Fashion week has come and gone in New York, and now we all know what to wear this coming spring 2016 (and it’s probably nothing from future presidential candidate Kanye West’s collection). For once it’s not florals on top of florals, and instead, for what I suspect is the first time in history, the fashion forecast and the weather forecast are the same: blue skies and puffy, white clouds.
Yes, friends, my time has finally come. Those of you who know me or follow my Instagram know I really, really love clouds. I love wearing clothes with cloud patterns or even just in white and blue colors that resemble the sky. This is a trend that has yet to catch on and makes me seem a little eccentric. But while I was in Paris this spring, I spotted a dress in a boutique that was covered in a cloud print, and I knew it was only a matter of time before New York picked up on it.
And here we are. The Mara Hoffman Ready-To-Wear Spring 2016 collection is the stuff of my dreams. In addition to flowy, white dresses and psychedelic rainbow patterns, the designer dressed many of her models – and even her adorable family! – in head-to-toe cloud print. I love everything about this collection and can’t wait until I can get my hands on it!
Photo Credit: Mara Hoffman
I’m not going to say I started this trend, but . . . here I am at fashion week last year in September 2014. 😉
This week I went on a day trip to Giverny, a commune outside of Vernon that is a short train ride from Paris. It’s best known for being the location of Monet’s home and his famous water lily pond and gardens. If you know me at all, you’d know that I love Monet and especially his water lily paintings, so this was a place that has been on my bucket list for quite some time.
My friends and I took the train to Vernon and then planned to bike to Giverny, which is a 30-minute bike ride through the countryside. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was probably ten years old, but they say you never forget how to ride a bike, right?
I didn’t exactly forget how to ride a bike, but I’m comically bad at it. My main problem is that I don’t have great balance, and on top of that every bike I tried had a problem with it, which I didn’t realize because I haven’t been on a bike in ten years. The brakes didn’t work, the gears wouldn’t shift, my feet didn’t touch the ground so if I stopped I fell over – I think you get the idea. Luckily, I had great friends who traded bikes with me, pedaled slowly along with me, and didn’t laugh (too much) when I fell into the bushes (twice).
But the ride was absolutely beautiful, Monet’s gardens were charming, and the water lily ponds were literally picturesque. If you plan on traveling to France, I definitely recommend taking a trip to Giverny!
Top: Brandy Melville // Skirt: UNIQLO // Shoes: Victoria // Bag: Brooklyn Industries
I’ve never considered myself a hat person. I actually really hate hats. My grandma, a true southern belle, always bought me huge sunhats with big flowers on them that I would wear for exactly the amount of time it took her to take a picture, and then toss on the ground.
But last week I saw a girl in the West Village with shoulder-length brown hair wearing a cute little black sunhat, and I caught a glimpse of myself this summer strolling through a Parisian market and wearing a sunhat. I decided to get a cheap one from Forever 21 just in case I really couldn’t pull it off. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that hats are okay. I even wore a baseball cap to a Yankees game a few weeks ago and it was great.
The point of this is that I refused to wear hats, not because I didn’t like how they looked but because I thought I wasn’t a “hat person.” I think a lot of the time we let the idea of how we should be, or what we want to be, or how we think we should act, overwhelm who we actually are. This applies to every aspect of life, not just fashion, but I think it’s particularly evident in how we dress. We say things like “I can’t pull that off,” or “it looks good on you but not on me.” And it’s true that there are certain clothes that flatter some body times better than others. You should always dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But don’t let something as silly as a trend dictate what you should wear.
Speaking of dressing comfortably, jumpsuits are clearly the best. They’re ridiculously comfortable and every time I wear this one people compliment me and I can pretend like I put effort into getting dressed that day. Read my classmate Brenna’s hilarious post on why we should all wear jumpsuits every day.
Jumpsuit: I got it years ago and I don’t remember where, but H&M has a similar one here // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: Fossil
Today was my last class of my last spring semester and it feels so bittersweet. I’m so excited to be moving on to new adventures, but New York has really become home to me and I’ll be sad to leave in two weeks!
But I am so thrilled about this warm weather, and I made a vow sometime in January when I was up to my knees in snow not to complain about summer no matter how hot it gets. So even though I was a little too toasty in this outfit (I changed into jean shorts and sandals as soon as I got home from school) I’m just so glad it’s the season for t-shirts and floral print!
I’m also excited because I got my tote bag from Brooklyn Industries in the mail yesterday! Ever since I found out I was going to Paris I’ve been on the hunt for a quality tote bag that wasn’t too expensive. I like carrying little cross-body bags, so I just wanted a tote to travel and then use as a school bag for my final semester. I was stuck between totes from Fossil and Madewell when I stumbled across this vegan leather bag and fell in love. Great quality, cool brand, and about one third of what I was planning on spending. It’s soft but sturdy, and coral on the inside. Oh also on the inside there’s a whole extra bag. Yeah. It comes with a cross-body bag with a removable strap.
If you’ve done a lot of traveling, leave me a comment and let me know some advice you wish someone would’ve told you that makes traveling a lot easier, whether it’s a tip, something I need to pack, or a place I should visit!
Shirt: Joe Fresh // Jeans: Levi // Shoes: Gap // Tote: Brooklyn Industries
I love trying new styles and wearing skirts and dresses, but I’m most comfortable in a simple pair of jeans. I like to pair jeans with a denim button down on days when I don’t want to think too hard about finding clothes that match.
Those of us who remember 2001 know that there is a thing as too much denim:
But as long as you don’t own a denim cowboy hat, you’re probably okay.
Shirt: Aerpostale // Jeans: Levi
When I talk to friends from home, most of them ask me the same question: “how do you stop yourself from shopping all the time?” When you’re in one of the greatest cities for shopping, with all the designers and unique thrift stores and brands that are only in New York, it’s hard not to excuse a shopping addiction. And we’re all guilty of a little oops-I-just-failed-that-quiz retail therapy (No? Just me?).
I won’t pretend that I’m the best at managing my money. But I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to make sure I don’t have to choose between having new clothes and being able to eat (although that is the trendiest new diet in Williamsburg).
All of this is just a long prelude to tell you about the crazy sale Joe Fresh is having – 70% off sale items in store and online. I got a dress for less than I pay for a coffee with coconut milk and I’m so proud.
Tee: Joe Fresh // Velvet skirt: Joe Fresh // Jacket: Steve Madden