Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Transitional Floral



The weather here has been all over the place! We've had cool mornings that turn into much warmer afternoons and you can definitely feel that spring is just around the corner, even if it's still a little cool. For this reason, I have been dressing in layers and also finding ways to incorporate prints, such as florals, that have a spring feel into outfits that are still suitable for winter.  This floral print top, which is now on sale at J. Crew, is the perfect piece for transitioning between cooler winter days and spring. It's a mix of fun, bright colors and some darker undertones, so it doesn't seem too overtly spring/summer. It also looks great with a cashmere sweater thrown on top of it and a wool pencil skirt, which is how I am wearing it here. Come spring, I'll probably wear it on its own with a bright pair of pants or maybe even jeans.



My floral earrings are also a nod to the idea that spring and budding flowers are right around the corner! I love the orange, coral color of these earrings, which are from Zenzii. It reminds me of a color that I believe J. Crew called "modern red" years and years ago when that particular hue was all the rage. I still love the color and think it's timeless and classic. Also, remember that you can save 25% off these earrings and your entire order from Zenzii by using code Katie25. Zenzii is a great place to pick up some fun, floral pieces of jewelry in anticipation of spring!



Shirt: here
Sweater: similar cashmere cardigan here
Skirt: here
Bag: here
Shoes: here
Earrings: c/o Zenzii (Save 25% off using code Katie25)

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Dot, Dot, Dot



I'm crazy for dots! So, when I saw this embroidered dot top (also available here), I knew it was perfect for me! Plus, the fabric is tulle, which is another win in my book! I decided to go with neutrals with this particular outfit, which, I know, is a rarity for me! While you might ask if I'm feeling okay because I'm not dressed in head to toe color, let me assure you that the accessories are popping with color, namely the color red! Because I wore this outfit pre-Valetine's day, I decided to go with some red accessories in the form of my new red heart sunglasses and red tote bag.



I also thought that the more neutral tones of this outfit would work with this more subdued wall. I discovered this mural in Pasadena last year and although it's not popping with color either, it's become one of my favorite backdrops for outfits; I just love all of the doodles and scribbles! In fact, this mural reminds me of all of my notebooks in high school and college! All in all, it was nice to take a little departure from my more colorful attire and backdrops. I guess you could say that it really lets the dots be the stars of the show!



Top: J. Crew here and also here
Pants: J. Crew similar black pants here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin here
Sunglasses: St. Laurent here , budget friendly version here
Bag: Louis Vuitton similar red bag here

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Getting Carried Away on Valentine's Day!



Happy Valentine's Day! I know that some people, even those in relationships, have mixed feelings about celebrating the holiday but, in my opinion, it's fun to get at least a little carried away with it! While my husband and I usually don't make a big deal out of the day, we always do something to celebrate, such as having a special dinner together and getting one another gifts. I also like to celebrate by dressing up in hearts, the color red, or anything that fits the Valentine's Day theme! This outfit with my red lace skirt and grey bejeweled sweater would make for a perfect outfit to celebrate the occasion, even though, technically, I wore it last week. The red of the skirt and, of course, my heart bag and heart sunglasses are all a nod to Valentine's Day without being too over the top, which is the perfect balance, in my opinion!



Speaking of things that are over the top, I had the "brilliant" idea to jump on the blogger bandwagon and get some heart balloons for this particular shoot. While I don't usually use props in my photos and while I realize that it's a bit of a cliche, I still thought it would be cute to try. What I didn't take into account was that it was a bit windy on the day I decided to do this, so it was really hard to get the balloons to behave. The balloons and my hair were both flying around all over the place, which made for some pretty bad pictures! Luckily, my photographer husband was very patient and made sure I got some great shots, which is why I love him so much! Well, there are a lot of reasons why I love him but anyone who puts up with my crazy ideas like he does is definitely my perfect Valentine!



Sweater: J. Crew here
Skirt: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Target similar heart bag here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses: St. Laurent here, budget version here

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pale Pink Jeans and Heart Earrings



I'm continuing with this week's theme of Valentine's Day and hearts with a pair of pink boyfriend jeans and a super soft striped tissue turtleneck tee. While the outfit doesn't exactly scream "Valentine's Day," standing in front of a heart wall and wearing a pair of heart earrings definitely helps! I really love these heart earrings from Zenzii, which come in a variety of colors. As I have stated before, hearts are something that I enjoy wearing all the time, so these earrings will be getting a lot of use from me, not just in the month of February but for many months to come! Also, my readers can save 25% off of these earrings, plus your entire order from Zenzii with code Katie25 at checkout.



