Last week, I decided to shop at H&M instead of taking a lunch. I picked an excellent day: sale! Can you believe I scored this sweater for $12.95? It has become an instant favorite. I found a number of other staple pieces, and all together, everything cost less than one ill-fitting shirt I had just returned. Major win.
Speaking of purchasing power: Better World Shopper is a neat iPhone app and book I discovered in college thanks to a great professor. I have starting using the app again to assess my purchases and the impact they have on the world around me. Stores and brands are graded on a letter scale, and I have set my limit for new purchases at a “C.” H&M clothing gets a “B-,” so I feel alright about continuing to shop there. By comparison, for example, Target clothing gets a “D” and Macy’s gets an “F.”
The list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a great start. Being conscientious of the impact we have on the world around us is incredibly important, and I want to do my part.
Gray sweater with embellished shoulders:H&M // Black silk pants: H&M (in-store, love this crepe version) // Wool coat:H&M (also love this one and this one) // Ballet flats:ShoeMint // Leather tote:Coach // Round sunglasses: Target (in-store, similar here) // Teardrop necklace: anniversary gift from le hubs // Silver men’s watch: Kenneth Cole, my wedding gift to le hubs
The winter rainy season has arrived – fashionably late, which is fine by me. The overcast skies made me crave comfort, but a client meeting demanded a little embellishment to polish up the look. These H&M pants are perfect for days like this: they are very easy to wear, but the material and high waist say “tuxedo.”
These cooler temperatures and drizzly days make evenings in front of our sparkly tree feel even more magical. I’m planning to share my holiday home décor, and I can’t wait for it to be ready! This time of year just seems full of promise and love.
I just started showering before bed and not drying my hair, which has a million benefits, three of which I will outline here. First, no holding a heavy blow dryer above my head (I had bilateral shoulder reconstructions in college and if I can avoid overhead exercise, that’s always my first choice). Second, no heat damage. Third, I wake up with shiny curls. Um, what. Deadpan whyamIjustlearningthis face.
I helped my hair with some strategic curling iron tendrils to get this look, but this takes an estimated 0.01% of the effort I usually exert on my head every day. Be prepared for more of this, at least until I grow out my haircut (if that ever happens).
So, this outfit. Comfy. Simple. Quick. Good for getting back to work deadlines that require more attention. On that note, bye.
P.S. Kitten heels: good for getting things done, but still feeling like you’re wearing clackers.
California winter may not be considered intense by most, but when the high is only 60°F, doubling up on jackets and adding a faux fur is necessary to keep me warm. Don’t ask me how I handled Midwest winters as a college swimmer, literally walking almost a mile across campus with wet hair in negative temperatures. I don’t know. I was ridiculous.
I actually got a phone call about my old swimming team and how they were doing at the latest meets as we were doing this shoot, and my photog-husband just kept shooting. He’s getting better and better with photography, and was even just featured in SFGate as my official photographer. Proud of you, boo!
If you haven’t noticed the Parisian theme going here lately, I’ll fill you in: I would like a vacation and a somehow gluten- and dairy-free croissant stat, please.
These Zara pants are so huge and I love them for it: anything muumuu-esque is A+ in my book. While walking, these elephant pants take on a more much elegant appearance than their namesake might suggest, floating in dreamy, swanlike waves. Comfy-chic for the win. I would have worn red lipstick and statement earrings had this not been a Sunday full of side projects and appointments, but when I’m busy and I have a cold, yeah, no.
Le hubs and I sat outside Starbucks with our laptops and enjoyed the colorful leaves and garland-wrapped, bow-adorned light poles. Starbucks and I are on the same page for the holidays this year (AKA celebrations start November 1st), and I am all about their peppermint mocha. At home, I have already put up decorations, DIY’ed a wreath and installed a mantle. ‘Tis the season to sparkle!
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.