Dress: Theory via Nordstrom Rack. Faux leather moto: Target. Handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel. Kitten Heels: Tahari via DSW. Perfume necklace: H&M. Men’s watch: Invicta. LOVE ring stack and gem bracelet: Forever21.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone had a day filled with love and celebration of the most powerful thing on Earth. There are people who scoff at the holiday and say it’s fabricated, but really, what in life isn’t? We add “artificial” importance to every day: the Earth orbits and spins whether or not you follow tradition A or B, and whether you wore your PJs all day or donned something that makes you feel oh-so-fabulous. Why not celebrate love every day? It doesn’t matter if you’re attached or not.
“I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball
If you didn’t treat yourself yesterday, do it today. And tomorrow. And the day after that!
People with big hearts always win in the long run. So let’s all open ours and make the most of this wild ride around the sun. Let other people in. Let people out when they hurt you. I’ve recently had to do that a few times, and while it aches at first, everything gets better with time (especially wine).
Except cellulite. That stuff finds you out of nowhere, and I am here to tell you that more people need to let a girl know that it happens to almost everyone, no matter size. And yep, you’re still beautiful.
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Ivory angora sweater: Ann Taylor. Sheer white blouse: Bellatrix via Nordstrom Rack. White skinny jeans: Gap. Ivory pea coat: Express, old. Bordeaux handbag: Michael Kors Astrid satchel. Burgundy snakeprint pumps: Target. Round sunglasses: Target. Baubled necklace: White House Black Market. Gold and rhinestone necklace: Forever21. Tiered gold and rope necklace: Target. Pavé pendant: Target. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs. Gold cuff: Forever21. Gold and rhinestone bracelet: Forever21.
I did a major closet inventory over the holiday and set aside the clothes I never wear. That left me with a very minimal wardrobe – which is 50% black, 25% white and much of the rest are pieces I’m not too wild about, feeble attempts at adding color. You could say I have pigeonholed my style, but I prefer the term ‘Parisian chic.’ While I do want to invest in more fun pieces (Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific always inspires me), right now, being able to mix and match everything is practically perfect in every way. I can Mary Poppins together a polished outfit in ten seconds flat, and the remix capabilities are endless. Now I just need her never-ending bag of amazing outfits and décor.
This outfit was my solution for a day that started with pouring rain. The monochrome look is so fun, and I wanted to flip it from my typical all-black ensemble to something a little more holiday-inspired and trendy. It also made my shoes and handbag really pop – a guy walking by even complimented them!
How will you rock the monochrome trend? Maybe next time I’ll go all out and do neon pink.
P.S. I tried a new setting with my digital camera instead of using my iPhone after reading this Blog Trends article on non-DSLR photography, and I love how the photos turned out a little bit Michael-Kors-editorial-meets-Juergen-Teller-lighting. I’m still experimenting with my photography – share your tips below, too!
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Faux fur: H&M. Aviators: 1903s c/o Ellison Sunglass Co. Black jacket: Springfield (purchased in Spain, Spring 2009). Sheer black button-up: Pleione via Nordstrom Rack. Camisole: Banana Republic. Bootcut denim: Gap Long & Lean. Bordeaux handbag: Astrid Satchel by Michael Kors. Black pumps: Steve Madden. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs.
This outfit was very quick to assemble and get out the door. We had places to be and people to see without time to get ready — which is why I love stocking up on go-to pieces like these that don’t require much strategizing in case of emergency.
P.S. A smile is always in season and is the easiest accessory
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Aviator sunglasses: 1903s in black c/o Ellison Sunglass Co. // Angora sweater: Ann Taylor // Faux leather skater skirt: H&M // Faux fur vest: Rachel Zoe (last season, similar from this season here) // Black opaque tights: L’eggs via Walgreen’s (similar from ASOS here) // Black bow flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom (sold out, similar here) // Bordeaux handbag: Michael Kors Astrid satchel // Gold tiered necklace: Target // Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs
When I discovered Ellison Sunglass Co. through The Facets Magazine, I was really moved. Not only do they have beautiful design, with every purchase of a pair of Ellison sunglasses, they cover the cost of a corrective eye surgery for someone in need. Their motto, “Look Good. Do Good.” is exactly what I love to see in fashion. Brands that find a way to give back top my list, and I couldn’t be more proud of my Ellison 1903s! Le hubs also loves them and has already borrowed them a few times. Nothing like a pair of his-and-hers sunglasses to make a relationship solid!
