…End the summer? 🥺 Can you believe it’s come and gone? Well… I think it’s still here for a little while in the PNW but I know it’s been… like real hot… for a real long time… back in New Mexico (folks are probably ready for cooler weather…?). And, school’s about to be back in session etc etc. So, basically summer is almost over. Wah wah 😫 not quite ready to think about fur vests and turtlenecks (Although, fall is admittedly my favorite time of year in the Southwest. Don’t think it’ll be my favorite time in the PNW because I’m almost certain it means more rain 🥴)
Working in fashion - I feel like I’m very season aware (even if the seasons aren’t on par with the majority of the US here in Portland, meaning it feels like summer barely started here and I’m already styling peeps in their utility jackets and velvet blazers lol) but for the weeks - month at best? - of summer that are left, I’m holding onto those pops of color. You’ll see it in my styling sesh with Art.i.fact:
What’s not to love about a flowy, bold dress? It really speaks for itself. Worn with nude heels/wedges OR cowboy boots - why not? This is a dress for some fun-havin’ (Gianna Bini dress - new with tags - is just one example of the flavorful collection Jennifer curates for her clients). Have you been into the store yet? If not, it’s a must-stop when you’re in Santa Fe. Trust me, you won’t leave empty handed. And, if you read my last blog post, you understand why I’m a big fan of consignment boutiques like this special one. Hint: *sustainable fashion*
Also, I did a poll on Instagram recently asking folks if they follow me for fashion or adventure. Results were almost 50/50 which inspired me (via Steven’s encouragement) to begin capturing some shots that incorporate both! I’m not gonna lie, it’s a lot easier to hike and not worry about bringing extra clothes, changing in the wilderness, and hoping sweat and smeared makeup aren’t visible in the photographs haha…
THIS. This was probably my favorite look. I can’t tell you how much I loved this royal blue, pleated linen vintage Gucci skirt (size medium, $95.20). It was 😎 and comfortable, which are both wins in my book. Aaaand the Manolo’s. Can’t forget about the Manolo’s. Different and very, very cool. Snake skin is IN this fall, so these ankle wrap high heels are perfect for the season transition. At $119 (size 7.5) they should go home with you - yes YOU 😏 this is like the universal size that most women wear… Lastly, this Illia vest (size 8, $149) in bone was awesome!!! Chic. And, very easy to style any season (sleeveless in the warmer weather, over a lightweight cashmere sweater in the cooler). With a washed leather front, jersey back, and asymmetrical zipper - a great closet investment 🙌🏼
There are those Manolo’s again. Styled with a completely different look. The last look was kinda like I’m gonna go to a fun dinner with friends, this one is like “oh hayyy, I’m fancy” The golden yellow, Burberry block skirt went home with me - sorry guys - but this Laquette top (size small, $19.20) could be yours. This mixed fabric top was unusual and could, undoubtedly, be styled numerous ways (white pants and strappy heels, heavily distressed denim and sandals, and so on) A combination of mesh and satin (if you zoom in you can see that it looks strapless but there’s a neutral mesh making up the top portion of the tank) this top won’t be forgotten in your wardrobe, just sayin.
There ya have it! Three looks from Art.i.fact and some beautiful New Mexico scenery to boot. Holla if you have any questions 🙂
xo - Courtney