Category Archives: Fashion

How to Style Shortalls

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Remember when you were a little kid and your parents put you in OshKosh B’Gosh purple shortalls? (Fun fact: Did you know OshKosh B’Gosh has been making kids clothes since 1895?!) Just me? Okay, well then…

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Cassie, circa 1991 in purple shortalls. Pushing fashion boundaries since the beginning.

Do you ever feel like you need to buy something to go to a place, i.e. you’re going to France so you should probably buy skinny white jeans and lots of striped tops or you’re going to Austin so you should buy cowboy boots? This is how I ended up with a pair of shortalls in my closet.

I don’t know what exactly it is about Nicaragua that screamed, “You should definitely wear shortalls” but I ended up with a pair in a shopping bag a week or so before I left.

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Shortalls NOT in Nicaragua.

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It takes me 20 photos to not stand in 4th position from dancing ballet for 10+ years.

I’m also all about white. And neutrals in general. I have this silky Brandy Melville tank I literally always I forget I have but love when I wear it. I decided to pull it out of the old tank top drawer to take to Cincinnati.

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Pittsburgh or Cincinnati?

Doesn’t Cincinnati look just like Pittsburgh? Isn’t it weird? Also, this is what I look like after a 12 mile run in the heat and not washing my hair because the humidity made it totally not worth it. Also, I had a blowout scheduled in two days. Aren’t I the worst? But hey, my hair is INSANELY healthy.

Anyway, so what should your wear with shortalls? I love crop tops, simple neutral colored tanks, bralettes and bandeaus, and swim tops. I love adding a pop of color with shoes.

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Shoes for a POC (pop-of-color).

Thanks to my cousin Jaimie for being the photographer and for putting up with me always. Also Angela for being the moral support behind this frenzied photo shoot. Love you both so, so much.

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How to Wear a Shift Dress

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These photos are a month old. I spent the Saturday before Father’s Day Weekend with my dad since I was in Portland over Father’s Day (sorry, Dad). Every year he always wants to go to the Pittsburgh Arts Fest. Last year we actually went to the Arts Fest on Father’s Day after brunch at Meat and Potatoes. Fun fact: a Bloody Mary really takes the edge off of my anxiety.

Needless to say, Pittsburgh Arts Fest STRESSES ME OUT. There are too many people, people have tattoos of Abraham Lincoln on their shins and there are a lot of women wearing things that they shouldn’t be for their body type. This is potentially why I look so uncomfortable in these photos.

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One day I will be a less awkward blogger when it comes to fashion. And everything.

I’m so attracted to a shift dress even if it isn’t ideal for my body type (short, athletically-slim – yes, I just made up athletically-slim to describe my body type). They’re basically ideal for girls who are models (5’8” and taller, super skinny) but I’m trying to incorporate more prints in my closet and this fit the bill.

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Please note how stressed I am to be in public.

I had to wear this dress twice to be really sold on it, which is how most things that aren’t colored chino shorts, dark super skinny jeans and neutral-colored over-sized tops (I know my style, what can I say?) are for me. I have to get some compliments on whatever I’m wearing to know it truly deserves to take up closet space.

I love the print as I said, but I also love the back detail of this dress. I’m a sucker for cut-out backs, awful tan lines and all. I’ve worn it twice, once with my hair down and once up (post-12 mile run this day, whoops) and think that something with the back detail like this definitely needs to be shown off.


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I love a good back cut-out.

Dress: Nordstrom / Shoes: Elie Tahari / Bag: Kate Spade

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Tan Lines, or How to Wear an Open Back Tank

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Last Saturday, I stupidly got started with my 14-mile run at around 11:30 a.m. I was of course up late texting boys and then always feel the need on Saturday mornings to waste half the morning doing who knows what. After all that, and knowing temperatures were soon going to be in the 80s, I decided to have a photo shoot of all the things in my long run bag.

When I got to the trail, I got ready to pull out my Amiphod and then – nothing. I left it on the table where I was photographing it. I spent about 2 minutes trying to decide if it was a terrible idea to do a 14 mile run without water or food, besides at mile 8 when I ran back past my car, and made the decision that it would be miserable. The worst part was that I was SO PUMPED to run 14 miles like a psychopath then was so annoyed at my irresponsibility that I felt annoyed my whole run.

Along with dying of heat stroke and dehydration and being a complete waste of life the rest of the day (it was gorgeous and sunny and I had the. hardest. time. moving off the couch, I had ruined my tan that I have spent a lot of time working on (minus the fact I still have spring suit tan lines on my thighs from Nicaragua/my Lululemon Speed Shorts).

I wanted to look cute and festival-y for the Bastille concert last Sunday since I am attending exactly zero music festivals this year. Open back is the best way to do that, right? Plus, you never know who you’re going to run into that you hate and have to look cuter than. (Once again, sorry I’m not sorry.)

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Bastille with Angela. All photo credits in this post: Angela.

I’m oblivious to most things, if you haven’t picked up on that yet. (Have you even read my blog?) I totally forgot about my running tank tan lines until I looked at these photos. Whoops. Is it a matter of me not caring or me being so self-confident that I don’t care? A little of both, I think.

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I tried to wave my hair and have entirely forgotten how. Not only am I a failure at being an adult, I’m a failure at being a real girl.

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My everyday jewelry.

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By-products of being Italian: SUPER-COOL tan lines and even cooler moles.

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Add some details with studded shorts.

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Had to have some color with a neutral top – loving these wedges from Dolce Vita.

Top: Nordstrom / Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters (old) / Shoes: Dolce Vita / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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How to Style a Kimono

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I love a good kimono moment. Davida told me she missed my outfit posts (and okay, I kind of miss them too sometimes, so you may see more of them) and paparazzi-ed me the entire day. I can’t say that I hated it. You have her to thank for all these amazing photos.

I have a love-hate relationship with the camera, but I’m sure anyone under the age of 22 does. Everyone under 22 is selfie-obsessed and is totally okay with posting awful photos of themselves.

Wondering how to style a kimono? Kimonos feel a little tricky to wear, but really just think festival fashion or street style – destroyed denim shorties and booties or dark skinny denim and heels for a night out.

I like to think of my style as effortless – my favorite thing to wear in the summer is denim shorties, a loose tank, bright colored bralette and aviators or Raybans.

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Paparazzi shot.

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Kimono moments.

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