2016. best. nine.

I'm not sure how 2016 is already in the books, but here we are. All in all, the past year was just okay. It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible — the past 12 months honestly just whizzed by as I struggled to get anything done (hello, writer's block and lack of direction in life). If you know me, then you know that I'm not big on resolutions. While that hasn't changed, I was thinking of creating a list of blog resolutions, which I hope to share with you by the end of the week (but we all know how that goes). Despite my lack of blog posts lately, I realize that I do enjoy having this corner of the internet to share all my current fashion obsessions, inspirations and occasional outfit snippets. With that said, I'm excited to get back on the blogging bandwagon in 2017 with a fresh perspective and content that inspires me to keep posting. Until then, I'm sharing my top nine Instagram posts (you can follow along at @a_wilmer) from 2016. Enjoy!

What are your hopes + ambitions for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!


merry, merry.

Merry, merry! Just dropping by to wish everyone a happy holiday season filled with peace + happiness.


five. for. friday.

Apologies for the radio silence here on the blog lately! Between the busy holiday season, writer’s block and just stress in general, my mind has been all over the place. Something tells me that I’m not the only one who feels this way. As 2016 quickly comes to a close and you find yourself scrambling to stay on top of final exams, holiday shopping, blogging, end-of-year projects — you name it — I think it’s important to take a second to just breathe. But seriously, You’ve. Got. This.

With all that being said, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite links (primarily videos, actually!) from the week. Check ‘em out below for a designated “study break” or snuggle up with a cup of tea as a way to wind down the weekend. No Sunday scaries here :)


1. Concrete Poetry (via Mitchell Phun) // Wow. I follow Mitchell Phun, a photography student at Parsons, on Instagram and I’m so in love with his minimalist New York City aesthetic. For his final project of the semester, he compiled a video that juxtaposes fashion with a big city backdrop.

Photo via Coveteur 

2. Inside Monling Lee’s Closet (Coveteur) // Another one of my favorite Igers — Monling Lee, an architect and color enthusiast — recently had her closet spotlighted on the Coveteur. Take one glance at her colorful Insta feed (and equally eccentric style) and and you’ll see why I’m so enthralled with her solid-hued wardrobe neatly organized by the brightest brights. Can you say #goals?

3. Come Together – Directed by Wes Anderson starring Adrien Brody (via H&M) // H&M went all out for their Christmas 2016 ad campaign. Enlisting the assistance of American film director, Wes Anderson, and starring Adrien Brody, the artful film is guaranteed to put you in a holiday spirit.

4. #MissAdventure Season 2, Episode 3: "To the Top" (via Kate Spade) // So. Much. Sass. ICYMI: Miss Piggy is Kate Spade’s latest style muse of the moment, and I’m kind of obsessed. A perfect pairing, amirite? For their holiday installment of the #MissAdventure series, Zosia Mamet and Miss Piggy find themselves inadvertently twinning in the same #OOTD as they share an elevator ride in the Empire State Building en route to a holiday party. My favorite part: That would have to be a cameo by the Man Repeller herself, Leandra Medine!

5. Five Festive Party Look Ideas! (via What Olivia Did) // Ah, I wish I was a British girl. The always lovely Olivia (of What Olivia Did) just shared her top five festive party looks in a vlog, and as per usual, she’s killin’ it with the style recs. Definitely recommended if you’re in need of some fun holiday party outfit inspo!

What piqued your interest this week? Feel free to share a link to your weekly roundup or leave a comment below!


glossier. essentials. // cyber. monday. edition.

In case you somehow haven’t already heard that Glossier’s offering 20% off + free shipping on every order (or managed to overlook it due to a flooding inbox of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales), it’s true. Glossier’s not kidding when they say it’s the Biggest. Sale. Of. The. Year. I’ve curated a list of products below you should definitely either snag for yourself or for a friend. Oh, and the sale ends Monday (11/28), so don’t delay!! 

