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- 03/02/16--09:22: _Nautical
- 03/03/16--10:33: _Shopbop Spring Sale
- 03/03/16--21:06: _Olive Knit Dress
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- 03/17/16--22:51: _Lately on Instagram...
- 03/21/16--23:13: _Polka Dot Bell-Slee...
- 03/22/16--20:05: _TRIPLE THREAT NO. 4...
- 03/25/16--10:33: _DAY 25 — Casual Friday
- 03/28/16--22:05: _Striped A-Line Skirt
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- 04/04/16--11:49: _Floral Midi Skirt a...
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- 04/05/16--17:49: _COMPLETE GUIDE TO T...
- 04/07/16--00:03: _Coral Maxi Dress
- 03/02/16--09:22: Nautical
- 03/03/16--10:33: Shopbop Spring Sale
- 03/03/16--21:06: Olive Knit Dress
- 03/07/16--16:19: What To Wear To Your Next Interview
- 03/09/16--02:30: The Perfect Black Cropped Pants
- 03/11/16--10:32: Pleats and Stripes
- 03/13/16--23:33: Ivory Culottes and Suede Jacket
- 03/14/16--20:52: What To Wear To A Client Meeting
- 03/16/16--17:43: Six Tips on How To Plan Your Honeymoon
- 03/17/16--16:29: Rose Pleated Dress and Grey Blazer
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- 03/17/16--22:51: Lately on Instagram…
- 03/21/16--23:13: Polka Dot Bell-Sleeve Dress
- 03/22/16--20:05: TRIPLE THREAT NO. 4: Lace-Up Flats
- 03/25/16--10:33: DAY 25 — Casual Friday
- 03/28/16--22:05: Striped A-Line Skirt
- 04/01/16--02:12: DRESS MEMO: SPRING / SUMMER 2016
- 04/04/16--11:49: Floral Midi Skirt and Lace-up Blouse
- 04/04/16--19:26: Goodnight Macaroon Spring Favorites
- 04/05/16--17:49: COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BIGGEST SALE OF THE SEASON
- 04/07/16--00:03: Coral Maxi Dress
PANTS: c/o St. John (love the white version and similar style HERE) | JACKET: c/o St. John | TOP: old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE | SHOES: old, similar HERE and HERE | BAG: M2Malletier (similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | BANDANA: Cara | BRACELET: old, similar HERE and HERE | CHOKER: old, similar HERE and HERE | EARRINGS: old, similar HERE | LIPS: Nars (Hyde Park)
A nautical update to the classic black pant suit, this ensemble is an example of the subtle details that can update an otherwise conservative work ensemble, making it modern and fully on trend. Especially for those of you in a business formal environment, you’ll want to ditch the red bandana and sandals at the office (try black flats instead), but I wanted to showcase the impact of these two simple elements when combined with the sailor-style suit. The resulting look is anything but ordinary corporate fare.
I know, there are so many sailor puns to be made, but this Wednesday morning feels a little bit more like Monday morning to me and I just haven’t had enough coffee yet.
This post was produced in collaboration with Nordstrom.
It’s one of the very best sales of the year, and it ends tomorrow! Check out some of my favorite pieces from recent posts that are included in the Shopbop sale, and more favorite sale picks below! Remember to use code BIGEVENT16 for up to 25% off everything—even brand new spring merchandise!!
To check out the sale products featured in each image, click on the links beneath each image! Clicking directly on the images below will bring you back to the original post if you’d like to see more of that look.
How’s an amazing under $40 dress for a good start to your Friday? This sucker also comes in black, and I’m a huge fan of the whole Who What Wear x Target collection. High style at a low price point—doesn’t get better than that.
Speaking of low prices, if you aren’t getting in on the Shopbop Spring Sale, you’re going to have major FOMO once temps start rising and you have to pay full price for all of your spring and summer favorites. I mean, this dress? Get outta here. Also, I believe that sheer, unadulterated joy has manifested itself in sandal form—evidenced here. Check out my sale guide from yesterday for all of my sale picks, and remember to use promo code BIGEVENT14 for up to 25% off everything! (Literally. Everythang.)
As today’s post indicates, my obsession with B-Low The Belt belts continues, and every single style is included in the sale. This blouse I was wearing yesterday (documented on instagram here) is also included in the sale, and might just be my favorite Spring purchase to date. It also comes in this dress version, which is pretty much to die for, and I’m having trouble resisting the temptation to purchase it for some upcoming warm-weather trips.
