Something Old, Something New

Making a Statement in a Summer Staple

Hey guys, I'm back this week and I'm talking about a summer staple with a bit of a unique spin.  That summer wardrobe staple is none other than LINEN!!!


Linen is a lightweight fabric that undeniably coincides with summer months and it's volcanic temperatures.  Linen is designed to keep us cool.  It usually comes in classic styles and shapes and is a bit understated design wise.  You can also bet on linen items being in a more muted or neutral color palette such as whites, beige or khaki.


I found this beautiful bold, vertical striped grey and teal linen beauty at a Goodwill thrift store several years ago.  The dress really stood out because it was reminiscent of the old vintage house dresses my great grandma would wear.  I can literally see her stomping around the house going from room to room with the remote control or some other random object in those large front pockets of this dress.

outfit deets - dress: thrifted ( here )( here ); shoes: Forever 21 ( here )( here ); necklace: ( here )( here )

outfit deets - dress: thrifted (here)(here); shoes: Forever 21 (here)(here); necklace: (here)(here)

Aside from the nostalgia associated with this dress, I knew that that alone wouldn't be enough to justify this purchase.  My goal is always to imagine several ways to wear an item, but if it's thrifted or vintage, I have to create ways to modernize it.  Figure out how to make the something old, a something new.  Check out this dress worn on the blog a few years back (here).


I paired my linen dress with these chic little white mules that I recently scored at Forever 21.  Mules in any color or style are a go for me, but it's so funny because I haven't always had an affinity for them.  I actually hated them a few years ago, on the brink of their comeback.  Now onto my necklace.  I coveted it for months, and waited for it to go on sale, then finally I got it.  It's so cool, and such a conversation piece.


Seasonal Layering

Do you guys remember that one warm day we had a few weeks ago - well that was this particular day.  The weather was nice and divine, the trees were blooming and everything just seemed right in the world.  Since then Spring has gone on what seems like permanent Spring Break, but let's not dwell on that fact.  For now, we can either reminiscence on warmer days, or pray for more to come.

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One of our photographers wanted to go shoot in a nearby park, and I was happy to oblige.  He's a fantastic photographer that shoots with a Canon (my preferred camera brand).  Canons agree with my melanin, so I knew that despite the bright sunlight and the random, deserted backdrop these pictures would be bomb.  

outfit details - shirt: ( here )( here ); joggers: ( here )( here ); booties: ( here )( here ); earrings: ( here )( here )

outfit details - shirt: (here)(here); joggers: (here)(here); booties: (here)(here); earrings: (here)(here)

My outfit is pretty relaxed.  I'm wearing some old black silk BCBG joggers, and a thrifted striped silk blouse layered over another striped shirt.  I figured I would flex my styling muscles a bit.  Spring is my favorite transitional season because it's perfect for layering. 

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Safe Places in Leather

Guys, I had the most insane thought a few moments ago...I actually considered starting a new blog anonymously .  For some strange reason I felt reservations about being completely transparent on this platform.  Honestly, I felt an inkling of fear about being myself and sharing here on my very own blog, but why?? Especially since I've been blogging for 5 years.


If you know me personally then you know that I am incredibly accommodating, so in my mind, I thought that maybe since this is a fashion and style blog that you guys wouldn't be interested in hearing a rant or talk about my personal development.  Over time, as I've gotten older, I have done quite a bit of psychological work to become this strong mind individual.  And although, I may seem detached and rather reserved when interacting with others, I am very in tuned with myself.  Please let me know if you would be interested in more personal content, along with outfit posts.  I want this blog to be a safe place for all of us to share our amazing style, as well as personal testaments.  Overtime, I learned that on the surface we may seem different, but we are all really similar and share many of the same struggles.  Here's to knowing a little bit more about the sharply dressed young lady in all of these photos. 


Outfit time:::  I'm sporting one of my favorite vintage blouses.  I just love the elegance that the pussy-tie bow gives.  This blouse is also 100% silk, and feels absolutely amazing on my skin.  I know I thrifted it years ago, but I can't recall from where.  I do, however, know exactly where this awesome pink leather skirt is from.  I bought this beauty in the Zara sale many years ago.  I would like to add that you may never know the many outfit options a pink leather skirt can provide until you own one.  The possibilities are endless guys.  I vote pink as a new neutral.

details - blouse: ( here )( here ); skirt: ( here )( here ); tights: ( here )( here ); shoes: ( here )( here ); earrings: ( here )( here )

details - blouse: (here)(here); skirt: (here)(here); tights: (here)(here); shoes: (here)(here); earrings: (here)(here)