1. Glossier Black Tie Set ($50): I may or may not have asked for Glossier’s limited edition Black Tie Set for Christmas. (Let it be known: If you happen to have a $10 store credit on file, you can combine that with the 20% off coupon for a steal.) The set consists of a Glossier pink nail polish (#obsessed), a black eyeliner, a Haloscope highlighter and a clear lip gloss. AND it comes all boxed and wrapped in a bow, which makes it the perfect gift for your BFF, sister — you name it.  

2. Glossier Sweatshirt ($60): Um, hello. What better way to show off your love for Glossier at the gym or when Netflixing and chilling? *Adds to cart without hesitation for an athleisure look.* 

3. Glossier Boy Brow ($16): So. Much. YAS. I just ordered boy brow and can’t wait to try it. ‘Cause who doesn’t want picture-perfect brows? 

4. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($26): I haven’t tried the perfecting skin tint yet, but would love to in the near future. True to Glossier’s mission — “more skin, less makeup” — this skin-perfecting formula (available in a spectrum of shades) would be the perfect alternative to cakey foundations that don’t allow your skin to breathe.  

5. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18): If I wasn’t already fully stocked in First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser, then I would jump at the chance to try out Glossier’s milk jelly cleanser. Starting and ending the day with a blank slate is crucial for healthy, blemish-free skin anyway, so this one’s really a no-brainer.  

6. Glossier Priming Moisturizer ($25): You can’t go wrong with a priming moisturizer, amirite? You’ll use it on a daily basis and it’ll essentially serve as a “glowing canvas” for all your other Glossier products. Plus, it’s lightweight enough to allow your skin to b-r-e-a-t-h-e. 

7. Glossier Flavored Balm Dotcom ($12): I’ve blogged about my love for Glossier’s mint balm dotcom in the past, but just to reiterate, this stuff works. It’s incredibly moisturizing and smells equally ah-mazing. With 20% off, now’s the perfect time to invest in a tube (or three). Currently available in rose, cherry, coconut and of course my personal fave, mint.

Which Glossier products will you be stocking up on? Let me know in the comments below!



pockets? yes, please.



I hope everyone had a wonderful and restorative Thanksgiving! My family and I kept things very low-key (just the way I like it), and I’m currently gearing up for Small Business Saturday.

As I foreshadowed in my previous #OOTD post, the tights have finally come out. With temps officially in the 40s and 50s, it’s simply too chilly to walk around with bare legs! That said, I do like how my noir tights look teamed with this lovely floral print dress by For Love & Lemons (from a collaboration they did with Urban Outfitters last year). Just FYI: If you’re new to For Love & Lemons, they’re an LA-based brand known for super pretty embroidered and lace pieces with boho appeal.

When I’m not layering sweaters with button-downs, one of my go-to outfit combos is to style a long-sleeved dress with an oversized cardigan (this gray one from Madewell has been on repeat lately). Bonus points, ‘cause it even has pockets! Throw in my beloved Chelsea boots (Gap, last fall), a classic Kate Spade bag and I’m all set for a day spent shopping on the downtown mall. While this look definitely has an autumnal vibe to it, I think it’ll work just as well for winter — give or take, a heavy wool topper and riding boots.

If you’re looking to get in your For Love & Lemons fix, I’ve rounded up a few of my fave picks below:

What are you loving from For Love & Lemons? Let me know in the comments below!


f/w '16. nail. colors.

