Style Story: Socks and Sandals, Don't Knock It Until You Try It

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Happy Friday! It has been a gloomy day today and soon Daylight Savings will commence. I’m not sure I’m quite ready for less sunlight and seemingly longer nights. As the weather becomes cooler and days become shorter, I start to gravitate towards the darker colors in my wardrobe and by darker colors, I really just mean black. Black on black is a trend I tend to follow in the colder seasons. It’s easy, effortless and chic all at the same time. But lately, I’ve been learning some ways to switch up my style.

I discovered the socks and sandals trend over the summer. I was hesitant of this trend until I recently gave it a try and I actually really loved it. It’s a way to transition my style from warm fall to cold winter. The bright, playful palettes of Hysteria by Happy Socks is the perfect juxtaposition against such a minimal look. Sometimes an additional pop to an ensemble ties everything together. Whether it’s a casual Friday or a holiday celebration, I think I’ll be finding news ways to incorporate the socks and sandals trend into my looks!

All I’m saying is don’t knock it until you try it!

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There's A New Fave In Town | All About Hemsmith

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Season-less, thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted in wearable fabrics, HEMSMITH reshaped the world of minimalist fashion. Whether it be worn alone as a statement or layered together for a casual look, every piece is effortlessly made to seamlessly cater to anyone's wardrobe without letting go of function for fashion. From textured linen to ultra-soft micro-suede to light-washed denim, each piece maintains a focus on the details we would normally wear day in and day out. 

I feel like suits has recently entered my fashion timeline and it's so refreshing to discover there's more to suiting than just a blazer and tapered pants. HEMSMITH's thought to meticulously-tailored pieces changed the way I think and look at a dress, a pair of pants, a skirt, outerwear or a simple tank top. For someone that often looks at her closet and swears there's nothing to wear, HEMSMITH makes dressing up and looking good to require no thought. Each piece can be styled a variety of ways and seemingly endless creativity in fashion excites me exponentially. 

 

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HEMSMITH is beating to its own drum without following a specific fashion calendar and I am all for it! I am layering the NYX Cullotes and the Davis Long Vest for a casual look that will take me from a breakfast to a day full of events and meeting appointments. If that's not a versatile outfit to you, then I don't know what is. 

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Suited For The Holidays

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Merry Christmas!

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If you were to ask me what my biggest fashion regret is this year, I would say not acquiring enough pant suits in my wardrobe. It quickly became the uniform for any occasion in 2017 and this Christmas season, I skipped the glitz and the glam and opted for a pant suit with a red oversized sweater combo. It’s like Kelso and Jackie’s wardrobe intertwined. Pant suits are effortless and pairing it with any solid- colored oversized sweater makes this office ensemble feel very casual and easily holiday appropriate (especially posed in front of a Christmas tree.) 

The new year is in less than a week and you bet one of my fashion resolutions is to collect pant suits as much as Hillary Clinton. I’ve worn a pant suit before but this one in particular makes me feel beyond put together, regal as f*ck and a boss lady that can conquer anything... especially the wrath of family members during the holidays. 

Off to dinner number two. 

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The Rarity of Looking Lady-Like

 
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Aside from figuring out the best skin care regimen that works best for me and learning that the recommended amount of water a day actually makes a difference, I admit that my favorite thing about the road leading to turning twenty-five is accepting that it's okay to not know exactly what you want and know exactly what you don't. It's okay to not have everything together nor be a well put-together lady. 

The closer I get to my 25th birthday, the more I embrace the rarity of looking lady-like. I am most likely to always rock winged-liner, wear lived-in denim and worn-out sneakers. I've resolved with myself that I am not going to be the twenty-five-year-old that my fifteen-year-old self imagined myself to be.

Of course, putting on a lipstick that actually changes the color of my lips and trading in my backpacks for a small clutch (that fits nothing but my phone and the lipstick) and matching heeled booties gives the illusion of a more polished woman in front of you, but I still don't own a hair brush. Beyonce has a bottle of hot sauce in her bag and I have a tub of Vaseline and L'Occitane hand cream in mine. While it's easier to take off chipped nail polish and have bare nails, I wait until the polish peel off completely from every day wear and tear. I've never owned a pair of shoes that looks as good and as new as when I got them. I take at least three days to finish my laundry. My bed is almost always undone because I'll sleep on it again anyway. 

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So, as I spend my birthday month next month traveling around the motherland, I've committed myself to packing only easy, comfortable 90s pieces including one flared-bottom jeans (without the boots with the fur) and some tiny sunglasses that barely cover my eyes and accentuate only the lower half of my face.

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Here's to turning 25 on the 25th next month! 

It's Golden, they said.

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Photography by Alithea Castillo

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