The Formula

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The other day I was being interviewed for an article about personal style and the lady asked ‘what’s your formula?’ which completely stumped me. ‘Formula?’ I asked for clarity. ‘You know, what do you run to when you need to get dressed quickly.’ In the 15 seconds I had to think about it, I think I said boyfriend jeans, cute top, heels. But when I really think about it, I think it’s a dress and a denim jacket.

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In fact, this is one of those outfits. All the elements of me feeling put together are here. I also kind of feel like my denim jacket is kind of a security blanket — I feel quite lost without it. We are currently stranded (in the lowest form of the word) at my in-laws this week. We came for a quick trip over the weekend and ended up having car trouble that seemingly will not end. This is day 4 and I’m running out out clothes. Luckily we shot a few extra outfits before we left and I’m an over-packer so for once it actually came in handy. Although, I might have to declare state of emergency on day 5 and hit up a Target or something. Things are getting desperate around here. 
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Wearing:
Madewell Dress (fits a little bit oversized)

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  1. This everyday look is perfect, I LOVE that the heel is so tiny so you can last all day! xx

    06.25.14 · Reply
  2. Berty Morales says:

    In love with this dress!

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  3. Target sounds like a good way to overcome the emergency! PS, I was just there and our store was marking down some of the summery stuff already. Not to encourage you, or anything. 😉 Love those sandals most!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  4. Love this formula! It’s summer perfect. Love these sandals too.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

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  5. Jenn says:

    This is DEFINITELY my formula…though lately it’s skirt and chambray shirt knotted in front because – dang – southeast Texas is a miserably hot and humid place. But yes. I refuse to wear jeans in the summertime here. Misery.

    06.25.14 · Reply
  6. Anna D Kart says:

    My no-rainer outfit is always a dress and flats… You don’t have to think about matching when wearing a dress

    06.25.14 · Reply
  7. Chantel says:

    I love your outfit.

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  8. Carlee says:

    Love your outfit girl! And it’s a perfect formula.

    Carlee

    http://www.thelittlesloth.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  9. You have a plethora of effortless dresses and I love them all! Still waiting on that invite to raid your closet….

    26 and Not Counting

    06.25.14 · Reply
  10. Love the dress, the denim jacket is the perfect touch. Hope you find your way soon.

    http://princessaudu.blogspot.com/

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  11. Natali says:

    Such a simple and pretty outfit! I like your sandals and tote so much!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  12. Maria MacNamara says:

    Your state of emergency outfit is pretty darn cute. :) Love it! Hope everything gets resolved quickly and that you guys get back home safe and sound!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  13. Sampada says:

    I have a shirt/jacket that I go everywhere with too…it is ridiculous how many times I wear it, but I guess that’s the point of a go-to. Love this outfit :)
    Hope your car troubles sort out soon!

    sampzandsuch.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  14. I’m the same way. Dress and a nice jacket, cardigan, etc. They’re the most comfortable. I like to throw in fun shoes and purse for good measure and just simple jewels like a little gold ring and studs.

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

    06.25.14 · Reply
  15. Jess says:

    Love it! My formula is a striped top and jeans!

    http://www.mirroredpieces.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  16. rhiannon says:

    so gorgeous!! love that dress.

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  17. Q says:

    love the dress and sandals.x
    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  18. Stylish Housewife says:

    I’ve picked up two new denim jackets in the last month! They really do just jazz up an outfit in such a effortless way! You look adorbs lady.

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

    06.25.14 · Reply
  19. Kate says:

    This is 100% my “formula” too – easy dress, denim jacket, non-fussy shoes and my gold watch. This is what I’m wearing MOST of the time. If it weren’t for the blog and needing to switch things up a little more, I would be wearing this ALL of the time. 😉

    06.25.14 · Reply
  20. I really like the spots on the dress, reminds me of a Dalmatian but a chic dress version. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

    06.25.14 · Reply
  21. Grace says:

    Love this. Such a great “formula” to have! Chic and classic. AND comfy! :)

    06.25.14 · Reply
  22. KCO says:

    Yes! I always knew being an overpacker would someday come in handy. Until then, I’m getting some great strength training in from lugging my giant luggage around.

