Happy Black Friday! Who else is still sleeping off their turkey coma? I know I am…
I’ve got my comfy jeans on (nice and stretchy in all the right places for those hefty holiday meals), favorite fall ankle booties, cozy cotton long sleeve tee, and this glorious piece of herringbone blazer goodness that’s pretty much been my uniform as of late. I’m normally not a huge fan of those super stretchy legging style jeans, but MY GOD are they amazing when you know you’re going to eat your weight in stuffing and need some room to expand. Everyone needs at least one pair in case of comfort emergencies.
This blazer is one of my favorite recent acquisitions as my love of herringbone runs deep and burns bright. The long length on the model translates to a blazer/coat hybrid on my height, but the short and fitted sleeves combined with a snug shoulder (I was able to snag a xxs for a super narrow shoulder fit, but I imagine a xs wouldn’t be far off) keep it looking sharp. Since I’m just wearing it over a simple t-shirt, I added some bling by way of a statement necklace and embellished leather wrap bracelet.
This necklace is another piece I’m pretty proud of. Inspired by the fun and edgy pieces by Dylanlex but put off by the high prices and less than ideal materials, I’ve spent some time looking for better-priced sterling silver traditional jewelry to recreate the look. If anyone is interested in the same, do a search for “Rajasthan jewelry” and you’ll see some gorgeous traditional pieces from a region in India that has heavily inspired the current tribal-boho-edgy jewelry trends. If anyone with better knowledge of that region of the world has more suggestions for similar jewelry types to explore, I’d love to hear!
Anyway, I picked up this sterling silver piece on Etsy for a fraction of Dylanlex prices. It’s gorgeously detailed and heavy (I like heavy necklaces), and will be the perfect base for other necklaces to create that layered “Dylanlex” look. I have an idea of what I want its layering companion to look like but haven’t found the perfect piece yet. As a “collector” personality type, the search is half the fun. =)
Long time, no post! Don’t worry, I’m fine, and thank you to everyone who has asked and reached out lately. The reason for my absence? Burnout, mostly. This blog is something I’ve been doing for the last 9 years, straight! Blogging is weird in that you never really take a vacation from it. Sure, you take vacations in the sense that you travel places, but you’re always traveling with a camera, framing Instagram shots, and writing posts from hotel rooms. After 9 years of thinking about blogging/social media every single day in some capacity, I just needed a break. Not to mention, I really hate getting dressed for summer (it’s so boring!) so I tend to feel really uninspired and as if I can’t contribute anything on the fashion front around that time of year anyway.
Biggest learning experience from this little photo shoot…I realized I’m in more desperate need of a haircut than I realized. I’ll spare you my neglected roots. ;)
Anyway, popping in today mostly to say, yes, I’m alive, and also because I kept meaning to share this handbag I picked up as a treat to myself for my birthday. I’m really enjoying it, it’s finally available at a discount, and so I want to get it up on the blog.
Studs can be tricky and go tacky quick, but this little handbag nails it perfectly. I love it as a statement clutch (perfect to carry with a simple and casual look), but it comes with a polished silver chain strap to wear crossbody. The studs are slightly sharp cones in a polished silver metal that’s a little edgy, a little rock n’ roll, but not over the top. The size is perfect, leather is sturdy, and it’s lined in a soft suede that feels luxe to reach into. The studs only line the front flap, so there’s no worry of snagging or rubbing your clothes. Probably most surprising to me was the designer…Michael Kors! Not a designer brand I’ve ever been interested in (feels too stuffy for my taste), I’m shocked by the youth and edge of this piece. In fact, the first thing I blurt out when anyone comments on it is, “It’s Michael Kors! Can you believe it?!”
Anyway…Shopbop carries it and is having a promotion through tomorrow that will score you 25% off, bringing this bag down to $518. The Shopbop promotion more specifically is as follows:
20% off orders under $500; 25% off orders of $500+ with code EOTS17.
So, check your “hearts” list for good deals if you keep one like I do. For instance, I’m hoping this Ganni jacket gets restocked because the cropped fit looks really promising. Also, here are the boots I’m wearing in these photos.
