What I Wore: Paris

Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Skirt and Bag, Urban Outfitters Boots

If you follow me on Instagramyou probably already know that I was in Paris this past weekend (yes, during Paris Fashion Week!). While I’m not yet cool enough to attend any shows, that doesn’t mean I didn’t partake in the fashion delirium taking place. The city was stylistically thriving (even more than usual) and this refreshing state of mind certainly guided my approach to dressing throughout the trip. The quintessential Parisian effortlessness that everybody talks about – it’s there, and it’s real.

I think there’s an element of trust between fashion and the French that the rest of us don’t experience; we spend precious minutes out of our day tucking and re-tucking shirts, re-tousling our hair, striving to achieve the perfect look. But the effortlessness of the French comes from them knowing that whatever garments they put on their back will indeed look more chic the less they are fussed with. They can’t afford to waste a moment double checking themselves – they have too many baguettes to eat and too little time.

I’m still trying to maintain that Paris state of mind when dressing back in Edinburgh and forever will, but there’s a spirit that exists in the city of style’s origin that’s hard to come by anywhere else. Until next time, I [wistfully] suppose.

Anyways, here’s what I wore. Let me know how I did.

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Madewell Coat, & Other Stories Bag, Zara Pants, Dr. Martens Boots
Vintage Jacket, Free People Hat, Dr. Martens Boots, & Other Stories Bag, Levi’s Jeans
H&M Shirt, Levi’s Jeans, Urban Outfitters Boots
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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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Outside Lands 2016: The Complete Planning Guide

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This week I’ve been busy getting excited for my weekend at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco! I just landed this morning and I am already loving the sunshine and prepping for this weekend with friends. (I’m currently sitting next to my hostess as she plans her outfits). We’re getting hyped for the weekend with this playlist, featuring artists from the lineup:

Since I had to pack to get here, I had to plan my festival vibes a little while back. I put together a couple of potential looks using some of my favorite new pieces! My inspiration was definitely more colorful and vibrant than usual – I’m mixing patterns, textures, and colors like there’s no tomorrow. I brought all these pieces because I feel like I can combine them however I want. The following are only 3 of the infinite possibilities:

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Zara Jacket, Citizens of Humanity Jeans, BP Scarf, Free People Boots and Brami
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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, BP Hat, Free People Coat, Bodysuit and Skirt
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Madewell Skirt, Urban Outfitters Swimsuit, Forever 21 Backpack, Steve Madden Sandals
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Mario Badescu Facial Spray, Free People Earring Set

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As for what I’m bringing to the festival, I’m keeping it as light and streamlined as possible. Keeping it minimal keeps it simple and light – no need for back pain to ruin the day! My belongings for the weekend will be as follows:

  1. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack (Mini!)
  2. Coach wallet
  3. Portable phone charger
  4. Rosebud lip balm
  5. Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit (Posie K)
  6. Rayban Aviators
  7. Film Camera + spare rolls (35 mm)

*Phone and water bottles go without saying.

Are you guys going to outside lands?! Tell me in the comments! (Can’t wait to see you there!)

Expect follow up posts soon!

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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