6 States, 6 Days: Part II

Check out my last post for an intro into my 6 States, 6 Days series to stay in the loop!

So on our last day in Sun Valley, I told myself: “Enough is enough, I need to put on a cute outfit to feel like myself again!”

I don’t know how you guys feel about this – but when I travel, I want to romanticize everything about the adventure I’m on. I shamelessly want to feel like my trip is a beautifully shot film, and I like to dress accordingly. So on a road trip, especially a road trip to the outdoors-y destination of Sun Valley, you can see that I would run into some trouble.

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Madewell Skirt / Forever 21 Tee / Zara Bag / Free People Necklace

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The main conflict, of course, is where practicality and my personality collide. My romantic imagination would prefer to wear a flowing midi dress on a nature hike where reality needs me to wear hiking clothes and a baseball cap. I had to accept that my fashionable movie moment just wasn’t going to happen on this trip – and after a short internal struggle, I accepted this whole-heartedly.

I accepted that for parts of the trip, the romance lay within the nature I would be viewing. How I remember those precious moments will not be tainted by the heinous athletic clothing I chose to wear. But I still made time for the moments I needed to feel like myself and exist by my own rules, and these photographs capture those moments where my last post’s photographs did not.

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Unsensible and Ridiculous

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Shirt, BP // Skirt, Forever 21 // Jacket, AllSaints // Hat, Free People

As unsensible as leather on leather in the middle of June sounds, it’s actually something I’ve been considering a lot lately. There’s something about leather that makes everybody feel cool, or free, and I can only help but feel that summer also makes us feel this way. If we overlap the two, who knows how many people would be confidently **swaggering** around right now. In addition to these thoughts, consider the massive upswing of suede styles currently in stores. People are willing to put themselves into trendy(ish) suede to summer fashion – why not our ever-in-style leather?

Again, I must emphasize my complete insanity for even suggesting leather in this season, but these are just some thoughts I’ve been exploring. When the weather is even somewhat forgiving this summer, you can rest assured that I’ll probably be melting somewhere dressed head to toe in leather.

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Iconography

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Blazer, Topshop (similar) / Jacket, Earl’s Jeans (similar) / Turtleneck, Brandy Melville / Skirt, Forever 21 / Vans Sneakers

I’ve been eying these sneakers for a while now and when they went on sale I just couldn’t pass them up. To me, Vans scream California – they’re iconic to the area – and I know I’ll be get a ton of wear out of them this summer! This blazer is also a new favorite purchase of mine. It’s light and loose, and adds the perfect amount of polish to practically any outfit. It’s one of those things wear you just throw it over whatever you’re wearing without even thinking about it – I love those kinds of pieces!

I’m so lucky that I got to get out of the cold for a bit. It really allowed me to start gathering inspiration for spring and summer, and this outfit shows just that!

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Texture

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Coat, Zara (similar) / Skirt, Forever 21 (similar) / Bag, Madewell / Dr. Martens

Though maybe not the most practical outfit to post as Juno hits the east coast, I love this pairing for so many reasons. Textures are so fun to play with and I love the mix of leather, wool, knit, and canvas I used for this look! Winter is the best time of year to play with mixing textures, and winter in California is great for mixing lengths of bottoms and coats as well! (I personally love a coat-longer-than-your-skirt look).

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