MWW: It’s All About Good Jeans

I’ve noticed women tend to pick up a variety of fairly nasty habits. Feeling guilt about what we eat, comparing ourselves to others and too often berating ourselves for any variety of perceived sins are just a few off the top of my head. I’m the first to admit I often fall prey to these mental traps too.

Another frequent lament I hear is about what we wear. Too often I hear a friend say “oh I could never wear that” or “I just can’t figure out how to wear this” and make themselves feel badly about it! I’ve fallen victim to this problem too, regularly calling my own style unadventurous because I wear jeans pretty much every.single.day. But I say no more! Instead of beating ourselves up for our natural likes, dislikes or style comfort-zones, why not simply embrace! I look good in jeans dammit. They make me feel comfortable, confident and you by no means have to look “boring” while wearing them!Apt34-WHBM-13what I’m wearing: White House Black Market Essential Slim Jean // Maison Martin Margiela for H&M blazer (similar)  // Celine heels (similar) // Zara Shopper (similar) // BR sunnies

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The secret to good jeans is how you make them your own! I for one am going to officially start championing a return to the clean denim look. Yes, I rocked my ripped boyfriends all summer long, but enough is enough! When I step into an elevator I don’t really want to be wearing the same pair of jeans as everyone else packed in around me!

Crisp classic denim like the WHBM Essential Slim Fits let you walk into an important business meeting feeling put together, but also modern. You make them your own by how you accessorize them!

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When it comes to rocking denim as work wear, I tend to steal ideas from the boys while adding a feminine twist. In this case, a menswear-inspired button-down and blazer give a nod to a traditional suit, without looking at all stuffy! Putting a dramatic cuff on the jeans and adding a statement-making heel is the perfect way to add some additional personality.

So, instead of feeling badly about our wardrobe comfort zones and knocking ourselves down for not feeling confident in the latest “It” trend, why don’t we try standing tall, being confident and feeling proud about rocking something we know makes us look, but most importantly, makes us feel good.

I’m going to give a go. How about you??

 

original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // wardrobe styling by Erin Hiemstra

 

This post is in partnership with White House | Black Market. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open!

How to Connect the Dots on a Monday

Mondays suck- it’s a universally agreed upon fact. It’s right up there with the sky is blue and the most jealousy-ridden news of 2014: Eva Mendes is in fact, having Ryan Gossling’s baby. She just took all living hope right out from under us. There is no chance any of us are having Ryan’s first born because hey, we had a chance, ok?! But back to Mondays sucking and connecting the dots. After copious amounts of coffee, we like to exercise our brain to fully wake up. It helps get our juices flowing for the week and we do this by looking for connections in unlikely places.

Frequently, things just go together like two peas in a pod {like Eva and Ryan….le sigh} and it’s fun to look for those connections. It makes you feel slightly accomplished, like you’ve discovered a crazy scientific pattern that no one has seen yet. It’s also a preferable substitute to playing games that were invented to make you feel stupid, like Sudoku or the NY Times crossword puzzle. And besides being pretty to look at, we’re almost 100% certain that shopping Net-A-Porter for color coded lacy bras and matching them to the imaginary girl who lives in the badass room below is similar to brushing our teeth with our left hand- it’s sure to keep our precious brains healthy!

Without further ado:

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We’re obsessed with this room and it’s funky flair. A leather jacket, designer skateboard {talk about a decor statement!} and nods of glamour mean a bad ass chick lives here, we’re sure of it.

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Get Your Shop On:

> West Elm Souk Wool Rug
> ABJ Glassworks Cosmos Geo Group
> Steven Alan x West Elm Abstract Crewel Pillow
> The Kate Moss Book
> Calypso St. Barth Carre Stool
> Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soy Wax Candle
> Specimen Editions Cement Wood Pendant
> Calypso St. Barth Moroccan Wedding Pouf

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Oh look! Maybe it’s Leandra? Or some other fashionista rockin’ the dress du jour: The Shirt Dress. We’re loving the classic look with a mix of some accessories that scream “my closet is cooler than yours.” And can we talk about reinventing the shirt dress over pants? Duly noted for Fall.

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Get Your Shop On: 

> Belted Leather Biker Jacket
> Ray Ban Gold Aviator 
> Calico Shirt Dress {great price for a piece you can wear year round!}
> Yasmine Eslami Lace Bra
> Lanvin “Me” Parfume
> J. Crew “Sophie” Crossbody Bag
> Vince “Nolan” Wedge Sandal
> J.Crew High Shine Wide Cuff

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And just in case you weren’t picking up what we were throwing down {we get it- it’s Monday and connecting the dots can be tough!}, this resort collection matches our color palette, so we think it belongs in this post too.

There you have it. We feel smarter already. We encourage you to take some time every Monday morning to connect the dots. You’ll be pretty proud of what you come up with! –Bianca

 

image 1 via Husligheter // 2 via A Love is Blind // 3 via The Polysh // 4 via Radar Magazine // 5 via Cédric Charlier

MWW: {Elevated Summer Style}

If you’re like me, you don’t tend to put a lot of thought into our work wear during the summer. It’s the season to just race out the door in the most casual of basics. Or simply stay in a cut-offs and tee! No one really thinks twice. I’ve been sitting comfortably in that nice & easy summer wardrobe camp, until I saw this!

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The Mayiet 2015 Resort Collection is inspiring me to step up my summer looks ASAP. Maiyet has become one of our “lines to look out for” since we discovered them, literally a year ago today! I love that this collection is equal parts fabulous and wearable. That was exactly Mayiet’s Creative Director, Kristy Caylor’s goal. She set out to discover what a woman would actually wear on a holiday, but I don’t need any exotic locales to take inspiration from Kristy’s designs.

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My three favorite components in this collection are the proportions, the texture and the super chic color palette. I’m definitely digging my wide-leg trousers out from the back of the closet! {Is anyone else wanting to give their distressed denim a rest?? Over it!} And I might hit up the summer sales to grab a pair of culottes before that trend fades!

Finally, the collection’s dreamy color palette: shades of mint, pops of coral and bleached ivory all anchored with navy looks so sophisticated. Suddenly pairing navy and pastels feels so fresh!

While I may not be hitting the skies for a vacation anytime soon, that doesn’t mean I won’t be incorporating this “Resort” attire into my repertoire. No Riviera required. Be sure to watch Instagram to hold me to this pledge!

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We were swooning over this lookbook so much that the team created a July moodboard based on the collection!

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Did any Resort collections stand out to you? Don’t hold back, fill us in! And if you need vacation ideas, Palm Springs and Mykonos are two great places to start!

images via Maiyet 

Mood board {from left to right}: image 1 via Heritage Auctions // image 2 via W Magazine // image 3 via Kinfolk // image 4 via Retail the Show // image 5 via W Magazine // image 6 via Simon Watson // image 7 via Style.com