Dressed for: New Blues

Already Pretty outfit featuring graphic tee, Karen Kane distressed jeans, Steve Madden ankle boots, fringe handbag, Quay sunglasses

Tee – Radiate (locally made)
Jeans – courtesy Karen Kane (made in the U.S.)
Ankle boots – Steve Madden (no longer available) – similarsustainable
Bag – Amazon/DIY (post here) – vintage/handmade fringe bags
Sunglasses – Quay – similar/sustainable
Earrings – Leah Staley

As I mentioned in a recent links post, I was super excited to see that Karen Kane is offering a distressed jean this season. I honestly never thought I’d be a distressed jean person AT ALL, but now some of my favorite pairs are the ones that look torn to shreds. This pair is relatively subtle as distressing goes, with most of the fraying over the left knee, and they’re just as comfy and well-made as my other Karen Kane pairs. And they’re a pull-on, so no bulky fly! YES!


Insomniac Sale Picks: Plaid/Tartan Trousers

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Variante requested a few picks for tartan trousers, so here we go:


Express Twill Columnist Ankle Pant – was $79.90, now $54.90
with code 1548


How to Hone and Develop Your Personal Style

how to develop personal style

I’ve pored over dozens of style books, many of which outline what they consider to be the fundamental style categories – bombshell, American classic, Bohemian, rock & roll – and suggest essential pieces to procure if you’d like to try these looks out for yourself. Although I often disagree with their requisite item suggestions (Are bright yellow zippered sandals essential to nailing the “mod” look? I think not.), I’m fascinated by how tidily they appear to distill each style into a handful of staples. Making these iconic styles work suddenly seems so simple, laid out there in neatly organized rows of clothing, shoes, and accessories.