This #getitgirl is also feeling good about life. On a sartorial note, I have been slowly adding some spice to my wardrobe of basics, and I am loving the way my style is growing. This applies to life, too: as I grow wiser and more seasoned, that makes the sweetness that much better.
1) Sonia Kashuk nail polish in ‘Stop Whining’ // 2) Prada sunglasses in bordeaux // 3) Michael Kors Astrid Satchel from my recent outfit post // 4) Forever21 faux fur collar // 5) Schutz ‘Frost’ booties via Piperlime
Autumn is a season of change. In my home state, temperatures drop and daylight grows scarce enough to encourage deciduous trees to explode in a burgundy and sienna symphony. In San Francisco, we get rain, some vibrant sunsets and full poetic fashion license to express ourselves with the hottest trends and a heavy dose of individuality.
This fall, oxblood is huge, and so on point. Call it wine, burgundy, bordeaux — I’ve even heard rouge — whatever the name, this deep, dark rose color still is as sweet. The rich, enveloping undertone sets the stage for a warmly accessorized season. Try these fun pieces to add a little pop to your staples. I paired it with black and white, my go-to outfit, but some mixed prints of the same burgundy color family would make a great weekend ensemble for the bold fashionista.
No matter how you say it or style it, this color is sure to be a superb sartorial addition this season. Stock up on accessories and you can’t go wrong. They’ll pair and mix with ease!
Oxblood handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel // Faux feather mini skirt: H&M collection for Lana Del Ray // Black sheer button-up: Pleione via Nordstrom Rack (similar here from Urban Outfitters) // Black cami: Banana Republic // Faux leather moto: Target (last year, new version here)
Round sunglasses: Target // Tiered neckace: Target // Watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs // Bordeaux suede flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom
This outfit was all about making a statement — comfortably. Upon seeing this skirt in a press release about the Lana Del Rey Fall 2012 collection for H&M, I knew it absolutely had to be mine. I had been coveting a similar style from Kate Spade after seeing it on Blair of Atlantic-Pacific, and for $30, you know I bought this as soon as it arrived in stores! (If you go for it, too, I sized up for added length and am taking in the waist.) Paired with a POC from my go-to flats, a favorite, easy shirt and some classic accessories, I felt pretty faboosh.
The thing is, I want my clothes to look good and feel good. This outfit was simple enough to last a 12-hour day full of writing, editing, managing accounts and traipsing about on site without any issues, but I still showcased my inner fashion girl. I like to refer to this kind of outfit as a #fashiongirlsolution. On trend, on budget, on point for work.
How do you keep up your fashion game at the office? Tweet me and let me know! Let’s spread the style inspiration. I’ll share my favorites on Facebook and Pinterest!
Here’s to a great Monday, fellow fashionistas. Go get it, girls!
Angora blend sweater: Ann Taylor // Printed dress: Gap // Bordeaux Astrid Satchel: Michael Kors // Black pointed bow flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom (similar here)
Perfume bottle necklace: H&M (similar I adore here) // Tiered gold rope necklace: Target // Gold dog tags necklace: Express // Gold and silver watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs // Round sunglasses: Target // Red nail polish: Chanel 475 Dragon // Red lipstick: Maybelline Continuous Cranberry
Fall is here and the change of the season has le hubs and me ready for change ourselves. I’m layering my favorite pieces (this new Gap dress and Ann Taylor sweater are currently topping my list, and I got them both on sale!), le hubs finally tried a slim cut for his jeans (and they look amazing!) and our puppies’ sweaters will soon make an appearance for evening walks — but it goes deeper than simply the sartorial sense.
In short, the Longs are calling on their ambitions and making big things happen. Every day is another opportunity for wisdom to grow, doubts to diminish and love to flourish, and we’re layering it all on this fall.
P.S. And sometimes, when you’ve been a #getitgirl and you’ve been working really hard, you get to treat yourself to a gorgeous, bordeaux handbag from Michael Kors. Luckily, my day to do so just happened and I am enamored with the result! Can I get a co-sign??