Wednesday, July 23, 2014

obsessed -- wish.

ATTAINABLE: REPORT Simka Ankle Strap Flat in Nude (also in Black); $79.95
Although I tend to avoid ankle straps (they cut my legs off and aren't the most flattering), but these flats are pretty adorable. I love the classic nude shade and that the heel cap and strap are a standout metallic. And the little heel is utter perfection -- just enough to add a tiny bit of height, but the shoe still qualifies as a flat. Perfect to pair with dark denim and midi skirts.

I'll just come out and say it: Australian designer Annette Cannock is a genius. Her WISH line brings together everything that I love about fashion: feminine silhouettes, pretty fabrics, bold prints, bright solids, and impeccable styling -- just to name a few things that make the line so irresistible. I'm loving all of the fun summer dresses in the line right now, but I bet that fall will bring some fantastic frocks, too.

Wish Diamond Short Sleeve Top in White
WISH Diamond Short-Sleeve Top
www.; sale (now) $78
This light, breezy white top is pretty much summertime perfection. I love the little triangle-shaped cutouts and the angular, deliberate pattern. There's so much airiness and movement to this blouse; it would be fab with cutoffs or super-chic with a pencil skirt.

Wish Bloom Dress in White
WISH Bloom Dress; $134
I'm convinced that the epitome of summer is wrapped up in this pretty little sundress. The crisp white hue contrasts beautifully with the bright blue flowers, and the back has such a beautiful simplicity to its details. I love it styled with a braided brown leather belt, but a dose of metallic would take this dress from day to night with ease.

Wish Petal Dress in Cobalt
 WISH Petal Dress; $169.95
The unique silhouette of this summer frock is what gets me -- the high, wide neckline, the shirttail hem, the side ruffles -- but the bold cobalt shade is a close second. Pair with a statement necklace and printed pumps for bonus points, or keep it simple with a pair of nude heels and understated accessories to let the dress shine.

What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Norstrom and Revolve Clothing for the photos.

Monday, July 21, 2014

good enough to eat -- watermelon wonders.

ATTAINABLE: ASOS Shorts in Linen with Scallop Hem
www.asoscom; $38.11
Despite that they're linen (hello, wrinkles), I'm kind of convinced that I need to stash these shorts in my wardrobe. I love the clean, polished look at the scalloped trim (super ladylike and prim). These would be ideal paired with sweet sandals and a crisp button-down blouse or -- more unexpectedly -- a vintage rock T-shirt and beat-up Converse.

My obsession with watermelon in the summertime is a little out of control -- the first step is admitting it. It's so sweet and juicy, and I can't get enough of the stuff (I've been known to gobble down full containers without batting an eye, especially with a sprinkle of sea salt on top -- trust me and give it a try). But I'm moving beyond scooping it out of Tupperware with a fork this summer and trying to use it in some new ways. See below for some watermelon recipes that sound nothing short of wonderful, and join me as I give 'em a shot in the last months of summer.

Hi Sugarplum | Watermelon Feta Salad 
{The salty cheese in this Watermelon Feta Salad is the perfect foil for juicy melon}

Grilled Watermelon Mint Juleps //
{A Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep sounds like an ideal way to cool off}

3-Ingredient Watermelon Granita from 
{Dessert on a hot day doesn't get easier than a 3-Ingredient Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops // take a megabite
{Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops are everything I love about summer}

What are YOU whipping up with watermelon this summer?
xo Josie
Thanks to ASOS, Hi Sugarplum!, A Cozy Kitchen, Mom Advice, and Take a Megabite for the photos.

Friday, July 18, 2014

look the book -- alice + olivia summer 2014.

ATTAINABLE: Vanessa Virginia Montara Tank; $88
I'm a sucker for a pretty silk blouse, and Anthropologie always has an abundance of them. This Vanessa Virginia tank is simply to die for. I love the soft sherbet colors and flirty shape -- it would be adorable with a pencil skirt and a jacket (hello, day-to-night), but dark denim or a pair of just-destroyed-enough boyfriend jeans would also make an ideal accompaniment.  

I have forever been a fan of Alice + Olivia, Stacey Bendet's contemporary collection (inspired by her quest for the perfect pair of trousers). Every piece is always so colorful and feminine, and the details are fantastic. From full-length lace dresses to sleek bustier-style jumpsuits to sweaters with sweet ribbons at the neck, the summer collection is pretty killer... And I want to live wherever they shot the lookbook (love that library).

Wishing you all a happy weekend -- what collections are YOU loving right now?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie and Shopbop for the photos.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

beauty trend to try -- hair jewelry.

COVETING: Stella McCartney Match Cuff; sale (now) $350
I'm a big fan of bracelets and am always looking for a pretty new gold one to add to the stack I usually wear. This Stella McCartney cuff is a major splurge, but also a definite contender. I love the super-clean matchstick-style design, and I'm of course a big fan of the whimsy that comes along with the "burnt" end -- it's so versatile and would be the absolute perfect addition to any look.

Speaking of jewelry, I'm a little obsessed with finding more ways to adorn myself these days. Hair jewelry is the perfect example; I love how it adds a little extra sparkle and glitz to an everyday look and can run the gamut from boho to high fashion. See below for some of my favorite versions -- maybe you'll even be inspired ot make your own.