When the weather turns frightful, there’s nothing like a little pop of color via your nails to inject major oomph into your fall/winter wardrobe. Throw in the upcoming holidays and a dazzling mani is practically non-negotiable. If you’ve already got a case of the winter blues (I know it’s not winter yet, but my scratchy throat and runny nose seem to be saying otherwise!), then some freshly manicured tips could be just what the doctor ordered. Ahead, I’ve compiled a roundup of my favorite nail colors of the moment.
1. Burberry Beauty Gold Shimmer No.452 // The perfect holiday shimmer that also doubles for a signature accent nail. To be worn solo or teamed with any of the other colors included in this post. 
2. JINsoon Nail Polish in Ube // A pretty lavender hue to complement all your cream-colored fisherman sweaters, Breton stripes and cherry red toppers. Obsessed would be an understatement.  
3. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes // In lieu of stark black, I swear by a deep blue that’s equal parts minimalist and understated chic. Plus, this storm-blue hue will pair exquisitely with all the neutrals in your winter wardrobe. 
4. Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Laurel Canyon Lover // Not a fan of classic Revlon red? Try this rich burgundy hue for the holiday season (and beyond). Come Valentine’s Day, a glittery accent nail will be obligatory. 
5. Essie Nail Polish in Satin Sister // My pick from Essie’s winter collection? That would be “satin sister,” which Essie has described as a “sleek ebony peacock blue.” Take note: This after hours-approved jewel tone was made to be worn for winter formals/galas/soirees, especially when accompanied by a sequined gown or a velvet fit-and-flare dress. But, don’t be mistaken, it’s a shoo-in for the daytime too.  
6. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty La Laque Nail Polish in Jaune Babouche 62 // Perhaps more autumnal than wintry, there’s no time like RN to test-drive this sunny goldenrod color. It calls to mind plaid blanket scarves, suede ankle booties and pumpkin spice-everything — basically ALL the fall things. 

What fall/winter nail colors are you lusting after? Let me know in the comments below!


fall. uniform.

As much as I live for the summer months, I have to admit the arrival of fall often brings out my inner style chameleon. I seek solace in all the cozy layers, textures and slouchy knits that inspire me to adopt a more laid-back ‘tude. Though the temps have been relatively moderate so far, I know it’ll only be a matter of time before the tights and heavy toppers make an appearance. (Although, you best believe that I’ll be holding out on the tights part until absolutely necessary.) 

Today, I’m sharing my favorite #OOTD from the season to date — in fact, I’d go as far as to call it my unofficial fall uniform. If I had to live in one outfit this entire season, then it would undoubtedly consist of a chunky knit sweater, a mini skirt and Chelsea boots. REPEAT. I love how effortless and dialed down this combo is — there’s nothing overly fussy or “trying too hard” about it. It’s as streamlined as you can get, yet still totally polished. In a few short weeks, I could easily see black tights thrown into the mix.

Pretending like I'm a stoop kid... 

Outfit details: The light blue knit sweater I’m wearing is one of my absolute favorites. It’s by Cheap Monday, and the fit is oh-so impeccable. It’s a little bit slouchy, a smidge oversized and 100% off-duty. I love pairing it with high-waisted skinny jeans equally as much as a skater skirt. Speaking of which, while this teal floral print skirt from Aritzia is more of a summer staple, it instantly takes on a fall-ish vibe when teamed with a sweater and ankle boots. Last but not least, I snagged my pointed toe Chelsea boots on a whim from Gap last fall (you can check out this year’s version here), and they’ve already been in heavy rotation this season. I literally can’t put 'em down. If anything, they're proof that I need to invest in more Chelsea boots (and actually a pair of Doc Martens while I’m at it).

Shop all my favorite knits, cold weather-approved skirts and Chelsea boots in the widget below:

Do you have a fall uniform that you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!


happy. halloween.

Happy Halloween! Hope it's spooky 👻 // Shown here: Cornelia Parker's PsychoBarn meets the New York skyline.


24. hours. in. virginia. beach.

Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. I did just that during a recent trip to Virginia Beach that lasted slightly less than 24 hours. Though the architecture may have been unsightly, I found solace in all the eclectic colored walls and coastal-hued buildings that lined the boardwalk. While I’m admittedly not a fan of the beach (self-proclaimed city girl right here), it was certainly a change in scenery for me.

Because I was in town right after Hurricane Matthew had hit the area, the temps were definitely not cooperating (I’m not kidding when I say it felt like late November!). Thankfully, I decided to swap out my open-toed sandals for ankle boots and a field jacket just in case it wasn’t warm. Let it be known: That wind chill was brutal. Had it not been for how cold it was, I would’ve gotten an ice cream cone (or two) from one of the many Dairy Queens and local parlors that lined the boardwalk. Spoiler: I snagged a box of salt water taffy instead.

