Thursday, April 24, 2014


I flipped through my copy of "The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style" this week for style inspiration, and paused at the mod section.  The mod trend returned for spring/summer 2014, labeled as one of the four trends in this February's "Magic" trade show as well as seen in spring collections like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger (the Zooey Deschanel collaboration).  Several characteristics of classic mod style are bright miniskirts, shift dresses, opaque tights, and boxy jackets with playful features like peter pan collars and big buttons.  I happily realized that I already had several pieces in my closet fitting these mod style characteristics to create today's outfit.  For my take on the mod trend, I paired a black boxy peter pan collar jacket with my mustard mini skirt (seen several times already on the blog, my favorite being with a grey faux leather jacket here).  I added opaque black tights, tall boots, and a black satchel with just the right amount of hardware to complete the look.

 Jacket: Halogen via Nordstrom (old)
Skirt: Forever 21 (old), check out the "Linen-Blend Pencil Skirt" in lime, $15.80 at Forever 21 here
Boots: Purchased in Shanghai, similar Sofft "Felicia Boot" in black, $157.41 (on sale!) at Nordstrom here
Bag: Purchased in Shanghai, I am loving the Vince Camuto "Small Billy Satchel" in black (also available in tan), $216.29 (on sale!) at Amazon here
Tights: "Everyday Opaque Tights" in black, $15 (2 for $24) at Nordstrom here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nieman Marcus here
Ring: Stella & Dot (old), similar "Blooming Flower Ring" in gold, $55 at Max and Chloe here

Mod style is fun and a little bit quirky, with pieces that always feel like just the right balance between casual and dressed up.  Check out my picks for mod pieces below, all under $150:

Left: "Poppy-Go-Lucky Coat" in blue, $129 at Modcloth here
Middle: Zooey Deschanel Collection "Colorblock Dress" in essex ivory, $149 at Tommy Hilfiger here
Right: Topshop "Quilted Diamond Mini Skirt" in orange, $70 at Nordstrom here

How would you style a mod look this spring?  Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great week!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Essential: Lightweight Trench Coat

 April showers bring May flowers, says the old adage.  We get quite a few rain showers here in Seattle during the spring, but the temperatures are not particularly cold.  A lightweight trench coat is perfect for this type of spring weather, and an essential item for any Pacific Northwest fashionista's closet.  During my last trip to Shanghai, I visited a fabric market and decided to take the opportunity to purchase a custom-made trench (as well as a cashmere dress coat and a pair of wool shorts).  I already have a classic Burberry khaki double-breasted trench, so this time I opted for a bright, cheerful red.  I was in awe of the selection of fabrics and details at the market, and could have spent all day looking at bolts of cloth and flipping through patterns.  Custom-made clothes are a must for any traveler to China because a perfect fit can't be beat, the prices are so reasonable, and the turnaround is only about a week.  I am so happy with how mine turned out, and paired this red trench coat with a lightweight scarf, striped skirt, tights, rain boots, black tote, and my favorite shoe umbrella to run errands Saturday afternoon.  I am planning to apply some waterproofing spray to this coat and am looking for suggestions--if you have a recommendation on what to use for a fabric trench, please do let me know and thank you!

Trench coat: custom-made in Shanghai
Skirt: "Stripe It Lucky" skirt in black/white, see available navy/red version, $44.99 at Modcloth here
Boots: Coach (old), check out the Hunter "Sandhurst Savoy Quilted Rain Boots" in black, $195 at
Zappos here
Tights: "Everyday Opaque Tights" in black, $15 (2 for $24) at Nordstrom here
Scarf: Burberry, similar Burberry "Check Scarf" in camel (7 other colors available), $350 at Nordstrom here
Tote: Pour La Victoire "Butler" tote in black jaquard, $395 at Nordstrom here
Umbrella: Metropolitan Museum of Art store (no longer available online), how cute is this Tom Slaughter "Stick Umbrella," $49 at One King's Lane here

Classic khaki and black are definitely good for your first trench coat, but for your second/third/etc my vote goes to a bright primary color.  Check out my picks for colorful spring trench coats below, all under $200:

Left: Cole Haan "Classic Cotton Rain Trench" in red (also available in stone and black), $196.99 (50% off!) at 6pm here
Middle: "Rainy Day Mac" in maize spot (available in six other colors), $178 at Boden here
Right: Ellen Tracy "Double Breasted Raincoat" in ultra marine (also available in black), $129.90 (40% off!) at Nordstrom here

