Posts tagged leopard
TEN / SUMMER SLIDES

hi again! lately i feel like i’m starting all of my posts this way, but here goes again — it’s been a minute...or a few months.

that’s life right? everything has been really busy, and time never slows down. i spend a lot of time working on my computer and really need a break from screen-time; turning on my computer at home always feels exhausting. but i really miss blogging! and want to commit more time to getting inspired again in this space. so why not start with a post about slides — my summer shoe obsession of 2019. i’m sharing 10 cute options from around the internet, buuut if i had to choose my favorite, it would be the tkees gemma sandals (i own 2 colors, and am plotting buying a third). they are truly perfection.

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  1. clear straps — brittany slide / diane von furstenberg

  2. oversized buckle — cult gaia

  3. the perfect flip flop — gemma slide / tkees

  4. leopard espadrilles — loeffler randall

  5. gingham slides — loeffler randall

  6. rope slides — zimmerman

  7. snakeskin slides — mango

  8. red Birkenstocks — valentino x birkenstocks

  9. bight orange slides — kate spade

  10. ric rac sandals — see by chloe


WHY THIS WORKS / LEOPARD AND PLAID

ICYMI, LEOPARD IS HAVING A MOMENT. It’s everywhere and it’s awesome. in my humble opinion, the only thing you need to know about leopard is that leopard goes with everything. leopard is made of tones of brown and black, a magical combination that makes it a dream to wear alone as a statement piece, or together with other prints. i like to think of leopard as a pattern neutral: pretty much anything and everything is fair game when pairing patterns with this animal print.

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i love the look of leopard worn with plaid (another very forgiving print — they’re basically stripes) as seen here on Tamu McPherson, author of all the pretty birds. Tamu’s laid-back look is bold yet extremely wearable — everyone feels comfy wearing a hoodie of course. she makes wearing head-to-toe print effortless thanks to the colors and shapes she chose to pair: a bright red sweatshirt which tones down the sweetness of the unexpected ruffle pants, and the coat that has an easy silhouette, helping to tie the whole look together. once you get to your destination and take off your faux fur leo coat, you’re left with a very simple outfit.


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PATTERN PSA / LEOPARD IS HAVING A MOMENT

it’s probably time we all agree that leopard is one of the best prints of all time, because i’m officially calling it the pattern of the season. in case you haven’t noticed, leopard is absolutely everywhere this fall, making me one happy gal. SINCE buying MY FIRST PAIR OF leopard ballet FLATS way back in high school, I’ve passionately believed that every wardrobe should include AT LEAST something leopard. and why not? it’s a statement on its own, easy to mix, and insanely versatilE.

lately i’ve been eyeing leopard coats and head to toe leopard (a big fan of the matchy-matchy look), so i’ve rounded 9 great outfits featuring fall’s pattern darling. my takeaway? the more leo the better!

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photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


FROM MY SHOPPING CART / 02

hello friends! i'm back with another intriguing look inside my shopping cart(s): the things i bought and what i left behind. today's list is definitely longer than my last post, but it's packed with some top-notch finds including this amazing embroidered circle bag from claire v. (below) and a really really good pair of white mary jane sides that have a cool heel. i've also include a few goodies for your home (clearly still inspired by my most recent post), because everyone needs a watermelon pillow to complete their living room, right?

go on, take a peek!

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this embroidered purse is so lovely, and definitely on my wishlist -- i adore the Mexican floral design and bright emerald handle.

embroidered circle clutch / claire v.

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this movement!

fringe halter dress / zara

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arguably the perfect leopard pumps. and therefore a wardrobe requirement (because #leopardgoeswitheverything).

jane mid heel leopard pump / loeffler randall

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a cute friend to brighten up your desk or perfectly curated bookshelves.

cheetah statue / hm

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a dream in a sweater.

landscape pullover / lorod

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jade bangle / kenneth jay lane

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mornings just got chicer with these modern minimalistic mugs -- can you believe these are only $7? i love the golden yellow.

stoneware cups / hm

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just perfect. love the wooden heel -- it makes this mary jane slide feel so fresh.

white mules with wooden heels / matiko

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ideal for a day at work, a garden wedding, date night, or all of the above.

floral mini dress / marc jacobs

 
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love the shape of this ladylike bag!

olivia object bag / rejina pyo

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red beaded drop earrings / anthropologie

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i've gushed about boston designer artemis design co on this blog before, so you may already know i'm a big fan. i was thrilled when they teamed up with another fashion love of mine, madewell, for a cheery collection of slides. i love the stripes -- fun colors!

