Wedding Wear It Again

IMG_7092When you are going to a wedding, it is important to look your best but also feel comfortable for a night of dancing and celebrating! I had been eyeing this dress for months and it finally went on sale at Anthropologie (unfortunately it is sold out now). I justified purchasing a dress I really didn’t need because I have so many weddings this year and it is just perfect to wear to a couple of them because it isn’t white! Surprisingly about 70% of my wedding appropriate dresses are white, so I really need to get my act together.

IMG_7096(High/Low front and back of this lace dress gives it a nice flow)

IMG_7097(It has a subtle snap in the front to keep it all together. This necklace was a gift from my grandparents on my 8th grade graduation- it’s still my favorite)

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I feel like Steve Nicks in this dress and that is never a bad thing! Check your local Anthropolgie to see if they still have this dress in stock, it’s such a beautiful color!

 

Summer Casual.

IMG_7159You may have gathered that I am on a quest to invest in quality pieces that be paired in various ways to create new outfits. This shirt was one that I recently picked up and found versatile enough to wear with jeans and skirts in any season. The last few days have been fairly cool which is the perfect time to pull out a shirt like this and make the outfit pop with a burst of color from my purse! Have I told you how much I LOVE this purse? I hope so, because I love it.

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IMG_7162(Purse- Kate Spade, sold out but similar here)

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Weekend wear should be easy so I almost always wear these Franco Sarto shoes. They are easy to slip on and go with most everything.

This outfit would be nothing without this purse, have I told you how much I love it yet? I do!

Dream Closet Inspiration.

DSC_0182The average woman has over 120 items in her closet and that doesn’t include shoes, purses, and undergarments. Getting ready in the morning can be a little overwhelming and that is why concepts like the Capsule Closet and the KonMari method have taken over the internet as of late. I’ve tried everything to pare down my closet to basics that can be mixed and matched to create many different outfits. Let’s be brutally honest, it is hard to get rid of clothing that you want to hold on to for rare occasions or holidays and even pieces that you hardly ever wear but still hold sentimental value. We recently came across a company called MakeSpace that helps you hold on to your stuff and free up your closet with the seasonal pieces that you are actually going to wear! They have an app which sends a representative to you to pick up your stuff on demand, and they’ll put it in safekeeping for you until you need it back. It really solves for a problem most of us have- we just have too much stuff! A few of my friends swear by this concept because it allows them to keep all of their seasonal pieces and donate anything that they end up not wanting to store! I’m willing to try it if it means not having to part with the winter coats I love but get minimal use!

DSC_0183Shoes are the items in my closet that I can’t seem to get under control. I have boots upon boots but never wear them in the summer! With t-shirts and long sleeves this isn’t a huge problem because they don’t take up a ton of space but boots seem to get thrown on top of each other and clutter my entire closet. I would sort through all of my shoes first when filling up my first MakeSpace box, it would give me a better idea of any excess and help me focus on seasonality.

Makespace 1(Doesn’t this image inspire you? I really love sorting through my clothes- it makes me eager to update my wardrobe, reminds me of my clothes that get lost in the clutter, and organize the things that I love so that I can get to them more easily!)

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 3.44.54 PMIf we are talking about a dream closet, mine would be insanely organized. I love going into stores like IKEA and the Container Store and admiring how they organize their closets. Shoes are categorized by heel size, purses are displayed like art, and jewelry is tucked away in velvet lined drawers. I want this look, it would make getting ready so much easier!

outfit.jpgAnd in honor of these summer sales happening around us, here is a outfit that would be perfect for any closet! It has staple and quality pieces that could be mixed and matched easily (from day to night) and remain classic enough to be worn for years to come. I recently purchased these shoes and they have been my favorite purchase of the year. They go with everything and are extremely comfortable to wear! Score!

Don’t you feel inspired to organize now? If you’re like me and have too much stuff to wrap your head around, start with piles of what you want to keep or donate. Then sort by season. If you want to give MakeSpace a try, check if they are in your city! 🙂

 

Wedding Ready.

