Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pattern Mixing: Navy Stripes & Polka Dots

I flew down to San Francisco this weekend for a quick trip that included an amazing dinner at State Bird Provisions (James Beard Award winner for Best New Restaurant 2013) an afternoon of wine tasting in Napa Valley, and quality time with friends old and new.  These photos were taken at Round Pond Estate, a beautiful winery with bold Cabernets that consistently receive ratings above 90 points.  I've been a member of Round Pond Estate for about five years now (I think? I keep forgetting how long it's been), and always try to visit when I'm down in the Bay Area.  This weekend I was loving the comfortably warm weather, and paired this navy striped anchor sweater with polka dot shorts for some casual pattern mixing.  Bow pumps and my GiGi New York Uber Clutch completed this easy outfit that was perfect for relaxing on the terrace with our food and wine pairings.

Sweater: J Crew Factory (old)
Shorts: Banana Republic Factory (old)
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (no longer available), similar "Ena Mid Heel Pump" in new navy, $69.95 at Sole Society here
Clutch c/o GiGi New York: "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain, $165 at GiGi New York here
Sunglasses: Michael Michael Kors "Sicily 59mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses" in dune, $99 at Nordstrom here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here

Whether you like stripes, polka dots, florals, or other prints, there are endless options for print mixing this fall.  Check out my picks for patterned tops and bottoms that can create some fantastic mixed and matched looks.  Each top and bottom is affordably priced between $20 and $89:
What is your favorite way to mix patterns?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quilted Crossbody Bag

Quilted leather is one of the most popular trends this fall: I'm seeing quilted patterns on just about every type of handbag, shoe, and article of clothing.  We can credit this trend to the iconic brand Chanel, whose 2.55 bag is a prized possession to any fashionista.  Chanel's newer "Boy Bag" crossbody style also became an instant "it bag" when it launched in fall 2011, and I'm especially fond of the quilted style that launched about a year ago in fall 2013.  This particular style inspired quite a few versions in the market this fall, so there is one for every budget.  A quilted crossbody bag is just the right size to hold all of your essentials, and easy to use for both day and night.  For today's outfit, I layered a side zip sweater over a white collared shirt, then added a faux leather pencil skirt and booties.  Statement jewelry, burgundy lips, and this quilted crossbody bag finished a look that was perfect for dinner and a night out in the city.

Faux Leather Skirt: Asos, currently loving the "Faux Leather Pencil Skirt" (available in petite and tall!) in black, $109 at Ann Taylor here or save on the "Faux Leather Pencil Skirt" in black, $17.80 at Forever 21 here
Top: Anthropologie, similar "Merino Wool Asymmetrical Zip Sweater" in heather dusk (available in 5 colors), $69.99 (on sale!) at J Crew here or I'm loving the colorblocked version for $110 here
Blouse: BCBG (old), save on the "Women's Button Down Shirt w/ Split Hem" in fresh white, $22.99 at Target here
Booties: Halogen via Nordstrom, check out the current Halogen "Riley Open Toe Bootie" in black (also available in burgundy and chocolate), $109.95 at Nordstrom here 
Watch: Karl Lagerfeld "7 Faceted Bezel Bracelet Watch, 44mm" in black, $250 at Nordstrom here
Bracelet/Rings: old, similar "Modern Classic Skinny Hinge Bangle" in silver (also available in gold), $28 at Ann Taylor here and "13-Pack Rings" in silver, $7.95 at H&M here
Necklace: Baublebar (old), check out the "Gallery Deco Statement Necklace" in black, $79.50 at Ann Taylor here

If you are looking to add a quilted leather piece to your closet this fall, I suggest a crossbody bag for a versatile piece you will reach for over and over again.  Check out my picks for quilted crossbody bags, priced within a range of $168-$350:

How would you style a quilted crossbody bag this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion,and Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Monday, October 13, 2014

GiGi New York Uber Clutch

Friends and family sale alert!  Use Coupon Code WEAREFAMILY for 25% off your purchase at GiGi New York.  Hurry, this offer ends Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00 noon PST.

