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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Wanderlust & Gold Dust

Jessica Wagner

Spring Metallics 

Metallic accents are still going strong in Spring/ Summer 2017. This season is all about re-defining confidence with exaggerated lines, metallic effects, and sheer textures. Bring on a new generation of edgy shimmer with all things shiny -- and hot enough to set the streets of style on fire.

Looking for ways to bring new energy to your metallic pieces? (See metallic skirt post here.)

Silver and gold already boast high-octane elegance. Mix in some laid-back charm by adding elements that have all the vintage-feels.

Some favorites: a quirky hat, a bold earthy lip, and oversize glasses.

I’m all about the 70s revival of oversize clear aviators readers. They are a sure way to make a contemporary statement with a major retro look.

To finish off the lineup – flat studded ankle boots {always} and a romantic pleated skirt will sweeten up the tough tomboy details. Loop on a neutral printed bandana for added effect, to counter-balance your glamorous undertone. Layer on a long-line blazer, the perfect transition piece this time of year for it’s unique silhouette. Bring on the textures {in this case a dose of gold-flecked glitter} with a sheer fitted bodysuit and keep the rest of your outfit in neutral pallet.

For this look I swept my hair back in a “banana bun” -- the new hairstyle for that effortless "I rolled out of bed with a perfect head of tousled hair" look. Messy + easy. This style is a modern un-done take on the French twist, achieved by rolling your hair in a low twist and adding a few strategically placed bobby pins. It’s an uber-chic alternative to the chignon with lots of loose face-framing tousled texture.

This spring, whether you live the wanderlust lifestyle year-round or dream of making the great escape, throw on your silver blues and dusty golds, and cowgirl-desert-queen off into your wildest dreams seamlessly styled in an effortless look. 

Outfit Details:
Top: (similar here) Skirt: Forever21 Metallic Pleated Longline Blazer: Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise (similar here and here) Glasses: Clear Aviators (similar here) Bag: (similar here) Hat: Vintage (similar here) Shoes: (similar here) Bandana: Urban Outfitters Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lips: MAC So Select Nails: Barefoot Nude

Glamping

Jessica Wagner

Backpack Tramp

Attention troops: looking for an upgrade to your weekend getaway? For maximum rest and relaxation the combination of glamour and camping – glamping – is the answer. Forget about tents and sleeping bags, and prepare to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.

We recently spent the weekend in Hocking Hills, Ohio for one of my best friend’s bachelorette soirées. We stayed in a glorious wooded cabin (that was really more of a private lodge, check it out the link here) complete with a built in pool, hot tub and to-die-for cathedral ceilings. Fireplaces, cozy corners, a theatre room, you know all the necessary amenities. (Ah-hem. So basically camping, but without all the “uncomfortable” negatives.) 

We had a fabulous first night roasting marshmallows under the stars with multiple dips in the hot tub and an early morning trek to Old Man’s Cave, where we got to scope out the waterfalls and cavernous sandstone rock walls. Equal parts terrifying and amazing. (I get a little queasy when things start to get super steep.)

It was a fun way to discover Ohio’s history straight from the rocks. The best part was after sweating it out on the trail, we arrived back at our cabin (to air conditioning) and drank champs all afternoon while floating on our basic swan floats. If you are looking for a place to 'Glamp' with a big group this is the way to do it.

Seeking a backpack adventure I went ‘Indiana Jones meets Troop Beverly Hills.’ (Both solid movie character choices for hardcore outdoor outfit inspo if you ask me. Minus needing a whip, I felt ready to lead a Wilderness Troop.)

An oversize trail hat offers UV protection, and a wide stiff brim keeps the sun and rain off your face and neck. Bonus if you choose a topper for breathability, comfort and durability. I mostly chose mine for style.

A soft cotton tee that breathes is a must for adventuring in the great outdoors. I seriously love this fabric. Cotton is soft, absorbent and breathable. (Plus it doesn’t cling.) 

