Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Floral, More Fall

I suppose my outfit for today is a continuation of my last post which featured my "Photo Floral" skirt styled for fall. This post is sort of a "floral for fall part deux" if you will. I am really trying to work the floral angle these days and mix some of my spring pieces into my fall wardrobe as much as possible before they start to look too "ridiculous".  I kind of feel like a broken record talking about the seasons, the weather, and trying to figure out how to transition, given the "bi-polar" weather we have here that rapidly switches from cool to scorching hot in the blink of an eye, so, here are my "brief" two cents about what I am wearing today.

Unlike my "Photo Floral" skirt which I wore repeatedly last summer/spring, this is the first time my watercolor floral jacket from Zara has seen the light of day. It was purchased over the summer on clearance ($39.99) when it was just too hot to justify wearing it. For fall, it makes a great piece to throw on over a button down and a wool skirt like a did today. Did I mention that I am super psyched to be wearing a wool skirt, finally? Well, I'll just end on that note!








Shirt: J. Crew Factory here 
Skirt: J. Crew Factory pencil skirt in "Pinot Noir" here 
Shoes: Forever 21 here 
Bag: J. Crew Edie in "Hyacinth"
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle" bow watch
Bracelet: ASOS
Sunglasses: Prada


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photo Floral for Fall

My first official sweater of the season! Well, maybe not my first sweater, but the first thick one with just a hint of wool.  I don't know how many people bother to get excited about such a thing, but I was pretty stoked to don a sweater last week when we had a couple slightly cool and overcast days. Now it actually feels like fall as opposed to midsummer here in Los Angeles.

I'm trying to find ways to take some of my spring/summer patterns and make them transition into cooler days. One example would be my "Photo Floral Patio" skirt from J. Crew. I paired it with some dots and a collared embellished shirt for a little fall touch. This outfit was perfect until the sun came out mid afternoon which gave way to warmer temps, but at least I had a little taste of fall. Unfortunately I couldn't find any fall foliage which would have been the perfect backdrop to today's post. As you can see there's still a lot of green (despite our drought) here in California!







Linking Up With:
Trend Spin
What I Wore

Skirt: J. Crew "Photo Floral" Patio skirt 
Sweater: J. Crew Factory Warmspun French Knot here
Shirt: Ann Taylor Embellished Perfect shirt 
Shoes: J. Crew Mirror/Silver ballet flats
Bag: J. Crew Tilda 
Watch: Tissot 
Sunglasses: Prada

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Grunge Flannel Chic

I always have my eyes peeled for fashion inspiration. A few weeks ago I saw a guy wearing a shirt such as the one I am sporting today and thought, "I would totally rock that type of shirt with a leather skirt." Well, after this inspiration popped into my mind I later found this yellow and black flannel shirt on the Forever 21 website and when they finally had a free shipping promo I ordered it. Today I paired it with the leather skirt I got last year off eBay to complete my vision.

I kind of feel today's look is a throwback, although a chic throwback, to the 90s, when flannel ruled and grunge was all the rage. I was a big fan of flannel and grunge for a brief period in those less fashionable days. I am glad that my style has evolved quite a bit since then, although I am still somewhat a fan of the music. I guess some things you never grow out of!







 
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Shirt: Forever 21 here 
Leather Skirt: LOFT similar here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Brea in"Rubis"
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden 
Watch: Tissot 
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Walk on the Wild Side

Animal prints in moderation are always fun. Prints that feature animals, not just the patterns of their fur but the whole animal, are even better. You see, I am most definitely an animal lover from the exotic such as these giraffes to the prosaic like goats and chickens.

Last year around this time in the fall I came across this giraffe dress from Anthropologie in the clearance rack. I had to take this tower of giraffes home with me. (Tower is what you call of group of giraffes. I literally just found this out by Googling it for my blog just this moment.) Anyway, I reached for my giraffe dress this morning because I thought the colors were very inspired for autumn with the rich reds, yellows and browns. I played up the "Katie Girl" on safari look with a leopard clutch. Can leopards and giraffes peacefully coexist? Well, I guess so!










