Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Unbearably Cute!

I think I'm on a critter kick with my wardrobe lately! My last post featured an adorable llama sweater from J. Crew and in this post I'm featuring my new polar bear pencil skirt from Talbot's! I guess I'm just a sucker for clothing featuring cute animals! Let's face it, polar bears are unbearably cute, especially when they are embroidered on skirt! (I would imagine that, face to face, they may not be so adorable!)

I've just recently started shopping at Talbot's because I think they've done a wonderful job with their line of clothing for winter. Their clothing is preppy, colorful, and festive, which are three things that I love! When I was a teenager, I remember shopping at Talbot's with my mother and grandmother and thinking that the styles were very dated and "old" looking. I will have to say, however, that over the last year or so, the brand seems more trendy, fun, and youthful, which means the styles can truly be worn by women of all ages.

Since this skirt was one of my first purchases from Talbot's, I'll just add a quick note about sizing for any other first time Talbot's shoppers who might be reading this. (This would have been helpful for me before making my first purchase!) The sizing on all of their clothing seems to run a bit large. I bought both this Talbot's skirt and a sweater in my usual J. Crew size and, unfortunately, they were way too big. I had to take the skirt to the store to exchange it for a size smaller. Luckily, the people working at Talbot's were some of the most helpful, friendly sales associates I've ever met. No, this isn't a sponsored post from Talbot's, but I did genuinely enjoy their product offerings and my shopping experience in the store!

Shirt: Old Navy classical flannel shirt here
Skirt: Talbot's polar bear velveteen skirt here
Shoes: J. Crew similar red flats here
Bag: Dooney and Bourke Alto tassel bag here
Belt: Target similar gold glitter belt here
Sunglasses: Celine

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Llama Love

One of my most popular posts from this summer featured a llama T-shirt. This just proved the point I was trying to make in the post, which was that llamas would be the hot animal for the year! (Llamas, they're so hot right now!) Well, I am back at it again with another llama themed article of clothing! This time, it's in the form of a llama sweater from J. Crew Factory. I actually happened upon this sweater by accident when I went in to the store to return something. On that weekend, the promo was offering all "Tippi" sweaters for $29.55. This was the last llama sweater left on the shelf and I fell in love with it! (I mean, it's a llama wearing a scarf!). Plus, it was my size, so I knew it was meant to be!

In this post, I am also wearing some of my Christmas presents for this year! Yes, I realize that it's not yet Christmas, but I got them early! The first early gift is this Mansur Gavriel circle bag. I really, really wanted a light pink bag, so this one is perfect! I also really, really wanted a pair of light pink sunglasses, which are surprisingly hard to find for some reason, so that's why I was delighted to find these pink ones from Alice and Olivia! As you can see, Santa's been really good to me already this Christmas!

One last note: these pictures were taken about 10-15 minutes before the huge gusts of the Santa Ana winds suddenly rose up last week in Los Angeles! Even before the winds truly commenced, it was hard to get good shots because it was starting to get rather gusty. This is why I'm holding my hair in most of the pictures! If we had shot the pictures any later, I think both my husband I would have been blown away! Luckily, we did not have any damage from the winds and, more importantly, none of the wild fires are too close, so there's a lot to be thankful for during this holiday season!

Sweater: J. Crew Factory Alpaca Tippi sweater
Skirt: J. Crew similar pleated skirt
Bag: Mansur Gavriel circle bag here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses: Alice and Olivia "Frank" here

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Goodies at my Doorstep

I saw someone on Instagram with a door mat that pretty much summed up my week! It simply states: "Please Hide Packages From Husband". Yes, I definitely need one of those at home, especially around this time of year! You see, all of the things that I ordered the week of Black Friday came flooding in at the same time! Despite that fact that most items in each package were scored for around $30, that didn't quite assuage the fears of my husband as he witnessed the heaping mountain of packages (I am exaggerating for dramatic effect...a little, anyway) that the UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS men left over the course of the last few days!

A few of items that were left at my doorstep as of late include these goodies from J. Crew, namely my elephant print skirt, pom pom necklace, and velvet slingbacks. Not only was everything I ordered only around that $30 price range that I just mentioned, but all of the individual pieces seemed to match just perfectly! I hadn't planned on that! So I decided to throw my Thanksgiving sale finds together into this one look. I think this just goes to show that good things can come not only in small packages, but also many packages, much to the chagrin of husbands everywhere!