If you are feeling trendy, there’s a cool new tee in town. This basic gets a cheeky upgrade with embroidery across the upper pocket.  This is the easiest way to elevate your look and make a clever statement. (Love this one and this one.) If you are resourceful enough, create your own with a swift stitch. (Add a tiny heart, initials, or an "insert here" above a pocket would be cute.) 

Comfortable shorts and walking shoes are a must. Leather combat boots offer support and still make a statement. Thick socks will also take you to the end of your excursion blister free. 

Last but not least, the western standby, a bandana. It's an accessory I have been wearing a number of years, and a must-have styling staple. It doesn't have to be paisley. A simple print like dots, stripes or even a solid will do. Perfectly knotted around your neck, as a headband or strung around your bag strap, this third piece is a majorly modern look. 

Glamper or camper, you don't have to be outdoorsy to climb mountains. Sure it's nice to be warm and comfortable, but get at it Huckleberry Finn. Run in the mountain forest, sleep among the trees. I remember growing up, being outdoors, exploring, collecting rocks and fairies alike. All that space. Everywhere. Sound and color. A whole world hangs outside your window. Then you can go get a good night sleep in your feather bed and temperature controlled rooms. 

Outfit Details:
Tee: Brandy Melville Cute But Psycho Embroidery (Plain version here) Shorts: Banana Republic (old, similar here) Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) Shoes: Steve Madden Brown Leather Troopa Combat Boot Bandana: Urban Outfitters Basic Neutral Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Socks: Forever 21 Marled Knit Crew Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur

Elevated Basics

Jessica Wagner

 The Third Piece
 

Grade school Jess had to wear a uniform, and hated it. Looking back it wasn’t so bad. At the time it felt like an infringement upon my freedom of self-expression.

Today, I find myself gravitating towards a uniform, or my go-to favorites.

Let’s talk typical weekend. Mine is probably similar to yours.

Weekends are spent as a family, going to out breakfast, (no brunch life here!) cheering on soccer games, working the odd project around the house, and cleaning (ugh.) So yeah, I don’t need to style myself to the nines to run to the market and sweep the kitchen floor. 

This means my go-to outfit for the typical weekend is minimalist. Skinny jeans and a comfy sweatshirt. Understated and classic. These basics could be seen as careless, but when getting dressed, my goal is to look effortless, comfortable, and cool. (Yeah, this newly 30-year-old still wants to look cool.) 

Elevating a basic outfit takes adding “the third piece.” Take your basics, (top, bottom, shoes, bag) and add a layer. This can be a jacket or sweater, or a statement accessory, like a scarf, or hat.  These are all ways to next-level your look. Create a point of interest. Compliment your personality. I’m not talking about a signature look or anything, but making an outfit you feel good in, more interesting. 

For example: I tend to go for a girlie style (to compliment my bubbly personality!) I have a favorite pair of blush-pink skinny jeans. I might pair them with an "ironic" graphic tee, ankle boots, and a black leather moto jacket (third piece!) The leather jacket is my third piece, elevates the look, and adds balance to any overly girlie vibes. Feeling adventurous? Go for a fourth piece, a leather wrap necklace or slim suede belt will do the trick. 

DISCLAIMER: Most fashion bloggers would have you believe holding a cup of coffee in your hand counts as a third piece. This does not count. (Darn!)

Think about the last time you complimented someone on what they were wearing.  I’m sure it was because the outfit was striking.  Fashion is a lot of things, but it's not boring.

This weekend skip the usual.  Knot a printed bandana around your neck.  Twist a bow in your hair.  Don’t be afraid to drape a sweater over your shoulders or wrap a sweatshirt around your waist. Start asking yourself before you leave the house – “Am I wearing my third piece?” 

Do you have a weekend uniform?  What’s most important to you when it comes to fashion? Comfort? Trends? Fit? Personality? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Leopard Coat: Nicole Miller (old, similar here) Hat: Madewell Biltmore Top: Madewell (old) Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny in Josie Bandana: Vintage Bag: Madewell Shoes: Gap D'orsay Flats (old, similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Watch: Michael Kors Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Aruthur