Summer Lovin’

Well hello, all my favorite seasonal pieces in one outfit! Who knew summer lovin’ also applied to clothes? I’ve been a serious outfit repeater with all these items separately, so it only made sense to compile a look with all of them, right? This pineapple top finally went on sale at J. Crew so I scooped that up a few weeks ago, and have been wearing it for both work and play ever since. I love that it can be worn on or off the shoulder – perfect for day-to-night. I paired it with my favorite jeans of the spring/summer(/maybe ever?!) and these sweet pearl sandals that have been making the blogger rounds for the last few months. Turns out the hype is real, though – they are SO comfy and go with everything.

As for accessories, my Cult Gaia bag has been one of my top purchases of the season. Not only do I get compliments on it wherever I go, but my favorite part is that so many sweet older ladies will come up to me and tell me that these types of bags were super popular when they were young! That makes it feel even more special and unique (even though everyone and their mother has it, but whatever guys). To finish off the look, I opted for my Karen Walker shades, navy tassel earrings, dainty bangles, and another fave repeat offender – my mood ring. I don’t know why I ever stopped wearing one because they are so much fun and make me feel like I’m 12 again. Plus, the colors are all really pretty (unless I’m stressed and it turns black). #y2kproblems

What are you lovin’ on this summer?

Top: J.Crew (on sale!) | Jeans: Levi’s | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Cult Gaia | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Earrings: H&M | Gold Ring: Baublebar | Mood Ring: Etsy | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX (‘Summer Breeze’) | Nails: Essie (‘Topless and Barefoot’)

Leopard Love

If there’s ever been a piece that perfectly transitions from work to happy hour, it’s these flippin’ pants, y’all. And best of all? They feel like PJs! I gazed at these babies all spring trying to decide if I really needed them, but then they finally went on sale (and it turns out, yes, I definitely needed them).

Since the pants are enough of a statement by themselves, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple. A white tank, a neutral bag and shoes, and a denim jacket was all this look needed to let my party pants shine. Of course, I couldn’t resist adding in a couple fun details – the embroidery on my bag, ball drop earrings, and rose gold mirrored sunglasses.

Top: Old Navy | Pants: J. Crew | Heels: Steve Madden | Denim Jacket: Gap | Crossbody Bag: Francesca’s | Sunglasses: Amazon | Earrings: Amazon | Rings: Baublebar | Lips: NYX (‘Pale Pink’)

Olive Ruffles

Although generally considered a fall favorite, olive has recently proven to be one of my favorite colors for summer. This off the shoulder top came in three colors: black, white, and this soft green hue. Usually I always go straight for black or white, but I had to make an exception for this little gem!

Aside from the color, I love how this top has some really fun components – bell sleeves, ruffle details, and even a ~flirty~ split back. It’s such a perfect piece for the season! On chillier nights (like this week, which has gotten down to the upper 50s/lower 60s!), I’ll pair it with a distressed raw-hem skinny jean, but on hot summer days, white cutoffs give this shirt a totally different vibe. I love how it can go from sophisticated and chic to fun and low key just by switching out the bottoms!

As for the rest of the look, I went with big sunnies, simple sandals, fun earrings, and a pop of leopard (duh). Holiday weekend, here I come!

Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Topshop | Shoes: BP | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Clutch: Clare V | Earrings: J.Crew (similar) | Rings: Baublebar | Lips: NYX Lip Cream (‘Tokyo’) | Nails: NAILS INC. Unicorn Nail Polish Duo

Gingham Gal

Cape Cod, gingham, white jeans, an American flag – what could be more Memorial Day than that? The stars (and stripes) aligned for this all-American look, just in time for the holiday.

Y’all know by now that I never miss a situational dressing opportunity, so it’s not too surprising that I went with this patriotic ensemble featuring blue, white, and a couple pops of red. This gingham off the shoulder top was an obvious choice, and white jeans are always an MDW staple. To accessorize, I went with a couple repeat offenders: my lace up heels, nude crossbody with embroidered details, and bright red tassel earrings. Who’s ready for some rosé and watermelon?!

Happy Memorial Day!

Top: J. Crew | Jeans: Old Navy | Crossbody Bag: Francesca’s | Shoes: BP | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Earrings: H&M | Rings: Baublebar | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Alpine Snow’)

Bows + Bodysuits

This bodysuit, you guys. I think I’m in love. For some reason I’ve never been a big bodysuit wearer (perhaps because I haven’t had the right jeans for them, but more on that later), however that instantly changed when I found this fun little piece. It’s incredibly comfortable, flattering, and the low/bow back is just too good. It was perfect for my birthday brunch a couple weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to wearing it on cool summer nights all season long.

For this look, I knew I needed some distressed high-waisted jeans that weren’t too light, weren’t too dark – and they had to be Levi’s. This pair from Shopbop met all my requirements and then some. These have been on maj repeat this spring, and I’ve been getting so many compliments on them! As for the rest of the outfit, I went with lace up heels, my embroidered crossbody, go-to gold jewels, and some party girl earrings. Y’all know I can’t resist a little bit of color!

Bodysuit: Topshop | Jeans: Levi’s | Crossbody Bag: Francesca’s | Shoes: BP | Earrings: J.Crew (similar) | Rings: Baublebar | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (‘Fortune Cookie’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Alpine Snow’)

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Well, it only took us until the middle of May to get rid of the “April” showers and finally bring some spring! What better way to ring in the warmer weather than a trip to a tulip farm? I headed out to Burnside Farms (yep, same as the sunflower farm you saw here!) to pick some fresh blooms and have a little picnic with my pals. Okay, so maybe we just went to the hot dog stand – but we ate them at a picnic table so that’s the same, right?

