Style Session: Heeled Daytime Sandals

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Steve Madden Sandals

I thought it was finally time to show you guys what these sandals were all about. I’ve been wearing them all summer to work, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how I use them to complete a look – and how I can wear them for a 9 hour shift without complaining!

I do realize we’re reaching the end of the summer and it’s a little late for styling advice on sandals, but if you guys live anywhere like the Bay Area or Montreal, you know that we have a little more time before it really starts to chill down. So I thought I’d show you guys some ways to make sandals like these work for this transitional time, while also accommodating that lingering heat.

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Look 1: Madewell Jeans, Aritzia Shirt, UO Necktie

For look 1 I went with a couple of western-inspired instincts – the necktie, the tied shirt, the denim.. and then I brought it back to reality with the sandals, and I brought it into fall with the dusty color scheme.

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Look 2: Zara Shirt, Free People Skirt, Brandy Melville Choker, LF Bag

Look 2 is a girly look at its core, with the skirt and off-the-shoulder shirt combo. I then masculinized it with the pinstriped fabric and structured bag, and gave it a touch of edge with the unconventional skirt and choker. The denim and brown leather in the shoes make this a nice September look – an older version of the classic first day of school outfit.

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Look 3: Zara Romper, BP Scarf

I’m not really sure what the inspiration behind Look 3 was. I think you can’t have a style session with heeled sandals without including some sort of dress (this is actually a cleverly disguised romper), and the scarf just seemed to lend itself to the look. What I ended up with is something you would probably see on a nicely dressed lady at a Mexican resort – but I would easily wear this out to a nice dinner.

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Look 4: Levis Shorts, Zara Shirt, Free People Belt

Look 4 is a personal favorite. This new belt is the love of my life. I softened up a rugged bottom half with this light 70’s inspired blouse for a look that feels effortless. Throw on some sunglasses and a crossbody bag and I could easily wear this all day long.

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Current Favorites

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A lot of change has occurred this summer. I’ve been in Vancouver, I started a new job at Anthropologie, and my style has really developed (as it usually does when you start a new retail job right before back-to-school shopping). With change, usually comes new favorite things! I’ve been experimenting with lots of different products, styles, and inspirations – here are a couple of things I’ve been loving in particular:

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  1. Aritzia Bertillon Blouse – I even surprised myself when I picked up a purple top off the rack, but I’ve been getting a ton of wear out of this incredible transitional piece! The dusty purple color can bring a bit of depth to a look while its unexpected neutrality allows it to be worn with almost any other color.
  2. Free People August Catalog – You have to check out the video that accompanies this month’s catalog – it screams autumn and makes me so incredibly excited to begin preparing for those crisper days.
  3. Anthropologie Catalog – With my new job, I’ve come to appreciate Anthropologie in a totally new way, and this catalog only strengthens that admiration. Beautifully shot and styled, it’s definitely worth checking out for some prime fall inspiration.
  4. Rifle Paper Co. Notebook – I love collecting notebooks so much that I simply can’t write fast enough to fill all the ones I have. I’ve been digging this blue one in particular as my love for wearing color only grows stronger.
  5. Tocca Liliana Perfume – I’m currently loving this fragrance as the perfect scent for this summer-to-fall transition phase that we’re about to go through.
  6. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in “Hollywood” – I’ve found the perfect glam daytime color! Nude with a gold sheen across the top, this liquid lipstick has been worn many times since I got it just last week.
  7. Free People Skinny Scarf – I’ve had this for a while, I know. But I feel as if I’m always finding new ways to wear it and new looks to pair it with.

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Outside Lands 2016

I’ve just cut my wristband off, meaning OSL 2016 is over and I’ve been thrown back into reality. Having been once before, I thought I knew what to expect when it came to my first three-day experience at the festival. I was, of course, wrong – I got much more than just 3X the experience from last year.

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This year’s OSL squad

We started out the first day with checking out the famed gallery of murals presented at OSL every year. It is, after all, a music and arts festival. This one pictured above was a personal favorite for not only us but for most attendees looking for a good picture – if you don’t believe me, just check out the OSL location tag on Instagram.

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Day 1’s Look: Free People Coat, Bodysuit, and Skirt

And of course, because this is a fashion blog and because I went to a festival, here’s what I wore. I’ve been dying for a proper introduction of this coat and OSL provided the perfect outlet! While I worried about being overdressed, I knew I was going to wear it and the compliments I received, along with how amazing I felt in it, made it all worth it.

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Footwear choices

Processed with VSCO with kk2 presetDay 2 was even better than Day 1. (This was actually a trend throughout the weekend – it only got better as the days went on.) The acts we saw included The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Years & Years, and Zedd. Seeing The Last Shadow Puppets was kind of a big deal for me. The lead singer is Alex Turner, who also happens to be the lead singer for the Arctic Monkeys. Not many people know this, so the concert was super low-key and we got in super close to the stage. It was a concert I’ll remember for a very long time.

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Day 2’s Look: Zara Jacket, Topshop Jeans, Fjallraven Backpack, UO Bodysuit

My favorite leopard bomber made its second annual appearance at OSL – it’s perfect for the weather we face at Golden Gate Park (cold and damp from the fog) and additionally it makes for a great fall festival fashion statement.

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I didn’t bother trying to document any of the actual concert experiences (save the picture of Alex Turner below). I think we can all understand the frustration of not being able to capture the essence of a moment in a photograph or a video, and of course trying to accomplish that using a measly iPhone 5 camera doesn’t help. But trust me when I tell you that each and every concert was incredible. My friends and I even commented on the fact that while OSL usually isn’t rife with Billboard Top Ten artists, all the acts put on quality shows and put out great music, so there’s no going wrong at this festival.

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Alex Turner with The Last Shadow Puppets (his band that isn’t the Arctic Monkeys)

I didn’t end up taking a lot of pictures on Day 3. Our day was packed with performances and we just didn’t have a lot of spare time to take pictures of the environment or our outfits! (I did, however, end up wearing a variation of the first look from my planning guide complete with boxer braids and my trusty backpack!) We ended up seeing Snakehips, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, and Lana Del Rey – all breathtaking shows. Having Lana as our last show was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. Her emotionally charged songs seamlessly lent themselves to a nostalgic reflection of the past three days, and it was clear that everyone in the audience felt the same way.

So that was Outside Lands 2016. I will definitely be back – maybe even OSL 2017?!