When I first moved to Boise Idaho almost 18 years ago, I moved to a very sleepy city that had so much potential but didn’t quite recognize the potential. Now Boise is quickly becoming a city that is filled with art, food, design, culture and many more opportunities. This city thrives on community. People love each other and want others to succeed. Boise is laid back but extremely interested in moving forward in style and design. I love my city and I want it to become the best that it can be!
I recently partnered with Old Navy for their #50Styles50States program, which has allowed me to represent the state of Idaho! How does my home state shape my personal fashion choices? Well, going back to how I originally described Boise is how I feel about my fashion choices. Because this city is growing and maturing, our style is moving forward as well. We are laid back in our fashion approach but that doesn’t mean that all fashion has gone to the wind. We are a relaxed community with a flair for trends. You see a lot of denim and tees, paired with heels or sneakers. Because we are trying to become the biking capital, you see bikers everywhere! This also creates a very laid back look.
Personally, I am all about pairing a pencil skirt with sneakers and chunky jewelry. I am also a big fan of jean jackets. You can pair them with dresses or denim. In Boise, it’s all about feeling comfortable yet looking put together. And because we have almost 300 days of sun, sunglasses are a must! This is a city that accessories are welcomed.
See below what three outfits I chose from Old Navy for my day to day.
Like I said, denim is welcomed here in Boise. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains, foothills and rolling fields. Though our downtown is becoming a small metropolitan area, our outskirts are still filled with country and beauty, which makes denim a must!
Jacket, Shirt, Sunglasses
One of my favorite looks is a classic pencil skirt with a t-shirt and sneakers. It can translate from either comfy to stylish. When I am meeting with clients, I like to feel comfortable. I don’t want to design a space in stilettoes. This entire outfit is my favorite look. The striped skirt is a fall must!
T-shirt (similiar styles), Skirt, Sunglasses
Another casual yet dressy look is this dress that can either be paired with heels or flats. It’s light and breezy, which is perfect for September. And if you want to take it into the fall, you can pair it with booties and a jean jacket.
Dress, Sunglasses (similiar styles), Shoes (similar)
This look is perfect for meeting a friend for coffee or meeting with a client. This classic white button up looks great paired with denim or a skirt. The animal print clutch gives the outfit a perfect pop.
To see more State Styles visit specials.people.com/50styles50states & submit your own look by using #50styles50states and #OldNavyStyles.
Photography by Hailey Wilson
One thing I love about the changing seasons is changing my wardrobe. This interior lover also loves fashion. I love creating timeless looks with new pieces –pieces that can travel well and transition easily to each destination. J.Jill launched their new summer line and it’s full of pieces that can replace some of your oldies. It’s a great excuse to clean out your closet! Personally, I am on assignment to remove all of my cold weather garments to make rom for breezy, summer looks. When I can see my options in plain sight, it’s easier for me to visually create ensembles.
This simple black linen dress is a great option to travel with. It packs light and can be paired with so much, like this glass seed bead necklace. And speaking of necklaces, I am all about displaying my jewelry like art pieces. It’s another great solution for the changing of seasons. When you can see your summer accessories, you are more apt to wear them. Consider wall hooks for necklaces and vintage plates for rings.
Here are a few extra tips for cleaning out your closet for the summer months:
+If you haven’t worn it in 6-9 months, you probably won’t wear it ever! So get rid of it.
+Try on pieces that you are uncertain about. Snap a photo of yourself and let the picture tell you if it’s yay or nay.
+Do your homework. Find out what this season’s trends are. First, decide if those trends work for your lifestyle/body type. If they work and you already have them hanging in your closet, bravo!
I’m pretty sure that summer is my favorite season to dress for!
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It’s an obvious observation to judge that I like interior design. I mean, it’s all I ever talk about here on Simply Grove. And if I had to choose to spend money on decor or clothing, I most likely would choose decor. BUT that’s not saying that I don’t love fashion because I really really do love fashion. I’m not an expert and I wish that I had a stylist who could dress me everyday. But I do love following fashion. Design and fashion really do work together and should go hand in hand. So saying that, I interrupt Simply Grove to bring you a rare fashion post.
I am a bohemian minimalist when it comes to my clothing. I love black, white and gray. I love texture and patterns. I also love the juxtaposition of dressy meets casual. That’s usually my day to day approach to fashion. When I was approached to collaborate with J. Jill, I immediately was drawn to the tailored pieces that I could mix with my normal street look. The Ponte knit houndstooth crop top is an everyday go to piece that I can pair with my favorite black jean or boyfriends jean or I could pair it with a high waisted skirt. It’s casual yet fits like a glove.
Fall is approaching quickly and pieces like this will be used over and over again! Shop the ponte knit shirt here.
This post was created in partnership with J.Jill and Martha Stewart Living. All ideas are my own.
I don’t talk about my personal fashion style here on Simply Grove so you may not know that I actually really love and admire great fashion. My own style is a lot of black, white, denim, plaid and splashes of color here and there. Just like in the spaces that I design, I love mixing patterns and colors. When Sseko Designs contacted me about their wool clutch collection, I fell instantly in love. And then when I read their story, I fell more in love! Each clutch employs artisans to help end the cycle of poverty and also support women’s education efforts in Africa. Sseko Designs provides employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams to help overcome poverty. In exchange for a 9-month working program, Sseko uses fashion to provide women in Uganda with a full college education, and every product sold helps to achieve their social mission. Read more about out these amazing women HERE. And shop the clutches HERE.
If you love my Pendleton clutch (pictured above), you probably should get it:)