If you are not yet familiar with GiGi New York, they are a child company of an established family owned leather book binding company called Graphic Image.  GiGi New York sources from the best leather suppliers in the world, and all products are made in Long Island, New York.  I have admired these beautiful leather handbags and clutches for a while now, and am thrilled to partner with GiGi New York for today's post.  The piece I am featuring today is a monogrammed navy pebble grain Uber Clutch.  The Uber Clutch is slim yet holds more than you might think: its 13 1/4" x 9 1/4" size is large enough to fit an iPad or tablet as well as your phone, wallet, and other essentials.  I chose the pebbled leather version because I think it looks and feels so luxe, but it was a tough decision because there is also an embossed python version that is so chic!  For today's outfit, I paired my monogrammed navy pebble grain Uber Clutch with a plaid elbow patch blazer, grey tee, dark skinnies, red bow pumps, and gold jewelry for a day to night look that is perfect for the office, happy hour, dinner, and an evening out.

Clutch c/o GiGi New York: "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain, $165 here
Blazer: Zara (old), similar Tommy Hilfiger "Plaid Blazer" in multi, $149.99 (on sale!) at Macy's here
Tee: Nordstrom (old), similar Trouve "Luxe Tee" in heather grey, $38 at Nordstrom here
Denim: J Brand (old), similar "811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg" in dark vintage, $145 at J Brand here
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (no longer available), similar "Kurtail Suede Pointy Toed Shoes" in red suede, $85 at
Nine West here
Necklaces: Nordstrom & Baublebar (no longer available), similar BP. "Etched Bar Lariat Necklace" in gold, $18 at Nordstrom here and Jules Smith "Arrow Charm Necklace" in gold, $50 (33% off!) at Barney's New York Warehouse here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here 
Rings: "Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $3.90 at Forever 21 here and Nordstrom Rack (old), currently loving the "Sparkle Crossover Ring" in gold, $39.50 at Banana Republic here

Check out these additional handbags currently available in a variety of colors at GiGi New York:

Left: "Madison Crossbody" in navy pebble grain leather (new this fall), $198 here
Middle: "Hayden Satchel" in cognac embossed python (most coveted), $495 here
Right: "Teddie Tote" in purple embossed python (most popular), $295 here

What type of bag is on your wish list this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and bellophotography.tumblr.com.

Linking up with Rhea, Et Cetera, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Style Elixir, Walking in Memphis in High Heels, and The Fashion Canvas.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from Gigi New York, but the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Angela & Roi Moa Tote

Today I am thrilled to share with you this lovely Moa tote from Angela & Roi, a company that supports cancer and disease fighters with their "donate by color" program.  I noticed this brand this past August when they were featured as one of Lucky Magazine's "Lucky Breaks," and admired that a portion of every handbag sold is donated to a charitable cause.  Five dollars of each sale is donated to support the cause corresponding to that color bag: this wine tote has a red ribbon and supports AIDS/HIV fighters.  All handbags are 100% vegan leather/suede, ground shipping is free, and you can get a $5 off coupon by liking Angela & Roi's Facebook page here or signing up for their email list on their website.  I hope that these reasons are compelling enough to take a look at Angela & Roi's current lineup, and possibly even purchase a bag like I did.  In today's outfit, I paired this wine/navy Moa tote with tall boots, a faux leather pencil skirt, plaid shirt, and cropped sweater for a fall work outfit.  I guarantee this bag will be on heavy rotation this fall and winter!

 Bag: Angela & Roi "Moa Wine Two-Tone Tote," $165 here
Boots: Diane Von Furstenberg via Poshmark, similar Frye "Marissa Back Zip Boot" in cognac (also available in black, dark brown, and burnt red), $290.99 (25% off!) at Amazon here or Michael Michael Kors "Regina Over the Knee Boot" in dark caramel (also available in black and coffee), $284.95 at Nordstrom here 
 Skirt: "Faux Leather Pencil Skirt" in burgundy, $12.80 at Forever 21 here
Plaid Shirt: "Sleeveless Plaid Shirt" in cream/navy, $17.90 at Forever 21 here
Cropped Sweater: Nordstrom Rack, similar Derek Heart "Crop Cable Sweater" in khaki (also available in black and purple), $30 at Amazon here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here 
Rings: "Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $3.90 at Forever 21 here and Nordstrom Rack, currently loving the "Sparkle Crossover Ring" in gold, $39.50 at Banana Republic here

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I think it's also fitting to feature the "Morning Pink Crossbody," where $5 is donated to Breast Cancer fighters:

Morning Pink Crossbody, $95 here

I hope you will consider visiting Angela & Roi's website to read more about their donate by color program and view their selection of handbags.  Their affordable prices and mission to help a variety of causes sets Angela & Roi apart, and I am happy to support this type of company.  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and bellophotography.tumblr.com.