Remember, the sale ends today, so don’t miss out! Happy Friday!
DRESS: WhoWhatWear x Target (similar HERE and HERE) | BELT: B-Low The Belt (similar style HERE and HERE) | VEST: old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE | BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman | BAG: M2Malletier | CHOKER: Fallon (similar HERE) | WATCH: c/o Daniel Wellington | BRACELET: Monica Vinader | GLASSES: Classic Specs | LIPS: Make Up For Ever (28)
You may recognize today’s suit dress from “Day 3: Interview Attire” of my ongoing 30 Dresses in 30 Days series on instagram. The pale grey hue and pleated style make it a refreshing spring/summer alternative to the standard dark suit and the perfect interview look for warm-weather months. This dress and suit jacket (which come in petite and tall options!!) also come in black if you need a darker alternative, and the suiting collection has a bunch of pants, skirts and dresses that can be worn interchangeably with the suit jacket—the kind of versatility that’s a total must when you’re just starting to build out your work wardrobe. For more on my work wardrobe essentials, check out this post!
Today, I thought I’d do a reprise of my top tips on what to wear to an interview, for those of you who will be job hunting soon. Whether you’re graduating from college this spring or an industry veteran looking to make a career move, it’s high time to get serious about your arsenal of interview attire for this spring and summer.
Today’s look is geared towards business formal interviews (read: Wear A Suit or Get the $%&# Out), but interview attire can vary widely across industries. While it’s important to do your homework on company culture in determining appropriate attire for the new position, there are a few general guidelines that universally apply.
As a general rule, no matter what industry or position, keep your interview look sleek and simple… unless of course you’re interviewing for the Broadway cast of Chicago, in which case you should probably jazz things up a bit (see what I did there? #broadwayjokes). But seriously, if you’re not auditioning for Cirque du Soleil, you want to keep things clean and effortless. Once you land the position, you’ll have the chance to evaluate your new work environment and adapt accordingly. Interview day, however, is not the day to “get creative” and show your prospective employer your “quirky” personality by wearing that sequined bomber jacket that you DIY’ed or the spikey leather choker that looks like something out of a medieval torture chamber. Nothing ends an interview faster than looking like you belong at an S&M convention.
If you’re not sure what you should wear to the interview, ask contacts at the company for suggested attire. If you’re still not sure, err on the more formal side, perhaps even wearing a suit like the one featured today. It’s always better to be overdressed, showing a high level of respect for the company and a seriousness about landing the job, than being underdressed and inappropriate.
Without further ado, here are my industry-agnostic guidelines for your head-to-toe interview look!
1. INVEST IN A WELL-FITTING, TAILORED ENSEMBLE
Whether you’re wearing a suit or not, pay close attention to fit. In particular, make sure nothing is too low-cut, too tight or too short. Fit-wise, it’s always better to err on the side of looser, rather than tighter, but don’t overcorrect. Clothing that’s too baggy can make you look sloppy. While you don’t want to be sporting a bun-hugging mini skirt to the interview, you also don’t want to look like you had to borrow your mom’s suit from the ’80s either. The goal is to find that happy medium and invest in a suit (or business casual outfit) that fits you well—a quest that may require buying pieces one size up and taking them to a tailor. Wearing ill-fitting clothing not only takes a toll on your confidence but also distracts the interviewer from focusing on all of the mind-blowingly brilliant things you have to say.
2. MAKE SURE YOUR SHOES ARE POLISHED AND PRACTICAL
Whether you go with flats or heels, make sure they’re polished and simple. You don’t want to sport anything that’s super dull, worn, or scratched up. This is also not the time to go hog-wild with trendy ankle boots or the strappy designer stilettos that you haven’t quite learned to walk in yet. A major goal of yours upon walking into the interview is to give your prospective employer the impression that you do not have a drinking problem. So, make sure your footwear is both appropriate and comfortable, allowing you to walk like a normal, sober human. If you’re wearing heels, shoot for three-inch heels like these ones, and don’t go higher than four inches. If your interviewer is forced to evaluate whether you’re either drunk or just wearing outrageously impractical footwear, they’re probs going to move on to the next applicant.