    06.25.14 · Reply
  23. Nikki says:

    i love those sandals!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  24. Daiane says:

    Oh, yes. Denim jacket + a dress is indeed, a winning combo. Looking gorgeous! :)

    Come visit us:
    http://www.shop72.com/blog/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  25. Rebecca says:

    This is a lovely outfit – easy, but you look so put together!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  26. those sandals are sooo cute! yea for me my go to in the summer is always a maxi with a cardi!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  27. I feel ya about the denim jacket love. My boyfriend got me a levis one for Christmas last year and I wore it so much I had to give myself an intervention. I was days away from putting snacks in the inside hidden pockets.

    -Emily
    http://www.emilyorzel.com/blog

    06.25.14 · Reply
  28. that dress!! have been looking it for ages!!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  29. Alex Nguyen says:

    I totally agree! It’s so easy just to throw on a dress and a denim jacket! Love the look Kendi!
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  30. Jennifer says:

    A denim jacket is always in my formula! Sadly I misplaced it recently :(

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  31. Lurch Hound Loves says:

    This everyday look is perfect, I LOVE that the heel is so tiny so you can last all day! xx

    06.25.14 · Reply
  32. Lucy says:

    I like the way you think! Why do some laundry at the in-laws’ for Day 5 when there’s always a Target nearby? Lol

    06.25.14 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      Bahaha did you know that my MIL said that? She was like — we have a washing machine…I was like ‘don’t ruin my trip to Target with logic like that…’

      06.26.14 · Reply
  33. Berty Morales says:

    In love with this dress!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  34. Target sounds like a good way to overcome the emergency! PS, I was just there and our store was marking down some of the summery stuff already. Not to encourage you, or anything. 😉 Love those sandals most!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  35. Love this formula! It's summer perfect. Love these sandals too.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  36. Jenn says:

    This is DEFINITELY my formula…though lately it's skirt and chambray shirt knotted in front because – dang – southeast Texas is a miserably hot and humid place. But yes. I refuse to wear jeans in the summertime here. Misery.

    06.25.14 · Reply
  37. Anna D Kart says:

    My no-rainer outfit is always a dress and flats… You don't have to think about matching when wearing a dress

    06.25.14 · Reply
  38. lavieenliz says:

    really cute dress! love a good leo print

    http://hashtagliz.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  39. Chantel says:

    I love your outfit.

    06.25.14 · Reply
  40. Carlee says:

    Love your outfit girl! And it’s a perfect formula.

    Carlee

    http://www.thelittlesloth.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  41. Jessica says:

    You have a plethora of effortless dresses and I love them all! Still waiting on that invite to raid your closet….

    26 and Not Counting

    06.25.14 · Reply
  42. Love the dress, the denim jacket is the perfect touch. Hope you find your way soon.

    http://princessaudu.blogspot.com/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  43. Natali says:

    Such a simple and pretty outfit! I like your sandals and tote so much!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  44. Maria MacNamara says:

    Your state of emergency outfit is pretty darn cute. :) Love it! Hope everything gets resolved quickly and that you guys get back home safe and sound!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  45. Hope your car gets fixed soon! Your outfit looks great!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com
    Style Me Wednesday link-up

    06.25.14 · Reply
  46. Sampada says:

    I have a shirt/jacket that I go everywhere with too…it is ridiculous how many times I wear it, but I guess that's the point of a go-to. Love this outfit :)
    Hope your car troubles sort out soon!

    sampzandsuch.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  47. I'm the same way. Dress and a nice jacket, cardigan, etc. They're the most comfortable. I like to throw in fun shoes and purse for good measure and just simple jewels like a little gold ring and studs.

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

    06.25.14 · Reply
  48. Jess says:

    Love it! My formula is a striped top and jeans!

    http://www.mirroredpieces.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  49. rhiannon says:

    so gorgeous!! love that dress.

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  50. Q says:

    love the dress and sandals.x
    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  51. Stylish Housewife says:

    I've picked up two new denim jackets in the last month! They really do just jazz up an outfit in such a effortless way! You look adorbs lady.

