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Bits and Pieces: Shorts in Fall

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I almost titled this post – “Trying on Hipster” because I felt my hip-meter go up a few hundred points when pairing boots with shorts.  I know, I know – I am certainly not reinventing the wheel, breaking fashion boundaries nor beginning a blossoming trend.  Its just boots with shorts, but for me it was like a whole new world.  My comfort zone is styling these shorts with a tank and sandals, ala this post, but what is the point of having a fashion blog if not to push your style limits?  My personal style limits, not any style limits.  These aforementioned and featured boots were a buy last year that quickly became my best investment all year.  And now with my current pairing, the shelf life of these bad boys just got an extended warranty.  How silly I was to think boots are only for winter.  Last year me got a schooling from now-I-have-a-fashion-blog this year me.  But naturally the color story is still neutral, except for a neon pop with the belt – after all, conservative me is still lurking there somewhere underneath.  

Jacket – Kenneth Cole (similar here) | Tee – Madewell | Shorts – Madewell (similar here) | Belt – Ann Taylor | Boots – J.Crew (similar here)

Bits and Pieces: Sun and Stripes

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I have a love affair with stripes.  If I am in a store, and there is something striped – most likely it is going home with me.  Thank goodness people are not striped, or else I would have had quite the reputation in my single days.  Um…an appropriate transition is probably necessary here to erase your images of me tramping it up around Manhattan with hoards of striped men but I’m at a loss so – deal with it.  During the summer, the temps in NYC can be almost unbearable (ok, it’s like living in the tenth circle of hell somedays) and with a city whose entire transportation structure is underground – you must dress accordingly for weekend wanderings.  A mini striped tank dress seemed to fit this bill perfectly, and so when I happened upon this one in Madewell, it seemed like kismet for our sunday outing.  And it has this adorable neon detail stitching on the front pocket – so feel free to inappropriately stare are my chest in this picture – it is for fashion.  Noone will fault you.  Well they may have their judgements at a public internet cafe, but my propped hand-on-hip pose in front of a cargo/ship thingy will hopefully convince them it’s legit voyeurism.  And if not, well then you are probably creepy to begin with – brilliant because you read my blog, but nonetheless creepy.  Congrats.  But back to the matter at hand – my sartorial choices for a water taxi ride to Brooklyn.  A straw hat and cork print belt round out the breezy look.  Pasty white skin?  Well that is just a bonus.  
What did you do this weekend?  And more importantly – WHAT DID YOU WEAR???   
Dress – Madewell | Belt – Ann Taylor | Hat – Banana Republic | Sandals – Coach

Past Posts

Bits and Pieces: Chambray Love

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For years, I never caught on to the worn chambray shirt bandwagon because I never found one worth getting excited over.  Recently, I have been bombarded by

Bits and Pieces: Patterned Relaxing

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Sundays are made for relaxing – though sometimes a bolder, more “I’ve got things to do today and let me put an outfit together” ensemble makes its

Bits and Pieces: Staying in Neutral

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While many consider neutrals the death of their wardrobe, mine is sustained by these basic tones and shades.  It allows me to create a polished look with ease by


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