Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pre-Valentine's Day Sweater

Valentine's Day is only three weeks away, which is a little hard to believe because it seems like it was just yesterday that I was putting up Christmas decorations! Well, it's now time to put away all the festive plaids and replace them with reds, pinks and, of course, hearts! While I'm not fully into dressing in head to toe hearts, I am shifting my color palette to suit the upcoming holiday. Take, for example, this cozy pink and red sweater; it's the perfect way to get ready for Valentine's Day in a subtle way! I purchased the sweater about a week or so before Christmas but waited until this week to wear it, figuring that it would be perfect for a pre-Valentine's Day look!

I decided to pair the sweater with a pair of white jeans. Formerly, it was a fashion faux pas to wear white after Labor Day but the rules have changed. I've seen quite the movement towards wearing winter whites, which is a really chic idea in my opinion! While these jeans are obviously meant for summer, they do transition nicely to winter months with the right sweater. So, while this might not be an over the top Valentine's Day outfit, it's easing me into the holiday. Plus, if you look closely, you'll see some heart earring peaking out! More hearts are to come as we approach the actual day!

Sweater: Kohl's here
Jeans: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver flats here
Bag: Gucci similar here
Earrings: similar heart earrings here

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Pops of Color

It's hard to believe but I used to have a lot of black and darker colors in my wardrobe. Now, whenever I have an article of clothing that's black and white, I always find a way to incorporate some pop of color into the outfit to make it more fun. Take, for example, these wolfstooth pants: while they would look chic with just a black sweater, the addition of my bright yellow sweater and pink bow flats definitely takes it to the next level! It's worth noting that these satin pink bow flats (also available here) are now on sale. If you've been following my blog for the last few months, you will know that I have been wearing them non-stop! They've definitely become my go to shoes for this season and, hopefully, for years to come!

Speaking of color, this wall behind me just happened to be the perfect backdrop to my outfit but it was totally unplanned. Originally, I had mapped out another wall near this particular area of the Arts District of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the wall scene in Los Angeles is very ephemeral and the mural I had planned on using was covered in graffiti. It was time to figure out a plan B quick, as the sun was setting on the city but, luckily, I remembered seeing this colorful mural on the side of a building, so I decided it would do in a pinch. To be honest, I think it may have worked out even better than the backdrop I had originally wanted to use, so I can't complain!

Sweater: H&M here
Pants: J. Crew similar houndstooth pants here
Shoes: J. Crew here and here
Bag: Milly similar rainbow clutch here

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

A Few of My J.Crew Favorites, Now on Sale!

J. Crew is having a fantastic sale right now to celebrate the upcoming long weekend! While everything is 30% off, items already on sale are an extra 40% off and many are an extra 60% off! While I'm trying to resist, I will probably stock up on a few things because the prices are too tempting to pass up! Below are three of my favorite pieces from the sale that I purchased this fall/winter that are now on sale and in stock.  The first item is these luxurious silk Jungle Print pants! I absolutely adore the print, the wide leg silhouette, and the comfy pajama feel of these pants!

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As you can see, I liked this Jungle Cat print so much that I also got it in a blouse! This blouse looks fantastic with a variety of colors because of the pink, yellow, purple, and green shades that are featured in the print. It would also look beautiful paired with the matching pants for a look that J. Crew formerly referred to as "the hook up". As you can see, I'm head over heels in love with this particular print, which is why I didn't mind springing for it at full price a few months ago!

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Last but not least is this fun rainbow skirt! This was another piece that I picked up as soon as it was released and I'm quite frankly surprised that it made it to the sale rack! I have worn this skirt so many times and I know it will be a favorite for years to come! Initially, I styled the skirt with just a plain white button down shirt, as is shown in the J. Crew catalog, but for winter I opted to pair it with a variety of rich cashmere and wool sweaters. With so many pretty colors featured in the skirt, the sky is the limit in terms of styling ideas for this skirt!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Fair Isle with a Twist

There's nothing I love better than something that's a classic but with a twist! Take, for example, this super soft fair isle sweater, which from far away looks like your everyday, ordinary sweater but, upon closer inspection, has a sparkly surprise! The collar of the sweater is embroidered with shimmering sequins (I know, more sequins!), which makes it a fun spin on a winter staple. One of the other things that I love about this sweater is the color combination: the mint and yellow is a somewhat unexpected pairing but I think it totally works!

