My brother Thomas recently graduated from college in Upstate New York, and of course this was not an occasion this California girl was going to miss! Tom went to school in Poughkeepsie, and since we had a lot of family traveling for the big event my parents decided to rent a house in nearby Rhinebeck for the occasion. The white shuttered house was so cute and on an amazing property with lush green lawns. It truly had that Northeast charm that I grew familiar with during my childhood summers in Massachusetts. The classic aesthetic inspired me to wear one of my preppiest outfits. I love love love this J.Crew whale sweater that I bought a few seasons ago, but in Northern California it always feels like a bit too much. However, in Upstate NY the preppy look fit right in! I wore it with a fun full yellow skirt for a look that’s perfectly summer.
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.
I recently found myself with some free time during an afternoon in San Francisco. So, I did what any sensible style blogger would do—I acted like a tourist in my own city and took some blog pictured in one of my favorite areas of the city, Union Square. This is one of my go-to outfits during spring. I love this dress and how easy it is to dress up with accessories. Since it’s finally spring, I had to add some mint and lavender jewelry pieces! I toted around my favorite kate spade new york carry-all (perfect for days in the city when I need to bring a lot of things). I wore a pair of chic and comfortable snakeskin flats. The outfit comes together in simple, understated elegance— it puts me in a “State of Grace”.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve never been much of a jeans and a T-shirt kind of girl. So when I want something low-key and easy to wear, I usually opt for a cute dress. It’s preferable if the dress is detailed enough to need few added accessories. I recently wore this Anthropologie dress to the weekend farmer’s market and it worked perfectly! I paired it with my trusty Converse (seriously I have started to wear these non-stop!) and my cross-body bag (great for when I’m in a crowded area and don’t want to fuss with a bigger bag). I didn’t feel like battling my unruly curly hair, so I twisted it into a simple side braid and tied it with a gold hair tie for a bit of sparkle. What’s your go-to easy outfit?
Winter is undoubtedly my least favorite season. My wardrobe feels very boring and the only colors I wear tend to be dark jewel tones. The typical plethora of local fruits and vegetables (come on, this is California after all) dwindles and includes far too many vegetables of the squash variety. The weather is rainy and it makes my hair frizz. As far as school goes, I find the winter term to be impossibly boring. It lacks the excitement of the new school year that the fall term brings and it doesn’t have the thrill of the close proximity of summer that spring has. Despite all of the dreariness, there is one thing about winter that I absolutely love—all of the holidays! There are few things that I enjoy more than the excuse to be festive! This sweater is definitely a must-have for the whole month of February. I decided to go ultra-girlie and pair it with a dress and sweet accessories. To see one of my past posts about Valentine’s Day outfit options click here.
Every year my family and I throw a large party Christmas Eve. The event is always loads of fun and enjoyed by all, it’s the perfect build up to Christmas Morning! I love picking out my dress for the event. When I saw this dress online at Anthropologie, I knew I had to have it. I was constantly showing my friends the dress and neurotically checking to see if it was still in stock. Finally when I came home for break, I sat down and ordered the dress. The sparkles make it a terrific party dress and the lace brings some elegance. I loved wearing it and will probably be recycling it for another event soon!
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Wishing you and your families an excellent new year!
Dressing for the colder winter months can be a challenge. Even though I live in California, I get my fair share of colder temperatures and I find it hard to stay warm while not looking bulky or abandoning my favorite skirts and dresses. For this reason, I love tailored, cropped jackets like the one in this post. It is quilted, so super warm and the cinching at the waist keeps me from looking shapeless. The jacket works perfectly over a cozzy sweater paired with a printed skirt and knitted tights! How do you keep warm for winter?
In the fading days of fall, I have tried to wear my favorite pieces as much as possible. Summer is actually my favorite season for dressing (I love bright colors and nautical stripes!), but fall is a close second. In my fall wardrobe, I find that I have many key pieces that I can really only work into this specific season — burnt orange dresses, brown cords, a well-loved pair of riding boots and this skirt are some favorites. When I saw this skirt online at Anthropologie I instantly fell in love and it has been so fun to wear it. The skirt is incredibly well made and everything from the unique pattern, to the silk lining makes me love it… it’s not only that I adore the look of the skirt, but I also adore the act of wearing it. When I put on this piece it feels incredibly fun and I definitely have treasured the moments spent in this item. Does that sound really crazy, to love a skirt so much? I guess it just proves that I’m a true Fashionista and that putting on one skirt can completely change my outlook. I will undeniably miss having this piece in my clothing rotations until September rolls around again.