I love the crap out of this sweater of my mother's (you'd know it's true if you saw the tears on the back). It's classic, easy, and even a little sexy--three perfectly good reasons for me and my sisters to fight over it. Luckily it is now safe and sound with me alone in Philly! (Mwaha! Sorry Flanny's). The design is simple but there’s something about it that makes it perfect in nature and has allowed for this timeless silhouette to make a huge comeback right now.
I paired it with my all-time favorite color in heavenly pant-form by The Line By K, and slingback kitten heels from Target (yesssss, Target).
The lucidity of this design allots for all kinds of creativity. Wear yours billowy & belted, itty-bitty cropped, layered with your favorite boyfriend blazer, or even as a bathing suit cover-up. There is a cardigan out there for your shape and personal style and I believe it’s a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
Styles of the classic cardi I’ve seen floating on Instagram that I admire:
Photos by: Gina DeSimone
This jacket-dress is from one of my new Philly favorites, Ritual where they carry re-worked vintage by Shop Journal. The vintage selection is on the small side at Ritual, but it’s perfectly curated. This piece wasn’t necessarily re-worked, but as a vintage lover it’s nice when you can find a source that does the hunt for you. Of course I do get immense satisfaction from sifting through rack after rack to find a gem that is all my own unlike the next, but if you ain’t got time for that, look no further than these Vintage spots that do the work for ya:
Room Shop Vintage
The Vintage Twin
Depop! (Download the free app for all the goodies) one of my faves: Masha_Jlynn
SVC (Instagram bids only)
Less curated spots (may require a little digging, but worth it!):
The Raxx Vintage Emporium
When in doubt, peruse Etsy or EBay! And if you’re okay with dropping a little more cash for an investment piece, The RealReal is an amazing source for designer pieces on consignment.
And some cool, current blazer dresses if vintage isn’t your thing:
Siena Boyfriend Blazer by Storets
Velour Blazer from & Other Stories
White Long Blazer Dress from The Frankie Shop
The Date Night Dress by Choosy
Bardot Blazer Dress from ASOS
Tailored Blazer (on sale!)
The Rae Blazer by Reformation (sustainably made bay-bay)
Photography by: Gina DeSimone
Wearing a vintage J. Taylor jacket-dress and Yeezy 350 V2 Creams
If you were unaware, this right here is my sister, Charlotte. You can also call her Charli, or Chuck when she’s feeling sassy (though that’s her regular disposition). I think you can see a bit of that in her outfit, too. She’s a one-button-rebel wearing our mama’s vintage cardigan, + denim shorts, Doc Marten’s, & grandma’s clip-on earrings.
We wound up in Westwood of Cincy where most wouldn’t assume there are many treasures to be had in this part of town, but we spent some time digging that day and found ‘em; murals that recently popped up by Girl Mobb, and the cutest playground you ever did see.
Charlotte has the perfect, sprightly spirit to roam with me and explore. And even if we were to come up empty-handed, time with her would still always be worth my while.
I look forward to packing up a picnic basket and heading to this park with my sisters & niece next time I visit Cincinnati in warmer days ahead.
As you've probably seen shopping or just browsing the internet, you know that two things are currently trending: the color lime green & kitten heels. And somehow my mom just knew this would happen, hence why she held on to this get-up that endows both for 20 something years. Sheesh! Not that either really went out of style, but society has allowed them to have their moment again. Welcome back, you two.
Kitten heels are my fave. 1) Because I am 5'10". Though I no longer mind towering over you all in my 3-inch heels as I once did when I was young, some days I am just not in the amazonian mood, ya know? and 2) 'Cause there's something these lil' guys do for even just a pair of Levi's and a t-shirt. It's easy to elevate a casual look with kitten heels. Try it! Oh, and carry an itsy bitsy handbag with the look while you're at it, too.
Some lime green pieces I currently appreciate:
The Line By K Saloma Dress
I Am Gia Naomi Top
Free People Liv Block Heel (not kitten, but still comfy, not too high, and neon!)
Sommer Swim Stella One Piece (wear the cut-out in the front or back!)
Wearing my mama's vintage Victoria's Secret dress & heels, a vintage, Japanese clutch, + Crap Sunglasses
I was fortunate enough to spend a month in Philadelphia this summer. I had to live out of a suitcase, which is difficult for a woman who dresses based on her mood... I loathe packing. Probably because my luggage is overweight 90% of the time. Luckily I could cram my shoes and purses in my boyfriends suitcase. Not so sure how I am going to get back to Cincy without paying that overweight fee but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.
While in Philly, I met the lovely Khrystyna Ryan. I found her through Insta and reached out and offered to buy her a cup of coffee and chat on creative things! Not only did she reply promptly, she bought me the cup of coffee! And along with coffee and good company, she fed me honest advice and sincere encouragement. She invited me along for a shoot the following day and brought her beautiful cousin along to model for us. We roamed quaint streets of Philly, and I scrambled some outfits together out of my crazy suitcase to style Vladka (These Ukranian beauties with cool names—I think that's a requirement of models these days, no?)
Luckily Vladka and I are similar in size! And she finally made my vintage Gucci scarf-made-shirt come to life! Along with a Reformation denim mini, a thrifted lil' purse, and vintage men's Levi's with a vintage men's Hawaiian button-up from Reunion Clothiers #vintagevintagVINTAGE.
Philly, you've been kind to me thus far. I am falling in love with this city of brotherly love.