entirely worth it: equipment

I can't get enough of Equipment's signature pieces, whether they're in featured standard long-sleeved black or white, sleeveless leopard print, and especially a bright sangria-colored sleeveless tunic dress. The fit and fabric of these blouses are really incomparable and classic, so I find their price range entirely worth it. I often find myself asking how much equipment is too much? I have come to find you can never have too many of these shirts, especially because there is such a variety in not only their fabrics but in their styles and stunning patterns.  Since they are 100% silk, they can easily be thrown on year-round for literally any occasion, tucked in (or out), belted (or not) with denim, leggings, skirts, and shorts, layered with leather jackets, sweaters, and vests.  That is precisely why these tops are so fun and versatile, but when I saw the sleeveless signature tunic, I was beyond thrilled.  Not only is the color (which Equipment deems "Sangria") noticeable and beautiful, but it hits at just the right spot.  If you feel like wearing this one with jeans as a tunic, it looks great belted and pulled over the top.  As a dress it can be belted as well, but I love the shape and the way it flows on the body on its own.  It can be worn with flat sandals and a denim jacket or sky-high wedges and a leather one (scarves are not excluded, of course).  It is simple yet fun, youthful but elegant, and not to mention a perfect staple for summer.  
(Sandals: Givenchy, Silk Skull Scarf: McQueen, ZigZag Scarf: Missoni, Spiral Ring: Hermes, Cuff: Hermes).


fun fact re: me: I collect red lipstick

Clockwise from left: Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle, Chanel Glossimer in Spark, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Rebelle, Lancome Cream Lipstick in Wannabe, Lancome Color Design in Pink Attitude, Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in Voile de Rose, Revlon Colorstay in Ultimate Wine, Clinique Different Lipstick in A Different Grape, Revlon Colorstay in Infinite Raspberry, Estee Lauder Pure Color in Rose Tea, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur in #52, Lancome Juicy Tube in Moulin Rose.

I am obsessed with red and (deep) pink lip colors.  I don't discriminate between lipsticks, gloss, and stain - I support all.  My favorite stain has been Revlon's colorstay overtime in either Ultimate Wine or Infinite Raspberry - I used to use Chanel's version but was actually much happier with this one, which is fantastic because it happens to be nearly one-third of the price.  They stay on for a good amount of the day, and the gloss end of the stick is great for hydration and shine.  A bright red, hint of coral shade that I have been playing with lately is "Rebelle" in the brand new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine line which is a merge of a gloss and stick.  It is so easy to put on, gliding on super shiny and moisturizing.  I swear every color in the collection looks wonderful on all skin tones because it is such a beautiful, light formula. For gloss, I'm a fan of Chanel's glossimer in Spark or Nars gloss in Misbehave.  Both are true reds, though the Chanel version is a bit more glittery.  I tend to put the glosses over lipsticks to add more shine.  They are lovely on their own, though.  My favorite fuschia cream lipstick is by Lancome in a color called "wannabe."  It is perfect in the summertime with a hint of color in your skin.  



This easy breezy demure tiers of chiffon white dress by Free People can be worn both girly or cool with statement jewelry and strappy shoes.  The dress is semi-sheer, hitting right at the knee with a dipped neckline and an incognito tie at the empire waist.  Hippy wildflower crown sold separately. 
Ring: Yves Saint Laurent, Gold Bracelet: Vintage, Nailpolish: Morning Rose by Chanel


three ways to wear it: yellow mellow

In tandem with the summer knit trend, this crochet racerback tank sweater from Vince is also lovely for color-blocking.  Sheer and in bright sunshine yellow - which is an incredibly neutral shade - it is super layer-able and falls perfectly on the body.  Effortless with both shorts and denim, or white boyfriend cutoffs (here, by Current/Elliott), it is an easy essential for summer.

I love a good pair of grey denim, and this pair is in an ultra light shade of grey that J Brand calls "Mercury."  They hit right to the ankle and like all J Brand's, are completely comfortable and work with almost anything.  

My equally comfortable black zipper-tastic wedges are so fun.  I picked them because they were beyond unique yet still conform to all looks, not just a simple buckled wedge.  
Sandals: Givenchy, Bracelet: Giles and Brother, Wedges: Cynthia Vincent, Nailpolish: Pulsion by Chanel


entirely worth it: knit and chanel

This Vince Cropped Crew Summer Sweater is a prime example of an open weave knit that is so necessary for warmer weather.  I'm a big fan of the summer knit trend - they are so layerable, comfortable, and -most importantly- chic. This particular one is wonderful dressed up a little with a belted skirt and ballet flats.

Speaking of which, I believe there is no greater ballet flat to invest in than Chanel's.  Always in style, these beautifully classic shoes add to any outfit and can be worn anywhere. I love the combination of black leather with the black patent toecap, the simple thin leather bows and those lovely interlocking C's that almost blend into the shoe. There is a slight (almost half an inch) heel height that is barely noticeable but just right (à la Cinderella).

For a slightly more casual ensemble, though, I love this sweater with these comfortably relaxed cropped khakis and wedges. It also always works with cutoff shorts or skinny jeans.  The great thing about summer knits is they are the incomparable alternative to a jacket (which hopefully will prove to be too heavy during these upcoming months).     
Skirt + Leather Belt: The Kooples, Ballet Flats: Chanel, Eyeglasses: Chanel, Khaki's: F21, Wedges: Cynthia Vincent.


three(+) ways to wear it: the leopard shirt

These J Brand's are already my favorite shorts for summer and I haven't even worn them yet.  I was head over heels for them when I saw them at Intermix: simple sleek black, high-waisted, not too long, not too short, and fitted everywhere except the leg. They are so flattering and can be worn with absolutely everything, tucked in or out.  Sport them with a basic white button down and a belt for effortless style.  

Equipment, my go-to brand for shirts, made their signature sleeveless button down in this perfectly sheer blond and black combo of leopard for the summer.  The great thing about Equipment is that their shirts can be worn casually and dressed up. This one in particular is so neutral - the leopard print is beautiful and adds a little something to those basic shorts, which is one way to wear it.  I also love it tucked into jeans or out, with a belt and pulled over for a completely different look, without a belt, with a bandage skirt or tucked into a miniskirt: the possibilities are endless.  It also comes in a long-sleeved version, but I prefer the sleeveless myself because you can wear it on those burning hot days or even during fall weather with a basic black leather jacket layered over.  It covers all seasons.
Spiral ring: Hermes