small ways to seasonally dress

small ways to seasonally dress

At this time in the summer season I feel either one of two ways about my current closet edit. Either I’m counting down the amount of times I’m going to wear an item before throwing it out (cough cough my espadrilles have seen better days), or I’m counting the diverse ways I can wear a piece (p.s my white crew-neck tee shirt wins hands down).

August can be an oddly preemptive month. I’m feeling a little nostalgic about certain pieces, crafting occasions to wear things one last time before I tuck them away for the season. But I’m also starting to cast a longing eye to September–and all the fresh, and rich outfit opportunities it brings.

So maybe you’re sentimental about summer. Or maybe you’re ready to start foreshadowing fall. I have some ideas. And, bonus! They’re both very affordable, because, games aside, you probably just want to spend your cash on all the ice cream cones before Labor Day.

“I’m ready for apple farms, and pumpkins, and cashmere sweaters.” Fair.

How about a slight homage to the back-to-school standard ankle socks? A weird thing happened to me this year, where I must have seen someone wearing a pair of glitter anklets and then I couldn’t get them out of my HEAD. Like a 12 pack of pencils and a new notebook, these will only set you back at around $5 a pair. Adorable with a short skirt and bare legs, and how cool are the fishnets (newsflash, back and big for fall), with a raw hem jean?

Shop it: Navy rick rack trim, silvery black, fishnet ankle

“I could still go for another beach day, but my neck is sweaty … ” Yep, same.

Ladies, this idea is free. If you’re like me and have thick or long hair you know about the hair blanket effect. Below see my current vision board of simple, chic perfection. Pick up a pack of clear or black hair elastics and go to town with the multi-sectioned low-pony. It’s different, and easy, and it lasts all day. Or if you’re running out the door, go with a low pony with a single braided tail. You can successfully show off your bronzed shoulders, or statement earrings.

I’m sure you all have some end of season tricks and tips you’re hoarding on it … come on! Share the love. Let me know how you’re dressing at this point in the season. And as always, thanks for reading along on Steeped.

 

 

Summer called

Summer called

… and oh boy did I answer. The past three months have been filled with lots of weekend getaways, time with new friends and old, and so many pink colored drinks (rose, and the newly found, affectionately loved, watermelon juice).

I hope this summer has been quite something for you too. Maybe you’ve gone to dinner with salt water still dried in your hair. Or finally let yourself relax, and spend a whole afternoon on the back porch. Whatever you did, I hope it was something special, and made you feel like you could finally, just breath.

One evening on a recent beach vacation we found ourselves on a bay inlet for dinner and a sunset. The sunset was really the main event. It only felt appropriate to take my shoes off, and wear my most quintessential summer things.

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[Dress:  Banana Republic (old); Earrings: J.Crew; Makeup: Luminizer: Benefit]

Now on to live the last few weeks of summer, and bottle up that feeling.

Weekend sojourns (#SIStakesatrip)

Weekend sojourns (#SIStakesatrip)

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A few weekends ago I went up to Boston to visit one of my best girlfriends who moved away from the tri-state area. (le sigh) The only positive thing about friends across the country is the potential for road trips/weekend trips/new cities to traipse around. Clearly, I veer on the side of optimism.

Besides lots of best friend giggling, deliciously indulgent meals, and walking around the city, these are some of the most appreciated things I packed for the weekend:

1. A daytime dress that doesn’t wrinkle/can easily transition into a beach cover-up

2. A sun-smart hat that also is adorable (read through my waxing adoration here)

3. Flat sandals that will go with everything

4. Tee shirt and loose pant combo that will forgive you for all the pasta you ate the previous night …

5. A carry-all bag that you can store a clutch in for your nighttime rendezvous

 

It seems like every weekend I’m traveling, but still perfecting the art of streamlined packing. Have any tips or methods you’d like to share? Comment away below!

Keep your eye out for more #SIStakesatrip content in the weeks ahead. XO

 

Summer shoe of choice

Summer shoe of choice

Summer shoe of choice
It’s the type of shoe that fits every idyllic summer moment. The early morning bike rides on the boards, sandy toes finding their way in as you walk up the beach steps. Perfect for the sundress, cut-offs, and a boyfriend’s over sized shirt.

In an effort to minimize purchases, and hone in on the items that support that simple life, consider the espadrille. It’s a classic for a reason.

Shop more of my favorites at Soludos.
Dress in denial

Dress in denial

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Image [The Details: Top: Marshalls (old); Shorts: J.Crew (old); Shoes: Nine West, Necklace: F21]

I can’t believe it’s already mid-September …  something far more believable is me still finding ways to wear shorts when appropriate.

As I’ve mentioned to some friends, I’ll start celebrating Fall when my calendar says September 20th. Until then, I’m still enjoying my past seasons fare. What can I say? There’s something to savoring each present moment (even if it’s a fashion one).

With Ease

With Ease

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[The Details: Tee: J,Crew, Sweater: Gap, Jeans: Levis (old), Belt: Coach (thrifted), Sandals: Steve Madden]

I’m back from vacation where I spend my days sunning, boating, and relaxing with family. It’s such a necessity to get away and just “be” for a while to recharge. When on vacation, and attempting to pack light, I always lean towards a more preppy, classic aesthetic. A great item that will get you far, is of course, a white tee shirt. Paired with simple jeans, and bright sweater and belt, you can stay interesting even when you don’t want to “try too hard.”

Soak up the rest of the summer – I can’t believe August is almost upon us!

Here we go again (Summer bring it)

Here we go again (Summer bring it)

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[The Details: Jacket: Gap, Dress: Random, Converse]

Excuse my absence – I’ve been out living my summer life, going to concerts, down South for a quick vacation and just generally being busy and refreshed. Above is a realistic compilation of all things I’ve been into recently. It’s so easy to keep things simple with a clean white dress, white sneakers and some denim.

It’s pretty brainless, but I think it works (especially on those days where you have like 20 minutes to get dressed before your daily adventures begin).

Style Tip: I’m not a fan of wedge sneakers, but I can really get behind a pair of Keds, Converse, or Supergas with a summery dress. Give your sandals a rest and kick on your trainers for a playful look.

Hope everyone has a great week!