My Week in Style: P.F. I love you

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.

Jacket: Eddie Bauer. Dress: Bettie Page clothing. Sneakers: Bob Cousy Lo PF Flyers (also obsessed with these See by Choe lace-up wedge sneakers). Cat-Eye Shades: Ralph Lauren.

Instagram Snaps

We spotted this place Mootime on our last trip to Coronado – so to keep with the retro mood of the day I snapped a couple instagram shots, including one aptly named “cookie monster” sundae…

My Week in Style: Day to Night, Black and White

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.

you stay classy San Diego

Striped Boat Neck Top: H&M (also at J.Crew and Old Navy). Jeans: Zara. Sandals: Seychelles (not shown). Sunnies: Ralph Lauren.

One for the Road

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.