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

    06.25.14 · Reply
  52. Kate says:

    This is 100% my "formula" too – easy dress, denim jacket, non-fussy shoes and my gold watch. This is what I'm wearing MOST of the time. If it weren't for the blog and needing to switch things up a little more, I would be wearing this ALL of the time. 😉

    06.25.14 · Reply
  53. I really like the spots on the dress, reminds me of a Dalmatian but a chic dress version. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

    06.25.14 · Reply
  54. Love this. Such a great "formula" to have! Chic and classic. AND comfy! :)

    06.25.14 · Reply
  55. KCO says:

    Yes! I always knew being an overpacker would someday come in handy. Until then, I'm getting some great strength training in from lugging my giant luggage around.

    06.25.14 · Reply
  56. Auna says:

    Love this look so effortless yet so chic! You look fabulous!

    xx Auna | http://simplyauna.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  57. nikki says:

    i love those sandals!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  58. Daiane says:

    Oh, yes. Denim jacket + a dress is indeed, a winning combo. Looking gorgeous! :)

    Come visit us:
    http://www.shop72.com/blog/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  59. Rebecca says:

    This is a lovely outfit – easy, but you look so put together!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  60. Sheila says:

    Love the shirtdress!

    xo – Sheila
    http://www.sheislovelyblog.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  61. footnotes and finds says:

    those sandals are sooo cute! yea for me my go to in the summer is always a maxi with a cardi!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  62. I feel ya about the denim jacket love. My boyfriend got me a levis one for Christmas last it and I wore it so much I had to give myself an intervention. I was days away from putting snacks in the inside hidden pockets.

    -Emily
    http://www.emilyorzel.com/blog

    06.25.14 · Reply
  63. Abby says:

    I love the oversized look of that Madewell dress. I think everyone has some sort of formula — mine is dress, tights, sweater, oxfords. I find that I look odd in denim jackets and they are one of the “staples” I can’t seem to get behind, for myself.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

    06.25.14 · Reply
  64. that dress!! have been looking it for ages!!

    06.25.14 · Reply
  65. Lucy says:

    I like the way you think! Why do some laundry at the in-laws' for Day 5 when there's always a Target nearby? Lol

    06.25.14 · Reply
  66. I adore this. Probably because THIS is my formula too. :) I don’t know what I would do without my denim jacket.

    06.25.14 · Reply
  67. Hope your car gets fixed soon! Your outfit looks great!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com
    Style Me Wednesday link-up

    06.25.14 · Reply
  68. I can literally find anything and everything at target. Best place to go in an emergency.

    http://aprettythought.org/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  69. A denim jacket is my go to piece, you can really never go wrong with one.

    -Alice

    http://aestheticsinwonder.blogspot.com/

    06.25.14 · Reply
  70. Those sandals are so cute! I love them with the madewell dress too :)
    Rory

    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  71. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    great look! love that dress

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  72. Abby says:

    I love the oversized look of that Madewell dress. I think everyone has some sort of formula — mine is dress, tights, sweater, oxfords. I find that I look odd in denim jackets and they are one of the "staples" I can't seem to get behind, for myself.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

    06.25.14 · Reply
  73. That is a cute look. I think I should invest in getting a jean jacket (again).

    Cheresa
    http://www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

    06.25.14 · Reply
  74. I adore this. Probably because THIS is my formula too. :) I don't know what I would do without my denim jacket.

    06.26.14 · Reply
  75. I can literally find anything and everything at target. Best place to go in an emergency.

    http://aprettythought.org/

    06.26.14 · Reply
  76. A denim jacket is my go to piece, you can really never go wrong with one.

    -Alice

    http://aestheticsinwonder.blogspot.com/

    06.26.14 · Reply
  77. Those sandals are so cute! I love them with the madewell dress too :)
    Rory

    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  78. Miss J. says:

    Lovely dress!

    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

    06.26.14 · Reply
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  80. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    great look! love that dress

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  81. That is a cute look. I think I should invest in getting a jean jacket (again).

    Cheresa
    http://www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  82. Cute dress and sandals! I feel the same way about my denim jacket! it goes with me everywhere it seems like. Bless your heart –stuck at your in-laws!!! I always joke around and call mine OUT-LAWS!!! Hang in there!

    06.26.14 · Reply
  83. Sasa Zoe says:
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  84. Miss J. says:

    Lovely dress!

