Nautical in the City

I can’t believe I debated purchasing my white Philosophy blazer. Actually, I can believe it because I deliberate over all purchases I make. I know I made the right decision in taking this topper home, though, because I want to wear it all the time. It’s the perfect transitional piece, and it goes with everything.

You saw the blazer featured on Monday in my City Chic with Island Flair post. Today, the blazer makes another appearance, paired with shorts again. Combining the blazer with a stripe tube top gives the look a nautical vibe.

Blazer—Philosophy | similar

Top—H&M

Pants—Express

Shoes—Report Signature

Clutch—Kate Spade | similar

Rings—J.Crew Sliced ringJ.Crew Stone Signet ringJ.Crew Orb ring

Watch—Michael Kors

Lip—Mac “Flat-out Fabulous” lipstickMac ‘Heroine’ lip pencil

Get the look:

Peeking Interest

I borrowed today’s title from a spread in the current issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The “Peeking Interest” spread, featuring actress Rosario Dawson, highlighted an intricate lace eyelet top and skirt. The look was so beautiful, but incredibly expensive. I thought, then, that it would be cool to create a lower-priced look with the same peek-a-boo appeal of eyelet cutouts.

A slightly sheer top is paired with punched-out eyelet shorts. Both of these items are on sale too.

Shirt | Shorts | Earrings | Bracelet | Sandals

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City Chic with Island Flair

I embrace any opportunity to infuse my island gal roots into my daily life off-island. When I was introduced to Arthur and Livingston, an accessories line with influences from the Caribbean, I felt an instant connection. Picture this. Vibrant colors. Irregular shaped gemstones. Chunky chains. Pieces from Arthur and Livingston take seashore style to city sidewalks.

Today’s look, a blazer paired with shorts, gets a little island flair from my Arthur and Livingston Benedict necklace. The Benedict necklace, an irregular shaped jasper pendant hanging on a gold plated chain, looks like something that was snatched right out of the ocean. This necklace, by the way, was just released in Arthur and Livingston’s SS15 collection, a beautiful assortment of pieces inspired by Trinidad and Tobago.

Blazer—Philosophy | similar

Top—Loft | similar

Shorts—J.Crew | love this

Necklace—℅ Arthur and Livingston “Benedict” necklace

Shoes—Tahari (old) | similar, splurgeworthy

Tote—Rebecca Minkoff | option

Rings—J.Crew Sliced ringJ.Crew Orb ring, Charlene K

Watch—Michael Kors

Lip—Mac “Midnight Mambo’ lipstick (try Violetta), Mac ‘Heroine’ lip pencil

The Benedict necklace, which retails for only $48, comes on a 19″ gold plated chain. 

I’m wearing the necklace with an extender.

Get the look:

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Letting Loose

It’s apparently time to let loose this spring and summer. Culottes are the must-try pant of the seasons. I’m definitely not opposed to wearing voluminous bottoms. Here’s how I’d rock this wide-leg pants from H&M.

Top—Bec & Bridge

Pants—H&M

Shoes—Aldo

Bag—Ted Baker

Earrings—J.Crew

Let loose this spring in one of these:

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A Blazer and Shorts Combo

This summer, I’ve loved the J.Crew pleated crepe shorts because they’re pleated and polished. Since we’ve been experiencing summery weather this week in St. Louis, I seized the opportunity to wear my favorite pair of shorts a final time this year. For today’s look, my navy pair of pleated shorts is worn with a grey tank, red blazer, and grey booties.

Location: SLU campus (on the corner of Lindell and Grand)

Blazer—c/o Ross Dress for Less | similar

Tank—J.Crew (on sale)

Shorts—J.Crew (on sale)

Clutch—KateSpade | similar

Earrings—Kate Spade

Necklace—J.Crew (on sale)

Watch—Michael Kors | similar

Sunglasses—Michael Kors ℅ SmartBuyGlasses | also here

Red is a hot color for fall 2014, and a red blazer is a smart choice for infusing the color into your wardrobe: