AND WE’RE BACK!

PHILLYTOUR012 You didn’t think I had completely disappeared from the internets did you?! Well lucky for you, I’m back! woohoo. Fall seemed like the perfect season to relaunch The Wonder Girl as the leaves are changing, the tide is turning and it’s starting to feel more and more like my little home here. For everyone wondering (a lot of you, I know and heard, and I thank you for thinking of me) I’m doing great here in Philadelphia. Enjoying the journey of being somewhere completely new, exploring the east coast, meeting all kinds of new people, feeling all the seasons, etc etc. Since I last left you, I have been on all kinds of adventures and I’ll be doing a rehash here of course. For my first post back, here are a few pics exploring the hidden streets of this charming little city.

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PHILLYTOUR006 FREE PEOPLE TOP / PAIGE JEANS / ANNABEL INGALL BAG / RAY BAN WAYFARERS

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Pretty darling huh? We took these pictures when my good friend Alicia came and visited me for a weekend in September. I love showing my weekend visitors around here, to all the places I’ve come to enjoy- my favorite walk to the river, my favorite restaurants (more to come on those), my coffee place, and of course, the charm of the tree lined streets and side alleys peppering my neighborhood. Most people are surprised by how great Philly really is… So if you’re thinking of visiting someday, I think you should! We can hang out :-). More of my favorite places to come ♥.

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crochet // spikes

Madewell Sweater tank, James Perse ruched knit pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff studded wallet clutch, Zara heels, Butter London nail polish in ‘Slapper’

This weekend I decided to take my summery crochet sweater tank I originally bought for casual beachside cocktails in Costa Rica (pics here!) and dress it up city-chic style for dinner in SF. Crochet and spikey studs? Who woulda thought it would work so well?!  This post is a prime example that mixing elements that seemingly don’t go together can work if you tie the outfit together well. I dressed up the tank with a black knit pencil skirt and black heels and added gold jewelry that bordered on the more casual side (including my embroidery threaded gold link bracelet I made using these directions). All of a sudden, the clutch purse seemed to work, and I had repurposed beachy tank for my city life. Thoughts? Love? Hate? Have you ever had success remixing your wardrobe pieces as such?!

Happy Monday and hope you all had a great weekend!

vans + rolled denim

buy the look: AG The Stilt Roll-Up Jeans, Vans Authentic in Gossamer Green (more colors here)

When my two friends showed up this weekend wearing matching bottom half outfits, it was clear they were on to something. Ever since then I’ve had this cute casual look stuck in my head –  rolled dark jeans and worn-in Vans lace up sneakers, which are so the new Converse (like, take a break from your chucks people, I am tired of looking at them). So retro-surfery and perfect for the final month of summer.

psst… those cool legs? they belong to miss chade and miss lindsay

jack london square

Free People slip dress, Gap belt, c/o Rebecca Minkoff clutch purse, Vince Camuto shoes

similar star earrings here

My friend and I decided to go on an evening adventure this past weekend outside of the city to Oakland’s waterfront Jack London Square for dinner at the much-hyped ‘Haven’ and a little late night bar hopping. I have to say I was much impressed with this new wave hipster cool area, which was complete with a brand new giant Blue Bottle coffee outpost and production facility and a very cool (and aptly named) urban winery, Urban Legend Cellers. It’s so SF’s Mission 2.0. I now understand why the New York Times put Oakland as #5 on their list of 45 places to go in 2012. p.s. Haven is insanely delicious and they have really cute bartenders. You really should go.

bringing it all back home

beyond vintage lace top (on sale), j brand ‘aoki’ skinny boyfriend jeans, ray ban aviators, kooba bag, old BR shoes, baublebar twitter nameplate necklace, F21 & Urban Outfitters turquoise necklaces (i love this one and this one too), various bracelets – some fun ones here, here, here and here

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back to business as usual here on the blog…

This outfit to me just screams easy romantic bohemian in the city – a look I try to emulate often when getting dressed in the morning. Layered turquoise jewelry, white vintage lace and slouchy lived-in light denim with neutral accessories. Please note: if you are looking for the world’s most comfortable cropped jeans, look no further. Seriously, these are the softest, most perfectly slouchy jeans. I could not recommend them more! I am sure they will for sure be making some repeat appearances here.

I hope everyone’s weekend is going swell!

Give-nchy me

Givenchy Antigona Iris Tote bag on loan from Dressed boutique, Aritzia tank and silk shirtdress (worn open), Helmut Lang skirt, Zara heels, purple stone necklace worn as bracelet made by me, c/o Poshlocket bangles, vintage and Argentum & Aurum necklaces

 Hello lover! Is this Givenchy Iris tote not everything? Thanks to ‘dressed’ boutique in Santa Barbara I got to hang out with her this past week, play dress up and style an outfit around her. It was a bag I had seen and lusted after from afar, so this project was a dream come true. Since I am having a major yellow moment in my life currently (see here and here) I decided to work with the yellow in the bag (with a touch of purple) and go for some drama.

The bag (she) is now off to the next girl to be styled – it is literally the sisterhood of the traveling Givenchy bag! See how my friend Krystal of This Time Tomorrow styled it here last week, and check in on these ladies in the next few weeks as it travels across the U.S.:  Christine of My Style Pill, Jacey of Damsel in Dior, Alicia of Cheetah Is The New Black, Audrey of Casual Glamorous, Kiara of Tobruck Ave, Anna of See Jane and Lynzy of Sparkling Footsteps.

How would you have styled it? #dressedproject

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a real pants party

Madewell sweater, Trina Turk pants (also seen here!), Zara heels, Ray Ban aviators, various fun jewelry from Argentum & Aurum, Tiffany & Co, and (c/0) Poshlocket

Meeting Trina Turk last week (who happened to be wearing these pants) inspired me to get them out of the drawer and have a real party with them, a colorful one!

denim // emerald

TopShop dress (a cute colorblock version!), Old Navy jean jacket, Vince Camuto shoes, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, Banana Republic ipad case/clutch (love this one too)

Ever since Vogue told me I could I have been wearing my trusty years old jean jacket with everything. Case in point: le outfit above. When I walked out the door in this sassy emerald green dress my denim jacket was the only thing I wanted to grab to wear over it.

I hope you all had great weekends – it was 80 degrees here! Almost too hot for my taste! I can’t believe I am saying that in June…

purple reign

BR top (similar here), J Brand jeans, Ray Ban Aviators, H&M bag, vintage navajo necklace (i love this one and this one too), old Vince Camuto heels

 I never wanted to be your weekend lover…

don’t know why this outfit made me go all Prince ‘Purple Rain’ on you, but it did. bam.

Just a casual weekend look for a Friday evening Tapas dinner on an outdoor patio in too hip Oakland with a girlfriend. The tapas were delicious, as was the wine and company. I clearly need new brown neutral shoes. I’m working on that.