Tank Haven

Check this. I’ve been living in Old Navy tanks all week. They make perfect sleepwear/loungewear, and if you need to go out, they are chic enough to take you there. I had to step out earlier this evening, and this was the look—a striped tank paired with dark rinse denim trousers. A brown braided leather belt and red peep-toe pumps elevate the look.
Tank—Old Navy Pants—Banana Republic Factory Store Belt—MICHAEL Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx Shoes—Tahari via Smartbargains

Summer by the Sea?

Not me. I am preparing to move to Kentucky in a few weeks. I do, however, spend part of December and January in St. Kitts. In need of a new swimsuit and in love with the retro suits of the season, I’ve been scouting a great swimsuit deal. Today’s post features chic and cheap pieces I’ve found.
1. This teal animal print swimsuit has a timeless style and cut. It has cool details like ruching at the bust and halter strings. (Old Navy $9.75)* 2. This two-piece suit has a navy hipster bikini bottom and a coordinating bikini top with navy/white print. (Gap Outlet $18) 3. This blue circle print one-piece has a halter top and a retro-inspired cut. (Old Navy $9.75)* 4. This plaid straw tote is hip and holds all the beach essentials. (Old Navy $5.99) 5. T-strap wedge sandal with a gold chain on the strap and an adjustable ankle strap. (Steve Madden via Marshalls $24.99) 6. Patent yellow sandal with oval metal buckle detail on thong. (Ann Taylor Loft $5)
*I ordered these suits online last week during what must have been a special sale, for they have been marked back up to $19.99.

Oldies but Goodies

Can’t let go. Do you have old items in your closet that you can never imagine parting with? Today’s look features some pieces that I have had for years and plan to have for many more. The black pencil skirt with embroidered floral detail was a hand-me-down I received in 1998. It is paired with a fuchsia tee that is belted to add some polish. Platform ankle strap sandals and a black pebbled leather duffel bag, another hand-me-down, complete the outfit.
Tee—Gap Outlet Skirt—Express via family member Belt—The Limited Shoes—Bandolino via DSW Bag—Hype via family member

Looking Back, Looking Forward: 200th Post

200 steps into displaying a personal style. I’ve had a love of style for a longtime. In my professional world, I used to feel like I had to downplay this passion (and still somewhat do). This blog, however, provides me with a platform to express my interests in clothing and evolving trends. I have grown comfortable with the notion that clothes convey ideas and that fashion provides us with ways of thinking about the world. It’s been an amazing journey. Thanks for your continued support!
Speaking of a journey, here are a couple chapters from my style book:


Kimono Glam

Until now. I have never found anything with kimono sleeves that I liked on me. But, the color and print—a delicate mixture of blue, black, and white—on this dress caught my eye. My interest peaked when I spotted a red clearance tag on it. The deliciously soft jersey dress has a v-neck and empire waist, both adorned with a decorative design. I think I like it.
I wore this dress recently with black ankle strap sandals for a casual evening look.
Dress—Max Studio via Marshalls Shoes—Bandolino via DSW

Print detail: