Dots In Downtown

Top: Equipment Hat: H&M Sandals: Elizabeth and James Bag: Marc Jacobs

Top: Equipment
Hat: H&M
Sandals: Elizabeth and James
Bag: Marc Jacobs

Sometimes the weather inspires an outfit, other times it’s the plans for the day. Today I only had one plan in mind and that was to just be out and about. Today’s subtle gust of wind blew us to Downtown Temecula. I love going Downtown, simply for the ambiance. There’s a sense of freedom and independence¬†that exudes from the old buildings. I love the smell of BBQ that overflows that air, stemming from the good ol’ mom and pop burger shops that in any other big town would probably be far and few, and one of those best kept secret kind of things. But not in this town. This town takes pride on things that are home-grown. Although since moving to this neighborhood, despite my previously mentioned observation I have yet to find a good farmers market. (As of this blog post the best farmers market I have yet to experience is the one held at Victoria Garden’s in Rancho every Friday.) Either way, it’s definitely and Old America experience. Perhaps that’s why they call it “Old Town.”

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Fashion Forward On Football Sunday

Dress: Equipment Ankle boots: Saks 5/48 Sunglasses: Chloe Hat: Saks Shorts: Free People

Dress: Equipment
Ankle boots: Saks 5/48
Sunglasses: Chloe
Hat: Saks

So while my entire inner circle is glued to their TV set, and my boyfriend has a screaming match with our own flat screen, I utilized the perfect weather and sunny day as an opportunity for a blog shoot. I don’t watch football and I learned very very young that football Sunday is the perfect opportunity to be out and about and get stuff done. Thank you football league! (Is that what it’s called? Don’t know, don’t care.)

I really contemplated returning what I initially thought was a dress. After trying it on I think it might have been designed to be more of a shirt. Luckily, because I’m petit sometimes even long shirts work perfect as a dress for me. On the flip side of that some dresses are just devastatingly too long because they’re made for girls that I imagine to be at least 5’10. Sadly, I have some skirts that hang in my closet simply because I thought even with heels they would work, but alas the only way they’re going to fit is with a trip to a seamstress. So what is a girl to do when she loves a piece that is shockingly too short? Why do what I call the “mom trick” and just throw some shorts underneath! When I was younger I used to have to wear shorts under almost everything. Not only was it annoying and sometimes too much on a hot day, but it was just not fashion forward at all. Thank God someone realized this was a problem for young fashionistas in the making and invented skorts. Whoever that was, sir or ma’am, I applaud you. Nonetheless, for fear of exposing too much skin today I resorted to the ancient but useful tradition of throwing shorts under a dress. And surprisingly it worked! Nothing like some lace shorts adding a little flare to the short hem of a shirt dress!

Huh, what’d you know? My mom knew something about something after all!

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They're subtle, but peeking out from under the dress are my favorite black lace Free People shorts.

They’re subtle, but peeking out from under the dress are my favorite black lace Free People shorts.

Digital And Denim

Top: Equipment Shorts: 7 For All Mankind Shoes: Chloe Hat: H&M

Top: Equipment
Shorts: 7 For All Mankind
Shoes: Chloe
Hat: H&M

Happy New Years fellow fashionistas! I’m so excited for this year! 2013 was unforgettable as I finally started seizing opportunities to further this adventure known as fashion blogging. Really and truly thank you to LA Style Week and all sponsored events for believing in us little bloggers and our voice. 2014, you have a lot to live up to.

As with every year prior, my New Years resolution is to get organized and what better place to start than with my closet? When my closet is organized it’s amazing how all of a sudden life gets organized. However, in the process of gathering my precious treasures and lining them up in accordance to sleeve length, cut and color, my closet broke. True story! The good news is it’s being repaired as I type this. Perhaps I’ve gone over board when it comes to splurging on all the Winter clearance blow out sales I’ve stumbled upon. But really, how can a girl pass up an Equipment top being marked down from about $200 to $30? I’d be crazy, right?! So, although my boyfriend would probably be disappointed to hear I spent my Christmas bonus on some shoes and a new spring wardrobe (the benefit of shopping in the clearance section during winter is finding amazing spring pieces and stellar prices) he’ll be delighted to know that my collection at least for this season is accounted for, and I got it for literally 90% below actual cost. 2014, you’re already looking good!

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I love Equipment for a plethora of reasons. One such reason is the fact they take a basic concept such as a button down and infuse it with a variety of prints and vibrant colors. In other words they give ordinary pieces personality.

Tis The Season To Wear My Favorite Color

Top: Equipment Skirt: Kate Spade Heels: Brian Atwood

Top: Equipment
Skirt: Kate Spade
Heels: Brian Atwood

Although if I’m being completely honest I wear pink every holiday. When I worked at Disneyland, my co-workers and I, also known as the BFF’s of The CLL of the DTD, would celebrate the 3rd of July rather than the 4th due to the fact we would be working. So we decided to come up with a new concept. On the 3rd of July, we wear pink and green. This holiday I decided to carry on the tradition of pink minus the green. I replaced the green with some bright cheerful colors like red, purple and of course sparkle. (Really and truly sparkle should be a color. Just because it can’t be a crayon doesn’t mean it should be cut from the color wheel. Dear Crayola, please consider this.)

