Simple

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Rag & Bone blazer // Reiss Kaneo skirt // Helmut Lang dress // Alexander McQueen crossbody // Rebecca Taylor shorts // Topshop jeans // Tory Burch booties // Versus black wrap bracelet // YSL ring // MANGO blouse

This past weekend, I did a giant closet cleanup. I went through all of my drawers and closet and really thought long and hard about not only what I liked and what I didn’t like, but what I really want to project to the world. When it was all said and done, I took my closet remnants down to Crossroads Trading Co. and came to one conclusion — it’s always best to buy simple pieces.

Sometimes it’s fun to go with the trends, but I found myself getting rid of so many “trendy” items that I just felt I had wasted my money on, while the classic, simple pieces stayed put. So now I’m compiling collages and inspiration boards about simple, classic pieces to fill the new space in my wardrobe with.

Emily

Date Night

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J.Crew tweed peplum jacket // Case of the Fridays dress c/o // Warby Parker sunglasses c/o // Rebecca Minkoff clutch // Burberry watch // ALDO booties

If you haven’t heard, “summers” in San Francisco are a bit chilly. There’s no such thing as just throwing on shorts and a tank and heading to dinner — no sir. I’m typically a dark jeans + blouse + leather jacket kind of girl, but once in a blue moon I’m feeling a bit more feminine and fun — hence today’s look. When we’re just walking down the street for dinner, I can stand being a little chilly for a few minutes and wear a dress. What’s your go-to summer date look?

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Emily

Guest Post | She’s Charming

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Hello Dear Serendipity readers! We’re so honored to be back and sharing some tips for women on the go. At She’s Charming, we focus on being modern, authentic women and we do so by developing ourselves in six different areas of life — cook, explore, decorate, style, career and self — but we know that it isn’t easy to juggle it all. That’s why we’re sharing our tips on how to stay well rounded in the midst of busy living. We hope you find our tips helpful!

COOK

Dani: Consider implementing a take-out night. We all know home-cooked meals are often healthier and cheaper, but it’s such a relief to have one night a week designated as a night off from cooking. Perhaps you’ll have Thai Tuesdays or Chinese food every Wednesday — give yourself permission to take a night off every week without feeling guilty.

Katie: Spend your Sunday evenings preparing a big batch of something you love. Lately I’ve been into making lettuce taco wraps and will prepare a few lunches worth of meat. That way I can just grab some to go for lunches. A few hours spent preparing what you love will benefit your wallet and your time.

EXPLORE

Dani: Plan a regular time for exploring your city. Maybe you try a new coffee shop every Saturday morning, or a new restaurant the third Friday of every month. Even if it isn’t often, having a built-in time will set a fun rhythm that encourages you to get out and explore.

Katie: Make a plan to actually use your vacation time for vacation. No matter how much you want to take a “personal day,” try powering through the week with a good attitude. Vacation days are like gold and are not to be squandered. Since working with my company for a year and a half, I haven’t taken a single vacation day, but have saved up enough to take two big trips in the next six months (Paris and Mexico, here I come!). It values almost everyone to take a big trip every few years; for the sake of your soul and perspective.

DECORATE

Dani: If you just moved into a new place and you’re struggling to get things settled, give yourself a hard deadline. My husband and I were dragging our feet about decorating our apartment, so we planned a house-warming party and invited all our friends. Trust me, that was plenty of motivation to get it done!

Katie: Keep things clean and simple. I tend to have an inclination toward collecting knick knacks with sentimental value but too many make my apartment feel cramped. I’ve been paring things back on the decorating side and sticking to statement pieces. Having less clutter motivates me to stay cleaner throughout the week.

STYLE

Dani: My go-to look these days in a casual outfit topped with a sparkly statement necklace. I stay comfortable all day, but the blingin’ necklace makes my look more formal for work or going out afterward. It’s so easy!

Katie: I’ve been really into easy summer dresses lately. They are so flowy and comfortable for long days at the office. Pair with some sandals and a scarf and you’ve got the perfect summer look for work and weekends.

CAREER

Dani: Stay curious. Actively look for those side projects that will not only set you apart from the rest, but will feed your curiosity and challenge you to keep growing your skill set. Putting in a little extra time now might just save you time in the long run.

Katie: Know how to be effective at your job. Communicate, work, write, and think effectively. Don’t sacrifice quality, but know how to do your job well and efficiently and you will be respected for it.

SELF

Dani: Be positive! Even when you’re pressed for time, if you maintain a good attitude, you’ll have a good perspective on whatever you’re doing and you’ll be an encouragement to those around you. It’s amazing how far you can go with a positive outlook.

Katie: Make time for yourself! So often we get caught up with work, relationships, and responsibilities that can be draining, so consciously put aside a Saturday morning to treat yourself to coffee every once in a while.

I want to extend a huge thank you to the girls from She’s Charming for guest posting on Dear Serendipity today. You both inspire me more than you know!

Emily