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september 2013 recap.

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Now that we’re on the last leg of 2013, the months are just flying by andnd the weather is changing just as quickly.  It felt like we went from sweltering hot to cool and crisp overnight — but I’m not complaining.  This month’s transitional weather called for a mix of light layers, darker colors, and my signature pop of prints.  Check out of all of my looks from September and let me know which one’s your favorite!

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be dazzled.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; how to wear warm weather leather; Big Star USA Rue embellished necklace t-shirt; Express minus the leather skirt; Zara black printed straw clutch; Juicy Couture pave pyramid stretch bracelet; C. Wonder calf hair skinny bangle; ShoeMint hot pink pumpsI thought I’d go for an effortlessly edgy look with this outfit, but it turns out that it was a few weeks too late for warm weather leather.  I wish you could’ve seen how much of a hot mess I was — after walking a few blocks, my skirt was completely turned around and it was so hot and humid, that the faux leather stuck to me like glue.  After hiding behind a wall to adjust (#bloggerproblems), I got my life together and back on track to looking a little less frazzled and a bit more bedazzled.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; how to wear warm weather leather; Big Star USA Rue embellished necklace t-shirt; Express minus the leather skirt; Zara black printed straw clutch; Juicy Couture pave pyramid stretch bracelet; C. Wonder calf hair skinny bangle; ShoeMint hot pink pumpsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; how to wear warm weather leather; Big Star USA Rue embellished necklace t-shirt; Express minus the leather skirt; Zara black printed straw clutch; Juicy Couture pave pyramid stretch bracelet; C. Wonder calf hair skinny bangle; ShoeMint hot pink pumpsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; how to wear warm weather leather; Big Star USA Rue embellished necklace t-shirt; Express minus the leather skirt; Zara black printed straw clutch; Juicy Couture pave pyramid stretch bracelet; C. Wonder calf hair skinny bangle; ShoeMint hot pink pumpsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; how to wear warm weather leather; Big Star USA Rue embellished necklace t-shirt; Express minus the leather skirt; Zara black printed straw clutch; Juicy Couture pave pyramid stretch bracelet; C. Wonder calf hair skinny bangle; ShoeMint hot pink pumps

Wear
Top: Big Star USA (c/o)
Skirt: Express (similar)
Bracelets: C. Wonder, Juicy Couture
Bag: Zara
Shoes: ShoeMint (similar)

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glam nails with hpnotiq: bling it on!

Bling It On! Glam HpnotiqHi friends!  I’m excited to share that Hpnotiq invited me back for the second round of the Bling It On Challenge!  And this round involves showcasing one of my favorite accessories: a perfectly painted manicure.  From now until July 28th 2013, you can show us how you glam louder to win fab prizes! During each two-week fashion challenge you can submit photos in different categories to win — including the glammest nails, makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online.Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; spring outfit photo; Prabal Gurung for Target floral mesh top; J.Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Double-Surge Cotton Neon Rose; Essie's Butler Please cobalt blue nail polish; J.Crew square pave link bracelet; J.Crew turquoise stretch bracelet; Pour La Victoire Mai patent leather pumps in nudeThere are some fabulous prizes up for grabs: One year of manis/pedis worth up to $1,200, a $1,000 gift card to Sephora or Ulta, and a chance to win the grand prize trip for you and three friends to go shopping with a celebrity Los Angeles! The grand prize winner will also star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; spring outfit photos; Forever 21 floral blazer; Gap blue jersey dress; Banana Republic white sparkle stone necklace; CC Skye geometric gold bracelet; Essie Play Date nail polish; ShoeMint Kaylen neon pink pump; Coach Candace carry all tote in camelReady to Bling It On? Hpnotiq’s Glammest Heels Challenge is going on right now and ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on June 30th! For the first challenge, participants are asked to share their latest shoe crush!  Hpnotiq wants you to show them the glammest nails, nail art or nail finish that you’ve ever seen or done.  Think you can nail it? You can enter as many times as you want! Snap a pic of your own, or find a pic online. For this round, they’re choosing 4 lucky winners to receive free mani/pedis for a year valued up to $1,200!Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photo; Forever 21 black and white geometric top; J.Crew Factory No. 2 pencil skirt; BaubleBar geometric black and gold statement necklace; J.Crew turquoise stretch bracelet; Juicy Couture pave pyramid golf cuff; Hello Fab gold glam sequin clutch; Zara neon and snakeskin heel with bucklesTo enter visit the contest page here, or visit Hpnotiq’s Facebook page or follow @Hpnotiq on twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER.  If you’re one of the four winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win a grand prize trip for you and three friends to meet a famous celebrity in LA, for shopping, makeovers and you might also star in a photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!  Click here for the full contest rules.

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savvy summer.

Skirt the Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; London Times tie dye peplum dress; what to wear to work; Banana Republic sparkle stone white statement necklace; Michael Kors gold mother of pearl BF watch; J.Crew pave square link bracelet; Tory Burch straw satchel; Pour La Victoire Mai nude wedgeI’m sure you know by now that I’m not a big fan of Mondays, but I still always kick off the work week with a little extra panache.  Enter this insane tie-dye peplum dress.  It has the right cut and length for the office, with an eye-opening print that’s sure to jumpstart your morning.

If after all of this, you’re still in denial it’s Monday, you can head over to London Times today, where I’m sharing my savvy summer tips for traveling in and around NYC in style.  Be sure to check it out!

