Tuesday, July 22

the very vest

Introducing the next act in the layering movement: vests over dresses.  Suddenly, I am seeing this look everywhere, and, in my opinion, it's a styling trick worth trying out, particularly when summer-to-fall's transitional weather ping pongs in. To pull it off perfectly, you have to counterbalance the oversize menswear-like vest with a soft, feminine dress (or blouse and skirt). Here are some vests to consider by Alexander Wang, Club Monaco, Helmut Lang, Alice + Olivia, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and J Brand.

black booties

$109, nine west

I'll refuse to take off these sexy ankle booties come fall.

1. Marni dress, $1395, modaoperandi.com
2. Aamaya by Priyanka rose gold plated earrings, $165, matchesfashion.com
3. Fendi fur bag charm, $811, matchesfashion.com
4. Nine West booties, $109, ninewest.com

Monday, July 21

taking cover

I'll never tire of summer's steamy, sun-soaked weekends at the beach--but my swimsuit cover-ups are already starting to feel old! This pic offers up a cool (and sexy) solution: a vintage-y army shirt like this or this, unbuttoned over an alluring bikini (love this crochet one!). Other out-of-the-box options: this lace Beyond Normality robe, this Juliet Dunn dress (on sale!), this Club Monaco crochet wrap and this Mango kimono.

blue state

$335, shopbop

When you marry an always chic boxy tweed with a classic denim jacket you end up with this incredibly cool, fall-ready, layered look.

1. Fendi silk lined top, $1400, netaporter.com
2. Maison Scotch tweed denim jacket, $335, shopbop.com
3. Rebecca Minkoff tote bag, $325, shopbop.com
4. Vans x J.Crew metallic sneakers, $60, jcrew.com
5. Frame Denim jeans, $185, netaporter.com

Thursday, July 17

falling for...

Much to the chagrin of those nearest and dearest to me, I am a do-everything-at-the-last-minute kind of person. The one who decides to throw a dinner party the day of. The one who writes blog posts minutes before they go up! But today, thanks to Nordstrom's epic sale, I'm ahead of the game, shopping for just-in fall pieces--at up to 40% off! Let's start with the tempting array of winter-ready jackets and coats. I'd be happy to stay warm all season long in any (or all!) of these standouts: this sleek two-tone Vince coat, this versatile black paneled Sam Edelman topper, this utilitarian faux fur-trimmed parka, this McGinn tweed moto jacket, this about-to-be-the-big-thing BP print poncho, this downtown-cool zipper-trimmed jacket, this cute, easy-to-layer Betsey Johnson leopard print puffer, this classic Burberry pea coat, and this cozy Kenneth Cole coat. Boots-wise, I'm eyeing these Joe's cut-out booties and these spot-on VC Signature knee-high boots. Other excellent autumn staples: jeans by Paige, Current/Elliott and Hudson, plus sweaters you'll want to live in from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Joie. You can check out the entire sale here.

summer blazers

Blazers are busier than ever these days, working 24/7, year-round. During the summer I like wearing them with shorts, which, in effect, softens their (formal) edge. Inversely, a blazer elevates the overall look. I'd like to breeze around in any of these warm weather-friendly options by Chelsea28 (40% off!), Addison, Chloe, Topshop, and Free People.

Photos: Sincerely Jules, Pinterest

ladylike leather

$276, warehouse

This floral print leather dress expertly balances tough and sweet. So good!

1. Warehouse floral print leather dress, $276, warehouse.andotherbrands.com
2. Jacquie Aiche bar stud and ear jacket set, $308, shopbop.com
3. Kotur metallic clutch, $350, netaporter.com
4. Joie open-toe bootie, $209,* nordstrom.com

Wednesday, July 16

denim delight

This recent pic of Olivia Palermo reminds me that a good old denim blouse has many virtues, one, of which, is that you can pair it with a summery A-line skirt and sandals and look impeccably polished. I adore these true blues from Paige, Band of Outsiders, AG, and Current/Elliott.

day to night skirt

$99, asos

This snappy skirt has a fun '60s vibe along with a very modern work-non-stop spirit.

1. Mango knit top, $69, mango.com
2. Erickson Beamon earrings, $315, shopbop.com
3. Dior Addict lipstick in Diorkiss, $32, nordstrom.com
4. Leo rubber pouch, $205, luisaviaroma.com

5. Prada metallic and suede sandals, $750, neimanmarcus.com
6. Sister Jane embellished skirt, $99, asos.com

Tuesday, July 15

bracelet blend

I love the idea of punching up a simple top with a variety of jewelry, and the mix here is spot-on perfect. I'd recreate this look with these silver bangles, this blingy crystal bracelet, this colorful woven band, and this pearl and leather cuff. Then I'd throw on this beaded chain long necklace to finish things off.