3. GO FOR MINIMAL, FUSS-FREE HAIR, NAILS AND MAKEUP
Step awayyy from the jewel-encrusted falsies, my friends. When it comes to interviews, less is more. If you have long hair, it’s generally a good idea to wear it back. Regardless of length, you want to appear well-groomed and put-together, without anything falling constantly in your face. For your nails, either go with clean nails or a neutral nail polish–no accent nails, glitter or metallics. As for makeup, shoot for a polished, minimal look. No thick eye liner, dramatic eye shadow or bright red lipstick. This is just not the venue. Lastly, be sure to avoid strong perfume. Personally, I’d advise going without any perfume (but obviously still wearing deodorant, duh).
4. KEEP ACCESSORIES SIMPLE
Again, nothing too trendy or distracting. Keep it conservative, delicate and relatively classic. Today, I’m wearing simple gold knot earrings and a delicate gold necklace. It’s probably a good idea to leave your “Bite Me” necklace at home, and you’ll also want to steer clear of huge bangles or dramatic dangle earrings. You want to exude confidence, but also convey the message that you spent more time researching the position and preparing for the interview than you did on your makeup and accessories.
Alright now go get ’em, tigers. Happy Monday everyone!
DRESS: J. Crew (check out the pants and pencil skirt in this collection too) | SUIT JACKET: J. Crew (also love this suit jacket in the same collection) | BAG: c/o Henri Bendel (love this similar one for work or interviews) | SHOES: SJP Collection (similar HERE) | NECKLACE: c/o Gorjana | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | BARRETTE: Baublebar (very similar HERE) | BRACELET: c/o Brandy Pham | LIP: Make Up For Ever | NAILS: OPI Gel “Bubble Bath” (similar here)
PANTS: c/o Everlane | SHIRT: J. Crew | TRENCH: Reiss (also love the OLIVE and GREY versions) | BAG: M2Malletier | PUMPS: SJP Collection | SUNGLASSES: Wonderland | BELT: old, similar HERE | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | NECKLACE: Gorjana | LIP: Buxom (San Francisco)
You know when you try on a fresh pair of tapered cropped pants and they’re totally smooth and perfect with that amazing crisp crease down the center of each leg that instantly makes you five inches taller and five pounds thinner? And then you obviously buy them because you just got way taller and way thinner and Anna Wintour is probably going to call any second to ask you to be on the cover of Vogue and you’re going to need pants to wear when you meet her for lunch to talk about the “direction” of your cover shoot?
Then, you know when you wear them for the first time and after doing wild, exotic things like breathing, walking and sitting, the magnificent crease disappears and there’s nothing left but wrinkles and despair?
Been there, wrinkled that.
Well, our plight is officially over. I have uncovered the holy grail of tapered cropped trousers, made by my sartorial spirit animals over at Everlane. They’re 100% wool but have some sort of black magic weave that makes them intensely wrinkle resistant and suspiciously soft and smooth. Plus, they have a tacked front crease down the full length of each leg, which means that long lean line ain’t goin’ nowhere.
Breathe away, my friends. Heck, you can even go crazy and walk or sit in these. Madness!
SWEATER: Nasty Gal | SKIRT: old, similar HERE and HERE | RED BANDANA: Cara | NAVY BANDANA: Cara | SHOES: Nasty Gal (similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | BAG: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | LIPS: Buxom (Brooklyn)
Happy Friday! Pleated midi, stripes, lace up heels… a good way to end the week in my book. If you’re following my 30 Dresses in 30 Days series on instagram, you can now find links to all of the dresses featured on the 30 DRESSES tab of the top navigation bar here on Memorandum. Thanks so much for following along! Hope you have a great weekend!!
PANTS: c/o White House Black Market | TOP: Halogen | SUEDE JACKET: Free People | SHOES: Steven (also HERE) | BRACELET: old, similar HERE and HERE | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | BAG: c/o Moyi Moyi | SUNGLASSES: Wonderland | LIPS: Buxom (Brooklyn)
If you’re thinking of snatching a pair of culottes for spring and summer, I can not recommend the options at White House Black Market highly enough. This is my fourth pair from the brand, and the fit and feel of each pair is honestly unmatched. The culottes I’m wearing today also come in blush and black, and have that unique split leg detailing in the front which make them ultra cool (in more ways than one). They’re also the most comfortable trouser you’ll ever wear to work because the super soft, stretchy knit fabric pretty much makes you feel like you’re in sweatpants all day long. And especially on Mondays, isn’t that the goal?
