Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Christmas Flamingo

Flamingos have been the "it" animal of summer for at least a few years now but you don't exactly expect to see them around the holidays. Luckily, J. Crew Factory made this adorable Christmas flamingo sweater so that you can be clad in flamingos all year round! I love how this flamingo is bedecked in colorful Christmas lights too! The sweater truly combines some of my favorite things: flamingos, Christmas and color, so it's no wonder that I immediately "flocked" to it!

I think this flamingo sweater would look quite cute with a plaid skirt or plaid pants and, perhaps, as we near Christmas, I will try that combination.  This time around, however, I went for a solid pop of pink in the form of these wool pants. Pink definitely isn't the first color that comes to mind around Christmas (and neither is turquoise, in the case of my bag, for that matter), but I thought it would be a fun, colorful twist on holiday dressing. Fear not, though: I will have a lot more plaid items coming up soon on the blog! But for this look, however, I'm glad that I went with so many bold colors. Plus, I also wanted to match the wall!

Sweater: J. Crew Factory here
Pants: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold loafers
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: Celine
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Perfect Plaid Skirt

When Christmastime rolls around, plaid pops up everywhere and I always drool over all of the pretty plaid shirts, shoes, skirts and dresses that are so perfect for the holidays! I also tell myself every year that I own way too many plaid articles of clothing and vow to refrain from adding any more to my collection but then, inevitably, I cave and buy at least a few new pieces! (I literally have a container filled with only plaid shoes!) This year was no different and I was quite weak-willed when it came to plaid! Among other new plaid items, I added this plaid bow skirt from Anthropologie to my collection of plaid skirts, however I'm glad I did because it's just gorgeous!

One of the things that I like best about this skirt is the large bow around the waist. If there's one thing that's better than plaid, or at least equal to it in regard to being holiday appropriate, it's bows! This bow is big and certainly makes a statement. Also, the bow makes you feel like your plaid skirt could be a neatly wrapped present, which, again, is just perfect for the holidays!

Last of all, I really like the jewel tones found in this particular plaid print. I already have a lot of tartan plaid, which I love, but it's nice to try something different for a change. I thought for a little pattern mixing I would add another dimension to my plaid skirt by wearing this dot sweater. Of course, the finishing touch to my outfit is the sparkly gold pair of shoes because, just like plaid and bows, who doesn't love a little sparkle around the holidays?

Skirt: Anthropologie here
Sweater: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: Butter similar here
Bag: Clare V. here
Sunglasses: Prada
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Pink Party Skirt

When you think of skirts for the holiday season, you probably think about plaid, but why not think pink? One of the things that I love about this pink striped skirt from Chicwish, in addition to the fantastic price, is that it's really a year round skirt. For winter, I decided to pair it with a fuzzy cream sweater and a glittery bow belt for a little holiday sparkle! It would really be a great skirt to wear to a party or just out shopping, like what I was doing when I wore this outfit last weekend!

Just like the Love Sweater that I wrote about in my last post, the pink and red colors of this skirt would also be perfect in the future for holidays, like Valentine's Day. You could also break this skirt out in the spring with some floral. I really do love, pieces like this skirt, that take you from season to season and that can be restyled in so many different ways! Maybe that's why this skirt is called the "Staying Alive" skirt, as you'll be partying in it all year round!

Skirt: c/o Chicwish here
Sweater: H&M similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar navy flats here
Belt: Kate Spade similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Alice and Olivia
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

All You Need Is Love

I love a great wall and a great sweater, so this post definitely is the perfect combination of both! A couple weeks ago, before Black Friday, I found myself in Old Navy and I instantly fell in love with this "love" sweater! One of the things that initially drew me to the sweater was the combination of red and pink, which I think is always so chic and fun! I also loved the "love" message on it. My husband says I have too many articles of clothing with words on them but I disagree because you can never have too many! Also, this sweater was $15, so what's not to love?

As I'm typing this, I'm making a mental note to remember to wear this sweater for Valentine's Day. I'm actually surprised that Old Navy released it for the holiday season but you can definitely wear it all year round! This time around, I paired the sweater with some fun black and white check pants that I picked up at the Gap Factory Outlet this summer. Like the sweater, these pants are technically for summer but you can really wear them all year round. I just love things that are so versatile, don't you?

Sweater: Old Navy here
Pants: Gap similar here
Shoes: J. Crew
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Belt: Target here
Sunglasses: Prada here
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

When You Can't Say "No" to Polka Dots

It's a known fact that I can't say "no" to a great polka dot print! Since this sweater from Old Navy was only $15, it made saying "yes!" even easier! Sure, I have other polka dot sweaters. In fact, I even have one that is the exact reverse color scheme of this one (maroon sweater with pink dots) but, like I said, this one was a fantastic deal, which made it hard to put down!

As for styling this sweater, I thought these pale pink pants would really make the sweater pop. Speaking of things that pop, how cute is this crossbody bag? Unfortunately, this fun bag is from last year. I picked it up at Zara and I was instantly drawn to it's quirky reference to cartoons and pop culture. It's not a bag that I wear a lot but, when I do, it certainly makes a statement. It somewhat reminds me of the work of artist Roy Lichtenstein, one of the key figures of the Pop Art movement whose art was inspired by comic strips, just like this bag!

Sweater: Old Navy here
Pants: Old Navy similar here
Shoes: Off Saks Fifth Avenue similar here
Bag: Zara
Glasses: Celine

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Styling a Statement Tee for Winter

I hate to say it but I'm a little envious of the East Coast for having snow and cold temperatures this time of the year! Perhaps I wouldn't feel this way if I was shoveling snow from my driveway but I guess the grass is always greener on the other side! This time of year in Southern California, the weather is all over the place. It's somewhat cool in the early morning and the night and relatively warm during the day. With all of the fluctuation in temperature, I'm always dressing in layers. Often, one of my layers of clothing includes a fun statement tee like this one that reads, "Make Way for Today" from Old Navy.

Normally, people tend to wear these types of tees in the summer but, as you can see, you can definitely make them work for the cooler winter months too. I tried to make this tee more seasonally appropriate by combining it with a wool pencil skirt. This one from J. Crew is a thick wool material but the pink hues also perfectly match the tee! Also, I'm really into the "holiday sparkle" now that the Christmas season is upon us. A little gold sparkle in the form of this gold belt helps to add some holiday shine to the look. Of course, I also added a denim jacket for the layered look I referenced earlier. The denim jacket is my go to accessory all year round. When the temps really drop, however, I wouldn't mind trading in my denim jacket for a nice, warm wool one!

Tee: Old Navy here
Skirt: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: Banana Republic
Belt: Target similar here
Bag: Clare V. here
Sunglasses: Celine
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