Say Hello to My Little Friend

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[ballerina moment]

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Do I look cool? Because I feel cool. I guess if I were actually cool, I wouldn’t talk about how cool I am, but I can’t help it. I wore white pants and a white shirt for a whole day without getting any dirt or food on myself. Plus, I’m rocking a black blazer and shades like a secret agent (but one from a movie that dresses all sexy and less utilitarian). And to top it all off, I debuted my #1 coolest purchase of the month (and probably the year): my mint Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag! You might have seen the announcement on Instagram, but I’ve been admiring this bag for a long time and decided to sell a few things – including an old Marc Jacobs bag – so I could afford to buy a full-size M.A.C. without busting my budget. These bags retail for $295, but I found this one for almost 50% off at Nordstrom Rack, and the income from everything I sold was enough to cover the whole cost. OK, admit it…that IS pretty cool, right? 🙂

Bag // similar Bag (much cheaper option!) // Jeans (on sale) // Shoes* // similar Blazer* // similar Sunglasses // similar Necklace

*Shoes and blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

#LookingLucky 3: Cropped

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So. You might have noticed one of the 10 trends for the Looking Lucky challenge is “cropped.” Originally it was cropped tops specifically, but then we just went with cropped because it gives you a little more room for interpretation. Because I’m an overachiever, I decided to rock a cropped top AND pants at the same time on Saturday.

For those of you afraid of the crop top trend, let this be a lesson to you. The crop tops of 2014 are not worn the same way the crop tops of 2001 were. It’s not about showing off your belly ring anymore (for the record, I never had one). I mean depending on your age, the occasion, and how many sit-ups you do, I guess you could still show a bunch of midriff and get away with it. But if you’re over 20, aren’t going clubbing in Miami, and can’t remember the last time you did a sit-up (unless you count time time you had to stretch really far to reach the bag of chips at the end of your bed), you still don’t have to cast off the crop top trend. If you layer it over a longer shirt like I’m doing here, you don’t have to show even a sliver of skin if you don’t want to. If you’re slightly more daring, I also love the idea of wearing a crop top with a high waisted skirt, so you just see a hint of skin right above the waist. I’m definitely going to try that some weekend when it warms up a little more! I might do a few sit-ups before I do it though…just to be safe.

So what do you think about crop tops now? Have I convinced you? If the idea intrigues you but you don’t want to spend money on one, you can always temporarily “hem” a shirt with fabric tape! Man, I am just full of helpful tips today. You’re welcome.

Crop Top // similar Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Bracelet* // Ring* // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos; ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.