Beauty Note: Go for the Gold! 
{I love the pretty gold leaves on this piece on Lauren Conrad}

Hair Trend 
{I totally dig these layered bands and boho waves}

hair jewels
{Laura gives a great tutorial on making your own piece, so it can be ultra-personalized}

How are YOU wearing hair jewelry this summer?
xo Josie
Thanks to FarFetch, Lauren Conrad, Love This Pic, and Bow and Arrow Magazine for the photos.

Monday, July 14, 2014

get the look -- track shorts.

COVETING: Joie Yveline silk beaded tank; $398 
I'm a bit of a Joie addict, and this pretty, breezy tank is an embodiment of my reasons. It's chic and relaxed, but still a little glitzy without seeming showy. The cut is so relaxed, and it lays just right. I can't think of a more ideal pairing to dress up skinny jeans or a pair of crisp white pants.

Summertime and shorts go hand-in-hand, but finding the right pair can be a huge pain. Enter: track shorts, a bumped-up version of your gymwear. Designers are all over this trend, and I'm thrilled. They're as comfortable as your favorite Nikes, but infinitely more chic -- especially when paired with pumps for evening, or a strappy pair of flat sandals for daytime. Versatile, adorable, and they come in a range of styles to fit any budget -- consider me sold.

DEAL: Madewell Track Shorts; $49.50
Madewell never lets me down when it comes to cool casualwear. These linen-cotton shorts are super laid-back, but the fabric and clean lines (love that piping) give a more upscale vibe. Perfect to pair with crisp white tops and slouchy tanks, and the price is definitely right. 

EXTRAVAGANCE: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Gym Short Romper; $328
If you're looking to take the track short trend a step further, this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent romper is nothing short of adorable. I love the sophisticated silk and the black-and-white print, and the crochet detailing at the top is pretty phenomenal. Perfect for steamy summer days.

DEAL: Ace Delivery Sailboat Print Dolphin Shorts; $58
While the tiny sailboat print on these track shorts is totally darling, I have to say that what I love most is the bright orange piping -- it makes for a great contrast with the navy and white print, and it would pop perfectly against a light tan. Love the super-relaxed shape and clean waistband on these; they're so floaty and cool-looking. 

Sea Lace Track Shorts 
EXTRAVAGANCE: Sea Lace Track Shorts; sale (now) $147.50
These little lace shorts are the perfect dress-up-dress-down piece to last the rest of summer. I love them paired with nude sandals; they look so sweet and ladylike. I think that a crisp button-down and a statement necklace would be the perfect accompaniments to make them perfectly brunch-appropriate.

Are YOU wearing track shorts this summer?
xo Josie
Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue, Madewell, Revolve Clothing, Nordstrom, and Shopbop for the photos.

Friday, July 11, 2014

look the book -- 3.1 phillip lim summer 2014.

ATTAINABLE: Gap Stripe Henley Dress in Navy Stripe (also in Gray Stripe); sale (now) $49.95
Despite a recent, weird summer cold blast (and the fact that my office never seems to top fifty degrees), I still can't get enough of casual summer dresses. This striped one from Gap is the epitome of what I'm looking for these days: breezy and super-laid-back with a fun print. I love the open Henley neckline and just-right length -- all it needs is a braided belt and flat sandals to be a go-anywhere outfit.

I'm always struck by the clean, contemporary feel of each season's 3.1 Phillip Lim line. The most recent one has really caught my eye, though -- the colors are bold, the skirts are on the longer side, and there's just the right amount of added texture and sparkle. It's definitely a summer collection, but I could see every single one of these pieces transitioning beautifully into fall. Some of my favorite looks from the latest lookbook are below.

What collections are YOU loving right now?
xo  Josie
Thanks to Gap and Shopbop for the photos.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

obsessed -- graf & lantz.

COVETING: Melanie Auld Turquoise Trapeze Drops; $168
When it comes to earrings, I'm usually strictly a studs kind of girl. I like them to be interesting and pretty, but anything too long or dangly just seems to get in the way. I get nervous about having my hair tangled in them, or catching them on a hairbrush... But I think I'd make an exception for these gorgeous Melanie Auld drops. I love the swingy, geometric shape, and the contrast between the turquoise and the pave trim is kind of to die for.

All I can say is that I wish I'd known about Graf & Lantz sooner. A recently-discovered line for me, it's filled with darling bags ranging from clutches to totes to weekend duffels, and I'm utterly in love. The line is the brainchild of a structural engineer and a carpenter (I know), which somehow feels totally natural. I really dig the hold-everything totes, bright colors, and clean, geometric designs. 

Graf & Lantz Duffel Bag; $389
I think this is my favorite piece of the bunch, and, thus, the only one I'm even bothering to talk about. I love everything about it: the durable canvas, the top handles, the bright pink pocket, the gradiated shades of brown, the shoulder strap... It's an ideal weekend bag, perfectly stuffable and neutral enough to match everything that you can match it with everything you've packed inside for your weekend getaway.

What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie and Shopbop for the photos.