Distress

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I love the relaxed mood that Summer brings to fashion. With fall and winters layers, there tends to be a more polished and put together attitude. These distressed jeans are one of my absolute favorites. While my husband likes to joke that I look like I fell through a lawn mower, they can be dressed up or down. There’s nothing like pairing denim with a simple black top, in my opinion, and it was perfect for a cloudy day on the beach. Don’t feel like a distressed look is limited to casual though; keep an open mind and an eye out for ways to dress these up during the summer. Think pretty anthro top and a pump.

Jeans (Urban Outfitters), Top (Loft)

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Black and White With Knots All Over

      

Spring in Virginia usually goes from freezing to bloody hot, but it seems we are getting the transitional weather that I’ve always envied of so many other areas.

 I love layering, and this time of year is ideal for it. In a perfect world, we can always utilize those layers so we don’t have to be holding a blazer haphazardly over the arm. This is an example of how to stylishly do so: the waste tie.

We are seeing it all over street style Instagrams. A chambray shirt worn intentionally to accentuate the waste, a long sweater wrapped around the waist giving depth to an already maxi-skirt, leather jackets strategically placed to cover up a stain from that park bench you sat on. The lists of potential functionality could go on, but I’ll stop short for your attention span sake.

Case and point is that you kind of can’t go wrong here.

Blooms, Baby, a Blouse and Buckled Shoes

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This shoot was probably my favorite that I’ve posted so far for several reasons. It’s no secret that I’m an advocate for never getting rid of things that are in good condition; the blouse is a perfect example. My mom gave this to me probably seven years ago after she wore it and I have never put it on. Every time I tried to purge, I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. I love the feminine details of the ruffles and lace; while you can’t see them, the button closure is so unique that it was one more detail that kept me from tossing the shirt. I found the neck line bit revealing for everyday wear, so on the day I planned to wear it to meet Minh for lunch, I sewed an extra button on and what always felt a little over-exposed for everyday became a functional flowing top that was perfect for a warm spring day.

The shoes are another example. I honestly have no clue what decade they are from, based on the Gap label and knowing when they re-branded, they are probably from the early 90’s, but I’m obsessed. They are another item that I snatched from my mom, and boy am I glad.

The last reason I loved this shoot so much is my daughter. As she’s getting older, seeing her discover the world has been so incredible. It’s truly a reminder of appreciating the simple blessings in life, like breeze on your face. Seeing the wonder in her face makes me appreciate the things that so often I take for granted. I think Minh did an incredible job of capturing her amusement as well as the beautiful day that we got to share together.

Here’s to a happy Tuesday, and taking a minute to feel the warm sun on your face.