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Hello, hello! I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the windy city to celebrate the wedding of one of my best friend’s brothers. The wedding was set in the heart of downtown Chicago on a rooftop with absolutely breathtaking views of the city! You can see more on Instagram here. It felt so nice to be back on my old stomping grounds, reunited with all of my best girlfriends from college. My five year reunion is coming up this fall – eek! – and I’m hoping to make it out for another long weekend (Chicago is home to some of my absolute favorite restaurants that I am dying to revisit!). Going to keep this post short and sweet because I am leaving for EUROPE on Thursday and there is so much to do before then! I got a lot of comments on the dress I wore to the wedding and I had to share – it’s from Haute and Borrowed!!

Wedding Season in Haute and Borrowed | by The Luxi Look

Wedding Season in Haute and Borrowed | by The Luxi Look

Wedding Season in Haute and Borrowed | by The Luxi Look

I talked about Haute and Borrowed a couple weeks ago and wanted to give a quick little update – I’ve been using the service for a while now and couldn’t recommend it more! If you’re a little hesitant about trying it out, I can personally attest to the cleanliness and quality of the clothing, the speed and friendliness of the service, and above all how easy and convenient it is to have a rotating closet. You’re also being eco friendly ; ) – seriously, there’s no shame in the clothing rental game!

Need a dress for wedding season? Then you need to check out Haute and Borrowed.

 

I’ve had my eye on this Nightcap dress for so long but could never justify spending the money on it when I knew I would only wear it once. I received SO many compliments on the dress – it’s such a standout piece! If you’re trying to be smart about the pieces you actually invest in your closet, I would say stick to timeless classics in neutral colors. A black blazer, the perfect pair of denim, a leather jacket you’ll wear forever, quality handbags. When it comes to dresses, jumpsuits, separates in fun patterns and prints, you might be better off renting! Honestly, if you’re the type of girl that hates wearing the same thing twice and being photographed in it, you will absolutely love Haute and Borrowed. If you have any other questions about the service, feel free to leave them below in the comments and I’ll answer them!

xx, Amy

Wedding Season in Haute and Borrowed | by The Luxi Look

Wedding Season in Haute and Borrowed | by The Luxi Look

Wedding Season in Haute and Borrowed | by The Luxi Look

 

My weekday style and my weekend style tend to be pretty different.Unfortunately, my love for one piece outfits in the form of rompers and jumpsuits doesn’t always extend into the world of business attire. There are some pieces in my closet are versatile and appropriate enough to be double duty for in and out of the office, and I was determined to make a jumpsuit one of them. So I set out to figure out how to wear one to my 9 to 5. I will preface this by saying my office dress code does lean much more casual than “business formal” (I’ve long retired my pencil skirts), so sorry to my girls working in more formal settings. For more business casual environments, what I found is that you can dress up a jumpsuit to make it office appropriate (win!). If you’re wondering how to style a jumpsuit for the office, just be sure to keep three basic rules in mind and you’ll be good to go.

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

Three things to keep in mind when thinking about how to style a jumpsuit for the office:

+ Pick your prints wisely. If you’re going to wear a jumpsuit, try to keep the print and color slightly more subtle – you don’t want to overdo it here! The trick is to choose a print you would normally wear on your pants. If your office is more casual, you might be able to get away with bolder prints, but I would probably stick to solid colors or a simple print that isn’t too distracting. If your office is less conservative, you may be able to get away with bolder prints. I would stick to solid colors and simple prints. I love a good wide legged pant and think they can be incredibly flattering and versatile, so I felt ok going with this striped pattern.

+ Make sure all your bases are covered. And by that, I mean all of the appropriate body parts. You don’t want to show too much skin! After all, you’re at the office. Keep the cutouts and plunging necklines to after hours only.

+ Layer! Throw on a blazer (LOVE this one by Grana – the oversized fit is perfect to throw on over a jumpsuit! I keep mine at the office so I can put it on anytime I need to look a little more polished) or a knit sweater or cardigan. If you’re feeling daring, sport a denim or leather jacket. Maybe keep that to Casual Fridays though?

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

K. I. S. S. Keep it simple, stupid.  Although I wouldn’t wear this every day to the office, it was fun to repurpose something in my closet and wear something different during the week. What do you think? Would you wear a jumpsuit to work?

xx, Amy

blazer: grana (use code AMYxGRANA for 10% off your first order + free shipping)

jumpsuit: vici | bag: cult gaia

Styling a Jumpsuit for the Office | by The Luxi Look

 

Nothing screams summer more than a little white dress. But find the perfect one can be tricky. Let’s face it – white can be a less than flattering color to wear! Especially when it’s tight (usually a no-no for me, ha!). If your usual go-to color is black (always chic and slimming), don’t be afraid of white!