So you’ve got the whole workwear thing down for a regular day at the office, but now your boss wants you to start wining and dining clients, and you’re like… ummm is the Witness Protection Program taking applicants? Because I have nothing to wear.
If you saw my tips on interview attire last week, it’s worth noting for starters that all of the same basic rules apply to client meeting attire: (1) you should wear a well-fitting, tailored ensemble; (2) you should be in polished, practical shoes; (3) you should go for minimal, fuss-free hair, nails and makeup; and (4) you should finish it all off with simple, classic accessories. But while your interview outfit says “I’m not an axe murderer as evidenced by this crisp grey suit, so you should probably let me work for you,” you need a client meeting outfit that says “Someone is paying me to do stuff for them, and they’ve also determined that my pro-fresh style and above-average social skills will not humiliate them in public, so you should listen to what I have to say.”
You with me? We’re aiming a little higher with this one.
Now that you have the job and have earned the responsibility of representing your company in front of current and prospective clients, you might want to take your professional style up a notch from worker bee to girl boss.
While you want to stay clean, crisp and conservative, today’s ensemble illustrates that you can introduce a little more color and style into your look for client meetings. By amping things up a bit, you can subliminally send the message that your ability to tie a cropped double-breasted black blazer and salmon sheath dress together with a coordinating black and gold waist belt is surely proof of creative thinking, good analytical skills and sound judgment. Right?
Ok maybe not in those exact terms, but there’s no question looking the part not only visually reinforces command of your position and the subject matter, but it also enhances your own confidence and sense of self. And we’re all about the good feels, here.
Unlike dressing for an interview, at this point, you know your company, you know your colleagues, and you probably know your clients too. While you still want to make sure you’re dressed appropriately and professionally, you’re now in a position to make more advanced styling decisions beyond the basic grey/navy/black suit.
But when stepping beyond the cookie-cutter office attire, where do you start? For women, this can be a dicey process especially if you work in a business formal environment, because you don’t want to go too far in the creativity department and sacrifice polish or professionalism. Start by carefully considering your audience. When meeting with clients, you want to dress to the same level as the client, or one level above. If you’re meeting with the suit-wearing type, you don’t want to be in denim and a blazer. However, if you’re meeting with hoodie-wearing entrepreneurs, you may not want to be in a formal black suit. Always err on the more formal side, but don’t overdo it.
Once you’ve figured out the basics of what’s appropriate to wear to the meeting, you can have fun with color, print and texture within those bounds. With a conservative silhouette (like my sheath dress today), you have more room to be playful with print and color—assuming you don’t go nuclear and start colorblocking neons. When I was first working in finance in NYC, I got unexpectedly pulled into a client meeting when I was wearing a (basically) neon coral blouse, and the client asked, “So, are batteries included or sold separately with that top?” Hilarious, bro. Message received.
Instead of the standard black suit jacket (like this one) that I might wear to an interview, I opted for a cropped, bouclé, double-breasted version. The texture of the jacket plays well with the texture of the pale salmon pink sheath dress featuring architectural lines that give it a little extra oomph than your average plain jane sheath. I married the two together with a black and gold waist belt, and black accessories. For footwear, while I might wear a classic pair of simple black pumps to an interview, this pair of detailed ankle strap pumps adds a bit more interest for a client meeting ensemble.
I shared this salmon sheath dress perfect for client meetings on instagram recently as part of my ongoing 30 Dresses in 30 Days series. It’s actually from Rent the Runway, a service I’ve used many times for special events (weddings, formal events, cocktail parties, etc.). However, I only recently uncovered their selection of clothing and accessories for other occasions (like work events) as well. If you’re wining and dining clients on the reg, you probably should invest in some client-ready professional attire that you can get a lot of use out of, like all of the dresses I’ve listed below (especially this one on sale!). However, if these business occasions occur only once in a while, renting the right outfit can be a more cost-effective option. RTR has a ton of pieces that are awesome for work, including the dress I’m wearing today. They also have tons of blazers, pencil skirts, pants, and even jumpsuits that could fit the bill as well.
DRESS: Moschino c/o Rent the Runway | JACKET: c/o St. John | SHOES: SJP Collection | BELT: old, similar HERE, HERE and even more HERE | BAG: M2Malletier | BRACELET: old, similar HERE | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | LIPS: Nars (Bansar)
Additional favorites that are perfect for client meetings:
You have a full-time job, you’re planning a wedding (which, let’s face it, is another full-time job) and now you have to start thinking about the HONEYMOON! This post-nuptial trip should be something super exciting to plan, but if you’re as overwhelmed with work and wedding to-do’s as I was in the months leading up to the wedding, it might be a black hole of stress. Rich and I got engaged and married in an eight month time-span, and despite repeated calls to Jennifer Lopez to come offer a little wedding planning help, she never showed. Every time someone asked me about our honeymoon plans in the months leading up to the wedding, I basically wanted to light myself on fire.
Luckily, I did not. With a lot of help from my hubby-to-be, we managed to pull off an unforgettable trip. Now with the process in the rearview mirror, I wanted to share my top tips on how to plan a honeymoon, in hopes that it will help streamline the process for those of you going through it! In six simple tips, here’s everything you need to know to plan the perfect honeymoon…
#1: Give Him the Reigns
In most cases, the bride shoulders 99% of the wedding planning workload. This was certainly true in my case, but it wasn’t because Rich wasn’t more than willing to pitch in. It was mostly because his decision-making abilities in the flower and cake design departments are sliiiightly more limited than mine. To help ease the burden, I passed off most of the honeymoon planning and logistics to him, which had the added benefit of making the trip more of a surprise!
#2: Decide When You Want To Go
Rich and I wanted to do the traditional post-wedding honeymoon, but didn’t want to feel too rushed, so we chose to leave for the trip two days after our wedding day. This was the best decision for us, because we felt that leaving for the trip the very next day would leave no time to digest our special day, and even less time to properly pack and get ready for the big trip. Increasingly, couples are taking their honeymoon weeks or even months after their wedding day. And for lots of couples, this is a great option so they have a bit more time to get prepped for traveling and make the most out of the trip. Whatever you decide, keep timing in mind and try to give yourself as much breathing room as possible!
#3: Determine the Type of Trip You Want
This one seems obvious, but there are a couple of unique factors at play. You of course want to start by considering whether the two of you are history buffs, beach bums, or adventure seekers. But before fully answering that question, remember that you will have just gotten married, and if you’re honeymooning immediately afterwards, there’s a high likelihood that you will be more physically and emotionally exhausted than ever before. With this in mind, Rich and I split our trip into two parts: beach relaxation to start so we could recharge our batteries before heading to a safari adventure at the end!
#4: Solidify A Budget
Nothing is worse than spending time falling in love with your dream honeymoon destination, just to find out that it’s totally unrealistic budget-wise. It can throw a major wet blanket on the excitement of the rest of the planning process, so set a budget ahead of time and don’t look at destinations until you know they fall within that budget. This not only goes for the cost of resort/hotel accommodations, but be sure to check flight prices at the outset as well.
#5: Pay Special Attention to Time of Year
In the early stages of planning, we made the mistake of wasting time thinking about several destinations on our bucket list, just to find out later that they weren’t an option because of weather patterns. We didn’t realize those idyllic bungalows in the Maldives are in the throws of the rainy season at the end of August when we were going to be honeymooning. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to general parts of the world, be sure to research weather patterns before diving into location specifics.
#6: Think Strategically about Time and Location
Rich and I spent our honeymoon in the Seychelles and South Africa. We chose those places because we wanted to honeymoon in a location that neither of us had been before so we could discover the destination for the first time together. Additionally, since we currently live in San Francisco, that part of the world is one of the hardest to get to from here. We’ll likely not have three weeks off for a long time, so we wanted to take advantage of the extra time away by going to places off our beaten path. However, this meant an enormous amount of travel time (well more than 24 hours both getting there and coming back). If you only have a week, limit your search to places that are quicker to get to so you can maximize your vacation time.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below if you have any additional nuggets of wisdom! I’ve gotten tons of requests to post more specifically on our experiences in both the Seychelles and South Africa, so I’ll be sharing travel and packing tips for both places in the weeks to come!
With the seasons in flux and San Francisco vacillating between a 50 degree torrential downpour and a 75 degree blue sky, it’s been all about layers lately during the workweek. This rose pleated-front dress (which comes in regular and tall options!!) is light as a feather, and an uber comfy piece to wear alone, or layered over a button down shirt as I did today. This soft rose pink plays particularly well with grey hues, so I brought in the complementing color via this blazer and these snakeskin pumps.