For some visual inspo, I’ve put together a Steller story documenting a few of my favorite snapshots. Take a look below (click to open) and let me know about your latest travels in the comments below!


chunky. block. heels. of. the. moment.

New season, new shoes — or so the mantra goes. If summer was dominated by my obsession with pom-pom embellished sandals, then fall might as well be synonymous with chunky block heels. Personally, I'm more of a ballet flats kind of girl, but don't be mistaken, that doesn't stop me from still yearning after a pair of these stylish stompers. The chunkier the heel, the more fun that can be had. Right? 

Main image via College Prepster

Just a little back story: My infatuation with chunky block heels actually goes way back to circa 2013 when Carly Heitlinger of the College Prepster owned a pair of J.Crew's Etta cap-toe pumps (check 'em out here if you need a refresher and see this outfit for reference.) As fate would have it, J.Crew brought back a very similar version of their iconic cap-toe pumps this season. *Praise hands emoji.* Because I loved Carly’s Summer Fridays-inspired #OOTD so much (more like borderline obsessed), I decided to fall-ify the look a bit with a more season-appropriate dress. Just how French girl-chic is this silk windowpane ruffle-hem dress from Madewell? Throw a suede moto jacket into the equation (and maybe this felt fedora) and you’re all set for a day at the office or a low-key weekend spent brunching and doing autumnal things. Count me in, please. :)

1. Silk Ruffle-Hem Dress in Windowpane (Madewell)
2. Leonard Street Letty (Kate Spade)
3. Lena Leather Pumps With Patent Cap Toe (J.Crew)

More chunky block heels to shop this season 

Are you craving a pair of chunky block heels this fall? Let me know in the comments below!


october. the. list.

Today, I’m returning with an installment of “the list.” Not only is it officially #sweaterweather, but October just so happens to be my birthday month (any other fellow Libras out there?!). With that in mind, I’ve compiled the ultimate bday/treat yo’self wish list for fall. *Adds everything to cart.*

1. Stacey Print Card Holder (Alice + Olivia) // How cute is this charming card holder inspired by Alice + Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet? It’s a way chic alternative to your everyday wallet, especially when you’re heading out for a night on the town. With three card slots, it’ll hold a credit card, your driver’s licence, a student id — you name it.  
2. Swing Time Pendant (Kate Spade) // A glam tassel necklace that can double for day and night… Count me in, please! Dress it up for the upcoming holiday season with a drop waist dress and chunky block heels or dial it down with a crisp button-down and high-waisted skinnies.  
3. Uptown Mini Satchel (Henri Bendel) // Calling all self-proclaimed #girlbosses! This ladylike mini satchel is just the thing for running errands across town. AND it’s in millennial pink. I digress. 
4. Polka-Dot Tulle-Trimmed Striped Jersey Top (J.Crew) // ICYMI: Net-a-Porter just released a capsule collection with J.Crew and I’m kind of obsessed. This Breton striped top with a playful polka dot tulle hem is nothing short of perfection.  
5. Barbour Classic Olive Beadnell Wax Jacket (Tuckernuck) // A classic Barbour Beadnell jacket is at the top of my fall wish list, and for good reason. It’s versatile enough to toss on with jeans, a t-shirt dress or even an A-line mini skirt (accompanied by riding boots, natch).  
6. Button-Front Skirt (Madewell) // Another button-front skirt from Madewell that I’m yearning for. ~ Shocker ~  
7. The Original Hobe (Hobes) // Rest assured that this will not be the last time I profess my love for Hobes. As the days get nippy, I foresee these navy suede ankle boots (also available in tan) being paired with a plaid blanket scarf and your best denim.  
8. Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top Sneakers (Shopbop) // Not sure how I’m so late to the game, but I feel like it’s time I invest in some Chuck Taylors. These metallic gold ones are actually pretty fly.  
9. Enamel Ring (J.Crew) // Step aside dainty finger jewels — cocktail rings are officially on my radar again thanks to J.Crew. This pretty bauble — totally reminiscent of something from your granny’s jewelry box — will give you an excuse to play dress up. 
10. Baneera Heels (Kate Spade) // Any birthday babes out there? These sparkly heels deserve to be worn beyond the dance floor. Like when a case of the mundane Mondays hits or when a plain ol’ t-shirt just isn’t cutting it. Ya know? 