A couple years ago I did an entire post about where to find the best heart walls in Los Angeles and this one, located in Eagle Rock, California definitely made the list! Believe it or not, here around Valentine's Day, some of these heart walls can get pretty crowded with people! One of the reasons why I love this particular mural is because it's a little off of the beaten path and not known to that many people. I guess it's my little secret! So, if you're in the Eagle Rock area, definitely seek it out for cute and colorful heart pics!


Top: J. Crew here
Pants: Old Navy here
Earrings: c/o Zenzii here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Clare V. here

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Hearts are Coming!



Valentine's Day is Friday, so it's going to be a week filled with wearing everything pink, red, and, of course, anything covered in hearts! I personally think hearts are fun anytime of the year but they're especially fun to wear in celebration of Valentine's Day! This heart skirt is my go to skirt for the occasion. While I purchased it several years ago, you can still find it on eBay, which is a great place to snag any J. Crew pieces that you missed out on. (I do that all the time!) While the skirt is old, this jeweled button sweater is a new purchase. While I already have a ton of black sweaters, I couldn't resist the sparkly buttons on the shoulders of this particular sweater. It comes in a variety of colors and is now deeply discounted, so it's hard to resist!



I love this graphic black and white mural and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for my pre-Valentine's Day ensemble! There's something about the mural and the curvature of the lines that is reminiscent of the thorns on the rose, so I guess, in that respect, it's also fitting with the Valentine's theme of this outfit. This week I will be posting a couple more Valentine's Day themed looks, so stay tuned!



Skirt: here and similar here
Sweater: here
Clutch: similar red velvet clutch here
Shoes: here

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Romantic Details



Whenever I take photos in this particular location, especially when the camellias are in full bloom, I always feel like I am on the set of either The Bachelor or Romeo and Juliet. I guess there's just something romantic about the place, especially with the flowers, the creeping vines, and the stone walkway. Once, the walkway was wet after the rain and it really looked like the first episode of each season of The Bachelor when the girls get out of the cars and, for some unnatural reason, the driveway is always wet. There are romantic details in this outfit as well, especially in this tulle and sequin top. Usually, I associate both tulle and sequins with Christmas and New Years but both definitely work for Valentine's Day as well! Actually, I would argue that they work anytime of the year!



Even though both tulle and sequins are dressy, I decided to go the casual route with this particular outfit. I paired the top with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans to tone down the look. I also decided to go with flats, although these leopard flats do have bows, so that makes them both a little dressy and little romantic too! Last of all, for a pop of color, I opted for my quilted Chanel bag that just happens to be the perfect match for the camellias. This is also appropriate given that the camellia flower is synonymous with Chanel. Rumor has it that it was Coco Chanel's favorite flower which is why it appears on their handbags, brooches, clothing, and packaging. And speaking of romantic details, the reason camellias were her favorite flower was because her polo playing boyfriend gave her a bouquet of them! I guess that's a perfect, romantic factoid in anticipation of Valentine's Day!



Top: J. Crew here
Jeans: Old Navy similar boyfriend jeans here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Chanel similar budget friendly version here

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Crazy for Color Blocking!



Lately, I have been having fun with color blocking and trying out bold new color combinations. While I love a beautiful pattern, sometimes it's fun just to wear solids but in a bold and playful way! With this outfit, I'm trying my hand at a mint and pink combination because who doesn't like those two colors paired together? Recently, I had been looking for the perfect mint sweater and, luckily, I recently came across this cozy mint turtleneck sweater from J. Crew. One of my favorite things about the sweater is that it's very, very soft in addition to being a beautiful shade of mint!



So, while this outfit is mostly about the presence of bold colors and the absence of patterns, I would be remiss not to point out that there's a little bit of pattern with these leopard print bow flats. You might recall that I have these same exact shoes in pink and that I also wear them all the time. Whenever I get that much use out of an item of clothing or shoes, I'm prone to buying it again in other colors, which is exactly what I did with these shoes! These shoes are so comfy and chic and I have a feeling that I'll be getting just as much use out of them as the pink ones!


Sweater: J. Crew here
Skirt: Target similar pink pleated skirt here, here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: J. Crew similar lavender bag here

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