lately we’ve had a bit of an obsession with the classic pencil skirt. here’s the thing about these little gems: they never, ever go out of style. if you’re looking to pick up an “investment piece” (we know, go ahead and punch us for using this phrase), this is a silhouette worthy of a splurge. not only are they a timeless favorite, they’re flattering, elongating, and very easy to dress up or down.

we picked up this floral pencil skirt at zara for a mere — wait for it — $25. and let us tell you in no uncertain terms: we’ve worn the shit out of this thing. whether worn with blouses for work or with a screen tee for a casual look, it has paid for itself in dividends. here, we’ve paired it with a screen tee and some delightfully over-the-top earrings from j. crew, and topped it with our favorite moto jacket from nasty gal for a look that’s half rock and roll, half glam.

this is a really easy to look to re-create on the cheap or with an — here we go — “investment piece” for a look that will never go out of style.

top: prince peter collection (similar here); skirt: zara; earrings: j. crew (similar here); jacket: nasty gal; pumps: sam edelman.

when we were planning our first-ever trip to europe last summer, the graphic designer sister of our duo mentioned her lofty goal of fitting everything she needed for the two-week long trek into a carry on. the fashion girl sister laughed, “okay, have fun with that, I’ll see you at LAX with my 5 checked bags.” however, as 14 days of international planes and trains approached, the idea of lugging gigantic suitcases and paying baggage fees on four flights started to sound less and less appealing. so, yes, a fashion girl did the unthinkable — took her pragmatic sister’s advice and packed two weeks’ worth of clothing and toiletries into a fucking carry on. even now, it gives us the chills to think of it.

if this clothing-hoarding girl can do it, you can certainly do it too with the summer travel tips we’ve chosen to impart here today. here are the essential pieces you’re going to need:

2 to 3 of these are key. they’re comfortable and versatile — re-accesorize when you wear them again later in the trip for a totally new look.

whatever fabrication you choose, we suggest bringing along a couple pairs of black shorts, rather than a light washed denim. black can be dressed up and down, while denim is — well, just denim. pair with a muscle tee and sneakers for a comfortable day of walking and wear them at night with a dressier shoe.

you can get by with three pairs of shoes, if you plan carefully enough — yes, seriously. 1) flat booties: they’re comfortable, keep your feet clean (who knows what the hell is lurking on those often dirty, well-traveled streets), and are a little dressier than a sneaker. 2) fashionable sneaker: listen up, you americans: a comfortable sneaker does not have to be ugly. these are perfect for preventing you from looking like an asshole tourist on days that will involve a lot of walking to see the sights. 3) dressy flats or loafers: perfect for evenings and nice meals out. choose a versatile color or pattern that will allow you to pair them with any outfit.

these are comfortable and breathable, which is crucial when you’re walking around in the sweltering heat. all we can say is that we were thanking the lawd for muscle tanks in 90 degree italian weather.

a faux leather moto jacket can be paired with everything from evening skirts to cocktail dresses to denim shorts, and it looks appropriate with all of them — we don’t understand it, we just embrace it. we suggest a jacket in a cropped cut or a basic black blazer as the one jacket to bring along for your summer travels.

ok, now that you’ve got your key pieces — here’s where the magic comes in. to allow room for pajamas, toiletries, and any other absolute necessities in your carry on, you’re gonna roll these bitches. lay out any lightweight, cotton items, one on top of the other: tanks, dresses, &/or shorts. start from the top and roll them as one down to the bottom. for a better, more visual take on how you go about this, check out purewow’s video on rolling as a luggage space saver.

additionally, if you are traveling for two weeks and upwards, you can really maximize your space by packing a travel-sized laundry detergent. halfway through your trip, wash your worn clothes in your hotel room sink with the detergent, and re-wear: if you are concerned about wearing the same outfit in your photos (not that WE were that vain — but, uh, maybe we were), be sure to re-accessorize. tanks can be worn over dresses, a statement necklace can change the outfit entirely, or swap out your booties for your dressy flats.

now, go have fun and travel lightly! any remaining summer travel packing questions? feel free to leave them in the comments.

this is our jam // sia: 1000 forms of fear

1000 forms of fear, the newest sia album, is so good we’re afraid we were rendered incapable of choosing just one jam to share with you. packed with jams you’re going to think you’re talented enough to belt out alone in the car, it’s next to impossible to choose just one song as a standout — because essentially every song is a standout track. even the cover art of this album is badass.

while sia has been an under-the-radar secret superstar for years now, it seems like this album is destined to remove her “secret” status and propel her toward mainstream success. as an artist who’s well known for her rejection of fame, we’re not sure how much she’s going to like it, but it’s certainly a well f’in deserved achievement.

get started listening and get a head start on what are sure to be sia’s next smash hits.


maternity style // f-bombs & cupcakes // pregnancy fashion

maternity style // f-bombs & cupcakes // pregnancy fashion

maternity style // f-bombs & cupcakes // pregnancy fashion

maternity style // f-bombs & cupcakes // pregnancy fashion

if someone would have told us in our pre-pregnancy life that a cheap, silly pair of non maternity print pants would be a maternity style staple well into our third trimester, we probably wouldn’t have believed them.

and yet when this baby bump first started revealing itself (right in that “is that a pregnancy bump or did you just eat a lot of tacos last night” phase), these silly pants with the stretchy waistband were there for us. when that bump grew more pronounced, these silly pants calmed our pot-bellied fears. and now, as that baby bump reaches its final stretch (right before the “holy shit is that chick about to give birth” phase), these silly pants are still a go-to for some pregnancy print mixin’ and color blockin’ – proof that you can hang onto some pre-pregnancy stuff and not blow your whole f’in baby budget on maternity clothes.

top: liz lange; pants: forever 21; shoes: zara; necklace: j.crew; cuff: NY street vendor; rings: miscellaneous

listen, kids. we know a skinny leg pant is a classic, worthy investment & a key piece of any woman’s wardrobe. the thing is, sometimes they just bore the f’in pants off of us (do you see what we did there? do you get it? do you?). as such, we are tickled pink by the culotte trend, & are quite happy to see it being carried forth in the resort 2015 collections we’ve been ogling over on we see you, culotte!, we shout from behind our laptop screens. you go, glen coco! culottes are fun, comfortable, confused (is it a skirt or is it a pant or is it both?), & fortunately / unfortunately, it’s most likely that no straight man will ever find them attractive.

i (heather) picked up these more affordable little culottes last summer at zara, & they have been a treasured piece in my wardrobe ever since. in truth, the only reason i don’t wear them more often is that i feel wearing a white garment is just an invitation for some sort of trouble (the words of ray from “girls” ring in my ears: “hannah, you’re wearing a white dress. okay? you’re essentially begging the world to fuck with you. do you understand that? you’re daring a homeless person to wipe their blood on your breasts.”)… but i digress. i’m obsessed with this new pant option & will stop at nothing (NOTHING!) to get more of them into my closet & subsequently onto my person.

see below for more runway & street style culotte inspiration.