DRESS: Y.A.S (tall version HERE) | BLAZER: Goodnight Macaroon (old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | SHIRT: Theory (similar HERE and HERE) | SHOES: Mango (old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | BAG: c/o Moyi Moyi | GLASSES: Made Eyewear | LIPS: Nars (Bansar)
If you’ve been following my 30 Dresses in 30 Days series on instagram, you may already know about the exciting giveaway that I’m doing for the second half of the series! On day 30, I’ll be giving away three $150 giftcards towards the dress of your choice, and you can enter up to three times between now and then by doing any (or all) of the following:
Thanks so much for following along and good luck!!
Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a few looks posted recently on instagram (@maryorton).
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!
SHIRT: J. Crew | JEANS: old, similar HERE | SNEAKERS: Derek Lam (similar HERE and HERE) | WATCH: c/o Tory Burch | NECKLACE: Melinda Maria | EARRINGS: sold out, similar HERE | GLASSES: Made Eyewear | LIPS:Nars (Mexican Rose)
JEANS: Blank Denim | TOP: old, similar HERE | JACKET: old, similar HERE | BAG: Alexander Wang (also HERE) | BAG POM: c/o BaubleBar (sold out, similar HERE) | SHOES: Steven (also HERE, similar HERE and HERE) | NECKLACE: Gorjana | EARRINGS: Gorjana | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | LIPS: Giorgio Armani (400)
JEANS: rag & bone (similar HERE and HERE) | SHIRT: J. Crew | BLAZER: Brooks Brothers (similar $10 option! HERE and HERE) | BAG: 3.1 Phillip Lim | SHOES: Everlane | BRACELET: Monica Vinader | LIP: Nars (Bansar)
DRESS: ASOS | SHOES: SJP Collection (more great options HERE) | BAG: M2Malletier | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | BRACELET: Brandy Pham (sold out, similar HERE) | SUNGLASSES: Warby Parker | LIP: Nars (Bansar)
Sorry for not posting yesterday! If you follow me on snapchat, you know that my computer decided to take a long weekend. Luckily, two hours at apple’s genius bar finally brought it back out of vacation mode yesterday afternoon.
It’s not surprising that this large polka dot bell-sleeved sheath dress sold out in a heartbeat. I thought it was still worth sharing today, because I think the silhouette is a really refreshing alternative to your standard sheaths and shows how much fun you can have while still looking polished and professional. Check out other polka dot favorites below, as well as this super similar bell-sleeve sheath silhouette here (on major sale!), here and here!!
This spring, the lace-up trend is everywhere. Whether it’s a lace-up top, a lace-up dress (how cute is this one on sale?!), or a lace-up swimsuit, the trend is going strong and appears to only be gaining steam.
If you’re looking to dip your toe (
no pun intended) into the lace-up trend, the place to start is the lace-up pointed-toe flat. Today I’m taking this amazing suede pair (which also comes in black!) and showcasing three favorite ways to style them below! Say hello to your new favorite spring and summer staple…
Click directly on the individual images above for product details or see the full list at the bottom of this post.
More lace-up flats that I love:
MONDAY MORNING OUTFIT:
CASUAL FRIDAY OUTFIT:
DRESS: Wayf (also comes in white!) | SHOES: old, similar HERE, HERE, and HERE | BAG: Louis Vuitton, similar HERE and HERE | BELT: B-Low The Belt | NECKLACE: Melinda Maria | BRACELET: Monica Vinader | LIPS: Neutrogena (Soft Raspberry)
Here are a few more shots of the warm-weather casual Friday dress that I’m sharing today on instagram as part of the ongoing 30 Dresses in 30 Days series! The flowy, gauzy fabric of this sucker is light as a feather, and the elastic cinched waistline makes it perfectly conducive to my favorite casual Friday tradition of hitting up my favorite burger joint for lunch : ) Happy Friday everyone!
And, to those of you who celebrate, Happy Easter!!
The perfect neutral piece for spring and summer, this striped a-line skirt is certainly the favorite update to my work wardrobe of late. The tan and white multi-directional stripes give the neutral skirt interest, while still leaving it open to lots of on and off-duty styling options. I can see it with a chambray shirt and sandals for sunday brunch as easily as I can with these snakeskin pumps and white button-down shirt for the office.