I read a cool article a while back that told the story of where we get the whole “no white after labor day” thing and I thought I’d share it here. Around the turn of the century, cities were dirty, disgusting places to live, so you could not wear light colors because they would instantly get riddled with mud, poop, and other vile things the second you stepped foot into the street. Luckily, the rich could escape the dirty, sweltering, smelly cities during the summer for the comfort of their country homes, where they could don their white and light colored clothing without worry. Hence the term “summer whites”. But you had to put your white clothing away again once you returned to the city at the end of summer, which eventually became “no white after Labor Day”. Cool, huh?
I wore this outfit over the long weekend to the most amazing food festival called The Farmer and the Chef, hosted by Manuela and the LA Times in the DTLA Arts District. The concept was to bring 10 chefs together with 10 local farmers to create unique and locally sourced artisanal dishes and drinks. As someone who has never enjoyed cooking (I even hate grocery stores and view instant ramen as adequate nourishment), it’s fascinating to watch people who approach something I view as mundane as an artistic venture. The passion with which they create beautiful and tasty dishes from quality ingredients is admirable and reminds me of how many people view the fashion world. When I fawn over a beautifully crafted jacket made from finely sourced wool, I’m in awe of the artistry behind the shape, structure, and attention to detail. Many people just see an overpriced jacket.
Anywhoo, it was a super fun event and I hope they do it again next year because I had what was probably the tastiest slow cooked pork in my life and I’d like some more, please. It would go great in my instant ramen.
Lace fabric is usually thought of as a romantic, sweet and feminine element in fashion, and while I feel it certainly can be, I also tend to find it quite edgy. The visual of skin peeking through sheer lace can be sexy in a daring kind of way, and in my opinion, lace is at its best when paired with elements that contradict its syrupy sweet reputation, such as leather, wool, and suiting.
For me, the type of lace is also important. I prefer nothing too flowery or doily looking, but rather open and geometric in design. And eyelash lace is alway nice for peeking out of cuffs, hems, and necklines. I also take my lace how I take my coffee…black.
And now for a fun fact about lace…did you know you can cut lace without it unraveling? Because I didn’t until this blouse arrived, needed the sleeves shortened by one lace pattern, and wondered if it was something I could just do myself. It turns out, lace generally doesn’t unravel, especially when cut along the thin, open-work elements. In this case, the “eyelash” element of this lace was easily trimmed to shorten the sleeve without unraveling. The only sewing I had to do was shore up the side seam with a simple knot where I made the cut to make sure that part wouldn’t come undone.
I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love T.J.Maxx. It has single-handedly furnished entire rooms, saves the day when I need a last minute gift, introduced me to new brands, and added some really great pieces to my wardrobe (one of my favorite silk camisoles is a treasure unearthed from a local T.J.Maxx Runway department last year). The associates at our local store’s jewelry counter know my mom by name, so surely the love of T.J.Maxx runs in the family.
Tjmaxx.com is no different, and my online shopping cart is brimming full of treasures there too. And now there’s one more reason to love tjmaxx.com…petites! Just launched in early April, the petite offering is available exclusively at tjmaxx.com with selections from a diverse range of styles and brands you’ve grown to love and expect from the retailer. I saw some petite well-known designer denim on there the first time I popped in, but I see some lucky petites already snatched those up! Things can move quickly!
I eagerly picked up a few things at launch, including this petite off-the-shoulder blouse, which is a style I’ve been curious to try and couldn’t pass up at that price. Done in a light blue shirting fabric and clean silhouette, I credit the petite sizing for actually fitting correctly and snuggly on my narrow shoulders (I’m wearing size PP). Although I must say, I know this is the silhouette of the season, but you have to be quite demure to wear it. One large arm movement in the wrong direction and you’re left coyly adjusting everything around.
Another cute piece I picked up was this lace blouse, which is a fun layering piece that adds feminine texture to my favorite of outfits…jeans and a blazer (I’m wearing size PP). I have it front-tucked here, but it’s longer with a swingy, almost peplum silhouette that would look great paired with slimmer bottoms than I’m wearing here. Speaking of bottoms, these boyfriend jeans are not petite, but a designer denim find I’ve been wanting to try (I’m wearing size 23).
