Nautical Necessities

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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.

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Shirt: GAP (similar) Skirt: Cath Kidston Shoes: J.Crew (similar) Earrings: Madewell Bracelet: Etsy (Similar)

Early Spring Florals

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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.

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Girlie Grunge

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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.

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Shirt: Gap Skirt: Gap (Similar) Button-up: Vintage Burberry (Similar) Shoes: Converse

It Never Rains in California…

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.

Shirt: Madewell Jeans: Gap Shoes: L.L.Bean Earrings: Juicy Couture (Similar) Bag: Coach (Similar) Belt: Ralph Lauren (Similar)

Updated Flamenco

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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!

Dress: Anthropologie (Similar) Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar) Shoes: Tory Burch

What I Wore Christmas Eve

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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.

Stay tuned for more new content this year!

-Lo

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Dress: Brooks Brothers (now on sale!) Tights: Commando Shoes: Coach Earrings: Tiffany & Co. Bow bracelet: Kiel James Patrick Christmas charm bracelet: Gump’s

Royal and Raven

183I tend to not break most style rules. I avoid wearing black shoes with a brown purse, I only wear neon during the day at the peak of summer and bright white after Labor Day is a cardinal sin for me. However, there is one style rule I’ve been compelled to break—wearing black and navy together. The black and blue combination used to be frowned upon, but it had become more accepted in recent years. I think this skirt combines the two dark tones perfectly in a sophisticated, neat style. I kept the rest of my outfit simple to match the understated skirt. Adding nude accessories keeps things plain while adding an element of elegance. 039 184042 044 045 027

Shirt: J.Crew (Similar) Skirt: Gap Belt: J.Crew Factory Shoes: London Sole Bag: Kate Spade (Similar)

Thanks to my friend Connie for helping me out with these photos! To see her other work on the blog, click here.

Jump In, Let’s Go

IMG_1705This style has been a go to outfit for me this fall. A plaid button-down feels formal enough for class, but I like to keep my outfit from looking too stuffy with a cute skirt. For shoes, I usually stick to flats, since most days I walk all over campus. Of course I have wear my trusty Marc by Marc Jacobs watch and carry all my books in one of my favorite Longchamp bags, both items are school necessities for me!

What has been your go to outfit this fall?

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A very special thank you to my friend Alexis for taking these photos with me!

Monday-Spirations

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Hello readers! I am back from my hiatus with new and exciting Bow Ho content! For today’s inspiration, I wanted to reflect my current attitude towards life. In a lot of ways, at 20, I don’t know what direction I’m heading in, I just know I’m going somewhere. Years from now, I will look back at this time and see that my choices have lead me directly to where I am suppose to be. Until I know where exactly that is, I’ve decided to just move onward. Eventually I will find myself in the perfect place at the perfect time and I know things will fall into place. For now, I’m trying not to stress about reaching the destination and just enjoy the journey, moving ever onward.

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