In SoCal a summer Friday = beach day, plain and simple. So Grant and I packed up the beach bag, took the top off the jeep, and set our sights on Santa Monica.
Inspired by our local beach volleyball Olympians, Grant put on his best Rosenthal face and I channeled my personal hero Misty May-Treanor for some casual peppering in the sand. After we had officially worn ourselves out, we made our way over to try and snag the best spot on the beach. In case you’re wondering how this is accomplished, the formula is simple – no loud families or seagull lovers…you know who you are.
Ever since I can remember, whether as a little girl idolizing Mary Lou Retton or sharing in the amazement of Michael Phelps, I have always loved how the Olympics can make a dreamer out of anyone. So in honor of our SoCal beach volleyball Olympic champs, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, I dedicate today’s style to all things gold.
The top I scored a few weeks back from the Zara sale – it was just too hard to pass on those gold rivets and sheer softness of the material. The metallic gold strappy sandals were also a great find at one of Banana Republic’s ridiculous shoe sales…Don’t you just love getting compliments on something you know you only spent 30 bucks on?
I recently saw in the August issue of Glamour where the Editors pitched their best idea for a fashion/beauty-focused Olympic competition, such as “hair straightening” or “nail art”. Well, if bargain shopping ever made the cut, you better believe I’d be a qualifier.
Shirt: Zara. Jeans: Martin + Osa. Shoes: Banana Republic. Jewelry: Earrings from Aldo, Bracelet from Brandy Melville (also love the Stella & Dot Pyramid Double Wrap Bracelet), and Ring was a birthday gift a friend bought for me at last years Thread Show in Downtown LA.
I’m trying out a new post I’d like to call “My Week in Style.” Inspired by my morning ritual of browsing my closet to find the just right/perfect outfit that fits both my mood and the day ahead of me.
I’ve found that choosing one article of clothing – whether a top or bottom, jeans or a blazer, dress or a skirt – is the easiest way to start the styling process. I also picked up a habit of hanging multiple looks from one hanger to help visualize the outfit. That is, until one night I left one too many hangers dangling, and they all came crashing down – which equaled waking up convinced a 3.0 earthquake just occurred inside our bedroom.
This little incident had me heading to the one place anyone goes for hardware…Anthropologie, naturally. Not that I’m above Home Depot, but over the years I’ve developed a mini love affair with Anthropologie’s kitchen knobs, handles, hooks – you name it. So when my eye spied these Soda Fountain Hooks, I knew they’d do just the trick.
Now if I could only get to work on time…
Denim Jacket: Old Navy. Dress: From a boutique in NYC, so long ago – wish I could remember. Sunglasses: Old Navy. Black Leather Wrap Bracelet: Brandy Melville. Sandals: Matiko (similar ones here and here).
This Sunday, after we realized that a trip to the beach just wasn’t in the cards, I tried my hand at helping Grant find a custom tailored dress shirt with a “real man’s collar” (I learned, that apparently there’s an over-abundance of wimpy ones out there, and it needs to be put to an end). So we hit up the usual shopping spots along the Santa Monica promenade, but alas, the search continues…
Now onto this little denim and lace ensemble. I’m a true believer that every woman needs that go-to accessory that can punch up a look – no matter how basic or casual. In guy terms, it’s typically a watch referred to as “the heavy-hitter” – for me, it’s my Pam Hiran beaded necklace. Mind you, I spotted it at Anthropologie months ago – but like many women before me, I waited for it to go on sale. Needless to say I obsessed over it in the coming weeks (naturally because I couldn’t find it at any Anthropologie within a 10 mile radius – believe me, I looked), and it wasn’t until I put my keen online shopping skills to good use, that I managed to snag what seemed to be the last living one on earth!
So bear with me if it makes an appearance in more than one post – a girl’s got the right to flaunt, right?
Denim Shirt: The Gap (Madewell’s ex-boyfriend shirt is identical). Lace Mini Skirt: Zara. Platform Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (Urban Outfitters carries these and these). Necklace: Pam Hiran (feast your eyes on these Anthropologie statement necklaces). Nail Polish: Essie A Crewed Interest. Hawaiian Abalone Shell Cuff: Gift from my grandma. Friendship Bracelets: Target. Gold Ring & Chain Bracelet: So Good Jewelry in San Diego.
I admittedly have a love affair with my All American PF Flyers. Named after famed Celtics basketball player Bob Cousy, these puppies truly are a throwback to the 50s. Don’t get me wrong, I love my black high-top Chuck Taylor’s as much as the next girl – but as far as comfort and style goes, PFs get my vote any day.