artemis design co kilim slides / designed for madewell

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this may give you deja vu, but i wanted you to know that i really like this vase.

brown vase / cb2


POOL DAY / A DAY ABOUT TOWN

my philosophy for my summer wardrobe is based around utility. it was 95 degrees last week and let's be honest, it's hard to think in that kind of weather, so getting dressed needs to be a literal breeze. my favorite pieces are those that i can (and want to) wear over and over again. i look for items that can be dressed up or down depending on my mood or activity, AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO THROW something TOGETHER WITHOUT MUCH THOUGHT OR PLANNING -- AKA classic silhouettes that can be mixed and matched easily. basically i stick to a uniform made out of BREEZY fabrics and cute accessories, and i try to wear as many stripes as humanly possible. THIS LOOK IS COMPRISED OF PIECES THAT CHECK ALL OF THOSE BOXES: THE LINEN SKIRT IS SUCH A VERSATILE BASIC, THE STRIPED SUIT CAN TOTALLY DOUBLE AS AN CHIC TOP IF NEEDED, AND THOSE LEOPARD SLIDES GO WITH...PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

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striped swimsuit   /   pool towel   /   linen skirt   /   leopard slides   /   circle bag   /   straw hat

cat eye acetate sunglasses   /   nail polish in "gold lion"   /   red lip tint (with spf 30)   /   matisse magazine


WEEKEND WEAR / STRIPES WITH LEOPARD
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i've seen this sweater allll over instagram lately -- it seems that everyone has a crush on this cozy striped cutie. i love the sunny yellow and wide sleeves, a perfect thing to wear on a casual friday, or for brunch with friends. or everyday until spring is back.

happy friday friends!

 

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mohair sweater from h&M   //   deep-v mule by joe's   //   leopard clutch from claire-v


NINE / FAUX FUR COATS FOR A COZY FALL
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after a few gross days of humid, sticky weather, we're finally seeing fall-like temperatures here in Boston. and it's about time! i can't wait to start wearing boots, sweaters, and coats (my favorite). almost every year i'll treat myself to a new coat for the season -- since i wear a jacket every day for so many months, i like having a few options to brighten my mood and my mostly all-black winter uniform. this year i'm on the hunt for a cozy faux fur coat to add to the collection. there are so many options it's so hard to pick: do i go with something classic like stripes or leopard? or do i take the plunge and go for something over-the-top?

shop my favorite fuzzy coats from around the interwebs below!

 
 
 

STRIPED SWEATER DRESS

there has been a familiar chill in the air here in Boston this week, giving me alllll the fall feels. so, it feels only right to introduce you to my first official fall purchase: the sweater dress. i stumbled upon this little number at Artizia while crossing through the Pru. after ohhing and ahhing, but ultimately leaving empty handed, i couldn't get it out of my head. this particular sweater dress has that ideal slouchy shape -- you know, effortless with extra long sleeves -- and the colors are perfect for the cooler months. i can't wait to pair this with leopard mules (what else?), or with leggings and ankle boots for a more casual feel. 

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sweater dress from Aritzia   |   leopard mules from Club Monaco   |   black vegan leather backpack from Artizia  
wavy hair clip from Madewell   |   Stockholm city guide from Need Supply Co


APRIL FAVORITES
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a few of my favorite things this april:

  • going to see Sleeping Beauty at the Boston Ballet for my birthday with my mom and Babcia. The Boston Ballet put on an absolutely stunning performance and it was truly a special day that i'll always remember. going to the ballet always makes me nostalgic for my dancing days -- fun fact: i was a ballerina for 18 years!
     
  • turning 28, and feeling really ok with it. going into this year engaged, with some fun projects in the future. i'd say i'm in a good place. and what's a birthday without some sweets?! this cake looks delicious.
     
  • with the help of my fiance, we're working on adding a cute little bathroom to our 1890s home. the brass faucet is one of my favorite details -- consider this a sneak peek! 
     
  • i'm so excited to start working on sprucing up our backyard! it's a complete blank slate. first up is adding a veggie and fruit garden. (i'm inspired by the design of these seed packets)
     
  • every closet needs a pair of leopard trousers, and these J.Crew linen pants are ideal for spring. 

