j crew

#TBT: Nautical—Breton Stripe

DSC_0315

Did you know that this classic blue and white striped pattern has a name? As you probably guessed from the title, it’s the Breton stripe, and is summer’s unspoken neutral, especially next to the beach. The original shirt, worn by navy men from Brittany (France) before men from Breton adopted it. Originally, it contained 21 stripes- one for each of Napolean’s victories, but at some point, the French’s military imagination got the better of them and the stripes went haywire. Coco Chanel was instrumental in this diffusion, popularizing the stripe by adding it to her 1917 nautical line.
DSC_0328

But I think my favorite reincarnation of this summer staple is Jean Seberg in Godard’s Breathless, which basically makes this post as obnoxious and basic as possible. At this point, I will make my exit. tumblr_lhnavqiN1I1qhzsmeo1_500

DSC_0324

DSC_0332

Outfit Details: Hat: Thrifted | Shirt: J. Crew | Sunglasses: Target | Skirt: Burberry London | Belt: H&M? | Shoes: Brighton

Bohemia Reclaimed

After a lovely trip to St. Augustine, I’m all settled back in South Bend for my fourth semester of law school. I’ve managed to rent a little room with a few other girls, and in my opinion, it really is the zenith of happiness. My room has a small desk, walk-in closet, and a slanted ceiling into the nook where my bed is. It’s generally the perfect writing alcove, and if I only had a little typewriter and a high ponytail in a ribbon, I think I could make a decent ’50’s French movie heroine. Only time will tell, I suppose. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to introduce you to my little nest and Bohemian hideaway. ❤

IMG_1920

DSC_0100

IMG_1912

DSC_0098

DSC_0100 Outfit Details: Hat: Gap | Shirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim | Cardigan: J. Crew | Shrug: Thrifted Vintage Find! By: Studio Donegal | Pants: The Row | Shoes: Asos (selling here)

DSC_0102

Oakland and Octane

DSC_1032Hello everyone, I’m sorry for the brief hiatus, but in the past week I have gotten settled into my new apartment in the Southbank of London and started Fall classes. After wading through I the mountains of paperwork that accompany the new year, I finally got onto the blog today only to realize what a backlog of unpublished posts and lovely comments were waiting for me! For this reason, I’m going to do my best to have a sort of “purge” week and go ahead and publish posts from this summer that are probably barely acceptable after Labor Day (but I hate to throw them away). In addition, I wanted to let you know that over the Fall I will be using this forum as a way to keep my family and friends updated on my travels, so you have to forgive me if some of my posts wax towards travelogue rather than fashion discussion. However, while in the land of Harvey Nichols with my new Chelsea boots in tow, fashion will never be too far from view. 😛

Tldr: A bunch of posts coming out this week, and you can look forward to my travels this autumn!

In the meantime, I wanted to show you some pictures of what I would consider well-executed eyelet that you could probably get away with until October (at least in Georgia).

DSC_1069Julia (shown above) and I explored Atlanta’s Oakland cemetery a few Sundays back. It’s famous for its beautiful architecture and for holding Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson’s graves. There are also a large number of confederate graves here, as the cemetery was founded in 1850. Today, you can still see where some Union soldiers who spent the night in the cemetery wrought havoc, changing dates on certain graves so that people died before they were born, etc.

DSC_1001

DSC_1006

DSC_1054

DSC_1048

DSC_1022

DSC_0996

DSC_1008

DSC_1035Julia’s ensemble is composed of a navy eyelet J. Crew tank with pleated eyelet J. Crew shorts, and shoes from Bass, I think her outfit is a good example of looking very cute and put together while staying cool and comfortable. Without exerting too much time and energy, she’s pulled together something you can wear to coffee, the mall, or afternoon lunch without the discomfort that usually comes from anything not-a-sundress touching your body in Georgia.

DSC_1020

DSC_1040After Oakland, we skipped across the street to Octane Coffee shop. Inside, Octane has teamed up with “The Little Tart” for a great pastry selection. Personally, I enjoyed the apricot ginger scone, though that should come as no surprise. Thanks for viewing!

DSC_1059

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon- Big City Bread

DSC_0311

The second entry in my Athens chronology is Big City Bread. This bakery and/or cafe was responsible for some of the longest, loveliest afternoons I spent in Athens. Located a few blocks back off Baxter on Finley Street, its about a ten minute walk from downtown. They do an excellent breakfast, brunch, and lunch; then, late afternoon, they close down and transform into a full service restaurant. While the lights in the trees are lovely and worth seeing in the evening, I’d actually recommend the lunch menu. Sandwiches are about 8 dollars, and the sunshine under the trees is free. I love buying one of their tomato baguettes and taking an orangina outside to read the novel of the week.

DSC_0308

DSC_0298

DSC_0296

DSC_0299

DSC_0304

DSC_0312

Here, I’m repping my fallback uniform: safari chic. I dressed up a Forever 21 romper with Charlotte Russe shoes and a J. Crew vest. it was just breezy enough for the swelter of a Georgia afternoon when catching up with an old friend.