For my frolic in the flower fields, I went with a white dress with some colorful floral embroidery (never one to stray away from situational dressing). Like many other bloggers/everyone on your insta feed, I too fell in love with the very similar Free People frock – but I wanted the embroidery color from the black dress put on the white dress! Leave it to one of my favorite boutiques, Tres Carmen, to carry an almost-identical dress with my dream color combo – and at half the price! To accessorize, I opted for these comfy espadrilles (a crazy-good dupe for the Marc Fisher ones), giant tassel earrings, round sunnies, and some delicate gold jewelry. And of course, a sweet little basket to carry my blossoms ❤

Hope you all are enjoying some beautiful spring weather!

Dress: Tres Carmen (similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Earrings: H&M | Rings: Baublebar | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola

Birthday Fiesta

I’m officially 26, y’all, and it’s time to celebrate! I’ve always loved having my birthday right before Cinco de Mayo, especially when they both fall close to the weekend like they do this year. It gives me the perfect excuse to extend the fiesta for as long as possible!

This year I combined the two for a fun and festive look that incorporates both “holidays,” (does my birthday count as a holiday?) featuring some of my favorite trends – pom poms, off the shoulder, and embroidery. These are great aspects of a birthday outfit AND a Cinco de Mayo outfit, so this just felt right, ya know?

This Asos dress just screams party time, so it was kind of a no-brainer. Since it does have just a *bit* going on, I tried to keep the rest of the look fairly simple. I topped it off with tortoise sunglasses, nude lace up heels (these BP ones have been on major repeat this spring!), and a nude crossbody featuring some fun embroidery.

Thanks for partying with TK&PD! ❤

Dress: Asos | Crossbody Bag: Francesca’s | Shoes: BP | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Pineapple Studs c/o Swell Caroline | Rings: Baublebar | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX (‘Girl Crush’) | Nails: Essie (‘Topless and Barefoot’)

Spring Has Sprung

It’s my very first spring in DC and you know what that means – cherry blossoms! After the crazy winter we had (i.e. 80 degrees followed by a snowstorm), I wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to see these pretty blooms this year. But Mother Nature pulled through, starting out the spring season with a bang.

I celebrated the beautiful weather with all sleeveless everything. Sun’s out, guns out, amirite? I went with a comfy and casual grey dress, a super soft Tencel trench vest, and my new favorite spring booties. I kept up this classic look with a simple black crossbody, tortoiseshell sunglasses, my go-to Daniel Wellington watch, and dainty gold jewels. For a final feminine touch, I opted for matchy-matchy pale pink lips and nails. Spring, oh how I’ve missed you.

Dress: Abercrombie (similar here and here) | Trench Vest: Gap | Shoes: BP | Crossbody Bag: Gap (similar here)| Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Earrings: Baublebar (similar) | Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Ring: Baublebar | Lips: NYX (‘Pale Pink’) | Nails: Essie (‘Fiji’)

Yours Truly

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Y’all. It has been a wild 2017 so far. Can you tell by my little leave of absence there?! Oops! Part of the reason is because work (my *real* job) has been nuts and is currently sending me all over the place – and the rest is because of some very exciting news that I can’t wait to share shortly. I don’t want to give away too much yet, but some really fun things are coming to the blog soon, so please bear with me and my scarce posts for a bit!

Now onto sweeter things – like this Valentine’s Day look. When I discovered last year that I had absolutely no pink in my closet, I made a vow right then and there to change that. This bright pink turtleneck brought me from zero to Barbie in .5 seconds, and I can’t say I hate it. Sometimes I like to go subtle with my holiday outfits, but not this time. Although I went classic with dark jeans and neutral booties, I topped off this festive Valentine’s getup with a pop of leopard (duh), big sunnies, and a pair of statement earrings.

Turtleneck: Asos | Jeans: J Brand | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Earrings: J. Crew | Ring: BaubleBar

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts! ❤

A Very Velvet New Year’s Eve: Two Ways

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For the past few months, I’ve been on the hunt for an emerald green velvet slip dress (not specific at all, right?!), and finally found one just in time to watch the ball drop. Since the slip dress trend is so easy to style and dress up or down, I decided to do just that for a special NYE two ways post!

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For the casual look, I went for the Cher Horowitz inspired layering trend that has ruled 2016. I topped it off with two more huge pieces from this year – a choker and Adidas Superstars. Because why wouldn’t I go full 90s to ring in the new year?

Velvet Dress: Love Culture | White Tee: Forever 21 (similar) | Sneakers: Adidas | Bag: Gap (similar here) | Choker: Nordstrom

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To dress up this velvet slip, I slipped on a faux fur coat, some lace-up heels (with tassels!), a lariat necklace, and an envelope clutch. For the finishing touch, I added a dark lip for a little drama.

 

Velvet Dress: Love Culture | Faux Fur Coat: Forever 21 | Shoes: Target | Clutch: Lulu’s (similar) | Lariat Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Which look is your fave? Comment below!

For more NYE inspo, check out last year’s post here.

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Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve! As always, thanks for following TK&PD, and stay tuned for some big thangs comin’ your way in 2017!