chambray.

Today, I’m sharing the one clothing item that I’ve been majorly obsessing over and coveting lately.  It’s not anything out of the ordinary.  In fact, odds are you already own one yourself!  What item am I talking about, you ask?  Why, a chambray shirt, of course!  Like I said, it’s not super fashion-forward or anything that’s hard to come by (quite the contrary actually, it’s literally everywhere!).

To put it simply, chambray shirts are currently on my radar, and in a major way.  I love how they can be dressed up or down, styled preppy or oh-so laid back.  Throw on a bedazzled necklace or scarf, add a pop of color via colored jeans or a bright cross-body bag, or wear it as is.  The chambray shirt may just be the most versatile wardrobe essential yet.  #moveoverwhitetee  My favorite inspiration for styling chambray shirts stems from none other than Madewell.  All the models always look so cool and so effortless wearing their chambray and now I want in on all the fun!  

Chambray #1
While scouring the web for the perfect chambray shirt, I found this one by Acne at NET-A-PORTER.  It’s way out of my budget and is technically denim, but nonetheless, I love the faded wash – it’s so different than anything you’d find in my closet.  

Chambray #2
Chambray-shirt-number-two is by Band of Outsiders (another splurge-worthy option) and errs more on the traditional side.  It’s a good, all-around cotton-chambray shirt that has that borrowed-from-the-boys feel to it.

Chambray #3
Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to spotlight J.Crew’s classic popover chambray shirt.  It’s effortless and as the description online reads, it’s “what to wear when you don’t have anything to wear.”  That just about sums it up for me – another winner that involves little to no styling.  Score.
Once I buy my first chambray shirt (eek!  I’m way too excited!), stay tuned to see how I style it + lots of outfit inspiration along the way.

xo,
A

P.S.- How do you style your chambray shirt?
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monday. favorites.

Ironically enough, I’m always either too busy or not busy enough  there’s just no happy medium.  Hence, my epic fail for not having a post ready for last Monday. Since I'm blogging purely for fun (#nopressure), I hate the idea of throwing a post together just to have something up. I like to believe that quality wins out over quantity in the end. That said, thankfully, I’m nowhere near as swamped this week. Here are a few things that I'm currently loving, enjoy!

1.  [mani. monday.]  For me, Monday signals not only the start of a new week, but also a fresh mani.  My most current mani to date includes a lovely shade of dark blue (which is borderline black), a punch of magenta pink and, naturally, I had to top it off with gold glitter!


2.  [post. halloween. treat.]  Starburst’s fruit-flavored candy corn is the best.  So good, in fact, that I have a few bags of it hidden away for when my next craving hits (which happens more often than I would like to admit!).  All I can say is that it’s going to be a sad day when I run out…and that I personally think that Starburst should consider making their candy corn all year long. #onceayearisnotenough

3.  [this. sweater.]  It’s by French Connection and I just love it.  It contains the perfect amount of slouch and boasts the prettiest (and most autumnal + holiday-esque) striped color palette.  I remember lusting after this said sweater for the longest time (it was literally love at first sight!) and then I finally bought it and all was well in the world once again.  

xo,
A

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november. the. list.

First, can I just say that I can’t believe it’s already November?!  (I remember just tweeting a month ago about how I could not believe it was October.)  Am I the only one who feels like time is flying by? Sometimes, I wish we could just push pause... 

From here on out, I think I’m going to make it a personal goal to stop dwelling over how fleeting the days are and just live a little more in the moment. 

In honor of the new month and the approaching holiday season (don’t worry, I won’t be talking about all things Christmas just yet...), I thought it would be fun to pull my favorite clothing items and accessories of the moment. What I’m currently lusting over, if you will.  Take a glance and don’t forget to leave a comment sharing which new arrivals you’re obsessing over!  


november. the. list.

1. Tim Tim Striped Raglan T-Shirt (French Connection): Nothing beats a good ol’ striped t-shirt in my book, especially when it’s as versatile as this navy/white one by French Connection.  
2. Shane Ivory/Black Polka Dot Crew Neck (Equipment): I have to say I’m digging the mega- sized polka dots featured on this cashmere crew neck sweater.  And it’s black and white, so the style possibilities are endless.  
3. It by Alexa Chung (Barnes & Noble): For fellow fashion-devotees (or shall I say Alexa-devotees), this is for you.  I don’t read much, but when I do, I make sure that it counts.  The next time I’m ready to welcome a new book into my life, you can bet that it will be this one.     
4. Contrast-Collar Topcoat (J.Crew): Dreamiest coat of the season there, I said it.  While J.Crew seems to excel in, well...pretty much everything, their outerwear is especially swoon-worthy. 
5. Collection Chelsea Monk-Strap Boots (J.Crew): One thing that my fall wardrobe is severely lacking in is boots. While the temperatures are still bearable, I wouldn’t mind adding this menswear-inspired pair of ankle boots to my collection. 
6. Print & Shine Bobbi Set (ban.do): This bobbi set by ban.do is too good. Gimme polka dots and I’m all set! 7. Taylor Cardigan with Contrast (Equipment): It’s cardigan weather and there’s always room for one (or five) more cardis to come home.  This buffalo check one by Equipment is all sorts of cute.  I need it.
8. Double Pave Bracelet (Club Monaco): As I’m not a fan of major arm parties (a stack of two or three is my limit), I adore how simple and sophisticated this double pave bracelet  from CM is.
9. Cedar Street Monday (Kate Spade): Although much too small to be practical, that shade of robin’s egg blue is too lovely for words.  (Just FYI, It also comes in ballet slipper pink…)    
10. Demi Flat (Coach): Ballet flat connoisseur and bow-delighted, I am.  These cream-colored ballerinas (with a black cap-toe!) by Coach are spot-on.   

Although, I plan on compiling monthly “I Need It” lists, in the meantime, feel free to check out/follow my board on Pinterest appropriately titled, “Things I’m Yearning For…”  I’m a Pinterest fanatic (#fact) and am always adding new goodies to it.  Enjoy!

xo,

A
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