The Uniform

Today I wanted to share with you all my go to uniform when I’m not sure what to wear: all black with a few statement pieces. I know all black might seem cliche, but pairing different textures together for a monochromatic look can be incredibly chic. I also chose black pieces with a bit of interest. My tank is from H&M and has a completely sheer back, which gives the opportunity to show off a fun bralette. I also chose my Gap high rise jeans with ripped knees to play with proportions and show off a little skin at the knees. To punch it up, I like to add a statement bag or shoe. In this case I incorporated both. I’m absolutely in love with my new Rebecca Minkoff blue suade bag that I snagged in the Nordstrom abbiversary sale. I have also been loving my new silver reptile print Birks which I found at Nordstrom Rack for only $60. They look amazing together and are put on show with an all black base.

What has been your summer uniform? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Advertisement

WIWW: July 15, 2015

Hello loves! I’m back with another what I wore Wednesday! When it’s hot out I always reach for a fun summer dress, Lord knows I have way too many of them for how often I get a chance to wear them. This one is one of my particular favorites from Francesca’s Collection. It’s bright red with little tiny penguins on it, and it’s one of my all time favorites. I still remember being in the store trying it on, I came out to show my mom and I was so excited. She asked me if I really wanted and would wear a dress covered in penguins, because it was kind of weird. And I think that was one of the first times when I stood up for myself in my own fashion choices. And yes I did want that bright red dress with little penguins, and I didn’t care what anyone else thought of it because it made me happy. My mom has since changed her mind about the penguin dress and it’s become a great inside joke between the two of us, so for me, this dress has a lot of other memories attached to it as well. To go along with this super special dress, I paired my all time favorite Fossil purse and Vince Camuto sandals. I kept the jewelry simple with a pair of studs from Nordstrom Rack and rings all from Banana Republic, to accentuate my Deborah Lipman Polish of course.

  
Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

My Top Five: July 1st, 2015

Hello loves and happy Wednesday! Today I finally had a day off of work because I had some appointments to go to, and of course I woke up with a random summer cold. So since I’ve been in bed or at the doctor’s office basically all day today, I haven’t been looking super presentable. That being said, I’m going to share with you my top five outfits from Pintrest and different bloggers from this week! I’ve been really into a more laid back and easy summer look with pops of color or a statement piece lately, and I’m sure my picks will express that very clearly.

  {image: richesforrags.tumblr.com}
  {image: withlovefromkat.com}
  {image: hellofashionblog.com}
  {image: chicwish.com}
  {image: shopstyle.com}
I’m seriously obsessed with this last outfit, and given the right occasion and place to purchase it, I would rock the heck out of that. On that note, have a fabulous day and I’ll talk to you again on Friday!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Outfit of the Week: June 12, 2015

Hello loves! For the summer time, I’m going to be switching my outfits of the week to outfit of the week. I’m working at a summer camp this summer and we’re required to wear athletic shorts, the camp shirt and tennis shoes everyday, so I don’t think that would be too interesting. That being said, I’ll still be bringing you at least one outfit every week, whether that be on Wednesday’s or Friday’s. So with all that, let’s jump into my outfit for the week!

  
My top is from J.Crew factory, and I love the sporty vibe it gives off. My jeans are my new favorite Rag and Bone jeans, I’m seriously in love. My sandals are my favorites by Libby Edleman. My Alex and Ani bracelets are of course my go-to, along with my Kendra Scott earrings which I finally got fixed! I absolutely love this outfit for just running errands or something casual with friends. Have a fabulous weekend!!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

