Graphic Tank 3 Ways


I made a new purchase last week from one of my favorite stores, Frances Vintage, and it has easily become my favorite thing in my closet. This graphic tank is so comfortable and made by a local artist. It was only $30.00! It has a picture of a skeleton the designer found in the desert and the geographic coordinates of where it was located. Cool, right? I love that by wearing it I'm supporting a local boutique, artist and Arizona. Sometimes these "edgier" pieces can be intimidating if you tend to be a bit more classic and feminine, so I thought I would show you how I style it three different ways.


#1 Geek Chic - A classic blazer and jeans never goes out of style. Add this tank and some sandals to dress it down or put on pumps and jewelry to dress it up.


#2 Femme - Wear a classic pencil skirt with it. You can tuck it in or untuck it and add a belt to define your waist. I wore my preppy oxfords from GAP, but wedges would look cute with it too. If you don't want to show off your body as much, choose a maxi skirt for comfort.


#3 Indie - Overalls are a trend right now that I was a bit reluctant towards, but I really like them now. These overalls are by Free People and can be found at Frances as well.

Photos by Liz E Studio.

Tank and overalls from Frances Vintage.

All-American Love

This past weekend a team of dear friends joined together to create an engagement shoot centered around nautical inspiration. Now, if you don't know...I live in the desert of Phoenix, AZ. I've always loved New England since that's where my extended family lives, and I consider my style to reflect that of a preppy Bostonian. So, obviously, this shoot was definitely fun to style!

Hannah and Steve Wright are an amazing couple that attend my church. They also happen to be down right gorgeous together!

Gina Meola is a good friend of mine, and a FANtastic photographer. We're practically neighbors in downtown Phoenix, and we've definitely done some great bonding since meeting at Melissa Jill's doggie birthday part (yes, we go to doggie bday parties!).

Sarah Hubbell did Hannah's hair for the shoot. Sarah has already had her turn in front for the camera for sequin shoot with Michelle Herrick. Sarah recommended her friend Jessica Mangieri for makeup, and she sure did rock it!

Okay, so down the nitty gritty of the clothes...Obviously, we focused on a patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue. We created two looks for Hannah and Steve. The first look was casual and playful - perfect for their pedal boat ride at Tempe Town Lake (BEST date night place).  The second look was a bit more dressy, and was photographed in a picnic setting. I incorporated little details of a boat rope headband, a bandana scarf and floppy hats. Details always bring a photo shoot to life!!!

I think this is SUCH a fun concept for couples and families that are planning to get their pictures taken this summer. If you love the water, the all-American spirit and look great in red, white and blue...This is for YOU! It's really easy to recreate. Heck, if we can do it in a desert, you can do it ANYWHERE!


Harvard & Fashion

harvard-yard-harvard-univ-240bsc081009Harvard University has started a fashion line called Harvard Yard headed up by Verus Group. They are launching a men's line in 2010 with a women's line following. Since I adore all things preppy, I'm pretty excited about this. This does pose the question, "What would Arizona State's fashion line look like?" Hmmm... harvard-yard-launch-240bsc081009harvard-yard-harvard-univ-240bsc081009

Back to Prep School

blazerI never went to a private school, but sometimes I wish I had because preppy, plaid skirts, polos and blazers are mandatory. It's almost back to school time for most people, so I made my preppy wish list. Sadly, prep school isn't in the future for me, so maybe I should think about moving to New England where this look is a bit more accepted and people won't think I'm dressing up like Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter.

Classic Button-Up Shirt

blueshirtI would say that almost every person reading this blog either currently has a classic button-up shirt in their closet or has had one in the past. Other than needing them the day of prom for you up-do's, a crisp blue or white button-up shirt is a preppy staple for your closet. Because of my shape I don't wear them very often, but it doesn't lessen my love for the preppy, all-American go-to item. So, I've created my ideal day look and Friday night look with the beloved collared shirt. Day on the left, night on the right.