Skirt: J.Crew Ratti elephant skirt here and here
Sweater: Forever 21 similar here
Bag: Vince Camuto
Shoes: J. Crew velvet slingbacks here
Necklace: J.Crew Pom Pom necklace here
Sunglasses: Prada here

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ruffles and Red

I think it's safe to say that everyone loves shopping at Target. From makeup to home decor, to clothing and accessories, you can truly get it all at Target! Not only that, but everything from the packaging to the styles offered really shows that the company takes design seriously, which is what makes shopping there such an enjoyable experience. In particular, Target has been doing a great job lately with their Who What Wear line of clothing. Just when I was starting to get bored with some of their clothing options, they come out with Who What Wear in addition to A New Day! Now I can't help but to throw an article or two of clothing into my shopping cart every time I go to Target to shop for something as mundane as bananas and toilet paper!

I purchased this ruffle poplin top, which is from the Who What Wear line, last month and it was pretty much just sitting in my closet unworn, even though it's super cute, especially with the ruffles! When I saw it styled on the blog Jeans and a Teacup, I knew I had to recreate the look, right down to the pop of red from both the bag and the earrings. So, I guess you can say this is sort of my spin on the look. That's the one thing that's so great about blogs and Instagram: they are endless sources of inspiration, not unlike Target!

Shirt: Target here
Pants:Old Navy similar chino pants here
Bag: Gucci similar here
Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue similar J.Crew leopard loafers here
Earrings: J. Crew here, similar here
Sunglasses: Celine

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Holiday Favorite: Buffalo Check

This is my first post for December and I couldn't be more excited because I can finally start breaking out some of my holiday favorites! For example, I totally love buffalo check patterns around the holidays. It's a little more versatile than some plaid fabrics that scream "It's Christmas time!", yet it's still festive. This is why I was so excited when I found this buffalo check top from SheIn! My favorite aspect of the top, aside from the print, is that it features a cute bow sash. Also, like most everything on the SheIn website, it's a super bargain at only $15, so you really can't go wrong!

Because the bow wasn't enough in the detail department for me, I added even more visual interest with this great brooch I got last year at Banana Republic. While it's no longer available, Banana Republic does have a great selection of brooches again this year for the holiday season and I've linked to some of my favorite options below.

I wore this outfit to go to a fun holiday "open house" at an Italian specialty grocery store and restaurant. They had free samples of cheese, homemade bread, olives, desserts, and, best of all, wine! Between wearing my festive buffalo check blouse and tasting some holiday treats, it was a great way to get in the mood for Christmas. Now on to getting and decorating a tree next week!

Top: c/o SheIn c/o here
Pants: J. Crew similar slim black pants here
Shoes: ASOS similar here
Bag: Clare V. fold over leopard clutch here
Brooch: Banana Republic similar brooch here, here, here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" here

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Think Pink!

To be honest, I think every year I add about one or two new blazers to my collection. I now have pretty much all of the colors of the rainbow covered! This pink Dover blazer from J. Crew was my latest addition. Surprisingly, pink was one of the few colors missing from my collection. In addition to loving this particular light shade of pink, I also loved the price of the blazer, which came in at just under $90. You can't beat that for a wool blazer!

As I mentioned above, I now have a rainbow assortment of blazers, which all seem to match perfectly with my equally large collection of rainbow striped sweaters! The one I am wearing here was purchased a little while ago from the J. Crew factory and has gotten a lot of use as of late. Although it's no longer available, the Gap has a very similar one in a stunning "crazy stripe" print that I really love for the holidays! Talbot's also has a cute rainbow stripe sweater and, believe it or not, I purchased it during Cyber Monday! (I know, I said I wouldn't buy anything...oops!) So look for this sweater soon on my blog!

One final note: if you are paying close attention to the background of these photos, you might notice the grape vines behind me. I know what you're thinking: is Katie in Napa, Sonoma, or Paso Robles? Actually, I'm in Rancho Cucamonga for some wine tasting much closer to home! The amazing thing about Los Angeles is that you don't have to travel very far to find some fantastic wineries right in your own back yard. This is yet another thing to love about Los Angeles!

Blazer: J. Crew "Dover" blazer here, pink J. Crew Factory version
Sweater: J. Crew Factory similar here and here
Jeans: Old Navy similar here
Bag: Dooney and Bourke "Alto" here, similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar red pumps
Sunglasses: Celine here