Cool down

We’re approaching the end of August and I’m just itching for fall which is my favorite season for fashion. It’s about this time of year in DC where the humidity is beginning to dissipate somewhat even though the temps are still sitting around the mid-80s (translation: low 30s, for my fellow non-Americans). I take this opportunity to wear any sleeves and pants if at any moment I deem the weather even the least bit tolerable for that sort of thing.

I wore this on a shopping excursion with my mom last week. I really didn’t think much of it, except that I wanted to be comfortable and that I really, really wanted to wear this new boy shirt I bought from J.Crew in this cool Snowcat print. I didn’t really care about the rest of it. Haha. But the outfit actually generated quite a few compliments, so I figure it must be blog-worthy:

DSC04445_2 DSC04466 DSC044541J.Crew Boyshirt in Snowcat / Ann Taylor Resort Shorts  (see similar here or here) / Marc by Marc Jacobs Flash Slingdoodle (see similar) / Michael Kors Runway Watch / Ann Taylor (similar), Jacob (similar), Leather and Chain bracelet (unknown maker) (similar) /  Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Gladiator Sandals (see similar)

I really love the casual fit and the print is a great addition to my closet that is dominated by solid colors.


 

One Yellow Sweater, Three Ways

Admittedly, when I go home to Toronto, I don’t pack that well. Inevitably, I’m always either over-packed or under-packed. I’m under-packed, because I usually don’t bring the correct layers–jackets, sweaters, etc. And sometimes I’m over-packed, because I always end up wearing the same thing anyway. Take this yellow J.Crew Tippi Sweater for example:

 

I wasn’t even going to bring it with me but at the last minute before leaving the apartment, I slipped it over my head because my dad likes to blast the A/C in the car and I needed something to keep me warm despite the blazing heat outdoors.

Even though I don’t *really* need to,  I am thrilled to be able to wear this layer anyway. Toronto does get heat and humidity during the summer, but it is nowhere near what it is in DC. The fact that being able to wear this layer as an option makes me so happy.

The first two outfits aren’t dramatically different, but when you’re living out of a suitcase, you have to make do with what you have. I know the color of the photos are a bit washed out, but I made a new spot in the house to take some photos and the lighting is a bit weird and I didn’t put too much effort into trying to fix them via post-processing.

Fam jam:

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Jacob Sleeveless Bow Blouse (without the bow) /  J.Crew Cafe Capri in Pop Art Polka Dot / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pump / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / Michael Kors Runway watch 

Dinner with the BFF for his birthday:
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 Forever21  Necklace / Rich & Skinny Wax-coated Legacy Jeans / Forever21 and Material Girl

Running errands:

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Express Racerback tank /Le Chateau Ring /  H&M Leather belt / Converse Chuck Taylor All-star Ox /  Abercrombie & Fitch Cut-off Denim shorts

You might not be able to tell because of the flash, but the sweater is a bit sheer so you can see the stripes of the tank through it which I thought was fun.

If you’re wondering what the heck is going on with my hair lately, it’s the result of two things: One, I need a haircut and I feel like I need a change, but I’m not quite sure what I should do with it. And two, right now I’m obsessed with Gwen and No Doubt’s new song “Settle Down”. This hair is inspired by Gwen and I’ve been sporting it pretty much every day for the last two and a half weeks.

Any suggestions on what I should do with my hair? I have a few requirements: not too short (preferably around shoulder length), easy to style, and grows out well.

Petite Fashion Challenge #18: What to Wear to Impress your Date!

     
This month’s PFC challenge is hosted by Easy Petite Looks. Amber says:

I think this PFC will be a lot of fun for all of us, regardless of whether we’re single or in a relationship. The single ladies should be awesome at this. ;) I’m excited to get some inspiration from you! For the taken ladies, we still need to dress up for date night (at least once in a while!!). Generally, I think we wear what makes us feel good, regardless of what other people think. But what is your secret for making your outfit a little more memorable?? Have fun with this one! Bonus points for pics taken with your dates or on a girls night out!!

When I go out, I like to wear what makes me feel confident. I don’t want to feel uncomfortable and be fussing with my clothes when I certainly have other things to worry about, like say, not embarrassing myself?? Haha. If the weather allows and if appropriate for the venue, my outfit usually involves jeans. But given that all of my denim is now in storage until September, I have to go with something else.

DSC041391 DSC04128 DSC04123T. Babaton Blazer / Ann Taylor Resort Shorts / Ann Taylor Factory Signature Pumps /Jacob Sleeveless Bow Blouse (Without the bow) / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / Material Girl and Forever21 / Forever21 Necklace

Many women like to go super flirty and girly for “date night” or girls night out, but that’s just not me. I prefer a look that is a bit more androgynous but with a touch of femininity–a little leg never hurts, right??

Check out the rest of the PFC looks here!