September White

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Pants: AG Stevie via Anthropologie (old, similar here) // Shirt: J.Crew // Belt: Gap (old, similar here) // Flats: Tory Burch // Bag: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Watch: Michael Kors // Nails: Essie BlancPhotos by Michael Dokas.

There’s nothing I love more than white pants year-round- their crispness just adds a chichness that jeans can’t, and I love that they add a touch of interest in “off” seasons. This look is typical of the way I usually style them: muted color top and sturdy accessories. Cashmere sweaters and driving shoes are another favorite!

Rock and Country

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Shirt: J.Crew (old, similar here) // Skirt: Topshop (old, very similar here) // Sneakers: Vans // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Bernini // Nails: Essie BlancPhotos by Michael Dokas. 

Summer is hands down my favorite season, but you can’t argue that early fall is the easiest to dress for. Philadelphia has been blessed with crisp, sunny, humidity-free weather lately, which means leather and plaid without roasting, and mini-skirts and dainty flats without freezing. As a general pants-hater, I’m making the most of bare legs while I still can! And I’ve mentioned it in my last few posts, but I’m seriously kicking myself for not investing in simple sneakers earlier. They add a casual touch to more put-together outfits, and are incredibly practical for weekend errands and activities!

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// One:Mural boyfriend blazer // Two: ASOS heels // Three: Sole Society bootie // Four: Club Monaco leggings // Five: Brooks Brothers shirtdress // Six: J.Crew vest //

Fall weather has officially arrived: the temperature was under 50 degrees when I woke up Monday morning! I’m a summer weather girl through and through, so the start of fall always makes me sad…but fortunately it’s also that wonderful time of year when you can layer up without snow boots and parkas! #1 item of the week: this Brooks Brothers shirtdress that’s a wearable homage to Maggie, my lovable labrador. What pieces are you lusting after lately?

Blue on Blue

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Happy Monday, everyone! My apologies for the ten-day hiatus; last weekend was incredibly busy, and I had gum surgery this past week. Not exactly conducive to photographing looks, or even dressing well, to be honest!

I posted about the dearth of professional fashion blogs the other week, and as a result, I’m going to try to incorporate more work-friendly looks into my weekly posts. This navy blue H&M dress is one of my wardrobe staples, so much so that I actually have two identical ones in addition to a yellow version! I actually wish that it was from a more well-made label so that the construction would be better. Paired with a J.Crew blazer and Ann Taylor heels I’ve had forever (funny how impulse buys inevitably end up being the most well-worn items in your closet, right?), this is the type of work look I can throw on without a second thought!

Dress: H&M // Blazer: J.Crew (old, similar here) // Heels: Ann Taylor (old, similar color in suede) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Earrings: Bauble Bar (old, similar here) // Watch: Kate Spade // Bracelets: Kate Spade (gold), J.Crew (blue) // Nails: Essie Blanc. Photos by Michael Dokas.

Beer Girl

I have a few go-to “fun facts” that I use whenever I have to play one of those icebreaker games. One: I’ve been obsessed with the history of the Titanic since I was seven. Two: I’m missing a small chunk of my kneecap from a lacrosse injury in high school. Three: I really, really love craft beer.

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My enthusiasm for tasty brews is attributable to my dad, who was always more likely to stock Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch or Stone’s Arrogant Bastard in the fridge than Miller Light. Like most young women, I hated the warm, crappy keg beer proffered at college parties, tending towards flavored vodkas instead (like, omigod, cookie dough vods? GET OUT!). But once I was actually old enough to enjoy adult beverages at bars or restaurants, I immediately gravitated towards the flavorful hops and malt that dear old dad introduced me to. When I lived at home for awhile post-college, he and I loved testing out new or unique beers together- we still do!

Because many wine-and-cocktail people are drawn to sweeter tastes, fall is the perfect season to test out the waters of warmer, dessert-like craft beer. (Whenever my lady friends ask for craft beer recommendations, I always suggest something less hoppy to begin with.) Here are my three favorites to drink this season- cheers!

1. Dogfish Head Punkin // DFH is my absolute favorite brewery due to their willingness to take risks with ingredients and styles. I’m not a fan of the cloying pumpkin beers, so I appreciate that this beer has more of the pumpkin spice taste than a pumpkin pie one. Super drinkable!

2. Weyerbacher Merry Monks // One of my all-time favorites year round, the spicy notes in this tripel style ale make it especially perfect in the fall. Don’t let the light color and universally delicious taste fool you, though- Monks has over twice the alcohol content of light beers!

3. Rogue Hazelnut Brown // This is the closest thing you’ll get to Nutella in a glass. Super creamy and malty, with just the right amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor to keep things interesting. Perfect with rich cake, or for sitting around a fall fire!

