How fantastic & unique is this jewelry line, Sequence? Adorn yourself with a piece from this collection and instantly add a punch of color & vibrancy to any outfit. With a Central American flare, this line offers bracelets, friendship bracelets, & statement necklaces galore.

Shop Sequence here!


My Style: Leather Shorts

LC Lauren Conrad Blazer & Leather Shorts // Forever 21 Top // J.Crew Clutch // Zara Heels // JewelMint Necklace // BaubleBar Bracelet // Fossil Watch

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This is what I wore to an evening of wine tasting and dualing pianos. We toasted and sang to our hearts content. A perfect evening in my book. I can't wait to wear these shorts this fall with tights and booties!

PS. I'm itching to get a hair cut and color. It's been far too long {don't ask, you don't want to know}. What are your thoughts? Go darker and shorter? Bangs? I'm not usually one to take risks, but I'm ready for a slight change!



Just having a little fun before grabbing a late lunch in the East Village. 
When I'm lost in my closet, I always click over to Pinterest to find last minute inspiration.  This did the trick.

Head over to #videofymyfashion tumblr to see the video & click the heart to vote for my summer look! 


Pin Dot

Splurge vs. Steal: Pin Dot

AG Polka Dot Ankle Stevie // Old Navy Printed Capri

This is why I love Old Navy. Plain and simple. Their commercials could use some fine tuning, but I'm the first to admit its the first place I stop when I'm looking for something on-trend and not wanting to spend a fortune.  

Where do you go when looking for on-trend, affordable pieces? 


Full Circle

Now & Then.

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Planning Ahead

This heat advisory we've been under the past few days has just about put me over the edge. I am left longing for crisp, cool evenings that leave a promise of changing leaves, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes {my downfall}, and, of course, football season.

When the temps do start to drop, I can't wait to adorn myself with layers, leather boots, and pops of color.  My first line of action will be updating my fall shoe collection and I have a feeling that lillybee shoes will help me take care of this. Using the finest leathers, patents, wool, and tweed, the lillybee Collection will easily transform your spring & summer styles to a warmer fall look! 

To The Office:


Casual Friday:

Glimpse of Fall

Weekend Wear:

Fall Daze

Outfit 1: J Brand Shirtdress // Kate Spade Watch // Cole Haan Crossbody // Earrings // lillybee 'Kristin'   Outfit 2Equipment Blouse // J Brand Jeans // Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch // ASOS Satchel // Jennifer Meyer Studs // lillybee 'Faith'  Outfit 3: Alexander Wang Sweater // Topshop Chambray Shorts // Topshop Backpack // lillybee 'Gwyneth'

PS. The riding boots that double as ankle boots? AMAZE. My other top picks? TheseThese. And especially these.


Take Note

Truth be told, I love seeing trends come full circle and I love seeing some trends fade away - seriously, flatforms, go away already}. These inspiring, beautiful & strong women are not only ones to look up to but something to take note of their amazing style and how what they wore then is still on trend now!

Meryl Streep looking ever the summer beauty in a colorful floral print, tortoise shell sunnies, and a neutral toned carry-all.

Fall basics {riding boots, blazer, and leather jackets} in Manhattan with Barbara Allen & Jerry Hall.

Brunching in a LWD {and amazing loafers topped with knee high socks} with Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Angelica Houston perfecting the summer uniform - high waisted shorts, a classic button down, & espadrilles. 

Sophia Loren beating the heat with a crop top & denim shorts. 

Diane Keaton taking a page out of the men's book with a vest & tie set.



Bloom Theory

Since purchasing my Canon DSLR a few months back, I've been itching to find a *fancy* camera strap. Per usual, Pinterest came to my rescue. These amazing straps are from the darling online boutique, Bloom Theory. Dreamed up by Vania and Christine, the founders of Simply Bloom Photography, one can now be practical and fancy when sporting your camera all about town!

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Heat Wave

Happy Friday!

Here's to staying cool this weekend with the best margarita{s} you'll ever have!


Z is for Zebra

Zebra Print

Ever since purchasing this Printed Village scarf a few months ago {which has since become a closet staple - seen here, here, & here}, I seem to have a thing for zebra print - it may be the new black :). And tell me how can anyone NOT have a thing for zebra print with these amazing pillows...shoes...and scarves in every color! 


braid-y bunch

I can't wait to try this braid out.


