No, It Ain’t $50 for T-shirt!

​​​Have you noticed how over the past few seasons fashion trends have taken on a major casual vibe? Sweatshirt worn to the office? Done. Boyfriend jeans now appropriate anywhere? Cool. Wearing a t-shirt as formal wear? All about it! I, for one, am thoroughly on this casual-is-cool bandwagon!! I love the idea of looking “dressed up” in a super comfy ensemble for a date night – which is exactly what I did for a recent trip to San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum followed by a dinner out on the town.

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I simply threw on a cheeky tee and jazzed it up with a print skirt and cage sandals. I call the result “all cute, zero discomfort.” Perfect for an old married lady such as myself.

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That being said, we know “trends” won’t last forever. They’ll inevitably go out just as quickly as they came in. That’s why I’m also totally in support of opting for something cute and on point, but on par with what any trendy item warrants price-wise… How’s $10 sound?? That’s what my Old Navy Holy Chic tee set me back! And I’ve already got plans to rock it around the office under a blazer {this one is 50% off!}. Boom – two looks for the incredibly crazy affordable price of one!

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So don’t think you have to relegate your tees to lazy days shuffling around the house. Get a little creative and suddenly you’ve got a ton of good-lookin’ outfit options with one of your favorite staples. I certainly think we’ve got a little more time before the statement tee trend is on the what’s out list, so go ahead and stock up! Your fall wardrobe will thank you.

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Old Navy Graphic Tee

> Nicole Miller Skirt

> Zara Sandals {similar}

> Brahmin clutch

> BaubleBar rings

> Aerin lipstick

photography by Ashley Batz

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Feelin’ BAD (in a Good Way!) in Black

I really hope someone gets the meaning of this post title or I just really revealed my age with my nod to the king of pop {anyone, anyone??}. But anywho, it seems no matter when I decide to make a few additions to my wardrobe, I always gravitate towards similar things – namely anything in black! But I firmly believe there’s a difference between a fashion comfort zone and a rut, so like I’ve advised here, when you’ve found something that works, why not just go with it!

That’s why I was pretty thrilled to make some serious scores when I popped into Nordstrom Rack during my recent trip to back to my home hood, Seattle. I mean, I couldn’t be in Nordstrom mecca and not go! The Rack’s Designer Section is my kryptonite.

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Thankfully, it didn’t take long before I stumbled upon this hot little motorcycle jacket by Soia & Kyo that I snatched right up! Thank goodness, as it came in mighty handy when rain arrived unexpectedly and put a damper {pun intended!} on what had been an epically lovely Pacific Northwest summer. Typical.

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I also nipped a beautiful black Dries Van Noten tank. I’m a big fan of going high end for basics so you don’t have to replace them every two seconds. High quality fabrics and a great fit are well worth a little splurge. And a lovely black tank – this one has a little shimmer though sadly you can’t really see it in these pics – is the perfect piece to slip under a suit jacket or dress up a pair of jeans for a girls night on the town {at one of my fave Seattle restaurants, Radici, owned by Cassandra’s dad no less}!

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You know, sometimes shopping can feel like a chore these days, but enjoying the thrill factor of a really good score makes the whole thing dramatically more fun. Especially now that you can shop Nordstrom Rack online. I just do not have the stomach for dressing rooms anymore!! I definitely cannot stop wearing my moto-jacket and feeling pretty BAD when I do!

What’s on your current wishlist??

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Soia & Kyo Moto-Jacket

> Dries Van Noten Tank

> 7 for All Mankind Jeans

> Dries Van Noten Sandals

> Ray-Ban Sunnies {similar}

> Vintage Ring

> Aerin Lipstick in Perfect Nude

original photography for Apartment 34 by belathee photography

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12 Last Minute Beach Bag Essentials

I’ve lived by a beach my whole life. But it wasn’t until recently that I considered myself lucky to have the sand and bay right underneath my nose toes. If my day has been particularly stressful, the constant beat of the waves reassures me tomorrows always start fresh. When I’m feeling like I’ve literally got more issues than Vogue, the ocean quiets my secrets and is the perfect soundtrack for me to dish all to my girlfriend! The vastness and never ending horizon is a true source of inspiration and a great reminder in humility. And while that country song about “feeling small against the ocean” is catchy and all, I like to think that standing beside the ocean makes everyone feel powerful, big- a part of something HUGE. You?

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But perhaps most importantly {and in attempts to steer this post from feeling like a freakin’ funeral!}, on a beautiful sunny day, the beach is a FREE and easy place to seek refuge from stress and enjoy some serious relaxation. Whether you’re in need of a break from the office or just want to have a random BYOB day with friends, you’ll want to pack these must-haves in your bag! ’Cause you know they’ll aid in a good Instagram or two! ;)

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I’m in love with this woven J.Crew Panama Hat- I have it in every style. It’s a great classic to have in your wardrobe. These leopard-like sunnies are everything! Ordering immeditately. And let’s talk about this sweet little pouch for your credit cards and lip balm. No need to rummage at the bottom of your bag with this adorable organizer and it can double as a clutch when you head out for drinks post-beach day! Of course, you can just as easily take these essentials with you to the lake, swimming pool or even the park {a post on our favorite SF parks is forthcoming!!}

As we live out the last days of summer, we’re becoming slightly obsessed with making an escape outdoors for some good weekend r&r! You too?? Well, with that, I’ll see you babes at the beach! —Bianca

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Get Your Shop On:

> Madewell Tote Bag
> Dream Wave Pouch
> Panama Hat
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Beach Body Oil
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BaubleBar Knot Bracelet
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Sandals
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Beach Towel
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Sunglasses
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Magazine
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The Perfect Sunscreen
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Rosehip Seed Lip Cream
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bkr Water Bottle

image via Garance Dore