the girl in the black hat

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Hat: Asos ; Shirt: Free People Sunset Park Thermal in taupe; Blazer: Theory (similar here); Jeans: Sevens “The Skinny” in clean black; Bag: Louis Vuitton Petit Noe in monogram canvas; Necklace: Forever 21 Diamond Pendant Layered Necklace ; Shoes: ASOS “Hope Heeled Sandal”

Photog: Rebsharez 

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1. Givenchy Antigua handbag

2. Nars Lipstick 

3. Vintage LA Dodgers Hat from Fanatics

4. Byredo Parfum in Gypsy Water 

5. Free People Sweater

6. Chanel Le Vernis

7. Frye Boots

8. Vanessa Mooney Statement Necklace

9. Rag and Bone Denim 

+ a fishtail braid like Jen to complete the look.



ootd: faux badass look

If you are tempted to purchase anything from this outfit post, I hope it is the Free People Strappy Bra. This brilliant undergarment has changed my closet’s life (and mine!) in more ways than one, but mostly because I feel like a badass whenever I wear it. Think Angelina Jolie kicking butts and taking names in Salt. This is a noteworthy feeling for me because it’s one that doesn’t necessarily come around that often for a Britney Spears-blasting-26-year-old like myself. So since I had on my magical badass bra with this outfit, I decided to really get unhinged and pair some distressed denim with it. How do you like me now?


Here is my faux badass look:

1. J Brand Jeans

2. Free People Tank

3. Free People Cage Bra

4. Louis Vuitton Speedy 30


6. Tarte Lipstain in Envy 

& a hodgepodge of bracelets equivalent to the weight of a 5 lb dumbbell.

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Coachella Meets Dierks Bentley

With my summer-is-coming-to-an-end anxiety setting in full force, I have been frantically making sure I’ve covered all of the things on my Summer 2014 Bucket List*. In doing this strenuous examination of consciousness, I realized that I have not given myself sufficient opportunity to pretend like I was at a festival. Laugh all you want, but it is definitely a “thing.” As you can imagine, this dilemma was really weighing on my mind. I had to take some sort of action to prevent my FOMO* from getting any worse. I understaaaand that Richmond isn’t exactly the festival capital of the world or anything, but we do have a prettttttty solid outdoor concert scene. So we don’t have an actual festival for me to go to? Details. A girl has got to work with what she’s got, ya know? Taking care of business, I took it upon myself to rally up my lady friends (most of the guys opted out aka missed out) for a Coachella themed Dierks Bentley concert last night. Sounds like a case of polar opposites mostly because they are, but minus the blisters from my boots & the lingering hangover – it was a helluva time. Richmond girls need an excuse to drink a few cold ones and wear a festival-esque outfit just as much as everyone else. So I guess what I am trying to say is Dierks, if you are reading this, thanks for giving me the opportunity to pretend and more importantly, dress like I was at a festival. You are a peach.

Alas, my pretend festival outfit: Free People Eyelash slip, Sheer plaid shirt (similar here), Cowboy boots (similar here), Chanel bag, Dogeared Lotus NecklaceTassel NecklaceStone Age BanglesAlex and Ani Om bracelet, & Free People phone case .

*beaching, mojito drinking, saving a stray, trashy novel reading, and other intellectually stimulating things

*Fear Of Missing Out (it’s a thing)  Dierks, you are so funny.coachella outfit


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Happy hour before festival night!
Happy hour before festival night!

My boots (top right) were so cute before they inflicted pain on me in the form of blisters.

What I’m Listening To >> First Aid Kit

Since my positive energy kick, I have neglected the side of my soul that appreciates realms of other music besides “UPBEAT!!!!!!!!” in fear of losing any “good vibes.” (UPBEAT!!!! is somewhere between T Swift & Drake) Embarrassingly, I have been pretty adamant about this decision.

Sounds painful right?

Fear not.


Let it be known that First Aid Kit gave me a (much needed) swift kick in the rear. Leave it to the Söderberg girls Dixie Chickesque folk sound to help me realize my avoidance method was a grade A rookie mistake. Their beautiful harmony + resonating lyrics + impeccably done album cover (I am a sucker for the clothing ensembles) forced me to reconsider my upbeat music only rampage.

This realization being said – how could I forget that I love to turn up a track like Waitress Song while driving just to revel in the feelings that come up? It’s the Waitress Song I have to thank. This song catapulted my obsession with the Stay Gold album …. essentially onto the island of abrasive replays. (aka my roommates hate me….)

If you have the pleasure of listening to this song for the first time: get in your car, roll down the windows, blast the Waitress Song, & beware of the island of abrasive replays.

PS If you happen to find yourself on said island, rejoice because they are on tour. Richmonders, that goes for you too. See you there October 26th.