Do you ever feel like certain clothes are hidden treasures that were waiting to be found by you? This sweater practically fell into my lap and I love it so much. I immediately fell in love with it's shape, cut out detailing, and Neapolitan coloring. It was returned from another store and wasn't originally in stock at the boutique I work for. Shortly after it was returned I learned it was marked down. At this point, it was only a few days before we had 50% off sale items for Black Friday and I knew I had to have it.
I wanted to showcase two casual outfits that are dressy enough to celebrate the holidays at a friend or family member's house. Two main rules I have for wardrobe additions are comfort and versatility. I don't care how cute something is- if it's not comfortable, I know I'm not gonna wear it. This is especially important when you are going to be at someone else's house for several hours, eating, drinking, and socializing. I wore this comfy sweater and denim combo for a casual Thanksgiving lunch at my aunt's house. Love this look? My keyhole knit is available to shop in two colors below.
For a dressier evening look that is equally comfortable, I wore a loose knit and sparkly culottes. My second look appears much fancier, yet feels like pajamas which is the ultimate score. My pants even have an elastic waist band. Yes, these are pants! I added a tall heel for additional sass, but flats would work as well. This look is perfect for a slightly dressy holiday event or a night out with friends. My family is very casual so this would be a little much for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas this would work. Similar culottes are linked to shop below! I hope you enjoy these comfy cute looks as much as I do. Happy Holidays!
Sometimes I joke that I'm psychic. To further prove my point, a week before I was recruited for the Coach Fall 2016 campaign, I was cleaning up my closet and thought to myself how I still like the brand. I have a few ancient bags and shoes with the traditional "c print" that I still wear from time-to-time. Coach's re-brand is classic, sleek, and versatile. My goal was to prove how easy it is to incorporate this pebble leather bag into a broad range of wardrobes.
I chose to style the bag multiple ways and my first example is an everyday look. I would wear this style for work or to meet a friend for lunch. I paired the bag, from the Rogue 1941 Collection, with a side slit knit and high waisted, straight leg denim. This color sweater is out of my comfort zone because I typically do not like the color orange. However, I have fallen in love with burnt orange this season and was surprised I could get away with wearing this shade. I don't have many things this color in my closet, yet I find myself gravitating towards it all the time. I topped off the look with a simple bracelet, cognac mule booties, and a black pea coat.
Business Casual Look
I took it up a notch for my second look and went business casual. Although we do not typically wear crop tops in a business setting, this look is dressy enough to adopt the nickname. I would also wear something like this to dinner or a party. The velvet trend is in full force and I wanted to bring out my lavish blazer to play. The texture stood out without distraction against the all black. I added suede platform wedges for an additional edge and completed the outfit with slim dress pants. My pants are ankle length and have rouged detailing on the ankles. I am 5'5 but ankle length pants work best for me because I have short legs (tip for petite girls).
High Fashion Look
My last look was inspired by Coach's outerwear line and I decided to play on a theme I used in a previous post, "The Secret Garden". I noticed that the brand now carries a letterman jacket and wanted to mimic their high fashion look whilst adding my own edge. I chose a peculiar pewter bomber jacket and tulle tutu combination. I was hoping the pink skirt would bring out similar undertones in the jacket, but instead it ended up looking more silver. In any case, as I was walking to the Shakespeare Garden, in Golden Gate Park, everyone I passed was doing double takes. It's safe to say this spunky look is a show stopper.
These three looks are my favorite from the campaign. I am ecstatic and grateful I was able to be a part of it. I hope you are inspired to wear this bag in any way you choose!
Although I'm a city girl, hiking is one of my favorite things to do. Did you know there are a few "secret trails" in San Francisco? I've discovered a few which are more hidden and just as beautiful, such as Mount Davidson.
This shoot was inspired after a day shopping for Mario. We are slowly building up his wardrobe and the first step we've taken is to add fashion-forward staple pieces, of quality.
A shopping mood struck a few weeks back, so we met downtown and spent the evening primarily at H&M and Zumiez. We found a pair of sleek black joggers (not photographed, but link provided), and a gray Terry Cloth hoodie, by Ninth Hall, among other tops. He is a personal trainer so his day-to-day style is more casual. The pieces he took home are transitional and can go with denim equally as well as workout pants- which is ideal. Beneath the sleeveless sweatshirt he layered an additional black t-shirt and wore black jeans from Uniqlo. The jeans stretched out quite a bit, so I would recommend going a size down. To complete this look he layered a plaid, Derby of San Francisco, bomber jacket over his sleeveless hoodie. We found this coat at Wasteland on Haight and later learned that it was a unique and rare piece!
