Friday, August 1, 2014

on my radar -- august.


COVETING: Ella Moss Paz Chambray Blouse 
www.shopbop.com; $148
This little Ella Moss tank is pretty much my ideal piece right now. I love the panels on the sides -- they set off the unique print so nicely -- and the feminine little gathered peplum at the waist. Perfect with white pants or -- for extra credit -- colored denim.

How is it possibly August already? The summer is flying by, and it's like there's nothing I can do to stop it (for the record, I'm not a fan of this anomaly). I'm trying to soak up every second of this last official summer month, from going to late-night movies (Begin Again was beautiful) to mixing bright and neutral nails to wearing the heck out of all the sandals in my closet. Now get out there and take in some sunshine.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Wishing you all a happy summer weekend!
xo Josie
Thanks to Shopbop for the photo.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

look the book -- the new prep.

 
COVETING: French Connection Blyss Wedge Boot
www.nordstrom.com; $149.95
I'm adamant that it's too early to think about fall fashion. I'm still stuck in days of cutoffs and breezy tees, flowy sundresses and flat sandals. But every once in awhile, I spot a piece that makes me yearn for riding boots and crunchy leaves and apple-picking and crisp days. These little French Connection booties are a prime example: I can picture them perfectly paired with opaque black tights and wooly dresses, and I'm dying to get my hands on a pair.


Speaking of fall, the back-to-school ads are getting to me. It is, after all, still July. And despite that I no longer go back to school, per se, in the fall, they still catch my attention every year. And what I can definitely get behind is the sudden influx of prep into fashion. It happens every year when September rolls around, and I adore it each time -- the layered shirts and sweaters, the plaid, the borrowed-from-the-boys quirkiness... This year, Shopbop's put out a lookbook that encompasses all that I love about back-to-school style.






 

What fall styles are YOU looking forward to wearing this year?
xo Josie
Thanks to Nordstrom and Shopbop for the photos.

Monday, July 28, 2014

life lately.

 
ATTAINABLE: Gap Quilted Moto Jacket in Vintage Flight (also in Gray Crystal and Clean Coal)
www.gap.com; $88
I'm always on the lookout for a great fall jacket, and this quilted motorcycle version from Gap fits the bill beautifully. I love the contrast zipper detail and the stitching on the quilted sections -- which are just big enough so as not to seem overdone. While I'm partial to this dark gray color, I can totally see the merit in picking one up in black as well.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind (see more on Instagram) -- some not-so-great events, but a lot of good. I'm doing my best to focus on the positive and remember how lucky I am. And that's made infinitely easier when I look back on nights spooning milkshakes at my favorite drive-in (far too thick for slurping), perfect evenings watching fireworks from a killer balcony, and all of the little moments that make summer pretty ideal.


{Stylin' in construction gear while touring the soon-to-be Twin Cities Premium Outlets)

{The Peppermint Twist, one of my favorite spots to spend a summer evening}

{A perfect view for the Aquatennial fireworks}

{An addiction to bouquets from Trader Joe's that's getting a little out of hand}

Wishing you all a beautiful week!
xo Josie
Thanks to Gap for the photo.

Friday, July 25, 2014

how to wear -- gingham.

 
COVETING: Madewell Silk Gardengate Dress
www.madewell.com; $155
This ultra-feminine dress is perfect for the last months of summer: it's light and breezy, the print is delicate and pale, and I love that the high-low hem isn't too extreme. It has a Gatsby-esque feel to it with its straight silhouette and cap sleeves, and I think that a few ropes of long necklaces and a pair of pumps would be the perfect ladylike accompaniments.

Gingham is a print that I adore, but I'm so wary of it. It has a tendency to look too little-girl, too sweet, and, if you're not careful, like you've thrown on a tablecloth. Playing with color, proportion, and layering can be major helps, though, so I've turned to some of my favorite stylish ladies to glean some inspiration for wearing this tricky pattern this summer.

 
{The oversized checks and fringe detail on Julia's mini dress make for a polished-but-not-too-preppy look}

{Chelsea's classic gingham shirt gets bumped up a notch layered with a statement necklace and cardigan} 

{Blair's full gingham skirt is so irresistibly ladylike}

How are YOU wearing gingham this summer?
xo Josie
Thanks to Madewell, Gal Meets Glam, Zipped, and Atlantic-Pacific for the photos.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

obsessed -- wish.

 
ATTAINABLE: REPORT Simka Ankle Strap Flat in Nude (also in Black)
nordstrom.com; $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. revolveclothing.com; 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
www.revolveclothing.com; $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
www.revolveclothing.com; $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 // www.acozykitchen.com
{A Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep sounds like an ideal way to cool off}

3-Ingredient Watermelon Granita from MomAdvice.com 
{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
www.anthropologie.com; $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.