ELEVEN / PRINT MOMENTS FROM THE JENNA LYONS ERA AT J.CREW

you could call me a full-fledged fan and frequent customer of J.Crew (and can check out my past J.Crew musings here). in fact some of my most cherished pieces likely came from Jenna Lyons' creative mind. so when she announced her departure from J.Crew last month, many wondered what the future of J.Crew would look like or what kind of plans Lyons had up her impeccably rolled chambray sleeves. personally i'm wishing for a Jenna Lyons clothing line, but that's just me. one thing that's certain though: this gal has left a legacy filled with great patterns.

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since her legacy at J.Crew was kind of a big deal, i've pulled together 11 of the most memorable print moments from the Jenna Lyons Era -- according to MP of course.

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01 / SEQUINS FOR DAY

 

some say sequins are not a pattern, but i disagree. at J.Crew, Jenna introduced the idea of sequins for daytime. to avoid looking like a disco ball, she often styled sequins with contrasting casual pieces like cargo pants and slouchy tees to achieve a wearable look.

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02 / MATCHY-MATCHY PRINTS


matching prints is arguably one of the easiest ways to mix patterns. it's practically foolproof. obviously Jenna took the art of matching prints to the next level for J.Crew -- so much so that matching sets became a styling secret sauce of sorts. my favorites include polka dots, head-to-toe leopard, and the Jenna-famous stripes with stripes with stripes.

03 / HEAD-TO-TOE PATTERNS

 

remember when clashing prints made you look like a fashion victim from What Not to Wear? with the Lyons touch, crazy combinations (like this) transform into something fresh, exciting, and most importantly, very cool. i'd be so bold to say that Jenna changed the pattern mixing game for a modern gal's everyday wardrobe. she made mixing prints approachable by crafting collections with pieces you could easily play around with and make your own.

 

04 / LADY-LIKE POLKA DOTS

 

i distinctly remember purchasing my first polka dot item of clothing ever, and it was from J.Crew.

i bought a top very similar to the dress pictured here about 6 or 7 years ago. since adding this ladylike piece to start my collection, polka dots have carved a place in my wardrobe -- as easy to wear as black and white. 

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05 / STRIPED PANTS

 

these pants may be J.Crew's greatest statement piece. striped pants could be intimidating, but Jenna managed to take that fear away. she treated striped pants with the ease of a striped tee.

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06 / SHINY PONIES (AKA: THE SHOES!)


what would Jenna's legacy be without mentioning the shoes! from ballet flats, to block pumps, her collection of shoes came in an exciting array of yummy prints: gingham and plaid, florals, stripes and lots of leopard. thanks to her, J.Crew offered some of the best shoes in the biz. each season i need to add another patterned pretty to my wardrobe -- it's an easy way to spice up a simple look.

07 / LIBERTY OF LONDON FLORALS


these tiny Liberty of London florals have made multiple appearances while Jenna was Creative Director at J.Crew. from quilted jackets, to utilitarian button downs and the perfect pump, even swimsuits and hats, there is usually something available in this English classic print.

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08 / STRIPES + LEOPARD: THE PATTERN POWER COUPLE


Jenna definetly made a strong argument for why stripes and leopard should be in every gal's wardrobe -- look how chic this mom of two is! and together, leo and stripes make one of the most classic pattern-pairings in women's fashion. it also happens to be one of Jenna's most signature combinations. and for that, i thank her.

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09 / CAMO CAN BE A PATTERN NEUTRAL


strange but true: camo is wildy versatile and pretty much goes with everything. i was super excited when J.Crew reintroduced this "pattern neutral" into the spotlight during their nyfw show earlier this year. but what i love most about camo is how it can take something extra-girly, like lace, tulle or pretty bows, and make you look laid-back yet chic. 

 

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10 / COOL-GIRL PLAID

 

like stripes, plaid is a clear staple for J.Crew. it's safe to say that there is plaid on their shelves at all times. Jenna loved pairing this practical print with something glamorous and unexpected: a polished pencil skirt, bright lipstick, a sparkling statement necklace, or piles of patterns.

 

 

 

 

11 / COZY FAIR ISLE SWEATERS


when i think of the ultimate cozy pattern, my mind often goes to this particular Fair Isle print. Jenna made Fair Isle a perfect choice for wearing around the holidays. i love it's simplicity, and i especially like the look of layering these sweaters with a button-down, scarf or even a blazer. 

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and this is just the tip of the iceberg. did i miss anything? trust me, it was a challenge to narrow down 26 years of patterns to one short list, and it made me realize that i really will miss Jenna's creativity and playful eye the most. let me know your favorite print moment in the comments!

 

images via J.Crew