IMG_7113You guys know what time of year it is- wedding season! Now, I love a wedding as much as the next person but I have nine this year (including my own). This means I needed to shuffle through mu closet and make sure I have what it takes to be a stylish and appropriate guest to all of these parties. Luckily, I wore a wedding dress to my own in May so that was easy to prepare for and I am in my friend Tasha’s wedding at the end of the month so I just have that one taken care of too! Anthropologie just had their major summer sale and I scored big on some dresses that I knew would be perfect for a few particular weddings, plus I had been eyeing these dresses all spring long! Patience does pay off sometimes 😉

IMG_7110(The entire dress is embroidered which is one of my favorite things in the world)

IMG_7119(This collar is magic)

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IMG_7114 Unfortunately Anthropologie is sold out of this dress but you can still catch the end of the sale now!

Have you been to or plan to attend any wedding this summer? Tell us about you plan to wear or any other special details- we would love to hear about them!

Summertime Linen.

IMG_7150While in London on our honeymoon, Nick and I tried to go into British stores to see how they differed. Well, I will tell you that Harrod’s was a true experience and I got turned around pretty easily in that place! While Harrod’s was a lot of fun, it was Hobb’s that I actually made my only purchase in London at. Nick picked out this dress and it is perfect for these sunny summer days that we have been having in the Bay Area.

IMG_7156(I love the wrap on this dress)

IMG_7151(Perfect length for booties)

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Happy Summer!

May SF Beach Attire.

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I love going to the beach all year round but sunsets in San Francisco at the beach aren’t those warm summer nights you might hope for.  I still like to walk bare foot in the sand but I make sure to bundle up with a really good wind resistant jacket and a hat to keep my hair from whipping all over the place.

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Of course I wear shoes to the beach but take them off the minute my feet can hit the sand.

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My go to outerwear is my Helly Hansen jacket and Big Truck hat.  Some of the most beautiful sunsets are the cold ones.  The colors tend to splay a lot more vibrantly.

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After being at work all day, I love to go outside and be silly.  There’s something about being at the beach that makes me want to play like a kid again.

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Hoping to catch a few more good ones this weekend while away in Paso Robles!

Work Savvy.

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While I was at the outlets the other weekend with my mom for the first time, I found a ton of nice clothing for work.  I’m always looking for ways to up my work wardrobe as I feel I grow out of past styles and sizes.  This wrap dress is easy and I love the pattern.

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I paired the dress with a simple necklace from local designer, Kristen Michael.

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I am not big into anything too flashy, so I like that the logo is hidden in the small gold detailing.

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The synched belt at the waist is shape flattering.

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Depending on weather, you can go bare legged or throw some leggings on.

Greylin Darling.

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I recently went to the Livermore Outlets for the first time with my mom in search of a few new pieces to lift my closet so I could purge some of the old.  In my quest to find a perfect fit for a few weddings I will be attending coming up, I found this perfect dress from Greylin.  It’s comfortable, cute, and formal enough to wear to nice evening events.

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It has a cute high V back cut.

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Sequins everywhere.

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I paired it with this black sequined clutch that was a Kate Spade score in the clearance section.

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I love my find!  You can also find it http://www.revolveclothing.com/greylin-gayle-sequin-dress-in-black-white/dp/GYLI-WD74/ online 🙂

All photos by: Roberto Jimenez.

Winter Vera.

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A good friend of mine recently handed me down a huge amount of clothing that she hadn’t needed nor wanted anymore.  It was so much fun to go through and pick things from her past that would fit perfectly into my present.  It’s one of the best ways to update your wardrobe without shelling out tons of cash.

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The floral top here is a Vera Wang hand me down and the boots are hand me downs from Urban Outfitters.  Both of which I love!

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I love love love the water color texture to this floral pattern.

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I always try to mix in something feminine when I’m going to be dressing a bit more edgy with a beanie and leather jacket.

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Love that these are rounded toe.  I always gravitate towards pointy toe pumps so this was a perfect addition to switch up my shoes.

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I am all about re-using great things and handing over pieces to other people when you know you won’t wear them anymore.  I’m grateful to my friend, Jana, for letting me have a field day in her closet :).

Anthropologie Pony Patterns.

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It’s no surprise that I love horses.  I really do in that nerdy little girl wants a pony for her birthday, Christmas, Easter, well, any holiday kinda way.  My mom is awesome and still likes to give me anything that reminds her of me and they are always perfectly my style.  When I was visiting with her a month or so ago she gave me this awesome shirt that she found at Anthropologie with a horse print on the back of it!  I also love polka dots so it’s a perfect combo.

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Such a fun pattern.

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I can be such a tomboy, I paired the top with some black skinny jeans, my short riding boots (H&M Copenhagen), and an oversized bag (Zara).