The Perfect Jeans

For as long as I can remember, jean shopping has always been one of the most stressful experiences I’ve put myself through. And I think this is true for most women, unless you found the brand of jeans that was made for you on the first try, then you’ve been blessed. In middle school and the beginning of high school, I always wore American Eagle jeans, because that was the cool thing to do and Abercrombie jeans were uncomfortably tight in my opinion. My AE jeans rode much too low to actually stay on my hips, so I’d be yanking them up all day. They wore out rather quickly, and to be honest, weren’t always the most flattering. I still have one surviving pair from those years: my black skinnies, and I still have to yank them up constantly when I wear them. After that phase I moved onto trying to buy nicer jeans, and on a shopping trip to a Chicago outlet mall, my mom bought me three pairs of Joe’s Jeans. They were a higher rise and I was ecstatic at first, this meant no more constant pulling at my belt loops. But this also meant I would end up with dye from the jeans which would ruin my favorite purse. I also ripped one pair of my jeans right across the knee, rather randomly at school. And about six months after the knee rip, I ripped a another pair of my Joe’s Jeans… Right across the butt. At school. Needless to say, I haven’t purchased any more Joe’s Jeans. Next I moved onto Gap jeans, which I still have and wear a lot. I loved Gap’s Jegging Jeans because they were incredibly stretchy and comfortable to wear. But within about 5 months, they were so stretched out that after one wear, they didn’t fit and I was pulling them up constantly. After all these failures, I finally bit the bullet and invested in some high quality jeans during the last Nordstrom sale. I was incredibly nervous, and was 99% sure I wouldn’t possibly have ordered the right brand to fit my body, or the right size online without trying them on, but I did. I found the perfect pair of jeans. Rag and Bone skinny jeans. They’re amazing. Obviously, I haven’t put them through the whole long-term-relationship test, but that will come. They fit like a glove. They’re stretchy, without stretching out so much that they become baggy after one wear. They stay on my hips, and are a little higher rise so nothing is hanging out. They flatter the areas I am most self conscious about, and I’ve seriously never been so excited about a pair of jeans. I’ll link them here so you can check them out, but that being said, they might not be the perfect jeans for you. I know this post is sort of random, but I  wanted to write it more as a piece of encouragement. Jean shopping can be a real blow to the self esteem. Having to go up a size, going to 10 stores and finding nothing that fits, feeling fat, feeling to skinny, feeling like you want to melt into the floor at some points, but when you find the perfect pair of jeans that make you feel like you can conquer the world? Well it makes it all worth it, maybe… But jeans are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe so this fate cannot be avoided. And for real, finding a pair that makes you look amazing, that’s a huge boost to the self esteem. So keep bringing 12 pairs to the dressing room with you at Macy’s, and don’t feel bad about yourself if none of them fit. Different brands design their jeans to fit differently, and each and every one of us has our own unique body shape and size, and that brand may not fit you, and that’s ok. Eventually you’ll come across a great fit and brand, and buy a ton of those! Then once you have a few pairs you know make your butt look fabulous, branch out and try some boyfriend jeans from that brand or some flares, see how you feel about them. Fashion is all about feeling good and confident in what your’e wearing, so don’t throw in the towel just yet if you struggle with finding the perfect jeans. It took me almost a year of trying on jeans on every shopping trip to find some that fit just right. You got this. :)

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

WIWW: June 3, 2015

Hello loves! Happy Wednesday! It’s time once again for another What I Wore Wednesday post! And my apologies for such bad picture quality, I’m working on getting a better camera and such for the blog, but for now we will deal with my ancient one. Today’s outfit is my “brave doctor going outfit” because I hate going to the doctor more than anything, so if I look nice when I go, it makes it a little more bearable. My dress is a new purchase from Loft (which is 40% off today, so you should seriously take a look at their site.) I’m obsessed with this tangerine kind of orange color, it is the epitome of summer. It pairs perfectly with my new favorite set of necklaces from Ann Taylor along with the matching turquoise earrings, of course. I’m also rocking my new favorite gladiator sandals from Vince Camuto. I also threw on my American Eagle denim jacket as it was a little chilly this morning. I feel like this dress will be my go to for this summer as it’s light weight, modest, and also has a super cute triangle cutout on the lower back.  

I hope you guys enjoyed this outfit and are having as great spring weather wherever you are as I am here! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

WIWW: May 20th, 2015

Hello loves! Today I have another WIWW for you all, and it’s my last day of high school (besides exams.) As sentamental as this day is, I’m incredibly excited for what lays ahead of me, and super happy with this outfit!

 
My shirt is new, I just got it on sale at Loft. I’m wearing my trusty American Eagle jeans and sandals. I paired it win my staple Alex and Ani bracelets and my Fitbit-HR Charge. Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

WIWW: May 6th, 2015

Hello loves! This week’s Midwest weather has been absolutely ridiculous, which is so typical for this time of year. Dressing around that and the fact that I still want to wear my spring clothes has resulted in many days where I’ve been freezing at school, but today I think my outfit is just right.

 
My button down is an older one from J.Crew. (My friends say it looks like it was dipped half-way in water…) My jeans are from American Eagle. And my red flags are my favorites by Sam Edleman. I paired this with my Alex and Ani bracelets and of course, my Fitbit.

I hope you are having better weather wherever you live and are able to wear all the spring clothes your heart desires, have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

WIWW: April 29th, 2015

Hello loves! We’ve made it to Wednesday, which means it’s time for another What I Wore Wednesday. Today I woke up way to early and worked out before school, so let’s just look past the hair. I didn’t have time to shower and get Starbucks, and Starbucks obviously always won.


Today I kept it pretty simple. I wore my favorite basic white tshirt from Banana Repblic and my favorite black jeans from Gap. I threw some color into my outfit with my Lucky Brand silk scarf and Lucky Brand flats. For jewelry I’m wearing my Alex and Ani bracelets and TJMaxx earrings. {As well as my Fitbit, I guess that counts as jewelry.} I hope you enjoyed this post and it inspires you to throw some color into your outfit today! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette 

WIWW: April 15, 2015

Hello loves! We’ve made it to the middle of week once again, which is a great cause for celebrating, and means it’s time for another What I Wore Wednesday.

 

Today I was feeling super ready for spring, but the weather was not cooperating… So I added my American Eagle jean jacket over my Francesca’s Collection lace top. I layered an American Eagle camisole underneath so it wasn’t too scandalous. Of course I paired this with my favorite jegging jeans from Gap. I’m wearing my Sam Edleman snakeskin flats because they’re super comfortable and go with everything. I also added my Alex and Ani bracelets to make my Fitbit look a little better.

Have a fabulous Wednesday and find a way to celebrate today!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette