AJ Wears :: A Grid Print Jumpsuit

Hello, it's hot outside now. Which means I face a daily struggle getting dressed for work. I want to look cute, but I don't want anything to touch my body. Okay, what I *really* want is to stay home and work in my pajamas, let's be real. 

Honestly, I should be utilizing services like Rent the Runway more often during the summer. They did a "Rent One, Get Two Free" (ROGTF? There's no ring to that) special recently so I rented a dress, skirt, and this jumpsuit for a few summery outfits. Because when you feel like wearing nothing, you might as well wear something completely the opposite.

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Jumpsuit, J.O.A. via Rent the Runway.
Bag, Balenciaga via Poshmark.
Shoes, Christian Louboutin (similar from Lord + Taylor). 

AJ Wears :: A Merlot Sheath

A few weeks ago, I attended a fashion show event featuring Lafayette 148. It was still hot at that point, but FELT like it should be fall, so I rented this adorable wine-colored sheath to wear to the event. I love a fashion show, even more so one where they serve champagne for lunch. By the end of the runway show I didn't even feel my Spanx anymore! 

Dress, Likely via Rent the Runway (similar from Likely // similar for less!!).
Heels, Valentino (look for less from Charlotte Russe).
Bag, Balenciaga (similar from Rebecca Minkoff // similar from Express).
Earrings, Stella & Dot (exact).

And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share a few shots from the show? Here are some blurry, somewhat visible runway photos.

Love the looks of awe on these VIP ladies. I get it, I love pleats too.

Faking Fall :: The Cropped Sweater

The word "cropped" is enough to bring terror into the hearts of many. But as is the case with most trends, there's a way to do the trend that's a little more subtle. Layering a cropped sweater over a longer top is one of my favorite ways to add a little interest to an outfit - and, bonus, it makes an outfit feel decidedly more fall-like for 90* days.

This one's a little tighter than I'd originally hoped (blast this weight gain and the boobs that come along with it!), but it did give me a little bit of an autumn boost on a day that I honestly felt like melting. To make this trend work for you, I'd choose a chunky knit with a bit of an oversized feel (see how I wore this trend during the winter here). Trend officially tackled.

PS - Want to see other ways I've faked fall? Check 'em out here.

Sweater, Forever 21 (similar from boohoo).
Tank, Forever 21 (cute plaid peplum from JCP).
Jeans, The Limited (this year's version).
Bag, Balenciaga (similar from Rebecca Minkoff).
Necklace, BaubleBar (exact).

More cropped sweaters I love: