight.  Whoever was so kind as to gift me with this sickness, in my best Liam Neeson voice, “I don’t know who you are but I will hunt you down, and I will find you!”.

Now that I am able to look at a computer screen without feeling completely nauseated I can catch up on all my favorites, I’ve seriously missed you all dearly!  It will be a great way to fully kick the aches and the last bit of this cough!  TMI?  Blame it on the medicine…

River Island Maxi Longsleeve Shirt Dress-6

River Island Maxi Longsleeve Shirt Dress-4

River Island Maxi Longsleeve Shirt Dress-5

River Island Maxi Longsleeve Shirt Dress-1

River Island Maxi Longsleeve Shirt Dress-7

Dress: RI.  Shoes: Zara (old) these would look incredible with this dress.  Jewelry: ASOS, Marrin Costello –  (pre-order, email contact (at) marrincostello.com and ask for the huggies).  Purse: Chanel (great save here).  Sunglasses: Cheap Monday.