Summer Meets Fall

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I love this outfit; the boho, crocheted duster screams summer and is perfectly juxtaposed by the all black that screams fall. It’s the perfect outfit for this transitory period from summer to fall fashion. It can be hard to find that balance, and I think this outfit does just that.

Top: ASOS

Vest: Brass Plum

Jeans: Paige

Shoes: Forever 21

Sunday School Girl

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Looking back on those private school uniforms give me the giggles. At that time, it was anything but funny: the knee length skirts, awkwardly pleated shorts (that, with the right pieces, I honestly feel really could have been statement making), and the constant having to tuck in my shirt (not a chic half tuck either.) At those awkward stages of my life, it was anything but a fashionista in the making. I fell in love with this dress the instant I saw it. Creative hemlines mixed with a simple shape and color drew me in. It reminds me of days in those plaid skirts and Dr. Marten’s that could have been so cool with some freedom and allowed creativity. So, today I’m channeling my past and making uniform wear chic with converse, a fringed, statement necklace, and a bad-ass pair of golden sunnies that reflect that sun.

What I’m Wearing
Dress: Sister Jane
Shoes: Converse
Earrings: Manic
Necklace: Jewel Mint
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Alex & Ani

 

WE ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING WEDNESDAY

We always want something. And this week, we want to look chic as the colorful lights of fireworks fill the sky and we chant “USA! USA! USA!” because we can. It’s easy to get swept away in the spirit of the Good Ole’ USA and buy a few pieces you’ll never wear again that leave you looking like a little kid holding sparklers. This year, we’re dreaming of something better. This Wednesday, we want outfit. Outfits that make this country proud for July 4th and every day afterwards. You’ll be ready for backyard barbecues, long nights beach-side, and any other patriotic pastimes you have planned.

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Blouse: Prabal Gurung

Pants: Chloe

Necklace: Bauble Bar

Purse: Michael Kors

Shoes: Miu Miu

Lipstick: Topshop

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Dress: Glamorous

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff

Hat: Michael Stars

Shoes: Converse

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Watch: Michael Kors

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Overalls: Noisy May

Shirt: Alexander Wang

Earrings: Bauble Bar

Purse: Madewell

Shoes: Jeffery Campbell

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Tee: Rag & Bone

Shorts: Melanie Auld

Purse: Rebecca Minkoff

Necklace: Alysi

Shoes: Superga

Stonehenge Style

As I was getting dressed to go see a pile of rocks that I can only imagine came to be by aliens, I figured I should wear an outfit nearly as perplexing. This patchwork, denim-on-denim look was perfect from the second I put it on. This top and jean combination wasn’t initially purchased to be worn together. The top isn’t even mine, actually, it’s Samantha’s. But the instant I combined these two pieces into a Canadian tuxedo, I knew it was meant to be. The proportions of the shirt perfectly flattered the high-waist of these inspired-by-mom jeans and the floral, cropped sweater broke up the denim. It wasn’t a simple way to break it up because of the florals, but I loved it for that. These jeans were easily one of my best purchases while here in London. I can dress then up for a fancy, London dinner with some chunky heels or down with booties and a loose, cropped sweater.  I’m expecting I’ll be wearing them a lot with my new, leopard Birkenstocks (yes!) and a loose tank when I head back to sunny Southern California.

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Style Details

Denim Shirt: Topshop

Jeans: Topshop

Sweater: ASOS

Shoes: H&M

Lightless Sparkle

It’s officially springtime and that means the sun sometimes rears it shiny little head here in London, so a stroll to the Kensington Gardens seemed in order. What did not seem in order was the lack of sunshine and even worse, lack of flowers. I mean, there were some flowers, but I was expecting a magical place where the flowers were so exuberant that I could just frolic in them. To my dismay, they were few and far in between. But it was still a gorgeous, gloomy day and London, so I can’t complain too much. More importantly, I was dressed as if I were a walking, Topshop ad for spring wearing a blouse, skirt and shoes all courtesy of the brand. Although it didn’t feel quite like spring, I was dressed and ready for it. A full, white quilted midi paired with a bejeweled, cropped tank had me dreaming of the sunshine. When I put on the tank, I imagined the suns reflecting off the gems and creating small little beams of light to brighten up this already fab city. My chunky heel sandals with the mismatched prints are perfect and I kept the socks on my feet to keep me warm. If there’s one thing I will take home from London it will be there ever unpopular socks with sandals (or with any shoes you wouldn’t typically pair them with). I’m not sure if it’s the awkwardness I’m draw to or if there is something understatedly glam about it. Either way, I am all about it. With less than a month in London ( :((((( ), I am prepared to take in all the weather (good and bad) and every other opportunity that comes along before I head back to sunny California.

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London, Eye Love You

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We have arrived! Manic has officially taken London. Day two in this beautifully windy city had Sam and I surprisingly not too jet lagged and ready to explore! We found ourselves at  The London Eye, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and many other sights in the surrounding area. As for my outfit of the day, I thought it would be fitting to wear the current eye trend while visiting the London Eye. I found myself feeling not too cold (surprisingly!) and paired my skater skirt with a light turtleneck and incredible teddy-like coat from Topshop. The dark green added the perfect color this outfit needed. Some more Topshop oxfords, tights, and over-the-knee socks completed this look. I cannot wait to actually visit Topshop here in the UK and purchase more clothes I don’t need where the shop all began. I think we will have to put that on the agenda for tomorrow. Enough with the shopping daydreams. We think Teen Vogue UK would be all over this schoolgirl meets menswear outfit. From the pink topknot to the cutout oxfords, I couldn’t think of a better way to have dressed for my first adventure through London. There will be many more to come and many more outfits to accompany them. Stay tuned for Samantha’s post coming tomorrow! In the words of the Brits, you know she’s going to look brilliant. Check it out here!

Stay Manic,

Anna

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