Finally! A pair of Brian Atwoods that are cute and comfortable! Hidden platforms make a world of difference.

Finally! A pair of Brian Atwoods that are cute and comfortable! Hidden platforms make a world of difference.

Growing up I used to hate getting clothes for Christmas. Unless they were for my Barbie, she could never have too many clothes. Than as I got older I realized new clothes are so much better when they’re for me. Now, just like unwrapping a new Christmas gift I find it to be my own personal tradition to celebrate every Christmas in a new outfit. Merry Christmas to me!

I love when I stumble upon must have pieces. I love when I stumble upon must haves at a great deal! Thanks to Nordstrom's Rack this Kate Spade creation went from about $300, to $19.95!

I love when I stumble upon must have pieces. I love when I stumble upon must haves at a great deal! Thanks to Nordstrom’s Rack this Kate Spade creation went from about $300, to $19.95!

Some Combinations Are Just Classic Together

Some Combinations Are Just Classic Together

Some things just go naturally together. Peanut butter and jelly. Pink and purple. Macaroni and cheese. And a button up and jeans. I’ve been obsessed with Equipment lately, a brand that specializes in menswear for women, specifically button downs. While initially I did not see a need for more than one in my closet, I’ve become obsessed! And this obsession has only been fueled by recent markdowns at my store recently. A silk button down that originally retails for roughly $200, for $35 (after employee discount of course) how could I resist. So consider this a disclaimer for posts to come, I now am the proud owner of the classic Equipment silk button down in powder blue, baby pink, white, grey, and red. And I need more! Orange, green, purple, navy! You never know when you’re going to come across a pair of shoes that would pair perfect with a button down of a particular color! These are ambitions a pro fashionista needs to foresee and prepare for especially when the price is right!

Love my statement necklaces. This one is from J Crew.

Love my statement necklaces. This one is from J Crew.

While initially I believed button downs to be stuffy and boring, they can actually prove to be quite fun with the right accessories. And I think that’s why I’ve begun this love affair. Not only do they look chic, but to me they’re like a blank canvas ready to be painted with pretty accessories!

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Bananas For Button Ups

Cardigan: Calvin Klein Button Up: Equipment Jeans: Textile Elizabeth and James Ballet Flats: Miu Miu Necklace: Forever 21

Cardigan: Calvin Klein
Button Up: Equipment
Jeans: Textile Elizabeth and James
Ballet Flats: Miu Miu
Necklace: Forever 21

So perhaps it’s because I’m no longer able to shop at Limited Too (Or Justice For Girls) I guess is what it’s called these days, that I’ve decided it’s time to sophisticate my wardrobe with some classic pieces. Don’t get me wrong! I still love my sparkle and fluffy dresses but there comes a time in one’s life where eventually you have to embrace reality and except the fact that tutu’s are no longer acceptable for every day wear. I’ll just have to save those for the weekends I’m off.

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I’m obsessed with Equipment! The go to label for mens favorite button down look for women. And how cute is this top! A bow! I can still achieve the mature chic look women have loved since forever,¬†while still maintaining my favorite girly accents. And I guess I’m embracing the whole girly masculine look because I invested in my first pair of boyfriend jeans. And when I need to infuse my own style that can only be described as “Just Jess” there’s always super cute accessories! Thank you Forever 21 for making fun and affordable statement pieces to jazz up even the most basic pieces fun!

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No Time Like the Present To Get in The Holiday Spirit

Top: Equipment Skirt: Helmut Lang Boots: Joie Sunglasses: Linda Farrow for the Row

Top: Equipment
Skirt: Helmut Lang
Boots: Joie
Sunglasses: Linda Farrow for the Row

Tis the season to start busting out the sparkle, ugly sweaters and red! Although be careful because too much red and the wrong combo and you could end up looking like Santa Claus. I thought I could rock this outfit today with some black boots and no such look. I just needed a white haired wig and I would have been a shoe in for the new and improved younger version of Mrs. Claus.

Red, white and tan make the perfect color combo! Always exercise extreme caution when combining red with other colors. Red and yellow will make you look like a McDonalds sign. But red, black and white will make you look like Santa Claus. Obviously, black accessories are totes acceptable.

Red, white and tan make the perfect color combo! Always exercise extreme caution when combining red with other colors. Red and yellow will make you look like a McDonalds sign. But red, black and white will make you look like Santa Claus. Obviously, black accessories are totes acceptable.

At work I always plan out the “12 Days of Christmas.” This year we are celebrating the holiday season in style by having a variety of themed days! Traditionally we are only to wear black and white with a slight infusion of grey or a splash of color in the form of accessories (borrrring!) Thus, tis the season to be a rebel and this year we will be rocking around the Christmas tree in an ugly sweater (my favorite and something I always make on my own,) our sparkliest get up for “Sparkle Day,” “Green Day,” and now officially “Red Day!” This outfit will definitely work perfect for that! As much as I love a cheesy reindeer sweater that lights up, I do love a good ol’ fashioned sophisticated holiday get up. After realizing I should have saved this outfit for Thanksgiving, I couldn’t resist wearing a cute skirt when the weather was so nice outside. Winter layers will just have to wait for another day.

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