Amazingly beautiful roof in the floating shrine, Japan.
Gemma Redux Urban Armor cuffs
I’m always a fan of mixing prints, especially ones full of vibrant colors, but over the weekend, I decided to put a different spin on my mix by going black and white. The combo tends to always work and I love the added complexity that mixed prints brings to a classic color combo.
Shorts: Nicholas (similar here & here), Top: J. Crew, Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here & here), Bracelet: Gemma Redux, Bag: Proenza Schouler, Necklace: Zara-old (similar here), Sunnies: Wayne Cooper, Lips: Dior in Pandore.
Distressed denim is currently having a moment-not that it ever leaves the spotlight. Summer always has iterations of tattered shorts and boyfriend’s that are perfectly broken in and frayed. Being denim, of course you know I have a whole stack dedicated to all that is ripped. To the average onlooker, it probably seems I have 15 pairs of the same thing but for me, each one is unique and has a story to accompany some of their battle wounds.
I try not to play favorites with my distressed lovelies, however; when it comes to broken in denim, one of my go-to’s is always AG. They are unbelievably soft and the distressing is perfection. Like most brands, AG has many different washes and styles. I love their skinny ankle as I’m petite. The Slit is one of their most popular styles, but one I had not ever purchased. I was after something that fell between a slim boyfriend and a skinny and found that in AG’s newest Slit member.
Jeans: AG Jeans, Tee: Madewell (similar here & here), Necklace: Gemma Redux, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bag: Proenza Schouler (also love this color), Sunnies: Barton Perreira, Ring: Tom Binns (similar here).
I have certain pieces in my wardrobe that I know will always work and are usually my go to when I want something easy. I have to admit though, I can find myself in a fashion rut sometime,s always gravitating towards my favorite denim and basic top. My never fail cure: Accessorise!
While I’m certainly not starved for color when it comes to my accessories, I like to make sure there is always a balance among texture, color and size. Pops of color paired with fierce details on a classic black shoe are the cure all to any basic outfit.
Denim: Rag & Bone (also here), Button down: Vanishing Elephant (similar here), Clutch: Sophie Hulme, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bracelets: Dannijo (similar here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lips: Dior in Artifice.
Maxi’s are a warm weather staple, and mine are usually brightly and happy, conjuring up images of island getaways. However, they can also have a darker side that lends itself nicely to Summer’s version of the LBD. I came across this conundrum over the weekend when debating party attire for a more formal evening event. I opted for a black maxi with plenty of details and an equally interesting shoe. My LBD collection now has a new, slightly taller member 🙂
When it comes to necklaces, the bigger and chunkier the better for me. Back in 2008 I stumbled upon the Pandora’s Box of this when I found Gemma Redux. The chunky, raw stones with drippy chains intermixed, were always a conversation piece and definitely made a statement. I’ve been a loyal follower of the brand ever since, so when Rachel, the designer, decided to create a collection that was essentially the opposite of what Gemma Redux was known for, I have to admit, I was a bit anxious.
The Mechanix collection was born through Rachel’s background in mechanical engineering (very interesting history you can read about here). The pieces were sleek, understated and lended themselves perfectly to everyday and layering. I was a convert immediately. The statement piece of the Mechanix family is the rainbow collar necklace. I, of course, went straight for it. Somehow, the piece manages to make an impact, but is something I can literally wear with anything. The rest of the family is just as fabulous and is now a staple in my always growing Gemma collection.
Maxi’s have always been a Summer staple for me. They are so easy and versatile-going from laid back paired with gladiator flats to chic and elegant by adding strappy heels and metallic accessories. I have so many bold prints when it comes to my maxi collection that I jumped at this cobalt blue one. The color is fantastic and it’s the perfect canvas to accessorize.