At first, I struggled to think of a look that would match his well. I have lots of plaid, but felt it would be overkill, yet still wanted something complementary. Last minute, I remembered I had a fitted, BCBG t-shirt dress tucked away. My dress is a similar color to his hoodie and the fabrics are both plush. Our looks meshed nicely without being too matchy-matchy. About five years ago I used to primarily wear dresses like this with blazers in order to make it more appropriate for work, but decided to style it casually with an over sized cardigan this time. T-shirt dresses are timeless pieces that truly won't go out of style. They can be dressed up and down simply by changing the jacket and shoes. Since my over sized cardigan, dress, and boots were a few years old, I updated the look with a trendy choker. I decided on flat leather boots to keep the look hikeable and sharp.
We wanted to keep the vibe casual and edgy for the outdoor scenery. His bold coat and my choker aided in spicing up this neutral look. Comfort, cuteness, and versatility are the most important factors to me while shopping for every day clothing. Both Mario's hoodie and my fitted dress evoke a similar feel, but are unique fabrics which is why they compliment each other so well. Each piece is timeless and can be dressed up and down by changing certain accessories. Versatile pieces make it easy to leave the house in a rush while still feeling effortlessly put together.
I hope you are inspired to explore your city after seeing how beautiful this Urban Hike was for us. In San Francisco, we are surrounded by many hidden gems like Mount Davidson that you may have yet to discover.
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Photos by Griffin Kamm
I met John while I worked in the Men's department at Bloomingdale's. He worked in the alterations department which neighbored the fitting room area on my floor, so we saw each other all the time. We became friendly one day when I surprised him when I referred to him by first name. We stayed in touch ever since and enjoyed small talk during and after our shifts.
One day he was wearing an interesting jacket and I complemented him. It was more unique than other styles I had seen in the past which is when he told me he made it himself and that he had aspirations to create his own line that would consist of unisex outerwear. I was impressed!
At the time I just became committed to blogging and thought of doing a collaboration together. Initially, I didn't have anything specific in mind, but wanted to create something I couldn't find in stores. Pants in general are hard for me because I have a long torso and short legs. When I go pant shopping the proportions are always off for me, so my wheels began to turn and revolved around a look involving a complementary top and bottom.
We met up one day in Berkeley for lunch and went fabric shopping. I started to think that maybe I should get some high waisted pants made and pictured a fun floral pattern, but didn't fall in love with any fabric in that style. Then I came across this grayish brown plaid print and thought I could design more of a business casual look. We found this silk-like fabric for a shirt and changed the idea a few times. We finally settled on a basic crop tank because I know it's versatile and that I'll wear it all the time
Do you have a dream look in mind? Contact my talented friend, John, at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit his website johndeboercustom.com to see more of his work.
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It's the first week of November and the Halloween high is slowly dwindling. Black Friday is right around the corner and we are well into the Fall season. Yet, I'm not ready to give up on my Spring-like neutrals. I purchased this coat Fall of 2015 for about $35 from SheIn. My best friend and fellow blogger, Alexandria, introduced me to this site last year. The website has incredibly reasonable prices and a plethora of options for whatever your shopping needs may be.
I love black, but it began to take over my closet. I noticed that I primarily had black purses, shoes, and jackets which made it even more difficult to break away from the dark shade. Even if I began to build a look around other colors, it wouldn't satisfy my eye because my shoes, purse, or jacket would put a damper on my vibe. So, I made a vow to add lighter tones like brown to my wardrobe. Ever since I made this vow, I desperately wanted a camel or tan lapel coat to add to my collection. I've always been a fan of longer length clothing such as midi-skirts or jackets like this. But once I began to shop around for this magical coat, I realized that the color wasn't quite right for me. After looking for some time, Alexandria told me about the coats she found on this website and I had to see it for myself! I am not much of an online shopper- I love to try things on and the instant gratification of leaving the store with my goodies. However, I am trying to shop on websites more often because the deals are much better.
I didn't feel comfortable buying brown or tan without seeing the tones against my skin and decided to supplement my fix by buying other neutrals that have historically worked for me. The coats I wanted were only about $35 each. The prices were so good I couldn't resist to buy two lapel coats- one in blush and one in gray. I had been shopping around for a while and most of the coats I had seen at other retailers were closer to $100, so I felt like I was getting a 2 for 1 deal. Now I am able to wear light neutrals with this jacket like cognac, gray, and tan. It also helps me stand out against all the black jackets during the season. When it's cold and rainy people often get stuck in the same rut of wearing the same boring jacket each day. I love that this coat is a unique color in a classic cut because it will last for several years without going out of style. The fun color will also help me stay inspired and looking fresh during the gloomiest of days.
I live on quieter side of town and cherish all the hidden gems in my neighborhood. Looking at these photos almost feels like a fairy tale and brings me back to one of my favorite childhood movies, "The Secret Garden". This swing is a prime example of the surpises that can be found walking around my neighborhood. Shop coats like this onSheIn or similar styles by visiting the links below.
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