Speaking of unexpected pairings, I would normally pair this sweater with a pair of jeans, maybe even white jeans, but I was feeling a little "extra" on the day I put this sweater together so I opted for a silver pleated skirt. I liked how it played off of the shimmer of the sequins and also gave a kind of cool winter feel to the entire look. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who like the pairing because, when I was walking down the street, a woman rolled down her window to share with me how much she liked my look. I guess whenever strangers stop you for compliments, especially ones that require yelling out the window of a moving car, you know you have a winner!

Sweater: J. Crew here
Skirt: Zara similar metallic pleated skirt
Shoes: J. Crew Factory similar mint pumps
Headband: Anthropologie here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Casual Sunday

After a busy week, especially after trying to adjust to work after two weeks of being on vacation, it's nice to just take it easy on the weekend and throw on jeans and a sweatshirt. Just because you're going casual, however, doesn't mean that you can't add some fun and colorful details to your look! Take, for example, my embellished sweatshirt from J. Crew; it's casual and comfy but the adornments around the neck make it more than your ordinary sweatshirt!

In addition to my embellished sweatshirt, I also decided to wear my jade satin Mary Janes. I love dressing up jeans and a great pair of shoes is the perfect way to accomplish that goal. I also love that these shoes are flats because, while the satin material makes them dressy, they are still super comfortable. All in all, this outfit was the perfect thing to wear for a casual lunch out and running some errands.

Sweatshirt: J. Crew here
Jeans: Old Navy similar boyfriend jeans here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: Gucci here

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Prehistoric Fashion

When I was a child, I loved dinosaurs! Who didn't? While the brontosaurus was my favorite, there's a special place in my heart for this gigantic T-Rex located in the city of Cabazon, which is on the way to Palm Springs. Pretty much every time we pass these fun roadside dinosaurs, I have to stop. So do a lot of other people because it's always jammed with people who are also trying to get their picture with this T-Rex! Over winter break, my husband and I were in this area, so I had to return to get a few more pictures, this time wearing my new rugby striped sweater and some wild leopard pants for this wild adventure!

After we stopped to snap a few pics with the dinosaurs, we went to the outlets in Cabazon because that's the other thing the city is known for. The Cabazon outlets offer a first rate shopping experience with a lot of designers, such as Gucci, Fendi and Burberry. I was actually very good and didn't buy anything at the outlet but it was really fun looking through all of the designer goodies! Shopping was almost like feeling like a kid again, looking at these dinosaurs!

Sweater: Banana Republic here
Pants: J. Crew similar leopard pants here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Fendi
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Still Sequins

I know the holidays are over but I'm trying to extend them a little bit more by wearing some of my favorite sequin pieces! To be honest, this outfit is actually what I wore for a lunch out on New Year's Eve. While it was a more casual lunch, topped off by a trip to the grocery store, it was NYE after all and I had to wear sequins! The look might have turned a few heads (in fact, the checker at the grocery store even commented on my "sparkly dress", even though it's clearly a skirt) but I still had fun wearing the outfit. I actually put the outfit together because I though the skirt was the perfect complement to my new purple sweater! I think the beaded accents on the shoulder of the sweater begged for something sparkly like this skirt on the bottom!

Speaking of new additions to my wardrobe, these green satin flats are another purchase that reflects some of the goodies I have been able to pick up during the after holiday sales. I'm a big fan of flat shoes, especially Mary Jane's, so these shoes were practically meant for me. One thing you may or may not know about me is that green is my second favorite color (purple is my favorite), so in addition to being sparkly, this outfit also represents my favorite colors as well. Now if sparkle was considered a color, I just might have to rethink the ordering of my favorite colors!

Sweater: J. Crew here
Skirt: Zara similar here and here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Fendi here

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