kites, the beach, and what i wore

beach coney island

We are quickly running out of weekends in the summer. Luckily I got down to the beach for a few hours in the sun over the weekend. I’m not too far from Coney Island and Brighton Beach, and it’s one of my favorite summer spots. It’s easy for me to get to, a free public beach, and it’s full of people and colorful fun. There was a breeze the day we went, and we saw a ton of kites flying. I am so thankful I live close to the ocean. And this is what I wore (over my bathing suit, of course).

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on the waterfront

waterfront

This weekend it was so beautiful outside. Lucky for me, I got to hang out in the gorgeous weather in some equally beautiful settings. On Saturday I went to the waterfront in Williamsburg with some friends for Smorgasburg, a sort of food booth fair. It was delicious.

And this is what I wore.

outfit rae's days

Dress from Banana Republic; shoes, purse, watch, and sunglasses from Target; top from Top Shop.

hot hot hot

What do you do when it’s this hot outside and you need to look professional at work but your commute includes walking in the sun and riding on hot trains?

Well, start with the bare minimum: a sleeveless dress and sandals.

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Once you get to work, replace your sandals with some heels and add a blazer. Then realize you never should have kidded yourself about wearing your hair down, look for a hair elastic, and never find one.

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Then hope your AC holds up for the rest of the day. Happy Friday!

miss blue glass and miss green glass

In Boy’s Life, which I totally loved, two sisters named Sonia and Katherina Glass were almost perfect mirror images of each other–except one always wore blue and the other green.

Now that is style. They adopted a uniform, dressed as themselves, and went with it. Plus monochrome can really be a great look. I don’t own enough of one color (except black) to pull off monochrome looks very often–and I have a pretty strong aversion to matching. But in honor of Miss Blue Glass and Miss Green Glass, let’s take a look at some killer blue and green clothes and accessories we could wear in our own lives.

blue

blueaccessories

I’m really into blue. It’s one of my favorite colors and I just think it’s beautiful–like the ocean and sky. Plus blue jeans are blue, so you’ve got that going for you. But I was surprised at how much I liked these greens.

green

green accessories

Gorgeous, right? Emerald and mint are really growing on me. Maybe soon I’ll give up mismatching for one day and pick a color and stick with it.

stripes, three ways

all stripes, all the time

I am so into stripes. I got this outfit a few weeks ago an can’t stop wearing it. Well, at least parts of it. It’s separates! Separates that go together and look like a great striped dress. It’s so comfortable and light for summer–I really can’t get enough of this skirt and top from the Loft.

work stripes

So I keep wearing it. Lots of ways. This time with a white pencil skirt. Ready for summer and ready for work. And if you’re going somewhere more casual…

striped skirt

Always add a gray T-shirt. And if you’re feeling it, tie it in a knot for a summertime crop top.

Now go forth and mix and match!

summer brights

work ootd

Summer seems to have arrived in New York. We’ve had a few good beach days, and today is just gorgeous. Summer is my favorite season in the city–I am certain there is no more fun place than New York in the summertime. To bring some of that cheer inside, I brought out some bright colors. Shirt from Marshall’s, shoes from Zara, bag from H&M, watch from the men’s section in Target. Skirt was a gift.

new outfit: blush

pink shirt

Back from vacation means back to work. At least I have new clothes. Shirt is from Marshalls, shoes from Target, purse from H&M, skirt from Zara.

I’m really into the light pink color. I like to call it blush, so I will. I’m also really into this light, floaty sheer fabric. It seems good for summer. I felt feminine and cute, but still professional. Which is a win-win, I think.

I started a new role at work this week. It’s been busy, and I’m not totally comfortable yet, but it’s good. When I’m unsure of myself, I feel a lot better when I am sure of my outfit. Clothes can be like armor, you know?

 

work outfit: green and black

outfit

Well, I hate to say it, but I’m on vacation and my week has been full of vacation clothes and swim suits.

Actually, I don’t hate to say that at all. But more on vacation style later.

This outfit was from last week at the office. Pencil skirt from Zara, shoes and shirt and necklace from Target. Purse from H&M. I really like how the dark green and black play off the leopard print shoes. Easy to wear and I felt really good in it.

You can see another time I’ve worn this shirt here.

game of thrones outfit inspiration: brienne

Last night was a round-up of sorts, and maybe even a let down from the action-packed past few weeks. But then Brienne fought a bear. A freaking bear. In a dress. So because she fought a bear and kept her composure under fear of death and humiliation, she definitely wins this episode. (Jaime comes in a close second solely for the line “half a million” when the maester pointedly asked how many people he’s saved in his lifetime.)

We know Brienne is more comfortable in armor than anything, but we can still pay homage to our friend and get dressed for the city streets instead of a medieval battle.

fancy brienne

Metallic, of course. And she’d probably toughen up a sweet dress with a leather jacket. Brienne is no Cinderella and certainly needs no Prince Charming, so her slippers aren’t quite glass. Her earrings hint at her home, the Sapphire Island, where the water is a beautiful blue.

casual brienne

In a more casual setting, we can give a shout out to Brienne with a metallic sheen and a tough wrist cuff reminiscent of her armor. I’d like to think Brienne is coming to her own and would proudly be that tall girl wearing heels. She knows she’s a bad B.

I’ve also made outfits inspired by JaimeAryaMargaery, Daenerys, and Jon Snow. Who’s your favorite?

blue blazer

blue blazer rae's days

Sometimes all it takes is once good piece. This blue blazer is a good piece. It’s a lovely cobalt blue. I got it from Marshalls. I’ve been mostly wearing it with black because it’s a nice contrast, and I recently wore this same outfit but with leopard print heels and I like it even more. I’ve also thrown it on with jeans, and I’m sure it would look good with a few dresses in my closet. When you see an item of clothing you love, I say go for it. It can take you far.

p.s. Man I can’t wait to get my hair cut. Maybe next week.