Boots Boots Boots!

Boots boots boots!Today’s Fashion Illustration:
cowl neck sweatshirt $ here, check button down $$ Nordstrom or $$$ hereblue skinny jeans $$$ J Brand or $ asoshigh knee boots $$$$ Stuart Weitzman or $ Rampage

I know I’m a slow adapter, but I love these super fitted high knee boots. I desperately want to blow all my $$$ on the Stuart Weitzman ones, but (1) I’d rather go on a European excursion (2) they’ll probably end up making me feel like a sad shorty (3) I don’t think there’s room in my apartment for yet another pair of shoes . (#firstworldprobs)

A while back, Jean of Extra Petite compared the girls’ (which might have been a good option for shorter legs) and women’s version of the 5050, but her general consensus seemed to be that the adult pair was far superior.

boots work in progress

I uncovered this ridiculously affordable version with similar styling (no zip) at a fraction of the cost. However, when I tested them out (to no surprise) they weren’t really fitted through the leg and I guess the old adage is true: you get what you pay for.

For now – I’ll just have to stare at other girls with long legs enjoying their $700 boots. 😂

Scarf Love

Scarf LoveToday’s Fashion Illustration:
camel coat $$$ here or $$ herewindowpane scarf $$$ Ssense or $ asosgrey tee $ TopShop or $$ Acne, check button down $$ Madewell or $ Nordstromblack denim $ Levi’s or $$ Paige, Nike Air Max 90 Essential sneakers $$ here

It’s been anything but scarf weather here, but I can’t shake my minor obsession with this black and white grid check scarf. I saw a navy version at the Gap, but remained fixated on the version I wanted. Fortunately for me, asos was able to deliver (as always.)

my desk

Similarly, I can’t get enough of my Nike Air Max 90’s. Is it so basic of me? I just can’t say no to something as comfortable and as cute as these sneakers. I LOVE THEM.

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Pocket Squares

You thought “wedding Wednesday” was gone, but it’s not! 👯👯👯

Pocket Squares

I recently read an adorable “gift guide” post over at Styla Petite and it made me think of my little pre-wedding project. Being the control freak I am, I was a very “hands-on” bride. It’s hard for me to walk away from something without putting in 200% and I hoped all the tiny details and special touches would make the day memorable for everyone.

pocket squares - Chellise Michael Photographypocket squares

Since we attended ten other weddings that year, VNg spent a lot of time trying coming up with a unique and useful gift for his best friends. I came up with the pocket square idea because (a) it’s super stylish (b) it helped coordinate the guys with my bridesmaids’ navy gowns (c) I hoped it was something they could use again and keep forever.

pocket squares - Chellise Michael Photography Pocket Squares

Making the pocket squares wasn’t necessarily cost-effective. You can probably buy one for around $20-50 each. The yardage I bought was linen, silk-linen blends, and cotton-linen blends; not cheap. But, it gave me the range of colors and patterns I wanted. Ultimately, all the men in the wedding (including the dads) got their bride-made pocket squares. It was a small detail, easily missed during the chaos and energy of the day, but when I look back I’m so glad it’s there.

pocket squares - Chellise Michael Photography

Here’s my brother looking incredibly hip and dapper with his. What do you think, control-freak handmade details a yes or a no?

(Photographs by Chellise Michael Photography)

Layer On

A simple and comfy lookToday’s Fashion Illustration:
cable knit sweater $$$ here or $ herechambray button-down shirt $$$ Isabel Marant or $ hereskinny denim $$$ Rag & Bone or $$ herechelsea boots $$$$ Saint Laurent or $ herecross-body bag $$ Madewell or  $$$$ Prada

There are so many things working with this outfit right now. Cable sweater, check. Layered chambray, check. Mini cross-body bag, check. Flat boots, check. Classic denim, check. Ughhhh I love it.

On my desk

But, does anyone else ever feel clunky when layering sweaters over chambray? I love the look, but sometimes I just cannot. stand. how sweaters feel over shirts. Maybe it’s because I’m too accustomed to tees and tanks and my pj’s. 😂😂😂😂

Seriously, though. Any tips for layering and not feeling like a ten-year-old in a stiff Sunday dress and tights?! I need to be a grown-up.