I’ve been oh so tempted to try the sneaker/dress look, and I just so happened to snag the perfect casual summer dress during our last visit to San Diego. So to off-set my form-fitting Betty Paige striped dress, I paired a classic jean jacket with white, canvas, low-top PF Flyers for a leisurely stroll with Grant through the silver sands of Coronado state beach.
This past Memorial Day weekend was our 3 year wedding anniversary – but before we could sail down the 5 to San Diego (little joke for anyone who’s taken the 5 on a holiday weekend, or any day of the week for that matter heading south)…I had to tackle what to wear to a day meeting and event at night for the magazine.
In these situations, it’s like a mini style challenge – how to put together an outfit to take you from day to night? Fortunately I had just found an off-white blazer that I’d had feelers out for over the past few weeks, and decided this season’s black and white trend would do the trick.
Blazer: Anat B. Beverly Hills boutique (comes in multiple colors). Pants: Calvin Klein. Blouse: Old Navy (this chiffon top would also be cute). Sandals: Halogen (love these Zara versions here and here). Jewelry: Jewelmint ring, Michael Kors watch, Ron Herman studded bracelet
Needless to say, Grant and I couldn’t help ourselves from quoting Anchorman all the way to San Diego – our favorite being Ron Burgundy’s infamous made up meaning of San Diego, as that of a particular “body part” of a female ocean mammal…Here are just a few photos from our last day spent on the beautiful Coronado Island.
This past weekend included a leisurely Saturday of Cardio Barre, lunch at Urth Caffe, and boutique shopping with a girlfriend along Beverly Dr. To top the day off, I hunkered down at home to some much needed light reading of my favorite magazines – Marie Claire, People StyleWatch, and ELLE (which just so happened to show up in my mailbox, as if the editors timed it that way).
Sunday followed, filled with the typical running of errands with the hubs, and was a perfect excuse for me to take my new All Saints boots out for a spin. Much like I suspected, they paired up nicely with a summer dress and military jacket – which has become a staple in the inevitable transition towards SoCal “June Gloom”.
After a successful WeHo Target run, we found ourselves at the Jet Rag Sunday yard sale, where one can sift through piles of vintage clothing and if you’re lucky (as I was this past Sunday), you just might find a 60’s inspired tweed blazer that fits just right – all for the great low price of $1. These photos were taken in the back alley where some graffiti artists let loose, and I drew some inspiration from them to channel my inner rocker chick…
After dipping my toes in the neon fashion trend by collecting a few key accessories – I made a bold move last week when I dared to buy my first fluorescent yellow top (or as the sartorial set say “chartreuse”).
As I often do when I buy a new piece of clothing, I hung it up nicely in my closet, paired with the blazer I envisioned wearing it with – and then just waited. Every morning I’d see it poised there up against all my other tame and orderly garments, as if daring me to wear it.
So I’ve conjured up a mix of mild, medium, and bold neon looks for the faint of heart…including said yellow top.
I often get asked by friends what other shoes, or accessories they can pair with an outfit for a different look – my typical advice is to try some cork wedges in place of heels or a military jacket to keep it casual and bring out earth tones in a pattern.
Well, I decided to take my own advice and chose this great new light weight sweater I just bought from H&M, and my spring staple red jeans to create three different looks. Of course, could you blame a girl for channeling a little inspiration from a reproduction of a 1965 Shelby Cobra – the car Grant built with his dad…style comes in many forms my friend.
My first foray into mixing stripes and animal prints turned out to be surprisingly less painful than I thought. I love the way the leopard print adds a whole other level of chic to this outfit, and turned out to be perfectly workday worthy. These Jeffrey Campbell’s are a gem that I found at the LF store in SoHo a few years back during their 60% off once a year sale – truth be told that’s the only time I can shop there and still leave with a clear conscience…
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell (good alternatives here & here). Scarf: H&M. Sunglasses: Old Navy. Watch: Michael Kors. Leather Bracelet: Ron Herman. Rings: JewelMint, BCBG
Bump in the Road
These last few pictures were just for fun, but goes to show that a few key pieces can transform a look from dressy to laid back in minutes. I was on the hunt for a jean jacket, and after strolling the Camarillo Outlets for a solid day – I ended up coming back and finding one 5 min. down the road at the Beverly Connection. This one’s the perfect shade and fitted, so it actually looks flattering rather than boxy.