Date Night: Color Blocked

If you would have told me just a year ago that going to see a movie on a school night would be the highlight of my week – I would have slapped you silly. Fast forward a year and I am here to tell you that after 10 years of being with my husband and 1 baby down – as cliché as it sounds, movie night is like gold when it comes to date night outings. I don’t know if it’s the perfectly buttered popcorn as it wafts out the theatre doors, or the oh-so-soft-to-the-touch velvety plush chairs that make you forget all about the fact that you just dropped $60 bucks on Milk Duds and a Coke (seriously what happened to the gold ole days?) Not to mention, that could have paid for those slip on sneakers at Nordstrom that I suddenly can’t live without, but I digress.

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My Week in Style: Denim + Lace

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.

My Week in Style: Graffiti Artist

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…

Dress: Zara (splurge on Tibi embroidered dress). Jacket: Urban Outfitters (good alternatives here and here). Boots: All Saints (also love these and these). Jewelry: Jewelmint earrings & ring, Michael Kors watch. Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren Cat Eye

My Week in Style: Fluorescent Lighting

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.

Mild

Dress: H&M. Chambray Shirt: Roots CanadaSandals: H&M (cute ones here). Bag: Zara.

Medium

Infinity Scarf: J. Crew (similar here). T ShirtOld Navy. Blazer: Urban Outfitters. Accessories: THREAD Show LA.

Bold

Neon Top: H&M (similar here). Jersey BlazerH&M (similar here). Jeans: Zara. Heels: Steve Madden (similar styles here and here). Bag: Kristen Bell for Erica Anenberg.

My Week in Style: Racing Stripes

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.

Sweater: H&MJeans: American EagleSandals: Halogen Vivian Sandal.

Concrete Jungle

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. WatchMichael 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.
Sandals: Matiko (similar ones here). Jacket: Old Navy.