Sorry for posting a little less than normal these past two weeks! Surprise, surprise, it turns out my 30 Dresses in 30 Days series has been a ton of work! It’s been so much fun to share my favorite spring and summer dresses all month long with you guys on instagram, but sheesh, it’s been challenging! I’m currently working on that little finale surprise that I mentioned when I kicked off the series, and can’t wait to share with you on Thursday! Until then, hope you have a great week!!
SKIRT: Classiques Entier | SHIRT: Equipment (similar style HERE and HERE) | SHOES: similar HERE, HERE and HERE | BAG: Dolce & Gabbana (similar HERE) | NECKLACE: Gorjana | NECK SCARF: vintage, similar HERE | EARRINGS: similar HERE | LIPS: Nars (Bansar)
This post was produced in collaboration with Nordstrom.
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Today, I’m thrilled to share with you the Spring / Summer 2016 Dress Memo! As you know, for the past 30 days on instagram I have posted a new dress everyday for a specific warm-weather occasion. The ultimate goal was to culminate this dress frenzy with a comprehensive guide to dressing for every spring and summer occasion, and I’m so excited to share that guide with you today!
As you may recall, I asked you to fill out a survey several months ago to tell me more about yourselves and what you’d like to see here on Memorandum. One of the many things you told me was that your favorite clothing item (by far) was dresses! In addition to this feedback, I started thinking about all of the emails that I get from readers. Some of these emails are styling questions or general nice notes about the blog, but so many of them are specific questions about what to wear to various events. Questions like, what do I wear to a barbecue at my boss’s house? Or, I’m going to a black-tie wedding, do I have to wear a floor-length dress?
As you can see, the collision of this feedback and the many emails I receive from you led me to the concept for the 30 Dresses in 30 Days series. More than just sharing a slew of pretty spring and summer dresses, I wanted each dress to showcase styling advice for these spring and summer occasions, and for the series to culminate with a resource guide that offers concrete tips on dressing for every warm-weather event you might face—something that you could come back to and reference all spring and summer long. Today, I’m so thrilled to finally share that very resource with you, the Spring / Summer 2016 Dress Memo!
Thanks to all of you who have followed the series throughout this month and offered such sweet feedback. I hope you enjoy the Dress Memo as much as I enjoyed creating it, and I hope it serves as a helpful resource throughout the next many months!
Leave it to the style mavens at Who What Wear to come out swinging with killer workwear (which, obvi, is le jam du moi) at a bonkers price point. You may remember this olive knit dress, this off-the-shoulder beauty on the beach, or this eyelet shirt dress—all additional pieces from their eponymous clothing line at Target. Obsessed much? Guilty.
I’m sorry, but when you can get this level of style for basically the price of like half a sock at most retailers, it’s hard not to go hog-wild.
Mmmk let’s talk about this perfect blouse for a sec. You could have probably guessed from my recent post on the lace-up trend that this blouse would be right up my alley. You were right. I’m amazed at its quality (again, at this price point, HOW?!), its extreme wrinkle resistance, and the fact that it’s a very opaque white. If you’re wearing it to the office, I’d still recommend throwing on a camisole (white or nude) underneath. I’m not wearing one in the photos today (my bad!) because when I originally put the blouse on, the laces were tight enough at the base of the neckline opening, so the bottom half was completely closed up. However, as you move throughout the day, the laces naturally loosen a little as you can see in today’s photos, so best to have a little extra coverage there in the front at work. (Duh, Mary.) It’s not at all scandalous if you’re going to dinner or drinks in this blouse, but in front of your boss, best to avoid the awk-fest. ; )
The print and silhouette of this floral pencil skirt is so flipping good. I love love love midi-length pencil skirts, and its especially fun to mix up your pencil skirt game during the summer months with a colorful floral like this beauty. If you live and work in the summer sweat factory that is NYC (or anywhere in the east or midwest, really) and have to wear more conservative workwear (i.e. muchos pencil skirts), this sucker will be your best friend. Before moving to San Francisco, I spent far too many subway rides in wool pencil skirts that made me contemplate my own mortality. This one has such a beautiful shape (the fit is perfect), and the fabric is so incredibly lightweight I couldn’t really believe I was wearing a pencil skirt.
