Summer Garden Party

Vintage Tracy Reese Top/ Nordstrom Trousers (from last winter)/ Zara Clutch/  Anthropologie Earrings/ Grandmother’s Vintage Gold Watch/ Aldo Heels.

Tonight I thought I’d put together a look for a “summer garden party.” I used some of my favorite pieces (and a new photo editor) to show what I came up with. Let me know what you think!

Pretty Polka Dots

  Last week I was lucky enough to get together with my gal pal Courtney Baird to take a few snaps of her sassy style! I love her look here, she wears an ADORABLE navy polka dot print skirt, paired with a girlie slit sleeved top and floral sandals. This look is perfect for summer without trying too hard!

Long Sleeve Top/ Polka Dot Skirt (similar here)/ Floral Sandals (similar here).

A Day at the Ranch

CAbi Military Jacket (similar here)/ Stripped Tee/ Jeans/ Boots (similar here).

Today started off as a fun one, seeing as I got to go watch my sister Sarah ride during lessons. Today was her first day jumping (which was a big deal). While she road I snapped pics and made some new horse friends! What a great way to start the day!

Back to School Preview

 

CAbi Blazer (similar here) / Old Navy Graphic Tee/  Old Navy Jeans/ Flower Pin (similar here)/ Black Suede Boots (similar here).

As the smell of Fall begins to slowly waft through the air, so does the phenomenon of back to school shopping. It is always so important to be wearing the cutest outfit possible on the first day of school that says, “hey, let’s be friends.” Can an outfit really say that you ask? Yes, yes it can. Here, my sister Sarah models a potential look for young teenage girls entering their early high school years. Sarah is photographed in Ventura, California,  where the fall weather will be the same as it was in the summer (65-75 and sunny) so having heavy jackets and fall pieces are extremely impractical. Instead Sarah wears a light weight blazer that can be taken off to reveal a cute graphic tee! Many of her favorite back-to-school basics are available at Old Navy where affordable clothing and great style go hand in hand! (no I am not an advertisement I just really do love Old Navy).

More to come later on shopping for school as it nears time to hit the books again!

Summer Must Haves @ GAP

As I mentioned in a previous post, this summer I got a job as a sales associate at GAP and couldn’t be more happy. Even though I’ve only been working for a few weeks, I’ve already spotted many things that I will HAVE to buy with my AMAZING employee discount. Above I created a collage of some of my favorites which include graphic tees, bright pants, and some rather fetching accessories if I do say so myself 😉

Items in order (all available at GAP.COM): 1. Bright Graphic Tees $22.95-$29.95, 2. Sassy sandals, 3. $34.95-$79.95, Spray Paint Cardigan $49.95, 4. Studded Belt $29.95, 5. Printed Scarf $29.95, 6. Colorful Pants $69.95, 7. Chevron Maxi $74.95, 8. Printed Shorts $49.95.

Tokyo Chic

This week my best friend hopped on a airplane to Japan from San Francisco (a 14 hour flight) to play in a music festival. Helping her decide on outfits to pack inspired me to create my own “Tokyo chic” look. As you all probably already know, Tokyo (in my opinion) is the capital of daring fashionistas. Women (and men) there are willing to take huge fashion risks and they have helped me conjure the courage to make my own. I know that not everyone in Tokyo dresses in outrageous attire all the time but it’s fun to be creative with fashion as well as take risks!

Above, I created a look that amps up my usual fairly simplistic attire. Many of these pieces transition into day/night as well as into many different outfits. For example: pairing the denim vest with a sundress and boots on a warm day instantly adds a new edge to a cute dress. Another option would be take the cobalt pants and pair them with a tiny tank, a blazer and killer heels for a perfect going out look. Go ahead be fearless!

Items: 1. H&M cat eye sunnies $9.95,  2. Markus Lupfer Kapow! sweater $475,  3. Raw edge denim vest $30,  4. Rag & Bone skinnies $200,  5. Marc Jacobs watch $200,  6. Polka dot scarf $22,  7. Hello Kitty necklace $16.50,  8. Marc Jacobs bag $438,  9. Explode slipper $40.

