I rocked this outfit on Cara’s blog, and getting back in the swing of things felt fab-u-lous. This particular outfit was meant for a client meeting that got pushed, so I ended up wearing it for errands and a dinner date. Oh, I was fancy, huh?
So much has happened since my last post, but let’s skip to where we are right now… I have an Anna-Wintour-gone-fashion-blogger haircut and I’m currently really into wearing an Olivia-Pope-wardrobe-on-a-#getitgirl-20-something-budget. Yep, that sums it up.
In honor of the Thanksgiving season, I’d like to take a paragraph to acknowledge some amazing people who have impacted me lately. A very heartfelt shoutout to Cara of Cara’s Cliche for being there every day (#unlimitedtextingandhashtags) and encouraging me to do me. A warm sendoff to Terra of Stylish White Female for the years of style inspiration and laughs; you will be sorely missed. And a grateful thank-you to Jessica of What I Wore for being a down-to-earth inspiration and mentor.
This skirt has sat unattended in my closet for months and I am so glad I finally pulled it out. I wasn’t sure how to wear it, but after seeing how the lovely Cara of Cara’s Cliche wore a similar skirt from ASOS, I decided to give the button-up-layering a try. Very sloppy-chic, relaxed-belle – my go-to look as of late.
With NYFW in full swing, my style inspiration is at an all-time high. Instagram is my obsession right now; I just can’t get enough of the behind-the-scenes peeks, of-the-minute runway videos (seriously, so cool) and street style as it is actually on the streets. It has definitely inspired me to step it up to the next level with my style!
My friend Cara of Cara’s Cliche and I often consult each other on emergency purchasing decisions: This sweater or that? Yea or nay to this hemline? When she sent me a picture of this sweater, I loved the saying, the colors and the sassy, tongue-in-cheek statement. So when she suggested we do a style challenge with the sweet Danielle of Envision Pretty, I was in!
I wore this out for date night with le hubs and brought flats with the intention of traipsing around IKEA afterwards, but we ended up heading back home for a late night of project work for some clients. The up side of this scenario is that a certain someone finally decided to sell some of his comic collection investment. This does mean I can’t play the ok-then-I-choose-to-invest-in-Chanel-Dior-and-Manolo card quite as handily, but all in due time.
Be sure to see how two of my LA favorites styled this cozy sweater! I love Cara’s leopard skirt and Danielle’s amazing booties.
I’m looking forward to wearing it with slim black pants once the temperatures drop, so stay tuned for more chic inspiration.
Shortly after graduating from college, I was walking around my neighborhood grocery store when someone came up to me and complimented my outfit. It put me over the moon. I had no idea what I was doing with my style, and after having spent the previous four years in an all-about-comfort combination of athletic gear and UGG boots on my frigid Midwest campus, wearing anything but Speedo and Under Armour meant testing uncharted waters – pretty much literally after having spent so much time training with my team in the pool.
Fast-forward a few years after discovering the magic of style blogs and the reality that fashion can be accessible, experimenting with quite a number of outfits that now make me cringe, and I’m back to almost the exact outfit I was wearing at Jerry’s Foods in Edina, MN. I love it.
I bought this skort a long time ago, just before the huge blogger craze for this pointed beauty caught on. I obviously wore it the next day and promptly spilled my tall-mocha-light-soy-frappucino-no-whip drink down the front while cranking out a client project. Poor Ms. Bloggers’ Choice Skort subsequently sat in my closet for a couple months after my unsuccessful stain removal attempt.
After seeing my LA twin, Cara, rocking it oh-so-well, I decided I should wear it anyway, stain or no stain. This slightly sloppy take on Parisian chic was the result, and I kind of like it. The even better news: I finally dropped her off at the cleaners and she came home looking good as new.
It’s a sign: this skort was meant to be. This and chic black crop tops are about as Parisian chic as I can make this season’s resurgence of ’90s trends, so I’m chalking it all up to a win.
This dress has quickly become a go-to outfit for hot summer days. Layered with a long blazer and heels, it works for business meetings, but this particular day was a full day in my home office. I just finished the first phase of a big project that I am really excited to launch, which is a great feeling. We also bought the puppies an extra-large bed that goes next to my desk, making everyone’s 9-to-5 ten times better!
I’ve been toting around this Penny Legacy shoulder bag by Coach and love the color and feel of the bag. It’s a little small, so I’m searching for something similar that can also accommodate my penchant for oversize sunglasses and the respectively large case.
Between mono and starting my own business, it just finally started feeling like summer to me about a week and a half ago. Now I can’t believe how quickly it’s flying by! A few great things are on the horizon: a trip to LA, a visit from my dad, my birthday and my sister’s wedding. Now that I’m fully back in the swing of things, I can’t wait.
There’s something about a simple summer outfit that makes me feel effortlessly chic, and in the most comfortable way. I’ve been putting in a lot of long hours and the San Francisco Peninsula just had a heat wave, which meant uncomplicated outfits and cold Starbucks were fueling my life.
For fall, I’m already planning on layering this with a leather jacket and maybe some burgundy accents. Not that I’m ready for the chill of autumn – I still need more summer. I could swelter it out all year long and be happy as a clam. I’m only fall-ing for the fashion, baby.
A little while ago, my friend Kelli asked if I’d like to be a part of a photo shoot for an upcoming lookbook. Um, yes. I spent my youth pining over the pages of Vogue as soon as I learned about the world of fashion, wondering how it all came together, so actually participating in the creation of something so beautiful was a huge honor.
The day was a whirlwind of outfit changes, makeup touch-ups and a million poses. Hanging out with part of the Rue Magazine crew, Kat (also the designer) and Kelli, and the amazing photographer, Anna, was really fun. I loved learning more about photo shoots and playing with all of the gorgeous jewelry.
Wish I could do this all the time! What a great experience. Now, if I could just get Kate to coach me…
I found these sequined shorts at the BCBG outlet by our new apartment and instantly fell in love. They add just a little something to my everyday look, and I’m smitten. One thing I love about living a bit farther south of San Francisco is how much more accessible shopping has been for me. Hello, easy parking and sunshine, thank you for making errands much more tolerable! I do want to make it up to the city more in the near future. A brunch-and-boutiques-with-bloggers day trip is calling my name.
Right now I’m working on some major branding projects for a favorite client, as well as some of my own ideas. I’ve been reading more articles and spending more time browsing Pinterest, which has helped keep me inspired and motivated. What do you do when you’re brainstorming? (In these sequins, I’m sparkling while I work.)
This evening, le hubs and I were celebrating our first real peek into summertime at our new place on our big balcony. Date night at home, just the two of us and our puppies, is one of my favorite things in the world.
It took a long time – two months – but I am so happy to be back in my groove. Mono seemed to stick around forever, and I am not sorry to see that jerk officially leaving town. Cramped my style in every way. How rude.