Check back often because items are always getting stocked. For example, since this post, tjmaxx.com has already added items I didn’t see the first time around, like this petite tunic, tie-cuff button-down, and moto jacket.
Protip: rest easy because you can always make returns to your local T.J.Maxx store for free.
Always happy to find a new way to wear a dress shirt, I’ve been really diggin’ the recent tie-waist shirts where the waist tie is made of the same shirting fabric. Club Monaco has a great one. So does Madewell. Nagged by a little voice in my head saying I don’t need yet another collared shirt, I dove into a clothing rack to unearth a shirt with a matching removable neck-tie that could fill the void my credit card is itching to fill.
While definitely not as dramatic as the others, it’s another fun way to wear this shirt, and I think next time I’ll let the tie hang longer.
For our little date, I instantly gravitated toward this amazing navy and white floral print blazer. It’s such a fun and cheeky piece, and now I need to be invited to a garden party so I can bust this cutie out again! I paired it with comfy crop jeans, a cotton tee, and a pair of strappy sandals (LOFT from a few seasons ago). Nina took these cute striped skinny pants and added her rocker-chic aethetic with a vintage band tee, her go-to leather moto jacket, and fun colorful shoes.
Nina lives in fabulous DTLA, another thing for which I’m a bit envious. I’ve always loved the gritty feeling of the city, gorgeous turn of the century architecture, and hip eateries and coffee shops. So of course, I was happy to have Nina take me around her ‘hood.
First, we started the afternoon with a glass of wine at her cute DTLA loft where we did some catching up. Then we headed out to explore a hip little area of the Arts District where a good friend of hers has opened one of the best new restaurants in town, Manuela (we had the pleasure of having dinner with the chef and his dad a little later this evening, too). After walking around the Arts District, we headed back to catch the sunset on her building’s rooftop with a bottle of champagne, the DTLA skyline, and some much-needed girl talk.
Hi, everyone! Just popping in today to let you know Shopbop is running their Event of the Season today through Friday where you can get up to 25% off your order. Above are my favorites, but be sure to take a poke around because it’s a great opportunity to get a discount on items that rarely make it to sale. And, don’t forget to check back for pop-backs because items and sizes are always getting restocked. I’ve scored some good stuff by stalking for pop-backs! Enjoy!
Shopbop Event of the Season
20% off orders under $500
25% off orders of $500 or more
Ends: Friday 4/14
I mentioned the Slim Silk Shirt from Everlane a little while back, but I wanted to reiterate how great it is because it doesn’t seem to be a priority or best seller for Everlane, so I don’t know how long it’ll be around. I say this because Everlane has not included this style in any of their new color or print releases, while the more generously sized “Relaxed Silk Shirt” has benefited from both, so appears to be the higher priority.
A case of “so nice, I bought it twice”, I just recently picked up the white after wearing the black non-stop. There is also a very pretty blush if you’re in the market.
Without trying, Everlane nailed a petite-friendly fit with this one. The slimmer silhouette and shorter length across the board make this a classic silk blouse with just the right amount of drape and slouch for petites. Those who are busty may find the slimmer silhouette a problem, and for reference, the 00 has plenty of room without pulling for my 30C/28D’s. I also like the button placement, as I can leave the top few buttons undone for a great relaxed look without revealing bra if I don’t want to. I also like how fitted the neck is, great for those who enjoy a fully buttoned look.
This blouse is about as classic as it gets. Clean and minimalist with the basic details like two buttons at the sleeve (one at the cuff, one at the sleeve slit), buttons that match the fabric color, and a small classic point collar. A pleat at the back adds to the soft drape. This is a classic blouse that will never go out of style and can find a place in anyone’s wardrobe.
Fabric & Quality For The Price
Here is where I think Everlane shines. The weight and quality of this silk fabric is far above those of usual petite silk blouse retailers such as J.Crew and Banana Republic, and a tad below that of luxury silk brand Equipment. Seeing as J.Crew/BR silks run $100+ and Equipment over $200, the Everlane price of $78 is an absolute delight. The fabric is a silk crepe, similar to that of Equipment, with an excellent soft drape.
Below are the approximate measurements (laid flat) for size 00: