Monday, April 29, 2013

Seersucker Soiree

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (old, similar here) | Belt: Ann Taylor | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Shoes: Ann Taylor (last seen here) | Bag: Reed Krakoff "Boxer" (currently available at Bergdorf's & Net-a-Porter) | Necklace: Theresa Mink | Bracelets: J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Vintage | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Watch: Michael Kors

The past weekend in Denver was so warm and gorgeous--it downright felt like summer. I broke out this seersucker dress I haven't worn in ages for a birthday celebration dinner, and I didn't need the cardigan I had stuffed in my bag until we were leaving the restaurant well after dark. I added darker-colored accessories to make this day dress more appropriate for evening. I'm thinking I may recycle this dress for the upcoming Derby, especially if it ends up being as hot as it has been the last couple years.

Hope all of you had a nice, sunny weekend, too!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Nautical Stripes & Bright Whites

rebecca minkoff mab mini

j.crew crystal merino sweater
Blazer: H&M | Sweater: J.Crew | Jeans: 7FAM (last seen here) | Sunglasses: Valentino | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here) (last seen here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: Brian Gavin | Bracelets: F21, J.Crew, Vintage | Rings: Vintage | Watch: Michael Kors

The white jeans I'm wearing here have seen a lot of action lately (so much that I've been reluctant to get them hemmed because they'll be out of my closet for a few weeks). While I'm still going to do a more detailed review of them, I just wanted to say that I have been really impressed with how wonderfully they've held up through multiple wears and a wash so far. They're the 7FAM Slim Illusion Skinny in Stark White, and the fabric really keeps its shape nicely throughout a couple days of wear--no sagginess is evident even after extended wear. For those of you looking for a pair of flattering and comfy white jeans for the summer, I'd highly recommend these. I went with the smaller of the two sizes I generally wear, which was recommended to me based on the stretchiness of this fabric.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Bonjour, Darling

Jacket: ZARA (similar from this season) | Sweater: ASOS (similar here) | Skirt: H&M | Belt: Arden B. | Sunglasses: Valentino | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bag: Reed Krakoff "Boxer" (currently available at Bergdorf's & Net-a-Porter) | Necklaces: Brian Gavin, Theresa Mink | Bracelets: F21 (similar "love" bracelet), Vintage | Watch: Vintage Dior

Happy Monday! I finally got to take some outfit photos this weekend after a week of chilly weather, and I got to do a little lettering practice. Since a few of you asked, I thought I'd share with you a little of what I've been working on. Finding the right supplies has been very helpful, but my technique still needs a lot of work. (For those curious, I created this card with a combination of the Brause Rose nib, the Brause Steno nib, and Yasutomo Liquid Sumi Ink on super-cheap cardstock from Michael's.)


Friday, April 19, 2013


Shirt: Urban Outfitters (last seen here) | Skirt: H&M (similar here) (last seen here) | Belt: Abercrombie (last seen here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Shoes: MICHAEL (similar here) | Bag: Coach | Necklace: LOFT (similar here and here) | Bracelets: ALDO, Boutique | Watch: Michael Kors

Another drive-by post from me today--seems like I've been doing a lot of them lately (sorry, guys!). Between the abysmal weather recently and craziness at work, it's been tough getting time to blog.

I've also plunged into exploring calligraphy lately and have been spending a lot of time writing with an actual pen (the kind you dip into an inkwell) and paper, which has been challenging (to say the least) but surprisingly fun and relaxing. I've always loved giving and receiving handwritten letters and cards, and I've been wanting to learn lettering and calligraphy for a while, so I went and bought some supplies on a whim and have totally fallen in love. I have found myself trying and learning so many new things since I started this blog, which is wonderful. The more I pick up new skills (photography, graphic design, coding, etc.), the more I want to learn! I think my blogging experience has been a major catalyst in finding the inspiration, motivation, and confidence to try my hand at some of the items--blog-related or not--that have been sitting on my things-I-want-to-try-one-day list.

Have any of you experienced this phenomenon? What inspires you to learn something new?


