The Perfect Work Tote

I really miss back-to-school shopping. I loved picking out my outfit for the first day of school, stocking up on fall clothes and- oddly enough- shopping for school supplies. Working in an office allows me to still shop for most of those things, but just in a different way. Instead of shopping for the coolest backpack, now I shop for the perfect work tote. It needs to be large enough to carry my essentials- keys, train pass, wallet- as well as larger items like my lunch or any books or papers I need to bring home.

My current work bag is the Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote, and I love it. It’s still holding up after a year of wear-and-tear and it matches any outfit, so I’m sticking with this one until it falls apart. But if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect work tote or bag, here are a few to look into.

perfect work tote

Top:  Madewell The Transport Tote  |  Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote  |  Sole Society Faux Leather Tote

Middle:  Kate Spade New York Small Cedar Street Harmony Tote  |  Tory Burch Small York Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote  |  Michael Kors Large Jet Set Reversible Tote

Bottom:  J Crew Downing Tote in Perforated Leather  |  Modcloth Triple the Charm Bag

Shake It Off

shake it off

Damn you, Taylor Swift. Damn you for making such a catchy song. Damn you for making me enjoy your music even though I generally detest your personality.

If you haven’t heard Swift’s latest single, “Shake it Off”, you need to do so ASAP. It’s pure pop perfection. I dislike 90% of what is on mainstream radio currently, but I will not deny my love for a well-written pop song. In fact, the song has taken over my brain so much that it created me to write this blog post. From the catchy chorus to the way it makes you literally start dancing in your seat, “Shake it Off” can’t be beat.

The song focuses on all of the negative things that the public has said about Swift. This includes, but is not limited to, how she’s dated half of Hollywood, is a dumb blonde, and is an awkward dancer. Yet instead of whining about it, she’s making fun of herself for it. She’s acknowledging what the media thinks about her and how you can’t let it get to you.

I feel you, girl. Whether it’s the girl who continues to tell mutual friends I’m a bitch or the anonymous online commenter who told me I had a big nose, I feel you Taylor. No matter how successful, famous or amazing you are (Swift is successful and famous, not me obviously), there will always be people who are going to say nasty things about you. So what do you do? Just “shake it off”, of course.

There’s something liberating about being able to throw your middle finger in the air or laugh off a back-handed compliment, and I applaud Swift for making it acceptable for a “good girl” to do so. Dare I say that this makes me like her a little bit more?

Sole Society Fall Shoes

Right now it’s that weird period of time where summer isn’t officially over, and fall weather hasn’t hit us yet. It’s way too hot to be wearing boots already (although a few weirdos on my commute have worn them on 80-degree days), yet I feel silly wearing strappy sandals all the time.

Since I have no “back to school” shopping anymore, I don’t really buy new clothes throughout the year unless I desperately need them. Or there is a major sale. But that doesn’t mean I can’t browse online for the fun of it, right? Here are some great summer-t0-fall transition shoes from Sole Society that I have my eye on.

The flannel loafers are a personal favorite of mine (although I’d probably get a ton of blister since my feet hate me), and I’m all about T-strap heels this season (so feminine and pretty!) Which pair is your favorite?

sole society fall shoes

Navy Suede  Modified T-Strap Heel  |  Green Fabric Pointed Toe Loafer  |  Black Leather T-Strap Pump  |  Taupe Suede Stacked Heel Ankle Bootie  |  Warm Rose Leather Flat  |  Ruby Suede Tassel Loafer  |  Black Faux Patent Mid Heel Pump  |  Red Ochre Ankle Strap Flat

Paisley Print Dress

paisley print dress

Band of Gypsies paisley dress (sold out, similar here and here) | Yellow beaded bracelet (old, similar here)  |  Merona Emily sandals (on sale!)

Now that summer is technically over, you’ll be seeing less photos of be wearing dresses and more wearing jeans and boots. The temperatures here in NJ are looking a lot like summer (80’s, baby!), so I haven’t put away my sundresses and sandals just yet.

paisley dress

This cute paisley dress, which I found at Marshall’s a few months back, is one that I just can’t stop wearing. I wore it previously on my vacation and got a compliment from an older hippie woman who said it was “beautiful”. lolz. So to embrace my inner hippie, I let my hair dry naturally and added a small braid to the front layers of my hair.

mixed media dress

band of gypsies dress

I was drawn to the pretty colors, the mix of fun paisley and floral patterns and the layered ruffles on the skirt of the dress. It gives the illusion of a fuller bottom while keeping the top/torso look thin.

The dress I bought isn’t available online anymore, but you can view all the other Band of Gypsies summer/fall items at Urban Outfitters, ASOS or Nordstrom.

Fashion First Aid Kit

fashion survival kit

When I received the Stylist Kit by School of Style from winning a giveaway from the lovely Amber of King & Kind, I knew I had to write a review and inform you guys of this genius product. I’ve seen plenty of DIY versions of this gift that bridesmaids give to the bride as an emergency bridal kit and thought this was a more fashion-forward take for the everyday woman. How often have you lost a button or stepped out of the house only to realize you have a deodorant stain on your black dress? If you’re like me, this happens quite often.

You can use can use this insider’s kit as a professional stylist or just behind the scenes of your personal closet (like me!) This special edition kit curated by Lauren Messiah for School of Style contains everything you need to be a stylist to the stars- or just a stylist for yourself. This kit is also handy for weddings or charity fashion shows.

This Fashion First Aid Kit Contains:

I’m anxious to try out the double-sided tape (I have lots of blouses that gape open at the breasts and this would hide the awkward “I can see your bra while I’m sitting next to you” problem), the deodorant remover sponges and the heel fixers.

The website has awesome sections where you can shop for products by problem (blisters, saggy boobs, dragging hems and more), and even ask “Honest Kim”, who will give you real, actionable advice about any embarrassing body or fashion problem you may have.