Structured Dress with Pinstripes

John Branam Photography


DRESS J.O.A. c/o ShopBop | FUR Free People | BAG Oliveve c/o ShopBop | SUNNIES Ray-Ban | BOOTIES Chinese Laundry c/o Off Broadway

This pinstripe number by J.O.A. not only pushed my boundaries on dress form, but it shed light on one of my new favorite brands.  ShopBop featured J.O.A. on their coveted homepage last week, and although I had peeked at their extensive collection before, I've fallen head-over-heels in love.  With kicky details and structured forms, J.O.A. combines lace, prints, and laser cut-outs in a refreshing, modern way.

I tend to lean towards fitted, body-con shapes to showcase my curves, but as soon as this navy number was on sale, I couldn't resist.  What's the next piece I'm eyeing by J.O.A.?  This baby blue floral lace skirt.  YUM.

Style Transition

Style for me has always been a daily source of inspiration.  I've been playing around with colors and textures since I was a little girl, learning from my mother's chic aesthetic and her fashion magazines.  After I graduated from high school, with its dress code and other restrictions, I was able to let my creativity run free.  And as I transitioned into college, I began to let myself take more fashion risks.  I thrifted like the world was ending.  I took delight in putting together prints I knew didn't exactly jive.  And I really threw my hair and makeup to the wind!  Looking back, I'm glad I let myself have fun and I'm glad I took these risks.

Over the last six months, I've become a healthier and happier me. Read about my journey here.  As my body and mind have transformed, I've allowed myself to find my true sense of style.  Diane Von Furstenberg once said, "Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it."  My aesthetic is finally exactly where I always felt it should be, all because I've found myself.  With confidence and happiness from within, true style simply follows suit.

John Branam Photography

DRESS asos | SHOES c/o Naked Wardrobe | JEWELRY asos

Lust List: January 2015

Gold Quartz Pendant

I'm overjoyed to be sharing another jewelry piece by Amanda Harper of HarperMade. Her work is not only simple and refined, but I also appreciate the lack of fragility. A common misconception for precious gemstone jewelry is whether or not it can be easily broken. I've been wearing this pendant and my amethyst quartz everywhere, and I've loved their versatility, never once feeling like I might lose the stone. Her gemstone options are endless, and I'm a big fan of her rings...take a look!

Gold Delicate Jewelry

My Rocksbox membership is the gift that keeps on giving. Over the last few months, I've watched myself transition from a mix of favorite metals to a strong desire for all things delicate and gold. The dainty little gifts from Rocksbox in my mailbox are only feeding my thirst. As I watch my style aesthetic transferm, Rocksbox is letting me try a mixture of items, as often as I want. Current obsession? Ear jackets and pearl chokers. Although the pearls are my own, the touches of gold are all Rocksbox and I can't help myself from mixing and matching. More from me soon!

John Branam Photography

JEWELRY c/o Rocksbox | BODYSUIT American Apparel | SKIRT Naked Wardrobe | VEST Vintage | BAG c/o Cuyana | SHOES Aldo


The perfect accessory to any look is a sophisticated and simple piece of jewelry. Diamond wedding bands don't have to be solely for the ring finger. This white gold ring with a single row of round diamonds adds just the right amount of sparkle to a cozy winter ensemble. Anjolee is the only jewelry website that offers customers the ability to customize any jewelry design by taste, budget, petal type, carat size, diamond, gemstone, and size. Every piece of jewelry is not only catered specifically to the shopper, but the final product is nothing short of personal and special.

Holiday Sandals

I wore these holiday sandals for my annual Christmas party, click here for my holiday look. But, the joy of these little beauties is their ability to transform from night to day, day to night. I'm also absolutely in love with the satin details. Little metallic rhinestones add a touch of shine, perfect for the holiday season, and the super thin ankle strap against the thick toe strap is a refreshing take on the minimalist sandal. Not into black? The Zigi Soho Tariff Heels are also available in the most perfect tan and white options. Shop more heels for any special occasion by clicking here. I'll be wearing these pumps all the way into the new year. Happy Holidays!

John Branam Photography

SANDALS Zigi Soho c/o Off Broadway Shoes | SKIRT Working Wonders c/o LuLu*s | LEOTARD American Apparel | BUTTON-DOWN Vanilla Sky | FUR Free People | SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban