essential leather jackets + embroidered tees

So lately I’ve been alllll about the embroidered tee. As casual + laid back my style is, this trend totally fits into my outfits perfectly. PLUS — it gives my outfits just a hint of femininity. 

I love stories behind go-to style pieces. There’s something so…comforting? attractive? intriguing…about knowing that what you’re wearing is attached to a special time in your life. It’s a conversation starter every time someone comments on it. 

I recently asked you guys on Instagram to let me know the stories behind your favorite leather jacket {and if you haven’t, comment below so I can read it}.

So here’s the story behind my FAVORITE black {faux} leather jacket: 

I was flying to San Francisco so that I could do THE road trip: Driving from SF to LA along the PCH. The roadtrip where you follow the ocean all the way along the coast. You lose cell signal through Big Sur, and watch sea lions basking on the beach, and see the Santa Monica pier in the distance after driving through the valley and Calabasas.

I was meeting Maxim in SF, and we were staying the night in some hotel that I’d found on Hotel Tonight. I had planned out random stops along our way down so that we could experience the full Cali road trip. 

WELL, I thought to myself, I can NOT go to SoCal without a token black leather jacket. Here’s the boring part: I went to the mall and bought the first one that I liked. It was on the sale rack at Zara and was a little stiff + I wasn’t even that in love with it. But I bought it, along with, like, five basic white tanks.

I had my suitcase in the car and literally went to the airport from there, wearing this new, not-so-amazing leather jacket.

But over the next 10 days, I wore it non-stop. I wore it when we staying in an epic, overly colorful hotel in San Fran. I wore it when we drove down the PCH and stopped in Big Sur for veggie burgers and fries. I wore it when we drove into West Hollywood on a whim and booked an overly expensive hotel because the view was better than anything. I wore it when we went to a random Indian place in Hollywood + had the best Chana Masala of ours lives. And I wore it during long walks through Ventura County and along the beach. It was the best trip — and by the end, I was in love with this jacket. It had been broken in and had a fleeting smell of chocolate edibles + too much tequila + sea salt. And I loved every bit of it. 

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shirt {ONLY $13!}

And now, here we are.

Me and my token leather jacket + black jeans + an embroidered tee that just WORKS. So, like I said, if you have a story about your go-to jacket — or anything else for that matter — let me know in the comments below. 

And if you haven’t found that perfect jacket yet, check out some of my go-tos (and kind of the ones I want to add to my collection) below. 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 

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chill millennial girlfriend barbie

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Over the weekend, some bloggers + local women in DC got together for a monthly brunch. Click to here to get all the details. The theme was "Barbie" at Hawthorne on U Street. While I'm a huge fan of brunch, I'm not exactly a fan of the color pink or of Barbie. But, my friends reminded me, Barbie isn't just bright pink and a bopping, blonde ponytail. 

So I went as chill millennial girlfriend barbie. Or, as many people pointed out, Madewell Barbie — I mean, have you SEEN their new collab with WIWF? Like honestly, though, it's perf. My pants were on clearance from Francesca's (they cost $12 with tax) and will most likely remain the only pink thing I have in my closet. That being said, they definitely grew on me as the day wore on. And since blush pink is { everywhere } right now, I'm going to call the purchase a winner. 

A N Y W A Y S 

Hawthorne is a super chill-vibed place for brunch + has four floors with a light filled rooftop. $35 bottomless brunch (with vegan options!) on Sundays untik 2:30 p.m. — pink champs + decor not included. Shoutout to Skylar for dealing with 30 tipsy, brunch-going bloggers.  

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jeans (similar) | madwell tee | madewell bandana | dvf booties

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what i wore: saturday stripes

Weekends are my time to catch up on emails, dive into my blog and run  a l l  the errands. Whether I'm dropping my the Smithsonian's to see a new exhibit or having a coffee date with friends, I always make sure that I'm in an outfit that balances my fave street styles + comfort. Plus, my wardrobe is like 90% neutrals, so I usually stick to black jeans, black block heel booties + a top. Other weekend essentials? My popsocket, a simple choker, coffee + a good lippy (fave lately? this one from e.l.f.

Scroll down for more + to tell me what your go-to weekend outfit is!

photos by dave mentzer

 jeans | shirt (similar) | choker | booties (similar) | hair