Spring Sophistication

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Blazer: H&M Striped Top: Vince Jeans: J Brand Shoes: B by Brian Atwood Hat: H&M

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I know I know, I sound like a broken record but I really, really love Spring. It’s like Mother Nature shares my same passion for bright colors and took all the her favorites from her crayon box and just went to town coloring the world with the best, bright and bold. And while Spring and essentially Summer are my favorite seasons for dresses, I appreciate that the 70 degree days allow me to experiment with more sophisticated looks like this ensemble. To achieve a sophisticated Spring look- pants and a blazer are probably going to be your go to items. They say you can’t wear white after labor day but I don’t believe in that. Hello, winter white anyone? I guess though by the logic of those that do follow fashion rules, Spring is an acceptable season to debut some of your favorite wardrobe whites, alas- meet my favorite white jeans by J Brand. J-Brand is a label that I believe was put on the map when Kate Middelton at the start of her reign as Duchess of Fashion Darlings dared to be an outfit repeater and wore the same jeans days in a row! (Gasp, I know.) For the record, I liked J Brand before that as they are simple- no flashy labels, or embellishments. Just plain, and simple and yes…sophisticated.

While I contemplated pairing this outfit with some of my favorite bright pink shoes, or even nude for that matter, I instead opted for some with more edge and went for my metallic silver B by Brian Atwood wedges instead. Just because my ultimate goal with this outfit was sophisticated I didn’t feel it was necessary to sacrifice some pizazz.

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Olivia said she wanted to dress up pretty too.

Spring Style: The Necessities

 

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Dress: Nordstrom’s Rack Hat: H&M Sunnies: Prada Bag: Coach 

So believe it or not florals are not the only option when it comes to Spring attire. Spring, despite all these seasonal allergies is one of my favorite seasons for a plethora of reasons. I love waking up to new blooms in my yard and everywhere you look life seems to be bursting with color of the pastel and bright kind. And quite frankly you don’t need to look further than your landscape to find inspiration for your Spring wardrobe staples.

Although I love bright colors as much as I love sunshine and the longer days, I do have an equal affinity towards pastels. For the ultimate Spring ensemble I typically gravitate towards frilly dresses (either accented with bows or ruffles) in the color palette of the season i.e. every shade of pink from bright to blush! Scenic floral backgrounds are always an extra bonus. When it comes to accessorizing I hate to sound cliche but anything that sparkles in the shape of a flower seem to be the pieces I gravitate toward. Like a moth to the flame.

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In The Land of Pink and Poppy’s

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Romper: Nasty Gal Shoes & Necklace:  Kate Spade Cuff: Forever 21 Hat: H&M

So unless you completely deprive yourself of social media and or the news, 1 you’re probably not reading this and 2 you have probably missed the fact that all these So Cal rainstorms have brought some amazing backdrops perfect for a Saturday getaway and perfect for a Spring shoot! Driving down the 15 Frwy it’s hard not to stop to admire the golden hills sides taken over by the California State flower. Now I know why they call us the Golden State! Currently the hills side of Lake Elsinore have been painted gold by this little flower and it’s absolutely breathtaking.

While I probably should have reconsidered the shoe situation as the two blisters on my toes are reminders to not do that again- a romper was the perfect choice! Rompers are my go to ensemble for warmer weather as it is both practical and chic. Paired with a wide brimmed hat and ta da the perfect attire to welcome warmer weather! And what better combo that my favorite color and my favorite silhouette to welcome one of my favorite seasons. Granted Spring is officially not for a few more weeks- I appreciate mother nature’s justification for arriving basically fashionably early. Well done Mother Nature, well done.

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Comfy And Couture

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Top: H&M Shoes: APL Pants: Joe Jeans Jeggings Sunnies: Ray Ban

So it occurred to me as I walked my beloved Olivia around our lake a few weekends ago, Chanel and Valentino flats- as lovely as they are, are not the greatest true walking shoes. And that’s fine. I suppose they’ll last much longer if I don’t subject them to dirt and two miles on a daily basis. Alas, I started thinking about an article that I read around Christmas time highlighting one of Oprah’s favorite things. The article in question featured a new brand in the running shoe world taking over the social media accounts of fashion enthusiasts- APL. Short for Athletic Propulsion Laboratory. Once I saw this bubblegum shade of pink and the almost crochet like material they were designed with I knew if I were to reconsider tennis shoes these bad boys would be at the top of my list. And after a two mile walk in my pointed Rock Stud Valentino studs, the blisters on my feet were practically screaming at me to revisit the tennis shoe idea.

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Alas, my love for the athleisure look was born. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a girly girl till the day I die, but I do appreciate there are options to welcome my kind to the world of comfiness and coziness. So naturally, when one gets a pair of shoes, one also has to get outfits to compliment. Shout out to H&M for helping me with this task by providing endless options of basics in my favorite shades of lavender, peach and of course pink! I’m looking forward to warmer days and opportunities to mix and match my new comfy shoes with some new basic pieces- and more importantly days of being blister free.

