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Style Tip: Sleeveless Blazer

There are some items that can make even the most slob-a-rific outfit look like a million bucks: nice heels, red lipstick, statement jewelry, a structured blazer. The blazer thing usually requires layering, which can prove to be a challenge in the summer months. However, this white sleeveless blazer (didn’t we call them vests once upon a time?) from Zara fits the bill and makes even raggedy denim shorts you’ve had since middle school look like

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Photo Diary: Sand Dunes and Tapestry Shoes

Lately I've been hiking up sand dunes around Lake Michigan (in the Nike wedges, no less--but ONLY because it wasn't a planned hike), hanging out at music festivals to see The Black Keys, ogling fabulous shoes I can't afford even on sale, and playing kickball in the park like an overgrown-yet-hilariously-uncoordinated kid. What have you been up to? Follow thestylesample on Instagram for more fashion and foolery!

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Oops, I Did It Again

A little over a year ago, my life was changed. I obsessed for weeks--should I or shouldn’t I?--before finally making the move. I bought my first pair of Nike x Liberty Sky High Dunks. The compliments haven’t stopped since, and let’s keep it real, we all know that’s what fab shoes are about. Last year, a woman waiting next to me at a restaurant literally demanded to know where I’d bought them and looked them up

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Still Life: A Mess of a Desk

  I tend to be a little anal about the way I like things organized. This absolutely applies to my workspace--a messy desk is the result of a messy mind (How do I sound like a 50-something teacher from a Beverly Cleary book?) However, my job is such a weird combination of running around and desk work that I’m finding it difficult to keep things as neat and tidy as I’d like. There’s usually a stack

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