In the warmer months all I want to do is spend time on the coastline. This outfit is perfect for seaside days with its nautical flair and classic preppy elements. I actually wore this outfit to my interview for my current job, so it must be lucky! I love pairing the bold printed skirt with a more classic top and then some flashy ballet flats to add some luxe elements. The skirt is from Cath Kidston which is one of my favorite British brands. Whenever I am over in the United Kingdom, I always have to make a trip to their store and pick up some classic British pieces.
This past spring my brother and I took a trip down the California coast to Monterey Bay. We had a great day going to the aquarium, checking out the historical district and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area. I feel like standby pieces for full-packed touristy days are jeans and T-shirts. However, since I am not really a jeans and a T-shirt person I had to reimagine a simple yet sophisticated outfit set for spending the day exploring.
I decided to wear one of my favorite sundresses from Garnet Hill. The cotton dress is so comfortable and the stripes were a nautical complement to the Monterey vibe. I added a panama hat to protect myself from the sun along with my comfy and classic white sneakers. To finish the outfit I added a jean jacket which paired nicely with the loose dress.
While the trees on my college campus have started to bloom into light green plumes, we have recently been given a rush of cold weather in Northern California. The changing of seasons can often pose some awkward fashion challenges, and this cool weather period is no exception.
For early April I have loved mixing winter trends with spring patterns as I did on a recent trip to Los Angeles. I was not intending to take photos for this blog when these pictures were taken, but while waiting to get into a playhouse in Hollywood I noticed how nicely the purple wall behind me complemented my outfit. It was a photo opportunity I couldn’t pass up, shout out to my dear friend Nicole for being such a help with my content.
I love this top because it pairs the winter velvet trend with a floral pattern, perfectly blending the seasons. On bottom I wore one of my favorite pieces, a large A-line floral skirt. I love this piece because it makes such a statement with the pattern and has a very feminine silhouette.
When the ’90s trends first started returning, I’ll admit I did not welcome them with open arms! To me the moody and simplistic trends of my birth decade have always seemed overly dramatic and ugly. They’re too little return on investment for me.
However, for the past year I have been working for a classic American clothing company which has recently been embracing grunge looks and simplistic styles. Being exposed to this brand identity has definitely had an influence on my style, pushing me out of my comfort zone. While my style used to be very preppy when I first entered college, it has mellowed out as I have become more comfortable in my skin, allowing for me to explore new (or revitalized) trends like grunge.
Of course while embracing a trend, the most important thing for you to do is to hold to your unique self style. So while I may have sold my polos on Poshmark a few seasons ago, I still love embracing girly, classic elements into my outfits. When I took on the grunge trend, I made sure to keep elements of my style alive. I wore a basic staple gray T-shirt with a vintage flannel I stole from my dad wrapped around my waist. To keep the look clean, I added my trusty white converse and for some girly elements I had to pair my tops with a classic A-line navy mini skirt.
A very popular theme this past year has been the revitalization of ’90s trends. It’s so funny how cyclical fashion can be, now as an emerging adult I have been wearing items very similar to those I wore as a child. This past winter I started to embrace the layering trend. I remember in the late aughts being exposed to this trend through one of my favorite movies Clueless. During a scene in the movie, Cher wears a black spaghetti strap shirt over a white T-shirt. I remember thinking at the time that is so ugly, who would ever wear that? And yet, here I am a few years later embracing the trend. I think what’s great about the trend is it’s versatility. In this outfit I was able to layer a warmer winter turtleneck under a summery cotton sundress for a transition look. Looking forward to seeing what past looks will be revised soon.
Last month I went to see San Francisco Ballet’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Admittedly, I have never read the book and all my impressions of the story were of the green monster variety. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the gothic story paired with the romance of the ballet. Ballet always seems to be based on pushing the physical body and seeing what composes us, while Frankenstein wrestles with how the emotional and conscious sides of humans are developed and furthered.
I love taking inspiration from events when planning out my evening outfits, and this was no exception. I opted for a beautiful tulle skirt with sequined stars and moons embroidered onto it for something reminiscent of a ballerina skirt. Naturally I had to pair the skirt with a delicate pair of metallic ballet flats. To this I added a sophisticated cold shoulder top in the ultimate romantic shade—pink. Of course the drama of the outfit would not be complete without some sparkly earrings!
One of the trends I have really loved this winter has been velvet. The luxurious fabric just seems to add an unexpected element of elegance to any outfit. One of my favorite variations of this trend has been found in a dress I picked up from Anthropologie on an amazing sale. The dusty rose color is perfect for the romantic tones of late winter. I really like the western style detailing on the bust, it mades it a perfect pairing for booties.
It seems that all the skies have done this winter is open up. However, given California’s recent threat of severe drought, it seems hard to complain about the extra water. In these damp times, I have been trying to ignore the ridiculous amount of frizzing my hair does in the rain and instead have been focusing on the benefits the rain has brought to the Earth. An unexpected benefit of this rain has been some added creativity in my style. I have never been a huge fan of wearing pants anywhere besides my home or the gym, but the rainy weather has made them a wardrobe necessity! I recently discovered the jegging line from Gap and have loved wearing them! These pants not only keep me warm and covered from the winter weather, but they are also INCREDIBLY comfortable! I seriously never thought I would say that about a pair of jeans because I am such a pant hater, but the comfortable, moveable fabric on these have really changed my opinion.
For a recent rainy trip into the Legion of Honor I paired my Gap denim with my tried-and-true pair of L.L. Bean boots. For some warmth I wore a Madewell flannel. I am a really big fan of this peasant style blouse because it has the comfort and classic pattern of a typical flannel, but has a cinching detail and a loose slowing structure which offers a more feminine look. Wearing a flowy top with a tight leg jean is a perfect combination and one I will be holding to until the sun comes out again.
This past fall I attended the Sound Summit on Mount Tamalpais where I saw Wilco, one of my favorite bands, perform. I hiked from my home to the event and was looking very grimy during the concert in my dust covered hiking boots and large sun hat. However, I noticed a woman there wearing a green printed maxi dress looking very chic meets bohemian. I loved the piece instantly and kept admiring the style of it from afar the whole day. A week later I was browsing around my local Anthropologie and found a great surprise—the dress I had admired at the Sound Summit was hanging front and center available for purchase! The dress was truly meant to be and I have loved wearing it this season. Sometimes things have a fabulous way of working out!
Hello readers! I know it has been some time since Christmas but I was such a fan of my holiday dress that I just had to share it. Every Christmas Eve my family hosts a large dinner party for our local family and friends. I love spending the weeks leading up to Christmas doing prep work and planning the party with my mom. For me December is always a time to be with those dearest to me and try my hand at event planning.
This year I chose a dress with a modern take on the classic holiday look. I love the tartan skirt in this piece, reminiscent of old Christmas motifs. This dress from Brooks Brothers adds modernity by creating a lace crop top sewn into the garment. I paired it with some closet staples— black heels and pear earrings. For some colorful flair I added a red velvet bow bracelet (a lovely gift from my brother) and my Christmas charm bracelet.