What are your must-haves for October? Leave a comment below!



reader poll: gray jeans or indigo?

Decisions, decisions: The Emmanuelle on the left and the The Margot on the right 

Hello, lovely blog readers! In lieu of regularly scheduled content, I need your feedback. With my birthday coming up, I want to invest in a new pair of jeans, but I can’t decide between Industry Standard’s new gray wash (the Emmanuelle) or their classic indigo wash (the Margot). Tough call, right? (FYI: If you’re new to the blog, I swear by Industry Standard jeans — I already own the Simones in both black and ink blue, and the fit is impeccable.) Scroll down to the comments and let me know which pair I should pick! Thanks in advance!!

Industry Standard The Emmanuelle Highrise in Gray: Meet the perfect gray wash. These bad boys were just released a week ago, and I’m kind of loving their off-duty appeal. Pair ‘em with a white t-shirt and a field jacket for a considerably edgy look, or toss on a cropped knit sweater for instant boho appeal.

Industry Standard The Margot Highrise in Indigo // I may or may not be a sucker for dark-wash jeans. Can you imagine how ah-mazing these would look with a cream-colored fisherman sweater and streamlined d’Orsay flats? I digress. 

Which pair do you think would be most versatile this fall (and beyond)? Let me know in the comments below! 


one. last. summer. hurrah.

It's bomb pop o'clock. 

Summer has (sadly) come to an end and fall is officially in full swing. Before I jump into fall content, however, I wanted to share one last summer #OOTD. TBH, it may or may not be one of my favorite looks from summer ‘16. What better way to say “see ya later” to one season and hello to the next than with a bomb pop in hand? That’s not even a question.

Although, I just snagged this ruffled plaid shirt from Anthropologie on sale shortly before the end of summer, I know it’ll be in rotation this fall, too. I can’t wait to pair it with dark wash jeans (thinking about investing in these) and a field jacket (or a beige cardigan). Unfortunately, these navy high-waisted shorts probably won’t be getting much more wear beyond these next few weeks — fingers crossed, I’ll be able to team ‘em with an oversized sweater before it gets too cold. In lieu of accessories, I let my Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C Crossbody bag do all the talking as it’s such a statement piece in its own right. The shade of powder blue is super versatile for year-round wear, especially during the winter months when a little extra pop of color is appreciated.

What are you most looking forward to this fall? Let me know in the comments below!


battle. of. the. t-shirts.

And here's how I styled my white v-neck tee from Everlane. I kept things casual with a brocade mini skirt from Club Monaco and d'Orsay flats from J.Crew. 

If there’s one capsule wardrobe essential that every fashion girl should be equipped with, it’s a trusty white t-shirt (or three). Though maybe not the most exciting piece to go shopping for, the styling potential of this basic layering staple shall not go unnoticed. With my favorite James Perse pocket tee seeing better days, my mission to snag a replacement tee seemed more imminent than ever.

And so began my search for the quintessential white tee. Since I didn’t want to spend a fortune on another James Perse t-shirt (I snagged my previous one from Marshalls on major clearance), I decided to shop around for a more budget-friendly option. I ended up investing in a v-neck tee from Everlane and an oversized pocket tee from Topshop (purchased through Nordstrom). Read on to see if they’ve lived up to my expectations thus far.  

Everlane The Cotton V ($15): My very first order from Everlane (more on that in a future post) included a simple white cotton t-shirt. Despite just receiving it a few weeks ago, I’ve already managed to wear it on a few occasions. To date, my favorite way to style it has been with a mini skirt and flats — give or take a field jacket if the temps are nippy. As suggested in the description, I ended up sizing up for a more relaxed look. It’s not too sheer, not too fitted, but just right for a casual half-tuck. The v-neck isn’t too low-cut — it definitely has more of a borrowed-from-the-boys feel. All end all, I would highly recommend ordering one of Everlane’s cotton v-neck tees (they’re available in a slew of colors!) for everyday wear. Pssst: You can receive free shipping on your first order within 24 hours of signup!  

