And I’m home.
It took a minute, but I’m finally settling back in. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it is to be back in some mother lovin’ heat. All I want to do is wear tiny, little flowy things and lie in the sun. And it’s that exact notion that inspired this most recent number.
While gone, I had a hole in my heart the size of these thrifted boots, so as soon as I was back I could barely wait to slip my feet into these little guys. A floral maxi and a deconstructed vintage tee play on the rad, retro party that these beautiful platforms are, while a wide brim fedora makes me feel super cool and mysterious.
I finally got my maroon-y wine platforms from H&M shipped out from back home and couldn’t wait to get them on my feetsies.
Truly, I have such a fond appreciation for platform shoes in all their forms. When I was younger my mom would let me wear this one pair of KILLER strappy sandals she had. Green velvet with a funky sort of glittery pattern and the most serious platform you’ve ever seen. She wore those shoes to her first Bowie concert. They don’t mess around. So when I encountered these wine sneakers, I was thrilled to be able to incorporate not only platforms but velvet into my casual daily outfits.
I thought it would be fitting to pair these sweet velvet babies with a well worn Velvet Underground tee for a look I wore to run errands and work at home. Even though I rocked those with some high rise vintage GAP shorts, I tossed one of the beau’s VANS button-ups on top to help fight any breezes.
All in all, this outfit was just enough grunge (I tossed on a gray beanie when I went out), and the right amount of vintage. Most of the day I tied the button-up around my waist and channeled my inner 90’s kid. It was comfy without compromising my look or leaving me having to carry anything – always a plus.
plaid button up – VANS (similar here)
velvet underground tee – J Tomson (similar here)
black denim high waist shorts – GAP/Vintage (similar here)
velvet platform sneakers – H & M (similar here)
sunnies – vintage (similar here)
With relocating, working, and traveling, I feel like I missed out on a lot of summer. And as I write this (in the rain) from our Pennsylvania apartment, I find myself missing my pool back home and really craving all the wonderful, (mostly) dry heat that southern California has been getting. It’s sad, but I know it’s just a matter of time before it gets super cold over here and I have to start breaking out the tights, so I’ll be damned if I don’t show leg for as long as I can.
This tiny t-shirt dress from Urban Outfitters, a crucial component to many of my summer looks, now helps out my lightweight knit sweaters for days with a little more bite. Kept it simple with slouchy vintage cowboy boots, because they look like summer but feel like fall….Or look like fall but feel like summer? I don’t know. They’re a little bit of both, and that’s all that matters, because they can top off transitional outfits like no other.
As it gets colder, I might swap out this sweater for a chunky cable knit, add tights, and opt for a riding boot. We shall see!
oatmeal split-hem sweater- ASOS (similar here)
shirt dress – Silence + Noise (similar here)
boots – vintage (suggested here)
If I had a summer staple, it would be these shorts. High waist and a pretty great acid wash? These just go with everything. Clearly I’ll be trying to get the most out of these bad boys as the warmer days begin dwindling. Which is why I wanted to experiment by pairing these with a comfy, curl-up-by-the-fire knit and an interesting color palette that incorporates both bright and deep colors.
I toned down classic summer pieces – like my itty bitty shorts, turquoise jewelry, and bitchin’ 90’s shades – by tossing on this wine sweater, and tying it all together with a pair of awesome rainbow platforms. This outfit was perfect for running around town. I’ll definitely be revisiting this look and imagining new ways to style these shorts (and shoes!) as we get deeper into the autumn months.
wine sweater – Express (similar here)
shorts – J Tomson (similar here and here)
turquoise bracelets – handcrafted from the Navajo Nation (similar here)
platforms – Urban Outfitters (here)
sunnies – vintage (similar here)