    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

    06.26.14 · Reply
  85. Ago Prime says:
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  86. this is a gorgeous dress! i do not have a formula either… it’s usually “what’s not wrinkled and seems in style?”

    ladies in navy

    06.26.14 · Reply
  87. Agi says:

    Very cute outfit!!!!!! My formula changes but i’m typically a jeans, t-shirt necklace, blazer with flats kind of gal.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  88. Melanie says:

    Is it weird that I kind of associate you with really classy leopard print? I have an old photo pinned of you wearing a leopard print pencil skirt and for me it’s so iconic of you. I used to think leopard print was so trashy, but you just make it look so upscale.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

    06.26.14 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      I love that actually. A classy Peg Bundee. I know exactly which skirt you are talking about. I think my mom has it now :)

      06.26.14 · Reply
  89. That print is awesome!! I swear I’m always drawn to it!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://ceislin.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  90. Oh this dress and the formula is good too! I feel like I really should start shopping at Madewell because I need this dress.
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  91. Cute dress and sandals! I feel the same way about my denim jacket! it goes with me everywhere it seems like. Bless your heart –stuck at your in-laws!!! I always joke around and call mine OUT-LAWS!!! Hang in there!

    06.26.14 · Reply
  92. Sasa Zoe says:
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  93. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    this is a gorgeous dress! i do not have a formula either… it's usually "what's not wrinkled and seems in style?"

    ladies in navy

    06.26.14 · Reply
  94. Shelby says:

    This is so chic and simple! I love it!
    xo!
    Shelby

    glitterandgingham.blogspot.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  95. Agi says:

    Very cute outfit!!!!!! My formula changes but i'm typically a jeans, t-shirt necklace, blazer with flats kind of gal.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  96. Melanie says:

    Is it weird that I kind of associate you with really classy leopard print? I have an old photo pinned of you wearing a leopard print pencil skirt and for me it's so iconic of you. I used to think leopard print was so trashy, but you just make it look so upscale.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

    06.26.14 · Reply
  97. Kendi Lea says:

    I love that actually. A classy Peg Bundee. I know exactly which skirt you are talking about. I think my mom has it now :)

    06.26.14 · Reply
  98. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    That print is awesome!! I swear I'm always drawn to it!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay
    http://ceislin.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  99. Kendi Lea says:

    Bahaha did you know that my MIL said that? She was like — we have a washing machine…I was like 'don't ruin my trip to Target with logic like that…'

    06.26.14 · Reply
  100. Oh this dress and the formula is good too! I feel like I really should start shopping at Madewell because I need this dress.
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  101. Chloe says:

    very cute and simple! def. would also be one of my get-ready-in-15-sec choice of outfit! And I like the simple gold accessories, where did you get them?! I also love your shoes, they remind me of my favorite CL by Laundry sandals http://www.chineselaundry.com/products2.cfm/id/3641/attr1/7046

    thanks for the inspiration and keep posting lots <3

    06.26.14 · Reply
  102. Shelby says:

    This is so chic and simple! I love it!
    xo!
    Shelby

    glitterandgingham.blogspot.com

    06.26.14 · Reply
  103. Amanda G. says:

    Adorable look! I love pairing a jean jacket with dresses.

    06.26.14 · Reply
  104. Chloe says:

    very cute and simple! def. would also be one of my get-ready-in-15-sec choice of outfit! And I like the simple gold accessories, where did you get them?! I also love your shoes, they remind me of my favorite CL by Laundry sandals http://www.chineselaundry.com/products2.cfm/id/3641/attr1/7046

    thanks for the inspiration and keep posting lots <3

    06.27.14 · Reply
  105. Amanda G. says:

    Adorable look! I love pairing a jean jacket with dresses.

    06.27.14 · Reply
  106. flavia says:

    soooo pretty!

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  107. flavia says:

    soooo pretty!

    06.30.14 · Reply
  108. Esonia Knight says:

    I have to agree with you Kendi. A dress, sandals and a jean jacket. I adore summer time, especially in NYC.

    07.15.14 · Reply
  109. Esonia Knight says:

    I have to agree with you Kendi. A dress, sandals and a jean jacket. I adore summer time, especially in NYC.

    07.15.14 · Reply
  110. A good shift dress/ shirt dress is pretty much always a good look. Lovely!

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/DelicateAndLayered

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  111. DelicateAndLayered says:

    A good shift dress/ shirt dress is pretty much always a good look. Lovely!

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/DelicateAndLayered

    08.16.14 · Reply