Topshop Pocket Tee ($25): TBH, I was so pleased with my Everlane tee that I could’ve ended my search there. However… while browsing the Topshop section at Nordstrom, I stumbled upon their white pocket tee on sale (marked down to $12), and I couldn’t not invest in it as a backup. Compared to the Everlane tee I purchased, this one flaunts a more laid-back chic fit (I sized up again). It's made of a soft jersey material that’s super comfortable and flattering. And, of course, the pocket is my favorite part! Though I haven’t gotten a chance to wear it, I can’t wait to style it with skinny jeans and a cardigan or knotted with a skirt for a dialed down look. Unfortunately, it seems to have already sold out online — definitely check in store though as it could still be available.

The verdict: I found not one, but TWO high-quality white tees that will serve different purposes in my wardrobe. Mission accomplished.

More budget-friendly white tees that I’m loving:

What’s your favorite way to style a white t-shirt? Let me know in the comments below!



end. of. summer. playlist.

In honor of the last day of summer (and #HumpDay), I've compiled an end of summer playlist to help you power through the workweek. While tomorrow may mark the first day of fall, I have a feeling I'll be in a summer state of mind for a while. (Side note: If you haven't already, you can still check out the midweek playlist I made earlier in the summer.) My latest playlist is just a snippet of some songs I've had on repeat lately. I really wanted to include this song (appropriately titled, Living it Up in the Summer) that was featured in a video for Tommy Hilfiger's spring 2017 collection. Unfortunately, it's not on Spotify! That's all for now — I'm hoping to share a really cute #OOTD post on Friday, so stay tuned for that :)

What have you been listening to lately? Let me know in the comments below!


back. to. school. with. bluesky's. day. designer.


I’m a smidge behind on the whole back-to-school bandwagon, but I definitely still think the entire month of September is devoted to fresh beginnings and new routines. I received samples from BlueSky’s Day Designer collaboration with Whitney English a while back, and I just wanted to take a second to share my thoughts. 

This post really couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut as of lately. Ever since vacay (nearly a month ago now), I feel as though I’ve been constantly playing catch-up with blog posts and freelance work. I don’t know about you, but I hate it when work lingers over the weekend — not only is it a total distraction, but you never truly get caught up with everything. Hence, where I am now: feeling frustrated and not-so-inspired.  

Enter in the Day Designer collection, AKA a savvy college student’s (or self-proclaimed busy girl’s) dream. If you’re someone who likes to pencil in ALL the things, then Whitney English’s line of academic year planners, wall calendars and desk accessories will be right up your alley. The best part: It’s all sold exclusively at Target with everything in the collection coming in at just under the $20 mark. #Winning

I created Day Designer in response to my own desire for a planner that was both functional and beautiful. I envisioned a planner that would be simple to use yet robust enough to handle the modern woman’s busy, chaotic, challenging - yet ultimately rewarding - life. An efficient planning system was truly the key to helping me, and busy women all over the world, find focus, create balance and live a more inspiring life. — Whitney English

Despite being a post-graduate, I still swear by a good planner (or three). While I occasionally like to create to-do lists on my iPad, I’m definitely more of a pen and paper kind of gal. I have to say, I was very, very impressed upon receiving the Day Designer 8 x 10 inch navy striped planner (as well as the 5 x 8 inch gold striped planner), the wall calendar, navy floral pen, printed pencil set and pack of assorted washi tape. I’ve linked all the items below (if N/A online, definitely check in store!) as well as additional commentary on what I love about each product.