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion, and Sincerely Jenna Marie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tulle Skirt + Fall Plaid

Over the last year or so, the tulle skirt became a huge hit with the style blogger community.  I happened to find this particular black tulle skirt on Poshmark for a steal ($20), and decided at that price a tulle skirt was worth a try.  What I did not expect was the overwhelmingly positive response when I wore this outfit to the office a couple of weeks ago!  Everywhere I went in the building that day, someone would stop me and pay a wonderful compliment that confirmed this outfit definitely needed to be blogged.  I was so grateful for the kind words from my colleagues, and days like that really help validate the time I spend blogging.  For my office attire, I paired this black tulle skirt with a super-soft grey plaid shirt, crystal statement necklace, wide belt, delicate peep toe pumps, and a bright mini bag.  A messy bun is my go-to look for the office, really because it keeps my hair out of my face when I'm running up and down the stairs from meeting to meeting.  I love the way this plaid shirt really makes this a fall outfit, and it's a good hybrid between dressy and casual that works for a number of occasions.

Skirt: BCBG via Poshmark
Plaid Shirt: old, "Women's Plaid Flannel Boyfriend Shirt" in white/grey, $22 (on sale!) at Old Navy here
Neckace: "Crystal Bib Necklace" in silver/clear, gold/clear still available for $38.98 (50% off) at Nordstrom here
Belt: Express (old), similar Lauren Ralph Lauren "Wide Elastic Belt," $38 at Nordstrom here
Pumps: purchased in Hong Kong, check out the J. Renee "Shy Pump" in white/black, $54.99 at 6pm.com here or the Nine West "Gushing Pump" in black/black suede (available in 3 other colors), $89 at Zappos here
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff "Mini Mac" in turquoise, see current true turquoise version, $195 at Bloomingdale's here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade Chronograph Watch" in silver, $225 at Dillard's here
Rings: Baublebar (old), currently loving the Rebecca Minkoff "Spiked Cutout Ring" in silver/black enamel, $46.40 at Nordstrom here

There are a variety of fall-perfect tulle skirt options currently available online.  Check out my picks below, priced for a range of budgets at $28-$181:
How would you style a tulle skirt this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Inspired by Olivia Palermo

Today's outfit is inspired by an old photo of style blogger favorite Olivia Palermo.  While browsing through some style inspiration photos on my iPad recently, I found a photo I had saved of Olivia Palermo pairing a sweatshirt with a ruffled skirt, pumps, and an envelope clutch.  I thought "Hey, that skirt looks just like a dress sitting in my closet!"  I purchased a blue Max & Cleo ruffled skirt dress several years ago intending to wear it to a wedding, but I ended up wearing a different dress and this has sat on its hanger unused.  I listed it to Poshmark recently, so if you like it and want to see more details please check out my Poshmark link here.  For my version of Olivia Palermo's outfit, I wore a cream textured sweater over the dress.  I then added nude studded bow pumps, my Ted Baker bow clutch, and one of my favorite statement necklaces from Conversation Pieces Boutique.

Dress: Max & Cleo (old)
Sweater: Banana Republic (old), similar "Textured Crop Pullover" in mojave, $55 at Banana Republic here
Pumps: old, currently loving the Wild Diva "Lounge Adora 55 Stone Studded T-Strap Pointed Heels" in stone, $34 at Lulu's here
Clutch: Ted Baker (no longer available), similar Ted Baker "Bow Detail Clutch" in dusky pink, $150 at Amazon here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Ring: H&M, similar "Cutout Perforated Ring" in gold, $24.95 at Sole Society here

My inspiration photo of OP:

 I'm pondering whether to take this dress to a tailor and have it altered into a skirt, because I don't like the top of the dress and think that I would wear it to work if it was a skirt instead.  However, I don't really need this dress and if someone else wants to purchase it from me I'm happy to find it a new home.  I need help from my favorite style bloggers: what would you do?  Leave it as a dress or convert it to a skirt?  Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Style Elixir.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yellow Tweed Skirt + Statement Necklace