Linking Up With:
Spotlight Weekly
Three-fer Thursday
What I Wore to Work

Dress: Anthropologie "Zarafa" Giraffe Dress
Sweater: J. Crew "Jackie" cardigan
Bag: Clare Vivier Leopard Fold-over clutch
Shoes: Pink Studio 
Belt: Brooks Brothers
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle" bow watch
Bracelets: J. Crew Factory and Forever 21
Necklace: J. Crew "Jeweled Quills" pendant necklace
Sunglasses: Prada 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Casual Francophile

As a continuation of my Fancy Francophile post last week, I am showing a more casual take on the "Parisian Lady" Collector Tee from the J. Crew Factory. I have been on somewhat of a pant buying spree, including these "Dannie" leather-trim pants from J.Crew that I am sporting today. In my opinion, the "Dannie" pants are a really nice, classic take on skinny black cigarette pant type of look that is always so chic and classic. The leather on the waistband and pockets isn't really visible unless you tuck your shirt in, but it's fun to know that it's there. It makes you feel like a secret "bad ass".

To top off my casual Francophile look, I add a polka dot blazer for just a bit of fun. On a side note, I realized that I still had the paper covering on the buttons located on the sleeves of the blazer as I was sitting in a meeting. I am always guilty of doing stuff like this, be it the stitching that keeps the pleat together on the back of the jacket, those pesky cloth security tags that are located on the inside of clothing (even when you buy it online) or the tag identifying the size of your jeans that is sewn on to the pocket. I am known to neglect all of the above and walk around with it all on display! I guess that's why I'll never quite have the je ne sais quoi that I discussed about Parisian women in my last post!









Linking up with:
The Fashion Canvas
Confident Twosday

Tee: J. Crew Factory "Parisian Lady" Collector Tee here 
Blazer: J. Crew "School Boy" blazer in dotted linen 
Pants: J. Crew "Dannie" leather-trim pant here 
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden 
Clutch: Vince Camuto 
Watch: Tissot
Bracelet: Forever 21

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's a Mad, Mad Tea Party

You would have to be mad not to wear this Anthropologie "Sugar and Cream" dress to an afternoon of tea. This weekend I did just that, breaking out this dress with its crazy tea cups for the occasion of nibbling on scones, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and of course sipping tea. What a civilized way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

My love of having tea started with my best friend in college. We had this favorite tea spot that we would frequent afternoons. Sometimes we would even bring our laptops and do school work over tea. My favorite thing about that spot, in addition to the great company and conversation, was their delightful raspberry Linzer cookies. Sadly, this tea haven is now out of business, so I have been on a quest for my new favorite place to raise my pinky and daintily sip tea. So far I have experienced quite a few tea rooms in the greater Los Angeles area, so if you ever need a recommendation, you know who to ask!

 







Here are a few shots of our mad tea party, including tea cozies, scones, sorbet and those cute crustless sandwiches that are so refined!





Linking Up With:
Pink Sole
Style Elixir

Dress: Anthropologie "Cream and Sugar" tea cup dress
Denim Jacket: Old Navy
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" pumps in nude
Bag: J. Crew "Edie" in Hyacinth 
Watch: Tissot 
Sunglasses: Prada

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lemons for Fall

It's fall and things are turning autumnal everywhere you look, especially when it comes to people's palates. For example, everyone is promoting autumnal flavors such as cinnamon and spice and drinks such as pumpkin flavored lattes and whatnot. But instead of craving these flavors of fall, I had a different craving last weekend: lemons. This craving first manifested itself last Saturday after a long day of walking around L.A. in 100+ degree weather. A little on the dehydrated side, I wanted nothing more than a lemon sorbet or gelato to cool me off, which I ended up buying and paying the exorbitant fee of $5 for, even though I lied and told my husband it was $3.

The next day I wore this lemon motif sweater. Yes, it's a sweater, which makes it somewhat fall appropriate and also explains why it's been siting in my closet for months without wear, but on the other hand, the lemons make it more spring/summer. So to make my lemon sweater more fall appropriate, I paired it with a navy skirt and jeweled collar blouse underneath. I'm not sure what new cravings I'll have this weekend, but it's safe to say that lemons and citrus are still some of my favorites, but I am a California girl after all.











 Linking Up With:
three-fer-thursday 
What I Wore to Work
Style Elixir

Sweater: Ann Taylor "Lemon Drop" sweater
Shirt: J .Crew "Tilda"
Skirt: J. Crew " Postage Stamp Sailor" mini skirt
Shoes: J. Crew 
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in Citron
Bracelet: ASOS
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle" bow watch
Sunglasses: Prada