What color trench coat are you loving this spring?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Coachella Inspired

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held every year over the second and third weekends in April in Indio, California.  This popular event is not only known for its music, but also for its eclectic fashion and all eyes are on festival attendees to scope out the best outfits.  Since we are in between Coachella weekends, I decided that this week would be the perfect time to post an outfit that I would wear if I were attending the festival this year.  I put together an outfit using pieces provided by Conversation Pieces, a boutique stocked full of carefully selected, cool, effortless items that are all made in the USA and perfect for music festivals (as well as pretty much any occasion where you want to look good).  I started with this breezy floral maxi dress and paired it with a straw hat for shade, delicate gold jewelry for a feminine touch, a crossbody bag just big enough to hold the essentials, neutral heeled sandals, and a denim jacket to ward off the evening chill.  I know I will be reaching for these pieces over and over again this summer and beyond.

 Dress c/o Conversation Pieces: "Abstract Floral Pattern Maxi Dress," $48 here
Hat c/o Conversation Pieces: "Havana Cool Straw Hat" in tan (no longer available), see similar "Sunny Staple Panana Hat, $22 here
Bracelets c/o Conversation Pieces: "Hammered Bracelet set, $18 here
Necklace c/o Conversation Pieces: "Travel Charm Necklace" (no longer available), check out the "House Charm Layering Necklace," $12 here
Denim Jacket: "The Jean Jacket" in sea glass, $118 at Madewell here
Sandals: Zara (old), similar Nine West "Ventana Leather Sandal" in birch/carne, $78.95 at Nordstrom here
Bag: Tory Burch (old), similar Tory Burch "Amanda Mini Crossbody" in royal tan, $275 at Bloomingdale's here

Conversation Pieces Boutique has been selling their carefully selected lineup of easy-wearing go-to pieces since 2002, and they just recently launched their first storefront in Long Beach.  Check out more of my favorite items available online below:

Left: "Add Some Aloha Maxi Dress" in azure, $54 here
Middle: "Lace and Lemonade Crop Top," $27 here
Right: "Blushing Summer Tote," $54 here

If you are attending Coachella, what pieces did you choose for your perfect outfit(s)?  If you didn't attend but would like to, what outfit would you put together for the occasion?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great week!

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Style Remix: Neon Yellow

I love that Seattle is starting to feel like spring!  We're seeing more sunshine this week and temperatures in the 60's in the afternoons.  This weekend, we are even supposed to hit 70 degrees in the city.  I am enjoying the ability to wear lighter layers with brighter colors, and today's outfit is a great example of a spring combo.  I unpacked my neon yellow clutch and sweater with neon yellow trim for the season, and paired them with a light cotton oxford shirt, jeans, and pumps.  I love the little ship steering wheel print on this shirt, and that it shows through the sheer sweater!  I also added a light trench coat in the last two photos, because around here you never know when it's going to start raining and having a light jacket is always a good idea.

Sweater: Caslon via Nordstrom (no longer available)
Clutch: Purchased in Hong Kong
Necklace: "Crystal Neon Dot Necklace" in neon yellow, $16 (on sale) at T+J Designs here
 Trench: Banana Republic (old), similar "Julie Trench" in smog/white, $249 at Club Monaco here
Shirt: "Soft-Wash Nautical Print Shirt" in white (available in petite!), $59.99 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Denim: Joe's Jeans (old), similar Joe's Jeans "Skinny Ankle Stretch Jean" in bridget, $139.40 (on sale!) at Amazon here
Pumps: Tahari "Livvy Pump" (no longer available), similar BCBG Paris "Dromka Pump" in beige, $74.95 at DSW here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Piperlime here

A pop of neon is a great way to add spring color to your outfit, even if the weather isn't cooperating quite yet.  Accessories like sunglasses, belts, and clutches are an inexpensive and easy way to add that bright color.  Check out my picks for spring neon accessories below, all under $40:

Left: Steve Madden "S5322" Aviator Sunglasses in neon pink, $35.99 at Zappos here
Middle:  Banana Republic "Patent Skinny Belt" in deep neon yellow, $17.99 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Right: "Neon Hard Clutch" in orange (also available in pink and black), $24.90 at Delia's here

How would you style neon pieces for spring?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you are having a great week so far!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mixed Stripe Fit-and-Flare Dress

