Style Session: Heeled Daytime Sandals

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Steve Madden Sandals

I thought it was finally time to show you guys what these sandals were all about. I’ve been wearing them all summer to work, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how I use them to complete a look – and how I can wear them for a 9 hour shift without complaining!

I do realize we’re reaching the end of the summer and it’s a little late for styling advice on sandals, but if you guys live anywhere like the Bay Area or Montreal, you know that we have a little more time before it really starts to chill down. So I thought I’d show you guys some ways to make sandals like these work for this transitional time, while also accommodating that lingering heat.

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Look 1: Madewell Jeans, Aritzia Shirt, UO Necktie

For look 1 I went with a couple of western-inspired instincts – the necktie, the tied shirt, the denim.. and then I brought it back to reality with the sandals, and I brought it into fall with the dusty color scheme.

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Look 2: Zara Shirt, Free People Skirt, Brandy Melville Choker, LF Bag

Look 2 is a girly look at its core, with the skirt and off-the-shoulder shirt combo. I then masculinized it with the pinstriped fabric and structured bag, and gave it a touch of edge with the unconventional skirt and choker. The denim and brown leather in the shoes make this a nice September look – an older version of the classic first day of school outfit.

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Look 3: Zara Romper, BP Scarf

I’m not really sure what the inspiration behind Look 3 was. I think you can’t have a style session with heeled sandals without including some sort of dress (this is actually a cleverly disguised romper), and the scarf just seemed to lend itself to the look. What I ended up with is something you would probably see on a nicely dressed lady at a Mexican resort – but I would easily wear this out to a nice dinner.

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Look 4: Levis Shorts, Zara Shirt, Free People Belt

Look 4 is a personal favorite. This new belt is the love of my life. I softened up a rugged bottom half with this light 70’s inspired blouse for a look that feels effortless. Throw on some sunglasses and a crossbody bag and I could easily wear this all day long.

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Current Favorites

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A lot of change has occurred this summer. I’ve been in Vancouver, I started a new job at Anthropologie, and my style has really developed (as it usually does when you start a new retail job right before back-to-school shopping). With change, usually comes new favorite things! I’ve been experimenting with lots of different products, styles, and inspirations – here are a couple of things I’ve been loving in particular:

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  1. Aritzia Bertillon Blouse – I even surprised myself when I picked up a purple top off the rack, but I’ve been getting a ton of wear out of this incredible transitional piece! The dusty purple color can bring a bit of depth to a look while its unexpected neutrality allows it to be worn with almost any other color.
  2. Free People August Catalog – You have to check out the video that accompanies this month’s catalog – it screams autumn and makes me so incredibly excited to begin preparing for those crisper days.
  3. Anthropologie Catalog – With my new job, I’ve come to appreciate Anthropologie in a totally new way, and this catalog only strengthens that admiration. Beautifully shot and styled, it’s definitely worth checking out for some prime fall inspiration.
  4. Rifle Paper Co. Notebook – I love collecting notebooks so much that I simply can’t write fast enough to fill all the ones I have. I’ve been digging this blue one in particular as my love for wearing color only grows stronger.
  5. Tocca Liliana Perfume – I’m currently loving this fragrance as the perfect scent for this summer-to-fall transition phase that we’re about to go through.
  6. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in “Hollywood” – I’ve found the perfect glam daytime color! Nude with a gold sheen across the top, this liquid lipstick has been worn many times since I got it just last week.
  7. Free People Skinny Scarf – I’ve had this for a while, I know. But I feel as if I’m always finding new ways to wear it and new looks to pair it with.

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Grandma’s House

There’s something about going to my Grandma’s house – drinking tea and admiring her garden – that make me feel a little more girly and a little more dainty than usual. So when I finally gave in to the uncontrollable urge to buy this dress, I knew there was only one place I wanted to shoot it.

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Aritzia Dress, Brandy Melville Choker, BP Hat

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Of course, girly-ness reaches a point of discomfort with me. So I had to rough up the look with touches of black, the beat up sneakers, and the velvet choker. Usually, I’m hesitant to toss around black accents with a summery outfit – they can come across as harsh and can ruin an outfit in a second.

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But I tried adding the accents to the top and bottom while avoiding the creation of a stark divide across the dress (ie: a big black belt) and I think it worked! The black draws the eyes around the look without overpowering it.

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The other accents were natural. The braid prevents overpowering the neck area (imagine my hair, the straps, and the choker – a disaster in the making) in what’s supposed to be a light look. Meanwhile, the rose-gold sunglasses are a subtle way to bring in some color and shine.

The teacup is half for fun and half for my caffeine fix.

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Denim denim denim

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Citizens of Humanity Jeans / Aritzia Top / Brandy Melville Chambray / Vans

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These jeans spoke to me on an emotional level, and despite their seeming lack of versatility, I had to have them. But, to my pleasant surprise, I have actually been able to style them a variety of ways! This has to be one of my favorites.

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As you know, I’ve been a fan of denim on denim for a while now. I even published a post on how to make it your own! I love this short sleeved chambray shirt because it gives me the ability to do my beloved Canadian tuxedo look in the heat of the summer without melting into a big puddle of blue.

I also have to admit, all the blue denim I’ve been wearing these days really goes well with the environment here in Vancouver. Everything is either blue or green here – a refreshing look from my usual greys and browns in Montreal or my golds in California!

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