All-together, this get-up epitomizes what Memorandum is all about—the idea that you don’t have to sacrifice style at the office. I’m so stoked that the Who What Wear collection is a a new permanent collection at Target, and that new product will be dropping every month! Huge win especially for those of you new to the working world looking for chic workwear options at an affordable price point.
SKIRT: c/o Who What Wear (also love this dress and this dress in the same print) | BLOUSE: c/o Who What Wear | SHOES: SJP Collection (also HERE and HERE) | BAG: M2Malletier | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | LIPS: Nars (Bansar)
This post was produced in collaboration with Who What Wear.
I’m sharing three casual looks today featuring some of my favorite spring pieces from Goodnight Macaroon. As evidenced by these three looks, the brand kills it every season in producing fresh, on-trend pieces at great price points. To make it even better, right now, this layered stripe top as well as the floral print dress and lace top styled below are all included in their 50% off flash sale! The flash sale is only on for a couple days so check it out!
Look 1: TOP: c/o Goodnight Macaroon | JEANS: AG | SHOES: old, similar HERE and HERE | BAG: Dolce&Gabbana | BRACELET: Monica Vinader | GLASSES: Made Eyewear | EARRINGS: Gorjana | LIPS: Nars (Mexican Rose)
Look 2: TOP: c/o Goodnight Macaroon | JEANS: alice + olivia | JACKET: Bernardo (sold out, similar HERE and HERE) | BAG: Oliveve | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | SHOES: Franco Sarto (old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | BRACELET: old, similar HERE
Look 3: DRESS: c/o Goodnight Macaroon | JACKET: J. Crew | BAG: 3.1 Phillip Lim (sold out, similar HERE and HERE) | SHOES: old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | SUNGLASSES: Steven Alan | LIPS: Nars (Bansar)
This post was produced in collaboration with Goodnight Macaroon.
It’s the biggest sale of the season offering 25% off EVERYTHING with code INTHEFAM and it all ends tomorrow (Thursday!)! Today, I’m breaking down the sale by occasion, and bringing you the best of the best in spring and summer style at prices you won’t see again until July…
Spring Shoe Sale Picks:
Spring Workwear Sale Favorites:
Beach Bum Sale Finds:
Favorite Spring Dresses on Sale:
Denim on Major Discount:
Saturday Night Steals:
Guys! Time to get cracking! The epic Shopbop Friends and Family Sale ends today! If you haven’t had a chance to peruse the sale guide I posted yesterday, have at it right here. If you did, you may remember this beautiful coral maxi dress from my list of favorite sale dresses. The dress is one of my very favorites of the season, and I’ve been dying to share it with you since I brought it out of the box a few weeks ago.
When I originally came across this dress several weeks ago, I thought it would be perfect for my 30 Dresses in 30 Days series—particularly for the High Tea occasion. However, I soon realized how versatile the dress was, and wanted to showcase not just how it can be worn as-is (too obvious, right?!) but how you could actually style it perfectly for the office. With a maxi length and bohemian lace vibes, workwear isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when spotting this beauty, but by adding a crisp white collar, a thin black waist belt and black ankle strap pumps, it takes on an unmistakably fresh, professional appeal. Knowing that you can easily wear it alone with nude ankle strap sandals (these would be perfect!) to any number of dressy spring or summer (or fall!) occasions, makes it even more of a winner in my book.
You don’t see this particular coral/peach hue often, which makes it all the more refreshing and unique—especially since it’s a universally flattering color. The shade works beautifully for spring and summer, and I can even see wearing it well into the fall.
Not only does the crisp white shirt help make an otherwise bohemian dress work-ready, but as you’ve seen many times in the past (like this recent post), layering a white button down shirt underneath the sleeveless peach maxi dress is one of my favorite transitional weather styling tricks. The extra layer works wonders in keeping you a bit warmer on those chilly spring days, and also extends the lifespan of your sleeveless dresses (boho or not!). In this particular case, I also love the effect the bright white shirt has against the fringed lace of the armholes, making those details even more pronounced.
DRESS: Tularosa (25% today only!!) | SHIRT: Theory | SHOES: SJP Collection (also HERE and HERE) | BAG: M2Malletier | BELT: old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE | EARRINGS: Juliet & Company | LIPS: Buxom (San Francisco)