Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Christmas Shorts…

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Merry Christmas, everyone!  I wish I had a great story about these shorts, like maybe that they’re vintage Missoni, passed down from generation to generation, and I wear them every Christmas or something.  Nope.  Not the case.  They’re Trina Turk, and I simply found them on sale at Nordstrom, and decided they were the coolest dressy shorts I’d ever seen, and I had to have them.  The waistband and front pocket lining is a faux-leather embossed chevron print, too.   Such a gorgeous detail!  And they’re still a pretty great Missoni knock-off, don’t you think?

I paired them with the Jimmy Choo OTK ‘Gypsy’ boots (last seen here), but I’m already dreaming of pairing them with my Kiki ballet flats from J.Crew for a more conservative work look, and then also with my super rad Acne Pistol ankle boots, for an edgier look.  Both with and without black tights…

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The shorts are on sale now… try them out with your wardrobe, you won’t be sorry!

(…and more beautiful photos by Kari at www.karijenkinsphotography.com)

Shorts: Trina Turk.  Top: J.Crew.  Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Coat: Zara (similar here).  Necklace: Zara.  Bag: Alexander Wang.

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Sunny Monday

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Yesterday was such a crazy weather day — 81 degrees in December!  No need for a sweater or jacket, it was pure bliss.  Christmas is right around the corner, hope you are all getting your shopping done!  This comfy outfit got me through the day, with easy-to-slip-on-and-off Rag & Bone Harrow booties, and my new favorite Chanel aviators (last seen here).  And of course, some plaid, since it’s everywhere right now!

Happy Holidays!

…and another great set of pics by Kari Jenkins, at http://www.karijenkinsphotography.com

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En-trenched in the holiday spirit

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Trench: Zara (old) (similar here).  Jeans: AG.  Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat.  Bag: Alexander Wang.  Gloves: Zara (old) (similar here & here)

Today is a fun-filled day of holiday shopping, and I have to admit, I’m feeling lazy, so I used the oldest trick in the book: throw on a classic khaki belted trench, and you have instant chic!

This one is a little bit shorter in length, a little flirtier, belted nice and tight to create that ladylike flare.  I also can’t stop wearing these fab Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, they are a ridiculously gorgeous Marant knockoff, and yet strangely comfortable.  You will be seeing these beauties quite often 😉

Wishing you all luck as you conquer the crowds this weekend to get your shopping done, too!

Photos by the talented and sweet Kari Jenkins, of www.karijenkinsphotography.com!

Friday Sparkle & Sale

Happy Friday!  Today is the perfect day to add a little sparkle to your basics… this is my absolute favorite look: a cozy sweater, with an unexpected statement necklace thrown over it.  Makes me smile just thinking about it 🙂

You can also check out the new crop of sweaters with jewelry built in, maybe as a sparkly collar or shoulder detail.  Here’s one I’ll be buying!

Sweater: J.Crew (sold out, but loving this one & this one)  Necklace: Zara (also love this one)

** all 40% off right now at J.Crew, with code: GIFTNOW **

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Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ OTK = perfection

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So I promised you more from my first blog shoot, and here is the next installment…

I suffer from the affliction known as “narrow calf syndrome”.  You might be thinking, ummm that’s not really a problem?  But I’m here to assure you, it is indeed a real problem.  When you can’t find knee-high or OTK boots that don’t sag and slouch around your miserably scrawny legs, you resign yourself to the fact that maybe you’re just destined to wear ankle boots for the rest of your life (which wouldn’t be so bad, truthfully, but what a shame to miss out on so many great fashion moments with tall boots…)

I can’t tell you how many boots I’ve tried on over the years, only to be met with disappointment that “narrow calf syndrome” has struck again.  So when I saw the Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ black suede over-the-knee boots at Neiman’s, with a hefty price tag no less, I almost talked myself out of trying them.  “Why would these boots be any different from the last 37 I’ve tried?!”  But something told me that the universe was finally going to change my luck.  And I was right.

THEY.  ARE.  PERFECT.  Seriously, divine.  Those designers at Jimmy Choo understand how to craft a suede shaft that hugs but doesn’t squeeze the leg (because the ‘sausage casing’ look is just as bad as the floppy ‘I-look-like-a-little-kid-wearing-my-mom’s-boots’ look).  It doesn’t matter what your legs look like, or the circumference of your calves.  As long as your boots fit your leg, then it works.

These Jimmy Choo’s are a classic, a true wardrobe staple.  And you might call me crazy, but that is worth every (exorbitant) penny.  So here’s my homage to the Gypsy boot.  These pics don’t even do them justice, so will spend my life trying to capture their essence and perfection on film.  Or maybe at least another three outfits 😉

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Yup. Valentino.

photo-2I’ve had a pair of Valentino Rockstud kitten heels for awhile now, the black patent with nude leather trim, you know the ones?  But I was craving another pair.  Something more fun, more edgy.  I saw the leopard rockstuds on presale at Saks, and I waited patiently for them to arrive… six months later.  It was torture!

But now I’m having so much fun pairing them with just about everything… skirts, skinnies, leather, denim, etc.

This is also the first photo “shoot” with my best friend of 15 years, when I was visiting her for Thanksgiving and just knew I had to start this fashion blog.  She told me to stop dreaming, go put on one of my outfit obsessions, and to get my fanny outside so we could start documenting it and making it a reality!

And she was right.  She always is.  Cynthia is an amazing attorney, but she also makes a pretty freakin’ amazing fashion photographer, don’t you think?!?!

There is no one like your bestie to tell you to “suck it in, your stomach looks weird”.  And it’s not even offensive… it’s the person who knows you best, and wants you to look and feel your best 🙂

So, I hope you like the little journey we took in these gorgeous Valentinos… there is more to come!  Stay tuned!

Shoes: Valentino.  Skirt: ASOS.  Top: J.Crew.  Necklace: J.Crew (sold out) (similar here)  Bag: Alexander Wang

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The BEST aviators…for those afraid of aviators…

Is it just me, or do Ray-Ban aviators look good on everyone else, but I find them to look ridiculous when I try to wear them?  Surely there must be others out there who feel the same?

I don’t have that perfect, perky little nose.  Or perfectly shaped cheekbones.  So that classic, teardrop Ray-Ban shape just doesn’t look good on me.  So frustrating!

So I set out to find some aviators, and gosh darn it, I wasn’t coming home until I succeeded!

Enter CHANEL.

After trying on a gazillion pairs of glasses at my local Solstice store, the salesgal finally said, “well, I do have a new pair of Chanel frames that I haven’t tagged yet, but you could try them on…”

Ummmmm, of course they’re perfect.  They’re Chanel… obvi.

She told me they have the new “glitter lens”, which almost sent me packing.  I didn’t want some weird sparkly sunglasses that make me look like a preteen, I’m 35 years old for gosh sake!  But they simply just make the lens look more mirrored in the sunlight.  Phew!

So they’re perfect.  With everything.  Dressy, casual, edgy, glam, girlie… they work with everything!  I was so excited at my new discovery that I had to take a shameless car selfie as soon as I left the store!  🙂

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