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Blazer: ZARA (see it styled another way here and here) | Top: Urban Outfitters (similar style here) | Jeans: Paige | Sunglasses: Valentino | Shoes: Ann Taylor (last seen here) | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (currently available at Barney's and Otte) (read my review) | Necklaces: Brian Gavin, Theresa Mink Bracelets: Boutique, Vintage | Rings: Vintage | Watch: Vintage Dior


Thursday, April 11, 2013

To the Max

Shirt: Aeropostale (last seen here) | Dress (worn as skirt): Ann Taylor | Belt: Arden B. | Shoes: ALDO | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (currently available at Barney's and Otte) (read my review) | Necklaces: JenniJewel, Theresa Mink | Bracelets: J.Crew, ALDO


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Menswear-Inspired Black & White

j.crew tipped boy shirt
gold wishbone necklace, layered necklaces
forever 21 fedora
Shirt: J.Crew (on sale, runs a bit large for a relaxed fit) | Jeans: [BlankNYC] | Belt: Vintage | Hat: F21 | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bag: Reed Krakoff "Boxer" (currently available at Bergdorf's & Net-a-Porter) | Necklaces: Brian Gavin, Theresa Mink, BR | Bracelets: Aldo, J.Crew | Watch: Michael Kors


Friday, April 5, 2013

5 Tips for Painless Pattern-Mixing

I've gotten a few emails lately asking about pattern-mixing--a trend that appears to still be alive and well at the moment--so I thought I'd write a post on some of the things I think about when I style a print-mixed look. It's important to note that these are tips, not rules. The concept of pattern-mixing requires a break from the traditional rules on wearing prints, so don't get too caught up in following a particular set of guidelines.

In each of the outfits above, I've indicated on their photos which of the following tips I considered when putting them together. You can see that not every tip works for every outfit, but picking a couple for each one helps the final product look polished and deliberate.

1. Stay within the same color family. This doesn't necessarily mean the same color, although that can be an easy way to tie things together. You can also use darker tones, jewel tones, neon tones, or pastel tones to create a more cohesive color scheme. In the outfit on the top right, the neon yellow stripes, sea green scarf, and purple coat all share a springy, slightly electric tone that makes them work nicely together.

2. Use colors that are both contrasting and complementary in your look. Your outfit will look less like your eccentic grandma's coordinated loungewear if you pair one print that's lighter in its overall color and one that's darker. This seems like it might be contradictory to Tip #1, but you can easily apply both #1 and #2 in one outfit--see the beachy striped dress outfit above. The reddish-pink cardigan with its smaller navy stripes both contrasts with and complements the white base color in the dress and scarf, while the navy stripes in both the dress and cardigan tie them together.

3. Choose prints with different proportions. Pair a bold or dense print with a more subtle, sparser print to avoid overwhelming the eye. In the black-and-white dress and cardigan look above, the bold, graffiti-esque print on the dress contrasts well with the sparse polka-dot print on the cardigan, and keeping them both in the same color family makes it look like they were meant to be worn together!

4. Mix classic patterns. Sticking with classic patterns like polka dots, stripes, houndstooth, plaid or paisley adds a touch of the traditional to an outfit that otherwise eschews conventional pairings. In all three outfits on the bottom row, I've made use of this tip by pairing stripes with plaid (left and center) and houndstooth with leopard and dots.

5. Leopard print is a neutral. Treat leopard print (and similar classic patterns) as a goes-with-everything neutral. (Caution: pick one leopard-print item per outfit--you can maybe stretch this to two if one is a lighter-colored leopard and one is darker.) In the outfit on the top left, I mixed leopard-print pumps with a floral skirt, thinking of the leopard as similar to a nude shoe (but a little more exciting, obviously). In the photo right below that one, I used a light-colored leopard belt to create a neutral divider between my subtle paisley-print blouse and bolder navy polka-dot skirt.

P.S. Congrats to Julia of Lemon Stripes, the winner of my Cambridge Satchel Giveaway! I can't wait to see you style it.


Monday, April 1, 2013


J. Crew Petite Blythe Blouse

Michael Kors Watch, Aldo bracelet

white with neon snoes

Blouse: J.Crew (on sale) | Jeans: 7 For All Mankind "Slim Illusion Skinny in Stark White" (review coming soon!) | Sunglasses: Chloe | Shoes: Aldo (from last summer, last seen here) | Bag: Coach | Bracelets: Saks, Aldo | Rings: Vintage | Watch: Michael Kors | Toes: Essie "Pretty Edgy"

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter! My Easter outfit was maybe a little overly springy for the weather in the mountains, but I loved it. Both my J.Crew silk blouse and these new 7 For All Mankind skinny white jeans are gorgeous and fit beautifully (review coming soon). While I had last ordered the Blythe Blouse in a pretty lilac color, I like that I was able to find the next size down here, which made it a little more comfortable for me.

What about you, readers? Have any of your white pants or dresses
made an appearance this spring?

P.S. Don't forget to enter here to win my hot pink Cambridge Satchel! This giveaway runs through the end of the day on Wednesday April 3, 2013.