My closet is full of white (which is a nightmare if you’re prone to spills or stains) – blouses, denim, dresses, jumpsuits, shoes. It’s by far my favorite color to wear! The key is to find dresses that highlight the parts of your body you are confident in, and hide the areas you’re less comfortable with. Usually the tummy! The wrong white dress can show every tiny bulge. Spanx helps. So does a (fake) tan!

A white sundress is perfect for daytime. One of my favorite online shopping sites, Lulus, has the cutest selection of white dresses for day or night! I styled two daytime looks from Lulus to show you how easy and flattering white can be.

For daytime I like to keep my jewelry minimal and simple. On sunny days you will often see me wearing a hat because duh, sun! This bag by Cult Gaia has been everywhere this year and is my favorite summer purchase to date. I’m carrying the small size, which is more than big enough to carry my essentials and work on my frame (I’m not super tall!).

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

dress: lulus | hat: lulus | shoes: lulus

An off the shoulder little white dress is the perfect throw on and go look for brunch! Add some rose gold lucite mules and you can take the dress into evening cocktails with the girls as well (add a denim or leather jacket when it gets chilly!).

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

Little White Dress | by The Luxi Look

dress: lulus | shoes: lulus

Needless to say, you’ll be seeing me wear a LOT of white this summer. It’s such an easy color to wear – it really goes with anything and as long as you find a fit that’s flattering, you’re good to go from day to night. I’m going to Chicago this weekend (can’t wait!!! I lived in Chicago before moving to LA and it will always hold a special spot in my heart) and will definitely be packing one of these white dresses in my suitcase.

Here are some of my other favorites from Lulus LWD collection!

Maxi Dress Perfect for Daytime

Bodycon Slip Dress for Night (Feels very 90s Calvin Klein)

Cross Back Maxi (Super flattering fit!)

xx, Amy

This post was sponsored and written in partnership with Lulus. As always, all opinions are my own.

Happy Sunday!! Normally I like to be out and about during the weekend, but since I’ll be traveling for most of the second half of this month, it’s been a quieter weekend at home. With that said, there’s nothing I love more than a little “me time” to decompress and calm myself so I don’t get the Sunday Scaries. Yep, the Sunday Scaries are real – it’s that feeling of anxiety that starts to come over you as the weekend comes to an end and the work week looms ahead of you. If you know what I’m talking about you know it’s not fun, but it’s ok! Let’s talk about getting over the Sunday Scaries and what you can do to make the most of your weekend.

When I used to travel every week for work, I always got hit with the Sunday Scaries and would dread my Monday 4am wake up calls and the thought of spending another week away from home. Now that I work locally, the Sunday Scaries hit a lot less hard, but they definitely still happen from time to time.

Getting Over the Sunday Scaries | by The Luxi Look

Getting over the Sunday Scaries | by The Luxi Look

How to get over the Sunday Scaries

+ Do one exciting thing during the weekend. Also, figure out your weekend style. Do you like to go with the flow and take it easy, or are you a go, go, go kind of person? My weeks tend to be busy, so I like to reset on the weekends. I try to give myself one day a week where I don’t make any plans or have any expectations for myself. Lately it’s been tough to follow through on that plan, but it is one of my goals for the year.

+ Plan something to look forward to over the next week. It always helps to have something to look forward to! I also treat myself to something small on Monday mornings to make the jump back into the work week a little easier, whether it’s sleeping in, a trip to my favorite coffee shop before work, or a tea date with a girlfriend.

+ Prep your mind and body for the week. Make time to clean your apartment and take care of yourself. It’s easy to fall into the trap of saving all of your errands for the weekend and then feeling overwhelmed. See if you can get some done over the week or if you can outsource certain chores. If you’re having a particularly crazy weekend, make sure to load up on vitamins and water. Don’t feel like hitting the gym? Make movement fun during the weekend! Go on a hike, run by the beach, try a new fun workout class. The weekend is your time to explore and get out of your comfort zone! These photos were taken during an early morning field trip to Griffith Observatory – the skies were hazy but you still got a beautiful view of the city! I love doing things early in the morning and feeling the sense of calm as the rest of the city wakes up slowly.

+ Rest Sunday night. I have a pretty strict no plans on Sunday night rule. I try really hard to stick to an early bedtime on Sunday so I don’t wake up Monday totally exhausted. It really helps to start the week on a good note mentally and physically.