Skirt the Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; London Times tie dye peplum dress; what to wear to work; Banana Republic sparkle stone white statement necklace; Michael Kors gold mother of pearl BF watch; J.Crew pave square link bracelet; Tory Burch straw satchel; Pour La Victoire Mai nude wedgeSkirt the Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; London Times tie dye peplum dress; what to wear to work; Banana Republic sparkle stone white statement necklace; Michael Kors gold mother of pearl BF watch; J.Crew pave square link bracelet; Tory Burch straw satchel; Pour La Victoire Mai nude wedgeSkirt the Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; London Times tie dye peplum dress; what to wear to work; Banana Republic sparkle stone white statement necklace; Michael Kors gold mother of pearl BF watch; J.Crew pave square link bracelet; Tory Burch straw satchel; Pour La Victoire Mai nude wedgeSkirt the Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photos; London Times tie dye peplum dress; what to wear to work; Banana Republic sparkle stone white statement necklace; Michael Kors gold mother of pearl BF watch; J.Crew pave square link bracelet; Tory Burch straw satchel; Pour La Victoire Mai nude wedge

Wear
Dress: London Times (c/o)
Necklace: Banana Republic
Bracelet: J.Crew
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Tory Burch
Shoes: Pour La Victoire
Nails: Essie’s DJ Play That Song

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weekend wear: day trip.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer shopping collage; Ruche Denise Polka Dot Chambray Dress; Sole Society floppy straw sunhat; Kate Spade Bourbon Street Fabric Freddie colorblock crossbody bag; Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Double Strap colorblock sandal; Madewell Drifter Shades nude sunglasses; J.Crew crystal feather necklace

I always have an extra pep in my step on Friday morning.  With the weekend just hours away, the possibilities for adventure are endless.  Tomorrow, the bf, the pup and I are picking a train and a destination and going on a little spontaneous day trip.  This weekend wear is inspired by our impromptu day date.  So relax, say yes and hopefully, you’ll have a little unexpected excursion yourself!

1. Madewell Drifter Shades — $49.50
2. Ruche Denise Polka Dot Chambray Dress — $48.99
3. Sole Society Floppy Sunhat — $34.95
4. J.Crew Crystal Feather Necklace — $58
5. Kate Spade Bourbon Street Fabric Freddie Bag — $148
6. Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Double Strap Sandal — $29

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rompin’ season.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photo; black and white tribal romper; Gap Luxe Light neon green cardigan; Courtney Kerr x Bauble Bar Neon Alaqua tribal statement necklace; CC Skye geometric gold bracelet; Coach Legacy Penny brown crossbody bag; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny bangle; Sam Edelman Sophie black and brown colorblock wedgesI’ve been gushing about my excitement for summer since before spring even hit.  And while it’s definitely my favorite season for adventures and travel, it’s also what I like to call rompin’ season!  It’s been awhile, but I think you all know my affinity for this one piece wardrobe solution (seen here, here, here and here).  I scooped up another one to add to my ever-growing collection and plan on living in this all summer long.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photo; black and white tribal romper; Gap Luxe Light neon green cardigan; Courtney Kerr x Bauble Bar Neon Alaqua tribal statement necklace; CC Skye geometric gold bracelet; Coach Legacy Penny brown crossbody bag; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny bangle; Sam Edelman Sophie black and brown colorblock wedgesSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photo; black and white tribal romper; Gap Luxe Light neon green cardigan; Courtney Kerr x Bauble Bar Neon Alaqua tribal statement necklace; CC Skye geometric gold bracelet; Coach Legacy Penny brown crossbody bag; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny bangle; Sam Edelman Sophie black and brown colorblock wedgesSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photo; black and white tribal romper; Gap Luxe Light neon green cardigan; Courtney Kerr x Bauble Bar Neon Alaqua tribal statement necklace; CC Skye geometric gold bracelet; Coach Legacy Penny brown crossbody bag; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny bangle; Sam Edelman Sophie black and brown colorblock wedgesSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; summer outfit photo; black and white tribal romper; Gap Luxe Light neon green cardigan; Courtney Kerr x Bauble Bar Neon Alaqua tribal statement necklace; CC Skye geometric gold bracelet; Coach Legacy Penny brown crossbody bag; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny bangle; Sam Edelman Sophie black and brown colorblock wedges

Wear
Cardigan: Gap
Romper: NYC Boutique
Necklace: BaubleBar
Bracelets: CC Skye, C. Wonder, J.Crew
Bag: Coach
Shoes: Sam Edelman (on sale!)

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style formula: stripes + floral.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; spring outfit collages; how to wear striped shirts and floral dresses; Old Navy Lightweight striped tanks; ModCloth Ikebana for All yellow floral skirt; J.Crew Factory floral printed pencil skirt in stretch cotton; Dorothy Perkins gray floral skirt

Today, I thought I’d share another one of my fail proof style formulas: stripes and florals.  I’ve been wearing this combo a lot lately (last seen here and here) and as you know, when I find something I love, I stick to it!  If you’ve been wanting to get into mixed prints, this is definitely the playful pairing to get you started.  Take any thin-striped top (like this) and pair with different floral prints for a variety of summer savvy looks.

1. ModCloth Ikebana For All Skirt — $69.99
2. J.Crew Factory Printed Pencil Skirt — $85
3. Dorothy Perkins Floral Prom Skirt — $35 (on sale!)

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