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APL-Short for Athletic Propulsion Laboratory, are literally some of the most comfy tennis shoes I’ve ever tried. I’m in love with the coziness of the crochet like material and can’t wait to get my next pair. Black, peach or baby blue? Or all of the above? Fun fact: these shoes were actually banned from the NBA because of the technology that improves one’s jumping ability. Won’t be giving that a try anytime soon unless I go to some sample sales but good to know it’s an option!

Not Your Typical LBD

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Dress: Lush Hat: Saks Bag: Coach: Gladiators: Steve Madden Sunnies: Miu Miu

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For nearly 10 years, I’ve been subjected to a career dominated by rules that restrict my wardrobe to the color black 5 days out of the week. Which isn’t bad. I mean I suppose I could be forced to where an unflattering uniform, but that’s never been my style. In fact I am eternally grateful to my mom for recognizing this even in my middle school days. True story, in 6th grade my school thought it would be brilliant to level the fashion playing field and make everyone wear those dreadful navy and white uniforms. Which, don’t get me wrong, navy and white works for some people. I just prefer options is all. How is one supposed to use fashion as an art form if you limit their palette to only 2 colors? I got out of that predicament before I was even put into it by my mom telling my school a dress code was against our religion.

Back to present day. Alas, on my days off I put in a diligent effort to infuse my wardrobe with as much color as possible. But, I can’t help but have my days where I too want to indulge in one of the fashion world’s chicest ensembles, aka the little black dress. Traditionally believed to be reserved for those fancy nights out on the town, or funerals the fashion world has seized this iconic wardrobe staple and made it appropriate for even the most casual days. And the best part? It’s literally like a blank slate! You can infuse whatever colorful accessories or shoes you choose. So for color enthusiasts such as myself it’s still a viable option. Today I opted to pair my newest LBD addition with my favorite Steve Madden gladiator sandals. It also made the perfect backdrop to debut my new Coach Tea Rose Appliqué Dinky bag. I know, I know, florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

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Olivia had to join me for today’s fashion adventure.

Still Not Over the Overall Game

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Overalls: H&M Shoes: French Connection Necklace: Charlotte Russe Blouse: Equipment Sunglasses: Ray Bans Hat: Saks

If I had to say there was one piece of clothing that has been a staple in my wardrobe since the beginning, I’d have to say I’ve been pretty committed to the overall game since day 1. From the toddler days and Oshkosh Begosh (totally misspelled that, please don’t judge.) To the good ol’ days when Old Navy ruled my fashion game, overalls have been my go to ensemble for casual days.

My styling skills however, just like the coffee I drink as an adult compared to the cup o’ diabetes I would consume as an 8th grader have only gotten stronger. At least I would like to think. I recall fondly pairing my overalls in high school with an Abercrombie or Hollister top. Add that to a pair of cargo pants, and some white out on your back pack proclaiming your love for a boy band or Blink 182 and bam! You have the guide to so cal style for a high schooler circa 2000. Although my love for the Backstreet Boys remains the same, my styling skills and investment into labels and pieces have dramatically changed. Thank God. Not to say I still don’t have a special place in my heart for Hollister, I do. But I’ve learned it’s so much more fun to play with pieces regardless of the label on the tag. While yes, I do love my labels, it’s not so much the prestige that attracts me but rather the quality. I’ve always been horrible at math but whenever investing in a high quality piece of clothing or accessory I like to consider cost per wear. I’ve found if it’s something I’m going to get endless amounts of wear out of, the more sound the investment. Once I found a $1500 Akris Punto coat for only $300. That has been a go to coat for the past 3 years! One of my equally stylish friends once pointed out that that coat was at a point of being literally less than a dollar a day! And I plan on making it pennies!

Another factor I like to take into consideration is timeless appeal. Like, will this piece stand the test of time in my closet? I’ve come to find that the more simple a piece, the more likely it will last countless seasons in my closet without blatantly jeopardizing the dreaded title of being an “Outfit Repeater.” (Insert cringe here.) When it comes to overalls, I can literally foresee them lasting forever in my closet. Because even if the time comes when I can no longer justify them as a ready to wear, blog worthy statement piece. they’ll always be my go to chores around the house, let’s paint some walls or plant a garden attire. Which works perfect because I’ve taken on the hobby of gardening as well. Pictures and blog to come soon to recap that adventure!

 

Rocking It In A Romper

Hat & Necklace: Saks Sunnies: Prada Romper: Free People Sandals: Elizabeth and James

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There’s nothing I love more than casual Mondays. And not only do I love this romper but I have noticed most of the pieces I find myself oodling over in the stores are the short onesies. Whether long sleeve or interesting silhouettes with cutouts like this Free People number, rompers might just be my signature style this summer!

Fun story. I actually tried putting this romper on a mannequin a few months back. It took me a few attempts thinking that it was a dress to realize that it was actually a romper. It’s one of those pieces that has an odd hanger appeal (or rather none at all for that matter) but alas something about it begged me for spotlight. So eventually after realizing the reason it wasn’t slipping up with ease like a dress would was because it was actually a romper! I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with it though. It was only a few days after I put it up that we actually sold out. Ah the power (and danger in my case) of visuals and stylings of a mannequin.

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Olivia needed her turn in the spotlight. Or rather she hates not being within 5 ft of me and prefers being in my arms. She’s my bestest friend 🙂

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