+ Change your mindset. Once I realized the Sunday Scaries were all about my perspective and how I was choosing to view the situation, I realized I didn’t have to dread Mondays anymore. Not going to launch into a rant about how you need to find a job you love so much you don’t stress about Mondays. Instead, once I challenged myself to focus on the positives in my life and view Mondays as a chance to get back into my routine and start fresh, Sundays felt way less scary. This is true whether your love your job or not! If you can view the start of a new week as a chance to hustle and an opportunity to grow, you won’t get the Sunday Scaries as badly!

How do you deal with the Sunday Scaries?

xx, Amy

dress: hot-as-hell | jacket: blank nyc | shoes: steve madden

Getting over the Sunday Scaries | by The Luxi Look

Getting over the Sunday Scaries | by The Luxi Look

Getting over the Sunday Scaries | by The Luxi Look

Getting over the Sunday Scaries | by The Luxi Look

You guys. I saw a movie this week in the theater, the first time I’ve gone all year. And I cried. A lot. Not super proud of this. But when I got home and went on the internet, I realized I wasn’t alone. In fact, tons of people on the internet were admitting to crying during the movie.

Some of you may already know this, but during the week I work a full time job in the entertainment industry. I won’t bore you with the details of my work, but I do want to touch upon this time of year and the movies that are coming out. Now that we’re into summer blockbuster season, all of the studios are putting their best foot forward out with their biggest movies of the year, hoping for massive hits. So I like to think that when I see movies in the theater I’m just doing my job ; ).

All the Feels Around Female Superheroes and Empowerment | by The Luxi Look

When I first saw the trailer for Wonder Woman I wasn’t really all that impressed. I’ve seen my fair share of superhero movies (again, just doing market research!) and while they’re consistently ok to enjoyable, they never really blew me away. From a business and consumer perspective, I understood the appeal of a female superhero and applauded Hollywood’s decisions to finally give Wonder Woman a chance on the silver screen and allow a female director, Patty Jenkins, to lead the charge.

What I didn’t expect was how much I would come to love the film, and how I found myself crying unexpectedly less than 10 minutes into the film. And again several times again later on in the film. What was happening?!

Hoping I wasn’t the only one that had this strange reaction to seeing Gal Gadot fight the bad guys in Wonder Woman, I searched Google high and low for the following: “why did Wonder Woman make me cry?

All the Feels Around Female Superheroes and Empowerment | by The Luxi Look

All the Feels Around Female Superheroes and Empowerment | by The Luxi Look

This article summed up my thoughts perfectly.

Representation is important. The overwhelming dominance of men (and particularly white men) in powerful roles throughout cinema and in media generally is taken for granted, and we don’t even realize the absence of other people — and how it affects us in real life to see or not see images that reflect us on-screen.

Why should these stories — and the telling of them — be the exclusive province of men? Women are bursting into tears in theaters because they didn’t even know how much they wanted and needed this.

If girls and women can see themselves depicted as powerful women in their own right (as opposed to being the girlfriend or wife of a main character), it makes an impact. 

So. Many. Feels.

I get that this isn’t a big deal for everyone – but the reaction many are having to the film is incredibly powerful. Seeing Wonder Woman as such a strong, inspiring character on the screen and then seeing that translating into the film’s incredibly box office success speaks volumes about the state of the industry. The reactions and conversations that have come as a result of this film is also tremendous. For me, the film really resonated with me on a personal level, especially when I think about the kind of space I want my blog to be. I’m beyond proud to be part of communities of strong, driven girl bosses – from the blogging community, to the media and entertainment industries, to my best friends from college.

All the Feels Around Female Superheroes and Empowerment | by The Luxi Look

What many people don’t realize is how empowering fashion can be. How what you wear can be a direct reflection of your mood and personality and how fun it is to express yourself through your outfit. BTW – Wonder Woman’s uniform was on. point. 

My style continues to evolve – but I always tend to gravitate towards bright colors, patterns, and prints (with a scattering of neutrals). Bright colors make me happy, they’re the sometimes much needed reminder to be positive, look on the bright side, and always remember to create my own sunshine.

That’s why I continue to love pieces from Australian line Mister Zimi. I’m wearing the Charlie jumpsuit in red, but I also love it in this print and this print.

What makes you feel strong and empowered?

xx, Amy

All the Feels Around Female Superheroes and Empowerment | by The Luxi Look

All the Feels Around Female Superheroes and Empowerment | by The Luxi Look

jumpsuit: mister zimi | necklace: sticks + stones

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