Blast From The Past: Alice + Olivia

As I was scrolling through one of my favorite brand sites, Alice + Olivia, I realized how much their current collection is channeling popular past fashion trends. Seeing as I am a sucker for 1950s fashions (as well as the others pictured here), I HAD to make a collage of my favs!

The lilac colored 1960s inspired ensemble would be great paired with a killer pair of heals and some chunky arm candy for a semi casual summer evening gathering. The 1970s Parisian inspired outfit is perfect just the way Alice + Olivia styled it on their site. The only thing missing is a chic clutch! The 1950s housewife get up is so fierce! Walk into any room wearing that dress with a waist cinching belt and you’re bound to have a few wandering eyes exploring your florals. As for the 1920s flapper, this is for a girl who WANTS to be noticed at a party or night out on the town. Wearing it with minimal jewelry and understated heels lets you shine on the dance floor without too much fuss!

* All items (and many more must haves) available at Alice+Olivia.com!

Crazy for Carrie

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I recently stumbled on this photo and quote by Carrie Bradshaw of HBO’s Sex and the City (aka my fave show of all time). Since I’m such a nerd, I knew that this photo in particular is from an episode in one of the final seasons of the show where Bradshaw travels to Paris for a boyfriend. This stunt was very out of character for her, so I decided to put together a collage of things that ARE in Bradshaw’s character. These pieces are all something I believe the costume designer for the show (Patricia Field) would choose for Carrie. Carrie Bradshaw embodies the ability to be free and not fall to social norms when it comes to her everyday dress. I know I am going to start taking more of a “Carrie approach” when styling myself and I encourage you all to do the same! Oh! and don’t forget to top it off with a great pair of Manolo Blahnik’s!

Items: 1. Emilio Pucci strapless gown $2,695, 2. Sondra Roberts beaded clutch $198, 3. Lucky Brand feather ring $35, 4. Marc Jacobs pleated satin dress $1,500, 5. Sunshower bib necklace $188, 6. J. Crew polka-dot capri $120, 7. Manolo Blahnik swan heels $1,295, 8. Sex and the City: The Complete Series $165.

In luv with Heidi Merrick

This summer I am interning for the blog Damsel in Dior, and last week, I was lucky enough to accompany her on a tour at the Heidi Merrick showroom in downtown L.A. We arrived in the somewhat dodgy area and had a bit of trouble at first finding the correct address. After a few minutes of wondering around, we were able to find the large building that Heidi Merrick’s showroom along with many other labels hold creative spaces. Entering the space was like opening the door to a fashion fantasy. There were several different collections hanging on racks as well as people hand creating the glamorous pieces right in front of out eyes. Everyone there was incredibly kind and ready to answer any (and all) of my numerous inquiries about the incredible garments. One of my favorite parts of the experience was not only being able to see and touch the clothes (before they’re even in stores) but also seeing the large inspiration board that was a compilation of magazine and runway photos as well as sketches. This is similar to what I have been doing since I was roughly ten years old and it was reassuring to know that the pros do the exact same thing! I am so grateful for this experience and hopeful I get more in the future!

Merrick’s pieces are easy to wear and versatile. She uses smart, unexpected fabrics and colors to put a twist on items like a classic blazer and leather pants.

 

Here are some of my picks from Heidi Merrick’s Spring 2012 Collection:

 

* All items available at Heidimerrick.com.

Day in the Park

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Are you looking for a fun day in the park? Don’t forget these essentials and of course, you’re furry friend! 

Items from left to right: Gucci 3502/S sunnies $345, Klean Kanteen in reef blue $19.95, Old Navy white button-back 3/4 sleeve pullover $19, Le Sport Sac 7008 travel tote in electraflower print $98, J. Crew pink toothpick jeans $125, Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe in kelly green patent $90, Chuckit! ultra ball dog toy $7. 

*Items available at: sunglasshut.com, kleankanteen.com, oldnavy.com, lesportsac.com, net-a-porter.com, sperrytopsider.com, and petco.com.