1. Day Designer Weekly/Monthly Planner in Navy Blue/White // Not only is this navy and white striped planner gorgeous on the outside, but the layout on the inside is incredibly streamlined and easy on the eyes. (Shhh, don’t tell, but it’s honestly just as nice as my Kate Spade planner.) I love how there’s a space for you to record your top three goals and agenda for the day as well as thoughts of gratitude and notes for the week.
2. Day Designer Weekly/Monthly Planner in Gold/White // This planner flaunts a classy gold and white palette that’s equal parts glamorous and sophisticated. It’s slightly smaller size makes it perfect for a backpack or even a leather tote. The layout and organization are the same as the navy and white planner above — just on a smaller scale. I especially love the section of lined pages at the back devoted to note-taking, whether you’re jotting down notes in class or brainstorming ideas on a whim. 
3. Day Designer Wall Calendar in Creamsicle // Admittedly, I’ve never owned a wall calendar before (at least, not the type that you actually write on), but this one’s making me want to be a little more on top of things. But actually. I’ve decided to reserve this cute pink + teal striped calendar for blogging. Since I wasn’t so successful with keeping up with an editorial calendar in August, I’m hoping to get down a solid blogging routine this month. Fingers crossed. 
4. Day Designer Fountain Pen in Floral Print // As if I didn’t already have enough pens, now I have one more to add to the mix. This floral print fountain pen with a gold finish (which writes in black ink) is perfect for in-class note-taking and making to-do lists.  
5. Day Designer #2 Pencil Set in Multi-Print // Do you even head back-to-school if you’re not equipped with at least one #2 pencil for bubbling scantrons? That’s not even a question. 
6 Day Designer Washi Tape, 3 Rolls // ‘Cuz washi tape is always a good idea. Use it to decorate your wall calendar, designate special dates and upcoming getaways in your planners — you name it.

What’s your go-to method for staying on top of things? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: All BlueSky products featured in this post were kindly provided as samples. Please note that all views and opinions are my own.

august. outfits.

Channeling those summatime vibes.

“I blinked, and then all of a sudden it was September.” Story of my life. I can’t believe that it’s already Labor Day weekend — where did summer go?! I fully intend on making the most out of these few remaining weeks before fall weather officially kicks in. For now, I’m sharing my favorite outfits from August (which also just so happen to be all the looks I wore in NYC). Speaking of which, I hope to have a recap of my trip up sometime next week. Fingers crossed!

Day 1: I opted for a super casual, laid-back look since I knew I’d be traveling by train for a good bit of the day (and you just never know how chilly it’s going to be!). I styled my favorite Industry Standard jeans with a lipstick print top and d’Orsay flats for a low-key evening spent at the New Museum.

Day 2: Doesn’t this outfit just scream summer in the city?! I wore this sophisticated look for an afternoon spent shopping in the Flatiron District (one of my favorite areas in NYC!) and participating in First Fridays (I stopped by the Neue Galerie and the Morgan Library & Museum). My ruffled top is by YSTR, the skirt is Scotch & Soda and the sandals are from Madewell.

Day 3: Reasons why I love NYC: Mornings spent exploring SoHo and afternoons at the Whitney. Oh, and walking along The High Line afterwards! This easy-breezy tribal print dress from Duo proved to be perfect for the hot and humid weather we were having that day. I finished off my look with an old pair of Sam Edelman gold gladiators.

Day 4: We started the day out at the Cooper Hewitt (a very cool design museum on the Upper East Side) before venturing off to the Met and the Met Breuer. A trip to the Met rooftop always calls for a LBD — this time was no exception. My super cute heart necklace is from Ban.do., BTW.

Day 5: If only all Mondays could be as perfect as they are when in NYC. Since we had already hit the Upper East Side, SoHo, Flatiron and the Meatpacking district, the first half of our Monday was spent in lower Manhattan checking out the “Oculus” designed by Santiago Calatrava, which is located at the World Trade Center. I’ll talk more about that in my trip recap post, but the architecture was ah-maz-ing (definitely a look-up kind of moment). Anyway, shown here is a lovely floral Free People dress teamed with a seasonal lemonade I picked up from by Chloe.  

Day 6: I can’t explain it, but there’s something so iconic about a Lacoste polo. I’ve had mine for about five years now, and I still love finding different ways to style it. For a quick photo op outside the New York Public Library, I paired it with a metallic skort that I bought from J.Crew last summer. The result was modern preppy with a twist.

Are you sad to see summer go? How will you be transitioning your summer clothes for fall? Let me know in the comments below!

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