Are you a beer, wine or cocktail drinker? What’s your favorite brew?

 

Apple Waist Jeans

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Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch // Shirt: H&M (old, similar here) // Jacket: Topshop // Sneakers: Vans // Purse: Kate Spade // Sunglasses: Ray-BanPhotos by Michael Dokas.

Last Seattle look! The forecast for our trip predicted fall-ish temperatures in the 60s, so I brought along a new pair of A&F jeans to break in. Abercrombie jeans were my favorite in high school (weren’t they everyone’s?!), but I outgrew overly distressed fabrics and exposed pubic bones by my college years. As a result, I was super stoked when I saw that they recently introduced some higher rises in darker washes to their denim line. They’re the only brand I’ve found that seems to design for apple shapes- wider waist, but slim through the hips and butt. I added a classic striped tee and my new Topshop jacket for a long day of touring.

Leather & Stripes

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Dress: Anthropologie (sold out, similar here) // Jacket: Topshop // Flats: J.Crew (old, similar here)

I’ve always loved the look of leather jackets, but had never purchased one before. They’re a little far from my regular style to justify a big splurge, and there’s nothing worse than blatantly fake pleather! I saw this one at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, and after a bit of debating it, ordered it just in time for it to arrive before my Seattle trip. Thank goodness it did, because I barely took it off all weekend! The faux leather feels surprisingly luxurious and it’s warm without feeling heavy. I loved how it added a bit of an edge to this sweet striped dress that I usually reserve for work!

Packing Light

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Dress: Banana Republic (old, similar here) // Jacket: H&M (not online, similar here) // Sneakers: Vans // Scarf: J.Crew (old, similar here) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Purse: Kate Spade. Photos by Michael Dokas.

 Like many women, I am a chronic overpacker. Try as I might, I have the hardest time paring down outfit choices and am usually left squishing down my clothes as tightly as possible in order to zip my carry-on. This past weekend, however, I was determined to make my suitcase as maneuverable as possible, and amazingly, it worked! I came back with only two articles of unworn clothing. Bringing two lightweight, versatile jackets was super helpful, eliminating the need for tons of matching layers. I wore this outfit for exploring the city on Friday, and the jean jacket and Vans made spending most of the day outside super comfortable. What are your packing tips?

Emerald City

Left to right, top to bottom: Looking southeast from the top of the Space Needle // Breathtaking glass sculptures with a view of the Space Needle at Chihuly Garden and Glass // Waterfront views for happy hour // Mouthwatering omakase at Wasabi in Belltown // A morning of Seattle’s signature rainy weather, here over Pike Place Market // A cozy and delicious French breakfast at Café Campagne // Crawling through Hobbit holes at EMP’s Fantasy exhibit // Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” costumes, also at EMP // Bargain guac and margs at Mama Mexican // Clouds breaking over Puget Sound // Cookies, croissants and cappuccino for breakfast at Le Panier // Mariners vs. Nationals at Safeco Field. 

I spent the long weekend in Seattle with my boyfriend, and it’s safe to say I fell in love. It reminded me a lot of San Francisco, with steep streets, great museums and restaurants and a liberal attitude, but with it’s own distinct welcoming charm that I suppose is specific to the Pacific Northwest. Highlights included chocolate croissants at Le Panier, wandering the EMP Museum’s awesome exhibits for over three hours, the freshest escolar I’ve ever had at Wasabi in Belltown, watching the Mariners beat the Nationals at the top of the eighth inning, and walking absolutely everywhere- 80k steps on my Jawbone in three days!

The west coast has a completely different vibe and style from the east, and crossing different cities off my travel list only makes me want to visit more. What are your favorite US destinations?

Campfire Approved

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Sweater: LOFT // Shorts: Zara (sold out, similar here) // Flats: J.Crew (old, similar here) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Bracelet: gift, similar here // Earrings: gift, similar herePhotos by Michael Dokas.

My favorite thing to do on weekends is hands down just gathering at a someone’s house with a small group of close friends and talking, eating and drinking in an intimate setting. I’m a terrible dancer, a cheap date and I get embarrassingly grumpy when tired, so I’m generally just happier with simpler evenings!

Last Friday was one of those perfect evenings: my good friends hosted a few friends for bleu-cheese burgers, caprese salad, craft beers and great conversation around their fire pit. The night air was a bit cool, so I paired this simple yet fun LOFT sweatshirt with my favorite denim shorts. Comfy and easy to clean the smoke out of! I ate way too much brie, had a stomachache from laughing (or was that the cheese?), and was in bed by midnight. Perfection.