If you know me, you know I love a good sale at Banana Republic.  Over the last couple of weeks, BR has been offering stacked discounts on sale items.  While browsing the petite section, I found this "Mixed Stripe Fit-and-Flare" dress with a size 0P online for me to snap up at an additional 25% off sale price plus an additional 10% off for BR Luxe card members.  The sale price minus discounts brought the dress down from $140 to $76--score!  The poly/cotton blend fabric has just the right amount of stretch, and the coverage makes it perfect for the office.  I also love the color--and any excuse to break out my cobalt suede pumps.  I know I will get a ton of wear out of this dress this spring and beyond.

 Dress: Banana Republic (no longer available online)
Tights: Forever 21 (no longer available online), similar Jessica Simpson "Fishnet Bow Tights" in jet black, $8.99 at Macy's here
Pumps: Chinese Laundry "Area" Pump in cobalt suede, $59 at Macy's here
Clutch: Hobo International (old), similar Hobo "Lauren" Clutch in black, $110 at Zappos here
Necklace: Baublebar (old), check out the "Lucilla Shield Collar Necklace" in black, $52 at Baublebar here
Watch: Karl Lagerfeld "7 Faceted Bezel Bracelet Watch, 44mm x 53mm" in black, $250 at Nordstrom here
 Ring: "Silver Classic Cigar Band," $36 at Baublebar here

A fit-and-flare dress is a tremendously versatile spring piece.  You can dress one up with jewelry and heels for a special occasion like I did here (spring weddings, anyone?), add a blazer and pumps for the office, or simply add flats and a cardigan for a casual lunch date.  I'm partial to stripes, as you all know, so I picked out my favorite striped fit-and-flare dresses for today's featured items.  All three dresses are currently priced under $80!

Left: Allen B "Sleeveless Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress" in black/silver birch, $49.99 (on sale!) at JC Penney here
Middle: Ivy & Blu "Three-Quarter Sleeve Lace with Velvet Flocking Fit-and-Flare Dress" in black/blush (love that it comes with a bow belt!), $56.68 (64% off!) at Amazon here
Right: Maggy London "Printed Cotton Sateen Fit-and-Flare Dress" in blue multi, $76.99 (on sale!) at Amazon here

Linking up with the lovely Agi over at Vodka Infused Lemonade
for her Tres Chic Fashion Thursday series!

How would you style a striped fit-and-flare dress for spring?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Flared Denim

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I reserved this weekend for much-needed rest and catch-up tasks after a busy month of travel.  My catch-up tasks included doing laundry, cleaning the house, restocking some essential household items, and some retail therapy.  I wore this outfit Saturday afternoon for my shopping rounds, and felt like the retro vibe of this look channeled my inner Farrah Fawcett.  The casual, effortless combo of flared denim, a silk blouse, a long cardigan, and comfy heels was perfect for an afternoon of shopping.  All I was missing was those perfect Farrah Fawcett feathered curls!  Next time...

Denim: J Brand "Lovestory" Jeans (old), check out the current "aura" color, $185 at Barneys New York here
Blouse: "Zip-Pocket Top" in white, $69.99 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here
Sweater: Kersh (old), similar "Classic Merino Long Cardigan" in heather sandstone, $89.50 at J Crew here 
Pumps: Tahari (no longer available online), similar BCBG Max Azria "Dromka" Pump in beige, $74.95 at DSW here 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Piperlime here
Rings & Necklaces: Baublebar & Forever 21 (old)
Tote: Prada "Saffiano Lux Small Tote" in navy, see available colors at Saks Fifth Avenue here

These J Brand "Lovestory" flares are a closet staple for me, and I humbly believe that a good fitting pair of flared jeans are closet staple for any fashionista.  I love how this style makes legs look super long!  I have a high-waisted lighter wash pair of flared denim on my spring shopping list for more of a 70's summery look.  Check out my picks for flared denim below:

Left: "Georgia Flare Jean" in bright light broken twill (loving this high-waist style!), $225 at 7 For All Mankind here
Middle: "1969 Long & Lean Jeans" in medium wash (such a great pricepoint!), $69.95 at Gap here
Right: Paige Denim "Skyline Bootcut Jean" in alexis (this deep blue color is my fav), $169 at Nordstrom here

What is your favorite way to style flared denim for spring?  Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great week!
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