Wearing winter whites feels like a sweet little reminder that warmer days are just around the corner. No fashion rules allowed. Wear white whenever.
The night before, I was thankfully wearing all-black PJs when I decided on a whim to pull out my canvases and sketch papers. Acrylics and charcoals are mess-y. I had almost forgotten how good it feels to create art. It’s like simultaneously illuminating a warm glow in my soul and putting a piece of it onto a canvas. It’s a beautiful phenomenon, regardless of how much I like the pieces I make.
One rule I am making: make more time for art, and no wearing white then.
California winters are the only way I can handle the treacherous season that is winter anymore. Polar vortex, ugh, no. I’ve been spoiled by this amazing state and there is no turning back. After three years here, I am enamored, through and through.
This year, I have gravitated towards adding classic pieces (with a twist) to my wardrobe. A fluffy mini and oversize turtleneck is the perfect example of this. Serious staples with a touch of whimsy.
Ok, you caught me. I just really wanted to write “whimsy.” It’s been a seriously long week. Happy Friday, #getitgirl.
A chic LBD is my go-to for a simple, polished look, and this comfortable Amourt Vert beauty is a dream come true. It has long sleeves that are actually long enough, ruching for textural interest and incredibly soft fabric. I can’t wait for warmer weather to wear it with just a statement necklace and oversize sunglasses.
I’m particularly in love with this dress because it’s more than just a stylish closet staple. Many friends have asked me how I will be able to dress fashionably while maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle and shopping only ethical brands. I am happy to report that many amazing companies like Amour Vert have taken eco fashion from granola to glamorous, proving, as Amour Vert says, “it is possible to be both fashionable and environmentally responsible.”
Finding amazing brands like this is encouraging and inspiring. Think of the impact we could have on the planet if everyone started wearing organic cotton, decreasing the world’s usage of pesticides by 10% and insecticides by 25%. Making the switch to support ethical brands was a bit challenging to get started, but only because I had to break old habits. Now that I’m becoming more familiar with responsible companies, I feel much more confident in shopping to make a difference.
Layering a faux fur and an oversize necklace above pajama-esque trousers made me feel like a savvy Hollywood star. Secretly comfortable glamour is where it’s at, darling.
We spent New Year’s in LA visiting my good friend Cara, which was a lovely time. It was a short trip, but we managed to fit in a trip to The Grove, where I picked up these Zara pieces. Buying clothes while vacationing is one of my favorite things: not only do I like shopping in the first place, having a memento that can actually be worn and enjoyed often brings back a little ray of the sunshine that was that vacation and injects it into the everyday.
What I’m really saying: find a way to enjoy a glamorous bit of happiness every day. You deserve it, #getitgirl.
When I reflect on the past year, I almost can’t believe everything I fit into such a short span of time. I share some achievements here on the blog, but the personal victories are even more powerful. I hope I can be an inspiration for the fellow #getitgirl and feel very grateful that I have this creative outlet to share my voice.
This strikes a particular chord with me. Blogging has chronicled my evolving style in so many ways for the past few years (my long-time readers remember the start of the #getitgirl era with my first Tumblr blog, which played a significant role in launching my career). From the way I dress to the way I process the world, I hope I never stop changing.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2014!
P.S. As I mentioned before, I am striving to make a difference with the way I shop. Using The Better World Shopping Guide (2012 edition) to help me make educated decisions, every dollar I spend makes a difference. I’ll be noting my “grades” moving forward in outfit posts to help keep me accountable and to show one can dress well – at every price point – while supporting ethical business.
I bought this skirt a while ago but never wore it because the waist is too big (so be sure to order down a size). Today, I just really wanted to wear it, so I cinched it up and ran out the door. The midi length kept my legs warm enough during California’s version of this nationwide cold snap, but some microfiber tights would be perfect for adding an extra layer in other parts of the country.
Speaking of countries, one of my friends is headed to France and Switzerland in a few days and I am supremely jealous. Please join me in pretending this photo shoot happened in Paris. Thanks.
Leather vest: H&M // Faux leather leggings:Alloy // Navy blouse with faux leather shoulder detail: H&M (love this Vince option) // Wedge booties:Cole Haan via Piperlime // Long gloves: Nordstrom Rack // Leather tote:Coach
One of the perks of both le hubs and I working from home is that we can sometimes sneak away for a quick lunchtime date. This morning, after he had multiple conference calls and I worked on cranking out a number of large projects, we decided to forego our self-imposed lunchtime restaurant moratorium and indulge in a teensy little hooky from real life. The sweet potato fries are a little sweeter when the two of us are snuggled into a warm booth on a chilly day.
I am times-fifty-excited about these leggings. They’re 5″ longer than regular leggings, AKA there isn’t a flood today. Haaay!
Thanksgiving break was such a fulfilling long weekend – see the highlights on Instagram. I somehow still crammed in a full workweek, but it felt so much shorter when broken up by a the holiday festivities and a little [too much; sorry wallet #notsorry] online retail therapy. Then, on Monday, I launched a new, multi-page feature on my client’s website to coordinate with an ad campaign launch. This is the kind of stuff that makes my heart pitter-patter.
Hashtag getitgirl. Hashtag this was an amazing span of days. Hashtag I love the holidays. Hashtag I am being Totes McGoats informal with my writing here because I just cranked out a bajillion marketing pieces and a 2014 business plan.
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.