Life Lately


No brand dress {from boutique in Iowa City} // BCBGeneration Heels // Forever 21 Clutch & Sunnies

My good friends from high school FINALLY tied the knot! We drank champagne and danced the night away!

Sundays are meant for brunching and shopping. I met up with my friend Sam {she's the blonde one} and we caught up over bloody mary's and spent the afternoon perusing J.Crew with our trusty venti black iced teas in hand.

The views from above.


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Model Off Duty: Caroline Brasch Nielsen

Off Duty: Caroline Brasch Nielsen
T by Alexander Wang Tee // Current/Elliott Denim {love this style} // TOPSHOP Leather Quilted Pouch // Daytrip Leather Vest // Michael Antonio Love Me Suede Nude Heels // Ray-Ban Sunnies

Happy Friday! It's been a busy week over here at The Brunette One. After my recent traveling escapades, I've spent the entire week playing catch up {laundry is for Sundays - right??}. And on a very exciting note, I can officially announce that I have accepted a new job within my company and will be working in merchandise buying by the end of the month. I have been lucky to work at a place where I've been able to not only travel around the world but further my career in a direction that I've been itching to get into since starting my blog.  

Have a great weekend!! :)

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My Style: Neon Pink

J.Crew Sweater // StyleMint shorts // Clarks Indigo Luna Orbit Heels // J.Crew Clutch // BaubleBar Necklace // F21 Sunnies

The power of online shopping & a good sale scored me this neon sweater & amazing chambray shorts while I was traveling. I have a feeling that, despite the heat, this sweater is about to become a closet staple. And the shorts - don't even get me started - they go with EVERYTHING in my closet. The only challenge I will have with them is that I can't wear them to the office!

PS. The only thing worse then packing is unpacking. Three weeks worth of laundry has peppered my bedroom floor. It's a test to see who will cave first. The floor or me. So far, I'm winning. 



twelve tank // stylemint shorts

If you have been following my blog, you may have seen twelve mentioned a time or two. The weekend of August 4th I will be making a trip to Chicago for our August fundraiser, Cruise Chicago for a Cause - and you should too!

Join twelve to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Saturday, August 4 while we "Cruise Chicago for a Cause." From 8:45-11pm see Chicago in a completely new way - take in the twinkling second city and see the sky light up while getting a front row view of the Navy Pier fireworks! 

Bought a twelve-ica tank? Make sure to upload it to the twelve Facebook page or tweet it to @12bytwelve - you could win a free ticket for the yacht cruise with the most likes!

'Like' my photo - here!

*Ticket includes an open bar & appetizers. Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
*Must be 21 to attend. Non-refundable.
*Any questions please e-mail twelveinfo@gmail.com
*twelve is not authorized to issue tax deductible receipts for individual purchases. twelve will make one donation towards CFF once all tickets have been sold. If you wish to receive an individual tax deductible receipt you will need to donate individually to CFF. Please contact twelve if you have any questions.


Shop Talk: Carolina Boutique

Carolina Boutique

If you are in the SF/Bay area make sure and stop by Carolina Boutique, and even though I don't live on the West Coast, you can still get your fix over on Carolina's online boutique, which houses a wide range of clothes and brands (everything from Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent to Theory).  I love that one of my favorite jean brand, AG, is easily accessible by the click of a mouse. Find your favorite printed pant - the polka dots are on the top of my list, with the coral ikat pants not far behind! Pair with a perfectly worn-in tee and add a pair of flats and you will be set!

Summer of Color

AG Pin Dot // American Vintage Beehive Tee // Yosi Samra Flats

You can pick up these beauties here {Carolina Boutique}!


My Style: Summertime Sunshine

Fields of Sunflowers Dress c/o Sugarlips // BaubleBar Necklace // F21 Sunnies // Nine West Heels

Nothing better to start the dreaded return to the office after traveling the past two weeks for work & a very relaxing vacation than with a bright yellow dress. This Fields of Sunflowers dress from Sugarlips has all of the makings of the perfect sundress. Bright color, breathable fabric {we are hitting 100+ here in Des Moines}, a fun cut-out back, and of course my favorite, pockets. I spent my last day of vacation catching up on True Blood & PLL and then got dolled up for date night - dinner & a movie, Spiderman  {a must see!}.

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