I spied this yellow tweed skirt and statement necklace on clearance at Ann Taylor a few months ago and couldn't pass them up.  I've always loved yellow, and this soft tweed pattern is perfect to wear from early fall through late spring.  A versatile white and gold statement necklace has been on my shopping list, and I love that this one has white rope for a nautical twist.  In today's outfit, I paired this yellow tweed skirt and statement necklace with a white peplum top, yellow Ted Baker pumps, and my Phillip Lim for Target tote for a daytime work look.  I also added a white quilted clutch for an after-work option below: the easy swap could make this outfit perfect for dinner or a night out.

Skirt: "Fringed Tweed Pencil Skirt" in yellow dobby, $59.88 (on sale!) at Ann Taylor here
Necklace: Ann Taylor (no longer available)
Peplum top: Banana Republic (old), check out the 3/4 sleeve "Peplum Top" in white, $34.95 at H&M here
Pumps: Ted Baker "Mitila Dress Pump" in yellow (available in five other colors), $55.50 (on sale!) at Amazon here
Tote: Phillip Lim for Target (old), currently loving the "Pebbled Signature Tote" in taupe latte, $118 at Ann Taylor here
Clutch: Chanel, similar "Quilted Frame Clutch" in white (available in six other colors), $148 at Guess by Marciano here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Bracelets: Banana Republic & H&M (old), similar "Chain Link Bracelet" in gold, $4.90 at Forever 21 here and "Faux Gemstone Flower Bracelet" in gold, $5.80 at Forever 21 here

If you are in the market for a tweed skirt this fall, there are plenty of gorgeous options available.  See my tweed skirts picks below, priced in a range from $17.80-$98:
Then, check out my picks for stunning statement necklaces in versatile gold and silver, priced in a range from $10.80-$69.50:
How would you style a tweed skirt and statement necklace this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion, Happiness at Mid-Life, and Sincerely Jenna Marie.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Florals

There is no doubt that florals are a huge trend this fall, and I'm currently loving dark floral patterns like this lovely hi-low top c/o Conversation Pieces Boutique.  This black and blue combo is subtle but so pretty, and easy to dress up or down.  I really like how the back is mostly black with just a floral hem, so it almost looks like two tops in one.  For today's casual outfit, I paired this floral top with coated J Brand skinnies, black patent pumps, wine lips, and my bright turquoise Mini Mac for a pop of color.  I also added my denim jacket as an option for an extra layer as the weather cools.  This outfit would be great for a casual dinner date, a concert, and more.

Top c/o Conversation Pieces: "Easy Peasy Floral Pullover" in black (also available in grey), $29 here
Coated Denim: J Brand (old), similar J Brand "23110 High Rise Coated Jeans" in fearless, $244 at Shopbop here
Denim Jacket: "The Jean Jacket" in storm cloud wash, $118 at Madewell here
Pumps: old, similar Topshop 'Gallop' Patent Pointy Toe Pump in black, (also available in camel and red), $95 at Nordstrom here
Mini Bag: Rebecca Minkoff "Mini Mac" in turquoise, see current Rebecca Minkoff "Five-Zip Mini Crossbody Bag" in bright blue, $195 at Nieman Marcus here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade Crystal Index Watch" in silver, $225 at Nordstrom here
Bracelet/Rings: old, currently loving the "Crystal Mason Ring" in hematite, $28 at Baublebar here and the Leith "Statement Rings" in silver, $24 at Nordstrom here

Check out these additional fall-perfect floral pieces, all under $30 at Conversation Pieces:

Left: "Overtime Statement Necklace," $26 here
Middle: "Easy Peasy Floral Cardigan" in black, $29 here
Right: "Easy Peasy Floral Pullover" in grey, $29 here

I've collected more of my favorite fall floral pieces in the widget below, all currently available online and priced at $100 or less (scroll right to see more):
How would you style floral pieces this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with Rhea, Et Cetera and More Pieces of Me.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Product was provided free of charge from Conversation Pieces Boutique, but the opinions expressed here are my own.
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