4.17.2015

Shopping The Sites: Piperlime's Closing Sale

It's a big bummer that one of my favorite online retailers, Piperlime, is closing up shop at the end of April. I've used Piperlime as a shopping resource here on this blog so many times over the years. They are currently having a sitewide sale, although it is slim pickings, and most of the items aren't marked down too much. You also have to shop at your own risk, as most of the items are final sale. Here are a few pieces under $100 that you might want to snag before the end of the month!



4.15.2015

The Spring Closet: Outfits!

I love creating these seasonal closets, and the most fun is putting together the outfits. I imagine walking into my closet and picking out what to wear for the day based on different scenarios. Like I mentioned, I am 95% casual with my wardrobe choices, and my selections reflect that.

The vertical stripe crop pants are a great piece; comfortable enough for everyday wear, but also just tailored enough to dress up. In this first group of outfits I have created a look for running errands (left), a look for lunch out with friends (middle), and a look for a patio dining happy hour (right)! #SpringGoals.




The girlfriend jeans are what I would reach for the most in this capsule. The simple look on the end, with a gray tee and thong sandals, is a classic throw on and go look for a busy day. If I was feeling a bit colorful, I would go with the adorable watermelon tee, and pair it with the coral pumps for fun. The middle outfit is a more tailored look, and is something I would wear on a weekend day trip, or a weekday appointment when I wanted to look put together.

I am so in love with this floral dress, the color and print are great and aren't too overpowering. If you are feeling flirty, this guy is what you want to throw on! Mix and match with the accessories to create the perfect look for the day.


Black chino shorts are a nice change from regular denim (although you can never have enough denim, can you?) They definitely look more polished, and go with anything. If you have a jaunty weekend planned, throw these one with any of the above combos and you are ready for a day full of activities.

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4.13.2015

The Spring Closet 15 Piece Capsule

Hopefully for most of you ladies spring is well under way by now. With weather being so extreme in all parts of the country (one way or the other), it's been a bit of an unusual transition this year. Here in California we have been experiencing unseasonably warm temps, while some are still dealing with storms and snow. If you happen to be having a "normal" spring, I hope you are enjoying it! 

For this season's capsule closet I've picked a very sweet yet modern color palette of pale blue, coral and olive green. Mixed with classic neutrals of black, white and heather gray, there are endless opportunities to mix and match between pieces to create the perfect look. As usual I have stayed casual with my choices, which reflect the laid back California style I embrace. You can dress up or down with your accessories, which is a great way to build a versatile wardrobe.




Tops:

I chose mostly short sleeve, as they are perfect for layering now, and will take you into summer later. I love to ditch the long sleeves as soon as possible after winter!

Vintage cotton V-neck tee • J.Crew • $29.50 - A heather gray tee is so essential.
Maeve Picnic Days Tee • Anthropologie • $78 - I love this quirky watermelon print!
Left of Center Centerline Slubbed Tee • Anthropologie • $68 - Pale blue is right on trend.
Lapel Hollow Lace Chiffon White Blouse • $10.83 - This structured yet sweet top will go from day to night in a snap.

Jacket:

City Jacket • LOFT • $98 - Don't miss my round-up of spring jackets. I decided to pick a "Field Jacket" style to add to this capsule, but any of those featured would work!

Dress:

Printed fit & flare shirtdress • Gap • $69.95 - Great subdued floral in a classic fit and flare shape to flatter all figures.

Bottoms:

Crossover pant in stripe • J.Crew • $98 - These pants are another great day to night piece.
Factory 3" chino short • J.Crew Factory • $19.50 - Great shorts for weekend activities.
1969 Girlfriend Jeans • Gap • $69.95 - The "girlfriend" is basically like the "boyfriend" just a tad slimmer. If you are in the market for a new pair, check them out!

Accessories:

Structured Dome Straw Tote • Straw Studios • $66.99 - The perfect spring tote. More options on my straw tote round-up post.
Kendra Scott 'Nancy' Drop Earrings • Kendra Scott • $60 - A pretty pop for neutral outfits.
Floral shield cuff bracelet • J.Crew • $59.99 - I love this bold statement bracelet!

Shoes:

Jenn d'orsay pump • Sole Society • $69.95 - A colorful shoe is so spring!
Cap Toe Espadrille Flat • Mossimo • $24.99 - Great flats for gallivanting around town.
Jude flat thong sandal • Sole Society • $59.95 - A dressed up thong sandal is a great way to add polish to a simple outfit.

Stay tuned for the outfits!

View previous capsule wardrobes here. There are loads!

4.09.2015

4 Spring Jackets to Mix and Match in Your Wardrobe

An easy way to change the look of your spring outfits is by mixing and matching a great core set of light weight jackets. Spring jackets are easy to throw on and off as weather permits (no more lugging around 50 pound down jackets!), and add an extra element of style to an outfit as well. There are four types of spring jackets that will take you from day to night, work to weekends, picnics to dinners out, cooler temps to warmer temps, in good times and bad and in sickness and health. I'm getting a bit carried away there, but you catch my drift. Three cheers for versatility!





The Trench: This classic spring jacket looks best when paired with other tailored pieces. Wear over button-ups, light weight sweaters, and trousers or skinny jeans. Pair with heels, flats or loafers, and a classic satchel style bag.

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The Soft Moto: I have a similar soft moto as pictured that I purchased last year from Lou & Grey. It is one of my favorites to throw on and go. To me it is a nice alternative to a blazer, which are a bit too structured for my personal style. A soft moto goes well with more casual looks, such as over a tee and with boyfriends.

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The Denim Jacket: Ah, perennial favorite, the denim jacket. This guy gets voted "Best All Around" for spring. My favorite way to wear one is over a daytime dress. They also look cute when paired with a stripe top, black shorts and espadrilles.

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The Field Jacket: The Field Jacket is the perfect weekend jacket. It reads "I'm ready for some adventuring!", and don't we all love to adventure? I would say this jacket is interchangeable with the lightweight parka. They have similar looks, and are usually made with the same materials and in the same colors. The only difference I see is that a field jacket is a bit more tailored than a parka.  These are perfect paired with denim jeans or boyfriend shorts, some fun sandals and a bucket bag!

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The great thing about these four styles of spring jackets is that you can find affordable versions at many retailers. Collect all four and you can mix and match within your core wardrobe for scores of different looks! Do you own one or more of these jackets? What is your favorite way to style them?